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Overnight

Overnight

Yesterday there was a bright patch of green plants in the area where I toss compostables over the fence. Today, there were two large bright white mushrooms that must have sprouted overnight. This is the smaller one, about the size of the palm of your hand. You can see...

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Peace

Peace

Our horses, Barkley and Magic, are almost always together. If one comes in for dinner without the other, this is sufficiently rare that I go looking for the other one. When Barkley was sick, Magic was never far from him, and when I walked in the back pasture to check...

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Stability

Stability

As the sun drops lower in the afternoon sky, the oaks spend a moment basking in the warm rays. These oaks aren't tall and stately. They're shorter and scrubbier than oaks in wetter climates, but they can survive a pretty severe drought unscathed. Since they are lower...

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Curious

Curious

The mesquite trees are bare for the winter. When we walk in the morning, the lack of winter vegetation allows me to see the dogs better than in the other seasons, where the foliage and understory are thick. I let them run off leash, trotting down the trail and veering...

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Nest

Nest

When I visited the neighbors' hens, they didn't invite me into the henhouse. I just went uninvited and opened the cover over their nesting boxes. Thinking about that now my behavior seems kind of rude, but the hens were unfailingly gracious. They climbed up their...

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Cardinal

Cardinal

Earlier this week I was thinking about making realistic wishes. I didn't want false hope. When I picked something I could really hope for, I wished to see a cardinal. I wrote about this in a post a few days ago called Waterfall. Not a half hour after I made that wish...

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Shade

Shade

If you drive on country roads in Texas you see signs announcing that a cattle guard is coming up. A cattle guard is an area of the road that has been dug out and replaced by a series of pipes across the road. When your truck crosses a cattle guard, the wheels rumble....

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Cozy

Cozy

This photo definitively answers the world's least asked question. What does it look like to stand between two miniature donkeys? The answer, as you can see, is it looks pretty darn cozy. If only someone would ask you this today, you are all prepared. Don't ever say...

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Roots

Roots

On a walk by the creek this week in a grove of cedar elms, I saw these long dead trees with their complex root systems still holding on to one another. For some reason I thought of the time when we sisters were small girls. In times long past...

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Jade

Jade

If your little dog were here at the Bossy Spa, she would be in the creek. It is sunny, and after their morning romp Annie and Ginger both went in, despite temperatures below freezing. We have been cooped up more than we'd like because of the cold, and no one could...

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