Thursday, June 21, 2018
Now is a good time to invest in a Kubota tractor as they are offering zero finance charge for up to 5 years. Also, if you buy two implements Kubota gives you $700.00, off the price.
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Monday, June 11, 2018
We are in the highest stage of drought - exceptional which is one stage higher than severe drought. Everything is super dry and last night the wind blew hard again and we lost power for roughly 5 hours. We are being super careful not to cause any spark and our area is strictly forbidden from having any flame outside including no smoking. Pretty scary times especially when we have the pungent odor of smoke in the air.
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Thursday, May 31, 2018
I'm losing my faith in people who want to do what is dangerous to others and the community and ignore warnings, rules and are not able to handshake with common sense. Over the years I have encountered a few people who openly defy red flag warnings and other rules to protect the community. When confronted they plead ignorance of the danger or manufacture an excuse that seems to get them off the hook. In some cases they just rely on ugly belligerence and threats.
If you refer to them for what they are - idiots or morons - they sue you and you end up the victim and they prosper from their stupidity. I personally believe we have a deep seated society problem which turns justice on its head. END OF RANT......
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Memorial Day is not to celebrate BBQ or a day at the beach - just ask any veteran who has lost a friend or buddy in combat. Ask any parent, wife, husband, brother, sister or orphaned child of a military member who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.
These brave men and women gave their life for our country and the flag that represents our wonderful country. Don't disrespect the country, flag or the veteran who gave their all especially on this National day of remembrance or our brave soldiers. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE........
Saturday, May 26, 2018
FPLOA Email News and Updates
May 25, 2018
Extreme Fire Danger and Red Flag Warning in Forbes Park for the Memorial Day Weekend
Our Fire Prevention and Control Program Director just received notification that due to the predicted wind and extremely dry conditions in our area, theComplete Fire Band that is already in effect in Forbes Park and Costilla County has be upgraded to a Red Flag Warning.
A Red Flag Warning means any type of outdoor fire or the outdoor use of any flame or spark producing device or equipment is strictly prohibited.
This warning also means that a fire is extremely likely and all residents and camper in the park should be vigilant when conducting all outdoor activities this weekend and remain alert for any sign of a fire, smoke, or the smell of smoke, and if detected, please call 911 Immediately, and then the Park Manager at 719-379-3000.
Friday, May 25, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
A new disease for us as we had never heard of it before. It is awful to say the least. Our 11 y/o boy Bozwell (photo above) had been normal all morning. He climbed the three steps to the downstairs bed two hours before and had been out in the yard acting normal. Ate his lunch and Carol was washing dishes in the kitchen and he laid down to watch her.
I was outside loading the tractor onto the trailer to take to the Kubota Dealer for a power steering hose replacement and Carol came out and said Bozwell wouldn't put any weight on his right back leg. I asked her to call the vet immediately and came right in the house. He did not seem to have any pressure points and when I moved his leg he didn't protest but she took him to the vet within the hour.
The vet took x-rays and checked him and said he had Cauda Equina which is a narrowing of the spinal canal where the bundle of nerves come out. By the time he got home he couldn't use either back leg and was falling every other step. The vet put him on prednisone and a pain Rx and said the swelling should go down in a couple days and we should see improvement. This is day one and we have only seen small improvement but we are hopeful for more tomorrow and the next day. About 50% of dogs recover and we hope he is in the 50% group.
I have never heard of this disease before. He has been resting for 1 1/2 days now and we fashioned a sling out of a large bath towel with a pee hole in it to support his back legs when he goes out for a potty break. (see below) No exercise for at least 6 weeks. This disease affects the nerves that control bowel movement and urination. So far so good!
The photo below shows the sling which is what Carol is holding up. We have used it twice today and so far with success.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Monday, May 14, 2018
Yesterday I noted red ants on the hummingbird feeder and quickly found out they are ferocious biters. I grabbed the spider spray and sprayed the glob of red ants. As soon as I got the dogs back in the house I ran for the diatomaceous earth also known as DE. It is so fine that it floats in the air and is finer that talcum powder. The ants were all over the ground and I sprinkled it on the area's they were running around on and 30 minutes later they had disappeared.
I took a bucket of water out and washed away the spray I first used as it had done its job and I didn't want traces of it around. DE is microscopic diatoms that individually are so light that they float in the air but are devastating for hard shelled insects. The insect is positively charged and DE is negatively charged and the DE adhere's to the insect. The dead diatom is a hollow sphere that has sharp edges and those sharp edges lacerate the insect and they dehydrate and die.
We bought our DE from Wolf Creek Ranch many years ago. We bought a 6# bag and probably still have half of it left. A little goes a long way and we bought the food grade DE so if it got in animals system that it would not harm them. It can be given to dogs to kill intestinal parasites safely and also can be used in humans but to hard shelled insects like ants it is deadly. I have moved large colonies of ants with it.
