Tired Now

I know this is going to sound unbelievable, but it turns out that three cities in three days, viewing six to seven houses each, with a bunch of driving every day, and oh yeah, two offers (one rejected one accepted) is EXHAUSTING. Yes, tongue firmly in cheek.

And I’m sorry I’ve been more absent than not from the blog. But–

Well, but the next month things will be funky (if all goes well) as we get this house ready to go up, and things packed to move.

Neverthless, Bowl of Red is on track to go up early next month, (hopefully before closing) and my evenings are right now taken up with editing/fixing/etc the darkship series, so it can start going up one a week.

I have August 15th through 25th penciled in for sleeping, but with my luck that’s when hell breaks lose, right?

(But Sarah, you said June. I know. I also said it would be so small/silent in June we might not notice. But I’m not going to weasel. This sense of what’s coming is an imperfect instrument, and it’s possible I’m completely wrong. I’m still holding on to hope all this resolves without fire and blood. But judging from how people less inclined to think so are acting, I’d say chances are slim. Still, praying never hurt anyone. Pray for peace. Prepare for otherwise, yes, including disruptions and chaos. And always follow Heinlein’s advice: keep your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark. The life you save might be your own.)

And now that I’m upright and moving (Well, shambling) I’m going to get my headphones on, audiobook playing, and go clean the house. (It’s okay, I’ve trained myself to think of this as “resting” since it’s normally half of my day off) so serious scraping/sanding/painting can start tomorrow.

I’ll drop by now and then, hopefully to be amused. And will sit down to write at 5 pm or so….

Thank you for putting up with irregular hours and crazy times here at ATH. I’ll try to post regularly through the next month, but some days I’ll fail. Thank you in advance for your patience.

Try to defend the ATH ship from pirates and the pirate-like regulars who will try to burn it or scuttle it because some troll infestation got in.

Be not afraid. We’re going to get through this. All of this. Because we’re the people who get through things. By the time most of us survived childhood, there was nothing they could do to us that held any terror.

So, we go!

139 thoughts on “Tired Now

  1. Pirates, huh? Alright, time for that sound-dampening stuff… so we can use the sonics, infrasonics, and ultrasonics, and if need be even quadraphonics… without undue risk to innocents… or ourselves, for that matter.

    1. I prefer the glue gun. Or the glue cannon.
      I can’t seem to get the glue trebuchet to do anything but make a mess.
      (Water soluble, for easy cleanup.)

  2. Fantastic news on your second offer being accepted. Really hope all goes smoothly and you are able to get away from all the chaos and into an area where you can write with some peace of mind.

  3. Well, our enemy is nowhere near as smart (or competent) as they think they are, so things not going in a completely predictable way should be expected. They definitely want to hurt/murder as many of those they hate as they can.

    (Was trying to find a clip or gif of Lonestar holding Dark Helmet at bay by holding his hand against Helmet’s helmet while Helmet swings wildly but was as unsuccessful as Lord Helmet. Ah well.)

  4. Another round of good luck from me and the kitties! Take care of yourself and don’t worry about us! I’ll see if the furballs are good for another picture or two on MeWe, too, if that helps.

  5. Tired’s OK. As long as you aren’t bored . . .

    Anyone else really want the yellow flag with the black Lego™ in the center that says “Don’t Tread on Me?” Those who know, will know. Those with kids, will wince and murmur, “Say on, Brother, say on!”

    1. $SPOUSE was hesitant about flying the Gasden flag, but the Lego flag would be fun. Pointage, Laughter and Mockery for the win!

      1. There are two variants on the Week in Pictures at the Powerline Blog, but I don’t know if a real flag exists yet. Given how made-to-order things operate on the Internet?

        Soon, my Prescioussssss, sooooooonnnn.

  6. Give up the idea that a human can be omnipresent and omnipotent, and all will be well. Best wishes, Ted

  7. Praying for peace is appealing. Praying for the Lord’s hand stretched out in protection over this country is preferable. If that means a coast to coast party with hot dogs, potato salad and pretty fireworks great. If that means blood in the street, then it does. The Lord knows better than me what will preserve the USA.

