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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hellish Storms



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.

35 comments:

  1. Sounds like you are getting the kind of weather we usually have here in the summer, but didn't so much this year. Odd weather patterns all over.

    The animals are so much fun to watch when they are in play mode. I watched Lily the Yorkie haul nearly every toy - and there are a lot - into her kennel today, and then go off to sleep behind a chair because there was no room left for her in the kennel. I'll bet the ferrets are a hoot when they get going.

    I'm thinking that being housebound is not such a bad thing. At least I won't be on public transportation for a while. If the virus is going to reach me, it will have to climb the stairs and knock on my door!

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    1. Vicki, I have most of what I need now here on the mountain. Like you, I don't need to go out very often. We are all kind of along for the ride now, I think. Either it will catch on and start spreading, in which case who knows what will happen. Someone send me "The Earth Abides" a while back, and it's about an epidemic that sets mankind back to the stone age. I have "The Great Pandemic" about the Spanish Flu, and that makes for a disconcerting read. Then again, for once the scientists and the government may not be egregiously lying and nothing may happen. At this point, I guess we just wait and see.

      The ferrets are a real hoot. They love the piles of wheat straw the winter quarters for the outdoor animals are made of. I am a little nervous about them being out there when the dogs are on the porch, so I watch them like a hawk.

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  2. it is that chinese curse, 'may you live in interesting times.'
    if you read the book of esdras [i think it is esdras II] you may enjoy it.
    would a metal roof be a better idea?
    deb h.

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    1. I'm going to switch to metal roofs at some point, they have everything going for them, including low maintenance and lower insurance rates. I've not heard of that book, I'll see what I can find out about it.

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  3. I have been reading about the Ebola fiasco in the US with a sense of disbelief! This is not the common cold they are dealing with. Now I see that 4,000 US troops have been sent to Africa to "help" with this outbreak, I sure hope that none of them end up getting exposed to the virus. Why has the west not placed a blanket ban on any travel to and from the region?? All we are doing is helping the bloody virus to spread all around the world.

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    1. Sgt. I am listening to late night radio as I look at your comment and they are saying that Australia has it's first case. The news report says it's in South Wales and is a person who was exposed in Africa.

      The stupidity of sending troops into an Ebola hotspot is mind boggling. Letting flights into the U.S. from places where Eubola is raging is criminal.

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    2. If you haven't heard Cuba, is now sending 3000 "sanitary experts" over to Liberia to "help". Odd thing is they can't even supply their own country's treatment centers with basic consumables such as latex gloves, face-masks and disinfectants. Can you say disaster in the making?

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    3. The Cubans ought to be well versed in sending people to Africa, they kept the whole continent boiling by sending their troops as proxies for the Soviets and did a hell of a lot of damage there. I'm thinking that their going there makes about as much sense as our sending 4000 troops into the hot zone. Which is to say, none at all.

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  4. i am with my buddy, Sgt 73rd Regt, above! i cannot believe that the western countries have not put a stop to people flying in from Liberia, and the african continent in general - it's nuts. but then wearing my tinfoil hat, i wonder if this whole ebola thing is a false flag....to keep us distracted from what is really going on behind the scenes that they don't want us to know about??? thoughts from you Harry and your readers would be very welcome.

    much love to you and yours always buddy! your friend,
    kymber

    (p.s. - i swear those ferrets are so cute. who is that drinking the beer?)

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    1. Lot's of people are starting to wonder why the government is doing what it's doing. A CBS survey that came out today showed that citizen's trust in government is very low, although when they looked at the political affiliation of the respondents Democrats have a much higher level of trust in the federal government than Republicans or Independents.

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    2. The beer drinking ferret is from a ferret web page, not one of mine.

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  5. Harry,

    Surprise storms rolled through here the night before last.
    Wind blowing hard, and rain coming in all directions.

    I love the picture of the ferret drinking beer.

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    1. Sounds like you and I are getting the same weather. Beautiful but rough.

      I thought that was a neat picture too.

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  6. Hey Harry (and Kymber)

    (captaincrunch)


    I just watched a show on the PBS show on Nova that was all about Ebola.

    It was just the most informed piece of journalism on Ebola I have seen yet. I know that there is a cure called Zrapp or something like it, but its really expensive to manufactuer and not cost effective for drug companies to make (Im sure the wealthy and political elites will get their cures)

    There is too much for me to mention on the Ebola show on Ebola. Just trust me and watch it online.

    Hey Harry and Kymber....

    that picture of the Ferret drinking beer is really me. I am a ferret that has been "modified in a government lab' using genetic engineering and bionic implants to do spy missions for the government.

    My favorite pastime is drinking beer out of really big mugs and getting hammered.

