Sunday, May 28, 2017
When we went down the road we discovered someone had turned around in our neighbors driveway too. As we went further down the road we discovered several places where someone had been turning around.
We do not get much traffic on our road and especially at night. In fact only one person has come to the house at night in 20 years who got stuck in the snow about a half mile away. Our friends always call first and to find tracks in the driveway is of great concern to us. It is of concern to us as uninvited intruders (the property is posted no trespassing) could end up being shot for prowling around at night. In 20 years no one has ever done this but we are always cautious as we are pretty isolated. It is pretty scary that people would sneak up to your house in the middle of the night who were trespassing.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
They came all the way across our country to cut fire wood for people they didn't even know. If all the younger generation is like those LaPuente brings out then we old folks can rest easy as our future and theirs is in very capable hands.
We see on the news, read in the newspapers all the evil in the world and then I get to spend a few hours with young people with a good work ethic, a good heart to volunteer to help others and I will sleep good tonight not so much from the hard work but knowing our futures are in very capable hands. We have been doing this for many years now - providing dead trees - and each group seems to eclipse the last. From the junior high school youngsters to the college students to the seniors in their 70-80's, these are people of compassion, integrity, and a giving spirit.
Nick also brought along a most pleasant young man named Danny (not in the photo), as he was doing a video taped documentary of the firewood project for LaPuente. What a privilege to be able to contribute to the documentary. Danny was very professional and I'm sure when he finishes the documentary and it gets posted on the web site that it will draw many more outstanding volunteers into their worthy programs.
As readers look at the photo on top - take the time to look at each face - I think you will see as I do a secure and bright future for our country. Some truly outstanding young people who no doubt have great things ahead of them.........
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017
I got to know the old Sgt. over time and he found out I liked fishing. He offered his row boat to fish in the cove if I wanted and said I could bring a friend. I brought a guy I knew that worked in the mess hall and liked to fish. We were fishing in the cove and not paying any attention to the tide which was going out. We were being drawn closer to the outlet and the closer we got the more the pull on the small boat. We could not row hard enough to stay in the cove. We were sucked out of the inlet like someone flushing a toilet. The guy with me tried to jam an oar against the rock wall and broke the oar. We then only had one oar.
We were suddenly out in the ocean with the big rolling waves. We started to lose sight of the island and were doing a lot of frantic bailing. We went past a stovepipe marker that had 17 painted on it. Shortly after we passed the marker we saw a ship and a guy with flags trying to signal us. Not knowing the flag language we had no idea what he was saying. Shortly thereafter we saw a coast guard cutter heading our way and another long boat that was the old Sgt. bearing down on us. He got to us first and we tied up and he hauled us to safety. The 17 on the marker represented 17 miles and we were totally helpless and barely staying afloat in the ocean.
I ended up with a severe sun burn on my back and the base commander was looking for who had done this. My barracks mates took care of me and covered for my sunburn which was an Article 15 offense. I learned that having friends that would step in and save you were important and that having friends that would keep silent on my behalf and care for me by having to help dress me were equally important. My back was raw and oozing and my flight members had to carefully peal my T-shirt off me each day and treat my raw open wounds.
I have heard people in our community say they would not stop and help someone in need if they didn't like them. Having had the experience I had I would never consider not helping anyone - like them or not. It also taught me loyalty such as my flight/unit members demonstrated by helping me and protecting me. Everyone one in my unit knew it was me including my commanding officer but no one told, possibly because they saw that I was suffering enough with a raw back.
But for divine intervention by having that passing oil tanker at the right spot to see a tiny boat the size of a small dot in the ocean we would have perished without a doubt. The Lord was watching over us that day even though I did not know him then. By all rights we should have perished at sea but that incident changed my life in many ways and I realize I'm fortunate to be alive.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
It just seemed like the right choice today as it is overcast outside, cool temperature and I woke up to 1" of snow this morning again and tonight and tomorrow is winter storm watch.
If we get the storm expected I'll have a delicious chicken left over in case we lose the power again. Driving in to get the chicken also gave me a chance to take a detour past one of my favorite places to prospect. It is a good place and as expected the water is rushing hard down the creek. That is running strong enough to carry gold to this location and when it stops running so hard I'll take a special tool I use to extract the gold.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
Apparently the heavy snow storm we had took down trees and the linemen were having trouble getting to the breaks caused by the trees due to flooding and road's washed out. We have never in our lifetime had snow as heavy as this latest storm - it was like shoveling wet cement.
We went to Monte Vista this morning for a tractor repair part and noted the creeks flowing well over their banks and running hard. With the 1" of rain coupled with the heavy wet snow it is just to much water for the creeks to carry off. Just another day in the mountains.
After snow like this there are snow bombs that fall off the trees and they can be big and heavy. I was raking the snow off the roof yesterday and got hit by one. Took me some time to get the snow out of my ear where it was packed in tight. If losing around 50+ trees in the high winds about a month ago we lost even more in this heavy snow. The weight was to much for them and the tops broke off of several aspens.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Monday, May 8, 2017
Last Friday Carol noted a small cyst forming. This is the first it has appeared where we could see it. We did not give Bozley the prednisone as we did not see a hot spot. It was a cyst below the surface that did not appear until Friday and the prednisone would not have helped that condition at all.
Bozley will not be troubled with the cyst again. The cyst was easily removed and the stitches will be taken out in two weeks.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
She is a senior hummingbird now and we can easily pick her out of a bunch of hummingbirds easily. It is hard to explain the happiness when she comes back year after year. She flies hundreds of miles each year to her winter destination and then flew back to the very spot on the feeder each spring.
Seeing Henrietta back each year really lifts our spirits. We look forward to seeing her again each year but we are fully aware that one year she will not return and we will actually mourn her when that time comes.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017
That is a lot of snow but the end of April and the month of May the temperatures fluctuate wildly. They also predicted warm temps after the snow storm passed. If you are not used to this much snow it can be daunting and mild panic can set in.
We are used to it and we let the sun Sunday and today work for us. That snow melted down to 2-6". We did our shopping in town the day before the storm arrived and now all we need do is be patient and wait for it to melt. As can be seen in the photos we could easily get out if needed and since we don't have anywhere to go for a few days all we need do is wait and let the sun do our work for us.
38" to 6" in two days and all we did was shovel a path through the 38" to under the house where the generator is stored if the power went out - which it didn't.
Where we shoveled the path and shoveled out the back yard for the dogs it is mostly bare ground now and all thanks to old Sol....
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Just came in from shoveling off the front deck. I guesstimate there is 24" as I looked down on where I had put the snow thrower it was covered and it will handle 24". All that was showing was about a foot of the exhaust chute. It is still coming down hard and the wind is blowing it in all directions. I take comfort in knowing that our spring flowers are down underneath somewhere. That is why it is so hard to garden here at this elevation. Last year I planted on three different occasions.
When the snow gets over 24" like it is now there isn't much we can do except keep a path open to get under the house if we need to. The snow just comes over the top of the blade and the tractor rides up on the snow and gets stuck. I actually stood in one spot and shoveled for 5 minutes without moving my feet.
This is actually quite routine for us here to get our big storms when the rest of the country is having spring rains and enjoying their spring flowers...
Probably only a matter of time before the electricity goes out too.