“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cold mountains

Smokies by J. Pittman

It's been cold all day,and is supposed to be down to 19 by about 3 a.m.  I had to make two pots of coffee to get through the time today, which went slowly.  I'm back to running the heat in the shop, enclosed section of the barn, and the apartment as well as the house.  Not much I can do about it, except hope for an early Spring.

I cleaned guns for awhile, and that's my major accomplishment.  I also balanced some statements, and it's nice to have that out of the way.

Talked to my son .  The cold up there is much worse, when he gets up to go to work tomorrow it will  be a little below zero.  I'm glad I don't live up in that city.

Tonight there's an episode of the old "Sherlock Holmes" from the 1980's.  I enjoy those so I'm looking forward to that.  Then at ten, the premier of Season Two  for "The Americans" is on.  I like to watch it and root against the "hero and heroine" who are Soviet spies living in America in the 1980's. They are nice people when they aren't murdering those who get in their way or blackmailing their victims.

I ordered a new book today:


It's by Osprey Publishing, an English company that puts out the very good "Man at Arms" and "Military Elites" series.  If I like it I will order the rest in the series as they come out.


I also ordered this one a few days ago:


It's the third in a series. The first covered from about 1895 to the end of World War I.  The second covered 1918 to the end of World War II, and now this one comes up to the present. The first two were ok, except they had lots of cut away drawings which I don't care for.  But I can hardly own two without owning the third, it wouldn't be right.

I needed to go to the post office today and the grocery store.  But I wasn't up to the trip. It's a pain, especially opening and closing the gate. I'll go tomorrow.

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  1. High winds here with Blizzard conditions west of us. In other news the Obutt head was here today. Talked about spending 300 Billion to fix roads etc. Nice thing he wants to do at the expense of the DOD. Plus he screwed air traffic for 1 1/2 hrs.to 2 hrs while he was here. stay warm

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    1. I saw that on the news. Wonder where the money is supposed to come from?

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  2. I very much look forward to the Americans tonight. Solid rain here all day.

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    1. The Vikings season two premiers tomorrow night. The Americans is good, if a little adult. I guess that's why it's on so late.

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  3. I've got the post office and grocery store on my list for today. I always drag my feet over the weekly grocery store trip. Not my favorite thing.

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    1. I'm about to drive into town here in a minute myself. I have to mail some books, and then go get canned cat food. Probably it's a good thing I have to go to town once in awhile, or I doubt I would ever leave the mountain top at all.

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  4. Hey Harry,


    (captaincrunch)


    I still want one of them Indian Isapore rifles in .308. One day I will get one but for now I gotta spend more money on hurricane insurance or what we call Windstorm Insurance. That covers my house if my neighbors house grenades and the shrapnel (or debris) impacts my house during a hurricane. Now they (the state) are talking about raising a steep fee on liability insurance for cars in all fourteen coastal counties in Texas.
    Already as many as 30 percent or more people have no automotive insurance as it is. That number will increase.

    The only way to try to live inexpensively down here is to own a older house that's not windstorm compliant or have a new house that's paid off and drive a car that's older and only have liability insurance.
    If my house is destroyed in a hurricane, my guess is that my insurance company will bail out and have me contact FEMA and tell me I'm SOL just as if I had no insurance anyway.

    This is what really, really sucks about living in America in the 21st century. Everyone is drilling into my money pipeline and sucking out money for their mandatory bullshit like obamacare, automotive liability insurance, etc, etc, etc.
    I'm at the end of the money pipeline only getting loose change. The politicians are getting paid off by all the corporations to make everything mandatory so they get that check in every month to add to their profit margin.

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    1. That's how it is for most people. If you calculate how much you pay in taxes, from income tax, to property tax, to the hidden killer, sales tax, it's usually around a third of what you gross. I often think of the things I could do for my family if I didn't have to hand over so much in mandatory "fees and taxes." That's one reason why I have changed my thinking on taking money from the government. I used to think it was degrading and I told people I thought it was a bad thing. But today, I say, if you can get some of your own money back from the thieves, do so. If you could get disability or whatever, you'd just be retrieving some of your own money and what's wrong with that.

      Good luck finding an Ishapore. I see them at on line auction sites once in awhile, but they are outrageously priced. It's been a long time since they were imported, and there appear to be no more to bring in from India. If you check the pawnshops you may get lucky. I still haunt those things, and flea markets. Somebody dies, and their wife goes down and gets rid of all their guns for a pittance.

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  5. It will be nice when daylight savings hits here. I know I'll feel much more energized.

    In Nebraska it's been cold again. It's supposed to snow really good. We still need the moister.

    To fall asleep easier at night? I hardly have that issue. My husband does though. Cut out some of that coffee you've been drinking (I know it's good! I like it to.) Have less activity at night. Often times people watch TV and that gets you mind going. The mind is hard to turn off. Herbal teas help. So does ginger. Ginger helps with aches and pains to. Sometimes when I have a cold I cut up fresh ginger, and put it in a lemon tea. It tastes good together. If you are hungry at night almonds are known to help with sleep. They are also a good source of protein, so they fill you up better than other snacks.

    I drink the green matcha tea because it's known to reduce cholesterol, which mine is high. It has a lot of healthy qualities to it as well.

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    1. I have some herbal teas, but they taste nasty, or most of them do. There's some "orange" flavored tea with no caffiene in it, that tastes good but I don't know if it helps me get to sleep. I have not tried ginger, I will see if there is any at our grocery store. I think you are right about watching tv, especially news shows. I have the cholesterol issue as well, I get pills for it every month. Not that they seem to be doing much good, which my doctor blames on my failure to follow her dietary instructions. :-0

      Thanks for the advice, I appreciate it . I am going into town in a few minutes and will look for some ginger. I know that a good shot of rum will help me sleep, but that's something I'd prefer to avoid .

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  6. Cold Mountain, I always liked that movie and your post title reminded me of it. That is all.

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    1. Max, I've seen about ten minutes of that movie. I probably need to sit down and watch it all the way through.

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    2. I like the bleak reality-ness that it portrayed, although it might tax an attention span if you aren't careful.

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  7. Harry, if you don't want the tot of rum remedy I always found that a large Port just before bed gets me sawing wood pretty fast, although I'm not sure if Port is popular in the US.

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