Social Distancing (quarantine) : Day 14 -16

I have spent three days repotting plants because I still can’t use my greenhouse and the outside garden. I had to go to the feed store to get more flats and pots. While I was at the Wagon Wheel, I bought some asparagus roots that look like they are about three years old. This is good, that means they will produce large enough sprigs that we can harvest. My old asparagus is one year old now and won’t be ready to harvest for another two years. I can wait that long! It’s one of my favorite vegetables. But that can’t go in until the geese and ducks are out of the greenhouse.

It looks like I am going to have to move more plants upstairs so I can make room for new vegetables I need to seed out. Otherwise, I’m not going to have kale and lettuce this summer. It must be done.

Excuse the mess. As you can see the plants have taken over the living room.
Cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower
Brussels Sprouts, shallots, tomatoes and peppers
Basil, dill, cilantro and lots of tomatoes
Tom Thumb tomatoes
Three baskets of Tom Thumb tomatoes
Saw this little one while driving back from Dan’s house.

It was wild Alaska the other morning when something attacked and ate my hen Dead Bird II. I didn’t name her, my friend’s children did before they gave her to me. It stuck. There is no sign of her little body. Just lots of feathers and a trail of blood and feathers to the road. I’m guessing it was a dog or a coyote. It’s so sad. My rooster has been looking for her since it happened. I will get him a new hen when I think its safe.

Well, I guess that about it. Going back to work to get the bathroom finished and move plants to my bedroom.

Dad’s Alaska

Vodka equals sanity.

3 April 2020

A day of being useless. Spent the entire day watching television. Red Green and Jay Leno Headlines on Youtube. Later in the afternoon I started watching ‘SWAMP PEOPLE’. I’ve gotten out of my chair to go to the bathroom, take Miss Suzy to do her business, to get food and/or drink. I don’t think I can continue this foolishness. I am going to have to start doing something. Pretty much anything. The under floor project is on hold because I don’t feel like swimming through the mud. I am holding out hope that it will be well below freezing soon.

Summer and her friends are going for long walks during the early afternoon. She is painting some stuff in her new bathroom and that precludes my working on the sheet rock finishing. Can’t have that dust getting into he paint work.

The temp today has been about 40F so the snow is melting and the water is running under the house like white water rapids. Same as yesterday it is a real mud pit under there. Monday morning seems to be the, according to the weather forecast, will be well below freezing.

A beautiful winter sunset.

I still do don’t have the Wuhan Flu. The majority of America does not have the Wuhan Flu and are unlikely to even be bothered by it. And yet… here we are all still locked into our homes by the government and an unjustified fear. Yesterday I admitted that it might be in your best interest to stay home. However, it isn’t in the best interest of America for us to cower under our beds from the government or the virus. The main stream media hype is making this seem far worse than it is. They report every death but they don’t produce a single report about the people who have recovered. By doing this they are intentionally scaring the living crap out of virtually every American. Here in Alaska we have had only 3 deaths and an unknown number of cases. Chances are there are hundreds of people that have the virus and the death toll in minimal. All of the deaths were people that had serious health problems already. As it is there is no way we can develop any kind of ‘Herd Immunity’, if we continue to “shelter in place”. Herd Immunity is the only way we are going to be able to get past the so called ‘pandemic’. If we wait for the government to develop an injection to fight this we will go through this several more times. It will be months or maybe over a year before they develop an inoculation that will be safe for humans. If they rush this injection they may kill as many people as the Wuhan Virus. Since this virus seems to be killing fewer people than the current influenza strain, it is time for Americans to go back to work. Of course, anyone showing symptoms needs to stay home with their family, but the rest of us need to go back to work. Each of us has a choice. Do we sit at home on our asses or we get back to work. They can’t put us all in jail and we can tie up the courts for years on constitutional grounds. Make you decision. I’ve made mine, I’m going back to doing whatever I damned well please.

An October noon.

Life is too short to waste it cowering under the bed or watching 10 hours of TV.

The house and land when we arrived.
The land on our arrival in Sept 2017
East side of house in Sept 2017
Me after a hard day of moving into the homestead in 2017
Beautiful Fire Weed that makes great honey

Well, I’m through whining today. Y’all be careful and as Red says “Keep your stick on the ice”.

Dad's Alaska

19 March 2020 Friday

Me in Oct-Nov 2017 after I found out that haircuts were $25, we hadn’t unpacked and as yet did not have running water.