    Theres nothing worse than a drunken 'redneck spy ferret'

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    1. I believe you. The government is primarily run by people who have been turned into monkeys so turning a fellow into a ferret should be doable.
      :-)

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      Yeah' I'd rather be a ferret than a monkey any day of week:)

      By the way, years ago there was some documentary on monkeys in India (the ones that live in cities) and they set up a house filled with food and other stuff. Then they had the Indian woman who owned the house leave the windows and doors open and within 10 minutes of this lady leaving the house, a troop of monkeys' macack's I think went into her house and looted out all the food.
      The funniest one of all was the fresh pie she baked that was left on the kitchen counter. This full size male macack monkey 'waddled' out the front door on both hind legs standing up holding that pie with his front paws 'like a man carrying a car tire between his legs" was the best way to describe it. The look on that monkeys face as hilarious. He looked at the other monkeys as if he was saying' I got mine. If you touch mine, I will bite you!
      Those monkeys are a bunch of damn thieves. Far worse than the worse' thieving ferret:)

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    3. There is a reason that a large group of monkeys is called a CONGRESS

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    4. captain - i always had a hunch that you were a redneck, beer-drinking spy ferret. thanks for confirming my suspicions - bahahahahahah! oh yer a true nutter you are, buddy!

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    5. I like real monkeys better than the congressional version.

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  7. Just caught a news update, the case is a nurse from an aid agency who returned to Cairns in Northern Queensland. It is absolute madness that we are letting anyone back into the country who may have been exposed to this virus!!! A simple quarantine is all we need to stop Ebola spread ing any further.

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    1. Now our radio stations are saying she didn't have ebola after all, so maybe you dodged a bullet over there. No one here , other than the tv talking heads and the political pigs like Kerry, can understand why in God's name we are letting an average of 140 people from the hot zone prance into this country and just walk off into the general population. But we are.

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  8. harry,
    the books of esdras are in the old testament. esdras II is prophecy.
    deb h.

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    1. I don't remember that in the bible. Is it in the King James?

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    2. No.

      I and ll esdras were written in the late 2nd century or possibly the early 3rd century long after the last apostle John died.

      The council of Nicea in 325 AD ruled that the contents and authorship were so questionable that they shouldn't be included in the Bible as we understand it.

      ll esdras deals with what we call apocalyptic material and since this Ebola thing is going on, I guess she thought it had some bearing on current events.

      Most just go with the 4th horseman in Revelation.

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    3. Well, I'm no biblical scholar although I have heard of the Council of Nicea. I'd like to read this esdras. I've read the bible stem to stern several times, and was just reading revelations last week because somebody told me Paul was a homosexual and it said so in revelations. I thought that was interesting but it turns out what they were referring to was just the old belief that sex was polluting.

      I'll see if I can find that text on the internet.

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  9. Ah a fellow lover of ferrets! I have three naughty boys 1 is a stray that came to us just over a month ago. Had him neutered then after a few weeks tried to introduce him to one of mine and it didn't go well sadly so look like I'll have to have two ferret houses now one.
    Do you rescue and rehome? Such wonderful beasts!

    Miss Tulip x
    The Thrifty Magpies Nest

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    1. Miss Tulip, I don't rehome mine. I get the one's that people have dumped off, or they are too old, or they have medical issues. We get them fixed up as well as possible then they live here with me for the rest of their lives. I had seven but now only have 2. They are great friends and I'd be very lonely up here on the mountain without them.

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  10. I bet it will be fun having new ferrets to play with when you get them. It's too bad your kids can't come this month. Maybe they are waiting for Thanksgiving. Yummy - turkey. Sometimes it's hard for me to get off work as well.

    It hasn't been storming in Nebraska, but it has been raining here and there. Last night I walked one son to their martial arts class, and it started raining in the middle of our walk. I hoped it wouldn't downpour on the walk back with the other son. Luckily it did not.

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    1. It was a big disappointment. But my daughters boy friend lost his job, and though he found another one quickly, he can't take any time off from the new job. She doesn't want to leave him, and my son doesn't want to drive down here by himself. However, they will come for Christmas, maybe, and then I can get Christmas ferrets!

      It is storming again right now. Loud thunder and rain on and off.

      Your kids must be in different age group classes. Mine were only a year apart and had the same teacher and time period. Martial arts is a good thing to teach them, it instills a sense of discipline and self control, as well as providing important self defense skills. I'm all for it.

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  11. harry:

    sorry about the boomers, hope they have calmed down now - we are lucky here that way - VERY few t-storms.

    sounds like you got a handle on it - didn't know ferrets were so fond of suds ;-)

    cheers my friend!

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    1. Ferrets like anything fizzy, in my experience .I never tried mine on beer but I know they will climb up on the end table, knock my wife's coke off on the floor, then scurry down and lap up as much as they can before we can clean up the mess.

      Storming again here now. Lots of thunder , not as much rain.

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  12. Latest news update, the Aussie Nurse has tested negative for the Ebola virus, for now we are still free of the virus.

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    1. I just saw that tonight. The Deputy Sheriff in Texas that we thought had Ebola apparently does not. So far, so good. But I am wondering what will happen when it breaks out in Central America and Mexico. We already have thousands of useless people flooding across the border daily that we can't afford to support. What will happen when the number goes up as they flee the disease?

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    1. Yes, I'd like some Christmas Ferrets. I may go to Acworth, Ga to a ferret rescue and get some before then, though.

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