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

― Frank Herbert

Monday, July 28, 2014

Just past one.



Nice night out.  78 degrees outside but not humid.  The night insects are making such a racket you can hardly hear the creek.  Sounds like Cicadas, but they came out last summer and only appear every seven years or so here, so I don't know what they are.

Nice in the house.  The air conditioner is keeping it cool and dry.  I may not do an entry for a couple of days, so I wanted to get on here and let people know I am just relaxing a bit if that happens.  Sometimes I think I won't be writing for a while and then the next day I feel differently and do. I suppose we're all like that. At any rate, if I don't, I'm not dead.

I watched an interesting show on Discovery Animal Planet Channel tonight. It was called Ice Lake Rebels.   It's about a huge lake in Alaska, and the people who live on it in houseboats. I like houseboats, and ever since I spent a week on one with my brothers I have had it in the back of my mind that I'd like to do that full time.

But these people live in very harsh arctic conditions part of the year. I don't think I'm really looking for something so extreme. Even so, it was interesting and I plan to keep watching. To say that some of these folks were eccentric would be an understatement, but isn't that always the Discovery Channel Modus Operandi?

For all I know, everybody else on the boats were retired bankers and school teachers, but I kind of doubt it.  The way the boats were set up to be completely self sustaining was fascinating. It's on Sunday nights at 2200  (10 p.m.)  if you get the Animal Planet Channel.




Spike and Jet ,the two young ferrets, went to Ragnar's nest under the china cabinet today. I hadn't touched it, I was just going to leave it for awhile. They took the nest apart, then they each took some of his rubber toys that were under there.  I guess they waited long enough to be sure he was not coming back, then divided his estate. Even with his grave goods taken out, he had collected quite a stash of things ferrets like. I'm sure he's pleased that his heirs received his possessions. All that was left was some food, and a giant pink rubber fish. God knows where he got that, I don't remember ever seeing it before.

23 comments:

  1. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Ok' where do I begin.

    I missed "Ice Lake Rebels" I gotta check it out.

    Doomsday Preppers was a cool episode on Thursday night. The last guy was a retired Army officer that had at least $30.000 worth of ham radio stuff in his house. He also had a natural gas well to power his generator (must be nice)
    I would check out that episode. The retired Army officer really had a good set up and he was not a nut or kook like some of the people are.

    I still think Ragnar is in Valhalla stealing and hiding silver and gold coins from Oden and the other gods (and getting away with it) If Thors hammer comes up missing, they will know who to blame.

    On the Baofeng Radio, the UV5-R is the best 50 bucks I spent in a long time. I got the 'supersized attenea" and that works super great. I don't know all the specks. I am a rifle geek and not a radio geek. I do know that its five watts and has great reception/transmission etc.
    My friend programmed my radio, his radio and others with the program known as "chirp" and that works really, really well.


    One more thing Harry'

    check out the band called "Mountain Sprout" and the song "Screw The Government"
    That band is kinda, blue grass, country and really funny satire.
    I just downloaded the entire CD (the one with the cusswords) and its making me laugh.
    I heard the guys on the band (Mountain Sprout) look like "Duck Dynasty" from hell.

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    1. CC, I would imagine if there is anything shiny or sparkly in Valhalla, the Aesir had better keep an eye on Ragnar.

      I taped Doomsday Preppers, but haven't watched any of them since the new season started. I'll watch that one.

      I'll look into that radio. I'm not sure if it is HF, or VHF, or what but I can research it on the net.

      I should be able to find that song on the net, thanks for the recommendation, it sounds like my kind of music.

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  2. Thanks for letting us know. It's always a worry when a favourite blogger goes quiet - especially when they post regularly.

    Enjoy some reading (or gardening?) time - when do you get the books you won?

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    1. I know, sometimes they just disappear and other times, you find out through a third party that something bad happened. But in my case, I just have some things to get done and want to get them out of the way.

      I don't really know about the books. I honestly don't remember entering the contest, but I always do enter contests people have, to show I'm reading their blogs. Well, sometimes if it's things for ladies I don't. I won once on Total Survival Libertarian Rantfast, too.

