Friday, November 24, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017
Monday, November 6, 2017
It became a thoughtful time, out there in the dark, with only the fire and my thoughts--thoughts on those poor souls murdered during worship, thoughts on how similar both churches in my life are, to that little Baptist rural church, thoughts on the historical significance of Guy Fawkes day, and other such musings.
I have been feeling nudges to do certain things to preserve life, recently. Things I felt before the awful events of yesterday. It makes me wonder if God is trying to tell me something...I do try to pay attention to these nudges. They tend to be important.
I want to be prepared to respond to crises in my life. Which brings us to the Threat Matrix. Everyone has one, and everyone's is different, but most folks don't think much about it. A Threat Matrix is simply you considering the bad stuff that can happen to you in life, and then logically considering its effects on you, and the likelyhood that such a thing will happen. Then once you have ranked such events, you list out what actions you can take to ameliorate the perceived danger.
For example: I live in Tornado Alley. Several significant tornadoes have struck in my area. I have family I wish to protect.
What is the threat? Severe weather (large hail, high winds, tornadoes).
Is it likely? I would rate it moderate to highly likely to occur.
What are the effects of such a storm? Property loss, injury, loss of life.
What can I do about it? Maintain home insurance. Have a first aid kit and communications. Have a storm shelter.
|This is my storm shelter. There are many like it, but this one is mine...|
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
So last week we began to pile up the burnables, in order to have our Nov. 5th bonfire, though we won't have a dummy to burn in effigy (too much hassle, and far too many politicians to choose from!) I might even wrap a couple potatoes in foil to cook 'em in the coals.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The insert is an older model, think non-freestanding wood burning stove...that fits into your existing fireplace and seals it off. It came with a rather large, and clunky looking blower, to move cold air around the fire box, heating it, and blowing it back into the room. Blessedly, it is VERY quiet, yet puts out a fair bit of air.
Since we split so much of our firewood sized for the old fireplace, which was huge, we need to re-cut a goodly amount of our existing woodpile to fit the insert. Today, as it was only a sunny calm 69degrees out, I decided to break out the chain saw and hydraulic splitter and get some work done.
|A small pile pulled from the cord and re-cut.|
|Cut logs, not really worth splitting.|
|Stacking work for the Monkeys. I'm sure they will be thrilled! NOT!|
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Friday, October 6, 2017
|Like an old pro!|
|Second time's the charm.|
|Let's go fishing!|
Friday, September 29, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
Then this week saw the return of Homeschool Co-op! The kids were excited. I, as the parent, get to teach a class. I got lucky and my entry of Strength and Conditioning was picked. Alas, I cannot do barbell training with the kids, as I don't want the liability, and it's far to labor intensive to disassemble, transport, reassemble, etc, my power rack, and several hundred pounds of iron! So we are doing bodyweight conditioning to start, and adding dumbell/kettlebell weights as we progress.
Since I mostly do cycling and barbell training, my high-rep endurance is suffering. Yes, my own class kicked my butt today! At least I was able to do the work though. Hopefully, my own class will help me up my conditioning level, though it won't help me for strength.
This morning, before Co-op, I got an email from my 3rd hour instructor for yong kids Archery class. He wasn't going to be able to be there today, and would I, the assistant, take over? Of course, but since he has all the targets, we ended up playing kickball, and freeze tag instead. Ayt least they burned off some excess energy.
Finally, the North Texas Giving Day went well for TIRR Rescue. I want to take a moment to thank eveyone who donated in support of TIRR. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! This rescue is near and dear to my heart--all our dogs have come through TIRR. And your support of TIRR Rescue means a lot to me!
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
If you feel led to donate, I thank you! If you cannot donate, please share the link to this blog, or copy and paste the donation link in the letter below, with your friends, and on social media. Every share, and every donation means the world to these folks, and to these dogs.
Below, is TIRR's posting about Giving Day, and their plan for any funds donated.
From TIRR Rescue:
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Here's a look at some of what we got! God bless Texas farm ponds!
|Scale pic has weight.|
|Weight of fish above.|
Friday, September 8, 2017
Monday, September 4, 2017
Monday, August 28, 2017
We have been watching the activities in the affected zone with interest, as we have friends who live there. So far, they are safe, if not totally dry. It could be much worse for them.
