” Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them. It depends on the mood of the man whether he shall see sunset or the fine poem.” –Essays and Poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson “Experience”
According to Merriam-Webster mood is a conscious state of mind or predominant emotion. Emerson shares with us his thought that what a person sees is dependent upon what type of mood one happens to be entertaining at the time. A thought that after thinking about it, I find to hold a lot of truth.
How many times have we cheated ourselves out of a breath taking sunset simply because our mood wasn’t right? Now I won’t argue the fact that if your mind is in the right place a beautiful sunset can change your mood if you allow it to but it doesn’t always happen that way.
I remember a time in my life that I had went camping with a group that everyone there seemed to put a capital “n” in negativity. Sitting around the campfire that first night I knew I was in trouble. I honestly can’t remember any of them saying something positive. I let it infect me and my mood was horrible. I didn’t get one good photo that weekend. I was definitely not on my best game. I didn’t really realize until sometime later how much your mood can dictate the quality of your photography, painting, writing etc..
The two photos were taken by me in the summer of 2017. They are pics of the same rock formation taken from different angles. You look at it from different angles you get different views. You see different details. It is like looking at something in a good mood or a bad mood. There are going to be things that don’t look the same. This applies to life also, not just to your creative abilities.
I don’t care who you are but when you are in a bad mood and have to make a decision, ninety percent of the time it is going to be a bad decision. For those of you who have lived with someone that has excessive, erratic mood swings, you know how much moods effect life AND you know how miserable they can be and you.
So if you would, imagine your moods like the filters I used with this photo. Your mood decides what kind of day you are going to have just like the filter I used decides how colorful the fish is going to be. I hope everyone is understanding what I am saying because moods are very instrumental in what kind of day you are going to have.
So remember when you get up in the morning and get that first cup of coffee in you, that it is time to start getting in that “good mood” you need to make your day enjoyable. Tell yourself this is your day and no one is capable of messing it up unless you let them. Put that smile on your face that is going to be greeting people all day long. Clear yourself of any negativity. Now go back to bed and say the hell with it! JUST KIDDING! Now put your big boy or girl panties on and go out into the world and ……… “Be happy, don’t worry, cause when you worry your face will frown and that will bring everybody down”……….
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“Child abuse and neglect offend the basic values of our state. We have a responsibility to provide safe settings for at-risk children and facilitate permanent placement for children who cannot return home.” – Matt Blunt
This is a subject that is hard for me to write about but when our congressional leaders use such a sensitive subject for their political agenda it pisses me off. Larry Nassar is a POS and I hope he rots in hell for his atrocities. My heart goes out to those individuals who have had their lives devastated by this monster. I do not mean any disrespect to those victims with my following rant and I hope they understand that. Let the rant begin.
According to news reports, Senator Dianne Feinstein met with seven victims of Larry Nassar’s abuse. According to InStyle (February 5, 2018) the senator said it was one of the most emotional and disturbing meetings she ever had. They spoke for over an hour about what had happened to them and how USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University, and the adults charged with protecting them failed at every turn.
Well the senator promised a bill that would protect them. (Note: sexual abuse of a minor is all ready illegal in this country) The senator kept her word and a bill was passed.
- It addresses the patchwork of state reporting laws, making it mandatory for anyone affiliated with any national governing body or amateur sports organization that crosses state lines to report sexual abuse to local and federal law enforcement or social service agencies (all over worked, understaffed and underpaid) within 24 hours. This requirement would apply to USA Gymnastics and each of the other 46 national governing bodies that oversee a variety of Olympic sports. It would also apply to college athletics. (InStyle) (Wow just wow! You all are geniuses I tells ya. You have saved our athletes. God Bless you! Got a question for you all though. How about these children? What did you do for them?In 2013 one in nine girls and 1 in 53 boys under the age of 18 experienced sexual abuse or assault. Eighty percent of the perpetrators were a parent, and 47,000 were men and 5,000 were women.Let me enlighten you with these numbers, according to the National Statistics on Child Abuse, in 2015 an estimated 683,000 children (unique) incidents were victims of abuse and neglect. Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the US annually. Children’s Advocacy Centers served more than 311,000 children around the country in 2015. Two-thirds of children served disclosed sexual abuse (205,438).
