A homeless man wandered into Kingman one day, here’s what happened

For years, the white-bearded man in the red Santa Claus outfit has been a familiar sight around this isolated high-desert town, his habits so routine people take notice when he’s not there.In triple-digit August heat and on frosty January mornings, he pushes an overloaded cart along congested Stockton Hill Road, his companion toy rabbit riding shotgun, trundling unsteadily between his haunts at supermarkets, fast-food joints and coffeehouses.Who is this character, this man in scarlet, people once asked. Is he homeless? Does he have substance or emotional issues? He seemed harmless, because not once did anyone see him stick out his hand to beg, bother or steal.Eventually, some stopped to introduce themselves. James Zyla, as he calls himself, greeted them in a charming British accent uncommon to rural Arizona. His last name, he said, rhymed with sarsaparilla, a lovely word he’d once used in a poem and decided to imitate. For starters, he’d say, he didn’t like the terms “homeless” or “living on the streets,” and much preferred “on the road.”

Source: A homeless man wandered in one day, and this Arizona town adopted him – Los Angeles Times

Tips for Keeping Backyard Chickens – For Beginners

Having a new flock of chickens can be a roller coaster ride of ups and downs, especially for beginners. It takes years to learn the ins and outs of good chicken keeping. If I could go back and start over, there would be a handful of things I wish I would have known as a beginner. These ten tips will help prevent confusion and heartache for the new chicken owner.

Source: 10 Tips for Keeping Backyard Chickens for Beginners

(Thanks to Wirecutter for sharing this one.)

Frequent Visitors

Today, we’ll step away from the birds, and look at some other desert creatures that seem to thrive in this ever-changing, and sometimes rather hostile environment.

Coyotes:

We hear them pretty much daily, and sometimes get a glimpse. The leave their scat around the ranch from time to time.

We leave them alone, but the local ranchers here treat them as pests. They do love your pets, so it’s best to be wary. Coyotes are sneaky, they’ll send one to lure your dog, while four more are waiting to trap and corner them. Watch out!

They seem to be fat and happy in the moist years, but scrawny in the drier years, as one would expect. This year, I imagine they are quite happy, as we’re seeing an abundance of rabbits.

Rabbits:

Speaking of rabbits, they really are prolific this year. They’re cute and cuddly when they’re little, but soon they’re eating everything.

The snakes, coyotes, bobcats & Mountain Lions all eat them.

Waiting for a Rabbit snack…

Snakes:

We have a variety here, including some of the deadly kind.

There’s a lot more, but time is short today, so we’ll leave it at that for now.

 

 

Land Special of the Week

This week’s special is 710 Billy the Kid Rd. It’s super pretty, and has a convenient location for either getting to Kingman, or to Lake Havasu City.

It’s close to primary Stagecoach Trails roads, near some State Trust lands as well as miles of Federal lands. Value priced at just $19,500, it may just fit your needs. It’s loaded with lush high desert vegetation: Ocotillo, Joshua Trees, Cholla, Red Barrel Cactus, and a zillion wildflowers.

Panoramic views of the Hualapai, Mohave, and Black Mountains. Wide open spaces as far as the eye can see. Truly a daily joy.

If you’ve wished for dark, clear skies to really see the stars the way that most can’t, come check out Yucca, Arizona.

One more bonus: there’s an old driveway & cleared area that wouldn’t take a whole lot to be ready to go camping or for your RV.

Take a look at Parcel 710:

 


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Survival Medicine: Cayenne Pepper

Prescription meds and over-the-counter medications may or may not be available in a given economic collapse, but you can always grow your own medicinal herbs or even source them in the wild. If you could only have one medicinal herb in your survival bag it should be cayenne pepper. It’s an anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and a sterilizer. It’ll warm you up, boost your metabolism, and energize you all at once. Cayenne pepper adds spicy heat to improve the flavor of all foods. It’s even beneficial, not harmful, for your digestive tract. The active ingredient, capsaicin, is what’s responsible for all the benefits. Lately, even the medical world is giving credit to capsaicin. A product called “Sinus Buster” is a popular over-the-counter sinus medication that is capsaicin based. As an aside, Sinus Buster even claims to chase away headaches. But you don’t need to buy Sinus Buster to chase away headaches or clear your sinuses. Grow your own cayenne peppers and make your own medicine!

Source: Grow You Survival Medicine: Cayenne Pepper – The Organic Prepper