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Friday, March 24, 2017

Sisyphus the ferret.



I've been pondering the blog. It's been going on now for a few years, and I'm not sure where I want to go with it now.  At some point, I'll get it figured out. Until then, here's a good song for reflection, from the "Sunlounger" album.

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  1. Harry, just let it flow and the direction will take care of itself.

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    1. Matt, that's the problem. I am not sure I'm all that satisfied with the evolution of the thing over the years. It seems to be getting stale. I'm thinking it over, taking some time to try to get oriented .

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    2. i'm with Matt - who owes me an email - just sayin'...

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  2. Glad to see a post!

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    1. Couldn't let the ferret and the watermelon go to waste..

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  3. well i quite enjoy it and missed it terribly the last few days.

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    1. I think maybe I will tone back the news side of things. After all, everybody pretty much has the same access to the same news stories I do, so they don't need me going over that again , not specifically, at least. I like the cartoons so I think I'll keep those, and I still want to concentrate on self sufficiency ideas and issues.

      I expect I will try to get the ball rolling again here pretty quickly. I got a really nasty email from my pet troll, and that , oddly enough, motivated me. If I can infuriate a leftard to that extent, I must be doing some good after all.

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  4. Maybe post some ferret antics? The critters are very entertaining.

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    1. Hey, HH. I'd like to take videos of my own ferrets, but I don't own a video camera you can use to make a video and then download it to the computer. I have gone to Walmart, the only place that sells that equipment here, but there's never anybody there to answer my questions because the people who work in that section are always back in the break room. I think I will ask my son to see if he can find me a simple, not too expensive piece of equipment, because I would like to post some videos of the ferrets, and of the area, on the blog.

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    2. I have a cheap point and shoot that will make videos and download to the computer. I think any camera that will make a video will download to the computer.

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  5. Don't overthink it, buddy. You don't have to "go" anywhere with it...it's whatever you want it to be.

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    1. True, but at the same time I want the effort spent on the blog to accomplish something useful. I got out of the routine of working on during all the turmoil over my mother in law, and I'm finding it somewhat difficult to get with the program again.

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  6. We all get in a funk, Harry. Crazy weather doesn't help, either. Chill out for awhile and step back and recharge yourself. We will all be here waiting for you.

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    1. Tewshooz, it's true that the family chaos here recently has gotten me out of sync. I'm starting to get back to my normal routine. It was harder on my wife than it was on me, but the whole experience was depressing for both of us. I think it's a mistake to live too close to family.

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  7. Hey life just happens....missed you posting.....just come back. Jo in Washington state

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    1. Jo, I have been trying to juggle too many balls, and the blog was one of the balls I dropped. Things are settling down now though.

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  8. Hope all is well and you did not have to buy a suit coat just yet. I have also been having a hard time to find things to post about on my blog. It don't help that the new laptop I bought in September just died and am working off a 16 yr old desktop that the Visigoths left behind when they went away. And using it is like walking through mud. Sloooooow. The laptop is still under warranty so it will be replaced but HP will take its sweet time. So I need to update my desktop machine.

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    1. I did buy a suit. White shirt, black tie, black shoes, black socks. It was so much like going back to the old office , not a pleasant sensation but in the end it was the simplest way around the issue and I had a lot of other things I had to do at the same time.

      I'm familiar with the aggravation of computer problems. Lap tops in particular seem to be prone to those, and when you take it to the shop, they always want you to buy a new one from them rather than to fix the old one. It's good your system is under warranty though. And it's good you have a backup, even if it is old.

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    2. if your children marry the suit may be handy.

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    3. I've already told my kids that a big wedding is not on. I will give them cash instead of spending money on a wedding ceremony. They are practical people and prefer that as well. So, I don't know if I will ever wear the suit again. It would suit me fine if I didn't. But at least I have one now and if a similar situation should arise that's one thing I won't have to worry about.

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  9. That little ferret sure is going after that watermelon. I wonder if he won the battle? haha

    Don't worry, Harry, sometimes the blog muse lets us down. I've fired mine several times this year.

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    1. Hobo, ferrets are a lot of fun. I have had ferrets for ten years or so now and I can't imagine not having them around the place.

      It's not easy doing a blog , but it's fun and you meet a lot of nice people that way. I'll get back on the stick here soon and get it rolling again.

