"Learn to love the battle axe."
I like the Moon River song. I think I like it best sung by Audrey Hepburn, but that might just be because that's what I'm used to hearing.
Lot's of people like the Audrey Hepburn version. I like it too. Mancini and Mercer were an unbeatable combination when they collaborated, and I think this is one of their best efforts. I love the old music, 30's to the end of the 60's.
Glad to hear you are okay, could have been frozen solid, judging from the news stories on the weather. Hold on, Spring is just around the corner. Be green and dried out in no time.
It has been very difficult here for a lot of people. If your pipes freeze, there's no way to thaw them out until mother nature decides to do it. Propane, the primary source of heat for homes here in the mountains, sky rocketed from $1.86 a gallon to $2.57 a gallon. On top of that, people who ran out had to pay a "special delivery" fee of $100.00 on top of the price of the gas, the tax, the "customer fee", the "fuel surcharge. Running gas heat 24 hours a day for two weeks has drawn down my own supply significantly and I can't see how people with one 500 gallon tank survived. The local radio stations have been broadcasting warnings to the local listening areas to expect power outages due to the extreme demand on the grid as people ran electric heaters. We have this drill down pretty well, so we didn't suffer any of those calamities like no gas or frozen pipes. But you really can't get out and do anything, or go anywhere, in this kind of weather. So we have been "cabin bound" to a large extent. A break down on a back road, in these temperatures, could finish you off. Cell phone service has been really unreliable. I don't know why, but if you try to use your cell , you usually get "all circuits are busy, please try your call later."The worst months of the year for cold weather are January, February, and the first two weeks of March here. We've had a lot of snow in early April on occasion but that's unusual.
Thanks for the update and great to get a podcast:-)
SB, just wanted to let people know I was still alive, and the video camera on the computer seemed like the lazy man's way of doing it. ;-)
Ole Trump been in office but a year an appears he's got the global warming problem licked.
Every day, I wake up glad that Donald Trump is President.Seems to me, that if our last ten years in the Appalachians are any guide, it's getting colder in winter and hotter in summer. Of course, this could just be because as I get older, I notice the cold or heat more.
up here it seems like the seasons mellowed out a bit. i remember my teenage years on the farm, late 70's, were hot as crap all summer long. it got 90 in late june and didn't let up until mid september. now they make a big deal if its 90 three days in a row. had several years in a row of heavy ice storms back then too. ice almost unheard of these days, though the road is frozen this morning, lol. it's climate, it changes, always has, always will. don't need any scientist to tell me that.
freezing rain today, 50's tomorrow...cmp 1911's? i'm not even going to try. like to have one for old time sake but i'm not interested in jumping thru hoops and competing with idiots willing to pay way over their worth....hey, i ran across a metal inch pattern mag while going thru my junk over christmas. i'll mail it to you when i get a chance....well, back to work. the cadets return in a couple days and have to spiffy up their gear for the inauguration, joy joy. we got lucky on the draw to pick a rep but the dims are still trying to push through gun control. idiots. the bundy's are off the hook and doj are investigating harry reid's crony prosecutors, yay! now they need to look into lavoy's murder. i hear oprah is going to run in 2020. just when i figure they can't get more ridiculous, they do.
I'm going to try to get one, it's not that hard for veterans to meet the CMP list, and I want one mainly for nostalgic reasons. I have some M1911A1 pistols, but none of them are actual military pistols like I used in the Marines.Thanks for the metal mag. Inch patterns are not easy to find.I think the Republicans and the Democrats are both a pretty sorry bunch. The more I read, the more disenchanted with government as a whole I become. 😬
Today was finally warmer but still cold enough that schools closed for wintry mix. It's been rough for my older gelding. He had a blanket and shelter at least. Our new horse came on Saturday so we've been enjoying getting to know him. I will have a post on him soon.
