Spike

By: ycd0108 , 8:35 PM GMT on December 22, 2012

Share this Blog
0
+

I started my assignment for today splitting kindling.
Near the middle of this cedar round from one tree we felled a year ago was a dark stain with a nail in it.
When I counted the growth rings beyond the head of the nail they numbered 19.
Let's see where that puts us:
Some time in about '93 someone drove this nail into this tree.
Though I'm usually the designated carpenter around here and other places I have no recollection of spiking any trees anywhere and in '93 I spent some time in Africa.
Maybe the kids or some of their friends heard about saving trees and damaging chain saws by "spiking" trees.
Come to think: #1 daughter did get herself arrested for protesting logging north of here around that time.
There is another dark stain near the felling cut. I'll have to go out and see if there is a matching stain on any of the stumps.

Long time no sunshine (ycd0108)
Long time no sunshine

Reader Comments

Comments will take a few seconds to appear.

Post Your Comments

Please sign in to post comments.

or Join

Not only will you be able to leave comments on this blog, but you'll also have the ability to upload and share your photos in our Wunder Photos section.

Display: 0, 50, 100, 200 Sort: Newest First - Order Posted

Viewing: 55 - 5

Page: 1 | 2Blog Index

55. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:46 AM GMT on January 02, 2013
ycd0108 has created a new entry.
54. ycd0108
9:38 PM GMT on January 01, 2013
Good New Years afternoon Pat:
And an appropriate choice of video.
I just looked up the travel distance from Vancouver to New Orleans:
2,839 miles / 4‚ÄČ569 km
Our longest journey in the RV so far was 500 miles in one day driving: about 11 hours including the two hour ferry and most of an hour in the ferry lineup. We could probably average 400 miles per day for a few days but we like to check things along the route so I'll need to book at least a month off.
Tloml will be retiring late this year or early next.
Gotta get used to this rig before we take off for an extended trip.
Right now I'm trying to figure out how to keep moisture levels down in our cold damp. Two people sleeping while outside temperatures are around freezing produces a lot of moisture.
I got the boat trailer set to pick up the jet boat and move it out so I can park the RV under cover and then I got a respiratory bug and am kinda low on energy. Missed a few New Year invites but today I feel good enough to go to an annual Open House and give the bug away. That is if the other guests don't already have the bug - something is fairly rampent around here.
Thank you for the idea though.
We will see. What I know is:
We LOVE New Orleans!
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
53. Patrap
5:42 PM GMT on January 01, 2013
Happy New Year's Morn ol Friend.

Hoping you and the Mrs. can visit us again soon one day'eh?




Member Since: July 3, 2005 Posts: 414 Comments: 125569
52. ycd0108
5:36 PM GMT on January 01, 2013
Good New Years Morning:
Shoreacres:
The Hot Rum certainly soothes the throat and though I can't say this cold is gone I can say:
"I happy to be here today."
I had good relationships with most of the "Gate" Commanders in Liberia and we were only "arrested" once.
Stoned teenagers waving AK 47s dancing about the vehicle in the dark must have made an impression on me though.
Thanks for the graphic and the notion.
BriarCraft:
Best wishes for 2013 to all of us.
That blessing still rings true:
Now if only everyone spent some time in the moonlight, sunlight, wind and rain.
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
51. BriarCraft
4:27 AM GMT on January 01, 2013


Have a great 2013!
Member Since: June 21, 2004 Posts: 71 Comments: 3605
50. shoreacres
12:28 AM GMT on January 01, 2013
I'm with you, ycd. I've seen enough of places where the system folded. Living in one is not to be recommended, no matter what people think. A fair number of people don't think - and even more don't have any sort of understanding that governmental collapse or overreaching isn't a particularly amusing thing. When I was back in Liberia between the coup and the civil war, I had all of being pulled out of taxis by dudes with really big guns that I wanted. It did reveal to me the best reason for memorizing poetry. You can recite it to yourself while you're cooling your heels, giving them time to figure out you're not good for a bribe or a ransom, so they might as well let you go. ;)

Happy New Year to you - have a little hot rum or whatever, and feel better fast!

