Rice Bugs, Insect Dinner, News
They promised three-days of rain, we have a beautiful sunny day and a light breeze. But, we also have millions of bugs, making their vile attempts to bite, harass and drain our blood, as we try to enjoy the day.
Beautiful and stupendous is how I can describe these last two days. A few white clouds with a light blue backdrop, warm temperatures reaching up to 80 degrees and little wind. Only draw back is how the insects appear to like it also. This makes it tough, as I have to wear long-sleeves. I have this strange phobia when it comes to mosquitoes, side-effect from Malaria. Even though I know our brand of flying dragons to not carry the dreadful disease. No, they simply want my blood.
Rhino Hunting, 22 Grandkids, News
Another day of heavy clouds, sprinkles, after night of rain. We continue to have a very wet July and I wouldn't be all that surprised to see an early frost and maybe light snow the end of August. Thought about grabbing my shotgun and going rhino hunting in my backyard boonies. Mona and I now realize a lawnmower would no longer handle the job, that we will need a power hay cutter or half-a-dozen bamboo or sugar cane farmers. I wonder if I could get away with paying them the minimum wage of their home country? Doubtful.
Thunder and lightening, and the worst rumbling I've heard since leaving Fairbanks. Raindrops nearly large enough to be disguised hail, knocking out the honey bees and sending the swallows racing for their bird houses. Yup, quite a storm to watch and second storm of the week knocked out our power for an hour. I haven't seen a storm like this, with roaring thunder of this magnitude in the 16-years we've been living here, but I do recall a few storms like this in Fairbanks, and in California. I thought one deep rumbling had even caused the house, here in Moose Pass, to shake. But to see the lightening bolts, several together, dance off the mountain tops, was borderline miraculous.
Good Morning: Rain-rain and today the sun in its glorious warmness and near cloudless skies has reappeared. We are missing one of our cats, the young gray one, who loves the outside world and the hunting of voles. We have no wild mice in the north, but we do have voles and they're slightly bigger than the average mouse. She comes home to eat every morning after a night of hunting, but she hasn't returned for 4-days. This is the 5th morning she's missed breakfast. We suspect foul play because of the predators in our area: from coyotes to very large barn owls.
Another fantastic day here in Moose Pass, Alaska. Yes, it stopped raining and the sun is shining. I have one thermometer reading of 65-degrees and another one displaying 85-degrees (F). I believe the lower temp is the actual one, because at 85-degrees, I'd be melting. Now Fairbanks is supposed to reach 85-degrees, but that almost normal for them. I actually saw 101 degrees back in the summer of 1978, at Eielson Air Force Base. We then experienced minus 81 degrees the following winter at Eielson.
Hello: Another off and on rainy day here. My yard is beginning to resemble a Thailand wild meadow, minus the water buffalos. It also seems to be a summer of people's personal issues exploding; anxiety, grief, lack of sleep, anger issues and people who know better unable to forgive the ones who caused emotional pain. I can't quite recall a summer like this one where so many family members, both by blood and others shared by our walk with the Lord, cannot grasp the whole forgiveness thing and it causes them great pain. I do understand, it did take a lengthy bit of time for me to forgive two-people in my life, but its now covered and I repented for holding that forgiveness in my heart for so long. Now my forgiveness had no effect on these two people, but once I was finished in my chat with the Lord, I felt an amazing weight lift off my chest.
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