“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Thursday, February 26, 2015

"Elvis is dead, and I don't feel so good myself" Lewis Grizzard

But I feel better.  Like I used to feel after running the 3 mile physical fitness test run
in boots, in the Marine Corps. You know it's going to get better if you can just catch your breath.


It has been a tough week.  I believe the last time I could have gotten out of here was last Sunday. Since then, it would have been in the too hard category, both because of the ice and because physically I wasn't up to the hike. It's just as well I didn't need to leave the mountain top.


More snow again last night, on top of all the ice that was already covering everything. It's supposed to warm up some this weekend, so I should be able to hike out to the main road soon. When I'll be able to get a vehicle up here is another matter altogether.


Taking care of the animals was the primary difficulty this time around with the weather. It was really cold outside, so they needed frequent feeding and watering, and I was keeping the dogs inside at night. So, periodically, I had to get up, bundle up, and go do that. It really doesn't matter how well you feel or don't, some things have to be done to keep everything balanced and on track.



Right now, the woods are virtually impassable. The snow is covering that layer of ice. Trying to walk on that, through the brush, would be a real chore.  It's dangerous, as well. A lot of the pine trees are loaded with heavy, wet snow and you can never tell when one of them will just go over.



So far, the power at my place hasn't failed during the whole series of "winter events." That's the first time the grid here has withstood ice successfully that I can remember. Of course, this little niche in the map is the only place that can say that, so it was really luck. We didn't get nearly the amount of ice most of the mountains got.


Well, this was just a short post to let everyone know I yet live.  I was considering drafting a "Harry croaked" message there for awhile, for the wife to transmit just in case. I have always been whiny about being sick though. Most things I can handle with aplomb but I don't do "ill" very well.  We all have our flaws.


30 comments:

  1. It looks peaceful and cold. I'm glad you are feeling better, spring is right around the corner!
    We have a few feet of snow at the cabin and a foot of snow in town. Winter isn't giving up so easy anywhere. Luckily no sub zero temps for us.

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    1. Strange, we had sub zero last week. Out where you are, I always think of Jeremiah Johnson and huge mountains, terrible winters. I'm glad things are going ok there.

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  2. Glad to hear that you are getting better. Not much worse than feeling bad and then having to go out in the cold, too. I'm with you on the lousy sick person thing. For me it seems to be lack of patience with it all.

    If there is anyone who is better prepared than you are for bad weather or whatever else comes along, I don't know who it would be. You are my hero. I will never have the stores that you do, due to my living circumstances, but you have given me some really good ideas on preparedness. Thank you. And I hope the weather cooperates a bit and you are able to get out soon.

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    1. Vicki, I have been scrapping my supplies, equipment and homestead together for more than 30 years. We did it wholeheartedly, and because I had a good wife I was able to apply myself to improving our situation, year by year, as I was able. I always planned to hand the whole installation over to my kids, debt free, when the time came. It's easier to go without some things if you can hand over a valuable asset to the next generation. I still hope that works out somehow.

      You are one of the people I follow closely. I like your posts, and you are in a small number of people I know who live in an urban setting, in an apartment, and still work at self sufficiency with single mindedness. The fact that you, like me, are a senior makes that sense of identification even stronger.

      I hope I can get out by Sunday, if the weather forecasts are right . If only it will warm up to about forty and not freeze again at night, the trail down the mountain may be clear by then. Until then, I will just sit up here, drink coffee, boil water for the animal troughs, and finish getting over this bug.

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  3. It sounds like you are feeling a bit more chipper - Brrrrr! the woods look cold today ! The chickens are thinking 'So this is what it feels like to be a chicken pot pie' . . . :^)

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    1. The chickens get up under the pine boughs. Chickens are a lot more intelligent than I ever realized, they are natural survivors. Yes, I'm better today. Just staying inside as much as I can and catching up on my computer doings. I have been giving the chickens double rations, as my daughter told me once that they regulate their inner body heat by digesting food. Thank God I have sacks upon sacks of feed in the barn, because trying to haul a couple of 50 pound sacks of cracked corn up here on the sled would be hideous even if I could get into town.

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  4. Oh Harry - sorry you haven't been feeling well. There is nothing worse than feeling unwell and being forced to "perform" - caring for animals, etc.

    Thank goodness you have had the foresight to be so well prepared. You - and with your forward planning for your children in future - have been fortunate that you have not had to leace your mountain top during the worst of the recent weather.

    Has your wife been there, or were you coping on your own?

    Drink plenty of fluid, Harry - to assist in expelling the bug from your body as quickly as possible via you liver and kidneys.

    Feel better.

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    1. P.S. love the snow pics - thanks :)

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    2. Dani, I almost never get sick. I picked up a nasty bug this time tough. Georgia is having an epidemic of a viral respiratory infection we have not had before, but which is common in Mexico and Central America. Our President may not make the connection but we commoners have.

      I've been drinking lots of Gatorade, which is a sort of cure all for sick people here. It has things like "electrolytes" in it that sick people are supposed to need. I have no idea if this is scientifically sound, I'm working on conventional wisdom here, but it doesn't taste bad anyway.

      I do feel better today. Thanks Dani.

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  5. I saw that you all got hammered yesterday with the snow. It started snowing here pretty hard, then it all turned to very heavy rain. Which washed it all away. We literally were right on the fringe of the snow/rain line. kids were bummed because school was cancelled today for a snow day, only we had no snow.... lol

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    1. Just as well the stuff got washed away though. I wish we would get a good rain, because if I am dependent on warm days it's going to be awhile before I can get any vehicles back up here. I started to bundle up and walk down the mountain to check the mail, then I decided it could just wait. I am not sure how much snow and ice are on the trail down, and I don't want to find out the hard way the answer is "too much."

