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

― Frank Herbert

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Season is here at last.



I really like Christmas.  It's a peaceful time of year, and I enjoy the lights and decorations in town, and the Christmas shows.  My wife and I like to watch the Hallmark Channel, they have some good movies this time of year. The weather is right for Christmas.  It's cold and clear here tonight, but we have some light snow coming in for the higher elevations later in the week. I got out and cleared all the dead leaves off the roof, the parking pads, and the gutters so we are ready for whatever Mother Nature sends our way.  Sure is quiet up here at night in the winter. Not a sound out in the woods, quite a change from the hellish din that comes out of the same woods in summer.



Things slow way down here in December, January, and February.  I slow down too, which is why I haven't been much in evidence on the net.  I have developed a habit of just not turning on the computer for several days at a time, largely I think because when I do, I always read the news and I don't want to read the news right now.  Same thing with my array of radios.  I listen to some programs, like coast to coast a.m. but if they get "newsy" or "political'  I turn them off.  A little peace and quiet during the Christmas season is surely not dereliction of duty , after all.


So all is well, and life is good.  Time for me to see what everyone else has been up to while I've been U.A.

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  1. Harry,

    I've been missing from the computer myself. I've been taking care of my Mother who has a form of dementia. Back and forth to Texas. It's great to be home. I too enjoy the quietness of being home away from crowds of people and news.

    The weather is changing again, temperatures dropping, and the heaters back on.
    I love Christmas lights, songs, and old time movies.
    Give your wife a hug, and have a great evening :-)

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    1. Sandy, that's a hard thing to have to deal with. I hope it all works out ok, my dad went that way and it was harder on my brothers than me, because they lived out there and I was pretty far away.

      It's clear and cold here tonight. We don't have a tree because the ferrets would climb up in it and bring it crashing down, but we have some Christmas candles going!

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  2. 'hellish din'
    after we married we went to stay at my parents' house. hotter than hell, not to mention over 100% humidity [ohio valley].
    just about to go off to sleep . it is difficult without air conditioning.
    suddenly my husband, raised in los angeles with all the sirens, gun fire, and police helicopters zooming thru the backyard with their spotlights ablaze, turns to me and demands, 'how can you sleep with all that noise?'
    i couldn't hear any noise.
    'what noise?'
    'all those bugs shrieking!'
    i listened and replied that they were not shrieking, they were serenading him to sleep!
    what an insult to the nocturnal choir!
    deb h.

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    1. Deb, I get to where I don't even notice all the cicadas but my brother came to visit a long time ago, and he said he couldn't sleep because of the racket they made.

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    2. My husband feels the same way about the tree frogs in Spring which get so loud that you have to raise your voice to be heard. I, on the other hand, love hearing it and it puts me to sleep.

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  3. I have tuned out and away from the computer too, but today I have been on it all day long, reading blogs, checking out new blogs and so on. I hope you will have a wonderful holiday season, my friend. You and your wife.

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    1. Inger, it's a good time for us, as she gets a couple of weeks off from school for Christmas break. I hope you and your husband enjoy the season. I know you won't have any trouble finding something fun to do if you get tired of just being home, since you are always discovering new places and new things to venture out and see.

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  4. I've been sort of staying away from the computer and news broadcasts as well. If the world wants to blow itself up, fine. Tell me all about it after Christmas. Until then, peace, joy and family are more important.

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    1. You do get just beat down, don't you? My problem is I watch Obama on tv telling his lies, and I watch the Ferguson thing, and I get so furious my blood pressure goes up and I get to feeling bad. My wife is tired of it. I've always had a terrible temper but it's really foolish to get all wrought up over things when I am already doing all I can, little as it may be, about them.

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  5. You've been miased. But serenity in one's life is paramount.

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    1. I think being a hermit only worked in the days before radio, television, and the internet. Now there's no escape. If I turn on the computer to read the blogs, I finish up on Fox News. It's like being a crack addict, there's no avoiding it.
      ;-)

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  6. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    I'm not big on Christmas at all Harry. In fact I make "Scruge and the Grinch" look like amatuers!

    I will be glad when its over. In fact I will be glad when winters over in March or so down here. Have you tried surfing in a wetsuit with a 'slurpee headace' that's ten million times more powerful then the one that you get at 7-11.

    Imagine being immersed in a bath of liquid oxygen and you will get the picture.

    "Back to hatin' Christmas.

    If someone wants to do the religion thing, that's cool. If someone wants to the family thing, that's cool too.
    For me, all I want is to be left alone. Ba Humbug!

    All I want is Pizza, Meatloaf, Beer and peace and quiet (I wish I could hibernate from now until March) Them bears got the right idea.

    Maybe I could decorate a dead tree with spent shell casings and beer cans and decorate the 'Airstream Trailer' with a stolen solar yard lights that are duct taped to the trailer.

    Maybe a redneck anti-Christmas 'Christmas is in order.

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    1. My neighbor makes Christmas ornaments out of the spent casings, they turn out really cute.

