Sunday, September 28, 2014
There are many things we may hear during our lives. Special words that were shared that we really didn’t understand at that time and place. Sometimes during our days as we grow older and mature we go back to those words and then find they now have meaning that makes sense to us from where we are in our life’s journey and maturity. Years can pass between an event or a word spoken and our eventual understanding of it. It’s like a house being built. We can see the structure going up but we really can’t use it or know how to really use it until it is finished.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
I know some readers like me to adhere to safety rules when riding a bicycle but the little helmets are currently on back order probably due to the increased demand for the rats having a good year. I will continue to be very careful until I can get them fitted with helmets. These little guys are thrill seekers and take great joy going for a bike ride down a dirt road. They can hardly contain themselves with the wind in their fur and want to stick their head out the window but ours is one of those cheap traps without a window.
While these little guys are cute they exceed their cuteness by being destructive. If you don't put your hood up on your vehicle they can obliterate your wiring harness and hoses in a single night. They like the insulation on electrical wires and will chew up anything they can sink their teeth into to make a nest. If you have small shiny objects around they really like to horde those. Little things like the chuck key to your electric drill, wrenches, screw drivers etc. Of course when you finally find it they have already peed their brown excretion on it and the tool will never smell the same.
We believe we have a good relocation program and as soon as we catch both male and female and put them through the program we seem to have another pair replace them. Dirty smelly little buggers.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Click on the photo and it will enlarge for a better view. The leaves are quite colorful this year but not lasting as long.
Other people’s opinions are just that, their opinion, not a verdict. There are those who have the personality type that want their view and opinion to be the only one that counts, the one that states what is valid and what isn’t. But even if they were correct in one instance doesn’t mean they always will be in every instance forever. It is our prerogative to accept someone else’s opinion as just that or not. We should always be free to accept things or not accept things. That is why we were born with free will and as we work with ourselves, our families, our clans, our communities, our nations and the natural world we should learn how to use it so that we do stay free and do not become bound by any sort opinion or verdict put over us by someone or something else
Monday, September 22, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
The elk are bugling almost non stop but one caller is someone who is apparently poaching and is lousy with an elk call. Doesn't fool anyone including the elk. They finally gave up a couple hours after dark last night. No need to call the game warden as their calling is so pitiful that it doesn't fool the elk or anyone who knows what a real elk sounds like. They inadvertently left their cow call in the road to be relinquished to the game warden. They are now using a bull elk call and have a long way to go in mastering it. No one ever claimed poachers were smart - only sneaky and illegal.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
I learned many years ago that the path I walk is my path and no one else’s. I have my path and you have yours. Everyone has a path. Each of us are on it whether we realize it or not. At some time we will come to know it and accept it as such. When we walk that path we know because we are happy and content. It doesn’t mean that we just sit around and expect everything to come to us but there is a reciprocity that we need to remember in that whatever we do or set in motion will return to us in a bigger way than the manner in which we set it in motion. Being on our path in a good way means that we are doing our earthly work and causing no one or anything harm.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
In 1990, 105 children would die each day before their first birthday. In 2014, 66 would die before their first birthday.
In 1990, 10 children were killed by a gun each day. In 2014, that number is down to 7.
In 1990, 6 children died each day by suicide. In 2014, that number is down to 5.
In 1990, 719 children were born each day with a low birth weight. In 2014, that number is 865.
In 1990, 27 children were born into poverty. In 2014, that number is up to 1392.
In 1990, 217 children were arrested each day on drug charges. In 2014, that number is 408.
In 1990, 1,849 children were abused each day. In 2014, that number is 1837 each day.
So fewer children are killed each day, more are born into poverty, low birth weight is up, suicide is down, child deaths before age 1, are down, death by gun is down but abuse is about the same.
Some area's are down, some are up and some are the same. So in summary things are roughly the same 24 years later. Not particularly worse but not particularly better either. We sometimes believe the world is going to hell in a hand basket but when it comes to children it is about the same. So my question is why is it the same? What have we as society been doing regarding children the last 24 years? Perhaps we are doing it wrong. Could it be the old values may be best but we have zoomed past them so fast that we have lost them and their benefit?
Far be it from me to make that determination but I find this information worthy to consider. Have we really made progress in the past 24 years regarding our children? Children are our future.
