Every Ranch Needs a Crew! Come and Meet em!

Hi All!  I live on a small ranch in Northern California. It gets extremely hot in the summer, it stops raining for 6 straight months and the land becomes dry and dusty. But for now, spring is here. The wild flowers are blooming, the pond is full and we are enjoying this very short season of GREEN!

I would like to take you on a little tour to meet the crew of our little ranch!

 

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Hunting for Wildflowers from an Airplane!

Spring is HERE and the wildflowers are off the charts! One of the best shows for wildflowers in Northern California is Table Mountain just outside of Oroville CA. It’s amazing and a must see! The hike is very easy. The window of opportunity to see the flowers and waterfalls is pretty short. As soon as it stops raining and the temps rise, the flowers die and the streams dry up.

We also take a look at the NEW spillway of Oroville Dam

Here is the link to Table Mountain: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/lands/pla…

Ditching Facebook! Yes it’s True!

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FRIENDS – a Happy Beginning

I’ve had my facebook profile since 2009.  I think I’ve reconnected with every single living soul that I’ve EVER known through this platform. For that, I’m grateful.  It was fun seeing these long lost (to me) people again. Catching up, meeting their kids, spouses, dogs, cats and sharing in their good news and sometimes very sad news.  I was able to be part of their lives and they were able to be part of mine. Some of my friends live across the Atlantic in far away lands. This platform was AWESOME!

CREATIVITY

That was one piece of the puzzle.  I’m also a musician and an artist.    I would post an art piece on FB and BAM one of my friends would want to buy it!  I didn’t intend to make money from Facebook, but dang, it sure is nice once in a while. I LOVE to create YouTube videos. Filming and editing is a passion that I’ve been doing since the early 90s.  I’ve had my YouTube channel three years longer than I had my FB account. And, what better way to share my YouTube creations than to my my Facebook friends!

When FB came out with “pages”, where you could have a business page of sorts, that was pretty cool. I could sell my art there!  Keep my personal profile separate from my business page.  My friends would “like” my page and whenever I posted to that page, it would show up on their newsfeed!  Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

THINGS GET WEIRD

I had about 400 likes on my page and things were great!  Until one day I noticed that Facebook would tell me how many people saw the post of my FABULOUS painting.  You can only imagine the look of shock on my face….FIVE!  What?  Facebook saw fit to share my post with only FIVE people out of the 200 that liked my page.  WTF?!?!?!    They wanted me to PAY to have more people see my post.  The more money I paid the more random people they would share it with (not my friends, just random strangers) Well, you know us starving artists.. that wasn’t going to fly! Nope! I had to spend hundreds of $ to make it worth my while!

Then another weird thing started to happen.  My YouTube videos were getting censored on my personal FB page.  Only a fraction of my 700+ FB friends were getting my YouTube video on their news feed.

I frantically Googled that nonsence to see what was happening. Well, it seemed that since YouTube PAYS their creators through ad revenue sharing, and those ads are being shown on the video and Markie Z wasn’t getting a cut, he decided to NOT populate (very often) newsfeeds with YouTube vids.

Facebook does not like YouTube (owned by Google).  Therefore anything that you post to Facebook that takes its audience away from its platform will not be seen in a good light.  The Facebook algorithm (known as Edgerank) will simply give any YouTube link less reach.

That made me crazy!  FB wanted me to upload all of my video content directly to FB where I don’t get to share in any ad revenue.  At least YouTube shares the pie!  Mark Z wants it ALL for himself.  Stingy bastard!

So, I started to get creative.  I’d post a pic instead of a link then direct people to my blog where my video lies.  It’s way too much work for my viewers and they get confused as to where they are supposed to subscribe!  To my blog? To YouTube?

FREEBOOTING

Then there is this pirate thing going on called Freebooting.  This is where someone rips off a video directly from YouTube and posts it onto their FB page as if they created it themselves. they do this by downloading the video using a software or an online service. These videos get millions of views on Facebook, completely ripping off the original creator, and Markie Z gets a shit ton of $$$ from ad revenue!  These videos were posted onto user FB business pages to drive traffic to them.  Completely unethical and FB is letting it happen!   In the mean time, the original creator of of the AWESOME VIRAL YouTube video is missing out on a boat load of ad revenue because all of their views were stolen on FB!  Google that shit!  It’s true!  I see it time and time again and it infuriates me!  About 90 percent of the viral vids you see on Facebook are freebooted. Go to the page who originally posted it and you will see right away it’s NOT THEIR CONTENT!

FAKE NEWS, POLITICS, Agendas and Cat fights

OK.. this was an annoyance for me,  but not a deal breaker that would make me quit Facebook.  If my news feed got too annoying I would simply un-follow or unfriend the offenders. Done.   However, I was un-following a lot of people- about 70% of my FB “friends” (I use this term loosely)!  What is the point of having it?  Social media should be a two way conversation, right?  And then there were the cat fights under MY POSTS, between MY FRIENDS (who don’t really know each other)  DELETE POST!  Done.  This made me sad.

TIME SUCKER

This one is a big issue with me personally.  Social Media is like crack!  I find myself picking up the pipe (my phone) ever 5 freaking minutes to see who’s commented on my post, what everyone is talking about, scrolling scrolling scrolling.  IT’S NOISE!  LOTS AND LOTS OF NOISE!  I feel like I keep getting sucked into a vortex of shit and I can’t get out!

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And then there is this:

               Cambridge Analytica 

If you’re not a news watcher… Google it.

The Big Question… will I keep Instagram? Probably (yeah I know. Markie Z owns that too)  I like following Katy Perry and a few other celebs and there are some cool hikers and people that are sailing the world that I follow.

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And that my friends is the reason I quit The FACE BOOK and will NOT be back.

