Pika on Snow


Pika on Snow
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Pika has gotten big. She stands 5’10” tall when she’s up on her hind legs, might be taller than that if she stood fully upright. She easily puts her paws down on my shoulders. She’s about 120 lbs. Massively different than the puppy that came to me.

Her paws are huge, the size of Hagrids although she’s only two thirds of his weight. They’re about the same length and shoulder height. An inspector saw her paw print in the snow, before seeing her, and asked what monster left it. They’re about the size of my palm.

Her vocabulary is not as large, yet, as other dogs in our pack but she’s gaining. She has very clear use of yes and no so she can at least do twenty-questions with me when she’s trying to communicate something. She also has down the words and signs for open, cottage, pig, coyote, raven, food, good, hug and Hanno’s name. It’s a limited vocabulary but covers most situations we need to communicate. She understands far more than she expresses so the twenty-questions is our fall back when she’s searching for a way to say something.

She’s now very good at herding the pigs and howling away the coyotes. In the beginning she was quite scared of the pigs, they were huge to her. Now they’re very obedient to her, and she’s far larger. She lives for the moment when we need to move them.

Outdoors: 23°F/-8°F Sunny, 3″ snow
Tiny Cottage: 66°F9°F

Daily Spark: Vacuuming is not ecologically sound. Keep in mind that the Earth is surrounded by the vacuum of space and barely holding onto it’s atmosphere. Every time someone vacuums they’re siphoning off a little more of our planet’s atmosphere into the vacuum of space where it will float around hopelessly and alone screaming until the end of time. That is why guys, who know better, don’t vacuum. :)

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Early Science Lessons


Hanno Possessing
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My parents and grandfather taught me to cook from a very young age. I remember when I was four years old standing on a little stool and my mother told me not to touch the glowing red heating element on the stove top or I would get burnt. Of course, being the little scientist I had to touch it to experimentally validate her theory. She was right.

At an earlier age I remember standing on the sidewalk in Anchorage, Alaska when I was almost two. My mother said to stay out of the road and on the sidewalk so I wouldn’t get hit by a car. So, of course, I had to test it. First I went and stood on the curb stone, then I put one foot down in the street keeping the other on the curb. I looked at her and she laughed but she fetched me back before I could finish the experiment.

Some people might see this as disobedience but it really was simply testing the boundaries and validity information for myself in order to understand more deeply. This is the essence of science. Question. Next time your child explores the edges encourage their experimentation and exploring. Perhaps they’ll grow up to be a thinker and push the boundaries of human knowledge…

Outdoors: 23°F/25°F 3″ Snow
Tiny Cottage: 61°F/65°F

Daily Spark: Did you know that the letters in “Because Freedom Matters” can be rearranged to spell “Trump and Obama Foraging?” Check for yourself…

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Winter Scenery


Looking North to Knox Mountain – Les Petite Titons
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Beautiful weather. A bit nippy which it tends to be with such crystal clear air, sharp stars at night and rich blue skies. Very low humidity.


East Field Snow On Trees
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Love the snow and ice on the trees as long as we don’t get a repeat of 1998.

Outdoors: 5°F/-13°F Sunny, 14″ snow + 1/2″ ice
Tiny Cottage: 68°F/57°F

Daily Spark: May your day start and end with something like a simile.

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Blue Sky Ice Trees in Setting Sun


Sunsetting over Sugar Mountain Bear Ridge Plateau through Iced Trees

As I was plowing the driveway for the whey truck the sun was setting over the mountain lighting up the crystal trees coated in ice.

Outdoors: 3°F/-8°F Sunny, 14″ snow + 1/2″ ice
Tiny Cottage: 62°F/56°F

Daily Spark: According to the latest study on meat eating you’ll live three months longer if you give up all bacon, red meat, processed meats, etc for your ENTIRE life. Imagine living 76.24 years instead of 76 years but all of that being without bacon. A sad life. A life without bacon just isn’t worth living…

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