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Monday, November 20, 2017

Lion Tracks

 It looks like the bear are not in hibernation yet. Not sure of these tracks but they are bigger than a wolf and don't have the five toes that a bear has. It passed about 25 yards behind the house...

Friday, November 17, 2017

Ya Never Know

 We are trying to wrap up all those things that need to be done before winter really sets in here. One of the last things on the list was to get both vehicles serviced. I was taking the truck in today for just that purpose and on the way I saw a herd of elk which I would estimate to be between 150+ in number. Some were in the woods and it took two photos to get most of them included. A little further down the road two mule deer bucks with very impressive racks ran across the road in front of me and a little further a coyote zoomed across the road like its tail was on fire.
Living here in the mountains just going into town for a routine task can be an adventure.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Bring out the big guns!/Carol

No, this isn't about gun control. Some time ago I hurt my neck...right side and down into my shoulder. Carrying wood, carrying branches, using my chainsaw, carrying laundry up the spiral staircase into the loft? Who knows. What I do know is that I tried a supportive neck collar, Blue Emu (doesn't smell) and Sportscreme (smells good) and got a new pillow. The new pillow helped some but I decided yesterday to get out the above....Bruce got it years ago at Big R in Alamosa...and it does the trick. Yes, it smells like liniment...but whatever works! YAY!! Figure in a day or two I will be as good as new.

Tracks In The Snow

 Coyote and bobcat tracks in the snow. Yesterday I used the tractor blade to drag the snow smooth and today there are fresh tracks. We don't always see the animals but they are always around as evidenced by the tracks.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


The wind recently has been gusting more than normal. It has been happening over the past several months and I have lost count of how many trees we have had blown over. The wind is gusting today and is forecast for the next seven days. Winds of 15-20 mph and gusts up to 40 mph or higher. We normally have wind in the mountains but this is very unusual.

Saturday, October 28, 2017


 LaPuente brought a group of middle school students from Boulder, CO. They came with high energy and enthusiasm along with their three chaperones. They left with two full trailer loads of prime firewood for those who are unable to afford or get it themselves. Houses will be warm due to their efforts.
 It is always a joy to be around these youngsters with their energy and enthusiasm....
 Three people from LaPuente came yesterday and in a couple hours cut up down trees and today brought the volunteer group to do the loading. I hope the snow holds off for a while so they can get more firewood.
 they usually take firewood off our property but our neighbor down the road needed it more than we did this time. I have some already cut up for them but that will wait until next time.

Thursday, October 26, 2017


Above is a photo of our boy Bozwell. He is the one the other two look to for guidance.

If you have made comments on our blog and they were not posted it was probably my error. Any comments are suppose to go to my E-mail for posting but I just found out some don't. I just posted a bunch of comments that I was unaware of and dating back quite a while. I will try to be more diligent and and check the alternative place where comments go. I apologize for not being more attentive to this alternate site on our blog. If readers take the time to respond to a blog topic  their response should be posted. This is clearly my fault for not checking the proper place in the blog for comments.

Trail Camera

 I haven't checked the trail camera for a few weeks so I don't know when these were taken. I suspect a couple weeks ago since they were at the beginning of the memory card. I try not to post current photos as local poachers then are driving up and down our road looking for the animals. I only post photos that I know are old and not current.  It is always a surprise to check the memory card.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Fly Fishing People

I got to thinking of the things I have accumulated over the years. I have always tied my own fishing flies and in the past few years I have developed arthritis in my thumbs which makes it very difficult to tie flies so my fly tying vice, bobbin, dubbing material and all the materials have been in the cabinet unused. When I pass away I don't want these items to end up in a dumpster or landfill so I am giving the entire kit away if anyone wants to pay the postage.

Fly tying is a good hobby and catching a trout on flies you have tied is very rewarding. Therefore if anyone wants the kit for the cost of postage or know someone who does let me know and I will mail it to them. It is a quality kit and it shouldn't end up in a landfill when it can be used by someone who fly fishes.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Mountain Views

 Mornings here can be spectacular. We get to see the sun rise but sunsets are on the opposite side of the mountain so we don't see them.
Several days ago we looked out and there was a 'scout' elk. It was the lead elk from a herd that was just passing through. We never know when we step outside what we will see.

Saturday, October 21, 2017


 More trees that just blew over due to the high wind we have been having. Hard to keep up with the down trees. Some are dead trees and some live trees. It seems that I just get them cleaned up and the wind blows again and there are more to do. All the rain we have had over the summer and the 12" of snow so far this winter has softened the ground so when the wind blows 35+ mph, they uproot and blow over. These will take years to clean up now with so many.

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?


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


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.