- Clarifies that victims of child sex crimes can recover from their perpetrators statutory damages of up to $150,000 as well as punitive damaged due to the heinous nature of the rime against them. It further extends the statute of limitations so it doesn’t begin to run until victims realize they’ve been abused. (InStyle)
- Reforms the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, which established “national governing bodies”, like USA gymnastics. Congress chartered all of these entities, but the original law did not specify their obligations to ensure that athletes have protections against child abuse, including sexual abuse. This bill fixes that. It requires the newly created U.S. Center for Safe Sport to establish strict policies for preventing abuse and procedures to make sure every governing body would be required to implement policies to make sure minor athletes are not alone with adults. (InStyle)
“Most children who survive into adulthood always have a lingering question that commonly arises as to why there is very little support for the child abuse survivor.” – Patricia Dsouza, When Roses are Crushed
Well golly gee. All of you in congress should be proud. Stand up and take a bow! NOT!!!!!!! All you managed to do was add more laws that will do absolutely nothing, nada, zilch, to stop anyone hell bent on doing it anyway. Murder. I do believe it is against the law but let me tell you geniuses now (you all really do live in your own little world) that law ain’t slowed nobody down. You all are good at adding laws that existing laws all ready cover but you refuse to give money and manpower to help fight the fight.
So to all the congressional leaders and President Trump, this my plea to you. Wake up! These children need protecting too. No more laws are needed. We just need to start enforcing the existing laws and agencies to stop it. There needs to be more funding and manpower added to all the social worker agencies across the U.S.. They also need to be hooked up with mental health providers so that the mental scars can be addressed. Sooooo, please put your party differences aside and begin acting like adults and address the non-athletes. They need you. Please help them. / Signed Statistic
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BUZZ! BUZZ! Time to get up. You roll over and turn off the alarm and lay there for a couple of minutes clearing your mind and trying to get a course for what you have to do today. Ok you have it figured out so you head for the john to drain the fluids from your bursting bladder.
Now you are standing at the sink washing your hands and you look in the mirror. Then these words come to mind’
I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I am asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and make a change
Who is that man/woman in the mirror that you are looking at? Is he/she happy? Is he/she where he/she wants to be in life? When is the last time he/she really enjoyed life? Does he/she believe in him/herself? Does he believe in him/herself?
If you don’t believe in yourself then it really doesn’t matter what the answers were to the other questions. If you want to succeed and enjoy a happy and fulfilled life you have to believe in yourself. You the man/woman! You are in charge! Grab the day by the horns and make it YOUR day.
Ok now look in the mirror and tell that person in the mirror, This is your day and no one is going to PP on your parade. Any and all negativity is no longer allowed. If the day is ruined it will be because you were weak and let it happen. Whose life is it? Your life. Do you believe? Yes! In what? ME!!!!! I can’t hear you! MEEEEEE!!!
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius
So now you believe in yourself. Good on you. That is where it starts. Now to maintain the road of happiness. Most folks now a days try to find happiness through material things.
‘Cause the boy with the cold hard cash
Is always Mister Right, ’cause we are
Living in a material world
And I am a material girl,
You know that we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl – Madonna Material Girl
Be still. Listen real close. Hear that? Ba-beat, ba- beat, ba-beat. That is your heart beating within you. Giving you life. Pumping the essence of life through your veins so that you may enjoy life. This is where you will find true happiness. Within yourself. You don’t need that new boat, new car, new dress, new golf clubs, etc.. No siree. You need a soft, gentle, caring heart. A heart that cares about others.
“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” – Carol Burnett
If you don’t believe in yourself, and feel you need to change the direction of your walk in life, look no further than inside yourself. There you will find the answers to “you”.
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“Fishing provides that connection with the whole living world. It gives you the opportunity of being totally immersed, turning back into yourself in a good way. A form of meditation, some form of communion with levels of yourself that are deeper than the ordinary self.” – Ted Hughes
Well the little rodent says that we are going to have six more weeks of winter. That tells me that I am going to be fishing in the cold. If you have never fished before you won’t understand but those of you who have, well you understand totally.
Fishing is something that can be shared among friends. It is a way to get together and enjoy each others company and catch up on old news. It is relaxing and a good way to recharge your spirit. It is a great place to find yourself and cleanse your spirit of all the negativity that has latched onto it.
We have been on a couple fishing trips and we all three graduated together so there is always lots to talk about and we always have a good time. A fishing trip is one hell of a friendship bonding agent. We try to schedule a fishing trip at least once a year. it is always a good time.
