Thursday, December 14, 2017
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Friday, December 8, 2017
The stove is an old one that has served us well for over 20 years. Carol called Sears and they can have one delivered for less than $500.00, next week. I guess it is time for a new stove. Now to go turn off the gas supply to this one so we don't have any loud surprises.
We are clearly at the point where neither of us will say I wonder what can go wrong now!
Then three days ago we had a herd of six deer that hung around the house all day. When we go outside or look outside we just do not know what we will see. No wonder when we let the dogs out into the fenced back yard the first thing they do is stick their noses up in the air. Add that to the coyotes out in front of the house last weekend at 2:20 AM singing and howling it just shows life here in the mountains is never boring....
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
The waiting room is large, clean and friendly. A gentlemen came in and said hello to me and we struck up a conversation. Since we were about the same age we discussed the culture today and when we grew up. We discussed our military time and hunting and the valley and how it has changed. Next thing I knew our truck was ready to go and I had made a good acquaintance and enjoyed pleasant conversation.
To me this is small town friendliness and most everywhere you go in town it is the same. People look at each other, smile at each other, strangers talk to each other and life goes on at the leisurely pace of a small town. We have dealt with this same tire store over the years - even though other places might be cheaper, because of the friendliness of the people who work there and they have never once given us bad advice or tires that were not just right for our need.
I don't say this doesn't happen in some bigger cities but here it happens all the time and just makes life more pleasurable. Alamosa has growing pains and will get bigger but for now I'll just enjoy it as it is..
Monday, December 4, 2017
Sunday, December 3, 2017
From the tracks it appears that they milled around out front until I must have turned on the flood lights. Just another stop on their journey to sing us a song. It also verifies that in the mountains there is no status quo as incidents like this just 'happen' and then are gone again.
If our dear old girl Gypsy was still alive she would have howled back as she was an excellent howler. As it was our three males just looked at each other like what the heck is going on. It was nice that we were one of their stops to receive a serenade regardless of the time.
Friday, December 1, 2017
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
The first 6 months of this year started out like a leisurely float trip down a gentle river. Then it all changed with a tick bite that turned out to be a tick with Lyme disease. After a few weeks of strong antibiotics and a subsequent blood test I was declared free of Lyme disease. Hurdle one cleared!
Then our beloved Sarah got sick and on July 29th went across that rainbow bridge to be in a place where she can run free and frolic in beautiful fields of grass. There is no pain like the passing of a loved canine companion but we pulled through that ordeal. Hurdle two cleared!!!
Then we received notice that the company I retired from had decided to no longer cover us retired employees under the group medical/dental plan. Panic!! When we finally got the phase out package we found it was actually quite fair and we are now on our own with that coverage. Hurdle three cleared!!!
Then I was cutting down an aspen tree and due to a freak accident where another tree caught the falling tree and shot it back at me like a spear. It hit a tree behind me and rolled off its limbs and right at me. It caught me across the side and lower back which sent me to the emergency room and with a large area, very sore and bruised and colorful area on my low back. No bones broken, and I made a pretty normal recovery. Hurdle four cleared!!!!
Then Carol on her way into town had a flat tire in the middle of no where. Our insurance company provides towing coverage free so we called them. As it turns out it takes about two hours to get a tow truck and the coverage only covers up to 15 miles. We were 45 miles from our tire store so our part of the tow was $120.00 and two new tires brought the incident to $500.00, total and it took two trips into town over two days to complete the job. Hurdle five cleared!!!!
Then more recently the back blade for the tractor broke and could not be repaired. A 75 mile trip one way to get a new blade and $440.00, later and we had a new blade. The blade is essential for removal of winter snow. Two weeks and almost $1,000. later we are back in business again. That much money out of a paltry retirement income is a big blow to us. Hurdle six cleared!!!!
Then yesterday while tidying up a stack of firewood I managed to step on a rusty nail that went through my boot into my foot. My tetanus vaccination is current so all I need to do is wait for the swelling to go down where I can get my boot on again and the pain to subside. Using Epsom salts soaks and antibiotic ointment and expect to recover in a few days. Hurdle seven cleared!!!!!
While recovering from the nail in the foot episode it finally dawned on us that we had also been ripped off when we bought our new truck several years ago. When I hooked up the trailer the trucks tires kept sliding on the minimal snow. I realized that our truck with its 'off road' package did not have tires suited for snow and mud. I realized this after it slid sideways and the trailer connection hit the bumper and cut a 4" gash in the bumper.
