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Survive the coming Bearocalypse!

I spend more evening time with Youtube videos than is probably good for me, ever since I acquired this Magic Elf Box two years ago. And in that time I have developed an internal list of favorite channels, not-so-favorite channels, … Continue reading

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And then this morning I did something UNserious…

But inevitable, at least eventually. You know I had to see if I could really ride the bike the full round-trip to town, right? I’ve said it’s a 20-mile round trip from the Lair’s driveway to the county road, and … Continue reading

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Somebody’s getting ready for something serious…

That, friends and neighbors, is two pallet-loads of cement blocks. Which will serve merely as the framework for the paving-stone walkway/stairway to Landlady’s new deck. It’s Thursday, and my back still hurts from all the deck and porch flooring I … Continue reading

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Oh, that took longer than expected…

…and my back hasn’t forgiven me for the way I spent the weekend, and it’s really singing to me now… But the porch floor is done! It’s been half-done and not-quite-right since May. Lots of cleanup to do, when all … Continue reading

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Somebody on this congressvermin’s staff is getting soooo fired…

Got a heads-up on this from Big Brother. Followed up, and… Republican wishes ‘Happy Birthday to the US Navy’ — with a picture of a Russian battlecruiser Sunday morning, Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) tweeted a celebratory message to the U.S. … Continue reading

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Oh, this is precious…

Via Alert Reader Kentucky, I got this link… ABC News Busted for Using Knob Creek Footage in Report on Turkey’s Military Attacking Kurd Civilians …which includes some fairly horrific footage of the Turkish invasion of Syria (CliffsNotes version: Trump did … Continue reading

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Landlady’s Deck, Day 2

Unlike yesterday, which was quite an unsatisfying slog until we got a rhythm going, this morning’s decking zipped right along and we were done in less than 2 hours of honest work. Obviously a lot of work left to do, … Continue reading

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Landlady’s deck, Day 1

The old man is tired now.

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…but some animals are more equal than others…

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Yeesh! Cold.

One day later than prophesied, but cold. Makes me wish I’d checked the stovepipe yesterday like I was supposed to.

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The Bumpy Road isn’t my favorite place…

But sometimes it makes the most sense. There are two ways to get over the plateau; the long easy way and the short, steep, rocky way. Normally I choose the long way. The Jeep’s aftermarket tweaks rate it for rock … Continue reading

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Remember when California was the Golden State?

Now it’s Venezuela, Junior Grade. UPDATE: PG&E Confirms Widespread Power Outage in Santa Clara Co. …PG&E confirmed Tuesday afternoon that it would turn off the power for nearly 800,000 customers across the state to reduce the risk of sparking wildfires. … Continue reading

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Spent the morning shopping!

Yeah, me! In the biggish little town about 35 miles away. Not a big town, but big enough to have a woodlot and a Safeway. And so now I’ve finally scored some more pressure-treated 2X6s, allowing me to finally finish … Continue reading

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I used to enjoy a little NPR…

The one station that carries it around here is sited in a city quite a good bit away from here, and it doesn’t come in very well down here in the Lair’s hollow. But up on the plateau you can … Continue reading

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Watering day at the Cliffhouse…

Down on the plateau at the foot of the mesa there’s a horse that needs feeding… …and a garden that needs watering. Yeah, that’s pretty much what an unusually successful desert garden looks like. Everything is grown in buckets of … Continue reading

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I’ve said ground squirrels don’t climb trees…

…because I never saw one do so, even given good reason. Insufficient evidence for such a sweeping statement. This one, here pictured surveying his kingdom like Lucky Jack Aubrey at the masthead, swarmed up that limb as sure-footedly as any … Continue reading

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Kung Fu Fido

Okay, I can’t seem to import this 12-second gif so you’re going to have to work with me here… The dog is on a chain. The cat is just outside his effective radius, knows it, and is being a dick … Continue reading

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Bedroom propane is back on line…

Last January the bypass regulator for the bedroom’s heater propane crapped out – after less than 3 months of service. Of course I had a Plan B which got me through the rest of the winter. But I’ve gotta tell … Continue reading

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Care Packages – get a load of this…

In response to my complaint a few weeks ago that I’d about run out of 550 cord, Generous Reader MM threatened to end that problem forever. And then he proceeded to do so, and the result arrived this morning. That’s … Continue reading

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Did a little better on the pallets this morning…

Did four pallets, and quit because I got hungry rather than because my old back was singing to me. Another two sessions like this and I’ll break out the chop saw and make stovewood. I may or may not hit … Continue reading

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