Saturday, November 25, 2017

Christmas Tree. "Doing right ain't got no end". Peter Rabbit the Tank Killer.



We put up our Christmas Tree today.  We hadn't planned on doing it, but my daughter called last night and said they were going to try to make a quick trip down here for a few days during the Christmas Holidays. She will be in Nashville about that time on business, and Nashville isn't so far from here.

So, we dug out the Christmas tree, got it all set up, and it really looks beautiful, I have to say. My wife has a flair for things like that.  We tied  the tree to the wall, so when the kittens climb up in it they can't bring it crashing down in the middle of the night.

For the first time in years, I actually feel excited about Christmas.  I guess knowing the family will be together again makes the difference.



             It's been nice up here lately.  Cold nights, crystal clear, with a moon up in the sky.  In the morning, everything is covered with frost.

Supposed to rain tonight, and then clear up in the morning. After the fires last year, I'm not inclined to complain about the rain.

I was down at the foot of the mountain, where our old cistern is located.  There's a stream that bubbles up from the ground here, flows down the mountain, and into a bigger stream. In the beginning, our water came from that stream. We had a cistern at the foot of the mountain and the water was piped up from there. Worked fine until a few years after we settled here, then there was a drought. The stream dried up.  I had to put in a well and we just had that drilled a few hundred yards from the main house. That long run up the mountain had been a problem, anyway, so it seemed like a good time to fix it.  When you move to the woods, you'd be well advised to do your research back a few years and look for things like that. Never occurred to me there might be droughts in North Georgia, but it should have.


                       
      The picture above is a painting of a cabin in Arizona.  It's always been so clean and crisp, it's one of my favorites. I got a comment from a fellow who had fled Oregon with his family, and now lives in Arizona. He picked a good place to go.  First Dr.Jim makes the epic  journey from California to Colorado, and now Bob Bookworm has uprooted , left the socialist paradise of Oregon, and established himself in Arizona. I wonder how many other people I know have courageously set out on personal odysseys like that?



I think I forgot to mention that this is out.  Good magazine, worth the money. There was one quirk in this issue, there was a long story about flying the B-26 Marauder in WW2.  I am at a loss to see what that has to do with guns. But, maybe because this hit the news stands right about Veteran's Day, they felt it was appropriate to include the reminiscences of the old vet who flew the plane. I'm not complaining, it was a good story.  When I think of the B-26, I remember the stories about the fact that the original version had very short wings, very high wing loading. As a result, there were a lot of crashes on landing and taking off. The air crews called the plane "the flying prostitute" because it had no visible means of support. It was also called the "widow maker" for obvious  reasons. Later versions had extended wings that solved the problem. That was long before my time, of course, but aviation history has always had a hold on me and still does.



My wife's sister called tonight. She wants M to come and stay with her four days starting later in the week. Her husband is "on call" and he doesn't want to have to leave her at home alone, for obvious reasons, so soon after she had the heart attack.  So I will take M over there . But it means that when our 35th wedding anniversary rolls around on Dec. 3, we won't be able to share it together.  There's nothing to be done about it, when a family member needs help, you help. Period.  I'm trying not to feel aggravated.  In the immortal words of Captain Red Legs Terril in "The Outlaw Josey Wales" sometimes "doing right ain't got no end." 


Incidentally, if you've never seen "The Outlaw Josey Wales" it's one of Clint Eastwood's best movies.



Did you ever read the Beatrice Potter stories to your kids when they were little?  My wife has a complete collection of those little cardboard bound books. We got them in France and England, and unfortunately for me, most of  them are in French, not that this presents any problem for M.

I was trying to look something up about Beatrice Potter, and I found this little book. Clearly, I missed it at the time, as it's not in my wife's collection. But I wish it was!





The really strange thing is, when we lived in Europe I bought almost all of Sven Hassel's books. They were all about the German Army in the 2nd World War , and they were great books!  I'm not sure they were ever sold in the United States, but they were sold all over Europe and in a great many languages.





Somebody must have liked both Beatrice Potter and Sven Hassel, to come up with Peter Rabbit, Tank Killer.



