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

― Frank Herbert

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Rain, Rain Go Away. Come Again Some Other Day.

Is that a nursery rhyme? It must be, because it keeps popping into my head like "Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the water spout" and "Froggy went a'courtin."  That last one must be a Southern nursery rhyme because as I remember, Froggy went a'courtin "with sword and pistol by his side." Or maybe it's Scottish. That would fit.

 My mom used to sing those to us when were little kids, at bed time. Or, if we were sick, which happened a lot more in the 50's than it does now.  Probably nobody remembers them now.

My brothers and I circa 1957. We've been around awhile.


When we had little kids my wife used to sing to them at bed time. Strangely , I can't remember what songs. But that was 25 years ago or so.




  Maybe mom's don't sing to their little kids anymore....



Anyway, it's been raining like Hades , on and off, for two days and now the radar indicates it will be here for awhile longer.



Then tomorrow night, the front will pass and the temperature will drop twenty degrees. The humidity will go down from 100% to around 22%.  Maybe once things dry out around here, I can get some work done.

After Christmas, my wife has to go to a pulmonary specialist in a city.  It's a long drive. Too long to make it there and back in one day. So we will go down there the night before, stay in a nice hotel overnight, go to the specialist and come home.  I am dreading it.  Too much like when she had the brain tumor, I remember that with crystal clarity though it 's been probably 20 years ago now. The worst thing about getting older is medical problems. You are pretty helpless at a doctors office. You can't control or fix anything.



Graf and Sons called me on the phone today.  I was surprised. They've never done that before. They said I left the address off my order.  I wonder why they didn't just get it off my account, because God knows I've ordered enough stuff from them over the years. I didn't ask though. I just told them my address. Sometimes I have a hard time figuring out how things work these days.




The most important part of this order was my 100 bullets for the 8X56R Hungarian cartridge. Expensive. I have more than enough brass because I can use it several times, but the bullets are very hard to find.  They are .330.  As far as I know, the M1895 rifle and carbine are the only weapon chambered for this round.

You can't load ammo without bullets.  So you need a mighty stash of bullets to keep the weapons fed in case you can't buy the ammo anymore.  I have a full case of this ammunition, and a lot of it in two clip 10 round boxes. All of it dates to 1938 and 1937, and it's German or Austrian.  But I still load my own. Because I can.......



I just finished feeding the dogs and cats before I turned on the computer..  My Labrador eats her supper and then just relaxes. But the hound dog eats hers one morsel at a time.  The result of this is that the cats finish their bowls and then come creeping up to see what the hound dog has in her bowl.  Every few minutes Belle gives one sharp bark to warn them off.  Tonight it's been going on for half an hour at least. That's one habit she has I could really do without.



It's only eight thirty and it feels like midnight.  The sun comes up late and it's dark before six.  Good thing I have a book to read.

And a fire to sit by.

24 comments:

  1. It's been raining ice here. I'm surprised the streets haven't been too bad. I don't think it's enough to stick too much. It sure is hard to get off the windshield though!

    I used to sing songs to my kids. I know all the ones you wrote about. I sometimes catch Mica singing, "I've been workin' on the railroad..." I sang that one to.

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    1. I thought about you and your family when I watched the news tonight. I saw the ice. That's the worst. I hope it passes on but the cold front behind this storm is not going to help get rid of it, I'm afraid.

      I'm glad you sang to your kids. Seems like so much that I remember as being good about my childhood is just forgotten history now. It's nice that some of the good things about life so long ago continue, even if on a reduced scale. I remember the railroad song. Also "the old gray mare" and "coming round the mountain." We sang those in school.

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  2. Serious iced storm here right now -not a big surprise for December in NH.

    My wife has some follow up tests as soon as we get back to FL. She'd had the preliminary tests while we were there taking care of dad. Odds are that it's nothing. However, it is something we put the boat in dry dock and she comes north for treatment. Nervous? Yep.

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    1. Nobody ever got "good" news by going to a doctor. At best, it's neutral if you are ok. I am trying to take a positive tack and tell myself that maybe we can get her problems cleared up. That's how it was with my daughter when she was little. We went to doctor after doctor and couldn't get the problems fixed. Then she went to the Mayo Clinic and they identified the problem. It wasn't something that could be cured but at least we knew what we were dealing with and it was controllable to some extent.

      I hope all goes well with your wife.

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  3. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    the rain is moving out of South Texas tomorrow. Sun's supposed to come out. Im almost over this head cold, sore throat. This one's taking awhile because of all the humidity and dampness.

    I picked up some extra CCI .22 on Friday (black Friday special) the price was too good to pass up.
    I ordered a few extra Glock Mags for the Glock 19 and a few 20 round AR mags for target AR I have. 30 round AR mags are a bit too long for shooting from a bench or laying flat on the ground target shooting at range. Got all that from Brownells.

    Back to the Leonardo Decrapio scandal I mentioned on the previous post. I got that information from drudgereport. I don't make this stuff up. You can tell when a nation is in decline by gauging the amount of perversion in entertainment and the amount of moral decay like in the latter days of Rome.

    On a side note. One of the police officers charged in the death of that dirtbag in Baltimore has the last name 'Nero'
    I had to chuckle at that. Im sure he's probably a good cop and a good guy from a good family that got swept up in a bad situation in Baltimore, but the name 'Nero'

    I had to laugh at that.

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    1. Could be worse. His name could be Caligula.

