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

Big changes in a little cabin…

…always mean playing Tetris with the furniture. Tobie’s bed fits very neatly between the woodstove and the bedroom doorway. That also happens to be exactly the space needed for the woodbox and a dog’s feeding station, plus that fabric bed … Continue reading

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Care Packages! Oh, my god, so many care packages!

Landlady stopped by on the road north, and mentioned in a text that she had a “metric ton” of packages for me. She wasn’t exaggerating… Where to begin? You guys are making me work.

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“I want to attend the Hello Kitty con but I also have to invade Poland before five, so…

“…clearly I’m forced to a very poor choice.”

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Sounds kinda silly when you put it that way…

I can’t think of any other way to put it… For the dedicated desert hermit this is actually great. I used to kind of enjoy going to movies, and if watchable movies were still being made I’d really miss them. … Continue reading

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Random gulchy moments

So yesterday after it warmed up a bit I went back to Ian’s for round 2 of the new game, Plug That Hole. And I think it went well… I’m gonna go back pretty quick to take the board away … Continue reading

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I totally forgot about this…

At the height of Monsoon Ian’s place developed a big leak at a useless spigot he put in the retaining wall between the Dome and the powershed. I had to jackhammer a big hole in the wall to cork up … Continue reading

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We’re living in the future.

… and it won’t work out well for everybody.

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Rodents. I hate rodents.

Okay, so it’s definitely time to light the bedroom heater. Getting the pilot to light up is the only thing I dislike about this heater, getting the gas to the pilot flame is an endless PITA but otherwise it’s so … Continue reading

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Two tons and counting…

D&L are sort of trading downtime back and forth. She’s getting her strength back from chemo, and now he’s scheduled for some delayed surgery that will put him on crutches for a while. But winter won’t wait, the bitch, and … Continue reading

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I’m not ready for this. Seriously, just no.

I knew when Tobie and I went for first walkie in the dark that the weather was quite unpleasantly cold, damp and windy. And there were occasional … bits of something … flashing by in the lamp beam. It was … Continue reading

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Hey, don’t laugh. By our standards this is a monster.

Look what the July floods brought us! Not quite sure how to unwrap it and bring it home, it’s a bit much for my chainsaw. No way this is juniper, I’m assuming it’s cottonwood since AFAIK that’s the only actual … Continue reading

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How you know the curator isn’t a gun guy…

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When Tobie challenges the Jeep to a duel, it’s time to go home.

Okay, enough procrastination. Ian asked me to put a coat of stain on the exposed wood of his porch/sunshade/gazebo?-looking-thing, and I’ve been putting it off. Then when he actually paid me for having done so, I figured I should take … Continue reading

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Okay, this is too perfectly cute…

Tobie and I had a busy afternoon, heading up to T&S’s mesa in the Jeep for the last time, assuming they make it home as scheduled. We got home a little after five, he got his food and his evening … Continue reading

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One ton of wood pellets

I’ve mentioned that an unexpected side effect of having lots of thermal mass in winter is that you really can’t afford to let it all get cold. So D&L burn their pellet stove 24/7 for almost six months in the … Continue reading

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Bedtime for Tobie

I bitch and moan about him, ’cause he drives me crazy, but all in all Tobie is a fine young man. He’s only the second puppy I’ve ever raised, but apparently they all need their treasure spot. Little Bear’s was … Continue reading

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I’m always a little surprised when this works…

One day to go on the T&S gig, and the Jeep can do it with one engine cylinder tied behind its back. Yeah, only two days before the gig was supposed to start, guess who got another rat nest on … Continue reading

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I got a little stressed yesterday morning…

One bad thing you think you’re gonna kiss goodbye when you become a cedar rat is scheduling conflicts, particularly when none of the several things you’re supposed to accomplish simultaneously are optional. I’m certain you know exactly what I’m talking … Continue reading

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Tobie takes matters into his own paws…

Tobie didn’t get his morning Jeep ride to T&S’s yesterday, mostly because I was mad at him for the (bad dog) way he behaved during his morning walkie. Since I got back from T&S’s only to drive straight away again … Continue reading

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One ton of horse pellets…

Neighbor L has been done with her chemo for maybe a month now, and is starting to get some of her strength back. She was able to empty the whole pallet by herself, which means… …that we’re back to the … Continue reading

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