rules for the Old West….

This was posted in a store in Thayne, Wyoming.  It’s great…and they are THE Cowboy Rules:

1. Pull your pants up. You look like an idiot.

2. Turn your cap right, your head ain’t crooked.

3. Let’s get this straight: it’s called a ‘gravel road.’ I drive a pickup truck because I want to. No matter how slow you drive, you’re gonna get dust on your Lexus. Drive it or get out of the way.

4. They are cattle. That’s why they smell like cattle. They smell like money to us. Get over it. Don’t like it? I-10 & I-40 go east and west, I-17 & I-15 goes north and south. Pick one and go.

5. So you have a $60,000 car. We’re impressed. We have $250,000 Combines that are driven only 3 weeks a year.

6.. Every person in the Wild West waves. It’s called being friendly. Try to understand the concept.

7. If that cell phone rings while a bunch of geese/pheasants/ducks/doves are comin’ in during the hunts, we WILL shoot it outa your hand. You better hope you don’t have it up to your ear at the time.

8. Yeah. We eat trout, salmon, deer and elk. You really want sushi and caviar? It’s available at the corner bait shop.

9. The ‘Opener’ refers to the first day of deer season. It’s a religious holiday held the closest Saturday to the first of November.

10. We open doors for women. That’s applied to all women, regardless of age.

11. No, there’s no ‘vegetarian special’ on the menu. Order steak, or you can order the Chef’s Salad and pick off the 2 pounds of ham and turkey.

12. When we fill out a table, there are three main dishes: meats, vegetables, and breads. We use three spices: salt, pepper,and ketchup! Oh, yeah . . We don’t care what you folks in Cincinnati call that stuff you eat . . IT AIN’T REAL CHILI!!

13. You bring ‘Coke’ into my house, it better be brown, wet and served over ice. You bring ‘Mary Jane’ into my house, she better be cute, know how to shoot, drive a truck, and have long hair.

14. College and High School Football is as important here as the Giants, the Yankees, the Mets, the Lakers and the Knicks, and a dang site more fun to watch.

15. Yeah, we have golf courses. But don’t hit the water hazards – it spooks the fish.

16. Turn down that blasted car stereo! That thumpity-thump crap ain’t music, anyway. We don’t want to hear it anymore than we want to see your boxers! Refer back to #1!

using ‘green’ bug repellents on the fly….er, mosquito..

When your backyard is 3 million acres of a Natural Forest, you need a little something with ‘ooompf’ to keep the pesky insects at bay.  However, we’re not about to let some pesky flying bugs ruin an entire summer of backyard barbecues, hikes in the woods or just a walk around the property to keep us indoors!

I grew up in Texas where mosquitoes ruled.  We were the kids that would play in the cul-de-sac during the late evenings when the mosquito truck would pull through the neighborhood, spewing a nasty chemical (DDT) into the air.  We were the kids that chased….yes!  chased the truck, playing hide and go seek and riding our bikes in the toxic fog!  We were practically bathing in it!!  (insert twitch and asthmatic cough here)

Thankfully, times have changed!   There are some natural, ‘green’ solutions to be rid of those blood suckers: (via)

  • Blend of essential oils:
    1. Mix the following essential oils in a 4 oz. container: 20 drops Eucalyptus oil, 20 drops Cedarwood oil, 10 drops Tea Tree oil, and 10 drops Geranium oil.
    2. Add 2 oz. of a carrier oil (such as Jojoba). Mix well.
  • Mint-based bug spray:
    1. Place 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. of either catnip, spearmint, or pennyroyal (all in the mint family) in a spray bottle.
    2. Add 1 cup of isopropyl alcohol and 1 cup of water.
    3. Shake well.
  • Herbal insect repellent safe for use on the face:
    1. Blend 4 drops each of sandalwood, cajeput, and lavender essential oils with 2 teaspoons of carrier oil (such as extra virgin olive oil).
    2. Mix well and apply as needed.
  • Vodka Mist Insect Repellent:
    1. Mix the following in a spray bottle: 50 drops Jojoba, 50 drops Lavender, 25 drops Eucalyptus lemon, 25 drops Lemongrass, 25 drops Patchouli, and 25 drops Cajeput.
    2. Add 1 fluid ounce of vodka (to the spray bottle..not your mouth, people!)
    3. Mix well.
    4. Apply jojoba oil before spraying the repellent on the skin.
  • Natural insect repellent lotion:
    1. Place 2 ounces distilled water in a large mixing bowl.
    2. Slowly drizzle in 2 ounces of olive oil while beating quickly with a wire whisk.
    3. After the oil is mixed into the distilled water, stir in 120 drops of citronella essential oil.

