web analytics

Peace in our time

Well, this is unusual. He must’ve snuck up on her while she was asleep on the cold frame (a cold frame is like a little halfway house for plants raised under glass but destined for out-of-doors, for those of us who don’t garden). When the sun shines on it, it warms up and becomes a cat magnet. She still hates him with a hissing, growling passion, though.

It’s been warm for October, and wet. Which is what we got all last Winter. I suppose it’s better than cold and wet, but it’s awfully dreary when it goes on month after month.

But do I care? I do not. Uncle B bought me my first pair of decent wellington boots. These ones. They’re soft and warm and snug and stink to high heaven.

Also, a Swiss army surplus rain poncho. This one. Two ladies walked up to me on the street the other day and burst out laughing, so I’m pretty sure I look amazing in it.


Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: October 16, 2014, 9:04 pm

Should we start calling you a prepper?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 16, 2014, 9:09 pm

I think we’re probably natural born preppers. We could probably live 9 months on the canned goods we’ve accumulated, because we’re kind of halfway hoarders.

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: October 16, 2014, 9:36 pm

How many bullets ya got?

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: October 16, 2014, 9:38 pm

I’m a Prepper, he’s a Prepper,
She’s a Prepper, we’re a Prepper,
Wouldn’t you like to be a Prepper, too?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 16, 2014, 9:56 pm


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 16, 2014, 10:01 pm

No BULLETS?!? But-but-but how will you stave off the Zombies after the Zombie Apocalypse?

Ah. I know. Sneak up behind them and suffocate them with THESE, readily available as the featured product at your Wellie purveyor.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: October 16, 2014, 10:16 pm

(reading about the Swiss poncho) Are “press buttons” what you used to call snaps?
Did you put up veggies out of Uncle Badger’s garden?

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: October 16, 2014, 10:51 pm

Lots of vegies, Deborah. Can’t stand the damn things, pusonally, but I likes growing them.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: October 16, 2014, 11:02 pm


The Swiss Alpenflage happens when women are let into the army and camouflage starts to menstruate. Or so we heard.


Comment from tomfrompv
Time: October 17, 2014, 12:27 am

Are Brits allowed to own ammo? I mean, I can go to cabela.com and order any number of any kind of bullet and have it delivered to my mailbox. And I live in California, the premier anti-gun state.

Can a Brit do the same?

And what is the diff between high heaven and low heaven?

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: October 17, 2014, 12:37 am

I have Swiss Army Camouflage. It’s perfect for fall when the leaves turn bright yellow,orange,red, and the pines are still green.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: October 17, 2014, 12:41 am

Oh, the Wellington boots. Had a cousin who went somewhere that wine was being made and the grape stompers were wearing gum rubber boots. It cured him of any desire for wine since rubber boots were what he wore in the dairy barn.

Comment from Mr. Dave
Time: October 17, 2014, 1:26 am

That’s not a Sears poncho. Zombie Frank Zappa would approve. But a used poncho? Some of those things have rubber mites.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: October 17, 2014, 3:51 am

You’re not supposed to shoot zombies if you can avoid it cuz it attracts more of them…just hand weapons like machetes are best.

Bullets are for the humans trying to steal your stuff.

I’m feeling an urge to empty my bank account and buy gold coins, a gun, bullets, canned goods, medical supplies, beans, bottled water, whiskey and beer.

Comment from iamfelix
Time: October 17, 2014, 5:46 am

Ha ha ha ha ha … I had to read that “menstruate” remark about six times before I could believe my eyes. Can you imagine all the OUTRAGEOUS OUTRAGE ELEVENTY!!!! if that appeared on a US site? LOL.

Glad that Charlotte & Jack achieved detente, however fleeting.

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: October 17, 2014, 7:22 am

My, my, such attractive “decorative objets d’art now appearing on your cold frame (my dear, departed Grampa taught me all ’bout cold frames and proper usage thereof when I were a wee lad; as in, “Shovel out that cold frame a bit, an’ we’ll set out these veg plants to ‘harden off’ for a bit, ’till you’ve finished turning the garden plot properly.”).

Mad Jack, tempting Fate and a swift, furry right hook fulla kitty-claw, no doubt. Hush, hush, sweet Charlotte…

Very nice Wellies, and not a terrible price, either, for that apparent quality. Godfrey Daniels, though, that Alpenflage poncho must indeed give you a very definite “style”! I’d truly no idea that Swiss military once intended, apparently, to hide-up in compost heaps whilst out-and-about in wettish weather…

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: October 17, 2014, 1:38 pm

Cats get strange ideas in their little flat skulls. Miss Linda’s white shorthair hates other cats, but likes people and will throw herself into my lap. Her erstwhile roommate, Angelique the Ironically Named, enjoyed cat company, and would visit with people, but if you moved an inch while she was on your lap, she’d growl at you.

Fortunately my two thugs took to each other immediately. An hour after I introduced ’em, they were sitting in the window together watching squirrels.

I need some Wellingtons like that. Nowadays the students where I work trot around in pink rubber boots during bad weather. (Well, the females do.)

Comment from MikeW
Time: October 17, 2014, 3:27 pm

I, too, got a chuckle out of the menstruating camo description. But, I had to push even further into understanding this, umm, short-bus fashion design.
Per Wiki:

Swiss soldiers [male citizens] have referred to it as “Vierfruchtpyjama”, which translates loosely as Tutti-Frutti Pyjamas.

Comment from CrabbyOldBat
Time: October 17, 2014, 8:26 pm

Cats worship at the altar of the Sun God. Mad Jack sought, and was granted, Sanctuary.

Comment from mojo
Time: October 17, 2014, 11:01 pm

Welly welly well…

Just the thing for mucking out the barn, eh? What was the old Stones line? “Got to scrape that shit right off your shoes…”

Comment from mojo
Time: October 17, 2014, 11:04 pm

PS: got an old “tiger stripe” camo poncho you can have if you get tired of the mockery.

Comment from mojo
Time: October 17, 2014, 11:05 pm

PPS: I love tuxedo kitties! Have one meself, named Tucker, because he’s a real chow hound.

Write a comment

(as if I cared)

(yeah. I'm going to write)

(oooo! you have a website?)

Beware: more than one link in a comment is apt to earn you a trip to the spam filter, where you will remain -- cold, frightened and alone -- until I remember to clean the trap. But, hey, without Akismet, we'd be up to our asses in...well, ass porn, mostly.

<< carry me back to ol' virginny