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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Raining again

It is raining again. More flood watches out. Last time around I saw corn fields by the river under water. All this warm air coming up out of the Gulf is making things very wet.

 Ragnar and Rowena went to the vet today. They probably have adrenal disease, but have to go to a specialist near Atlanta, Georgia this coming week. Then he will decide if they need operations or if they need medicine. The medicine is $250 per ferret for a years supply. It doesn't have a very good success rate. The sad thing is that Europeans dont' neuter their ferrets so young, and adrenal disease is virtually unheard of there. But here, some Senator from New York got a federal law passed that mandates early neutering .His rationale was that he feared some ferrets might escape and interbreed with black faced ferrets, the only wild breed in the U.S. That's BS since domestic ferrets can't survive in the wild, but he got his name on a law and that was the main motivation anyway.

 They were working on my computer when I went by the store today. No luck, and the guy said they needed to do a full system restore.

 Well, I could have done that by myself for free. But I think the young man has been doing what he could, so I told him to go ahead. I have also called my son and asked him to look for a good computer for me up where he lives because I am never, ever going to get into a position again where I have no backup system. It's supremely ironic, because I have backups to backups for almost every essential system on this mountain, but because I don't relate the computer to my survivalist planning, I didn't worry about it. Thank God I had the modicrum of good sense necessary to at least back up the important files daily. I'd be really shipwrecked at tax time, among other things, without that. All of my logistics records are Excel spreadsheets, as well.

20 comments:

  1. Do you save your important files to thumb drives? I have several drives I save important files too and store them in my safe. Sorry you are having so much trouble with your computer.

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    1. Yes, I have two backup systems. A thumb drive and an older 2.5 meg disk system. I back up my Quicken files on both, so I have two copies of those files. The "my documents' files are on a thumb drive. Not having the computer has really been disruptive, I have a lot of things I need to get done I can't do with this Kindle. But tomorrow will settle it, one way or other. I will either get my Vista machine back or I will go get a Windows 8 machine. Can't let this drag on any longer as end of the month bills have to be paid by Tuesday..

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  2. Raining here in mid-Tn. The weather guessers missed it again!
    Sorry about the ferret's problems. I'm sure they are good company. I'll hope for the best out come.
    I keep an ancient Dell laptop just in case the HP decides to take a dive. It's hard to be with out a PC, it's like being cut off from the rest of the world! Did the young fellow ever tell you what he thought the problem was?

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    1. He said that something has corrupted the operating files. But, if that were so, why wouldn't a restore from a safe mode start fix the issue? He also said he thought it might be overheating. If the full system restore doesn't work that's the end of the ball game. You're right, losing the computer and having to rely on something so much less useful, like this Kindle, does make you feel cut off. I can't even pull up my bank accounts because the banks computers won't work with Android.

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  3. I have two laptops for use. Plus I have a desk top but it crashed, blue screen at start up. I will take your rain over the bitter cold we have coming again -20 below again overnight

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    1. Rob, it's not bad here tonight. Supposed to snow tomorrow morning though.

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  4. Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    The weather here is starting to clear up and warm up again.

    We have a major cold front tomorrow night though, that will suck!

    Sorry about your ferrets. Somebody ought to wright a bill nueturing senator's, congressmen and presidents (and spading the females politicians too)

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    1. There are a lot of stupid laws in the country. Most of them I can put up with because they don't affect me directly. But this one does. The ferret breeders can't sell the ferrets until they have been neutered or spayed so there's nothing I can do about it. I wish people wouldn't get ferrets for pets, to be honest, unless they really know what they are getting into. They are great little animals but they require very specific living conditions and constant attention. Ferrret Magazine says you should establish a medical expense account for your ferret the day you get him , and put money in it every month. That is good advice.

