We went out for a walk on the ditch after sundown. The Corrales Fire Department was working at the bridge setting out water for use in putting out bosque fires. As anyone who has followed this blog for a while knows, I often complain about the Conservancy tearing out the beaver dams, because the beaver dams were keeping the water levels up in the clearwater ditch that created a wetland for many species that live in Corrales and many other species that stop in Corrales on their migrations. Another thing the beaver dams provided was water for the Corrales Fire Department to fight bosque fires. There is an arsonist whose been starting bosque fires and there is so little water in the clearwater ditch right now that a fire pump sucks the ditch dry in minutes. The Fire Department is building dams in the ditch to try and raise the water level plus they are adding water to the ditch. However, without the dams, the added water will just flow downstream and soak into the mud. By removing the beaver dams, the Conservancy has created a really serious problem for all the critters and people who live along the Rio Grande.
Here’s Bite Em On The Old Shin Bone for anyone who hasn’t seen it.
Dale, @ A Delectable Life, rightly noticed that her Peach Tree had not been getting much attention. Here it is in day-glow peach.
After I answered question #9, What thing would you never do again? “Answer questions for a Liebster award.” for the Liebster Award nomination from Li Dea, Victoria at America’s Roads nominated Off Center & Not Even for a Liebster Award as part of completing her nomination by Li Dea. I decided to break out of Never Never Land and answers Vitoria’s questions. Her blog is in Russian also, but she recently added a translator, so I got the questions in English. Therefore, I answered her questions in English.
My (Victoria’s) questions
Question 1) What inspires you to write new posts?
Answer 1) Daily life. Cats. Owls. Trees. Cranes. Beavers. Insects. Spiders. Snakes. Flowers, Roses. Wild animals in general. The Bosque. The Rio Grande. Downtown Albuquerque. Guitars. Music. Parodies. Other bloggers. Anything that seems interesting.
Question 2) How do you find the time to maintain your site?
Answer 2) There’s “maintain” and there’s “maintain”.
Question 3) Is blogging for you a job, a pleasure, a necessity, or something else?
Answer 3) Mostly something else. As I mentioned, blogging is part of the daily routine. It can be a problem working in a post when I’m really busy with other things, just pain tired or feeling like everything sucks. However, unless the Internet or WordPress is down, I, at a minimum, post at least one photo.
If I had to write a story or poem, post an interview, write a review, etc. every day or even once a week, forget it. Blogging would be too much work, and I wouldn’t blog. While some of my posts take months to prepare collecting photos, writing poems, prose or lyrics, recording music, etc., I need to be flexible and spontaneous. I had been planning to post “Prepare to DIE” with Spunk on the 13th, but when I went out for a walk in the bosque Owls happened, so I posted Owls on the 13th and Spunk had to wait until the 14th (don’t tell Spunk he got Trumped [AAahhh!] by owls).
Question 4) What is your life motto and has it changed with age?
Answer 4) I have never had a life motto.
Question 5) What have you learned while sitting at home in quarantine (it can be some kind of training courses, or just life 7) observations)?
Answer 5) I never sat around the house during lockdown or quarantine. Since we have property that backs up to the Bosque and the Rio Grande, we were never really quarantined in the sense we couldn’t leave the house or got outside. Since we are pretty much hermits anyway, nothing much changed for us. At the beginning of the lockdown, I went to the office once a week to run backups and do server maintenance, but after three weeks, I started going to the office as usual.
As for seven observations:
Question 6) What is the first thing you want to do once quarantine is canceled?
Answer 6) I will go to the first available conference that was postponed because of the pandemic to give a paper.
Question 7) What book by a modern author do you reread and can recommend to your friends?
Answer 7) “Jar City” and the whole Inspector Erlendur series by Arnaldur Indridason.
Question 8) And which book is a classic?
Answer 8) “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Question 9) If you could start over, would you choose your profession or do something else?
Answer 9) I can’t think of anything. What I do for a living has allowed me to do pretty much everything I have liked to do in the past, and all the things I currently like doing.
Question 10) What would you like to change in the country you currently live in?
Answer 10) Three things:
Question 11) With age have you become more open or more closed to new acquaintances?
Answer 11) More open. I was pretty shy as a kid and mostly did things by myself. I try to give everybody a fair assessment before passing judgment on them.
Li Dea @ https://lidea.blog/2020/10/17/liebster-award-2020/ nominated me for a Liebster Award. I thought it was very sweet of Li Dea to nominate me, but I don’t participate in awards because I am a curmudgeonly El Cheo. However, since Li Dea’s blog is in Russian, I could not resist answering her questions in Russian, Welsh, and English. How much fun is that?
Мои 11 вопросов к кандидатам:
My (Li Dea’s) 11 questions for candidates:
• Жан Рено – французский актер.
• Jean Reno – Actor o Ffrainc.
• Jean Reno — French actor.
Cottonwoods’ glowing yellow in the twilight.
Spunk was not very happy with me putting a cute bow on him making him look adorable. Adorable is not a part of Spunk’s vocabulary as far as he’s concerned. Rough, Tough, and Handsome yes. Cute and Adorable NOoooo! Fortunately, I was able to use the Cat Herder’s secret weapon, catnip, to calm down the poor humiliated Spunk kitty. He forgave me, followed by sweet, or should I say “catly”, kitty dreams.