Saturday, April 30, 2011


The Sierra Club and the U.S. Forest Service were presenting an alternative to the Wyoming ranchers for controlling the coyote population. It seems that after years of the ranchers using the tried and true method of shooting or trapping the predators, the Sierra Club had a "more humane" solution to this issue. What they were proposing was for the animals to be captured alive. The males would then be castrated and let loose again. This was ACTUALLY proposed by the Sierra Club and by the U.S. Forest Service. All of the ranchers thought about this amazing idea for a couple of minutes.

Finally an old fellow wearing a big cowboy hat in the front of the conference room stood up, tipped his hat back and said; "Son, I don't think you understand our problem here... these coyotes ain't screwin' our sheep... they're eatin' 'em!"

Thursday, April 28, 2011


Flood watches, thunderstorm warnings, tornado warnings all morning. Been sitting here wondering how I would round up four cats, two dogs, and various 'toys' and sacred stuff. Wouldn't be easy, I should have a plan in place and do a dry run, boy, would that ever freak out the cats!! The sky sure looks weird, really windy. I have a 2 o'clock appointment in a neighboring town. It should be blowed over by then.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


A farmer in his pickup, drove to a neighbor's', knocked at the door. A boy, about 9, opened the door.

"Is your Dad home?"

"No sir, he isn't; he went to town."

"Well, is your Mother here?"

"No sir, she went to town with Dad."

"How about your brother, Howard? Is he here?"

"No sir, He went with Mom and Dad."

The rancher stood there for a few minutes, shifting
from one foot to the other, and mumbling to himself.

"Is there anything I can do for you? I know where
all the tools are, if you want to borrow one, or I can give Dad a message."

"Well," said the rancher, "I really wanted to talk
to your Dad. It's about your brother Howard getting my daughter, Linda, pregnant."

The boy thought for a moment. "You would have to talk to Dad about that. I know he charges $500 for the bull and $50 for the hog, but I don't know how much he charges for Howard."

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

DANG IT.............

Phoebe Snow died of complications of a brain hemorrhage. I loved her singing, but kinda lost track of her. Seems she dropped out of sight to take care of her disabled daughter, Valerie, who was born in 1976 and died in 2007. At least we still have her music.

25 YEARS....

I can't believe its been 25 years since the Chernobyl accident in Russia. I do believe they are lying about how many have died. 31? Get real. I never trusted Nuclear Power, only because the spent waste must be 'kept' for 4000 years. How can it be a 'cheap' power source when you have to monitor that waste for that long?
And of course, those of us in PA still remember Three Mile Island's accident in 1979. We've probably been lied to about that also. There seems to be an increase in cancer in and around that area.

Monday, April 25, 2011

OH, GROW UP...............

Took Dad for his second eye surgery this morning. Such bitchin' moanin' complainin' grumblin' and grippin' I've never heard. You'd think it was a heart transplant. And, it's not because he's 92 either. He has always been like this, but my Mom was alive back then to deal with it. All I can say is I'm glad he doesn't have a third eye!

It's a georgous, sunny day today, but I can't mow because it rained during the night. It'll take another day for the yard to dry out. It was 80 yesterday and somewhere around that today.

Sunday, April 24, 2011


I have found some very good story tellers on the internet. For example, Kaijafon has three different stories out. All are a great read. Of course there is Mayberry, an awesome writer.
Mountain Refuge ,but haven't started to read it from the beginning, yet. I am sure there are more and I will post their websites as I find them.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


What is life? IMHO, life is nothing but choices. When you're too young, hopefully, your parents will make the right choices. When you get to the correct age you will start to make your own choices and that age differs with each person, I made a series of bad choices until I was 30. But, you relish the good choices and live thru and learn from the bad ones (they make the best stories). There is no mystery to life, only choices as to how we live it.

Monday, April 18, 2011


Prices are quoted in US dollars per gallon for regular, unleaded as of March 2011. It's worse now....

Oslo, Norway $6.82
Hong Kong $6.25
Brussels, Belgium $6.16
London, UK $5.96
Rome,Italy $5.80
CANADA $5.36
Tokyo, Japan $5.25
Sao Paulo, Brazil $4.42
New Delhi, India $3.71
Sidney, Australia $3.42
Johannesburg, South Africa $3.39
Mexico City $2.22
Buenos Aires, Argentina $2.09

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia $0.09
Kuwait $0.08
Caracas, Venezuela $0.12

Gee.....if only the United States was an oil producing nation.....


Never let someone, or something, that threatens you get inside arms length and, never say, "I got a gun"!

