Sunday, May 26, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Urban Harvest

Quite often towns and cities will plant fruit trees as part of a beautification process and then when the fruit is ripe and ready for picking, nothing is done with the fruit. Usually it falls to the ground and decomposes.
Now there is a world-wide map that shows where this fruit might be found. The website is still a work in progress but it does contain quite a bit of information.

Friday, May 17, 2013

What the Future Holds

Oh, if only I knew. 
The future is always an uncertain thing. But like the old saying goes, "When one door closes, another opens.Only this time, we may be building the house so that door may open.

We're creative, inventive, optimistic people. And I know deep down the Universe will not abandon us. We have had moments of deep despair and moments of intense joy and hope. We cling to the moments of hope and joy and love. Pushing aside the dark despair which tries ever so hard to shut out the light. 

We  are not ones to sit and bemoan our situation. We are exploring our options and not ruling out anything at this point. My posting here may become random.  So much to do......

So Mr. Trickster, if you happen to be reading this, We may be down but we are certainly not out! You will need to find someone else to aggravate!

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

On Becoming Homeless

It's all-consuming. It gets its hooks into a person and turns them into some kind of monster - just like in a horror movie.
The man who owns the house we currently live in has become consumed with greed.
He chose not to let us know that the monthly mortgage payment had risen. So for an indeterminate time period the balance due kept climbing until we were extremely behind in our monthly payments (even though we had been making our 'normal' payments in a timely manner). This gave him what he thought was leverage to get us out of the house so that he could 'flip it'. And profit a nice chunk of change.

We had to go to court to settle the mess. Four weeks of waiting and worrying. That was the worst 4 weeks of my life!  
Worry about what kind of judge we would get.
Worry about my daughter and her children - would they be able to find something they could afford in the area? At possibly a moments notice?
Worry about our four-legged kids - would Hubby and I be able to find a place to live that would take all the animals? The thought of having to take any of the critters to the pound was more than I could stand. The tears came often. The thought of being homeless weighed heavy on our minds.

Fortunately the judge was a reasonable person and dismissed the case. But we still have to find another place to live. Our contract on the house will soon be up and we are unable to obtain the necessary home loan. And because of our four-legged kids, finding another house is proving to be quite challenging. There is a great prejudice in this area against large breed dogs.

Life is not fair. It never has been and it never will be. I can cope with the normal, everyday unfairness.  But these extreme challenges are beginning to wear on my nerves. I do believe I need to have a talk with that Trickster.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Our Fragile Existence

We are reminded on a regular basis just how fragile our hold on this plane of existence really is. Lives, futures, so many of the things that we take for granted can be turned upside down in a blink of an eye.
My Life the last 4 1/2 years has been proof of this. It began with my Husband's untimely job lay-off. Our income was cut in half - an amount which may not seem like much to some people but when a person is already living on a shoestring, a thinner shoestring can make a huge difference. We staved off hunger and kept our heads above water. We managed. We adapted. 
Then came the opportunity for my Hubby to attend college to get a degree in what we thought would be a good career. Little did we know that the degree he received wasn't 'enough of a degree' to earn anything but minimum wage. Frustrating to say the least.

Our daughter has had her own share of lessons about how fragile Life can be. First her Husband, an ironworker, fell two stories while working on a building. He lived but the damage to his body was severe and he spent the next couple years in and out of operating rooms and physical therapy. And then just when there was almost light at the end of the tunnel, her husband was arrested (and extradited) for a crime that took place decades before. My daughter, 5 months pregnant at the time, was now faced with packing up and moving her household across country as well as being the support system for her three small children. Fortunately for her, family was able to help with the move. She and the kids went to live with her older brother, only to be kicked out of their house by a controlling sister-in-law six months later. Hubby and I were living back in Colorado by then, so she and the kids came to live with us. We tried to provide them with a loving, stable environment. Especially through the court drama and later turmoil of her husband's death. So much angst for a young family to go through. 

While all of this was transpiring, Hubby and I were dealing with our own worries - a house in Arkansas that sat on the market for a year and a half before it sold, mounting bills, a job market that discriminates against age and lack of education. But we managed. We bounced back. We adapted. 
We all adjusted to living with each other. It wasn't easy at times - I know the kids sometimes got tired of living with two cranky old people. And well, the two cranky old people had to adjust to Life with small children. But our Lives were full and filled with love.  
And then things began to change. For the better. We all thought that Life was beginning to look up.
But the Trickster wasn't finished with us yet.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Cat Tales ~ 2013 Tails of the Painted Cats

Every year a local feline shelter has a benefit fundraiser called Tails of the Painted Cats.  Fiberglass cats are creatively painted by local artists and then auctioned off, with the money collected going to help support the efforts of the shelter. This shelter is called the Cat Care Society , The Best Little Cat House in the West. 

