“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Thursday, May 29, 2014

That's out of whack.

I went to bed this morning about six and got up again at 4:30 this afternoon.  That's strange.  I feel pretty good though, first good "night's sleep" I've had in awhile.  It doesn't matter anyway since it rained during the night and it's raining now. I was going to start mowing the meadow today but mowing tall, wet grass is not on.


Went to town yesterday, but it turned into a fiasco.  I noticed as I drove in that my truck was pulling to the right.  Since it's usually aligned straight as an arrow, I went on to the tire shop. Sure enough, I had a nail in the right front.  I got it fixed and they charged me $15.00.  That's pretty outrageous for just pulling the tire, putting a plug in the hole and putting it back on the truck. The last time this happened to me, a couple of years ago, the cost was $3.00.  But that tire store closed when the owner died and now the "new" tire store is more interested in fixing tires for people in Bermuda shorts and sandals.

Then I went to have one of my chain saws worked on.  When I got to the place I always go, behind the farmers depot, it was all closed up.  I asked the woman who had the garden center next to the shop when they would be back, and she said they closed last year. She said most people don't use their own chain saws today, they just call a "tree surgeon", so the place that fixed chain saws dried up and blew away. I don't see how this can be. You don't call a tree removal outfit unless you have a tree hanging over your house and you need to be sure it doesn't fall on the house when it's taken out. Everybody that lives out of town is going to have to clear the road after a storm, because if you waited for the county to do it you'd be waiting forever unless you lived at the lake. At any rate, now I don't have anywhere to take my saw. I guess I will see if anybody in the neighboring counties works on them.

I went to Walmart looking for some herbal things that were recommended to me as sleep aids. I got the vitamins but didn't get the most important item so I'm going to go the pharmacy in town and look. I don't usually go there because their prices are outrageous.


Now that the ferrets have shed their winter coats, they look skinny.  I already had them in to the vet for their checkups. You have to make sure they don't have ear mites or any parasites. It's more a habit than anything else, because they don't get outside that much but you have to be sure. I took this picture in a dark room with a flash, and woke Spike up. He didn't appreciate that. The plastic is a big bag they were playing with and tore up.

I don't guess I'll try to go back to town today. It's too late.  I'm having lunch with an acquaintance tomorrow to do some business, and when that's over I'll go over to the pharmacy. It's been a slow week.

16 comments:

  1. I have noticed that alot of mom and pop hardware stores have closed around us. We now have to go 25 mi ow to go to a big box hardware store. We have mowed the grass twice this week. The trees all popped leaves this weekend now we have shade, and the farmers have hit their fields hot and heavy the last week.

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    1. Most of the businesses that have closed here have done so because the owner had health problems, or died, and nobody wanted to buy the business and keep it going. Young people don't stay here. There's no work, and like my own kids, most of them are glad to leave when they graduate from high school. Unless you count driving 40 miles round trip to go to the movies, there is no entertainment here for younger people.

      I need to mow before the meadow gets out of hand but I can't until the grass is dry. Maybe the next couple of days it won't rain.

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  2. I think our bodies have a way of letting us know when we need to rest. You must have needed the sleep.

    There are still a few Mom and Pop businesses left in my neighborhood - a bakery, a small engine repair shop, a lawn mower repair shop. The one I hated to see change hands was the full sized grocery just behind my building. It had been on that corner for many years. Since then, maybe 10 years ago or so, it has changed hands several times with each new owner trying to start an ethnic grocery, but to no avail. We need more locally owned places of business.

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    1. You need a pretty good customer base to support something like an ethnic grocery store. Where you are, I imagine the population density stays pretty much the same regardless of the time of year. Here, from November through May, our population is cut in half. The tourist places, which is about all we have here really, have to make enough money June through October to survive. In a bad year, that doesn't happen. Most of the businesses that were oriented towards farming, or rural needs, seem to have gone away.

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  3. Sent an email to answer a question you asked. It went to the live account.

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  4. It's your illogical commitment to Romanticism and Fantasy Shield Maidens attacking you at the subconscious level and causing sleep loss. I suggest reading a good data paper on an actual Viking era dig and a big glass of warm milk about 11PM.

    Or you could go watch a season of Longmire that always puts me right to sleep :)

    I couldn't resist.

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    1. Oh, I'm good. What I really need is the opportunity to get out and do some work during the day, so I can get tired and feel like going to sleep. My normal routine has been pretty thoroughly disrupted by the weather this past year and that has exacerbated the insomnia problem. It is, for instance, 4:30 in the morning right now. I have to be in town at noon, but when I get back I will take a nap, and that will keep me from being tired tonight.......