    1. A useful form I got from my mom– not on purpose– is “God, help, please.”

      Mom got… kinda irate… mostly because she recognized the flaw in herself…. with folks trying to put in Have It Your Way orders with the Almighty.

      She (to them gently) suggested that the might consider (to me were damned fools if they didn’t) that taking a page from Jesus with the “I’d like this, if not, then intimate-address-Your will be done,” with heavy focus on “this is sooooo far out there that my hopes may be the worst thing possible and I need to remember it.”

      1. God is not a wish-fulfillment ATM. “Thy will be done” is the most important line in the Lord’s Prayer.

        However, He taught us to pray “give us each day our daily bread”–but the Greek word that is translated as “daily” has nothing to do with 24-hour periodicity at all. As a matter of fact, it may be a word made up by Jesus, as there is no record of its use anywhere else in Greek literature prior to the Septuagint. It’s a portmanteau of “epi” and “ousia”, and could mean something like “essential”, “required”, “above requrements”, or even “lagniappe”.


        Personally, I think this aligns with the phrase “man does not live by bread alone” and that God’s intention is actually for us to have beauty and truth in our lives, not just obligations. And prayer is how we align ourselves with His intentions.

        1. “Let it be done unto me according to your word*,” and so many other things– Trust the Boss.

          He loves us.

          He literally inspired a whole new word, Charitas, for Christ-like-love, wish the true best…which may really, really suck getting there!

          * I actually had to explain the joke “what kind of a car does Mary drive? Fiat.” because the person had never heard that one; came to mind because holy cow is that a looooooot of words vs one and it amused me.

          1. “Word” is another word that is badly abused in English translations, but “daily” I think may be the worst. That phrase ought to be, or ought to have been, the subject of much scholarly debate, at some point in the last 2000 years. It’s very clever.

            1. *laughs* When I was checking your statement vs Catholic theology I found out that St. Jerome (compiled/translated/organized the Bible) was non-binding-teaching noted as “got it right” in the sense of “what we need” type phrasing.

              I honestly hadn’t ever thought about it much, because I’m use to “daily (anything)” meaning something like “that which is essential,” because (paraphrasing my mom) Cows Eat On Christmas.

              1. Yeah, except that’s only the most obvious way to translate it, and there are Greek words available that mean exactly that–“essential”. What was the purpose of coining a new word just there?

                  1. That’d be my guess too, or at least it seems reasonable. But the distinction seems like kind of a big deal to me, theologically speaking.

                    1. Yeah, “this is enough” meaning “you can survive” and “this is enough” meaning “you are fully provisioned” is a HUGE difference.

          2. So Jesus steps in at the stoning of the adulteress and says, “let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” And a rock sails out of the crowd and beans the poor woman. Jesus looks out, sees who it is, and yells, “dammit, Mom, I’m trying to make a point here!”

        2. As I’ve always said: “He told me He wouldn’t send me any burden I couldn’t bear. I wish He didn’t have so high an opinion of my capabilities.”

          1. Ha! That always sounded like a threat to me, but then I’m kind of full of myself.

      1. Obviously the Canadians are completely insane, incompatible with my plan to eliminate the consumption of dairy, and must be exterminated by use of tomato blight.

        What? (People were complaining about me making too much sense, and I have addressed that.)

        1. Sir, there is no need to bestir yourself to exterminate Canada. The Canadian government is working hard on that issue as we speak. If you do nothing, the nation will presently dissolve into chaos all on it’s own without further effort on your part.

          Although, since it is a government project they probably won’t get it done very fast. Five more years, maybe?

          1. We Have Got To Do Something, in case the other people who Have Got To Do Something don’t ruin what they are trying to do with poor planning, incompetence, and indifference to objective reality.

            In all seriousness, I think the bit about ‘if you ignore things, nine out of ten problems will get solved before you would be able to do anything’ may hold now for any Americans worrying about the Canadian situation. Was that Coolidge?

