Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Then during the night the power went out again and Carol came down stairs to light a candle for the dogs to be able to see as they play musical beds at night. Being not quite awake she missed the last step and fell with a clatter. That woke me up but when I looked around all I saw was the dogs walking around. She was down behind the wood box and fortunately she wasn't hurt except for a scrape on her arm.
Finally the power came back on and we all went to bed again. Around 8:00 A.M. it went out again along with the telephone. The telephone came on a few hours later but the power was out for 13 hours. It was a wide spread power outage and the wind has not made its restoration encouraging.
Did I mention the snow - I think not. During this period we received 18" of much needed snow but it was the super wet and heavy type. The kind that when you walk on it you only sink in part way due to its density. Good moisture but impossible to move except by a shovel. Late in the day when the front end loader came down the road it was having to struggle to push the snow off the road. This is the kind of snow that is going to have to melt down. When it finally was light outside the windows were all covered in snow to where we couldn't see outside. We had to force the doors open to get outside. We will be working for days to be able to get around.
The snow is good for moisture and now we don't have to look at those trees that have been blown down by the last wind storm. They are covered under a foot and a half of snow temporarily. The lights are flickering so power may go out again and the weather station indicates more snow may be happening. I doubt it as those stations are frequently wrong but I will get this posted just in case. The wind is still gusting pretty strong.
Life in the mountains........
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
CELEBRATE THE IRISH - HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY!!!
May you always have a clean shirt, a clear conscience, and enough coins in your pocket to buy a pint!
May neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and Heaven accept you.
And as my Irish roommate, when I was in the USAF, used to say: "Me wants to live to be 100 and die in bed - shot by a jealous husband".
The USAF should have known it was not wise to put two Irishmen in the same room as roommates. By doing so our moral was on top of the world but the others were constantly confused. One Irishman can think up all sorts of devilish tricks but when two are together - run for the hills.
THANK YOU especially to those who have adopted a rescue dog. When you adopt you think you are saving a dog but in reality you are saving yourself. That is only discovered after you have indoctrinated the dog into your house and dealt with any issues it may have.
I enjoy hearing of dog stories so I hope readers always feel free to comment on their fur family and their stories.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
For the first week it was heartbreaking to see her jump into what she thought was the sofa and jump into the wood stove or wall. We had Sarah being prayed for all over the country and we were in constant prayer too. From a blog I wrote a reader said her dog had the same condition and used Bilberry and her dogs sight came back slightly. I rushed the 45 miles to Walmart and bought a bottle of Bilberry in the pharmacy area and started to give her Bilberry that day. Medical Vets believe that SARDS is caused by high blood pressure but they don't know much about it except it is permanent.
Three weeks later Sarah showed sighs of seeing again. We tested her and she could see perfectly. We believe the prayer worked as her sight was fully restored. So as I sit here writing this blog, Sarah is watching me with clarity. Because of her age and dislike of going to the vet we were concerned with her blood pressure going up and that she could go blind again so we gave her a tranquilizer before we embarked on the 1 hour journey to have her seen for a recent cough that has developed.
We were hoping we wouldn't need another miracle for her and that her problem was minor. After two X-Rays, a thorough exam it was determined that she had bronchitis and she now has three Rx's to take. Her heart is sound and her lungs clear but for the bronchitis. The visit to the vet went well as when she is not sedated she cries continually and will not stop. Which is what can spike her blood pressure and we don't want her to go blind again. She has some arthroscrosis to her heart that the vet thought could be heart worm but she tested negative for heart worm in 2005, and we do not have infected mosquitos at our elevation. For her age she is in remarkable condition and we plan to keep it that way.
Sarah was adopted at age four and came with a fear of just about everything. We have never raised our voice to her and with gentle loving care she has been over almost all her fears and is living a normal life. Her prior owner was going to shoot her and her sister for chasing one of his calves. She was rescued just in time and transported several states away to Colorado where we immediately adopted her.
She has had some challenges in her life which we have helped her recover from. We believe she was used for breeding by her former owner and kept outdoors. She has the run of the house here and nary a harsh word has been spoken to her since she became a member of our family. Sarah is the most sweetest and gentle girl I have ever known. She is intelligent beyond description and loyal to a fault. We love all four of our German Shepherds but Sarah is very special to us.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
When I picked him up I learned he had been a stray who had been hanging around a farm where he was fed until he chased the farmers chickens and then he was dropped at the shelter. He had been there for quite a while and no one was interested in adopting him. He was very wary of people and appeared to have been abused earlier in his life. About one hour into the transport he worked his way into the front seat and laid across the console and laid his head in my lap. He had made up his mind that I was going to be his new owner. I took him to the rescue but he had already bonded with me en route.
Since I investigated the background and recommended potential adopters I found a few that would be a good match for him. They would go to meet him but he would not have anything to do with them and remained aloof hence no one adopted him. After being at the rescue for about two months I had a call that he may go to a less than ideal adopter because they needed room wherein I said I would be up there within the week to adopt him.
We went up and introduced him to our pack and he went out of his way to be 'approved' by Carol and our pack. We brought him home and his life has taken a drastic upward turn from there. What a gem he is and how gentle, attentive and loyal. I can't make a move unless he is right by my side. He minds extremely well and goes out of his way to continually please our pack and us. He had rejected potential adopters and was waiting for me to return and take him home.
I learn something every day from Echo. He exemplifies loyalty, responsiveness, patience, compassion and gentleness. There are two ways to train dogs: One is by dominance where you command and dominate to get the behavior you want. Two, by gentleness and love and that is what we do. Our dogs obey us because they love us back and want to do what we want them to do so they can please us.
