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Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead
« Reply #1140 on: November 10, 2018, 11:58:29 AM »
5 Cms of snow and minus 4 celcius last night. The chickens are in their winter coop in the hoop house as of this morning. We just found and ate the last melon and peppers from in there. The large wood lot with the buildings is still for sale. My neighbour who owned the wood lot next to it just passed. A messy family affair at this point. I've had to put that dream on hold as I focus on kids. With one partial income I need to be financially cautious. We have a paid for house 10 acres and a decent nest egg.  If "I" was still a "we" we would have gone for it started over and rebuilt. If you build your own home it's a great way to build equity. As is... I'll just tweak this place; Bigger array in the spring, better garden planning, use the hoop house to full effect, new garden plot, refine my charcoal work maybe a tiny home bunkie...
Cheers, David
Ps I prefer the Briggs and Kohler and the clones over the hondas. Honda is a better engine but more complex and while the engine lasts forever some wear parts don't. Try to stay away from anything that uses a fuel pump arrangement of any kind. Always best if it gravity feeds into the carb. Those silly setups always screw up first...
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Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead
« Reply #1141 on: November 10, 2018, 12:47:35 PM »
5 Cms of snow and minus 4 celcius last night. The chickens are in their winter coop in the hoop house as of this morning. We just found and ate the last melon and peppers from in there. The large wood lot with the buildings is still for sale. My neighbour who owned the wood lot next to it just passed. A messy family affair at this point. I've had to put that dream on hold as I focus on kids. With one partial income I need to be financially cautious. We have a paid for house 10 acres and a decent nest egg.  If "I" was still a "we" we would have gone for it started over and rebuilt. If you build your own home it's a great way to build equity. As is... I'll just tweak this place; Bigger array in the spring, better garden planning, use the hoop house to full effect, new garden plot, refine my charcoal work maybe a tiny home bunkie...
Cheers, David
Ps I prefer the Briggs and Kohler and the clones over the hondas. Honda is a better engine but more complex and while the engine lasts forever some wear parts don't. Try to stay away from anything that uses a fuel pump arrangement of any kind. Always best if it gravity feeds into the carb. Those silly setups always screw up first...


My cousin up in Puget Sound (Poulsbo) did exactly as you have done & is set.
McMansion paid for nail by nail. He's my age, 62 & is a union electrician with a large firm (the name escapes me) but there here in Az as well.
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Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead
« Reply #1142 on: November 10, 2018, 01:31:30 PM »
It's 25F and cloudy today on the last great frontier.  No precip for the last week or so.  Next week looks good at 32F and Sunny most days.  Dentistas are in high demand as well.

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Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead
« Reply #1143 on: November 10, 2018, 05:43:48 PM »
It turned out to be a nice afternoon, and I had both sections of e-fence rolled up in a couple of hours. It was not nearly as muddy as I was expecting, and I got everything down nicely, but I still need to haul it all under a shed. There is still some detritus from the load out....boards and tarps and fence panel scraps and pieces of sheet metal that the guys used to try to herd the piggies, but one more afternoon ought to return the area to open pasture. It's still very wet inside the old pen. I'll plow it when it dries out.

There was no wind in the creek bottom, and the low fifties weather was comfortable with me in a hoody and a baseball cap.

I cut my finger yanking too hard on that e-fence. It's nylon rope with wire embedded in it...surprised me. The grass had grown into the fence so badly in some spots I had to pull up the grass before I could free it up. I should have worn gloves.

The dogs had a big time. They frolicked about wildly while I took down the outer fence. but after I took down the mesh, they wandered into the muddy pen. Fortunately the mud  mostly only got on their feet, and they had dried out pretty well by the time I was ready to knock off.

The creek is full and running well, and it looks glorious. I should have gotten that dam built last summer.. Not possible now, at the moment.

I was planning to let the dogs go for a swim, but today that got sacrificed to work.

This time of year sort of makes me sad. In the fall I feel the passage of time, and if I didn't know better I'd think I was mourning for my lost boyhood, when my future was still in the future, and all things were still possible. And all the people who anchored me to the land and my small world were still alive.

