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"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within."

Ariel Durant

Friday, November 18, 2016

Logistics






My kids live in a city up North.   This picture is of my daughter with "Seamus" the horse.

 She saw him standing in a muddy fenced in pit, starving. She bought him from the low life's that owned him. The picture above was just after she got him and moved him to the stables. His ribs are sticking out.



This is his jolly self now.  My kids really love the horse. He's 22 years old, according to his papers.




We've always had horses and ponies in our extended family. This picture above was taken in Feb, 1958.  It's my brother T being lead around on the horse my grandpa bought for his grandkids and kept out at a pasture near his house in Brooksville, Florida..



When I was growing up , we had a big pasture and my dad kept cattle and horses. So , when I had kids, I bought them horses.  This is my son riding "Moon Dance." 

I got to thinking about  horses because I'm going to have to have Seamus transported down here. We are trying to make it easier for my kids to get out of the city if they have to. I would never abandon my animals, and they are the same. So the horse has to be staged down here before they need to bug out, not when they do. 


You don't get to have your kids at home very long.  Like Lisa, Kirsty, Glock Mom, Tricky Wolf, Alissa, Kev, and so many others, parents try to do all they can for their kids. I look back and I wish I had spent less time working and more time with my kids. But then, they couldn't have had some of the experiences they had because I could pay for them. At least their mom was able to stay home with them when they were little. I feel sorry for mom's today, since it's virtually impossible for anyone to maintain a decent existence on a single salary now.


Heads Up;



J&G Sales in Arizona has gotten in a few "excellent" condition Mosin Nagant Model 1891/30 rifles. They are expensive but they are in stock.




21 comments:

  1. Harry,

    Great pictures of your kids!!! I can totally understand transporting Seamus he's part of the family. I would never leave any of my animals behind in any circumstance.
    I've heard of this company, they transport horses. I've never used them so I can't give you my opinion about them. They maybe worth checking out?? http://www.lsrhorses.com/horsetransport.html

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    1. Sandy, thanks for the tip. I will look those people up. I figure it's going to zap me in the wallet pretty good, hiring a rig and a couple of drivers to get Seamus down here. Maybe I can get my tax accountant to write it off! (even I know that is not happening, but I am good at rationalizing!) ;-)

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  2. Thank your daughter for me for saving Seamus from a life of misery. No animal kept in human captivity should have to live like that. It makes me very, very angry when I see animal abuse by sub-humans. They are lucky I don’t have my way with them.

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    1. Mike, I know what you mean. There are a lot of people walking around out there that are a total waste of air. There are supposed to be about 7 billion people on the planet now, and we could do without about 5 billion of them just fine.

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    2. We can do without out.

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  3. Well . . . looks like you have an old horse now. If that's the price of the kids being about bug out, it's worth doing. Better now while things are still mostly working.

    My lovely wife took a few years off from work when the kids were little. It was very hard to restart her career, but we've no regrets.

    I've one daughter in the next town, another in the next state, and one all way to the west coast. I worry about them all, but there's not much I can do for my west coast girl. At least she's got a husband and community there.

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    1. Seamus will be just one of a long line of animals "evacuated" out of that city. We have Silkie Chickens, cats, and ferrets who all needed a home after being "dumped" in the city. There's room here, and I'd be glad to take more ferrets if I could. I really enjoy them. My wife likes the cats, and the silkies. The next addition to the horde up here is coming in December when the kids come down. My daughter was in a pet shop and saw three chicks being sold as snake food. She bought them and they live in a little pen in her apartment now, but they are coming down here to "live free" when the kids come next.

      We try to help the kids with material support and with finances. They don't save as much as they should, so sometimes things surprise them. My son apparently needs two root canals , and his insurance only covers half the price so his mom and I are ponying up $1500 this month for the balance. He doesn't want us to but he has built up a reserve after much nagging and harrassment from me, and I don't want it depleted because I'm afraid he won't keep putting "rainy day" money aside if it disappears. Once he has gotten in the habit of not thinking about what he holds back, it won't be so hard for him. My daughter spends all her disposable income on animals right now. It's hard for people her age to put money back, and I wasn't good about it when I was that age. When you get older you get obsessive about savings. As my uncle used to tell me all the time, you need a nest egg because you don't know how long you'll live.

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  4. G,day Harry,

    Your daughter has a good heart, I cannot abide cruelty to any creatures, you have to be the lowest sort of scum to to that to an animal.

    We get so much pleasure from our relationship with the wild animals and birds that come into our back yard. We feed the wild parrots and cockatoos, Magpies, noisy miners, ravens to name a few. We also have a family of possums living in the garage, it's gotten to the point that I am buying 20 kilo sacks of seed and dozens of loaves of bread every month to feed them all.

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    1. Sgt, I know you are an animal person because your pictures so often feature exotic animals like the wombats. Your possums and ours are different, yours are a lot more "cuddly" looking.

      Unfortunately, we have a lot of people here that are cruel to everything, animals or other humans. We do have laws to prevent acts of violence and cruelty against animals, but I think they are rarely enforced.

      I get day old bread here, and everybody likes it. The dogs like little rolls, the cats like torn up bread, and the chickens will eat it anyway they can get it. The ferrets don't like bread though. They are hoity toity and will only eat "ferret snacks" and "ferret paste" along with purpose made ferret food.

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  5. What wonderful pictures! I love what your daughter did for Seamus and it will be good to have him down with you. Jana

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    1. Jana, this winter is supposed to be a bad one, so I think I will board Seamus at a stables 15 minutes from here until Spring, then bring him up to the meadow for the spring and summer. He is used to being kept inside up there because it's so much colder than here.

      I will go over and groom him and walk him either way. I can use the exercise and it's actually relaxing to be at the stables. I like the saw dust, horse, barn yard smell and the people there are really decent folks.

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  6. Hey Harry.

    (captaincrunch)

    Yeah' animals are a priority.

    Rescue animals are the best animals. They seem to really appreciate the second chance.

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    1. All of my animals are rescues except the chickens. Back in 1999, a lady who taught at my wife's school gave us two roosters and three hens. I think I have about 100 chickens now, though I won't know for sure until it gets cold enough that they all have to come back to the barn for feeding time.

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  7. There is a very special place in heaven for those who rescue abused animals. And a special place in hell for the abusers.

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    1. I sometimes think that people are a plague on the planet. Seems like the species is a kind of super cockroach, they just keep growing in number and fowling the nest.

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  8. What a wonderful post. I love horses but never had one as a child because tractors don't eat when they're not working.

    I finally fulfilled my dream of horses. Now I don't have them and it still fills me with sadness.

    Thank you for my horse fix today.

    I eat mushrooms but never had the pleasure of the "fun" ones. Have to blame my "dragon" simply on my craziness.

    Have a great weekend.

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    1. Horses are a lot of work and expense. But, they are a lot of fun and what's a remote survivalist compound without some horses, goats, and donkeys? Now that the kids are grown and gone we have only dogs, cats, chickens and ferrets but it looks like Seamus will be coming down here soon. It will be nice to have a horse around again.

      I liked your post and your creativity. If I didn't know better, I would say you are a pagan, as we are more attuned to "the spirits of nature" than conventional religions. You're still in touch, Gail.

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  9. WOW she did treat that horse right! I hate when people don't take care of their kids, and animals fall into that category too. What a shame that poor horse had to starve at one point in its life.

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    1. My daughter has always been big into rescuing animals. That's how I got started with ferrets, when she relocated the first two she acquired here. Seamus went through some bad times but his present life is good and his future assured.

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  10. When I brought my horse, Phoenix, here from Texas, I had a horse transport company do it. This was back in 1998 so i don't remember which company i used. Luckily Seamus won't have as far to travel.

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    1. I imagine we will wind up doing the same thing. My daughter has friends who have offered to move Seamus but I told her that's a lot to ask of someone and I think it would be better to let professionals handle that task.If she moves down to Asheville it would be a legitimate tax deduction as a moving expensive.

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