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Monday, October 16, 2017

Cowboy Breakfast

Today was the perfect day for cooking my cowboy breakfast outdoors on the old wood stove. We had a friend over to share in it. We had fried potatoes with my special seasoning, fried spam, Texas toast, boiling hot coffee, orange juice and over easy eggs. Yum....

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Winter In The Mountains Photos

 The side of our house.
 Looks like my bachelor buttons and marigolds are done for the year.
Morning temperature.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Dramatic Weather Change

 Yesterday it was in the 60's and very pleasant with blue skies. Last night the temperatures dropped like a rock. We woke up to 24 degrees and light snow. Yesterday I was sitting out on the deck enjoying the day in shirt sleeves and today I'm hunting around for my winter clothes and debating whether to get the snow shovels out.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Deer And Elk Dine Together

 We see deer and elk eating browse together and being together in the same area. Two totally different species. If deer and elk can co-habituate in close proximity to each other and get along and be respectful with each other why can't people do the same?

Grits

Cool morning in the mountains today. It is 32 degrees with an accompanying wind of  18-20 mph. so I thought having grits was a good idea for breakfast. These are instant grits with a dollop of cream cheese in them. So good...

Just Passing Through

 When looking out the side window I never know what I will see. One time a bobcat, other times deer or elk but this time two turkeys just ambling by a few feet from the house.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Remember When?

 Does anyone remember when refrigerators were called 'ice boxes'? We had one that looked just like the one in the photo above and if I wanted a glass of Kool aid or cold water my mom would tell me to get it from the ice box.
The ice used to be delivered to our home in a horse drawn wagon and I recall the guy who delivered it would have a leather pad on his shoulder and grab the chunk of ice with tongs and put it on his shoulder and carry it into the house and put it in the ice box at the top. That ice would keep our food cool. There was a trey at the bottom that collected the melting water and that had to be emptied often. I was young then and we kids would go out to the ice wagon and beg for a piece of ice to suck on which the delivery person would usually give us as a special treat.

Even after we replaced the ice box with an electric model my mother would refer to the new one as the ice box. We lived in the city and the horse drawn cart would go down the street delivering ice door to door. Even though we lived on a paved street it was not uncommon to have "road apples" in the street which was horse poop. As more and more neighbors got electric 'ice boxes' there was less and less work for the ice man and finally he stopped coming to make deliveries all together.

With the modern day refrigerators it is hard to believe in the past food was kept cool by ice boxes with the ice delivered right to your door. We also had a box on the front porch for the milk man to leave our milk and butter in. My mom would leave a note on the box so the milk delivery man would know how much to leave. The milk man had a horse drawn cart also that he delivered our milk in which came in glass bottles where the first couple inches would be cream which mom would pour
off  to use on berries or coffee. Sometimes as a very special treat she would pour some cream on my oatmeal which made it taste much better.

I'm sure this sounds alien to folks now but it was common place back then.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Coke Or Pepsi

For me it would be Coke. When I want a soda or pop I always choose Coca-Cola. When I was around 7-8 years old I had not had any soda so was not familiar with the taste. One hot summer when we kids were playing outdoors the local Coke bottle distributor came down the street and handed out Coke to us kids and put a 6 pack on each door step in the neighborhood. That was the very first soda I had tasted and it was ice cold on a hot sweaty day. It was a taste I did not forget as it was something to sit in the shade to enjoy each sip.

As a marketing strategy it was brilliant. I lived in a poor neighborhood (but we didn't know it at the time) and this was my very first Coke. Prior to that any flavored drink I had was Kool aid and not much of that. I have been a Coke drinker ever since. I don't have them that often but when I have a hankering for a soda infrequently it is Coke.

Today things would be different but 70 years ago not many companies would drive down a residential city street handing out free products. They gave us kids an ice cold Coke, put a six pack with a coupon for our next purchase with the six pack on each door step. That one Coke iced down on a hot sticky day in the middle of summer in the city had me hooked. What a brilliant marketing strategy that was.

Plus we could take the bottles to the grocery store for a refund as they re-used bottles back then. They would sterilize them and re-use them. I don't think we ever thought anything about that back then but now days there would be all kinds of controversy.  As I recall they used to imprint the year the bottle was made on the bottom and we would always look to see how old the bottle was. What is taken for granted now days used to be something very special back then. We don't have very many, or very often, hot sticky days here in the mountains but I am convinced when we do there is nothing like that ice cold Coke that quenches thirst.

Next to Coke my second choice was Nehi orange soda pop. We used to get those in vending machines at gas stations. I don't even know if they make Nehi now but that was second to Coke when it came from a ice chest at a gas station where we could sit outside and enjoy the drink.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Crazy Weather

 Yesterday afternoon we were in the clouds and rain.
 One and one half inch of rain over the past two days.
It has brought out the color in the leaves to almost spectacular.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Echo and Skin Cysts

I took Echo in yesterday to have more cysts removed. Some dogs get sebaceous cysts and they don't know why. If left there is a good possibility they will get infected and become even more of a problem. He had 6 cysts removed and 4 tags that were getting bigger. He was in lala land up until be got almost home and what a trip that was. It had rained and the dirt roads were muddy and slippery.
Some tense driving for sure. He is better today and will return to normal in a few days. He is being given pain pills for any pain he may have.
When Bozwell had a tag and hair follicle done last week he came out of the anesthesia with no problem but Echo is in a fog for a couple days. Works differently on different dogs for sure.  

Monday, September 25, 2017

Cold and Misty Morning

It is a cold and misty morning but we have the wood stove going so it is nice and toasty warm inside. I thought this contrast of our flag and the autumn colors in the background made for a nice photo..

