“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fog and Low Clouds

 

Drizzle, low clouds and swirling fog.  I can barely see across the meadow to the tree line.  Looking out the window this morning, I saw my two dogs standing out in the meadow, regarding a solid wall of fog. They usually go for a run in the morning but they decided to stay home today. No sense going out if they can't see where they are going.

I worked in the shop rearranging for awhile today, trying to make some more room in there.  Then I came in and balanced statements.  In a little bit, I'm taking the truck and driving down to the gate. My mom sent me an Omaha Steaks package, and I'm not carrying that back up the mountain on my shoulder. The days when I could do that are past.



People are not blogging as much as they do in the summer. That happens every winter. I have a list of blogs I really try to keep up with. Some have gone inactive, one went restricted access, and the rest have really slowed down. I can't say I haven't done the same myself. Must just be something about winter that saps the creative energies. Lethargy sets in and it's just easier to sit by the fire and do nothing.




 I can spend time out in the apartment, cleaning rifles. I've got a little table there, where I can bring the guns in to clean and watch the news on television at the same time.

If I'm working at night, I listen to one of the shortwave radios, assuming propagation is good and I can pick up something worth listening too.

It's nice to have a kitchen on hand so I can make some coffee or a snack while I work.  I find a little comfort does not come amiss, these days.




I remember not long ago doing a post about having to move groceries and other supplies up the mountain on a sled, if there has been snow and ice and we can't get the vehicles past the gate. I said I'd post a picture if I found one, and so here it is.  This rarely happens to us, as we stay pretty well stocked up but sometimes, especially if there is ice, we need to make a trip to town. I have a bigger sled, wooden with steel runners, but the plastic is lighter.






I don't expect to be doing any of this any time soon, as there's no snow in the immediate forecast.

We are due for some heavy snow though, it's time for it to be coming in . I am trying to enjoy the relatively warm temperatures right now, especially after the bitter cold of last week.








This kind of scene is why we have to pull things up the mountain on a sled.

34 comments:

  1. I'm not proud. I'll use whatever I can find to make lifting and hauling easier. I'm thinking about buying a second handy dandy little old lady shopping cart just to have a spare. That little cart has saved my bacon more than once!

    I've noticed, too, that blog posts have slowed down some - mine included. I guess in the warmer months when people are out and about more, there seems to be more to write about. I suppose I could fill up page after page with political rants, but frankly, I am so bloomin' tired of all the foolishness in Washington that even though I keep track of what is going on, I haven't got the gumption to write about it all. Seems like no matter what the opinions of the people are, nothing much ever changes. Sigh.

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    1. Winter is a low energy time for almost everyone. And, as you say, most of us are not getting out so we don't have as much to write about.

      "Necessity is the Mother of Invention" and sometimes you just have to use what's at hand to address a short term need. I wish I had the money to buy one of those four wheel drive "gators" but I can hardly think of a less cost effective way of handling the ice and snow, since the vehicle runs about $6000 and I might use it once or twice a year for the dedicated purpose.

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  2. Harry - i hate boring people to death during the winter! our pace of life during the winter slows right down...and people can only read so many posts about "we ate some good food. we pet the cats. jam snowplowed the driveway. we got in the hottub" kind of posts before we would be killing off our readers with boredom - bahahahah! but i really like other people's posts about boring winter things. anyway, as for your sledding your groceries - i call that smart. jam is currently working on a trebuchet system for getting stuff up our driveway - what can i say? the man is nuts! (bahahahahah! just kidding!)

    sending much love, as always! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Hey Kymber,

      (captaincrunch)

      I working on a pair of real, working X-ray glasses (like the ones you would find in the backs of old comic books) It seems the women down here wear too much clothing for my taste in the winter.

      That and Walmart had breakfast cereal on sale but they had no Captain Crunch only Applejacks. Applejacks don't go will with beer and Captain Crunch cereal is great with beer (no joke) I ate Captain Crunch with beer several times (I was out of milk)

      so now you know the truth about how I got my name.