            1. Not sure about Coolidge, but I do take a great deal of comfort that it’s the government trying to ruin the country deliberately. If it was private enterprise, then I’d be concerned. ~:D

                1. The People’s Republic of Quebec, from coast to coast…

                  The “Quebec independence” terorirst groups caused considerable grief to the Canadian government in the 1960s and 1970s, and when they didn’t get enough of a reaction from Ottawa, they’d head south and blow up people in the US. All of which seems mostly forgotten nowadays.

                  1. There was a lot of blowing people up in the US in the 60s and 70s that’s been completely forgotten. See Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence.

          2. I saw Post-Apocalyptic Canadians open for Smashing Pumpkins at Lincoln Hall, before they sold out.

      2. Seriously, what is not awesome about the post that precedes the Real Post, promising a Real Post!!! later in the day after the caffeine finally kicks in? It makes me feel like I’m not the only feeble creature in the world that crawls out of bed, squints painfully at the day and thinks “why couldn’t night be longer?”

    1. Yeah. and some of our friends are planning visits to help decorate. Mostly because they’re not right in the head. (that’s why they’re my friends. :D)

  8. Congrats on some well earned progress!
    If you’re sure you really want to be awake when the SHTF, a way will be found to raise you out of the Rip Van Winkle state.
    I have a feeling it may be eventful around late August. If not, then in the fall “flu” season.

  9. Congrats on getting the offer accepted on the new house! Hopefully you’re out before your fears come to pass.

  10. Congratulations on finding a landing place. That’s one load off your mind, although I’m sure there is a long line of troubles waiting to take its place.

  11. “But Sarah, you said June. I know. I also said it would be so small/silent in June we might not notice. ”

    Ah, but which June? If they’ve managed to push it off a year, and I suspect the NYC mayoral primary came darn close to going sideways, there’s always next June.

    Plant more potatoes.

    I expect things will go worse when people find they can no longer exit the cities, because there’s no house buyers left in them.

      1. I think so, too. Midterm year. They can’t allow any appearance of the possibility of losing; they MUST delegitimize the opposition any way they can.

        1. Recently saw attempts to characterize “publicly disagrees with official finding and accepts money” as “fraud”.

          Which would be…. creative… if applied elsewhere.

        2. Personally, I think the most likely flashpoint at the moment is a Fed attempt to use obliviously heavy-handed tactics to shut down one of the state vote audits. If the state refuses to cooperate, and the Feds decide to forcibly take it all over…

          Our Hostess linked on Insty to an article mentioning that the Feds are feeling concerned enough to send the President down to Pennsylvania to have chats with local leaders before the state starts an audit of a number of locales (of areas dominated by both parties) within the state.

          1. >> “Personally, I think the most likely flashpoint at the moment is a Fed attempt to use obliviously heavy-handed tactics to shut down one of the state vote audits.”

            That’s one of the possible triggers I’ve been contemplating as well.

            Although I’m also wondering what happens if the audits go through and Trump is officially proven to be the winner. What then? Are there any legal mechanisms for removing Biden at that point?

            >> “the Feds are feeling concerned enough to send the President down to Pennsylvania to have chats with local leaders before the state starts an audit”

            Heh. And when the FICUS starts babbling incoherently in the middle of those talks, how many of those leaders will end up thinking the country needs Trump back ASAP?

            1. No, there is no legal mechanism to remove the president in such a situation, short of impeachment. And impeachment would not make Trump the president.

              One of Trump’s lawyers recently made a statement sort of along those lines (impeachment wasn’t mentioned) in response to a “sources say” report that Trump was talking about events in August putting him back in the White House.

              1. Personally I’d like to see him reinstated on January 20, 2023. Sine he wouldn’t be serving more than half a term it wouldn’t count against his limit and we could get six more years out of him. And we could thank the Dems for making the extra two years possible!

      2. I hope I’m back in-country by then. Although the way the UK is going, I might not be heading out-country.

      3. Right now I’m expecting that Biden’s “Your vaccination papers, please” teams will incite an Elian Gonzalez moment.

      4. No, I think you were right. Turning point was end of May, into June. I felt the new weather front blow in.

    1. I still have four buckets of leftover sprouted potatoes… they’re now two feet tall and taking over the porch. Well, if I put it off long enough, they’ll be next spring’s potatoes.

