Monday, August 31, 2015
Our road is about 6 miles long or roughly 31,700 linear feet long. For years we have had poachers on our road hunting from the road in various methods. Because there are only three homes on our road and nothing behind us except a private ranch we have low life poachers that shoot game animals who believe they are in a protected area. I am pretty sure about two who do this and I can only say that they must feel real good about themselves for shooting animals that are within protected areas and feel safe. Our association has put signs up at each end of our road stating private property and no hunting. While we are grateful for the effort it will not stop these low life bottom dwelling trash. Our property is posted and that doesn't keep them out. They like to flaunt their illegal activity and continue to prey on unsuspecting animals who believe they are safe from hunters. Since the poachers read this blog to help them find animals to prey on I do not use actual dates to throw them off. When these photos are posted the animals are a long way away.
I have called 911 and the poaching hot line several times now and do not even get a reply from law or game enforcement. The game warden is clearly afraid of these scum and won't even return a telephone call. The sheriff always has somewhere else to be and hence we apparently are going to have to resort to self help if we are to stop these bottom dwellers who shoot unsuspecting animals. I have nothing against legal hunting but poachers are the scum of humanity. The longer they go unchecked the more bold and organized they get. I find it ironic that a group of hikers located the exact 2 foot wide trail that poachers have been using for years and recently decided to mark it for their "hiking" activity. Out of 31,700 linear feet of road this is really quite the coincidence. These bottom feeders have hunted within 200 yards of our home and calling the game warden does not even get a response.
Self help should be a last resort but it appears all that we have left. I glimpsed a poacher/trespasser behind our house not a month ago. Our area is no different than many other areas where a small group of bottom feeders tend to assume that everyone else owes them something and they see nothing wrong with taking what is not theirs to take. Breaking the law is a way of life for them. When their lawlessness becomes a threat to us and our well being and official sources are unwilling to help then there is nothing left but self help. Poachers beware!!!!
If people want to know why they might often be at odds with other people, we need to look at how they use the brain. Some work from the left side as the dominant part of their thinking that helps them to be more analytical, methodical, and sequential in their thinking and processing of information. While others are more right side dominant in their processing, creative,few or no limits to logic and reason, sound, music, etc. The two sides have little understanding of why their method of reasoning and thinking cannot be understood or appreciated by the other side. To the right hemispheric thinker, nothing is unreal. To the left hemispheric processor the right side thinker lacks order,consistency and reality. We also have the clans that were a symbol of our different ways of "seeing". Both sides need to have understanding that two people seldom see things the same way unless they may be using the same part of the brain for processing. Our ability to listen, and give other people reason to explain why they think and believe like they do can help us avoid many collisions with other people and ideas.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Truth. What does it even mean any more. So many people take what are known as truthful realities of life and either accept them or reject the ones they don’t like and then claim to have truth. Truth to live by, truth to share, truths to hold dear. We need to as peoples of the world get back to a point of really learning what truth is. That is what will keep us stable, knowledgeable, and what sets us free from all of the BS, deceit, and lies we hear each and every day, from people, leaders, media, education, institutions, etc. Without truth or searching for it we can be just as deceitful or dishonest as the ones who we avoid. Reason and logic are of the mind, but truth rises from our Spirit and if we refuse to renew or refresh the spirit, we get to where we seldom recognize truth. Other people cannot give us total truth. We have to find it for ourselves, to receive it, perceive it, and believe it. When we find it we need to hold it dear and stand strong in it. That is our stability for life and living, not the cheap fads or materialistic "False truths" that surround us daily
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
It does appear that we will have an early winter this year and it is starting in mid August.