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  10. Harry-I agree with what some of the other folks have said. Take some time and don't stress over it. We will be waiting here for you. Your blog is one of the first I check each day. I would sorely miss you if you decide to shut it down. Jana

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    1. Thanks, Jana. I'm going to get it back to normal here soon. Things are settling down and getting back to normal, so it will be easier for me to think about the blog and then sit down and do a post. I'm a creature of habit to the extreme, and when something happens that disrupts that it takes me a while to adjust.

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  11. Glad you back, i have similar feelings about my own.

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    1. Randy, it's not easy to come up with things that other people might be interested in, is it? I started out just writing this blog as a sort of family history, but it expanded from there. Easy thing to happen with blogging.

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  12. Harry - just tell us what you are thinking about. what you are reading. what you would have done differently now compared to when you first set up your mountain "bug-in". tell us about how your wife and kids feel about the situation. tell us what we all need to do.

    sorry to say this buddy - but YOU ARE the old man in the mountain! (i am sure you will get the reference!)

    sending love always, to you and yours. start planning a trip up here next august if you like the heat or september if you like wearing a little bit of clothes.

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, I do get the reference. Been at this a long time, though there was that break for awhile after the Hermit blog blew up....

      I'm getting back to my regular routine so I should be up to a normal schedule here soon.

      Thanks for the good thoughts. They are appreciated.

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    2. harry, watch out for kymber.
      when she says august heat, she means naked in the river.
      when she says september, little bit of clothes, it might mean she and jam will consent to a bit of a bathing suit when you and your wife are in the hot tub with them!
      canadians are wild!

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    3. Kymber and J are a good bit younger than my wife and I. They live a free existence that I'm really jealous of. Wish I had my own private beach!

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  13. Some of us enjoy reading the ramblings of a Veteran, Partiot, Redneck, N GA Mountain living and traditional American opinion. Whatever pops into your head is good.

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    1. That pretty well sums me up. I'm glad that those kind of things are interesting, because really, that's my life. I can only write about the things I'm familiar with, which is a limiting factor. But being older, I have more time to write than working people, so I guess it all evens out.

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  14. It seems like it is fine. I wish I could have seen the ferret in action once I clicked on the blog. The thumbnail was in motion.

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    1. Those .gif files are fun but they don't always work. I don't know why.

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    1. I don't know why they work sometimes and don't others. I can load a .gif file into a post, publish it, and then when I bring the blog up the next day it is just a picture, no motion. Then others work perfectly in the same post.

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  16. I love reading your blog! And love hearing about the ferrets! Sure hope you decide to keep it going! I worried a bit when you were "blogless" but happy to hear that all is well on your mountain. And, by the way, I'm a strong #MAGA voter....:)

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    1. Lynney62, thanks for the positive thoughts. Nothing was really wrong, I just had all that family business to take care of, and my wife wasn't feeling too well. We are back on track now.

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  17. I can relate, we both have much we want to share, but somehow this winter and the absolutely discouraging behavior of the government on both sides had left us feeling a bit trampled. Trump has our prayers and we see glimmers of greatness in the man, even through the garbage he is being put through. We had to take our two wheel tractor for warranty work and I finally had to ask Ralph to shut off the radio. It was making me feel a lot like crying, instead we said a prayer for this country.
    Your blog will work its self out and ours will too. God Bless you Mr. Flashman

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    1. Fiona, I noticed you were not posting much, and I wondered why. "Trampled" is a good word to describe how a lot of us are feeling. I know part of my lack of energy was because the news has been so bad. First, I thought President Trump couldn't win. Then he did, and I had this unrealistic euphoria , thinking everything would be ok now. But I didn't take into account the hateful, destructive mind set of the left, and I didn't know that the Republicans would do all they could to sabotage him. I knew the press would pillory him and tell lies, but I didn't realize the extent. So that makes for a depressing scene here in the country. I know exactly what you mean.

      I appreciate your kind thoughts.

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  18. I am having those same issues Harry.... it's like I never know what to write about anymore. I mean how many gardening/animal posts can I do? Senior and I are thinking of deleting both of ours and creating something new... keep ya posted

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    1. JUGM, I've always enjoyed both your blog, and your husbands. Whether you stick with the "old"format or come up with a new one, I'll continue to be one of your readers. You two have a good life over there in South Carolina, and I like to keep up with your "doings."

