We got a foot of snow Monday/Tuesday and another foot overnight...and still coming down. These are for those of you who love snow pics!! They are taken from the deck of our woodshed.
Friday, February 27, 2015
It seems like people always want to be the first to know, the first to do when it comes to new fads, clothing styles, diet programs, etc. But when there is a rush off to do what everyone else does, to dress as everyone else does, to diet as everyone else does, we may find ourselves very unsatisfied in the long run because we didn't really do a full self assessment to actualize what is it we really need and what really nourishes our being and our soul. We have all been created individually and there is nothing wrong with saying no to the fads and wearing, eating, or dressing in a manner that makes us feel totally competent to present ourselves as just that, ourselves as a whole, complete human being.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Our area is also in the avalanche warning area. About the only avalanche we see is the one coming off the steep roof of our A-Frame cabin. When that wall of snow hits you it can knock you right off your feet. At best it just goes down your collar which is very stimulating. Winter in the mountains has finally arrived and our shirt sleeve weather seems gone for a while.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015
I don't think the forecasters will be wrong for long but so far the forecast they still have up is that we were to receive snow this morning and we have not seen a flake yet. Perhaps they are not wrong but just off on their timing. I think this goes to show that often the weather people do have trouble predicting weather in the mountains.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Receiving 28" of snow can be daunting if you live in a city but here it is just something to deal with. I'm posting this now to check the accuracy of the forecasters before the storm arrives so in a few days I'll post the results. In the mountains getting it right for the weather people is really tough. I do feel they are right in this case because the birds are really chowing down on the sunflower seeds we put out for them and the suet is really going fast. Birds and animals know when something is going to happen and are good indicators in my humble opinion. I trust them more than a program in a computer in Pueblo or Denver. Stay tuned for those of you hoping to one day live in the mountains and I'll try to post some photo's. I think the weather people are right this time and I hope folks will enjoy photos of a big snow storm - especially if they don't have to shovel it.
Control is a touchy subject for most people since most people believe they have the right to do anything and say anything they wish and that no one has the right to challenge that. I look to the three precepts of the Two Row Wampum when I think about control. Between two parties there was the understanding that control and relationships would be bound in Peace, Mutual Respect, and Friendship. If a people love and respect themselves, they will love and respect others as well. Do good to others but also do good to yourself. We need to constantly stop and think what we look like and what our actions look like to others. Do we exemplify Peace, Mutual Respect and Friendship or are we seen as being over bearing, stubborn and selfish? Is our nature to get what we want by treading on the feelings and beliefs of others? Kindness only takes a few minutes and heals many wounds. We can always show respect for all people and then if need be with Peace, Mutual Respect and Friendship address inappropriate behaviors and actions.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
More and more, especially with the internet, it is important for people to think before they speak. Once words are spoken they can never be retracted. I really appreciated the teachings I was given with the flute when I was learning to play. I was told our words should be like the breathe we put forth into the flute, very soft making beautiful music. If we breathe with too great a force the flute will squeak and not make the beautiful music it was designed to do, that same with especially when we talk to our female relatives and partner in a strong voice the words are harsh and unloving or kind. The words we speak can either give life to people or take it away. The choice of speaking with words of beauty or harshly is and always has been ours to choose.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
By my rough count we now have a total of 122" of snow which is not quite half average snowfall for us. We are not worried yet because we still have at least 10 weeks of snow season left.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
What is consistent is following the snow we usually get windy conditions that drifts and blows the snow in various places. After we initially clear the snow over the next few days we are clearing it again due to the wind. In the winter moving snow out of the way seems like a never ending process. Coupled with our fluctuating temperatures which put a crust on the snow we can't afford not to keep pushing it back frequently. Failure to keep it pushed back can result in being slowly closed in by snow storms. Some piles of snow will get to 8' deep or more.