      Glad you are starting to feel better. Being sick is a miserable experience on a number of different levels. It's still raining here. We have had five inches of rain since Monday.

      I looked at some 200 round boxes of .22 LR high velocity hollow point, but they wanted sixty dollars a box. I'm not paying that. I have plenty of .22 LR anyway.

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  4. Wow! Froggie Went A-Courtin'!!! I still have my Children's Songs & Stories (sung by Tex Ritter) & Froggie was my favorite. I'm thinkin' it's from 1953/54 but beyond that I don't know where Froggie came from.

    Thanks for the memories!

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    1. Tex Ritter. There's a name I haven't heard in a long time. When I was a kid, both my parents worked. That was very unusual in the 1950's. My dad was a high school football coach and my mom taught elementary school. So during the day we went to "Madam Moiselle's Kindergarten." It was really a day care before the term came into common use. I remember that we had stick horses, a nice playground with a frog pond. I also remember that every noon time, before lunch and nap, we sang these old songs. I'd be willing to be day cares don't do that anymore.

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  5. Stay warm and dry!

    Prayers sent for your wife.....

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    1. I'm just staying in today. It's pouring outside. The ATL tv station says it will clear by tonight and turn cold. That's ok with me as long as the rain goes away.

      This thing with my wife has been going on for several years. We hope this new specialist will give us a handle on it.

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  6. Actually, I think "Froggie..." is a song.

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    1. I tend to use the "nursery rhyme" and "song" interchangeably but of course you're right. Froggie was a song. I guess so was Itsey Bitsy since it wasn't spoken but sung.

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  7. The old gray mare, she ain't what she used to be....

    Isn't that what you sing to your mother in law on her birthday?

    I guess given the nature of the items you bought from this outfit, it would only seem prudent to verify missing info...... assuming things is the major source of all screw ups. ...... I had a Marine tell me that years ago. Of course I think he used a more colorful phrase than"screw up". It stuck with me.

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    1. "Many long years ago." I can relate to that part of the song for sure.

      I'm always suspicious of phone calls that have to do with money, but the Graf call had to be legitimate. And I want my bullets......

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  8. I sang to my kids when they were little, but for the life of me I can't remember which songs. Oddly enough, I remember the songs my Dad sang to me. He was partial to cowboy songs, so I heard "Red River Valley" and "Home on the Range." He liked railroad songs too, and I can remember "Casey Jones" was his favorite, among others.

    Hope the rain ends where you are. It can be miserable when you want to be out and can't.

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    1. I know Red River Valley, Oh, Susanna, and Home on the Range. I know Casey Jones as well. I wonder , when the last of us oldlings die off, if those songs will just cease to exist except as a footnote on some dusty thesis in the stacks at some library.

      I've been pretty comfortable, just a little bored and ancy. However, the rain is supposed to end tonight, and it'll be cold and dry. I will probably go into town for lunch tomorrow just to be doing something.

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  9. Please send your rain our way. Half of South Africa has been declared a drought emergency area...

    Prayers that the visit to pulmonary specialist is nothing serious.

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    1. We have had five inches of rain since Monday and still have a full day of it left. I guess we don't have to worry about wells going dry for awhile.

      Thanks. I wish we could go on sooner and get it done, but the doctor my wife is seeing referred us to a big medical center and that's the soonest they can see her.

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  10. Your weather is my weather a day or two later. However by the time it hits Hampton Roads it's normally calmed down quite a bit. It would be nice to see the sun once in a while. Looks like things will be clearing out for us tomorrow along with a drop in the temperature. I enjoyed the picture of you and your brothers, it reminds me of a better time and place than were we are today.

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    1. The fifties were the last of the "happy days." The sixties pretty well reeked. Things have been going down hill since then.

      Still raining here, and I'll be glad to see the front pass on through.

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  11. Harry,

    Sounds like you've been receiving our rain. After the rain, we had bad ice, hopefully you won't get the ice. Sending prayers all goes well with the pulmonary specialist for your wife. Be safe in your travels.

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    1. I am not looking forward to driving into the city, especially the part where we have to drive on the freeway. But there's nothing for it, we have to get this business taken care of. We'll see how it goes. At least it is not until January, which is good because it's not right away, and bad because it would be better to get it over with.

      We aren't supposed to get any snow or ice this time around. Too warm outside right now.

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  12. It has been pouring for days here too. I can't take the short cut to town now because of all the mud on the mountain. All the rain trends to make me want good food so I have a sweet potato chili in the crock pot for tonight with some corn muffins I made and a butterscotch or grasshopper pour for dessert.
    Hope the doctor appointment goes well.
    They teach the nursery rhymes in preschool and kindergarten still. I sang a few of them but tended to mostly read them books instead.

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    1. It's almost 2 in the afternoon here now. The rain has stopped, and it's much colder. The humidity is dropping rapidly. If it's clear tomorrow, I'm going into town though I don't need to. But I've been up here since Sunday, just feel like a change.

      There are times when I have a lot of trouble getting up the mountain to the house, either because the trail is too slick from rain or there's been snow or ice, so I can sympathize.

      I'm glad they teach nursery rhymes still. I hope they teach the old one's and not some politically correct nonsense. I was thinking of the songs my mom used to sing to me. There's one that says XXXX went for a boat ride and it tells about what all he saw. I can't remember if it was froggy or mousey. Heck of a thing to thinking about, I'm clearly in my dotage.

      I never had sweet potato chili but it sounds pretty good. Corn muffins are always a welcome treat at a meal. I like mind with lots of real butter.

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