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Gary O
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# Posted: 20 Nov 2017 19:14
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Quoting: cabingal3
i was a crazy woman yesterday.i meant i needed to go take a nap.so sorry i was wild.

No complaints, my lady
wild place
wild woman
saw yer tracks out there
claws in...good to go

cabingal3
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# Posted: 20 Nov 2017 19:47
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hattie
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# Posted: 21 Nov 2017 01:17
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Quoting: cabingal3
we are looking for larger acreage.come spring we want to have enough money saved to purchase bigger.


Are you two going to sell your paradise and move?

Gary O
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# Posted: 21 Nov 2017 07:23
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Quoting: hattie
Are you two going to sell your paradise and move?

Not this decade
Prolly not next decade
Maybe not ever
But
Can't not find, buy, build
Goin' thru wood butcher withdrawal
And this place is gettin' a tad populated
like a neighborhood
neighbors with big lots
I mean, we don't mind coyotes
or herds of garden munching vegan deer
or the occasional garbage can foraging bear
or even folks...on rare occasion
However, our elbows a gettin' cramped

Old people don't like cramps

hattie
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# Posted: 21 Nov 2017 12:15
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I hear you loud and clear GaryO....Every once in awhile I will look online at places in the next town over from us. Then I think how it would be with people so close and there is no way. Bob just shakes his head and says we have everything here so he's not going anywhere. The main reason I like the winter so much is that there are fewer people around.

Good luck to you both no matter what you decide to do. As for us, I just want to hunker down and do some serious hibernating for the winter.

Gary O
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# Posted: 21 Nov 2017 19:38
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Quoting: hattie
Then I think how it would be with people so close and there is no way.


yep

Thing is, these new folks are nice
No hooligans
Still

Gary O
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# Posted: 1 Dec 2017 22:32
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Third Year Synopsis;

Going into our third winter
Not sure if ‘complacent’ is the word, but....

Chores, the first year, were an adventure, and mostly triumph

Git anything done, and it turned out right, well, the smile would not fade

The second year was more determination and commitment than anything, as building essential structures like a shop were all consuming

This third year things are beginning to become repetitious
Oh, I still offer a prayer of thanks ever time I draw water

...and one swells in me during the morning rise


And still have that somebody pinch me feeling while butchering wood in my shop, or even tossing a log in the stove

But

We are, what is it...settled in, yeah, that’s it, settled in

...and it’s a mighty calming thing for this soul

Y’all keep a fire

I'll be in the shop



BadgersHollow
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# Posted: 24 Jan 2018 20:11
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Man, I'm really liking your second cabin concept. I might add a little arctic entry or something but I like the concept.

Gary O
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# Posted: 24 Jan 2018 23:11
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Quoting: BadgersHollow
Man, I'm really liking your second cabin concept. I might add a little arctic entry or something but I like the concept.

Hey neighbor.
It was an evolution

...that happens to work

creeky
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# Posted: 25 Jan 2018 09:41
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I too think about selling up to move. But only so I can build again with all the knowledge I've gained from "rev 01".

Evolution.

Gary O
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# Posted: 25 Jan 2018 10:02
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Quoting: creeky
But only so I can build again

YES!

It will never end


...I hope

BadgersHollow
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# Posted: 26 Jan 2018 00:55
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You should check out my side of the desert forest when spring rolls around.

Gary O
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# Posted: 26 Jan 2018 01:03
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We just may, Badge

we just may

bushbunkie
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# Posted: 30 Mar 2018 19:16
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Hi Gary, with spring rolling around how did you (the original homesteaders!) fair this winter? Can't wait to get up to our cabin. My honey had her third hip replacement this winter, so we've been stayin close to home...savin up the brownie points and bein a god hubby

Gary O
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# Posted: 31 Mar 2018 21:04
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Quoting: bushbunkie
Hi Gary, with spring rolling around how did you (the original homesteaders!) fair this winter?


Hey Bush

Beginning our third year here next month
Little has changed our outlook, our expectations
Enhanced?
Yes
Winters are long
They have their rewards not enjoyed in spring, summer
But spring
It’s what’s looked for, waited for
And it’s now here
Bugs have yet to hatch
The sun has yet to burn like summer
I can work all day, not just the morn
The air
Mountain air at 4550’ is so pure, so crisp in spring

The day started like most


But
It’s spring now

I did work outside all day
Started in the shop, opened both doors
Ended up outside, answering the call of this new season
Uncovering things, prepping garden spots for my lady
Ma nature laughs during spring
It could snow here in June
But today
Today was what one looks for, waits for
The first days of spring let you know just how outa shape a lazy winter can make you
Tonight I ache in places I forgot I had
Last thing I did today was make a screen door for the main cabin
Previous seasons I just fashioned a weighted screen that hung from the top of the jamb, vowing to ‘make a real one next year’