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    2. Don't you get any tranquility out of it at all, CC? I just like the quiet, and the lights and decorations, and the fact that even the worst jerks in town seem to be less obnoxious. Even the arschlochs at the propane company (we aren't friends) seem less odious. Maybe it's just me. I don't actually have a tree because the ferrets climb up in them and then the tree comes crashing down in ruin. But there's a big tree on the town square, and people here decorate their houses really well , if they live on a big ridge where people can see them, or by the road.

      Well, to each his own. I don't do any other holidays, myself, so I guess I'm not one to preach.

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    3. Kathy, that's a good use for spent casings. One of the reasons I got into reloading was I was so cheap (and I still am) that I couldn't bear to just leave a cartridge case laying on the ground. I'd pick them up at the range and think that the biggest part of the expense in a round was the case, and here they were just getting tossed.

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    4. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      I'm just looking for an excuse to be old and cranky. I also have had a head cold the past couple of days so that adds to my winter time misery.

      I like the quiet of the beach communities during the winter season. I will admit to that, but cold rain and cold wind are things I am truly not fond of.
      Now I have to say on my behalf I am not a 'jerk' to someone for no reason.
      There is one thing I learned in the military. 'Don't take your problems out on some one else who is not part of the problem.
      If someone is nice to me even when I am in a foul mood. I am nice back.
      I make sure I am nice to the clerks in walmart and in other stores. I don't want to be part of the problem.
      If someone is mean to me, I will be mean back. If someone is nice, I will will be nice back.

      I guess you could say I am an "Ethical Grinch"

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  7. It's good to take ot easy for a while sometimes. I like the change of pace and the fact that I can have a break from the gardening! Lots of workshop projects for me the next few months.

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    1. You and Jamie (the Canadian) at Fromboise Manor blog are a lot alike. You can both do a lot of projects on your own and save money. I can do some minimal things but big jobs I have to hire out and that's a pain in the rear.

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  8. I wish I could slow down that much! I think I'd enjoy the season a lot more. Working the two jobs is starting to wear on me quite a bit. Glad you are getting some nice down time.

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    1. You work two jobs, you care for your husband and children, and you run a lot. Then you have to take care of your animals as well. But you always seem happy, I just hope you don't wear down and get sick. Take good care of yourself, Lisa, you have the whole clan there depending on you.

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  9. I like this time of year as well. It just seems fun, magical (even though I don't believe in magic). I just love finding the perfect gifts for people I love.

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    1. I like the quiet, the solitude, and the lights and decorations. There are not many part time residents left now and almost no tourists. My wife and I will ride out to the lake just before Christmas and look at all the lights and decorations on the lake houses. Those people at the lake go all the way on Christmas decorating.

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  10. Glad you are back. Thought a bear might have gotten you!

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    1. It's always a possibility, but not this time.

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  11. Harry, like you I allow my Scottish temper get the best of me after listening to the news. Especially lately. I'm just trying to keep things even-keel for the sake of the kids and the holidays. I wish I had your discipline to turn off the news. I'm afraid this prepper just needs to know what is going on 24-7.

    Happy holidays to you and the Mrs.--Troy

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    1. Troy, I try to remember that there isn't much I can do, and I've already done all the getting ready I know how to do, so now I'm just along for the ride. I think things have reached a point with this President that there isn't any going back, or any stabilizing things. He's like Julius Caesar, even after he's gone the ramifications of his current acts will still change the future.

      I hope your family has a good holiday season as well.

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  12. Firstly, I love the picture in this post. how cute are the ferrets...

    its starting to get cold here. we are having a quiet christmas. just the 2 of us. peace and quiet. it gets too hectic. We are trying desperately to find a new house all the questions from visiting people over Christmas makes me shudder. I cant be into the drama.

    I dont get Hallmark but I do admit I have been hooked on the Christmas channel and lifetime! lol so sappy some of it. feel good.

    Sometimes you just need to coccoon yourself, its like a form of mental self preservation.

    P.s. you can get trees that go on the wall.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PRE-LIT-GREEN-WALL-HANGING-HALF-XMAS-CHRISTMAS-TREE-47in-/181600430026?pt=UK_Health_Beauty_Make_Up_Cosmetics_Lip_Gloss_PP&hash=item2a483aa7ca

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    1. Sol, we tied the Christmas tree to the wall once with string ,but the ferrets (we had seven at the time) got into it and it toppled over in the middle of the night. Ragnar apparently made it almost to the top, because when I got out of bed and rushed to the living room, ferrets were scampering every which way, but one ferret paw was sticking out of the wreckage at the top, and it was his. That experience aged me several years in one night.

      If we had the Christmas Channel here, I'd subscribe to it. I like the Hallmark channel because the shows are never vulgar or tacky and they share the same values I have. Which is probably why nobody but old people watch the Hallmark Channel.

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  13. I know, a year and a half later, but...

    My wife and I watch Hallmark all the time. Good movies like what used to be made (pre 50's.).

    And I get razzed about it. But then again, I am still married while my 'macho' friends are all divorced.

    Great blog, working on getting caught up.

    Thanks for living the life many of us wish we could.

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    1. Better late than never, Andrew. I'm flattered you would go to the trouble of reading older posts. Glad to have you aboard.

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