Just getting my latest project off the ground, and, since you don't seem all
that busy today, I was thinking maybe some quartersawn curly bubinga
cabinets, painted green, might look real nice with Oobatuba countertops?
I think your timing is excellent! There is a move afoot in my
neighborhood by a small group of homeowners wishing to revise the
covenants and further restrict what people like me can have on their
property. Since I've lived here for twenty years, have never noticed
any problems, and am opposed to this current group of "self
proclaimed, dictatorial regulators", I'm going to print this, take it
to the next HOA board meeting and say. "this is what I intend, so
what's wrong with it"?
Along the same lines and for some time, many "visually appealing
neighbourhood control boards" in Ontario have been prohibiting clotheslines
because of how they stand out. These clothes lines prohibitions have now
been officially deemed illegal by the Ontario provincial government with the
reasoning that clothes dryers use approximately 6% of the province's
electricity. I'm guessing a number of "neighbourhood improvement busybodies"
are currently having fits of anxiety.
Funny, I was thinking about that the other day. No restrictions here
about that yet, but then no one has a one, and I'm sure the first one
that is put up would bring out the HOA board in force.
I remember how good those fresh sheets used to smell after drying in
the breeze and sun at my Grandmothers home. We may all go back to
Here in CT, we had several towns that had oficially outlawed
clotheslines. After a recent news story, most have either repealed the
law, or stated they wouldn't enforce it and started the process to repeal.
I already did. I put a new outdoor line up about a month ago. We've
had a 30' indoor line in the basement for 12 years, as we have lots of
clothes that can't go in the electric dryer.
After the news article, I realized how silly it's been to use a dryer on
a beautiful day, and remembered the smell Frank mentioned!
Clothes lines and TV antenna's ... ubiquitous accoutrements to life in the
I remember helping my maternal grandmother hang clothes.
My grandfather, a practical man who was a apparently true
conservationist/greenie, although we didn't know to call it that at the
time, kept goats to both mow, and fertilize, the lawns around his farm
It was my job to keep the goats from butting my grandmother during this all
If I wasn't there, she took a broom with her, along with the clothes basket,
and lord help any goat with butting in mind as she could sidestep and swing
that broom at a charging goat's head like Babe Ruth could swing a baseball
I see your farmboy goat story and raise you one of my own childhood goat
stories. (I know, I told this story before, but it is a good one.)
My sister was allergic to cow's milk. So we bought some goats and raised
them. And with goats, you get the young ones who like to chew, climb and
butt any thing that moves. I was in second grade and went to school within
walking distance. We were probably the last working farm at the edge of
One thing that all young goats like to do is to chew on hair. Since I
played with the goats each night, I soon had chunks of my hair missing. To
the nosy, gossipy teachers at school, this was obvious signs of child abuse.
I tried to explain to them that this was normal goat behavior. But they all
would have a brain fart everytime I used the word, goat.
So they dispatched a teacher one day to walk with me to my house and check
up on this ridiculous story about billy goats. I helped her over the fence
and the young goats came running over to me. I was their friend and
playmate. We were immediately involved in playing and wrestling.
The teacher became alarmed and feared some kind of wild animal attack and
tried to intervene. This was perceived by a number of young goats as an
invitation to play. She got butted by at least three goats. This woman had
no idea how to deal with this kind of behavior. She tried to hit them and
they kept butting her. Then, stupidly, she tried to run away. This is
exactly what goats like. They would run her down and butt her to the ground.
She must of got butted 20 times or so. And to top it off, she got tangled up
in the electric fence.
The next day at school the word was that I was not abused. Crazy as a loon,
but not abused. Those city slicker never did understand us farmboys.
You'll be happy to know that here in SoCal, goats are alive and well.
Since goats will eat almost anything, and can navigate steep hillsides
with ease, they are a natural to clear brush from the hillsides,
especially the inaccessible ones.
Good old Yankee ingenuity prevails.
Goats are now rented to clear the brush from the hillsides
Quiet, effective, and a whole lot cheaper than having to use
the brush catches fire, if it hasn't been cleared.
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