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    Quote Originally Posted by NancyNGA View Post
    Gary, I ran across this cartoon by accident and thought of you. I don't understand it, but I don't understand most of the cartoons from The New Yorker. Keep a light on. Stay calm.
    Been awhile since I picked up a New Yorker mag, but, yeah, that particular cartoonist is twisty enough to induce a curious fascination. Not a laugh out loud, but a mental smile.
    I do love odd humor
    Especially funny creepy

    And, heh, dwell in the woods long enough, camera in hand, things can happen
    In the forest
    .....and in the mind



    Took this a couple days ago
    I should put it in the ‘make a caption’ thread


    Ol’ man winter has a wry, sometimes sinister sense of humor, seems

    Like the happy snow tire
    Caption could be;
    Retirement
    Snow on the roof, but….



    thanks for the contribution, Nancy...good'n
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Settling in to just the small corner version of my jelly cupboard design
    And a lighter (maple) stain, with black hardware
    Pretty much over the dark stain fetish (gave it a shot)
    And not so busy, cleaner (no side strips on the front)



    Thing is, no side strips leaves little option for hardware, like door catches
    Found these on the web

    And in stock
    ….in the UK
    So
    I made my own
    Not versed in metal fab
    Metal isn’t my thing
    But
    One must do what one must do
    Not unhappy
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Backing up
    Before we moved here, we added on to the first (and only) cabin A-frame


    The crocheted ‘web’ in the hexagonal window is due to several gorgeous birds bonking into what they considered a way in



    A place to cook…indoors (after trying to chip out frozen things from outside)


    and

    A place to dine…indoors (after chattering thru meals outside)


    Completing our first cabin

    and creating what would become my den/office after building the second (livable) cabin


    of course things change with the seasons
    like Christmas



    seems a long time ago now
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    More nice pics Gary, thank you! Your work is amazing!

    CBD balm update: Both the Mrs and I are pleased with the results of the balm and it's ability to lessen the aches and pains after our snow removal yesterday. My shoulders and hands are usually very sore after snow removal. I put some of the balm on my shoulders and hands both before and after the snow removal and my usual pains were almost non-existent. My wife used the balm on her hands, shoulders, elbows and lower back after shoveling and had similar results. It is a bit expensive @ $32 per ounce including shipping, but the pain relief is worth it. We will definitely keep some of this balm on hand at all times. The doggies really like the balm as well, they couldn't stop licking our hands after we used it, lol. We've got a bottle of the drops due in by weeks end, looking forward to trying those as well. Thanks for the info on this Gary!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimW View Post

    CBD balm update: Both the Mrs and I are pleased with the results of the balm and it's ability to lessen the aches and pains after our snow removal yesterday. My shoulders and hands are usually very sore after snow removal. I put some of the balm on my shoulders and hands both before and after the snow removal and my usual pains were almost non-existent. My wife used the balm on her hands, shoulders, elbows and lower back after shoveling and had similar results. It is a bit expensive @ $32 per ounce including shipping, but the pain relief is worth it. We will definitely keep some of this balm on hand at all times. The doggies really like the balm as well, they couldn't stop licking our hands after we used it, lol. We've got a bottle of the drops due in by weeks end, looking forward to trying those as well. Thanks for the info on this Gary!
    hey...thanks for the update

    'It is a bit expensive @ $32 per ounce including shipping, but the pain relief is worth it.'
    yup, I'd pay much more

    Forgive me, did you get the 250 or 500 or 1000 mg?
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary O' View Post
    hey...thanks for the update

    'It is a bit expensive @ $32 per ounce including shipping, but the pain relief is worth it.'
    yup, I'd pay much more

    Forgive me, did you get the 250 or 500 or 1000 mg?
    We agree that it is worth the price for the relief it gives and the fact that it's a natural product is a major plus!

    We went with the 500mg on both the balm and the drops. Middle of the road on both and we can adjust from there if necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimW View Post
    We agree that it is worth the price for the relief it gives and the fact that it's a natural product is a major plus!

    We went with the 500mg on both the balm and the drops. Middle of the road on both and we can adjust from there if necessary.
    good plan

    Emailed my old boss
    bear of a man
    filthy rich
    doesn't mince words
    still has a presence about him

    told him about this stuff

    he emailed back
    terse replies

    knew he was unadmittedly piqued

    told him, 'just order it, you will thank me'

    he's got it coming in

    gotta say, I too am now piqued

    the fun part was taking the opportunity to slam his gnarly hind end with derogatory sarcasm

    gawd, this retirement gig rocks
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary O' View Post
    good plan

