5.15.2018

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.



2.10.2018

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.)


8.23.2017

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.

2.13.2017

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.  

10.03.2016

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.