Remember that I posted most of El Gringo's songs, and then YouTube pulled them all from their system?  I found another set, so here's one of the funniest ones.





Thought for the day: Sometimes, it comes right down to it.



26 comments:

  1. From Starship Troopers, On violence:
    " Anyone who clings to the historically untrue and thoroughly immoral doctrine that violence never settles anything I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler could referee and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and their freedoms." - Lt. Col. Jean V. Dubois (Ret.) and student, p. 26

    I don't know if you've read, or are familiar with, Heinelin's work; but some of with your interest in military history and military tradition might find the book (never the movie) "Starship Troopers" to be worth a read. Although it is science-fiction about a recruit going through basic training, it's really a vehicle for Heinlein to explain his ideas about morality, duty, obligation, freedom, and politics. It's actually a very good book and does make one think.

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    1. Zero, I read "Starship Troopers" back in the late sixties when I was in Middle School, in the early 60's. It was approved class reading then though I doubt seriously that it is today. It's still my favorite book of his, though I'm partial to "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" and "Stranger in a Strange Land." One of the premises of "Star Ship Troopers" that I particular liked was that only Veterans had the rights of citizenship. I know it wasn't practical or even fair, really, but I liked it anyway.

      The movie was not bad. I saw it and the sequel, but I think the book was better.

      Someone else has a quote on violence, in which the DoDo bird says to his wife, on the evening of the day in which humans appear in their vicinity, "don't worry, my dear, we shall peck them to death in the morning."

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    2. The whole "Citizen vs civilian" thing was pretty thought provoking. If orget which book it is, but some other author had a book where each person could have up to seven votes in elections. Everyone got one vote, if you were a veteran you got another vote, if you owned property you had another vote, if you had an advanced education you got another vote, etc, etc. Another thought provoking issue.
      I was just re-reading "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress" yesterday, It holds up fairly well. If you get the chance, I also recommend one of his last books, "Friday".

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    3. I don't think I've read Friday, it doesn't ring a bell and that surprises me, I would have said I'd read all of Heinlein's books. Read pretty much everything Asimov wrote, I was quite the aficionado of science fiction as a kid.
      Today we let illegal aliens and felons vote in our elections, not to mention all the dead people who vote Democratic every election. We have tried to put a stop to that here in Georgia several times, but under Democrat directors the Justice Department has always stopped us.

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    4. You heard the one about the Democrat in Illinois who said that when he died he wanted to be buried in Chicago so he could remain active within the party?

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    5. That's the truth, too. Somewhere on my blog, there's a news segment about a black woman who got caught working at the polls and voting on behalf of dead people. The DNC gave her a party and she walked out on stage to rousing cheers. I shit you not.

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  2. A line that I often use from that movie is that I'm "endeavoring to persevere."

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    1. Yeah, old Standing Wadie summed it up pretty well. Most of us are just doing that these days.

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  3. Having family around makes the holidays a whole lot better. Enjoy!

    I too love aviation history. Watch a lot of it on Youtube. No doubt it will get pulled one day for being politically incorrect.

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    1. They've already pretty much banished "nose art" from aircraft, which is a real shame. I don't think the "progressives" will be satisfied until everything in life is completely sterile, bland, and devoid of life.

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  4. I would not give up my anniversary for anyone....at our age you never know if there will be another one.

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    1. That thought had crossed my mind, but there's nothing I can do about it. My wife isn't going to tell her sister no, and to do so would fly in the face of all convention down here. I just have to deal with it.

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  5. Hi Harry :) That's too bad about your anniversary. Last year on my birthday I got food poisoning and was out of commission for 3 days, we just celebrated a week later and it was okay. :)

    I loved The Outlaw Josey Wales. I agree, one of Clint's best movies. I loved the Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns with Clint too, they were really great.

    I'm excited about Christmas too! But then, I'm excited about every holiday. I have all of Alex's gifts bought. I have the meals planned...not I'm working on the Advent calendar and the knitted stockings. :) We get a live tree each year, so we usually wait until about the 10th of December to buy it then put it up. We still have snow on the ground, despite yesterday's drizzly rainy day. It's back to frigid temperatures though. I love those cold crisp cloud-free night when the stars really put on a show!

