Sunday, October 20, 2013
Annoying my wife on Sunday afternoon.
Sometimes I find something she really is interested in. I was just reading a blog kept by a young woman who lives in the "waste lands" in New Mexico. I don't know if that is what they still call the desert in Northern New Mexico, because I haven't lived there in more than 40 years now, but it's an appropriate name. She and her husband are buying a chain saw to cut wood with for their wood burning stove, which is how they heat their little house on their own land. Naturally I was compelled to write a long comment full of advice on chain saws. I learned the hard way here, by using one. Maybe I can spare them some of the experiences I had. Or, maybe I am just a garrulous old guy who likes to give advice. Either way I told my wife all about it. Then we remembered other things we did when we first came here. Our first blizzard, we lost power and so we took all the meat out of our freezer and put it on the porch. We were so proud of ourselves for "adapting." But the next morning, the snow on the porch was covered with tiny foot prints and the hams were all gnawed up. During the night, there was a possum and raccoon party on our porch and a good time was had by all. I admit to being envious of this young couple. They're starting out in the wilderness on their own, building their own place and working hard. That's the best kind of life there is. I'm not complaining about mine, but now the challenges are all behind us here and it's a comfortable, sedentary life. I suppose it's like what all veterans do with their military service. You just remember the really good things and miss them, but you forget the bad things. People are just wired that way.
I should leave my wife alone and let her read her book. She has to leave to go back to where she teaches in a few hours. Then it'll be just me and the ferrets, cats, dogs, the rat, and the chickens for another week up here.