If you feel you need to use deadly force for heaven’s sake, let the "first sound they hear is the safety clicking off" and they shouldn't have time to hear anything after that if you are doing your job.

'The average response time of a 911 call is over 3 minutes....the response time of a .357 magnum is 1400 feet per second.'

Clint Smith, Director of Thunder Ranch, is a drill instructor (Thunder Ranch is a firearms training facility in Arizona ). Here are a few of his observation on tactics, firearms, self defense and life as we know it in the civilized world.

"The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win and cheat if necessary."

"Don't forget, incoming fire has the right of way."

"Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets. You may get killed with your own gun, but he'll have to beat you to death with it, cause it's going to be empty."

"If you're not shootin', you should be loadin'. If you're not loadin', you should be movin', if you're not movin', someone's gonna cut your head off and put it on a stick."

"When you reload in low light encounters, don't put your flashlight in your back pocket. If you light yourself up, you'll look like an angel or the tooth fairy... and you're gonna be one of 'em pretty soon."

"Do something. It may be wrong, but do something."

"Shoot what's available, as long as it's available, until something else becomes available."

"If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. That's ridiculous. If you have a gun, what in the hell do you have to be paranoid for?"

"Don't shoot fast, unless you also shoot good."

"You can say 'stop' or 'halto' or use any other word you think will work but, I've found that a large bore muzzle pointed at someone's head is pretty much
the universal language."

"You have the rest of your life to solve your problems. How long you live depends on how well you do it."

"You cannot save the planet but, you may be able to save yourself and your family."

"Thunder Ranch will be here as long as you'll have us or until someone makes us go away, and either way, it will be exciting."

More Excellent Gun Wisdom.......

The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense.The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental.

1. Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.

2. If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.

3. I carry a gun cause a cop is too heavy.

4. When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.

5. A reporter did a human-interest piece on the Texas Rangers. The reporter recognized the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him 'Why do
you carry a 45?' The Ranger responded, 'Because they don't make a 46.'

6. An armed man will kill an unarmed man with monotonous regularity.

7. The old sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented on his wearing his sidearm. 'Sheriff, I see you have your pistol. Are you expecting trouble?' 'No ma'am. If I were expecting trouble, I would have brought my rifle.'

8. Beware of the woman who only has one gun, because she probably knows how to use it very well.

'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.'
- G. K. Chesterton

A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.

"Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not."
- Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, April 14, 2011


I've tried for two weeks or more to look at the this blog But, it's gone. Anyone know what happened?

Monday, April 11, 2011

THIS SUCKS..........

Well, it's soon time to send in my $3719 to the IRS. I will wait until the very last possible moment before I mail my pound of flesh. There goes my emergency fund. Not even going out to eat this week, need to put all of my money in the gas tank. Thats another thing that is pissing me off. This is getting real old real fast. Good thing I have my preps, I've been hitting them this past week. No money coming in until middle of next week.
I can sympathise with Mayberry and his problems.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


I see Amish go past my house quite often. About every 5-6 weeks, they go up to my neighbors for their church service. Amish do not have a church building, but meet at each other's houses every other Sunday. I have been in this county for forty years, but have never managed to be on the road during this time. As I was going over to Dad's this morning for his eye drops, three carriages went past the house and when I turned down the other road, several people were walking to the farm. They looked at me, smiled and waved. Sorta took me back a hundred years to what it must've been like to live in that time......

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


from the doctor today. By the end of the second surgery, he won't even need his glasses to drive, just to read. LOL, I'm picturing him in 'granny glasses'.
Had dinner tonight with Artie and Lois, we're thinking about cutting it back to just Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The guy put his prices up for one thing and we all need to be doing more things at home once this weather clears and it gets warmer. The grass is really starting green up with all of this rain. When the temps rise, ole Sol is gonna really make it grow, but............

Sunday, April 3, 2011


is tomorrow morning. Went over Friday, Saturday and this morning to put the drops in. Yesterday was the spring 'Mud Sale' in the village. I think it was bigger than last year. It's a big time for our Amish neighbors. I went that way all four times just so Archie and I could look at all of the people.
I will say one thing about the fire police. Some, NOT ALL, are pricks. They put that hat on and they think they're hot stuff. Ya all know the type, Big Hat, No Cattle. One of them yelled at a friend of Dad's and he was telling us about it. I remember years ago, I went to the sale with a friend and we had her dog with us. This guy actually screamed at us NO DOGS!!!!!!!!!!! She wasn't even out of the truck, I got back in and she told him off. Haven't been back.
Well, must get over to Papa's for the last drop of the day. Got six weeks of this until both eyes are done. I'm sure he'll be glad when it over.