As a teen ager I went to work for the neighbor who raised turkeys. When the lil turkeys got to a certain size they went out on the hay fields. (after first crop hay). At night I would go stay in a sheep camp to guard the turkeys! Of course dogs and even some humans thought the turkeys were for them. Well, my main tool was a shotgun. I confess I shot a few dogs. Never shot a person. I did poke that shotgun in one mans gut and say: "You can run or die!" He ran.
gardendmpls, All through school I was always the little guy. Some of my group had their full adult height in the eighth grade. I did not reach mine until a junior in high school. So in order to compete, I learned some tricks. I grew up with guns. Got my first gun at age six. Been packing a gun all my life. Shotguns, pistols, rifles. I learned to use them all. So it was no big problem to tell that dude what he could do. After all, I was holding a shotgun!
So I have two pet peeves today! As much as I hate social media, I do check in to see what is going on in our school and community. So yesterday I see that a friend has shared a post about a missing woman a few miles away and I realized that the missing woman was the mother of my parent’s neighbor. So I did a quick check to see whether or not she’d been found and then shared the post myself. In amongst all the garbage, drama and political debates, only one person (who lives 400 miles away) bothered to comment and share that post. What kind of a society have we become when finding a missing person is less important than calling people names? Thankfully the lady was found safe last evening.
This morning I see another one of those posts featuring a person with disability and a caption that nobody will share the post because they’re disabled. This really hits a nerve with me as my daughter does have a disability and the number one thing I refuse to do is have her growing up feeling sorry for herself because of it! When meeting new people, I don’t tell them she has a disability as I feel they should meet and get to know her before they pass judgement. I know some parents would disagree, and that’s their right, but please, please quit using the disabled to garner sympathy!
It’s amazing that ten minutes of social media can stress me so much, but I do have the ability to turn it off and go on with my day. I just feel a bit sorry for the folks that stay glued to it 24/7 and wonder if they realize that there’s life beyond social media?
emmsmommy, I agree. And how do we know what's real on social media anyway? I pretty much ignore it all these days. I don't comment much and hardly post anything. After all they are building a profile on each and every one who partakes. I'll only pay attention when it's by or about someone I actually know.
Mumsey, I usually only comment when it’s someone’s birthday which is that main reason I was on this morning. We refer to a few kids we’ve met along the years as our adopted kids because we were people they could vent to and ask advice. One girl in particular had a really rough beginning with her father passing away when she was four and her mother abandoning her and her sister, in which they were raised by an aunt and uncle. Last year, on the day before her birthday, her grandfather (who was also a dear friend) passed away unexpectedly. Although she is in her twenties now with a family of her own, the past year has been really rough on her. She and her sister are the main reason I keep my Facebook account open.
The post about the missing person was from someone who also posts very little which is why it got my attention. So many people share these without bothering to check whether the person was found. While I don’t know the lady personally, I do know her daughter and grandchildren and was shocked to see that someone was missing in the little community where I grew up. This lady is almost the same age as my parents, not a drug user and doesn’t have a history of running off. Why is she not as important as political rants?
I tried to dissuade my mom from opening her own Facebook account. It only took a week before she was asking me how to mute people.
"The Wild West still lives in Cache Valley -- at least in memory."
Still pretty wild here Tom. I live in a small community. Large lots. My lot is 2 acres. Part of the lot is in the county, part within city limits. So when I had beehives, I could put them out in the county part without the city having any say in the matter. Well skunks would come and scratch on the hive until the bees came out to fight, then sit there and eat bees. I didn't like to shoot a skunk anywhere around the place cause as they die they let loose all that stinky stuff and you can't go near the place for ten days. So I would set a #3 foot trap attached to a ten foot 2X4. If I got a foot in the trap, I would lead it over to the canal and drown it. The stink goes with the water. Now you see what a mean ornery ol man I am?
Bees and ducks seem to be skunks favored food source.
I have been considering putting up a few hives (like I have some free time....). I love honey though.... but, years ago I developed a severe allergic reaction to bee stings. I've noticed a few bees working some of the early wildflowers around here and I'm nearly sure they are not from domestic hives. If any one around here kept bees I think I would see a lot more.
I used to keep four or five hives. That gave us all the honey we could eat and Christmas presents too. I know, sure as ****, one of the grandkids would ding a hive and that would be that. They'd only do it once but I'd never hear the end of it.
Here in South Texas we have a plant (brush shrub) called Guajillo. The Guajillo flow starts in mid to late Spring and if a fellow will change out his supers at the start of the flow and pull them when it ends he can reap some of the best tasting, lightest colored honey on the planet. It is unique in taste and color. I miss that.
Even the local honey is just a blend of everything and some of it is very good, but once you have tasted Guajillo you will long for it every time you dip into the honey jar....
Skunks here are shot on sight. I'll deal with the smell, I won't deal with skunks.
Re-reading this thread made me think of a contemporary food related pet peeve that drives me nuts. Extra produce from the garden I will happily share with anyone that needs it...just don't let it go to waste! At the CG (let it go Lat), I used to see countless produce spoiling because the "gardener" didn't have time to harvest, while at the same time, I would witness dedicated gardeners salvaging seeds from plant materials that were placed into the green waste.
"Even the local honey is just a blend of everything"
You take a beekeeper who puts down a bunch of 40 colonies on a spot for the summer, well there are 50,000 more or less in a good strong colony. So that is over 2 million bees flying and checking out things. The bees do visit everything that blooms.
..... and the bees do need water. The beekeeper will usually try to set his colonies down near a pond, river or stream where they can have plenty of water available.