What is consistent is the snow happening and the wind that moves it around where it has to be moved again. Wind in the mountains is ever present and something that we are reconciled to deal with.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Lately there have been so many things happening that have really caused me to examine my focus in life. Focus, so important to use so that we know where our energies are best spent. It is so easy to lose track of that and come to the realization that so much has been offered to so many and that it seldom gets reciprocated. There are just times we need to stop, think, focus on what has been our main course in life and even if we have to refocus and suddenly take a different path than the one we have walked on all of our life, that we just need to do that realizing that is where we are at in our life, with ourselves, relationships and direction. These are things that we sometimes become aware of by ourselves and at other times just trying to work with people in a good way without that happening, helps us to make the change and refocus.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
The collar we bought for him to keep from reaching his side was put on according to directions and worked until some snow got under it around his neck. Then it rubbed his neck raw in a place so we had to take it off for his neck and side to heal. Even without the collar the duct tape keeps his wound dry and safe.
We also noticed his eye was looking a little different so back he went yesterday. The diagnosis is pannus which is an eye disease that can lead to blindness if not treated. Living at a high elevation and the snow with its brightness plus the ultraviolet rays both contribute. The German Shepherd breed has a pre disposition to this disease and while it effects other dogs it effects mostly the German Shepherd Dog and Border Collie breeds and Colorado is a prime location for it to occur.
It is not curable but treatable. Two of our German Shepherd Dogs have it and when it starts showing signs of happening we have to put drops in their eyes to keep them from going blind. It was first discovered in Colorado and Austria but now is found in other places. Pannus is more widespread now days but remains prevalent in Colorado. In the summer and winter with the snow glare are the worst times but we have a pair of Doggles which are tinted that they can wear if they are going to be outside more than a few minutes. That is rare that they are outside more than 4-5 minutes and with the Doggles and eye drops they should be fine.
Monday, February 2, 2015
There is a third pot shop that is opening next to this tourist attraction and the historic scenic railroad site. It will be a grow and sell pot shop. They are putting the third pot shop in a historic register building. Now when visitors from all over the world come to visit this historic site they can take 100 steps next door and buy their pot from what used to be Hogland's a historic building. Hogland's has been next to the old fort as long as the fort has been there.
This isn't about the pro and con of legalized marijuana but about the down side which was not made known when those advocating legalized marijuana were convincing the voters to adopt the new law. Our little quiet town has now become a bastion of vagrants who have migrated here due to its small size and equally small law enforcement presence. Ft. Garland used to be a town with good family values and no crime to speak of. We have recently had one of our small businesses robbed at gun point -something here to fore unheard of - and we were told by one resident that they are now having to keep driving off vagrants from their yard and property.
Denver is bemoaning that the heavy influx of homeless people who have come to Colorado for the "legal" marijuana and have swamped their social system to the point they can't help those in actual need anymore. Then we have two adjoining States who are suing our State because of increased law enforcement needed because of pot crossing into their states where it is still illegal. A third state is contemplating whether to also join the suit. It is still illegal according to the Federal Government. One thing we citizens were not told is the large market of consumables that would grow from the new "legalized" pot industry. There are daily reports of children having to go to the ER for consuming what they think is candy only to find out it is look alike candy laced with marijuana.
Statistics are now being released that those who have smoked marijuana in the last week have twice the chance of being involved in a traffic accident. That it causes temporary memory loss. It is showing up in schools at alarming rates. Those are just a few of the many down sides of legalizing pot. The revenue it provides is excellent but at what cost? Regretfully we voters were not told of the down side only all the money it would bring to the economy. Our streets are now filled with homeless vagrants which are draining resources for those in actual need. Our children are getting seriously sick consuming marijuana eatables that they think is normal candy when it is only made to look like regular candy. Our state is struggling on how to label it so people won't get it by accident. Crime to pay for drug habits is on the increase. Drivers are slowly weaving all over the road being high on marijuana. Advocates claim it has medical value and doctors claim the opposite. Advocates say it is less harmful than alcohol. Opponents say it is a gateway drug that leads to more serious drug use. Personally I do not know who is correct but what I do know is that having three pot shops in a city with a population of 433 isn't doing the community a bit of good. As we drove home from the vet today with our dog Echo we saw a man with probably 20 garbage bags and plastic crates in Ft. Garland. He is known as a vagrant and lives on a street corner asking people for marijuana. I see our quaint and historic city heading down due to one pot shop for every 144 citizens. Parents who have for years tried to keep their children off drugs now have pot shops within walking distance of their homes and schools. All this at what cost??? Is it really in the best interest of small communities like ours to have such a proliferation of pot shops taking over its community with buildings that are covered in psychedelic graffiti? The jury is out but it looks to me like pot is going to destroy small communities like Ft. Garland...
