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

Still trying to bore through that wall…

And in pursuit of that goal, this morning I took a reader’s advice and knocked together an a-frame to take the weight of the jackhammer. And that helped a lot: I got quite a bit done before I ran out … Continue reading

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Yesterday was the last day for the T&S gig…

…and I was going to celebrate by riding the ebike up there in the morning, but… …Tobie insisted that the job required a dog. I worked so hard to get him to accept the Jeep that now I seldom have … Continue reading

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“There’s something you don’t see every day, Tobie.”

Tobie and I were taking a nice long morning walkie in the wash downstream from the Lair, when an annoying buzzing began.

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Jackhammers is heavy.

When the pipe behind Ian’s block wall sprung a leak I went looking for Landlady’s hammer drill. Couldn’t find it anywhere. She said she brought it back to the city. So… …Since we got Ian’s electrical working yesterday, I borrowed … Continue reading

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Pear tree update…

Somebody keeps asking for a pear tree update. It’s still pearing. We’ll see how edible the fruit is. I’m just thrilled there’s fruit.

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Getting some of the damage repaired…

Ian’s place has been driving me crazy. First an external spigot that goes through a block wall springs a totally uncalled-for leak – and the only way to fix the leak is to knock a hole in said (filled, of … Continue reading

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Gotta rethink this ‘hike up the mesa twice a day’ thing…

I went to bed at six last night because I was falling asleep in my chair. Fell right asleep and woke at first light with Tobie asking was I all right. The one wash crossing between me and the main … Continue reading

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Looks like they rescued the road grader…

I got a phone call from a neighbor yesterday, warning me to avoid the wash crossing by the goat people at all costs. “There is no crossing. And pretty soon there’ll be no grader, because [redacted] got it good and … Continue reading

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When they come from the northwest, they’re the worst.

Woke to clear skies for once but the forecast said it wouldn’t last. After Tobie’s early walkie and a quick breakfast I hiked to Landlady’s to pick up the Jeep, took the Bumpy Road to T&S’s and double-fed the animals … Continue reading

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I thought that drooping target stand was undermined with water…

Nope. It was hit with a big rock. Which apparently fell during the second of the past several days’ terrifying storms. Normally at this part of Monsoon I can use the wash for a transport route even if the roads … Continue reading

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I have this conversation with myself every time I use my bike.

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Wouldn’t you know, a T&S gig at the height of monsoon.

That means twice a day up and across the plateau, then up T&S’s mesa. By whatever means necessary, because the animals don’t have a Plan B. I decided to see what condition the wash crossings and the dirt road were … Continue reading

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Oboy. Big flood.

I lost all my alternate routes, and a favorite place. That’s my driveway into the wash. Or it was. That semi-standing bush used to be several feet from the bank; Torso Boy and I made a u-turn around it on … Continue reading

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The Official Bird of Joel’s Gulch…

Everybody’s favorite bird. 🙂

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Putting the silt to work

Rained hard last night. So this morning’s first chore was to dig out the front ditch again. Average spoil is five wheelbarrow-loads. Normally I just pile it up out of the way, but this morning I found places where the … Continue reading

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Up on the Plateau…

Starting Friday I’ll be up and over the plateau twice a day for a week, taking care of T&S’s plants and animals while they’re away on a trip. The plateau is miles away to the east of the Gulch. But … Continue reading

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Tobie in Disgrace

Baking day, before it gets too hot. While kneading dough I stepped back just a little and literally stepped on Tobie. One backs away from the counter carefully while preparing food because – well, big puppy. Of course he’s right … Continue reading

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Damned silt…

If we’re going to have a wet monsoon this will be the story of my life for a couple of months… The very first good storm that passed over the Lair caused both my drainage ditches to fill with silt. … Continue reading

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Even in the desert, flooding brings driftwood

I had intended to give firewood-gathering a rest during the hot months, but if this is going to be a wet monsoon I may as well take advantage of it. The wash flooded its banks on Wednesday morning, then ran … Continue reading

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Probably a grandchild of the bastards that ate Zoe…

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