Just Thinkin has moved.

So it’s been WordPress.com and 130 posts or so and now it’s time to move into my own WordPress install. Kinda’ like moving from an apartment into your first home which means all the problems of ownership (except at the server end of things) are now mine but on the other hand…I can fix them as well.

It also makes me free to mess things up as I see fit thus giving me badly needed training on what not to do when configuring my own blog site and for any readers I might have, a whole lot of laughs.

So for awhile I’ll put the first part of a new post here with a link to the new site and after the new site’s rank is back up I’ll stop doing that as well. This post will always be at the top.

Meanwhile, here’s the link to the new home of “Just Thinkin”:

http://just-thinkin.net

All past post have already been transferred over but like in any move some things get left behind and as such, all the previous comments seem to have evaporated into thin virtual air. Such is life. Plenty of time for more comments on this, that, and the other thing.

Many thanks to WordPress.com for hosting this small portion of my life.

See ya’ at the new site.

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Sneak Peek!

Hello all.

I’ve got a secret…

If you want to know what it is…

Take a look over here (don’t fret now, it’s safe enough).

It’s not quite ready yet but I think it’s pretty cool.

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Long Meadow Farms website is moving!

Once again, it’s moving time but instead of moving the whole household across town like we did last year or her quilting business into an honest to goodness storefront in town this year, this time it’s her long standing www.longmeadowfarms.com website to a new host (BlueHost). Although this move may not involve a whole lot of back breaking labor, it does involve a whole lot of trepidation. This venerable website has been around for nearly ten years now (which is akin to saying the house we live in has been around for nearly 100 years now) and thrived for several years, been lost, got found, resuscitated and is well on it’s way up the ranks once again so it may be understandable why I feel like we’re handling some very fragile collectible that you definitely don’t want to drop. That’s me of course. I’m sure my honey thinks it’s just another walk in the park. After all, it’s not the first time it’s been moved but hopefully it’s the last.

Read the rest at the new site

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G’morning

Ah…tis the morning and here I am bright tailed and bushy eyed. In fact, I was so full of lethargy energy this way too early AM, I practically fell leapt out of bed and staggered ran to the kitchen to put on the badly needed coffee. My eyes felt like they were filled with coffee grinds clear and open wide as I squinted looked out at the cold, gray, dreary, rainy bright, sunny morning thinking that all I wanted at that moment was to crawl back into bed and stay there until Spring rolled around again get to work and have a productive day.

Speaking of work…it’s getting late (as usual) and I must be off. Then again, I’m fairly “off” most of the time anyway but I still have to get to work. :-p

Everyone have a good day now.

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An Autumn Sunday

Union Street 1So here we are on October 15th 2006 on a Sunday afternoon and any further denial that the cold weather is indeed on it’s way is a futile endeavor. As you can see from the shot that I took today, it’s definitely looking "past peak" as far as autumn colors are concerned and you can probably feel the chill in the air just by looking at the picture. Oh well, the holiday season is about to begin and that’s always a cheery thought with visits from friends and family and such. Something I’ve begun to look forward to again. I lost the magic there for awhile but it seems to be slowly returning again.

Anyway…

My lady and I cleaned up the last of the "back forty" section of the yard of all the leftovers from putting up the new tarp style "tent" shed that she ordered. I really haven’t had much to do with most of the actual "up-putting" of the thing due to my convalescence but I did manage to get out there Friday evening and help finish it up and load a couple things into it that will free up some badly needed garage space and the shed is bigger than we thought…this is good!
We had to take turns using the (2 car) garage last year due to our friend’s (who is also our landlord) stuff in the other side. He removed his belongings this summer which just left ours and so more storage space was needed hence the tent shed. Works well.

So on that note, I get to park my rig in the garage this winter (Yeah!!) so no more getting out there in the freezing cold and scrapping all the snow and ice off my old Jeep Cherokee at 6:30 in the morning and wondering if the battery has enough juice left in it to start the darn thing after the Polar Express came howling through the night before. Parking in the garage will be a nice thing indeed, yes it will. Now I’m waiting for a couple of paychecks to come in so I can buy badly needed things like new wipers for the Jeep that it’s been needing for the past year (ok, so I’m slow on these things). Might help some.

And yes, I’m back at work finally and my back is definitely feeling it after sitting around for the better part of six weeks but it’s better than what came before. Have yet to see a paycheck but that will be coming next week a paycheck will be very welcome even though it’s only for half my regular hours. Right now, I’m not going to be picky you know what i mean?

I’m hoping this winter turns out to be fairly productive as things tend to slow down some this time of year. Long Meadow Farms Quilt shop has been feeling it. We’re right in between the "Leaf Peepers" and the ski season so sales have been dragging but it was to be expected. Still, it doesn’t make you very happy about things. The Fall colors seem to have come and gone extremely quickly up in these parts so most of the "Leaf Peepers" stayed more to the south of us but who can control the weather? Things will work out, they always do.

