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

― Frank Herbert

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sunday evening



 Sunday evening.  It's been a pleasant day, a breeze blowing and not too hot or humid.

No sound except the cicadas singing in the woods.

I've spent a lot of the day at a table out under the trees, listening to the local radio station. On Sunday they have  good news programs, and some easy listening music. I smoked my pipe, drank iced sweet tea, and just relished the tranquility.




My wife had a good visit up North with my son and daughter. I wish I could have gone, but you can't leave your place for long here. My buildings need to be taken care of, my animals need care, and I'd feel uncomfortable being away for long.

The kids will be coming down sometime in October for a break, and I'll get to see them then.  I miss them, life was more interesting when they were home.



My wife starts school again on Monday, so she's left to go to her mom's, over in the county she teaches in. M stays over there during the school week and comes home on weekends.  I went over to the little lake near my house, but I wasn't there long. I did one turn around the walking path, which is just over a mile. Then I sat on a  bench for awhile and just enjoyed the quiet. School has started throughout the state and the park is deserted. I think tomorrow I'll go over for a swim.





It's good to be home.  I'm in control of events here, and I know my ground.  I think it may be a long while before I venture out of the area again.  Things are more sedate here.

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  1. There's a lot to be said for tranquility.

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    1. There surely is. I intend to be more appreciative of it henceforth.

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  2. It was miserably hot here, so we stayed inside and watched the Walking Dead Marathon all day. I simply cannot tolerate the heat currently, and getting out, on Sunday on the main drag where the shopping is, is an exercise in futility and annoyance.

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    1. I've spent a good bit of this summer inside. Between the heat and the humidity, it's not healthy to be out doing too much in the middle of the day.

      I didn't know there was a marathon on. Jericho was showing , the whole first season, on some strange channel I just got on Direct TV, I think last week they went through all the shows back to back.

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  3. Harry - i am so sorry for the incident that you had to be a part of in the city. and i fully understand how you feel. we always hate going in to our city and our city is like a kindergarden class - doesn't matter tho - you can't control your surroundings! i hate leaving my animals and i only have 3 old, lazy cats who have 3 cat doors, 40 million bowls of snackedy-moes and 38 bowls of water. most of the time they don't even notice when we leave.

    i hope you are feeling more secure and i want you to know that we are both sending our love. i read your post to jambaloney and he is incredibly p*ssed about it too! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, it was a bad experience, touched a raw nerve for sure.

      I am getting settled down though. I will buy some bear spray for the car, and I won't go back into a city anymore unless the need is dire. I can get all I need over the internet or in our town anyway.

      It's all good. Too bad J wasn't with me, the two of us could have beat those toads white and blue. I get to use a baseball bat to compensate for my advanced age, of course. ;-)

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  4. My school starts on Monday as well. I don't teach until Tues. though. My boy's school starts on Wed.

    It was nice that your wife got one last trip in before she has to work. Seeing your kids some times is a must. It's good you'll get to see them in Oct.

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    1. Alissa, I kind of hate to see school starting up again. I know there are still about eight weeks of hot weather before it starts to cool off, and when I was a kid school didn't start til after labor day. But still, it feels like summer is over when school kicks off.

      I do look forward to my children coming home, they usually come in October and stay for three or four days.

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  5. Now you know why we moved to the mountains and intend to stay here. Even in the small town we lived in for 25 years had gotten to the point that we hated to leave our house just to go to the store to many jerks so we moved up our plan to move to our BOL earlier then we intended and here we are. Couldn't be happier. We have been adopted by a mamma deer and her triplets they visit several times a day and eat our grass in the back of our cabin, soooo cute. Just love them.

    We did go into to town off the mountain and I finished up my preps, save a few items that I couldn't find so I left the list with my daughter and she will finish it out in the next several weeks of course by that time I'll think of a few more that I forget so goes life.

    Stay home you'll be a happier man. School starts here later in the month and I'm going back to teach elementary art to the natives; guess I can't do to much damage to the little ones, they still like crayons and water colors, the big ones are another story sometimes.

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    1. It's good the school system there still has art. In our school system, and most of the systems in rural Georgia, the budget crunch from 2008 meant they fired all the art teachers and music teachers. Somehow they found the money to keep all the coaches, though.

      Someone embezzled 1.47 million dollars from the district my wife teaches in, so the county raised property taxes on all property owners, and they make the teachers work 9 "furlough" days a year now. A furlough day is a normal work day except you don't get paid for it. Anybody who complained about doing so was fired.

      We don't have problems up here like I had this past week too often. There are no "Lives Matter" people here, and although there are a lot of Hispanics, and many of them are problem children, at least when something happens you are on your home ground, not theirs.

      I see all kinds of wildlife in my meadow, usually early in the morning. Even the wild hogs, which are pretty ugly animals, are fun to watch when they are little spotted babies.

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  6. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I did not get too much done this weekend.

    It was so hot that I just kinda 'flopped' you could say......

    Oh' yeah.

    the summer tourist season is ending here soon when school starts. The fall cold fronts wont come down for awhile but we have a break from the beach crowds. One more major holiday 'Labor day" and is over with.

