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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Rain Forest Living in North Georgia

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It has been sweltering in the mountains this weekend. 90 degrees in the shade on my porch at two this afternoon.  The animals have abandoned the porch and are down on the ground level, having dug themselves little holes in the dirt to rest in.

Since about two it's been thundering, with low clouds and some short sprinkles of rain. Tomorrow we're supposed to get big storms passing through. I went out and did all the normal pre-storm routine. It was miserable in the heat and humidity but it has to be done to limit potential damage.

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The up slope water diversion ditches have to be cleaned out. When it rains hard here, the water comes rushing down off the mountain and I have to keep it away from the buildings.

I've also gone ahead and disconnected some of the external antenna out there on poles.

Tomorrow morning I'll unhook the satellite television receiver from the antenna.

There's a whole checklist I have to go through, but the hard part is done. The rest is just unplugging equipment and antennas when the storm actually approaches.

I did make a run into town today. I found one box of 16 gauge number 6 shot. I always buy that when I find some.


I've got a Browning A5 in sixteen gauge. It was my aunts. I inherited it when she passed on.  Ammo for that shotgun is very hard to find up here, so I never pass up a chance to pick up a box if I find one.


Talked to the kids on the phone today.  They will be here the 15th and staying for two weeks.  They are bringing Iggy the Iguana (four feet long from nose to tail), Conkers the Squirrel, and the new German Shepard pup.  I am moving the ferrets into the downstairs, as I don't trust any dog around them. 

Iggy will have to live on the main level.  The cats will just have to stay out of his way.


Iggy is said to be mellow unless someone gets his "sunning spot." I am building him a "sunning spot" on the window sill in my daughter's room. It faces east and he can sun in the morning. If he gets annoyed he is capable of giving the source of his aggravation
a serious bite, so I am going to avoid Iggy. He's not my kind of companion.

That's about it. The weekend flew past, I don't know where the time went.

Thought for the Day.






36 comments:

  1. Keep a close eye on that iguana. He may get excited about all the trees around your place. There was one that got loose in town and the FD spent all afternoon trying to net him out of a tree, without success. They are still waiting him out I hear.

    Enjoy your time with the kids home. Try not to get too soaked with those storms, we are getting them too. We need the rain badly, just not the dry lightning. --Troy

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    1. I don't really get too worried about lizards, like I do snakes. But Iggy is a big lizard, with a proven history of getting violent if someone makes him mad. Ton Ton MaCoot had to come down here to live because he is too stupid to take off when Iggy shows up and wants his sunning spot, so Ton Ton was always getting thumped by Iggy.

      Iggy once leapt off the deck into the lake at my daughters place. He swam around awhile and came back. If he got into the trees, he would probably just disappear. He has a harness and leash like my ferrets do, so he can go out to the garden and eat the tomato plants. He apparently likes "greens."

      It's raining outside at the moment, but it's the best kind of rain. Slow and steady. We need that. We don't need the thunderstorm kind of rain where you get two inches in under an hour.

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  2. Nice gun. A friend of mine had one when I was a kid.

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    1. Yeah. I don't shoot it much. Actually, hardly ever. But I want to have plenty of fodder for it, just in case.

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  3. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    I stayed in today. It was hot and I just did not feel like getting out. The sea water temperature on the beaches down here just popped 91 degree's.

    It went down to 89 for the evening.

    My A/C system failed today. I called up a friend that is a an A/C technician and he replaced a capacitor on the outside unit and squirted in some R-22 refrigerant. My friend only charged me $50 for the refrigerant and capacitor. On a Sunday afternoon no less.
    My house did get up to 86 degree's. I just stayed outside in the much cooler sea breeze that was maybe 80 degree's.

    Harry, I read in the previous post about your kids and trials they faced with morlocks in Florida and what they have to go through for security.

    The only thing I can say is maybe your kids can start a business in your area catering to the tourists season somehow. Maybe start a coffee shop or something. I'm being serious. I have several friends that are small business owners. It ain't easy but its rewarding and you are your own boss. They wont get rich but it may be a good living. Even start two or three small businesses and the money can add up a little.

    Another thing too. I know this is stretching it a little, hell its stretching it a whole hell of a lot but move to Texas.
    Despite many of my stories I can keep my door unlocked at night (trust me I don't) People in my area don't break into houses very often because everyone is armed. The bad area's are further south near the border and on state highway's 281 and 77. Those are the dope and illegal alien smuggling corridors.

    Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston are all the rat holes of Texas. San Antonio is the least ratty. I spent a lot of time in San Antonio and never had a problem with morlocks from central America or any other group of white trash or any other scum. Now there are neighborhoods I would never go into in San Antonio but that's everywhere.

    Texas aint perfect. No place is but you would be surprised. One look at the stickes on the back of your pickup truck and most Texans will walk up to you and say, 'Hi' welcome to Texas.

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    1. I've given some thought to moving out to the Southwest. The main problem is my wife, who doesn't want to.

