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Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Very Dark Night



It's a very dark night out there.  The last few nights there's been a bright moon, but we're having drizzling rain and intermittent thunderstorms tonight.  It's not really cold but it's dank, so I built a fire in the fireplace.  My wife was reading but she's gone to sleep on the couch.  One ferret is stretched out on the warm stones of the hearth, and one is asleep curled up on my spouses blanket. Ferrets sleep up to 18 hours a day. Good work if you can get it.

No plans for tomorrow.  Actually no plans for anything, though I'm trying to think of a little change of pace, maybe a couple of days in some new place.


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    1. Gorges, I didn't try to heat with wood this winter, but I did build us a fire now and then when we wanted that extra ambience. The sound and smell of a wood fire is very calming. It makes a person feel safe and secure.

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  2. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    Its 12:55 am my time and my neighbor who fed me last night is out there in his driveway rebuilding the front end on a one ton Dodge Diesel truck (new uppers, lowers and sway bar bearings)

    Gotta hand it to the rednecks of the world, they tend to get stuff done no matter what.
    I'm not out there because there is already two people under that truck and I would get in the way. I loaned a bunch of tools to my neighbor (who I trust) and I know he will take care of my tools so I did my part kinda.

    I hear Iran got what they wanted in the Nuke Deal and I am not surprised. I also hear Obama wants to visit Iran soon too. Good for him. Neville Chamberlin can rest easy now knowing there is a bigger and much greater 'jackass appeaser' than he ever was with the Nazi's.

    If Israel does not stand up on its own and find a way do a sneak attack on Iran's nuke facilities in time Israel will face extinction and a massacre of its people much greater than Hitler could have imagined.

    History is repeating itself. The next global conflict (WW3) will not last as long or be as evolved as (WW2) and the destruction may not be as extensive but with the Nuke Genie out of the bottle it will be 'quick and brutal' before a cease fire is declared by all sides and factions after they view the nuclear destruction.

    It will end with a stalemate and no winners, just destruction and the loss of many worlds historic religious sites.

    This is only a prediction, one that I hope never happens.

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    1. The guy is working on that truck late. I wouldn't want to be under there working with a light and everybody's worn out to boot. Sounds like he is motivated to get it back on line. I have been searching the internet for an original owner's manual for my 1988 F250, but they are priced high. The cheapest I have found so far was $69.00

      I don't know what Israel will do now that the Iranians have outmanuevered the State Department and are laughing behind their hands at us. Most of the Iranian nuclear facilities are deep underground and in hardened protective shelters. Short of using tactical nuclear weapons Israel would have to get special weapons from us, and since Barack Hussein clearly intends to abandon Israel and align with Saudi Arabia, that won't happen. I hope the Republican control of the House and Senate can stop this abomination from being ratified. However I remember that Julius Caesar simply used the Roman Senate as a facade when he overthrew the Republic and established the Imperial government.

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    2. CC, was that one of the older mechanical diesels with no electronics on it? Those are good trucks for an EMP proof situation.

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    3. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      I would just pay the $69.00 for the owners manual.

      You can charge more for the truck if and when you sell it and get your money back.
      Old Diesels are going up in value and many people down here are restoring them since the computer, controlled, EPA modified crap is out and many 'Luddites' are seeking out old trucks.

      My neighbor across the street has a 1992 Ford 7.3 diesel and that newer one ton he uses in the oilfield.

      Harry' I would not be afraid to work under a truck late at night with my neighbor. He's much younger than I am and he's oilfield. He works on multi-million dollar equipment sometimes 10 to 18 hours a day. He's off the next few days on the holiday to spend with his wife and two kids.

      One more note 'Harry.

      If you ever put that truck up for sale. Let me know. I don't know if I will have the money for it but its a classic.

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    4. CC: Matt left a comment for you up above on this thread.

      As long as both of us hold up, the 1988 Lariet F250, extended bed, crew cab will stay with me. I wouldn't take diamonds or gold for it. I'll tell my wife to give it to you if i croak, though.

      I'd be afraid to work under a truck late at night with it up on jacks. Or any other time. My dad dropped his truck on himself and lay out there pinned under it for several hours til my mom came out to look for him. That's when they decided to move off their land and into a retirement community, he just couldn't keep the place up anymore.

