Friday, December 30, 2011

The Appy

I got this idea from a web site called Dear Photograph.

I took a picture that was taken back in 1979 on the property where our horses are kept today. While holding the picture with one hand I try to line it up with the present day background as if the Appy was still here then I snap a picture.
Dennis bought this horse as a teenager. The Appy was a young colt and still need to be trained so Dennis was able to work with him. And out of all the horses he has had this is the one he talks about the most.
Many an adventure he and this horse had.
So after I got the idea for the picture I set out trying to find a quote about it, hours later I came across this poem by
Jay Snider
and with his permission I printed it up with the picture.
Thank you Mister Snider the words were perfect.
Here is a link to Jay' s cowboy poetry site.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

“Loving is not just looking at each other, it's looking in the same direction.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Who would ever have thought that dancing with a cute freckled face redheaded boy at the Valentine dance in Junior high would have turned into 38 years of marriage?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Back In The Saddle Again-Antelope Island

It was a hazy day out on the island. Not only was it hazy the bison were lazy , my horse was acting a little crazy and the best wildlife a I came across was this Chukar Partridge. This is the first time I have seen a bird like this he has some very interesting markings on him. It was still a great day to ride as long as the sun shone and I did not have to ride into the wind.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Random photos

We had a unexpected death in the family that caught every one by surprise these are just some of my favorites from Doug Crouch's service. It was great to have an honor guard and to hear Taps being played by a young gentleman.

The history of Taps follows

"Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh -- Falls the night.

"Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky.
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

"Then good night, peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear -- Friend, good night."

"TAPS is the most beautiful bugle call. Played slowly and softly, it has a smooth, tender and touching character. The bugle call was written during the Peninsula Campaign of the Civil War by General Butterfield, with an assist from his bugler, Oliver W. Norton, in 1862.

"TAPS" went on from its origin as an alternative to "Lights Out" to become not only a signal that day was done, but also to say good-bye to a fallen comrade.

"TAPS" is customarily played at funerals at Arlington national Cemetery as well as at ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknowns there.

Its composer is buried in the Post Cemetery at the United States Military Academy at West Point (even though he did not graduate from the Academy).

On Thanksgiving we decided instead of eating pumpkin pie we would go out and blast the left over pumpkins from the garden.
I shot a gun that was a little bit loud a little bit scary and I little bit fun. I hit my target at 240 yards. First time shooting a big gun like this.
I also took out some of my Dad's guns and gave them a try.
I'm not a fan of guns but it was a nice day to be out doing something different than adding unwanted pounds to my all ready round frame.
Love Noah and his wooden shot gun learning gun safety .

Friday, December 9, 2011

Snap shots of Southern Utah - Fisher Towers

Fisher Towers, located about 20 miles northeast of Moab in southeastern Utah, is one of the most scenic landscapes along the Colorado River.

Administered by the Bureau of Land Management, Fisher Towers Recreation Site is a popular destination for hikers and rock climbers. A moderate 2.2-mile (one way) hiking trail takes you along the base of the towers and spires to a scenic overlook of Professor Valley and the Colorado River

Geologic Information: Fisher Towers contains layers of sedimentary rock in various shades of red-brown, red-purple, and maroon. The colors are a result of varying amounts of hematite (an iron oxide).

The upper, darker part of Fisher Towers consists of the lower sandstone member of the Triassic Moenkopi Formation (approximately 245 million years old).

The middle and lower parts of the towers are sandstone, mudstone, and conglomerate of the Permian Cutler Formation (approximately 290 million years old).

When we arrived at Fisher Towers the sun was strong and we did not have time to make the hike to get in a better position to shoot pictures.
So I tried a few things trying to control the sun but in most cases it won.
It was fun to pick out all the interesting shapes among these formations a child with good imagination could sit there all day and make up stories about the characters in the rock.
The rest of the pictures are along the way headed home.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sequel to Gone With The Wind

Once again attempted doing live video, I know I should know better by now so if you are not prone to motion sickness try and watch them!
youtube sorry click HERE and it will take you to all of them

These are some of the pictures of the clean up in our area. Church meetings were either shortened or cancelled so people could be out on Sunday helping with the clean up. The city dumps were open and new dump sites were created to help with the over flow of waste and that is what it is waste, the world is little less greener as the result of this storm.

Residents, National Guard and business owners clean up Davis County |

Saturday, December 3, 2011

gOnE WiTh tHe WiND

Pictures taken the on the eve of the big storm.

We had a wayward wind rip through our county leaving a pathway of destruction. I could go all day and take pictures of it all but after a while it all looks the same. Uprooted trees leaving big craters underneath., side walks standing vertical, siding , insulation, it is a mess.
Instead of Christmas carolers being heard through out the neighborhood the constant sound of chainsaws . Groups of people out helping all around our area, I was amazed to see everyone out donating their time .
The golf course right behind me has an estimated loss of 400 trees!
Semi trucks on their sides , the rest are pulled off till the winds die down.
We have had these high wind storms before even as a child I remember being terrified of them then as I got older would love to go out and play to see if the wind could make me fly but with all the housing that is now around you take your chances of being hit with debris. They said on the news tonight that we are going to get hit again possibly on Monday but the winds should not be as strong, but with many trees all ready weakened and roofs that are in need of replacement it is not good news to hear.

We lost a lot of our scrub oak trees a few shingles and my rain gutter with my Christmas lights that Dennis so carefully put up the night before. I realize now just how ill prepared we were and need to get my act together and get some emergency kits ready before the next disaster hits.

Gone are my neighbors 30 FT ponderosa pine trees that all landed softly in my backyard .

One of our neighbors said he went to look out the window
and realized his pickup was missing with his grill!

This is an older home down the road from me it has been empty for quite some time, sad to see it slowly falling apart.
this is the link to one of our local news stations