“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Out of Touch


I have been having communications issues for the last few days. My internet has been in and out, and I finally just decided to wait til it settled down before trying to do much on line. I had several crashes right in the middle of trying to respond to comments. God knows what happened in those instances. The CB has been very quiet. I think that means the people I usually listen to don't have power, or they left their "possum trails" and went to stay with relatives, friends or in town.

The scanners are working fine, as long as the power is up.  That, at least, has kept me in touch with events in the county.


I don't have a camera that can take photos at night. I wish I did.  There was one night this week when the sky was perfectly clear, and everything was coated with snow.  I went out about three in the morning, when it was cold and still.  The forest was completely illuminated by the moonlight on the snow. Words don't do it justice.










I added this  video as an addendum later in the evening

30 comments:

  1. Beautiful place you have there, Harry.

    Just happy to hear you can ride this one out.

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    1. I can hold out a long time without resupply, Dr. Jim.
      The main problem is that though I rarely come down off the mountain, the bare fact that I CAN'T aggravates me. I want to feel like I can go somewhere if I wanted to. It never used to bother but I notice it does now.

      It really is a beautiful place to live up here in these mountains. Once upon a time there was absolutely nobody else up here near me. Now there is an abandoned house down on the old forest service road, and an abandoned cabin camp on the other side of the ridge from me. I don't have to look at them, or hear them, so they don't really bother me. One good thing about this being difficult to get through the winter, people tend to leave after the first winter.

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    1. I know. I don't need any vehicle repairs, tow trucks or any other such bothers to deal with right now. Maybe the snow will melt the rain tonight.

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  3. Glad to hear you weathered the storm OK. That being prepared thing works pretty well, doesn't it. I am amazed after all the bad weather the East Coast has had the last few years, there are still so many who wait until the last possible second to stock up, and even more amazed how many think someone from the government is going to come knocking on their doors with a ham sandwich and a bottle of water for them.

    We here in the north are having a heat wave. Temps are supposed to reach 40 degrees by the weekend. And still no snow to speak of. We get maybe an inch or so now and then. Odd winter for us.

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    1. I watched the news today. There was a story about a black woman with five kids (no husband). She was raising hell because she couldn't get out to get to the store and she had started this bad weather with only two days of food. She wanted somebody to come down there and get her driveway plowed and bring them some supplies. It makes you weary, listening to people like that.

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  4. I remember those wonderful magical nights after a fresh snow, especially when the moon comes out. Of course, I'm spending some good nights on the boat, so it's all good.

    I know how you feel about having to stay, even if you don't necessarily want to go anywhere.

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    1. It's irksome. And I have some things I need to get done outside that I can't do until it dries out.

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  5. I hope things start to work better - internet wise. Sometimes at work my phone won't work. It's frustrating for situations like this week. My Dad was in the hospital for his heart. He's home now. I'm still not clear on the long term plans for his heart. I wanted to use my phone if needed! I can understand those frustrations.

    I'm glad you are doing ok. Your house looks so pretty sitting there in the snow.

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    1. I'm sure sorry about your dad. I know that puts a big burden on your mind.
      I hope he gets better and it isn't a long term issue.

      My cell doesn't work at all up here, most of the time anyway. I use it so that I have a chance to get a wrecker if I break down on the road somewhere. Nobody with any sense is going to stop and pick a man up off the road anymore, so you are on your own if you break down.

      It's nice up here. Don't know why I am feeling so hyper tonight.

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    2. i feel hyper during full moon phase.

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    3. People who work in hospitals or on police forces learn to dread the full moon. It has a mild effect on some people, but individuals who have a propensity for periodic "showing out" react to it strongly. My brother the retired cop and my sister in law the doctor assure me this isn't an old wives tale. I'm glad you only feel hyper! ;-)

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    4. i agree with deb, your brother and the others....the full moon has always had a crazy affect on me. and i have known a variety of others that get affected as well. i find the solstice moons to be the worst.

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  6. Good to know you survived that storm, when the news was going nuts over the snow in NYC and the shutdown, all of us out west could only laugh about it. Have 2 feet of the white stuff at my place. Getting tired of it already, especially my black-iced drive to work. --Troy

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    1. It's all relative. I imagine people in Siberia would laugh at any Americans with snow problems, but that just depends on how much you are used to and how much you are prepared for. I have gotten to wear I dread snow here because I know the only way my road is going to get clear is if melts off.That can take days. I don't really need to go anywhere but I would like to be able to if I want to...

      Black ice was a big problem here this past few days. Lots of wrecks.

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    2. Around here anyone with a driveway as long and remote as yours would have a plow on their truck. Not sure how common it is down there, but around here just about every F250 wears a plow hitch. The enterprising ones will even buy a new truck every couple of years and make the payments plowing other folks driveways out.

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    3. I have rarely if ever seen a plow on a vehicle here other than our two 1950's era dump trucks that belong to the county. People have winches on the front of their trucks here.

