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

OOOkay. We’re cursed. This is officially a curse.

Neighbors D and L, both laid up with serious injuries, have been recovering with remarkable speed and ease given their age and the … wide and plentiful assortment of injuries and illnesses they have suffered with in the past few … Continue reading

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I got an estimate on the Jeep’s transmission…

…and it’s not as bad as I feared at $2500. That’s how much cash I need to raise before anybody will pick up a wrench. That’s for a new transmission: The price for rebuilding the current one could conceivably be … Continue reading

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Tobie’s new threads…

I was able to pick up Tobie’s new harness today… His old one was basically riding on his neck and I was thinking of replacing it even before he chewed through one of its straps. He got really long. And … Continue reading

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Heh – This is how mild the autumn was…

With indoor temps in the mid-forties, I lit the first woodstove fire this morning. That usually happens in late October or early November, and by now it’s usually standard routine. I’ve been using the bedroom heater for over a month, … Continue reading

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Goats. Not as bad as cattle, but still a nuisance.

Neighbor S met me at D&L’s place this morning just as I finished cleaning their pellet stove, and helped me tow the Jeep to the shop in town. The towing went well, then just as we were trying to maneuver … Continue reading

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Well, hell. Jeep transmission is toast.

The Jeep’s transmission has been threatening to hydraulically fail for years, to the point where I’ve always assumed the trans would be the thing that permanently parked it. It started out with a tendency to go completely out of forward … Continue reading

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Life in the informal economy…

I’ve been going to D&L’s place repeatedly every day for a little over a month, taking care of horse stuff and giving their pellet stove a daily clean. Yesterday they were gone nearly all day at a doctor’s appointment in … Continue reading

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I’m so old I remember when this was a comedy sketch…

…and its absurdity was what made it funny. Now its proven powers of prophecy make it seem sad. Can you imagine that scene in a modern movie?

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Note to self: Be more careful what you say.

🙂 A few weeks ago I noted in passing that I didn’t leave my camera and gear in the Jeep because it would take a Pelican case to keep it safe from the dust. For the record that wasn’t a … Continue reading

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It’s about time, I guess…

With the exception of a brief cold snap in early October it’s been a remarkably mild autumn. That ended overnight… …and we just got back from a long morning walky in which Uncle Joel was dolled up in nearly full … Continue reading

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They say a band with an upright bass can’t really be bad…

It’s not necessarily true.

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Happily we now know that hyperinflation is a GOOD thing.

This morning I spent just shy of $95 on this much fuel… Ten gallons of gasoline and something less than 15 gallons of propane. Don’t know how you guys do it.

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Neighbor L’s Back!

And happy as a clam to be back. She had lurid tales of getting stuck in that rehab center, which at first wasn’t bad at all but then they had the covid outbreak and I gather from the story that … Continue reading

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And now my back hurts.

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In case you wondered…

Here’s what eight pallets in fairly good shape look like when imitating a stack of firewood…

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This would have been a good time to know how to macrame.

So Tobie chewed up a strap on his harness the other day. At first I thought it would be a simple fix because I have lots of strapping among my repair stuff, but I had foolishly used up or never … Continue reading

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Gorrrrramit, Tobie!

This kid combines the chewing fetish of a typical puppy with the chewing ability of a … well, a combine. Today, the little sonovabitch wrecked his own harness. While he was wearing it. I actually expected to be able to … Continue reading

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Joel takes a poke at landscape photography

Next to the wash there’s this one – not a butte, not a mesa, I guess I’d go no more exalted than an erosion feature – that is very pretty in first autumn light. I’ve been meaning to come out … Continue reading

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Even the things you naturally do can become burdens…

…when they’re forced on you. Yesterday’s experiment with D doing the mid-day horse feeding went so well he decided he’d also take over the 6am feeding. As you can imagine, I begged and pleaded for him to have a change … Continue reading

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Neighbor D getting more mobile…

He figures he still can’t haul the muck wagon around the corrals but he ought to be able to do at least some of the feeding. So I’m skipping the 11am feeding this morning and will meet him at 4. … Continue reading

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