Friday, December 31, 2010

The Top 10 from 2010 at the 7MSN

Everyone loves Top 10 lists. They're just so definitive and concise – everything you need to know about a particular topic right there in 10 numbered items.  There's even a website that collects them – go here if you want to find out the Top 10 Dangerous Toothpaste Ingredients, or the Top 10 Most Useless Body Parts or, one of my personal favorites, the Top 10 Worst Shoes to Wear and Step in Dog Poop.

Here is my Top 10 list: the Top 10 posts from 2010 at the 7MSN, as decided by me. I was going to list the 10 posts with the highest number of comments, figuring that would be a good gauge of popularity. But a bunch of those would have made us all cry again and who wants to go there on New Year's Eve? Instead, I selected 10 posts that sum up what this blog is all about – stories and adventures with the herd, with a little photography in between. Here they are, in chronological order:

Beam Us to the Beach
This is the only video on the list. You'll see some familiar faces who are no longer with us. Smile and remember the good times we all shared as they go by.

Alan Thinks It's Pretty Funny, Too
Alan bears a striking resemblance to a very famous person. Do you remember who?

Now Who's Out of Cone-trol?
Proof positive that there is nothing I wouldn't do for my boys.

This Seat is Taken
Alan learns a valuable lesson...the hard, yet very entertaining, way.

By the Light of the Monsoon
Hank rolls in the mud, kicks up his heels and still manages to look stunning.

Rattlesnake Wranglin'
The quintessential 7MSN ranch adventure, with one of my favorite illustrations ever.

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet
Smooch breaks the sound barrier. This post includes one of my all-time favorite pictures of Smooch...and she's not even in it!

Can Chickens Faint?
Another ranch adventure, this one involving the weather, the Porcine Princess, and a very wet hen.

In a Soft Light's all about the light.

Peach vs. The Tarantula
2010 was the year the chickens came to the 7MSN, and we all learned about their interesting eating habits.

Share your Top 10 favorite posts on your blog and post your link in the blog hop (click on "get the code" to add all the participants to your post). Hop around to see the best of the best from 2010, starting with Dr. V. at, who originated this blog hop.


  1. What a trip down memory lane! Thanks Carson, I really enjoyed it.

  2. Aouch the video! How can I type with my eyes full of tears?

  3. Enjoyed the recap with your top ten. I miss Deet's curly black tail in all your photos now. :(

  4. My favorite was the chickens vs. the tarantula ... that was hilarious! I, too, miss Deets as I'm sure you do as well! A great recap of 2010 ... wishing you health and happiness and more great pics of your critters in 2011!

  5. Somehow, I had managed to miss the "Who's Out of Cone-trol" post.
    I'd have had to make room in my freezer for the cone. :)

  6. Great choice of top 10 posts. I sure do miss that Deets!

    Happy New Year, Carson.

  7. One of the things I like best about reading your blog is that you can make me smile, chuckle, and laugh out loud first thing in the morning.

  8. Mum and I are still laughing about 'This Seat is Taken' even now! :D

  9. A lovely walk down 2010, and yes, I miss Deets, too, it was great to see his little face again.

    Happy New Year to you and yours.

    Christina / SVG

  10. Excellent idea...I had to play along! Such wonderful memories.

    Happy New Year to you Linda and the whole crew~

  11. Awesome list and I loved looking at them again. I have to add one that still about puts me in (laughing) tears is, Snake on a leash. I go back and read that one over if I need a good chuckle. I hope a great New Years Eve Linda and I'll raise my glass to a good 2011.

  12. Thanks so much for that romp through the past! I can't believe I had missed Peach and her tarantula lunch!!!

    Nancy in Iowa

  13. thanks!! The video was great. well more than great...but that's the best I can do at this point :)

    All those posts were good, but my (3) favorite are the ones that documented the argument b/w George and Alan! Although the video is now my new favorite b/c it has everyone in it.

    Thanks for the new year smiles! Hope yours is joyful and warm :)

  14. Happy New Year, Carson! Lots (TONS) of love and hugs to everyone at 7MSN from everyone at Morning Bray Farm. We love ya.

  15. What happened to Deets?

  16. I love your blog oh so much. So, so much. The rattler post- aieee!AIEEEEE~!~~~~!#@$##$!%@#$

    My goal, especially after reading your posts, is to up my ante on my photography skills.

  17. Happy New Year to all of 7MSN! And a shout out to the pregnant and bullish neighbors of yours also! I'm only a 1/2 "yearer" on here. Thank you Carson for a wonderful 2010 of sharing your life with us. Sorry about the cold weather you are having now... Carol

  18. Happy New Year to the 7MSN crew. I enjoyed reviewing the year with the crew. Sure miss Deets and Lyle.

    How is the new solar watering tank working out in this cold weather we are experiencing here in the West?

  19. A Happy New Year to everyone at the 7MSN!
    My blog is not popular enough to put it on the list but I will take the chance to tell you my favourite post and the story, how I found your ranch.
    It was at work as we googled for informations to a physical project at KEK in Japan, called BELL. And what did we found? An amazing post labeled "Whom The Bells Tolls". I was flashed!!
    Every day on schedule for my lunchbreak the new post waits for me to deflect from physics frenzy.

  20. Carol, I am happy to report that the solar water trough is keeping the boys' water flowing. The sun barely came out for two days, the temps dropped to 10 and 5 those two nights, and not a speck of ice. *happy dance*