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Winter Waxes And Wanes

January 16th, 2017 Leave a comment Go to comments
Fur Peace Station in the snow

Fur Peace Station in the snow

The weather is, well, changeable as the weather. Yeah, there was some bitter cold and a little snow. Never a bad time to put the drone up and take some pictures though.

The tiny Shade River swollen by melting snow and rain.

The tiny Shade River swollen by melting snow and rain.

Those of us fortunate enough to live in the country know what I’m talking about. I’m not a farmer, so I’m not one with the land in that pure and unarguable way. I’m am, however, connected to it enough to feel it breathe and change. The frigid cold came and went and so far the ice storms have bypassed our little part of the world. Lots of rain, but still some breathing time to put the drone up again.

From 380 feet in the air.

From 380 feet in the air.

Yeah, hiking through the woods sure gives a different picture from the aerial shots. I’m getting to know my little corner of the world in a completely different way.

Fur Peace Station, Psylodelic gallery and Company store... in short lived snow

Fur Peace Station, Psylodelic gallery and Company store... in short lived snow

Yesterday there was a break in the weather action and my bud Jerry and I decided to suit up and go over to Athens Fish And Game and do a little shooting.

Nanook Of The North prepares to head out to Robinette Ridge Rd.

Nanook Of The North prepares to head out to Robinette Ridge Rd.

Athens Fish And Game is a beautiful facility that is both family and conservation oriented. I thought about the venison meatloaf I had for breakfast as I was driving over and took a moment out to thank the Great Spirit for sending that buck our way.

My good bud Jer' and partner in crime.

My good bud Jer' and partner in crime.

Yeah, we had a great time plinking around. I came home in time to clean my pieces and eat some of Vanessa’s killer home made chicken soup. Almost all of the food on our table these days comes from the land around us. It’s a nice way to be.

Well… time to walk the Big Dog again… best to all, and honor Martin Luther King on this day!

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  1. Carey Georgas
    January 16th, 2017 at 11:40 | #1

    Well, Nanook, all I can say is don’t eat the yellow snow (not to say you need reminding). Talk about winter waxing and waning, last Sunday morning it was 23 degrees here. Today, high temp to be near 80. We have a saying in Texas, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes”. Dr. King’s comportment and philosophy hold an extra special relevance this week, no?

    There ain’t nothing like living in the country! Peace.

  2. Ham n Eggs
    January 16th, 2017 at 12:31 | #2

    Unrelated to anything ( or is it?)
    The Clearwater Festival is looking for VOLUNTEERS,
    If your in the lower NY Area and don’t want to volunteer the event is great. First line up to be announced Tuesday
    Love All Ways

  3. JD
    January 16th, 2017 at 15:24 | #3

    The winter time is coming, the windows are filled with frost.

  4. Andrew
    January 16th, 2017 at 20:26 | #4

    Jorma.I read your great blog alot, but
    do not post alot.Without getting
    Political I was curious about your
    Position to the 2A. It is so
    Important as much as you can if not
    on a regular basis to know and understand

  5. Andrew
    January 16th, 2017 at 20:33 | #5

    Sent before finishing. What I intended to say
    That it is important from to understand where
    Your food comes from, be it from hunting,fishing, farming, or just supporting local farms. We cannot all support that life
    Style all the time but I am happy for you
    That you can do so when you want. In the
    day and age of people buying food from Costco
    Or Walmart it must please you to eat locally
    Harvested food

  6. January 16th, 2017 at 21:54 | #6

    Hi Andrew… Jorma here… It’s no secret that I am a staunch defender of the Second Amendment and the rights it gives us as American citizens.

  7. Chris Turner
    January 16th, 2017 at 22:20 | #7

    Bravo Captain!

  8. Mark K
    January 16th, 2017 at 22:50 | #8

    Looks like your still having a Garand Old Time.

  9. johno
    January 17th, 2017 at 10:52 | #9

    Right on Jorma! The founders knew what they were doing. I love America.

