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The hell-puppy stage…

Weather’s really weird this morning. Thunderstorms are coming through heralded by big gusty blasts of wind in random directions, and Tobie found it all very exciting to the point where he forgot he’s a big dog now and started rampaging … Continue reading

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Random Gulchy Stuff…

I spent the majority of my time here in the Gulch living on the economic edge. Which means scrounging, which is all about access to tools. Up till about five years ago I went without refrigeration at all, which really … Continue reading

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Tobie’s bed needed a wash…

Somebody had a big accident on Tobie’s bed. Don’t know what happened or why, not mentioning any names, maybe a posse of ground squirrels burst in and held him down while others peed all over the window side of the … Continue reading

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Oh Frabjous Day, Mk. II

A couple of Generous Readers bought gel socks from the amputee stuff supplier, but that was a while ago and I’ve been awaiting their arrival with increasing anxiety. But today the first batch landed! I think this is from Anon, … Continue reading

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How to abuse your lungs without really trying…

or, Revenge of That Bush in my Yard. So a couple of days ago I cut down two of the many intrusive bushes that have taken over my yard between the woodshed and the wash… …and I really should have … Continue reading

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The bushes in my yard are out of control…

I don’t know why but in the past couple of years what used to be mostly bare dirt has broken out in big dense bushes. Not just here, either – it’s happening all over. I wanted something like a string … Continue reading

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Allergies are wearing me down…

After a pretty good day I had a night that seemed to last about 48 hours. Some of that was the heat – the first heat wave of the summer has arrived to smite us sinners in its righteous wrath … Continue reading

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“Moms Demand Action” makes a lot more sense now…

This made my morning. You’re familiar with Markley’s Law, right? It refers to the musty old joke that an interest in owning/carrying guns is driven by a desire to compensate for small male genitalia*. Guns are phallic symbols, people unhappy … Continue reading

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Back from the Palace of Food…

First Wednesday of the month is senior day. Yay. We went early this time and it wasn’t very crowded but this is my first visit in three months and I started out kind of hyperventilating anyway. But I got over … Continue reading

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Worst Spam Ever…

I think this was composed by an AI whose first language is not English. You know you’ve addressed this to someone who can’t confidently define what an app is, right? No. You didn’t know that, Robbie Robot. I award you … Continue reading

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The Four O’Clocks are out early this year…

This is normally an autumn flower… …but they’re already showing up in May/June. A little confusing, especially since it hasn’t been wet.

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Sorry, guys, but allergies have got me…

I had a few days’ reprieve, where I was getting work done and feeling pretty good about life, but now I’m back to barely being able to breathe, see or sleep. Otherwise I’m fine, nothing is seriously wrong, but I … Continue reading

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Oh frabjous day!

It was a TUAK reader quite a few years ago who turned me on to gelsocks. The prosthesis I had before my current one, I got so long ago that there was no such thing then, and when it no … Continue reading

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Second coat on the east wall complete

And a first coat on about half the south wall of the main cabin, just to use up what was in the tray. The south wall got complicated a lot with the bedroom addition, what with door trim and downspout … Continue reading

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“I immediately regret this decision,” said the coyote…

I’ll be damned. Quarter to five in the morning and I just took my first shot at a coyote in something like 11 years. In all the time I’ve been here I have only ever killed – or at least … Continue reading

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Hmmm…

Into each new relationship, some rain must fall. I put a red dot on my S&W m69 two years ago and it worked without difficulty, but the Smith is a revolver without that pesky steel slide that automatics have, slamming … Continue reading

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Getting to work on the east wall…

In June of 2015 the longsuffering Lair finally got its siding. This was like six years after the structure was otherwise complete, by which time the underlayment was not in great shape. 2015 was deep into my “you too can … Continue reading

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May is traditionally my favorite month, but…

…the past couple of years it has done me dirty. I mean, I know the weather and the flora haven’t changed, and I’ve always gone through Spring spells where I shouldn’t get too far from a handkerchief. So I’m assuming … Continue reading

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Time to get busy…

Sometimes the problem with living in the boonies is that the logistics of doing something is harder than actually doing something. Example… One thing I was absolutely determined to get done this season was at least one good coat of … Continue reading

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Beware of the attractive menace…

I know better than to do this. But I confess it’s not the first time I’ve done it… “I’ll go back and finish cleaning up after lunch.” Uh huh. So there the old antifreeze sat, totally forgotten. Tobie had probably … Continue reading

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