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You shouldn't ask these questions of a paranoid recluse, you know.

Don’t do this the way we do it.

There are a few unfortunate traditions that have sprung up here at the gulch – I couldn’t tell you why, it’s no choice of ours, it’s just Murphy being Murphy. Among these is we only seem to go to the … Continue reading

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Ain’t it purdy?

So far it has the only flowers around – it’s still early in the season for Spring flowers – but it’s flowering more enthusiastically than I’ve ever seen it. Nights have been very mild with no hard freezes and none … Continue reading

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Signs from the Apocalypse

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‘Pooter won’t stay connected

Pretty day except for the wind so I don’t know what the problem is, but I apparently won’t be posting today.

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I like this ‘distancing’ thing!

We went to the Safeway in the biggish little town about 35 miles away this morning, and… …people are taking this “distancing” thing seriously. First time I’ve felt happily comfortable in a public place since I don’t remember when. Also, … Continue reading

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“How’s the pear tree?”

It’s doing quite well so far. 🙂 I hate that it always blooms in March, because the chance of a hard freeze before the buds mature is – well, pretty much definite. Not that there’s any danger that the poor … Continue reading

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12-volt household lighting has gotten a lot better.

If you’re rigging a solar-powered electrical system for an off-grid home, it has become entirely practical to use lighting that bypasses the need for an inverter. In fact it’s so seamless as to almost be a problem; I have 12-volt … Continue reading

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How did I end up the neighborhood constable?

Yesterday afternoon it finally warmed up after a few seasonably cool days and some snow. It was Sunday, Landlady had returned to self-quarantining in the city and nobody was likely to call. I stripped down and had a much-needed sink … Continue reading

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On care packages and “self-sufficiency”

I was away from the ‘pooter this weekend, sorry. Came back this morning to post the entry below and catch up on comments, seeing one that read in part… Just don’t pretend you are some kind of self-sufficient hermit living … Continue reading

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When your favorite pants die…

…and you can’t bear to part with the corpse. Several years ago I inherited maybe half a dozen pairs of baggy canvas jeans from a neighbor. They were already in the “popping mysterious holes for no apparently rational reason” phase … Continue reading

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Care packages – “Aren’t we fancy!” edition

Landlady came up this morning with care packages! Longtime Reader CH sent something that caused one of my sins to be remembered… …a whole bunch of .44 Magnum brass, which reminded me that in the Fall I moved all my … Continue reading

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You can’t see it in the photo, of course, but…

We’re really wind-testing the panel rack improvements today. We’re not getting gusts quite of the magnitude that wrecked it last month, and it’s very substantially stronger now so I know intellectually that there’s nothing to worry about. But on such … Continue reading

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Wanna really piss off some neighbors?

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Bon Appétit, I guess…

I went back to where I dumped that rotted-rat-infested water, with a mind to toss the carcasses farther downhill with a shovel and then pick up the bucket. …and there was nothing left of the rats but a tuft of … Continue reading

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I can’t believe I missed doing this before…

Our grave national crisis needs a theme song, don’t you think? I’ve been a Weird Al fan since I truly don’t remember when but I do have one problem with his videos: Most of the time he’s parodying some forgotten … Continue reading

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How to enjoy the Coronavirus Apocalypse

I don’t know why everybody says self-quarantine is boring. Simple steps can make it quite enjoyable. First, be born a neurotic introvert misfit loner. Second, spend most of a long life being miserable in various cities, constantly chafing under conditions … Continue reading

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OH THAT’S GROSS!

Last couple of times I’ve been in Landlady’s barn I’ve detected a hint of corruption, as when a rat picks an inconvenient place to die. Found out what it was this morning. Somebody – I won’t mention any names but … Continue reading

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Look what a neighbor gave me!

She reads the blog and knew about Torso Boy’s digestive system oopsie… It seems Wal-Mart’s chicken breast shortage was temporary, so she gave me a few to tide TB over (hopefully) until I can restock. So whether or not he’s … Continue reading

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What sports commentators do…

…when all sporting events have been cancelled… He’s got a bunch of these.

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My favorite folder

I was just putting away my going-to-town stuff, and it occurred to me I don’t think I ever mentioned my alltime favorite folder… Nothing fancy, just a Griptillian I’ve had since sometime in 2002. Bought it in a sporting goods … Continue reading

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