Me read about it in the newspaper. Me then had Mommy find pictures of the Painted Cats on the interwebs. Here's Me's favorites....

Me thinks this is a very nice Cat representation
Sebastian the Steampunk Messenger Cat
Me thinks this Cat has quite the sense of adventure
Japanese Tea Kitty
Me wonders if she serves milk with the tea
Cheshire Cat
Quite the smurk on that Fellow!
Cat Ballou
That Cat looks just a bit too happy!
Celeste, Celestial Cat of the Heavens
Me's wondering how long it took to get those dreads?
Click Here to learn more about the Cat Care Society.

Purz and Catnip Dreams.......Gomez

Monday, May 6, 2013

Cat Tales ~ 'Doggone Good Potting Soil'

Did you know that it is estimated that the 166 million cats and dogs in the U.S. produced about 15.4 million tons of droppings in 2011?

Mommy has been reading the newspaper again. This time she found an article about a local company, EnviroWagg, that takes the waste from dogs and turns it into potting soil! No $h!t! {{snicker}}

EnviroWagg has begun working with a local animal shelter to dispose of the 2.5 tons of droppings {{eeewwww}} the shelter generates every year. At EnviroWagg the droppings are mixed with sawdust, straw, pine bark, and other carbon sources, spiked with enzyme and heated to 145 degrees. Then it is tested to make sure it is pathogen-free. And the result is less landfill waste and some "Doggone Good" potting soil mix. 

Finally! Those silly Doggies are good for something!

Purz and Catnip Dreams.......Gomez

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Friday, May 3, 2013

Deadly Spring Snows

This was the scene we woke up to on May 1, 2013.

Another Spring storm had blanketed the area with snow. That makes at least one storm a week since the first of April. And each storm has given us any where from 6" - 24" of snow. Now I'm not in the arid West gives a person a whole new appreciation of any moisture. No matter the form it comes in.

But these Spring storms, though beautiful and usually short lived, can be deadly. A report coming from Grand County in Colorado (a county located in the central mountains west of Denver) recently told of the deaths of an estimated 100-200 birds. The heavy Spring snows covered the birds food sources and the birds starved to death.

And more recently, an avalanche occurred in the Colorado High Country killing five men - the state's deadliest avalanche in more than 50 years. These backcountry snowboarders were all experienced and were equipped with avalanche safety equipment (Avalung breathing device and avalanche airbags). But the avalanche which this group triggered happened so quickly, the group had no time to react. There was one survivor - he wasn't buried as deeply as his companions and his lower left arm was free which enabled him to clear the snow away from his face so that he could breath. He was buried over 4 hrs before help arrived.

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In the above picture a cornice of snow is about to fall. Cracks in the snow are visible in area (1). Area (3) fell, leaving area (2) as the new edge.
This recent deadly avalanche was a slab avalanche, which occurs when a thick layer of hard snow breaks loose from a weak, deep layer of snowpack underneath. Most frequently, this will occur when snow has been deposited or redeposited by wind.

These Spring Storms have come not only with snow but with high winds. On a recent trip to the High Country. Hubby & I observed deadly overhangs or cornices on almost every mountain peak - the snow being deposited there by the winds. These overhangs are just waiting for the right trigger to set them on a course down the mountain.

Always be aware when trekking in the mountains. Mother Nature is nothing to be trifled with.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Weird Wednesday~Hyper Dimensional Resonator

Would you like to travel in time? Self proclaimed time traveler Steven Gibbs claims to have created a time machine able to allow people to travel through time.
While working on his farm in Nebraska, Steven Gibbs states that he was approached by two aliens that gave him the secret to time travel. He built his first time machine and then later improved on it to create the Hyper Dimensional Resonator.

What makes the HDR work?

1. The HDR uses a Tensor Coil or Caduceus Coil. This Tensor Coil creates a time warp when in presence of a high magnetic field.
2. HDR uses a strong pulsed magnetic field. HDR uses this pulsed magnetic as well as the caduceus coil to generate its "effect". According to the inventor, a person must be over a grid point magnetic vortex in order to time travel. A vortex is a magnetic anomaly, a dimensional doorway where strange paranormal events often take place. The HDR uses the vortex to punch a hole to the other realm.
3. Grid point vortexes can be located by using an EMF Detector.

Many users of the HDR claim to have strange experiences. Users have noticed that quite often small details may be altered - something may be missing and something new may be in its place. Other Users have claimed to have brought back objects from the past but these items appear to have a short 'shelf-life'. Items more then 30 years old appear to disintegrate. The HDR also seems to increase a person's psychic abilities and makes a person feel more spiritual. The device tunes the human body to a frequency where strange things happen.

To learn more, Click Here!