Posts from the ‘the way i see it’ Category


Wide Open Spaces

Seeds must be broken to produce life or they remain useless and hard. Some only need a good soaking to germinate and some need scarification, or removal of the seed coat by tumbling on the ground, stomach acid of birds and other animals, or fire. Some lay dormant for years till conditions are right, rain, removal of invasive plants competiton, or fire.

Mesquite, for example, requires fire, oan animals digestive tract, or hard scrubbing on a grind stone, metate,to scarifiy the seed. In its proper place it’s seeds can be turned into flour for bread or it may grow into a beautiful tree giving shade in the desert. Too much and it is an aggressive invader choking out grasses and other plants, sending it’s tap root down and stealing others water.
Help me not to compare my walk with others but trust that God, the greatest gardener, knows what kind of seed I am and what I need to flourish.

May I remember to give others room to grow, especially my children. One may need grinding and one may need soaking, and it might even change day by day. Only the Lord knows exactly.

It’s my job to help, encourage,  and seek wisdom on what kind of seed the people God has put in my life are.

It’s also important I let others water me. Even if it’s city water and not well water! May I never steal someone else’s blessing, and maybe stunt their growth, by refusing help or doing everything myself, even if, especially if, I can.

Let us be sowing and watering generously,  gentle with tender shoots, and patient for harvest.


But it’s a dry heat….

Monsoon Mania
Dog Days
It Rained on the Desert Today….okay poured

But its a dry heat…As summer heats up, you’ll often hear desert dwellers use this phrase.  Yes, I have lived in the desert most of my life, but…I also lived on a tropical island for a year and in Florida for extended visits. So, I can speak to both sidez of the great heat debate and no you don’t have to agree with me (I’m sure some of you won’t). Even after a year in Puerto Rico I didn’t get used to the humidty.

Yes 120 is just plain hot. Check out the links for the real difference between humid and dry heat and an exhibition the City of Tempe did on the subject.


Why I think dry is better than humid:

  1. Move into the shade and you’ll actually notice a difference – 5 to 10 degrees makes a big difference. Get lost or stranded and the first thing you need is shade, than water.  Got a jacket? use it for shade and then warmth at night. No joke, hypothermia is the main reason EMTs get called out in AZ in the summer. Why? Temperature differences that marked make you cold, even at 70 degrees.
  2. When you take a shower, you’ll feel cooler and stay cooler for hours, not towel off and feel icky all over again
  3. Monsoon Rains – before it rains the humidity rises and it’s muggy, but after it rains…ahhh you can actually feel the whole earth sigh of relief. It cools off literally 20-30 degrees and stays that way for awhile.
  4. You may have hot seats in your car, but you won’t have steamed up windows. 5am leaving for a flight in Florida with steamed up windows is just icky! Morning and evenings are gorgeous.
  5. Drinking water makes a difference, not just like you can’t breathe. Of course, I wish McDonalds would have talked to us desert rats before doing away with super size drinks. We really do need that much water when you’ve been outside working in 100 degree weather…with a refill! Note: we thank the Florida Gators for inventing Gatorade, works great here too, maybe even better. Warning – You can’t possibly carry enough water to keep you hydrated all day when it’s 120.Sadly illegal border crossers die every day in the summer because of this. Don’t try to hike the Grand Canyon in the summer with one gallon of water either!
  6. A breeze will cool you off (see #1) not just move sweat.
  7. No skeeters! or at least only around pools, easily controlled.

Let us thank Him for our food

An article about local food and slaughtering your own chicken caught my eye the other day. Local food is often about knowing where your food comes from and trust. Very good things. The author mentions he was blissfully unaware of modern food production other than occasionally wondering what the chicken on the rotisserie looked like with feathers, until he visited a local farm and slaughtered his own. Isn’t that the crux of the issue? It isn’t about organic, local, or conventional. It’s about knowing where your food comes from. Not from the grocery store, the feedlot, or the rancher or farmer, but from the Creator of it all. When we remember that, whether, as a steward of the land, consumer, or in between, we will be thankful whatever the package on the food says. “God is great, God is good, let us thank Him for our food” perhaps the first blessing learned, the simplest, and in some ways the most profound. Next time your at a farmers market or standing in line at the supermarket, take a moment and praise Him for what you have – food.

Why I’m Glad I Don’t Have Wi-Fi at Home

Strange Title for a blog post, I’ll admit. Especially when I just finished a class on building a business website. Still….I really am glad overall. Oh there are days it would be convenient, and I wouldn’t have a stack of stuff two inches thick constantly rotating on my desk. But…here’s the reasons I’m glad I dont:

(please note, this isn’t a rant against those of you who do check your accounts daily or do business on the web, just my thoughts)

* I can’t spend (waste) too much time on the computer because I can’t constantly be checking my blog, facebook, and email. Plus, there’s less chance of posting something I’ll regret or feeling like I must post something, anything!

*Not wondering if someone thought of me in the last three hours.

Did you know checking electronic accounts too much actually raises and then crashes the dopamine and endorphines in your head? Guess its cause we all get a happy fuzzy when someone says hi but if we check  and nobody has notices us today, well the blues start.

*Don’t need to buy filters for the computer.

I know some of you don’t use filters but I have two prepubescent boys at home who are on the verge of manhood and I don’t want to go there with the web, thanks. If we don’t got the web, they can’t stumble on sexually explicit material. Plus, when they are on the computer we can work together and have sane conversations beforehand about what’s appropriate and what’s not and at an appropriate age.

*If I feel the need to say something and it takes me three days to get it on the blog, I might change my mind completely, find more information, or just be better written.

So there it is and yes you can call me stuck in a previous century. I manage to keep up and I’d rather be outside chasing cows and enjoying the sunshine anyway.

Happy Unplugging!

“We’re Burning Daylight”

This phrase, made famous by John Wayne in “The Cowboys”, is one of my least favorite! No, it has nothing to do with literally harnessing solar energy and turning it into electrical current. If you don’t speak cowboy, it basically means times a wastin or get a move on. When we first bought the ranch, dear hubby said it often. He’s since learned to only say it in jest as to my womanly ears it translates somewhere in midair to you’re slowing me down, you’re not doing it right, or you’re not doing enough!!  We should be organized and aware of which jobs need doing in what order, but somehow this simple phrase just gets my back up. The Scriptures do tell us in Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to number our days aright that we may gain a heart of wisdom”. Numbering our days speaks of being aware of the passage of time, using it wisely, and enjoying the gifts of seasons and sunsets NOT just gitten it done. I found a sign at the local feed store with this phrase on it and bought it for dear hubby for Christmas. Now if I can just get him to post it in the barn where I can’t see it…..

Public Land Stewardship

“we buy the grass from the managers of the public lands, the peoples lands. The government, and therefore the people, make a profit, even when the rancher is not….” Jim Parks, veteran cowboy 35+ years, Babbitt Ranches, AZ

Ranchers and to some extent farmers are your stewards. We pay grazing fees to the government for the use of grass and forage  and maintain the improvements without reimbursement.  You, the public, get the benefit of someone watching over and taking care of the public land. There is no physical way the agencies could hire enough employees to do the same.