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The above is a cyst on a dog with little under fur. The cyst is easier to find when the family member doesn't have thick underfur. I had checked Echo very carefully before going to the vet and when there we found two more which were undetected in his thick underfur. While I was waiting for the anesthesia to kick in I went over him again and found two more which means he doesn't need to go back any time soon. The Vet reconfirmed that Echo is clearly a high maintenance guy and I wouldn't even try to dispute that. He is at the Vet's more than our other two combined. If you have fur family check them for these cysts as they can get infected in a couple days if not removed.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
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Friday, January 23, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Today the weather person says we are to get up to 12" of snow and it won't warm up past the 20 degrees it currently is. I was cooking cowboy breakfast outside and Mr. Bunny sat under this tree the entire time I was making breakfast. We had a conversation about the pending snow that is forecast and when I brought breakfast inside he was scrunched up even more. I told him the area around the wood stove is nice and warm in case he is interested but I don't know if he will take advantage of the warm or not. He was only about 15' away and never moved except to look at me every once and a while.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
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Friday, January 16, 2015
That was then and now is much different.
In the old days we didn't have warning lights on vehicles. In fact I had to buy seat belts for my car and install them myself. The dimmer switch for the head lights was a button on the floor. The stick shift was on the steering column and it was the old 'H' system to remember the three shifting positions and also reverse since there were no position markers to tell you what gear you were in.
Recently the engine light came on with our Jeep Liberty. It is 13 years old after all but has low mileage. I took it in to our mechanic and he connected it to a computer. I was advised that it was the throttle sensor module that needed to be replaced. I was then told "There is no accelerator cable any more and how this little sensor sent a message to the engine on how much gas was needed". What??? No accelerator cable to adjust - just an electronic module. Then I was told that the module ordered from the parts store when tested before they installed it was also defective and they had called the parts company for another.
When they plugged my car in it told them all kinds of information including the service dates and that all the other components were working as required. Plug the car into a computer and its entire systems were analyzed and the exact problem was diagnosed. A $40.00 part and a good mechanic to install it and I was back on the road again without worry. All those lights on the dashboard have significance and the durn Jeep ran well and I would never have guessed it could have broken down unless that little light came on and I took it in to be checked. Now cars last up to 250,000 - 300,000 miles or more. Cars are more expensive now but they last longer. Unfortunately they can't be worked on by the average guy.
In some ways I miss not being able to work on my vehicles but then again I like the simplicity of how they are built now days. I used to analyse my valves by putting a stick on the engine head and listening through it. That seemed pretty simple but not as simple as using a computer to detect the problem and then unplugging one part and plugging in another. When I went to change the oil in the Jeep I couldn't find the oil filter and when I did I couldn't reach it. I'm still not sure how mechanics manage to get to it to change it. I can't even change my own oil anymore. I used to check the oil for grit or any metal, smell, rub it between my fingers all just to be sure it was okay. Now I have to have it changed because it is so difficult. I guess that is a trade off for having a functional working vehicle for two or three times as long.
For someone used to doing their own maintenance and repair I guess the old days are gone now and are just a memory albeit a good memory. Young folks won't have the opportunity to experience those good times and that is kind of sad.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
It is a game they all love and it is difficult enough to where they have to actually search for the treats which challenges them and they enjoy the change of pace. A few marshmallows is not enough to harm them and they are mostly air anyway. We get the pleasure of directing them to the more difficult finds but telling them they are getting warmer and warmer until they find the treat. Clearly a win win situation for all concerned.