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  5. Hey Harry,


    (captaincrunch)

    That's too bad those older good stores closed down. Just goes to show you how screw up things are getting.

    On the last post, you said I would have been better in the Neolithic Period????

    Am I that barbaric????

    I would prefer to live from 1860 to 1960 in the American west, maybe Texas and I would start a 'very large' cattle empire.

    Look up the "King Ranch" in South Texas. 880.000 acres I think. Now that was a cattle empire that's now an oil and wind turbine, empire and corporation. The main ranch headquarters had an old 'Gatling Gun" on the roof to protect from Mexican raiders and Indians.

    Back then in the old west, there were few laws, regulations and lots of virgin, wide open land, adventure and dreams (yeah I know there we 'broken dreams too' but unlimited resources goes along way towards success)

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    1. Not barbaric, CC. You just have a very basic level of "needs" as far as I can see. You are self sufficient, you don't need or want a lot of people around, and you like challenges. I can't think of a better time than the neolithic for that. When I was young, I used to wish I had been around back then. Just think of the opportunities to explore, and you wouldn't have somebody telling you what to do or be worrying about a job, or money. Now though, I know I'd die off pretty quick because I've slowed down so much. Also, I am addicted to comfort and to good food which I wasn't at all as a younger man.

      I have heard of the King Ranch. I think everybody has . The thing about the old West was that it already had the cattle bosses, the railroad, the town sheriff, and it had bad guys and the Indians. Somehow, I just can't get cranked up for that. But being a Victorian, assuming you were from the upper crust, would have been good. If we are picking our times I think it's only fair to pick our socioeconomic levels, don't you?

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  6. I was wondering if the electric chainsaw may have contributed to the chain saw shop closing down. I know for a fact, the electric has many fans in the urbans where wood cutting is very limited. Ethanol gas has created a headache for gas engines that see only occasional use (In your pictures, the gas chainsaw looks almost like a necessity). The electric - just plug it in and go.

    That tire nail price does sound like robbery - here in our area, a plug will run about $5 - $8 bucks. For $15, they should have given you a shoulder massage and a wait in a vibrating chair :^). Then again, if the business is only engaged in 'fix a flat', I imagine customers are an occasional thing.

    Hope you get your sleep rhythm back in place. Yesterday night, I got 4 hours of sleep. My fault, as I stayed up to watch Spike TVs honoring one of comedy's greats, Don Rickles. Funny funny guy, he may have aged but his mind is still sharp.

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  7. I think it's just that there are fewer locals and more half way backs now. I had an electric chain saw once, but it was anemic and no use at all if I had to drive 3/4 of a mile to a blow down across my road to clear it. These folks who come up here part of the year and live the rest of the time in Florida are generally pretty elderly and they don't do their own maitenance for the most part. If something goes wrong, they call a tradesman. That's why the same plumber who charged $20.00 to come out ten years ago now charges $100.00 just to drive to your house, and another $100 for "labor."

    The tire shop just hosed me because they could. They've found they can charge the part time crowd a lot more than they can somebody who is from around here, and the part timers won't complain. So, they'd rather work on part timers vehicles, whatever they need done, and they don't care if you go away because you know they are overcharging. I buy my tires at Walmart primarily so I won't have to buy from them. There was a good, honest tire store here, but when the old man died the lease on the building was lost and that was that.

    Is Don Rickles still alive? He's about the last one left of that generation . Mickey Rooney just croaked here a little bit ago.

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  8. Aw look at that little pink nose!

    Everything is going up in price. it is really quite scary

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    1. I'm always afraid I'll wash one of the smaller ferrets in the washing machine because they get in those snuggy bags and you can't tell they are in there if you have an armload of ferret blankets, snuggy bags and ferret socks.

      Prices are going up, and our income is not increasing. That means, inevitably, that we will have to be more careful about money. I guess that's the wave of the future.

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  9. Harry - there a million different teas that can help you with sleep. my faves are ginger, chammomile, lavender, vervain and my biggest recommendation is sage tea. you would be surprised how delicious sage tea is. if you want i can send you some seeds for chammomile, lavender and sage. you can easily grow all of them in a pot on a sunny window sill.

    chammomile and lavender make wonderful soothing teas....but sage tea is the best for unwinding at night in my mind. it is also very soothing throughout the day to calm the nerves.

    much love to you and yours always. your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, we don't have the kind of shop that would sell those ingredients, so my teas are limited to what I can get at Walmart. I tried some ginger tea and it didn't help. Tried chammomile and it tasted awful. I have never seen sage.
      I wonder if I could get the plants at the garden center by the farmers depot? I hate for you to have to spend your money on postage and I don't trust our post office not to come out here and murder me because they mistake the seeds for pot or something. ;-)

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