Monday, March 14, 2016

Landed on Bit of High Ground in the Ozarks...

Survived the run east. Nearly blew out of the Wally World resort in Hays Kansas. Rocked to sleep by the howling Kansas wind.

Pulled into my daughter's Missouri place quite some few days ago... Can't help but admit, I'm still quite a bit adrift... If I'd wrote about it all you'd have seen was; gonrn roa;lkj;lak ;ajk djdi isidkna

Sooooo... I mostly just pulled in my head and tried at keeping my mouth shut.

"The Ozarks"... they say that like... The Ozark Mountains... um... wait... what? ha ha.

It's pretty round about... and a rolling country... but mountains? um... no. ;) Simple fact, I have a need for seeing tall mountains around me on the horizon. And for my camp being set deep in them. I'll be hungering for that vision 'fore I haul out of here.

Been pretty much just tinkering. Help with the finishing of their shop building... with those things where I can reach down rather than up. Reaching down I can do real good. Reaching over my head for a light switch or some other still needs some work.


The morning "coffee" view from where they parked me is fairly good...


Their sunset aren't Arizona grade... but they don't hurt your eyes either.




Been working on a small project for a few days. It's far from my best work... all things considered, but it'll do. I'll have my leather tools consolidated and convenient to use when I get back to Cochise... or maybe in a camp along the way somewhere... not knowing at this point where my road is going.



I built it as a closed box and then cut that in half so I have matching boxes that will hinge together in a clamshell configuration. I built the same sort of thing a few years back, before we stepped off... but that was the wrong shape/orientation... so we'll see if this evolution works out better.


Inside I'll put a few tool rack shelves to carry the tools... as well as some other miscellaneous arrangements for odd bits and pieces...

It takes some getting used to going from Arizona to Missouri. Dry to Wet! Been raining nigh on to every day. Skies are often grey. Had to look at the map to make sure Missouri wasn't in Seattle!

Pretty typical, the motor is not quite cooled off and there's the guy with his eyes looking off there at the horizon just over those trees...

The shop is 98%...  Things aren't quite lined out to start the house and timing says if there's to be a garden and such this year they need to get a move on that... so I guess that's what's on the schedule this week... marking out and getting to work on building garden beds and a chicken coop that'll sit right along side...

I told her that needs to happen quick anyway... a friend of theirs mentioned that sometime next month is the start of tornado season... uhhhh... hell no! I'm outa here come the start of that sucker!

Sooooo... that gives me a month or six weeks to figure out which way to point the radiator when the time comes... with a bit of luck and arbitrary stubbornness this bum shoulder will be strengthened up enough to carry the load then too.

- Brian

5 comments:

Judy said...

From a Native Kansan, relax and enjoy the weather. It's just wind and water in various forms. (grin) Besides, if you are truly up in the hills, tornadoes don't like to climb hills.

Ah, putting a garden in, in the spring. There's an exercise in patience, dodging rain, waiting for the ground to be just dry enough you can work it without turning the dirt into bricks but wet enough you don't need a jackhammer to bust it up. I don't know how much clay is in their garden spot but my folks did two things to loosen up the dirt when they first turned it over. One was builder's sand and the other was gypsum. Sure helped a lot until their compost was mature enough to use.

Have fun farming! ( You know I'm razing you because you are a rancher.)

Cindy Kingma said...

Glad to see that you are able to use the arm somewhat...you are much happier as a 'doer' so that will keep your mind and body aimed towards happier thoughts. I don't blame you wanting to get back to mountains and woods...my favorite places reside there, too.
Good pictures of their sunsets! Only went to Missouri once; did the Branson tourist thing. But MAN, it was hot and muggy! Came thru Nebraska where it was looking like a major storm was coming at us so we ducked into a Wally's and spent time indoors till it cleared up. Very glad it was a brick building because it really BLEW hard...I think we spent about 4 hours there so did some lunch and plodded around til it quit. We were not the only ones that took refuge so that was my experience with tornadoes...

Scott Barshow said...

Seems like it's been windy everywhere. There sure was alot more wind in Arizona this winter, but thankfully less rain and warmer temps than expected.

Steve Wainwright said...

What are you afraid of ending up in Kansas under a house with your boots sticking out
BK :)

Spotted Dog Ranch: said...

My grandparents were from the Ozarks, genuine bone fido hillbillies who moved to Colorado from the Alley Springs area. It's beautiful, but too hot, humid, and buggy for me. My dad always insisted we go back to visit family in July, for some reason. Maybe so he wouldn't forget how miserable it is and want to move back. My cousins raised Tennessee Walkers and I always loved to go riding with them.

Do you have your pup still? Hope you're healing well and can soon get back out this way.