  10. Bob Kelly
    January 17th, 2017 at 12:24 | #10

    Great pics views with your new “toy”..just read your last couple of posts..very nice piece about your Dad.. I had similar relationship with my dad also.. I guess the oldest son,, from a working class irish family in brooklyn.. and yeah it was more on me than him… but later in life Emmet and I grew a lot closer.. his last few months I was able to be there and helped with hospice,,it was tough when he checked out but ,,it was his time.
    so now.we are lucky enough now to be able to enjoy life “out east”.. fresh caught fish.. local veggies,, some right from the yard..walk to the beach.. yeah life is good.. be well,,

  11. Rick dickerson
    January 17th, 2017 at 18:39 | #11

    I spent 6 years in the Navy and my soul purpose at that age was to protect our rights. Hope they don’t take them all lol

  12. Art
    January 17th, 2017 at 20:12 | #12

    The Second Amendment aside, its common sense to be able to own a firearm for hunting and personal protection. It’s quite another thing to own an arsenal in the nonsense belief that the Constitution has a provision for overthrowing the government. It doesn’t, and indeed, Article I, §8 gives Congress the power to “To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions.” Furthermore, Article I, §9 states: “The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it.”

    The right to own a weapon, like the right of free speech, is not an absolute. You can’t yell “fire” in a crowded theater, as Oliver Wendell Holmes famously remarked, and you can’t sell a bottle of mislabeled rum in a drugstore and claim that it cures cancer.

    Even the most conservative constitutional scholars and jurists agree that there are reasonable limits on firearm ownership (background checks, for example). Scalia’s majority opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) stated, “We also recognize another important limitation on the right to keep and carry arms. Miller said, as we have explained, that the sorts of weapons protected were those “in common use at the time.” 307 U. S., at 179. We think that limitation is fairly supported by the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of “dangerous and unusual weapons.”


  13. Carey Georgas
    January 17th, 2017 at 21:34 | #13

    What he said.@Art

  14. Kevin
    January 17th, 2017 at 23:29 | #14

    Agreed, and very well stated and supported with fact.

  15. Ham n Eggs
    January 18th, 2017 at 07:46 | #15

    Thank you Been around careless use of weapons that have caused deaths, Black 47 Saint Patrick’s Day 96, and some friends that did some stupid things when inn their hands. Some funny, some tragic. I’m glad you wrote about guns Jorma. Did you learn safety from your father or did it come with age?
    Also Rachel Price’s band Lake Street Drive and Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton are listed to play Clearwater

    Love All Ways

  16. carey georgas
    January 18th, 2017 at 15:25 | #16

    Ya know, I started listening to the blues when I was about 16 or so. Found an old Leadbelly album, and one by Jimmy and Mama Yancey. Once I got to Austin, Lightnin’ and Freddy King really lit me up. But, I’m basically a consumer. I’ve studied on it a little, but mainly just like to listen to whatever it is comes on. All this time, I never heard of Piedmont blues. Delta, oh yeah and Texas, of course then Chicago style. I got turned on to Piedmont right here on this website (though I’d been listening to it ever since I started listening to Tuna and didn’t know it). Here not long ago I listened to Walking Blues, then Hestiation Blues right behind it. The difference bowled me over. Both blues, but different styles that I wouldn’t have recognized without a nudge. I want to thank you for the musical education I’ve gotten just from hanging around here. It’s a mighty fine place to visit. Peace.

  17. Dan
    January 18th, 2017 at 18:23 | #17

    I expect to see Nanook in board shorts next week when FPR goes to Maui

  18. tom
    January 18th, 2017 at 18:35 | #18

    Hi, Jorma

    You might get a kick out of these drone photos of Candlestick Park when it was being torn down. Very eerie, but cool.


    As a kid, I always wanted to attach a camera to a kite or helium balloon and take photos. Now, a mere 50 years later, we can do it with drones.


  19. Brian Doyle
    January 19th, 2017 at 00:06 | #19

    Pleasantly warm down here so far this winter in Florida…I swear it felt colder on an early August evening in Los Angeles this summer than our recent evenings here…

  20. johno
    January 19th, 2017 at 11:52 | #20

    This is such an exciting time to be alive. Finally not a politician. A guy from my borough – Queens NYC – is gonna be president. I’m so happy that he won. So glad it’s not Hilary. Our county would be in turmoil. She’d be under indictment and in big trouble. We needed to clean up Washington – it’s all so refreshing. I can’t wait until tomorrow.

  21. Jim Bacon
    January 19th, 2017 at 13:02 | #21

    Love those aerial shots – love to see some down Midkiff and the fields back there – No big freeze in the forecast – this weekend around 50 – pretty odd but the chickens like it –

  22. Ham n Eggs
    January 19th, 2017 at 21:32 | #22

    “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
    ― Martin Luther King Jr.
    A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”
    ― Martin Luther King Jr.
    “A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. … A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, “This is not just.” It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say, “This is not just.” The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.”
    ― Martin Luther King Jr.
    Love All Ways

  23. Kevin
    January 20th, 2017 at 00:26 | #23

    I really tried to not respond to this post, but it just can’t be left out there with no response.