Lisa, my daughter pays a small fortune to keep Seamus at a stables in Cincinnati right now. She could be making the payments on a new 2018 four door Jeep Wrangler for what she pays in boarding fees. :-( I told her to bring him down here, and we will either keep him at the place up here on the mountain (we had horses here before) or we will board him at the big stables in a valley near here. But she is taking him to Nashville and boarding him there. So, Seamus got put in a building and had his "blankie" this time around. I know that weather was hard on everyone, man or beast. Glad your horse made it through ok. I am looking foward to hearing about the new one.
I hear and understand about the cold weather. Here in MI we have been below freezing for the past 2 weeks with below zero at night...every night. And because the stupid lake hasn't frozen up yet we have been getting 2-3 inches of lake effect every day for the past 3 weeks. On top of the 8-10 we had received in mid December. So things were getting kinda deep around here. It is getting tough to see over the snowbanks in town. Last night we had freezing rain (I would rather have snow) and it is supposed to hit 50 on Wednesday. But not to worry as we are supposed to get another storm with "significant accumulation" on the weekend.I do like winter and the change of seasons...mainly because it kills off the bugs...but, boy, am I ready for spring to come early this year. Must be getting old.
Suz, we are just not configured here for long periods of deep cold. The pipes of people's homes are not buried deep enough to cope with long periods of cold, so they freeze up. Homes are not built or insulated for that kind of weather. Many of our back roads are not paved thickly so the extreme cold, and the ice, crack the paving. We've done ok up here, because I "overbuilt" when we set up here, but lots of people wound up in the church shelters this time around. Their water pipes froze, or their heating system couldn't cope with the extreme cold, or some combination there of. It has started to get back to normal now but people are haggard. Even those who didn't suffer frozen pipes are going to have huge electric and propane bills from running the heat 24 hours a day for two weeks.I like winter but this has been like last summer, just a bit too extreme.You folks up north are better equipped mentally, and in terms of knowledge and infrastructure, than we are for dealing with extreme cold.But it seems like we need to start adapting down here. The last three winters have been harsh.
Good to see you post again Harry and I loved your video. We had a week of really cold temperatures after Christmas. Now, we are kind of back to normal for Texas. I hope you get a break in the weather soon. Stay warm-Jana
Jana, I just had so much going on, what with the kids visiting, and the bizarre weather, that I was too worn out to do much else. I don't think I will be on as much as I used to be, but I will at least try to show up enough to let people know I am still down here. ;-)
Hey Harry,(captaincrunch)'Guess you heard by now Harry that Orphra Winfrey wants many older white people dead.There's a video floating around that's 48 seconds long and as I understand it, it was filmed two months ago with Oprah saying certain white people need to die!Find the video on YouTube. check it out.If this rhetoric continues. We will see a massive uptick in gun sales, sales on white bed sheets and crazy armbands. It would be nice if certain Hollywood whores would just keep their mouths shut and leave us alone. Most of us don't give damn what color a person is. We just ask if they can be nice, quiet, normal considerate human beings and respect us. We will respect them back.Life is easy but 'progressives' want to muck it up and create problems where there are no problems.
Oprah. That's a phenomenon I have never understood. I saw part of one of her shows once, wasn't impressed.I'm just laying low up here . I have to put up with seeing Muzzies and all other manner of invasive species up here now, but they don't come buzzing around the mountain, at least not yet.
Hey Harry,(captaincrunch)wheres the link to your youtube channel?
CC, I don't have a youtube video channel. I have no idea how that would work. I just have a camera on my ancient lap top, and I do a video on that, and just post it to the blog using the "insert video" function.