Was so wiped by the 600 mile trip on Thursday that I got but very little done. Still no sign of the Wuhan Kung Flu. After 3-4 stops in and near Anchorage, where they have cases of the Wuhan Kung Flu, I figured I might be a candidate for bringing the virus back to Homer and Fritz Creek. I was careful as I did wash my hands and use a paper towels to operate the doors. No symptoms, as yet. Probably a little early to have symptoms as the incubation period is 10-14 days or something like that. I’m not too worried about it. I haven’t even had a cold in the last 20 or so years and I think I’ve taken the flu shot maybe 2-3 times. I did wake up this morning with aching shoulder and finger joints. At 75, I kinda expect to be hurting some in the mornings. When I get up and get moving the pain seems to subside. Arthritis in my fingers is the big problem. Nothing twelve cups of coffee can’t fix.

Last Wednesday, I went to the Homer City Hall to complain and warn the moronic mayor and even more moronic city council about these reusable grocery bags. They banned “single use” plastic bags a few weeks ago. “Single Use” are their words, however, those of us out in the real world find many uses for those bags. Anyway, I wanted to explain to these idiots that the average reusable bag brought from home had more bacteria/virus infestation than the average public toilet. They’re just ‘begging’ for some one to bring in a bag with the Wuhan Kung Flu virus on it. Can’t you just see it? They put it on the counter where the slide you groceries down to be bagged, a nice young person handles your bag while filling it with your items and then they move on to contaminate 50-60 other bags and, perhaps, their fellow employees. Banning these plastic bags made little sense in the beginning and no sense now.

The new wall alongside the stairs was my project for today. I finished it by about 1:00 and ate Summer’s leftover Chinese takeout from yesterday. This made me very sleepy and I took an hour nap. It reminded me of my Grandfather. Everyday at noon, while working in the cotton fields, we’d break for lunch and he’d lie down under the cotton trailer on his cotton picking sack and take a nap. This was a long time ago. I lived with them from age 6 until almost 13 and we worked in the fields all through spring, late summer and into the Fall every year. Spring and early summer were the times for picking strawberries and chopping (thinning) cotton. It had to be thinned to allow the plants to grow tall and produce the most cotton bolls. Midsummer was ‘Summer School’. You went to school in the summer so that you could stay out of school in September, October and part of November to pick cotton. I have always wondered how I skipped a grade in school. I didn’t get to start until I was near 7 and plus 12 should have made me 19 in my senior year but I was only 18 in my senior year of high school. Some where I skipped a year. One of life’s small mysteries, I suppose.

The wall framing was finished when I realized that I was going to have to move it away from the stairs by about an inch and a quarter. An inch and a quarter to accommodate 1/2″ sheet rock and a 3/4″ side plate on the stairs. Since it isn’t load bearing there are only 6 screws holding it in place so I can pry it away from the steps install the side plate and the sheetrock and tap it back into place. Bad planning but a minor difficulty, at worst. I got on with the electrical part of the job. I needed an outlet for the TV that will hang on the wall, a switch for the light that I’m installing in the stairwell. At present the only way to light the stairs is climb up and turn on the hall light at the top of the stairs. That switch is not located near the stairwell but just outside Summer’s bedroom. Currently, you must climb the stairs in the dark and then search for the light switch on the wall, also, in the dark. A serious accident waiting to happen.

Summer got laid off from her job today. Seems that people were discontinuing their external dog care as they, themselves, were losing their jobs or deciding to hibernate until the Wuhan Kung Flu season has passed. I know I’ve probably already said this numerous times BUT all of this is the dumbest damned thing to which I have ever been witness. Close to 13,000 deaths this year from the current version of the common Flu and a few hundred deaths from the Wuhan Kung Flu. There has been no news at all about the 13,000 people in America who have died but nothing except wall to wall panic news about the few hundred who have died here in the US of A. As I have stated previously, you have a better chance of being killed by a WWII German NAZI driving a Panzer tank than dying from the Wuhan Kung Flu.

We seemed to be in mid ‘Break Up’ until tonight. It has begun snowing with a vengeance, Not big wet flakes that you know are going to melt on touch down but tiny little flakes that tend to stick. The weather forecast is for it to continue to snow through Saturday and clear off Sunday. Temps will go back to the mid 30s starting Sunday and through most of next week. It is ‘Break Up’ but it seems to be a more gradual process that last year. Last year was !!!!!BREAK UP!!!!! It was all over in about 10-12 days. Not so much this year. It looks like we might have snow on the ground right up to mid-April.

Well, I’ve had dinner. It was ‘make your own dinner’ night. I guess it’s time for bed, I’ve had a few vodkas, fed Miss Suzy and watched a bit of TV. Ta Ta.

A typical Alaskan warning sign