Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sunset thunder clouds

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cedar in snow

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Strength training

There is a Zen saying:
"Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water."
Given our chosen style of life, I find myself chopping wood and carrying water quite often. Not that I'm complaining, on the contrary I find working my body very enjoyable.

In fact I see this becoming the next strength training fad. The "Chop wood, carry water workout." LOL!

I had to look up how much water weighs after we made this photo. Turns out about 8.3 pounds per gallon. So these six gallon containers are about 50 pounds each. 

Too bad I haven't found the Zen saying corresponding to an aerobic exercise yet. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Resistance is futile

For much of my life, the idea of machine/human integration was something from a horror flick.

But lately, I see more and more about it in the news. Lots of folks seem eager to embrace it. Many of our recent movies portray it in a favorable light.

But I can tell you with absolute certainty that I will not have anything of it. No piece of computer will ever be implanted in my body. In fact you can sum up my response to this issue like so;


Monday, January 20, 2014

Home phone

We have a home phone. It's that Straight Talk deal, $15 for unlimited talk.

We like it a lot. The service is inexpensive and it works very well. We've had absolutely no problems with it.

The thing that surprises me is that many folks seem to have forgotten what "home phone" means. LOL!

It's attatched to the wall, it doesn't go anywhere. Yet quite often we get people asking why we didn't answer our phone while we were out.

And it's not just young folk either. My Grandmother (who still admonishes us to call collect, is that even an option anymore?) does this as well.

It's very funny to me that what was the norm only a very few short years ago is now almost completely forgotten.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Labor saving devices

While I was cutting up that tree with my axe, I realized there really is no such thing as a labor saving device. Because almost every modern labor saving device requires power (fuel) of some sort which costs money.

So in that regard they are really only labor swapping devices.

Sure I could have that tree cut up in 10 minutes with a chainsaw. But I'd have to have a full time job to pay to run the thing!

I think I'll stick with my manual options that don't cost money.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Masked attacker

Last night our neighbor's beagle was growling very ferociously in our backyard. This little dog is an excellent watch dog. She rarely barks just for the sake of barking and you can tell the difference when she is.

I knew something was up so I went outside to investigate. On my way out the door I slipped my new snubby in my pocket.

I found the dog over on the eastern edge of our property barking fiercely. I couldn't see anything for her to be barking at though so I called her over to me. She came and I started walking her back to her place but she was still very concerned with a trailer our eastern neighbor has in his driveway.

We were about 15 feet away when a raccoon climbed out from under the trailer. Ah, so that's what she was barking at, I thought.

We continued on towards her yard and I notice that coon is making a beeline straight for me! I started backing up rapidly and I put my hand on my pistol. That coon just kept coming.

I started hollering and kicking at it, kicking snow and gravel at it. And still it came, hissing and growling. I couldn't believe it.

Finally got to the point I realized this coon wasn't going to give up. So I lined up a shot with a safe background and fired.

It flopped around a sec like I'd nailed it, but then it picked itself up and hustled over to a nearby tree. It climbed up a couple feet then just sort of slid back to the ground watching me.

About that time my Beloved comes out wondering what was up so I asked her to get the shotgun. She brought it out and I put the coon down for good.

I was very happy I had my pistol with me. Never really imagined having to protect myself from a crazy raccoon though.

Lots of folks are scared of guns. But they are just another tool with a specific purpose.