Tuesday, October 6, 2015
After letting the dogs out to do their business I came back inside as it was pretty chilly outside at 40 degrees. I figured as long as I was up I'd get a fire started in the wood stove and brew a pot of coffee. The dogs all found a bed and went back to sleep. As I sat in my recliner I realized this was a special morning as follows.
The fire in the wood stove was crackling and I could feel the warmth of the stove in my recliner. The dogs were all laying in bed sleeping and breathing deeply with Sarah gently snoring. As I looked out the triangle window the stars were bright in the night sky and they seemed endless. I had a cup of hot coffee at hand and my morning bible study materials all laid out.
As I sat there doing my prayers and bible study it occurred to me in the quiet of morning that this was one of those special moments in time that I should just relax and enjoy. The silence, the dogs all sleeping peacefully without a care in the world, the wood stove crackling and radiating heat, the stars twinkling and a moment to simply reflect on the days coming activity and be thankful.
Soon I would be into the day doing my chores and going through the daily routine but this was one of those special moments that has been set aside to experience the peace and calm and bask in it. Now as I sit here watching the sun come up over the horizon it makes the moment complete and I feel fresh and ready to start a hectic and strenuous day. Having this special moment in time in a world that is crazy and hectic gives a good start to any day.
As the sun now comes up and the dogs get up and shake and stretch and as Carol remains asleep under her new blanket this day has gotten off to a good start. A quiet time to pray, reflect and plan the days activities and enjoy the quiet, crackling wood stove, warmth and peace is a good start to any day. My wish for all readers is that your day may start as peaceful and calm as mine has started.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Friday, October 2, 2015
From my experience I have found the greatest proof of spirituality based living in people’s lives is not how far or fully a person can analyze their beliefs, but how far in practice they will exemplify their actions and living on that belief. Once again I am not speaking about religion, but living a spiritually based lifestyle and the results of that lifestyle in the way it affects all of our relatives, people, animals. the birds, trees, plants, creation. Everything. smile emoticon
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
If you click on the photo and enlarge it you will see what I mean.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
We just ordered a driveway sensor unit so no one will sneak up on us again. Yesterday I was sitting here working on my computer and listening to 50's music playing softly. I caught some movement out of the corner of my eye and there was a total stranger coming up on the deck. When the dogs heard what turned out to be two strangers come onto the deck they all raced to the door barking. I put my computer aside and went to see who was out there. I was trying to pull the dogs back when the woman opened the door to talk to me and all four dogs charged outside. It turned into pandemonium as the husband of the woman had the gate open also coming onto the deck and there were more people gathered at the end of the driveway. The woman said "don't let your dogs out as my dog is in the car". She had opened the storm door to talk to me in the first place letting the dogs out before I could pull them back.
It turned out to be a landowner who had brought people from the charity in Alamosa to check out the firewood I was holding for them. She had let them through the entrance gate into the community. The charity called a few days ago and told me that they would get our firewood next week but apparently she decided they needed to come by our house anyway. They ended up taking our firewood and then went to her lot to cut more firewood.
I can't believe anyone would walk up to your door unannounced and then when they saw four German Shepherds agitated from their sudden presence on what is their deck then open the storm door and let them out and then say don't let them loose because her dog was in the car parked next to our house.
Therefore we are buying a driveway sensor so no one will suddenly appear out of no where again and stir our dogs up. Fortunately no one was injured on our narrow deck with four large dogs checking everyone out. We are not used to having unannounced visitors and in the past 18 years have only had a handful of them. It won't happen again....
Friday, September 25, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Friday, September 18, 2015
This trip to TX went okay but when she went to return they charged her $40 for her carry on. The same airlines didn't charge her extra to carry on to go to Texas and they told her they were giving her a break as they normally charge $60. for carry on's. The guy behind her in line told her they always charge $40. and they clerk was lying to her.
Flying anymore is becoming a real hassle and very costly yet they claim they are making record profits. Me thinks that they need more regulation. I just hope she makes it home and doesn't end up at some remote airport where they don't speak English. Flying anymore is not as reliable as it used to be.
The above photo of Southwest is the only airlines Carol says she will ever fly again. No problem, no price gouging.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
I remember standing there with the pole sticking out of my hand thinking to myself that was a dumb move. I went ahead and pulled the pole out of my hand and went downstairs to show Carol and then on to have it checked out by medical personnel. It turned out to be a minor wound and not painful at all but it could have been more serious if the pole had not been tapered like it was. It only takes a moment of carelessness, inattention or a bad decision and you can be seriously injured. I was fortunate in that it was not painful, did no permanent damage and no infection set in. All I have is a little piece of scar tissue at the heel of my hand which is a long time reminder of how easily these accidents can happen which is why I'm now posting this.