Member Since: October 4, 2004 Posts: 205 Comments: 15288
49. ycd0108
8:43 PM GMT on December 31, 2012
Ylee:
I never met a construction worker who did not have interesting stories - embellished or not.
I used to look forward to coffee break and lunch time for the telling.
'Course Gunther was often with the same crew so he's heard all mine.
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
48. ycd0108
8:37 PM GMT on December 31, 2012
Thanks Rob:
You have a good evening and year there too.
I'm starting to feel like I can drive the mile or so to the local and get some medicine. Should feel better soon.
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
47. ycd0108
8:33 PM GMT on December 31, 2012
Good afternoon Tony:
Happy New Year to you and yours.
I did vacuum off the air grills on the computer tower a month or so ago and our tech guy that built it did some cleanup inside.
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
46. RobDaHood
8:32 PM GMT on December 31, 2012
Yes, Spike!
(that's your new nic)
Hot buttered rum with lots of lemon!
Hope you feel better and have a very nice new years eve!

Member Since: September 2, 2008 Posts: 93 Comments: 30630
45. ycd0108
8:27 PM GMT on December 31, 2012
Happy New Year calpoppy:
That New Years Baby sure looks happy about something - I'm gonna simply go along with that feeling.
First I have to kick this coughing though.
Maybe a Hot Rum?
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
44. calpoppy
7:12 PM GMT on December 31, 2012
Have a Happy New Year, YCD! Play a little Led and some Neil Young!!

Member Since: February 18, 2008 Posts: 47 Comments: 3323
43. plapman
12:40 PM GMT on December 31, 2012
Good morning YCD.
I seem to be having computer problems lately. The sound quit yesterday and now the WEB cam Is shutting down. I'll have to open it up and blow some dust away as it's been runnin for almost 2 years without a long shutdown.
Member Since: August 18, 2006 Posts: 2432 Comments: 7266
42. ycd0108
1:30 AM GMT on December 31, 2012
Hey Pat:
Maybe Neil will get Robert Plant to record his own story. I think they are similar in some way -
Took them a while in the video to find "the groove" but they did it.
That many massive egos on stage is fun to watch.
I ain't giving up on cryin' and prayin' just yet:
Probably a fair bit of that coming down the Pike.
Some folks think it would be OK to let the current system fold but I do not. I've worked in places where it had folded.
"The best lack all conviction
While the worst are filled
With passionate intensity"
W.B.Yeats
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
41. Ylee
5:55 PM GMT on December 30, 2012
It most certainly a temptation to embellish one's life history; fortunately, my life on the whole has been too boring to tell much about it! :)

The traffic gods have an extra sense for detecting two or more vehicles travelling together, and adjust the traffic light patterns accordingly! :)
Member Since: February 3, 2011 Posts: 86 Comments: 14569
40. Patrap
4:02 PM GMT on December 30, 2012
Heres that video Ken


One we here can relate to unfortunately.

.."Crying wont help us, praying won't do ya no good"..

Member Since: July 3, 2005 Posts: 414 Comments: 125569
39. ycd0108
4:33 AM GMT on December 30, 2012
It's up to you if you want to read the book but here is the few words that got to me:
"As a matter of fact, I've written this whole book straight. It certainly is a quandary."
Neil Young "Waging Heavy Peace"
Page 466.
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
38. ycd0108
2:40 AM GMT on December 30, 2012
Wilco Cap't:
Worst moment on the return trip:
I'm following my buddy in the new RV and a bit run down with some hours on slush seeing damaged cars and trucks in ditches. He's running some route the GPS does not agree with so I'm trying to stay with him as lights change.
Bad Plan!
Never ever try to run an Amber light.
I see the warning flashers and put the hammer down. Buddy sees me coming and (thank God) runs the light. Tloml hollers "Stop!"
"Now!"
Full binders on and we skid to a stop as some tiny sedan scoots a left through between the two RVs.
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
37. RobDaHood
10:27 PM GMT on December 29, 2012
Nah, get yourself some bongos, a case of good brew, and have fun. That's what music is all about anyway.

