I just love the wintertime in the Diablo Mountains. It is cool and crisp, the hills are green and the creeks are flowing.

I am writing here just before Christmas 2018. It was a good year. The pigs are robust and healthy. It is interesting to observe how the animal behaviors change from the bad drought years to the more recent years that have been less dry.

Some of the back country roads on the ranch have been bladed and new gates installed, just normal ongoing cowboy stuff I guess.

Most exciting for me this year is the new “mobile command center” – I have a new hard-sided pop-up camper and it is awesome!