I'd been intending to put up gates on both ends of the road that runs through my property every since the Suber ruling, but doing it myself was out of the question and lack of funds postponed it also. Recently some of my friends offered to put the first one up free of charge (including the material) Now how could I turn down a deal like that? Anyway I'd been having to put up with a few speeders flying through my property kicking up dust, rocks and turning the little sharp rocks that cause flats and blowouts up. I have a few videos of that happening. I'll be adding the front gate as soon as I can, but it will more than likely just be a chain gate. Disregard the birdies behind the gate. Seen in the lower picture are my friends (left to right) Phil, Judy, Mike, Lisa and Ron. Thanks a bunch guys and gals!
As you can see in the above picture all the wild flowers have gone away and the yuccas seem to be about the only things blooming now. I want to try and get the trike going again soon where I can chain something to drag behind it and drag down the remnants of the wild flowers around here. They could lend to wild fires real easily. Of course I'd only do that up around the cabin and trailer area.
One of my aunts suggested some time back that I try one of the screen curtains for a screen for the cabin so the last time I went to Alpine I found one at the hardware store there. I had my doubts as to how long it would last with the high wind, but it has done pretty good so far. The magnets are just snapped together through the curtain and the wind blowing them around and slamming them up against the building some times has caused them to pop off. I've been using super glue to put them back on so once all are done like that I hope all will be well. It does catch most of the bugs and insures that no bats fly in here during the evenings chasing bugs.
Another one of my friends (Hollywood) brought by the two geodes yesterday and gave them to me. One of his friends cut them for him. After looking at them I'm pretty sure I've seen some of the raw ones around here, but where I've seen them who knows. Looks like I need to use the range extenders and go looking. The pictures do NOT do justice to the crystals inside them.
The heat is getting here slowly, but surely. Its 100 degrees here right now, but I can deal with that with a fan blowing on me in here and in a breeze outside. I'm not looking forward to the 115+ temps again, but I can run the AC when need be.
Foliage is trying to over grow my dam. That's ok though might help it hold water. I still need to extend it about another 20 feet to ever have a good sized pond after rains.
The Lechuguillas are doing good as is everything else after the wet winter. I tried my best to find some of the other types of cactus that I have seen here before, but this is a big place and I couldn't remember where I'd seen them before so maybe later? (Probably after the blooms are gone) Grrr.
Below are my Range Extenders. (Crutches I picked up off the porch at the legion) They have extended my range of hunting by a bunch, but now I need a back pack and folding stool to be able to do much now days.
And below is a picture of the target I'm using now. I was shooting an M1 Garand from almost 100 yards away using open or battle field sights. (No Scope) I love those M1 Garands!
Things are Green and Yellow around here. This is the greenest I've ever seen around here. Some areas are Green, Yellow and Blue with the Bluebonnets. Looks like its going to be a beautiful year down here!
For those who are members of the American Legion Heads UP. I've found that some people who hang out at the legion don't know this because they have not read the flier on the bulletin board there. All members that can need to show up and either vote or throw your hat in the ring for one of the officer's positions. Having one person in control of too many posts is not a good thing (Especially when it is the top three posts!) I've done a year as commander and don't care to run for that post again mainly because of all the politics and back stabbing involved. If you are a member do your best to attend and VOTE and if you are not a member and know people who are please bring this to their attention and urge them to attend. The legion can also always use more members so if you are qualified please join and help out.
I'm trying to get back in to blogging again, but have too many distractions. I'm also trying to get things going my way again here to. With getting the jeep back in good enough shape to make it to Alpine and beyond It is going to help everything else. I haven't been using the fridge for a good while because of lack of battery power to get me through the long winter nights with power, but I've about cured that problem. I bought another battery from one of my friends and it is actually equivalent to two of the other batteries I use. It in its self should run the fridge all night even after cloudy days. I took my four best solar panels off of the main bank and they will now keep the big battery up to run the fridge. That will be a big boost because its usually having to buy ice to keep perishables cold or not keeping any perishables around here which severely limits what I can eat and drink. (Which really sucks.)
At the moment and for that matter for the past few days I've had a backache from hell and I'm not sure why since I haven't done any heavy lifting for a while. I did manhandle that damn BIG battery last week, but if that's what caused it then it had a several day time delay effect. Stooping down to get stuff out of the small fridge doesn't cut it now days even when my back isn't bothering me and I plan to build a pedestal to set it on with room under it for the microwave. I don't use the microwave that much. Along with that I'm going to have to build a new battery box closer to the cabin to hold the big battery and another inverter to run the fridge off of. Now with the bad backache that's all stalled to.
I'll update on this as I get the chance.
And here are a few picture on my return trip from Study Butte yesterday.
The bluebonnets haven't started blooming up here yet, but they will. I never had them here until the septic system was put in and evidently some seeds came in with the soil hauled here.
Also for the past few trips to Study Butte I'd noticed a rocky hill with several canoes on top so I stopped in a driveway to take pictures of it and along comes a friend and musician Jeff Haislip. I pulled up further to clear the driveway and got out to talk to him. He didn't get in to why the canoes were up there, but said he had built a fire pit up there and had parties there. He then left to go to the Chihuahua dog races and I took a couple of pictures. I thought they were of the whole hill and all the canoes, but the sun was reflecting off the view finder and when I got home I discovered I only got a picture of part of the hill and one canoe. Well folks, that's it for this time.
I keep hearing the question "When are you going to post another blog?" and since its been a pretty good while I guess this will be it.
I don't really like posting blog posts without pictures and I haven't been taking any because there just haven't been any photo ops that I've thought was good enough to post. Main reason is I keep forgetting to take the camera when I go somewhere and I don't get out around here anymore because of my bad leg. Anyway so this post isn't without pictures here are some that were posted on here a good while back.
Once again the bluebonnets and other wild flowers are already blooming along 118 further south near Study Butte. Hopefully this last cold snap won't effect that, but it did get down to 27 degrees early this morning. It has been a much wetter fall and winter than normal so hopefully we will have a beautiful spring.
Remember the swimming hole? Well I haven't been there in a LONG time and there are a couple of different rumors (or possibly facts?) going around about it. I guess I'll have to try and make it out there when spring gets fully sprung to see. One is that a flood from one of the big rains filled it with silt and there isn't a swimming hole there anymore??? Another one is that one of the land owners between it and the access has fenced it off where you can no longer get to it. In either case that would be a REAL SHAME!
Pretty near since I've had the jeep it has leaked oil at a rate that I should have owned stock in oil just to offset the cost of having to buy oil for it. A while back one of the members posted on my classic car site about crankcase ventilation and what happens if it weren't there. I had known this years in the past, but had forgotten about it and because of his post decided to check the jeep for that. I found that the crankcase ventilation hose was kinked and was causing oil to blow out the filler in the valve cover. Fixing that totally stopped the oil leak and it doesn't burn oil either so... That will save me a fortune in oil and open up being able to take the jeep out of this area again.