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In The Company of Company 
Aug. 25, 2013 9:28 am 
Updated: Oct. 28, 2013 2:35 pm

It’s been a whirlwind of a month. 

I can’t remember a lot of it as we have been very busy, but it was great seeing so much family and friends. Randyman’s sister, niece and her family came up for a surprise visit to see our nephew, the cowboss, who will sadly be leaving for another job somewhere in October. (I think I was the only one surprised by the visit, the guys often forget to tell me stuff, but at least it’s always a GOOD surprise!) We also have a new guy, who is an exchange student from Okinawa and speaks english very well...probably better than I do, but with an accent. He’s fun and laughs a lot. The boss was gone so we had him for meals the first few days to welcome him to the ranch. That put 8 at our little 6 person table for a few days.

It was great to see everyone and I hope the kids all come back to visit again, even though their uncle will no longer be here.

They are putting in several large ‘pivots’ here at the ranch. These are 1/2 mile long irrigation systems that will pivot around the center, watering a square (actually a round) mile. Lots of fence needs to be removed and ditches filled. It will change a lot about the landscape of the ranch and will be a big improvement for feeding and irrigating,  I think. Randyman put out a distress call, and we have some great friends who we also consider family, that answered. They all arrived the day after his sister left. They stayed for 2 weeks helping us all out and the second week a friend of mine arrived for her scheduled visit. That kept 8 at the dinner table.

Of the 8, three were my little people. The little people had a great time. They played at the pond, hugged on the polar bears, played with Thomas, who allowed them to pet his little bumply head. One of them made the observation "It looks kinda like his brain is on the OUTSIDE of his head..."

they helped  process the last 7 meatie chickens, which became a source of great hilarity as well as a biology lesson. The oldest little people person can now identify a chicken's heart, gizzard, lungs, liver, intestines and crop.

Chicken calisthenics

Grabbing the tendon to do the 'chicken wave" 

They climbed with Annie in the Octopus tree where they also found 'sheep hair', a dead hawk (most likely caught by the Maremmas who take offense at predatory raptors attacking their flock) and underwent construction of what we were told but were afraid to investigate, was an outdoor potty.

 They rode Wimpy and Mister, pushed the leppies, Sushi and EmmaLouMoo  to the top of my pasture for a little experience in moving cows...

...helped move portable fencing, made fettucini noodles...

... we also made homemade ice cream, flaming banana crepes with dark rum, leg of lamb and lots of other good stuff. Oldest little people person learned to sew a little and made a skirt for school, collected eggs and cleaned out the lambing shed, while their Daddy worked like a machine taking out over a mile of barbed wire and hog wire fencing, etc. A combat experienced US Marine, he also shared his warrior's perspective on Bible passages that was really awesome to hear and gave us a greater understanding of some OT passages that described the massive armies of their time in the mornings while evenings we all spent watching Duck Dynasty reruns, laughing and being grateful that finally there is a show the whole family can enjoy together.

Their Mom worked on my house, organizing things I didn’t even think could be organized and helping out with every possible thing. They were all like little ants, each day carrying out their missions. It was great to see them and I hope next visit they can just rest and enjoy the ranch, although a little of that was done too.

They brought a new family member with them, a little Rottweiler puppy named Achilles. Cute as a bug, he’d play out front with the kittens and dogs then flop down on the ugly, old, turquoise linoleum floor that graces this house, seeking to cool off. He’d flatten out like a rug. One day the guinea fowl ventured into the front yard. That was their BIG mistake. Achillies took out after them, anxious to play with a living squeaky toy, but the Maremmas saw him through the fence. That was HIS big mistake. My big white polar bear-looking dogs are pretty flexible, but they do hold a grudge. From that point on, Achilles was on their hit list. It made for some interesting times, as the polar bears are used to coming inside if its very hot, but so was Achilles. There was a lot of dancing around going on, pushing dogs in and out in a hurry every time they nearly crossed paths. I’m not sure how future visits are going to turn out, I guess I hope it’s when the Polar Bears are content to just stay outside.

Meantime, a friend from long ago, that I haven’t seen for many years, came by bus to visit. It began as a visit for her to just get away from the heat and bustle of the city she lives in. We went horseback riding, took the 4 wheelers up to the weir...

...fed leppies and handled the sheep, calves etc. She enjoyed the little people and their family as much as we did, in fact they were giving her very big hugs when they left. She has helped process meat birds in the past (well...actually she helped process one turkey but it counts). She likes riding, loves dogs, likes fresh fruits and veggies so the garden is a plus. All in all it seems a perfect fit, so I took her back to the bus station a week later with plans for Randyman and I to drive down with the trailer to pick up all her worldly goods as she is moving in to help us out, as it is getting more and more difficult for me to do regular things.  

It's great the way things work out sometimes.

