Monday, August 30, 2010


Who would ever have guessed that cigarettes would cost over $9.00 a pack??? As if the reality that desperate smokers are being punished by New York State at $4.35 per pack tax for their bad habit isn’t  enough, the state is also attempting to force the Indian Nations to pay the tax to them on every pack they sell. Considering the American Indian Nations are deemed “sovereign” (which means they were declared independent by treaties made in the 1700s and cannot be controlled by anyone but themselves) and that Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution says that “states do not have power to commerce with tribes much less regulate them,” doesn’t it appear as though the New York State government is merely trying to elicit money from any source regardless of legality or ethics?
I am neither a Native American, nor am I a smoker but absolutely believe the state should leave the Indians alone! They are trying to make the best of what they were left with when the colonists took over their lands and drove many of their members west to fend for themselves in a bitter and harsh environment.
Governor Patterson, I strongly suggest that you and your peers refrain from speaking with forked tongues and stop trying to change treaties and revamp the United States Constitution.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Construction on the new house (earlier pics below) is moving fast so I thought I’d better show you these photos now. I’ll be going on vacation for a few weeks and unfortunately I won’t be able to track the progress until I get back. Who knows what will be accomplished by then?

Studs on Bottom Floor Window (on left) and First Floor Studs in Place

Lower Floor Back Bay Window

Opposite side view of Bay Window

Looking Down into Bottom Floor

Mask Removed, He's Thanking Me For the Carrots
Hope I can post some great vacation pics when I return.
Remember the horses with the masks on? I got a comment explaining that it’s to keep the insects out of their eyes. Isn’t it great that the owners take such great care to protect their animals? Thanks to anonymous for that comment. Now we’ve all learned something new.
If you haven’t noticed lately, you can click the “animalrescuesite” key on my blog and feed shelter animals for free.
I also have started a second blog at HUB pages and you may be getting a notice every time I post there. I don’t really know but I’ll try and send you the hot key whenever I can. I love hearing from people around the world at HUB and so far I have connected with a writer in Ireland, a guy who lives in London and a teacher from down south, among others.  Hopefully that list will continue to grow each day.
I really do appreciate every comment, so please keep them coming!

Friday, August 6, 2010


We will be having even more new neighbors of the human variety when their home is completed down the road.  I'm taking pictures to show you how that process is going.  The narrow lot is set high above a valley that overlooks a western mountain range.  The builder has placed it so that the two story structure will be all windowed facing the mountains.  You are looking at where the garage will be on the right front side of the home.
This shot taken a week later shows the poured garage floor and studs peeking up from the bottom floor that will overlook the mountains.

This is a left side shot that shows second floor studs being nailed into place, also facing the mountains.
I will try to continue shooting this process so you will get the full picture of the home as it is completed.  In the meantime, I revisited the other neighbors who live one plot over to the right of this house.  Remember how they looked with their masks on? 

As yet, I haven't learned their names but I do know they love carrots and if you don't bring them any, they will simply walk away and ignore you. 

Here is another lady who hangs out in our neighborhood.

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