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"Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful."
- Unknown

"That which does not kill you, makes you stronger."
- Handed down through the ages.

"Life's tough. It's even tougher when you're stupid."
- John Wayne

All Hallow's Eve Eve


Not much to say lately. Halloween has me waxing poetic about our annual Halloween costume parties at the Hastings Inn Free House. MAYBE next year we'll have the (new) pub up and going in time? That would be nice . . . .

We're getting just around 10 hours of daylight right now, so I broke down and put a light out in the chicken house. It's on a timer that will turn it on at 3:45 AM . . . four hours before the sun rises . . . at which time it will turn off. Through the years, I've gone back and forth regarding trying to keep egg production up in the winter months with the aid of artificial light (chickens need 14 hours of daylight to produce) vs. giving the hens the natural rest that Mother Nature obviously thinks is best. And,
now the issue packs a double wallop when you are running your electricity off-grid as we are . . . ! Anyway, I'm hoping that production will pick up a bit now.

It's a WARM day today (already 45 degrees), but, generally speaking, I've had to break the ice in the poultry yard (waterers and pond) each morning. Ahhh, the cold(er) months make me a happy camper! :)

I don't think I've mentioned it, but say hello to our local community radio station's newest board member! What a nice gesture and real honor that they asked him to join the Board of Directors!

Lastly, I was a bit stumped when I opened my last-ordered book-on-tape/CD from the library. This is what I found! Would YOU know what to do with it? Fortunately, the auxiliary cord from Tom's iPod fits this little contraption, and, with that, I can send the feed out through the kitchen stereo (where I do 99% of my books-on-tape listening). Fundamentally, it's a good idea (just kind of a bigger version of an iPod Nano), but the quality of this specific technological tool that they use isn't great. I.e., even tho you can tell that it's brand new, the buttons are not very quick to respond (if at all) to finding the chapter you want, etc. As with all new technology, I'm sure it will improve over time. BUT, until then, I'm gonna make sure my books-on-tape are either in cassette or CD form!


  1. Hopefully the chickens will reward all your extra efforts with more eggs!
    I've never checked out an audio book, so I would be stumped to see something like that too.

  2. Ruthie,

    Audio books are FANTASTIC . . . especially if/when there's a chore that you particularly dislike or want to go faster. We don't have a dishwasher (well, other than me!), so I listen to Books-on-Tape/CD every time I'm doing dishes in the kitchen. If you have a good book that you're "reading", it makes you actually WANT to wash dishes! ;)


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