SNOWY OWL

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Two and a half weeks ago there was snow everywhere. Now it is almost all gone. I was going through my recent photos and was reminded of that fact. We had been on a drive to Kamloops, did a Costco run and were returning home when I spotted a commotion along the road side. Several crows were diving at something in the snow. That something moved. It was a Snowy Owl! He looked none to happy to be so harassed. We pulled off the road and with great care walked closer. My husband was able to snap a few pictures. They were not spectacular but show the bird well enough. I have chosen one to share. Snow Owls are rare to see, elusive and blend well with the snow. Had it not been for the crows we would have sped by and never known of it. It truly pays to keep your eyes sharp and look out the window!

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Immature Senior On Twitter

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Webster’s Dictionary defines Immature as; not mature, not completely developed, not finished or perfect. It defines senior as; older, of higher rank or service. We like to think of ourselves as not finished and of higher rank! Many of us are projects still in the works, and we have been at it for a long time! We feel young at heart and thus consider ourselves Immature Seniors.

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Snow Days

I now have a very active twitter account. I post every day. My Twitter moniker is @kvrisitt . I post photos and haiku every day as well as a good deed.
My face book page is for a while inactive as I can not access it through my dial-up. So if you visit me there I can not reply or post. There will be nothing new there unless I find a way around it, at least until late summer when I will be likely getting high speed internet. We are very rural and high speed is rather costly, so I am resistant to getting it until our son is doing his Doctorate and will likely be too far away to visit, then I will get it so we can use Skype.
It is strange to me that at my age I am finally getting on board with all the new fangled stuff. Never imagined I would have a web page, I had at one time though Twitter was for twitts! I don’t think that any more, its fun, and gets me flexing my creative muscles! So now at age 57 I have a Blog Post web page, a Twitter account, finally published my books, most written well over twenty years ago, and I am on Facebook ,which will be more active once I get past the issues with dial up. Who says old dogs can’t learn new tricks!

Snow Days

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Webster’s Dictionary defines Immature as; not mature, not completely developed, not finished or perfect. It defines senior as; older, of higher rank or service. We like to think of ourselves as not finished and of higher rank! Many of us are projects still in the works, and we have been at it for a long time! We feel young at heart and thus consider ourselves Immature Seniors.

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Snow Days

There are flakes in the sky, millions of them. They are landing on top of an already vast accumulation of snow. Mountains of it. Piles of snow are heaped up along my drive way. Piles as high as the fence posts. White mountains everywhere.
Our roof is heavy with it, an icing topped dome. The trees sag beneath its weigh. Branches leg thick have broken or are bowed beneath its weight.
A tunnel goes from my door out along the walk to my well buried car.
I can not drive it out of my drive way, at least not yet, not until the snow there is cleared away…again.
My surroundings have become alien. They are nothing but white mounds. Whatever lays below obscured until the spring. How I long for that spring.
I am tired of the vast white spaces around me. Tired of the marshmallow topped houses and cars. I long to see some dirt. Even a mud puddle would do! I long for the spring.
My snow shovel is worn, its edge no longer straight. I glare at it now and then, threaten to burn it If I have to use it again. It stands silent against the wall and mocks me as the flakes grow more plentiful outside. I long for the spring.
Ground Hog day has just gone by. Even if I believed in the ritual, I would know that those little critters never came out to see anything. They are smart enough to stay in their dens, likely buried there by a mountain of snow, just like me.
The world around me is mainly white. Some of that white made dirty by the snow plows. I stare at the contrast and pretend it is nice dry dirt. But the snowflakes now falling can not be denied.
Four more inches have fallen. I bundle up, grab my snow shovel and go outside. Not sure why I bother. There’s nothing to watch on TV but reruns, and outside is a rerun of snow! How I long for the spring.

Tiger Tail

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Tiger Tail

We make a daily visit to a friend who has recently moved to an assisted living facility. Over the last few months we have met a few characters. Just the other day one of them left us chuckling. She is a very elegant lady of considerable age. Despite her years she still has a great deal of spunk and is very quick witted. The other day she told me they were served “Tiger Tail Ice Cream.”
“I asked for a Piece of Tail Ice Cream,” she whispered with a twinkle in her eyes. “My server wasn’t impressed,” she added then winked. “The young ones around here need to develop a sense of humor!”

Immature Senior on Meteorites

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Webster’s Dictionary defines Immature as; not mature, not completely developed, not finished or perfect. It defines senior as; older, of higher rank or service. We like to think of ourselves as not finished and of higher rank! Many of us are projects still in the works, and we have been at it for a long time! We feel young at heart and thus consider ourselves Immature Seniors.

All stories, poems, jokes and comments that follow are in large print for those who like easy to read text. We will always do our best to add new content each week.

The content of this post is written by the web page author and is original. If you choose to copy any content from this site, please let others know where you got it from. This past year I had several of my books published; Escape From Chickamauga, Turning Points, Zopikan Conjunction and Salt of My Tears. Most if not all are avaliabe at Amazon in E-Book format, please check them out!

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.

This site is dedicated to those of us past a certain age who have developed a great deal of wisdom in combination with an awesome sense of humor. None of the content is intended to cause insult or injury.

Webster’s Dictionary defines Immature as; not mature, not completely developed, not finished or perfect. It defines senior as; older, of higher rank or service. We like to think of ourselves as not finished and of higher rank! Many of us are projects still in the works, and we have been at it for a long time! We feel young at heart and thus consider ourselves Immature Seniors.

All stories, poems, jokes and comments that follow are in large print for those who like easy to read text. We will always do our best to add new content each week.

The content of this post is written by the web page author and is original. If you choose to copy any content from this site, please let others know where you got it from. This past year I had several of my books published; Escape From Chickamauga, Turning Points, Zopikan Conjunction and Salt of My Tears. Most if not all are avaliabe at Amazon in E-Book format, please check them out!

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.