Thursday, March 27, 2014
As for some things really don't change......well, I watched a movie last night. It was called "Johnson County War" and takes place around 1892. It was pretty well done, I thought. I didn't know much of the history surrounding that movie at the time. However, Google that and it takes you to Wyoming back then. There is a ton of info to read on that. Bruce, however...is a history buff. His comments tended more toward....well, that's the Rocky Mountains. That isn't in Johnson County.....etc, etc.
This morning, I read a number of the articles about that incident and actions leading up to it. I found them pretty interesting. I also found them to be pretty disgusting. It wasn't a feel good movie....tho it had its moments. But, details like the British elitist out there with his man servant....in a tent....with his candles and gold and crystal and china.....etc....packed out there because he couldn't possibly not have all his luxuries with him. Oh my word. Some of the other old cattle barons looking down their noses with disdain ....while arguing about how it was going to be, law or no law..... honest, innocent people strung up or shot....to satisfy the greedy whims of wealthy, elitist men......
You know.....some of that really hasn't changed. In this world, in many countries.....we still have our wealthy elitist types out there. They think they are better than everyone else and above the law. The laws were made for those peasants....out there...who work for a living. But, the utter disdain that some of those men have for those people....just honest, simple people.....trying to earn a living and keep their families fed.....is just really disgusting to me. Sometimes it takes a movie like this to wake people up and get them to pay attention.
I'd like to think I have been paying attention, these days. I don't like a lot of what I see...especially in big government these days. There is too much of this disdain going on even now. Our leaders looking down their noses at all of us little people just going about our lives and getting by. They are making more and more laws to shove down our throats while exempting themselves from such. As far as I am concerned, if the laws are good enough for us, they are good enough for them too.
One of the current things I see in this country is the ACA/Obamacare being shoved down our throats. Now, I have heard both people loving it and people hating it. But, I wonder how many of the people talking about how wonderful it is to have it...health insurance...are paying for it. When you hear all about all the incentives and vouchers for people who have lower incomes......does it make you wonder, after a while, where the incentive is to work anymore. There are pluses and minuses to this issue, for sure. But, when people that are working hard to make an honest living get penalized by outrageous costs to pay for those who can't find work or refuse to work....that's a different issue. We all realize there are issues in this country today which make it difficult to get and keep good jobs. So, people may need a helping hand. However, we all know there are plenty of people out there who are perfectly happy to sit on their butts and not do a stinking thing to help themselves. Someone else will take care of them...... It is called being lazy. I think we all know a few. When people keep getting things handed to them because they can get by with it....pretty soon we become a nation that has more people taking than we have working to pay for that. Then....what happens.....
But.....our big shot politicians are great at this kind of crap. They want us all under their thumbs so they know what they can get by with. And....these days....they are getting by with a lot more than they should. But then, they always have. Given a name and money and status.....it is amazing what they can get by with.
Look at the Clintons, just for an example. People around them, working with them, their body guards, etc....last time I saw the list...it was 42 people....who died....because of their affiliation with the Clintons. They are still out and about. Hillary is being touted as the next president. She sure didn't show me much as Secretary of State. She was her usual lying egotistical self. She is so full of power and ego that is all about her and only her. She most certainly has no time for helping "we the people." Funny how people forget about things like that, tho....isn't it. Or, they just don't care.
Well, I don't know what it takes for the people of this country to wake up. But, I am sure, at some point....there will be the final straw. People will just say ...enough of this crap.
In the movie, they finally did. But, good people lost their lives before the "good guys" got it together and took care of the not so good.
I love this community I live in. There are so many honest, hard working people who aren't in it for the idea of being wealthy or rich....monetarily. I don't think most of us have ever had those intentions. We just want a decent life for ourselves and our family. Most of the people in this community would do anything to help out their neighbor. They are good people. It is nice to live in a community of good, decent people who care about others. Hopefully, we will always have that. That is the one thing I don't want to change...ever....the good, decent...honest family people who will always have to work for what they get.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
I am a member of a photography group. We are the "Frozen Photographers." This week, our subject to shoot is "Signs of Spring." Really. I wonder where we are supposed to find those signs up here in the frozen northland! I am sure some of the group can find some signs, as not all of us live up here. The group is around 700 members now. It made 500 shortly after I joined. Some are from other counties. Yes....some are finding signs of spring. I just am not one of them. I can't even find a lonely pussy willow yet. But, one thing about being a member of the group.......it gets us out and trying to take the best subject photo of the week. There's a subject for everyone sooner or later. And....the members of the group are helpful. If you have a question.....it's likely someone can answer it. I really enjoy the group.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
It came back last evening just before six. I went right out to stock the hole. It moved over a couple of yards and watched me. Hopefully, this is the start of a new friendship.
Speaking of deer......my favorite deer....Shadow.....decided to take a trip to the shore. We last saw her on Sunday night. I put the word out today. Sounds like she went to revisit a spot in Hovland where she went a few years back. It wasn't a particularly good experience for her. She has rarely left the yard again....since. But, all this snow....now crusted and hard on top.....is evidently getting the best of her and off she went.......looking for greener pastures! That....she isn't going to find. Hopefully, she manages to make it back safe and sound again. She will be 7 this spring.....hopefully. Her soon to be 3 years old daughter and at least one fawn are with her. Wish her luck!
