Saturday, January 23, 2016

Springtime can tend to take the long way around

Well, it looks like Winter decided to catch up with all the bad weather we've missed over the past few months.  Tonight, using a semi-scientific method (stabbing at undrifted snow with a yardstick, then going and fishing for the yardstick because CRAP that's a lotta snow) it looks like we got ourselves about 34 inches of the fluffy white stuff, more or less.  I'd like to say I spent a productive afternoon shoveling out the neighbor's walks and stoops as I've done during previous years, but this year was different.

This whole thing with the lower back has really put a spike in my wheel.  Seems I have a few disks in the lower lumbar that are not disk-ing anymore, and are either torn, squashed, or have officially left the building mostly.  On medical advice, I've been going to physical therapy for a few weeks now to hopefully strengthen my spine for what lies ahead.  Surgery is looking more and more like a thing that needs doing.  I'm not looking forward to it at all.

A wise acquaintance of mine once said that if he'd known that so many things would slow down, break down, or just quit working altogether he'd never have agreed to get old in the first place.  I'm with him, personally.  This last spill off the bike really did me in this time, and I'm not bouncing back at all.  Besides cramping my riding, it also makes a lot of chores around the house a lot harder to accomplish.  Like laundry, groceries, and dealing with the metric crap-ton of snow that just dropped in our yard.

Still, I did manage to scoop out the area around the heat exchanger -- it was quite literally buried just past the top and was making all kinds of "NOT LIKING THIS NOW" noises when I got out there.  Much shoveling, grunting, grousing, and flat-out cussing commenced.  At the end of which I had a nice wide trench thirty-four inches deep (scientific measurement number two -- measure the depth of the snow by using a yardstick against the bank you've just carved out).  I knocked the ice and snowmelt off the sides and there was a WHOOSH of snow that came roaring out of the top.  Back in business.

It's started slowing down, finally, and from the front window the roads look crappy yet passable.  Passable for this former Nebraska boy, anyway.  One who was taught that any accumulation below the knee was deemed a nuisance, and you weren't expected to engage in social discourse about "all the snow" until it was decently above your hocks.  Of course, back there it started in mid-October and pretty much ran through until April some years.  Plenty of opportunities for conversation nonetheless.

We've had a very mild winter, but we're making up for it today.  Like the Stones said back when, seems like Springtime could take the long way around.

Until next time,

Ostensibly Yours.

It sure been a cold, cold winter
My feet been draggin' 'cross the ground
And the fields has all been brown and fallow
And the springtime take a long way around

Friday, January 22, 2016

Hello There, My Old Friend

It's been a while, hasn't it?  Almost four years gone since last we spoke.  There's been a lot of challenges, changes, heartbreak, successes, failures, love, madness, sin, forgiveness...  just a lot of life in all it's horrible and magnificent nature.  Many things, indeed...

I thought it time to start talking to you again, my unknown reader, as a way of working things out in my head -- to try and figure out what's happened, what needs to happen, how to find a way forward.  It's been a challenging few years and we've much to get caught up on.  My mother's passing.  My father's illness. My wife.  My kids.  My self, for that matter.

So once again, I'm attempting to reboot this blog.  Set aside time each day to talk to you, to see if there's interest in what this Elder Geek / Motorcyclist / Homebrewer / Father / Husband / Son / Engineer / Professionally Bemused person has to say.

I've said it before, but what the heck -- this time maybe it will stick.  Stay tuned to this space for updates.

Ostensibly Yours.

Hello there, my old friend
Not so long ago it was til the end
We played outside in the pouring rain
On our way up the road we started over again
You're living our dream, oh you on top 
My mind is aching, Lord it won't stop
That's how it happens living life by the drop