“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday. Memorial Day weekend.

Up in the high nineties with 87% humidity.  Pretty miserable outside but we worked on the garden some more today.  Now we have squash, lots of tomatoes, one watermelon plant, some peppers.  Not a big garden but the best we have done in many years. There is a certain sense of satisfaction in watching the plants grow, although our little raised boxed garden is minuscule compared to anyone else's.

For whatever reason, the woods are thicker this year than I can remember seeing before. We have the meadow and some cleared area around the buildings. But you can't see more than a few feet at best into the treeline.

This was taken down by the waterfall. It's more open  there, but still pretty dense.


This picture is a few years old, but it hasn't changed much.  Because the waterfall is in the national forest nobody can buy it and put up signs telling people that no one else can enjoy it.



There's an old forest service road that goes from the other side of the mountain to the falls, but it's in terrible shape. Since the forest service started issuing warnings about going off the beaten path in the national forest, due to drug activity,  I hardly ever see anyone else there. Takes the dogs and me about 25 minutes to walk there from the house.

 There's some open land in the county, but not much.  What there is , is usually either pasture or planting field.


The woods so surround our house, that from the air in summer you can only see the solar panels, because they are on the edge of the meadow.



Sometimes I wish I lived out in the desert, or in Colorado with it's mountains and big views. But this is what I chose in 1986, and I am satisfied with it. The laws here, by and large , are good. I like the people. I have my privacy.  


Thought for the day.


This is happening a lot more now than it used to.  Home Invasion is a cottage industry with gangs in Georgia these days.

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  1. Harry after living in Florida for 6 yrs, we have yet to have a hot summer here in MN, While folks complain of the "heat" we laugh at them. Stay Cool.

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    1. It's just that time of year here. Oppressive heat and humidity. Reminds me of Okinawa.

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  2. It's happened a few times around here, but not in my neighborhood yet. Most country folks have a loaded gun in reach of the bed.

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    1. We have had home invasions in this county, one of which was fatal. Old lady, living alone. They found her beaten to death and her little house pillaged.

      Atlanta has them on the morning news virtually every single morning.

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  3. How cool that you have a secluded waterfall in walking distance. I prefer the mountains over the wide open. But I do like to visit the desert.

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    1. It's nice though I don't walk down there as much now I used to. The dogs and I went there a lot in years past, but we are all less energetic now. Especially my old dog Tuggy. She can make it to the mailbox but on the way back we have to stop at my gate, where my creek flows, so she can get in the creek and rest. I just miss the long views. The forest closes me in like a green wall.

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  4. Thanks for sharing where you live. I do love a forest too... ;)

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    1. It's nice and at least I am secluded. I could have a spectacular view of the mountains from my front porch if I thinned out the maples and poplars, but I just can't bring myself to do it. I can still see the sun setting on the mountain tops that surround me though.

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  5. Lately I am increasingly troubled by the bad choices people around me make. Not just on the national stage but locally a well. For some time I tried doing my bit and being involved by speaking my mind in the approved venues, town council and the like, only to be kicked in the nuts by the wana-bees, hacks and imbeciles every time. At this point I realize there is little to nothing I can do to affect change and the crooks at the top will always be there. Today its Hillary and the Halfrican that put us in peril, but their time will pas and more are already in the pipeline and headed for prime time. But if you think about it, it is not them that put us in peril as much as the ones who anoint them with undeserved power. I desperately want to put as much distance as possible between me and the people that make the bad choices in order to at least minimize their effect on me. 10 miles good, 20 better, 50 perfect. I envision something like your place but perhaps in a more austere setting like John Wells at The Filed-lab or Joel at TUAK.

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    1. I am unimpressed with the vast majority of American citizens. My wife went to the library this week and the librarian told her that the books were due back June 6th. M said "well, I won't have any trouble remembering that, it's D Day." The woman had no clue what she meant, and this is the county librarian. The same half wit who refused to accept some very expensive volumes on the Civil War I offered the library, gratis, for the heritage room. She said Shelby Foot's writings were "fiction." I asked her which book she was talking about and she just went in her office and shut the door. Stupid cow. Got the job because her father is one of the county commissioners lackeys no doubt.

      John Wells got major league messed up in a four wheeler crash last I heard of him. Is he still out there? I first heard of him in an episode of "Where the Wild Men are" and was very impressed with his set up. I was envious because I always wanted to live in the desert. Never found the right place or a way to support my family in the desert when I had the chance. Now it's way too late. I'm too invested in the mountains. I like Joel, and I envy him his freedom. But I don't think a man with a wife and kids could live as spartan an existance as Joel does. Back when I was setting up, I had a baby daughter and I expected a son, whom I later got. Had to earn enough green to handle their needs and education. I guess where I wound up was the best I could do. And at my age, now I have to go to the doctor and the drug store pretty frequently, the 24+ mile round trip is rough enough. So here I am. But if you manage to pull it off, maybe I'll come out and visit and see your set up. That would be fun.

