Thursday, June 21, 2012

30-day writing challenge ~ Day 21 (Favors I'd Ask)

Favors I'd Ask.  Topic of the WWFC 30-day writing challenge.

Again, I've gone and modified the writing theme from "Favors I'd Ask of Satan" to "Favors I'd Ask."  It is like the movie Beetlejuice ~ don't say his name!  Give him no credit, Lucifer, the fallen angel.  I wouldn't ask him for any kind of favor, seems the trade in that bargain involves a soul ...

Having said that, FAVOR NO. 1 would be to live life on a guest ranch.  No, I haven't fallen and knocked the ever-lovin sense out of myself.  I know that would require a lot of personnel, ranch hands, farm equipment - all that business.  Heck, I can do the bookkeeping, hire the best to do the rest!

A place in particular I have in mind is Highland Ranch in Philo, California.  Here is the website description ~

Imagine a collection of cozy lodging cabins scattered around a 125 year old ranch house nestled among the most majestic trees you've ever seen such as Coast Redwood and Douglas Fir. Then, picture these trees covering limitless acres of gracefully sloping mountainside overlooking the beautiful redwood and winery country of the Anderson Valley. Throw in a few pristine lakes and connect everything with a hundred miles of mountain trails and wide dirt roads perfect for horseback riding, biking or hiking. Now you've got an idea of what Highland Ranch is like.
Highland Ranch

Now the only downfall I see to living in paradise is it is a long day's journey into night if you just want to go to the corner bar for a drink.


Should Lady Luck smile on me and bestow me with more money than I know what to do with, I would buy acres and acres of land in Amador County, California.  I would then create a humongous land trust with no fences and no vineyards and no development WHATSOEVER.

I know that is pie-in-the-sky thinking, a girl can dream, can't she?


Along the lines of having more money than ... I would establish a vocational/technical school in the Stockton/Modesto area for disadvantaged youth.  A germ of an idea really, but I figure as long as I am asking for favors.  I have many blessings in life and wish the same for others.

Moving on to a smidgen of Rural Thursday.

This image was captured in El Dorado County, California, along Latrobe Road.  Each time I pass this barn, I am struck by the beauty in surroundings, the coloration of the barn siding, the change in the grasses from green to gold.  It draws me in ~

And the horses,

Closer ~

Oops, too close ...

Link to the other bloggers participating in the WWFC 30-day writing challenge ~


Buttons said...

I do so love your dreams and wishes for others and awesome photos to top it off. Perfect. Good luck with the money thing and the amazing dreams for that money sharing is truly what it is all about. B

Linda said...

Beautiful photographs and some really nice favors to NOT ask of you know who. Nice dreams. I like the one about preserving the land. We need more dreamers like that.

Babs-beetle said...

That's a good list. The one who shall not be mentioned, couldn't fulfil them anyway. He doesn't have the power ;)

notactuallygod said...

I don't think Satan can grant *nice* favours.
But if you need somebody whacked...

laughingmom said...

Very nice wish list - cool photos too!

Tanya said...

beautiful...if i came into a small fortune i too would buy oodles of land to preserve!

We Work For Cheese said...

Gorgeous photos! And a fantastic wish list. Let's hope the Nameless One's counterpart is paying attention :-)

Linda Medrano said...

These are some fabulous photos. I love all of your ideas except the one ranch thing. All those trees scare me. Trees scare my dog Harry too. We are afraid of aliens in trees.

Nancy Claeys said...

Gorgeous captures, Tami! Reminds me of the Old West.

Thank you for sharing at Rural Thursdays this week. xoxo