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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Stay at Home day. (updated 20 April 0845 a.m.)




We've been having some nice nights lately.  Light rain, some lightning in the sky and thunder off in the distance. It's very cool, low sixties and not too humid even with the rain.  When the moons out, my place looks very similar to this painting.

We didn't do a lot today,  yesterday was very busy and tiring, and we are catching up today. The dogs barked last night, on and off, all night. I have no idea what was wrong but I didn't see anything in the flood light, and I didn't get much sleep. So  I took a very long nap this afternoon, the prerogative of those with leisure time. I'm still not used to being able to do what I want to, when I want to.

The dogs and I ventured forth today looking for "Jack in the Pulpit" plants. My wife says she thinks she has seen some on our property. So I walked one side of the property , along the property line. Didn't see any, but it was good exercise and I like to walk the lines periodically to see if anyone is stealing my trees. It's happened before.




Having spent four years in New Mexico while I was at UNM, I really like things "Southwestern."  We have had the same living room curtains for years, so we bought some fabric and my wife made new curtains. When the sun comes through the window, the curtains glow like stained glass. It surprised us how nice they look.  My wife is really good at sewing, and at making our house look comfortable and cozy.




There's a person who likes to leave ugly comments, and they especially like to disparage the things my wife and I do around the house like making new curtains.  I honestly feel sorry for them. They clearly don't have a spouse themselves, and they must be lonely.  I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy.  When my wife goes up to spend time with my daughter, when E is not feeling well and needs a little help, I miss M .  And I'm always really glad when she gets back.  Who would ever have thought that would be something to ridicule and make snide remarks about?  It doesn't bother me, it's just sad.






There's a new CDNN catalog out.  You can either download it, get a paper copy, or both.


The new one is issue 2017-1.   These guys are a good source for magazines, ammo, parts, and guns. They aren't real friendly but when I call them I'm not looking for friends.

CDNN Sports



Cartoons to brighten the day:








Well, one last chore to do .  I have a security light burned out, and I need to go replace the bulb before it gets dark. Then I'll sit out on the porch for awhile and watch the evening come on.




A video from my Nephew


I have a nephew who lives in California. By day, he drives a UPS truck. By night, he plays in a heavy metal band. He's a good kid, but he is a little different by my standards. He has tattoos, really long hair, and wears all black clothes.  He thought Uncle Harry would like this video. Strange music but I like the lyrics.


35 comments:

  1. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I made two large runs to Walmart (yesterday and today) to 'overstock' a little. My concern is with North Korea again. One of the 'higher ranking defectors' says Kim Jong Un will stop at nothing.
    I don't know which way this will turn out. The Chinese at least are 'heavily involved' and attempted to mitigate a solution, which is good.
    One of the things that does concern me is an NK sub getting close to a coastline and launching off a 'chemical tipped' or biological warhead.
    If you recall the 'Japanese Balloon Bomb's' during WW2 that landed in the Pacific Northwest. Only two were known to make it and go off if I recall correctly with only one casualty.

    The Navy I'm sure is tracking NK subs but there is always that one that sneaks by. That's why I overstocked a little with consumable items I use everyday. If even one NK sub launched missile strikes a coastline, you can damn well bet the news media will go ape$hit and panic the hell out of everyone. The end result will be already, stupid people panicking.

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    1. Things are getting weird with North Korea. We can light them up, but they will light up South Korea and Japan, and maybe China if we do. Kim Il Piggy thinks he's a god, and he's a sadist like his dad and his grandfather. The guy executes people by shooting them with an anti-aircraft cannon, for God's sake.

      I remember the balloon bombs. There's a monument in Oregon, I think it is, where the guy poked the thing with a stick and got blown up.

      It's a damned big ocean, and 50+ submarines is a lot of submarines. But, as Ryan pointed out, they may have the subs but they can't have that many armed and configured for sub launches. Not yet, anyway.

      It's always really smart to stock up . Anything can happen today, anything. We have half the country determined to overthrow the government and install a bunch of communists so we can have a workers paradise. We have Islamic Terror, the North Koreans, and all the odds and ends. Yesterday in Atlanta, a "Black Muslim" decided to start killing white men and just drove along shooting them where ever he found them. Killed three people that way before they stopped him.

      Like Hank Williams Jr said though " a country boy can survive."

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    2. That monument with the Japanese bombs is near Bly, OR. Just about 50 miles from me. Killed a pastor on an outing or something like that, can't remember exactly.

