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Friday, August 7, 2020

Turkeys Caught On Trail Cam:

The top photo is one I took yesterday. I was posting to Mother Earth News Community for Colorado and I heard clucking outside. I got up with my cell phone and there was a flock of turkeys in our front yard. As I tried to sneak out on the deck these wary birds ran to the road where I finally got this photo. The below photo is from the trail camera. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Hail Damage

We had a pretty intense hail storm yesterday. The deck chair was just freshly painted earlier in the day and hail chipped it in several places. The rhubarb is pretty much all destroyed and there will be no more rhubarb pies this year. 

Monday, August 3, 2020

Butterfly - Moth???

This is just outside our window attached to the soffit. It will be interesting to see what emerges...

Canine Lyme Disease?

This was a few years ago in the early stage of a tick bite. The circle moved out further and finally went away. A friend took their dog to the vet and initially he was diagnosed with cancer but further testing revealed it was "from a tick bite" but no name for the tick borne disease. It was the same with this bite when I went to the doctor. 

The first doctor said it was from a tick bite and put me on antibiotics early and the disease never fully manifested. For some strange reason our local veterinary people deny there is Lyme disease in Colorado and medical doctors follow the same position.  

Funny thing is when I was waiting for my Rx to be filled another man waiting said his neighbor got bitten by a tick and had Lyme disease and was now confined to a wheel chair. Got bit in Colorado! I'm not sure why doctors both for human and pets deny that we have it in our state because to me it makes no sense. they could say it is rare but a few cases have been reported but instead they deny it exists here. 

My friends dog is undergoing treatment for being bite by a tick but no actual label other than that. He is on strong medication and takes 6 pills a day for the next 30 days. I think veterinary and medical people should level with us citizens and so we can take proper precautions. When Lyme disease or  "tick disease" gets in the blood stream it is very serious. It would be nice if they warned us ahead of time regardless of what they want to call it so we could protect those we love and ourselves. Better to be aware and prevent than try to accomplish a cure.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Ground Squirrel

We have this ground squirrel - actually we have several - and he has a craving for unsalted peanuts. I'll be outside and he will run up to me and sit a couple feet away looking up at me eye to eye when he wants a peanut. I toss a few on the ground for him and he is happy. I don't feed him by hand as I don't want to put him in danger in case he encounters some other person who won't be as understanding. His side pouches get so full it looks like he has three heads sometimes. He will follow me up on the deck and to the back door where Lucy goes crazy.

As people deal with the hate going around, politics and the covid virus I have my friend the squirrel to talk to and pass the time and neither of us get very upset with world events. In fact we think everyone should have a few peanuts to share with each other and the world would be a far better place.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Early WInter?

It is shaping up to be an early winter here in the mountains. If one pays close attention to the natural occurrences around us the indicators are all there. The elk are bugling, the robins and song birds have departed, squirrels are gathering non stop, the nights are slowly getting colder, hummingbirds are tanking up for the trip south as per the photos, and the caterpillars are fuzzy and the ants are working non stop storing tiny bits of food for their  long winter ahead.  From all indicators it is going to be an early and hard winter. 

Reminds me of an old joke:

An Indian chief was preparing for a fall council meeting and called the National Weather Service to find out about the weather. He was told that the winter was going to be cold, so he included this in his report to the counsel. The tribe began gathering fire wood.

The chief called back a couple of weeks later to make sure that his people were prepared and was told that it looked like it was going to be a harder winter than usual. He passed the word to his people to gather more wood.

A couple of weeks later, he was finalizing his winter plans and called the NWS again, and was told that it was going to be terrible. When he asked why they thought that, the man told him, “We’re not exactly sure, but the local Indians are gathering wood like crazy!”

Monday, July 27, 2020

Having A Conversation

Lucy is having a conversation with the hedge hog or it started with a conversation and has evolved to a stare down. My money is on the hedge hog. 

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Deer and Elk Trail Camera Photo's

Active area at the other end of the property. Without a trail camera we would not know how active it is. 

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Friday, July 17, 2020

Land Clearing

Trail Camera Photos

Fat and sleek this wildfire plenty of ground growth to eat... 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020


We were treated to a most unusual rainbow yesterday. It was brilliant, low to the ground and lasted for a very long time. Enjoy...

Friday, July 10, 2020

This tells it all about our severe drought. It has been this way for months and no relief in sight. The 0.15 is total accumulation of rain for the month. The humidity is so low that our skin dries out, lips are cracking and the house makes noise with only 5-6% humidity.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Trail Camera Photos

There will be fewer trail camera photos for a while. There has been a lot of traffic and activity on our road and the animals seemed to have moved on. I checked the trail camera after one week and there were only 130 photos and none worth posting. 

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Death Of A Lake

This used to be called the "Big Lake" within our community. It's source has quit running to keep it full and the evaporation rate can be seen each day. Whether it will ever come back is anyone's question at this point. 

Turkey Trail Camera Photo's

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Labor Saving Attachments

As we get older our bodies can't take the rigorous work that we used to do. We decided to work smarter and not harder. We purchased a box blade for the rear of our tractor to maintain our driveway and property without having to do it manually with a rake and pick ax and shovel. 

Also when we take the limbs and small trees to the dump site we used to have to load it in the trailer one at a time. It would take the majority of the morning to haul one load and we would be wiped out after that single load. We bought a grappler  that will allow us to drive up the the pile of brush, grab a large bundle with the grappler and drive over and deposit it in the trailer. It is much easier to unload than it is to load. 

It is time to give these old overworked bodies a break.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Big Lake (?)

This was always called the "Big Lake" which is at the end of our road. It is now dried up and only a fraction of a lake. If we had another wildfire it is no longer a source of water that could put the fire down. We have never seen it this dry before. 

Monday, June 29, 2020

How We Introduce A New Dog Into Our Existing Pack

This method has worked for us over the years and the photo is of Ruby. The sweet girl that gets along with all dogs and people.

Places To Go - Things To Do...

Night photo from Trail Camera...

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Wren's First Flight

This morning we had three baby wrens just out of the nest trying out their wings for the first time. They can fly a few feet and they were on their own for the first time. It was interesting to see them experience their first freedom.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Wild Flowers

Stump by house that a bear got after...wild roses and columbine
Below stump is by the house and a bear ripped it apart...

Wednesday, June 24, 2020


We have had a flock of crows around most of the winter to current. For four crows they sure can make a ruckus. Mostly they harass the flock of 6 turkeys that have been hanging around. We can always tell where the turkeys are just by listening to the crows. The turkeys don't seem to mind the constant harassment but for turkeys it is nesting season and I expect the crows are looking to rob the nest if left unguarded.