You can’t see him, but he’s there.

A couple of days ago I started baking bread around noon of a sunny day, and almost the instant I was committed the clouds rolled in thick. Now, I can use the oven on a cloudy day but there’s a price. I started paying that price the next morning…


…and because I’m psychologically incapable of deliberately causing a voltmeter to go closer to 12.0v than that, I mostly walked around in the dark for the early part of the morning. No problem, it’s a small cabin and I know where everything is. Everything except…


Tobie has one bad habit I haven’t managed to break him of*. He sneaks up close behind me when I’m cooking breakfast, just in case I need him to clean up something I dropped. Since I’m fully aware that “broken hip after falling over dog” is high on the Big List of Ways Joel Could Die Alone, this usually isn’t a problem. I don’t heedlessly step back from the counter, and anyway Tobie is big and hard to miss in a 100 sq. ft. space.

But when it’s that dark, extra caution is called for. I’m a cautious kinda guy.

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*Okay, one bad habit that’s in discussion during this particular post…

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5 Responses to You can’t see him, but he’s there.

  1. WJW says:

    I assume that Toby is in the upper right corner of that photo? If not you may be sharing your cabin with a ghost.

  2. Klaus says:

    A headlamp is your friend.

  3. Hammer says:

    We are off grid in Alaska which is unfriendly to solar in winter when it’s dark from 4 PM TO 10 AM so we use head lamps and rechargeable lights to supplement our propane lights and the plug in ones that only get used when the generator is running. We have sone “light and carry” ones from NAPA and some new ones we got from Amazon. They all have magnets for hanging so for instance we have a short length of “plumbers tape”, which is metal over the sink for mounting one of these very bright lights. You could re charge when your batteries are up!

  4. Joel says:

    😀 People keep asking where Tobie is. I’m actually getting emails about it. Expand the picture and you’ll see him to the right of the door near the bottom. Staring at you. Waiting.

  5. jabrwok says:

    An enclosed, wall-mounted candle lantern might be a worthwhile investment.

To the stake with the heretic!