Immature Senior on Meteorites

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Meteroite

Last week, January 24, 2015 to be exact, I saw something few people get to see. I was looking out my window. The day had yet to go bright. It was about 7:30 in the morning. I glanced through the nearby trees and saw a meteorite low in the sky. From where I stood it looked as if it was barely above the trees. It was an amber fire ball, round at the front edge tapering off to a single tail of fire. It burned for just a brief moment then went out. I have never seen one during the day, or in my case, early morning. It was great. Had I not been looking out the window at that very moment, I would have missed it. Only one other time in my life have I seen another. Hubby and I spotted one while we were driving through California on I-5 at dusk. Two in one life time, I count myself blessed!

The Three Legged Coyote

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The Three Legged Coyote

Just the other day we got a good, close look at one of the coyotes that pass through our land. It was late morning, and hubby was looking out the window and spotted some movement. At first we though it was the neighbor’s dog who on occasion gets out and wanders around. But no, this was no dog. Rather it was a tawny brow gray coyote. His gate was strange. As he wandered across our property close to the tree line we got a real good look. He was very healthy looking except for a rear leg, which was tucked up to his side. Something dangled from it. We realized that it was the lower part of the leg. It looked like thick rope and dangled oddly as he moved. Obviously a very old injury. He paused near our fence line and glanced back our way almost as if he knew we were watching. Hubby got out the binoculars, and indeed the leg was an old injury, the lower part being nothing more than hide. We were somewhat surprised that he had survived as long and as well. Good for him!

More on Biowaste

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More on Bio Waste In The Nicola Valley

Recently biosolids aka sewage sludge has been transported through and dumped into the Nicola Valley. The material comes from the Chilliwack area as well as the Okanagan area. The proponents are from out of town. No public consult was done. The sewage sludge simply began to appear, touted as fertilizer.
Our last article detailed the heavy metals and pathogens contained in these so called biosolids. After further research we have learned more, and its scary. Why should you care? Because our own government is allowing the stuff to be composted and spread. This stuff could be coming to your neighborhood too. The stockpile is across the street from a 44 home subdivision, close to the river. They plan to spread it over Dry Lake, a spot that lies between this subdivision and the Lower Nicola Subdivision. Both community wells are being threatened. You could be next.
Here’s what we learned. A USGS (US Geological Survey) article titled “Environmental Health- Toxic Substances” claims that chemicals from land applied biosolids persist in soil. The study determined that nonyphenols commonly found in detergents, benzo(a) pyrene an aromatic hydrocarbon,diethyl phthalate used in plastics, d-limonene a solvent found in citrus juices, HHCB used in fragrances and triclosan an antifungal have migrated downwards through the soil 468 days after the initial application. The study can be found at; http://toxics.usgs.gov/highlights/2014-06-10-biosolids_leach.html)
A rather benign moniker has been given these toxins, CES’s- Contaminants of Emerging Concern. They include; indole, d-limenine, p-cresol, phenol and skatol as well as nonylphenols, bisphenol A, bis(2-ethyl/hexyl) phthalate, hxahydroexamethyl cyclopenta-benzopyram (HHCB) and trilosam. All sound rather nasty and bisphenol A, phthalate metabolites and triclosan have all been linked to endocrine disruption and other detrimental environmental effect.
Another USGS article titled- “Household Chemicals and Drugs Found in Biolsolids” tells of how scientists have found that biosloids contain relatively high concentrations of the active ingredients commonly found in household products and drugs. Some of what is found in biosolids are compounds that are pharmaceutically and hormonally active such as antimicrobial disinfectant (Triclosan), tonalide a musk fragrance, diphenhydramine an antihistamine, and carbamazepine an antiepelectic drug. Concentrations ranged from 64 to 1811 milligrams per kilogram with many components being in the hundreds of mg per kg range. Some of the other chemicals found were; DEET, Ibuprofen, Lidocane. Camphor, cotinine a trans-formative product of nicotine and carbamazepine an anticonvulsant and mood stabilizer. Steroid hormone concentrations have also been found. These facts can be found at; http://toxics.usgs.gov/highlights/2014-08-12-leachate_pharm.html
This stuff will be used on fields where cattle and other domestic animals graze. It will be spread there for years, layering one atop the other. Would you eat cattle raised on such fields, or drink the milk from cattle fed with forage grown there?
If the contaminants reach our local water supplies we are doomed. (Due to heavy magnetite, manganese concentrations our water can not be Chlorinated.) If not then do we face another Walkerton?
Our property values and quality of life will suffer as the piles of sludge stink something awful. Who will compensate us for that loss? No amount of money can repair a damaged quality of life.
Do we really want these chemicals in our ground and by extension our water? Biosoldids are clearly not benign. We don’t want them in The Nicola Valley, or anywhere in BC for that matter.

