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

Back to the Cliffhouse

Twice a day for the next five, I’ll be going across the plateau and up T&S’s little mesa to tend their dogs and horse. I really wish I could show you this house – there are other impressive houses here … Continue reading

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One of life’s more disgusting little chores…

I haven’t been in Landlady’s house for two weeks, since her last visit. My bad – since (if I remember correctly) she’s due this weekend or actually this evening, I let myself in this morning to check for mice in … Continue reading

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Old man’s gettin’ old…

But this is my least favorite part of the woodcutting process right here… It took less than an hour and a half for Uncle Joel to cry halt on cutting pallets apart with a Sawzall. In that time I dismantled … Continue reading

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Whatever will we do?

Legal Experts Warn Amber Guyger Verdict Could Set Dangerous Precedent Of Police Officers Not Being Allowed To Shoot Anyone They Want Guyger and her legal counsel relied heavily on the “But I was a cop” argument as well as the … Continue reading

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Well. That was embarrassing…

I’ve been preparing since yesterday for today’s big trip to the biggish town about 35 miles away, where there would be lumber and ammo and meat and distilled water and assorted other groceries. Showed up at D&L’s right on time … Continue reading

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Battery Day

The first of the month is Battery Day, in which I go around and top off all the battery cells at Landlady’s, Ian’s and my places. Since the big chickenhouse is attached to Landlady’s powershed, I was also able to … Continue reading

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It’s not that cold!

So how come I’m so cold this morning? Maybe it’s just a subconscious reaction to the date. Winter isn’t the physical ordeal it used to be, what with incremental improvements in the Lair finally achieving real-house-like standards. But I still … Continue reading

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20+ psi

Just sayin’… …and also I need to wash it with vinegar again.

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It works!

Okay: as of just after noon today, the water tank is absolutely as full as it can be*. One more molecule would fall right out the overflow pipe. I just took this picture: The pressure is higher first thing in … Continue reading

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I watched this, and my main question was…

“What the hell is wrong with all the people standing around photographing this?” Insert chest-thumping drivel about what would happen if anybody behaved this way (bravely facing down a little old lady with a walker!) around here…

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And that’s why, even if I had a Christmas card list…

…Uncle Murphy wouldn’t be on it. Had a few move-it-around chores to knock out this morning. First I had to move the cutting table from the Lair to the woodlot so I can chop up some knocked-down pallets for firewood… … Continue reading

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“Going for a ride?”

Another reason I don’t get as much use out of the bike as I should, given the changing season… …I’m a soft touch.

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A hundred miles.

I took a trip to the dollar store with D&L this morning, and before I even went home to put the groceries away I took the bike out for the specific purpose of taking this picture… We’ve crossed a hundred … Continue reading

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Bridge over occasional water…

I have a bridge over the drainage ditch for the gully behind the Lair. It used to be for the burning barrels, and now it’s for the woodshed. Since I traditionally knock them together out of whatever’s lying around, they … Continue reading

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Here’s a sad mark of the season…

The Lair is down to just a couple of die-hard hummingbird freeloaders, everybody else presumably having headed south for the winter. And after they’ve sucked this last feeder-load dry I’m going to take it in, clean it up and store … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life

If it seems as though I’m not posting very much or with any real enthusiasm lately, it’s not because of any loss of interest in the blog. It’s just that nothing really happens here most of the time, most of … Continue reading

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The things I do to get stuff done…

So now I’m sitting in D&L’s pickup outside the surprisingly well- attended physical therapy joint in the little town nearest where we live, waiting for Neighbor D to finish up, and it’s likely to be quite a wait because I … Continue reading

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All day and most of the night…

…it rained. Although several gullies ran into the wash, there weren’t any cloudbursts up on the plateau so the wash proper never ran. Would have been surprising, given how dry it’s been overall. Lots of mud on the road but … Continue reading

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Slow brain day.

The monsoon season, which is normally over by now, almost entirely gave us a miss this year. But it has rained all day today. Never especially hard and sometimes only a drip; the gully to the east of the Lair … Continue reading

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Giving the Monday morning water run a miss today…

…for the first time in years, I think. The very first thing most mornings, Torso Boy waits politely for me to signal that I’m officially awake before presenting his list of demands. This morning he pounced the moment I stirred, … Continue reading

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