      1. Nearly 6 months ago, I messed up and mentioned I need to toss some sprouted potatoes.

        Kids demanded to plant them.

        I allowed…if THEY planted them.

        ….the things are two feet high now, and I don’t know jack about potatoes beyond “Elf isn’t allowed to mow them”…..

        1. Potatoes aren’t that hard in my experience. Avoid potato bugs and blight, plenty of water and sun. They don’t need much, but they’ll gob up the soil after a bit, so rotate them every so often, or add stuff to counteract. Depending on variety, they’re not all that picky- though if they get planted close to peppers or acidic plants, the results might taste a little weird.

          In Appalachia they were common backyard garden residents back when I was young. Taters and corn made many a dinner… and ‘shine, on occasion.

        2. Don’t let them get too big. I planted an eye once as a child and it produced a ginormous potato vine. Unfortunately it turned out all the energy of the plant went into the vine and I got maybe one potato the size of a quarter.

          1. That’s not true. The more leaves, the more “solar energy” is available to turn into potatoes. Puny vines make few potatoes. But you also need to keep burying the vine as it grows, because potatoes grow off the stems, not from the roots. And while some will grow tubers above ground (a bad fault, and they’ll be inedible), others won’t even try it.

            They also like a lot of water but they don’t like wet feet. (True of most root veggies.) I make raised beds between shallow ditches, then plant potatoes in pits in the raised beds, and as they progress, push the extra dirt back into the pit to cover the lower stems. Initially they get one or two good waterings in their pits, but thereafter I flood the ditches every few days as needed (usually every 3rd day here). Since we have rapid drainage and they’re raised above the soak level they’re never sitting in water, but still get plenty for their roots.

            WP is doing something weird, I can’t tell where this reply is ending up, but it’s aimed at Dorothy. 🙂

            1. Ah. Given I was 9 or 10 at the time and my parents had no experience with potatoes, it was the theory they came u up with at the time.

              1. I understand that if there’s a nutrient imbalance in the soil, too much nitrogen compared to other things — or perhaps plenty of nitrogen but not enough other things — then some root/fruit vegetables will get sort of confused and just keep putting the energy from the leaves into… more leaves. So there may be multiple factors?

                1. If you use straight nitrogen, and the soil was already a wreck, you might see that. But you’d have to work at it to find “veggie fertilizer” that wasn’t at least somewhat balanced. And given most veggies are sort of domesticated weeds (and if not harvested in a timely manner, will seed out and take over), in my experience they’re not all that fussy.

                  I just shovel in a little more long-ago-manure out of the back shed, and top with some some very dry grass clippings (don’t use green, it’ll putrefy) to conserve moisture while seeds are still thinking, and it’s good enough. Only reason I added peat this year is to hopefully acidify it a bit against potato scab without adding sulfur (onions are strong enough, don’t need incentive).

                  Main reason Miracle Gro works is it adds micro-nutrients not usually included in bulk fertilizer.

        3. Fortunately, you don’t need to know anything. Odds are you have Russets, though you didn’t say, and about the only growing difference is when the tops’ll die.
          Now, you can get fancy if you like, add dirt on top, etc. And too much water is bad, too little water is bad.

          But all you really need to know, as home school project, is when the tops die, send the kids out to dig them all up.
          The kids’ll miss some. Those’ll sprout next spring if nothing eats them over winter. They’ll cut some in half with the shovel or stab them with the potato fork if you have one-don’t go buy one: use those first.
          Let the potatoes dry a day or so, then store them in a cool, dry, dark place, until you use them.

          If the skins look like they have scabs on them, they’re ugly, but won’t hurt you. Just know you have a soil pathogen that does it, and if you want to have pretty potatoes you’ll need to buy clean seed potatoes every year. If they have dark and/or hollow spots in the center, that means they were too well watered, keep the next batch dryer. (Cut the dark/hollow stuff out, the rest is fine to eat.)

