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Sometimes you need to remove a shadow…

It’s nine days to the solstice. I took this picture at about quarter to nine… …and if Landlady’s batteries were under any evening load at all this picture would not be acceptable. In fact this only happens in the month … Continue reading

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Laddie’s licking himself raw again.

There has to be a way to persuade him to stop this. I really thought we were past it, it hasn’t happened in months. He arrived with a bloody sore on the same paw from obsessive licking: After a few … Continue reading

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I can’t recall why I didn’t do this last winter…

I certainly meant to. But it was probably a money thing. When I lived in the RV I scrounged every 30-pound propane bottle that came my way. I think I topped out at six at one point. But some of … Continue reading

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Because I’m a putz, I guess…

Hand hurt all the way home. 🙂 And that was all that was on the card for 3 days, too. I know they’re around, even saw a doe yesterday, but they haven’t been coming to the waterer or at least … Continue reading

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I feel I should apologize for the light posting…

Winter has come to the Gulch, and I have settled into winter mode which is just plain slothful. I do my daily chores and then I sit in my chair and read. This does not make for scintillating TUAK posting. … Continue reading

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Frugality v. Comfort

Woke in the middle of the night to the sound of heavy rain on the bedroom’s metal roof. Kind of comforting, since I’m convinced that the roof is tight and the rain won’t come in and wreck my wallboard or … Continue reading

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Possible problem with the water pump: Learning from my many mistakes

Longtime readers know that problems with the water system situated on the top of the ridge between Ian’s place and my own are not unknown. We’ve had fittings freeze and break, an unburied manifold freeze and just seize everything up, … Continue reading

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Hm. There’s a skeleton in the chicken yard.

Neighbor L likes to bring all her kitchen scraps, scraps by the bucketful, to feed the chickens. I, and certainly the chickens, think this is a very fine thing to do. And there’s nothing wrong with bones, chickens are definitely … Continue reading

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I have swaddled the chickens in black crepe…

Via Claire, I have learned that this has been declared a “national day of mourning“ – which translates, I gather, to an unscheduled day off with pay for government ‘workers.’ Actual useful government workers such as firefighters and workers that … Continue reading

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Look! It’s Sasquatch on the game camera!

Yeah, this has been the first cold snap of winter, and it’s welcome to leave. As little effort as the weather put into warming up yesterday and as quickly as it went below freezing last night, I knew this morning … Continue reading

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Neighbor L had to leave to deal with a family emergency…

…and bless her heart she texted me to get my laundry over there early so she could wash it before she left. Just as well if that delayed her departure because the road was really slippery first thing this morning. … Continue reading

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Stupid cookstove propane…

I can’t honestly say it always picks the coldest morning to empty the bottle. On mornings where it does, though, that’s the way it seems. There will be lots colder mornings than this one in the next few months but … Continue reading

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Maybe someone knows the answer to this draft-related question…

The military draft, that is. I know numerous Regular Readers are old enough to remember Viet Nam even if you missed your chance to visit. This morning I was reading an article that incidentally mentioned Mohammed Ali being stripped of … Continue reading

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“Because I don’t want to” is not a good reason not to do it.

And that is seriously the worst thing about engaging in farm-like stuff. Early this year I got tired of the wind destroying the latch on the cheap crap chicken house door. So in April while Big Brother and I were … Continue reading

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Remember last year I saw a white mule deer?

Not white white like an albino, whiteish with gray or brown shading like unto a regular deer but with very light color where the good camouflage is supposed to be. Did a very little research and learned that that’s a … Continue reading

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TUAK has been getting spam-bombed for several days now…

…and I’ve grown tired of sorting through scores of vaguely sports equipment-related spam comments for fear of accidentally discarding a good comment that didn’t belong in the spam locker. But my sense of duty has limits and they were exceeded … Continue reading

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I roll my eyes in the weather’s general direction…

You know that devastating winter storm that was going to kill us all like unto doomed extras in a preachy global warming movie? Yeah, apparently it wasn’t important after all. I guess the weather just decided, “Oh. Well, if I … Continue reading

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Oh, I hate to spend money…

…but I love topping off my bottles. So today, having settled the pressing matter of how much it would cost to get the Jeep out of hock, I topped off propane and Jeep fuel and bourbon as well as drinking … Continue reading

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How not to design a cabin for winter

The front of the Secret Lair peaks at 14′, which in addition to making for a mighty peculiar-looking structure in a 12×16 cabin can also make heating the thing in the morning a gradual matter. There were reasons for doing … Continue reading

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Private to Landlady…

Freezing rain with a light coating of snow. Everything’s covered with ice. You made the right call.

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