“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.


I got up this morning, and it was 66 degrees outside.  A red sunrise and the bird were singing.  By noon, the clouds were rolling in and the temperature was dropping fast.  At 0330 now,  the humidity in the house has dropped from 55% to 44% even with both steam humidifiers going.  The outside temperature is 28 degrees and the wind is absolutely shaking the house.  Not long ago, something fell on the roof, and then rolled all the way down.  It sounded like Big Foot tromping down the study ceiling.  There is intermittent sleet falling. I can hear it rattling on the shakes.

It's the witching hour for the ferrets, and everybody is up.  The two young ones are having a fake fight on the floor, Rowena is peering out of a blanket, and Ragnar is dragging some torn up newspaper under the china cabinet , where I will have to clean it up tomorrow.

I am still getting spam, even after enabling the number verification function on my blog. But in the last 24 hours I only got five pieces of spam, as opposed to more than sixty in the preceding 24 hours.

I have not checked the weather for tomorrow so I have no idea what to expect.  Probably more of this same storm.

Tonight The Americans was on and I watched it with the same Love Hate relationship I always do. I don't know why exactly but it does keep my interest.  I want the Russian spies to get caught, but of course when they do that will be the end of the show.

Another day, another dollar.




30 comments:

  1. It got crazy windy last night. We were fortunate to keep power. Plus, it dropped over 20 degrees in a really short period of time. I was working, and was so glad I had the foresight to bring a jacket, just in case. Your ferrets sound cute.

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    1. Last night was awful. I honestly thought I was going to have major roof damage this morning but it turns out I escaped relatively unscathed.

      The temperature drop here was pretty significant and it happened very rapidly just as it did up there where you are. Maybe it's the last big storm of this winter. I sure hope so.

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  2. Harry,


    (captaincrunch)


    that cold front passed through here yesterday and was a dry front and not too bad. It will warm up today somewhat but tomorrow will be cool again with the wind out of the south off the Gulf of Mexico with the water being 56-58 degrees its chilling the trophical air coming in. Further inland its much warmer, but on the coast its killing the bikini crowd.

    The other day at work I met three recent Gulf War Veterans. One had burn scars on his face and his fingers were all burned off (probably from an IED) One of the others walked with a limp and another I could not tell what was wrong with him. I talked to them and they came down from an Army hospital in Texas to fish on Padre Island. We have a snack bar on the beach where I work and I offered to buy them some Cokes and Candy bars if they wanted. They declined but thanked me anyway.
    I told those guys I was veteran too, and a surfer. If they come down when the water is warmer, I told them I would teach them how to surf. If they bring other veterans down from that hospital, I can get other surfers out to the beach to help out with surfing lessons also just by making a few phone calls. Its the least I could do to help those veterans and others like them.
    There is a volunteer program in California where surfers are taking disabled veterans surfing. Surfing is a super low impact sport that centers more on core fitness and cardio. Its also super relaxing so if someone has a nasty case of PTSD, the surfing will calm them down better than prescription drugs.

    I have a massive knee injury and a back injury that I got while working onboard the ship many, many years ago. I had surgery back them when I was in the Navy.
    The surfing has helped my lower back and standing on the surfboard has does not affect my knee. If anything the warm gulf waters help with the arthritis and it keeps me limber and keeps my weight down. That's important when you have a massive knee injury.
    I told my doctor about the surfing and he said if you can do it, do it. Since 2009, I had three surgeries at the VA hospital in San Antonio. Much later in life, I may be relegated to a power chair. The problems I have with my knee and back are a daily struggle. I have a hard time getting dressed in the morning since I don't have 'full range of motion' with my knee and standing, walking distance, hiking and lifting heavy items are things I can no longer do, but for now I am doing much better since I got back into the water.

    I can paddle on a surfboard while laying down all day long, but I can hardly walk to the end of the street to visit neighbors and I am only 47 years old. I have learned to focus on what I can do in life, and not focus on what I can't do in life.

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    1. Captain - there's a reason that i have always felt a close affinity to you. i think your comment above is the reason why.

      now send me 6million dollars so that jam and i can come and take surfing lessons from you - bahahahah! much love to you, buddy!

      your friend,
      kymber

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    2. I think you do pretty well. I would like to live on the beach like you do. We lived on Emerald Isle, off the coast of North Carolina while I was waiting to get out, for about a year. It was great, except when a hurricane came and that wasn't much fun. But there's no place like the beach , especially early in the morning or late at night when no one else is there. Sometimes I still sit here at night and look at the web cam at Tybee Island, just to see the surf come in!

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    3. Kymber,


      (captaincrunch)

      thanks for the kind words. I think you and your husband rock. If I sent you six million dollars you guys would probably move too Tahiti and wear grass skirts and eat coconuts all day:)

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  3. I got house damage from it last night. I live in a 2 story structure and the days of me climbing tall ladders is long past due to inner ear balance issues. Luckily, it's pretty cheap to repair, once I get them out here. The pieces that blew off aren't damaged, and can go right back up.

    Having to wait weeks for them to show up from prior wind storms, I was out last night in the wind to find that the damage had already occurred and was on the phone leaving a message early. Hopefully that'll get me far closer to the front of the line.

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    1. This new verification isn't bad at all. They are using easily readable numbers instead of Egyptian Hieroglyphics and where the photo of a number shows up, all you need to do is press any character key one time. I always just use the "x" key. No need to read the photo number at all.

