“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Saturday


This is tonight's sunset here,  taken from a mountain just a little higher than the one I live on. The view is looking from that mountain, towards the mountain where I live.  There's a web cam up there and sometimes I watch the sunset or sunrise on it if I don't feel like walking up my own mountain a bit to a good vantage point. Today, I certainly don't feel like walking at all.  We went to town to have a spare set of keys made, since I somehow have lost the set I usually use.  I know the key ring is  here at the house somewhere, but my guess is that I laid the keys down on the couch instead of hanging them up.  If  I did, it won't have taken long for the ferrets to find them and drag them off.  I checked their usual stash places and while I did find some useful things, like the battery cover for my cordless phone, no keys.

While we were in town I walked around the Home Depot, to see what was on sale. If they had some decent flashlights I'd have bought some, but this year it is all little tiny pocket lights and I have enough of those. Still, walking around in the cold did wonders for my hip and I just waited in the car later when we went to a grocery store. My wife went in, but I wasn't up for the jaunt.  Getting older has it's own special ways of reminding you each day that you are not 30 anymore.



 

15 comments:

  1. When we go to the store, and the whole family comes with, everyone goes in different directions. When its time to go I end up waiting for the crew. I like to go with just 2 or 3 not 7. The Home Depot by us has real Xmas trees already.

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    1. Most people here just cut their trees out of the forest, since we have a lot of pine and spruce. I like to wander around the stores if they aren't too busy, but the cold has been tough on my joints.

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  2. You have a much higher tolerance for shenanigan-prone animals than I have. I had a hedgehog that ran around the place for a while. He was my kinda pet. Ran around all night, slept all day. was pretty much paper trained and totally undemanding. I loved that hedgehog. Then he got all tangled up in a spool of heavy thread. I have no idea where he found it. I mean he got it everywhere and the poor little guy couldn't move and was actually cutting one of his toes off. I couldn't get him untangled because he kept rolling up in his defensive ball when I tried and getting himself deeper into trouble. I took him to the vet and the vet killed him trying to tranquilize him. Guess he gave him too much :(

    I gave up on exotic pets after that.


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    1. I don't think of my animals as animals. They all have unique personalities, and I regard them as friends. That's pretty bad about your hedgehog. The tough thing about getting attached to the small species mammals is that they have short lives, and they are very prone to accidents like your hedgehog had .

      When you live on a mountain and avoid interacting with people in person for as long as I have, I guess you develop some odd quirks. These past few years since I retired, I REALLY don't have much contact with human beings. I can go two weeks without seeing another person or speaking to anyone, and not notice it. Maybe that's why I don't get all stressed out like I used to when I was still working. But if I didn't have my animals up here, I expect I'd get lonely.

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  3. Dad and I went to the orchards for a small load of fruit wood and got a couple of bottles of wine and Dad got a nice little plum brandy. Got a big cold front moving in Sunday night but I think Dad and I are fully prepared!
    I'll tell you getting old ain't for sissies!

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    1. It isn't. I have to work at maintaining a positive attitude sometimes. If I let myself dwell on it, I'd get mopy. I'm sure you are all set up, you've paid a great deal of attention to detail and are a good planner.

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    2. I'm a very optomistic person by nature. It can be very annoying to the other people in my life that have a more cynical or pessimitic bent for personallities. Oh I can get as gloomy and doomy with the best but it seldom lasts very long.

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  4. We need to get more flashlights! That's one thing I think everyone can't have too many.

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    1. Alissa, I've been stashing them away in one of my supply rooms for years. I have a complete box of military flashlights, I think they shipped in packs of 12. You're right though, it's like ammo, you can't have too much or too many. I wanted some of the long, LED lights but they only had little short pocket lights.

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  5. My kids are sort of like the Ferrets. Stuff just vanishes. Also I may misplace things then find it convenient to blame them.

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    1. That has happened too. I never get mad at the ferrets or fuss though, so they don't mind.

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  6. It is kind of funny the ferrets would steal your keys.

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    1. Ferrets love anything shiny. They will steal shiny things and put them in their stash. The word "ferret" comes from the latin word "ferretus" which means "little thief." Romans kept ferrets in their houses the same way we keep cats, to get rid of mice and such, but they knew that anything shiny left around was fair game for the ferretus. When one of my ferrets dies, I always bury them in a big plastic jar, with some cloth to lay on. I put their stash in with them, some shiny coins, shiny costume jewelry, some of their favorite rubber chew toys, and some of their favorite food. They can take their things with them to the afterlife, I figure. I would have made a good Egyptian I guess.

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  7. Harry - those ferrets sound like they are planning a big night out - ya know, stealing your keys, waiting for you to go to bed, then they jump in the truck, hit the town, get all drunk, cause a bit of a ruckus and then sneak back home before you wake! if i were you i would start paying attention to, and noting, the odometer and the gas level - that will help you catch those sneaky little ferrets - bahahahahah!

    oh Harry, i was thinking of you last night! we went to our friends 50th birthday party and we had so much fun! there was about 40 people, but 15 of those people were our friend DM's friends - the rest of us were just the regular crew!!! but we tied one on, danced up a storm and shut the place down at 3am! Harry, we got some real good people up here, just normal people all with their own flaws and weird ways, us included, but they respect privacy, they respect the land, and they party like nobodies business. i think you would really like it up here.

    as for getting older, every time i get a creak or a crack, i think our 83yr old matriarch who was at the dance, and dancing until midnight - and i feel like a bum! last night she said "people should dance more. it keeps you young!". i think she is really on to something!

    git you and your wife's butts up here and i will teach you the lindy hop, jive, rock 'n roll, swing, and ballroom! you need to dance more buddy! your friend,
    kymber
    (oh ya. being able to get in the hottub all day, the day after the dance - well that helps too - bahahahah!)

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    1. Well, I can dance a lindy or a foxtrot, or a waltz but those are the only dances I know. I think I like the foxtrot the best. I admire the social skills you and J have, I certainly don't have them. I used to enjoy the Marine Corps Birthday Ball every November 10th when I was in, but I think that is the only socialization I was ever good at.

      The ferrets have been acting out a lot lately, especially at night. I think it is the cooler weather or something associated with the winter coming. Although they live inside and so are not affected by the weather, they are growing thicker coats and putting on weight. A lady told me ferrets liked yogurt, so I bought some and put it out last night. In the morning it was gone and I was so pleased because they can use the vitamins and all. But then I put some more down at their feeding station and Midori the cat came and slurped it all up so then I realized who was eating the yogurt!

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