“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Just driving where the Jeep takes us.

It's been a strange weekend. I was kind of wound up, don't really know why.  So M and I did a lot of driving around.


We went to the county farmers market. Got there as everyone was closing down and packing up. It was still interesting, and I saw a Jeep that was really fine.


It had an old World War II style star on the hood and doors. It was marked USMC, and had all the accessories a man's heart could desire. Looked like it came right off the show room floor.



We went by the county canning plant. We knew it wouldn't be open but I wanted to swing by. It's only about a year old. They have everything you need there to can your produce or whatever. Cans, lids, all the necessary equipment. If you don't know how to do it, they have high school girls who work there who will help you get the necessary skills so you can do the canning yourself.



This morning, very early, we got up and went to the lake near our house to walk.  We have been watching these geese grow up. They started as little fluff balls and now they are almost adult. The mom and dad are both banded, but we couldn't ever get close enough to really see the bands.


The lake was pretty nice . The temperature was in the upper sixties, and it was not humid. We walked the one mile loop around it.  Then we headed up to the big lake, about twenty minutes away.


There's a marina up there where they have a nice area to sit out by the water. You can get BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers, that kind of thing.  When the kids come home in August I am going to rent one of the pontoon boats and take them for a ride. It I can pilot a houseboat twice that size, I ought to be able to operate a pontoon.


I'm getting old. I look it and I sure do feel it.  Happens to everybody if you live long enough.



Our lake is not terribly large, but it's very long. Up towards the dam there are islands and it's wide enough to sail.  I'd like to get a small boat, like a Lightning or a Rebel, and start that again. M is not anxious to do that, she doesn't like boats. Strange, since she was the one in the Navy, not me.



When we got home, Ton Ton Macoute the cat escaped out the door and we had to go catch him.

Ton Ton came to us via my daughter.  She was walking in a park, in the city where she lives up north, and she saw him crawling from car to car, trying to get people to pick him up.  He had obviously been run over because his pelvis was crushed. He was in bad shape.

People were just ignoring him.  When E and my son G picked him up, some old lady came over and said "are you going to help that cat? He's been like that for a week."  My daughter was furious that nobody bothered to help him.

She took him to a vet she uses for her animal rescues. Ton Ton went through several surgeries and spent two months at the vet. The vet checked him and he had a chip. They called the owners with the glad news he had been found. The owners said they had dumped him off in the park, and wanted to know if they were going to have  to pay a fine. Apparently, they were the son in law and daughter of an elderly woman who raised Ton Ton from a kitten. They promised the old lady to take care of him, but after she died he "was so much trouble" that they "let him go at the park because he wanted to live outside."  They kept the inheritance, but not their promise.




So, Ton Ton stayed in the vet's animal hospital for two months, and when he was well enough, he went to E's apartment on the lake to live with her.

 He fit in with everyone but Iggy the Iguana.  Iggy is about four feet long and he's like Travis the Chimp. He takes no s**t from anybody.   Iggy has a favorite spot by the sliding glass door, where the sun comes in. This is where he suns. Ton Ton liked that spot too.  Iggy would come out from under the couch, and there in his spot was Ton Ton.   Iggy would do push ups to show his displeasure. The other two cats knew this meant it was time to go elsewhere. Not Ton Ton.  Iggy would move his head up and down. This means" last chance, buddy."  Ton Ton would just look at Iggy. Then Iggy would attack Ton Ton and bite the hell out of him.  Much screeching, running about, and bleeding.

So when the kids came down in April to stay with me a bit while I recuperated, Ton Ton joined the household here.  He runs out of the door if he gets the chance. He can open the door if it's unlocked, so now I have to lock the door every time I got outside.   He's a good guy, but he's a lot of trouble. Big character, too. We can barely lift him.

And that's how things are in the Blue Ridge today.


Thought for the Day.



36 comments:

  1. What a sad story of Ton Ton. Makes me so bad that people treat animals that way. I'm glad your daughter stepped in and have him a new start.