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  6. Getting sick is no fun, I caught this year's bug at Christmas time and was down for three weeks and was coughing for the next four. Best hunker down and just mend yourself so you don't get too worn out and get other complications from it. I know my energy levels were real weak for the duration. So long as you can keep yourself and the critters fed that's all you need to do. I am wondering if some kind of ATV might not come in handy for those occasions when you can't get the Jeep up your road.

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    1. Years ago, before I put up my steel gate across the entrance to the trail, I used to have problems with people just showing up at the top of the mountain. Most of them were from Atlanta, with new Jeeps or other four wheel drives, and they were "just trying them out." Of course, they couldn't turn around up there, and I had to do it for them, which made me even madder. One guy did try to come up after a big ice storm, tried to turn around half way up the mountain, when he saw he wasn't going to make it. Unfortunately, he went over the lip of the trail down into the creek. He got out but he couldn't get his infernal four wheeler out until it thawed enough to get a wrecker with a winch in there. That was one of the reasons I put up the gate, I have enough problems without having the problems of idiots to deal with as well. One of those four wheel drive Gator things, that have a truck bed and a little cab, might make it but it would be dangerous coming up in ice or frozen snow, and probably you couldn't get back down, the trail is awfully steep in some places.

      I am just relaxing today and resting. I don't have a lot of energy and I sure don't want to get out in the snow and cold.

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  7. G'day Harry,

    Glad you are starting to recover, those pictures look damn cold ! Iv'e often wondered what it would be like to spend a winter somewhere like your place where it snows, but now I just know I would not survive! Down here it is stormy and raining, I can hardly see the harbour for the rain and mist and the forecast is for days more of the stuff. At least there have been no bushfires this year in our neck of the woods.

    I also hate being sick, with a wife who is a retired nurse I have to have at least Malaria before I get any pity!, her term for any male ailment is "man flu" which we apparently get at the drop of a hat.

    Keep well mate

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    1. It's been brutal up here. I was wondering if my memory was fading, but it seemed to me that the winters in the last few years have each been worse than the last. Then I read an article about some manatee's having to be rescued from a storm drain in Florida, where they had swam in trying to get warm. The article said exactly that, that the South is getting colder . So it wasn't my imagination.

      Wish I could see the harbor from my house. I miss the ocean and the beach. There are some nice views in the mountains but it would be nice to have access to both. I have enough trouble keeping up one place, though.

      My wife is pretty sympathetic when I am sick. Once when a copperhead bit me, she got up in the middle of the night to see if I was dead.

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  8. Being sick and having to deal with winter is why I'm down to Florida. Your place looks a lot like New Hampshire instead of Georgia. That ain't right. Hope it melts soon.

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    1. It was warmer today and it still didn't melt, but the weather says tomorrow will be warmer and the air drier, so maybe it will start clearing off. There are some places in the mountains of Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina where it gets really cold in winter, but people usually think of balmy beaches when they think of the Southern states.

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  9. We got more snow last night. I did a lot of shoveling today.

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    1. Don't have a heart attack or hurt your back. Snow shoveling is well known for inducing both.

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  10. Glad you are on the mend. We should have 4 feet of snow and have none. Send us yours, please

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    1. Four feet would finish us off here. I know the snow pack out West is not what it should be. NASA says you folks are in the middle of a hundred year drought, hope you can get through it.

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  11. Harry,

    Good to hear you're starting to feel a little bit better. I find with the snow and ice when I'm not feeling well it makes it worse. Hang in there my friend, rain is coming, along with some warmer temperatures. It may take several more days before this happens but it's on it's way :-)

    Great pictures!!! Have you been able to listen to your radio with all the ice hanging around?

    Stay warm, and safe.
    Hugs to you and your Sweet Wife.

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    1. Sandy, I heard there was another storm that was going through your area. I hope it doesn't, none of us need that. It was warm today but had little effect and it's back in the low twenties tonight. Tomorrow, however, they are promising warm temps and warm rain, so that should do it.

      Yes, my shortwaves work off whips , although they work better off a long wire antenna when the weather is good.

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  12. Where I live in AL, we got 10" of snow. I cannot get out of my driveway that is only about five car lengths. I had to get out half sick to feed my three hens. THEN, I fell down! Thankfully, the 60 watt bulb keeps their water thawed even though the water container has no shelter.

    Your place is beautiful in the snow.

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    1. Yes, it's pretty here but I'd rather be at the beach just now.

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  13. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I must have seen 'Jerimiah Johnson' a 150 times.

    Best movie that fruitcake Robert Redford ever did.

    I'm glad your feeling better. It got cold and rainy down here in South Texas and it really, really sucks. I hope that this is the last of the artic fronts.
    The beach is no fun right now' hell I'm tempted to leave dog food out for the Coyotes.
    In the neighborhood I live in there are a run on stray cats. I heard if you want to get rid of a cat, take it to Padre Island and let the Coyotes get it. I also figure if times get tough (as in One Second After tough) I could eat cats in my neighborhood. We got Possum's too but I ain't tried Possum yet. Damn scavengers (Possums) don't look very appealing to eat.

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    1. It's supposed to dry up some down there this next week.

      We have coyotes here but they don't come around much. I don't bother them and they don't bother me.

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    2. I liked his last movie, about the sailboat. It was pretty good.

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  14. It may be cold there, but the snow makes for some very beautiful pictures :)

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  15. I try to take pictures when I can, because I think it's really interesting to see how people around the world live. I like your pictures of your garden, and the animals who come by, and I really liked the pictures you posted of the beach there.

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