Is there hope? Two dogs were lost in six square country miles, they were the size of shoe boxes.

One of the best ways I can come up with to describe this morning is Postcard Perfect, photographs of a morning as today's make beautiful screensavers. I sat in the middle of it drinking my coffee while taking it all in. Over the weekend, I'm writing this on Monday morning, a lady lost her two … Continue reading Is there hope? Two dogs were lost in six square country miles, they were the size of shoe boxes.

Storm Damage, how can we make sense of it all? Repairs are in progress, mostly.

Looking out one window to the North this morning all I saw was a blue sky with a few clouds mingled in, I told Skunkpuppy it looks like the rain let up. As I climbed higher on the ever-expanding flight of stairs gazing west from another window the sky was ominous, dark and foreboding. After … Continue reading Storm Damage, how can we make sense of it all? Repairs are in progress, mostly.

Is Oroville Dam ready? The water is rising fast, do you wonder where it all comes from?

Wet is the best way to describe this morning, the rain let up long enough to sit in the Crows nest to take stock of the slough. Winding around our island this is a small part of the 1500 miles (2414 km) of the Delta, just over 1% of the total weighing in at 17 … Continue reading Is Oroville Dam ready? The water is rising fast, do you wonder where it all comes from?

Why are some birds out today, and not the mammals? Is it possibly a prediction of a different event?

Something is always going on along the slough, most of the time it is a subtle quiet sort of occurrence but always a "what in the heck was that?" moment. This morning was not any different, the female Red Tail Hawk is out and about again under this cloudy grey sky. Hunger is the most … Continue reading Why are some birds out today, and not the mammals? Is it possibly a prediction of a different event?

Are you losing your passion? Feel like you want to quit? Why not take a break, and change things?

Being an outside guy it's pretty hard to trek up the stairs to a dreary dark sky, granted the weather in my stretch of the woods is not typically challenging as it is in most of the country lately. One blog I wrote explained my belief that the weather on the West Coast is more … Continue reading Are you losing your passion? Feel like you want to quit? Why not take a break, and change things?

Should we assume wild critters are the only animals on a predators menu? How safe are our small pets?

Monday mornings no longer bring that feeling of returning to work for the week, the only thoughts I have is the beginning of another week. The start of the week is much better than the end, weekends no longer hold a place in my thoughts as a respite from the daily toil of making a … Continue reading Should we assume wild critters are the only animals on a predators menu? How safe are our small pets?

Curious? I am too even about curiosity.

Curiosity is a blessing and a curse, many curious people get tagged as being "eccentric" and numerous other labels, but none of us care because our lives are interesting. We learn a lot (self-reliance in action) like be careful with open fires, don't trust homemade glue, and buy a good quality face mask with ammonia filters, oh and never tell the wife, "if you hear an explosion or a loud pop just ignore it." Success is seeing how far back she rolls her eyes.