    There was surf yesterday. It was small, nothing to write home about so I decided to stay at home and not endure the beach crowds. The weekdays are much more sedate and calm.

    Many years ago I worked in another beach town here in Texas. The tourist season would wind down and some businesses boarded up for the season, most just cut working hours. I still miss the feel of a quiet deserted beach town in the winter months.
    Only the diehard locals remain. Many of which have that hard, salty look of weathered years spent onboard fishing and shrimping boats.
    Those locals lay low during the tourist season only to reappear in late August through late May.

    I gotta say though that throughout my life I have kinda 'reinvented myself' several times over. I mention this before but what I really would like to do is run and own a cattle ranch.
    I doubt If I can ever pull that one off, but the thought of living inland in a rural area could be possible (with a few goats) One of which I would name 'Mohoummed"

    Maybe back to the West Texas desert or somewhere else will be destiny.

    One thing I can say. I set out with a long list of goals and adventures back when I was 21. I have achieved everything I wanted in life for the most part.

    I never wanted to have wives and kids. I did not want to be held back, nor sacrifice their comfort and security for my adventures. I think I missed out on having a family, however if I would have gotten married and had a family. I would have missed out on many experiences, a double edged sword you could say.

    This fall I will try to spend more time on the beach and maybe go to a few quiet beach towns and enjoy the solitude.

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    1. It's going to be rough when you get old and don't have any family. That's the big drawback to not having kids. But if that's the way you want to go , and it's worked out for you, then it was a good decision.

      I used to enjoy Emerald Isle more once the tourists went home. In the winter the place was virtually deserted and I had it all to myself. Nothing like walking on the beach as the sun comes up on a cold winter morning.

      Somehow I can't picture you living so far in from the beach that you couldn't get there easily. But people do make big lifestyle changes, and living out in the desert would be pretty nice.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      I gotta say 'Harry that the big turnoff of living here is all the people. Many years ago when I first moved to this area. The population was small and the beaches were not as packed. Since the oil boom in South Texas, the entire region went into a population boom. That has been the biggest turnoff in living here.
      Every weekend almost the beaches are packed. Many driving hundreds of miles for a day at the beach. I remember twenty years ago there was much more freedom on the beach and fewer people.

      That's one thing that I really think about when I take trips out to more isolated parts of Texas. The slow calm, quiet pace. Yeah I know living in the country has its pitt falls but its that way everywhere.

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    3. I have often pondered what life would have been like if we had chosen to move to the desert instead of the mountains. There are lots of places in the four corners area of New Mexico where you are way out there, nobody comes around, but there is water and partial shade during the day from bluffs.

      If you drive through Nevada, from Reno to Tonapah, you will see out in the desert little oasis of trees, with a house in the middle. People have planted trees, built a house, and have a lawn. They have a well. It looks strange but it must be nice.

      As you get older, it gets harder and harder to tolerate the foibles of others, and being in close proximity to people is a constant strain. Maybe a place in West Texas would be ok. Remember the old guy from "Wild Men" who set himself up out in the boonies, he was doing well til he had a wreck on a four wheeler and got all busted up.

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  7. Sounds like you needed the tranquility. It does sound nice. My boys started back to school today. I celebrated by riding Francie...I had not been on her since May. She remembered everything i taught her and did not buck me off so that was good. I love when the boys are home but it sure is hard to get things done.

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    1. I was a little ragged around the edges, it's true.

      It's a nice break for parents when the kids start back, but it opens up a whole other can of worms, like homework, grades, teacher conferences, fund raising, field trips, etc. No rest for the weary.

      Elizabeth's horse Seamus still isn't well enough to ride. He hurt his leg in his stall months ago. She goes out and grooms him and walks him around, and I think that's good for her and for him. When she had horses here at the place I didn't ride them but I actually enjoyed taking care of them.

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  8. Yes I certainly know what you mean about life being more interesting when the young ones are around.

    Have a swim, it looks ideal in that lake. Schools are still closed here for vacation. Mind you my youngest left this summer and will start college in September.

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    1. Anna, is he going to one of those incredibly ancient schools the English have. I know a little about those, but I don't know much of anything about what constitutes a normal college.

      We have had really strong thunderstorms all day, so I haven't been able to get over and swim. Mostly I have been on the computer or napping on the couch.

      My family only has four members including me but we are very close. I miss them but I know they want a different life than I have here. I have a big extended family but they all live on the West Coast so I don't get to see them often.

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  9. We had a big storm just hit the edge of us and then I thought all was quiet. About 10:30 a huge storm hit with wind (60-70 mph), heavy rain (3-5 in), lightning and thunder. It brought down an electric pole somewhere is a soggy field so it wasn't until about 12 hrs later that the power came on. I had only had about 1 hr sleep so I just took a vacation day. My husband hooked up the generator so we kept the fridge on plus the tv.

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    1. Kathy, we just had very hard rain, much lightning and thunder, a few minutes ago. Now it is just raining steadily.

      That kind of power outage is very common here too. A generator makes life easier to keep on an even keel, doesn't it.

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