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Taking time off

This coming week looks like a nice, long pause between rounds of deadlines. So I’m taking time off.

I hesitate to do it because I have this terrible fear that all you lovely readers will stampede to somebody else’s blog if I miss more than a few days and never return.

Yeah, I know better. If you’ve put up with me so far, I have faith you’ll put up with me a week from now. Besides, even in my absence, there will probably be conversations going on in the comment sections. And there are always Amazon links in need of clicking. (Yeah, shameless plug. Sorry.)

In any case, every time I say that blogging will be “lite,” that’s exactly when I get inspired to write something brilliant insightful devastatingly witty else. So who knows? Possibly I’ll even get a chance to prep and advance-schedule a few blog entries to magically appear.

Mostly, I’m going to stick around the house and perform serious Organizing of Stuff. Not just preparedness stuff, as I wrote about the other day. But stuff-stuff. After two years of constant construction chaos, I want everything finally neat and in its place for the cabin-fever months ahead.

I’ll also be working with a yard guy to take down old fencing, remove a nasty-looking tree, and lay the groundwork for as large a veggie, chicken, and (maybe) bee area as my tiny property will hold.

But I might also go wild & crazy and take Ava out to the ocean. There’s an interesting beach within day-trip distance, but I haven’t gone there since returning to the NorthWET. It’s about time.


  1. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal September 21, 2012 6:59 pm

    Have fun. We’ll be here unless some disaster strikes us, and then it won’t be your fault we aren’t here.

  2. Richard
    Richard September 21, 2012 7:30 pm

    Damn, what will I do without a daily dose of sanity. I’m barely holding on to reality as it is. Well I’m just gonna have to go on vacation too. Have fun, go visit some place warm and dry. I’d normally say come visit us in Sunny south Florida but this is the rainy season. We don’t get back into the warm and sunny season till January.
    Cheers, be safe

  3. LarryA
    LarryA September 21, 2012 8:51 pm

    May you have nothing to do, and may you do it very well.

  4. MJR
    MJR September 22, 2012 4:26 am

    Damn, looking at your ‘to do’ list for when you are taking time off is more than I regularly do. It would be nice to read that you are actually going to have a little down time to recharge. All work and no play… BTW do not worry about your loyal followers; we will be here when you get back. (:->)

  5. Joel
    Joel September 22, 2012 6:01 am

    But how will we know what to think?

  6. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty September 22, 2012 9:24 am

    We’ll be here… ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. jed
    jed September 22, 2012 4:27 pm

    Oooh, the Pacific Coast. I’m envious — haven’t set foot there in many years. I wonder if that great little restaurant is still there in North Rockaway. I had some wonderful snapper there once. I got started today on a building a new workbench, for my own wintertime projects. Just need to put legs under it now. And then keep myself from treating it as yet another flat surface upon which to pile things. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Enjoy yourself!

  8. Karen
    Karen September 22, 2012 4:46 pm


  9. Karen
    Karen September 22, 2012 5:22 pm

    Just to fill in some time, and in case Claire checks in, a hilarious video of a bouncing bulldog.

  10. kevin m
    kevin m September 23, 2012 11:47 am

    Enjoy and be careful with your tree removal. I’m both an Arborist AND a worry wart.

  11. LarryA
    LarryA September 24, 2012 8:35 am

    [Twitch] [Twitch]

    It wouldn’t be so bad if Day by Day ( wasn’t down for repairs at the same time.

  12. naturegirl
    naturegirl September 24, 2012 2:51 pm

    *still drifting through the place, anyway*

  13. Pat
    Pat September 24, 2012 2:59 pm

    Bees, Claire? Would you be handling them, or somebody else handling them on your property, while you benefited from some of the honey they produced?

  14. just waiting
    just waiting September 26, 2012 7:00 am

    I started keeping friendly bees 4 years ago, its been a great (but rollercoaster) experience. Opening up a hive full of bees, there’s no pill or needle thats going to give you a high like those 50,000 buzzing bees will. My streak of 17 months without getting stung finally got broken last week. One of my hives became unfriendly on me, apparently, and the little bitches let me know when I opened the top. They just wouldn’t let up. Think I got hit 10-12 times. Gonna let that haive die off over the winter and replace them with friendlier bees in the spring.

    But when you swipe your finger across a comb and get a taste that fresh honey in your mouth, your honey, for the very first time, well, its all worth it after that

  15. Claire
    Claire September 26, 2012 7:50 am

    Ouch, ouch, OUCH! on the unfriendly bees. And the little traitors — turning on you like that!

    Hm. An amazing lot of people hereabouts (blogwise, I mean) seem to be beekeepers. Ditto, a fair number of people around where I live.

    I am very much undecided about getting bees, mainly because my yard is so tiny. But quite a few locals are suggesting I do it and (in answer to Pat), if I do, I’d plan to do it all the way. Not just babysit somebody else’s hives.

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