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

― Frank Herbert

Thursday, October 23, 2014

What did I accomplish today. Not much, I'm afraid.



I was supposed to replace some shakes on the barn roof.  I just wasn't in the mood to work up on a ladder, so I decided to put that off until tomorrow.  I needed to put a little bit of roof sealant on one of the skylight frames. Didn't do that either. I should have gone to town and gotten some pressure treated wood to work on a retaining wall, but I didn't.  I haven't felt very motivated or ambitious this week, and have spent most of the time reading on the couch by the fire, or sleeping.

Took  some time to go through the blog and delete some posts I wasn't happy with. Sometimes I don't get things right, or can't quite express what I'm trying to say. Better then to just delete the whole thing, leave the topic for another time. This blog is my personal record as well as a way of communicating with like minded souls. I'm thinking I'm going to split it into two parts, one that's oriented towards exchanging ideas with others, and another that is just uninteresting minutiae of value only to myself.

I did walk down and get the mail.  I wear a small pack down there and back.  It's roughly two miles round trip. Good for me but tiring. I carry a blue shopping bag to put the mail in, but today one of the kittens followed me down. About a quarter of the way down the mountain, she got tired so I put her in the shopping bag and carried her down and back. Fortunately, there were just a couple of bills and a newspaper, so she wasn't crowded in the bag.  It's just getting harder to make that trip on foot. Sometimes it's a test between my aches and pains and my will power.  Cold weather is hard on arthritis, and it may be that at some point I'll have to eat crow and go along with my doctor on the hip replacement. Not yet, though.  I have a horror of being cut on, and of hospitals.

Tried to work on my taxes some, getting things in order but spreadsheets just weren't on my mind this week and I haven't gotten much done.

I pre ordered  Rawle's new book, Tools, some time back but publication has been delayed until December according to Amazon, so there's no chance of it's coming anytime soon.

About the only other thing I did today was watch the old movie Falling Down. If you haven't seen it, it's a unique show and I've always felt a lot of empathy with the protagonist. There's a lot of vulgarity in the language, which is why I haven't been able to put a clip on the blog. Still a good show though. Pretty much sums up life in general.



I found a trailer that has been edited for language.  Good show, I think almost everyone can relate to it.


20 comments:

  1. Sometimes you just have to chill out and float awhile. Batteries must be recharged. Our mailbox is a mile away, too. Our gate is half a mile and now FedEx and UPS have decided not to go thru and deliver to the house, Sometimes I wonder if it is all worth it. Hang in there....

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    1. UPS and Fedex can't get up here, even if the gate is open. The trail is too steep, two windy, and at the top there is nowhere to turn around. I made a deal with them a long time ago. They just call me to let me know they are bringing a package and then they leave it at the gate. UPS always calls, the driver and I are on a first name basis, and if he is running late, I let him leave my packages in town at the UPS pack and wrap, because I know it's a long way out here and he doesn't have any other deliveries in this area. The Fedex people have a different driver just about every time. They never call, and they just dump my packages at the gate. Sometimes they put them in a plastic bag, but sometimes they just leave them in the weather and unless I am tracking the package, it can sit down there for days until I leave the mountain top and find it.

      It's not like me at all to gaff things off that need to be done. Maybe the weather is making me feel lethargic.

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  2. where do you get the beautiful paintings?
    deb h

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    1. I have a "folder" on the computer where I put pictures I see on the web that are interesting or pleasant. I've been collecting them for years and have a lot of them.

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  3. Those clips are certainly interesting. I felt like doing nothing for a week. Then, I awoke so ill I had to go to the doctor.

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    1. It's a good movie. It's old, I think it was filmed in 1993, but the message is still germane to life today.

      I'm sorry your are sick. That makes everything ten times harder.

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  4. Hey Harry,


    (captaincrunch)


    If you don't mind me throwing my two cents in worth, look into getting a Kawasaki Mule, or a buggy of some sort for the trip to the mail box.
    Think about this Harry, seek out an old early 90's Toyota four wheel drive truck for just to use as a small, cost effective utility vehicle. I know one guy that uses a quad to get mail.

    I already have had multiple surgeries and I have arthritis. I have a pretty good idea what you have to go through' Harry. The new fangled hip surgeries are not too bad. Hell' they will also check your fluids and air your tires when you go in:)

    Evolution.

    On the movie 'Falling Down' I can also understand the concept of getting the rug pulled out from under you, been through it several times already. Unlike the character in the movie, I found ways to adapt and overcome.

    The hard part for me is dealing with people. Yeah' I may be more sociable than you are Harry, however I have problems dealing with Negativity. I tire easily of hearing, I can't, when I know there is always a solution of some sort. I'm tired of being lied too. I also tire of seeing and hearing people complete for social status buy buying big pickup trucks, or new cars and showing off.
    Its a form of 'elitism through materialism"
    I drive a 1990 truck and I have a 2002 Suv and I get tired of being 'looked down upon' when driving my little Toyota truck. Everyone thinks I'm poor or something when I really get 25 miles to a gallon on fuel and parts are dirt,dirt cheap.

    Americans used to praise 'frugality. Now we praise' debt.

