Semi-annual Update?

I don't mean to neglect this site, it is just that life happens.  At least now, we experience life in true seasons and with each coming and going season, there is more work to be done.

Right now we are in Spring and it is truly living up to its name as springs are springing everywhere.  We live on edge at the top of a mountain that is flat on top with hundreds of acres of cow pasture.

Snaky Acres in early Spring
What this means is that all the water that is taken into the ground on the top of the mountain creates a nice water table.  We have a rather nice year round spring that creates a creek and also fills our cistern.  This year though the heavy rains have not ceased and not only is our main spring springing, but the little "wet spots" are now constantly running and some places I need to use equipment are still too wet to work.

Snaky Acres from the air now that the trees are leafing up.

This too will pass though and the springs will eventually calm down and we'll move onto Summer.  Summer will bring more changes and more work such as grooming the trails and keeping up with the ever-growing lawn and clearings.  Before we know it trees will start dropping leaves and we'll move into preparing for Winter.

It's not like before where we had a little bit of a wet season between the heat and fire season.  Seeing the seasons come and go though does make one consider the seasons of life and where you are in that big picture.  Perhaps that's why folks out here seem more mindful of both the seasons of nature and the seasons of life.  I guess given some time, maybe I'll catch some of that wisdom that I so greatly admired in my own Ozark-American elders.  I can only hope so.


Critters... critters everywhere!

Arkansas truly is the "Natural State" and never more is it so apparent than Spring.  The flowers bloom, everything turns yellow from pollen, and every manner of critter wants to get out and about.

We had our fair share of critters the last time we lived in Arkansas as our subdivision was on the edge of cow pasture (though now our formerly semi-rural small town of Centerton that we lived in has been swallowed up by Bentonville).

Now we live much more rural in the Boston Mountains region of the Ozarks on acreage so the level of critters rivals that of what I encountered as a child living in the woods outside of Steelville, MO.

So yeah, we're definitely a bit more crittered.  So much so that yesterday when returning home, I unlocked the door, and noticed some movement.  I then came to realize a Western Rat Snake had decided to borrow my hiking poles...

A little bit later while heading out to the shop, the following Prairie Kingsnake was encountered...

The first snake encounter this year was the six foot Western Rat Snake found basking on the back porch railing...

Of course it's not all slithering snakes though.  We encountered a Three-Toed Box Turtle the other day, have a family of Cotton-Tails out near the garden, and have seen White-Tail Deer roaming around.  There was also a fox of some sort caught on the game cam but I'm pretty sure the dogs now keep him at bay.

I guess the lesson to be learned is that when one chooses to make a home among nature, you must live with all of nature.  That said... first time I feel threatened by a Copperhead or Cottonmouth, it's a hat band.


Back to Arkansas

Bought our secluded dream home with acreage in North Central Arkansas.  Time to get back to a natural state in the Natural State (and out of the insane state of California.)


How time flies

Nikki and I both have this picture on our Facebooks which is kind of funny.  It was taken about a dozen years or so past at a friends birthday party.

At the time this was taken it seemed like we'd been married a long time.  Looking back we were only about half way to where we are now.

About a quarter century down now, and hopefully after another quarter century we'll be sitting on a porch somewhere in our rockers watching grandkids (and/or great-grandkids) chasing lightnin' bugs.


We're good!

We are outside the area of mandatory evacuation and are well prepared.  We are in the red circle in the upper right of the following map:

The town of Oroville is pretty much shut down though and there were reports of looting last night.

It's really odd how quiet thing are outside right now.  Nobody leaving for work, etc.  Just kind of surreal.  


A Young Adventurer

One of the things we tried to do with our children was to take them on many adventures.  This included historical places, events, etc.

Well, the newest adventurer in the lineage is this little fellow, the first grandson!

Loved watching him explore the boat,  claiming the quarter-berth as his own heading all the way back to the transom and giggling.

Can't wait to take him on his first sailing trip and hopefully start a life-long obsession for him.