Oh...and if Tom says turn left 30 meters...just make sure there is a road there.
Member Since: September 2, 2008 Posts: 93 Comments: 30630
36. ycd0108
10:03 PM GMT on December 29, 2012
Hey Cap't:
Thanks for the "wake UP!".
Tloml brought home a Tomtom Via 1435 GPS day before yesterday so I've been reading manuals and poking buttons and driving about yelling at it.
The new one also directs me to leave home and drive across a 90' deep gully (there is no bridge and there is no road there) to start each journey.
From what I read both the TomTom and the SamGal run Android O.S.
Apple has a row to hoe now. I don't see law suites as the way to improve a product.
What do I know - maybe I should sue myself for the leaky roof here.
Also received a copy of Neil Young's "Waging Heavy Peace". I'm about 7/8ths of the way through it and enjoyed reading bits of Neil's journey from "North Ontario" through CSNY and Buffalo Springfeild.
I admit that I wished long and hard to be able to make a musical instrument "walk and talk" but after reading so far I'm thinkin': "Maybe I was just meant to build a few houses and be part of the Audience."
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
35. RobDaHood
8:36 PM GMT on December 29, 2012
Hey Spike!
Happy Saturday!
Member Since: September 2, 2008 Posts: 93 Comments: 30630
34. ycd0108
5:11 PM GMT on December 28, 2012
Good morning:
3 C. Very light rain and fog.
Ylee: I started reading Neil Young's "Waging Heavy Peace" last night. His book reads a lot like some of the blogs here. I've always enjoyed his music and lyrics.
Tony: I see on your blog you have chilly weather but good winter wear. Bundle up for your walk today, eh.
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
33. plapman
2:57 PM GMT on December 28, 2012
Good morning YCD
Member Since: August 18, 2006 Posts: 2432 Comments: 7266
32. Ylee
5:12 AM GMT on December 28, 2012
Can't help it; I was asleep when you posted #30! :)

I did click submit above, but the Glitchamatic just returned to the same spot. I could have entertained myself for awhile, if so inclined!
Member Since: February 3, 2011 Posts: 86 Comments: 14569
31. ycd0108
2:31 AM GMT on December 28, 2012
Do you get a sense of relief when there are no comments on your last post?
It's "Push Me Pull You"
Around here.
But it is lots of fun.
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
30. ycd0108
3:57 PM GMT on December 27, 2012
This season:
Much as I love folks and food this season "suits me too well".
Oh my!
Last night a couple blew in with the best Golden Retriever I have met (and every Gold Retriever I have met has been good).
We caught up on gossip -some of it was at least 5 years old, most was 20 years or more. Apparently as we age the first thing to go is short term memory.
And Dat's why I write things here.
Rob:
No eye deer what could happen if you tapped the "submit" but I'm gonna put up a new blog so that that strange thing goes where it belongs: archives.
Pat:
I can't be "Homesick" for New Orleans having only lived a week there
it just feels that way.
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
29. Patrap
12:14 AM GMT on December 27, 2012
Member Since: July 3, 2005 Posts: 414 Comments: 125569
28. RobDaHood
12:11 AM GMT on December 27, 2012
Have been really tempted to go to #8 and click submit, but worried that it might crash all of WU-ville.
Member Since: September 2, 2008 Posts: 93 Comments: 30630
27. RobDaHood
12:09 AM GMT on December 27, 2012
Good to see that someone else doesn't waste the second best part of the turkey!

Figured after the drama this afternoon I ought to let you know that there were no issues. A few sticks to pick up and a lot of moss on the ground.

Always good to chat with an old friend in a faraway place. Okay, maybe better if they pay attention to time zones, but still good!
Member Since: September 2, 2008 Posts: 93 Comments: 30630
26. ycd0108
8:11 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Rob:
Just cleared a space by the vice on the workshop bench to set up the slow cooker.
Mashed most of the turkey bones in to it, set it on "Slow cook" and added some water with a dash of vinegar.
Tloml said she does not want the soup base cooking away on the kitchen counter for the rest of the day.
Quiet here too between phone calls:
just before 0700 I grabbed the infernal machine on the first ring 'cause Tloml was trying to sleep in. I assumed it was tellemarket and was preparing a blast.
An old friend living in Sao Paulo, Brazil had figured it was time to call but forgot that he was a few hours ahead. We had a good chat.
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
25. RobDaHood
7:29 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Glad you survived the revelry. All good here today. Waiting for the approaching front to pass. Birds have gone to cover and the pines are dancing with the maples. Palms looking one sided.

A day of rest (so far) and nibbling at the ham.
Member Since: September 2, 2008 Posts: 93 Comments: 30630
24. ycd0108
7:10 PM GMT on December 26, 2012
Happy "Boxing Day":
Of all the good things we got yesterday: Food and booze and company and pressys this item stands alone:
http://santasfootprints.com/MAIN.html
We mixed one portion in a bowl and it still looks like snow this morning.
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
23. ycd0108
6:53 PM GMT on December 25, 2012
Merry Christmas:
This blog was last on the list.
Ylee:
What my daughter learned was how to get her dad and other handy persons to do the work. She is more than happy to purchase the materials and help find the tools and clean up the mess we make.
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
22. Ylee
4:37 AM GMT on December 25, 2012
I think your daughter could start a second career as a handyman! She must've picked up all that knowledge from her dad!

