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Monday, September 14, 2015

Cold out there tonight.


We had a cold wind blowing all day here in the mountains.  Tonight the wind has fallen off, but the outside temperature is 52 degrees at 0330.  Pretty soon I'll be going down to get the straw bales for the winter dog houses.  Doesn't get this cool at night here ordinarily.  The Farmers Almanac said this would be a bad winter, while the Weather Channel said it would be wet and warmer than normal. Looks like the smart money is on the Farmers Almanac right now.



The Sheriff's Department is running extra patrols all over the county tonight. I know because when they complete an area check they call the dispatcher and ask her to log an "extra patrol" in such and such an area.

I haven't heard anything on the CB yet, which is how I usually keep up to speed with local events. Maybe there will be something about it in the paper Tuesday. Very unusual, you can't ordinarily get them to even come out here once, let alone an extra visit.


Tonight the ferrets and I have a nice fire going. The house isn't really cold, it's about 70 degrees. But the cold outside makes you want to have a fire.

The ferrets sleep on the hearthstones once the fire burns down low. It will stay warm all night. I have a good screen to keep them from going in where the ashes look cool but are really hot. I don't trust them not to get curious and burn themselves.





No plans for tomorrow.  Picked up everything I needed in town over the weekend, so  I shouldn't have to fire up the truck and go into town again until next weekend at the earliest.  I have no idea how I will stay occupied, but I suppose I'll start early on the pre-winter cold chores. Winter might come early this year.


 I ordered a couple of gun books from Barnes and Noble.  Guess I don't really need anymore but I enjoy them. Barnes and Noble publishes their own gun books and prices them low to lure you into the stores.

Since I have no more business in Chattanooga, and that's the only place I go with a Barnes and Noble, I ordered them on line.

I can get just about any book I want from that outfit and that helps me keep from having to deal with Amazon.  I don't want anything more to do with them if I can help it.












I suppose I do more reading than I really should. As I mentioned to CC, if I lived down where he does, on the beach, I'd spend a lot of time by the water. Certainly I'd be there every dawn and dusk.

But here, especially in summer, the woods just hem you in. They're too thick to push through, unless you follow the trails and all but one of the trails that are on my land lead up into the higher mountains. Those days are over for me.

So, I have the meadow and the cleared space around the buildings, and that's about it unless I walk down the vehicle trail, to the county dirt road, and then on to the paved road or go the other way and go to the waterfall. That being so I tend to spend a lot of time just piddling here at the place. I can listen to radio, read, go on line, but I can't walk down to the beach!

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  1. We were talking about the coolness that has arrived as well. We sat outside around the fire pit both Friday and Saturday and it felt good! Last weekend it was a heat index of 100 or better. I want to beef up the winter shelters for the cats, getting larger tubs and filling it with a Styrofoam insert and then straw. We have a big Igloo shelter too under our deck but I may bring it onto the porch where it will be closer to food.

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    1. I saw one of those igloo shelters at our farmers depot, and I really liked it. But they wanted $100 and change for it, and I can build my straw houses out of hay bales for a lot less. Although, last winter I paid $4.50 a bale for wheat straw, and I just bought some for the silkie chickens my daughter left here, and it was $7.50 a bale.

      We usually have some hot weather in the first two weeks of October, so I am not sure if this is the onset of an early winter, or just a freak of nature. It's chilly outside today. The air is cool and dry, so in a few minutes I am going to walk down to the waterfall with the dogs. I need to exercise more and I don't feel like getting on the elliptical.

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  2. I a cool morning for me in Deep Creek Virginia we're are in the mid 50's. The Farmers Almanac says that its looking like a repeat of last winter, at least in terms of temperatures with unseasonably cold

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    1. I've been reading the Almanac with some trepidation. The news networks, mainly Weather Channel, have been ridiculing the prediction of a cold, icy winter. They say because of El Nino the South will be warmer and wetter than average this winter. I think the Farmers Almanac is right. The Weather Channel and NOAA haven't covered themselves with glory in predicting the paths of tropical storms so far this season.

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  3. It has been a bit nippy here in Minnesota as well. I have been tempted to turn on the heat, but because my kitchen stove has been running quite a lot what with canning, baking, etc., it doesn't take long for my little apartment to warm up mornings. The Farmer's Almanac is predicting a long, cold winter for my area and they are usually pretty accurate in their predictions. Might have to get to the fabric store and get some flannel and sew up a shirt or two.

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    1. I was thinking last night I need to dig around in the laundry room and find my flannel pajamas and my heavy bedroom slippers. If it's this chilly now, and this is not just a week long fluke, I will need that stuff by October.

      I agree that the Almanac has always been a good guide. It isn't 100% but the errors tend to be small ones of little import.

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  4. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    The cold front came through here but was nowhere near as cool as you guys got it.
    If I lived there in the mountains. I would be running the fire almost every night. When it gets supercold, yeah' all the time. I would buy one of those log splitter machines and have 10 cords of wood or something like that. Cold weather does not agree with me, nor does wet cold weather. I really hate the cold and wet part.

    I think sometime in the future I may get an RV and spend my winters in south western Arizona. Yuma, or some smaller town from November to March maybe. Get away from that cold swath of air coming down from the Pacific Northwest and Canada (Kymber can keep her cold air:)

    There is a blog I follow from a guy living in Arizona desert called 'Joels Gulch" I gotta get the web address for you guys. This guy gets free pallets. Breaks them apart to heat his small house during the winter. There is no wood in the desert and like John Wells at the Field Lab in Terlingua. Joel is quite inventive.

    Going to the beach......

    I don't go to the beach as often as I like. I have other things going on in my life and lots of stuff to do. I avoid the crowds and that limits my beach time. I dislike most of the beach goers and that limits when I can go. I also have to admit that after living here many years. The beach loses its appeal after awhile. That's why I don't go as often as I like. When I do go, It helps me appreciate it more. I don't know if that makes sense to anyone.