Friday, September 12, 2014
I believe he said he wanted another bike ride and that one was the most exciting one he had ever had. He was also reluctant to leave the trap when I opened the door. Since many of his brothers and sisters are located at this new location he should like it a lot.
It was this particular rat that Disney modeled Mickey Mouse after. They are cute if they didn't smell so bad and were so destructive. I found his nest and will clean it out later today. No telling what I will find in the nest. Last nest I cleaned out I found a dead and totally dried mouse. These guys will gather just about anything and horde it in their nest.
Enjoy your new home #11.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Sarah will protect me by checking out the surrounding area and then she will sniff her way around the back yard for a few minutes. It is a chance for her to have some alone time with me without her two brothers pestering her. I will tell her it is time to go poopers and she will go find a suitable place to relieve herself. I will then tell her what a good girl she is. She doesn't need me to tell her to poop because she has been doing it fine by herself for over 10 years. She likes to be told she is a good girl and we use that natural event to make a fuss over her and let her know she is a good girl. It is that time of day when she would go poop anyway and once praised she is generally always smiling.
We use every opportunity to tell our boys and girl how good they are and hence they know what we expect/like and do it to receive our approval. It may only be a little thing but they are in tune with what we desire for them. People are a lot like that too and need reinforcement and praise. It can be the smallest thing but in their life it weighs huge. Sometimes in our busy day we forget this basic need in our relationship with others. The poop routine only works with Sarah and if I complemented my wife on doing the same I'd be quickly taken in for a psychological evaluation. You have to be smart about what you use for praise and it must be sincere.
Every night I have another ritual where I go to where each of our fur family is and tell them good night and how much I love them. They surely don't need to hear that but it is reinforcement each and every day. We try to show it to them all day each day. They know the word love but they probably don't know any more than it is a good word. After all they actually live the word out in their lives every minute of every day. They like and wait for our little ritual each night and would think they had done something wrong if I failed to do it. I get down and right in their face tell them which I also believe is important in making that connection. Aren't people like that too? Not just the meaningless or passing ritual of saying "I love you" but they need to hear it with sincerity. If those two little rituals can change our fur families lives for good what could they accomplish if they were applied to our human family too?
Those two rituals are two of the most important things I do each day and the benefits are easily seen by anyone who visits us. Are you to proud to get down and look your pet in the face to tell them you really love them? They may not understand the words but they clearly understand the meaning and intent. Our fur friends are devoted to us not because we demand it but because of a love bond that is reinforced each day. Find someone today to tell how much you love them whether they have four legs or two. Get right in their face and look them in the eye and try it and see if you notice a difference in the relationship. I know our three furry family members will look right back at me and I can see the love and devotion in their eyes. Try it yourself because the rewards far exceed the small amount of time expended.
A final story about Lucas the wolf. Lucas was the pack leader at a local wolf refuge. When the alpha male gets old and can no longer defend their position in the pack a younger male will challenge them and assume that role. Lucas loved each and every member of his pack so much it was evident. When Lucas became old and the younger males in his pack could have easily taken alpha away from him none even attempted. Why? Simply because none could love more than Lucas. The rest of the pack respected Lucas for his ability as pack leader to love them all greatly. Lucas was pack leader because he loved so much..I think we could all learn a great deal from Lucas the wolf.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Tony's advice was to use a good wood sealer on it each year and it would preserve the wood from deteriorating. I have taken it down each year and as I stain the roof and seal the rest of the mailbox I can tell just how much care was put into making it just right. Tony hand cut each of the roof pieces and weathered the exterior trim boards. I think of Tony often but especially each year when I treat the mailbox as Tony suggested. You can't help but notice all the care and effort that went into making this box by Tony when you seal the wood each year. He made every little detail just right and there is no question it was a labor of love from start to finish.
When we moved out here I would send Tony a letter every few weeks telling him much of what this blog was set up to do - how life is here in the mountains. Tony then retired and he would call me on his cell phone around once a month. Then one day about three years ago I got a call from Tony who informed me he had a disease that was going to take his life. The lump in my throat was so big that it was all I could do to say goodbye to Tony and tell him how much I valued his friendship over the years and how I loved him.
