Saturday, October 22, 2016


I feel sorry for the people in the deep south and south west where every day is the same – different strokes for different folks, I guess.  Here in the north-east the seasons move through changes – and these changes remind us that nature is still in charge.

The fall colors this year were gorgeous; but over the last two weeks the bright reds have gone and the world has moved to orange and brown, but still beautiful.  


Rain finally moved into the northeast last night dropping about two inches.  The prediction for today is continued rain with winds beginning this evening gusting to forty knots.  By tomorrow most of the color will be gone, and the stark transition to winter begins.

The frost is on the pumpkin and some snow is predicted for higher elevations – first of the year. 

I still have maintenance work to do before the temperature drops: winterize the well house, PM the snowblower and split and stack a cord of firewood (will be made easier with my new wood splitter.)    Then it is settle down with wood fires and reading and cats in my lap and making love to my wife – not a bad time of life – not a bad time of year.

The Ol’Buzzard


I received my new log splitter yesterday; but haven’t had a chance to unpack it and check it out.   Since yesterday evening we have had about two inches of rain fall in western Maine.  Not complaining, as we are ten inches short for the season – not great for wells.

Maine is a rocky state, hence stone walls everywhere you look.  Every year farmers would plow their fields and plow up rocks, lacking a place to put them they bordered their fields because good fences make good neighbors (see Mending Walls by Robert Frost.)

The problem is that digging even a small hole in western Maine requires a pick ax or pry bar.   I ran across this (again) when I wanted to mount my stationary bird feeder.   The answer:

Place a chimney block where I wanted the feeder.  Brace up the feeder in the flue hole and fill with quick dry cement.   That feeder is not going anywhere and I didn’t have to dig a hole.

Another tip: If you are about to buy a new drill or have hinted to your other that want one for X-mas - beware.    I always wanted a battery operated cordless drill – so convenient not having to run an extension cord to every work sight.  I finally bought one, but not being a full time carpenter I only used it occasionally.  I found that every time I took out the drill the battery was low and needed charging.   I have gone back to a cord drill.

I come from a time that men were expected to be maintenance savvy.  I have done carpentry, electrical, I hate plumbing, and at one time could work on my own cars and motorcycles.   I think that time is past for young men.   The young people I know are helpless when something breaks.   They look for an app on their phone and call a repairman – or their father. 

Just my observation.

The Ol’Buzzard

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


I just purchased a six ton log splitter from Home Depot and it is due to be delivered Thursday.    

I have over a cord of cut wood in my back yard that needs splitting and I am getting too old to heft a maul and ax for hours on end.  I have a couple or three more cord I can clear off the wooded land next to my house.  

The splitter cost $280, and a cord of fire wood split and delivered would cost over $200 dollars, so I will easily make back my output within a year.  And I have a new toy to play with.

It is suppose to rain on Friday; but stand by Saturday
the Ol'Buzzard


My wife and I began drinking Parmalat milk back in 1985 when we first started teaching in a remote Athabaskan Indian village in the Alaska bush, and it has been our milk every since.  

I have always been a milk drinker and we have cereal most every morning.   Parmalat taste like milk because it is milk.   We drink 2%, but in the whole milk product I have often found cream at the top. 

Parmalat is real milk; not reconstituted or powdered or some fake milk product.  The advantage of the Parmalat is that it keeps without refrigeration until it is opened.   We buy six or eight quarts and keep it in the cupboard until we need it, then shift it to the refrigerator.   Since it is just the two of us, if we bought fresh milk by the gallon it would probably go bad before we could use it all, and if we were buying by the quart we would have to make constant trips into the supermarket. 

Besides the convenience of not having to shop regular for milk, Parmalat is also great to take on trips, camping, or anyplace refrigeration is not available.

Parmalat comes in 1%, 2%, whole milk and chocolate.  Parmalat is available at our supermarket in the baking isle and at Walmart in the baking isle.   

I have no connection with Parmalat other than I buy it and drink it.   Just thought I would post about it because it is a quality and convenient product that we used.   If you are a milk drinker you might want to try it - compare it to your fresh milk.   It has the Ol'Buzzard stamp of approval.

the Ol'Buzzard


Friday, October 14, 2016


Hillary should drop out of the third debate.   She has nothing to gain by attending,   She can use the excuse that everything has already been said and she is not going to get down in the mud with Trump.   
Let the news medias air Trumps laundry - she doesn't need to attack or defend.   It is all already out there, and more to come.

the Ol'Buzzard


For over thirty years I have been telling my wife that Bob Dylan is the greatest poet of my generation.
Bob Dylan was just awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

Saturday, October 8, 2016


The argument that the Second Amendment was to allow citizens to have guns to protect themselves against their own government is blatantly false.  
I know this bothers some gun supporters that have heard this from the NRA and used this as their argument for no gun laws.  But, in 1791 when the Amendment was past, America did not have a standing army and the intent was to guarantee citizens could own guns so in time of crisis a militia could be quickly raised – not armed for an insurrection against the government.

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

In 1792 the Congress went one step further, passing an act requiring all male citizens to arm themselves in order to be able to quickly raise a militia:

Each and every free able-bodied white male citizen of the respective States, resident therein, who is or shall be of age of eighteen years, and under the age of forty-five years (except as is herein after excepted) shall severally and respectively be enrolled in the militia… every citizen so enrolled and notified, shall, within six months thereafter, provide himself with a good musket or flrelock, and sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch with a box therein to contain not less than twenty-four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball: or with a good rifle, knapsack ,shot-pouch and powder-horn, twenty balls suited to the bore of his rifle, and a quarter of a pound of powder; and shall appear, so armed, accoutered and provided, when called out to exercise, or into service, except, that when called out on company days to exercise only, he may appear without a knapsack.

Today we have a standing army and the requirement for all citizens to arm is not necessary – neither is the argument that we must arm ourselves so we can overthrow our own government.  

We fought a Civil War against the idea of anarchy – the point should be well established. 

The need to line up at Burger King with assault rifles and pistols defies common sense and places the general public in danger.

The Ol’Buzzard