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    1. CC: I thought he adapted pretty well. He didn't take any abuse from anybody, and that seems a pretty good rule of thumb for a lifestyle to me. I didn't think about the job part, I tended to focus more on the way the guy couldn't even go out on the street without running into all these obnoxious individuals. I thought his solution was excellent, though I confess it didn't work out too well in the end.

      I could drive the truck down to the post box. I'm walking for the exercise and because I have always walked down there, for more than 30 years, and I don't want to start driving. Once you start saying "I can't do that anymore" old age has you by the scruff of the neck. I want to live a normal life as long as I can, and mid sixties isn't old enough for the rocking chair yet.

      Who gives the proverbial rat's a** what anybody thinks of you? You don't owe any of them anything so what they think doesn't matter a good God D**m. I can't remember the last time I worried about what anyone would think of me. People here think I am "unusual" and some of them are afraid of me, because in a small town people make up what they don't know, and everybody wants to have some juicy bit of news to spread around. The general consensus is that I am a deranged Vietnam vet, but I was never n Vietnam. Who cares? They can consider me the reincarnation of Rasputin and I wouldn't be phased. A guy I used to hang out with here, a boni fide Vietnam vet, who really was on the loose cannon side, told me that years ago and I like to have busted a gut laughing. He's dead now though. I used to call him "Brickman" because that was his nickname there and he just went with it back in the world. People were scared of Brickman and they were right to be. I haven't thought about that guy in years.

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  5. I've been feeling so blah the last few days. Maybe it's because I was so busy last week. I just don't want to do anything this week.

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    1. I'm tired mentally. My wife and I need to go somewhere on an over nighter, just for a change of pace. In your case, you have so much to do, it's a wonder you are still on your feet. I read your blog and I think how hard it must be to do everything you do. But you do a good job of fulfilling your responsibilities. I'm sorry so many mom's have to work today. It makes it so much harder on them.

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  6. All you people with the blahs, it's the change of seasons.... I feel it too.

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    1. I'm sure that is part of it. I dread the time change, when it's dark when I get up and dark when I go to bed, and very little daytime in between. It's already colder here, and that makes me sluggish as well. The temptation to stay in by the fire and smoke my pipe or drink coffee, rather than getting out there and taking care of business, is overwhelming.

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  7. In a polar opposite, I ran or went to the gym every day this week. That didn't make for an exciting time getting my boots on this morning but I'll keep doing what I can for as long as I'm able. That's the best that we can all hope for as we get older and slow down.
    I need shoulder surgery but just like you it's dreaded so I'll continue on for a while until it reaches critical mass.

    I hope today finds you up and about doing projects, I know that's what I would be doing if I wasn't at work. This weekend is nothing but projects at the city homestead, time to harvest hundreds of green tomatoes for salsa among a list of other things awaiting our attention.

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    1. I hope a mountain lion or a bear don't get you. If your pit bull goes with you, at least you should have some warning if one of the denizens of the forest is looking for a morning snack.

      No, I'm not doing projects. In a little bit, I am going to seal that skylight and then tell myself I've done enough for today. Why not, life for me at this point is an endless succession of free days.

      I don't even like to think about surgery.

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  8. I think it is the recent snap in cooler weather. Makes a person want to stay in under the covers... I have been trying forever to clean up a front room that is full of moving boxes, ( no we still have not fully unpacked)

    I have seen that movie a few times, and always felt sorry for Michael Douglas's character. Good movie though.
    The book I want to get next is the one on Benghazi that was written by the Navy seals who where there..

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    1. Maybe it is the colder weather. I'm sure that's at least part of the reason I'm so slow moving right now. I know after you transfer your household from one place to another it takes awhile to get everything squared away. I am hoping my wife doesn't stick to the plan to move to Florida when she retires, I don't know how we would ever get moved off this mountain top.

      I think you are the only other person I've known who saw Falling Down. I liked it very much, and identified with Michael Douglas's character.

      I heard about the book, it was reviewed on a news show I watched. Let me know if you like it and I'll get a copy if so.

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  9. Harry,

    Some days are bad days for arthritis. The changing of the barometric pressure makes me miserable, on those days I try to get moving but when it's real bad, I just curl upon the couch or bed and do nothing important. And then they're days when you feel good but don't feel like doing a darn thing.......and that's okay. The work will always be there waiting for you.....so what's the harm.

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    1. That's true. The worst thing about arthritis is how difficult simple chores become. Or, the dogs will jump up and hit my hands, so that my wrist takes the force and it's agonizing!

      I'm lucky though, as far as I know I don't have any of the other maladies common in people my age, at least, not yet.

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  10. Maybe you Ned a four wheeler? It really helps here but I don't dive it through the woods although the guys do. I ended up with arthritis I my foot and it sometimes hurts to walk.

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    1. Many years ago, when I was a young fellow, I had a three wheeler. My wife didn't like it, and told me to get rid of it before I hurt myself. I laughed at her, zipped around on it and got overconfident. Eventually, I inevitably came to grief on that. I thought about buying one of those "gator" things, a kind of truck like little utility vehicle. The truth is, walking down to the mail box and back is a mental issue more than anything else. As long as I can do that, I can say that getting older hasn't really had a huge impact on me. But when I have to stop doing things because I can't anymore, that's the slippery slope.

      Arthritis in your foot would be intensely painful. I'm sorry you have to put up with that. I don't know why the great, much ballyhoo'ed science community can't do better for arthritis sufferers than they have.

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