Friday, September 22, 2017

Potatoes

Earlier this year I noticed a potato that had gone to seed in our potato bin under the house so I filled an   Earth Box with soil and planted it. I just pulled the plants up and found this in the box.

I have a second box that I did the same thing with and until the plant starts to turn yellow or wilt I'll leave it and hope for more potatoes.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Equilibrium

High noon and the temperature is equal inside and out.

Fall Is In The Mountains

 Seasons are changing regardless of what the calendar says. Leaves are turning yellow and elk are packing on the weight for winter. The leaves aren't as colorful as in the past but they are beautiful none the less. The smell of fall is in the air and indistinguishable.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017

More Photos Of Adams State Basketball Team




Hard Workers From Adams State University

 LaPuente brought another group of hard working young men to gather firewood for those who are unable to get it for themselves or can't afford it. They take the wood from our property, cut it to length, split it and distribute it to those who need it for warmth over our long winters here. This group was the basketball team from Adams State University in Alamosa.
 They came with two of their coaches and the team from LaPuente. Something about being around fun loving young men that is contagious and lifts my spirits. From the coaches to the players they all are just fun to be around. Their coach did a very nice thing and had each one of them introduce themselves individually  to me which was a very nice gesture. I hope they enjoyed their time as much as I enjoyed having them here.
 Also, many will benefit from their efforts this winter. I'm hoping that they have a very successful basketball season. They are nice young men who deserve an outstanding season.
It was fun for me to be with this group. I'll be pulling for them this season and I hope they will do well.

Trail Camera Surprise

It is always a surprise when we don't check the trail camera for a few weeks. This one must have been taken several weeks ago. Bull elk keeping that harem moving along. The other photos were close up's of his side where he brushed up against the camera. I noticed the camera a few weeks ago was at an awkward angle and just straightened it up. I should have realized it had been moved on the tree and just hadn't slipped. .

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Disaster Can Occur In An Instance

I went to cut down a dead aspen tree yesterday. Having cut down hundreds of trees in the past this one seemed like a simple one to cut down. It turned out to be anything but simple. The top photo shows the stump, the base of the tree about 12' behind the stump which is very unusual. I cut the tree about 90% through and inserted a wedge to make it fall in the direction I wanted it to fall. Instead it fell into the top of the tree in the bottom photo which acted as a fulcrum and instead of sliding off the smaller tree it hit it, bent over, and sling shot it straight back with the base about 15' in the air into the large tree in the middle photo.  
The base then hit the tree behind me and the tree rolled down the limbs sloping down right toward me and where I was standing. This all took a second and occurred very fast. Somehow I ended up on the other side of the tree laying parallel up against it.  
The heavy aspen shot up in the air and backward into a much larger tree. I ended up with a very sore pelvis and emergency room visit where X-Rays revealed no fractures. The little pine tree in the above photo just to the right of where the aspen is laying was hit so precisely that the aspen bent it over, did not roll off of it and when it sprung back it slung the aspen like a spear directly back and into the very big pine tree. Where it hit that big pine tree was about 12-15' up if broken branches are an indication. 

This tree as bizarre as it was could easily have been a widow maker. I feel very fortunate that I only ended up with a bruised hip and that I'm not dead. That little pine threw the aspen back with tremendous force and I sincerely doubt that the scenario would happen in a thousand years. I am sore but feel very fortunate to be here to write this blog.   


Monday, September 11, 2017

Toughness

 Here in the mountains the nights are getting colder and the days very mild or cool. All the wild flowers have gone away except this single flower. It demonstrates toughness and perseverance. Out of many acres only one single wildflower remains and it is radiant albeit stubborn.
This was a wet summer and the wild roses have been covered in rose hips. When I went outside today I noticed that they were all gone except these three in the photo. The deer love them and they are loaded with nutrients so they come around at night and have a feast.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Stay Safe

This hurricane Irma is a brutal storm and I hope friends and family in Florida will stay safe. I have personally been through 8 hurricanes and know how serious they can be. Someone else's roof or patio furniture can when propelled at 150 mph do major damage to people or their shelter. Once an opening is made the strong wind and rain works on tearing the structure apart. This is a well organized hurricane and even though it is heading right for Florida they still don't know where or if it will turn. What I do know is if it goes through 'hurricane alley' into the Gulf of Mexico it will be a monster storm as it strengthens over those warm gulf waters. Prayers go out for all those in its path.

Mother nature is brutal and a 8.2 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Mexico is a major hit and hopefully people are safe from the destruction. Having the ground shake and roll under you is a very scary experience I'm sure. I have personally experienced both hurricanes and earthquakes and they both are very scary. The noise from the rocks grinding together and the ground moving is frightening.  Once in one there is very little you can do but be scared, ride it out and hope for the best.

A good source for following hurricane activity is: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Chapel Bells

We have installed motion sensors to let us know when the person/s who like to vandalize our property and prowl around our house stalking us is about. I have them set to bells sound and it sounded like the bells of St. Mary's so I went to investigate. We are in a cloud this morning and it is only 42 degrees but I could see two mother deer out there and one had a single fawn and the other one had twins.

They were making the sensors go crazy but they were sure in lush eating area's. Hard to see but there is a mother and baby in this photo.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cooper's Hawk

When we walk out the back door we never know what we will see. I went outside to lock up under the house and there 8' away was a Cooper's hawk. I didn't know then what it was but looked it up and it is about the size of a raven and had apparently gone after something in the back yard and was on the ground and cornered by the gate, It unsuccessfully tried to get through the fence but was to big so it flew up to the top rail on the fence and then flew up to a tree limb. I had never seen one before and up close and trying to get away was a special treat..