It is my 40th Birthday today. One of my recent goals has been to get out to the ranch by the time I am 40 and I guess I did it. I’m not exactly ranching, but I suppose I’m closer than I ever have been. We’ve had some discouraging days. Money is tight and we are accepting the fact that we are going to have to get full-time jobs, at least until the house sells. That is disappointing, but I am trying to stay encouraged and trusting. Frankly, it’s not easy. Anna is very helpful in this regard. What I am discovering is that even though I manage to maintain my composure, I am nursing a strain of doubt under the surface. Every now and then it comes out. So, my new task is to war against the doubt that still exists.
Watching “Silverado” in class. The teacher doesn’t care much what we do while he is gone. He gave me a movie to watch, but to keep from watching the same thing over and over I brought a couple of mine in. I was up kind of late last night and I don’t have much patience for a bunch of knuckle-head sophomores who think they are something special.
With everything else that is going on I haven’t mentioned the grass fire. I won’t say much other than that someone stole the signs from downtown and we thought the burn ban was off. A brush fire got away from us and I had to rush home. I beat the Saratoga VFD by about a minute. We got everything put out and there was no fine. God spared us in that. As a matter of fact, he spared us in the fire itself. The wind was blowing away from the house, so it didn’t even get close.
We also cleaned up the old pile of barn that was stacked up in our backyard. It looks a lot better and it also looks like we will have enough lumber to replace the gates and bullwire in the barn with real wood. This will also let us split Scout’s stall in two and move Sarge under the barn. We should be able to feed all three horses without leaving the barn.
Getting excited about the big party this weekend. We still have a lot to do in the house, but I am looking forward to my birthday dinner and movie. However, we’ll still have a lot to do today.