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

Well, now we found something Laddie definitely doesn’t like…

I’ve had two behind-the-cabin projects hanging fire for the past few days and it was definitely time to get back to them. I’m shortening the chicken yard and repurposing it into a dog kennel. Used up my last sack of … Continue reading

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Trying to relax. But dammit, dog!

We got an early rainstorm yesterday afternoon, after which Laddie and I went over the ridge to check on the new chicks in Ian’s Cave. Laddie finds his new environment fascinating: So many things to see, to smell, to herd. … Continue reading

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New additions all over the place!

Laddie had a kind of anxious first night, eager to be reassured when I started going vertical around five this morning. We went right outside and watered some trees together and that seemed to settle him down a bit. Then … Continue reading

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Sorry, very busy day.

We’ve been running around all day – and in fact I’m running out the door right now. Pix… Laddie insists on checking out every pile of junk behind every outbuilding and I still don’t know if he’s at all snake-averse, … Continue reading

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J, B, and Laddie have arrived safe…

But well into the evening, so I just set them up in Landlady’s house and bid them adieu. We’ll do the tour and dog hand-off tomorrow.

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Random gulchy moments

First, the Laddie thing is moved up to today. These guys really are driving through. So stay tuned. Yesterday while going to collect the game camera from its apparently completely sterile location, I learned another way the wash had screwed … Continue reading

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A coordinated banning of a conspiracy monger means, of course, that there’s a huge conspiracy out there!

Yup. Censorship PURGE points to imminent false flag violence before mid-term elections… bigger than 9/11? (Natural News) For the last two months, I’ve been warning about the rising risk of a major false flag attack taking place before the mid-term … Continue reading

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Laddie is coming.

They’re on their way this morning. ETA Tuesday evening, I think more likely Wednesday morning. The neighborhood is putting out the welcome mat: There have been three offers of lodging including Landlady’s house which is what we’re going to do. … Continue reading

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Care Packages!

While I was in the big town 50 miles away the other day to visit the (shudder) DMV, I also bought a real new dog bed. Yeah, with a tear in my eye, too. What that thing cost, if Laddie … Continue reading

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Storm damage repair

I just put this thing up! And I’ve already had to repair it twice. You think there may be something wrong with my construction plan? One thing’s for sure – the flash flood overwhelmed that whole area. Probably due to … Continue reading

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Monsoon is a jackass to Joel

So yesterday morning I told Landlady’s sad tale of trying to visit her desert place at the height of Monsoon. It’s an old tired joke that she always brings bad weather with her, but I must admit this was a … Continue reading

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DMV Anticlimax

Okay, look: You could almost say the Department of Motor Vehicles is what drove me to become a hermit in the desert. It’s not literally true, but the DMV symbolizes everything I find intolerable about life in “civilization.” Sweartagod I … Continue reading

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Monsoon is a complete jackass to Landlady

Yesterday was a perfectly pleasant day, aside from being hot, right up to virtually the moment Landlady arrived. It hasn’t rained at all in almost a week but yesterday I sat out on the porch in the late afternoon and … Continue reading

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“Oh, for god’s sake!”

This morning’s main task was shortening what used to be the Fortress of Attitude into Li’l Gitmo. …you may recall that was the morning’s main task day before yesterday, too. And it will be Sunday’s morning main task. Tomorrow and … Continue reading

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Hey, this was pretty good!

Last fall a neighbor asked me to haul off a perfectly good propane barbecue. Beginning this Spring I started learning how to use the thing to grill meat, something I was never quite enough of a suburbanite to gain any … Continue reading

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Second day on the job…

Didn’t mean to leave it a week before returning. It’s the busy season, brush trimming isn’t part of the routine yet and I’m fitting it in among other jobs. This time I upped the power level a bit… With the … Continue reading

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The divine right of governors?

If you were a state governor and found yourself with the power to arbitrarily outlaw any little thing you wanted, what would you choose? Apparently this is the situation New York Governor Andrew Cuomo finds himself in. I don’t know … Continue reading

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Okay, that didn’t go well…

Today’s project was supposed to be converting the Lair’s chicken yard into a more practical dog kennel. Seemed simple enough. Finish cleaning out the deep litter. Take the top off the coop, take the coop off those tall pedestals, turn … Continue reading

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Sorry, there’s just…

…not a lot going on right now. I do have a new project planned, that will take a few hours and substantially change the yard’s profile. If I can get off my ass, finish breakfast and put some pants on. … Continue reading

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The problem with building your firing range on a dry riverbed…

…and your main path to and from your cabin as well, I suppose… is that, in the very nature of it being a riverbed, it isn’t always dry. Just kind of marking the event. Last night the wash ran for … Continue reading

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