Carrickfergus – A Memorial Of Sorts

The sun was setting over the sorghum with a gentle breeze tickling my nape and it brought to mind a sad day so long ago as I rocked in a beloved swing with a similar sentiment rolling through my thoughts – when I was “rarely sober”…

For all the young men lost, and the women and families that mourn that loss…(and, yes, the women, too – now that they also fall in those ragged lines…)

Spoilment Seems Unseemly…

It feels a bit wrong to talk about all the recent acquisitions on a solemn holiday weekend such as we have coming up. But I am so pleased that I cannot help but want to share it…yes, with you few – you lucky few…

I finally have a PC that is worthy of this century. I have Made Do with 1990 versions of things – and the office laptop – for long enough. When Woot had the HP Pavilion G7 on sale – and the geeks kindly offered several reasonable reviews – I pulled the trigger on it. Now, I am NOT a fan of HP, generally. However, if this thing gives me a few years of service, I shall consider it fair. We have a corporate deal with Dell but I simply couldn’t get the site to give me a good deal without add-ons and hooey I don’t need. After all, this isn’t a gaming machine.

The screen is huge. HUGE. AND it has a 10-key keyboard which may seem dumb in terms of keyboard terrain but when one has to enter data it is a boon. Speedy, very fast to load, and it gave me zero headaches in terms of finding the wireless. Quite happy!

I also got these but that is not of interest to most.

And one of these.
And – uh – some of these.
Okay, fine. yes. And this, too.

So a lot of girly stuff, a lot of comfy stuff, and a lot of useful stuff.

Have I mentioned the TRP? Heh…goodness, I cannot wait to put her on tomorrow. Macha’s the name…she rooms with Morrigan. In his new safe.


Okay – seriously – the safe we had needed to be upgraded and after our good friend lost so much recently, we decided to just take care of it while we could. A friend recommended this brand so they went together and picked it up.

So there you have it. Oh – wait. Yeah. A couple of these, too. But seriously. That’s IT.

Now, time to make a bit of snackage. Texas Caviar anyone?

Quiet Time

Trooper is away for a few days so I’ve taken advantage of the time to move the furniture around a bit and clean what hasn’t been accessible. We bought a few things recently – a sofa upgrade (which the dogs do not appreciate) – so it was time to make a few adjustments.

It is strange to have the house to myself, knowing he won’t be home tonight, that the guard duty will be all my own. I am out of the habit. And glad to have two furry underlings to aid in the task. Of course, it also means I have all the dogcare to do. Poor Kota was just wilting in the sun, her black fur baking so that she ran to the shade of the tree covered ditch and started digging a hole to lie in.

I have ordered this jacket for her (REI had it on sale) and hope it will permit her a bit more time outside in the summer. I am not a fan of walking at night which is the only time the heat breaks. Too, the light color might also reflect some of that heat for her. I had considered a reflective fly sheet for miniature ponies – and if that jacket won’t fit, I may well get one just to see if it helps.

The morning will find us up early, I think, and taking a quick hike through the neighborhood to avoid the school buses and to give me some peace for work after…and maybe even a quick try of Trooper’s newest acquisition. Supposedly 15 minutes alone will whip a person into shape. I’m game!

But right now…I’m just wishing he’d be coming through the door, cooler in hand, and tired feet. Reckon the dogs feel the same way…

Kit and Vittles

I have always liked the Kirkpatrick Leather offerings, especially their Texas Strong Side holster which is my most frequent carry option. Well, with the new TRP, I needed a new holster. I figured I’d might as well get a belt with it and added a double mag carrier – been needing one.

I ordered it all in black because it goes with everything, of course. Well, it would have been a 10 week wait for that holster in black but I could get the whole kit in their luscious “brown” immediately per the kind rep who called me. (She also discussed the need to add a belt size when adding both the holster and the double mag as it takes up a fair amount of room and she was spot-on.) I’ll be darned if that box wasn’t on my porch in 24 hrs.

Wow…what a difference a quality belt makes! So comfy and secure…well, let me just show you what it looks like…

Really very nice indeed. If you need a nice piece of leather at a very reasonable price I hope you will consider them. They also make amazing “western” stuff, of course.

Vittles….well, this gentleman had mentioned a while back about Augason Farms being a provider of food products and I was in the market to stock up. I’d priced Food Insurance and Shelf Reliance but both had their pros and cons…one had ridiculous shipping, I recall that. Anyway, Augason had a VERY nice shipping price for the amount I was buying and their products were the same as the rest, really. (I was going for freeze dried meat and veg – pricier but I think a better end result.)

The FedEx guy didn’t know what to think as he offloaded one box after another. The extra large one containing a nicely priced 55 gal water barrel kit with pipe/pump thing was a stumper, I’m sure. We are pretty well set, generally, but water was definitely a missing link – and with the drought in the area the last few years I like having the option of a nice supply. I am fond of flushing as well as drinking…

At any rate, they had the best prices, the best shipping rate, and some interesting items (like cornmeal) that others did not have. If you want it overnight, you may not get it – they told me it can take 7 days to get it sent. But I was in no hurry. Now, I just have to haul it in here and ensure the order is complete.

Oh dear –  Trooper just got home from a very long day at a multi-gun event and is rather perturbed. I think a blueberry bar with ice cream might just soothe the savage beasty.