Heh, it’s now next year
I’d hoped, in my head, to fashion a sliding affair, as there’s not much porch room, and I hate contending with light swinging doors that don’t quite close flush, inhibited by the wind
The slider works better than I’d hoped




simple handles can be fun things


plopping into the lazy boy has it's own rewards

but after a day of toil (fun work), it seems fittingly worthy



Not unhappy

oh, and throughout the winter I butchered wood in the shop
making crude things like jelly cupboards and pie hutches





or doing PMs on things, like replacing bearings on well used carts


seasons bring change, of which my lovely lady kept pace in places like the breakfast nook


whipped out a three way mirror (for ear hair removal) after seeing how much they went for in the store

then promptly found one for $18.99

Anyway, we enjoyed ever minute this winter

Spring, however, has sprung

I'll be outside

naturelover66
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# Posted: 31 Mar 2018 22:32
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Love Cabis breakfast nook. That centerpiece is beautiful. And that sliding door is amazing!
Glad you had a productive winter. Spring hasnt sprung here in Michigan yet but we are close. Cant wait to get to the cabin in 3 weeks.
Have a happy Easter.

Gary O
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# Posted: 31 Mar 2018 22:51
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Quoting: naturelover66
Have a happy Easter

You too, Lisa
(no foolin')

bushbunkie
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# Posted: 1 Apr 2018 08:44
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Glad to know you guys are alive and well and enjoying it all.
Nice cupboard BTW! Makes me pine away for my place.
Happy Easter to you both.

bushbunkie
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# Posted: 1 Apr 2018 08:51
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BTW...knowing your sense of humour...thought you would appreciate this. My wife on the other hand thinks I need therapy!
Happy Easter!
spittin image of my pup...
spittin image of my pup...


Gary O
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# Posted: 1 Apr 2018 09:57 - Edited by: Gary O
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Labs make the best friends..... and pics

and yes, you do need therapy...cabin therapy

cheers, mate

Gary O
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# Posted: 18 May 2018 22:20
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Writ April 25

Yesterday


Was most glorious



Near 70° F
Bathed outside in the glory of this warm spring day
Then splayed myself on the lounge, drying, naturally

Soaking in water then ol’ sol is a unique extravagance afforded by most but taken by few
I cannot put into words how I feel today
Maybe I just don’t wish to
It’d be like grabbing and holding the morning’s rays



And it’d cheapen this present sensitivity

Dined on ribeye at the table outside
With my mate of 50 years



Did some trivial things the rest the day

But this feeling, this feeling has yet to leave me

Our place is less than simple











But yet so much
Each piece of wood, so cherished



Is my mind that simple?
So easily touched?
If it is….God, I pray you never change it


My lady was remiss at the meagerness of my birthday 'gifts' yesterday
She felt better after reminding her of her gift...of herself
At least I think she did...tears are sometimes hard for me to interpret


Can heaven be better?

‘Contentment is great gain’

Read that somewhere

It….. is….. profound



Keeping this fire that burns within

naturelover66
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# Posted: 19 May 2018 08:25
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I hope you had the Happiest of Birthdays Gary.
Lisa

Gary O
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# Posted: 19 May 2018 19:35
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Quoting: naturelover66
I hope you had the Happiest of Birthdays Gary. Lisa

a happier one does not come to mind

Thanks. Lisa

Gary O
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# Posted: 16 Jun 2018 23:01
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wood...is in





Just
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2018 10:06
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Going to stay a bit longer are you two ? Got it all cut and split before it gets hot , way to go Paul.

Gary O
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2018 20:12
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Quoting: Just
Got it all cut and split before it gets hot

we did this year..one learns
take what the seasons give ya
had an early spring...took it

Cheers, sir Just

darz5150
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2018 20:51
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Job well done Gary!! After seeing your post last nite, I have wood envy!😋
Here in the Midwest we are having a heat wave with heat index of over 100 degrees.
Seeing your wood pile gave me enough inspiration to wake up early, sharpen all the chainsaws and make sure I have enough gas and oil to last the whole year. Then when I started sweating profusely, I went back in the air conditioning and made sure that I had the propane delivery service on speed dial. Lol.

Gary O
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# Posted: 17 Jun 2018 23:10
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Quoting: darz5150
Then when I started sweating profusely, I went back in the air conditioning and made sure that I had the propane delivery service on speed dial.


Been there
no choice

We certainly got lucky this spring

working on fun projects now

I'll post some pics when they become more worthy

keep a fire, darz (later in the fall)

Borrego
Member
# Posted: 18 Jun 2018 11:07
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Good job, GO.....that's a lot of wood for an old fart......

bushbunkie
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# Posted: 18 Jun 2018 18:39
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Looking forward to the pics!

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