“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Monday, June 16, 2014

Staying inside.

 

   The fourteenth issue of the Shotgun News annual, called the Treasury, is out.  It's been on the stands for a couple of weeks, and I picked one up early on but haven't had time to look at it.

Basically its a compendium of the best articles published in the magazine that year.  They used to just about all be concerned with surplus guns in the beginning, but these days it's more about building your own rifles,  gunsmithing, and black guns.

I still buy them because they're enjoyable to read, even if they don't align with my interests as much as they once did.

On a day like today, when I'm forted up inside, it's nice to have a good "browsing" magazine.



I got up before dawn and got most of what had to be done outside finished.  Now it's very hot, and very humid, so I won't be going out again until evening time when it starts to cool off.  The air conditioner is doing it's job, cooling and dehumidifying the air.   The massive bank of pothos plants (philodendrons) we have growing between the living room and the kitchen are filtering the air and making it nice and fresh in here.

Itty Kitty the Shop Cat was lonely so I brought her in this morning.  Midori the House Cat was not lonely, and drove Itty Kitty downstairs into the family room.  I brought her in so she could socialize but that isn't working out very well.  If she ever comes back up I'll take her back out to her home in the shop, where at least she isn't bullied by a Himalayan.

My wife is making a beef and onion stew in the crock pot for our mid day meal. We don't use the oven if we can help it in summer, because it heats the kitchen up.  If we have something that needs cooking I use the grill on the porch.

Today should be very quiet.  I'm perfectly ok with that.


15 comments:

  1. Our weather has been cool and rainy, but that is about to change. At noon, it is still cool enough for windows to be open, but by mid-afternoon I expect to turn on the air conditioning and keep it on the rest of the week. In the summer, if I need to bake bread, I will do it in the early morning hours, and the crock pot is also my best friend. I'm sure it won't be as hot and humid as it is where you live, but it will be miserable for those of us who are acclimated to cooler climates.
    Poor Itty Kitty. Cats need company, too. Since the deaths of two of mine this past year, my remaining fat cat, Kizzy, has become my best friend, wanting to be wherever I am and loudly protesting when she can't follow me.

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    1. The Georgia mountains get up into the nineties and have humidity levels in the eighties even when we don't get all this rain. It tells you something about central and south Georgia that they come up here in the summer to cool off. I went through the Army Airborne course at Fort Benning in 1973 and I was in top shape. The heat and humidity was like the breath of hell and I still remember that experience to this day. How DeSoto and his men got through Georgia in quilted cotton clothing and steel armor is beyond me. Itty Kitty had to go back out to the shop but I am going to put another kitten out there to keep her company as soon as the new kitten is big enough. Itty Kitty is a dwarf and I am pretty sure she is retarded but she is a jolly little soul.

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  2. My wife keeps an electric skillet for cooking fish outside (can't stand the smell of fish the next day or so) so I sympathize about keeping a summer kitchen. Can you imagine the work that was involved before electricity was brought to the homes - I can't. Mom told me of her Mom (Grandma) heating water in a tub and doing the laundry for a family of 12 twice a week over a scrubbing board. Internet search 'Sad Irons', a story of Texas Hill Country life before electrification was available to the household - my shoulders just ache thinking of that.

    They raised them tough back then - I'd try and convince my wife we have to go native if it ever comes to that.

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    1. Electricity didn't reach the mountains here until just before world war two. When I moved here in 1986 there were still plenty of people out on the possum trails who didn't have indoor plumbing or electricity. Many of them were primitive Baptists who considered any kind of change to be potentially sinful. I've read the Foxfire books and I surely hope that the grid never goes down.

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  3. The weather here is nuts at the moment. it cant make up its mind what to do. Everyone was talking about the storm the other night. it spooked a lot of people.

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    1. The weather has been badly out of kilter here for over a year. I'm beginning to wonder what's going on myself.

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  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-27862849

    and people say I am crazy. Got to get solar power as soon as we have decided on houses and what we are doing. that and another wood burning stove. I quite fancy the stove Dani has. The Rosa

    http://www.fireplaceproducts.co.uk/cookers/la-nordica-cookers/la-nordica-rosa-wood-cooker/

    its purdy

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    1. I've got a Victorian era kitchen stove in my kitchen and a regular wood stove downstairs. I almost burnt the house down in the middle of the night a couple of years ago when the chimney of the wood stove in the family room caught on fire. Dani and her husband have done it right. I tried going off grid in 1999 and it was a total bust.

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    2. wow a real Victorian stove. They don't make them like they used to. people ripped them all out of the houses in the 70's and 80's over here

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  5. I'm not sure I'll renew my subscription to Shotgun News. Sad.

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  6. Hey Harry,


    (captaincrunch)

    I surfed all morning. I got one ride that was at least 250 yards from the end of jetty to the beach at angle. The wave kept reforming and just road all the way to the beach. I really, really like long rides so I pick and chose the ones I paddle for.

    When I first paddled out to the end of the jetty. I found myself in a school of Porposes. The nearest one was about 10 feet from me. The Porposes where just fishing and ignored me. I've bumped into Sea Turtles and been up close and personal to a full grown Dolphin and other critters in the past so its nothing new to me.
    My last wave of the day was a nice left, right cutback that I road for while. Not as long as the first, but fun never the less.

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    1. There's an article on Fox News web page today about a two thousand pound great white they are tracking. It's headed directly for the part of Texas where you surf. Good luck with that! Take my advice, don't go out in the water over your ankles. And then only when the water is clear.

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  7. I'll be looking forward to a trip sometime this summer. I'll actually have time to read. :)

    Your wife must be reading my mind - yesterday I made a crock pot meal. It's so handy when you're busy. I've been picking berries off our bush in the front yard every single night. It takes so much time, but I wanted to get to them before the birds did. Now I'll have enough to make jam, and other things.

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    1. We bought some pizzas today, and we were careful to only get the little ones that will fit in this tiny electric oven she has. The last thing we want to do is fire up the gas range oven and boost the temperature in the house. Crock pots are great, they don't generate a lot of heat, you eat when you want to, and they are easy to clean.

      You are a hunter gatherer! We go to the little road side store over by the little lake and buy berries from them. I guess we are faux hunter gatherers!

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