“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wednesday afternoon.

It's building up to a big thunderstorm. There's a cold front coming in, and it's hitting a warm, wet air mass from the Gulf of Mexico.  That's always good for some fireworks.

I went out on the porch this morning, to drink my coffee. Some kind of hideous wasp thing flew up and stung me over my right eye, which is now swollen shut.  The whole side of my face is puffed out. It gives me a gratifyingly gargoyle look and I wish I could see well enough to drive into town. I'd go to the grocery store and tell people it was a birth defect.


I have nothing planned for the rest of the day.  I can't work outside with this rain coming, and to tell the truth until the eye recovers I can't see well enough to do much of anything. Reading is certainly out of the question.

I have my trusty satellite radio though, and I can make myself a comfortable bed on the couch and listen to that, so the day is not a total loss.





I have been reading posts.   On one post I saw some amazingly realistic fake dog poop.  I was unaware that there was a market for this product and am now considering going into the fake ferret poop business . I am sure it would be a niche in this new industry, but who knows it might catch on.



I saw another post, at Pioneer Preppy's, where he was discussing the withdrawal of suburban creep from his area.  His description of what has happened very nearly matches Kunstler's description of what would happen in the future in his book The Long Emergency.   I need to get that out and read it again.


24 comments:

  1. Been there and done that ay least 3 times in my life, all right around the eye..... that certainly sucks. I'd offer a remedy but I'm sure you'll have half a dozen in short order.

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    1. I put some meat tenderizer on it. At least the wretched thing didn't sting me on the eyeball.

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  2. I don't know about wasps but honey bee venom is suppose to be a good arthritis cure.

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    1. Well, it doesn't work with wasps. My wrists are still all aching from this weather. Check your mail in a couple of days. Sent you something yesterday.

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  3. That had to smart some. Hope it clears up soon, although it would be kinda fun to see the reactions of folks. I once had that gargoyle thing going on after stepping on a ground nest of yellow jackets. The only good thing was I found I wasn't allergic to stings.

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    1. Yellow jackets are the worst. I bleed when I get stung by those things. Cut a nest open with a weedeater once. They can fly really fast if they are mad!

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  4. Hope the sting settles down quickly. If it's any consolation I am sporting a huge bump over my left eye just now, nothing as drastic as a sting, I over reached for the alarm Monday morning and rolled off the bed hitting my head on the night stand. Felt like a right idiot :)

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    1. Been at the plum brandy again, eh dreamer?

      Glad you didn't hit your face on the edge, you could have gotten messed up but good. Some days are diamonds, some days are stones.....

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  5. Man that stinks. Where I used to live I would get bad eye allergies. Sometimes it would close off an eye. Not fun when I would show up to work with a class full of teens. One time I showed up to class with two swollen eyes and mis-matched socks. Should have stayed home. Didn't take those kids long to have a good laugh at my expense. --Troy

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    1. Troy, I didn't know you had been a teacher. I did that, 5th grade, for three years. I had planned to save the world but soon found myself disillusioned and gave it up.

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  6. The weather has been weird here too. The temperature has dropped considerably. Yesterday it was in the 80's and today the high was in the mid 60's. Yesterday Walker and I were shirtless wearing shorts and today it is sweat shirts and thinking hard about long pants. Windy too but doesn't look like rain.

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    1. It's raining and the wind is howling just after midnight. I can't get anything done with this weather, can't mow my meadow or do my roof work because there isn't time for things to dry out. I am beginning to wonder if the climate really is changing. Not because of us, but just because it does, from time to time. Or so the History Channel assures me, at any rate.

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  7. Keep your eye(s) open...package inbound. ETA next week.

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    1. I'll be looking for it. Thanks. I like surprises.

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    2. Well..reckon it ain't a surprise if I warned you about it!

      Just didnt know if they leave packages for you at your mailbox or if they make you trek to the PO to get them. Figured Id let you know its coming so if you did get a notice from the PO, you'd know it might be worth the trip.

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    3. They tie a big plastic bag with the package in it to my gate. Unless it has to be signed for then I have to go to town.

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  8. Harry - i wishi was nearer as i would make up a poultice for your eye. i did the same thing to my nose...we had a ground wasps nest and i was always laying in the grass and watching them fly in and out - it was so cute! none of them ever stung me except for one time i put my nose to close to the whole and a little guy came flying out too fast and banged right into my nose. my nose swelled, but not too much, and i just made a poultice of dried herbs and the swelling down by the next day. i feel for you with a swollen eye. i hope it's better today!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. I'm much better today but I would gladly have tried your poltice. The meat tenderizer had no effect I could discern .

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  9. Ouch. that must hurt really bad. And throb because of where it is. I hope it feels better soon. What about some anti histamine tablets and some cream of the same?

    Could you give more info on the book. is it about people moving back into the centres due to TEOTWAWKI? peak oil etc... I would love to read that if it is.

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  10. Kunstler is an arrogant, violently antiSouthern scientist who predicted a collapse caused by dimenishing fuel reserves. He pointed out that people can only live in suburbia when transportation costs are low. He also wrote two fictional novels to illustrate his theories. While I don't care for him as a person his thoughts on the depletion of hydrocarbon based fuel and the consequent effects on us make sense.

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  11. I hope your eye improves quickly, that must have hurt!

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    1. Yes, and the strange thing is, I had just gone out on the porch and was looking into the forest. Things have been a bit hectic and I thought to myself "well, what's next" and at that instant the wasp stung me.

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  12. It has been so rainy in Nebraska. My sinuses have wanted to scream. I'm just glad classes are almost over. The students are annoying this time of year. The good ones will be just that good, most all the time. The bad ones want to save everything for the last moment. Then they want me to bend over backwards for them. I just want them to go away.

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    1. I sympathize entirely. The last week of school was always nightmarish. I can still remember how nice it was to walk out to the car after that last day though, and know I had two months to myself. Hang in there, soon you will be a free woman.

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