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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Plantagenet » Tue 31 Mar 2020, 18:19:55

They shut down all the downhill ski areas in Alaska due to the virus, so I dragged out my old cross-country skis and I'm going out cruising on the university trail network once a day. Our temps are up in the 20s now, and its very sunny and pleasant to go gliding down the slopes and climbing up the hills......and its a great work-out.

AND the university is closed and the trails are just about empty, so keeping social distancing is easy. For some reason the university staff just set new track and I had a world class XC skiing course just about to myself this morning.

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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Ibon » Fri 01 May 2020, 09:37:15

Happy 1st of May comrades.

No work today and for many many many no work yesterday or tomorrow either.

Anarchists rejoice.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby REAL Green » Fri 01 May 2020, 10:18:26

Ibon wrote:Happy 1st of May comrades.

No work today and for many many many no work yesterday or tomorrow either.

Anarchists rejoice.



Not much has changed for me. The chores go on as usual. Animals and plants don't observe shutdowns. I do respect the fact that the only reason I can do what I do is becuase the world you describe as being shut down allows it. So, in that respect everything has changed if we are heading for a bust. I am not making a living off my cattle and goats but it is going to hurt if the price I get is dirt and I still need to buy groceries at greatly inflated prices. This may be the year I butcher a steer.

I am rejoicing in nature. Spring is here after a cold, wet, and grey March and April!
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Ibon » Fri 01 May 2020, 13:09:22

REAL Green wrote: I am not making a living off my cattle and goats but it is going to hurt if the price I get is dirt and I still need to buy groceries at greatly inflated prices. This may be the year I butcher a steer.

I am rejoicing in nature. Spring is here after a cold, wet, and grey March and April!


There is not a day that goes by that I do not stop and rejoice over the beauty of our mother earth. She entertains better than any Netflix movie. We live in a pristine place surrounded by hundreds of thousands of hectars of protected highland wilderness. But you don't need this kind of space. Hedgerows, empty lots, back yards landscaped with natives, bird feeders, local protected areas within 1km of most folks suburban or urban environments have opportunities if one is so attuned.

Yesterday at lunch we spent a moment marveling at all the produce we were consuming from our land or that we made from store bought essentials.

Steak (a cow we had to slaughter 2 weeks ago that was pushed over an embankment by a bull that roamed onto our property)
Heirloom tomatoes
Hot sauce made from our own chilis
potatoes
Lettuce with blanched snowpeas
strawberries
coffee
Home made nan bread from sour dough cultivar we started on our own (wheat was store bought)
home made humus (garbanzo and tahini store bought)

Our jersey cow is going to give birth any day now. There is yoghurt and queso fresco (white farmers cheese) and ice cream on our short term horizon.

We have been making oat milk and having strawberry smoothies every day.

If I put salt in front of our game cameras within a week I get about 30 collared peccaries coming in. This is one mammal with a fast reproduction rate that could be sustainably hunted on our reserve which to date we have not done and do not intend to unless circumstances required.

We broke down after 2 months up here when I went shopping the other day and I bought a 6 pack of coca cola and and a small bag of mini snickers bar chocolates. 3 of us are sharing one can a coke and we have a routine per day of one mini snickers bar.

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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Newfie » Fri 01 May 2020, 13:48:23

Yes. Every once in a while I get a McDonalds burger. Not often I get the chance.

It’s amazing how bloated it can make you feel.

Hard to control my weight back in the states. The food is just so different.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby REAL Green » Fri 01 May 2020, 13:59:38

Ibon wrote:Yesterday at lunch we spent a moment marveling at all the produce we were consuming from our land or that we made from store bought essentials.

Simple pleasures


Ibon, I have enjoyed your comments and have googled the area you are in. It must be paradise. Life is tougher around here but it is a good place to rear cow calves and goat kids. We are blessed with what we have. I was on the Pacific side of Costa Rica 15 years ago and love the place and the people. All the power to you for finding such a great place to call home!
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Plantagenet » Fri 15 May 2020, 15:59:08

It sunny and 60° in central Alaska and our state is opening up. The parks dept. took the locks off the outdoors pickleball courts and the parks dept put up pickleball nets.