We also noted last year that the battery didn't hold a charge and when we had it replaced discovered it was not a factory installed battery but a knock off. We were suspicious when we took the Jeep into the same dealer for air bag replacement and the factory re-call said it would take a minimum of 2-4 hours. They had the Jeep in for less than 15 minutes and as with other recalls said they were highly proficient and could do it faster than expected. Crooks, but we are moving on and cleared hurdle eight!!!
What is scary for us is that we still have some of 2017 left and we don't know how many more hurdles are waiting for us.... Come on 2018 - we are ready for a fresh start....
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
With social media and smart phones, Twitter, Face Book, and other social media venues we get bombarded with news and the vast majority is biased and misleading or outright distortion - no exceptions regarding the source. I'm sure there will be disagreement on the news sources but I have tried to analyse each of them objectively so feel free to defend your news source.
We listen to it on our radios as we sit in traffic, get automatic notifications on our smart phones, get news alerts on our computers and it is 24/7 on television. I don't see much difference between what we are bombarded with from the talking heads and news venues and the old serial episodes at the movies. It is all designed to get us to be vicariously involved in what the latest ridiculous scandal might be or some other headline breaking event that is really not a headline at all. I have ceased calling it entertainment because it fails there also.
We never as citizens trusted the media but now days they make no pretense about how and who they are. As we go about our daily lives and the stress builds from normal events we have the added influence of the news media telling or rather brainwashing us to believe what "they" want us to believe. It is no longer reporting the news but now it is analyzing every event from a very biased viewpoint. We are left to decide based on what others tell us and not the facts.
And we wonder why we are always stressed over matters that actually don't concern us in the first place. We used to have sports as conversation points but now even sports have gone political. I know people who when they are home have Fox News, MSNBC, or CNN on all day long and when they are away they have apps to notify them of what is happening on their cell phones. And we wonder why our country is so divided.
Whether you like President Trump or not he deserves credit for bringing the true virtue or lack there of regarding the news to the forefront. As for me I plan to have news time reduced to a very minimum. No need to add stress to myself and there is nothing I can do about all these "breaking news" stories anyway....
So if you seem especially stressed maybe it is because of all the propaganda you are being fed on a constant basis.
Monday, November 20, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017
No, this isn't about gun control. Some time ago I hurt my neck...right side and down into my shoulder. Carrying wood, carrying branches, using my chainsaw, carrying laundry up the spiral staircase into the loft? Who knows. What I do know is that I tried a supportive neck collar, Blue Emu (doesn't smell) and Sportscreme (smells good) and got a new pillow. The new pillow helped some but I decided yesterday to get out the above....Bruce got it years ago at Big R in Alamosa...and it does the trick. Yes, it smells like liniment...but whatever works! YAY!! Figure in a day or two I will be as good as new.
Posted by Carol at Sunday, November 12, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
The wind recently has been gusting more than normal. It has been happening over the past several months and I have lost count of how many trees we have had blown over. The wind is gusting today and is forecast for the next seven days. Winds of 15-20 mph and gusts up to 40 mph or higher. We normally have wind in the mountains but this is very unusual.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
If you have made comments on our blog and they were not posted it was probably my error. Any comments are suppose to go to my E-mail for posting but I just found out some don't. I just posted a bunch of comments that I was unaware of and dating back quite a while. I will try to be more diligent and and check the alternative place where comments go. I apologize for not being more attentive to this alternate site on our blog. If readers take the time to respond to a blog topic their response should be posted. This is clearly my fault for not checking the proper place in the blog for comments.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
I got to thinking of the things I have accumulated over the years. I have always tied my own fishing flies and in the past few years I have developed arthritis in my thumbs which makes it very difficult to tie flies so my fly tying vice, bobbin, dubbing material and all the materials have been in the cabinet unused. When I pass away I don't want these items to end up in a dumpster or landfill so I am giving the entire kit away if anyone wants to pay the postage.
Fly tying is a good hobby and catching a trout on flies you have tied is very rewarding. Therefore if anyone wants the kit for the cost of postage or know someone who does let me know and I will mail it to them. It is a quality kit and it shouldn't end up in a landfill when it can be used by someone who fly fishes.
Monday, October 23, 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017