We used it in the house one time and it is so light we were vacuuming it up for weeks. It floats through the air and gets into every nook and cranny and takes a long time to remove. Another reason to get the food grade type so if breathed in it is not harmful. When sprinkled around hard shelled insects you can see it attach to them. Within a half hour or a little more they will disappear to get away from it. DE is highly effective against insects.
Care should be exercised to not get it in your eyes as it could irritate them. I have asthma and I avoid breathing it even though non toxic. I don't want to take a chance it could irritate my lungs. If it is windy I use a face mask and eye protection.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Sunday, May 6, 2018
There are signs of a long ago wildfire occurring in our area with occasional pieces of charred trees on the ground. We have been working for years to protect ourselves and our property against the inevitable wildfire. As can be seen by the map about 2/3's of our state is venerable to wildfire.
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
We have always thought it interesting to see past president George H.W. Bush in his wheel chair with these wild looking socks. As it turns out there is a story behind the socks he wears. A young man named John who has downs syndrome started a sock business with his dad. Recently he was on television being interviewed and his story told.
Carol and I saw the interview and Carol ordered three pair of socks for us. Here is the thank you card that John sent with the socks and he even put in a small package of Skittles to boot. We normally don't post web sites or promote products but this is for such a good cause that we broke our own rule about advertising on our blog site. The web site is: JohnsCrazySocks.com in case any reader is interested.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
I sealed them with clear exterior boat varnish, then stenciled their names on each, picked a photo of them when they were younger and glued it to the stone. Then put 1/4" clear Plexiglas on top sealed with exterior caulk. The irony is that all six of these headstones cost less than one of the purchased ones and are far superior.
Monday, April 23, 2018
Friday, April 20, 2018
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
We have been in a wildfire warning area due to high wind and dryness for the past several days and it goes for the next couple days. No way to receive a reverse 911 call if a wildfire broke out and winds that were unbelievable makes for some tense moments. Carol learned that some people had to evacuate from Alamosa due to a wildfire there. In these conditions it doesn't take much to spark a wildfire so not having power or telephone - cell phone is spotty here in the mountains - was a time for concern.
We had a new box of 8 hour candles made in Germany on hand and we got out the generator this morning to run the refrigerator and charge Carol's cell phone battery. After running for about an hour the power came back on. When we have these high winds like we have had for the past several days the power can go off for much longer. Some people to the east of our area were out for several weeks last year when the wind blew power poles over. We were prepared for the long term but happy it was only out for a day.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Monday, April 9, 2018
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Some believe in climate change, some don't and just assume the climate has always had its peaks and valleys. Living here remotely as we do we have time to contemplate weighty matters like climate change. While we process firewood we focus on the task at hand but it is routine and hence frees our minds up to contemplate things.
Having given this subject considerable contemplation as a non scientific person I have come down on the side of climate change. Whether it is temporary or more long lasting I do not know but I see it with my own eyes.
Over the past two years I have noted changes in our weather patterns that are significant. We have consistently had more wind and stronger wind and less snow than I remember in my years here. The east and northeast seems to be getting copious amounts of snow and we who normally average 22' per snow season are barely getting any. The length of our winters used to extend up until the 1st of June but is now over late March or early April.
This winter we only received 95" of snow compared to our usual 264" average. We never received enough to go snow shoeing or to sled down our driveway. I only used the snow thrower on the tractor 3-4 times and the walk behind snow thrower two times. Each successive year I have been noticing a diminished amount of snow.
These conditions are hard to ignore and the weather pattern is clearly changing. More hurricanes, more wildly fluctuating temperature changes, and less moisture coupled with high winds. Whether the sciences call it global warming or climate change it is obvious (at least to me) that change is at hand.
The birds, animals and insects all instinctively seem to know and they adjust. Us humans just seem to roll on and if we suspect or know times are changing we tend to ignore it. The song birds are back early this year and the deer and elk really never left like they usually do through the winter. We are seeing insects earlier than usual and the trees are forming new needles and leaves far earlier than usual.
Time To Be Proactive:
With the increased volume of wind coupled with warmer temperatures the only logical conclusion is that we may be facing a higher wildfire hazard in some parts of the country. Procrastination in properly maintaining our wood lots increases the risk. We have done so on our property but many have not. We feel more safe with what we have done but others seem to have ignored the risk. It brings to mind the story of Aesop for Children about the ant and the grasshopper. http://read.gov/aesop/052.html
That story seems to still have application today especially with the changes in our climate that are observed by us. Some say within our community that if their investment burns they will not rebuild or come back. That is a sad commentary on society where even a major investment is now disposable. I find that a very sad commentary on society especially when other nations have so little while here our homes and land have become disposable.