The grey, cloudy day took my melancholy and distilled it into something that felt sweet by the time I had spent an hour untying all that knotted-up hot rope from the fiberglass e-fence stanchions.  Like somehow unraveling all those knots unravelled something inside me that was knotted up too. Unexpected therapy in the form of mindless physical activity.

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« Reply #1144 on: November 10, 2018, 06:13:12 PM »
The grey, cloudy day took my melancholy and distilled it into something that felt sweet by the time I had spent an hour untying all that knotted-up hot rope from the fiberglass e-fence stanchions.  Like somehow unraveling all those knots unravelled something inside me that was knotted up too. Unexpected therapy in the form of mindless physical activity.

Try Candle🕯️ Making.  Very therapeutic and not nearly so much physical work, even cripples can do it.  Burning the candles🕯️ also eases the mind, so you get a twofer here.  I can sit and meditate watching the fire burn for hours.  I wish I had a nice stone fireplace like my old house in Flushing had, but the Candles🕯️ do pretty well to keep me at peace.

Next week I'm going to try making some new candles🕯️ with used automotive oil and pine tar.  Getting that to burn clean will be a real challenge!  ::)

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Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead
« Reply #1145 on: November 11, 2018, 01:20:16 AM »
It turned out to be a nice afternoon, and I had both sections of e-fence rolled up in a couple of hours. It was not nearly as muddy as I was expecting, and I got everything down nicely, but I still need to haul it all under a shed. There is still some detritus from the load out....boards and tarps and fence panel scraps and pieces of sheet metal that the guys used to try to herd the piggies, but one more afternoon ought to return the area to open pasture. It's still very wet inside the old pen. I'll plow it when it dries out.

There was no wind in the creek bottom, and the low fifties weather was comfortable with me in a hoody and a baseball cap.

I cut my finger yanking too hard on that e-fence. It's nylon rope with wire embedded in it...surprised me. The grass had grown into the fence so badly in some spots I had to pull up the grass before I could free it up. I should have worn gloves.

The dogs had a big time. They frolicked about wildly while I took down the outer fence. but after I took down the mesh, they wandered into the muddy pen. Fortunately the mud  mostly only got on their feet, and they had dried out pretty well by the time I was ready to knock off.

The creek is full and running well, and it looks glorious. I should have gotten that dam built last summer.. Not possible now, at the moment.

I was planning to let the dogs go for a swim, but today that got sacrificed to work.

This time of year sort of makes me sad. In the fall I feel the passage of time, and if I didn't know better I'd think I was mourning for my lost boyhood, when my future was still in the future, and all things were still possible. And all the people who anchored me to the land and my small world were still alive.

The grey, cloudy day took my melancholy and distilled it into something that felt sweet by the time I had spent an hour untying all that knotted-up hot rope from the fiberglass e-fence stanchions.  Like somehow unraveling all those knots unravelled something inside me that was knotted up too. Unexpected therapy in the form of mindless physical activity.

This is really very nice writing, by the way.

Making the most of a grey day in the fall.

Ever think about collecting these snippets into one place as a leave-behind for your children? Probably not, since you just write for yourself, as you've said. But it occurs to me that they might appreciate a collection of your musings when you have gone to join those people who still live in your memory.
"It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse." -Ezra Pound

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Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead
« Reply #1146 on: November 11, 2018, 01:29:50 PM »
It turned out to be a nice afternoon, and I had both sections of e-fence rolled up in a couple of hours. It was not nearly as muddy as I was expecting, and I got everything down nicely, but I still need to haul it all under a shed. There is still some detritus from the load out....boards and tarps and fence panel scraps and pieces of sheet metal that the guys used to try to herd the piggies, but one more afternoon ought to return the area to open pasture. It's still very wet inside the old pen. I'll plow it when it dries out.

There was no wind in the creek bottom, and the low fifties weather was comfortable with me in a hoody and a baseball cap.

