Lots of Rain

Randy Travis wrote a song with a phrase in it – “As long as old men sit and talk about the weather, as long as old women sit and talk about old men…..”  Well, I can tell you now – if you are a farmer or a rancher – both men and women are talking about the weather.  We have gone from drought conditions to record rainfall. We received over 10 inches of rain in the last several weeks.  My pastures were under water and if there was any land that was not under water – it had become lakefront property.

Rain on Ranch Rain water at ranch

The pastures around Squirrel Creek had water over the top of the fences and almost over the gates.

Squirrel Creek  Squirrel Creek Water

The rain came so hard and so fast – I worried about the cows getting out of the creek bottoms to high ground.  But they all made it.  I have put an older cow in with my weaned calves.  She simply lead them out of the low areas right to the barn.  I found all of them in the barn – safe and dry.

Cows being led to the barn

Lefty thought the rushing water coming off the lake spillway was a little too close to his home.  And since Lefty is a little brat, he was mad because he had to be confined to his stall for his safety.  Kids – they just don’t understand!!

Lefty in the barn

But some of the other ranch residents lost their home.  I found these guys in the middle of the road coming out of the pastures that were under water.

Armadillos in the road

Then there was this guy who could not stop singing about the entire event.


But after our years of drought, you will have no complaints from us. There are life lessons in the seasons – the weather.  Ranching takes you through the extreme heat to freezing cold – sunshine to rain – storms to clear blue skies and gentle breezes.  No two days are the same – no week – no month – no year.  Sounds like life to me!!  So I am going to take every day as a gift – thank God for my blessings and my lessons.  I know HE is not going to give me anything today that HE won’t give me the strength to handle.





By | 2017-04-25T23:03:19+00:00 May 3rd, 2015|At the Ranch, The Land|6 Comments


  1. Sandi Bruss May 6, 2015 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Great pictures! Great point of view! Love you!

    • Linda Jordens Galayda May 11, 2015 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      Waiting for your return to share the view!!

  2. Molly May 4, 2015 at 1:58 am - Reply

    Your long needed rain finally came. It looks like it filled your pond, and made a few new ones – but thankful all of your livestock made it to safety. They will enjoy the nice green grass that the rains will provide. You appreciate God’s creation, and I love reading about it, and seeing the pictures that you share.

  3. Beverly May 3, 2015 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    Glad you got some relief finally. Leave it to you to see Gods hand everywhere; the frogs, the armadillos, the horses and the cows. God is good!

    • Linda Jordens Galayda May 11, 2015 at 2:48 pm - Reply

      God is good – ALL the time!!

  4. Sarah Welch May 3, 2015 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Love reading your blogs, Linda. I know nothing about ranching, but seems you’ve got it in your blood. Proud to know you

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