“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday afternoon



Sunday afternoon, already six thirty and the sun is still up there.  It's easier to stay upbeat when the days are long and warm.  This past winter was the hardest I can remember, and I am very glad it's over. The trees here are coming out in leaves, and the wild flowers in the meadow are all blooming. My wife and I went for a walk through the meadow yesterday and she pointed out to me all the different plants, and told me their names. 

Didn't sleep much last night.  Part of it, I suppose, was natural angst over another birthday, and getting closer to the dread psychological bench mark of 70.  I've got a ways to go yet though, so no good worrying about it.

I forgot to go in and pay for my car tags.  I'm part of the underclass that doesn't buy a new car every year, so I have to pay for my tags. New car owners in Georgia don't have to pay for the tags ever again, until they sell the car and buy another.  I keep vehicles a long time. My truck is a 1988, so it's 26 years old. This doesn't bother me any, she still runs like a top.  But it bothers the state so this new law is both to provide incentive to people to buy more energy efficient cars, and to enrich the Georgia state senator who got the law passed. He just happens, by merest coincidence, to own the five largest new car lots in the state. Well, maybe the courthouse will cut me some slack, since my birthday, which is the deadline for paying for the tags, was on a Sunday.  If not, I'm not going to worry about it, it's just ten dollars more per car.  When you get older you have to save up your capacity for worry and for anger for the things that really matter. You can't squander it on  trivialities.


There's a country store about 15 minutes from the house. It's just a shack by the road, really, but when the vegetables come in they have the best.  Onions, tomatoes, corn, melons, everything the heart desires.  Also excellent home made cheeses, home made jerky, Coca Cola in bottles,  whatever you want. Won't be long now and we'll be able to stop by there and get fresh vegetables, and not the waxed, unripe, sprayed stuff at the grocery store.



The leaves are coming back on the trees.  When the trees leaf out, our house is shaded and there are lots of little spots where I can put a chair and a table out of the sun.  I like to sit out there in the morning as the sun comes up with my coffee. Then, at evening time, I watch the stars come out.


Things are rolling right along.

16 comments:

  1. Now that I have things caught up for Spring I am feeling better about Winter being over. There is always more work to be done fo course but the time sensitive stuff are the ones that get me worked up and they are all caught up now. Of course in a few weeks of constant grass mowing I will be singing a different toon.

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    1. I have to mow my meadow but I do it in sections. I'm just glad it isn't cold anymore, I got thoroughly sick of near zero or sub zero temperatures. The novelty wore off and it just got to be miserable and expensive.

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  2. There is nothing quite like fresh local produce. Especially corn. About that shade, it's always a bit better with not just one, but two rifles...
    --Troy

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    1. I especially like fresh tomatoes with parmesan cheese and garlic salt.

      I'll frequently sit out under the trees at a table and clean weapons that have been sitting in the rack for awhile. It's better than working in the shop, where the solvents and oils make it stuffy.

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  3. Age is only a number. I will turn 68 in a couple of months. My body will, that is. Inside I'm still 25 but with more sense.

    Your country store reminded me of an old fashioned general store in the farming community where I grew up. Sold everything from pitchfork handles to yard goods to peanuts from a barrel. Loved that place.

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    1. We had a big country store here for years that sold everything practical a person could need. I worked at the gun counter there part time on weekends for quite awhile. Then the old World War II vet who owned it died, and his son took over. The son's wife turned it into a boutique that sold high end clothing like Vera Bradley purses, and they catered to the tourist trade. The hardware section was closed, and locals stopped going there.

      The hardest thing for me about getting old is not being able to do as much around the place as I could. I can't even go for walks up to the mountain top like I used to do, now it becomes a major evolution for me to do that. But there isn't much I can do about getting older except deal with it.

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  4. oh Harry - i hope that you had an awesome day! Jam watched the video you linked to on youtube (i just watched it from your page) and it linked to other videos of ferrets playing in boxes and stuff. i swear Harry that we are going to be rich because of our "cat/ferret" - he acts just like a ferret and after all of the videos that we have watched, i want to get him some ferrets. he is young and very playful like the ferrets but honest to goodness, i swear the ferrets would eat my other cats because they are so fat and lazy. thanks for giving us such a good laugh. i hope that you had a wonderful birthday. and i hope that you got much relaxing done. if there's one thing that i've learned from ferrets and cats is that relaxing and resting is really important.

    can you give us an update on little Ragnar? i sure hope that he is ok. much love to you and yours. always. your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, I had a pretty good day. I'm glad you liked the ferret video. I found it while looking for one showing ferret dancing. I wish I had one of those cameras, if I can find one reasonably priced I plan to get one so I can do my own videos.

      Some cats get along with ferrets and some don't. I tried to bring my barn cat in and she beat up on the ferrets, she played too rough and she put her claws out. So she had to go back to the barn.

      Ragnar is pretty knocked out by the antibiotics. They are very strong. I think they make him feel kind of nauseated. The thing on his shoulder looks like it is going down some to me, but Miriam says it's not and I am just seeing what I want to see. I have a tendency to do that. But Friday he goes back to the specialist and then we will know what is going on.

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  5. A Thompson????
    You, sir, have *style*!

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    1. That's actually a Manchester Arms semi-auto replica of the Thompson. A pretty accurate one with just a few minor differences. I wish I had a real Thompson, but like the MP40, the few times I've tried to bid on one I never made it through the first round . It's a fun gun, though I don't shoot it so much anymore since ammo got so high.

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  6. As I get older I find little things, especially economic ones, bother me less. If something costs $20 or 50 and that is the situation well, it's the situation. Getting stressed that we need to replace a widget doesn't make it any cheaper. So I just skip the fretting and buy the thing. Also it helps that over the years my income has got a bit better and we generally live a bit below our means so that cash doesn't mean a week of eating rice or macaroni and cheese.

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    1. Financial security is good. It takes a load off of you. Things like car breakdowns, other unexpected expenses are not so traumatic if you have a financial reserve. These days, my biggest concerns are my kids, my health, and planning the future. It's very hard for young people to make a go of it today, and I don't know how it will work out for them as the population gets older, and more indolent. With the flood of illegals swarming in who are voracious consumers of social benefits, who is going to pay for that? Young people barely eking out a living now is the answer, I'm afraid. Health concerns certainly impact the quality of life, and medical care is becoming harder to find and harder to pay for. Then there are the adjustments you have to make as you get older, in your life style. But none of this is new, I am sure I could find extracts of Greek plays more than 2000 years old that echo every one of these concerns.

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    1. It's a bad situation where a President can make laws. That power was reserved to the legislative branch. I can't see much difference between Obama and King Georgia III, except that George III had to answer to parliament.

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  8. It looks like the weather was good that day! I miss the fact that GA. has DMV's at Kroger. Here they don't have them in the grocery store. It was nice to take care of business, and have the other spouse do some shopping at the same time. I don't know if all GA. is like that, or just Atlanta and Savannah (the 2 places I lived)?

    I think I'd love that country store.

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    1. Savannah is a scary place. It's like the setting of a Gothic novel. We drive through there on the way to Tybee, and it's all old neighborhoods with ancient antebellum houses. When it rains the streets all flood! The crime down there is horrific, even the thugs don't like to go out at night. Were you going to the art school? Everybody I ever knew that lived there was going to some art college.

      We don't have a DMV anywhere but in the courthouse. The Tax Collector's office is there and they do tags.

      You'd like the store. I like to buy coca cola in glass bottles, it tastes the best that way, and put peanuts in it. Someday I'll choke to death doing that.

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