When I got back home I was a little smarter because I took the basket out to the deck and placed the tiny hole over a crack between boards and drove the pole through the hole that way. They went in easy that way. Who knew.......
Walk straight, walk tall. There is no problem we can’t over come. Stand strong in who you are. Your identity, your integrity and truth. Sing your song of life and living when you feel like crying and give thanks when you feel like swearing or cursing and continue to walk forward. Challenges will always come. They enter our paths to make us stronger and better people. Realize with all of this, we always do as good as we can do in dealing with these things. If we were perfect there would be no need for us to be living here on earth. We would not be here on the earth learning we would be dwelling in Sky World.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
I still have a Stihl 'Farm Boss" that cuts firewood like a champ but is heavy and leaves me with a back ache after using it for a few hours. I now have an Echo which is rated as good as the Stihl and comes with a 5 year warrantee. I did an online search and read dozens of owner reviews and decided that a Echo might be the answer.
Yesterday I had to have some work done on my tractor tire chains and checked the Echo saws out while I was at the Co-op. I had my good friend Skip with me and between us we asked the questions needed and got favorable replies. I am now the new owner of the Echo 400 chain saw in the photo above.
When we left Skip asked me about why I shop at the Monte Vista Co-op. I advised that they took the chain saw and fueled it up and ran it to make sure it was going to run right for me, they threw in a carry case that makes it easy to transport with all the tools They also gave me a quart of bar oil and a container of fuel mix along with a new Echo ball cap. They repair it under warrantee on site if I ever need warrantee repair. A five year warrantee tell me that they believe in their product to perform as advertised.
Our chain saws cut a lot of firewood each year and I need a chain saw that will do the work with as little down time as possible. This winter when I have time I will take the Stihl 021 apart and repair what is making it run irregular. It will be a good back up saw that will most likely last many more years, but when we are in the middle of cutting trees doing major repair on it is time I can not afford. The price of the Echo is good and considerably less than a comparable Stihl model. I have fingers crossed that the saw will preform as anticipated which I will find out later today.
Both Carol and I have taken Small Engine Repair plus the advanced course so we repair and maintain our saws ourselves. That is why the Stihl 021 has run flawlessly for 20+ years and has run so well up until this year. If The Echo doesn't measure up I'll report same on this blog but I expect it to perform as indicated by other owner reviews. What I do know is the Husky requires more detailed and frequent cleaning and it hard to put back together. The automatic oiler also has never worked right allowing to much oil to be used. It will be good to put it on the shelf and not have to rely on it and have it strictly as a back up tool.
Friday, September 4, 2015
Thursday, September 3, 2015
As an example our Bozwell got off to a good start and was easy to treat and examine until one time a vet tech manhandled him roughly to draw some blood for allergy testing. I told the tech not to muscle him but it was too late and the damage was imprinted on his mind and now when he goes to the vet he resists. It only takes one bad experience with a highly intelligent dog like the German Shepherd Dog breed to make future visits a miserable experience. Bozwell is now treated by a different vet and vet tech but he is still very cautious.
When the first visit - like today - with Bozley is nothing more than a meet and greet next time he goes in it will be easy for an exam and vaccinations or any treatment necessary. Our two vets are really excellent with our canine family and make a fuss over them and are gentle when they handle them. It is a chance for the furry family member to get to know the vet and their staff and the staff to get to know them in a welcoming and happy setting..
It may not sound like much to just acquaint the fur family member to the vet and their staff but it lays a favorable foundation for future visits. Consider the fact that adopted dogs may have been manhandled at shelters by staff or vets that don't have time for getting the canines cooperation. Having a good relationship between your fur family and their vet and staff makes visits far more pleasurable and easier.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
As I get older I find more and more that we are surrounded by a society that thinks too little and speaks and talks too much and then they wonder why there is always trouble with other people, other communities and nations and even trouble with themselves. I remember hearing the old saying that we were created with two ears and one mouth for a reason.