Much has been made of the conflicting advice in the media, from Gov. Abbott, and the Mayor of Houston. Abbott advocated "get outta Dodge if you can", and the Mayor advocated "shelter in place". Initially, I would side with Abbott, if you can evacuate safely and early enough, do it. Pack your $h/7 and get moving. But the Mayor also pointed out the last time they tried to evac Houston all at once, it didn't go very well! H. Rita, again, anyone? Yeah, that evac killed 100+ people, just through the evac process. Folks stranded for hours and days on the flooding roads...and this event with Harvey is worse. Much worse on flooding. I suspect far more than the 5 thus recorded fatalities, would have occurred during evacuation. I can see wisdom in both approaches.
I would like to thank, though, all the first responders, the Cajun Navy, the tree cutters, linemen, telco guys, the ham radio folks, the various formal disaster services, Texas Guards (National and State), the neighbors helping neighbors, the internet folks trying to coordinate aid and assistance, the weather folks for getting it real damned accurate this time (Steve McCauley!) Red Cross, Salvation Army and anyone else who is helping those in need whom I have failed to mention in specific. Thank you! This is what makes America great.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Yesterday I got word, on short notice, that a place on the Rescue Wagon had been secured for Sarge, and he would be going to a shelter (no-kill) in Cheyenne WY. Apparently they have a nice community program, and a much larger adoption pool for Sarge to find his Forever Home from.
It would've been very easy to foster-fail him. He fit into our pack and routine so easily. He's very gentle and loving, and not a big barker either. We had a good handle on his separation anxiety. But...if we had kept him, we would have to opt out of fostering any other dogs. We are maxed out at 4 dogs (3 Ridgebacks and 1 foster). As is, with DH's probable hip surgery coming up, having one less dog in the house should make it easier for him to navigate whilst recovering. We are planning on helping walk dogs that have been pulled for rescue groups, that are housed offsite. It's a way we can help out, without bringing another dog home after DH's surgery. Once all that is cleared up, we may well do short term fosters. That makes space and pens available, for intake, and helps reduce the euthanasia risk.
Sarge, I will miss you! I wish you all the best, in finding your forever family. It was hard to let you go, but I have to trust the process. I hope you love the change in climate, and discover snow!
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Psalm 64. (NIV)
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint;
protect my life from the threat of the enemy.
2 Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,
from the plots of evildoers.
3 They sharpen their tongues like swords
and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.
4 They shoot from ambush at the innocent;
they shoot suddenly, without fear.
5 They encourage each other in evil plans,
they talk about hiding their snares;
they say, “Who will see it?”
6 They plot injustice and say,
“We have devised a perfect plan!”
Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.
7 But God will shoot them with his arrows;
they will suddenly be struck down.
8 He will turn their own tongues against them
and bring them to ruin;
all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.
9 All people will fear;
they will proclaim the works of God
and ponder what he has done.
10 The righteous will rejoice in the Lord
and take refuge in him;
all the upright in heart will glory in him!
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
- Airworthy (source Wikipedia)
- 123088 - owned by Airstation Inc. in Arlington, Washington.
- 126792 - owned by Aero-Trans Corp. in Ocala, Florida.
- On display
- 123100 - National Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola in Pensacola, Florida. It was the seventh AF-2S produced. The aircraft was operated as a firefighter until 1978. It was acquired by the museum in 1980. It is displayed in the colors of its first Navy assignment, though still carries the number "30" on the cowling, which for many years was the aircraft's call-sign as a firefighting aircraft;
- 129233 - Pima Air Museum, Tucson, Arizona. This aircraft is displayed as it appeared while serving as an aerial firefighter with Aero Union in California. During this period the distinctive empennage with twin vertical stabilizers on each horizontal tail were removed to make a more conventional appearance.
- 126731 - Static display at the Commemorative Air Force's Mesa facility in Mesa, Arizona as a memorial to VAdm James B. Stockdale, who flew this aircraft early in his Navy career.
Per a wise gentleman on the web, who linked me some information on this plane, I know this is #126792 previously based in Ocala FL. Also known as N9995Z, and based on the newest registry of record, it now makes sense why she is in Toco. Mystery solved!