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    3. I knew it was somewhere up in there. Don't remember the particulars but I knew someone found one of those things and accidentally set it off with dire consequences.

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    4. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      this is a little off topic but during the latest Berkeley riot a Trump supporter was 'smacked' in the head with a large bicycle lock wielded by a 'masked Antifa member'
      The Troll Army on 4Chan Pol (politically incorrect) was deployed to find out who the attacker was. It was brilliant detective work that would have impressed the FBI.
      heres the link on the story

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKydKJKTixo&list=PLvn3rkSe0CvLvs5PMnVN9hNCWv3ZULPhg

      The 4Chan army is brilliant, just brilliant.

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    5. I'll go look at that. Getting hit in the head by a lock on a chain could definitely spoil your day. One of the things about all this that has seemed odd, is these big battles with mobs of people going at each other, and then the news says "there were no arrests" or "there was one arrest." I can't remember the police sitting back and letting things go like that, at least not in a situation where it wasn't blacks burning down their own neighborhoods.

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    6. I took a look. Seems like they did identify the attacker, but I'm not sure what good it did since he (the attacker) hasn't been arrested or anything that I could tell.

      He's right about these young women coming out and acting as shields for the Schumer Ninja, but telling people to punch them in the face? Has it come to that? Yes, they are asking for it, and yes some of them carry weapons and attack pro Trump people. But that seems extreme to me.

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  2. Curious if the jack in the pulpit plants have any use?

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    1. I don't really know. Lenny62 asked me to look and see if there was any on my land, so I am rechecking the boundaries and looking for the plant at the same time.

      There are a lot of people who have web pages I read, who know a lot about this stuff. Practical Parsimony is knowledgeable , Leigh and Lisa and Kymber too. It's usually women who know about herbs and that kind of thing, you ever notice that?

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  3. You're right, your troll must be a truly miserable person, but then all trolls are.

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    1. I get a lot of "hate mail" and it gets caught in the spam filter. I had tried just hitting the delete button on the spam filter, without checking it, and then I accidentally found one of Andrew's posts in there. I have no idea why. The filter usually catches comments that have a lot of obscenity in them. So now I am running through the spam filter again.

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  4. Well, disparaging remarks is the sign of an immature and petty mind, best to just ignore. We stay at home, too, mostly. We like to go to town about once a week for the egg run and maybe look at the TruValue Hardware store. Real exciting, huh? Ever since I found out Walmart has free 2 day delivery I don't even have to drive the 100 miles to get there anymore. FedEx delivers right to my back door....can't beat that with a stick. It is still winter here....rain and snow for the last few weeks, bleh. Enjoy your Spring and leisure living.

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    1. We are heading into town this morning. Just a few admin chores, like running by the bank, going by the pharmacy, etc but it's nice to get out. We were watching the news this morning, and they had an advertisement for vacations in the Florida Keys. I turned around to M and said "I want to go down there!" She looked at me and said " well, load all the ferrets, dogs, cats, and chickens up in the Jeep and we'll just go dump them off in the woods and we'll go down to the Keys." That pretty much squelched that idea. ;-)

      I get some things by delivery. Mostly books , ammo, and ferret supplies. They leave them down on the dirt road at the food of the mountain, at the gate.

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  5. Hi Harry,

    Some people are just a total waste of space, I used to feel a bit sorry for them but now as I get older I just think f.... them! I am 59 but sometimes it feels like I was born 100 years ago, the latest generations are just so foreign to me and to the way I was raised by my parents.

    First thing I am doing when I retire is heading out into the country like you Harry, about 3 hours from the city so I can still see the kids without too much hassle. Spent my whole working career in and around Sydney and the place is just getting too big and crowded for me, peak hour in the city is a nightmare.

    Sgt 73rd Regt.

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    1. Hey, Sgt. I was just telling M last night I need to drop you a line and see if you and the wife were doing ok. Good to hear from you. Those possums in the garage doing ok? I sent the pictures on to my daughter, she loves animals.

      Yeah, I got myself into the Troll thing. This particular person that likes to say ugly things about my family is the worst. I should never, ever have let any of those people post any comments on my blog. But years ago, when I started this one up, I thought it would be possible to talk to people with wildly different views and have a rational discussion. Michael in Maine and some of the other people I visit on the net told me I was making a ghastly mistake, but I knew better. Turned out I was wrong.

      You have a really nice place, Sergeant, but living in the country is so stress free. It's so quiet, and you can afford some land of your own. You don't have to put up with B.S. from neighbors, it's the only way to go.

