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!
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Monday, August 7, 2017
All that rain meant we had to set the sump pump out, to drain the water from the back side of the house, lest it flood Monkeyboy's room. DH was getting dressed to go out, and I decided to get out there quickly, as the water was rising.
So I lifted the sump cover and dropped the pump into the hole. Then I went to lay out the discharge hose. As I was coming back to the pump to attach the hose, I misjudged where the sump hole was (being full fo muddy water made it hard to see) and I stuck my left leg smack in the hole. I sort of fell over. Nothing broke, or got sprained, at least in the hip-to-foot region. My low back however, is distinctly unhappy about it.
We eventually opted to install our other pump, one with a float switch. That meant we didn't have to manually plug in the power to the original pump any more.
I spent most of yesterday taking it easy, napping and laying on the heating pad. This morning, it felt pretty good. Though it is a bit tired and achy late this afternoon. And after the morning rains of yesterday, we got yet another 3/4" last night, and this afternoon yet more rain,this time being just over 1/2" in about 20 minutes! It's a good thing I backwashed the pool today, as it probably would've overflowed otherwise.
Monday, July 31, 2017
Then one day, disaster struck, and one guinea met an untimely end at the teeth of an unknown predator. The remains were summarily buried atop Mt. Weather in back of the shop.
This left us with one lone guinea. We gradually came to the conclusion that the survivor at least, was a male. This meant Deanna was now known as Dino. Eh, gender fluidity and all, right?
Being a lone guinea amidst a bunch of hens meant things were somewhat quieter here. Dino now only screams at the blueberries, the grass, and the sky intermittently, rather than the constant noise of old. He still chased the hens around the yard though, driving them away.
Sometimes Monkey1 would coo at him, imitating a guinea song, and he would run all around, looking for the other guinea...poor guy was lonely!
Then one day, he saw HER. She was big, like he was. She was black and white, sort of like he was. She had red on her head, like him, so what if it wasn't in the same place? She MUST be guinea!
Salty on the other hand, ignored his advances. In fact she pretty much ignores him totally, unless he has something tasty to
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
That doesn't mean we were inactive though. Our garage is now our home gym, and we have lifted regularly all of 2016, and some of this year too. Various injuries and illnesses have limited us somewhat in 2017, but after helping run a SAG stop on the Tour de Paris this month, I just decided I was going to ride.
So I have. I have ridden more in the last 2 weeks, than I have in the last year. It's a start, anyway. I have been mapping out some rides on Ride With GPS, and have driven some of them to get acquainted with the roads. Chipseal is everywhere. Pavement is sometimes a relative concept. Paved shoulders are available on some more-traveled roads.
Thus far, the problem is I have no "legs". I am dog-slow, and endurance is of course similarly lacking. Weight training has kept me strong, I can back squat to below parallel, in excess of my bodyweight on the bar, but my speed and cadence are low, that it will take a lot of miles to bring it up. At least the endurance should come back in a couple months, provided I keep riding.
I want to ride. I like it too much. We used to have a lot of fun, back in McKinney, where we knew the roads, and the traffic. But all that has been built out in the last two years--it was happening while we still lived there. So I just have to find routes I like, with tolerable road surfaces. Maybe I'll see you sometime, on the road!
Until then, Tailwinds!
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
I purchased the book while riding shotgun in the truck today, visiting various Doctors Orthopedic, dining on Hard 8 BBQ, and bemoaning the state of traffic in the Metromess. Of course, I immediately began reading. I couldn't help but laugh, loudly enough to receive inquiry from DH. So I began to read to him as he drove. Sort of an Audiobook...with giggles. I couldn't help it--it's that good!
His second book, tales of growing up in Africa, is due out in a month or two. You can check for updates on that, if you follow his blog, also known as The LawDog Files, btw. He has posted a pre-order link on the blog, for those who are ready to order early.
If you enjoy reading funny stories (most of them anyway) with a take on rural Texas life and law enforcement, you will love this book. 'Dog has a wicked wit, and quite the unique turn of phrase. I personally, am eagerly looking forward to the second book, African Adventures. I want to read The Ratel Pit again!
Monday, July 17, 2017
Saturday, July 15, 2017
|Getting set up|
|There was even bike--mobile EMS!|
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
|Local radar from this morning, tracking west to east right over us.|
|Bookend Ridgebacks. Bullet on the left, Indy on the right.|
Sunday, June 25, 2017
This year, a good friend of mine, is in the running for the Character Award. He is Roy Hughes, founder of Texas Independent Rhodesian Ridgeback rescue, aka TIRR Rescue. I know of no one, more dedicated to the dogs he has contact with, than Roy. I know first hand, the energy and resources he pours into TIRR, his life's work.
|Roy saying goodbye to my Charlie. Roy drove 2hrs to be with us, on Charlie's last day. He also took him afterwards, to Brother Ben for cremation.|
I know this, if Roy were so fortunate as to receive this award and the funds it comes with, that money would all go to the dogs care and housing. I know it would be well spent.
If you would be willing, follow the link below to the voting. You can vote daily, from any device you have, for the duration of the voting (which is long). Once there, you can bookmark it on your devices, or just refer back here to get the link again.
Eagle Rare Life Character Award Voting link
Friday, June 23, 2017
So yes, it will be busy next week. MonkeyBoy is growing up fast. He finally hit a growth spurt, and got longer rather than wider. He's still not quite as tall as me, or his younger sister, but I seem to have to keep buying him longer and longer pants! He is also maturing nicely, though at times he needs to rein in his temper.
Stenosing Tenosynovitis is the official name for what is wrong with DH's hand. Two fingers on his dominant hand are currently affected. For some reason, this problem is overly common amongst diabetics. I can't learn of a good reason why this is so, only that it IS a common complaint. Also according to our favorite Orthopedic Surgeon, diabetics just do not respond well to non-surgical treatment (aka cortisone shots). He says every single diabetic who received a cortisone shot was not fixed. Yet only one surgical treatment that he has done had the problem recur in the treated finger. We are well aware of how cortisone affects blood glucose (badly!), so we did not consider that a viable option anyway.
His surgery is late next week, so if you are so inclined, I would appreciate any prayers you care to utter for DH, and those involved in his care and treatment. I trust his doc, lord knows I have enough scars to prove that! And though it is a minor surgery, it still carries risks, especially as a diabetic.
And then there is poor Sarge, our local foster pup. He came up very lame this morning. Bad enough that he clearly does not want to bear weight on that front leg. I don't know exactly what he did to it either...he seemed normal last night when I crated him for bed. At least he will get to see a vet today or tomorrow I think. The local shelter has approved a voucher for his treatment.
Then there is the normal household stuff to do, plus planned lifting M-W-F, plus maybe a short bike ride or two...I expect next week I will feel like I'm running around like a chicken with its head cut off!
UPDATE from Saturday: So today we tackled replacing the main pump motor for the pool. Thank God for Youtube! It wasn't technically difficult, really, but there are some parts you DON'T want to break! (Can you say impeller?) Plus the videos were not an exact match to our system, but we managed, and once done, we got to do the leak check. Powered up the motor, and voila! No leaks, no howling bearings, and a whole lot more water flow through the system than before. Yay!
Then it was time to chainsaw more logs to size, and split and stack them all. At this point, we need to gravel in the remaining wood pad if we are going to split more wood. We got about two hours of work done on the wood pile before we were willing to call it quits for the day.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017
|The pile with the newly split wood added.|