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I feel smarter now.

If you’d asked me at the beginning of this week, “If it were all going to fall apart tomorrow, what panicked preparations would you take,” I would only have been able to think of one: I’d do something about all … Continue reading

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Look who’s … still not exactly thrilled with Jeep rides

I mean he’s gone from panicked to resigned, which is pretty good progress in less than a month. He’ll get in on his own now – with sometimes quite a bit of prompting. He hasn’t tried to jump out lately. … Continue reading

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A major propane run

Sometimes the stars align to do something unseasonable. This is the Secret Lair’s current propane situation… In mid-June on possibly the hottest week of the year – by far the hottest to date – two full reserve bottles hardly constitutes … Continue reading

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I fought the Kong and the Kong won…

Seriously. From appearances, it Kong-fued his ass halfway across the cabin and took his bed away from him. Slippery rug didn’t help…

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In regard to Tobie’s digestive issues…

Ian just sent me a funny…

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Tobie’s first kill

Oh, brother. So on our afternoon walkie, Tobie got his first clean shot at a rabbit. He blasted off after it, and having no choice I let him run without making a fuss. Young as he is and in this … Continue reading

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First hundred-degree day of the year.

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Solar water heater update…

Sometimes you gotta ask yourself: How much is too much? Because I think live steam is too much. And I don’t believe the plumbing, which is basically good-quality garden hose, is really going to keep putting up with it. But … Continue reading

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Care Packages! – Puppy Shower Edition

Tobie is a happy dog! He got a helluva lot of presents in this care package drop. A new big bed! Far too big for the original 200 sq. ft. cabin, but we’ll work that out. I was afraid this … Continue reading

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Tobie’s New Game

In the morning we usually go down the wash for our walkie, in a more-or-less straight line from the driveway. At that point it’s an interesting semantic question as to whether it’s a wash or a canyon. Tomato tomahto. In … Continue reading

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Again with the Old Neighborhood Rifleman…

So I was at a neighbor’s house this morning, and he asked if I wouldn’t have a look at this old SKS he picked up cheap for his grandson, you know, make sure it works safely before passing it on. … Continue reading

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There now.

Hot water won’t make that leak. Corrosion might, in the fullness of time. But heat won’t. D&L have a regular Wednesday doctor visit in the big town about 50 miles away for the next two months or so. Which means … Continue reading

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The extra dogs were just too much provocation.

Tobie has been doing really good with walkies. Today’s setback was due to poor route choice on my part. We took what I think of as the long circuit: overland directly to Landlady’s ridge to visit the chickens, then down … Continue reading

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Simplifying my simple solar water heater even further,…

…in hope of correcting last summer’s near-total failure. The poor-man’s solar water heater is made of a free fiberglass box and a whole bunch of black garden hose. That part seems to work fine. But – mostly for artistic purposes, … Continue reading

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This picture was taken at 4:46.

Somebody knows suppertime is 5:00.

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Zoomies!

Little Bear had Magnus to teach him and keep him safe when he was a little puppy; Tobie, alas, only has me. And lacking a fenced safe yard to run and play in, and hampered by an overprotective Uncle Joel, … Continue reading

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Snakes on a Jeep

Oh, I missed the perfect photograph yesterday evening. I’ve mentioned that lately I’m up to my armpits in bull snakes, which is not so unusual in spring/early summer. Unlike rattlesnakes, bull snakes are entirely harmless and beneficial and I do … Continue reading

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To the best of my knowledge I have no Finnish ancestors…

…and I feel kind of cheated. Because the Finns actually have a word for this. If I were a Finn I’d know how to pronounce it. Then I could exercise the hell out of my white privilege. ETA: Okay, turns … Continue reading

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English is a dreadful language

I just stumbled on this: May have read it a long time ago, it seems vaguely familiar, don’t know who wrote it but he/she wasn’t wrong… I take it you already know Of tough and bough and cough and dough? … Continue reading

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This little guy is an absolute doll.

Sorry about the no-posting thing: I’m dealing with an unusually protracted early-summer allergy situation here and the antihistamines have me doing nothing with my days but regular chores and wanting to nap. But I do want to take this opportunity … Continue reading

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