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  1. #1261
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronni View Post
    Gary!! It shocked the hell outta me that you're thinking of becoming a townie!!!

    Your choice of course, and I don't even know why it impacted me as much as it did. I guess because in the short time I've known you here, you've always been the Mountain Man in my head, and I don't know you any other way.

    Are you still thinking seriously about it? Will this winter just past be your last where you are?
    Well, I’m keeping my options open

    Not purchasing a place, just leasing

    Not selling our place
    Just a change in venue


    This damn book just sits here….in pieces
    Too much work around here to complete it


    Yeah, I do love it up here
    …and will probably return…maybe
    Or….buy further out…build another cabin…

    Town will be a pleasant distraction

    At least for the winter
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    If you're gonna rock the boat maybe it's time to really rock it!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Bea View Post
    If you're gonna rock the boat maybe it's time to really rock it!

    I do like that

    the coast is always nice
    lotsa folks my type are there


    or

    Maybe I’ll re-learn why I’ve lived in the sticks so long
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Squirrely time

    I missed most the drama, but got to record a bit
    Google says the male wags or flutters his tail when courting
    I tend to think the opposite
    I think the lady flutters her tail to attract, you know, with her ‘perfume’


    Anyway here’s the vid of just a bit of the end of the drama

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

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    I love to watch the squirrels..I've got one that has stripes on his/her tail like a raccoon. I been tryin to get a pic of.

    Saw him/her this mornin' but I hadn't had enough coffee in me to git the camera.

    Good video.
    It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. e. e. cummings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seeker View Post
    Saw him/her this mornin' but I hadn't had enough coffee in me to git the camera.
    Sometimes it's best to just watch

    The goldens and chippies here all hibernate in winter

    But these guys are up and at ‘em all year
    Ever morn, we hear at least one, on a route to carry pinecone bits from the south end of the property to the north end, using our metal roof as a leg of their route
    Starts around 7:30 am

    I’ll miss that
    Surely will

    However, I’ll be changing my observations to the two legged animals
    Mostly old folks
    And write about it all

    It’s an incurable fascination
    Critters and people

    A certain old gal just came to mind

    We were heading somewhere down the hill on 7th street in upper Oregon City
    Saw this ancient gal with a little pull cart
    Tattered dress
    Saggy white nylons
    Baseball cap holding her scarf in place
    Well-worn black wool coat (it was 90° F)
    High top Converse All Stars

    On the back of her pull cart was a sign
    RIDE NEEDED

    We turned around
    Picked her up
    Took a bit to get her cart in the back seat with her
    She asked to be dropped off just off Mcloughlin Blvd

    Saw her again a few days later
    Same situation
    Drop her off on Mcloughlin

    Then

    One day,
    we persuaded her to come home with us

    Older folks don’t move vertically all that well
    And they’re dead weight
    Almost lost her on the little rise at the front door


    Extremely interesting lady

    From the Appalachians


    While storytelling, she mentioned her favorite song

    I Wonder as I Wander

    We had a light meal and took her to….her home
    A bit of a hoarder
    Tiny shack
    A bed was in there somewhere
    Another outbuilding
    Jammed full of ‘mathematical figurings’

    I ordered the song on cassette as we had a player
    Visited her not many days after we got the tape

    As we played the song, her old eyes welled, tears streaming down that face of hers

    I watched them travel over hill and dale down their craggy paths
    …into her hands

    She expressed so much joy over hearing her song….once again

    Asked us to come back to play it again

    We left the tape and player


    Not a whole many days later…she was gone



    Elizabeth McBroom


    here's the song

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

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    Gary, your story of Elizabeth McBroom was fascinating. You and your wife were so kind to her!

    I know that song; it was on a Joan Baez album I had.


    Now, you and Mrs. O' moving to town? That's a surprise, but it's true, you'll have more time to write with less work in your face. It might be a nice change for you too.

    Neighbors dropping by and stuff like that.... LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadishRose View Post
    Neighbors dropping by and stuff like that.... LOL!
    Did someone say Senior Forums field trip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimW View Post
    Did someone say Senior Forums field trip?
    Sounds good to me... at least now, we won't get lost in the forest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimW View Post
    Did someone say Senior Forums field trip?
    Bring beer

    By the time we get our stuff where it goes, in this heat, I’ll be thirsty.
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadishRose View Post
    Sounds good to me... at least now, we won't get lost in the forest!

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    Somehow the story of the Country Mouse and the Town Mouse seems to come to mind!

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    Here we come with your beer, Gary!


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    Gettin’ close to move date

    We shopped for some furniture

    Bought a couple new La-Z-boys
    Kitchen table/chairs
    And wunna those huge TVs

    A TV stand became something to look for, as I can’t see me installing a wall mount rack (55” TVs are heavy…no matter how slim)

    Not too much out there

    So

    I built one




    It looks pretty much like dawg manure

    But, form, fit, function


    and who’s gonna look at it?




    And, my lady is getting excited about using her sewing machine again (been over 4 yrs)
    It does most everything

    Shopped for a sewing table

    Nuthn’ in the thrift stores worth having
    ....and nuthin' in the stores, period

    So

    I built one






    She’s happy


    I’m happy
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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