Happy Valentine’s Day

Mom with AK

Before shooting, Mom declared they were both bad guys – no hostage here!

This Valentines Day, all of the cool people took their woman to shoot machine guns!

I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get to shoot the exact guns promised, but it was still really fun. Mom tore it up with the Colt Commando, the MP5 (Which she had to shoot right handed to see through the target finder – she’s right eye dominant. Who knew?), and we of course added the AK47 (The only Communist thing I’ve ever willingly done) 🙂

We were supposed to get to shoot a tactical shot gun (we ended up with a standard one which killed Mom’s shoulder) with just a pistol grip, and a fully automatic Glock 17 – which we didn’t get to shoot. There had to be something hosed with that Glock ‘cuz my shots were NO WHERE near where I was aiming.

Watch Mom turn the AK47 against the terrorists in the video below!

Check back in a couple of days for more pics and videos to be added to this post.

 

 

Creating an Oasis

The best part of my trip to the Clark Center for Japanese Culture Art and Culture was getting ideas for creating an oasis at home.

First, I want to say the climate here isn’t quite as dry as home, but it’s similar in temperature. Also, while it’s not as windy, I get blowing dust advisories on my phone at least weekly.

I did find some great ideas, at least I think so. Take a look!

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I love this pathway. It’s perfect!

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A perfect item for the entry

 

There are some great alternatives to concrete (although stamped concrete can be pretty great).

 

 

 

The blowing sands of Cruces might make maintaining some things a little hard, but if we can figure a way to protect our oasis, it could be awesome.

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Something great for a corner

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Nice! (I like the black rocks)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Raked Sand? Hmmm …

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Now here are some other nice areas

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Nice edging ideas (I think)

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Not that I think we can have a bunch of Bonzai Trees, and also not to make Workstation 1 feel intimidated, but Some of these are really cool!

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Japanese Art and Culture Center

Wow! It’s been forever since I’ve written! Since my little 212 Grandson was born!

Well, I finally went on my first cultural excursion since coming back to work in Cali … Kanpai!!!

The Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture is in the middle of farm fields, just south of Hanford California. It wasn’t too impressive, but the current exhibit was about the role of Sake in Japanese culture. I might go back and see the calligraphy exhibit in the fall … maybe.

 

A night of culture …

and bad camera work. Oh Well!

Sorry for the bad camera work, but here are some highlights from last nights concert with “Little Red and the Oñate Knights Choir”  🙂

Here is some more …

And the big finale –

I sure hope Little Red will comment on this. She has some great incites on a couple of things in the video.

Overall – She and the rest of the kids did a great job. There were a few moments of shame, but not many. 🙂

 

 

 

I have been barraged lately …

I have been seeking a change for years. My woman and I have wanted to create our own school for as long as I can remember. One major thing has stood in our way: Fear.

Now I’m not going to say some of the excuses we’ve had are invalid, but, in the end, they were/are excuses. When you are afraid to do something, you make up excuses.

Over the last few weeks, I feel like some of my prayers have been answered. The Lord has told me time and again to just do it. He reminded me about Jacob 2:19 (Read the post for more thoughts on it). I was asked to talk in Church and He inspired me to talk about how we need to serve Him by building Zion (A copy of my talk).

Then, as my thoughts as to how I should proceed began to form in my mind, He started bombarding me with inspiration from some of my favorite talk show people. Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, David Barton and even Mark Levin all gave monologues about doing what you were born to do (or at least inspiring me in that direction). I need to find out what it is that I can do better than others and just do it.

Glenn is still beating me over the head to keep going. This is just the latest. I’m sure everyone will hear slightly different things, based on what they need to hear, but to me it’s as clear as day.

One of the most important things you can do to overcome some of your fears, and to kick start your efforts is to make it publicly known what your intentions are. At least that can help give you a fear of shame if you don’t press forward. Anyway … I just have to go for it. I’ve put it off for decades (literally), luckily I think the time is still right. I have to do what I can to enlighten who I can, encourage who I can, free the captive minds that I can, provide a better life for my woman and do my part in building Zion. To start with (and maybe to end with) we will focus on home school. Let’s see where it goes!

 

Flooding Cruces

As you know, we do live in a desert, but this year has seen way more rain than normal. Wednesday, the street running up into our neighborhood was literally running like a river – all the way across. (Sorry no pictures – it was hazardous driving) but I thought I’d share a couple little fun things from out house. For those of you who don’t know, our house is at the top of the hill, so the water all runs away from us, so we have little chance of flooding, yet …

Here is the little “pond’ in our front yard landscaping:

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You also need to remember we live in sand, and the sand sucks up a lot of water before it pools on top.

 

So here it is when I got home Wednesday (and the level had already dropped):

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Our pond became real pond!

 

 

 

 

And here is the hole to China the Heiners were digging:

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Of course the runoff of sand from along side our porch partially helped fill it in…

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Hopefully this doesn’t mean we are in for a really wet winter.