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

A 6X12 loft is 72 square feet…

…which, when occupied by two dressers, a twin bed, a chair and a laundry hamper, feels more like zero square feet. I thought about that this afternoon after finally getting the big dresser down (intact!) from the loft. And then … Continue reading

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I am currently bellowing the most sincere belly laugh of my entire life*.

How Hillary Clinton Still Can, and Should, Become President After the Trump-Russia Investigation Okay, before we get to the actual method by which Hillary will become president (snicker) please allow me to editorialize for just a moment… People, this is … Continue reading

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The return of Sister Creaking Springs

Neighbor D offered to come over and help me get my mattress down from the loft. For occasions just like this, I made the loft railing easy to remove. It’s so close to the ceiling, otherwise it would be impossible … Continue reading

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Winter Is Coming

I used to make fun of people who froze a lot of meat and called it “preps.” But in my case these are just luxuries, to keep me from going insane with depression if I’m stuck through the winter with … Continue reading

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Look who dropped in for a visit!

S&L are traveling again, just for a few days. L and I tried something different with Ghost this time, barricading off the rear patio and leaving him outside during the day. That way I’m only visiting 2-3 times a day … Continue reading

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“How bourgeoisie of you!”

To put up a closet rod in the new closet, I needed a closet rod and brackets. Alas the only ones I owned that were even close to the right length were already holding up a bunch of seasonal clothes. … Continue reading

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I’m from Michigan. I should know these things.

What a difference one little foam pad made. Last night the bedroom temp went two degrees lower than the night before and I slept like a veritable rock. Winter has not yet arrived, but we’ll be getting nights in the … Continue reading

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Actually I think it’s the headline writer who does not understand how electricity works.

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So naturally the temperature crashed overnight…

Not especially cold, not even a record for the season. It went two degrees colder one night last month. But I wasn’t on an air mattress downstairs last month. Thanks to Unfamiliar Bed Syndrome I didn’t drop off till probably … Continue reading

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Moving day!

I was hoping to get some hardware in town this morning, but I’m never sure a Saturday trip will happen. So I spent the waiting time putting switch and outlet covers on, then took the opportunity of the trip to … Continue reading

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…and every lock that ain’t locked when no one’s around…

Found myself humming that song this morning. Little Bear and I took a nice walk looping around toward Landlady’s place to tend chickens, and on the way I got to thinking about drywall anchors for closet and book shelves. Never … Continue reading

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Best Day Ever

I woke this morning to the knowledge that there was absolutely nowhere I had to be, absolutely nothing I had to do (beyond the standard quotidian chores that keep the wheels on) and absolutely nobody I had to talk to. … Continue reading

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Floor finish completed.

I’ve got materials for a third coat but I don’t think I’m going to do that. There were bits that were still a tiny bit tacky this morning after 24 hours. If this coat dries as slowly as the first … Continue reading

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Ay, ’tis a sad day.

Mourn with me, brethren and sistren… I’ve probably had these jeans 20 years. Didn’t actually wear them much in summer since moving here, which is why they lasted as long as they did. Started patching them last year but the … Continue reading

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“Quick-dry,” my ass…

This is my bedroom floor… …on which I laid the first coat of urethane 4 hours ago. And it’s still not dry enough to walk on, even without boots, for a second coat. Plus the smell is killing me. I … Continue reading

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LB defends his home from the dreaded tourist…

Actually that’s Ian and his mom about a month ago, and LB was hoping they’d let him out and/or give him food. But whatever. I have learned something everybody already knows: When you raise livestock – or are standing in … Continue reading

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I didn’t know any of these still worked.

I’ve been going up the plateau twice a day since last Wednesday to take care of T&S’s gardens and animals. Noticed that this one property I pass has tracking solar panel racks that actually sort of work. Morning: Noonish: Evening: … Continue reading

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It’s official: I’m too out of touch to be allowed out alone.

My Jerry cans for gasoline are still all working, but all in all they’ve been a disappointment. I found myself in an auto parts store this morning on an unrelated matter and decided to at least see what plastic jugs … Continue reading

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Where is Pol Pot?

History is dotted with bizarre revolutionary movements that found brief local success, generally through exploiting a power vacuum. They rule through wild promises and terror, first purging “others” they can demonize as looters and wreckers, then turning on their own … Continue reading

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Picking paint always makes me nervous.

I can never tell from a paint chip in a hardware store what it’s going to look like on the wall. Then when I start to smear it on the wall it always always looks terrible. I have to force … Continue reading

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