Monday, August 31, 2015
Our road is about 6 miles long or roughly 31,700 linear feet long. For years we have had poachers on our road hunting from the road in various methods. Because there are only three homes on our road and nothing behind us except a private ranch we have low life poachers that shoot game animals who believe they are in a protected area. I am pretty sure about two who do this and I can only say that they must feel real good about themselves for shooting animals that are within protected areas and feel safe. Our association has put signs up at each end of our road stating private property and no hunting. While we are grateful for the effort it will not stop these low life bottom dwelling trash. Our property is posted and that doesn't keep them out. They like to flaunt their illegal activity and continue to prey on unsuspecting animals who believe they are safe from hunters. Since the poachers read this blog to help them find animals to prey on I do not use actual dates to throw them off. When these photos are posted the animals are a long way away.
I have called 911 and the poaching hot line several times now and do not even get a reply from law or game enforcement. The game warden is clearly afraid of these scum and won't even return a telephone call. The sheriff always has somewhere else to be and hence we apparently are going to have to resort to self help if we are to stop these bottom dwellers who shoot unsuspecting animals. I have nothing against legal hunting but poachers are the scum of humanity. The longer they go unchecked the more bold and organized they get. I find it ironic that a group of hikers located the exact 2 foot wide trail that poachers have been using for years and recently decided to mark it for their "hiking" activity. Out of 31,700 linear feet of road this is really quite the coincidence. These bottom feeders have hunted within 200 yards of our home and calling the game warden does not even get a response.
Self help should be a last resort but it appears all that we have left. I glimpsed a poacher/trespasser behind our house not a month ago. Our area is no different than many other areas where a small group of bottom feeders tend to assume that everyone else owes them something and they see nothing wrong with taking what is not theirs to take. Breaking the law is a way of life for them. When their lawlessness becomes a threat to us and our well being and official sources are unwilling to help then there is nothing left but self help. Poachers beware!!!!
If people want to know why they might often be at odds with other people, we need to look at how they use the brain. Some work from the left side as the dominant part of their thinking that helps them to be more analytical, methodical, and sequential in their thinking and processing of information. While others are more right side dominant in their processing, creative,few or no limits to logic and reason, sound, music, etc. The two sides have little understanding of why their method of reasoning and thinking cannot be understood or appreciated by the other side. To the right hemispheric thinker, nothing is unreal. To the left hemispheric processor the right side thinker lacks order,consistency and reality. We also have the clans that were a symbol of our different ways of "seeing". Both sides need to have understanding that two people seldom see things the same way unless they may be using the same part of the brain for processing. Our ability to listen, and give other people reason to explain why they think and believe like they do can help us avoid many collisions with other people and ideas.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Truth. What does it even mean any more. So many people take what are known as truthful realities of life and either accept them or reject the ones they don’t like and then claim to have truth. Truth to live by, truth to share, truths to hold dear. We need to as peoples of the world get back to a point of really learning what truth is. That is what will keep us stable, knowledgeable, and what sets us free from all of the BS, deceit, and lies we hear each and every day, from people, leaders, media, education, institutions, etc. Without truth or searching for it we can be just as deceitful or dishonest as the ones who we avoid. Reason and logic are of the mind, but truth rises from our Spirit and if we refuse to renew or refresh the spirit, we get to where we seldom recognize truth. Other people cannot give us total truth. We have to find it for ourselves, to receive it, perceive it, and believe it. When we find it we need to hold it dear and stand strong in it. That is our stability for life and living, not the cheap fads or materialistic "False truths" that surround us daily
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
It does appear that we will have an early winter this year and it is starting in mid August.
We always need to be vigilant to those around us. Some people have lived a long time with trouble. By being vigilant we can spot trouble from a great distance. It might be hidden behind laughter, or a look of serenity, but frequently behind biting jokes. If we really understand another person and know why their behavior is a certain way we can also frequently sense what trouble has come their way and caused dissension and pain, even when they try to cover it up and keep it hidden. We need to be a people who can depend on and trust other people as well as being trustworthy ourselves. Constantly reminding ourselves that living is a two way street. One day others look to us for strength and support and other days we look to them. There is a definite need to be with and work with others
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Above is a photo of our new pack member Bozley which is not to be confused with our long term pack member Bozwell. Now this could be considered confusing since we call both Boz but when I call one they both come. Having once volunteered for a German Shepherd Dog rescue I am on several social media venues and recently read about this heartbreaking case where a single mother and her 16 y/o daughter were being forced out of their rental condo as the owner wanted it for other purposes. Rentals in the Denver area are scarce and hard to find and they finally found one but it would not allow large dogs. They found a family that was suitable to adopt Bozley but at the very last moment the family backed out. They were left with 2-3 days to re-home Boz and were beside themselves.
