“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Friday, October 17, 2014

Cold and clear.


 Clear outside, but the temperature is about 51 degrees in the early afternoon.  Last night it got down to 42.  That's not bad, considering how things will get later on up here, but it's chilly compared to recent nights.

The picture on the left is the oak tree of Damocles. It's the one my old propane company demanded I cut down, which is why I have a new propane company. The fact that the old outfit bought new trucks that can't get up here is too bad for them. The base of the tree is growing right on the edge of a big stream. I know it will fall one day, but when it does it will be a natural event and not because some human being found the tree "inconvenient."

Even so, I never park under it when I am opening or closing the gate. Trees are notoriously short on gratitude.




This is where my trail from the house down the mountain runs into the old county dirt road, which goes to the county gravel road, which in turn goes to the county paved single lane road, that eventually becomes a paved two lane road, which goes to town.  The dirt road is in sorry shape, because other than grading it once in a blue moon, the county doesn't fool with it.  If you have snow in any quantity, getting out of my place is a four wheel drive evolution, and if there's ice, you just stay home.



The dogs are snug in their dog apartments. They'd be warmer if they would sleep together in one room. That's not the way it works, though. Whoever gets in first won't let the late comer inside. So it costs more to build the shelter, since they have to have separate spaces separated by walls. Everybody has their quirks.


The $3.00 for the ferret picture has cleared my account, but when I went to the Russian photo company page that owns the picture, it hasn't shown up there yet.  I'll wait another day or so and if it still doesn't I'll email them. I wonder if anybody there speaks English?


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  1. Yes, they'll answer and you'll hear a man in a Russian accent, " Hello this is Peggy....."

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    1. http://youtu.be/-Lzz8KER520?list=PL1RbfMib1pzZtgul_VMCLe-z6PqsMnPjl

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    2. According to my account information on the photo company web page my account rep is "Pavel." I wonder if it is Pavel Chekoff?

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  2. I like when trees fall down naturally. Amazing things grow on them.

    It's funny that your dogs have to have their own little space. Whatever works.

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    1. They are like me. They do not play well with others. ;-)

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  3. Looks like the clearance under that tree is pretty slim. Was it the road conditions or just the tree that they had a problem with?--Troy

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    1. They bought new trucks with exhaust stacks on top instead of on the side. The first time they tried to deliver gas after that they knocked the stack right off their new truck. Then they tried to give me a big ration of s### about it and I fired them.

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  4. Glad you made it through the storm. Looks like you have some new fire wood. Better get busy before it gets real cold.

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    1. I've turned wimp and I buy wood from a woodcutter. He splits it, and I pick it up at his wood yard, bring it home and stack it. If times get hard I have all the hard wood I'd ever need in blowdowns, which is a comforting thought.

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  5. Yea, I'd have kept the tree and told the gas company to piss off as well. It is an awful neat thing to have a leaning tree like that one. As for "Peggy" from Vladivostok and the picture of the ferret, I suppose its a good thing it was only three dollars... If you don't get satisfaction within a week I'd go to paypal and ask for your money back.

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    1. I'll get that picture come hell or high water. I mean to have it!

      Yeah, they really took the wrong tack on that issue. I don't react well to some "no account" telling me I have to do something. I would not have cut the tree anyway but it need not have ended up being ugly if they had exercised even a modicum of tact.

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  6. Can't those guys tell when there might not be enough clearance?

    It sounds like you live out in the boonies. That is not a bad thing.

    I agree with the dogs, I want a room of my own. I wonder what would happen if there were just one huge room, larger than either needs. When my daughter was two, she got into the dog house. The dog got in and would not allow her to get out. He was pushing her back with his muzzle. I was always surprised that he wanted to keep her inside!

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    1. I'll have to post the air photo of my place again. I live "out where the streetcars don't run."

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  7. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    Yeah' I would keep the tree. Reminds me of the argument I had with a postal worker years ago. They said they can't because it involved effort, etc,etc,etc. I don't like to hear, I can't.
    If its a good reason, I will understand. Give me a bullshit excuse and I will give an attitude in return.

    On the pic you ordered from 'Paval Checkoff' of the Ferret in NBC gear, that sucks.

    Go get a Mosin Nagant instead.

    Mosin's are like Ferrets. You just can't have one.

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    1. I've got several of each variant but I just got the new Southern Ohio Guns catalog and they have some really nice rifles including laminate stocks and hex receivers at good prices. I may have to buy some.

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  8. I wouldn't park under that tree either but I like that you stuck to your guns and didn't take it down. It was the driver's responsibility to know what he can and cannot do, not you or your tree's.

    I always worry about buying things from unknowns. Got ripped off on a series of DVDs about solar energy. My credit union said since I approved the charge, there was nothing they could do about it. I didn't approve not getting the product, but that didn't matter.

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    1. I have my own personal philosophy about living in the forest. I figure the bare fact that I am a human being doesn't make me the supreme arbiter of life here. I don't kill all the animals that come by, just because I can. I don't cut down the trees unless I have to. That tree will probably be here long after there's no trace of me, or my buildings, left.

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    2. I'll get that picture if it's the last thing I do. I have a lot of time to devote to harassing the photo company until they come across.

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  9. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    Here's a report of another ebola case in Dallas.

    This is neither confirmed or unconfirmed on the validity on this.

    http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/10/17/new-patient-screened-positive-for-ebola-at-baylor-hospital-testing-not-confirmed/

    I don't trust the 'authorities' and I am unsure if they will announce any more 'positive cases' because it goes against what our president was saying about ebola being a threat' etc, etc, etc.

    On a sidenote, did everyone hear of the guy from Nigeria that vomited to death on the plane to Washington, DC???
    They said he did not have ebola, however if someone vomits to death on a plane back from 'Ebola central' , my bullshit meter starts making clicking sounds like the old styled 'gieger counters.

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    1. I heard about that incident. I would imagine nobody is going to be flying for a bit unless they have to, given the number of problems like that.

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  10. I love your country roads, so pretty with all the trees. Maybe your dogs will come together as the weather gets colder. Samson lets Faith sleep on his tail outside. It is just too cute! It is interesting how we can share and enjoy pictures of our very different environments. So far we have groundwater, I believe our well runs deep, but you have prompted me to check.

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    1. Inger, there have been all kinds of news stories on the major networks about whole towns in Southern California running out of water. With all the other things you are juggling right now I'm hoping that won't become something else for you to have to deal with.

      My dogs are both females and both adults, usually they get along but they don't share much of anything. Especially food and dog houses.

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  11. Harry,

    Love the old big trees. How old is this baby?
    Glad you stuck to your guns and went with another gas company.

    Sorry to hear the weather was bad.

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    1. It's at least a hundred years old and probably more. it's an oak, and there aren't many left here as people have cut them down for firewood.

      It's nicer now than it was weather wise. Cold and clear.

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  12. I'd be too paranoid about the tree and have to have it down! I'd plant a couple in its place though.

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  13. It's a beautiful tree, Kev. Also, it's part of my philosophy of life that people shouldn't just randomly kill everything they find annoying or potentially inconvenient.

    I know that's somewhat impractical, but it's just one of my quirks. Logically, you are right.

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  14. Dogs with quirks? Whoever heard of such a thing?

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    1. My dogs are almost as eccentric and quirky as I am. And that's saying something!

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