    “Finally not a politician”. Government is not a business. A business is run to make a profit for its shareholders. A government shouldn’t run to make a profit, it is there to serve its citizens. Every time we have had a man who was primarily in business and not a politician our economy has suffered. Hoover (the great depression) and Bush II (remember how close to depression we were in 2008?) are the 2 best examples. Do you call a plumber when you need an electrician?

    “She’d be under indictment and in big trouble”. No, she simply wouldn’t. Don’t you think if she really did anything to cause her to be under indictment, a lost election would keep her from such? Of course not! She has been scrutinized for over 30 years and nothing has ever been found. Look into that nonsense with the FBI just DAYS before the election and you will see how crooked and unfair that was. If anyone should be under indictment it’s James Comey and Rudy Guliani!

    “We needed to clean up Washington”. Trumps’ cabinet is as far from cleaning up Washington as you can get. I wish there was time and space to look at each appointment here, but I’ve taken up too much already. (Sorry Jorma). Just one example, Trump constantly blasted Hillary for her Wall Street ties. There are 4-5 people Trump has appointed for his cabinet with direct Wall Street careers. How is that refreshing? I hope after tomorrow we still have a country we can salvage after the destruction of the next 4 years. Wait till you see the decisions by the SCOTUS that will be coming, unless the Dems can inforce some form of sanity.

  24. Kevin
    January 20th, 2017 at 00:31 | #24

    oops “enforce”

  25. Joey Hudoklin
    January 20th, 2017 at 02:16 | #25

    @Ham n Eggs
    Thank you for the sanity

  26. Joey Hudoklin
    January 20th, 2017 at 02:18 | #26

    Thank you for the sanity

  27. Chuck
    January 20th, 2017 at 08:32 | #27

    I’m with you brother!

  28. rich l
    January 20th, 2017 at 09:57 | #28

    Republican – Democrat, does it really make a difference? They do not possess a panacea for this fallen world. Our government is all about who controls the power.

    2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

    Chapter 7 of 2 Chronicles, purportedly Ezra talks about the dedication of the temple Solomon built. The Lord fills the temple with his presence and give the Israelites a pretty clear ultimatum.

    Sadly, not only as a nation, but also as individuals, we sorely miss the point. G_d gave Moses 10 basic rules to live by. Our Government tries to put band aids on the severed arteries of society, when the consequences of violating those 10 commands begins to manifest itself.

    We reap what we sow.

  29. January 20th, 2017 at 10:04 | #29

    As an attendee of Woodstock,I’ve observed the deluded progressives for 40 years embrace the Historical “Trajectory” of the butterfly nation.
    Nero fiddled -Rome burned!
    I love to listen to fiddle players( Larry Campbell’s great among others), while its fun to dance to ,it’s not a lifestyle.Go Trump!!

    Just got back from Jamaica -Ramble on island ,great tunes always from Little feat and the Ramble band-Great tunes-Ditto.Unfortinately we had to endure 4- days of Jackson Browne as opener.
    Made us lament not having Jorma&Yak open.

    HOT TUNA-Keep on trucking

    Jorma -let’s get back down there next year,Paul was in great health and professed he’s coming back next year.
    Sweep Jackson out ,bring back the Tuna

  30. carey georgas
    January 20th, 2017 at 11:05 | #30

    I ain’t got nuthin’ to say about our national political trajectory, ‘cept this:

    Lightnin’ Hopkins did a cover of a song called “trouble in mind”, and the chorus states my feelings this day better than I can:

    “Trouble in mind, I’m blue, but I won’t be blue always.
    You know the sun’s gonna shine in my back door one day.”


  31. johno
    January 20th, 2017 at 11:57 | #31

    It’s a good thing to finally clean up DC – it really needed a change. Like a good bowel movement. 8 years of obummer then 4 more years of the same thing – it would’ve been an awfully messy inauguration. I wasn’t too happy about the election of obummer but it wasn’t a big deal. I didn’t protest his election. We all can’t be cry babies. This is America. This is democracy. Deal with it.

  32. carey georgas
    January 20th, 2017 at 12:12 | #32

    Johno, this is America. I don’t have to like an election outcome. It is a democracy, your boy has been elected, and I will deal with it. Ain’t no crybaby here, bubba. Unless your definition of crybaby is someone who doesn’t agree with you. This, hopefully, is just a friendly disagreement, not a name-calling one. Peace.@johno

  33. gregg
    January 20th, 2017 at 12:56 | #33

    ah oh heatin up

  34. johno
    January 20th, 2017 at 13:57 | #34

    Just a friendly disagreement. I’m really glad my man won. Give the guy a chance.

