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24 December 2013 - Christmas Eve ~
 
From the Great Northern Sonoran Desert - wishing all a fine Christmas Day celebrating the birth of the Prince of Peace - Jesus Christ.  May the goodness of the Son of the Lord God come to these troubled times and resolve strife throughout the world and in particular here in our beloved United States of America - the greatest Country that our Founders designed for free men.  Wishing you all a better and fulfilling New Year - Gob Bless You All ~

28 November 2013 - Thursday ~

Hanukkah & Thanksgiving ~

This year - 2013 - Hanukkah and Thanksgiving occurred on the same day.  The last time this occurred was on the first Thanksgiving in 1621.  The next time it will occur is 17,000 years in the future!

Heard on Wall Builders - David Barton - the Blaze Radio ~

30 November 2013

Had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my cousin Debbie and her husband Pete in Sierra Vista.  It was attended by their great kids, Eric & Brian, and their offspring;  I had not seen Eric and Brian since they were small children when they were living in Fargo, North Dakota when I was on a United layover.  Debbie prepared a great Thanksgiving feast that I am sure that those that attended the first Thanksgiving in 1621 would have been - well - astonished at  ^_^


11 September 2013 - Wednesday

I was watching the news when it cut over to video from a helicopter showing the tower that was first hit.  I saw the second airliner as it came in and hit the second tower.  I will never forget - or forgive...


August 25th - 2013 - Sunday

After arising took a heavy dose of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Spoken Word and then headed off to the Calvary Temple of Christ - as is my usual Sunday morn fare.  Those that know me are probably saying, “Hmmm, I didn’t know that he was that devout.”  I don’t believe I am - I  go for one purpose - to pray for the salvation of my Country - the United States of America.  I have traveled over a fairly large portion of this planet and there is no place like the USA.  I pray for the return of the Country the founding fathers designed ~


July 4th - 2013

Today I read the Declaration of Independence - and I read it out loud as millions of citizens of this Country have - or will before the day is out.  It was apparent to me that this Declaration means as much today as it did when Thomas Jefferson penned it, and I pray that the good citizens of this country will once again take it to heart and rectify the ills brought on by the corruption of our Federal government.


09 April 2013 - 1100 MST

Wind died down last night and it's a soft breeze now.  Now to wipe up the dust  ~


08 April 2013 - 2100 MST


 Had a heck of a blow here today - wind out of the NW - 25>35 with gusts to 50.  Mucho dust in the air blotting out the Sun and cutting viz down to a 1/4 mile at times.  Had the horses standing with their rumps to the wind ~ 


03 January 2013 - 0530

 Well - guess it's time to close out the 2012 Journal and start 2013.  Having spent most of my life on the Coast, the cold winters here in the northern Sonoran Desert are something I will never get used too.  Those of you that come from northern climes will laugh at me, but having lived in San Clemente where 45º was a cold winter day, living here in SW Arizona where occasionally the temp drops below 32º causes my teeth to chatter.  This is the third night in a row that the wind machines have started up in the lemon grove north of my place about 0330 and run 'til daybreak.  The forecast is good tho - supposed to get up to 70º this weekend Cool


30 April 2012 - Monday - 2127 MST ~

My pal of 11 years - Benito - passed away tonight after declining health for several weeks.  When he took his last breath I stroked him and told him I'll see him on the other side....

Back about 2001 I lost a dog, so I went to the animal shelter and found two Dobie mixed breed brothers, Attila and Kaiser, that were about 6 months old.  The shelter said that the people that had them couldn't keep them because they were too big for their apartment.  The mix showed in Kaiser - he had a deep chest, whereas Attila was lean and thin and looked Doberman.  They were in separate cages, and when I walked up to them, Kaiser jumped up and ran up to me - all excited and seemed to be saying, “Take us!  Take us!”  Attila was laying on the mat - facing the wall and wouldn’t look at me.  Kaiser would jump over to him as if to say, “C’mon - this guy will take us!”  Back and forth Kaiser went, and Attila raised his head looking over his shoulder at me then laid back down.  Finally, Kaiser got him to get up and he came over to the gate and he gave me a surly, disinterested look and then turned around and laid back down as if to say, “He’s not going to take us - knock it off...”  The intern took them one at a time out to the get acquainted pen; Kaiser was outgoing and friendly - Attila was reserved and stand-offish.
I gave the shelter 110 bucks and loaded them up.  When I got back to my place, Clemente and I took them out of the back of the truck and they spied Viejo - my pet goat.  They were on a short leash but took off after Viejo - my 220 lbs were enough to hold Kaiser but I still remember watching Attila dragging Clemente - his heels making furrows in the sand.  Wish I had taken a picture.

They were a funny pair, like I said, two totally different personalities.  But when they went after something - they went together - Attila would go in high and Kaiser low.    Any dogs that wandered in regretted it.  People would drive in - and before they would get out I would tell them, “If you’re afraid of these dogs, stay in the cab until I put them away - otherwise get out.”  They could detect if someone was afraid of them and they would go into the attack mode.

Because they had never been in other than an apartment environment, my place was a real treat for them, chickens, goats, cows, horses and lots of Jackrabbits to chase.  Within a few days I bought electric collars with two remotes, one for Clemente and one for me.  The remote had 4 buttons that when pushed gave a 3 second buzz then a - well - “1” gave a little tingle after the warning buzz, “2” a mild shock, “3” an attention getter, and “4” was ass-over-teakettle time!  I only had to use 4 a couple of times.  After that, all you had to do was hit the button and as soon as they heard the buzz they would spin around and run back to us and sit down.  They knew they were safe if they were next to us.  The collars came off after a couple of weeks, and they were good boys after that - and great watchdogs.  Well - not that they would bark - just attack.
Laughing

Clemente had trouble with their names - some Texicans are funny that way  Wink - and my daughter Michelle was staying with me, so I asked her to rename them.  When she came in for breakfast the next morning I asked her what she had come up with.  She laid her hand on Attila’s back and said, “This is Pancho Villa;” and then Kaiser’s back, “and this is Benito Juarez.”  So they were Pancho and Benito, and Clemente didn’t have any trouble with those names.

One night I let them out about midnight to pee, and Benito came back in - but Pancho didn’t.  About 0200, Benito jumped up and faced SE - his ears up and started whining.  I went outside and looked for Pancho, but he did not come to the call, and I couldn’t find him.  Got on the cart the next morning and went looking for him.  I was going south on the road in front of my place, and about a hundred yards down, I looked over my left shoulder and saw Benito on the east side of the road laying on his belly with his head on something.  I spun around and went back to where he was, and his head was laying on Pancho’s - he’d been hit - guess he was chasing something across the roadway.  Took Benito a long time to get over that - he would wake up at night sometimes and let out a mournful howl.  I’ve loved every dog I’ve ever had - but I guess my two favorites were Dana - a Great Dane, and Benito.

A Greek lady friend of mine, said she believed that when you go over to the other side, you are on a big boat and sail across a big lake, and on the other side there is a dock, and all of your friends and family that have gone before are standing on the dock waving to you as you arrive.  She said in my case there was also going to be a lot of wagging tails
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Egg Nog
The only thing wrong with Egg Nog - is that it only appears during the holidays.  I have no one to blame tho, because I have made my own egg nog - and it was very good - better than store bought in my opinion.  Unfortunately, my egg nog does not contain maltodextrin, artificial flavors, modified food starch, carrageenan, annatto, and turmeric, so it is probably not as good for you as store bought.


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