The Girls Are Back in Town

January 26, 2011 at 12:14 am (Random Thoughts)

As I drove home today, a lovely scene unfolded near an old cabin and barn – a very larger herd of elk all grazing and hanging out, getting ready for the spring deliveries.  It may still be January, buty it is a first sign of spring!

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Trying to not be Butthurt

January 25, 2011 at 7:41 pm (The Serious Stuff)

So it’s been a month.  And people I barely know, including friends of my mother’s from her boards and in real life, are showing me more support than the one “friend” who I thought would understand, someone who’d been in the same place last year.  Same woman couldn’t even be bothered to even give an “I’m sorry” in way of condolences.

Spouse had a friend like this – and I’m starting to understand completely why spouse feels the way he does about said “friend”.

These “friends” aren’t friends; they are, to put it bluntly, users.  If it serves to help them, then they are there, but when you need even as little as a friendly word, they’re gone. Well, perhaps we don’t need “friends” like these.

To those people who have been supportive – thank you, it’s been  very helpful.  I appreciate all you have said and done for all of us.

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The Oddness of The Morning

January 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm (odd news, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized)

Yes, I know it’s still morning.  It’s been morning for me for two and a half  hours now, and already the odd is piling up.  perhaps it’s my fault, perhaps I brought it on myself by posting photos of odd doll head art on my facebook page last night – just because I could.  Even if it’s my fault, I must share the odd.

I live right next door to BFE, in the mountains. Technically, this was originally a subdivision, meant to emulate any good little city subdivision, but meant for holiday and vacation cabins.Which is how my house started. But in time, people bought up the lots around their property, making most of the properties approximately one acre or larger.  For example, in the rectangle that makes up the roads around me, there are just two houses and over four acres.  So I have neighbors, they are just not right next door, looking in my window through their own windows.

I also have three dogs, and a husband that needs to be up very early on Monday mornings, thanks to his work schedule. I get up as well, get his breakfast and lunch made, get the dogs outside and fed, so forth.  So at 6 am this time of year, it’s dark. Very dark.  I let the dogs out closer to 6;30 am, and it was still dark, very dark.  they did their business and then started the ‘twilight bark”, which means I need to get them in ASAP so neighbors who actually have today off don’t get pissed that their sleep is interrupted by the whole neighborhodd being set off to barking. (Lots of dogs on this hillside.)

So I open the door to the dog run, which is at the back of the house. Two dogs are waiting at the door, the other is still at the far side, by the fence, having a morning itch.  Suddenly, she jumps up and starts barking. I tell her to stop, and then I hear it – a male toddler’s voice saying “stop it, stop it, go away!” in that annoyed tone that toddlers use when they are bothered but not particularly scared of something.

I walk out in the yard – it’s a warm morning for January –  and I look about.  None of the houses near me have any lights on, and here’s the big catch – none of my neighbors have toddlers. The nearest kids are in junior high and high school; everyone else is childless or their children are grown and gone.  Yet I clearly heard the voice of a male child about three or four years old.  In the meantime, my dogs are all in and upstairs, awaiting breakfast, and I’m standing there listening for any other sounds – an adult or older child talking to said toddler, the sound of doors closing on house or vehicle, even people walking on the dirt roads – and I only hear early morning silence – not even morning birds.

So let’s assume it was a human toddler – why were they outside so early? Why where they on my property? Because while sound carries out here, it’s not so well that I could hear a toddler from the next valley over.  (True, I can hear the peacock from the next valley over some days, but they are a damn sight louder than a toddler speaking in a normal voice!)  Where is an adult or at least older child?  Was this voice talking to my dog, or something else?

I stood out there a bit longer, listening, trying to see about. Then I went back to the door and turned out the light, looking around some more, as the darkness is finally getting lighter. Finally, I closed the door and went upstairs.

So what did I hear? Who did I hear? I doubt it was

the young two point buck standing in my front yard right now…or was it?

What did I hear that I wasn’t supposed to hear?

I’ve already seen something else odd – what else does the day hold? Should I stay in and wait for the odd to come to me, or should I go out in pursuit of it?

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Know your tools

January 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm (Humor too funny to NOT share)

My uncle sent me this list via email – it’s worth sharing.

DRILL PRESS: 
A tall, upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.

PLIERS: 

Used to over-tighten toilet bolts, thereby cracking the porcelain bowl. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters. 
ADJUSTABLE WRENCH: 
Used to round off bolt heads and create knuckle wounds.
 
BELT SANDER

An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.

HACKSAW: 

One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle… It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.

VISE-GRIPS: 

Generally used after adjustable wrenches to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.

OXYACETYLENE TORCH: 

Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable objects in your shop on fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race.

OIL FILTER WRENCH: 

Used exclusively for staining concrete with oil and stripping the threads in your engine resulting in a tow charge and a mechanic�s bill many times the cost of an oil change.

TABLE SAW: 

A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity. Also known as the source of many manly nicknames such as; (eye) Patch, Lefty and Three-Finger Sam
BUTANE TORCH:
Used for igniting materials behind copper joints that still leak after the fire is extinguished.
 
 
HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK: 
Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper.

BAND SAW: 

A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut good aluminum sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash can after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside.

TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST: 

A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything you forgot to disconnect.

PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: 

Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil onyour shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.

STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER: 

A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and blistering your palms.

PRY BAR: 

A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a fifty-cent part.

HOSE CUTTER: 

A tool used to make hoses too short.

HAMMER

Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent  to the object we are trying to hit.

UTILITY KNIFE: 

Used to open and slice through the contents of corrugated cartons; works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles or aluminum cans, collector magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. Also useful for slicing work clothes, but only while being worn.

TUBING CUTTER: 

A tool used to make copper tubing too short.

SON-OF-A-BITCH TOOL: 

Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling ‘Son of a ï¿½BITCH!’ at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.
 
Hope you found this informative.
There is no need to send me a thank you note. 

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