Passages

Jul. 27th, 2012 10:07 pm
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My son’s maternal grandfather has passed away.
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Yesterday, caught a neighbor's cat in one of the live traps. Stupid cat.

Caught the second, smaller mink today in the same trap, after it had killed a total of 13 hens.

The traps will remain set for the foreseeable future (or at least until after mating season).

Between the two of them, they have accounted for 20 hens.

Ouch

Jan. 21st, 2012 08:13 pm
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Green sashes for both of us.

As I said: Ouch. ;-)
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In the basement of the farmhouse sit pieces of an old wooden deadfall mousetrap. There's the treadle/trigger, the block weight, and the trough that both sit inside of.

The problem is that I think some pieces are still missing, and I'm trying to figure out how to make it work properly. I don't know if my mother will know enough about it to help me figure out what's missing and how to set it.

It looks much like this, but without the uprights: http://www.fourteenacre.co.uk/english-deadfall-mousetrap/ -- There are two notches cut in the top of the sides of the trough, which is why I think there's something missing.

Anyone have any ideas?
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This morning, we will be picking up the new[er] Honda Civic. My brother decided that he wanted the old Honda Civic, so he will be taking that from the mechanic's shop, rather than the dealer towing it away.

Of course, working out the details on the old car meant that the dealer did the paperwork three times...
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Just before Christmas, we spent a fair chunk of change (if it were actual coinage, I would have needed a forklift to move it) on repairs to the van's front suspension and brake system. One of the struts was faulty, though, and we'll need to replace it, probably some time next week. Before we could do that, though, the faulty strut highlighted the fact that there was substantial rust and cracking in that strut tower (where the strut attaches to the van in the engine compartment), and we needed to take the van to a body shop to have that taken care of. That has now been done, but then we took the small car in for work on the brakes and alternator before taking the van back in for replacing the faulty strut.

After getting the estimate on the work for the Civic, we have decided to "retire" the old Honda Civic and acquiring a much newer one on Wednesday of next week. The amount of work that would have been needed to make the old one roadworthy again was prohibitive.

The newer one is a gold tone, four-door sedan, with a much larger trunk and rear seats that can fold down to accommodate even larger items. One of the things that we checked was whether or not we could carry our waxwood staves inside the car on the way to class on Wednesday nights...

Looks like it will get another 10 mpg above the old Civic, which got about 10 mpg above the van. Not too shabby, that.

Digital speedometer -- that is going to take some getting used to.
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Crossed out completed items, added new italicized items.

Monday:
  • Take wife to dentist
  • Check prices to send a FAX at Staples; decide not to send a FAX at Staples
  • Pick up transmission fluid for the van
  • Pick up 10W30 for the van
  • Deliver 30 boxes of maple syrup and sugar, averaging 10 lbs each, to UPS
  • Stop at gas station to check air pressure in tires
  • Kung Fu in the evening

Tuesday:
  • Deliver 50 bales of hay
  • FAX documents to new doctor's office from mother's office
  • Deliver several boxes of maple syrup and sugar (averaging 10 lbs each) to Post Office
  • Deposit checks for farm income
  • Package eggs for delivery to local stores

Wednesday:
  • Dentist appt in the morning
  • [Probably deliver more syrup and sugar to the Post Office] Moved to Thursday
  • Kung Fu in the evening

Thursday:
  • Deliver boxes of syrup to post office (waited 15 minutes in line, took 30 minutes to process all of the [pre-labeled] boxes
  • Pick up six packages at post office
  • [Physical trainer in the afternoon (he helps keep us mobile)] Canceled due to injury and lack of mobility
  • Travel to nearby town to pick up presents on behalf of mother
  • Check with optician on replacement polycarbonate lens for glasses
  • Make another farm bank deposit

Friday:
  • Planning meeting for town celebration of Winter Solstice in the morning
  • Make another trip to a different town to pick up presents on behalf of motherAdded and then removed — niece will be doing this
  • Travel to nearby town to pick up feed for chickens
  • Kung Fu in the evening

Saturday:
  • Extended family gathering for celebrating Christmas

Sunday:
  • A different Winter Solstice gathering down in the valley in the morning
  • After-party from Solstice celebration
  • Home for first sleep of week


