Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The one thing I learned in life through experiences of every kind and it has helped shape a way of living and relating to people everywhere is that there is a force in Natural law referred to as Reciprocity. In other words what action that a person, people or nation, put forth is an action that will snowball and eventually return to its source. So if we are sharing good and life creating thoughts, actions and deeds each and every day. that will eventually return to us as well. If we are on this earth to cause damage, hate, destruction, selfishness to people everywhere that to will return to us also in a greater form. So when I read of people trying to put forward good thoughts to all people I am reassured we still have good people in what is seeming to become a very negative world.
Monday, June 27, 2016
If your area doesn't have a program like this it sure is worthy to consider.
If your area doesn't have a program like this it sure is worthy to consider.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Hence I was a Detroit Tiger fan and also a Redwing fan. Any young man worth his salt in those days could tell you who got hits the day after the game and who had what batting average. We heard games done play by play and names like: Al Kaline, Jack Feller, Johnny Groth, Jim Bunning and Harvy Kuenn. You knew their position they played, their batting average, how they fared in their last game and so on. Us guys would spend hours arguing over who should have played, who did play and how they did.
Gordy Howe was a common source of discussion during hockey season. We would pretend to be these guys on ice rinks and ball diamonds.
Today kids have smart phones, endless internet data and a variety of facts at their finger tips. Not so in the old days when you had to remember ERA's and other statistics but homework somehow never made the list. Those who actually did their homework did it listening to a small transistor radio. We would remind each other of game times and opponents. Ahhhh, times were so different then and I wonder with all the modern technology youngsters have available to them now if they really are better off. For one they never almost come to blows or wrestling matches with those who have a different recollection of statistics, or who made what play.
One of the girls sided up to me and asked me "Do you know why the ghosts got on the elevator?" I said I didn't and she said "to raise their spirits". It was pretty much like that through the day..Kids are great - at least these kids were and they all worked well together. That should be about 7-8 cords of firewood so far this year. The children all worked pretty hard and I noted that when they left they were pretty spent. I told them that it made me feel good to see that they were walking and getting up from the ground just like I do. Same moaning and groaning. These kids came down from Denver to help people they did not know and they sure worked hard - their parents should be very proud of them. Tomorrow they will visit the Great Sand Dunes and I expect that they will be as tired if not more tired climbing the sand dunes. Every step you take in the dunes you go back a step so it is hot, exhausting and will wear even the most hearty person out.
We are glad to donate the firewood to those in need and it has been quite an experience to meet new people from different parts of the State plus work together with them. There are still a lot of good people in the world and thanks to the local charity many of them have come to visit and work with us.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Monday, June 13, 2016
Plants start to grow as soon as possible and they grow fast. Our long season is winter and the other three seasons seem to all meld together as one. These are good before and after photos that show how fast we can go from winter to summer...
Friday, June 10, 2016
So far we have managed 6 cords of firewood and hope to provide at least 20 cords before the end of the summer. More if possible. Last winter we cut and provided about 12, and hopefully this year we can provide more to this very worthy non-profit. Hopefully we will have more groups come and help cut and haul that firewood. The volunteers all have one thing in common and that is a heart that is bigger than life to help others.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Nature has a perfect way to achieve balance and we are now in the controlled balance phase. Soon there will be little for the predators to feed upon and they will move to more fertile areas but right now we are observing nature at its best in keeping balance.
We are concerned over our little hummingbird - Henrietta and also the fly catchers that have built their nest on top of our electrical box but we will not interfere with nature. We would be saddened if either were claimed by predators but that is simply the cycle of things and nature will have to take its course.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
I only go out
to get me a fresh
appetite for being
That seems to be particularly true for our immediate community. While there are some people that are normal and nice there is a disproportional amount of those who are hateful, vengeful and angry. I had an incident the other day that gave me a fresh appetite for staying by ourselves. As I was driving down to the front gate to bring in some volunteers to cut firewood on our property there was a total stranger that made obscene gestures and had hate and anger all over his distorted face and for no reason whatsoever. We have people in the community that make it their life goal and find every opportunity to tell others gossip, lies, rumors and other falsehoods about you. Hence you encounter people you don't know who already hate you because of what they were told. I once introduced myself to a stranger and stuck out my hand to shake hands and when I mentioned my name he pulled his hand back and walked off. Such people so easily influenced by others are unworthy of friendship anyway but it is sad when it happens and it happens in our community way too often. It happens in other areas I'm sure but in our community it has become a way of life and been refined to perfection. I personally don't let them bother me but I also don't associate with those who are ardent practitioners of gossip, lies, and/or whispering either. Therefore, they have to invent things and make things up about you which are ridiculous.
This is as old a tactic for weak people to build themselves up at others expense and goes back far into recorded history. Euripides (480-406 BC) said: "Never judge till you've heard the other side". Don't you think you should hear the other side? It just might be possible that you heard the wrong report! If you listened to only one version, you may not have heard the whole story, the whole truth. If you consider all the facts, you might be tempted to take the other side. The trouble is, it requires less effort to be hasty than correct; and it is easier to take sides, right or wrong where sympathies lie. But one truth is crystal clear: judgments should never be formed on either half facts or personal preferences. It is an old problem that now seems to get validity from a bias media and the internet.
