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

― Frank Herbert

Friday, May 8, 2015

Time Passes.















34 comments:

  1. Where does the time go? It seems like just yesterday my children were babies and now one has passed the half century mark and the others are close behind. Time seems to be moving along at breakneck speed these days. I don't like that very much.

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  2. No, it isn't pleasant to contemplate how much of your life has roared by without your really realizing it. One of the most difficult things about being older is having to accept the inevitable loss of old friends. But, that's how the game works.

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  3. That's a pretty picture of the mountains.
    Kimberly

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    1. Kimberly, it's nice to hear from you. I thought you weren't on line anymore these days, glad you are still blogging. Yes, the mountains are like the sea shore. Usually, they are peaceful and calming. I like to go up the slope here, to a place with a very good view of the mountains, and watch the sunrise and sunset.

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  4. Harry - i love the pictures of the waterfall! and yes - time seems to speed up at times and then slow down at times! i try to enjoy both kinds of times! the pics of your ferrets are super cute...have you gotten any new ones?

    sending much love! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. You have really nice views of the ocean from your place. I often notice that in your photos.

      Lately time seems to be speeding by, even though I'm not doing anything spectacular myself. I think I am only just beginning to really settle in to being retired, three years after the fact.

      No, I really want four or five more, but I'm not up for the drive down to Acworth. You have to go through Atlanta and drive on the freeway to get to the ferret rescue. My daughter has promised to take us down there next time she visits, and we will try to adopt at least five more. So many ferrets need homes. I assuage my conscience for now by making donations to the rescues, but I would really like to have more fuzzies up here to keep me company. I only have Jet and Spike now, and that's not enough ferrets for a colony.

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  5. Time does pass fast! Especially when kids grow up.

    Those farrets look so cozy.

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    1. Alissa, ferrets are even more adroit at making little nests for themselves than cats are. My ferrets will carefully shred a newspaper, making strips bout six to eight inches long and two inches wide. Then they drag them under the bookshelf, and arrange them just so to make nests.

      You are so right about kids. Mine have been gone now for ten years I think. We stay in touch. We've always been a close family, so it's not like what usually happens, where the kids move off and you hear from them on fathers day, your birthday, and at Christmas. I still miss them, though.

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  6. That's beautiful scenery you've got, what a great place to live and watch the passage of time.

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    1. Kirsty, I left the Marine Corps in 1982. My wife and I were undecided about where we should live, the mountains, the desert, or at the beach. In the end, we chose the mountains. My wife feels the desert is too isolated, I thought there were too many people at the beach, even in winter, and I was worried about hurricanes. We settled on the mountains and it has been a good choice for us.

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  7. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Its good to see a 'Ferret Colony"

    I mentioned before I have three rescue dogs. One is a Yorkie mix, a Wired Haired Terrier mix and a Chihuahua.
    All three are doing well.

    I got to bath the Yorkie mix today. He has a skin allergy and scratches and inches quit a bit in the Spring and Summer.

    The Yorkie is a 120 pound dog in a 10 pound package.

    I wonder if anyone in your European 'Fascist" fan club rescues dogs. No, they probably eat little dogs and twist the heads off kittens when they see Hitler speeches on Youtube.

    I ordered a Ranger 3250 DX 10 to11 meter radio.

    Now I need help on Power supplies and antenna help.

    Will a 4.5 amp power supply, AC to DC work on 5 watt radio without burning it up????
    The radio has been tuned to put out 35 watts. Later I will look into getting an amp maybe.
    I'm looking into the Solorcon A-99 antenna.

    anyone got any input on that as well.

    My goal is to sit where I am at (right now) and have a radio off to the side. The ten meter arena is 'the poor man's ham" and I can on a good day talk to people thousands of miles away.

    In a hurricane, smart phones and cell phones will become expensive bricks and I can move the DC radio to the truck and use it there for any news and emergency communication if the power goes out.

    Theres an article on Western Rifles Association's blog on finding old CB's for emergency comm's that I can recommend.

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    1. CC,

      I couldn't find that model online to look up the specs.

      Look and see if it has an inline fuse on the power line, then find a power supply that exceeds that fuse rating. make sure any power supply is 12V DC( actually 13.8 when not loaded down)

      I assume that who ever tweeked it up put a suitable inline fuse to keep it from drawing too much current.

      What website did you order it from?

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    2. Hey Matt.

      (captaincrunch)

      heres the link,

      http://redmancb.com/

      also check the Ranger RCI 3995 base station on Youtube. Now that's a beauty.

      On my end, I figured out 'ohm's law' and I can use a 4.5 volt power supply.

      Matt' I am trying to spread the word so to speak that any radio (CB) that handles ten or eleven meter is the way to go.

      I will get he link on the specs on the Ranger RCI 3252.

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    3. Hey Matt,

      (captaincrunch) again!

      heres the link on the spec's

      http://www.rangerusa.com/rci-29dx.html

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    4. You're getting a good collection of radios. I need to work on my CB set up, it's in need of a service, as Inspector Clouseau said of the Silver Hornet.

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    5. CC, I'm all in 100% on any DX form of communications that doesn't involve ^@%# cell phones. I hate them. I originally did the same calculations as you, but I'd check into getting at least a 20 amp non-switching ( low noise ) power supply. This way you'll have one if you ever upgrade to a beefier transmitter... after the crunch, things like that will be much harder to come by.