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    1. E has always been good with animals, from the time she was just a little girl. I get involved with some of her rescues when she needs a farm style setting for them . Everything from cats to exotic chickens have wound up here. Like you, she has a rescue horse. I offered to keep the horse down here but she keeps him at a stable up there. My wife says taking care of Seamus and going on trail rides is good stress relief for my daughter.

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  2. You may be getting old but you are still putting you feet on the floor every morning when you get out of bed. And that is better than the alternative, and one none of us will ever escape.
    I never understood people who were cruel to animals like that. It tells me they can't be trusted. They are just another reason I ultimately need to get as far away from the masses as I can. Glad Ton-Ton has a good place to live now. That farmers market building looks real neat. Love pole barns like those and the big open space they make.

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    1. Some days I get a little run down but it's all good. At least I don't have to put up with a job or a boss anymore.

      That's part of the reason I tend to stay the hell away from people in general. There are too many of them I don't like.
      But there are good people too, as this blog frequently reminds me.

      Ton Ton is pretty much a pain in the rear. He is really clumsy because he got all busted up, and he tries to jump on the coffee table, can't make it, and knocks everything over. But all in all he's not a bad sort. He certainly didn't deserve being abandoned in the park.

      They spent a lot of money on the farmers market, which I am ok with since I use it. They also spent a ton on the new canning plant, which I also think is a good use of our taxes. A new "fine arts" center, I'm still scratching my head over that one.

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    1. Yeah, it wasn't too bad. Had a good time fiddling around at the big lake. we don't go up there a whole lot.

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  4. Some people are just wired to care for used and abused animals and it sounds like your daughter is one of them. Good on her. I'm thinking she may get some of that inclination from her parents. :)

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    1. I expect she does. I primarily provide logistics support these days. When she was a little girl I used to dread thinking about what she would find and bring home next.

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  5. Actually, with the beard trimmed back a little like in this picture, to me you look more energetic.

    - Charlie

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    1. It's been so hot here, I had to have M cut my hair and trim my beard way back. Having a big beard and longer hair will roast you here in summer. Even the hard corps old guys braid their hair into a Willy Nelson style pony tail to keep cool, but that's a little too avant guard for me.

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    2. Mohawk - the original hot-weather haircut.
      You first...

      - Charlie

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    3. I could do a mohawk like the guy in Taxi Driver. Stylish, I thought!

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  6. I get the feeling that the placement of the comment in red wasn't by chance. LOL (And I agree!)

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    1. Georges, if I put one in red I don't know how I did it. My computer skills are highly marginal. Did you mean over at your place?

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    2. Nah, I mean the placard about being "illegal to kill them."

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    3. Oh, I got you. I thought you meant a comment someone left. I have an old computer and sometimes what I see on the screen is not what other people see on theirs.

      I firmly believe that the only thing that keeps a lot of scumbags alive is the rule of law. If that ever evaporates, it will be Come to Jesus time for a lot of people.

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  7. Harry - it sounds like you both had a good day - Happy Father's Day, by the way! i think based on your kids' work ethics and the fact that your daughter is sooo loving towards animals is a reflection of you and M. we just got a new little stray cat today - he's been coming around and getting fed for a few weeks but my neighbour E trapped him by offering him chicken in her car - bahahaha! then she drove him here and jam went down and got him. he's in the bathroom with his carrier (which has my nightgown on it as he seems especially close to me), he's had a ton of food, a bowl of snackdy-moes, water and kitty litter. he's been there since about 6pm and i have been in to see him and feed him often. jam's also been in to see him. he seems to b just sleeping - no crying or scratching at the door. i think he is just happy to sleep and feel safe. i hope he feels safe. he's been breaking my heart for weeks. spoke to a guy at the vet's office and he has put a rush on edgar getting in = hopefully tomorrow. jam normally goes to work on mondays but has let his work know that he is unavailable on-site until he takes care of edgar.

    crap. i must sound like your daughter!!!

    i think yer still a pretty handsome man, myself...as does your wife and other ladies i'm sure.

    i'm glad you had a good day. i took my mermaid tail to the river today and christened it. check out our blog - it's all on there. we even had two dips....it was freakin freezing! if you heard a loud thunderstorm kind of boom at about 2 o'clock this afternoon - that was me screaming after i had my dip!!!!

