I got all my walking gear together this afternoon, and went out on the porch to walk down to the waterfall with the dogs.
I could tell as soon as I went out the door that I couldn't get down there and back before dusk. When you live in the mountains, it gets dark earlier than where it's flat. There are always higher mountains around you, and they leave you in the shadows early.
Darkness comes on really fast. So I didn't go on out on the trail. Instead I just did some light chores around the place I'd been putting off for awhile. I doubt I'll try to go to the falls tomorrow, as I have some other things I need to get done. Maybe Wednesday, if I get an early start.
I bought some fairly expensive Oneida can openers last winter, and the last of them just broke on me tonight. I open a lot of cans, and they just don't stand up well.
I've also got some of the cheap jack openers, but they wear out pretty rapidly too.
I need a good can opener that will last, and that is not too hard to turn. Arthritis in the wrists makes struggling with a can opener a wearisome experience.
I've got boxes and boxes of the little P38 and larger P51 military can openers. They work fine and they don't wear out, but they are tough on the wrists of the older crowd. I could buy an electric can opener but since I'm trying to buy equipment that will function without electric power, that wouldn't be a good idea.
I would like to keep about 10 really good hand held can openers in the store room. If anybody can recommend one I'd appreciate it. My own efforts have only turned up cheap, mediocre trash.
Meanwhile, in Europe, flower drum song platitudes about universal brotherhood give way to panicked reality checks. Austria, Sweden and Germany are closing their borders. Way too late. They are already done for. The Hungarians showed the only common sense. They are putting up a triple apron razor wire fence to keep the horde out, and they've announced anybody entering their country illegally will go to prison. I suspect their refugee problem is over, while a lot of other countries are going to find theirs is just beginning.
I should mention that not everyone in Europe is going along, lemming like, with what their political masters tell them to do. Al Jazeera had a whiny little story sandwiched in between it's complaining about Europe not doing enough (the United Arab Emirates have done exactly nothing). They said there have been more than 200 fire bomb attacks on "refugee hostels" in Germany alone, and that the tempo and frequency of attacks are increasing. That's understandable. If people don't get law and order from the government, they are apt to try to impose it any way they can.