    Emailed my old boss
    bear of a man
    filthy rich
    doesn't mince words
    still has a presence about him

    told him about this stuff

    he emailed back
    terse replies

    knew he was unadmittedly piqued

    told him, 'just order it, you will thank me'

    he's got it coming in

    gotta say, I too am now piqued

    the fun part was taking the opportunity to slam his gnarly hind end with derogatory sarcasm

    gawd, this retirement gig rocks
    What better gift could one give than relieving another persons pain? He will appreciate it very shortly, I know I do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimW View Post
    What better gift could one give than relieving another persons pain? He will appreciate it very shortly, I know I do!
    so far, battin' a thousand

    very glad it's working for you guys

    life can get back to precious with a bit o' oil
    how good is THAT?!
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary O' View Post
    so far, battin' a thousand

    very glad it's working for you guys

    life can get back to precious with a bit o' oil
    how good is THAT?!
    We are too, thanks!

    The oil drops are due today by 8pm which means I'll get them tomorrow. The USPS and other shipping companies like UPS and FedEx are pretty coy. About a year or so ago they changed their shipping requirements on what constitutes a business day for package deliveries from 5pm to 8pm, knowing full well that very few businesses are open beyond 5pm. This way they squeak an extra day out of their delivery times. Amazon does this all the time. I pay $99 per year for Prime which includes free two day shipping, but I have all my items shipped to my work so they do't sit on my porch at home. My company shuts down at 5pm so I always get the delivery on the 3rd day now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimW View Post
    I have all my items shipped to my work so they do't sit on my porch at home.
    I did that too, before retirement
    carried into my office, no less

    Now?

    Deliveries via UPS come to the little local store a few miles down the path

    However
    I now try to get everthing via USPS (snail mail) since they Email what's in my box (a little pic, even)
    My PO Box is 25 mi away
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    What a legacy you are leaving humanity, Gary. It's your creativity on all levels that I see is off the grid. It's a lifestyle that's not for everyone. I'm sure that makes you positively giddy!

    Jay

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaywsquires View Post
    What a legacy you are leaving humanity, Gary. It's your creativity on all levels that I see is off the grid. It's a lifestyle that's not for everyone. I'm sure that makes you positively giddy!

    Jay
    ‘Giddy’
    Is THEE word, yessir

    and, no, it's not for everyone

    pursuit and acquisition of whatever makes one happy, content
    THAT! can never ever ever be argued with
    if it's finally plopping into the lazy boy after 50 years of toil, flicking thru channels til you doze off...or scaling a cliff until you grab the wrong rock, man, that's OK, you earned it
    (I sometimes feel guilty with this happiness/contentment deal, but it goes away)
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Backing up some more;

    The Wall

    As our custom with all our cabin builds, we struggle in places.
    The most memorable event this time was raising the wall.
    Built it on the floor.
    Simple.
    Kinda fun.

    ‘OK, we’ll just tilt this wall up and while you balance it I’ll scurry around and nail the sole plate then level and brace it.’

    Heh

    Something happens at the in between place, the pulling something up as far as you can go, then somehow magically converting to pushing it up.
    There’s a little squat/jump (clean/jerk) maneuver of which I’ve never had much command.
    I used to just power thru it.
    Anymore, if I squat, the sit move comes directly after.

    First attempt we couldn’t get it above our bellybuttons.
    S-o-o-o-o, we just stood there and quivered, looking at each other while we considered our next move.
    Seems the only thing on me that wanted to move was my sphincter.

    I may have pooped a little.

    ....don’t tell anybody.

    Can’t say we panicked.
    To panic, one must actually do something.
    We mainly just watched each other’s eyeballs extend past their sockets as our arms slowly but convincingly conceded to gravity.
    My mind raced in place on a mental treadmill.
    I hadn’t given much forethought to the possibility of failure.
    We came to a mutual conclusion;

    ‘DROP IT!!!!’


    We circled the wall.
    We pondered the wall.
    ‘OK, now we know it’s heavy.’

    Second attempt we managed to slide it right off the floor....standing it up....on the ground.

    ‘Well....I’ll just pick up my end and put it on the floor, then sidle over and help you with your end.’
    Why is it that one reacts favorably to the really stupid bonehead ideas right away?

    Eventually, we laid (plopped) it back on the floor, and nailed a long 2x4 to the other end of the floor to stop the sucker.
    ‘Maybe we should get a run at it.’
    (insert crazed, maniacal laughter here).

    Finally, we steeled ourselves, and with gritted resolve and determination....and the knowledge that, win or lose, this was going to be our laaaast attempt while on this earth...or at least this day, we reached deep into our psyche.

    An old man and a sweet not as old woman with a realy nice hind end was able to get that wall up that evening.

    There’s laughter, then there’s higher pitched, relieved laughter.
    It goes like this; eh heh...eh heh....eh heh.

    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    That Emerson fella was kinda hip!

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