Merry Christmas to you and all your family! This graphic is kinda strange, but I like it! :)

Member Since: February 3, 2011 Posts: 86 Comments: 14569
21. ycd0108
1:25 AM GMT on December 25, 2012
OK Shoreacres:
I'm gonna try that recipe. I stopped on the way home this afternoon and had to settle for regular "Appleton's" because they had no Over Proof.
So while Tloml ricochets around the kitchen making the Christmas meal I'll be dodging about making your and Rob's mixes.
If any guests have crits of cudoes for either I will pass them along.
If last night was anything to go by I'd say the sober guests are no use at all in the taste test department and the drunks are just that - I should know.
My best wishes for you through this particular season.
"I'm stayin' home tonight"
And tomorrow night so the "caveat" does not apply to me but I hope those who do drive around hear it.


Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
20. shoreacres
12:43 AM GMT on December 25, 2012
I knew I had something to contribute here, but couldn't remember what it was until I read back.
Herewith, my father's recipe for the world's Best Dayum Rum Punch Ever. We used to make up a batch, drink some and cool the rest. Then, we'd keep it in Mason jars in the fridge. Anyone who wanted could heat up a little after ice skating, shoveling,etc.

The only caveat was that you were not to drive after drinking the stuff. It goes down so easy it can inflict a little damage before anyone realizes what happened. If we get some cold weather this year, I'll make some. It's impossible to drink the stuff and enjoy it if it's above freezing. ;)

Combine and boil for 10 minutes:
2 cups water
2 cups sugar

Add a dozen cloves, 2 sticks cinnamon, 1/2 tsp allspice
1 T lemon peel
1 T orange peel
1 T Canton ginger
2 T ginger syrup (or 1 more T ginger)

Cover and let stand 2 hours. Strain and add 1-1/2 c fresh orange juice, 3/4 c fresh lemon juice and one fifth of rum.

Ahhhhhhhh..... Brings back memories.



Member Since: October 4, 2004 Posts: 205 Comments: 15288
19. ycd0108
11:10 PM GMT on December 24, 2012
palmettogug53:
I like the SnowCatGrandpa.
I started out smoking a pipe but "soon I switched to harder stuff".
(That is: "TMs" - tailor made cigarettes)
Author Unknown's words are worth a ponder or two.
Thank you.
Have yourself a Merry Christmas from me.
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
18. ycd0108
10:52 PM GMT on December 24, 2012
Good afternoon:
Ylee:
I'm just a bit discomb. today. Woke up in the RV parked in my daughter's driveway after attending a "HOOT" there last evening.
Tloml worked yesterday so she had her car there as well and I thought I would just have breakfast and mosey on home. Daughter had a different plan:
"Could you just replace all the locks and door handles before you go?"
She had a large bag full of new mechanisms.
I foolishly had brought the RV with few tools so I scrounged around in her basement equipment room and found a screwdriver. None of the new deadbolts would seat so she found a swiss army knife with a saw blade and I got the first one installed.
I said:
"Where is Kenny O. when you need him?"
He is a lot like me - drives a van with just about every tool known and other bits and pieces you need.
Kenny (who must have been at least as hung over as me but looked fine) drives up and the process of scattering all the tools and bits and pieces begins in earnest.
Suffice it to say that two or three confused hours later my daughter has all outside deadbolts working on one key and two new bathroom door mechanisms to replace the two that would lock if you happened to push the goofy button as you closed the door.
Merry Christmas for her.
I don't do much in the sawing down trees department any more. I hire young guys who are strong, have good balance and don't think too deeply about our contribution to Global warming.
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
17. palmettobug53
10:01 PM GMT on December 24, 2012
Photobucket

May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
The warmth of Christmas grant you love.
~Author Unknown
Member Since: October 7, 2005 Posts: 229 Comments: 24576
16. Ylee
6:07 AM GMT on December 24, 2012
I reckon you're fortunate you didn't hit the nail with your saw!