One thing I love about fishing is you can share it with the young-uns. Me and the Catfish Kid caught some fish. He sure does love to fish so we have drowned a bunch of worms.
Following pictures are of fish that I have caught.
Last but not least. If you have never been fishing on the river before, the scenery can blow you away. One of my favorite times on the river is in the fall when all the leaves are changing colors.
I hope you enjoyed my little piece on fishing. I can’t say enough good things about it. If you are looking for a new adventure be sure and check out fishing. It is laid back and very enjoyable.
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(All photos were shot by me)
“To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment.” – Eckhart Tolle
How well do we really know ourselves? How much time do we spend on getting to know ourselves?
On the other hand we spend a lot of time trying to get to know others. We become infatuated by someone and begin having feelings for them and we begin the task of getting to know them better. We want to know what makes them tick, their likes and dislikes and anything we can find out to help our cause to win their hearts over. We spend all of this time and energy not realizing that we need to be getting to know ourselves.
I feel the majority of people have forgotten to take the time to know themselves. Not knowing yourself can be very detrimental to any relationship. Knowing yourself adds so much depth to a relationship. If you know what you want out of life and stay true to not accepting anything less you are going to have a better chance of having a healthy relationship.
That is why it is so important to know yourself. Go to your safe place, meditate, search your soul, whatever works for you and know yourself. Nurture your self esteem and most of all learn to believe in yourself. Know what you want and don’t lose site of your dreams. It is your life now take charge of it.
“The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.” – Thale
If you want a white picket fence in the country and the person of interest in your life wants a loft apartment in the city, NEWSFLASH!, the odds are very slim that it will ever work even if you are willing to compromise because some day there is going to be an argument and someone is going to say “I gave up everything I wanted in life to make you happy!”.
Why should we settle for anything less than happiness? I don’t give a rat’s arse what folks have told you but we all deserve happiness. However there is a “catch 22”. It is your responsibility to find it, not anyone else. The first action needed in this adventure down life’s highway is for you to know yourself and find your destination.
“The better you know yourself, the better your relationship with the rest of the world.” – Toni Collette
There is the old joke that a woman marries a man thinking, I can change him. A man marries a woman thinking, I don’t want her to ever change ’cause I love her the way she is.
Now once again, I am not a counselor, no degree or education as a counselor. I am just someone that has lived life. First I want to clarify that compromise isn’t out of the question but it has to be for the right reason. I know I have heard people say that their counselor told them they needed to come to a compromise. These were married people who had a lot of blood, sweat and tears invested in their marriage. At that point it could be a good thing depending on the individuals, situation and many other variables. That is another blog.
My personal opinion is that individuals need to know themselves before they become serious about a relationship. If you want a Tom Selleck/ Jenifer Aniston then by all means set your goal and don’t waiver. Now this example is somewhat radical but I am just trying to get a point across. Know what you want in life, stay focused and don’t waiver. You owe that to yourself. You deserve happiness and compromise dilutes that.
“Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.” – Doris Mortman
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I decided to change course tonight. I want to share what I think is a treasure for all of you cowboy cooks and Dutch Oven cooks out there. It is a cookbook called Trail Boss’s Cowboy Cookbook that was made possible by The Society For Range Management. The proceeds from this cookbook will be used to support and promote the art and science of good range management.
The cookbook contains 458 recipes from 24 states and 8 countries. There are recipes from the 6666 Ranch, the LBJ Ranch, W9 Ranch and JL Bar Ranch to name a few. It contains recipes for foods in 31 categories.
Chuck wagon chow was the main staple of the cowboy and even though they took their orders from the trail boss the real keeper of the crew was Camp Cookie. The cowboy’s dining room was pretty rough. His table was usually the ground, bedroll or the his lap. Cowboys were on their best behavior around the chuck wagon. They never rode their horse into camp and tied it to the chuck wagon. The great era of cattle driving only lasted from 1865 to 1885.
Following are a couple of the recipes I found amusing:
3 medium sized camels 1 ton salt
500 bushels potatoes 1 ton pepper
200 bushels carrots 3000 sprigs parsley
Cut camels into bite size pieces. This should take about 2 months. Cut vegetables into cubes (another 2 months). Place meat in pan and cover with 1000 gallons of brown gravy. Simmer for 4 weeks. Shovel in pepper and salt to taste. When meat is tender, add vegetables. Simmer slowly for 4 weeks. Garnish with parsley. Will serve 3800 people. If more expected, add two rabbits. (I have the two rabbits but having problems finding camels.)