I see this in interpersonal relationships and especially now in politics with an election pending. People spew forth speculation as fact. If we took just a moment to research the item and get the other side you might be inclined to see the issue differently. Unfortunately the media and internet usually want you to see something a certain way and hence you get distortion and and when you happen to be inundated with untruths you falsely believe there is some validity to them. It goes back to what I heard many years ago: "if you can't convince them, confuse them".
Perhaps that is why there is so much hate and rancor in the world today. People are being used, manipulated and misguided by media, internet and others who present falsehood as fact. Perhaps we individually should step back, verify our facts and not be part of the feeding frenzy with gossippers, whisperers and liars. Considering the world around us as it presently exists that would be a nice fresh start.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Monday, June 6, 2016
Then there is the legalized marijuana in Colorado. Unless caught in the act of smoking it or eating it while driving it apparently is hard to prove. Some people just putz along slowly appearing not to be aware of their surroundings. They go slow, then speed up a little, drift all over the road and then slow down again. If you are behind them you can smell it but it seems there is never a cop behind them.
Then there is the traffic stop. Better be careful here because the police are targets themselves and are very cautious. Keep your hands in sight on the steering wheel and behave yourself.
Then there is the abnormally number of people who seem to find everyone else's driving infuriating or you are not going fast enough for them and they don't like to be held up. I had one such incident right here in our neighborhood. I was going the speed limit - 30 mph - and I came on some guy who was going 10-15 mph. When the road widened out I eased out and went around him. As I carefully went by he flipped me the finger, shook his fist and had pure hate and anger on his face. It seems everyone now days has an abundance of anger especially in our small community. This happens at least one or two times a year in our small community. I didn't know this person but I have known a couple of them and they are bullies and exude hate when you meet them. Last year there was an overturned semi ahead and traffic was backed up. I was in the inside lane and went around another semi that had shut down over a half mile from the accident and was just sitting in the road. I eased in front of him and drove up to where the traffic was stopped. Some guy stormed up and started yelling I didn't stop where he though I should. I smiled back and he got so mad he stomped off cussing.
Then there are the people I see putting on makeup or reading the newspaper spread out on the steering wheel. Or the drunk drivers who think they are in control but in reality are so impaired they can't talk or function normally. I see this in our community often because our roads are private and they don't think they will get caught.
I wonder just how many other people are concerned over the increased hazard we all face every time we go out on the roads. Seems to me to be pretty significant....
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Friday, June 3, 2016
It is reassuring to know that the trees won't go to waste and will be used to keep people warm this next winter. I'm glad that they are willing to donate their time and muscle to cut and haul these dead trees off. Many were blown down last winter and we added some more dead trees that they can cut up. We don't want them cutting the dead down as it takes some skill to do that and with 10 or more people working in the area it could be dangerous. Therefore we have them cut what is already on the ground and not cut any standing or leaner's.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Thanks to Grieg's piano concerto and other classical music that we turn up loud enough to drown out the sound of thunder. What we can't drown out is when the house shakes and the ground shakes. The classical music does help calm them down.
We lived in Florida where some really severe lightning and thunder storms can be scary to humans also. The ones in the mountains are different inasmuch the thunder roars and rattles for several minutes and due to the elevation and the configure of the mountains.
Classical music does calm the dogs where thunder shirts and other techniques have not worked. We also try to distract them and they seem to be getting better. When it is thundering and the lightning is popping the hail on the metal roof just seems to add to the din and keeps them upset.
Patience and perseverance is paying dividends and they are all getting better as long as the classical music plays.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Only time heals most wounds as long as we don’t keep irritating old hurts and expect them to heal, but we cannot let them control us either. I was totally blown away yesterday when my partner and I went for breakfast. Sitting next to us was this beautiful little elderly woman and her husband. We could hear them talking and all of a sudden I hear this little woman say, the way I do things if any one hurts me in any way I will do whatever I can and how ever long I have to do it to get even. I couldn’t believe I was hearing her say these things. All of us in life have missed the mark and we just pick ourselves up and try again. Others hopefully do the same. But I could not imagine spending my life’s time using it to get even with someone because they missed the mark as well and hurt us in some way or fashion.
Friday, May 27, 2016
When I walked down to the other end of our property earlier today these guys were down there. Four ran off and one stayed and looked at me curious until I spoke to her and called her Daughter which is the name of the adopted "daughter" of our old friend Daisy. Daisy took her under her wing (so to speak) when she was an abandoned fawn and we named her Daughter. Daisy is now gone onto deer heaven but when I said "hi Daughter" she immediately calmed down and I could tell she recognized me. I just looked out the window and saw her and her followers bedded down beside the house.
For those who don't know, Daisy was the mother of Junior and when you go back in my blogs you will find lots of stories about them. Daughter is the third generation now and we recognize them and they clearly recognize me. When I'm out working on the property they will often come around and I'll have a lengthy conversation with them and they have nor show no fear since they know they are on protected ground. We prefer to live with them and they know they are welcome and safe at our home.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Actually at my age and with creaky and sore joints this has been a much needed break to allow myself to heal. Something I would not have done on my own and it worked out perfectly to give my body a chance to restore itself...