Sunday, March 26, 2017

Ahhh....Monday Mornin' Comin'!

The Great Divide

I passed this milestone a bit more than thirty years ago, but today it comes to mind once more

At Thirty-Five

Three score and ten, the psalmist saith,
And half my course is well-nigh run;
I've had my flout at dusty death,
I've had my whack of feast and fun.
I've mocked at those who prate and preach;
I've laughed with any man alive;
But now with sobered heart I reach
The Great Divide of Thirty-five.
And looking back I must confess
I've little cause to feel elate.
I've played the mummer more or less;
I fumbled fortune, flouted fate.
I've vastly dreamed and little done;
I've idly watched my brothers strive:
Oh, I have loitered in the sun
By primrose paths to Thirty-five!
And those who matched me in the race,
Well, some are out and trampled down;
The others jog with sober pace;
Yet one wins delicate renown.
O midnight feast and famished dawn!
O gay, hard life, with hope alive!
O golden youth, forever gone,
How sweet you seem at Thirty-five!
Each of our lives is just a book
As absolute as Holy Writ;
We humbly read, and may not look
Ahead, nor change one word of it.
And here are joys and here are pains;
And here we fail and here we thrive;
O wondrous volume! what remains
When we reach chapter Thirty-five?
The very best, I dare to hope,
Ere Fate writes Finis to the tome;
A wiser head, a wider scope,
And for the gipsy heart, a home;
A songful home, with loved ones near,
With joy, with sunshine all alive:
Watch me grow younger every year --
Old Age! thy name is Thirty-five!

Robert Service

Collateral Damage In Prescribed Burning

Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekend Steam: Steam Shows Comin'!

Here are some shots from Old Threshers of engines I have watched for years.  There are three different Averys; an undermounted, a straight flu overmounted, and a return flu.  A forty horse Avery used to be at Mt. Pleasant, but I saw in a steam magazine that it went out of commission with a bad boiler, and it is scattered to the four winds.

Video by 1957Shep

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hank's Daddy, Ervin Simpson, Rest In Peace

I delivered a tree planting machine to Ervin Simpson well after dark, many years ago during the Spring tree planting season.  When I was ready to leave, Mr. Simpson asked me if I wanted a cat.  That's an odd question from a landowner, but Hank had been fighting with the other cat, and they had Hank declawed.  That made him worse.  A declawed cat will become a biter instead of a claw fighter, and Hank wasn't fitting in.  I put Hank in the truck with me and he rode home cuddled up against me.  We already had cats, so we put Hank in the utility room by himself and that became his home.  He was happy there, and he didn't have any problems with our other cats that way.  Every time I saw Ervin after that he would ask how old Hank was doing.  He missed his cat.  Well, Hank got bladder cancer in his old age, and we had to have him put down.  We hated that, and I did tell Mr. Simpson what happened to his old friend.  This week I saw Ervin Simpson's obituary on the WFIW Radio website.  He was a good old country boy, and I liked him from the first time I met him.  When you keep a loved pet for someone, it creates a bit of a bond.

Buckin' Billy Ray On Topping...

This man is a genius, and he's better with a chainsaw than you or I will ever be.  Listen and watch while he shows us a butchered tree.  Topping kills, but it takes time.  It also causes rot, which homeowners are not  aware of while it is going on.  Kudos to Billy Ray for fighting the good fight, even if it means losing a job.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jug Band Joy

Roberta posted about a 1929 Jug Band record this week, and gave me a little brain storm.  I like music from the early Twentieth Century, and we have a pretty good collection.  Look for the album "Folks, He Sure Do Pull Some Bow" if you like this sort of stuff. Here are a couple good songs you will hear on that album.

Not a jug band, but humor from the same era. This is Moran and Mack (The Two Black Crows), two white vaudevillians who pretend to be a couple of lazy guys making low-key humor. In this little video there are two segments featuring a kazoo, which is where this all started with Roberta's post.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Massachusetts Shooters Foundation

Here's another good one this week from Ruger!  It is a 1990 (first year of production) Ruger P85, 9mm, Decocker, New In Box.  This treasure has been residing in the Ruger vault for 27 years, and now it can be yours! Click Here to read the full description and to place your bid.  This fine pistol will sell mid-day, March 22, 2017. $700

Monday, March 20, 2017

Tuesday Torque; Moguls, The Pinnacle Of Farm Engine Development

Moguls, by IHC, were the best, but most farmers could not afford them. They are beautiful machines, side shaft instead of push-rod, mechanical oiler instead of drip, and throttle governed instead of hit-and-miss.  Collectors want them, and they are hard to get, so prices are high when they go on the market.  Pile Of Iron posted this video recently.  We haven't visited him in a while, and it's good to see he is still out there making videos.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

It's Almost Sprung!

Nearly centered up this morning! The equinox is supposed to occur at 5:28 CDT on Monday, March 20.

In other news, these daffodils looked pretty sad after a low temp of 18° F a few days ago, but most of them came out of it just fine. We just ran one stove yesterday, and the house temp was 80° last night at bedtime.  Gotta make a smaller fire.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Cyanide Boobie Traps Are Legal? Who Knew?

From The East Idaho News:  The article is not clear on whether the United States Department of Agriculture is setting these bombs, or if they distribute them to private individuals for varmint control, but golly; it's ok, because this is the first time since 2014 that one has gone off and hurt somebody.  A pet was killed, a child was heavily exposed, and a parent was also exposed.  Unbelievable!

Weekend Steam: Hop Across The Pond For A Real Treat

The video of the Ruston Hornsby shovel has embedding disabled, so Click The Pic to go to YouTube and watch this neat video.  These machines with clutches, throttles, and brakes built up big arms on the operators.

Screen Shot from St Ervan's YouTube video.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

18° F Last Night,

Low 30s today, and we still had turtles out sunning on a log.  I counted three today.  Last week we had a temp around 50° and a crowd showed up.  They are anxious for Spring.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March Cold Snap

Southern Illinois winters can be muddy, but we do get ice, snow, and cold weather, too.  The daffodils will probably be wrecked tonight.  The forecasters are calling for 18° F tonight, and that is a bit much for Spring flowers.

Ruger's Auction To Benefit The Massachusetts Shooters Foundation

This week Ruger is selling an oldie-but-goodie; it's a .357 Magnum Blackhawk made in 1974, the second year of production for the New Model Ruger single-action revolvers.  Click Here to read all about it.  This fine revolver will sell mid-day, March 15, 2017.  $651.11

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Get Up And Go To Work?!

I took the cure! Ain't goin' back, either!

There Went The Neighborhood

Look at what is happening in Europe right now.  Axe attacks, machete attacks, bombs in Sweden, so many rapes that no-one can keep count, and it will be coming this way.  Here in the U.S. we don't have the gumption to stand up to criminals who terrorize and destroy neighborhoods and lives.  The Islamists are noticing what our politicians and news hacks refuse to see.  The Muslims have a plan, and it is there for all the world to see in their nasty little book of instructions, and nobody stands up to them.  This video shows how easy it will be for them.

Dry Wood Fresh Off The Stump!

This black oak was a nice bonus for our firewood supply!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Weekend Steam: Rebuilding A Pickering Governor

From Old Steam Powered Machine Shop:

Mutant Parent; Defending The Indefensible...

This interview explains a whole lot of the problem in the welfare communities.  It's well worth your time to listen to this, and it will improve your awareness of the dangers you face if you navigate the cities of our country.