      I wouldn't mind living at the end of one of those dirt roads you see criss crossing the desert when you fly over it. They must go somewhere.

      No place is perfect anymore. That's part of the problem.

      I've thought about trying to set them up in some kind of business. The tourists season here is June through mid October. After that, the tumbleweeds figuratively blow down the street and they roll the sidewalks up. About the only way to make a decent living year round in this county is to get some kind of government job. That's why there are no young people here. It's a good idea, just haven't come up with something that would produce a year round living for them.

      Another issue is that my kids have worked hard to get decent jobs. If they came here to live, they wouldn't have any living expenses other than groceries, car insurance, that kind of thing. But they would wind up in jobs a lot lower down the totem pole than they are used to. At my age, I could care less. If I need to work, I would do about anything that was honest and not worry about it. But young people are prestige conscious. It's like vehicles. I can buy a new truck if I want one, but why when my old one works fine? I don't give a rat's ass what anyone else thinks because I drive an older vehicle. But young people are concerned with that kind of thing. I was when I was that age, I'm not being critical.

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  4. WHY is all iguana's named Iggy ? My ex had an Iggy the kids had an Iggy and my step daughter has an Iggy. If I had one I would name it RALPH. I have that browning its a good bird gun.

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    1. I don't know. I thought "Iggy" was a character off Sesame Street or something. I'm not all that keen about having Iggy meandering around the house, the bastard bites. But if he doesn't come, the kids won't come, so it's welcome Iggy.

      Yeah, my Aunt was an avid hunter. She hunted quail and dove in Florida. She was a microbiologist at the CDC in Atlanta, so I got to see her fairly often back when she was living. She was one of the best relatives I ever had. She also kept my Uncle from being a total a**h***. But after she died he reverted to type.

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  5. A friend of mine kept a pet iguana and treated it like a baby, carried it everywhere. I'll never forget the time it bit him on the face, latched on to his nose and broke it with it's bite and wouldn't let go. Blood went everywhere, could hear him screaming for miles!

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    1. I'll bet you could. I had a ferret once that had been abused. She bit. If she bit you, it hurt like hell but you just had to talk to her and blow on her face and she would calm down and let go. Being bitten by Iggy would be a different matter. I'd probably do a an impromptu war dance and give a few blood curdling howls if he latched on to me.

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  6. I've a Remington model 11 that I got a few years ago for a very good price. It has a Cutts compensator.
    We have a skeet range at work and none of my co-workers will shoot mine, even the guys with their own A5s.

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    1. You must have one heck of a good job to have a skeet range. Sometimes a fellow gets some fringe benefits that way. My old boss was a real flamer but he had an FFL and would let me order guns and ammo wholesale on it. Pretty nice deal.

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    2. It used to be Monsanto. They bought much more property than they needed. The tales from the 60's about how they took care of employees are very hard to believe in today's world. That said.
      We have the skeet, a pistol range with steel, 25 and 100 yard rifle benches and deer and turkey hunting on site.
      Every time we get a new plant manager we hold our collective breath hoping he won't shut it all down.

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    3. I can well understand that. The first time you get somebody in there from New England, it's probably all over but the crying.

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  7. I meant to include in my earlier remark that when I checked the serial # on my model 11, it indicates a '42 or '43 year of manufacture. Except for patina it's in fantastic shape.

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    1. I think my gun dates back to the late 50's. It's seen a lot of use but is still a good shooter.

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  8. I'm looking forward to cooler temps here in MN. Not too bad but the bugs are out of control. Too much rain. We have had only two camp fires because of them.

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    1. I just saw where the last gun store in Minneapolis closed down this week. I guess you folks are supposed to fend off the Somali gangs with sling shots.

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  9. I sure hope it cools down for you! It's been rainy here in Nebraska 2 or 3 nights. I saw a tornado funnel in the distance a few nights ago. A lot of people posted photos on social media.

    I'd love to see Iggy. For one the name is very fitting, and fun. For another I'm not allergic to him.

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    1. I saw all that bad weather out your way and I wondered if any of it effected your family. Glad you were not in the line of fire of any of those tornadoes.

      I'm not very keen on Iggy coming, as he can be pretty violent if he gets mad. But E won't leave him at home because the person who comes in to take care of her other animals when she is gone , is afraid of Iggy.

      If he bites me on the nose, like an English friend was telling me an iguana did to his pal, I will become allergic to Iggy in a hurry!

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    2. Iggy no biting! I heard lizards can be hard to deal with personality wise. That's part of why I have never gotten one.

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    3. I wouldn't have one for a pet. But my daughter likes Iggy a lot. She also has some snakes, which is way outside my comfort level.

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  10. Do reptiles interact with their owners like mammals? I have never even thought of keeping an Iguana or pet snake. I think I would prefer fur to bare skin, but that's probably just me. Can a reptile be house broken? If something like that bit me it would wind up dead in a hurry. Around here there is very little crime and no blacks or Muzzies. I like it that way. As a northerner, I was raised to embrace any race. It was only when I worked for the feds and saw their preferential treatment that I started to become less tolerant. What I have been seeing lately with BLM just makes my blood boil. I would love to take these little SJWs and smack them upside the head. I miss the country I grew up in.

