almost halloween

the past few days my grand daughter cece has been with us because her school is closed. i am enjoying the time with her. she likes to tease ol misho. or i tease her. we have fun bonding together. we usually pick her up from her school every day. she stays here until one of her parents pick her up after work.

i have to clean my stove pipes. i can smell smoke, that means gotta clean them to be safe. these are the same stove pipes i used last winter. eventually i will go buy new ones. i seen the price of them have gone up to 10 bucks a section. last year it was like 8 bucks. i kinda notice that many things  have gone up in price because of the covid. some will profit off anything.

i have been uploading tunes off my cds.  all the songs on my itunes got zapped several months back. i havent had time to do that yet. i am replacing the songs i want on my playlists. i dont need every song off the cds. this is taking time. no quick way to do it. i do have to have my music. i only have one playlist to listen to while i am working or driving.

i used to like to read the comments at the end of news stories. the comments were better than the news story. they quit doing that. probably because some got out of hand with their opinions. some made a lot of sense, others were way out there.

on my short trip last week end i noticed the trains. that made me think back to my hitch hiking days. i used to bum around all over the country. once i was in portland, oregon in the wino district. now it is a revived yuppie boutique area. anyway i met some indians that i partied with for a night.

next day they said lets go to san francisco. i agreed. they said they were gonna hop a freight. i had never done that before. i said i would rather hitch. i met them in san francisco two days later. we both had a quick trip down the coast. we partied some more. i hitch hiked back up the coast. i still havent hopped a freight. now i probably never will.

i didnt mention a drive i had on the rez one day. as we were passing by the buffalo pen i noticed a buck running along parallel to our car. it kept pace ahead of us. we got to the gate and it jumped thru the fence. i dont know how the rack didnt catch on the barbed wire. it got thru and crossed the road just in front of us. it kinda slid because the pavement was slicker than running on the ground. it straightened up and took off thru the field. it was neat watching the deer run. i didnt think quick enough to get any video.

halloween is almost here. i dont dress up in a costume. if i did i  would probably go as a “liberal”. according to the political ads in kansas nothing is as scary as a ‘liberal’.  i can hear it now. ‘they coming to take our guns away’.

this old diabetic gotta be careful not eat trick or treat candy.

football weather

we went to andrews last flag football game on sunday. well maybe the last one. there is a chance they might get in the championship game. he likes it when we go to his games. we show him our support. it was a bit cool sunday. we had on sweaters, face masks, stocking caps and covered our legs with blankets.

the temperatures have dropped. i started a fire in our wood stove. i like the smell of the wood stove going. i add flat cedar to the top of the stove. it gives off a good aroma when it burns and its good mojo. i get my walk up and down the stairs to stoke up the fire. it was nice to wake up with a warm floor this morning. i had some wood left over from last year. it was green when it was delivered but is dry now.

it is a little brisk when i have to go feed my animals. i have two groups of chickens. i keep the chicks i bought this spring separate. they are big enough now i think to let them join the rest of the chickens. i didnt want them all pecked up. i was gonna clean some of the hybrids i bought. i havent gotten to that yet. i will though. i want some tortilla soup and/or chicken with rice.

we will take the boys to the drive thru trunk or treat this sunday at peoples park. i like that they dont have to get out of the car. we are still trying to be safe. that may be the only place we take them to. i dont see a need for them to have too much candy.

not to get ahead of the holidays but we ordered a ham and smoked turkey for next month. they wont be delivered until next week. i prefer the taste of meat from the meat processing place instead of grocery stores. we had a smoked turkey one year and i want another.  i dont care for the spiral hams. i would rather have a nice big ham.

i have been drinking indian prairie tea. besides that i am also drinking cedar tea. it is for my blood sugar. i have two flat cedar trees in my yard. i transplanted them several years back. a friend in michigan gave them to me. they are about 7 or 8 feet high now. i can use cedar off them when ever i need.

seen on the news that the largest voting block are the ones that dont vote. over 100 million out of 230 million eligible voters didnt vote in 2016. its kinda the same way in tribal elections. only about a third of our eligible voters actually vote. i dont know why that is.

seen where one of our government officials said we wont control the corona virus. well if you dont do much to stop the spread i can believe that. we are the most powerful and one of the richest nations in the world. yet smaller countries have better prevention measures than we do. there is no excuse for that.

i will keep the fire going.