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

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    1. Kymber, like I said be careful of orcas, sharks, leopard seals, and the passing crocodile!

      I appreciate your kind comment. I fear now I look like what I am, an older retired guy. But that's no so bad. I'm not using a cane or wearing a straw Frank Sinatra hat yet, anyway.

      Glad you got a new cat so he has a home. I hope your old cats accept him. Tom Tom has not been a big hit with out male cats.

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  8. Hey Harry,

    I really believe rescue animals are the best. I think the idiots that were supposed to take care of that cat and later tossed the cat out should given to 'Isis' as human sacrifices so they can make more 'decapitation video's

    On Jeeps....

    I like the old ones. I saw a CJ that was in really good shape. If you don't mind me throwing my two cents in worth. Get a restored old one that's easier to fix. A computer on a Jeep is about as useful as a pair of 'boob's on bullfrog.

    On getting old....

    its all in the mind. One neighbor I know at the age of 78 or 79 would sit on his porch with a shotgun every night watching out for meth addicts on my street when the meth addicts were really bad about 10 years ago or so.
    One kid with one of them Jap hotrods with the fairing on the back and with an exhaust that sounded like a damn weed eater was racing down the street and my old, elderly neighbor was out there with a 2 by 4 threatening to break in that kids windshield when he drove by.
    After that confrontation the kid did not go by the old man's house for two years or so.
    That old guy is having more physical problems but I see him driving around every couple of days in his SUV still getting by. He's gotta be like 89 now.

    I went out to the range today and put a few rounds through the Glock.
    The new spring and guide rod are working great. Less recoil because of the new stainless guide rod and that new spring.

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    1. I can still hold my own that way. What is getting me is the aches and pains, and the difficulty with climbing the stairs, things like that. Trying to lift sacks of feed, or swing a pick ax, that's the problem these days.

      I need to go shoot some too, but I will just do it out back in the meadow. I can sit under the trees to rest in the shade when I run out of steam.

      The thing about buying a used Jeep, is that you really don't know if it has been taken care of, or just beat to crap and then taken to a detail shop to be shined up for sale. I have always bought all my vehicles from one woman who owns a dealership in the next county, she has never let me down. When I have bought used from her, it was always a good buy. I am thinking I may try to buy a used 4 door Wrangler, but then I really, really want one of those new weapons carrier looking Jeeps, but I don't want to buy a first year model. I want all the bugs worked out of the vehicle. So probably I will wait a year or so to buy, unless I see something like that Jeep at the farmers market. Hell, I would have bought that in a heart beat if it had been on a lot.

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  9. Sounds like real entertainment up there on the mountain with all the different pets. Your lake looks nice.

    Finally got moved in to the new place. Now the real work begins.
    --Troy

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    1. I wondered if you were still living , Troy. Good to know you were just getting moved. I sure wish you wrote a blog because I would like to see your new place and all. But these days I can understand why you don't.

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  10. This is how we're spending a lot of weekends this summer - driving and letting the car take us where it takes us. We went to Nebraska City, which is only 50 min. away, I want to take the kids to Fremont where they have fake beaches (river with beach sand), and Kansas City to do a lot more there. Nothing too far though.

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    1. Sometimes it's fun to stay overnight in a nice hotel. We do that when we go to Tybee Island. South Carolina has just recognized Georgia's gun permits, so M and I are looking at beaches in South Carolina to go to. Somewhere new.

      Sounds to me like you are keeping everybody busy this summer, which is a good thing. Your boys will remember the trips you take when they are grown men. I still remember driving across county with my family to see my relatives in Florida every summer.

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  11. Harry,

    Your daughter and son are great kids......they of course were raised by great parents :-) I absolutely have issues with people dumping pets like this. Thank you for providing a great home for Ton Ton.