Now, back to a few other things before the ladies group goes snowshoeing today! :)
Sunday, March 9, 2014
It has been really fun walking some rivers the past few days with the nicer weather. Who knows.....we might make it a habit. There are a lot of rivers on the North Shore, after all. :)
Friday, March 7, 2014
Yesterday, we stopped at a spot on the shore because the ice was so pretty. However, most of it was out quite a ways from shore and with all the recent wind, the ice is in one day and out the next.....so on the open big lake, it isn't safe to be on. This was taken with a telephoto lens so there isn't much detail. However, the color of it was really nice. There was also a stiff wind blowing off the lake so it wasn't very nice being on the shore anyway.....especially when you aren't dressed for it. Yesterday, I wasn't. Some of the in town stuff took a while "inside" today, so I didn't have my usual heavier clothes on.
Speaking of....just to side track for a moment..... "it is March!" So, it should be getting warmer.....right! Well, March 1 I woke up to -25 below 0. March 2 I woke up to -30 below and it actually dropped to -31 for a bit just about sunrise. Brrr.......it's been a long cold winter already. I was expecting March to start treating us a bit better. So.....it occurred to me I should Google some record March temperatures to see if we were setting any records. Well, here is what I found:
record high for March was on the 23, 1910 at 88 degrees F. in Montevideo. Wow!
record low for March was on the 2nd in 1897 and was -50 degrees F. at Pokegama Dam. Did I say brrrr!
Then, just for the heck of it....the Minnesota record low: -60 degrees F. on 2-2-1996 at both Tower and Embarrass on the same day. So, just goes to show you, we have always had temperature extremes. It isn't anything new. There's a good reason I didn't remember the cold March one......
Every now and then, when I am out hiking, whatever the season....I find something that looks so interesting....like these faces in the rocks. One other creek I was on almost two years ago now.....I saw the darnedest face on the wall of the canyon and it showed very clearly in the photos. I have been back several times.....evidently not at the right time or the right light......because I couldn't see it for anything. I had a different lens along to take a better photo of it looking down at the waterfalls. Oh well.....one of these days I imagine I will see it again. Time will tell. But, I generally have my eyes open for some interesting detail or another as we go.
The water fall is where you see the snow going up hill near the lower right hand of this photo. People had been snowshoeing up the falls. I chose to go around the back side of that pinnacle of rock and come out on top of the falls as I continued up the river. I wouldn't mind getting a shot of that with a better light some time too. It was still overcast at the time but the sun was trying to come out. In fact, by the time we got back to the pickup, it was a balmy 24 degrees out there and it was feeling pretty darned nice. A little warmth for this time of the year was ok. I am ready since I am not one of the many going south for vacation right now. I have "pets" to keep happy out there in my yard......
As I was heading home, I saw a few deer trying to make their way across the highway. That is getting to be a challenge for them these days. If they get distracted from their direct route across the road, they can find themselves in some serious predicaments in a hurry these days. I am seeing far too much road kill because people can't slow down and give them a break/brake.......they need both kinds these days!
The snow is really deep around here and the critters are all having a bad time this winter. So, people......quit being in such a hurry and help them out a bit. Our winter is far from over and they need your consideration just to survive this particular one.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
As much as I like to hit the shore early when there is color, there is so much snow.....I just plain feel guilty when I jump in the truck and make my deer friends wait for their breakfast. Days are getting longer and they are arriving earlier all the time. Then, they lay down under the spruces and wait for me to get up and out there. Most certainly, their food in the woods is way past buried. If they get off their deer trails, they are also buried....if they are a fawn. The adults still manage to keep more than their neck and head above the snow.
I was talking to my neighbor when I stopped to get eggs a couple days ago. He had the same thing happen as I did. He was coming home, there was a deer on the road....it jumped the bank to go almost out of sight in the snow. I don't think the deer could possibly have a worse winter than they are having. If the snow ever crusts at this depth, it is going to be just ugly.
Speaking of deer having a tough time.....I think plenty of residents of the people kind aren't having it too nice either. We are having the coldest winter in 139 years. The cold just hangs on and hangs on. We have never used this much propane before. EVER! If you don't use propane to heat your house, heat your water, cook with, whatever.....consider yourself fortunate. The price had climbed to over $5 a gallon. People will be having to decide whether to have warmth or to eat pretty quick. I really get perturbed at the powers that be when they gouge people like that on necessities. They can always manage to have an excuse to raise the price of something sky high....and then some.....when people really need it.
Funny, all this talk about needing to be independent of foreign oil and such in this country.......
Now, we have the bakken oil fields so close to us. Doesn't seem to be helping the cost of our fuel much does it. Always an excuse. Sell it to the highest bidder and ship it out of the country....... Bah humbug! Big money talks, as usual. They don't give a crap about the little people in this country that do the work and make everything work. Don't even get me started.......
Anyway, it's peaceful in the yard and it's a lovely day.....even if it is cold!