Oh, and speaking of Long Meadow Farms…her web site is back up but our local web host has still failed to enable FrontPage extensions on their web server so Laurie still is unable to update her site on a regular basis. If this continues to be the case then we will move the site to another web host. We’re still looking around for likely candidates. The craft sites that she actually sells her quilts (and other offerings) out of she has been updating usually on a nightly basis so no problem there. Fortunes of business and all that.

A dreary day in the Kingdom and upcoming weather.

Cold, cloudy and rainy in the Northeast kingdom today just like the day before yesterday as it will be tonight. Autumn has definitely arrived despite the green that’s still on the trees which, by the way, is turning color in that steady unstoppable pace. In other words, just like any other fall we’ve ever had. It’s a wonder that considering the long winters we have up here, I still kinda’ look forward to the change.

It’s funny then that we always seem a bit surprised this time each year, that it’s actually “no longer summer”.
   “Yup”, they say, “it’s not summer anymore that’s for sure,” knowing full well the same thing was said last year. 
   “Think this winter’s gonna come in fairly cold this year,” they state wisely, “pro’bly see a bit more snow I figure”.

Methinks that if each time those statements were made over the years and both turned out to be really true, the Northeast would currently be in the middle of it’s own personal ice age by now.

I think that I’d miss it though if they ever stopped pronouncing the coming weather as if it was a certainty akin to stating that rocks don’t fly. Just like it’s been pronounced generation after generation among the hills and valleys of the Green Mountain State. An honored tradition and absolute right among the natives here where every man (and/or woman) has his (or her) “weather tree” (usually a maple) that always predicts the coming winter weather by how soon it begins to turn color, the particular shade of color, which side, top or bottom turns first and by how much.

There are all sorts of things up in these parts that falls within the definition of “common knowledge” that a non-native would never think about, for instance:

How much water is in the well before the ground freezes hard? This is important since once it does freeze hard you’ve lost over half the source to your well and have to depend solely upon the spring that feeds it which has also lost over half it’s source. This only applies to a tile well though.

(It also means that some of us have to go out at least twice a day (and often times three or four) when it’s waaay below zero and pound the ice off the top of the water in the watering tank you have in the “run-in” for the sheep, cows or any other such barnyard critter you might have hanging about. Fun indeed.)

“Bridges freeze before roads” (or “ices” as they say now). Yup, they most certainly do…and so do the low spots, high spots, naturally wet spots (spring coming up through middle of road…yes, it happens), stretches of road through the middle of a wetland and anywhere the snow is blowing or has blown across the pavement meaning anywhere you least expect it. Makes driving so much more interesting, especially for the ones from “Down Country” who insist on seeing the beauty of Vermont in the dead of Winter.

…and on that note…

Skiers are a whole other matter entirely.

Somehow I never really had the inkling to strap two very long, very thin, very narrow strips of fiberglass or whatever onto the bottoms of my feet, jump off a perfectly good mountaintop and proceed to careen down an almost vertical slope at 90 miles per hour for who knows how long and look out for that tree! I’d much rather prefer sitting in the lodge in front of a roaring fire with a drink in one hand and the other one around my lady. I even might buy a drink for the one or two less intelligent fortunate ones who just happened to break something on the way down and to listen with great sympathy as to how they almost missed that moose.

But either way…

I think from September 22nd to New Years eve is my favorite time of the cold season and my least favorite time is everything after that or the “long haul” as I call it that runs right through to the end of march. I don’t mind mud season as much because it’s the herald of much warmer weather to come, but January to the end of March takes at least 3.568 years to get through or so it seems most of the time.

Leaving the coming cold weather aside, I’m headed back down to Boston (VA) for the third time and second follow up to see if my poor abdomen is finally healing properly. What ever the conclusion might be, I’m going back to work (or at least make one heck of an attempt) this coming Thursday. A paycheck is starting to become a badly needed thing I think.

Giving the weather a final shot here, a hurricane with my name on it was in the line up this year for the Atlantic side of things but I don’t think it’s even going to get up to bat, let alone a chance to run the bases. The current hurricane, Issac, is hundreds of miles off the coast of the Carolina’s and is turning NorthEast at the moment and Juliette (I think that’s the “J” one this year) has yet to show her pretty head. So much for Hurricane Kirk. Beaten out by a mild hurricane season and ol’ El Neen-yo (sorry…no special characters available here).

So there’s for the weather, skiers, abdomens and hurricanes. It’s amazing what you can put into a post when your mind is wandering aimlessly. : -)

‘Night all

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