I didn’t name this place; my family did. Most of the residents here are hoofed and living out their days in peace. A few, including me, are here to heal. This camp consists of around 30 acres deep in the heart of Texas about 15 miles outside of a town called Nacogdoches.
There is funny little horse called Pedro that keeps getting my attention. I’ve told him everything. He wanders around and follows me whenever he can. Last night, he patted me down for carrots and we saw a shooting star together.
The sporks (spoon/forks) are cross breeds between miniature horses and donkeys I think. There are a pair of them and they are the first hoofed animals that I have ever seen wrestle. They love to bray-night and day. They are considered lawn ornaments that eat.
One is an older horse who I’ve been told was once a champion that won dozens of buckles in his day as a barrel racer. Another is half-blind and I am careful to come up on her sighted side when I feed so I don’t startle her. She is a very gentle animal and loves to have her neck stroked.
There are also loads of antique stores in the downtown area that I want to look through as I always love to find early American glass. Sometimes in these small towns there are rare pieces of the glass which I’ve collected for years.
Small town amusements are fun. In a town of close to 33,000, I’ve seen one movie theater, a bowling alley and one honky tonk down by the railroad. Unlike California, the are churches on every corner instead of coffee shops.
One of the biggest differences is the price of real estate. Rental rates posted at $400-$700 for decent-looking apartments along with houses starting in the 50s. Of course, the prices also elevate to over a million for an estate on a large piece of land. Condos are basically unheard of here as the concept of buying an apartment just doesn’t make sense when you can own even a small piece of earth.
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Horse and cows are everywhere as well as donkeys of all shapes and sizes. Turns out they are more than lawn ornaments that eat, the smaller equines keep coyotes and poisonous snakes away. They will kill them in fact.
I tried to get my mother’s miniature donkey, Pedro, to chase away a chicken snake but he just stepped over it. They only get excited when their lives are in danger but the long, black creature was easily five feet long and I didn’t like him in the yard.
Temperatures are just above freezing and winter is in full swing. So goes life here in the Piney Woods of Deep East Texas. Stay tuned for updates and additions to our little slice of paradise called Misfit Island.
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