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  3. That is interesting about the younger ferrets. I saved one of our old dog's toys (well, it was just a piece since it was her favorite and wore it out) for years until it turned into a plastic mushy blob. I had it tucked away in a pottery jar. If anyone found it today I don't think they would understand what it was. I hope you are doing ok.

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    1. Each ferret makes their own stash. But I have noticed that when one of them passes away, the rest of the colony divides their possessions up. It's not like most animals, where the strongest takes all. The division seems to be fairly equitable and the oldest ferret starts the distribution. This time, no old ferrets were left. Just the two young males. In October my daughter is coming to visit and she will bring me two more ferrets from the rescue shelter where she lives.

      I'm doing fine. Just a bit tired.

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  4. Mental breaks are always good. Some days I just want to dump the whole blogging thing. I guess it depends on my mood. The weather here in MN has returned to average, highs low 80"s had some rain/drizzle yesterday was kind of nice. Enjoy some time away, but we know you something will rub you wrong and you will post sooner then later.....LOL

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    1. Rob, I just need a few days to handle some insurance business, and get some dental work for my son set up, among other things.

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  5. Hey, Harry--we have cicadas every year. There are several types, some of which have one-year cycles, some are three, some are seven, some are thirteen, some are seventeen year cycles. I've even heard of a few species that have longer life cycles.

    I am sorry about Ragnar. He had a good life with you, though, and is in a far better place, now--probably stealing as many shiny things as he can get away with.

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    1. I didn't know that but it makes sense. The noise is the same, thousands of insects chirping the same sound at the same time.

      I know Ragnar is better off. He was in a bad way. I expect he has a nice burrow somewhere, with the other ferrets from the colony who have gone on, and is doing well.

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  6. We have been hearing the Cicadas here as well. Seem to get louder though during a storm, almost like they are competing with the thunder.

    I have not seen the Ice Lake Rebels, but I do like watching "Life below Zero" kind of cool show.

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    1. Ice Lake Rebels premiered last night. I thought it was good. I've always wanted to live on a boat. I had the chance to some years back and my wife wouldn't do it. But that wasn't a houseboat. Who knows, when we are both retired we might get one and put it on the big lake just for when we want to live on it. They don't cost as much as a nice car if you find a good used one.

      Herodotus Huxley told me that there is more than one kind of Cicada, which explains why I am hearing them now when they had the 17 year cycle (or whatever it was) last summer. I don't mind them, even if they are pretty loud.

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  7. I must say, ferrets seem to handle probate much faster than we bipeds.

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  8. That's because they are superior beings.

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  9. If you die first, we're splittin' up your gear......................

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  10. Harry,

    When we lived up in VA we only had the cicadas every so many years. Now living here in OK, I hear them all the time. When I went out to weed the garden, one was sitting in one of my tomato plants screaming........he didn't want me there working. He flew around me and was just screaming, then flew off.

    It sounds to me like the ferrets have established themselves a kingdom with a hierarchy. Wait until your daughter brings you the other two ferrets, it should be interesting where they stand within the hierarchy.

    I've been trying for a while to get your blog to post on my reader list, and finally was able to get it to work.

    Enjoy your break, and I look forward to reading your next post.

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    1. Hey Sandy. It's good to see you again. Whoever becomes lead ferret will depend on who is the oldest I am pretty sure. They don't seem to go on who is the strongest, or anything like that.

      I rarely see the Cicadas. I just hear them. They are out there singing tonight.

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  11. It would be interesting to live in Alaska. I'm never in love with cold weather. I can handle it, but not for long. In Nebraska we have 4 true seasons. Often times the last month of winter I'm done.

    I bet your ferrets didn't know what to think of their friend being gone. :( So sad.

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    1. I thought about living in Alaska but there are so many additional things to deal with. I think it would be a young man's game.

      The ferrets may not understand death. I don't know. I let them have time to say good bye with the colony mates after one dies, but I didn't with Ragnar, so they may be mystified.

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    2. Good to see you posted a reply here yesterday, I was wondering how you are doing.

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    3. I'm fine. Just not very energetic at the moment.

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