It's hot, humid, and we have thunderstorms every evening now. Years ago, that was the norm. Then the thunderstorms stopped occurring on a daily basis for several years. Now, they are back. That means the forest is wet and green, and very lush. I don't have to worry about forest fires this year if this keeps up.
On the other hand, I spend a lot of time shutting down electronic equipment, although a lot of it is on good battery back up gear with a high clamp speed. Still have to turn off the circuit breakers to the pantry, where there are a couple of deep freezes, and to the pump. I also scurry around turning off the air conditioners and dehumidifiers. Since this involves three buildings it gets a bit tiresome, but not as tiresome as buying new appliances.
This is the time of year when the air photo I sometimes post was taken. You can see nothing but the forest canopy, then there's my little bit of cleared land right in the middle of it. No wonder my place attracts the "pot chopper"from time to time. I'm also a navigation point for military aircraft flying out of Dobbins on night time low level training. The reason is that there are no lights in the national forest around me, and then there are my green and red security flood lights. So coming up that way, and using Brass Town Bald observatory, also lit up at night as a navigation point, it's easy to make the "legs". Of course, having a C-130 or a Black Hawk roar overhead at low level in the middle of the night is a bit disconcerting, but I don't mind. Especially in bad weather, I know how important good navigation points are. When I was flying, there was no GPS. They still teach dead reckoning navigation though, because GPS is dependent on satellites, and you never know that they will still be there when you have to fly at night, or in really bad weather, or both.
CH Kadels has two good scanner units on sale right now, both for about $100.00. If you live in a rural area, these things are very useful. Just about everyone has at least one, and they help you keep up on what's going on in the county. Here, there's one frequency for the Sheriff's Department, one for the Fire and Rescue, which includes ambulances. One frequency for the Forest Service, one for the county emergency management office. You can listen to the adjacent counties if you want to, but I don't often bother.
Our different agencies transmit "in the clear" as opposed to "covered". In cities, with so many frequencies in use they use more sophisticated equipment and trunking systems, so you really can't keep up with everything using a simple scanner. But out here, you know what's going on as fast as the dispatchers can put it out on the air. When we had that terrible fire season a few years back, it was really good to be able to keep track of where all the smoke was coming from.
We do have a new system here now where the county emergency system will automatically generate a warning if something happens like a fire or bad weather. That's one reason I keep my land line. Cell service at the house is marginal. We got the new system after the fires up in Eastern Tennessee burned up a lot of people who didn't know the fire was coming, because nobody warned them.
I ordered 100 capsules of amoxicillin this week. Cost me $23.00. Tuggy picked up some kind of infection, and this will take care of it. If I could have gotten a prescription, the medicine would probably have cost $3.00. But, to walk in the door at a vets office now costs $65.00 here. So this was cheaper in the long run. We open the capsules, put the medicine inside a hot dog, and feed it to her. We do all our own "taking care of" the animals up here, unless it is something serious. If need be, I take my ferrets to an exotic pet specialist 65 miles from here, but they are a lot more "needy" medically than dogs are cats. Ferrets are not very hardy little animals.
Today the humidity is 92 percent, and the high will be about 86 if the weather boffins are right. Inside, I can keep the buildings at around 53%, and 73 degrees. We still have to go out today, as I have a doctors appointment in the next county this afternoon. Still, that's why they put air conditioning in vehicles. Not much else going on here.
Thought for the Day: "The Old Salt."
"Citizens of Rome. I am Spurius Ligustinus, of the Tribe Crustumina, and I come of Sabine stock. My father left me half an acre of land and the little hut in which I was born and brought up. I am still living there today. As soon as I came of age, my father gave me his brother's daughter to wife, who brought nothing with her save her free birth and her chastity, together with a fertility which would be enough even for a wealthy home. We have six sons, and two daughters (both already married). Four of my sons have taken the toga of manhood; two are still under age.
I joined the army in the consulship of Publius Sulpicius and Gaius Aurelius (Cotta) [200 B.C.], and I served two years in the ranks in the army which was taken across to Macedonia, in the campaign against King Philip [V, of Macedonia who died in 179]. In the third year Titus Quinctius Flamininus promoted me, for my bravery, to be centurion of the 10th maniple of hastati. After the defeat of King Philip and the Macedonians, when we had been brought back to Italy and demobilized, I immediately left for Spain as a volunteer with the consul Marcus Porcius [CATO, consul in 195 B.C.].
Of all the living generals, none has been a keener observer and judge of bravery than he, as is well known to those who through long military service have had experience of him and other commanders. This general judged me worthy to be appointed centurion of the 1st century of hastati.
I enlisted for the third time, again as a volunteer, in the army sent against the Aetolians and King Antiochus. Manius Acilius [Glabrio, consul of 191] appointed me centurion of the first century of the principes. When King Antiochus had been driven out [Battle of Thermopylae] and the Aetolians had been crushed, we were brought back to Italy. And twice after that I took part in campaigns in which the legions served for a year.
Thereafter I saw two campaigns in Spain, one with Quintus Fulvius Flaccus as Praetor [182, continued in office in 181 and 180], the other with Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus [father of the Gracchus brothers] in command . I was brought back home by Flaccus with the others whom he brought back with him from the province for his Triumph, on account of their bravery.
And I returned to Spain because I was asked to do so by Tiberius Gracchus. Four times in the course of a few years I held the rank of Chief Centurion. Thirty four times I was rewarded for bravery by the generals. I have been given six civic crowns. I have completed 22 years of service in the army, and I am now over 50 years old. " As recorded by Livy.