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  1. #1006
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    Drove a few miles down the path to check in on my Hungarian friend






    Took some shots of his place
    I fell in love with it back in ‘99
    He ‘put it together with what I had’
    I don’t have the wherewithal to do that
    His, is a true cabin
    Not all tight and trim, but functional, in out the weather, warm
    And has that rustic ‘hey, it’s a cabin’ look and feel





    Love his ripped live edge siding



    He’s quite the guy
    Fluent English, with all the modern slang of today, but thick accent
    He fits well in his cabin



    His little S-10 does just fine


    We shared a meal and some home brew



    Swapped stories
    His lies are much more colorful than mine

    Good times

    Gonna get dumped on in the next few days



    Gotta stay put now
    Batten the hatches
    Do some writing
    Wood butchering in the day
    Got a new outlet for some of my crude creations



    It’s a good winter

    The fire will be kept
    Last edited by Gary O'; 02-09-2019 at 05:04 PM.
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Interesting cabin. Not for me, but everyone has their own idea of home.

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    Well now I know where to go off the grid...tell your Hungarian friend I speak Hungarian fluently and also can cook all the Hungarian dishes.

    He is single...I hope.

  4. #1009
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    Thanks for the tour!

    Nice cabin.

    The first thing I noticed was the tire chains.

    My stepfather used to use them and I was always the conscript that helped him put them on, I guess I wasn't as fast as the others.

    Lots of cursing involved, it was definitely a learning experience.

    We usually got soaking wet and got the chains on about the same time that the sun came out and the salt started making the roads sloppy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CeeCee View Post
    Well now I know where to go off the grid...tell your Hungarian friend I speak Hungarian fluently and also can cook all the Hungarian dishes.

    He is single...I hope.
    Yes, he is

    However, he’s still recovering from losing the love of his life

    She passed away less than a year ago
    Married 23 yrs
    He was quite the traveler back then

    She was from Nairobi
    Beautiful woman
    Pretty dynamic couple

    She hopped on his Harley and never looked back

    Heh, he said, when they were getting serious, he told her, ‘this is me, I have nothing, I am what you see.’

    Then he looked at me and said incredulously, ‘she still stayed!’

    He gets a bit weepy if he talks too long about her

    So I sip beer and wait it out

    He's just 62, so he's still got some life in him
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Glad your friend is doing okay, nice cabin set up he has, sorry for his loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaBreeze View Post
    Glad your friend is doing okay, nice cabin set up he has, sorry for his loss.
    Thanks, SB

    I had to delete pics of my buddy, on his request

    There's reasons folks live in the woods
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary O' View Post
    Thanks, SB

    I had to delete pics of my buddy, on his request

    There's reasons folks live in the woods
    Completely understand Gary.

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    Got dumped on last night
    6 or 8 inches

    The storm has cleared


    But another one is right behind it



    My little buddy’s food is all covered up
    Felt sorry, seeing ‘em pick at the snow
    Threw out some cracked corn

    Did a vid (sorry, I’m vid nuts at the moment…long winter)

    Rather dull, hardly worth the watch




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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary O' View Post
    Yes, he is

    However, he’s still recovering from losing the love of his life

    She passed away less than a year ago
    Married 23 yrs
    He was quite the traveler back then

    She was from Nairobi
    Beautiful woman
    Pretty dynamic couple

    She hopped on his Harley and never looked back

    Heh, he said, when they were getting serious, he told her, ‘this is me, I have nothing, I am what you see.’

    Then he looked at me and said incredulously, ‘she still stayed!’

    He gets a bit weepy if he talks too long about her

    So I sip beer and wait it out

    He's just 62, so he's still got some life in him


    Sorry to hear that! I understand though...I can get weepy talking about my husband and it’s been 14 years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CeeCee View Post
    Sorry to hear that! I understand though...I can get weepy talking about my husband and it’s been 14 years!
    Yeah, it’s somewhat hellish to sit thru

    Tough ol’ bird, welling up, shaky voice

    Sometimes I point out the window ‘Izzat a bear?!’


    He’s onto that one now
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Well, after our little burst of white powder, the roof edge developed some major icicles











    Somewhat daunting on the way back from the privy at night







    Good to see the sun today










    Still no residents in the ol' snag I kept the saw from dropping





    Maybe this spring


    Guess the six inches we got last night was just the baby snow storm

    One’s blowin’ in now, and it’s predicted to be carrying the muther lode




    In other news;

    Carl had a big day


    First junco ever on the suet block

    Took him a while to get up the nerve










    Courageous little guy


    Fought off a couple nuthatches, then Harry



    Quite the skirmish

    I think he got the worst of it, as his tail feathers became a bit ruffled





    Maybe a bit worse off than he looks

    Didn’t take flight when I got near, just hobbled under the wood pile

    Harry should be ashamed
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    [QUOTE=Gary O';977828]Well, after our little burst of white powder, the roof edge developed some major icicles





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    Time for a little scotch on the rocks!

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    [QUOTE=Aunt Bea;977903]
    Quote Originally Posted by Gary O' View Post
    Well, after our little burst of white powder, the roof edge developed some major icicles





    QUOTE]

    Time for a little scotch on the rocks!
    I do like that plan

    Keeps the fire within

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

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    So, ‘tween blowing snow and chores, I did a vid for my buddy in SE Alaska
    Heh, he doesn’t get as much snow as we get
    We’ve only got a foot right now, but it’s a comin’…..all week



    Looks to be another 5’ winter
    Just hope it’s not a ten foot one

    Oh, saw two wolves, good size, headin’ south on the meadow
    Wolf sightings no longer shock me

    This vid ain’t the most thrilling thing you’ll ever watch, but it’s a bit about our place, since my buddy has never been here yet…he keeps threatening, but he keeps fishing

    We may have to go up there


    Anyway, here’s the vid (it’ll become obvious I’m no videographer)

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

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