Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Monday, November 23, 2020
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Trees have been falling down with regularity. Some across the road all dead and burned from the wildfire. I just limbed another one that was fully across the road and pushed it over to the side. Two days ago there were at least five trees that had fallen across the road. The wind has been brutal. I cut three of the previous trees off the road and the association had to use their heavy equipment to push the others off the road.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Just finishing lunch when Lucy started barking at the back door. She rarely barks and in fact I don't think she has barked two times in the past year. I went to see what was going on as her hackles were up and she was really on alert. I was just in time to see a mother bobcat and two little cubs walking up by the woodshed. One of the babies sat on the deck oWhat a cute f the woodshed and watched me for several minutes.
Didn't have a chance to get the camera as I knew they would be out of range by the time I got the camera.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
We just came off a 30 hour power outage. Over the many years we have lived here we have experienced outages before so we are prepared. A generator is important to keep our food from spoiling. We did discover that our land line which used to work during power outages is now supported by battery backup that lasts around 4 hours. So we were without communications and power for over a day. The outage was caused by high winds (not unusual for the mountains.). Trees were blown over and fell on lines and pulled poles down.
Everything seems to be back in order now and this outage gave us a chance to catch up on reading, and some much needed rest and sleep. Also a chance to play a card game and pay more attention to our fur friends. The longest we have had an outage is several years ago it was out 5 days. For the most part it is usually only out for a few hours. We have an excellent electric cooperative and they do a great job in keeping us with power.
Friday, November 6, 2020
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Monday, November 2, 2020
A different kind of chili that is unique and delicious. When I was relocated to our home office in Hamilton, Ohio, after a few weeks when the other supervisors decided I was okay, they wanted to acclimate me to the area. The first thing they did was take me to Sky Line Chili which is famous in Cincinnati for its chili.
Perhaps the best testament to the popularity of this delicious meal was there was a wrongfully convicted man who had served 20 plus years in prison. A reporter ask him what would be the first thing he planned to do when he got out - his answer was he would go to Skyline and order a big plate of Cincinnati chili and two Coney dogs.
One of our disappointments when I was promoted to a field position in Pennsylvania was not being able to get any of the cherished chili. I then found out you could order packets in the mail and we have been enjoying this delicious (secret) recipe ever since, and often. It can be ordered on line through Amazon and may be found in cans in some grocery stores.
The second place they directed me to was Montgomery Ribs. It is so popular that you have stand in line to even get in. Clearly the best ribs I have ever had and well worth the long wait to devour a meal of them.
The third place they took me was Hooters by the river. That was when I was promoted after 6 months of home office life. I think I was the quickest promotion to a superior field position than the regimented life in home office. Those three places however were the most unique places and I still crave those ribs and we eat chili frequently.
I don't miss Hooters but it was a one time visit and did have good food and interesting sights being right on the river. I never did figure out if those girls wore skimpy outfits so they could go swimming in the river or not. They were all too busy waiting tables to take a dip so I will never really know. Maybe they took a dive in the Ohio river when business slacked off.
Sunday, November 1, 2020
I have over my many years had faulty judgement on occasion. It started when I was about 6 years old. Another child from outside our neighborhood approached me and said he wanted to be friends. As I turned my back the next thing I knew is I was on the sidewalk and he was on me banging my head on the cement. Fortunately my dad was close and yanked the boy off and warned him not to come to our neighborhood again. I learned that people who appear friendly are often not so. To this day I don't like people behind my back. There have been several (too many) cases of bad judgement since.
Good Judgement I Can Trust:
In spite of my bad judgement my deep seated love for dogs has provided me with flawless judgement. We are with our dogs almost 24/7, and as such we observe their behavior. When a stranger comes in our house for service or a visit our dogs tell us if they are to be trusted. Our past boy Bozwell would go across the room and carefully observe the person. Our girl Lucy will position herself between myself and the stranger. They would appear friendly to most people but are on high alert until the person has been processed by them.
Their Behavior When The Person Has Been Processed:
When they have satisficed themselves the person is okay their posture is relaxed and more normal. They tell us if we can trust the stranger or not. They are still relaxed but watchful. I have read some of the studies that confirm dogs can sense a good or bad person. Any astute dog owner already knows this from experience. At least in our dogs they do not growl or their hair bristle but their body language tells us a lot. Judgement I trust completely and pay close attention to when others are around.
The term horse sense originated in the west in the 1800's and means good common sense. Our dogs have keen sense and can tell our moods or pain. Most wild animals have good sense also and can tell if we mean them harm or not. We have seen this demonstrated numerous times since living with the wild animals for many years. They are on full alert when we encounter them but when they sense no danger they quickly revert back to normal behavior. Common sense is not always common. Our dogs expect us to exercise good common sense when it comes to them. They can do things that could cause them harm but together we each help the other with our different gifts.
It is a beautiful thing to see these two aspects working together. Not all humans are attuned to what their canine family member offers nor do some humans have good common sense. It is there however if we just tap into it and take advantage of the union. These things I have both observed and applied for many years successfully.
Ruby our deaf but loyal and loving girl at age 14 years old.
Friday, October 30, 2020
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2020
Sunday, October 25, 2020
It looks more like the smoky mountains than the rocky mountains. We went out to put the sub-frame on the tractor and it was 43 degrees outside. When we came in about an hour and a half later it was 20 degrees. The weather forecast said it was suppose to rain today and later turn to snow. I don't think it will rain now....
Friday, October 23, 2020
When I got up at 5:45 AM this morning it was 42 degrees outside. One hour later it was 19 degrees. The weather in the mountains can be pretty erratic. Today was a 21 degree drop in one hours time. It has dropped to 18 degrees since I have been posting this.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Monday, October 12, 2020
With the new construction plus existing homes it is getting harder to find a release point but we don't want our pack rat problem to become someone else problem. Driving back home again we noted that there are covenant violations on almost every home. We find that sad as with so many clearly visible it will make our covenants hard to enforce now. It appears that people just do what they want and hence the multiple violations. In the past the people didn't get along well together but at least they complied with the covenants. That is what happens when you have a partisan environmental control committee who selectively enforces covenants mainly against those whom they don't like or hold a grudge against. Sort of reminds me of our Federal Government which seems to be equally partisan.
I think the saddest part however is seeing our big lake dry because someone in the association decided to drain it to see what the bottom was like and it has now gone past the tipping point and will remain dry for a very long time if not forever. It pays to consider the consequences for your actions and look forward as to what impact those actions will have in the future. I have seen this done in the past in another area I lived in and the lake never did come back as its source dried up.