took a road trip

got back from short road trip last night. i went to ark city near the kansas-oklahoma border on friday. i drove down the turn pike to el dorado. i took hwy 77 south from there. i had to get a room because the tour was saturday at 10. i didnt want to get up early, drive down then turn around and drive back. that would have been a 6 hour drive.

we met at the land rush museum south of where chilocco was. we watched a film to give us a historical background. we traveled in our own cars to the different areas of the tour. i took a picture with a wooden indian at the musuem. the picture on the top right is a valley where the etzanoa did their trading. they traded with tribes as far away as the pueblos.

the bottom left picture is where the chief had his house.  it was on the highest bluff and had a 360 degree view. the picture on the bottom right is called production mounds. for instance if they processed just buffalo at a mound they would bury the refuse and cover it. they would continue using the same mound for this and keep adding to it. this took place from the 1400s to the 1700s. that is why the mounds grew so big in size.

basically all we did was tour where the big settlement used to be. the settlement has been gone a long time.  people have been finding artifacts such as arrow heads, scrapers and pottery in this area since the 1800s. they knew a large indian population have lived here. there are two golf courses built on the land today. the rest is privately owned by the affluent of ark city.

the story of etzanoa is interesting enough that i wanted to go see it. a conquistador named juan de onate came up it back in the year 1601 in his search for the gold of the ‘seven cities of cibola’. the spanish captured the chief. the rest of the village fled. this allowed the spanish to inspect the town. they left soon after because they thought the indians would bring back reinforcements.

they found large circular houses made of cedar posts and tall prairie grass. each house would hold between 8 and 10 people. they counted 2000 houses and estimated 20 thousand lived in the settlement. they said it would take 2 days to walk the entire village.

the settlement was estimated to stretch 5 miles along both sides of the walnut river where it met the arkansas river. today scholars believe the town was actually larger than than and extended further. the bluffs had springs to provide water. there was fertile bottom land to grow corn, beans, squash and pumpkins. they also hunted. this enable them to live in the same land for such a long time.

the indians that lived in etzanoa were the ancestors of the wichita people. it would have been one of the largest cities in north america. perhaps the biggest. it wasnt too many years after the spanish came thru that the wichita tribe numbered around 500.

i want to go back when they are doing a dig.

i voted early

i went to early voting at our old bingo hall yesterday. i previously sent for an advance ballot. i had that cancelled after i heard that maybe they wouldnt count mail in ballots. i dont trust our government. i didnt want to take any chances. dont know if my vote will make a difference but i still want my vote counted.

there wouldnt have been much of a crowd if i voted in mayetta though. i  just prefer to vote on our rez. i would know people i seen at our old bingo hall. i said hello or nodded to most. i didnt get in much visiting because voting was taking place. i got to keep the pen i used to mark my ballot. thats better than a ‘i voted’ sticker.

i will be glad when this election is over. some people only use politics to separate themselves from others. they can use any excuse to do that. i think for many politics is only an outlet to vent their frustrations. pretty much the way sports is.

i bought a new chiefs jersey. it is an Edwards-Helaire jersey. i got it at a flea market. i seen it the last time i was there. it was selling for $45. i was interested in buying it then. it would cost 3 times that at arrow head.  last game edwards-helaire ran for 161 yards. i knew i had to have his jersey. now we just acquired a former all pro running back in le’von bell. we will be loaded at running back.

the world series has started. i got in a series pool for the first game. i won $20. i ran pools for 20 to 30 years. i rarely won any of them. then i hit this one. i let my money ride. i got into another pool for $20 a spot on the total runs of the whole series. winner walks away with 200. i only watched part of last nights game. it aint much fun when i aint got money on it.

i havent missed an opening K U basketball exhibition game in about 20 years. i probably will this year cuz of the covid. i wont get to buy a new jersey either. i should have a bunch of ku jerseys but i think my sons glommed onto them.

the bed company passed our house on their way to marties today. gps takes delivery people down there all the time. they turned around and came back. it didnt take them long to set up our new bed.  they told us to try it out. we did. i already knew i  liked it. we will sleep on the new bed tonight.

as they were leaving one of the guys asked if he could have a coupla of the habanero peppers in my grow boxes. i said yeah, after the coming freeze they will die anyway. he and the lady who drove picked some. i told them to take as many as they wanted. i have a years supply put away. they also took some anaheims. glad they could use them. i dont like to see any go to waste.