No Bio Waste in The Nicola Valley

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No Bio Waste In The Nicola Valley

I will begin by stating that we are primarily concerned with recent application of bio-solids or bio-waste to lands in the Nicola Valley. In specific to lands along the Sunshine Valley Road and to Dry Lake, though we understand there are other areas implicated.
We strongly believe that the Nicola Valley should not become a dumping ground for human waste. The reasons are many.
Firstly would you like such stuff dumped in your backyard? Not likely. We were driving to town last week and noticed a horrid odor. We caught up to a large truck, it had held a load of bio-waste and still stunk. Not pleasant at all.
We can’t help but wonder if the stuff is as benign as some say. If so why not spread it one the fields near where the stuff is collected. In other words keep your own crap close to home, don’t send it to us. Recently though we discovered that bio-waste or bio-solids as it is sometimes called is not as benign as we think. We never thought it was. One only need to consider what people could flush down their toilets to know otherwise. Industry, hospitals, street run off, its all goes down the same eventual drain.
There is an on-line document complied and published by Cornell University called “Case for Caution Revisited: Health and Environmental Impacts of Application of Sewage Sludge to Agricultural Lands. (http://cwmi.css.conrell.edu.case.pdf)
This case study cites many of our concerns, and we have highlighted some of its points below.
There are many new scientific findings regarding environmental and health implications in the application of sludge to fields. There are a growing number of complaints about illness, even death from exposure to Class B sludge. (Class B sludge is defined as a pathogen containing sludge that can be used as fertilizer in situations where public exposure is limited) Class B sludge makes up the bulk of these bio-solids or wastes. Our concern is how does one limit exposure to stuff put on fields when prevail winds may lift it, plowing may reintroduce it, leaching may take it down into the water table? When its dry or is spread can the particles be controlled? No they can not.
Environmentally, such applications are foolhardy since the ground once contaminated by the sludge can not be uncontaminated. The contamination can remain for decades. Studies have been done on the sludge generated by each sewage plant. We are unaware of any studies that consider long term cumulative effects. If this sludge is layered one load atop the other, over time, will it not create a cumulative, ever increasing concentration of undesirable components?
Some of the chemicals in this sludge are truly frighting; lead and cadmium. The Cornell study shows that both these elements have a negative effect on reproduction and are contained in all sewage bio-solids. Studies have also shown that cattle who feed on sludge covered fields show an accumulation of toxic metals in edible body organs, which implicate the human food chain. Grazing beef also also developed signs of copper deficiency. A recent study has also shown that sheep grazing on fields fertilized with sewage sludge develop bone tissue abnormalities.
The organic colloids found in sewage sludge facilitate a significant increase in leaching of metals into surrounding substrate and eventually groundwater.
Bio-solids can carry chemical irritants and pathogens that impact human and animal health; Bio-solids of inhalable size have been found to contain coliforms.
Some of the other chemicals found in bio-solids are; brominated flame retardants, antibacterials, wastewater treatment flocculant polymers, organotoxins, sufracants, fragrance, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. They also contain an array of organic chemicals, some of which have demonstrated toxicity. There is new information suggesting that antibiotics and pharmaceuticals have an impact on plants. Some chemicals found in bio-waste actually become more toxic as they combine with others.
Bacterial regrowth had been observed in sewage sludge, as has antibiotic resistant bacteria. This is of great concern. Environmental monitoring has shown an ever increasing prevalence of a broad range of persistent pharmaceuticals in soil and water. Studies have shown that sewage treatment plants are an important point source of antibiotic and antibiotic resistant bacteria in the environment. So we ask, why transport it and spread it around?
One study even showed that PRIONS- Transmittable Spongiform Encephalitis which is highly resistant to disinfectant procedures could enter the sewage treatment facility through slaughterhouses, laboratories, meat processing and private game dressing. Is it worth the risk?
The very structure of our soil can be impacted. Even the lowly earthworm has show adverse effects where bio solids have been used.
Although sewage sludge does contain plant nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen it also contains a whole range of harmful chemicals, pathogens, and substances produced by human activity. Until we can guarantee that our waste is benign, we should avoid spreading it on our lands, into our waters and into our air.

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A Pheasant Mystery

Some weeks back we arrived home from a brief holiday. To our surprise the Pheasants seemed to have disappeared. We were puzzled. Had someone hunted them down? Had the neighbor’s dogs killed them? Had they wandered off? It was a true mystery. Then early one morning we spotted a coyote as we drove our car down our long winding road out to the street. He looked quiet at home as he sprinted into the forested area of our land. We wondered aloud if he, perhaps, was the culprit. Then three nights later as we were falling asleep we heard several yip yaps near out bedroom window. A few days later we heard it again, at dusk. It came clear to us then that the culprit was making itself known. A coyote was calling our property home and had likely consumed the three Pheasants which had taken to living here. It was a bit sad, however the coyote is a natural inhabitant of our area, the pheasants introduced. And though we had several months of delight in watching the birds, we knew that nature would eventually take its course. We miss the birds. As for the coyote, once his food source was gone, he too melted off into the wilds.