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    4. The ones they fit on Pickup trucks are of course much smaller than the ones you'd see on a dump truck as used by your DPW. Fisher is the most common brand around here as they are Maine made. This is the one you most see.
      http://www.fisherplows.com/fe/showroom/ht-series

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    5. I'm pretty sure if we had those here, they would be sold at the tractor dealership, where everybody buys their ancillary equipment. I wonder if people would buy something they could only use maybe two or three times a year? Some of the well off ones could I guess.

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    6. a lot of people around here, including us, use atv's with plow attachments, to clear their driveways (our driveway is 200ft with a bend if that makes sense. 160ft straight up a steep incline and then 30 ft up to the house). we got our atv from a guy who kept his in mint condition - we got it in 2010 and it is a honda foreman 450 ES. lots of people here ask us if they can buy it from us if/when we get a new one. that won't be happening anytime soon! our friend j just did a complete overhaul on it for $250 (can you believe that?!?!?) at his uncle's garage. jam only uses the atv as "a tool" - for plowing in the winter and running things up and down to the river in the summer. what if you got a used atv with a plow attachment harry?

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  7. I enjoy the bluish-white light of the moon on snow and where the ice crystals sparkle in the light. Magical beauty.

    Glad to hear you weathered the storm. It amazes me how many people will whine and snivel about their own unpreparedness when they knew about it for days in advance.

    Thank you, Harry, for sharing the trees with the snow pictures. I really enjoyed them.

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    1. Hobo, I wish I had a decent camera. The one I have, I bought at Walmart probably ten years ago. But every time I look for a new camera, I can't find anyone there to explain to me anything about it. Walmart is the only place in our county that sells the digital cameras and I don't do business with them anymore since they jumped on the Black Lives Matter band wagon. So I guess I will either order one on line and take my chances with learning how it works, or just keep using the little one I have, busted battery access latch and all.

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  8. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I watched part of X-files last night. Yeah' Moulders voice I shot from cigarettes and dope I'm sure. Scully's face looked like it was stretched out and ironed by some Hollywood plastic surgeon.
    Sigourney Weaver from 'Aliens" did that and now she looks like and an alien.

    We were warm for awhile then a big cold front blew through today and not its real cold outside. The weather should start warming up in a few days and will back up to the mid-70's by Monday.

    I am glad you survived another storm 'Harry. Just keep on doing what you do and you will be fine. I don't think I would leave during the winter if I lived their either. Just be ready to be locked down during bad weather.

    I did talk to a retiree from up north in Montana and that retiree said they average 500 small earthquakes a year! I think I will take my chances with hurricanes over a supervolcano.

    One good thing if Yellowstone blew. All the Mexicans, muslims, and Syrians would leave and take most of the liberals with them.

    Life would be hard but we would be free (living in six feet of volcanic ash)

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    1. I have seen several news stories that say more Hispanics are leaving than sneaking into the country now. Maybe they don't want to live next to Middle Eastern refugees either. They probably feel like property values in the barrio will fall with those types coming in.

      Physically I have no problem living snowed in up here. But it gets on my nerves a lot more than it used to. So does everything else, though.

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  9. Glad you weathered the storm well. It looks pretty there. I still can't get up my long hilly driveway but today should bring more melting at least. The boys finally returned to school today, with a two hour delay. The house is so quiet now!

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    1. I'm glad things are settling down up there. It's warmer here today than it has been, so maybe I will be able to get out as well.

      I expect you are relieved to be able to get the kids to school. Being pinned up in the house is bad enough, but with young boys in the family it must have been "challenging."

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  10. Harry - i sure am glad that you are safe and warm and well-stocked up there! on some nights up here, the air is freezing, the sky is black and there is not even a sliver of a moon to be seen. but on special nights - the moon is out there blazing in all of it's glory and the stars show the curve of the horizon - it is breath-taking! i am glad that you know to go out on those nights and just let it sink in.

    as for cameras - sometimes me and jam COULD have taken the most awesome pics - but our 5yr old camera, that neither of us has taken the time to read the manual, is on factory settings to this day. i swear - one day i will learn to use the different functions on that camera - bahahahah!

    sending much love to you and yours, always! your friend,
    kymber

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  11. Kymber, I am doing fine. Could have gotten down the trail this afternoon but didn't try. Feel better knowing I could get out if I wanted to though. I like moonlit nights. I don't care so much for those that are pitch black though.
    I see some really beautiful pictures on other blogs and I wish I could do that. But buying a new camera means learning how to use it. Once upon a time that was nothing but with computers it's a major pain.

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  12. hey Harry - did you see my reply to troy and M. Silvious above about our atv? that might be something you could look into getting for plowing your driveway...

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    1. Kymber, I did. The thing that worries me about plowing the trail is that it is very steep in some places. There are turns where if you go too far to the right going down slope, you go down into a big gully and that would be all she wrote. And I have to admit, the thought of having another chore on top of everything else weighs me down. I have had more trouble keeping the show on the road up here than I ever had before. The really long wet winter, followed by all this cold, means I have a lot of repair work that isn't getting done. I feel frustrated.

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