Then a few weeks later I heard that Tony was gone and I'm still heartsick over the loss of a good and true friend. A few weeks later I had heard from Tony's son who advised me he was cleaning out Tony's desk and found all my letters which Tony had saved. He said every time he would visit his mom and dad that Tony would pull out the most recent letter and read it to them and then put it away in his desk.
Having a good loyal friend like Tony is priceless. Having a mail box that reminds me of Tony and how meticulously he made it is even better because each time I look at that box I think of Tony. I have it in a spot that I see every day and what wonderful memories I have of Tony and his friendship...
Friday, September 5, 2014
So we don't say it is foggy outside because it is actually cloudy outside. Often like today there are particles of moisture drifting around in the cloud. The other half of this is saying "the clouds are rising" as they lift and move away. Or like a weather forecaster for Accu weather used to say this is a Maidenform cloud (he actually said Maidenform fog) It will lift and separate in two hours...
Today is one of those days where we are in the clouds. I went down to the front gate to pick up a package and when I was 1000-1500' lower in elevation I could look up and see where the clouds met the mountain...and when in it the view was just like the photo above...
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
I ordered The Journey Bible/Revealing God and How You Fit into His Plan from the site that I joined so I can review books for free. You can check the site out at www.booklookbloggers.com. This NIV edition of the Bible is very interesting.
The book is published by Zondervan which I know to be a reputable company. The editors chose 5 books of the Bible as those that would give the reader a good grasp on what the Bible is all about. They refer to them as FIVE ALIVE and include Genesis, Deuteronomy, John, Acts and Romans. There is a page and a half of “Jesus’ Famous One-Liners”…those quotes that we often might use even in every day life such as “Do to others what you would have them do to you.” (Matthew 7:12).
There is a FIVE ALIVE 30 day reading plan included as well as Book Summaries and Main Themes, Defining Moments of both the Old and New Testament and many other really neat features. Included in the chapters are side thoughts….Addressing Questions, Discovering God, Knowing Yourself and other topics to inspire thought.
Of course the focus is to draw the reader closer to knowing God and establishing a relationship with His Son Jesus Christ. As it says on page xviii “You can visit the mosque where Muhammad is buried. Buddha was cremated, and his ashes dispersed. But when you go to Jerusalem and visit Jesus’ tomb…it’s empty.”
I would highly recommend this Bible for any seeker…someone who is a “spiritual explorer”. You will not be disappointed.
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Posted by Carol at Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Everything has a reason even though in our quick fix world we often want the answers right away or understanding to come immediately even though Natural law does not work that way. Everything we see is like a puzzle with all the pieces thrown about, it takes time to identify each piece to be able to determine where it fits into the larger picture of things. All of the puzzle is there but often in our present condition we don’t comprehend the first thing about fitting the right pieces together. It takes time. I learned long ago that patience was needed with everything and that if we were going to look at a situation accurately and find answers we needed to embrace it holistically, spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally as well bring all seven of our senses into play so that we see it, smell it, taste it, touch it, hear it, gain awareness and finally receive insight into how to best be a part of finding the answer. It is necessary to keep all of our different ways of understanding open. There have been many times I have been shown the answers or been given directions and guidance through dreams when the other pieces still needed one final piece to bring them all together and have them fit.
Monday, September 1, 2014
In my life I have seen times where people let their pride rob them of help they really needed and also robbed other people of the chance to really reach out to help someone. I often wondered why is it so hard for people to accept help from other people without people feeling negative about it or even angry. No one is saying that person has not done really well and as good as they could do. They have just noticed that with that little extra bit of help that person can finish the job faster, get it done quicker, be able to finish things more completely. When people need help it doesn’t mean they have fallen short. If they have done everything they could do to help themselves then it should be considered as maybe it is time for someone else to have the chance to give. If the feeling of accepting help is awkward, then we can remember that feeling and respect it next time we help someone. Pride can at times be an admission of weakness and gratitude a sign of strength. We can give graciously but also receive in the same manner. It helps to keep us healthy and balanced.
Friday, August 29, 2014
None of us knew the difference of large white strip on top and it had probably been run up the flag pole wrong numerous times before. This particular day the Island Governor just chose to visit the base and of course he noticed it immediately. He really made a big deal out of it which was right since we had hung it upside down - not knowing the difference. Apparently he didn't say anything to our base commander but went through diplomatic channels so it came down to the base commander via channels and gained momentum as it filtered down to us. Didn't take long to get it hung right and everyone properly educated on the RIGHT way to run it up the flag pole.