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year

Well the New year is upon us and what have we to say for ourselves .The new is filled with unrest and strife, killings and mayhem. I’ve deiced there is little I can do about this, but plenty of small changes I can make. For one I will try to be polite to others. Its a simple thing to do and may inspire less outrage. I will always signal my intent when driving, this should help with road rage. I will tell those I love that, I love them, this should lead to a happier family. I will visit shut in friends, and yes we have one who is waiting for heart valve replacement and have spent almost two months visiting him every day so that he can more easily face his situation. We help him when we can, taking cheques to his bank to pay bills, making phone calls, filling out forms, you know easy stuff that doesn’t cost us more than our time. Nothing too major here, just small gestures that we hope will quickly add up. I challenge you all to do the same, maybe alone we can’t do much about our world, but in mass, well you never know!

The Duck Man

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The Duck Man

Recently we were visiting our friend who lives in a retirement home. He had been telling us about a beloved character he called “The Duck Man.” We finally met him, and what a delight. He announced himself with two toots on his duck call then with the help of his walker headed for the back door. Now this complex is located along the edge of a river. The river is a bit back, fringed with trees, but out back there is an area for a garden and green space. The Duck man went out there. The ducks were waiting, fifty to sixty of them. They actually came right to the door as he went out, having heard the two calls. We watched and smiled as the horde waddled after him. Mallards both female and male followed him like tame dogs. He went on, walker in hand, smile well placed on his face. The ducks followed him until he came to a spot close to the planters. There he emptied a small cup of feed into his hand, extended it and waited. He ducks came to him, shy at first, then a brave one or two actually took the feed right from his hand. Now please know these ducks are wild, and shy of humans. He recently lost his wife of a life time, so he is deeply affected by that loss. He looked old and frail…that is until he had the ducks gather round him. His face lit up, his posture went straight and his smile beamed so bright that we, who watched him, all in turn began to smile. He was in his own world and unaware of those who were watching him through the window. All that mattered to him were his ducks and their appreciation. He was out there less than ten minutes in all. Alone in the chill of an icy winter noon. But he sure warmed up our hearts. His return was quiet and subdued, though his smile was not. And for a moment he seemed unburdened by age or loss. So were those of us who watched him. Its amazing how a simple small gesture, unplanned and from the heart can have such far reaching results. The Duck man was only feeding the ducks, no great scheme, no ulterior motive, just because he wanted to. Not only did he feed the ducks that day, he fed all of us watching, giving us a generous portion of delight. I understand he does this every day, he hires a taxi to take him downtown to buy the feed at his own expense, once every week or so. It takes no small measure of effort for him, as his mobility is compromised. He doesn’t do it for accolades, doesn’t do it for anyone but the ducks, yet he rewards us all!

Immature Senior On Dick

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Dick

We were paying visit to a friend. He resides in a Senior complex. On that particular morning his room was being cleaned, so he was sitting in the lobby next to another individual. We joined them there. He introduced us to “Gracie.” She was a vibrant lady of eighty six years of age and full of stories about our little town. She had arrived here in 1946 as a young woman. When the train stopped all she could see of the town was cows and horses and dogs. She asked the conductor to take her home. She had a one way ticket so she was denied. She must have taken to the town, for here she still was. We delighted in her stories. Her humor and zest for life contagious. Just before leaving she told us one more. My husband had reminisced about her uncle Dick. She said that uncle Dick was a beloved and well liked family member, so much so that her husband had asked her to name their last born son after the man. She agreed, with one condition. “I told him we would never call him Dick. Rather he would be Richard…only Richard.” She smiled then chuckled. “Though, when my son grew to being a man he had truly become a Dick.” She chuckled again, “Know what I mean?” then winked. I will leave it to you to decide what she really meant.

Stellar Jays

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Stellar Jays

Just saw six stellar jays at our feeders. Never expected to see so many together! They were chunky, healthy looking and alert. Their peaked heads turning this way and that. Their bodies going from deep blue to indigo to black, beautiful. Despite the minus eleven Celsius they were active and busy gobbling up the seed from our two feeders. On a dull winter day, their splash of deep blue was a delight to behold. We likely spend two or more hundred dollars a year on bird feed, and days like this prove it worth every penny.

Senior Conversations

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Senior Conversations

Overheard in a restaurant.
To seniors were sharing a meal. One asked for the salt. The other took a little while to gt it passed across the table. “Sorry, I’m a bit slow these days.”
“Well we are senior,” the other replied.
“True enough said the first.”
“Yeah at our age its expected we suffer from slowtimers!”

A little while later a fellow passed by the dinning pair.
“Hey Al!” one of the dinners shouted, “Good to see you. You still kicking?”
“Yeah…I’m still kicking…but not as high!”