Chicken or the egg?

Organic white rice and a dozen eggs with dill and magnesium.
I started making this recipe during the fires this year. I wasn’t able to leave the property for almost nine days and was getting low on poultry feed.( Always have at least two months on hand.)
So I did some online research and made the perfect boost for my flock, and a snack for the dogs.
One dozen of your own eggs.
2.5 cups of white rice.

3 cups of water. ( egg will make up for rest)

Shredded carrot.

Tap of dried or fresh dill.

And a chunk of magnesium.

Bring water to rolling boil. Add rice. Let cook for a few minutes, add blended egg and cook for another five minutes.

Turn off heat.

Mix contents and let sit till puffy.

Let cool.

Feed generously to flock.

Coyote Gulch: Drought seizes ranchers by the horns.

From Colorado Public Radio (Grace Hood): “Most of the pasture we used last year we’re not using this year because there’s no moisture,” [Matt] Isgar said of the land he ranches in Hesperus, west of Durango. “There’s no new growth.” With the dark red bull’s eye of exceptional drought looming over the Four Corners region, […]

via #Drought news: “It feels like the edge of that desert has moved 50 or 75 miles in my lifetime” — Ed Zink #aridification — Coyote Gulch

What is a Veteran?

“Service doesn’t end when we hang up our uniform. It ends when we hang up our boots and walk across the threshold of heaven.”

I’ve often asked myself this question while on my own journey to figure out.

“Who the Hell I am!? And what do I do now?”

A veteran, according to the web: is someone who has served in the military; a person with longtime occupation and experience in a particular field.

I’m a Navy veteran and a medical veteran. I was and still at heart a Hospital Corpsman.

San Luis, Colorado

What does this mean for myself or my community? It means I have skills that transcend the average civilian and a discipline you can only get in hard service!

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams credit

Reign of Spring

It has been a dry year here in the SLV. This winter we had less than a foot of snow all winter at the ranch. It has been windy too up wards to 75mph ! The chickens were not keen on the blast, nor the horses.

Being Short on water is a historical issue here in the valley. In the last 15 yrs Colorado has had major fires that would have been slowed by healthy trees and heavy melting snow pack and deluge rains. Because of drought and the emerald beetle the local aspens have become tinder to a potential fire flash.

Here at the WCR we take rigorous efforts to keep the pine trees free of ladder fuel and all dead branches. All the wood fuel is then cut in to logs and stacked to cure for the season. All the scratch and tinder is stacked as well and only awaits winters use.

Commission offers $1.8 million to leave #ColoradoRiver untouched — The Deseret News #COriver — Coyote Gulch

From The Deseret News (Amy Joi O’Donoghue): Drought is turning the nation’s largest reservoir dry — Lake Mead reached its lowest levels this summer since the 1930s — and Lake Powell is limping along, just a little over half full. That scenario is prompting the Upper Colorado River Commission to offer $1.8 million in funding […]

via Commission offers $1.8 million to leave #ColoradoRiver untouched — The Deseret News #COriver — Coyote Gulch

Chasing chickens

Living with Chickens 2013…

I over heard a woman at the Farmers market say…”Chickens, they’re a gateway animal to farm life!”

I started raising Chickens  in the Spring of 2013.

I moved and had to start over…building my second coop.

H.R 5059

Right now 22 American Veterans are contemplating their last days on this small planet. They gave up their freedom, time, personal ideals so they could in their beliefs, ‘defend’ our country. Now, pressed from service, thousands upon thousands (2.5 Million since 2001 have been to Iraq) of sailors, marines, soldiers and airmen are returning home with a sense of loss, survivors guilt and shame. Many have families and loved one who offer ears of support, but their shoulders are NOT strong enough to carry the burdens of war seen.combat
This Clay Hunt act would give Military members faster and better access to the health care they already served to deserve. Days, weeks and even months can go by before a veteran has an evaluation.
This act also gives veterans going or currently attending school for  (see act for list) mental health a chance to participate in the pilot program as official Health Care services for returning military members.crisis

Therapy Horses a Calming Influence on Veterans

Horses have the largest EMP heart aura in land mammals. They can be registered at 200 -500 feet away from the Horse. Some owners have told me they can feel their horse when they’re far away. So it doesn’t surprise me to read that veterans especially are doing so well with their Equine therapist. I will always prefer the company of a horse, to that of a person.

Straight from the Horse's Heart

By Brian MacQuarrie | Globe Staff

In Norfolk, female veterans find strength through learning to ride and care for horses

Veteran Eadyie Davis of Marlborough shared a quiet moment with therapy horse Creek. ~ Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff Veteran Eadyie Davis of Marlborough shared a quiet moment with therapy horse Creek. ~ Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

NORFOLK — Feet in the stirrups, hands on the reins, Karen Souza closes her eyes as a quarter horse named Rio carries her to a tranquil, peaceful place she has rarely visited.

Souza spent decades walled off emotionally after being sexually abused as a teenage soldier. She never formed a loving relationship, and she spoke only sparingly. But from that dark, bleak world, she has emerged to find a place of trust, and accomplishment, and the simple joy of working with a large, strong, patient animal.

Souza is one of several female veterans who exhale and relax once a week at the BINA Farm Center, where they learn basic horsemanship and riding skills…

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