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  5. i ignore bad laws. keep your ferrets unneutered until they have their first heat, or whatever ferrets have. just don't advertize it.
    i do that for the cats, and it helps all systems to be fully formed.
    we got one cat from a shelter where he was neutered too early. this has caused him some urinary problems. all these avoidable problems are uncomfortable for the cat as well as expensive at the vet. he is orange and the vet says it is more common in orange males.

    politicians are not scientists. that's why gooseberries are not shipped to some states. a study posited that they carry a disease but it is carried by some other plant often found in the same type environment. but politicians jumped on it without waiting for backup proof.
    remember when they enacted a law limiting the capacity of toilet tanks 'to save water' and people had to flush 2 or 3 times whereas only one flush was needed prior to politician interference.
    what a load of idiots.
    here in ohio a bill was introduced to 'require' homeschooling parents to be social-workered and psychiatrized before 'state approval' would be magnanimously bestowed to educate their own offspring as they see fit.
    they used to be forever in your wallet but now they want in your home as well.
    good thing hell is a big place--with politicians and their puppet masters in the world hell is gonna have to expand.
    do whatever is best for the ferrets, number 1.
    praying for your ferrets.
    djh

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    1. Hey Anon,


      (captaincrunch)

      Down here in Texas we have some of the easiest homeschooling rules with little state government interference.
      If some politician floated a law in the state capitol in Austin to regulate the hell out of homeschooling parents, this state would be in an uproar.

      I'm not bashing Ohio, but that's one reason why we have the current group of criminals in D.C. because of the influence of the swing states like Ohio in national elections.

      I know I sound like a nut, but we must get back to "states rights" and limit the central government and its unconstitutional large scale influence (I know, I know. I sound like Jefferson Davis)

      just call me an 'old fashioned anti-federalist.

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    2. you are not a nut. you have that most uncommon of traits--common sense!
      jeff davis is great. i doubt he's one of the politicians littering the halls of hell.
      if you think my opinions are too strongly expressed i warn you that i am a hillbilly.
      saw a 'historian' on tv once [where do they dig up these guys?] who said there is no such thing as states rights. wonder what planet he came from.
      when states rights have been fully gutted the republic will have gasped its last breath.
      djh

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    3. DJH, ferret breeders (which in the U.S. means Marshal's" can't sell their ferrets until they have been neutered or spayed. So there's no way I can prevent it. You are right, I certainly wouldn't comply with such an asinine law if I had a choice.

      In my state you have to have a college degree to home school. Or you have to hire someone who doe to teach the kids. My wife and I were both teaching in public schools when we decided to homeschool, which raises some eyebrows at work. But seeing how the schools operated, there was no way I wanted my children in there.

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    4. hi. homeschooled our girl entirely sub rosa. she was majoring in chem eng with straight a's until lyme disease nearly killed her. and we are not tech minded, so you are a better teacher to your kids than anyone else. if you don't know something there's always the library.
      djh
      gad you homeschooled them. they will be better citizens for it.

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    5. Well, my son was dyslexic and was just being warehoused. He was unhappy. I did not approve of the social thinking the school was teaching, so we just decided we didn't need them anymore. I have never regretted it and I don't think they have either.

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  6. Sorry to hear about the ferret diagnosis, as you say it is almost unheard of here where ferrets are quite common pets. My friend S, has kept ferrets for many years and never had any problem with it, but she also never had any neutered. Seems like a stupid law to me.

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    1. It's a very stupid law, thought up by a stupid man, who didn't know anything about ferrets. But in our government, you sign on to my law and I sign on to yours, and we all get our names on the records. Out of my five ferrets, two have adrenal disease. That's 40%. I'm sure the actual rate of incidents over the life time of all pet ferrets here is much higher. It's good for the drug companies though, they charge hundreds of dollars for the only medicine that can save a sick animal.

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  7. I hope the ferrets will be ok. I love the photo you have with one coming out of a box. My cats enjoy the same thing. I wonder if they make good buddies? Keep us up to date on their progress.

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    1. Kathy, I take old boxes and cut them up, and tape them together. I get old carpet rolls, like big tp tubes, and connect the boxes. The ferrets love them.

      Ferrets are the best ever animal friends. I love my dogs but my ferrets have become like children to me. They are colony animals and they let you be one of the colony.

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    2. Do they get along with other animals. I can really see them having a good time with a puppy or kitten since they seem to scamper around and have fun.

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    3. Kathy, they do, but you can't let them get around grown dogs. Too many ferrets have been killed by dogs they knew and played with, then one day the dog just snatches them up and shakes them to death. I don't know why but people write to ferret magazine all the time having had that happen.

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