    Nice field trip out to the lake,farmers market, cannery, and home in the woods.

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    1. Ton Ton got lucky. Nobody else I know (except maybe Lisa or Kymber) would have put out the money to save him. He would have got the needle for sure, or just been left in the street to die. I would have probably had him euthanized because I wouldn't have thought he could be saved and he had to have been hurting like hell. But E is pretty good with animals, and can see when they can recover better than most.

      We had a really good day. Worn out when we got home, but it was a fun day. I love Sundays and I still don't like Mondays, even though now that I am retired there's no reason not to.

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  12. I totally agree with your feelings about people who abuse/neglect animals. One of my rescue dogs had been dragged behind a vehicle when he was a puppy. He does not have any internal injuries, but is scarred badly and up until a few months ago, I could not put a collar on him; he was so terrified. I have worked with him for years, and he now is able to walk on a leash. He is also a very sweet and loving dog. Maybe it is just my way of thinking, but it seems that he appreciates my care for him. I could do some very bad things to the person who abused him.
    Looks as though you had a good Father's day. And, you are still a handsome man, sir. Just ask your beautiful wife; I am sure she would agree. Jana

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    1. Jana, I tell my wife we don't much look like we did when we got married, but that was in 1982! I figure we are doing well to still be alive.

      Animals appreciate kindness. Some people do, and some don't. I understand animals a lot better than I do people, which is probably why I am more at ease around them than around my own species.

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  13. Harry - edgar's appointment is tomorrow at 8am....which means me and jam have to be up at 6 so that jam has enough time to get edgar out to the vet (hour and a half away). i spoke to the actual vet today and she says he needs to have proper anesthesia...not just localized. because he needs every shot known to man (it breaks my heart but he could be carrying something that will infect our other cats), then he needs his manhood taken out (again, another thing that breaks my heart - but we have to do it because all 3 of our cats are male and fixed and they are threatened by him), then he needs to be shaved from head to tail. ugh. jambaloney will take him in...the vet told me that all of that work is gonna cost a small fortune but we'll just buck up. the same as you and your daughter. little, tiny, good-hearted animals need to be taken care of.

    little, tiny, good-hearted animals like captain crunch - bahahahahahah! oh dear me - i hope he comes back and sees this post!

    have you seen any movies lately with viggo mortensen or stellen skarsgard lately? incredibly attractive older men - you would have to admit it yourself. and you look like them to me!

    and if you haven't seen River - you MUST!

    sending love to you and all of yours like i always do! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. I know Viggo Mortesen was in "The Road", and "Lord of the Rings." Never heard of Stellen Skasgard though.

      I hope they get Edgar all squared away. You can't keep a male cat inside unless he's been neutered, because they spray on everything. Besides, based on my own experiences with unneutered Tomcats, they get killed or mutilated in fights. Edgar is lucky you are taking him in.

      Elizabeth makes more than her old man does now that I am retired, but I sometimes contribute a bit here and there just to retain my role as pater familias.

      Hope you are getting well and will soon be 100%.

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  14. Harry - do you get netflix? River is on netflix and is such an awesome show - starring stellen skarsgard...he's been in a lot of stuff that me and jamie have enjoyed! here's his wikipedia:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stellan_Skarsg%C3%A5rd

    and if you have netflix watch River - awesome show! one of the best i have seen in a long time.

    sending love always! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. I don't get Netflix Kymber, but maybe I can find it on the internet.

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  15. Aww, poor thing. I am glad he's better now and living with you.

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    1. he's a nice cat but he drives me crazy trying to escape out of the house into the woods. He has a lot of personality, though.

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  16. I enjoy random drives like this. The Canning Plant is an excellent idea.

    So agree with the next to last poster!

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    1. We had an older canning plant, but they built an entirely new one, all spic and span, with the latest gear. People I talk to who have used it think the county tax money was well spent, and I tend to agree.

      We like little drives out into the mountains. Cheap entertainment!

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