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    1. My daughter says that the lizards and snakes all have personalities. I have seen this, to some extent, with the Iguana but not at all with the snakes.

      Iggy has a "pooping spot" he always goes to and uses his newspapers. But the snakes live in cages, I guess they just go when they feel like it.

      I could do without ethnic diversity here. It's just brought misery. When I moved here, the population was 99.7 percent white and the remainder were cherokee. There was virtually no crime.

      Now we have vast numbers of Hispanics and the black population is burgeoning. Coincidentally or otherwise, crime is rampant, from murder right on down to shop lifting.

      I just want to live in peace, and all the trouble that has come with better transportation arteries into the mountains, and the population explosion because of those I could well do without.

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  11. Thank you for your kind encouragement. Money, sadly, is a problem when you have too many people in your caring circle.

    I would like more details on how you resolve your drainage problems. I have a slope toward an addition that has turned into a mess. Other than a completer back fill, I've cut a ditch and made a small terrace. Do you have a secret that will help?

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    1. Gail, finances are always a problem if you are trying to help out other family members, and we all do that. It usually works out, sometimes not in an optimal or ideal way, but in a workable fashion.

      I have a big meadow, shaped like an L. The small part of the L is on the mountainside behind all my buildings. I cut draining ditches, shaped like a bow, like this: (.

      They take the water flow from up slope and shunt it off to either side of the mountain away from my buildings. You can do it that way, or you can "trench", and then put in gravel, and then put in drain pipes, and then cover it with more gravel. I have to get out and clean out the ditches my way, but all that other stuff is just too expensive and too labor intensive in my view. "The best is the enemy of good enough."

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  12. Good plan to protect the ferrets
    An iguana! That'll be something different!

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    1. So will having a squirrel running all over the house. I told my daughter that it's a big house, not an apartment, and Conkers may escape but she says the squirrel will not run off. If Conkers does escape, there are plenty of big gray squirrels here that she can shack up with. They would probably like a pretty female squirrel from up North.

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  13. Harry,

    Iguana......hmmmm, down south they eat Iguana.
    They're certain parts of Texas I won't travel or live in because of certain type of crime moving in.

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    1. Hey Sandy and Harry,

      (captaincrunch)


      The drug smuggling and illegal alien trafficking occurs along the border regions of Texas, mostly the South Texas Valley region in the brush country as we call it. Its easy for the illegals and drug runners to hide in the brush. Interestingly enough out in South Brewster County near Terlingua and Alpine Texas. There is a small army of Border Patrol and very little drug smuggling and illegal alien activity because of the extremely harsh desert region and no cover to hide in. The distance between Terlingua and Alpine is 80 miles and a two lane road. No where to hide, no water and very, very hot. Even if you dropped Navy Seals in Terlingua this summer and told them to hike to Alpine on foot during the day. They would not be happy campers:)
      The desert is a natural barrier in that region.

      The biggest deterrent against crime in Texas is the thought that just about every man and women carries a gun of some sort or has some kind of gun in the house.

      Burglaries usually happen when no one is home. Thieves know if they walk into a house and the homeowner is home that they will be shot and killed. The home invasions that usually happen down here are because the house has illegal drugs, money, cash and the druggies try to rip off other druggies, that's basically it.

      Morlock's exist everywhere but in Texas at least we have more options to defend ourselves than in many other states.

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    2. Sandy, I know what you mean. In our case, the crime moved in on us, because the governor of Georgia at the time was from one of the Northern mountain counties and he thought he would do all his well off cronies a big favor. So he built a four lane road into the mountains, which enhanced the value of all his rich buddies property. It pretty much destroyed life here for the rest of us.

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    3. CC, most home invasions in Georgia happen in the cities, where the Sheeple live and are preyed upon by the Goblins. I watch the Atlanta affiliates every morning. Every single day, they start out with half an hours worth of shootings, rapes, home invasions, car jackings. While the perpetrators are inevitably members of a protected ethnic group, the victims are about 50% white and 50% "people of color." Indian and Pakistani doctors living in the suburbs take it in the shorts pretty often down around Atlanta.

      The thing I can never believe is that so many people just open the door because somebody knocks at it. Sheeple.

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  14. That's me in the motivational poster, I am a very disciplined and have a great deal of patience. I love it.

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    1. Everything comes to he who waits. I like Japanese proverbs, and my favorite one says "if you wait by the river long enough, the body of your enemy will come floating by."

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  15. What a collection of critters you will be having, I wish I could join the fun. I like animals a lot.

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    1. I like animals too, Kathy. I wonder if we might be overdoing it with this wild mix of lizards, cats, ferrets, dogs, chickens, and squirrels when the kids come. But they can't leave their animals at home and I want them to stay awhile, so it is what it is I guess.

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