Wednesday, October 8, 2014
For two days now, we've started out with beautiful, moonlit nights. Then, about six in the morning, tremendous storms move in and it rains in sheets for about three hours. Sometimes the wind is so strong the rain comes in sideways. The lightning goes from one side of the sky to the other, and from the knoll I can see it streaking across the horizon. When you live on a mountain top, you can watch the storm coming for a long time before it gets to you. It starts as a dark line on the horizon, lit up by internal lightning flashes and you hear the thunder way off in the distance.
I have plenty of time to shut down all the electric equipment, and these past two days have been so bad I've unhooked the cables from the receivers and unplugged them instead of just relying on the battery backups and line conditioners.
The power goes in and out. The phones work or they don't. The internet is hit or miss, and runs at a reduced speed. The barn lost a lot of shakes and I need to go buy another bundle and work on that tomorrow if the weather is decent. The storms have been stopping around noon and the rest of the day is nice until the cycle starts again. I don't know if we will have a third day of this but I hope not.
Fall is here. The kids were supposed to come home sometime this month but they had to change their plans. My daughter was bringing me some more ferrets that needed a home, but that will have to wait til she can get away from work. The two I have , I've been taking out to play on the dog house. They can slip down the cracks in the bales and just pop out anywhere. I don't know if you've even seen a ferret go down a crack in the cushions, but their back legs are hinged so they can stick out straight, like a diver going off a diving board. The last thing you see of them as they go down the hole is their little toes and the tips of their tails.
I'm sure all the German ferrets are enjoying Oktoberfest but mine have to do with well water, and once in awhile a thimble full of Coke. They like Coca Cola, but it gives them gas so they only get a little on special occasions.
The Ebola imbroglio gets more complicated every day. A this point, I'm not worrying about it until I hear it has gotten out into the general population. I say "not worrying" because I've already done the little I can do. Every day brings some new bit of information that chips away at the nonsensical premise the government is touting, to wit that we have nothing to fear. Now it appears it can get into animals and be spread through them. I notice Cheaper than Dirt is selling a lot of NBC masks and filters. Usually the Sheeple can't wait to ridicule the idea that those could be useful, but if somebody sneezing on you can give you Ebola, would't wearing a mask give you a chance to get a shower and wash your clothes before you ingested any "fluids." Seems to me it would.
Time will tell. One thing you have to say about living today, it's surely one of the most interesting periods in the history of the country.