Hey Harry,(captaincrunch) Go to youtube and used your google account. Go and find the upload arrow that points and upload video. there is a box next to the upload arrow that asks if the video should be public or private. Press private. Then start uploading video's. Its real easy.You can keep the video's private where no see's the video. Video footage your kids can see for when you pass over the rainbow bridge or you can go public and tell stories of your life and your ramblings like you do on your blog.Harry you can download your video's onto your laptop anytime with no problem and delete your channel.'Personally I would like to see you start a youtube channel and talk about the things you talk about and watch all the new conservative stuff that goes on youtube. I am hearing 20 year olds that are more conservative and libertarian than 50 years. This gives me hope.
HarryI dont know how you can survive those freezing temperatures!!! Mind you it was over 113f down here on sunday so we are getting the exsct opposite to you.Only good thing is we have been getting lots of thunderstorms and rain so we have not had to worry about bushfires so far.Cheers
Hey, Sgt. Thanks for the nice Christmas email. I owe you an email, I haven't forgotten.The really bad cold is past now, at least for the moment. We have rain and decent temps in the mid 50's today. I saw a story about a fire in Australia on One America News here not long ago, but it was not a bush fire, not one of those monsters you folks have that burn up so much land. Glad you are being spared those at the moment.
Yeah, glad you are okay out there in the Arctic :). Here is Arizona we are having a cold snap down to 60... really enjoy your blog, regardless of the topic, either politics, life in the mountains, or pistols,,,so glad all is well with you. Happy new year. Our next bike ride should be in March so I will aim to blog away on that trip.
Hilogene, I'm looking forward to reading about your trip. I've always thought how much fun it would be to just be a tumbleweed and go where the wind blew you, but I'd do it in one of those little rv vehicles that are like a truck with living quarters built in. I'm afraid I'd wind up in a ditch somewhere if I tried to ride a motorcycle. ;-)It's warmer here now, raining and with strong winds, but the temperature is a nice mid fifties. More cold weather coming this weekend though.
Hi Harry :) I love that version by Andy Williams. The ferret art is really nice. Hope you're doing okay at home and it's not too icy and cold! Our temps are better lately, but that brings the loud snowmobile fools out!!! We're hibernating very nicely here :) Alex's bday is next week so we'll be having some more celebrations soon. I haven't even taken the Christmas decorations down yet, that'll happen this week. It's been lazy here, just perfect! :)
Rain, I am kind of worried about Stef, who does all the beautiful ferret paintings. I tried to go there to her web page yesterday, and it came up with some bogus generic page that said the address was for sale. I hope it was just a glitch. If her web page vanished, all those wonderful pictures would be lost.It's raining here today, and in the fifties. We may go into town later for lunch, but right now my wife is just watching the fashion shows on tv, she likes to get comfy on the couch, by the fire, and watch tv on bad weather days. I have been down here in the "little computer room" balancing financial statements since eight. It's so boring, but if you let it get ahead of you catching up is murder.We haven't taken our tree down yet either. We both like the lights at night. I hope A has a good birthday, I know you will do it up right with your flair for decorating and for beautiful food presentation.Being lazy is good!
I adopted a baby monkey after I found him on the side of the road next to his mother's lifeless body. The baby didn't know what to do and was sad and crying so I decided to take him with me and help raise him. So I decided to daily post a YouTube video of our baby monkey so everyone can see him. Here's my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYm1jZ-9CFQD1inehrhYcIg
Glad to hear all is well on your mountain. It has to be miserable for those in your area who have to live through the bitter cold. Here in the tundra we had two days of above freezing temps in the past few weeks, with much of the rest in the sub-zero category. Today the temperature is falling again and we were treated to freezing rain topped with several inches of snow. I am eternally grateful that I do not need to go outside until spring. Hope this round of cold doesn't reach you.
Vicki, alas, it's getting here tonight. We had two weeks of hideous cold, then a few days of constant rain, and now another week of these bizarre low temperatures. It has been very hard on the elderly population here, especially the locals who are not a particularly affluent group. The flu is running rampant in Georgia and has hit the mountains very hard, so that in combination with the weather has made it rough.I know you folks are inured to cold, but I hope it warms up a little bit for you too, even so.