Among all that, I have to:
  • Get programming work done for my full-time employer
  • Take care of chickens
  • Clean, candle, and package more eggs
  • Do regular mucking out of chicken coop
  • Bring in more firewood
  • Take care of fire in the boiler for heating the house
  • Schedule maintenance for the van ("Service Engine Soon" light, right front suspension, front tires)
  • Probably put out hay for pickup
  • Probably take more packages to Post Office
  • Fix storm door for basement entry
  • Sundry other meetings and visits
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Monday:
  • Take wife to dentist
  • Check prices to send a FAX at Staples; decide not to send a FAX at Staples
  • Pick up transmission fluid for the van
  • Pick up 10W30 for the van
  • Deliver 30 boxes of maple syrup and sugar, averaging 10 lbs each, to UPS
  • Stop at gas station to check air pressure in tires
  • Kung Fu in the evening

Tuesday:
  • Deliver 50 bales of hay
  • FAX documents to new doctor's office from mother's office
  • Deliver several boxes of maple syrup and sugar (averaging 10 lbs each) to Post Office
  • Deposit checks for farm income
  • Package eggs for delivery to local stores

Wednesday:
  • Dentist appt in the morning
  • Probably deliver more syrup and sugar to the Post Office
  • Kung Fu in the evening

Thursday:
  • Physical trainer in the afternoon (he helps keep us mobile)

Friday:
  • Planning meeting for town celebration of Winter Solstice in the morning
  • Kung Fu in the evening

Saturday:
  • Extended family gathering for celebrating Christmas

Sunday:
  • A different Winter Solstice gathering down in the valley in the morning
  • After-party from Solstice celebration


Among all that, I have to:
  • Get programming work done for my full-time employer
  • Take care of chickens
  • Clean, candle, and package more eggs
  • Do regular mucking out of chicken coop
  • Bring in more firewood
  • Take care of fire in the boiler for heating the house
  • Schedule maintenance for the van ("Service Engine Soon" light, right front suspension, front tires)
  • Probably put out hay for pickup
  • Probably take more packages to Post Office
  • Sundry other meetings and visits


And I sometimes wonder why I'm tired all of the time.
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“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
~ Thomas Jefferson — Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774-1776, quoting from On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764

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Can't go into any great detail (mostly because I don't remember any great detail), but I do recall that I needed to wash my hands before meeting with someone, and I was going to have to go home to wash my hands, and it was half an hour each way, but I would still be able to do it in time to meet with the person...
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A point to remember:

Chickens
are
omnivores.
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I've been busy. And I've been on FB (although only brief notes there).

With the recent changes to FB, however, I will probably be back posting on LJ more often.
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Neil Gaiman writing a Doctor Who episode. Epic!
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Went to Town Meeting. Coughing, had to leave before we were half way through the warrant.

Raised the east barn door (required removing a board in the chicken coop placed there in the winter to block a vicious draft). Pushed the blue truck out of the barn with the tractor. Got out the riding lawnmower; put air in one tire and charged the battery. Two tractor bucket-loads of manure taken out of the barn. Mowed the front circle lawn and the "tennis court". Gathered eggs for the second time today, for a total of 92 eggs.

Still coughing.
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Some time today, my father's dog, Duke, lay down in the pasture between the pond and the brook, and did not rise again.

The master and his faithful dog are together.

Spring...

Apr. 13th, 2011 10:12 pm
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... peepers!

Meme

Mar. 23rd, 2011 01:25 pm
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Taken from [livejournal.com profile] fosveny:

To play along, make a post with the following statements in order of when they occurred in your life (feel free to add/remove/edit as appropriate).

[I only did first occurrences of each. Gets confusing for me otherwise.]

Buy a car.
Graduate high school.
Start college.
Get drunk for the first time.
Become gainfully employed.
Graduate college.
Meet future spouse.
Get married.
Buy a house.
Have kids.
Get divorced.
Get remarried (order in which "Meet future spouse" occurs does not change).
Get a cell phone.

Haven't done:
Get laid off.
Try to start a business.
Move out of parent's house for good (now in apartment in parents' house).
Move across the country for a job.
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