Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Note to Self: Proofread

OK. I am officially embarrassed with myself in that I have gone back and looked at some posts and found some atrocious mistakes. I’ve relied too much on Microsoft Word’s spelling and grammar checker instead of reading things myself to proof them. If I try to write my book that way, folks will think I’m a real rube.

While I won’t try to correct all that I found wrong, I do want to point out one error that I made in yesterday’s post about the wireless thermometer. I said there was about an 8 degree difference between the outside temperature and the temperature in the underbelly.


What I should have said is that so far, the range of temperatures in the underbelly had been about 8 degrees. In the cooler weather, the underbelly had been ranging between 57 and 65 degrees. However with the advent of even cooler weather, I’m getting readings of 52 degrees there this evening.

I’ve had a bit of a mystery this evening. To supplement our heating, we have been using the fireplace and a Lasko Ceramic electric heater in the living room. That way, we limit the amount of propane that we are using, at least until we get the 100 gallon tank delivered next month.

However, I noticed this evening that while the fireplace was “lit up,” I wasn’t getting any heat from it. I presumed that it was because the thermostat was set about right that it just wasn’t coming on. Then a little later, just to check it out, I turned the thermostat up and it never came on to heat.

So, I turned the fireplace clear off, figuring that was another thing I was going to need to get checked out and fixed. But, before setting down to write this little note, I reached over and turned it on again and it is all working. I wonder if it just needed a rest or whether I am imagining things.

I’ll need to go to bed pretty quick. It is 11:00pm and I do have to work tomorrow. (Afternoon naps can sure mess up one’s sleeping habits.) One good thing is that we will only have a three day week this week because of Thanksgiving. Working for the state has its occasional advantages.

We are looking forward to a Thanksgiving Day trip to Tulsa to spend the holiday with Jo’s middle sister and her family. She has a granddaughter and none of our grandkids have ever got to meet their cousin. The only one missing from this gathering, at least from the Oklahoma bunch, is our youngest son, Eric. He has to work the holiday. So, Jo and I will fix a Thanksgiving dinner for him on Saturday when he is off.

For your pleasure, a sunset picture taken last month at the SOITC rally in Grove, OK.



  1. Terry,
    There are 171,476 entries in the Oxford Dictionary (http://oxforddictionaries.com/page/93). Don't sweat the small stuff. Explaining the error or misstatement needs no apology.
    My brain and fingers are not always synchronized and the keys on my keyboard are smaller than my pudgy fingers. Therefore it is possible that I will end up saying something that is totally our of contest.

  2. Jerry and Carol,

    "Therefore it is possible that I will end up saying something that is totally our of contest."

    With that part of your comment, you have just confirmed that you and I are "two rubes on a barb."


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