What’s Making Me Smile These Days

by Texas Homesteader 

Life on the ranch is always busy.  I’ve written before about how pointless it is to wonder what’s on the agenda today, the day has a way of filling up all by itself!  When I was employed in the corporate world I used to get frustrated that my days seemed to blur together. I was being pulled in so many directions that I couldn’t enjoy any of it.

At that time I started making a conscious effort to stop and smell the roses.  Funny that even if you live in the most beautiful place on earth doing something for a living that speaks to your heart and soul, you still have to make a purposeful effort to slow-er-down sometimes and enjoy life around you.  Here are some things making me smile:

I love the subtle hints of spring I’m seeing now.  After the long cold season, that first burst of life from the trees is something I look forward to every year.  And it’s really hard to beat those blazing blue Texas skies!

Old barn. Times are tough for me with a frightening cancer diagnosis. But there's still much I see around me every day that makes me smile. #TexasHomesteader

We had a beautiful heifer calf born recently.  Since this is an A.I.-produced calf so much work and effort goes into this outcome for almost a year prior to her actual birth. So her arrival is intensely meaningful to me.  Oh my gosh it’s fun to watch this pretty girl bouncing and jumping in the pastures.  She’s healthy and happy, and watching her enjoy life is so pleasing to me.

Times are tough for me with a frightening cancer diagnosis. But there’s still much I see around me every day that makes me smile. #TexasHomesteader

We’ve struggled through a couple of years of severe drought here in Texas.  When you run a cattle ranch you’re actually growing GRASS for a living.  It’s 100% dependent on the weather and comes with lots of worry, especially when dealing with weather that will NOT cooperate.

We’ve been blessed with several rains and  even a couple of snows over the last few months and the green we finally see popping from the winter rye we planted last fall makes me smile.

Green grass. Times are tough for me with a frightening cancer diagnosis. But there's still much I see around me every day that makes me smile. #TexasHomesteader

And there’s the joy of living in a small town.  Home is where your heart is – and my heart is right here in Texas!

And of course there’s one more thing that never fails to bring a smile to my face:  my business partner, my best friend, my soul mate.  We’re in this ranching thing together, and there’s absolutely nowhere else we’d rather be!

Times are tough for me with a frightening cancer diagnosis. But there's still much I see around me every day that makes me smile. #TexasHomesteader

These are just a few of the things that are meaningful and beautiful to me, but beauty is in everyone’s world no matter where you call home.  What beautiful things are you enjoying now?

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9 thoughts on “What’s Making Me Smile These Days

  1. Janis

    Nice country photos…lots to be thankful for…love the one of you n your love! too cute!

  2. Susan

    Well, there is so much beauty all around you guys. Great shots! Enjoyed them all…

  3. Madge @ The View From Right Here

    What a lovely post… I smiled at each image.. the budding of trees, the sweet little calf (oh how well I remember going to the livestock sale and dad buying three day old calves, getting to feed them with a nipple bucket and then teaching them to drink from an open bucket, the feel of their raspy tongues on my fingers as I drew their nose down into the milk!), the greening up, and lastly your hand n’ hand walk… Thank you for joining in ‘Rurality Blog Hop #5’ Hope to see you next Wednesday for #6…

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Awwwww Madge. We typically raise bottle babies each year and although they’re so much work and worry, they’re so sweet & I love it! Thanks for sharing your memory. ~TxH~

  4. Karen

    Those are all really nice things to smile about. The little calf is adorable, and you last photo is really sweet. We won’t have any real signs of Spring here for a while, so it’s nice to see a little Spring color in your corner of the world!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Thanks Karen. It surprises me that even living here and LOVING it like I do, I still have to make time to stop and smell the roses. This post is a good reminder to me as well. ~TxH~

  5. Tracey of HaikuYouDo

    Love the cute pink nose of that calf! Jealous of the spring buds. We are getting 10 inches of snow here today.

  6. Tilly's Nest

    Thank you for linking up to this week’s blog hop and sharing what makes you smile. I loved reading this post and taking a peek at the photos. Thank you for sharing them with us. Your farm is beautiful!~Melissa

  7. Tammy/Our Neck of the Woods

    Such a lovely post! The last photo is so sweet 🙂 I love the little heifer calf and her mama – what a cute photo!

    Right now I’m enjoying my hens’ beautiful eggs! They have all started laying again after their winter molt and I love collecting the white, brown, pink, and green eggs at the end of the day 🙂


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