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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Gone in a Blink



Early May and my lovely wife and I feel the pressure of time whizzing by. Last year, summer came and went before we knew it. Yesterday my lovely wife expressed the fear that this summer would also come and go before we knew it. It's true that a person can't be everywhere and do everything.

We are blessed with a stretch of warm dry days. My days start early and end late. Last year bad weather moved in before my deck could be repaired. Winter's snow didn't help it any. I just replaced a number of deck boards and did some painting. Of course, the job has already grown in size. Some things that looked good don't stand up well to closer inspection. (like too much else in life)

My lovely wife has dived into gardening and yard work. Pretty soon she'll need me to do the heavy lifting. It's my own darn fault, with all my talk of prepping. She's taking this home grown food thing seriously.

At least I've started building my boat. Now that time and money have been spent on it, I'm committed to finishing it. There's nothing worse than a partially completely boat that never sees the water. I'm glad I started it before the time and money could be spent on something practical.

The better half is away babysitting as my daughter is going back to work. There are times I wish we lived in a civilized country -one with paid maternity leave. While my wife's away, I'm going to launch our sailboat in the lake. That way it'll be ready when we have an hour or two to spare. Besides, I've got fish to catch. Food security, right?

It's important to get out and enjoy the good weather with family and friends. There's only so much warm weather here in the North Country. Finding a balance, that's the key. My life is a healthy mix of work and play, but only if a really long time scale is used.

-Sixbears

8 comments:

  1. At least the play has a prominent place in the mix! Probably it's what keeps you young at heart!

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    1. All work and no play makes Sixbears a dull boy. :)

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  2. Gotta have a little fun along the way!

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  3. Fishing is a great source of protein, that is if you catch any. If you ever need help fishing, let me know. Any excuse to go fishing is welcome.

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    1. Don't really need an excuse for fishing.

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  4. We are experiencing the first 80 degree days since about a year ago, winds like hell too in the pacific northwest..many go on the rivers and lakes and oceans and drown the water is cold as ice, we have many mountains that run off into the Columbia river and Willamette..many fall from Mt. Hood our big mountain, we don't get a little touch of the sun no it has to warm up like a pistol and humidity to die from..I garden in the early mornings, walk and do my grocery shopping the minute the stores open, when the sun is in full expansion I am inside in a cool home doing other things I put off all week, I like the sun and all but dying from skin cancer is not one of those thing, We have missed colorful Colorado for about 35 years, the people here are cold because they never ever see sunshine for about 260 days of a year when it starts up the sun and blue skies they bitch like hell, they are prejudiced and narrow minded, not in Washington state where we live we have same sex marriage and medical marijuana strickly enforced and many gun people who hunt all the time..but God-forsaken Oregon is right across the Columbia river from us, many poor and destitute people come here thinking they will find jobs NOT, hungry as hell and the felons love to raise hell here, we are looking for a place in the middle of the state where we can retire and enjoy nature and not have to worry about all this bs..It sounds like you live in paradise, not too far out but nice, also you are close to your family, our family has passed from this life and our only lives in NYC! have a great week, enjoy the sunshine, your wife, boat and spring stuff that needs to be taken care of..

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    1. I'm am blessed to have family and friends close by. It's a beautiful area here, but jobs are hard to come by. Good jobs are rare indeed.

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