Monday, June 9, 2014

Riding the Burn

We're coming up on the one year anniversary of the fire.  Riding in the burn area is interesting, but certainly not pretty.  I sure wouldn't ride here on a windy day, although I hear they recently removed the dead trees along this particular trail. 

Be fire wise and safe this summer.

We've received quite a bit of welcome rain this Spring.  Hopefully that will bring the fire danger...and hay prices...down, down, down.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas

I'm still working too much and blogging too little,  but from my office cubical, I wish you all a Merry <western> Christmas!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

U. S. Highway Trivia

We recently passed under this monument.

Where were we? Name the town and state.

This town is known as "the   ___?___  __?__   Capitol of the World."

No prizes; just your personal satisfaction of weird highway knowledge.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ride Like a Witch

With kind permission from Dana's Doodles
Halloween is actually my favorite "holiday"...I just wish it came with a day off of work.  I like the fun costumes and candy and spider webs and classic spooky movies.  Have a fun Halloween week!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Misty's Monday Muse - Postcard from Colorado

Having a wonderful time.

Wish you were here!

Photo courtesy Mark and Debbie Bibb
I've been taking MyLady on lots of trail rides this summer.  We're having so much fun, there hasn't been any time for blogging.  We are spending  all of our free time together and have become great trail partners.  There are still several months of lovely riding weather, so we'll be in touch when the snow flies.  
Enjoying the great outdoors,

Friday, August 2, 2013

Post Fire Flooding

Every time it rains, news crews come out and film at this location, where it floods across the street and then leaves a bunch of black sludge behind.  At times the flooding has been up to the top of the fence.  This homeowner lost their house in the fire and now they have to deal with this mess too.

Where does all this goo come from?  Here's the answer from last Monday's storm.

More storms are on the way.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Meet Peg

Peg is short for Peg Leg.

I found Peg Saturday evening, caught by one leg, in a large rodent snap trap in our pasture.

I released her, scooped her up, and brought her into the house.

Her leg was a mess; a bloody compound fracture with her foot dangling by a long, skinny piece of skin.

I had to amputate her leg with toenail clippers.
 (I had big dreams of being a vet when I was a kid.)

While I was bandaging her stub (with cotton and antibiotic gel wrapped with first aid tape - and duct tape for good measure),  her eyes closed and I thought she was dying.

I said, "Don't you die on me little birdy!  I haven't lost a patient on the kitchen counter operating table yet!"

She rallied.  
I think she was just in shock.

I was surprised to find Peg still alive Sunday morning.  I fed her a mix of wild finch seed and millet pieces.  ????  Just guessing on what might be right.  She hung on and was a feisty little dish, escaping once to fly madly around my laundry room.

I dropped Peg off at an avian vet's office Tuesday.  I knew she needed to be on antibiotics and might need her boney stub cauterized and I wasn't sure what to do next. 

I thought Peg might be some kind of finch.  The vet said she's definitely not a finch but wasn't sure what kind of bird she is.  (The vet deals mostly with parrots, but kindheartedly treats wild birds that find their way to her office.)  I emailed Peg's picture to  a friend who said she looks like an immature meadowlark, and said she really should have some bugs to eat.

Do you think Peg is a young meadowlark?

The vet doesn't keep live food on hand, so I took some mealworms to the office today.  Good timing too.  They just got a flicker in that had been caught in a volleyball net and injured its wings.

So Peg - the alleged meadowlark - and the flicker will be eating good tonight.

Yum! Yum! Deeeelicious!

Gosh!  I dropped 100 mealworms off at the vet's office.  That might not feed two hungry birds for very long.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Misty's Monday Muse - High Line

MyLady and I  like to camp together.
We're not very experienced.
We're still learning.

Recently we learned how to high line.
MyLady had the hard part.
She had to learn to tie knots.

The Clove Hitch
The Bowline Knot
The Taut Line Hitch

Then she strung a high line between two trees.
She had trouble getting the line high enough for me,
cuz I'm kinda tall.
When we camp for real, it'll have to be much higher,
so I don't get my head caught on the line.
And I'll need a different halter...not a rope halter.
But this was just our first attempt.

Tying knots and hitches with the tree saver straps was awkward.
She needs more practice.
Be kind to trees.
(But I confess, I like to chew on them.)

I had the easy part.
I just hung out on the high line.
I took to it right away.

I like it.

I can relax.
I can move around.
I can put my head down and eat.

Now, that's my idea of camping.


Have you ever gone camping with your peoples and spent the whole dark night on a high-line?  Did you see any bears?