Sunday, October 11, 2015

Chinese Sasquatch?

The other day, we found this outside our Unabomber cabin's window.

Pam has found many of those, always in the general shape of the letter "A".  Not knowing what they mean, we figured it might be some kind of signature, or calling card.   So Pam decided to design her own and made a kind of dragonfly on her Sasquatch stump.  She also left some puffballs, which was a waste of time, it turned out.

Last night, she went out to check the stump.  She came running back to the cabin.  I was inside on my laptop, no doubt saving the world on Facebook, when she came running by.  I immediately sprang into action and looked to see if she was being chased by anything.  Nope.  But she came flying into the cabin....

"David!  Come and see this!!"

"OK.  Should I bring my camera?"


So I did.  What I found was this.

The sticks were rearranged into the familiar letter "A" shape.  Huh.  Me, being me, decided to peruse Al Gore's internets for some meaning.

Sasquatch are thought to have crossed the land bridge from Asia to North America many thousands of years ago, just like Native Americans, so I decided to review Chinese symbols.  I found this page -

If you look at number six, you'll see that the inverted V ahape means "man".

Scroll down to number 13.  The letter "A" shape means "big".

Huh.  See the little twig placed on the left leg of the A?  Yep.  Now scroll down to number 197.  That means "great".

You've now got it.  Great big man.  OK then.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Nailing up Nailers

I don't know if "nailers" is the right term.  We put up the horizontal boards that the metal roof will be screwed onto, so I guess maybe they're "screwers".

My hammering arm gave out so Pamela took over.  And a fine job she did.

Andy pointed his horns at Ruby, which she does not like.

The last nailer!

Maybe tomorrow, the roof!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fall Foliage At Its Peak

Our fall foliage always peaks around Columbus Day.  Maybe a tad sooner up here on Bleecker Mountain.  But it is indeed finally colorful, and our leaves are falling like snowflakes.

It is sad that the foliage doesn't last longer, but then maybe we wouldn't appreciate it as much.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Autumn in Bleecker

I got some of the rafters up on the pump house before my right arm gave out.  Hey, it's progress!

Our friend and neighbor Phil stopped by with apples for both Pamela and the goats.  These may have been for the goats, but Ruby the Pitbull ate a half a dozen.  Edible toys!

Fall is about at its peak here.  Sadly, maybe because of the drought, the colors are not as vibrant as usual.  

It was 55 degrees and cool sitting in the shade, but the sun was wonderful

Tomorrow, I'm going to try to finish the rafters and nailers, and then comes the roof.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Bleecker Mountain Swimming Pool

Heavy rain was forecast.  Water and insulation don't mix, so I covered the pump house floor with the best tarp I had, the only one without holes. Today, this is what I found.  A swimming pool.

OK, maybe a wading pool would be a better term.  Or foot bath.  But I needed to get the water off of there without slopping it onto the insulation underneath.  How?  See the rope laying in there?  I put it there.  Capillary action.  Capillary action acts something like a siphon, and the water will travel down the rope and onto the ground.

Drip... drip... drip.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Goats, The Pump House Floor, and the Lunar Eclipse

Yesterday was a productive day.  Well, except for being distracted by Amos and Andy.  They came charging out of the tractor-trailer trailer with Andy in distress.  Amos was trying to help him.  Me, being me, immediately sprang into action and grabbed my camera.  Yes yes, I took the basket off.  After awhile.

I wanted to put insulation under the pump house floor, but couldn't do it while the goats are loose.  They'd be trying to walk all over it.  So I started cutting and fitting the floor boards without nailing them in place.  

Later, when the goats were put in their run-in shed, I pulled the boards off, fitted the insulation, and then replaced the boards and finished. 

Later, it was time for photographing the lunar eclipse.  Everything was going along fine.  I was following the moon and adjusting my camera settings, but then the moon fully eclipsed and it vanished!  I'm night blind and could no longer see it.  How do you photograph something you cannot see?  You scan and pan with the camera taking pics and then look on the tiny LCD display to see if you got it.  After 87 tries, I found it again, but then I didn't trust my focus and ISO setting and so fiddled with that.

This is the result.

Not bad for a night blind guy.  LOL!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

'Squatcin' It

Over the summer, a couple of scouts from Sasquatch Detective visited us a couple of times to check out our Sasquatch activity to see if it warranted investigation.   Yesterday, they were here with their full team and all kinds of electronic gizmos.  Most, I believe, planned on spending the night.

It was a gorgeous day, warm and sunny.  I don't know yet if they found anything since I stayed in the cabin a mile down the road with the dogs.

This was yesterday afternoon taken from the back of the cabin...

But this was this morning.

It was a chilly morning, probably down in the 30s.  I don't know exactly because my outdoor thermometer disappeared.  I have no idea what happened to it.

Tonight is the lunar eclipse, and for once I don't have to get up at 3 AM to see it.  It will peak at 10 PM or so.  I'm looking forward to photographing that