Big Bowl of Sauerkraut! Every Single Morning!

It’s good for you!

There is an element of off-grid life that under certain circumstances does sometimes seem difficult to distinguish from masochism. My cramping right calf told me all through the first half of the morning climb that I don’t get enough exercise.

Sigh. Every single morning. Stairs?

Or driveway?


You picked a fine time to leave me, loose axle. But I passed the halfway mark yesterday morning.


It’s all downhill from here.

And there are compensations. After I cleaned out the litterbox, picked up the dog shit, fed and watered and checked planting soil and generally did the chore, I got to sit down in a cool pleasant courtyard and play St. Francis to a couple of lovestarved dogs, who were loving it.

And of course it buys me the privilege of living here…


I like it better when the sun’s out and I’m not climbing a mountain twice a day because the Jeep broke. But even so I do love it here very much.

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18 Responses to Big Bowl of Sauerkraut! Every Single Morning!

  1. Zelda says:

    That’s an easy place to love being. Your muscle cramps are caused by a build up of lactic acid.
    To disperse it, as soon as you get up take 500mg of vitamin C, followed by 500mg every 2 to 3 hours. It is water soluble so as you drink liquids it will be eliminated and you want a steady supply. Or you can use low sugar electrolyte replacement drink . I’m not a doctor and I don’t play one on YouTube but spending most of my life at high altitude learned all about lactic acid. By the end of your gig you will be used to the exercise and the vitamin C and be cramp free. But how do you come down safely? Adjustable trekking poles with shock absorbers, carbide tips and rubber tip covers I hope. Should we start another tip jar donation category for trekking poles??

  2. Joel says:

    🙂 No. Please. I have my paint-pole-walking-stick-spear, the swiss army knife of walking sticks.

  3. M.Silvius says:

    I am thinking an old one legged fellow out in the desert needs to have a back up mode of transport.. say something like this?
    https://dc312twq8p77z.cloudfront.net/assets/71552_3666153.JPG

  4. Joel says:

    😀 My first thought was “Actually something that simple might prove to have charm.” And there was that pesky second thought, “A hardtail bike, even a minibike, would beat itself to death within a week. Of course my spine would give out before then. Also I’m not seeing anything in the important ‘brakes’ category.”

  5. DT says:

    those balloon tires would be cushy/bouncy enough I think but yeah, brakes. Old biker once told me, goin’ fast is important but stoppin’ is importanter.

  6. Ben says:

    “Also I’m not seeing anything in the important ‘brakes’ category.”

    Bah! All brakes do is waste perfectly good energy.

  7. Joel says:

    Tell you what, though – I sure was looking longingly at this old quad in T’s barn the other day…

  8. Zelda says:

    Hah Joel, wait ’til you see what a carbon fiber carbide tipped trekking pole does to a snake, angry bull, rabid deer, elk or rabbit, annoyed bear, eagle or badger. And you’d have two of them. You won’t need the spear point. And the shock absorbers will help your back on the downhills. And they extend so you can hold them by the pole instead of the hand grips and be ready to keep anything at a distance. But if you say no…well OK but I think if you had a pair you wouldn’t leave home without them. Maybe you could take the hand grips off and use them for a paint pole?

  9. coloradohermit says:

    I think that a zip line for the downhill portion would be an excellent idea. WooHoo what a ride!

  10. Mark Matis says:

    With a bull waiting at the bottom end of the ride to cushion the stop?
    }:-]

  11. coloradohermit says:

    Of course. Those damn cows ought to be good for something.

  12. Mark Matis says:

    By the way, how well does TB tolerate you returning home with the smell of Other Dog on you?
    }:-]

  13. Joel says:

    Mostly doesn’t seem to notice.

  14. Mark Matis says:

    As long as you’re fully covered with the scent of doggie treats?
    }:-]

  15. Anonymous says:

    “I like it better when the sun’s out and I’m not climbing a mountain twice a day because the Jeep broke. But even so I do love it here very much.”
    Joel, I hear you! I drove 500 miles today from archaeology “camp” to home. And I love every inch of harvested wheat fields, meandering free rivers, rising mountains, and all that is encompassed in what I call my country. Your desert is a place of much beauty. I know walking will strengthen you as you walk more. Zelda, I am thinking of looking at a pair of those trekking poles for me: I have a perfect walking stick which has my scale on it, metric and brit. also my name so my archeology photos are “owned,” and it glides through the tall grasses easily. But the trekking poles for, well, trekking. 🙂 Joel, does the old quad run??? Could you make it run???

  16. Joel says:

    It has moved in the past year, so I guess it can be made to work. None of my business whether it really does, of course.

  17. Klaus says:

    The torso boy reference in that Weird Al song made me spit out my coffee.

  18. Anonymous says:

    “You found a fine time to leave me Loose Wheel ….”

To the stake with the heretic!