Making homemade bug spray helps you go green because…

  • You do not need to purchase chemical bug sprays. Using products containing the insect repellent DEET may be harmful to fish and other aquatic wildlife, as well as human health.

One of the most widely used ingredients in store-bought conventional bug sprays for personal use is N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide, or DEET, as it’s commonly known. DEET, which is designed to repel, rather than kill, insects. DEET is used by an estimated one-third of the US population each year. Although DEET is approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is a known eye irritant and can cause rashes, soreness, or blistering when applied to the skin. Additionally, DEET has been linked to neurological problems; according to the EPA, at least 18 different cases of children suffering adverse nuerological effects, as well as the deaths of two adults, have been associated with DEET. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have found that DEET causes diffuse brain cell death and behavioral changes in rats.[1]

DEET has been shown to have a negative impact on wildlife and water sources in production and during use. DEET is toxic to birds and aquatic life. DEET has been found in approximately 75 percent of U.S. water sources, including the Mississippi River.[2]

SO STAY INFORMED NOT INDOORS…

(1) Cornell – DEET Mosquito Repellent: New pharmacology study of impacts

(2) About.com – The Downside of DEET Insect Repellents: Health and Environmental Risks Associated with the Use of DEET

more thoughts from Jimmy…

I don’t know if you remember from a previous post (Jimmy got a thought), but when Jimmy is thinking…things start to happen.

Well, it happened.  Seems that Jimmy got another thought and this required the services of Nate and the Knuckleheads.  (Remember the Knuckleheads?)  They do great work and I enjoy peering out the window to watch.  (once again, it is my job to stay out of the way and stop distracting the workers).

So….here come some trees.  Yes, I know what you are thinking…..Who buys dead trees?  

Well, they aren’t dead…..I think they are just…sleeping.

They are really good at sleeping,  aren’t they?  Hmm…..

Ok.  Not to worry.  We have the best team of Knuckleheads working out here.  And remember the driveway?

Oh please, people!  That driveway is sooo last year.  The rock is going….grass will grow to the edge and in the middle.  No more rock.  Plus 14 new trees, updated flower beds and more grass.

So this morning begins the work.  There is shoveling, mulching, digging, tree planting and other dirty stuff.  I’m going to be busy staying out of the way……..again.

Get to work, Knuckleheads!!

fire on the mountain, run boy run….

Thank you, Charlie Daniels, (thanks, Susan) for getting that song stuck in my head…..But YES!  There was fire!  I was a little skeeered at first…

Who knew it was an ‘on purpose’ fire?  This is how you get rid of weeds around here.  You just light ’em up.  I even caught the guy in action….

So my ‘insider’ information about the fire is that you use gasoline and compressed air.  Hmm…..I would have used fingernail polish remover and a Zippo…..but, hey, that’s me.

I got a little nervous when I saw it getting really smokey, but acted ‘local’, like it was no big deal…(local not loco)

Once that issue was under control, I realized I had a BIGGER problem…..

It was down there…

The trap door in the laundry room….to the crawl space under the house.

Never have been down there…never will.  

Since it is still in the upper 20’s in the evening, we need heat.  I can’t drag this electric blanket around the house because the cord is getting hung up on the furniture.