That was the day the entire base from our commander down was educated on how to properly fly the British flag. Who knew - we didn't but we soon found out..
Personally I believe we can always forgive ignorance to some degree, but when it is willful ignorance that is a totally different issue. The sad part is that the two often go hand in hand to create danger. The main objective of this type of personality is to take advantage of or to prey on anyone or anything for no particular reason, other than they can and are able to. We need to be able to be aware of people like this and not give them opportunity or reason to take advantage of us. The worst people to deal with are not those who are ignorant and can be educated, but those who are ignorant and choose to remain willfully ignorant.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
It seems like most of our efforts follow the scrambled egg approach with everything being thrown in together, whipped up and beaten without much real substance. Things we do overlap too much, sleep lets worry in, eating is not prepared but brought in containing ingredients totally beyond our knowing of what is in our food. Talking is not any more than being boastful and empty chatter to fill air space and time. Even prayer and thanksgiving is too often relegated to listening to someone else who knows how. What ever we do should be done with all of our hearts, and not done so we can feel important and seen by running here and running there, but done for the sake of caring, love and definitely not for competition. Who we are, what we are, where we are going and when we get there what we will do has more to do with the mind, heart and spirit, than how people see us and who sees us.
Friday, August 22, 2014
German Shepherds are prone to stomach torsion which is mostly fatal but a very serious condition. It is where the stomach twists and blocks the digestive tract. It stands to reason if you feed them once a day the required amount their stomach coupled with water will extend very large. Hence we space it out over the day, feeding them three meals. We have read it is best to feed them this way. We also feed them off a shelf a foot off the floor which is more natural for them to eat from.
A little more time consuming but effective in spacing his food out more evenly. If we didn't pace his eating out he would be much more prone to stomach torsion. We also have a little ritual we go through at meal time. The three have to sit and wait until I tell them 'come'. I make eye contact with each of them before they are allowed to eat. I am telling them in dog language that food is mine and I'll take it back if I need to. Hence none of our best friends are food aggressive and that problem is eliminated. It may sound like a lot of extra work just to feed our loved fur friends and it is but keeping them well balanced and healthy is more important to us than time expended.
Feeding is only a small portion of caring for our beloved fur friends. Today is Pet-a-cure day and also brushing day. They may be called German Shepherds but in reality they are German Shedders. I will get enough loose fur off them to stuff a sofa with. We try to brush them every 2-3 days so it is not so overwhelming. Still they are mostly in the house except for walks and when they go out in the fenced in back yard. They go out and sniff out a place to do their business and then head for the door to come right back inside. If we had the time it takes to satisfy their needs and could put it elsewhere we could solve the world hunger problem. I'd rather spend the time on their needs because the returns we get far exceed the time we devote to them. I guess you would have to be a dog lover to understand that aspect of living with dogs.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Bats have a tough life. They seem to gravitate to caves and such. If the white nosed disease doesn't get them cave collapse can. Then there are those that seal the entrances to caves trapping them inside to die. Life can be tough for a bats.
These beneficial mammals are much needed for all the good they do. Nectar feeding bats help with pollination in addition to other bats controlling the insect population. We miss our bats and seeing them go out at dusk and return in the early morning.
The most common reason for us not liking someone is because we don’t know them. We may tell ourselves it has to do with the way they dress, or the way they look or talk or a variety of other excuses. That’s all they are excuses. The real tragedy is we often judge right away by the way they look. Underneath every face is a real person with real problems, real needs, real value. To them we may look secure and it may make them uncomfortable, wondering if we are going to greet them as a friend yet unmet and accept them as they are or not. Yet we all have pretty much the same fears, the same needs and the same value. Every friendship could take shape more quickly if we would speak and smile, even when there is no obvious response. I know people who walk around and their faces look as if they died years ago and they seldom smile with a real genuine happy smile. Yet they would be so beautiful and handsome of they just let it out and smiled and carried the energy of true friendship
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Check out my latest blog for Mother Earth News on how we keep birds from flying into our windows using holographic Mylar tape. http://www.motherearthnews.com/blogs/nature-and-environment.aspx#axzz3AZA15Ij2
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014