Sunday, April 27, 2014

Amazing Friendship!

This evening I was witness to an incredible site. Most of you know of the raven who has befriended me, Bran, and his mate, Branna. Bran has watched over this place very closely since 2006. But this deserves some sort of accolade.
Lately there has been a bald eagle patrolling the wetlands that border this place. I have watched him pass, both thinking how awesome it's been to see him this close but also worried that in about two weeks, lambs will start arriving...newborn lambs the size of eagle meals.
I scanned the area to see if the eagle was around, but there was only Bran, walking amongst Loki and his Boyz, waiting for me to leave a treat for him.
Then suddenly, he disappeared, flying eastwardly. This was unusual for him. I went back into the barn to get feed ready for the sheep. Not one minute had passed before I heard a loud commotion. What I saw was incredible!
The eagle had tried to make a grab for one of the ducks nesting in the grasses along the stream that runs through the pasture by Loki's pen. It didn't get the duck, but here were Bran and Branna attacking the eagle! Normally the ravens, as well as other birds, just take off when the eagle is around. The eagle is the top predator for these creatures and most lay low until he passes.
But, here were Bran and Branna attacking this big upstart who was in their territory! They kept at him until he gave up and started to fly off, both ravens still attacking him as he flew off to the north.
Apparently, when the eagle came across the fenceline, close to the barn, it was too much for my friends. Loud and clearly, those two told the eagle to hunt elsewhere...he is not welcome at this farm.
I am honored to have made friends with these ravens, their friendship a gift they not easily bestow on a human. To this day I still do not know why Bran trusted me the first time we met. He has watched over me almost every day I am outside and seen me through dark nights tending to sick sheep or lambs that come in the night. He will stay until I get inside, then off he goes, home.
There are many gifts in life. But I think I count this friendship as more than his gift, but a blessing.
Thank you, Bran.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

My Brother's Wisdom

I thought this was too good to pass up the opportunity to share with everyone. We all need a good laugh at ourselves at times. For me, there have been times when all you can do is laugh at something. Please enjoy! And have a good chuckle as well!

"THOUGHTS
 
As I was lying around, pondering the problems of the world,
 
I realized that at my age I don't really give a rat's ass anymore.
 
If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.
 
A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, but is still fat.
 
A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years, while
 
A tortoise doesn't run and does mostly nothing, yet it  lives for 150 years.
 
And you tell me to exercise?? I don't think so.
 
Just grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked, the good fortune to remember the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.
 
Now that I'm older here's what I've discovered:
 
1.    I started out with nothing, and I still have most of  it.
 
2.    My wild oats are mostly enjoyed with prunes and all-bran.
 
3.    I  finally got my head together, and now my body is falling apart.
 
4.    Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.
 
5.    Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.
 
6.    If all is not lost, then where the heck is it ?
 
7.    It was a whole lot easier to get older, than to get wiser.
 
8.    Some days, you're the top dog, some days you're the hydrant; the early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
 
9.    I wish the buck really did stop here, I sure could use a few of them.
 
10.  Kids in the back seat cause accidents.
 
11.  Accidents in the back seat cause kids.
 
12.  It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.
 
13.  The world only beats a path to your door when you're in the bathroom.
 
14.  If God wanted me to touch my toes, he'd have put them on my knees.
 
15.  When I'm finally holding all the right cards, everyone wants to play chess.
 
16.  It's not hard to meet expenses.... they're everywhere.
 
17.  The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
 
18.  These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter, I go somewhere to get something and then wonder what I'm "here after".
 
19.  Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded."