It's finally Spring here. The dogwood trees are blossoming so there's some color in the forest. Soon the flame lily will start coming up in the woods here and there.
There's something nice about every season here, but it may be that Spring is the best. It's cool , up into the mid seventies, and some days are low humidity, around 50%. Before much longer, it will in the nineties and above temperature wise, and every day the humidity will be in the 80 to 90% range. Those are tough days to get through.
We took our walk in the county park this morning. Did the three mile loop, which is the easiest. You get the big hill out of the way at the start , and it's pretty flat from that point on.
Then we went to Walmart. I don't go there often, but after Easter they put all the Easter candy on sale. It's half price. So we buy a lot of chocolate and put it in the freezer. Then during the year, if we want some, we have it.
After that, to a small cafe I like for lunch. Then on to Home Depot, where I bought another bundle of cedar shakes. These big storms coming through have been hard on the building roofs. I've had a lot of repair work to do.
That's $52.67 worth of cedar shakes in that picture.
My roofs date back to 1986. When you put a bright new shake in to replace one that's old and weathered, it looks like a gold tooth. Sticks out a mile. They fade over time but it does look odd. Looks like the roof is molting.
Here are some cartoons I enjoyed. Some of them are older but the truth of them remains intact.
Took five cats to the veterinary clinic in North Carolina on Friday to get them spayed. Turned out to be twice as expensive as they said it would be, because they added on a lot of things that I generally do myself, like flea treatment and ear mite treatments. I can do both of those for all the cats, for less than they charged for one. I told my wife, we disregarded the old truism that "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." I still have four more cats to have spayed, but won't be going back to that place.
I have to use satellite television up here. It's the only kind I can get because I'm so far out in the sticks and surrounded by mountains. No cable, no " over the air." The mountains make satellite TV just about your only option. I have had Dish Network and I have had Direct TV.
You can get the channels you want in one package from Dish Network. Problem is, the day after you do, they will drop one of the channels you really like. You try to go to that channel and you get a screen that says "AMC (or whoever) is trying to charge us too much for their programming. You should call them and tell them to sell it to us cheaper. While you are unable to receive AMC, you will receive the Filipino Underwater Basket Weaving Channel at no additional charge."
Then in a week or so, you get AMC back but you've already missed the one series you watch on television. This goes on forever and ever. You sign up for certain channels, but Dish can dump them and substitute something else at their whim. And they do.
Then there's Direct TV. I have been going through all their machinations this past week. You cannot, to save your life, find a "package" that has all the Channels you want unless you buy the super expensive "Premium" package. Then you get 200 Channels. 150 of them are sales channels. The "Shark Vacuum Cleaner Channel", the "Viagra for a New Life Channel". Three quarters of what you get is garbage. BUT, if you want a cheaper package, you might get Fox News, but then you can't get The Weather Channel. Or your package costs $45.00 a month, has all the channels you want, EXCEPT the Science Channel. But you can't order it individually. You have to switch up to the next package, which costs $20.00 more a month, but if you do you lose the History Channel. Basically, trying to deal with Direct TV is like being a walk on in "The Sting."
And then there's the fact that if it is raining hard, snowing, there are temperature inversions, thunder storms in the area, or any other weather phenomenon, you can forget about watching television.
I know a lot of people in rural areas just don't bother with TV. But I like to watch it sometimes, particularly when the weather is bad and I can't get off the mountain.
I know some folks will think I should get Roku, or Netflix, or something like that. But my internet comes over a twisted wire copper cable, circa 1950. My internet is so slow I have to buffer a youtube video, watch a bit, buffer more, watch some more..... It won't handle fast speeds. I tried Deep Blue, the satellite internet system. Very slow, doesn't work in bad weather, and after you use it some, they intentionally slow down your speed to low idle.
Well, I could go work outside. Or I could read a book. Or just do nothing. It's after four in the afternoon, so the work day ended 4 hours ago for me.
Thought for the Day:
God Wills It!
From "The Battle of Berkeley, this last weekend." The good guys won this one.
This is raw footage. The language is rough.
He'll prevail in the end, and we'll win. It will be our country again.