          Potatoes should (see soil pathogens) be rotated in where you plant them every year.

          There’s a reason I say plant potatoes: they’re easy.

          1. They are Russet, which I know because I know a tiny bit about potatoes….and like the other breeds better.

            I am honestly debating NOT telling the kids to go harvest, because that ground is… roughly well prepared?…. if they spread well, we might put the blasted things in teh ditch, because the grass is a disaster…..

            But the original planting was “mom forgot she bought $2 of potatoes and they sprouted.”

          2. Scab tends to go away if you acidify the soil, or so I’ve read. Since I don’t need any more sulfur making the onions OMG strong, I’m trying peat moss for that. However, I’ve noticed I can somewhat pick out the scab-susceptible potatoes, both by the leaves tending to look stunted and curly, and by the irregular shapes. (Whether scab or weird shapes come first, I don’t know, but have noticed they go together.)

            The skins cure better and they keep better if you leave ’em in the ground as long as you can get away with. If your ground doesn’t freeze or flood, there’s no real reason to dig potatoes before you need ’em. And for that matter, I find perfectly good potatoes (crisp and super-good inside) in the ground when I dig it up in the spring, and we freeze down about 3 feet.

            I’m going to try more fall planting this year, including for potatoes (because we get hot too quickly and that’s a tough transition for spring-planted seeds). Haven’t found it makes any difference if potatoes start with big chunks or the puny whole ones, so the punies can just go back into the dirt. I get volunteers all over the place anyway, might as well do it in a more controlled fashion.

            Not sure which (Yukon gold and Norland red from a seed producer, and 4th generation grocery russet, kinda mixed at random) but I have one variety that’s very upright and not as affected by dry/heat, and so far nothing chews on ’em either. Well, it’s not the russet…

            Speaking therewhich… in the seed bin (didn’t plant ’em this year) I have some very old beefsteak tomato seeds… still viable (tomato seeds keep for ages), but their real trick is that the leaves smell like gasoline, and not even starving grasshoppers will touch ’em.

          3. There’s a reason I say plant potatoes: they’re easy.

            I dunno…. this sounds like way more than plant a seed and food comes up. And you say potatoes are on the easy side?

            You sure this isn’t some farmer conspiracy to hoodwink us city slickers?

            1. Considers introducing Ian to leek cultivation.

              On the bright side, Ian, you can always have at it with pots if you have a sunny window or balcony. Though given the space needs, I wouldn’t grow potatoes in a pot except for a science experiment.

            2. It totally for sure is a genuine farmer conspiracy. Food is actually synthesized from chemicals in a laboratory.

              In all seriousness, plant matter is made out of chemicals, and synthesis and laboratory can be remarkably flexible words.

              1. Like airplane builders refer to vacuum-impregnated epoxy plywood as “composite.” Which is absolutely trye, but not the carbon fiber “composite” that most people think of…

                1. Wait, most people use so narrow a definition of ‘composite’, and do not know that plywood, reinforced concrete, fiberglass, etc. are all composite materials?

        4. Give ’em two weeks after the tops die back, then dig, carefully, from the side and deep. Should be some random number of potatoes down there. Meanwhile, pile a little dirt around the stems so the lower parts are covered; you’ll get more potatoes.

          Two years ago we got a lot of rain and the potatoes got huge. My neighbor got a red potato the size of his head (and it was 100% good). Fed the whole family dinner on a single potato!!

            1. Little tiny “new” potatoes (skins not yet cured) – yeah, can be delicious. Or from the end of the season, can be bitter and weird. (Never, ever eat bitter veggies. Bitter means toxic compounds.) If you plant extras, you can sacrifice some early potatoes to the Gods of New Baby Crispies.

              If you plant in hills, you can sneaky-dig a few out the side whenever you want ’em.

              For a while there was a fad of growing potatoes in burlap bags so you don’t have to dig ’em at all. Someone finally tested productivity, and found in bag-growing it was reduced by about 2/3rds.

                1. You might have developed a sensitivity to or lost the ability to process the various toxins (ALL plants are poisonous; it’s a matter of degree and your species’ tolerance). Me, if something tastes bitter, I listen to my body and spit it back out. Bitter is a warning label.

