Mountain Reflections


| 4/7/2014 9:25:00 AM


Tags: mountain living, nature inspiration, Bruce McElmurray, Colorado,

mountain sunrise jpg

This time of year in the mountains on our homestead there is very little going on. Snowfall is sporadic and the days are warm and what snow has fallen is slowly melting away. Any projects inside the house have already been done and those outside that need to be done are not yet accessible due to the still sloppy conditions.

In a few weeks we will need to be outside doing those chores when weather conditions are more favorable. In the mountains we receive snow until the middle of May so we may still get additional snow. It is this time of year we sometimes get dumped upon with large quantities of wet snow. Starting an outdoor project and then having it covered in deep snow is an aggravation. Hence it is better to just wait a little longer and enjoy our time sitting on the deck in the sunshine thinking and reflecting.

One of the things I think about is about how things used to be compared to present developments. When I was small we used to sit around in the evening and listen to the old Philco radio. I could listen to the Lone Ranger saga and then we would listen to talent shows. It wasn’t until a few years later that I even knew what television was. Now we can see talent shows and they are even on our cell phones or tablets. While we are told we must look forward and not back I find that by looking back I can more appreciate what we have today. Not only our modern technological progress but things have changed in many areas. Our automobiles are safer and much more efficient. Our homes are insulated and more comfortable. There are even differences in having a back yard garden.

We now have modern sprays that kill weeds and fertilizers that make growth faster and larger. Pesticides that kill harmful bugs. Back when I grew my first garden you would get on your hands and knees and pull weeds and use a couple blocks of wood to kill insects who would compete for the produce. Much harder than attaching a sprayer to a garden hose but not nearly as harmful either.

Some advances are truly great like the safer and more fuel efficient vehicles. Electronic advances keep us in touch with people constantly and instantly where we used to have to write letters, actually go visit or wait until you could see that person. If you needed information you went to the library and researched it. Now you type it in your search engine and have pages of information on the topic at your disposal. Actually after you start the initial search word you are given several optional headings to go to so you never have to even type the entire subject. Even sports, we kids back then could quote batting averages of our favorite players, who won yesterday, and compare players. Sitting under an oak tree arguing over whose favorite player was the best just isn’t the same. Mostly that is done now on social media.




dairy goat

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.

LEARN MORE