Miss Marple said we are all alloted three score and ten years, and like Miss Marple I shall soon be overdrawn.
Now, having lived 70 years, I will use this blog to record my observations and try to answer the question, "Is the hokey-pokey really what it's all about?
I am not
blogging much this summer. Summertime for
me is maintenance time, and last summer I fell behind when my wife was diagnosed
with breast cancer – she is doing great.
I have a
post and beam house and it is built like a fortress.
The sills are 8x6 inch beams and they are covered
on the outside with a spacing board that allows Styrofoam panels to be placed between
the interior and exterior walls.
I found some rot in the outer plate covering
the sill so had to remove the siding, cut out and remove a section of the outer
wall, replace the spacing board and then put it all back together: a two-day
job that turned out to be four because of measure twice, cut once, then measure
and cut again…. It took me three tries
to get the siding right because six-inch cedar siding is five and a half inches
wide and I had my head up my ass.
It is done
now and done properly. Now I have to
repaint the front of the house.
It is also time to put in my
firewood for the coming winter.
I order firewood cut and split, but about a
third of the wood is larger than I like it, so I split the larger pieces before placing them in
my wood shed: splitting firewood in the winter snow and cold is not fun.
I also have
to replace some parts on my eighteen-year-old snow blower and hope it will get
me through another year.
There are at
least a half-dozen other jobs I hope to complete before the first snow – then I
can kick back, feed the wood stove, read, blog and take it easy…. between digging
out from snow storms.
All this is
not a complaint: I love my life in Maine and I wouldn’t change it. Summer work and winter chores keep me
grounded to the earth. How boring and
superficial it would be to have everything done for me.
things cheap to grow? Is there a glut
of mangoes on the world market? Is there
a cartel of mango dealers?
mangoes are being used as a filler like lettuce at Subway.
frozen mixed fruit that my wife adds to yogurt, and sprinkles of granola for
her breakfast. These bags of fruit
contain strawberries, peaches, pineapple, blueberries and a ton of mangoes.
did mangoes become the go to fruit?
There are mangoes in everything: mango salsa, mango mixed fruit, mango
ice cream and try to buy a flavored bottle of water without mango in it:
strawberry mango, orange mango, pineapple mango.
believe consumers are raving for mangoes, so it must have to do with a profit margin
– we are being manipulated to eat mangoes.
If you have not watched this program from the
beginning I would advise you to skip it tonight, until you have a chance to view it from
are a fantastic read; and the series is every bit as good as the books.
My wife and
I are making supper early, as last year’s Season 6 episode 9 rerun begins at
seven-o-clock, followed by Season 6 episode 10; and then the long-awaited
Season 7 episode 1 – the final season.
We plan to binge watch.
Like The Godfather and the Hobbit and Harry Potter, Game of Thrones is destine to become a classic.
raining today and I can’t work outside, so I am taking the day off.
excuse and I’m sticking with it.
catch up reading blogs and sharing what’s on my mind.
is always complaining about the ignorance of a large percentage of American
voters; and the sometimes maddeningly political correctness and fantasy
obsessions of liberals.
A program on
Public Radio this past week-end told the story of an environmentalist movement
that decided to try to reverse evolution on one of the islands that was visited
by Charles Darwin in the Galapagos group - restoring the island of Pinta to the condition
Darwin found when he landed.
A number of
these islands are home to giant tortoise, but on the island of Pinta there was
only one tortoise left: Lonesome George.
tortoise is a tortoise is a tortoise, but the liberal environmentalist and college
biology departments involved decided that not just any tortoise would do, but
the replacements should be from the blood line of Lonesome George.
years they tried to get Lonesome George to mate, but he wasn’t interested. One College professor and his female
assistant went so far as spending two years trying to jack off ole George for
his semen, but to no avail.
Lonesome George died. One of the
scientist said he was ready to shoot him anyway.
This is the
type of obsessive bull shit that liberals are known for. Probably hundreds of thousands of dollars
and many hundreds of man hours were spent on this project so tourist could
visit the Island and experience it as Darwin did – what a waste of time and