    By the way, I really appreciate reading about your experiences, like your stream and your well. Those are things that don't cross my mind, being brought up a city girl and now a firmly reformed country bumpkin lol. We have lots to think about and plan.

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    1. Well, I talked to my wife about it, and she knows I have been looking forward to our anniversary. But she says she can't say no when her sister needs her. I know that's so, I was just blowing off steam. She says when she gets back we can go to the nice restaurant she likes and go see a movie she picks, and it will be just as much fun. I think we both know that's not entirely true but that's the party line we have decided on. I'm glad M doesn't have food poisoning, but somehow that would actually be less annoying.😣

      You are way ahead of us because we were under the impression that G and E were not coming home this Christmas Season, so we really weren't planning on doing a lot. But now there's a lot more we can all do.

      I always hope that if people read about some of the errors and omissions I made setting up here, they might be spared the same mistakes. I had to learn everything from scratch as I was doing it and inevitably not all my decisions were the best.
      Harry.

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  6. I am happy to hear that your kids will be home for Christmas. It is worth all the work to get your home decorated since they will be there to enjoy the tree. We just got our tree put up today. My granddaughter likes to come over and help decorate; it certainly makes it more enjoyable. Guess you will have to celebrate your anniversary a little late. The date is not that important; it is all the wonderful years and memories you and M have together. Jana

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    1. Jana, I try to make our anniversaries special. We don't spend a lot of money, but we try to go to a nice restaurant she likes, and I take her to see one of "her" type of movies, something like a "chick flick" or one of those bizarre comic book movies that I normally wouldn't go to.

      Yes, if the kids come home for Christmas that gives it a whole new dimension. It has meaning then. As you say, having family for Christmas adds so much.

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  7. ojw is my blueprint for life. funny how many cadets have never seen it. actually, sad that......arizona is going the way of the left coast from what i see, rather quickly and colorado is kali-east. i would move to tennessee or west va mountains, but i don't think i have another homestead-from-the-wilderness build left in me. maybe i should just go there n dig a hole n crawl in, lol.

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    1. rr,a person could do a lot worse than using that movie as a lodestone. I think the young people today miss out on alot because they don't read some of the older books like Commander Zero was talking about, and don't even watch good movies like The Outlaw Josey Wales. Those aren't just entertaining, they are morality plays.

      I don't know about moving. I think a fellow reaches a point in life where it gets into the too hard category. Dr.Jim and Bob Bookworm did it and I think they may be younger than me, but still. Thinking about that is like wiggling a loose tooth, it hurts but it's hard not to do it.

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    2. rr'
      some in w.va. are already built.
      old hippies are dying off and the heirs just want rid of the properties.
      look in kentucky, too.
      myself, i wouldn't get too far from a hospital.

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    3. that happens here too. I sure hope it doesn't happen with my place.

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  8. Harry, you hit the nail on the head. The commies want all of us to be the lowest common denominater,we all have to be as unhappy as they are. Not me pal. I may be angry at what they are doing but overall, my life is just fine.

    Nice pic of "Flackbait" there. For many years the nose section was on display at the Air and Space museum on the mall (It may still be, have not been there in quite a while)

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    1. I get p.o'd , especially if I watch the news, or see some ragheads dragging around in my town. But my quality of life is good, and like you, I'm enjoying life.

      I haven't been to the Air and Space Museum since the summer of 1980. I remember that big mural of the jet liner flying over the desert, and I remember the P-40 Warhawk, but the rest of it is kind of a fog.

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  9. You are ahead of us! But we are hoping to get a tree this weekend. Actually, I have a pine tree growing up along the side of my horse riding arena that is starting to get so big it's blocking the way when I ride. I'm hoping that can be our tree this year. I know the boys are anxious to get our Christmas stuff out.

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    1. My wife just got all excited about the kids coming for the holidays, and nothing would do but we had to get the tree right out! I admit to going along with the festive mood, we are really happy they are going to visit.

      We just have a fake tree, Lisa. I am worried about having a real tree in the house, because it's a log house, all wood, even the floors and walls. I'd like a real tree better, but I'm a cautious old man these days. :-(

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