Right now my blogging is making my eyelids heavy.... :)

Member Since: February 3, 2011 Posts: 86 Comments: 14569
15. ycd0108
5:57 PM GMT on December 23, 2012
calpoppy:
Thank you for the Puffin and the wishes. I wish the best of the season to you and yours.
I'll check out the book you mention.
If I need to see a "clear cut" I can walk to my property line and peer through what we call the "postcard edge" - a line of trees left so the tourists can photograph them. In fact some of my uploaded pictures include that "edge".
I did my share of logging in younger days and caused my allotment of destruction in mining exploration and construction work.
To examine further just about everything I know how to do involves some destruction and pollution.
The Kayaking writers also know that the epoxy and kevlar that carries them and the computer they wrote the book with had some environmental impact.
"Whole Systemitis" is an affliction I sometimes suffer.
One can not do anything without affecting other things.
I think I'll go and string some colored lights along the drive way now.
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
14. calpoppy
4:41 PM GMT on December 23, 2012
Your finding the spike in the tree reminded me of a book I read not to long ago called 'A Long Trek Home'. A couple trekked and kayaked from Seattle to the start of the Aleutian Island chain of Alaska. But when they went through your neck of the woods, they described the incredible amount of logging of the great old trees. Also a lot of salmon farming. Interesting book!

Have a great holiday!!!

Member Since: February 18, 2008 Posts: 47 Comments: 3323
13. ycd0108
3:07 PM GMT on December 23, 2012
Good morning Tony:
Leave it to us old tinkerers to make something useful from the garbage tip, eh?
The "Helper" at Best Buy, James G., loaned me his stylus to enter the start up passwords and whatnot and Tloml simply went and bought me one. $16 USD does seem a bit steep for a piece of stainless tube with an eraser stuck in it.
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
12. ycd0108
2:53 PM GMT on December 23, 2012
Good morning Rob:
I have to admit I did not "manage" anything. I was commenting as normal and thought I'd simply lost another till the comment showed up like that.
Thanks for the recipe idea. I still have to find the "151" though.
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
11. plapman
1:45 PM GMT on December 23, 2012
Good morning YCD.
Being the tightwad that I am I plan on making a stylus from a peice of the conductive foan that integrated circuts come in. Most electronic repair shops just throw the stuff away. i've tried a handheld peice and it works great.
Enjoy the day.
Member Since: August 18, 2006 Posts: 2432 Comments: 7266
10. RobDaHood
8:21 AM GMT on December 23, 2012
8. ycd0108 11:44 PM EST on December 22, 2012

How in the heck did you manage that?
I do believe that's a new one!

Yeah, nutmeg is good. Cloves, some folks like some don't.
I generally grind up the spices, mix them and the brown sugar with the butter to form a paste. Keep in the fridge until needed. Then you just need hot water, plop a scoop of the paste into the cup to melt, add a splash of rum and you are good to go!

Nice to have on standby when you come in late on a cold night.
Member Since: September 2, 2008 Posts: 93 Comments: 30630
9. ycd0108
4:49 AM GMT on December 23, 2012
Seems like I'm stuck in a loop here: tried to update a comment but no joy. Oh well.
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
8. ycd0108
4:44 AM GMT on December 23, 2012
Quoting ycd0108:




Your Comment:



Rich TextThank you Proserpina for the brightening and good wishes. I send those same wishes to you and yours.
Hope
Love
Peace
And a Merry Christmas!






 



Submit Cancel




Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
7. ycd0108
2:16 AM GMT on December 23, 2012
undefined
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
6. ycd0108
2:09 AM GMT on December 23, 2012
Rob:
I have yet to do my shopping for this upcoming celebration. I will make that hot mix and purchase some Over Proof and toast to everyone here (and there that day). What do you think of a trace of Nutmeg and one or two cloves heated with the cinnamon sticks?
Looks like our guest list is growing. Many of our aquaintances and relations are moderate or less imbibers but we still offer beds and the RV might just come in handy for those that don't know how fast the Hot Butter can sneak up on you.
Parking is always a challenge at the end of the road. Quite a number of times I've spent most of the evening shuffling vehicles in and out. One year we asked the local pub if our guests could park there and my SIL and I ferried people in and out with the 4x4s.
I'm hoping this event will pass with a bit of white for color but not so much that visitors can not climb the hill safely.
Member Since: January 1, 2008 Posts: 170 Comments: 4400
5. Proserpina
12:28 AM GMT on December 23, 2012
Christmas2012-2
Member Since: May 6, 2008 Posts: 165 Comments: 17885

Viewing: 55 - 5

Page: 1 | 2Blog Index

Top of Page

About ycd0108

Now looking at the potential of humans (including myself) with regard to understanding complex natural phenomena.