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  8. I know what you mean. Every time we get our high school alumni newsletter we see someone else that has passed away. My father in law was the only one left of his Marine buddies. New Year's Eve turned sad for him the year his last friend died. They would always call each other at midnight, all those years later, no matter what else they were doing. Now he has gone to join them.

    We were showing my granddaughter a DVD of me growing up, all the way to graduation, that my mom made several years ago. She had to laugh. She said I still walk the same as I did when I was two! Where did all those years go? I remember many of those moments vividly.

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    1. Kathy, memory is like that. I can remember things that happened to me more than 30 years ago. They just pop into my head unbidden, for no reason. Then again, I can't remember where I put down my key ring 30 minutes ago.

      It's funny how the people you served with always stay in the back of your mind. I remember them as they were back then, and when we sometimes have the opportunity to meet when one of them is back in this part of the country, I am always surprised at how they have aged. That isn't logical but it's true.

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    1. Thanks, Sol. I'm glad to see you finally found the right house and that you are happy fixing it so it's "you." That's always very satisfying.

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  10. Harry,

    Time sure does fly.....and it seems it goes by not in days but years. Great pictures of your and your sweet wife. Your wife looks as if she's real cold standing next to the waterfall.

    How many ferrets do you have now?

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    1. That was on of the coldest winters we have had here. She was all bundled up but it was still bitterly cold. We had gone down to see the waterfall, because in the snow it looks like something out of Narnia.

      I only have Jet and Spike now. I want to get at least five more from the ferret rescue once my daughter comes to visit and can drive down through Atlanta. I don't drive down there myself anymore, too much going on with eight to six lanes .

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  11. Your ferrets look so relaxed....do you ever take them outside? I had a leash for "Choc" and he loved walks but I learned not to take him anywhere near gophr holes as he would try to go down them after the gophers!

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    1. Fiona, I do have little harnesses and leashes for the ferrets, but once summer comes I don't take them outside. They get fleas and it's impossible to get the fleas completely off them, no matter how much I comb them or put "Frontline" on them. Also, I don't completely trust the flea medicine, I'm afraid it might hurt them. So when the hot months come they can go out on the porch, where they don't need the leash, but not into the meadow where they have to wear a leash.

      Ferrets love holes in the ground and can squeeze into impossibly tight spots. Once I left an access panel cover off in the utility room, and one of my ferrets got into the walls. I was going to start ripping the wall out, because I convinced myself she was trapped, but then she popped out of the access panel , very pleased with herself. She was angry when I put the cover back on, but that aged me 10 years and I wasn't letting her in there again.

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  12. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I just watched a really good movie on ITunes called 'Ride" with Helen Hunt.

    It has nothing to do with survival, zombie apocalypse or Sputnik beaming Islamic radiation into our heads.

    A big pat of it has to do with surfing and no, for once its not a movie with surfers saying 'hokey surfing talk or doing hokey surfing things" It portrays surfers as real people.

    On the Ferret scale rating movies with 'one ferret' being the lowest and "five ferrets" (a full colony) this is a five ferret flick for the realism of surfing and surfers.

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    1. When I'm Supreme Dictator I am going to ban surfing, so do it while you can.

      I can't surf, so if the Supreme Dictator can't surf, nobody can surf!

      I have heard of that movie, but I can't remember whether it was a positive review or not, I just saw it on the net while I was looking for something else. Sounds good if you are into surfing. Have you ever seen the movie "point break." The way it ends is the way you should go out when you get old and decrepit, CC.

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  13. My daughter-in-law and I were just talking with my 4 year old granddaughter about time the other day. The day had gone so slowly while she waited for gramma to come to take her on an outing. We told her time slowed down as we get older. She just gave us a "yeah, right" smile.

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    1. Leigh, she'll know what you meant one of these days.

      I was watching Al Jazerra and I saw a show that made me think of you. It as about these people in the United States that send goats to sub Saharan Africa, to help the natives. The lady was talking about how the goats give the people milk, and cheese. I thought to myself, "that's what you think." My wife spent her teen years and early twenties working with her parents in Niger and Nigeria, where they were missionaries. The Baptist Mission Board back in the states had the same idea. But when my father in law distributed the goats, the natives immediately ate all of them. So much for that good dead.

      What made me think of you was that you know all about goats, and the woman on the program was an office bound administrator and knew zip about them.

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  14. So Harry, how many ferrets do you have these days?

    Cute little suckers.

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    1. On two now. Faye died years ago of a respiratory problem. Chloe and Jasmine passed away in their sleep of old age. Rowena had an operation for adrenal disease, but did not survive it. Ragnar, who was my sidekick, died after a long battle with cancer. Now I have Spike and Jet still. i want some more ferrets, but I am hesitant to dry to drive through Atlanta to get to the rescue, so I am waiting til my daughter gets to visit again. She said she'd do the driving. She lives in a city so she isn't as intimidated by 8 lanes of traffic as I am.

      Ferrets are great companions and keep me from getting lonely up here on the mountain top.

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  15. harry,
    read 'club orlov' today.
    most interesting.
    deb h.

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    1. I don't know what that is. Some new book?

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  16. Nice pics. How many ferrets do you have right now?

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    1. Only two now Lisa. The others have passed away. I hope to get four to six more from the rescue south of Atlanta next time my daughter comes to visit and we can all drive down there together.

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