Day At the Ranch

by Stefani on 20-March-2008

The short version is this:

My dad manages a commercial landscape company. Recently, he bought a 9 acre place where he could store all the equipment, supplies, whatever. My brother, who works with him, now lives on the property with his wife.

(And this is where I try to focus on being happy for them and not turning 20,000 shades of green because living on wild acres where turkeys and deer roam and I can hang my sheets to dry on the line, and have a large greenhouse and garden and chickens and goats and let my kids run and get dirty and not worry that some perv driving down the street is going to snatch them up, well that's MY dream damn it. Yes. I swore, and I'm not one bit sorry, either.) Really, I am happy for them. it's SO my brother, and such a nice place for them to start their life together. 

 I'm just saying… I wouldn't mind if there just so happened to be another 9 acres that had MY name on them!Lines and Dots

Jake Gets Some Lovin'.

The good news is, it's not too far from us, maybe a 15 or 20 minute drive. So, it's kind of turning into a sort of communal farm.

The boys and I spent a good bit of the day there today with Nana, planting. My sister-in-law and her mother took a few beds, and we took the others. Between us, if all goes well, we should have tomatoes, lots of varieties of peppers, beans, edamame, okra, strawberries, pumpkin, onions, lots of herbs and a whole slew of cutting flowers. Add to that the beautiful heirloom roses in about 8 different varieties that were already on the property, and I think we'll be sitting pretty in a couple of months.

Nana's Tomatoes


Farmer Boy

We also brought in some new livestock.

Blue Yonder Ranch is now home to 1500 head of ladybug.

Ladybug Launch

Do I have to tell you that my boys were in heaven?

They came home tired, covered in dirt, and famished. They wolfed down every bit of their dinner (+ seconds, then thirds, followed by peach cobbler and ice cream), took a bath and were all three passed out cold not two minutes after their still wet heads hit their pillows.

Oh that's good stuff. Very very good stuff.

Sarah Jackson March 20, 2008 at 9:11 pm

so so envious of your communal farm. How fantastic is that? I’m going to go daydream about soil and ladybugs now.

Amber March 20, 2008 at 11:41 pm

What a great day!! Definitely good stuff!!

dana March 21, 2008 at 4:59 am

good stuff indeed. we can’t plant till late May. your lucky.

natasha s March 21, 2008 at 5:00 am

sounds like a wonderful day was had by all.I am jealous too!!
my hubby doesn’t fully understand why I want to drag away to the middle of nowhere and roam around barefoot and content!!In fact,he is always telling me to put on my slippers so I doubt that I could ever get him roaming barefoot!!LOL

jean March 21, 2008 at 5:25 am

that is absolutely perfect.

emily March 21, 2008 at 5:31 am

(20,001 shades of green over here. a dream, indeed.)

i can’t wait to see pictures of your crops as they grow!

Mandy March 21, 2008 at 5:49 am

Sounds like perfection. The country is where I was born and raised and my mama had the most beautiful and colorful garden for miles around. Now I live in the city and miss it with all my heart and soul. Enjoy the peace!

jessica March 21, 2008 at 5:59 am

once again i’m jealous of your spring. if we could just get out from under the forecasts for snow…

i’m sharin’ the dream with you 🙂

amy March 21, 2008 at 6:25 am

sounds divine
I would go there a couple times a week! 🙂

Casey March 21, 2008 at 6:35 am

Ooh, put me on the envy list, too.

BTW, I have WAY more tomato seedlings than I can deal with this year — if you want them, you know where to find me!

Diane March 21, 2008 at 6:36 am

You were putting all those things out? You can already do that?! And the cosmos are blooming?!?!

That’s nice.


I think I’m in love with Jake the horse. He’s a handsome thing!

Anonymous March 21, 2008 at 6:54 am

Come live with me on my tiny but beautiful island of Fej

Corey Ackelmire March 21, 2008 at 7:06 am

Sounds like the perfect situation, really. The restaurants and conveniences of a city like Austin, with a heavenly farm just a few minutes away! I’m jealous too, but not just of your brother. 😉

molly March 21, 2008 at 7:25 am

sounds like heaven

Maureen March 21, 2008 at 8:01 am

Wow… turning green with envy here too. What a great place.

And it just goes to show good old fashioned play and fresh air does a kid good.

Love the “herd” of ladybugs!

kristin March 21, 2008 at 8:45 am

dang, girl.

i say move yourself in.

Liz March 21, 2008 at 9:08 am

It’s my dream too. There’s got to be enough room on that there property to erect a nice double-wide!! That’s all you need, really. You’ll be outdoors 20 hours a day anyway!

Kristi March 21, 2008 at 9:08 am

That is my dream too. What fun! I little bit of dirt can do a little boy some good.

sarah March 21, 2008 at 9:51 am

oh, such good stuff. you guys are going to have a fantastic summer.

all those ladybugs make my heart skip a beat. what a beautiful thing.

molly March 21, 2008 at 10:05 am

yeah, i’d have a hard time too not being green. but what a great spot to hang out and get dirty!

Kristi Richards March 21, 2008 at 4:08 pm

so green with envy!!! That sounds so perfect!

capello March 21, 2008 at 5:24 pm

my friends once lived on an apple orchard and had an acre of gardening space. my husband trecked that two hour drive every weekend to go take care of the garden.

i don’t remember that summer too well though. i was too busy gestating.

Karen March 21, 2008 at 6:00 pm

I’m turning 20,000 shades of green with you! What an awesome place…
Thanks for this spring preview!

Tracy March 21, 2008 at 7:27 pm

ahhhhhmmmm. *sigh* Indeed.

Mandi March 22, 2008 at 4:10 am

I’m jealous! Sounds like everyone had a grand time. All those lady bugs are wonderful!

Tipper March 22, 2008 at 8:47 am

I’m jealous and I’m not even related. Loved the past few posts-especially the sweet chicks.

Maria March 22, 2008 at 7:04 pm

Ah, how wonderful! Thanks for sharing these great pictures that tell me spring is on it’s way….right? right? right?

Felicia March 23, 2008 at 2:01 am

Sounds like the perfect adventure for little boys 🙂

erin March 23, 2008 at 5:40 pm

how wonderful! i cannot wait until we can run around outside all day and the kids (and me) just fall into sleep the moment our heads hit the pillow! come on spring!

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