Recipe For Happiness
2 heaping cups of patience
2 handfuls of generosity
1 heart full of love
Dash of laughter
1 head full of understanding
Sprinkle generously with kindness. Add plenty of faith. Mix well. Spread over a period of a lifetime and serve everybody you meet.
There are some really good recipes along with some history about range management. It also has some great illustrations of old brands used by various ranches.
I hope you enjoyed my blog. Thank you for taking the time to read it. If you are a Dutch Oven junkie I highly recommend that you add this cook book to your collection. Remember to spread the love.
“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one…just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
When you look at the picture above what do you see? Do you see someone that appears to be a loner or do you see someone that appears to be a person who enjoys nature and sunrises? It is impossible to form a true opinion without knowing a little more about the person and the situation.
We seem to be living in a society that is quick to criticize and very judgemental. We don’t seem to need all the facts and, the “truth”, …… well that is purely optional. We seem to care less whether we destroy someone’s reputation or creditability. We don’t hesitate to destroy one’s self esteem with a wag of our tongue. What changed and why have we turned into a heartless society? It seems that the media doesn’t care if their story is true or factual, they just want to be the first to print or air it.
“The only measure of judging a human being is through that person’s character, because is not determined by race, religion, gender or social status. And one who recognizes this simple fact of human life behaves the same with the scientist, the janitor and the sex worker.” – Abhijit Naskar Human Making is Our Mission: A Treatise on Parenting (Humanism Series)
My Grandma Bobbie told me a lot of things through the years but I think the smartest thing she ever told me was , “if you can’t say something nice about someone then just don’s say nothing at all.” Those I believe are such true words to live by. Native Americans said, “don’t judge me until you have walked a mile in my moccasins.”
You ever wonder how different things would be if we looked at people through our hearts instead of our eyes? How many possible friendships have you lost because the person was obese, nerdy, ugly, backwards, etc.? The reason I labeled them possible is because 99% of the time you probably walked away with out giving them a chance. It happens and you know it.
So you are at a party and you see this person sitting there all by themselves. Your first thought is why are they by themselves. Then the chatter of the grape vine starts around the room and it isn’t giving the person any good reviews. Do you ignore them or do you try and get to know them. News Flash!!!!!! Hearsay isn’t all that reliable and other people’s opinions are nothing more than a manifestation derived from jealousy or egotistical action. Take the time to strike up a quality conversation and listen to them. You never know, you might just find your new “bestest” friend in the world. Take a chance.
So your mission today (should you decide to accept it) is to start learning to put aside the appearance and look into that person’s heart. That is where you are going to find what truly makes this person who they are. It may be the last time you ever see them. Then again one of you may inspire the other to do something great! You had the idea in your head but you needed a nudge and that person might just be the inspiration you needed. There are so many possibilities that something might come out of it but if you don’t interact with that person you will never know.
The sun will rise in the east in the morning and a new day will begin. Treat people like you like to be treated and for once let us try and get along for a change. Learn to look at a person through their heart. Listen to your heart and not other people’s opinions.
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“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” – Gilda Radner
One thing that I can not wrap my feeble little mind around is how can people abuse animals? How can folks just give an old dog to a shelter and then they have the nerve to replace them with a new puppy. It breaks my heart when I see this happen. Folks whether you believe it or not animals do have feelings.
Kate suffered from crystals in her urine and she had to have hip surgery when she was a year old. After surgery she slept on the couch and I slept on the floor beside her. From that time on she was my dog. She did her best not to let me out of her sight. She went everywhere with me and since I am a farrier she was my ride dog. She loves riding “shotgun” and loves to watch the road.
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings
My dad never liked dogs and still doesn’t to this day. He just turned 84 so I guess it is pretty safe to say he probably never will. I know they aren’t for everyone but there is no reason on earth to abuse them.
Just imagine, you are 6 years old and your dad puts you in the car and off you go. After awhile you don’t recognize the area you are traveling in and it appears to be in the country and it is raining. Finally in a very secluded place your dad stops the car and gets outside. He opens your door and he grabs you by the hand and leads you over to a log and tells you to sit down. Then he walks back to the car, gets in it and drives off. Leaving you there all alone, in a strange place and you are scared.
