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What every well-equipped home should have

Greetings from the Pacific North(very)Wet! And thanks for being patient. As Joel has been posting, I made it to my destination, but am currently sans Internet. So what little blogging I can do (between hauling trash, unpacking, and painting the insides of kitchen cabinets before putting my stuff away) will be sporadic for a while. Stick with me, please …

Thanks for all the good wishes and offers of help. You have no idea how great it felt, after the crappy start of my journey, to know I had friends waiting along the road. As it turned out, the final three days were completely uneventful (except for the runaway horse galloping down the highway at the top of a winding 10,000-foot pass, but that’s a tale for another time). A couple of the days were very long, as I made up lost time. But no complaints. I’m here!

Now … as to “what every well-equipped home should have” … I mentioned previously that the folks I bought the house from had an unexpected lot in common with me (and probably with you). Well, the above photo shows just a few of the items I’ve found so far in my house-cleaning: A wall-mounted copy of the Bill of Rights, a postcard from Pacific Yurts, old copies of The American Survival Guide, and — last but not least! — back issues of Backwoods Home. There are also gun publications galore and even a catalog from the Militia of Montana.

Yep, I guess I’m home. 🙂

More when my body and brain have recovered and when I have better access and more time to get on the ‘Net.


  1. Tahn
    Tahn August 18, 2010 1:37 pm

    Welcome Home Claire! Be of Good Cheer in your new adventure!

  2. Joel
    Joel August 18, 2010 2:39 pm

    MoM put out a…catalog? What were they selling?

  3. Tracey Roberts
    Tracey Roberts August 18, 2010 2:40 pm

    Ah, American Survival Guide. My first magazine, picked up on a whim in a gas station in Colorado, that opened my eyes to the real world, and who I really was! Kept that copy for years and year and years. Finally lost it in one of our many moves.

    So glad that you made it safe and sound, and very happy to welcome you back to good ol’ PNW!

  4. Pat
    Pat August 18, 2010 2:44 pm

    Where on earth did they get that wall-mounted copy of the Bill of Rights?! I’d love to purchase a copy.

    Glad you made it safely, and you feel at Home. Sweet. Home. Now the fun begins…

  5. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal August 18, 2010 2:57 pm

    I’d rather have a wall-mounted copy of the Declaration of Independence. 🙂

    Welcome home!

  6. Devin
    Devin August 18, 2010 3:17 pm

    Welcome home Claire and may Frith be granted to your home and hearth.

  7. Pat
    Pat August 18, 2010 4:29 pm

    “I’d rather have a wall-mounted copy of the Declaration of Independence. :)”

    Actually I prefer the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which, along with L. Neil’s definition of libertarianism, encompasses a great deal — the D of I, B of R, and any “Constitution” one may wish to write.

  8. ff42
    ff42 August 18, 2010 5:09 pm

    Glad to hear (read) that you made it safe and sound. Next time it rains (or rather sprinkles) go out and dance in it for all of us that have fond memories of our time in the PNW.

  9. Thataway
    Thataway August 18, 2010 9:47 pm

    Welcome Home!!! After the start of your trip, I’m sure “uneventful” was nice 🙂 And I echo ff42, go out and dance in the rain, hey might as well enjoy it if you cant change it!

  10. naturegirl
    naturegirl August 19, 2010 1:53 am

    …How very cool !!!!! Nice to see that you made it home 🙂

    I wonder how many of your old (little) houses would fit in this new one? LOL……enjoy the space, enjoy the green again, and you eventually will get it all cleaned/arranged so it’s “completely yours”……

    Mission accomplished!

  11. Karen
    Karen August 19, 2010 5:17 am

    It’s wonderful to hear that you’re safely home! It was so kind of Joel to keep us updated on your travels. Enjoy this new adventure that seems to be destined for you. How do the dogs like their new abode? I can’t wait to hear all about it.

  12. Tugboat
    Tugboat August 19, 2010 6:18 pm

    Your copy of the Bill of Rights is a copy of the Resolution from the first congress submitting the proposed articles. It’s a great and important part of history because it a) provided the purpose of the Bill of Rights, and ) how the BoRs operate.

    “…expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictice clauses should be added…”

    Therein, is what the people believed they were doing and giving their assent to.

  13. Jake MacGregor
    Jake MacGregor August 19, 2010 6:20 pm

    welcome home!

  14. Ellendra
    Ellendra August 19, 2010 8:19 pm

    Congratulations, and welcome home!

  15. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty August 20, 2010 11:41 am

    So glad to hear you arrived safe… and I can’t wait to read about the horse! 🙂

  16. naturegirl
    naturegirl August 20, 2010 2:43 pm

    May the Warm Winds of Heaven
    Blow softly upon your house.
    May the Great Spirit
    Bless all who enter there.
    May your Mocassins
    Make happy tracks
    in many snows,
    and may the Rainbow
    Always touch your shoulder.

    (Cherokee Blessing Prayer)

  17. G.W.F.
    G.W.F. August 20, 2010 3:55 pm

    Hmmm….. I hate to speak for Claire, but if I had to guess as to where she got the wall copy of the Bill of Rights, I’d have to say it must be here at the NRA store:

    You get four documents of freedom (Constitution, BofR, Declaration of Independance and the 2nd Amendment) all ready to hang for $34.95. I know from her posts she is such an ardent supporter of the NRA, I just can’t see here looking elsewhere. Especially knowing part of the purchase price goes to supporting the NRA 🙂

  18. Claire
    Claire August 24, 2010 12:17 pm

    I got that wall-mounted copy of the Bill of Rights by finding it in the house, where the sellers left it for me. 🙂 But I wouldn’t be at all surprised, G.W.F., if it originally came from the NRA. Also found copies of American Rifleman around the place. So the sellers were definitely NRAites. That thing’s been around a while, though. Somebody hand-wrote the date 1976 on the back. Perhaps a U.S. bicentennial purchase?

    Thanks, everybody, for such fine wishes. My apologies again for not blogging for the last week. Can’t wait until the home Internet connection is set up and working.

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