They adopted Boz two years ago from a shelter where he was housed. He was in bad shape being emaciated and his bones sticking out. He had apparently given up on life and touched their hearts as they pestered the shelter until they were allowed to adopt him. They nursed him back to health and restored his will to live. He was a valued family member whom they were devastated to have to re-home. They were looking for a foster and I contacted a mutual friend and agreed to take him. After it was clear that we wanted to adopt him and not foster him and several conversations with the owner of Boz the plan was established and the deal set.
The owner transported him to us on a Saturday and spent the afternoon with us and our three family members of the four footed variety. We learned Boz was 8 y/o and had been found as a starving stray and taken to the shelter. The previous owner was contacted and the shelter was instructed that they did not want him back. Now he was being re-homed again. Losing your family twice (possibly more) is devastating on a dog. He has now known three families - one who didn't want him and probably neglected or abused him, the second who loved him completely but were forced to re-home him and now us. Fortunately the second family loved him so much they wanted what was right for him and in the two years they had him they restored his health and confidence which makes our job easier.
While I wrote an article for Mother Earth News magazine about how to properly introduce a new dog to your pack it does take time and a lot of effort. You can see the article at:http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/introducing-new-dog-to-existing-pack-zbcz1508.aspx
It can be difficult to introduce a new member to a well established pack but if done right it usually goes easily. It can take weeks and Boz seems to be adapting at a rapid rate. The entire process is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, taking one piece at a time until you have them all together revealing a full and complete picture. There can be progress one day and set backs the next. You want your pack to maintain its stability while at the same time easing the new member into the pack with the least stress possible maintaining your alpha status for all members. It is really quite easy but you need to be constantly vigilant of your pack and the new member without being overly protective of any single family member. I'm happy to say for the most part the process has gone well and we are very happy over the bonding process that has taken place. Our pack members age getting to know Boz and so are we and he is getting to know us. He is going to be a delight to have as a family member and we are impressed with him in a most favorable way.
Any dog who has had at least 3 or more families can be insecure and confused. Boz is adapting well and much of it has to do with the process of how they are initially introduced. Perhaps some reading this blog will take heed and rescue a dog themselves with assurance that the introduction if handled properly will give them a cherished family member. Welcome Boz, you have in three days thoroughly worked your way into all our hearts. You are resilient and a truly great family member who rounds out our family in every way.
Life is amazing, but how it affects us is determined by how we look at things that happen to us every day. If we look for beauty we will find it every day. If we only look for things to complain about we will find that too. We often forget the power of the two twins in the created order. More than anything this teaches us that life is not, nor ever will be, perfect. Even if, in our journey life has taken us through some rough roads and territory we would never have chosen for ourselves, there was something we needed to learn and that was the way we learned it. Sunflowers are good examples while the rest of the gardens need to be watered and struggle with the heat, sunflowers thrive on it and prove they can take the heat. Look for the beauty in all things and sooner or later that will be our out look every time we open our eyes
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
He is 8 years old and we are his third set of parents we know of. Hopefully we can make him quickly feel at home and secure so he isn't anxious any more.
Monday, August 10, 2015
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Mosquitos also carry heart worm which effects dogs but we don't have a problem with that as our summers are too short for the worm to mature in the mosquito. North of us about 100 miles at the lower elevation they occasionally have a random case of heart worm show up but our vets have never seen a case thanks to our short summers. Because our fur family were all rescues from other states we had them tested and they were free of any sign of heart worm.
Colorado has mosquitos that carry the West Nile virus and it has now reached the San Luis Valley and was found in a few horses. Thanks to our bat population we don't have any mosquitos around our house. These flying mammals are truly amazing. Their radar is so accurate that they can take mosquitos out of the air efficiently. They eat an amazing amount of insects per night and hence we can go outside without concern of putting on bug goop or being bitten. Once the bats return we are free to be outside at night without the slightest concern of getting bitten. Bats are highly beneficial and we always look forward to their return each year. Now if we could only get the biting flies to fly at night we would be totally free of annoying insects.
We have lived in cities where the city would go around at night and fog for mosquitos. We would much rather entice bats to live here than put up with that smelly and potentially dangerous fog that is spread to protect city dwellers. These small bats can eat up to 1 1/2 times their weight in mosquitos a night and when you have several in the family they eliminate your biting insect population. I guess attracting them to cities to replace fogging would freak city dwellers out. As for us we take care of our bats and they in turn take care of us.