I cut my finger yanking too hard on that e-fence. It's nylon rope with wire embedded in it...surprised me. The grass had grown into the fence so badly in some spots I had to pull up the grass before I could free it up. I should have worn gloves.

The dogs had a big time. They frolicked about wildly while I took down the outer fence. but after I took down the mesh, they wandered into the muddy pen. Fortunately the mud  mostly only got on their feet, and they had dried out pretty well by the time I was ready to knock off.

The creek is full and running well, and it looks glorious. I should have gotten that dam built last summer.. Not possible now, at the moment.

I was planning to let the dogs go for a swim, but today that got sacrificed to work.

This time of year sort of makes me sad. In the fall I feel the passage of time, and if I didn't know better I'd think I was mourning for my lost boyhood, when my future was still in the future, and all things were still possible. And all the people who anchored me to the land and my small world were still alive.

The grey, cloudy day took my melancholy and distilled it into something that felt sweet by the time I had spent an hour untying all that knotted-up hot rope from the fiberglass e-fence stanchions.  Like somehow unraveling all those knots unravelled something inside me that was knotted up too. Unexpected therapy in the form of mindless physical activity.

This is really very nice writing, by the way.

Making the most of a grey day in the fall.

Ever think about collecting these snippets into one place as a leave-behind for your children? Probably not, since you just write for yourself, as you've said. But it occurs to me that they might appreciate a collection of your musings when you have gone to join those people who still live in your memory.

Thanks Surly. Kind of you to say that. I will make more effort to archive some of my better stuff.
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Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead
« Reply #1147 on: November 11, 2018, 01:40:46 PM »

Thanks Surly. Kind of you to say that. I will make more effort to archive some of my better stuff.

The Diner is the archive.

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« Reply #1148 on: November 11, 2018, 02:15:21 PM »
So far it's the ONLY archive for my writing.
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« Reply #1149 on: November 11, 2018, 04:04:12 PM »
So far it's the ONLY archive for my writing.

A good incentive for you to keep the Diner running after I buy my ticket to the Great Beyond.  :icon_sunny:

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« Reply #1150 on: November 11, 2018, 04:47:40 PM »
So far it's the ONLY archive for my writing.
a few of the sites I post on have a download all posts option... I have occasionally gone back and reread posts to be amused at how my thinking has changed.
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« Reply #1151 on: November 11, 2018, 04:57:45 PM »
So far it's the ONLY archive for my writing.
a few of the sites I post on have a download all posts option... I have occasionally gone back and reread posts to be amused at how my thinking has changed.

There is a Download Mod for SMF (the software the Diner Forum runs on), but I'm not gonna risk installing it.  I get in trouble all the time when I install these things.  I know just enough about this shit to get into deep doo-doo.  I'm not a Code Jockey.  You can however "show all posts" for your ID and copy paste the ones you think are worth keeping.

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Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead --- Nasco Farm Catalog
« Reply #1152 on: December 16, 2018, 11:53:22 AM »
It's comin' on Christmas again, and the house is still getting lots of print catalogs.....One I opened today that caught my eye was the Nasco Farm Catalog.  300 pages of stuff that might come in handy. Stuff I never thought about, like surgery instruments. For those who don't know, there isn't much difference between basic veternary medical instruments and the ones used on humans, but these are cheaper, and you don't have to have a medical license to buy them.


https://www.enasco.com/c/Farm-Ranch/Farm-Ranch-Supplies/Veterinary-Supplies/Surgical-Kits

It's all online too, but the print catalog is nice to have. They have just about anything farm-and-ranch related.



https://www.enasco.com/

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Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead ---New Years Resolutions
« Reply #1153 on: December 31, 2018, 04:32:54 PM »
Today is the last day of 2018. I spent it skiing.

It was a perfect bluebird powder day, here on one of the best powder skiing mountains on the planet. Big dump last night.....and today was a cold clear day. I'm glad that in our mid-sixties, my wife and I are still fit enough to strap on some skis and go up the mountain and ski down together.