                    1. I will eat lettuce or cabbage if I can drown it in something to hide the bitterness. As far as “greens” or yuppie leafy stuff, why bother?

                    2. I keep hoping for a leaf I can appreciate for its own flavor. Although what I should probably do is go back to the strategy that I know works well to neutralize them: roast beef and mayo!

            2. My family recipe (and, as it turns out, my wife’s too) is “new potatoes and peas”. Baby potatoes mixed with new peas in cream sauce. Of course, I’m lazy, so I buy baby potatoes at the grocery store in spring, and use frozen peas….

              1. A peculiar thing to do with frozen very-early-baby peas: add them to Mac and Cheese out of a box. (About a pound of peas per box.) Reheat just enough to thaw and heat but NOT cook ’em. Remarkably good.

                Oh, and do the cheese mix separate with evap milk or half-and-half (and extra butter, semi-melted) instead of plain milk and tossed into the mac… let set and thicken while the mac cooks. Greatly improves it.

                1. I do that too. Well, not the cheese sauce thing. If I’m going fancy I make my own sauce with melting salts.

        5. Well, that’s important; I forgot one year and mowed the funny looking plant on the corner of the house. Still get grief about it sometimes.

  12. Congratulations on the new house! I hope your move goes as easily as a move can go.

    I’ll pray for peace and mercy and that people will repent and turn to God.

      1. Yeeah. I’m setting up to try that. What’s annoying is how much is added to foods that didn’t have any to start with. I’m scheduled for another allergy work-up to see if there are any new food allergies. Lack of spousal buy-in is going to make things expensive and probably acrimonious.

      2. In college we’d get small red potatoes, slather ’em in butter, then bake ’em whole in a hot oven til the skins were hard and crunchy. I suppose you could do that to get the nifty good crunchy part, and toss the innards to whatever critter wants to eat it.

        Or just peel ’em and deep-fry the peels. Still some carbs, but minimal compared to the fat.

        1. I cut little red potatoes in half, drizzle them with olive oil, salt, pepper, thyme, and paprika, and roast them at 400° for 20 minutes. Nom nom nom.

  13. Getting ahead of things, best of luck on the inspection of the new house. You don’t need a repeat of the last inspection.
    With six months of activity to do it in the next 6 to 8 weeks please take care of your health and that of your family. The blog will be healthy until you are relocated and rejuvenated by a lower elevation .

  14. But I’m not going to weasel. This sense of what’s coming is an imperfect instrument, and it’s possible I’m completely wrong. I’m still holding on to hope all this resolves without fire and blood. But judging from how people less inclined to think so are acting, I’d say chances are slim. Still, praying never hurt anyone.

    :::::IMPENDING DOOM!!!!::::

    …which ain’t sayin’ wrong.

  15. I try not to take forecasts too seriously.

    I think weird intuitive stuff can be amazing sometimes.

    I also think it can be wildly off base, while giving some of the same indications of correctness.

    Some of the time I’ve been worried about the June forecast, some of the time I’ve just been worried. Right now, I may have misspent the day, and I’m definitely not thinking well. Probably a headache, and probably let myself get a bit dehydrated.

    So, even if I had information about current events, I would have no useful conclusions. Yeah, I’m aware that I’ve seen concerning indicators, but I’m not up to processing anytihng to produce a meaningful result. I’m trying to think up a simple task that would serve as an example of my thinking quality, and drawing a blank.

    We have the Xiden model, we have the Gu jar of idiots model, and we have the preference cascade family of forecasting models. These all point to something happening eventually. But, the existing information control measures are going to inhibit reports of early stage preference cascade. And these information control measures are implemented on lot of the fast, high visibility channels. So, early information passing through anything but a slow, low visibility channel is not something we should expect.

    Sometimes the gut is right on, sometimes it is noise. Beating yourself up for it being wrong before we /know/ it is wrong can be a path to failure. So can trying to adjust things to match or explain what we think we know now.

