Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

News and the World

by on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Watching the news and seeing the insane weather and various natural disasters that have been happening with great frequency is a bit scary. I am thankful that I live in a place that has very little of any of them. The earth quakes and volcanic eruptions along the pacific rim have been really devastating, and you couldn’t pay me enough to live in any of those areas. If I had been born there, I would leave any way possible. It’s just nuts !

Add to that the storms that seem to be stronger each year or perhaps we just didn’t hear about them as much before. That is probably it now that I think about it. With the internet, we hear about so much that we never did before that it amazes and scares us when we do. The world is connected now and news travels at the speed of light it seems. No matter what happens we have it all at the tips of our fingers and the reporters have a difficult time deciding what to show us as there is so much more now to see. I definitely do not envy them their jobs.

Falling Leaves and Acorns

by on Thursday, October 11th, 2012

This morning there was enough breeze that the leaves are starting to fall off the trees in my neighborhood and blow across everyone’s yards. I have a lot of trees in the yard – both front yard and back yard, so I spend a lot of time raking those fucking leaves up every year. I think I pulled about 40 huge plastic leaf bags full from just the back yard last year.

The asshole county landfill has decided that plastic trash bags and plastic leaf bags are a burden on the landfill, so you are not allowed to bring leaves and yard waste to the landfill in plastic bags anymore. You have to use brown kraft paper bags – which suck ass if they get wet because then the bottom falls out and all the fucking leaves get dumped right back out on the street or the yard – or worse, in the trunk of your fucking car. Who’s bright idea was that?

Landscaper My Ass

by on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

I am so sick of these unskilled hooligans trying to pass themselves off as landscapers. Most of them are nothing more than grass cutters. It takes much more than just pushing a big lawnmower around someone yard to call yourself a landscaper. If you don’t know how or when to trim shrubbery and spread mulch, you aint shit.

Vacation Plans

by on Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Summer is just around the corner – in fact some people say that it is already here because it has been so hot. Usually I try to take a week’s vacation and go to the beach in the summer. It is a long drive to any beach and there are not cheap flights to any of them. So it takes some planning and some sacrifice to make it happen.

This year i am thinking about driving the 10 hours south to the Gulf of Mexico. I think the oil spill has pretty much stopped being a problem and that the beaches and seafood along the Florida and Alabama coastlines are safe and clean again. Hope so, anyway.

Neighborhood Wildlife

by on Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Last Wednesday night I was out late and got home late. But i had to put the trash up at the curb for the trash collection on Thursday morning. So I took care of a few things and right before bed I put on my shit kickers and stepped outside to get the trash can pushed down the driveway to the curb. But when I stepped out on the porch, I saw something move across the yard. By the time I realized what it was it had run across my neighbor’s yard and disappeared down the street. It was a huge red fox with a very bushy tail. I am sure it was a fox – that bushy tail was a dead give-away.

That makes the second fox I’ve seen in my yard. The last time it was a grey fox. The grey fox was a little bigger than the red fox. At first I thought it was a coyote, but then I saw its very bushy tail and knew that coyotes do not have tails like that. It was pretty cool to see these wild creatures running through my neighborhood. If I hadn’t seen them with my own eyes late at night I would never have known that they are even here.