gotta start moving things back into our bedroom.

got off the rez again

wabenokwe was home for several board meetings. i havent seen her in eight months. we had good visits with her.  we went to the demo derby on saturday. we sat with her, some of her brothers and some of the grandkids. she had a home cooked breakfast at our house on sunday and later some squirrel soup with wild rice.

we took her to the airport yesterday to catch her flight to her other home in california. there were no lapses in the conversation. after we dropped her off we stopped at a cajun restaurant. we had to wear masks until we were seated. there werent many in the place at mid afternoon. i ate blackened catfish on dirty rice. i also had a cup of gumbo, new potatoes and succatosh with sweet tea.

we were watching the chiefs play while we were eating. we listened to the game on the radio when we were driving home on the turnpike. we got home just as the 4th quarter started. the game was still on the line. we got to see the chiefs win at crunch time.

i got a call this morning. the bed company scheduled delivery of our new bed on thursday. they will set up it up that day sometime between 10 and noon. i cant wait to get moved back in our bedroom.

tomorrow i am going to early voting.   it will be held at our old bingo hall. i have voted since i was 18. maybe i missed an election or two back in my bumming around days. i havent missed any for the past 30 or 40 years. i will be glad when this election is over.  hopefully the worthless ones will get voted out. maybe thats a bit vague. hope the worst ones get voted out then.

i seen they gonna make a cartoon based on the freak brothers. flash back time. i used to read the freak brothers comics back in the day. i still have a collection of those old dope or underground comics. i have about 60 of them. for the hell of it i looked up the value of some. the prices varied from a few bucks each to over 30 or 40 dollah. righteous bucks but i will hold onto my set.

i noticed about 10 games were added to my computer. i know it had to be andrew that did put them on here. since he was little he always thought that what ever misho had was his too. he dont get on here that often though so its no big deal. i didnt delete them.

leaves are starting to fall. i am thinking about making a wire enclosure to hold leaves. it will make leaf mold. i can add that to my grow boxes next spring. the 40 trees i have in the yard can help me grow food. the only cost i will have is a little labor.

the rhode island reds and barred rock chicks i bought this spring are  bigger. they are almost the size of the hybird hens i bought. i am thinking of turning the chicks loose in the chicken house  and yard. i need to mark them. i seen some use zip ties as bands. i have plenty of them. that way i will be able to tell which are reds and which are hybrids. well the color is a giveaway but i want to be sure.

gotta see what will happen this week

long day

we had a long day yesterday. we were gone all day. first we had to go to lawrence for andrews last soccer game. it was held outdoors. most wore face masks. andrew had a good game. he scored 3 goals and just missed two others. no one keeps score but we did. andrews team won.

all week we had planned to go to the demo derby in horton after the soccer game. the game was at 11:30. we had plenty of time when the game was over. we drove south of town to a look out tower on top of a hill. the boys havent been there. i used to go there long ago. we climbed the 3 stories to the top. we could see k u off in the distance. we didnt stay long.

we stopped to get lunch and drove up the back roads to horton. it was a nice drive thru farm land. most of the corn fields have been harvested. there were still some soybeans standing in the fields.

we got to the demo derby around 3:30. it had a start time of 4. we bought a pit pass once we got there. we had time to go see all the cars. i heard there were gonna be a few cars owned and driven by indians. we stopped and visited with them. we got to look at their cars so we would know which ones to cheer for. i seen a coupla friends i used to work with. we visited awhile.

most of the bleachers were already full. some had been there since noon. we brought our lawn chairs. we set them up by a corner of the bleachers. it afforded us a view of the track. it looked like the indian section. lotsa indians sitting in that area. thats probably why we were able to find a space so close to start time.

we filled our own little section of the indian section with our family. joe and family showed up. mary and wabeno met us.  a friend of wabenos showed up with her family. we all sat together. the kids all played together while the adults visited.

once the show got started we all got into it. the kids got off on seeing the cars crashing into each other. well the adults liked the show too. we were on the look out for the indian cars. we cheered them on. during the breaks the kids played football. andrew brought his football. of course misho had to walk to the car to get it so they could play. every one had a good time.

we left early so we wouldnt have to deal with the traffic. we got out with out sitting in a jam. we got home before 10. samuel fell asleep on the way home. he was played out from the long day.

