Saturday Breakfast got off to a slow start, but the folks finally started coming and braved the weather. Even Colonel Tate came from Stephenville and brought President McCabe from Tarleton. The "Horsemanís Ranch" newcomers have found where the food is being served in Morgan Mill. Greg and Shawn Ufers have been here one and half years and love it. They were living in Riverside, California, when they read a tiny advertisement in a Horse magazine. They like the people and country around Morgan Mill. They miss "nothing" about California. Shawn added that all of my sons and grandchildren are here, now. They were the second residents to move into Horsemanís Ranch. Greg and Shawn raise Arabians and mules. They explained that mules make better trail riders because they are trainable. The mules go where you want them to go and only go where it is safe. Shawnís mother, Joyce Sample, will have been here a year in February. She moved from Azusa, California, and also loves it here, especially the food. Joyce commented that she visited and liked it so much; she just moved. What she misses most is her 85 year old mother still in California. Joyce raises miniature donkeys and loves the friendliness and peacefulness that she has found in Morgan Mill.
Other Horsemanís Ranch newcomers are Marie and Bob Beckett, from Catlett, Virginia. They were the first to buy in the new development. They said that a friend saw the "For Sale" sign while driving Highway 281 on Christmas Day, 2004. Two weeks later, on a trip from San Antonio to Dallas, Bob said as he drove past Horsemanís Ranch, "that looks like home." Bob and Marie said that they were not missing Virginia much. They really like the people, the friendliness, food, and community camaraderie in Morgan Mill. Bob was in the Navy for twenty years and is a certified financial planner in Weatherford part time. Marie says that she has been the office administrator and farm manager. They have raised Arabians and Paints for 35 years. Now they have five horses with two on the way. Marie described her horses as "working western." The Beckettís have two kids and two grandkids in Virginia.
Carol Chastain has lived in Horsemanís Ranch since August. She moved from Austin looking for privacy and space. She found her new home while taking a horse to Weatherford. She loved the house/barn combination. She laughed when she was asked what she misses not living in Austin. She owns one Arabian and has one "babysitter" horse. She works off the internet for a company in Nashville. Her son, Michael, is in the Army in Iraq. She loves the sense of community in Morgan Mill and loves to come to breakfast at the community center. She especially enjoyed the Craft Fair in September and loves the Morgan Mill food. More stories will be printed next week.
Remember Morgan Mill Art Association Tuesday at noon at the Community Center. If you have not attended yet, come and watch, or paint with your neighbors. Bring a lunch item to share. Everyone is welcome.
Bible Study at Judy Rasberryís has started again on Saturdays. "Life Principles for Following Christ" is the title and Judy described it as "from Eternity past to Eternity future. Everyone is welcome.