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

― Frank Herbert

Monday, August 18, 2014

Another Mountain Top Monday


Must have been quite a storm last night, but I essentially slept through it.  I knew it was storming because I heard the wind and thunder, as well as the rain pounding down.  This morning I got up, and it was still raining. Some of the breakers had tripped, so I had to reset those. That generally means there were lightning strikes in the area that put a pulse on the power line. No harm done, my sensitive equipment is all on good battery back up systems with high clamp speed surge suppressors.


The dogs and I took a walk down the old forest service road.  I wore my hobo clothes and went wading with them.  The water was up some but not enough to matter.




Later I went up to the study,  smoked my pipe and listened to Rush Limbaugh on the only FM radio station I can get up here.  It's part local news , including a lot of really boring high school sports stuff. However, they have some good radio shows like Rush and Glenn Beck, and Hannity.  I smoke my pipe, sit in my over stuffed Lazy Boy, and look out the big plate glass windows into the mountains. My wife went up there the other day looking for something or other. She said she hadn't been up in the room for a couple of years and didn't remember how big it was.  She has some problems with her legs so she generally lives on the main level of the house.


This is the part of the big lake in our county where it's wide enough to sail. I'm watching the newspaper for a small boat, either a sailboat or just a skiff with a kicker. There are islands in the lake where I could go out and camp, or just hang out for a day, and nobody would bother me and the dogs out there. A boat is on my list of " I wants" but I am not really sure what priority it has.



My table under the trees.  Even on hot days, I can sit out here and the sun doesn't get on me. That whole area is well shaded by poplars.  I can see out through the meadow, and to the start of the Jeep trail.  Great place for coffee in the morning,  or a coke in the evening.  I like to smoke my pipe out there after dark, with the Tiki torches going.  At this time of year, the meadow is ablaze with lightning bugs, and it's very restful.


So, life goes on.  Sometimes the pace is hectic, and other times it's sedate.  Today looks like one of the latter, which is ok with me.

18 comments:

  1. It sounds so peaceful there! I like the 4th picture of you. The background is just perfect. Did your wife take the pictures?

    It's good you have backups of everything with where you live. It's not like you have emergencies happen all the time, but you never know when they could happen.

    I've been tired from this weekend. I had 19 people over (family) for my son's birthday.

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    1. You must be flat out exhausted. I can't imagine having to play host to so many.

      I always try to think of what could happen, and how I would deal with it, then get the gear or supplies I need. Right now, since my wife wrecked her car, she's driving mine and I am driving my truck. Clearly I need another vehicle for her, but I don't want payments. So I guess I will look in the paper for a used car. At the moment, we have four people in the family, four operational vehicles, and if one goes down we are in trouble. I have never been in that position before, always had an extra vehicle for backup.

      I can't remember who took that photo, it might have been my wife or it might be one I took with a tripod my daughter bought me. She and I exchange photos a lot since I don't go up to visit her. I can't leave the place for that long.

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  2. your place is so pretty Harry. to wake up every day to that view must be heaven. Nothing wrong with an overstuffed lazy boy, infact I want to get one for Senior. He has worked so hard these past years, that he deserves one. : )

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    1. Senior Chief does need a nice Lazy Boy. Especially if he is going to be commuting to work. He'll need a comfortable spot to unwind. Your place is really nice, there. I've seen the pictures and I envy you the flat land, where you can garden or do whatever you want to. My place, everything is sloped.

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  3. Harry once again great photos. Country living is great. While we are still in a small town, you can't beat a pop. of 2,700 vs the Orlando Metro area or Minneapolis Metro area. In less then 5 min we are out among the farms.

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    1. Rob, you're in a good spot there. The fact that you are further up North used to make you more susceptible to cold weather, but I think now we are all equally at risk.

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  4. You have lots of good spots for relaxing. Rain trips our breakers too.

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    1. Well, Lisa, I need all those good spots since relaxing is my major occupation these days. Used to be I could always count on a bench down at the town square, but they cut down all the beautiful, shady trees because the advertising company the county commissioner hired said it would show off the town square better for all the tourists. So now it's too hot for the geezer brigade to hang out there.

      Any time we get lightning really close by, I have a couple of breakers that pop. I replaced them but it didn't help.

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  5. The water is so clear, beautiful! Beautiful to place in general to take walks, relax, and smoke your pipe.