  16. *cheers for new house!*

    I am also head down in work, and hope to be a little more settled at the end of August. Here’s hoping…

  17. Sarah, just get completely well and know that the pirates have been practicing making smaller messes and ninguém leu as entranhas fumegantes de uma cabra na mesa da cozinha por pelo menos uma semana. I’m pretty sure of that. Or they’ve learned to pick up after themselves better.

    Oh, and Other Rhodes was fabulous. as we knew it would be.

  18. Hope all goes well for ya, Milady.
    Need the rest meself. Took off last Friday through this week, Mom, the Sisters, Nephews, middle Nephew’s GF, other two of the Nephews’ kids, and the youngest nephew’s baby-momma and his current girlfriend (all his exes and the current get along famously) all came up and we interred dad’s ashes and had a get-together. Weather held out long enough for everyone who wanted to get food and drink (mom expected 25, 30 maybe a few more and was told no, LOTS more) and about 100 showed up at the cemetery and most came to Ma and Dad’s RV site (the old family homestead) for the food. It was a week minus a day of running about, visits and celebrations (Independence day parade, family meal Monday at my Uncles “camp” (Gran and Grandpa Raspor’s old house) with a rainy and chill Wednesday lost to a crash of emotion and stress, napped away (pretty much everyone was that way). Thursday was a day trip to Pictured Rocks shoreline, lunch at The Dog Patch in Munising (twas vera goood), and then a poor iPhone app mapping to Kitch-iti-kipi (Big Springs) park, and Friday a big dine in at my Cousin’s place, The Log Cabin Bar and Grill.
    I was supposed to spend the day catching up on stuff here but as Mom was saying good bye to those flying out today, she managed to lock herself out of the RV. Brother-in-law was unable to help her in time (they HAD to get to Green Bay for the flight) so I drove back up and did a break and entering without breaking (removed the emergency window from the hinge end), found Camping World had 4 spare keys in stock, and set her up for her solo stay for the rest of the month (or whenever she decides to head back to Memphis and I drive her there) with a hidden key so she doesn’t have that happen again.

    1. Exhausting both physically and emotionally. Rest up.

      Your family sounds like dad’s side of the family memorials, I can relate. It is Exhausting.

  19. So glad to hear you are home safely and moving forward (it never does any good to move backward)
    My daughter is also undergoing the “sell this house..I want it done NOW” syndrome! Hell hath no fury than a woman trying to sell a house!! (um, she’s my apple who fell from the tree)
    My advice to her>>>>>>accept and welcome calm moments and have plenty to drink! (wine helps)

  20. Congratulations, good luck, don’t let the turkeys get you down, and remember that when dressing Democrats, they’re at least fifty percent parasites by weight. So, clean and cook COMPLETELY.

  21. I know you know this, but please buy title insurance. I wish we had. Ironically, I interviewed with a title insurance company years ago (in the 90s,I’m pretty sure); but I didn’t grasp the concept; and I didn’t get the job.

  22. I have August 15th through 25th penciled in for sleeping, but with my luck that’s when hell breaks lose, right?

    Let’s have any crazy wait at least until after the 16th. I’m going to be doing three conventions in three weeks, and will be returning from the final one on that day. If things have to get messy, I’d far prefer to be at home, where family both two-footed and four-footed are not worrying about what’s happening to me..

  23. (bumped and expanded)


    On Friday, by happenstance, I came across a news story about Conservative Move ( https://conservativemove.com ), a firm that helps people interested in relocating to conservative areas of the United States “sell your home, organize the move, and find a home in a community where you feel safe, valued, and at home.”

    Hope this helps you and/or your blog readers! (Even if the house purchase deal holds, this outfit might be able to reduce the stresses of (i) selling your Denver house and (ii) moving.)

  24. Congrats! I’m very happy for you. I know it was causing you a lot of stress. Good luck with all the prep and here’s to a smooth move.

  25. Congratulations on getting nearer your Great Escape from the Blue Hole of Denver… though it sounds like there’s a bit further to go before the house is fully yours and you’re “home and dry.”.

    And may there be many assorted unexpected blessings along the way.

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