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    2. Kymber, I always enjoy reading about things up there at your place, no matter how mundane they may seem. Sometimes, just quiet common place things are more fun to read than anything else.

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    3. CC, were you aware that the CIA agent who identified the Iranians as the perpetrators of the Beirut bombing was code named "Captain Crunch." ? I thought you had chosen that pen name for that reason. Until his reports, the Reagan administration was trying to blame the Syrians, since they were a hell of a lot less dangerous than the Iranians. Crunch proved conclusively that it was the Iranians, for which he was forced to retire early.

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    4. captain - thanks for the backstory on how you got your name. but i think that you were the real "captain crunch" from Harry's comment. much love to both of you always!

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    5. Harry - thanks for that. you're a really good friend and trust me, we know it! xoxo

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    6. Hey Harry,

      (captiaincrunch)

      So the Iranians were responsible for the Beirut massacre in '83.

      I also thought it was the 'Syrians!

      Like I said, I was a stupid teenager at the time so I did not get much of what was going on.

      I got my name (captaincrunch) at NMSU in Las Cruces back in the early 90's when we were drinking. We ran out of food and I got the munchies from drinking too much beer. I found a box of Captain Crunch and ate half the box mixed with beer.

      My friends had a field day with it.

      We had lived in an apartment complex called 'Hanover House' (I called it the hangover house)
      It was myself, and three others all from the same high school years earlier. Three of us came back from military service and the fourth transferred to NMSU from another school and we had two apartments at the Hangover House.

      Lets just say, the decks were awash with beer.

      Oh' almost forgot. We had a pet rat. A very large overfed pet rat my roommate picked up at a pet store. We made a harness with some twine and took the pet rat for walks on a leash like a dog.

      The rat was a bit hit with all the women.

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  3. I blog less in the winter, because many of my summer topics deal with what I did outside or where I went. Much less outdoor play and travel this time of year. Politics gets me down, and the dogs only do so much silly stuff.

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    1. I suppose flying is somewhat curtailed even with all the new gadgets aboard . At least you have your shooting sports, although even they can be impacted by some of the things like very low temperatures we've had in the country again this winter. I just play things by ear, and most of my days are sedate which means fewer posts.

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  4. Hey There Harry,

    I usually slow down on my posts during the winter because I'm trying to stock pile my pantry with canning items. Canning keeps me busy. Today, I sorted through 1/2 a 25 pound bag of beans clearing out the bad beans, rocks, sticks and stuff. Now the beans have been washed and are soaking overnight. The tomorrow comes the cooking and canning part. I have other items to can, and I have some deer I need to dehydrate and make jerky.

    I used my old metal sled to haul many things in my time during the winter.

    How awesome is that, you have your own kitchen to workout of. I would love to have a spare kitchen to cook from and store additional items.

    Going fishing this weekend for some trout, as long as the weather cooperates.
    Hugs to you and your Sweet Wife.

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    1. I should be reloading more than I have been, winter is when I typically lay in a good many loaded rounds for my more esoteric weapons. Alas, unlike you I have been running low on steam and haven't accomplished a whole lot in that regards.

      My metal sled is much larger and sturdier than the plastic one. If I had to haul kerosene or something like that, I'd use it. But the plastic sled is good for just a few bags of groceries. We should never get caught in that predicament anyway, but there have been times when want of a few nonessential items and the desire to get out of the house have put us in the position of going to town knowing we couldn't get back up the trail. Then we have to haul our purchases on the sleds.

      Good luck with the fishing. I can get trout out of the stream along the side of my property but I am not a good fisherman and not very patient.

      The apartment was built over the shop in anticipation of my parents coming to visit more often than they did. I have turned it into a kind of extension of the shop, but it is nice to have the kitchen and bathroom out there anyway.

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  5. Harry, sometimes I write posts then reread them, rewrite them and then get distracted with the grandson, or some other stuff. I try not to post any political stuff any more as some folks take it wrong.