Our fur family is integral to our family and they are shown every all day every day that they are loved and cherished. In return they are well behaved members of our family. As a family they learn from us and we learn from them. German Shepherds are highly intelligent and about equal to an eight year old child. While he was out of control when I picked him up and smelled from being covered in feces he would not be attractive to an adopter - once cleaned up, shown some care and concern and given a family he turned out to be an outstanding boy.
I would recommend adoption from a shelter and give the potential family member time and a chance. First impressions are not always accurate when looking at shelter dogs. It took about one hour travel with Echo when his demeanor did a 180 degree turn around. He was a hidden gem disguised as a feces matted boy that had problems and was fearful from prior abuse and rejection. He is now a perfect boy and that is possible with any rescue dog. He is totally content, confident and comfortable who has overcome his past and has become an obedient, loyal, faithful family member. I recommend adopting from a shelter or rescue. Spend as much time as possible with the dog and don't force the bond but let them bring the trust to you.
Monday, March 13, 2017
I have stacked a pile of logs up behind the wood shed and toss those down and cut them up on the deck with our electric chainsaw. Balanced on the saw buck is my measuring stick and red tree marking crayon I use. That way they all end up the same length and make stacking more organized.
We cut enough last year where we will have enough for next winter even though this winter is not over for us yet. It is that extra that we will cut up now and in fact we started yesterday. When the weather allows we will cut for an hour or two and by the time the snow melts we should have it done allowing time for recreation.
We still have 2 1/2 - 3' of snow on the ground and by the time it is melted off with the new snow we have yet to receive we will have most if not all of our firewood done. Then during the summer we will cut more at a time of our choosing for the following year and then repeat the process. This time of year is unproductive for outdoor work so we use it to replenish our firewood. That leaves plenty of time this summer to do a little prospecting for gold and fishing our creeks.
It is a system we have worked out over the years and it seems efficient and allows for quality time when the weather is nice during spring, summer and fall.
We have found that the Makita electric chainsaw is ideal for this time of year. It is high quality and since it is plugged in all we need to do is squeeze the trigger and it is always ready. Using one of our gas powered chainsaws requires constant pulling the starter cord to get it running which is extra work. We run a 100' electric cord from the house to the work area and plug in the Makita and we are ready to start cutting.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Tennessee Ernie Ford sang a song - 16 Tons. I can now relate to his song:
Some people say a man is made outta mud
A poor man's made outta muscle and blood
Muscle and blood and skin and bones
A mind that's a-weak and a back that's strong
You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store
I guess I'll be able to stand up straight again in a few days. Us old guys recover a little slower than young folk.
Anna is a nutritionist and mother of small children and her information is helpful for any homesteader or want to be homesteader. She is an excellent writer.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
I have been shoveling for one hour straight and have gotten about 1/3 if the way to the stove. Then I need to shovel out the stove, the equipment box, to the firewood pile and clear an area to cook. This is much more of a task than I thought it would be. It is going to take all day to shovel the hard packed snow and ice away. I have shoveled through the 6' frozen pile and now it is only another 30' through 4' hard packed snow to get to the wood stove.
This may take most of the day and as I progress and grunt and moan I keep asking myself if this is a good enough friend to cut a trail to the wood stove. I guess he is as my break is about over now and I need to move a few more tons of snow.
That shovel is a 5' shovel to give the task perspective.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
Friday, March 3, 2017
Fifteen minutes later they are still searching for pieces of cereal that the others may have accidentally overlooked. If you haven't ever tried this with your fur family then it worth consideration because they love the game and have a great time playing same. It also gives them a break from the daily routine.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Monday, February 27, 2017
Diatoms are algae (see photo above) that when they die have abrasive exteriors and have a negative charge. They are so fine that they are like baby powder and light and minute. Because of their negative charge they are attracted to positively charged mites and insects. Their hard and sharp edges then lacerate the hard bodies of insects and they die from dehydration.
Both myself and our German Shepherd Dog - Bozwell, are allergic to dust mites. We have found a product that works as well as DE that is liquid. It is sprayed onto carpet and bedding areas once a month where these microscopic mites dwell and because it too has a negative charge it attaches to mites and carries the other inert ingredients to them. Both products are totally safe for humans and pets but when dusting areas with DE it is best to wear a face mask to filter out the free floating diatoms so they don't get inhaled.
We learned the hard way not to dust DE inside as it tends to float and constant dusting is needed. While it didn't harm either us or our dogs it is just too troublesome to use inside. We also use food grade DE just in case.
There are natural and effective ways to deal with pests and these two items seem to work well. We purchase our DE on line at www.wolfcreekranch.net and our allergy spray at http://www.allergyhelp.com/
We prefer using natural products as opposed to the more toxic pesticides as we are uncertain how they may effect us or our loved fur family. These products apply natural science to resolve problems as opposed to chemical resolutions that may have adverse effects on our health. Dusting ants with DE one day and on day two there is no trace of them. Both myself and Bozwell are doing better with our allergies by a monthly application of the negative water solution. Both products work well.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Altitude sickness can be a miserable disease and if it doesn't dissipate it can lead to a terrible existence. Living in the mountains can be a wonderful experience. We have seen people move either full time or part time to the mountains who had illusions about what they were capable of. Visions of hiking our dirt roads, scaling our mountains, fishing our creeks and streams etc. all when they lack the ability to do any of these things at sea level.
Being realistic about abilities and being prone to altitude sickness can dash those misconceptions and dreams here at high elevation. Keep an eye out for the next blog....
Just posted today - http://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/living-at-high-altitude-zbcz1702
Thursday, February 16, 2017