We always need to be vigilant to those around us. Some people have lived a long time with trouble. By being vigilant we can spot trouble from a great distance. It might be hidden behind laughter, or a look of serenity, but frequently behind biting jokes. If we really understand another person and know why their behavior is a certain way we can also frequently sense what trouble has come their way and caused dissension and pain, even when they try to cover it up and keep it hidden. We need to be a people who can depend on and trust other people as well as being trustworthy ourselves. Constantly reminding ourselves that living is a two way street. One day others look to us for strength and support and other days we look to them. There is a definite need to be with and work with others
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Above is a photo of our new pack member Bozley which is not to be confused with our long term pack member Bozwell. Now this could be considered confusing since we call both Boz but when I call one they both come. Having once volunteered for a German Shepherd Dog rescue I am on several social media venues and recently read about this heartbreaking case where a single mother and her 16 y/o daughter were being forced out of their rental condo as the owner wanted it for other purposes. Rentals in the Denver area are scarce and hard to find and they finally found one but it would not allow large dogs. They found a family that was suitable to adopt Bozley but at the very last moment the family backed out. They were left with 2-3 days to re-home Boz and were beside themselves.
They adopted Boz two years ago from a shelter where he was housed. He was in bad shape being emaciated and his bones sticking out. He had apparently given up on life and touched their hearts as they pestered the shelter until they were allowed to adopt him. They nursed him back to health and restored his will to live. He was a valued family member whom they were devastated to have to re-home. They were looking for a foster and I contacted a mutual friend and agreed to take him. After it was clear that we wanted to adopt him and not foster him and several conversations with the owner of Boz the plan was established and the deal set.
The owner transported him to us on a Saturday and spent the afternoon with us and our three family members of the four footed variety. We learned Boz was 8 y/o and had been found as a starving stray and taken to the shelter. The previous owner was contacted and the shelter was instructed that they did not want him back. Now he was being re-homed again. Losing your family twice (possibly more) is devastating on a dog. He has now known three families - one who didn't want him and probably neglected or abused him, the second who loved him completely but were forced to re-home him and now us. Fortunately the second family loved him so much they wanted what was right for him and in the two years they had him they restored his health and confidence which makes our job easier.
While I wrote an article for Mother Earth News magazine about how to properly introduce a new dog to your pack it does take time and a lot of effort. You can see the article at:http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/introducing-new-dog-to-existing-pack-zbcz1508.aspx
It can be difficult to introduce a new member to a well established pack but if done right it usually goes easily. It can take weeks and Boz seems to be adapting at a rapid rate. The entire process is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, taking one piece at a time until you have them all together revealing a full and complete picture. There can be progress one day and set backs the next. You want your pack to maintain its stability while at the same time easing the new member into the pack with the least stress possible maintaining your alpha status for all members. It is really quite easy but you need to be constantly vigilant of your pack and the new member without being overly protective of any single family member. I'm happy to say for the most part the process has gone well and we are very happy over the bonding process that has taken place. Our pack members age getting to know Boz and so are we and he is getting to know us. He is going to be a delight to have as a family member and we are impressed with him in a most favorable way.
Any dog who has had at least 3 or more families can be insecure and confused. Boz is adapting well and much of it has to do with the process of how they are initially introduced. Perhaps some reading this blog will take heed and rescue a dog themselves with assurance that the introduction if handled properly will give them a cherished family member. Welcome Boz, you have in three days thoroughly worked your way into all our hearts. You are resilient and a truly great family member who rounds out our family in every way.
Life is amazing, but how it affects us is determined by how we look at things that happen to us every day. If we look for beauty we will find it every day. If we only look for things to complain about we will find that too. We often forget the power of the two twins in the created order. More than anything this teaches us that life is not, nor ever will be, perfect. Even if, in our journey life has taken us through some rough roads and territory we would never have chosen for ourselves, there was something we needed to learn and that was the way we learned it. Sunflowers are good examples while the rest of the gardens need to be watered and struggle with the heat, sunflowers thrive on it and prove they can take the heat. Look for the beauty in all things and sooner or later that will be our out look every time we open our eyes
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
He is 8 years old and we are his third set of parents we know of. Hopefully we can make him quickly feel at home and secure so he isn't anxious any more.
Monday, August 10, 2015
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Mosquitos also carry heart worm which effects dogs but we don't have a problem with that as our summers are too short for the worm to mature in the mosquito. North of us about 100 miles at the lower elevation they occasionally have a random case of heart worm show up but our vets have never seen a case thanks to our short summers. Because our fur family were all rescues from other states we had them tested and they were free of any sign of heart worm.
