LITTLE BLUFF JOURNAL - OCTOBER 2019 (previous months)
Little Bluff Journal cabin cam October 21 - clear and cool this afternoon - black gum trees are popping!
Journal updated on the 11th
Print Of The Week special (above) - click here
10/01/19 Today is my official beginning of AUTUMN IN ARKANSAS. I have a feeling it will be a great one, with the forest lush and healthy, although I suspect the color will be later rather than early or normal (although really, is there a normal anymore?) So that means the Ozarks will possible have great color towards the end of October and early November...
10/02/19 Wilson had a run-in with a skunk just a few feet away from me night before last - Wilson lost. He is now very clean (dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, lots of water), but there is still an essence that surrounds him. My lovely bride and I saw a timber rattlesnake on the road while out hiking yesteday morning (previously flattened by someone). There are wildflowers here and there to remind us there's beauty all around us, not just skunks and rattlesnakes. HAPPY WEDNESDAY TO YOU!
10/03/19 I left the cabin before dawn but managed to be on a bike trail in Sprindale for sunrise - found this lovely cardinal flower along the trail, which is one of the most coloful of the fall wildflowers.
10/04/19 A chilly 53 degrees at dawn today - feels GREAT!!! Lots of nice color and texture in the clouds too. HAPPY FRIDAY!
10/05/19 ORION, THE HUNTER, is the king of the nighttime sky right now, and will be for the next many months. Every morning when I get up he's standing tall directly above and in between the pair of tall pine trees that guard my lovely bride's flower garden just off the back deck. He rises in the east just after dark and watches over the landscape all night.
Today was another really cool and even crispy morning, with a temp of 52. Hum, feels like FALL is beginning to creep in. The high-pitched bugs of summer have been replaced with mostly crickets - seems like there are lots of large black crickets this year, at least those are the bodies we see laying around after they have sung their magical songs to death. Otherwise the early-morning air before dawn is silent and still today, with a sea of stars above supporting Orion.
It has been cool and oh so delightful outside every morning since we've returned from Canada, with cool breezes, sweet air, and silence (except for the crickets!). This week I've mostly been on the road and leaving early each day so have not always been able to enjoy the sunrise, but when I've been here it's been especially nice. The changing of the seasons in Arkansas are so wonderful!
I've been leaving early each day to get into an allergy doctor in Springdale. A major allergy attack hit me as we were reentering the USA a couple of weeks ago and was the worst I've had in many years. It was a very long four or five day drive home, especially for my bride, who had no escape but to sit in the front of the van while I hacked and blew and spit my way across the country (she did much of the driving too thank goodness). The only relief was when I fasted much of the day, and so I did, some days only having one small half cup of lowfat milk, and even that produced a bad reaction (it's not about the lactose).
Once I started seeing my allergy doctor this week I've been able to eat a little bit, but am having to avoid most foods while the treatments are going on. That's all quite OK with me since I got about five years worth of eating done while we were in Canada, haha! I figure that I gained five pounds up there, lost all of that while on the way home (since I could not eat), and have lost another four pounds since I started the allergy treatments. I'm at an all-time low weight (151) since my athletic days in high school, and actually it feels GREAT! I just can't eat ice cream, or chocolate, or anything with sugar/grains/milk/yeast or a lot of other ingredients. Hopefully the treatments will get me back into shape soon.
I'm off to Springdale early this morning for another treatment. HAPPY WEEKEND TO YOU!
10/07/19 OK, so we finally got the heavy rains and more thunderboomers most of the day yesterday and last night - 6.52 inches as of 5:10 this morning in 24 hours...I'm headed back to the doc in Sprindale beneath a clear sky with a zillion stars. HAPPY MONDAY!
10/08/19 Couple of quick updates. First, our 2020 Arkansas Scenic Engagement Calendars have been reprinted and are now back in stock - YIPPIE! If you had ordered one direct from us before we will automatically receive a new one that will ship tomorrow. And that means our 2020 HOLIDAY SPECIAL is also available, which this year includes FOUR new products - ARKANSAS SPLENDOR picture book, 2020 Arkansas Scenic Wall Calendar, 2020 Arkansas Scenic Engagement Calendar, AND a copy of the ARKANSAS SPLENDOR SLIDE SHOW ON DVD! It's our biggest Holiday Special deal EVER, with $84.79 worth of NEW products, for only $49.95!!! The new book can be autographed to the person of your choice. We're happy to fill your entire Christmas shopping list - just give us their names and addresses and we'll do the rest!
I've/we've had a toll-free 800 number for incoming calls nearly 30 years now (same one, 800-838-HIKE). While it has always been a FREE call for anyone, lots of folks don't realize that all those calls are charged to us, by the minute. Sometimes we would spend an hour answering questions (60 minutes x $.25 per minute = $15), which we've always been happy to do, but all those spam calls on the 800 number line sometimes got kinda expensive! (sometimes spammers would call while we were gone and get the answering machine, which then would record their "music" or "static" until the digital time ran out, running up our bill.) Due to the fact that 95% of all phone calls we receive these days are SPAMMERS with fake numbers, and since we don't know which number they use to call (our toll-free line or our normal land line), we've been FORCED TO CANCEL our toll-free 800 number. Sorry. In fact since a lot of them now call in the middle of the night, we've even been forced to UNPLUG our phone when we go to bed. These issues are only going to get worse - write your "congressman?" Haha, sorry for the joke... Best way to place an order is via our online store here, or you can always call our normal land line at 870-446-2382.
2019 SLIDE SHOW SCHEDULE. We are done with our new slide program schedule. Everything looks good except for Harrison - we have to pay $500 to rent the Durand Center now with the new owner. Bummer. (we can't really afford to pay to give this free program, this so it may be our last show in Harrison, but we understand the high fee) You can have a look at the schedule below, and CLICK HERE for more info. As ALWAYS, all programs are free and open to the public, and we thank our gracious hosts for making this happen. HOPE TO SEE YOU AT ONE OR MORE OF OUR SHOWS THIS YEAR! And THANK YOU for coming!!!
And here's the photo from this morning off the back deck - beautiful!
10/09/19 55 degrees at dawn (much cooler down in Jasper). Beautiful sky color along the horizon and especilly in the delicate clouds above - changed colors and lasted for 30 minutes!
10/11/19 jjll10/11/19 - we finally hit a low of 42 this morning, with another 2.9" of rain overnight. An electrical storm that lasted for more than 12 hours was one of the most electrical of all electrical storms I've ever witnessed. We sat in the prow and watched it for hours - each strobing flash lit up the insides of the cabin, even inside small areas of wall if there was a window nearby - and the bolts where white and very wide, not orange or red and narrow. The cabin shook and the power went out a time or two, but just for a second.
No deck photo yesterday morning since we left at 6am before any color in the sky to get me another allergy treatment in town. Turns out I'm now allergic to coffee, something I avoided most of my life because I hate the tast of it (love the aroma though), and also can't eat or drink hot foods without burning my mouth up. When they came out with K-cups and refrigerated French Vanilla Coffeemate, I started drinking a small cup or two each day - now there are few things on the planet that I LOVE as much as the taste of coffee that's been cooled with french vanilla! I don't really need the caffeine, but savor the flavor...
Is it the end of the week already? OH NO - I'm not fond of FRIDAYS. That's because when you are self employed it only means you've got to get ALL of your work done today that you've been putting off all week! Which, of course, runs into the "weekend" - and since I'll never get all my work done we get to work weekends too. I LOVE Mondays because it makes me fell like I've got another full week to get the work done, haha....HAPPY FRIDAY TO EVERYONE ELSE!
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