I'm really glad we have each other. I live the life of a king, and she is the jewel in my crown.

This is a unique place, one of only three resorts in the country that still don't allow snowboarders. Nothing against people who snowboard, but those things ruin the snow, and I'm happy there's a place left that keeps them out.

Big buffet again tonight, only two days since the last one, but they have one every Saturday night in the ski season, and they traditionally also have one on New Years Eve.

It's a nice way to end what has been a mixed-bag of a year. I'm trying so hard now  to get myself to a position financial independence so that I will no longer be at the mercy of a system that is slowly coming apart. So that I and my family will have good choices.

It didn't go badly for me this year, I had some wins and no big losses. But with each passing year I'm more aware that I'm inexorably heading toward the end of my working life, and that I don't have unlimited time to get my shit together.

I'm planning for 2019 to be a good year for me. I intend to exercise discipline, make good decisions and take calculated risks that will help me attain my goals. With luck, and my luck is usually pretty good, I will get a little closer to being able to cash out and go anywhere I want to go and do anything I want to do.

I know it won't be all perfect. I pray God or whatever guiding force that guides this amazing universe....sees fit....to spare me and my family any tragedies...and if not, I pray he/she/it will help me get through whatever happens, with courage, dignity, and gratitude.

Life is about becoming who you really are....who you were meant to be. I feel like I'm very much on purpose now, and I feel no need to prove myself to anyone out there.  I am doing what I was meant to do...as best as I can do it.

I often read and hear people say that they have no regrets. I thinks that's bullshit....or maybe some people are just incapable of rigorous self-examination.

Me, I have a ton of regrets, and more than a little remorse for bad things I've done. But I am on the path. I will walk the path....with as much honor and right living as I can muster.

2019....bring it on. I'm as ready as I can be.
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Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead ---New Years Resolutions
« Reply #1154 on: December 31, 2018, 05:03:25 PM »
Today is the last day of 2018. I spent it skiing.

It was a perfect bluebird powder day, here on one of the best powder skiing mountains on the planet. Big dump last night.....and today was a cold clear day. I'm glad that in our mid-sixties, my wife and I are still fit enough to strap on some skis and go up the mountain and ski down together.

I'm really glad we have each other. I live the life of a king, and she is the jewel in my crown.

This is a unique place, one of only three resorts in the country that still don't allow snowboarders. Nothing against people who snowboard, but those things ruin the snow, and I'm happy there's a place left that keeps them out.

Big buffet again tonight, only two days since the last one, but they have one every Saturday night in the ski season, and they traditionally also have one on New Years Eve.

It's a nice way to end what has been a mixed-bag of a year. I'm trying so hard now  to get myself to a position financial independence so that I will no longer be at the mercy of a system that is slowly coming apart. So that I and my family will have good choices.

It didn't go badly for me this year, I had some wins and no big losses. But with each passing year I'm more aware that I'm inexorably heading toward the end of my working life, and that I don't have unlimited time to get my shit together.

I'm planning for 2019 to be a good year for me. I intend to exercise discipline, make good decisions and take calculated risks that will help me attain my goals. With luck, and my luck is usually pretty good, I will get a little closer to being able to cash out and go anywhere I want to go and do anything I want to do.

I know it won't be all perfect. I pray God or whatever guiding force that guides this amazing universe....sees fit....to spare me and my family any tragedies...and if not, I pray he/she/it will help me get through whatever happens, with courage, dignity, and gratitude.

Life is about becoming who you really are....who you were meant to be. I feel like I'm very much on purpose now, and I feel no need to prove myself to anyone out there.  I am doing what I was meant to do...as best as I can do it.

I often read and hear people say that they have no regrets. I thinks that's bullshit....or maybe some people are just incapable of rigorous self-examination.

Me, I have a ton of regrets, and more than a little remorse for bad things I've done. But I am on the path. I will walk the path....with as much honor and right living as I can muster.

2019....bring it on. I'm as ready as I can be.

Good resolutions.  Best of luck with them in 2019.  It's going to be quite the roller coaster ride from here on in.

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