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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

First Fire this Year.

It's not really cold tonight, but it's cool . Mid fifties outside and very dry air. I built a small fire in the fireplace. Just for the pleasant sound and smell more than anything else.  I don't think I have ever built a fire in September before. Certainly not in mid September. Usually I am still running the air conditioner until mid October. Of course that could still happen. One cold front does not an early winter make.
I'm about ready for winter. The most urgent outside work is done. Wood and propane layed in.  Supplies up to appropriate levels, though some more chicken feed would not be amiss. I gave ten sacks of feed to an old acquaintance who had a little bad luck and that has to be replaced. He can't lift feed sacks right now. That might be me down the road and if I need the help he'll return the favor. Soon it will be the dead of winter and that means reloading time. I need to look at the spreadsheets and see what needs to be ordered. Still some things to do but I'm about there with all the critical issues.


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  1. And here I am getting ready to pack away the gas heater until next winter, it's 5pm and a pleasant 70deg F.

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    1. I don' think I'd ever get used to December not being cold, windy and snow coming down.

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  2. We haven't used the fireplace yet but we have had fires outside already. The neighbors gather round the fire pit (or brush pile) and the kids run around. The guys are cutting and splitting wood which is plentiful due to the storms we had that knocked a lot of dead trees, as well as live ones, down. Fall is my favorite time of year but it will still be in the 70s or 80s for a bit yet, pretty big swings here near St Louis. We have had it freeze one day and be near 90 the next. .

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    1. I've got a fire ring outside too. In fact ,I have three depending on the view I want! Haven't used them much this year though, too much wind and rain.

      It's much cooler here than it normally is for this time of year, and looking at the weather forecast, it will stay that way at least through the rest of this week.

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  3. I'll be glad when I don't have to run the AC. I get tired of that particular noise.

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  4. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Yeah' we got a cold front coming in next week.

    I finally got the 'release of lien' paperwork from a county office for my house. I try to stay up to date on all my paperwork, titles, and other stuff. In case something happens, I'm scrambling around trying to find stuff.

    I am also busy getting other stuff in order and working on other projects on the house and vehicles for things like the upcoming winter, ebola outbrake, nuclear exchange with the Russians and Chinease. Peak Oil, Meteor impact, Yellowstone Eruption, EMP and Canada invading the United States.

    I think we will have an early winter and anywhere east of the Missisipi will be colder than usual and out west it will be wetter than usual.
    Im sure there will another Hantavirus outbreak (Bubonic Plague) out in some western states including New Mexico, happens every EL Nino' year when its too wet and the field mice increase in population and leave the virus in rat crap in peoples homes, cabins etc.

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    1. You ever see the two hour movie from South Park about the U.S. Canadian War? Great musical.

      I'm just dong a it more mundane things, like making sure I have enough propane, but I'm about done.

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  5. We have had frost warnings in northern Maine this week. Southern Maine is promised frost by Friday. I'll need to harvest all my tomatoes by then, ripe or not. And my bell peppers are not even 2 inches across yet. Where is all that globular warming that Bubba Gore keeps blaming me for?

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    1. Yeah, I notice he has not been much in evidence this past year. Maybe he is preparing a new campaign to bring us down to a third world nation status in order to combat global cooling. Maybe the lack of hot air emanating from him is the reason the planet is cooling off?

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  6. I am certainly glad it is still in high 80s here. Winter kills me with the cost of heat, and I am not even warm when I run heat!

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    1. I can stay warm, but when propane doubles in the space of a week, it costs a lot of money I could use for other things!

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    2. The trick with propane is to buy in volume. I have a 500 gall underground tank that I own. Because I buy 400 to 450 gallons at a time I get a bulk discount and do not pay more than 2 $ /gal, some years less. No keep full contract either. That's where they mail you every time the deliver 20 gallons. It hurts when I write the check but I'm good for 16 to 18 months. I heat the house with a Renai, it runs about 2$ a day full-tilt-boogey six months a year, November to April. Wintertime temps Jan and Feb here routinely drop to 15 deg F bellow zero and we get an average of about 8 to 10 feet of snow a season.

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    3. Alas, we don't have that option here. The price is the same, no matter what you buy in terms of volume. I have my main tanks topped off, but I have one more smaller tank, 100 gallons, for the apartment I need to fill and then I've done about all I can do.

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  7. Last weekend we had a fire. My sister and her family were over and nephew wanted to have one. We did it outside so as to cook marsh mellows for the kids. It was nice. If/ when the temp drops another 15 degrees I will light one up in the house. As such now when it really cools down I just worry less about having the door open as the inside 74 degrees is close to the outside.

    Fall seems to be coming fast to central Louisiana so who knows.

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    1. It's very Fall like here today. I am waiting to see if it changes back to normal weather and gets hot again, or if Fall is here to stay.

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  8. Looks like fall has arrived in Idaho. Leaves are starting to fall. The garden is dying. Put the portable AC away today. Need to fill up the Jerry cans. Come to think of it, there are a lot of things I still need to do before the snow/cold hits. Once it gets here it's usually to cold to get anything done outside. --Troy

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    1. Troy, I just say a news article where some giant python had escaped in a small Idaho town. Don't get eaten!

      There's always something else to do when winter is coming. All you have to do is look around your place and you'll see something you either forgot or just haven't gotten to. That's how it works with me.

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  9. Yes, I am ready to light a fire here. I miss the smell and warmth. Like you, I have been eyeing all the reloading supplies that are abundant now, kind of the kid in the Candy store look.

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  10. I spend a lot of time in winter out in the shop, partially to reload ammo I need and partially just to relax. I have everything I need out there to be comfortable and it keeps me from getting cabin fever, especially when there is a lot of snow.

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  11. It's been cold where I live to. I wonder when we're going to get our first snow? The Farmers Almanac mentioned that we're going to get a lot of snow. Nothing is totally accurate though.

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