Sunday, March 26, 2023


The arrival of spring is reminiscent of a train starting out. The engine revs up and a series of "CRASH!" is heard down the length of train cars. Then another series of the same as the slinky rebounds.

Warm. Cold. Rain. Warm. Cold. Rain....

There are several days in the next week forecast to have highs over 50F so it is time to cut scion-wood. I could have cut it earlier but I am running out of time if I want to cut it in its fully-dormant condition.

Time to scatter some red clover and some alfalfa seed in the pasture. And it is past time to de-junk the yard.

Tomato seeds to be planted April 1. Mrs ERJ graciously agreed to let me germinate them in the oven with the light on. That is how we warm bread-dough to get it to rise. Might be a good day to go sucker fishing if the water isn't too high.


Travel is not my favorite thing. I am a home-body.

I have been informed that I WILL travel down to Miami in the next couple of months and I will help drive a moving truck back up to Michigan.

Southern Belle and Quicksilver will be flying back to Miami to pack up the household and then she and Handsome Hombre will be moving in with us while they look for an apartment or house to rent.

Southern Belle has been an exceptionally easy house-guest. She bought a week's worth of groceries for the month she was here. I noticed inroads in my supply of oatmeal, peanut butter, pancake mix, applesauce and instant coffee, so it is not like she eats "fancy" or expensive.

It is also notable that she washes a sink full of dishes every day.

Stressing about transporting the steer

I am stressing about transporting the steer to the butcher shop. A friend told me about a fellow who rents his out for $50 per 8 hours. I need to catch up with him and put down a deposit to reserve the trailer.

They say a little bit of stress in one's life is a good thing.

Lunch with the high-school buddies

The guys I went to high-school with had their third lunch yesterday. I have attended two of them.

My goal was to keep my mouth shut and avoid talking about politics. I was successful. I ate too much.

I was out-of-the-loop when they were talking about sports-ball and celebrities. Not my thing.

One theme that came up was how some of the late-bloomers had surpassed the fast-burners. Some of the girls who had been invisible in high school had become beautiful and some of the "lookers" in high school had faded.

The same was true for the guys. One of my buddies, who I had last seen as a contractor engineer in San Diego for the Navy had enlisted in the Air Force and become a pilot. Then he went on to Delta and was a commercial pilot. He was offered a retirement at the start of Covid. He looks like somebody Central Casting would send to act the part of Ronald Reagan. Yep, the goofy kid who backed over the family cat in the driveway turned out well.

Beware of women with green hair when it it is not St Paddy's day
One of the guys recently became single and re-entered the dating scene. He entertained us with what it was like "out there". He thought his last date was going well when his date's former girlfriend came over and punched him in his shoulder. It hurt! Guess you gotta be aware that there are switch-hitters out there.


  1. Well if you're taking I75, I can offer you a break where it crosses I40!

    1. That is very gracious of you.

      Negotiations that are above my pay-grade are taking place regarding the details of the move.

      One plan is to mimic the Grapes of Wrath with a party of five. That includes Quicksilver which is likely to limit travel to eight hours a day. The other plan is for the wimmin-folk (including Quicksilver) to fly up north and Handsome Hombre and I drive the moving van and the personal vehicle the 1500 miles.

      I can only imagine how many rolls of duct tape it will take to secure a rocking chair to the top of the truck for Mrs I am leaning toward the second option but my opinion is a very minor consideration.

    2. Maybe you and Honest Hombre drive the rental truck and tow the personal vehicle?

    3. Dual driver is good option. One rests while other drives. Only gas up one vehicle, though finding a gas yard having enough room for towed vehicle may be a challenge. Investigating route for this would be wise.

    4. Yeah, I like the idea of kids and wimmens taking the friendly skies, for a variety of reasons. Removes them from the dangers of being on the road, and gives the men more flexibility? A 50 dollar a night highway motel isn't a problem for a couple dudes, but it is for women and children.
      And in all seriousness, I'm 10 minutes from the 40/75 split just west of Knoxvegas. Clean toilet, even got a guest bed if you need to crash for a couple.

  2. I wanted to start my indoor seeds last week, but did not, I might not get them done today either. If I get them started NEXT weekend, I will still be ahead !!!

  3. Sounds like you got a good girl there. My opinion has always been that grown children that live with me free should be doing all the mundane everyday chores.

    1. No real complaints. Although she went to a get-together last night and brought home a dozen raisin-oatmeal cookies and 3/4 of a pecan pie.

      The trials and tribulations of mature adulthood. I should not eat that stuff.

  4. Wouldn't stress too too much about towing one steer, in a livestock trailer. Move him all the way to the forward-most compartment. That'll keep the tongue down and reduce rear end momentum swinging your ass-end around. Take the back roads.

    1. It is more about coraling the crittter and convincing him to get up on the trailer.

      If I had time, I would FEED him grain out of the trailer for a few days but at $50 every eight hours that is not much of an option.

    2. Would a bucket of molasses infused cotton seed as a bribe convince him to agree to climb up on the trailer ? Or maybe a quantity of cattle cubes. Wife's livestock eats that like children eating an ice cream cone.

  5. That is wonderful news about Southern Belle and family, ERJ.

    If I had a vote (not that I do), I would send the family on ahead and just make the drive with you and Handsome Hombre. I have done that a few times and it just makes everything easier.


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