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No one could be more surprised than me…

…to report that that went well! This is easily the nicest day we’ve seen since Christmas. Full sun, temperature tickling the low fifties, light breeze. I thought I was going to regret not diving into this project yesterday, but that … Continue reading

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I may be jinxing this by saying so…

… but it’s almost one in the afternoon and the sun is still shining. The road mud is drying. My driveway is still a quagmire but that’s going to go on for some time since the gully behind the Lair … Continue reading

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In the event that you’re an AK operator, operating operationally, …

…you will want to just skip past this. But for the rest of us, this is what the inside of a loaded 75-round drum looks like… As expected, there are approximately 1,789,652 Youtube videos eager to explain how to load … Continue reading

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Here’s something kind of amusing…

The Leghorns aren’t babies anymore… …and they’re starting to produce eggs. Small eggs and their production is still sporadic, but I believe I can officially stop buying eggs at the store now… But like all new hens they haven’t gotten … Continue reading

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Good news about the Jeep

Looks like I’ll be able to fix it without waiting for mail order. I can get a radiator for about $135 from the local auto parts store, and that and a couple of hoses should set me right. There’s even … Continue reading

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My song to the sun

The sky finally lightened enough for me to see what I already knew: No sun today either. And it’s about that time that I realized the sun has left me forever, it has dumped me for another hermit. And I … Continue reading

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You know how I’m always harping about the importance of neighbors?

Well… The poor neglected Jeep has had a very small coolant leak since, basically, forever. Ironically, only a few weeks after I actually gave the cooling system a little care and feeding it got a lot less small. The engine … Continue reading

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Busy, muddy day.

Landlady and I made a trip out to the county dump today since every garbage can in three households was jammed full. I had left the trailer at Ian’s since he’s got this big wheeled thing I knew had to … Continue reading

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(grumble) Stupid Murphy…

So naturally, instead of socking in and snowing as promised, the sky cleared in the evening. Which meant it got kind of cold overnight. This actually would have been good news in a way, since both Landlady and I need … Continue reading

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You never know what’s going to happen on Care Package Day.

Landlady came up this afternoon, and since the road is just miles of mud I met her at the gate. Rather to my surprise, since I wasn’t expecting anything but Big Brother’s monthly care package, there was a whole bunch … Continue reading

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…and the mud is epic.

Another dreary overcast day. On top of the mud we already had, add a couple hours of hard overnight rain. The main “road” is barely passable in 4wd. I know this because I just this minute got home from town, … Continue reading

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Back to morning walkie

I feel as though all I’ve done for months is sit. I’m bored and stiff and getting crankier by the day. But when you’re a broken-down one-legged old reprobate who has already taken some damaging falls in the past couple … Continue reading

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Snow load on a desert cabin’s roof, revisited

A year and a half ago when the bedroom addition’s roof went on there was some discussion about the pitch, which is barely noticeable, and how it was going to behave with heavy rain and snow. We’ve really just finished … Continue reading

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“You like corruption and incompetence? I’ll show you corruption and incompetence.”

Ah, California. How I don’t miss thee. I’m starting to warm up to the idea of a border wall – just not between here and Mexico. I truly can’t imagine ever being desperate enough to want to escape to California.

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Haven’t visited the game camera since before Christmas…

…because I figured there’d be nothing to see. Animals always seem to go somewhere else when the weather gets funky. But yesterday morning I saw mulies in the wash, which reminded me that I ought to at least go check … Continue reading

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It begins…

There’s nothing to do but smile and pretend to love mud for a couple of days. So raise a Milk and yell, But avoid ash deposits unless you enjoy sinking to your thighs. Yesterday morning things went from slick ice … Continue reading

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The frost begins to melt…

I have to go to town this morning to do the thing I failed to accomplish Saturday, buy some propane. The Jeep is covered in thick hard frost in the shadow of the Lair, so I went out to let … Continue reading

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You’re not a real pistol operator…

…Until you can perform the Jet Li Maneuver. Of course when you’re Gun Jesus, you don’t do it with a measly Beretta 92. Any highly skilled Chinese actor can do that. Quick: Name an obscure antique Czech pistol on which … Continue reading

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Wow, the forecast nailed it.

In fact if anything it lowballed its prediction. Woke up this morning and the space heater was just running on pilot. Let Laddie out to pee and there was liquid water on the porch floor from the snow dripping off … Continue reading

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Did I say proper stove ash management can prevent brush fires?

House fires, too, I guess. Though burning your own house down takes extra levels of dumb. A total of 16 fire personnel were called to put out the fire, which caused $150,000 in losses to the structure and $50,000 worth … Continue reading

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