    One day I would like to own a ranch someplace. I want nothing in my yard except empty beer cans that are full of holes and spent shell casings. I want to own a semi-auto Ma Duece 'what M-2" semi-auto belt fed, legal .50 cal. on my porch. I will take pot shots at rabbits at five dollars a shot:)

    Happiness is being a redneck with a belt fed weapon.....(legal belt fed, semi auto) I don't want to screw around with a class three license.

    Overall I am still having fun. I have few complaints but there are some things I still want to do in life. I can say I did most of what I wanted to do in life.

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    1. I used to read Joel's Gulch. The guy gets by on some kind of small pension and working for a neighbor at her ranch, as I recall. He stopped posting for awhile, and I took him off my blog role. When someone doesn't post for a couple of weeks or so I usually quit following them.

      I'd go every day. The year I lived on Emerald Isle, after I got out of the Marine Corps, I always went down to the pier for coffee at sunrise, and then went back in the evening to watch the sunset.

      Those semi-auto M2's are selling for about five grand in Shotgun News. The ammo, as you point out, is not cheap. Better start saving your shekels if you want one of those.

      You're only in your forties so the majority of your life is still ahead of you, if you are lucky. I have less than twenty years if my family history holds true.

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  5. There is cold and there is cold my friend. Of course, I'm down here in FL so don't expect any real cold for some time yet. I love the mountains, but I'm also a water person. Good thing my home in the mountains is on a small lake. Often my lovely wife will go down to the water just to sit and watch. However, the salt water has gotten hold of me too. Soon as things settle down here a bit I'll probably spend some time listening to the ocean to see what it says to me.

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    1. I saw a picture you posted once of your lake, and I can tell you, our definitions are different. In your part of the country, your small lake is a lot bigger than what we call the "big lake" here. But all of ours are man made, dating from the 1930's, and are just dammed up river valleys so they tend to be long but narrow. Usually the only wide place is where they put the dam.

      I like the ocean but I don't go out in it far. When I was sail boating at Camp Lejeune we had Lightning and Rebel class boats, not big, and we would go out to the mouth of the New River but only the really experienced people went out into blue water.

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  6. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I found something you may be interested in Harry.

    Bee Go.

    the stuff is used to attract bee's to a crop. It smells like a combination of rotting donkey, sewage, and rotten garbage.

    I heard that the Isreali's are using it on Goblins. Spraying them down and its supposed to make a building uninhabitable for weeks if applied properly.

    I was unable to find it easily, but the last I heard it was sold through Dadant.com (beekeeping supplies)

    Fill paintballs with it (if they are fillable) use in Chattenooga during times of extreme duress. shoot Bee Go inside of vehicle with loud stereo to render the vehicle inoperative (undriveable) for weeks. No structural damage, just smells worse than the seventh level of hell.

    Now Harry. One word or advice. Do not spray Bee Go in the vent below the passenger side window of most cars where the A/C sucks in air to cool the car.

    Do not spray on front porches, where people gather. This stuff will run people off and make them go someplace else to hang out.

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    1. Be Goo sounds good. I already spent almost $600 bucks on a weapons grade paint ball gun and two magazines plus pepper ammo. It works well though, very satisfactory indeed.

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  7. Last Thursday and Friday it was jacket weather. My kids think they are too tough for cold weather at first. I have to remind them that they will have to sit out at recess time if they don't come prepared for the weather. That works.

    We keep having back and forth weather. This weekend, and the next few days are supposed to be in the 80s. Then it's another cool down.

    Time to prep for fall.

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    1. Fall is coming on fast, isn't it? I like this weather so much more than hot and humid weather. In a few minutes I am going to walk down to the waterfall with the dogs. No way I could do that in 90 degree/ 89 % weather. The heat and humidity would kill me.

      Got to bundle up the kids. I remember having the same problems with my children when they were young.

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  8. "I suppose I do more reading than I really should."
    I am of the resolute opinion that one cannot read too much or too often.

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    1. Well, reading is fine. But there's still a world out there and I need to get out into more. Spending every day either on the computer or in the easy chair with a book is not healthy in the long run. Here in just a second I'm going to walk down to the waterfall. Now that the weather is letting up I want to try to do more of that.

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  9. I have to disagree. By my standards, there's no such thing as too much reading! :-)

    It isn't cold enough for a fire here. I like the crispness. A nice change from the humidity.

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    1. But that's because you have a family with young children, and you work two jobs, and have your home business. So the amount of time you can read is more in proportion with a normal life.

      I tend to spend the whole night reading sometimes, not particularly healthy I think.

      This weather is great, and I don't miss the humidity not one bit.

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  10. Sounds like you need a hobby. My DH is taking up beer brewing. Before that it was leather work. He makes beautiful holsters now. Got a new set of 9mm dies to start reloading those. You don't have a honey do list? Although, I will say that reading is a wonderful pastime. Books are true friends.

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    1. Well, I do reload but usually I do that when it's snowing or raining hard outside.

      I don't shoot as much as I used to do. That has kind of tapered off. I still listen to my radios and I am thinking seriously about ham . But ham radio is like canning. Ever so often I get all motivated but then I don't follow through.

      I like to read but it's like the computer, after a certain amount of time with a book or on the computer, I feel like I should quit and do something more active.

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    2. As much as I like the Ham stuff, there's one thing about just listening as opposed to transmitting. It won't give your location away like transmitting has the potential to do.

      An individual needs to be listening 2 to 3 times as much as they talk or transmit.

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    3. True. I was just thinking that in a complete grid down scenario, it might help you stay in contact with the world, or at least, feel like you were.

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