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    1. As long as the bears and the wild hogs don't get me. In the event of an attack, the dogs are expected to sacrifice themselves nobly , covering my retreat as I hobble away at top speed. ;- )

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  6. Used to be in the old times here in Maine you had two sorts of folks. The "Herring Chokers" were the coastal folk who make a living by fishing, and then you had your "Side-hill gougers" the ones that make a living off agriculture. Given your geographical location you would be classified as the later. I love the tree covered creeks around your property. I have never had the opportunity to explore much down your ways but it does look lovely. Happy to run in to another Ditto head. Beck tends to be a bit much for me, but Hannity I do enjoy. If you don't already, you might enjoy Howie Carr, conservative columnist and radio talk-show host out of Boston. You can listen to him live online at http://www.wrko.com/howie weekdays after 3pm

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  7. I'm listening to Michael Savage tonight as I write this. I'm lucky we have a news station if we can only have one. I have never heard of Howie Carr, but I will check him out on the link you sent. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    1. Howie's own page is: http://howiecarrshow.com/ You can read his opinion column there. He is a decent writer and though he covers a lot of local Boston / North East stuff he does cover national issues. He also has an interest in "film noire" detective stories, which he parlayed into several books on the criminal underworld in Boston. The most notable one on the recently captured infamous murderer/FBI most wanted Whitey Bulger.

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    2. Silvius, I have never read any of his crime works, since I tend to gravitate to history, and to self sufficiency books. But I am innately conservative by nature, and I do listen to conservative news programs. I always welcome another source of news. Some of the Patriot radio stations I listen to on the shortwave are a bit "out there" but they are, for the most part, Christian fundamentalist as well as political in nature. I myself am not religious, but I realize the value the broadcasts offer and I listen. When I was in the service, I was usually overseas and often in places where the Voice of America and BBC were really the only news I could get. I always had a shortwave set. These days, I listen to Rush and to people like Carr, but it has the same purpose. I don't want to be ignorant of what's going on in the world. No matter that I live way out in the forest, what happens out there eventually touches me here, in one way or another.

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  8. Stunning Harry ;)

    Apart from being crirical for life, water - especially that bubbling in a stream, can be so calming and thought provoking. Would love a stream running through our property. Is it clean enough to drink in an emergency situation?

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    1. Dani, I have several streams either on my land, or bordering it at the foot ofthe mountain. All of them come off the national forest, which means no septic tanks, no farm run off. The same water I drink is bottled on the other side of the mountain and sold all over the South. My well is 278 feet deep, one hundred feet deeper than it really needed to be, but that insures crystal clear, cold water even after heavy rains. I am also lucky enough to have a place where the water just bubbles up out of the ground, and then makes it's own stream which runs down the mountain.

      Any of these would make good water sources. The Cherokee Indians lived here until they were removed by the Army in the 1830's. I have read a lot about them, trying to see if they knew things that could help me. They drank this water without any ill effect, and I have drunk it straight from the streams back when I used to wander the mountains with my dogs and my son, never got sick or picked up any parasites. That was one of the big selling points back in 1986 when we were looking for a very isolated, rural place to settle. Good water really is essential to life. On quiet nights, especially in winter, the roar of the stream just down from the house is the most prominent sound you can hear.

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  9. Harry,

    Beautiful pictures of your place. Having the water so close like that I can see purchasing yourself a little boat to go out and venture with the dogs. It must be a great place to fish too.
    We have issues not to far from our place with the wild boars. A gun makes for a great companion when dealing with these wild critters.
    My husband loves to smoke his pipe, I sit out and just enjoy the smell of the tobacco burning.

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    1. Sandy, when I was flying, I was a big cigarette smoker. Everybody was. You sat in the ready room before a flight and smoked, it helped the nerves. But one day we had a squadron safety stand down, and the flight surgeon brought a pair of lung in a jar. They were smoker lungs, looked like beef jerky. So I decided to quit. But I couldn't, so I switched to cigars. They tasted awful. So I switched to a pipe, and over the years I have cut way back but I still like to smoke in the evenings, or sometimes by the fire when it's too cold to go outside. I figure ( or rationalize) that smoking a pipe every once in awhile isn't going to give me emphysema or cancer.

      There are four big lakes within easy driving distance of my place. One is really big, and wide. It's great for sailing if you have a sail boat. One is mostly narrow, until you get up to the dam and then there are islands, and it's plenty wide for a sailboat. The other two are wider but not so big as the others. I also have the little lake right near the house but it's really too small for a sail boat. There are lots of people who fish here, primarily for bass, catfish and blue gills. I don't do a lot of fishing but I have all the gear in the store room in case I ever need to.

      My wife doesn't mind my smoking outside, we sit on the porch sometimes, especially when it's raining. But she doesn't like me to smoke inside. That started when we had little kids and now she is just used to not having smoke in the house.

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