      You and I both worked in the same profession, and I know what you mean about how it just drains the life out of you. It's a murderous way to make a living. Just a few more years,and you'll be like me. You do your time in the corporate world so you can live well after you escape.

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    2. The Possums are doing well, I will send you an updated photo of them. You should tell your daughter to come out and visit us, we have plenty of critters for her to play with.

      Will send you an email shortly, all the best.

      Sgt 73rd Regt

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    3. If E ever got to Australia, I doubt she would come home. I think I told you once that I tried to get papers to come live in Australia, back in 1999. My Uncle applied too. The Australian government sent me a nice letter, not some form, saying I was welcome to come visit any time, but that they did not need permanent residents with my skill set so I could not come be a resident. My Uncle, on the other hand, they were prepared to accept as he was retired, would not be working, and had enough money to support himself. That seemed entirely reasonable to me. We should have been taking that tack a long time ago.

      Glad the possums are ok. I guess they don't nibble the wires in your building? I have to catch flying squirrels here with a catch 'em alive trap, and haul them off a long way because they will get up in the top of the house and I'm always afraid they'll nibble the wires and start a fire.

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  6. I just did not post comments until I monitored them and published the ones who were not trolls. One woman followed me from another group. She always did some things better than I. So, I just blocked her.

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    1. No, me neither. I have comment moderation enabled. Where I have problems is I go into the spam filter and read the messages to make sure I am not deleting some good comments. I don't know how the damn thing works, because it grabs messages that are not offensive and not vulgar or obscene once in awhile.

      I tried just deleting the spam filter contents without checking them for a little while. Then somebody emailed me and asked why I didn't publish a comment. I never got it. I looked into the spam filter for it, and it wasn't there but one of Andrew's comments was. So now I'm back to reading the contents. Sometimes I get more "you are a *@*$*, and your wife is a *@%*@" comments than I do normal people comments.

      It's a strange world, no joke.

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  7. I agree with your comments on internet trolls. Pathetic individuals, their'throwing a grenade and walking away' really is sad. If the troll does not like the content of blog, just walk away and seek somewhere else for interesting topics to them - why waste personal time ?

    Time - the commodity which cannot be bought nor recycled, at least until someone invents a device to travel back and forth.

    Walking out to back porch and enjoying the woods at dusk - sounds like a wonderful way to relax.

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    1. I think that's the only way they have to get attention. To feel like they're strong. If they wanted to actually express a point of view, there's no need to be a jerk about doing so. I'd publish comments that were rational even if I didn't agree with them.

      I have a calendar next to the computer, and every morning I mark off the days. When I was still working, the months dragged by. Now, the seasons fly by.

      I've always liked dawn and dusk. In the desert, in the mountains, or on the beach, it's a special time. Tranquil, and calming.

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  8. Great cartoons Harry. Your relationship with your wife is one to be admired and respected. She is your lifetime partner, the woman you love and cherish; of course, you miss her when she is away. Many people hunger for this type of relationship. Many more years to you and M. Jana

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    1. Jana, I like that one particular cartoonists work especially. Believe it or not, he's a college professor!

      My wife had to put up with a lot from me. First, she had to leave the Navy when we got married, because the Navy and the Marine Corps did not coordinate assignments for married members.

      Then I immediately got involved in the Beirut deployment, was gone a lot and it was a stressful situation for her.

      We lost our first child when I was deployed and she was by herself.

      When we left the service I was wound pretty tight. That's why we moved way out in the woods. She would have liked to be in a nice town with lots of shops and stores and such, but she came on out in the middle of the backwoods with me.

      She's always stuck by me, through good times and bad and never once complained, or said I should have made different decisions, or done different things. She was a great mother to my kids and still is.

      We are really enjoying having all this time together, and we have been really lucky in our children, and in how our situation in retirement has worked out. I grabbed the brass ring in my marriage and I know it.

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  9. Harry,

    I love southwest stuff myself!!! Beautiful material, and I bet the curtains look amazing :-)
    They're people in this world who won't be happy with anything. People like this, I tune out, they like to suck the life out of everyone. I avoid negative life sucking people.

    You have to walk your property numerous times during the week to make sure you don't have squatters, or people stealing. We walk our property almost daily, and two nights ago there was a vehicle parked just outside our fence with no humans in the vehicle. We could here someone walking in the woods (on our property). We scared the crap out of them, they left in a hurry.

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    1. Sandy, we were really surprised at how much there was to choose from. I just "googled" fabric Southwestern pattern, and there were many, many offerings. The curtains make the living room and dining room look much brighter and more cheerful.