  35. Sweetbac Jr.
    January 20th, 2017 at 14:17 | #35

    Obviously, this Jonn-Oh guy is a later period starship fanboy.

  36. rich l
    January 20th, 2017 at 15:35 | #36

    “have you seen the stars tonight
    would you like to come up on a deck and look at them with me
    Have you seen the stars tonight
    would you like to go up for a stroll and keep me company

    Do you know
    we could go
    we are free
    any place you can think of
    we can be…

    Loves me some Blows against the Empire!@Sweetbac Jr.

  37. January 20th, 2017 at 17:44 | #37

    Trump Invokes America First

    America First was an isolationist, anti-semitic, pro-Nazi-type organisation that flourished in the US during the 1930’s as Hitler and Mussolini consolidated power in Germany and Italy respectively, and Imperial Japan invaded China and other Asian countries.

    Amongst its members were notorious anti-semites like Henry Ford and isolationists like Joseph Kennedy (father of the Irish-American clan), Charles Lindbergh and Walt Disney. It was dissolved within days of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

    In his inauguration speech yesterday, Donald Trump twice invoked the slogan ‘America First’ to illustrate his own brand of economic nationalism and political isolationism. Ed Moloney The Broken Elbow Website
    Huffington Post also mentions it
    Love All Ways

  38. Dead Head
    January 20th, 2017 at 17:48 | #38

    Nothing like politics to liven things up. Walk the dog, or the dog will walk you.

  39. Dead Head
    January 20th, 2017 at 18:02 | #39

    Trying to construct a 3D jigsaw puzzle, labeled as “lenticular”. Talk about seeing things………….

  40. jimhitchcock
    January 20th, 2017 at 18:53 | #40

    Cloud of choice in N Nevada.

  41. Kevin
    January 20th, 2017 at 21:54 | #41

    Ya know John, the obummer comment is really not called for and just shows your true colors. It’s obvious where you get ALL your information about the world today. I just suggest you broaden your scope of info. If you have satellite radio just give a listen to channel 127 if you want some truth instead of propaganda. Read a few different papers, watch a few different news stations and shows.

    Again, do some real research into these proposed cabinet members. A Secretary of Educ. who is a billionaire who has never had a job like this before, who has spent her life giving to organizations who want to DO AWAY WITH public education. Does the educ. system need work? Of course, but not wiped away. Do you want 100% privatized schools that take any semblance of control away from parents and families? Ridiculous.

    A Treasury Secretary who “failed” to disclose $95 M in assets on disclosure docs to the Senate Finance Committee. He also “failed” to mention his role as director of an investment fund located in a TAX HAVEN. He is also a former Goldman Sachs banker, the very people you all buried Hillary for just TALKING TO. Again, Ridiculous.

    You tell me how that qualifies as “draining the swamp”?

  42. Carey Georgas
    January 20th, 2017 at 22:03 | #42

    Didn’t see the likes of a Robert Frost or Maya Angelou at today’s ceremony, that’s for sure.

  43. jim hitchcock
    January 20th, 2017 at 22:59 | #43

    Me, I’m just happy Rick Perry is in charge of our nuclear energy (Sorry, just no way could I pass that up) : )

  44. Kevin
    January 20th, 2017 at 23:24 | #44
  45. johno
    January 21st, 2017 at 00:39 | #45

    Yes I’m an isolationist – America should come first. We have our own problems here at home that need to be fixed. America hopefully has finally awoken.

  46. jim hitchcock
    January 21st, 2017 at 01:08 | #46
  47. HOGAN
    January 22nd, 2017 at 19:00 | #47

    Looks like you are having a great time with the drone. Vanessa and Izze did good. Ol Jerry looks quite content also..
    Where there’s two there’s trouble…lol


  48. DennisK
    January 22nd, 2017 at 21:04 | #48


    Obviously, Vanessa called in the bomb scare hoax to the Steeler’s hotel at 0300. May the best team win!

  49. johno
    January 23rd, 2017 at 13:45 | #49

    He surely didn’t need this job. He was doing just fine. They didn’t give him a chance in the beginning and throughout most of the race. But he chose to run out of a deep love for this country. To stop the global elite. He had 100% of the media against him. But somehow he did it…he won. And to all you guys who didn’t vote for him – there’s a new sheriff in town. Deal with it.

    A whole new day is here.

  50. Carey Georgas
    January 23rd, 2017 at 15:50 | #50

    Thang is, pard, can’t tell what color his hat is yet.

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