Truth.

A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.

Ariel Durant

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

New Storms



We are in for four days of rain.  Since my wife and I just finished setting up some raised beds for growing vegetables, we had to roar into town today for bags of mulch.  We filled the beds with growing soil from the depot, because our soil here on the mountain is primarily just red Georgia clay. If we don't cover it with something, it will all wash away. We found that out the hard way a few years back, which was our last foray into home gardening.

We went to see a movie yesterday. It was "Mother's Day", and it had a good cast, so I figured it would be fun.

It wasn't.  If the average American family is as screwed up as the families in this film were, then I am so completely out of touch I had best never venture into an urban environment again. That may well be the case.  I won't go into detail. Suffice it to say I always thought of a family as a husband, wife, and children. None of the main groups in this film even vaguely resembled that.





Just for a little levity in an otherwise mundane day, I put these cartoons and photos on the post.

As a sort of baseline reference for the topic raised in the previous post, here are a couple of good articles. I don't think there's a one size fits all answer because it largely depends on what you personally are shooting or reloading, and why.












21 comments:

  1. Monday it was snowing. Today I was walking around in a T-shirt. Such is life in the North Country.

    Hope you don't get washed off the mountain.

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    1. So far it's been just wind, but it feels like rain. The Weather Channel seems to be having trouble settling on a prediction for the next few days. I know the weather up your way has been like something on one of those low budget movies they show on Science Fiction Channel.

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  2. Hey Harry. I don't watch new movies much unless its super hero movies, war movies, etc. I hate comedies. I don't like to laugh. Most humor is contrived. What was funny was the first 'Blues Brothers' movie, Animal House and other classic funny movies that were not afraid to be politically incorrect. Those are funny. Remember the Clint Eastwood movies, 'Every Which Way but Loose' and 'Any Which Way you Can' Remember the scene were the old Sheriff pulled over the 'Black Widows Biker Gang' when they were riding down the road wearing 'Bo Derek Wigs' The old Sheriff said, 'The only laws your breaking are the laws of nature' and he just about died laughing as he got back in the Sheriff's car. Now that was funny! That had to be one of the funniest movie scenes ever.

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    1. Those were two great movies. Clint Eastwood was a great actor and now he's a great director.

      This "Mother's Day" was a mark one, mod five "chick flick", but the whole point was to take my wife to something she would enjoy. I have slept through more movies at the theater than I could count, over the years. But she doesn't worry about the social engineering aspects of movies, so the things that irked me didn't impact on her at all.

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    2. Harry and coofeebottle - you need to look up brooklynn 99 - it is funny as oh heck! sending love to both of you! xoxox

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  3. Hey Harry,

    found that movie scene https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU6eTVZUWJg

    they just don't make'em like they used too.

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    1. Well, I think there have been a few good ones. The Rover was good. And, um, well there was ... yeah, the Rover was good.

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    2. Hey Harry, Yeah. The Rover has to be one of the best movies in years. Another one too is 'Sicario'

      Now 'Sicario' is one I can strongly recommend. I seen lot of this stuff living in border area's. Nothing new to me. One things about Mexico. They sure do like to kill each other. Its basically a sport like Soccer.

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    3. I watched Sicario a while back. Not a bad flick. Pretty well illustrated some cultural aspects of "Latin Lifestyles"

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  4. Cool - so glad you have set up some veggie beds for the Missus. Holding thumbs that this year's harvest will be plentiful and encouraging for future veggie plantings... :)

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    1. It's turned into a bigger evolution than I had anticipated. But it's something we can do at home and my wife enjoys it. I primarily help with the grunt work.

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  5. We thought about dropping our plants in this week but today it snowed and hailed in town so we are holding off another week. We will do raised beds at the cabin because we feel they are easier to cover to keep the deer out. In town the huge fence helps prevent that.

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    1. I have wondered myself about the efficacy of planting Blue Berries. I know we are going to attract the bears and the wild hogs. I doubt the chicken wire fences will keep them out.

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  6. We do raised beds too. We had very little soil, mostly rock up here so we found a horse farm down the road and got (free) dump load after dump load of horse manure that we let sit for a couple of years until it turned into a crumbly dirt. For a few years earlier we did the lasagna gardening where you layer with leaves and compost until it makes soil. Now I can plant without using anything to dig with. We hope the weather cooperates the rest of the year. Yesterday was stormy with high winds, hail and tornado warnings.

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    1. We get pig poop from a hog farm on the other side of the county. My poor truck has hauled about everything in it's time but that's a first.

      Raining and thundering outside as I write this. So far the mulch has kept the beds from washing out.

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  7. Sorry the movie was a bust. We watched a good documentary last night I got from the library called 180° South. It was about this guy that wanted to climb a mountain in Patagonia and his journey to get there. Well done with amazing cinematography. I like films about people pushing their limits.

    Were you the one who told me about The Disaster Diaries by Sam Sheridan? It took me five months to get it from the library (longest wait I have had for a book yet!) But I started it yesterday and so far it is really good. I'm only 50 pages in.

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    1. The movie offended me. It was one of those Hollywood "social engineering" projects that is supposed to teach you that everything is ok. If you like it, it's fine, it's all good. Not my style.

      I would have sent you my copy if you wanted. Anytime I have a book you want to read I'll be glad to mail it to you.

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  8. We don't ever go see movies in the theater so I haven't seen it but I do get them from the library when they come out. Usually I stick with documentaries though.
    I loved that book! I hardly got a thing done yesterday because I spent the day reading it.

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    1. We go to movies sometimes because mien frau likes to have popcorn and cokes and watch them. Usually they are animated or things like the Harry Potter movies or the Hobbit movies. I like some of the war movies but I wait until they come on pay per view because my wife won't go to any movies about fighting and all the movies have to have a good ending where everybody lives happily ever after.

      I'm really glad you liked the book. I thought it was pretty good. There's another one by a guy named Strauss, called "Emergency, this book could save your life>" I thought it was good , too.

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  9. Harry,

    Before you know it you'll have vegetables coming up in those raised beds. Mulch really does help prevent the soil from running off the bed when there's rain storms.
    Stay safe and dry from those storms.

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    1. today it's pretty nice here. Supposed to be nice through to next Tuesday. The garden survived the rain, which turned out to be less than they predicted.

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