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

― Frank Herbert

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Rolling Thunder without the B-52's.



Thunder is really booming outside.   It's been on and off since before dawn, and it's picking up now that the sun is starting to go down.   When Poe wrote "once upon an evening dreary, as I pondered, weak and weary" he must have been talking about a day like this.

My wife is making a pizza and reading her book while the dinner cooks. I'm not really in a pizza mood, but it's fast and doesn't make much of a mess.


The dogs have spent most of the day in their new winter quarters because of the rain. Tuggy has discovered that the hens lay eggs on top of the straw, so she stands up on her back legs, picks up an egg, and then takes it to her "apartment" to eat.  Bell has not figured this out yet so she is having to make do with eggs from the regular nests.

The weather has precluded any real attempts at being productive, even if I had the energy.  Some days you just stay inside and relax, and that's how today has been for me.

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  1. Quite here, had frost on the ground and car today. I'm afraid a hard freeze is coming soon. The farmers are still in the fields for now.

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    1. Getting colder here, especially at night. October has always been a very calm month for weather, but this year it's stormy. Apparently the jet stream is pulling cold air down from the arctic, and warm air is coming from the Gulf. They are running into each other over the mountains here.

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  2. It thundered here all day Wednesday. There was one ten-minute deluge and then just more thunder and lightning. I like how your dog helps himself.

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    1. Tuggy eats too many eggs, but I can't stop here since she serves herself.

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  3. my dear friend - no offense - i know you built the arena for the dogs...but those cats seem to have taken it over - bahahahah! i am glad that one of your dogs has learned to feed itself - i hoe the others don't follow suit! and like i said in my email...we are supposed to hibernate when the cooler weather comes - we are just like bears. i am just glad that your dogs, and cats, have a warm place to sleep this winter. now we just need to get a few more ferrets your way so that you can have a proper colony!

    wait a second...where the heck is captain crunch???? his being a beer-drinking, spy ferret should count for at least 3 ferrets no? i have found the answer Harry...you need to take captain crunch in for the winter - bahahahahahah! oh Harry i really feel for you - bahahahahah!

    much love always, to you and yours buddy. especially if you take in captain crunch -bahahahahahah! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Hey Kymber,

      (captainbeerdrinkingferretcrunch)

      I got a home.

      Its a big box filled with shinny stuff (most of which are illegal in Cananda)
      I like fizzy drinks (Shiner Bock Beer, from Shiner, Texas) and I like coffee. Coffee makes me a Happy, Hyper, Ferret.

      I'm retired from the 'Spy Service'

      I banged up one of paw's when I airdropped into the sand box using a fullsize "Glad Bag trashbag" as a parachute!
      I got lots of medals (some I stole from bad guys) some I won and when I was rewarded with a medal, I immediately hid it with my other stash under a sofa (I own a sofa) I just hang out underneath it.

      My favorite heist was stealing 'secret rocket plans' from the desk of kim IL Sung (no.2) The pygmy in North Korea. I got away with a few of his medals and his hairpiece which I use as a bed now (Damn thing smell's Hennesy Whiskey and Cuban Cigars)

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    2. You've learned a lot about ferrets , CC. That's a perfectly plausible story.

      Kymber, when winter comes all the animals cram in where ever they can stay dry and warm. I don't quite trust the dogs with the ferrets, though. Ferret lore is full of stories about dogs that were kind to ferrets and then one day just killed them. So Tuggy and Belle can't get around the ferrets much.

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    3. Harry - i am really starting to believe that captain crunch is a retired spy ferret - he just knows all the keywords and stuff - bahahahahah! oh captain - yer killing me with the Kim IL Sung stuff! ya nutter! bahahahah!

      Harry - how is it that you have dead serious posts that gets everyone involved in discussions and then you have posts that devolve into this ??? - bahahahahahhaah! much love to you, Harry, and yours, and of course to our favourite beer-swigging, ex-ferret spy!

