Yeah, I thought this site was gone, but now it’s back. I learned a lesson about back up though. If you pop over to Port GreyBeard you’ll find my backup site. Far from everything will be found there, but I’ll try to get what is important to me backed up over there.
Just for the record, here’s a few of them.
We lose a few more everyday
I guess I come by it naturally
Old Model 67 Winchester
Dad at the Battle of Midway
A quote by Calvin Coolidge
Today I read the blog at Home on the Range, and learned of Barkley’s passing. I’ve never met Barkley in dog/person, but knew him a bit from reading the blog. His life and his passing, so mirrored that of my rotteweiler , Grifter RavenClaw, that it easily brought tears to my eyes. From what I knew of Barkley, he was as much like Grifter, as a Black Lab, can be like a Rottweiler, right down to their unexpecting passing due to bone cancer.
I feel terrible for Brigid, but I know she’ll get though it in time. Anyone who’s lost a companion like that, takes a bit of time to get over their passing. And Brigid, I’m sure you know how lucky you both were to find each other for Barkley’s time on earth.
Grifter, Gone but not forgotten.
The above painting looks over our dining room, and was painted by Kimberly Santini , while Griffy was still alive. She on the web at A DOG A DAY . You can read Grifter’s story here from 2009.
A few years back, this site went dark, mostly because the the spreading Darkness. I gradually brought back some informational posts, but cut way back on new posts, and in the process lost nearly all of my readers. No big deal! Now, Darkness seems to be growing, and I’m in the process of deciding whether or not to close the site down. At any rate, I’m shopping for a commercial grade firewall for my internet connection. They seem to be fairly reasonably priced on ebay. If you wonder what I’m talking about, follow some of the links on my “Daily Reads”. There are Dark thoughts moving in high places, and I don’t really want to be affected by them if possible. I’m nearly ready to make my internet connection a one way street. Just say’n .
About 3 weeks ago I had to go out to do some quick business. It was below zero, but, business has to be done. Well, the car got warmed up and I decided to drive down to the boat launch to look out at the Bay. Unfortunately the road at the boat launch park was only plowed part way, and when I came to the part that was unplowed there wasn’t enough room to turn around. I tried and got stuck. I had to walk about 3/4 of a mile back to the house to get the truck I had winter shoes on, but still by the time I got back to the house, the toes on my right foot were frostbitten. For the record, this is what they look like 3 weeks after the event. The black out sides have pretty much turned to deep red, (ingnore the two ink pens separating them) They look better than this most of the time, most of the redness goes away, and they’re kind of tender, but it looks like I’m going to get to keep them. I just heard from a friend downstate that his snowplow got one his fingers permanently! Be careful out there, accidents are just waiting to jump out and grab you.
I’ve been reading a series of books by Matthew Bracken. I can tell you these books are page turners.The books are “Enemies, Foreign and Domestic” ,Enemies, The Reconqista, Aztlan“, Foreign Enemies, and Traitors” . Then I have a fourth book by Matthew also downloaded called “Castigo Cay” . So far I’ve finished Foreign and Domestic, and am half way through Reconquista. They are well written with original storylines, (if somewhat down on big governemt). They are fiction, somewhat based on reality and also in my opinion seem to be somewhat prophetic, in a dark sort of way. There’s shooting, spying, loving, hope and hopelessness.. I’d recommend Foreign and Domestic or Castigo Cay, if you’ve never read a Matthew Bracken Book.
My previous reads were by D.J. Molles, first in a series, called “The Remaining” book one, and “The Remaining, Refugee’s” book two. D.J. has a whole series of these books, fictionally following the fall of the United States after a virus turns the majority of the population into Zombie like savages. These books are also page turners. I might continue the series at a later date. If you like the TV series “Walking Dead” these will be right up your alley, whereas “24″ might be -a little- in the line of “Enemies”.
The winter taxes that is. Supposedly the lower of the two times a year I have to pay them. A quick calculation, informs me, that I now pay 27 percent of my yearly income in property taxes. I have one simple question: How, in a country that began with a revolution over taxes, can I now be paying 27 percent of my income in property taxes alone?? Something seems very wrong with that picture.