Thursday, November 16, 2006

Feral Hogs--Again?

Well, actually, they were never gone. It's been a while since I have written about this controversial subject. There is background here.

The summer did not have much noticeable hog activity as there is plenty of food and cover. As the winter approaches, the cover freezes down and again there is evidence. Last week we had a hog parade of 23 across the back side of our property. It appears the Dirty Dozen ( twelve hogs often spotted together last winter) now have grand babies. That was about the size range of the parade. Neighbors have mentioned sightings also. Dan has spent time in a deer stand and says he hears snorting in the wooded areas.

The reason given for the ban on hunting is it drives the population out of the valley and into the surrounding areas. The hogs have been meandering around the valley in the middle of deer and duck season. Some mornings it sounds like WWIII down in the Wildlife and Parks hunting areas and duck marshes. How DO those hogs know all those gun shots are not directed toward them?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

A Light Weight Discussion

Last night was my little SHARE group. My good friends Laura and Aubrey were the speakers. They are both in their twenties and have lost 100 pounds each, gained it back and now lost another 80 plus pounds. They have been featured on a Kansas City television station and will appear again in several months. All of this because a year ago, they both had Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (scroll down on the link page) which involves surgically placing a band around the upper stomach to restrict the amount of food that can be eaten.

First, they passed around pictures of themselves prior to the surgery. Both have experienced excellent results and have managed to loose slowly by eating the proper foods. There are unpleasant side effects of the surgery, primarily from eating too fast or too much. However, they both stressed the benefits far outweighed (their word) them.

They were very honest in their discussion of how it felt to leave food behind. It no longer could be their friend when there were no others there for them. It could no longer be the center of their social gatherings as it is for so many of us. Finally, they discussed how people perceived them differently now that they are thinner and how it had mostly been positive. Laura said something, though, that helped me understand. I have known her since she was born. Her identity is based on her personality, talents and our interactions with her during her life. She will be the same Laura no matter how much weight she looses. Strangers don't have the same background. Suddenly, the girls are thrust into the same social "battlefield" as most of their piers. If I interpreted what they told us accurately, although they hated being heavy, they no longer have that wall to hide behind.

The program was over too soon. I wish I could have sit with the girls longer to listen in on their discussion of their new life. I have a feeling I could have learned a great deal from these two beautiful, bright, articulate girls even though I am over twice their age.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Family Friends and Puppies

KSU 45-Texas 42--Turns out my green tea leaves were right! Needless to say, it was an exciting game. We drove the Trekker and glad we did. After the game, we watched the bedlam on the field--total craziness-- and crawled into bed after midnight.

Today we visited Mom at Chapman, then stopped by to see Wayne & Ruth's puppies. The great part was that my good friend from Wichita saw the pictures on my blog and traveled up to see them also. Kathy and her daughter took two. Bet they are hearing some puppy sounds right now. While everyone was playing with puppies, we also had a chance to see our great niece--an adorable little girl who giggles and smiles all the time.

Before all of the above, we also saw our grandboys from Salina. We ate at our favorite restaurant in Lawrence, Free State Brewery. Aaron & Adam are enthusiastic about life and we always feel younger after being around them.

Last weekend we spent time with our Colorado family. It had been too long and we enjoyed celebrating Carly's happy second birthday and communicating with Trent, something he takes seriously. I was thinking on the way home this afternoon; opportunities to see those we love and care about are just around the corner, but the past two weekends are still my favorite.