Soooo….we called in the professionals.  Professionals drive trucks.

Turns out…we have a mice infestation inside the furnace.  Who lives in a furnace?  Evidently, mice.  Here is where they come to gather..

Yep….see that white vent pipe thingy?  And see all the poop under the white vent pipe thingy?  That’s where they checked in … yet couldn’t check out.  They got stuck and lived in their own poop for a very long time.

Now that we are back in the spring, it is time to turn on the heat.

Nothing.  Nada.  Those little guys plugged us up, and we needed professional unplugging.  But not like the professional unplugging you get with a colonic.  Although, it did involve a hose and high water pressure….sooo……hmm.

Anywho…..the professional began his work and when I saw what was being brought up from the crawl space….I immediately felt the need to wash my hands…..and his hands….He brought up over 16 buckets full of mice,  poo and strangely enough….feathers.  How a bird got caught…..oh, nevermind.  I just can’t understand.

I helped, ever so slightly, by squirting water into the white vent pipe thingy, but when the water came back OUT  of the pipe and splashed on my arm and hand….I pretty much said, “I’m out.”

My skin is raw from the frequent washings after that little incident.  So….tomorow is a new day.  Hopefully one minus rodents.  I’m still unsure why God made mosquitos and mice.  This is something that I will be sure to ask….

Maranatha!  (which means, Lord come quickly!)

foggy morning…

Ok, it was just downright cold in this house with no heat!!!  SOMEONE….(no, not Clyde and Rea) was supposed to check our propane before we came out…..Let’s just say…..it might have been checked…but it was out….and no one told us, hence the cold tootsies. If you were here right now while I was typing, you would have seen me mouth his name.  Sorry you missed that.

A little foggy this morning..

So that fog made me colder than I actually was….fog is so silly, don’t you think?

We decided to get up and get out for breakfast and drove into Thayne…it’s a bustling metropolis that is just a little ways from us..

I had to tell Jimmy several times to slooow down.  Mr. Fifty in a Fourty-Five Speed Zone.  What?  Is he trying to get us killed?

We ran a few errands;  to the Nursery (do they still call it a nursery? And do the same people that say nursery, also say, stewardess and pocketbook?)  These are questions that keep me up at night.

That’s where we got all our trees, plants and grass.  Next we went to my favorite place…

Yep!  There it is!  True Value Hardware Store!  There is no better place to have a free cup of coffee in the morning, while you look for a toilet flapper valve.  Just makes shopping a hoot.  In the afternoon, after the coffee rush, they have FREE buttered popcorn!  THIS is the best popcorn you have EVER tasted.  FACT.

These people are legit.

Tonight??  Dinner with Clyde and Rea at Dad’s Steakhouse and Saloon.  I CAN’T WAIT!  There have been soo many changes that I need to discuss!  Such as, “When did the camera/photography store leave the pharmacy?”  and  “Does the Big O Tire Store still sell Avon?”  and “Can I still get a saddle or boots at the Radio Shack?”  See?  We have a lot of issues to go over and I’m thinking of writing a check list.

For now, I’m going to go do a little workout in the barn.  I checked and it’s all still there…

Ok, not so much a workout, per se….but I did walk up the stairs to take pictures…soo…..

Over and out for now.

aahhh…

Oh, it feels SOOO good to be back at the ranch!!  Cloudy and rainy…

Porch….check!  (only one little pot broken…GLUE-ABLE!)

Garage….check!  (but, yes, there is some grass torn up….FIXABLE)

Cute little red barn….check!  (haven’t been inside yet….it’s RAINING, people!)

Inside….check!  (could definitely use Pledge and a vaccuum….EASY PEASEY!)

BUT … Jimmy’s checklist?  Only includes one thing…and THAT is working!  TV!!

No heat today….but there is hot water, electric blankets and a huge fire.  I think we’ll survive.  At least until tomorrow!  (more pics coming!)