Friday, July 25, 2008


Pine Mountain

Hello again from Pine Mountain. This week it was time to bale hay so the animals would have something to eat in the winter time. First I took the old John Deere tractor and attached the sickle bar cutter. Then I cut the hay and let it dry for 2 to 3 days. I then attach the hay rake to the tractor and rake it into windrows. Next I attach the hay baler to the tractor and attach a hay wagon behind the hay baler. My helper pulls the hay bales from the hay baler chute and stacks them on the wagon. My other helper switches hay wagons when the hay wagon is full of bales and takes it back to the barn and unloads it while I fill up the next hay wagon. This is our second cutting of hay this year. It should be just enough to finish filling the barn for winter. Well before I bore everyone with our routine ranch chores, Roxana has been traveling again. This week she tells of her travels to the small country of Azerbaijan. This ancient oil and gas rich country is the gateway to the middle east and the far east. First we have our usual sections on Alternative energy, Easy Cash, Nutrition and Health, Traveling, and Adventure.

Alternative Energy

First for those of you that have just joined us, here at the ranch, power is supplied by 2 wind turbines and a water turbine. We also have a few solar panels that charge up a battery bank. Our horizontal turbine looks like a small wingless airplane on top of it’s 80 foot tower. We purchased that one from Our vertical turbine we purchased from, it spins away on a 30 foot or 10 meter pole out by the barn. Our water turbine in the dam of our pond came from an Alaskan alternative energy company The wind has been normal for this time of year. Every day there is an almost constant 7 or 8 mph wind. In the late afternoon and early evening the wind picks up to about 10 to 15 mph.

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The price of fuel keeps going up in price. Gasoline is now over $4.50 a gallon. Everyone is looking for anything that will increase fuel economy even a little. Most Alternative energy fuels are still years away but there is a way to improve your mileage, increase your horsepower, and reduce your emissions all at the same time. You will be able to turn your vehicle into a fuel efficient one with only a few readily available items from your local hardware. The instructions are easy to follow and there are many diagrams so you can see how to do it too. It does not matter if you have a gasoline or diesel engine vehicle it will work with either one. Go to to learn more while supplies last.

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Easy Cash

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Nutrition and Health

These days everyone is concerned about nutrition and health. Most of our food is over processed and has very little nutrient value. Our food looks great but not much more. If we want to stay healthy in today’s world we are forced to take supplements. The question is: What supplements will provide what you need for the least amount of time and money? I believe one of the best supplements out there is called acaiplus. It is a blend of vitamins and minerals plus acai to promote health and long life. They also have vitamins to help improve your long term and short term memory. They also have an energy drink that gives you steady long term energy. To learn more about these products go to Check out Acaiplus, Feed My Brain, and White Lightning.

Travel for Less

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Adventure and Treasure Hunting

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And now our feature story.


Azerbaijan is a small ancient country on the southwest corner of the Caspian Sea. It has served as the gateway to the far east from Europe for thousands of years. It lies on the famous silk way caravan route and is an interesting mixture of European, middle east and far east cultures. This country has cave paintings from paleothic times, petroglyphs from the bronze age, medieval minarets and mosques, and breathtaking natural wonders. Azerbaijan was one of the main stops on the Big Silk way. Being at the crossroads of so many cultures, this country saw many empires rise and fall. First it was the Sumerians, then the Assyrians, the Persians, the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Arabs, the Mongols and finally the Soviets from 1920 until 1991. There were many other minor empires that ruled Azerbaijan but they are too numerous to mention. 1991 brought independence but almost immediately a civil war began with neighboring Armenia. The first 2 presidents of Azerbaijan tried to win the civil war but failed. Finally a former Azerbaijan official that had spent most of his life in Russia, even rising to the rank of general, took over and brought a halt to the civil war. His name was Heydar Aliyev. Heydar brought stability to the country and ruled from 1993 until ill health forced him to resign in October 2003. Heydar’s son llham took over and rules to this day. Azerbaijan is a real archeological storehouse and has over 6000 places of significance. This small country has nine climate zones. That is more climate zones than any other country on earth.

The country is blessed with rich oil and gas deposits as well as gold, silver, and other minerals. Baku is the capital which means “city of the gods” The old part of city represents one extensive historical-archeological reserve. Sometimes it is called "The Baku Acropolis" Also it is a fortress. The majority of walls of the fortress are still standing. This part of city is most picturesque, with its labyrinth of narrow lanes and ancient buildings. The basic sights of the old city are Shirvanshahov palace, Seyida Yahia Bakuvi mausoleum, a caravan-sheds Multany, Bukhara, Mollahana, and numerous mosques." The maiden Tower" Giza-Galasi, height 29,5 m, - one of the most outstanding historical monuments of Baku and - a symbol of the city. 70 km to the south of Baku there is the largest grouping of figures on rocks- Kobistan in structure of which it is totaled more than 4000 unique rocky sites, caves, rocky fortresses and burial grounds. Spotted of petroglyphs, many them are more than 10 thousand years old, these monuments of history are incorporated in the historical and cultural preserve. Across all of the province of Apsheron the fortresses are scattered, they was constructed by Shirvan's shahs during the middle ages and the rule of the Arabs. Two locks in Mardakiani, a mosque a Tuba-shahs, the sunken ruins of mysterious Bailov's castle, and also different fortifications Also the balneological resort Shihovo constructed on hydrosulphuric sources is attractive. To the south, on the Azerbaijan-Iranian border stretches across the lengthy range of the Talyshskikh mountains. It is one of the most exotic areas of the country. Here, in a subtropical climate zone, grow magnificent deciduous and mixed forests.

Here you find the beautiful landscapes of the green mountains cut by gorges with raging rivers, numerous thermal and mineral sources, the cleanest air and magnificent nature. My time in Azerbaijan passed too quickly but this was just a short rest stop on my journey to the orient.

Pine Mountain Evening

It is evening once more. I am relaxing in my easy chair. I have just finished getting all the new baled hay into the barn. I had vegetable soup and a sandwich for dinner. Squeekers my African grey parrot is sitting on his perch eating peanuts. Tonight our sample coffee from is Fool’s House French. This coffee is a dark rich full bodied coffee. The beans were pulled from the roaster just before they burned. Squeekers and I just finished watching the second episode of year 5 of the scifi series “Stargate Atlantis” This show definitely packs a lot of action in a 1 hour show. Well it is getting late and I am ready to get some sleep. I put Squeekers in his cage and head off upstairs to bed. Good night all see you next week.