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  19. Don't give up! I live in the heart of Appalachia and all
    that crap seems a world away. And I like it that way! I
    follow your blog every day because we're the same kind of
    people. I don't know why you would change a thing. Mountain
    people are diffrent from urbanites and I don't appologise
    for it. Keep faith in DJT, the can do president and things
    will turn out fine.

    Don from West by GOD Virginia

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    1. Don, it's very true that this is a whole different world. I've worked and lived in 36 different foreign countries, from Asia to the Middle East, and I've never lived anywhere quite like Appalachia. I've been pretty comfortable with life up here for more than thirty years now, although there have been some changes , as the mountains were overrun with people , that I could gladly have done without.

      I do have high hopes of the President, although with the entrenched bureaucracy, the Democrats, the Republicans and all the press against him he'd have to be superhuman to get much done. He may do it yet though.

      I've been up in West Virginia a good many times. I like the place, and the people.

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  20. what is sisyphus going to use it for when he gets it where he wants it? do ferrets eat watermelon?

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    1. No, Deb, ferrets are meat eaters and they live on specialized foods that they imprint on as babies. They are tenacious little beasts though, and will try to haul off anything that catches their eye. They like things made of soft rubber, of leather, and they are greatly enamored of anything shiny.

      I think this guy is just playing. They sleep about 16 hours a day, but the other 8 hours they are a ball of fire.

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  21. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I have been on the side checking your blog everyday but not commenting. I have been busy with other endeavors. I do know that Google/YouTube has been cracking down on people posting video's that are politically incorrect, etc.

    Many are going to a platform called 'Vidme'

    I guess the message has been getting out via alternative news and the bad people in control are finding it harder to control the narrative they dispense.

    whatever avenue you wish to take on your blog, I will keep visiting.

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    1. Hasn't been much to see on the blog for a few weeks now, but I appreciate you coming by. Most of my videos are from Fox News, but I think I am not going to be posting many of those in the future. I think most people can see the news on their home televisions, and even those that can't can use the internet, so they probably know what's going on as well as I do.

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  22. I do enjoy your blog. I tend to steer clear if the news and political posts as I think it's not my country and there are too many people in the UK concerned about American politics rather than our own! I love the prepping posts, the ones you've done about food storage and when you've done experiments with how long things will last. I'm also looking forward to seeing how your garden will progress this year.

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    1. Kev, I worry about politics because they have an effect on me, even way up here in the woods. I read a lot of British and European newspapers on line because I think the bad things happening there are mirrored by similiar events here. The Europeans just got hit first, so what they are living with is what we will be facing in the near future. But I understand that the vast majority of people aren't really interested in the news, and I'm going to concern myself less with it on the blog in the future.

      We had sleet and very cold temperatures earlier this week, and haven't planted yet though I know it's time. I am hoping the cold weather is finally over. I have some seeds friends sent me and I want to give those a try, see if I have better luck than last year. Thanks for stopping by.

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  23. Hi Harry, just like to let know that I missed your blog. From my perspective it is interesting to read about your life, thoughts, interests etc in USA. It is so different in so many ways but we seem to have many similar problems. Anyway I hope you carry on with the blog if and when you are ready. A bit of good news from here in Britain is that article 50 should be triggered Wednesday and we can start to leave the EU.
    All the best
    Duncan

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    1. Duncan, I keep up with events in England and other parts of Europe because I think we are all in the same basket. Lots of bad things have been allowed to happen, there and here, and I want to see if we can come back from that.

      Our left wing press is still hammering Britain for leaving the E.U. At least now that we are rid of the Kenyan our President is on the right size of the issues these days.

      We'll both just have to see what we can salvage. If not so much for us, for our kids.

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  24. Harry, I echo many sentiments about your blog from others. But whatever you decide to do, if you do continue with your writing I hope you continue to infuse it with politics, I think it makes for a good balance. For the record, I also enjoy the self-sufficiency stuff too. Best wishes--Troy

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    1. Troy, it's hard to strike a good balance with that, and I tend to lean to overdoing it. But I think you are right, it wouldn't be much of a history of our times if I didn't try to cover what was happening in the country. Particularly since it will have a big impact on all our lives, even those of us living way out in the sticks. I used to think I was largely impervious to outside events but I've learned the hard way in the last ten to fifteen years that is not true.

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  25. Ferret cuteness!

    You could always cut way back like I've done. After so much work, it would be a real shame to shut it down.

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    1. Lisa, things are starting to get back to normal after all the family flailex, and I'm going to try to get the blog back to normal too, though , like you, I may not post as often.

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