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    2. Matt - you be careful. no climbing on ladders - promise! and i find the new verification thing to be pretty easy too - i like the numbers. can you explain more of what you mean that you can just type x's? if that sounds stupid, i'm sorry, but i don't completely understand. thanks buddy.

      your friend,
      kymber

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    3. Kymber, type in the longer number. then instead of trying to read that silly photo, just press any letter. for instance:

      93557689 x

      it doesn't have to be the letter "x", it could be the letter "y" or any letter.

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    4. ok. got it. thanks buddy!

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    5. just did it and it worked. thanks again my friend!

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    6. Matt, I keep shakes in my tool shed. I used to have to order them special and they cost a fortune, but now Home Depot has them at half the price. I was out today checking things. Some shakes tore off the roof, and some plastic sheeting I had up on the plant room was torn off and whisked into the woods. Lots of branches and stuff down, but no real damage. I hope you can get your place back in repair in short order. I am pleased the authentication is working, but annoyed that it does't work 100%. I am still getting a few of those spam messages pimping someone elses blog.

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    7. Hey, kymber. Good to see you. How are things in the Great White North?

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    8. My plan worked. They were here and gone before noon. Everyone else called this morning. I called during the storm last night and got towards the front of the waiting list.

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    9. Prior planning prevents poor performance. Your experience stood you in good stead on that one.

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  4. We're also experiencing a change in the seasons - but I'm not complaining. The sooner I can light up the Rosie on a daily basis the happier I'll be LOL (definitely a winter person)

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    1. You have had some hot weather there and I don't blame you for being ready for winter. I just hope it isn't anything like the winter we have come through. Worst I can remember, ever. I hope the Alpacas and baby Alpaca are doing well.

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  5. It's switching seasons here to.

    Yes spam is something that happens. That's why I put my comments where I have to publish them. Such a pain though.

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    1. I tried that and got some complaints about the delay. I guess some folks want to see their comments right away. I am doing the authentication thing now, and it works better though not perfectly.

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  6. It is crazy windy here..and very chilly. Boys got a Bball game tonight,will have to make sure they are in long sleeves.
    Tired watching the "americans" a couple of times, but it has yet to get my interest. Did start watching "supernatura;" and that is kind of cool.

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    1. I haven't seen supernatural, actually, I hadn't even heard of it. I'll see if I can find it on Direct TV. I would imagine it was pretty chilly out on the ball field. Surely decent weather can't be that far off.

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  7. Harry - i hate when it's windy out - our whole little crappy cottage shakes! our first winter here, with no insulation, no heat, no power, no water - ugh. i break out in hives just thinking about it. but this little cottage has done us well. i still don't like it when it's windy though. as for the verification thing, i don't find it difficult as it is all numbers. anyway, stay safe and warm my friend. i'm always worried about you being up there alone. and you know it.

    your friend,
    kymber

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  8. Kymber, have you ever read the blog Homesteading Neophyte? Those folks really have it rough, but they keep persevering. That's the primitive lifestyle.

    I like your place up there. And every year, you make it better and better, stronger and more homelike.

    I'm being careful. Somebody has to do the book keeping and bill paying around here, and if I croak I don't know who that would be. Probably my daughter.

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    1. Harry - i met Phelan several years ago when we did the American Preppers/Canadian Preppers Network together. we also did 2 radio shows together. i consider her one of my heroes and she is one of the people, of a number, who we met through the networks when we had just started prepping. she told it like it was, a did several others, but we felt armed with enough info from all of them to make the jump. and we are glad that we did and have not looked back.

      poor jam had to rip the baseboard heater out of the kitchen today and put in a new one - it works great! much better than the old piece of junk. we do our best Harry to keep improving this little house.

      and you better be keeping careful. and no more talking about croaking. much love buddy!

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    2. I've never met her but I have been enthralled reading her adventures. They are doing the real, honest to God pioneer things. Some of the problems they've had remind me of when I was first getting started here so many years ago. At that age, it was doable, but now I like being warm and dry and clean and well fed too much.

      I know J works on the place hard, and you do too. But you both have such a good life up there. Good friends, you have enough to get by, and you live in such a beautiful place. Sometimes I am jealous and I am tempted to take out adds in the Florida papers, so that swarms of old half way backs will move up there and spoil it all! >:-(

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    3. her adventures go waaaaay back when they first started their original homestead. now they have jumped and are starting right back at the beginning...that's a true leap of faith and i respect her family for trusting that they know that they can pull it off. it's gonna take a lot of hard work but that's something her and her husband have in spades!

      Harry - we were very fortunate to jump into the middle of a very tight-knit community who accept us for who we are, give us our privacy and get us involved in everything. for this benefit dance that we are putting on for our friends, jam and i were asked to control all of the monies and gifts that are coming in. that's HUGE for them to trust us like that.

      i hope you get jealous enough to get YOUR butt up here!

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    4. If she doesn't die of pneumonia first! They seem like tough people but have had a really hard winter. I hope their motorcycle shop picks up now that spring is coming.

      I'll come up and visit some day. Don't know just how or when but I want to. It's just hard to leave the place, with the animals and all. But I appreciate knowing I would be welcome!

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    5. you, your family, all your animals and of course the ferrets are always welcome here! i don't think anyone up here has ever seen a ferret - we could do a traveling circus show with the ferrets during tourist season. we might even make a few bucks. plan for a trip up here, buddy in the next year or 2 or three...come and see for yourself. we got land for you and the people will love you. the people here are so crazy and strange...you'd almost feel like the most normal one. oh, there's a scary thought eh? bahahahahah!

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    6. We could! I don't see how people get along without ferrets.

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