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    5. Hey Matt and Harry'

      (captaincrunch)

      Yeah' I think that 1992 Ford 7.3 diesel is EMP proof.

      It was reworked by the original owner with a reworked A/C system, Interstate batteries, etc,etc, etc.

      My neighbor used it in the oilfield for about six months before he started to use the Dodge one ton with a Cummins.

      That old Ford needs its front end rebuilt, tires and alignment done. Six months of carrying tools, equipment and Caliche roads took a tool on the front end.
      I heard some aftermarket company makes a solid front axle for that '92 Ford and that would beef up the front end for hard use.

      Hey Harry, sorry about what happened to your father. I now understand and If I ever jacked up a truck, I may go overboard and add extra jacks or some other equipment for extra safety.

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    6. Hey Harry, and Matt.

      (captaincrunch)

      I have a lot of experience in the diesel world. I know many, many old diesel owners that seek out 'First Gen Dodges with normally aspirated Cummin's engines, 7.3 Ford's, etc, etc.

      I don't know how EMP proof thease vehicles really are, but even in a collapse, full depression economy and old diesel is an asset because it does not take a rocket scientist with a supercomputer to jack into the operating system and diagnose an issue with the DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) another EPA Abortion, Aberation and Bastardization of an already efficient engine platform.

      Now you got to pump in DIF (Diesel Injection Fluid) in the new trucks so they don't blow black smoke and make children and bunny rabbits cry.

      In China they don't care about crying children and bunny rabbits ' Hell they probably eat bunny rabbits and their children in China and toss the bones into their brand new coal fired power plants with no emission controls (Sarcasm)

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    7. CC: He had the jack up on blocks and it slipped. Bad planning on his part. I just don't like getting under anything that is jacked up.

      There aren't any chips in my 1988 so I am hoping it's EMP proof. It has the 7.3 engine that first came in to the F250 in 1988.

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  3. The ferrets have it right....I had one a 4-H member gave me when I led the local 4-H beef club. They sent him home with me a in a big chocolate ice cream pail of all things so I called him Choc. He built a nest under my couch and his favorite thing to do was sniff peoples ankles with his little damp nose....The screams were inevitable and he loved them! In winter he would manage to get on the shelf behind the woodstove where I dried my gloves and socks and there he would absorb heat. I never had mice in the house or anywhere near the house....I miss him!

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    1. Fiona, they are tremendously intelligent, and they have wonderful personalities. I've had seven, many of whom had been dumped off to fend for themselves, or removed from abusive households, or they were old and sick so people didn't want them anymore. I never met a ferret I didn't get to feel like was part of the family. Their short life span and many maladies could make them a mixed blessings I suppose but all of mine were well worth any sadness that came along.

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  4. You paint a wonderful word picture, Harry! Have to agree the soggy dampness is getting old. Then I worry summer will be hot and dry. Ah well, such is life with nature.

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    1. This summer is supposed to be dry. I was looking at the government drought web page and North Georgia is already starting out behind the power curve. The rest of Georgia is ok.

      Today it's nice, Leigh. Breeze is blowing and it's warm, low humidity.

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  5. Harry,

    Oh to live a ferrets life :-) sleep up to 18 hours a day, lol......

    The winds picked up last night, there's a chill in the air over here, it would be nice to have a fireplace on right about now.

    Why don't you and your wife go on a fishing trip for the weekend. Hubby and I are planning a day trip this weekend to catch us some bass for the freezer while our boy takes care of things at home.

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    1. My wife really isn't much of an outdoor person. I asked her today if she wanted to ride up to Asheville, N.C. They have nice bookstores and restaurants. Ashville is where I leaned over to look at a book in the Barnes and Nobles and my M1911 fell out of my shoulder holster onto the carpet. The old guy next to me said "well, that ain't good for it."

      She didn't want to make any trips today though. She just wants to rest up. Maybe we will do a trip to Chattanooga in the middle of the week, she likes the Michaels and other craft stores there around Hamilton Place Mall.

      I know you two go to lakes and fish a lot. I'm glad you are getting out this weekend.