 

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A Couple of FLAKES in Yosemite!

Alex and I have been going to Yosemite for many years during the fall. The crowds are gone, the colors are amazing and we can camp right in the Valley  with pretty much last minute reservations!   We have NEVER been there in the Winter.

So this time, Alex (my hard working husband) treated us to a room at the Yosemite Falls Hotel for two nights in the Valley… a little pricey, but way worth it in the Winter.

Chains were required unless you have 4 wheel drive with snow tires.

And Yosemite didn’t disappoint!  We got a show of epic proportions!   I wish we could have stayed longer, but at 288.00 a night, well, yeah… you get the picture.

 

OH And make this video FULL SCREEN!  You need to see this BIG!

My Big FAT Laundry Room Reee-dooooooo

We’ve lived in our house for 18 years and the laundry room was NEVER finished! It was one of those projects that I wasn’t motivated to get done. I was busy working, having fun on the weekends and that laundry room was just a place to wash clothes. BORING!  Well, I GOT MOTIVATED and after I tackled a bathroom and a toilet closet, it was time for the next big fat makeover! The Laundry Room!  Now I can’t wait to do laundry!  Well maybe that is a big fat lie… but the laundry room turned out GREAT!

Check it out and please let me know what you think!

 

We FINALLY got SNOW! Let’s go Play! YAY!!!

WOW.. it’s been a pretty lame winter here in California. Not like last year! We finally got a little powder in the Sierra, so we took advantage of the winter wonderland! Let’s go for a walk in some white stuff!

Here is the link to the hike we took.
https://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/spatialArtifacts.do?event=setCurrentSpatialArtifact&id=22867389

Why I “Women” Marched

We all marched for our very own personal reasons… it wasn’t all about politics (for me anyway)..well maybe a little.. but I didn’t want to make it all about that.

As a teenager in the 1970s, I considered myself a “women’s libber.”  I wasn’t militant about it, but even though I never held a job myself back in those times, I believed that women should be given all of the same opportunities in the workplace as men.  I didn’t want to be called a “tomboy” and as a 16-year-old, I didn’t understand why certain things like fishing, hunting, working on cars, building things and the use of power tools were considered things for boys, while cooking, sewing and general homemaking were things girls were supposed to do. I wasn’t buying any of it. In 1978, I became one of the first female firefighters to work for the California Department of Forestry. I wrote a book about it called Fire Girl.

So being that spitfire young woman who I was, I picked male dominated jobs most of my working career.  Working in a “man’s world” I grew a thick skin.   “Dirty” jokes, sexual innuendo were common place.  You either put up with it or you got out.   Simple.   I put up with it.  I laughed right along with the boys. As long as I wasn’t being physically assaulted, I didn’t really care about “words” (too much).   But was any of this right?  In my opinion, NO!  Call me a sissy, a snowflake, a wimp, a pansy, sensitive.  Go ahead… those are just words.. and personally, I’m not afraid of those words. If you have to resort to calling me names… then what does that say about YOU?  Hmmmm….

CHANGE

How should this change?  Any place of employment shouldn’t be  gender biased ANY LONGER. Those days are OVER!   Women NOR men should have to put up with unkindness from their bosses or co-workers.  People have to make a living and feed their families. It all comes down to treating others how YOU would like to be treated!  We are all HUMANS living on this round blue ball. Can’t we go to work feeling safe, comfortable and have some fun that’s not at the expense of others.  Can’t we all go to work without hostility?

My first job experience

I remember my very first job at 17, I was assaulted by the owner of the restaurant where I worked.  I was summoned to his office where he grabbed me and pulled me down onto his lap and started grabbing my ass. As he tried to stick his hand down my jeans I was able to pry myself away and ran back to the safety of the kitchen. I quit that job immediately.  I had other instances of sexual harassment over the years, but nothing as physical as that.  My mother also had a story from the early 1970s where one of her male co-workers pulled his pants down in front of her on the job as a “joke”. Back in those days, as a women, you said nothing if you wanted to keep your job.

So, for the above reasons, I marched… and here is my latest episode of TwylaWorld!

 

The Green Box – A Paratrooper’s Story

My dad is 96.  He still drives, he walks 4 miles every single morning and he still lives in his home. This man is amazing.  Several years ago, I gave him a micro cassette recorder and asked him to record his life story. When he got to the part of his combat experiences in WW2, I was flabbergasted. He never talked about this and I heard his stories for the first time.

All of the footage in this film is actual footage of the battles he talks about.

A Christmas Eve Flight and Watching for Santa!

On this episode of TwylaWorld, Alex and I jump in a 172 SP and take off out of UC Davis airport to make an hour flight up to Redding CA.  We met up with some long time friends and had a great lunch.

The air was smooth, there was hardly anyone flying so the radio chatter was pretty dead and we couldn’t have asked for better weather in December.

Many years ago, I worked at the little airport we flew into. (Benton) I booked the charter flights, rented airplanes and scheduled student flights. I was the Hertz Rental car agent, I arranged for the fueling of aircraft, and I did some bookkeeping. It was a crazy busy little airport during this time and I also gave runway advisories to incoming aircraft as the Unicom operator!

Fall is Falling on the Ranch!

I used to LOVE summer. But, as I get older, I can’t take the months of  100+ degree temps that we get in the Sacramento Valley. When fall finally shows her colors, I get extremely happy! I can go outside and my hair won’t immediately combust!

Last night, clouds started to roll in and with them our first real rain of the season. I thought I’d head out and capture some moments on my ranch in Northern California. Enjoy!

I just got this Panasonic Lumix g7 to ad to my camera collection. I’m just figuring things out with it and still dialing some things in. I hope to take this camera with me on the PCT next year for part 2 of “The Long Ride” which you can see here:  The Long Ride