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Ozark Wizard

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Age : 53
Location : Mark Twain National Forest, MO
Registration date : 2014-10-11

PostSubject: Busy couple of days!   Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:14 pm

Wow.......

Rollercoaster weather has been driving forces these last few weeks, but just in the last few days, a dear neighbor of mine, (the first person I met driving out with the van and got stuck because of a fallen tree in the road. I got out and brought forth a chainsaw so we could cut it up and helped him load his truck. Then got to ask him where I was and how to get to the old Barum Homestead,((where I was moving to)) and he led me here), passed away from a gunshot wound. Some folks think it was his wife that did the deed, there is an investigation under way. Sad thing is, I heard the shot echo from the other side of the valley and his flock of Guinness (birds like Peacocks) freak out from the report. So, talking to the law, caring for his horses, cattle, dogs, and of course the birds. I walked a couple of llamas down to his place to watch over his zoo while I'm away..... The memorial is this Saturday at his Jehovah Witness church. They want me to speak. I will have to brush up on my understanding of their particular faith, because if it is possible to say the wrong thing, I will find it without looking, guaranteed....

Somehow, three cords of firewood wandered off the property, so I had to move the remainder closer to the barns, and then go wood hunting to replace that which had fled. My trusty chainsaw finally wore out the drive sprocket, so I've been using a Dewalt cordless sawsall with long pruning blades to cut logs 6 feet long and haul them home to be cut down with an old chop saw. Sigh...

For a while now I had noticed that something seemed to be digging holes around the place, and chickens missing. The raised beds for the garden looked tilled. Finally, a couple of nights ago the dogs woke me up and so I went out to see what had them so worked up. Turned out to be a black Razorback sow. Only about five feet long, (dressed out weight is a couple of hundered pounds. Shot the thing about 04:00 and in the daylight used the truck and block and tackle to hang it in a tree until today, when I finally skinned her and got the portions worked out for the freezer. I salted the hide and have it laying out on an old table now. Sautéed the fletch with some onions, soy sauce and brown rice, but could still taste the 'game' to the meat. Almost lamb, but not. Though the bulk of it is in the freezer now, I went ahead and made a salt water brine for a big chunk for supper to soak in. With luck, it will be more like the pork you usually find wrapped in Styrofoam at the market.

Making tobacco blends in the evenings, and finally ran out my stock of 2012 Virginia. On to the 2013 totes for the next rounds.

Got my first piece of briar last week, and am fiddling with it a bit each day. Two sections of rod stock laugh at me in a large coffee mug I use to hold bits, stems and Sharpies. "C'mon," they mock. "Give us another go, chicken!" I may.......

Oh, oh, had a clog in the grey water line, and my 50 foot snake wasn't long enough for the task, so used a hundred foot thick walled garden hose as one. Got the drain unplugged, but the hose is fracking gross. Guess I should stop complaining and go grab a bucket and suds and wash it up before it freezes the day after tomorrow.

The sunrises have been beautiful, the sunsets gorgeous, meals heartily eaten, and the bed a welcome cloud of blissful subconscious dancing.

Whew!
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Location : State of Confusion
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PostSubject: Re: Busy couple of days!   Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:25 pm

OW, great story, thanks for sharing!! You lead a wonderful busy life and I would not trade it for " all the tea in China "! Your life in the past few days was extremely hectic, can not wait too also read more about what happens in your future, good luck my friend and be well. 

MAY YOUR FRIEND REST IN PEACE


KEEP ON PUFFING!!!


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Location : some where in a galaxy far far away
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PostSubject: Re: Busy couple of days!   Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:39 pm

If you where closer I could replace the drive and sprockets in tge saw easy. Sorry to hear about your friend that's not good, I'll be praying for you and the family. As for speaking don't worry God will give you the words you need to help the family heal.
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Location : 'Blighty'
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PostSubject: Re: Busy couple of days!   Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:01 pm

Sorry to learn of the loss of your friend Wiz. He sounded like an interesting character. And busy times for you too. I find that the busy times in my life helps me appreciate the quieter times, when I have time to relax and reflect.

Hope you get a deserving rest soon,

Stick.
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PostSubject: Re: Busy couple of days!   Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:03 pm

Connecticut's suburbs don't have those colorful goings on.  There are flocks of turkeys, deer, fox and an occasional bear. Even a moose now and ten. No wild boar, though. And given half a chance the women can be kinda predatory. Few of them in these parts are low maintenance types. Good luck to you.
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PostSubject: Re: Busy couple of days!   Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:55 pm





This is the result of the pig.

If a new Resident I just took one doesn't straighten up...... Boy.........

Yah, forgot to add, acquired a new resident. Navy. Came home as damaged goods, and I had a room. We are still in the settling in stage, but he is a 'night stalker', and has so far managed to raid the kitchen to the point of needing locks on cupboards and refers. Binge eating because he is bored....5)
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PostSubject: Re: Busy couple of days!   Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:25 pm

OW, I remember back in the 70's living in Georgia a few years while hunting deer I was attacked by a wild boar. He was charging fast towards me, I reacted be climbing a tree and shot him with my Colt Python. Was real good eating. They can be real nasty!! Try smoking a few pieces for a few hours with indirect heat and hardwoods. You have some good eating ahead, enjoy. 


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