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  6. It's been rainy off and on in Nebraska. We'll have a few days of sun, and warmth. Then the weather switches to rain, and cold. It's been really windy!

    I thought about doing part of a Easter Hunt outside, but since the weather is not predictable I don't think I'll do that unless it's under the covered porch.

    Random: I do a lot of product reviews on my blog, if you ever don't want to read them just scroll down because I have other posts. I review things mostly for gifts. It's a way to make money w/out making money. My kids get toys I review for holidays, and this sounds backwards, but I give my husband stuff I've reviewed for me - for my birthday. He gets things to. I write a lot. My family is far from boring. They keep me going for sure.

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    1. I read all your product reviews. I also look to see if any of the things you have tried out would help with any of our needs here. They are not boring.

      I bet I have read one hundred Alissa reviews . Some of the things for women I have my wife read.

      We don't do Easter Egg hunts now of course, as we have no kids at home. But we used to. We liked Easter a lot. The kids got Easter baskets and we had an egg hunt, then a nice dinner with the china and bronzeware. Now we just don't do a lot.

      There's never been a moment when I thought you or your family were boring. When I first started reading your blog a long time ago I was really worried that you used your last name and put your kids pictures on the blog, but nothing bad has happened so I guess I was being paranoid. Sometimes reading your blog makes me feel sad that the part of my life with small children is over, but then so does finding an old toy car out in the woods by the house. Nothing to be done about it. I work on enjoying the good things about being older, and there are some.

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    2. I can understand the worry of my last name. I should have thought about that. I thought about going by nicknames now, but I'm afraid their names are all over.

      I swear reviews help so much with present giving. I gave the boys a badminton set I won off a blog, guitar picks in fake plastic eggs, and a cartoon movie called A Book of Life I won for Easter.

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    3. Well, if someone were going to harrass you they would have done it by now, so maybe it's not an issue. Your blog is homey and deals with your kids and family, and useful items , so it isn't going to attract bad people I don't think. I am extremely sensitive to any security issue, I just can't help it. I've been that way for a long time now.

      The reviews you do are interesting to me, for a number of reasons. One, lots of the things you have are luxurious items that my wife might like. Also, you tell about how you famly or you yourself use them, and that's nice. It reminds me of when I had a young family, and brings back pleasant memories of a long time ago.

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  7. Weren't you going to the ferret rescue recently? Have you gone down yet? I'm fostering a mom and 4 puppies that were part of that huge puppy mill seizure in Alabama. In a month the puppies will be old enough to adopt. They are very cute, so I think they'll go pretty quickly.

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    1. Alas, it's easier for my wife and I to plan big outings than it is to really get in the Cherokee and go. I want about five more ferrets, and I know they need homes, but I have been assuaging my conscience by sending small donations down to them. But that's very lame, because the ferrets need homes, not dollars. I really need my daughter to come home and drive me down there, because I'm not all that great a driver anymore and I dread the freeways near Atlanta. Some of them are eight lanes across, it's hellish.

      If I got puppies I could never let them go. It's awfully nice of you to do that, Virginia is a long way from Alabama.

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  8. Well Harry you were building a fire and being cuddly last night and I was huddled in my tornado cellar and hoping for the best, I took my husbands fire radio with me as the beast was touching down all around us but no score in my part of the county. Hate those things I can deal with a hurricane anytime over a tornado, have a few limbs down and really wet outside but all is well; and just think the "T" season has just begun.

    Husband had a busy night with Mutual Aid to another county he got back about 4 am and slept most of the day and now is cranky as a old bear, he doesn't bounce back as fast or as good as he did a few years ago. Getting old is not a plus.

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    1. I'm glad you got a pass on all the bad weather out there. I knew you and some of my other blog friends were in the potential impact area.

      It takes a lot longer to recover from something strenuous or stressful when a person is older. I know this well from personal experience.

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  9. It has warmed up so much over here we have not needed a fire. Finally got the garden planted and now we can sit back and watch it grow....

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    1. It's generally been warm here as well, but yesterday, especially during the night we had a chilly drizzle and then the wind was moaning through the tops of the pines. The fire was cheery and helped everyone feel cozy.
      It's good to hear things are going well over there. Pretty different from Florida isn't it.

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