Colorado has mosquitos that carry the West Nile virus and it has now reached the San Luis Valley and was found in a few horses. Thanks to our bat population we don't have any mosquitos around our house. These flying mammals are truly amazing. Their radar is so accurate that they can take mosquitos out of the air efficiently. They eat an amazing amount of insects per night and hence we can go outside without concern of putting on bug goop or being bitten. Once the bats return we are free to be outside at night without the slightest concern of getting bitten. Bats are highly beneficial and we always look forward to their return each year. Now if we could only get the biting flies to fly at night we would be totally free of annoying insects.
We have lived in cities where the city would go around at night and fog for mosquitos. We would much rather entice bats to live here than put up with that smelly and potentially dangerous fog that is spread to protect city dwellers. These small bats can eat up to 1 1/2 times their weight in mosquitos a night and when you have several in the family they eliminate your biting insect population. I guess attracting them to cities to replace fogging would freak city dwellers out. As for us we take care of our bats and they in turn take care of us.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
No such luck because when the tractor repairman was here checking out our tractor the helicopter came back with that upside cone hanging under it. He recognized what it was doing immediately as he once met a pilot who told him that rig was checking the depth of potential sub terrain faults that could shift to cause earthquakes. Its good to know they keep up on fault lines but sadly we are still stuck with the crazies in our community.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Saturday, July 18, 2015
In the center of the photo is a fly catcher nest with three tiny baby birds in it. This family has been nesting in this exact location for many years now. I'm not sure how long a life span these little song birds have but I feel certain that this is 2-3rd generation fly catcher with the three little babies in the nest. Each year we watch them build a nest in the same place and lay three eggs, then incubate and hatch them into tiny globs of matter with huge mouths.
It is a yearly event that we enjoy watching. Each year there are three little fly catchers that start an epic journey into life. This is underneath the deck where I keep the tractor and the new tractor has a higher ROPS (roll over protection system) so when these guys leave the nest - soon from indications, I will have to remove this part of the deck and raise it up. I will try to duplicate it exactly except it will be higher. When the fly catchers come back next year I'm hoping they will not notice it is different.
I have noticed that the male and female bird will work together to build the nest each year. When the female has it exactly like she wants it she will lay her three eggs and then diligently sit on them keeping them warm until they hatch which appears to be 10-14 days. The babies when born are little globs of transparent tissue with large mouths that dominate their size. Both male and female will then feed them insects that they catch tirelessly throughout the day. After a few days the feathers start to appear and about a week later they are covered with fuzzy feathers. Next we see three little heads above the lip of the nest with the parents still diligently feeding them throughout the day.
Soon they will perch on the edge of the nest and test their wings. Until they get strong enough to fly they will remain in the nest. Some years like last year one will not leave the nest. We have noted when that happens that the parents will stop feeding it and it will get hungry enough to leave the nest to find food. We have been privileged to see them fly from the nest for the first time. The uncertainty of flight, the awkward movement close to the ground for several feet. Then the realization that they have just flown for the first time and they then repeat the process again with each flight a little longer than the last one. Once out of the nest they don't return but the parents job is not over yet. For the next few days the juveniles stay with the parents and learn how to be successful birds. They learn to perch in safe places in trees, avoid hazards and how to catch insects on the fly. All the while getting stronger to migrate later this fall. Some how they have an internal GPS system built in that will enable them to return to the same specific spot next year.
It seems we humans could learn much from these little flying wonders.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
This visit this morning reminds me of 17 years ago when another mother deer brought her twins around while I was working outside picking up branches. The two grown twins were males and a couple years later one showed up looking for some bird seed. I put some in a bucket and he walked up to me and started eating without hesitation from my hand.