      You are very right about keeping an eye on your land. I used to walk the lines every week or so, but now it's a little much for me. So I walk one boundary, then cut back to the buildings from there.

      I have had people come up on my land along old forest service roads, go into my woods on four wheelers, cut my poplar, and maple, and drag it back to their truck. They sell the wood in Murphy, North Carolina which has a mill. The mill turns out wood for furniture makers, there's a ready market for that in Western North Carolina.

      Squatters are another problem. We have a piece of public land in this county that is tacitly used for people to just live on. Their encampment is really ramshackle. I picked up two young people on the road once, the girl was sick and they were trying to get to the hospital. Turned out that's where they were from.

      On the backside of my property, there's an older fellow, about my age, who is squatting on the national forest land. That's a big deal if they catch you. But I met him, and I liked him so I have not said anything about it. They'll never find him back there unless somebody rats him out to the Forest Service. He's a Vietnam vet, and has a nice truck and camper he lives in. It's older equipment but functional and well maintained. He and his little dog live there. He has a small motor cycle and I see him sometimes going in or out, as he uses the same forest service road I use to get to my jeep trail up the mountain.

      Do you have trouble with drug people doing business on or near your land? That's a problem here, due to our proximity to a county full of Hispanics.

      I know you have that tiny little dog. Maybe you need some big outdoor dogs now that you are living in your new set up?

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    2. I was listening to Michael Savage a while back and he was talking about dogs. He said that a large dog can be shot easily because of their size, but a bunch of ankle biters come from all directions and distract the intruder until you can off him. I thought it was pretty funny.

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    3. My son has a little Pomeranian. He had a friend at work whose grandma was going into a nursing home. She had the little dog. So this guys mother said she would take care of the dog, then as soon as the old lady went into the nursing home, the coworkers mother made an appointment to have "Rufus" euthanized. My son's coworker asked my son if he knew anyone who would take the dog, so G did. He says Rufus is a great apartment dog, that he barks if anyone comes near the door.

      All I really expect of my octogenarian dogs is that they let me know there's a problem. I don't expect them to do battle.

      You have to have good dogs!

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  10. I loved New Mexico when we went. I only wish that we would have stopped in their state capitol. I don't know why, but I just love the looks of capitol buildings. Maybe it's because they are old, or all the art work they have in them. I wonder if their's has more Southwestern art, than realistic stuff? We should make an appoint to check it out again.

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    1. I enjoy going to capitol buildings. There's an air of history about them, and they are usually pretty impressive pieces of archetecture. Santa Fe is a beautiful city, it has a lot of atmosphere, lots of things to do, and it welcomes artists. You and your husband would love Santa Fe or Taos.

      Albuquerque, not so much. I really liked it but it was a rough, gritty place in the early to mid seventies and I doubt it has changed a lot. I was out there in 2005 and it was just bigger...

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  11. Hi Harry,
    I really enjoy your blog. I am more of a lurker than a talker. As far as people go, don't let the barking dogs distract you. I too have noticed that if I have a question about herbs, women are the ones to speak to. Thanks for all you do.
    Fitty

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    1. Fitty,

      Glad you stopped by. Comment anytime you feel like it.

      Here in Appalachia we have a lot of older people who know herb lore, but it's not of any interest to the younger people, so it isn't being passed on. I don't know much about it myself, but it seems to me that over the years, it's always been women who suggested different natural remedies using plants. I don't know why that would be, maybe it is just a fluke.

      At first I used to get angry about some of the things people would say, but as I saw the similarity, and was given some of the back gound on some of the trolls, I just quit caring.

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  12. I love southwestern style too. I think part of it comes from living in TX for six years, but also, I think it looks fabulous in a log home.

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    1. Lisa, I'm sure living in Texas was a big influence. I think it is on everybody who spends time there. They have a great culture, and it's unique to them.

      I really like Southwestern pottery and weaving. My wife likes the jewelry, too. It's a very warm, comfortable combination of colors and shapes.

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  13. Hey Harry... We have had some nice weather over here as well. Lately we have taken to eating dinner outside on our picnic table. All the leaves are back on the trees and I hope soon the pollen levels will back down.
    Tomorrow is so supposed to be a real soaker though which is good cause we have the garden in now..

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    1. Glock Mom, I just went out on the porch, and the sky looks like something out of "The Ten Commandments." I expect we are both going to get some real rain and wind tonight and tomorrow!

      Glad you got your garden in. We are working on ours too. Still have a few things to do though.

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