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    1. Rob, just because someone disagrees with you doesn't mean anything. I enjoy a good discussion, so long as people maintain an acceptable level of courtesy. I have no patience with rude or sarcastic people and I don't communicate with them long, but you have certainly never been rude to anyone and if they say they disagree it's not personal.

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    2. Thanks harry, That makes feel good about myself

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    3. Hey Rob,

      (captaincrunch)


      I 'respectfully disagreed with you' a little ways back in regards too the 'Charlie Hebto' massacre in France.
      Your opinion was valid however I had to disagree. I always respected your opinions and I look forward to your comments even if I disagree. 'Hell, I may even learn something from you, so keep up the good work.

      'The First Amendment' is a beautiful thing.

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  6. +looks like you could use 2 of the plastic sleds.
    deb h.

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    1. Deb, I can use my bigger wooden sled if need be but it's harder to haul up the steep slope to the house.

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    1. I think I'd have trouble hooking my dogs up to something to pull, but if I had some Husky's I'd try it!

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  8. It snowed here last week and has been really cold. Towards the end of this week it's supposed to warm up. In that case the ceiling in my office will start to leak again. They've "fixed" the leak a handful of times, but it always happens again. It's a flat roof. They leak all the time.

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    1. That would be very aggravating. I don't know why so many commercial and public buildings are flat roofed, as you say they leak a lot and cost a great deal to maintain. It doesn't make a lot of sense.

      It was warmer here yesterday, but it's getting cold again this afternoon.

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  9. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    its cold and crummy outside.

    I am more on the computer in the winter. Too much going on in the summer.

    I found out the problem my truck has. I need a new starter (a whopping $75.00) including install.
    In 20 years of driving Toyota's I only had to replace one starter. This next one will be No.2.

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    1. Glad the truck isn't going to cost you a lot. Toyota has a good reputation for durability. Maybe that's why they are a favorite for third world gangs and bandits to modify into "technicals."

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  10. I, too, have noticed a lull in blogging. It especially seems to drop off over the holidays.

    I have lugged groceries before on a wheeled contraption when I couldn't get up my driveway. Not fun!

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    1. No, hauling something over a rough trail up slope does wear on a person. Especially if there is ice or snow you are pulling over. But it beats trying to carry the things in your arms so I guess that's all there is.

      People are visiting and all excited about the holidays so they don't write much. Then when the holidays are over, it's a little depressing because all that's left is two to two and a half months of unrelieved cold and long nights. It doesn't facilitate sitting down and writing, so the blogs fall off.

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  11. Harry, I seldom post on your board but I do check it several times a week. BTW, the DETAILS in your pictures are amazing. Fwiw.

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    1. I looked them over and they really were quite detailed in some respects. Rather more so than I realized. Thanks for the comment.

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  12. That apartment looks like a wonderful work place. As long as you can keep it cozy and warm! It does seem like a number of blogs are a bit neglected lately. Actually I have more time in winter than summer!

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    1. I'm sure you have a bit more time in the cold season because in summer you have so many projects going on. I know from personal experience how hard it can be to have a lot of animals, all of whom require constant care and attention.

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  13. Wow, that's a lot of hauling in the snow! We use the four wheeler unless it's ice. I am having a winter blog problem too. I just don't know what to say. I spent most of my summer with Mom being in the hospital and driving to her place and back until mid November. Now we are waiting to hear our fates with our company separating divisions: who will or will not have a job since they are outsourcing what they can. I can't hardly think of a blog topic and when I do it's halfheartedly. I need to get a project lined up, I've got lots in mind so I better get to it.

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    1. Kathy, you've had a really rough year. You have handled it about as well as anyone could have, and I hope it settles down so you can have some peace of mind. Worrying about family members health issues and job related worries are among the toughest problems to handle.

      I noticed your blogging fell off but I also knew you were really having a lot to deal with at the moment. I'm sure hoping it all works out soon, and the way you want it too with the job.

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