Now don’t give me that BS that I am comparing apples to oranges. I am not. Both are alive, confused, scared and broken hearted. Neither have done anything to be treated this way. Thousands of animals are dumped each year just because their owner doesn’t want them anymore. Maybe I went a little overboard trying to get my point across but animals do have feelings.
Soooooo, if you are thinking about getting a pet remember that they have feelings and would like a forever home and they are a member of the family. Please, if you can’t accept this then get a “Pet Rock”.
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“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” – Anne Bradstreet
Listen! Can you hear that? It is the sound of a riffle on the river resonating throughout the silence of early morning. It is calling me. Taunting me. Temptation is alive within the very veins that deliver the blood needed to sustain my life. My heart rate speeds up as I realize that warmer weather is around the corner. Oh how I have missed the river.
My imagination begins to work overtime. Is it possible that the river has missed me as much as I have it? Does it get lonely as it meanders along the countryside with no traffic upon its waters? The life that inhabits its waters is almost dormant in an effort to conserve fat reserves until the waters become warm again and the fish have an abundant food supply. The river waits patiently for the angler to inhabit its waters once again so it can share the beauty of Mother Nature for another cycle of life on the river.
“A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the earth itself.” – Laura Gilpin
The river waits for the grip of the icy fingers to melt back into the water between its banks. There has been very little rainfall in the Midwest and the water levels are very low. Old Man River hopes for some substantial rain fall to bring the water levels to normal. Even some minor flooding is needed to purge the leaves and debris from between the banks of the river. The river knows that heavy spring rains brings with it the chance of some major flooding. Time will tell.
I hate to disappoint, however I am not crazy. I know the river doesn’t miss me nor it never will. It is kind of nice to imagine it missing me as much as I have missed it. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. It is deeply appreciated. Remember spread the love.
The pic above pretty much says it all about me. Keep it simple. Can’t say I know many people the age of 63 who would camp this way especially the weekend before Christmas in the state of Missouri.
Today’s blog is going to be kind of a rant about some of the things happening in our society today here in the good ole USA. I watched in horror as an older gentleman chewed out the cashier over the price of gasoline and this little Tasmanian Devil went off in my head. We are a nation of complainers but when it comes right down to it we, as a whole, will do absolutely nothing about it. By the way, I did tell the man where the bear poopoos in the woods.
Folks, who sets the prices in this country? If you said corporations, wrong! The market sets the prices. Who is the market? John Q Public, in other words you and I. Corporations put prices on the product and if we don’t buy the product they will have to lower the price or pull it. For example, remember those spinner things that were all the rave? Kids all wanted one and they were paying $10.00 for them. The companies made money hand over fist because we bought them at those ridiculous prices. Now the market is completely saturated so you can now buy that same spinner for$2.50. Once again Americans were fleeced. Why? Because we didn’t dig our heels in and say “NO”.
Gasoline costs. Folks are always complaining about the prices. Newsflash Twinkletoes, have you did anything to reduce your travel? If folks would reduce their driving and gas consumption the gas companies would be forced to drop the prices so they could sell it.
Look at the price of new vehicles. 2018 Dodge 350 with a diesel. $38,000 to $50,000! New homes $350,000 to $750,000. We just keep on buying them. Going deeper and deeper in debt. Then we have to have that $75,000 camper. But why? To keep up with the Jones’es or to act like we are someone of importance?
Growing up I remember camping and there were dozens of tent campers. I went to a state park back in the fall of 2017 and camped in my tent and there were maybe 6 tent campers and 20 camping trailers. I am here to tell ya those trailers were first class with all the pleasures of home. The price of tents are pretty reasonable but those campers, well you better bring the big checkbook.
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln
I seem to be all over the place here but what I am trying to get across to folks is you have to accept the responsibility of the prices you are paying. Oh, price gouging is real but if you don’t buy the item they can’t gouge you now can they? Do you have to have that camper with three built in televisions, satellite, built in butt wiper, etc.?
Supply and demand rules. As long as you demand that $10 beer at the stadium, they are going to charge you $10. Gasoline supplies get low and you keep buying it, it is going to go up because the demand is greater than the supply. Maybe it is time for consumers to stick together and help determine a little better pricing on some of the products we use in this country. Just my 2 cents.
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