Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
My daughters Tanya and Trisha and my middle grandson Layn were up for the weekend. I had a great visit with them. Don't see them as much as I would like to. The picture above was taken a couple of years ago and is one of my favorite pictures of me and the girls. I used to give them piggy back rides to bed when they were little. It's one of my fondest memories of that time. One of them reminded me of it this weekend. Kids grow up to damned fast. X.
Monday, June 4, 2012
What garden vegetable is this a part of??? This guy helps me watch over things in the garden. This is the bits and pieces I picked up this spring after I tilled my garden. I own the house next to where Gi Gi and I live. it is a two story house that is at least 125 years old. It was my grandfathers house and I lived in it for years before we got married. My main regret is that I haven't saved all the pieces that I have picked up every year. I would have quite a colection of old glass, dishes and crocks. X
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Except for a couple days in the single digits, this past winter could almost go down as the winter that wasn't. It started warming in mid February and much of March has been in the 60's and 70's with several 80 degree days. I sure hope this isn't an indication of a hot and dry summer. It's not just here in Missouri, it looks like much of the mid west and upper states are having the same thing going on.
Whatever the reason I've been enjoying what's been dished out so far. Have planted some early garden and hoping to reap an early bounty. X.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Thursday, March 1, 2012
With all this warm weather, many of my fruit trees and blueberry bushes have been putting on buds. It's way to soon for that; knowing that Mother Nature has more winter in store for us. Seems we're being set up for a fruitless year here in northeast Missouri. Maybe it's time for one of those ancient chants or something. Last year wasn't exactly a bumper crop year in my fruit garden.
I'll try and get some photos the next day or so. Xavier
Friday, February 24, 2012
I sit here,
Deep in thought.
How much more luck could I have?
Blessed with so many things
And the people around me
Walk miles for water
I walk to the kitchen
Others just don't have a home
I have 2
Some have only 1 parent
I have 3
How much more could I have?
Already gifted with so many things
The ability to write
Yet, the right to write as I please
I really shouldn't complain
I should look at my life
And be happy
How lucky could I be?
Sometimes I need to be more reflective about the positive aspects of my life. This poem helps to clarify that thought. Xavier
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
I've been working on a take-down bow recently. It is out of a piece of Osage Orange stave that I have had in my stockpile for about 14 years. So it should be aged about right to make a very effecient bow. I added some recurve to each limb. You can see one of the limbs in my form waiting to cool down. I usually heat the area to be bent with a heat gun (paint stripper).
This bow is left handed. I shoot both left and right handed but prefer left. I have a pair of rattle snake skins which I will apply to the face of the bow sometime this week. I'll post the finished bow once it is done. X.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
I was going to post this on my other blog 'Darkside of the Moon', but deciced it should go here. During the Vietnam War the United States sprayed over 80 million gallons of chemicals in that country to kill anything that grew from the ground. The concentrations they used were 13 times what our own USDA recommends. This figure was only recently revealed. They had been lieing about the concentrations for years, imagine that!
Above you see some of the planes spraying this liquid death. I saw this first hand, up close and personal. They didn't bother at times to make sure there were no troops in the jungles below them. Our unit had this stuff sprayed directly on us. Little did we know then what this would mean, although many became sick shortly after.I would venture to say that the number of american soldiers who have died from this is many times over the 50,000 some thousand who were killed in combat. Sadly the body count goes up every hour of every day. The death and destruction to the country of South Vietnam and it's people goes on daily as well. Many children in Vietnam were born with deformities.
The country that did this is the same country that decried Saddam Hessein for his use of chemical warfare. What hypochrosy.
I have battled with cancer and diabetes which was caused by Agent Orange. Many of the soldiers I served with are either dead or are suffering the ravages caused by Agent Orange. Over 50 of the soldiers in my company from Vietnam have died since returning home, as a result of what Agent Orange did to them.
Occasionally there will be a mention of Agent Orange in the media. However, not enough to suit me. Americans will wave the flag patrioticly when it suits them or there egos. But those same patriots stand quietly by as many a brave soldier dies a slow death in the heartland. I see my anger is starting to rise to the surface. It has been there for years and I know i must let go of it.
Those of us who served in Nam, and our plight have been shoved aside as collateral damage by a government that has no 'Soul'. Steven Xavier White