this morning we had breakfast with wabeno. on the way over to pick her up i seen a bald eagle. it was picking at a raccoon carcass on the road by the buffalo pen. it flew off as i approached. after i picked wabeno up we went by there. i seen the eagle sitting in a big cottonwood tree off the road. i drove into the field and wabeno got some pictures. i tried to but didnt get any good ones.

it was a good weekend surrounded by family and friends.

halloween coming

halloween is getting closer. the grand kids are getting their costumes ready. i never did get into that. if i was gonna do one this year i would go as the joker while doing that dance. we dont get many trick or treaters. we too far out in the boon docks. we will take the boys to the drive thru trunk or treat at peoples park. we end up with more candy than we need to be around. not good for this diabetic.

my grow boxes are still producing. i am still picking habanero peppers. i put them in a freezer bag and save them. my garlic bulbs are growing. i could have fresh garlic next growing season. i have a few onions, jalapenos and anaheim peppers growing.  soon a killing frost will zap everything. i think they saying we gonna get our first snow soon.

i had a few turnips that came up. i wanted to try the turnip greens. they suppose to be full of vitamins and minerals. we had some in soup with green beans, onions and leeks that i grew. trying to eat healthy.

i have done more tv binge watching while staying home the past few months. i get suggestions from others, usually my kids, on what shows to watch. or i scan the listings for a movie or series of interest. i dont pay much attention to the suggestions given to me by netflix or amazon. they dont have my interests figured out at all.

i was tryna finish this blog and my internet went out. i didnt wanna sound like a whinny customer but i called the internet people any way. the lady asked if i was on the reservation. i said yeah, she said they had a problem here and were working on it. i sat back and waited. it came on for a while then zapped out again. now its back on.

there are parts of our national government i see as corrupt. not all but some. so i made a coupla donations to a candidate running for office. now i am bombarded with requests for more money. i even get calls asking if i would take training to call voters in key states to convince they to vote. i kinda let that slide. i gotta hope there are more people in this country that have some sense than there are ones that dont.

i still havent gone to topeekie to get more chicken feed. i see that shawnee county is experiencing an increase in covid cases and transmission. i am not like how some describe the ones that stay home. i am not hiding in my basement. i go out but am careful to keep social distancing and i wear a mask.

i see art that is labeled as native art. the eagle feathers always come to a sharp point. maybe i aint been around long enough but i havent ever seen a pointed eagle feather. perhaps that is what is known as artistic license.

gonna head to o dan.

still walking

yesterday was indigenous day. i didnt do anything indigenous. nor did i wish any of my native friends a happy indigenous day.

like others, some times my plans change. i planned on going to a coupla events the past coupla week ends. ended up that i didnt go. thats the way it is sometimes. like the old rolling stones tune ‘we cant always get what we want’. i wanna take the boys to the demo derby this week end. hope that dont change. they havent been to one before. i know they will get off on it.

i completed my second week of walking. i am back in the routine of walking again. i want to get in as much walking while the weather is nice. i can hit my treadmill when the weather isnt good.

i am drinking more indian tea now that i am walking again. i finished 3 gallons of it in the past week or two. i have a big glass mug that holds about 20 ounces. i drink several of them. i also drink water in the glass. i am trying to keep my liquid intake up. we take a water bottle with us on our walks too.

i started reloading songs off my cds back into my computer. i am rebuilding my play lists. they got zapped out. i missed my music when i worked outside or driving. i havent been on any long trips. i usually can put on one play list and listen to it all day. i could play a new one everyday. it will take me some time to get all my lists back. i havent been working at it.

the chicken feed is running low. i will have to go to the feed store and pick some up. i have two metal trash cans that i put it in. that keeps critters out of the feed. mice cant chew thru it. the cans are under the porch over hang on my tool shed. that keeps the cans dry. i dont have any problem with moisture in the cans.

they are having hearings on the nomination of a supreme court justice. i usually keep up on news. i dont like watching this though. there is little doubt how this will turn out. the democrats are trying to ask the republicans to follow what they said when an opening occurred during obama’s second term. the republicans are having none of it. the justice will be approved no matter what.

that is exactly how our government works. they will do what ever they want. whether it helps or hurts the american people has no bearing on the outcome. politicians do what they want. most politicians are there just to help themselves some way whether politically or economically.

the politicians say there is no way a stimulus will happen before the election. they can push a justice nomination thru though. they wont help the average american that needs it but can give money to the rich.