Aug. 25, 2013 10:51 am
I love your stories, though I haven't commented before. I have COPD, and you have been a HUGE inspiration to me. Your spirit & tenacity are unbelievable - I SO admire you! And wonder just HOW in the heck you get everything done that you do, even when feeling your best. I'm happy to hear you apparently were in one of your "good spells" while everyone was there? We'll never know how you felt once in bed though...I hope you aren't "paying for it now". I'm so happy you're getting help - everything is easier with a friend. Both of you are lucky and I hope it works out forever. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy life to post - great pics, too! Thanks again!
Aug. 25, 2013 11:39 am
thanks scootersandi. COPD is a tough challenge to live with, for sure. I am lucky to have lots of help from our loved ones who come to visit, or I don't think I would manage! Things have been good lately, healthwise and I am hoping I am heading for a remission :)
Aug. 25, 2013 12:51 pm
Great story/blog! I am so happy for you!! Having a friend come to help out is such a blessing for you guys! AND her too I am sure! Looking forward to the next blog! (PS - love the little people - I have borrowed your phrase! Hope ya don't mind!)
Aug. 25, 2013 1:48 pm
petey: Looks you had a fantastic visit with all your friends and family. Love the first photo with the Little Person hugging one of the Maremmas! Glad to hear you and Randyman will be having additional help in the future.
Aug. 25, 2013 2:09 pm
@Heather-I am very excited about her coming here. I think it is going to be a plus for everyone! I love the little people too, they are the best kind! @bikerfamily-he is a hugger, for sure. He hugged the dogs, the turkey, everyone in the house...he's such a sweet little guy...just like his Daddy!
Aug. 25, 2013 2:28 pm
Well petey another wonderful read as always. Love the pictures, and happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with your family. Very happy to hear that your friend is coming to stay with and help you. You take good care petey, and thanks for sharing your life with us.
Aug. 25, 2013 4:29 pm
thanks Manella. It's always good to see family, and hectic as they may be, visits are never long or often enough
Aug. 25, 2013 6:09 pm
Again I must say that your blogs simply amaze me not to mention your photos. Looks like fun was had by all.
Aug. 25, 2013 6:53 pm
@bd.weld- it was VERy, VERY, VERY fun!
Aug. 26, 2013 3:08 am
Wow, you had a houseful! It just goes to show you what kids really want is to feel they are loved and to have their contributions valued. I'm happy to know you have gained a live-in companion, and I hope she will be able to ease your burden. Thanks for sharing!
Aug. 26, 2013 3:03 pm
Kids are so great, they remind me of how to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Things we take for granted are a new adventure to be savored for them, and they are curious and awestruck over things we rarely notice. I love it. Any help at all from my friend will be a blessing! thanks Bibi
Aug. 27, 2013 4:17 am
Petey, love your blog and pictures as always. Kids have a way of reminding us what life is really all about. I know memories to last a lifetime were made! Some brave little souls, as there is no way under the sun, I would squat down eyeball to eyeball to that turkey (he must be a turkey whisperer). Praying renewed strength and much less pain is in store for you Petey :)
Aug. 27, 2013 8:39 am
What a lovely blog. Looks like you were surrounded by love and good times. Take care Kim!
Aug. 28, 2013 7:07 am
Petey, The kids seem to enjoy themselves -even preparing the chickens. What wonderful experiences they will always remember!
Sep. 6, 2013 7:09 am
It's amazing how God provides blessings in the form of people who love us. I know that you will be as much a blessing to her and your friend is and will be to you. :)
Sep. 10, 2013 2:23 pm
Hi Petey, I have been very busy taking care my husband and doing some things around the house I haven't had time for in a while due to work and his illness. I got on today just to see if you had posted another blog. I was not disappointed at all. I am so glad you had such a wonderful visit with the family, especially the little people. It is amazing for sure how things work out sometimes. I am sure when your friend came for her visit that she would be that person that would come into your life from the past that is going to now be so much help for you .That is how God does things.When you least expect it,but just when it is needed. Look forward to your next blog and see how things are going.
Sep. 23, 2013 3:29 pm
Petey, once again you have put Joy in the day. I am remembering one of your blogs where you had taken a night (full moon) walk and the pictures from that were breathe taking for me. Then the turkey, loving and following you around, seem like he has changed his mind for the time being. Friends, God's gift that we share with. My friend happened in my life 64 years ago and we are still sharing. Your friend will be of help, and you will be sharing - oh boy, fresh butter, home made bread, canned chicken and tons of goodies. Have fun, all of you. You take beautiful pictures and write beautiful words. I do enjoy your blogs and sharing. Thank you so much.
Oct. 28, 2013 2:35 pm
You make me feelglad to be alive. I am sending prayers for you to the Throne, and I am confident out Lord will send you a healing touch.
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