Friday, October 13, 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Monday, October 9, 2017
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Friday, October 6, 2017
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
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
Thursday, September 28, 2017
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
Friday, September 22, 2017
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
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Thursday, September 14, 2017
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
Friday, September 8, 2017
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
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.
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Thursday, August 31, 2017
ent 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..