i will have my chance to vote next week. we are having early voting at the old bingo hall. i had my request for a mail in ballot cancelled. i wanted to make sure my vote gets in.

time for football

the furniture place called. we will be getting our new bed in 11 days. wish it was sooner but at least we know when it will be here. the bed is a gift from our daughter and son. i havent found a head board for it yet. no hurry. i wont rush into buying the first one i see.

i have been looking for a few dressers for the boys’ room. i want solid wood ones, not the particle board ones covered with a fake veneer. most modern furniture aint solid wood.  i found one solid oak dresser already. i want the dressers to maintain their value. i have gone to garage sales and flea markets looking for dressers. i also check out auctions. i am in no hurry here either. i will take time to find ones i like.

today we are heading to lawrence. we will watch andrew play flag football. he has three games. we wont go to every game.  we will drop samuel off so they will be home for school this week. most people at these games wear face masks and it is outdoors. we take our pow wow chairs to sit on.

before we head out, the chiefs are playing today. i will watch as much as i can. then listen to the rest on the radio as we drive to lawrence. i still havent found my mahomes jersey. i  cant wear my chiefs gear with the game on. the jersey is packed away until we move back to our bedroom. i can wear it again after we unpack.

this coming week end we are taking the boys to a demolition derby. it is held up the road. one of the drivers told me there might be 4 or 5 indians driving in this event. i probably know most of them. i might get us a pit pass. it will cost 10 bucks more for that pass. that will enable us to walk around and look at the cars. that way the boys can see the indians that will be driving them.

tomorrow is columbo day. most tribes have made it a second native american day to take off. most indian offices will be closed. a real protest would be to say we are going to work anyway. we wont observe the day, instead we will work to help our people.

the national election is getting closer. this election is like many of our tribal elections we have had. it is a question of voting for who will do the least harm. there will still be many who vote for the one who will cause the most harm. there will be some that say their vote wont count.  many times that helps elect people who shouldnt be in there.

the out door antenna of mine just gave out. it stopped getting reception so i scanned channels. it says no channels added. it says move antenna to get different reception or check connection. i did both and still nothing. i will continue trying to fix it. i need that for local channels.

i gotta watch this chiefs game before i hit the road

fall weather

seen a flock of geese flying over this morning. they were heading south. that could only mean one thing. there will be some more that will fly east, some west and some north. man has disrupted their natural habitats. i think they dont follow their usual migratory patterns any more. many stay here on the state reservoirs.

i took a picture of one of our buffalo. usually they are too far away to get detail. once i asked if i could go into the area where the buffalo are fenced off from. i wanted to gather up manure to add to my compost pile. i was kinda given a run around. i let it go. it just lies there and rots away. it is of no use to anyone but could be beneficial in producing food.  sovereignty means we can say we dont want it but we dont want you to have it either.

i watched the vice presidential debates last night. many thought the fly was the main point of interest. i thought it was pence’s red eye. does he have covid too?  the white house is the latest hot spot. if the most powerful government in the world cant protect themselves, how do we expect them to protect us?

i was talking to a classmate of mine from 50 years ago. we talked about a little of everything. we touched on politics. i told him i didnt see much difference between the two parties. they are just puppets for the rich who really run this country. like the corona stimulus bill. the top 1% got billions. people like us got 1200 bucks. my classmate agreed. we both thought there were too many crooks in our government who only care for themselves.

we havent heard from the furniture place that we bought our bed from. they did say 4 to 6 weeks but maybe sooner. i was hoping sooner. i want to finish moving into my bedroom. i bought another outdoor antenna for it. i want to be able to watch local news in bed before i go to sleep. i moved the one we had to our living room when we cut cable.

my worm farm is still going. i feed it regularly. i see plenty of worms in there. they will reproduce and i will have more worms. i have a stackable bin. i have 5 more bins to add. i will use the worm castings in my grow beds next growing season.

we walked on the paved road again last evening. that was the second walk this week. last week we had 6 miles. we should equal or better that this week. the main thing is to keep walking. i am trying to better my health. at my age it is hard to lose weight. i keep trying. i know walking is good for me.

they having a junk fest in valley falls this weekend. they abiding by health guide lines.they have 70 vendors  with a little of everything. food trucks even.  i might go check it out.  i stay home all week. need to get off rez a while. i will wear a mask.