4:36 AM

The roofer said he would be early dropping the trailer off, I did not know early was 4:36 AM.

Backed up right to my bedroom window. Lol.

I ain’t even mad. He’s gettin’ his hustle on. Most mornings for me are 5:00 AM anyway. But he’s getting up before the army!

This hasn’t seen daylight in awhile.

So the actual roofers pulled in between 7-730. I had a short day today, I got home about 12. They had already stripped the entire roof, done what repairs were needed and were already placing shingles.

Before it was time for supper we had a new roof.

I never in my life thought something like this would be so satisfying.

I guess I’m getting old, but my house is in good shape even though there are a few more things I need to do, and my family is safe and dry.

It doesn’t get much more satisfying than that.

Side note: There was something I wanted to write about today and I’ve discussed it with a couple of friends. I’m sleeping on it and writing about it tomorrow. Might be long.

That’s it. That’s the post.


Lightning Bugs

The Lampyridae are a family of insects in the beetleorder Coleoptera with more than 2,000 described species. They are soft-bodied beetles that are commonly called fireflies, glowworms, or lightning bugsfor their conspicuous use of bioluminescenceduring twilight to attract mates or prey. Fireflies produce a “cold light”, with no infrared or ultraviolet frequencies. This chemically produced light from the lower abdomen may be yellow, green, or pale red, with wavelengths from 510 to 670 nanometers. Some species such as the dimly glowing “blue ghost” of the Eastern U.S. are commonly thought to emit blue light (<490 nanometers), although this is a false perception of their truly green emission light, due to the Purkinje effect. (From the Wikipedia article.)

All I know is there’s a bunch of bugs in the woods ready to get it on.

If the weather stayed pretty much like it is right now, I would be perfectly fine. It’s just right.

From learnreligions.com:

There’s an Apache legend in which the trickster Fox tries to steal fire from the firefly village. To accomplish this, he fools them and manages to set his own tail on fire with a piece of burning bark. As he escapes the firefly village, he gives the bark to Hawk, who flies off, scattering embers around the world, which is how fire came to the Apache people. As punishment for his deception, the fireflies told Fox that he would never be able to use fire himself.

And this I found really interesting:

Want to know something else that’s pretty cool about fireflies? In only two places in the entire world, there’s a phenomenon known as simultaneous bioluminescence. That means that all the fireflies in the area sync up their flashes, so all they light up at exactly the same time, repeatedly, all night long. The only places you can actually see this happen are Southeast Asia and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

As I’ve mentioned before we vacation pretty much only in the GSMNP. I’ll be watching for this to happen.

Sorry. I couldn’t help it.

That’s it. That’s the post.


Car Stuff

I’ve been working on a problem with the A/C in our 2011 Ford Escape today. It was one of my projects on my list and I’ve gone as far as I’m comfortable with.

I did replace the blower motor relay. What a pain!

I checked all the fuses, relays, switches, etc. that I know about and I think I have a major part that has failed or a switch has failed that works that part.

I know! Buy a new car! Easy peasy! 2011 is just too old.


Because it’s dependable, it’s still good on gas for a V6, it’s still in good shape, AND it’s paid for.

I own it outright. Title in hand.

If it wouldn’t run now that would be one thing. But it’s just good transport.

I can drop the windows and open the sunroof and have that 55 MPH A/C for now.

I did find a great link for Ford fuse box diagrams. Very nice if you’d like to check it out.


So I am going to have to call Mr. Bruce. He’s my A/C guy. If he can’t fix it or it proves too costly and isn’t worth keeping her then I’ll think about going into debt for another car.

I get the Ranger’s problems fixed and this one can sit and be a cool day car. As long as it still runs proper.

This is just me getting things out of my head. A nothing post really. But this is my spot and I’ll post what I want.

That’s it. That’s the post.



I set up the GoPro for a quick NIGHTLAPSE last night. I didn’t use an external battery as it was supposed to rain but the stars and clouds playing together is pretty neat for me.

Gif because video is BIG.

I probably need to figure somewhere that I can store these online to make it easier to post here. Big files take up big space. I can probably figure out a link from my cloud.

That’s it. That’s the post.


Dream Car

If you were to ask me what my dream car is I would tell you several years back that it was a β€˜68 Ford Mustang.

I just love them.

To me, maybe not to you, they are beautiful cars. I love the way they sit, I love the way they move. How they almost look at you as you walk by, maybe giving you a little wink, tempting you to take a spin.

There was a time that I would have given most anything to own one.

But, times change, people change.

I’ve come to realize that my dream car changed into a dream truck. Maybe not a dream, perhaps more like a happy life.

He’s a green 1999 Ford Ranger. I came into possession of him for a few grand. Low miles, decent truck. It has its problems and I’m working through them.

Not my photo.

The pic above is nearly identical to my truck. When I’m done with this project it will be black and chrome. I love the contrast between the shiny and the dark.

The feeling of shifting and driving and enjoying something so simple, that’s a better dream for me.

And I will have it.

I don’t know where this came from tonight but…

That’s it. That’s the post.


For My Friend

Tomorrow a friend of mine buries his father. It’s understandably hard for him.

You’re raised by your parents and God forbid they ever have to bury their child but the inevitable end of that is that you will have to bury them.

It’s painful to think of.

I don’t know how I will respond to this when the time comes.

Just getting this out of my head.

Praying for my friend.

That’s it. That’s the post.


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