Water ~ you don't appreciate it or even think about it when you have it. But then, when it begins to disappear...
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Living close to nature while in an exceptional drought is not easy, you observe, you worry, you get so tired of the eternal sunshine, at least I do.
Monday, March 28, 2022
Sunday, March 27, 2022
Friday, March 25, 2022
I've only very recently learned the reason your comments don't immediately post, which is as follows:
A long time ago, before I knew any better, I decided to surround my basic blog with image gadgets showing pictures of pets, flowers and other things I love. Unfortunately, this slows the process of opening my blog in it's entirety, which is needed for comments to post.
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
As I will post more often about my walking, I decided to number the posts. Looking back, this is number four, I believe. I'm looking forward to documenting my progress here. Hopefully, there will be progress.
Monday, March 21, 2022
I was surprised and happy when Joyce drove away somewhere and came back home with this adorable pair.
They are young, heifers, who now have found a great new home where they will be much loved and well taken care of. One is a Swiss Brown, the other part Holstein, I think. I know very little about cows, but I think that's what Joyce told me.
Joyce has focused on the Devon breed of cattle and earlier had some Guernsey cows and a lovely bull. The cows didn't thrive here and were sold. The bull was born here and we all loved him, he was so sweet. Unfortunately, he recently died after he had an accident and injured a leg severly.
The Devon breed is sturdier and able to do well in our dry canyon with its cold winters and hot summers. All Joyce's animals get supplemental hay twice a day. Only burros could survive on what's available of nature's food around here.
I'm looking forward to watching these two grow up together.
Sunday, March 20, 2022
I spent some time at my neighbor Joyce's place last week. I took a lot of pictures of many of her farm animals and I've been reflecting on how very fortunate I am to live so close to a woman who loves animals and knows how to care for them.
She had some new arrivals, to young cows, heifers.
Her ranch is a truly happy place.
So get ready for some ranch pictures in the coming weeks.
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Last week, when I filled up my tank, gas was $5.35 a gallon, for a total of $52.50. But I felt lucky when my car told me it would go 459 miles on that tank.
I also felt lucky I don't live in Los Angeles, where gas is more than $6.00 a gallon.
A woman in the grocery store, the other day, kept complaining to the check out clerk about the outrageous prices she encountered while trying to put food on her table.
The cashier was young, it certainly wasn't her fault that the prices are high. As she kept ringing up a very substantial amount of groceries for the woman, she tried to tell her that prices do go up and prices then go down.
The woman wouldn't listen and, as some people often do while complaining about one thing, the woman began to complain about something else.
The high price of gasoline. The young cashier kept ringing up the woman's stuff, keeping her cool until she was about to blow up.
Then she turned to me and said, "you've lived a long life, isn't it true that prices go up and down?"
I said, "yes, and we should be lucky we're not back in the 1970s when there was little gas to be had. Cars in Los Angeles, where I lived, were lined up around blocks, waiting.
And, should you want to buy a house, the mortgage interest rates at the end of the '70s were around 11%!"
That last one really got their attention.
The complaining woman was quiet, the clerk smiled at me.
Thinking back, I feel lucky that at least for now we have gas and I can afford to buy it.
I have my house and my car.
Perhaps the complaining woman was not so lucky.
Prices are high, that's so true, but please don't let your frustrations out on young people, on their feet all day long, trying to make a living.
I sort of wished I had said that to the complaining woman, but then I know it wouldn't have made a difference. None at all.
At the end of the day, I feel lucky I don't need to take my frustrations out on others.
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Monday, March 14, 2022
Since my pulmonary NP told me I have a broken bone in my spine, I've been a bit concerned.
Sunday, March 13, 2022
Friday, March 11, 2022
But soon I found her with most of her body on the new bed.
This is probably only interesting to me, but I thought it was cute enough to be posted here.
I hope it made you smile.
Thursday, March 10, 2022
In the Comments section, where all commets are listed, I found several comments that hadn't been published so I clicked on the Approved checkmark for them. Then checked my blog and found that nothing happened. They didn't get published.
And now they are gone.
But I read them all, so thank you.
I occasionally check there to make sure late comments are published.
But since I don't use Comment Moderation, I don't make sure all current comments are published.
I usually post on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but sometimes the days may change.
This particular post was scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, at 1:00 a.m. PT. And according to my blog records, it was posted at the scheduled date and time.
I'm sorry about the problems.
Your support for my walking program will most definitely motivate me.
Friko, I'm so glad I inspired you. I too need help to stay motivated.
So why don't I post about my progress, what motivates me, and what holds me back a couple of times a month. And you could do the same.
Trust me, I don't walk far and it's the breathing that holds me back. But it's also the breathing that motivates me to walk more. I don't have COPD now, but was told by my pulmonary nurse practitioner that using the inhaler and walking should help to prevent or slow down further lung damage.
And I figure, if it doesn't, walking will make me stronger.
Finally, this is a very inspiring blog, which confirms to me the truth of Henry David Thoreau's famous quote:
"An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day."
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
This is how coyotes walk. It's hard to imagine four paws made this straight line, isn't it?