That turned out to be a long close relationship that lasted until he died of old age. I could not get other people to witness our relationship as if others were present he simply vanished. I miss him terribly and those times we spent together just sharing that closeness that can't be explained. I would rub his nose and pick ticks off him and he would make little mewing sounds. Today was a reminder of his mother when she brought him around to visit for a few hours while I worked outside and talked to them.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
We may look different, we may have different skin colors, different attitudes, different beliefs, different wants, different needs but we are all part of the human family lending it diversity and like the many flowers of the field lending it color and beauty but with that are many similarities also. We need to make the most of other people when they approach us looking for an honest and good friendship. We need to be kind, bless them and give them a friendly relationship they will value and hold dear to themselves. It is a sacred gift that is always welcomed and will always be remembered.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
I wonder how many people ever took the time to think that in also creating products to meet our needs organizations have also done studies of our habits and then gone on to create something that would keep feeding that habit. Some habits are good and so the products that are there help us to keep those good habits but some habits are not good and there are products that have also been created to help keep feeding the bad habits, usually in abundance. For people who want to change and get rid of bad habits it is very hard to do so because so many products are there to keep feeding that habit. It really requires that we make a commitment to change and then are persistent about the change and our efforts at staying away from practicing the bad habit.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
It rained last night about 3/8th of an inch. That is a good time to take a walk down the road to see what animal activity may have happened. Other than a few deer and elk tracks the only other track I found was this bobcat track. They have small feet and are very allusive. We rarely see the animal itself but do see evidence of their tracks. I was hoping for a mountain lion or bear track but no such luck this morning.
I did see our deer that has fibromyosis however and his condition seems to have gotten worse. I hope this guy gets better soon. While biologists say it is not painful to the deer I have a hard time believing that. This guy has a large sac hanging off his back belly and neck. That can't feel normal to him...
What could be better than if we tune our lives to where we give ourselves time to listen to the birds, to be able to sit in the sun and enjoy it’s warmth or spend time in the waters or just sit and visit with family, friends and anyone who is there for friendly companionship. It’s so sad that so many have been taught that if they have idle moments they are lazy or not producing as they should. We need to realize as a people that part of our teachings from the Older ones was to not always feel like we need to get to our destination immediately but to enjoy the journey as well with out all the fuss and hurry. It is almost humorous to see people work themselves to death each year looking for vacation time only to fill their vacation and rest time with so much work that they missed the beauty of the things life has to offer. I remember being asked by some of the older ones at times, "come and waste some time with us". It was known by them that if people visit with each other there was time for laughter, time to sit and enjoy stories, jokes and food. Many times I think humans today have become so lost I only hope they will someday find life and living again.
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Benjamin Franklin's Request for Prayers at the Constitutional ConventionBenjamin Franklin
July 28, 1787
The small progress we have made after 4 or five weeks close attendance & continual reasonings with each other-our different sentiments on almost every question, several of the last producing as many noes as ays, is methinks a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the Human Understanding. We indeed seem to feel our own want of political wisdom, since we have been running about in search of it. We have gone back to ancient history for models of Government, and examined the different forms of those Republics which having been formed with the seeds of their own dissolution now no longer exist. And we have viewed Modern States all round Europe, but find none of their Constitutions suitable to our circumstances.
In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection.- Our prayers, Sir, were heard, & they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor.
I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that "except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.
I therefore beg leave to move-that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that Service-
Friday, July 3, 2015
I have never seen one of these spiders before but yesterday as I was walking out with some friends I happen to look down and there was this beautiful spider. The bottom photo is mine and the other I borrowed from http://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.asp?identification=Goldenrod-Crab-Spider.
Goldenrod Crab spiders are able to change their color over a few days and will bite to protect themselves. They sit in the middle of a flower and wait for an unsuspecting insect to come to the flower and then they jump and grab the insect with those long front legs and bite and immobilize the insect.
One friend said the bite is poisonous however I have been unable to verify that aspect. I thought it was a unique color and interesting. Sorry my photo is a little blurry but it was watching me closely and kept moving around that blade of grass to hide.
I'm not a big fan of spiders but thought this one was so colorful and unique it would be nice to share. I had never seen one before.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
The majority of people would agree that meditation is very helpful in many areas of life to help make sure we are on a good path to good health and well being in living life. But we need to make sure our meditation time is positive. Worry is also a form of meditation, but it involves meditating and dwelling on the wrong things in life. Instead of being positive it is a negative tool being used against positive movement and growth. It can be a force that moves us into submitting to possibilities that are not positive for us that normally if our minds are clear we would not accept. Our minds are simply not as sharp when our thoughts are filled with worrying about things.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015
When I was living in central Florida many years ago my two sons and a neighbors son were walking over a couple blocks to a 7-11 store to buy a Slurpee. The municipality was installing new storm sewer drains along the road they were walking along. The 6 foot high cement storm drain had been laid for about a half a mile or so. The boys heard cries coming from the storm drain and they went to see what was making the noise. Turned out there were two little boys in the storm drain that were lost and couldn't get out. The two bigger boys each grabbed a leg of the smaller of the three of them and lowered him into the drain to grab the smaller boys. They were lifting the last one out when the mother showed up and commenced yelling at them and cursing them for putting her son IN the drain. They went ahead and extracted the last child and went on their way. She commenced to call the sheriff and report the incident. The sheriff deputy came out and investigated by talking to the three boys separately and was getting a logical and same story. That the small children said they entered the drain from near their house and their story coincided with the boys story.