If you haven't tried it I recommend it to stimulate your pet and enjoy the fun yourself.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Saturday, January 10, 2015
After a recent experience got me to thinking I realized we always need to be very vigilant and try to see things and understand them for ourselves. We need to be able to search for truth as it is, not as it seems to be. For instance a shadow doesn’t always show us what caused it. The shadow is a silhouette or a dark outline cast by something standing in the way of light. Frequently it is quite opposite from what it appears to be. A cluster of leaves can throw a shadow that looks like a huge snowflake, but in reality it is not a snow flake at all. So it is with chasing a shadow over some one else’s reputation. What seems to be fact may not be fact at all, but only appearance like the leaf cluster that looks like a snowflake. Most of the time we would be lost if we had to depend on people’s appearances. We are so sure of what we are seeing that little can change our mind, until truth moves and presents itself but the shadow didn’t.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
It now looks new again with a new coat of finish and some fine sanding paper to get down to the true color of the wood. Years of treating it with lemon oil had darkened it to where I couldn't tell which wood was which. I also added some cut nails to give it a more attractive appearance. I think it is good for at least another 20 years now. It had become so dark that had forgotten how pretty the wood actually was. That is Sarah's bed in the foreground.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
People need to ease up and not be so hard on themselves. Self- condemnation is as bad as being lazy and indolent because it is so extreme and unrelenting. Though restraint doesn’t always sit well with us, at least it is more gentle and doesn’t tear down the spirit. Recognize who you are- your own best friend. You are not simply an acquaintance. You are not someone you want to insult or hurt, and you certainly are not someone you want to compete with. Instead you are a person with special qualities and special gifts that need to be cultivated. Go back in time and recall where you got in trouble with yourself. Did someone put you down? Whose opinion do you respect- the words of some outsider who has no tact, or the judgment of your own best friend? As time goes on, you will come to know who your true friends are. And you are the best friend of all that you have to look to
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
As I watched this huge vehicle I couldn't help but marvel at the outstanding skill of the driver. We see these big rigs on the highway all the time and take them for granted. These drivers drive millions of miles each year and deliver those products that make our lives easier to live and I'm sure others may not appreciate the skill and tedious mile after mile these men and women put in day after day to make our lives better. I was truly impressed with the skill and patience this particular driver utilized in working through that busy parking lot safely. I don't think I will take these rigs for granted again.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Silence. This one word to some brings to mind the scariest thoughts possible while to others it is a welcome relief and others yet, a sign of hope. Not everything we do has to include words or talk. I have witnessed some of the strongest acts a human is capable of just by watching people at times, being totally silent but getting things done. I remember the one young man in China standing in front of the tanks in Tiananmen square. Didn’t say any thing but by his standing silent and refusing to move such action became noteworthy to where the whole world witnessed his action. I often remember being able to sit with some of our Elder members of society when they were in hospital. Many times not saying a word only having them grab my hand and sitting in this manner for several hours. Then later having people mention to me how important those visits were to their parents and jokingly mentioning to them, "but I never said a word to them" and being told "just that you took the time to come and sit meant the world." The silence often in ceremony. Sweats where few words were spoken, totally dark inside the lodge where in silence we worked with ourselves to be able to enter the outside world again with a renewed mind body and spirit. Silence when we attend the passing of someone, not having to say a word to anyone but just being there in silence lending support and many other different ways. Silence can be the greatest teacher, teaching us self-control, courage, endurance, patience and helping us maintain our own self-respect and dignity. Silence...just by at times standing in support for something and not having to say anything, demonstrates the greatest strength in the world. Standing strong and letting peace do it’s work.
Friday, January 2, 2015
It is always a time of receiving strength and newness when I wake up early and watch the sunrise. It is these mornings that call me to brightness of spirit and to healing any deep hurts that may affect the soul. It is always good to step away from those and to step out and breathe in the peace. I have been taught that as the sun rises to greet it with open hands and words of thanksgiving to receive the strength that will come for the day and the wisdom I need to begin the new year. One of our greatest teachers here on Earth is the natural world because she continues to thrive, where often humans choose to give up. The negative is turned away and only the positive fills our minds, souls and spirits. All around us nature constantly reminds us to do the same.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
We all like to feast with a huge banquet of food and friends to share it all. But there is another type of feast that is in the heart at the core where we live. It is only part of being human that often people believe themselves to be victims in many ways and they starve at the center of their being. They worry excessively about who will look after them, who will feed them who will help to make sure they survive when they reach the aged years. It is good to never start a day without a song on your lips and in your heart. Never start a day being sour and hard to get along with. Never talk trouble or give an ear to those who do. Never give another person reason to be unhappy. Always remember this is your day. You woke and arose this morning, you are alive and this is a day of celebrating another day in your life.