It’s Been Real Around Here

Not really able to get outside and get much done this past week; yet managed to get out and cut up the bottom half of that tree that came down at the end of our driveway this past snow. Used the new chainsaw SWMBO bought me last Saturday. Nice. Didn’t make lifting and loading the pieces in the back of my truck any easier, but made cutting it up WAY easier than doing it with a hand saw.

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We’ve been cutting down the salmon berry bushes as we go on our walks in the back 40 since it’s so much easier to get to the bottoms of them since the snow beat down all the brush back there. I’ll tell you: it looks like a completely different place now. You can see a long way. Hope all of that between me and the neighbors grows back by summer or they’ll get an eye-full when me and the Dog take off all our clothes and go for a walk. Maybe they should move.

tumblr_pd2ue447f71tlo7gmo1_500-removebgSpeaking of moving: Not sure what our Renter has in mind since I haven’t heard from her at all about being a month behind in rent and two months behind in electric. Is she moving? (She still needs to give me 30 days notice.) Has she abandoned the place? (Which would be a LOT easier legal-wise to deal with according to RCW.) NOT looking forward to packing her stuff up though. And rent for March is coming up real soon!

Oops. Just got a text from her. Says she hasn’t abandoned the place but didn’t make any mention of WHEN she’s going to pay rent and electric. Just that she’s trying to get the money together. She’s a Manager at her work, lives with her boyfriend, has no real commute, so, what’s she doing with her money?

I still feel like I’m being taken advantage of.

Anywho, snowed about an inch earlier today. Big flakes. Most of it’s melting off so we don’t walk under trees when we can avoid it. Not sure what’s in the forecast for us but February is always weird.

I’ve been re-ripping our CD’s as I bring them upstairs to put on the shelf up here. Listening to stuff I haven’t really listened to in years. Some good music there. CCR. Quicksilver Messenger Service. Led Zeppelin. Joe Cocker. (Yeah, all MY cd’s are OLD.) I’ve done about 100 and have only (about) 400 more to go! Should be through by the time I’m 90!)

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Really, the only good thing about Winter around here is all the drinks in the pantry are already cold enough to drink right off the shelf. Still, the next time I say “I’d rather snow than rain.” someone should bitch-slap me with the pics I’ve taken of this snow covered landscape. (But I’d still rather snow than rain. Purely sick of the rain.)

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Sometimes. Marriage.

My lovely-young-bride of 32+ years looked me in the face this morning and said “Buses are running so I need to try to get to work.” To which I replied: “?” You DO realize that the snow is still way too deep out there? Yep. (Inside thought was: “Any Sane person would just call in sick/snowed in.” Don’t get me started!)

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So I managed to get the truck turned around and went up and down the driveway a couple of times and it appeared to be okay. She got in and we took off. Almost got stuck just after going under the toppled over tree but managed to make it out to the road. Actually got her to the bus stop in town with plenty of time to spare.

tumblr_pgxiueCPBd1s9r0jso1_500-removebgWhen I came home I didn’t slow down for anything and made it into the garage. Cool!  This afternoon we’ll see if I can get out when I get to go pick her up.

Not doing a lot. Snow is so deep “off-road” that we’ve been sticking to the tire tracks when we’ve gone out for walks. Stopped by my friends up-hill to check on them. He seemed surprised that anyone would walk through the snow to check up on them. Good. That’s what you do for friends.

So, not a lot going on. Snow is kinda sorta melting but is still not very driver friendly out there. Hearing a lot of “wires down and on fire” reports on the radio. Supposed to snow again tomorrow too. Joy.

And, one doesn’t stay married 32+ years by speaking those inside-thoughts.

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