We found out when the deputy came and told us what had REALLY happened and the mother instead of thanking the boys for getting her small children out cursed them out for the wrong reasons. The deputy said even though he told the mother what actually happened and that her own children said they had traveled for several blocks in the storm drain she refused to listen. He didn't know what else to do to convince her if she wouldn't listen to her own children.
I thought the matter had been resolved until the husband came storming our door later that day. I ran him off and called the deputy who went to him and told him what had happened according to his own children. He told the deputy that he was going to shoot my boys and the neighbor boy when they came to the school bus stop. The deputy told me what he said and advised until he actually attempted to shoot the boys there was nothing he could do. I sent the deputy back with the message if that idiot tried anything against my boys there was no where on earth he could hide that I wouldn't find him and he would die a very painful death. The deputy improved on my version and included himself as well.
He never tried to retaliate against the boys and moved from the area shortly after that incident but it shows just how some people can look at something and draw the wrong conclusion and then act on their misconception. I never knew why the mother jumped to the wrong conclusion and could convince her husband when her own children and a deputy were telling her/him what actually happened and it wasn't what she observed. Possibly because she let three little children out of her sight when the open storm drain was right there by her house. This could have proven disastrous but for the fact that the husband was more afraid of the deputy and myself than he was of seeking retribution. He actually should have been deathly afraid of the neighbor who didn't learn of what happened until it was pretty much resolved. He was the type who would have hunted the husband down and he would have disappeared.
It goes to show however that people see the same thing and draw different conclusion. The life lesson is that when someone in authority and your own children tell you that you are wrong it might be a good idea to listen - question if necessary - but listen first of all before you act. Sadly enough that doesn't happen where people are willing to listen and determine the facts very often.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
What could the possible similarities be between the cowbird and human behavior be? The cowbird is referred to as a brood parasite because the mother cowbird will find and watch the nest of another species of bird and when that species is away she will lay her eggs in the nest. Often removing the host birds egg or eggs. If the host recognizes they are not her eggs and removes them the cowbird will come and destroy the hosts nest. Usually the host bird will then hatch the cowbird eggs and the cowbird eggs hatch earlier than most other birds and grow fast and bigger. Hence the cowbird chicks will demand food from the host often at the expense of the host species chicks.
The similarity: How about people who are 3rd or 4th generation welfare recipients as I found when I worked in Ohio. They don't work, their parents don't work, the grandparents don't work etc. They have learned the more children they can produce for the next generation of welfare recipients the more money they can receive from the government. They expect that it is the duty of others to care for them and raise their children. When things don't go their way they throw a fit, riot and destroy and loot those around them that have worked and prospered. They get free cell phones, food stamps, free or low cost housing, free medical care, welfare checks on a regular basis heating subsidies and a host of other government benefits. The other species work hard and pay taxes and often go without so these brood parasites can live easy with no effort required on their part.
Some people truly need these benefits but as I would take a walk on my lunch hour in Ohio I found that our office was surrounded by these type of neighborhoods. those who need a hand up to put their lives back together should get these benefits. This is about continuous generations who strictly live off the hard work of others. When you would stop and talk to residents they would be very proud that they were third or forth generation welfare recipients. They would be out sitting on porches or lawn chairs all the time and drinking beer and smoking cigarettes. After walking by their homes frequently they would recognize you as a regular and talk and open up about their life style. They would wonder why we chose to work when everything in life is free. That is one similarity between cowbirds and humans and I'll bet with a little thought more could be recognized.