      You're right to get away from the herd. Most people are not like the people you and I know on the blog. They are more like that SOB that drowns the squirrels, if you get my meaning.

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    2. Yes, John Wells is still out there. He recently got back on his feet. It took a while but he's got his landing gear back. Check out his blog.
      http://thefieldlab.blogspot.com/

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    3. I admire that old man. I'm glad to hear he recovered from that bad crash. I used to swing by his blog but when I closed this blog awhile back I deleted my blog roll to protect the privacy of the people I read. Did not remember to restore him. I'll plug him back in.

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  6. I think your spot sounds great. I love where I live bug have to speak to people everyday even if I don't want to! We're very close to a village and a town bug that also means it's good for work for me as well.

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    1. You have to earn the daily crust, Kev. I drove about 70 miles a day, round trip, through the mountains, for twenty years. Tried to have it both ways. Probably took some years off this end of my life but so be it. You have a good place, and you have a family to consider. I think my family got some advantages by living in the forest in the middle of nowhere, but I know there were also some disadvantages for everyone but me.

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  7. I really enjoy the pictures from your property, I've always loved the forest. Do you have to keep the meadow maintained or do you let it just go all natural? Sort of wondering how much the forest tries to reclaim each year.

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    1. Strange you ask. Memorial Day is always kind of a down day for me, and I was out tonight just before sunset with a sling, cutting down weeds in the meadow. I have a mower and a weed eater but somehow the sling makes me feel better and the other two don't.

      If I die, and no one takes care of this place, in ten years the only thing here would be the chimney. The house, the meadow, the trail would all be gone. When I used to explore the national forest, I would be out in the middle of nowhere, no roads around, using a compass to navigate. Time and again I came up on old "home places" where there was nothing but a stone chimney left. Sometimes, two stone chimneys, where they had built one on each end of the house. With the humidity and heat here, wood will rot away fast. Roads that are not paved and are not used are overgrown in no time. I am sure if I didn't keep the meadow up it would have pine trees and mountain laurel all over in a couple of years.

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    2. Maybe it's just the good old fashioned type of work that makes you feel better. I have always loved exploring old places and trying to imagine what it was like there, especially old houses and foundations.

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    3. There are plenty of those places in the national forest, where there were people living until it was created. In some of the really old sites, people just threw their garbage in a ravine behind the house. You can find very old bottles and all sorts of things like that. Technically you can't remove anything from such a site though.

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  8. Hey Harry,

    I gotta say, in regards to the home invasions. In Texas they don't happen too often. If there is a home invasion. Theres a good chance its about drugs, drug money, money or someone oweing drug money.
    Random kicking in of doors and terrorizing the occupants just to steal stuff and a small amount of cash are rare in Texas.

    I am torn between living by the water and getting the hell out of here to a much more conservative rural area. I wish I could afford both. One of the area's that I am attracted to is Goliad, Texas. That's where the Texas Revolution started. The people there are really, really conservative. There are other spots too' hell I was thinking if I was really rich. I would just haul ass to the Cayman Islands and just live my life out there with pretty beaches and pretty women:) I would by a catamaran sailboat and play around with it. If the Yellowstone Supervolcano blew! I would just get a bottle of rum and read some 'Ernest Hemingway'

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    1. Kind of like "Islands in the Stream" huh? Every man has that subliminal desire buried somewhere in the back of his mind.

      I bet that if you read the Dallas and Houston papers, the suburbs there are plagued with home invasions. It's a cheap way to make money. Gold is bringing a high price as scrap these days and once smelted the evidence is gone. If you pick the right "gated communities" the wife will have jewelry that will pay well. The husband will almost certainly have gold or silver coins. These guys are persuasive and I have not yet read of anyone heroically keeping quiet and protecting their Krugerrands while Manual and Kimal cut their wife's fingers off.

      Or, as in the case of our county, the police figure that some crack head was on the way to another town in Georgia where there is a bar, saw the old lady's house, and stopped in to see what he could pick up. Why he felt compelled to beat her to death so savagely is anybody's guess but drug addicts are not rational or compassionate people.

      You don't have to be really rich to go out to West Texas, CBR. I bet you could pick up a good piece of land for not much, and build something like Michael was talking about up above.

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  9. Beautiful! I wish you luck with the garden, hoping you avoid squash bugs too. I fight them annually but secretly enjoy it as I wrap duct tape backwards (sticky side out) around my hand and peel off the eggs before the can hatch! I love your waterfall!

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    1. Kathy, so far our vegetables are doing fine. We are keeping a sharp eye on them. The waterfall is nice, and it's an easy walk there and back.

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  10. Beautiful Country and sometimes I think it is "right" for the places to go back to the wild after we have had our time with them.

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    1. It's got it's points here. Where I live, the seclusion is about perfect. Safer here too, than in closer to people.

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