December 03, 2021

Light blogging

Timothy Birdnow

Sorry for light blogging; I was at the Ozark Hilton to enjoy the wonderful weather yesterday and this morning I am busy so I'll post more later.

The O.H. was, well, the O.H. I had to stop at my usual outhouse on the way down (it's truly amazing.)  They really need to name it after me.

I also had the misfortune of finding my usual firewood unavailable. I have wood down there - but it's pretty crummy. I stop and buy the "good wood" at a gas station for heat. But they were out so I was forced to use the home-grown stuff. It smoked and spit and was generally inadequate. It was fortunate it was so warm.

I also knocked the stovepipe down again and had to live with the smoke in the cabin. It was o.k. while sitting. If I went there regularly I'd develop copd.

I also fell down. Stepped in a hole (that was hidden by falling leaves) and tumbled down. Now, I'm one of the world's great fallers, a true artiste at it. I didn't get hurt. But I had a couple of bottled beers in my cooler and one broke. Ah well...

Woke up in the night and was boiling, just boiling hot. No sweat. I worried I was suffering heat exhaustion at minimum. I drank some water and went out into the outer room and fell asleep (risking hypothermia) but felt much better.

Finally, I got my truck stuck between two trees trying to turn it around. Took me about an hour to get it unstuck. I was VERY afraid by the end. A prayer did the trick! I have found that when I need Him God always comes through.

At any rate, blogging will be minimal.

I'll have a lot more tomorrow.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at 08:41 AM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 Gee, Tim; you always have "adventures" at the OH. But then, that's what makes it so much fun. Too bad about the uncooperative stovepipe. And I think you need to develop other sources for wood.

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at December 03, 2021 10:33 AM (X5D0l)

2 It always is an adventure when I go there Dana.

My wood situation actually is o.k. if I were to take the proper steps. I have a lot of wood there, and most of it is oak. BUT my chainsaw hasn't worked and so I don't have a good way to cut it up (and working with ax and saw isn't much of a solution for me.) I used to collect cut-up wood from yards after a bad storm, but I don't get out as much as I used to. And since I don't go there that often in winter I have taken to just buying wood. The wood I can get here in town is terrible though, so I have taken to getting it from this gas station in Cherokee Pass, a very rural little town. It was quite unusual for them to be out of it.

I don't have my wood pile covered; that is a problem too.

At any rate, it was warm enough I didn't need to burn through a lot of wood so made do.

I really need a wood stove down there. And electricity. I tried a kerosene heater but it sucked vast quantities of kerosene (although it made more light than all my lamps put together) and produced carbon monoxide - almost killed me once. I woke with a spike in my head and nausea and went outside. Felt better immediately. Went back in and Wham!  I used it for a while after that, but I kept it under a tent of sheeting with a stovepipe running outside. It was o.k. but I never felt that safe with it. I quit using it when I rigged up my fire barrel.

I need electricity too. If I didn't have to worry about theft I'd try getting a solar setup. But I get little direct sunlight. Same problem with a windmill. And not being there most of the time would leave it open to theft.

And gas generators are noisy and also would be stolen if I left it down there. Oh, and they suck a lot of gas.

Right now I use a mix of kerosene lamps and battery-operated lights. The new battery gizmos are so much better than the old fashioned florescents.

I usually sleep with the kerosene lights burning. I should turn them off but it gets DARK down there, and I like waking up and being able to see. 

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at December 03, 2021 11:03 AM (CBBHs)

3 Well, you know Uncle Dana's always good for advice. Get the chainsaw fixed and buy a tarp to put over the wood. T'ain't rocket science.

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at December 03, 2021 11:46 PM (X5D0l)

4 I know Dana, but I suffer huge amounts of inerttia. Actually I suffer huge amounts of simple fatigue, what with having to take care of everyone around here. I just don't have the energy to do little extras like going to Home Depot and walking miles in that monstrous store to buy a tarp.

When I go to the OH it's rather spur of the moment.

At any rate, that's why I really don't have a problem. I just need to do the work.  Oh, and at this time of year cutting wood is largely out of the picture because I usually don't get there until late afternoon and time is precious. Come spring things will be different.

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