So we all went and played pickleball. There were about 20 of us friends, all out together again and playing pickleball in the sun. I counted 18 wearing face masks (although most people let theirs slip down while actually playing so we could breathe). We sat 6 feet apart when we weren't playing but it was great to see all my friends again.

And then, near the end of our two hour session, there was a F-35 flyover. There were three F-35s in a triangular formation, with one F-17 flying beside them.

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I was there for the F-35 Flyover to salute the pickleball players

It was a grand morning.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby C8 » Fri 15 May 2020, 16:55:38

Plantagenet wrote:It sunny and 60° in central Alaska and our state is opening up. The parks dept. took the locks off the outdoors pickleball courts and the parks dept put up pickleball nets.

So we all went and played pickleball. There were about 20 of us friends, all out together again and playing pickleball in the sun. I counted 18 wearing face masks (although most people let theirs slip down while actually playing so we could breathe). We sat 6 feet apart when we weren't playing but it was great to see all my friends again.

And then, near the end of our two hour session, there was a F-35 flyover. There were three F-35s in a triangular formation, with one F-17 flying beside them.

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I was there for the F-35 Flyover to salute the pickleball players

It was a grand morning.


What the H3LL is pickleball?
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Plantagenet » Sat 16 May 2020, 22:16:34

C8 wrote:What the H3LL is pickleball?


Think of it as senior tennis.

Pickleball is played on a smaller court than tennis, and you use a wiffleball and paddles instead of rackets, but the general principles are the same.

Anyway I had another fantastic day today.

Our restaurants started opening up a couple of days ago and I went to the local burger dive for lunch.

You had to sign in at the door (so they could trace you if somebody went there who had the virus) and my pretty waitress was wearing a face mask and vinyl gloves. Every other table had a big "X" taped on it to block it off so there was lots of space between tables.

It was my first meal in a restaurant in two months....AND it was sooooooooo good.

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I had a cheeseburger and fries and a coke and I was in heaven.

I'm really appreciating the simple things in life now.....
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby REAL Green » Sun 17 May 2020, 06:25:55

Plantagenet wrote:I had a cheeseburger and fries and a coke and I was in heaven. I'm really appreciating the simple things in life now.....


Life has changed only a little for me because I only go to town once a week and if I can once every two weeks. Less people to bother me on the farm so I can get work done has been great. I do miss my Dolsot Bibimbap and miso soup at the local Korean restaurant. Cheeseburgers are nice too but I can get them at a drive through. I try to avoid them becuase they pollute my body. I have taken my boys a couple of times to Steak n Shake.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Plantagenet » Sun 17 May 2020, 20:24:05

REAL Green wrote:Cheeseburgers ... pollute my body.


You have my deepest sympathies.

REAL Green wrote: I have taken my boys a couple of times to Steak n Shake.


Sorry...We don't have those here so I don't know what that is.

Is that the restaurant where the sexy waitresses shake their abundant décolletage?

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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby REAL Green » Mon 18 May 2020, 05:48:42

Plantagenet wrote:
REAL Green wrote:Cheeseburgers ... pollute my body.
You have my deepest sympathies.

REAL Green wrote: I have taken my boys a couple of times to Steak n Shake.
Sorry...We don't have those here so I don't know what that is.

Is that the restaurant where the sexy waitresses shake their abundant décolletage? Cheers!


Plant, I make a big effort to eat healthy these days. Since this world is full of so much tasty unhealthy foods this means a balance. I restrict delicious steak burgers from Steak n Shake to twice a month.
https://www.restaurantnews.com/steak-n- ... nt-chains/

I grew up on Stean N Shake.
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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby Plantagenet » Mon 18 May 2020, 15:10:11

REAL Green wrote: I restrict delicious steak burgers from Steak n Shake to twice a month.....I grew up on Stean N Shake.


Sounds great but .....Sorry....I've never heard of it.

I travel quite a bit (or at least I used to) but I've never been to one of those or even seen an ad for one.

Hopefully I'll get to check one out someday when we get past this pandemic.

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Re: Happy Talk

Unread postby careinke » Tue 26 May 2020, 01:27:23

This is my covid-19 passion. It has been quite satisfying and keeps me happy. Almost have the irrigation system complete. Your looking down a 14% slope, with 17 terraces (Thanks to the excavator). This will be the best year yet.

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