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

Good advice for hunters – and a cautionary tale for grammarians…

h/t to Wendy

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Elk and bobcat at the cattle waterer…

A couple of antler-less bulls… And a putty tat!

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Liquid Refreshment…

Your Patreon bucks at work. 100# cracked corn, 50# layer pellets. 15 gallons gasoline, 14 gallons propane, 9 gallons drinking water. And a frozen pizza. No bourbon. Wouldn’t have fit in the Jeep. 🙂

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Parents, take care: Small children and small arms don’t mix!

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Landlady offered an addendum to yesterday’s Bernie Sanders rant…

“This is what real action to stop gun violence looks like!” gushed ol’ Bernie as a foreign head of state apparently banned all further gun violence with a wave of her majestic scepter. Bernie thought that was a fine idea, … Continue reading

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Unexpected care package post!

Landlady came up yesterday evening, and to my surprise announced that she had care packages! I wasn’t expecting anything at all, since the two packages I knew about missed the deadline. By hours, because Uncle Murphy is a dick. Won’t … Continue reading

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So that’s what a portable computer does…

Last year Big Brother bought me a reconditioned MacBook Air. It is … I believe it’s the fourth laptop computer I’ve owned in the past fifteen years or so and the closest to a new one I’ve ever owned. Laptops … Continue reading

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Nyet, Tovarich.

Yeah, I know “take on the NRA” is just worship-words for the rubes. Hell, you do too – you probably have drinks with your local NRA lobbyist after “work,” don’t you? But forget the NRA. It’s the gunowners you have … Continue reading

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Ian brings the rifle porn…

Oh! Yeah, baby… I confess to my shame that I was never any good at all at long-range precision shooting – I’ve had a couple of rifles that were more competent than I ever was but never found access to … Continue reading

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Let’s try this again…

I’m intermittently getting drips from the front of the Jeep’s engine, even after replacing the thermostat housing and gasket. So Monday I brought home a gasket and a new tube of sealant, and we’re trying it again… And if this … Continue reading

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I LOVE SPRING!!

I have to chuckle at myself over how much bitching I’ve done in the past few months. On most earlier years a winter as harsh as this one has been would have driven me right out, if I could have … Continue reading

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Ian points out something about the dreaded AR-15…

…that would drive those gun grabbers who make their bones demonizing the AR-15 into convulsions… The older ones are C&R eligible. 😀 No background check, no waiting period, delivery right to your door – if you have a C&R license, … Continue reading

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Rain tomorrow? Bring it.

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I got a kick out of this, during Laddie’s walkie…

We haven’t had a lot of wind for the past few days, so tracks in the wash haven’t been automatically wiped out… Looks like I’ve been taking a chihuahua for a morning walkie the last few days. Maybe a pomeranian. … Continue reading

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Literally the most exciting thing that happened yesterday…

That’s right! I…failed to complete digging out the drainage trench behind the cabin. But I did make progress, and one more good session should finish it. Then I need to do something a little more elaborate about … the bridge … Continue reading

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Huh. This dog reminds me of me…

…trying to get through a high school algebra test. But he appears to be having more fun. “What’s the point of this, exactly? Oh, this tunnel thing is cozy, think I’ll stay here for a…what does she want now…I wonder … Continue reading

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Worked up a nice sweat this afternoon…

It hit sixty degrees today! And no wind, light cloud cover … time to dig out the back ditch. The drainage ditch from the gully behind the cabin had filled up with silt again thanks to those two big ash … Continue reading

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Ah, here we go…

Yeah, another post about the weather. Sorry – we’re sort of betwixt and between here and nothing of any real interest is going on. Not great for blogging. But we’re getting out of the crappy weather brought on last weekend … Continue reading

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Indoor running water! And new habits, and new damage…

I keep forgetting the sink works. Went to boil some water for dish washing this morning, and reached for the water bottle. It’s been less than a week, and prior to that I went over two months without running water … Continue reading

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The end of the clouds for a while?

We’re still up to our collective ass in mud, but if you get out soon enough it’s just nice crunchy ice under your boots. So I got a nice walkie this morning, for the first time all week. Haven’t decided … Continue reading

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