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    4. Hey Kymber and Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      we have Ebola, 20 trillion national debt, war in Syria, Isis, one billion Mexicans streaming over the border, stuff that was illegal 30 years ago becoming legal, stuff that was 'normal' 30 years ago becoming abnormal, hippe bastard's from the 60's running the U.S. and ruining the U.S. into the ground, and a communist, apologists, for a president that lies to us on everything.

      Yeah' so I gotta joke around a little and have a laugh or two. If all we do is focus on the bad stuff, I would stop coming to this blog. Things are spiraling out of control and falling apart and there is not a 'Damn" thing I can do about it, except crack a few jokes and try to make the best out of a damn, shitty situation.
      I guess I did the same thing in the military when things 'sucked'

      Gotta find the humor in life and try to find the positive stuff where I can.

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    5. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?

      Things are a bit grim, I have to agree with you.

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  4. G'day Harry,

    I do like your Dog & Cat "Castle", it looks like they will be nice & snug this winter. We tried buying covered cat beds for our two moggies and they just ignored them, they prefer sleeping on top of our outdoor spa (I think you call them hot tubs). The Possums are nice & snug in the garage, I will try and send you (and of course Kymber) the latest snaps of mum & daughter.

    Cheers

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    1. Hey, Sgt.

      The dog bunker is getting a lot of use , and it's not even cold enough to be worried about as well. Once the first frost comes they'll all be crammed in there.

      I'm glad the possums are tucked away. I wish I had a pair of Australian possums here. Are moggies cats? I am inferring that from context but there are some aspects of Australian language I'm shaky on. :-)

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    2. Sorry Harry,

      "Moggies" is Aussie slang for cats of no particular breed, although one of them, Mr Darcy (my wife is a Jane Austen fanatic) I swear must originally be from Norway or somewhere cold like that because in winter his fur grows long enough that you could shear him like a sheep!

      Possums are fun, although they can cause havoc in your vegetable garden unless you net it. I would send some to you but it could go bad, someone thought it would be a good idea to import some possums into New Zealand in the late 1800's, now there are an estimated 70 million of the critters over there! The Kiwi government has a bounty on their pelts but it only makes a dent in their numbers.

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    3. Do you have a female cat named "Elizabeth Bennett". That's my wife's favorite book. I think we have three different versions of "Pride and Prejudice" in DVD.

      I saw an episode of "where the wild men are" and there was a New Zealand guy who lived on some island. He had a deal to with the New Zealand government to kill the possums. I was horrified.

      I have some American possums that hang out here, but they are not nearly so pleasant as yours. At least, ours look a lot more fierce even though they aren't really.

      The news tonight is saying that the nurse in Australia they thought had ebola didn't, so you guys are still safe, (for now, anyway.)

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    4. Sgt - i would love to see those pics!!! send away - you have my email!

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    5. check out the lizards in his pictures, Kymber. I emailed the pictures to my daughter because she has some of those bearded lizards.

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  5. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Yeah' we have been having lots of real hot 'summer like heat' in the upper 90's complete with all the humidity.
    Typhical South Texas weather, crazy up's and down's.

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    1. No hot days here now. High seventies on the mountain during some days, and then down into the forties at night.

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  6. Funny, it rained here heavily the last two days as well. I was going stir crazy yesterday wanting to go outside and do something. Instead I sorted some stuff in the loft, tidied the bathroom and baked a cake! Not sure how I'm going to cope over winter! We're going to light the fire for the first time tonight, we've got friends coming over and they don;t like the cold & I'm struggling to dry clothes!

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    1. Your weather has been pretty fierce in winter last couple of years, as I recall. You like baking. I'll have to get Max's URL for you, he cooks cakes and things like that too. They live in Colorado.

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  7. The dogs and cats look cozy! We're thinking about making a straw bale house for your pigs. I like rainy days 'cuz it means I can stay inside and write. :)

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    1. The pigs demand a straw bale house!

      Remember, one of the three pigs lived in a house made of straw, but hopefully the wolves won't come calling. If you do build a straw house for them, it has to be somewhere the rain won't get on it. Straw is a great insulator but if it gets wet it gets some nasty mildew on it.

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