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Beautiful Sunny morning here going to about 75 today. The DIL is hosting a baby shower later today and I definitely will be somewhere else. The activity for yesterday was a walk to the Gelateria and grocery store, Mike your Arthritis would be much improved if you were here in Italy....I am doing much better. I met an American lady at the Gelateria who lives here now...married to an itialan dude. It's nice to talk to someone who speaks American.
Possibly today we may visit the province of Grappa and see the Grappa museum and tour a Grappa distillery. Grappa is made out of discarded grape skins from the wineries.
Greyfox, I will scout it out for your visit here.
Dean, I will also be doing a roundup for the sale soon as I get back to Kentucky.

I am counting the days till I get on the plane and go back to my cows and cats. Had enough Italy. I sure mis my AR 15.
 

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46° here in Upstate NY this morning with the high temperature to get up to about 51°. They say we have a 50% chance of rain for the day and there is a chance of snow for tomorrow.

Yesterday I was on the road all day and then the wife and I went to the Outback for supper. They had a special on steak and all the shrimp you can eat and we both enjoy that. Needless to say I ate way more than I should have.

Have a Wonderful Day Everyone.
 

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50 here in NC Ohio with just a misting of rain. JR I'm sure that weather would be better and I even like pasta !!! I would have to steal some damcows from the Dutch neighbors to afford to be there !! I will attempt to move 3 cu. yards of dirt to the garden today and watch the Buckeye's win another game, they sure could use Bosa in the line. Be safe and Prayers to those and country. Mike
 

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Great morning folks,

43° with a cold front moving through here near Halfway USA. We may see some rain & wind today.

Thank you to everyone who sent well wishes over the past few days. I read them but that little phone is a butt pain to try to send replies. The family made it through a couple tough days. Keeping brother in law's house busy & his mind occupied was good. It seem he, DD & I had to be the emotional support for most everyone else. I think we will need a day or so to decompress & process.

The ride home last night gave us a couple close calls with deer running across the highway. Missed a couple by less than 10 feet with the Redneck Limo & camper on the back. No need to even bother trying to hit the brakes in those situations. Made it home about 9pm, no worse for the trip. I did not need to drag the 5th wheel across the state.

Chores to catch up around here. Grass needs to be cut & the truck camper needs to be drained down. Not even unloading it as we'll be running south to Grandkidville. What with the Elk harvesting trip & time spent on the other side of the state, grandma has nearly missed granddaughter's birth month. Can't have that happen. A side trip to Greyfoxlettsville TN is on the travel plan as is a stop at the dannare bovini de fattoria. Those visits will be in the north bound direction in a week or so.

Looking at the calendar I see U.P. deep camp is coming up soon too. Been a lot of rain all summer & fall up there. I doubt much for last year has drained away. Going to be a swampy mess again.
 

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Mornin boys...
55 and rain here high on RUGER Mt this morning.
Going to work on the van this mornin.
Got to put brakes and rotors on it and maybe do
some work on my truck.
You all have a gooden today and GOD Bless...


Donnie
 

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Lots of stuff over there built hundreds of years ago and in some cases 1,000+ years. JR you might want to suggest to them that they need to make a few upgrades. That colosseum is looking a little rough. Tear that thing down and built the new Fiat Megadome.

51 degrees and damp here. Actually feels nice outside compared to the last few days.

Glad to see Scott and Debra made it back and are gearing up for the next adventure.

Had a good trip to the range last night. Met up with a young man who went to school with my son. I hadn’t seen him since they played little league ball together. Looks like he’s grown into a respectable young man and I hope to see him again soon. Not much brass to be found but I did root out a few dozen 9mm and 223 cases.

Home alone today so I’m gonna visit Dad, bring in a few things that shouldn’t sit out all winter, and spend some time in the reloading catacombs.

Make it a good day
 

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Good morning from the treestand. Back home today. Got home about 10pm last night. MD farm is all corn and saw next to nothing. Hunting behind the house is more productive. Had deer all around me since before light. Just left a lil 7 pt go by. Hard to type on this little phone with aging eyes. Gotta run. Good luck Sam and Paula.

Prayers sent.

Charlie
 

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Good morning, GoGo. It's our last morning in the Smokies. We have to be clear of the cabin by 10 a.m., which shouldn't be hard. Temp is a balmy 59 and rain is hitting the metal roof, which means it'll be hard to get Miss Cindy out of bed. She loves sleeping in on a rainy morning. I'll probably let her go to 9 if she can.

Yesterday we visited a really wonderful annual craft fair down in Wears Valley, which is maybe 8-10 miles from Pigeon Forge, going toward Townsend. There were very few booths peddling Chinese junk, mostly honest craftsmen selling really good quality stuff and what I thought were very, very reasonable prices. Got to see a woman spinning yarn from an Angora rabbit that was sitting right there beside her. And there were some guys from a sawmill who had brought some 6-10 foot boards of various types of absolutely beautiful wood. Stuff like fancy spalted maple, gorgeous walnut, and one red oak plank that had so much color I'd never have guessed it was oak. Their mill is over near Knoxville and I'm absolutely going to visit there sometime and see if I can buy a carload of scrap pieces to make knife handles and such.

Miss Cindy also let me make my second visit to the Smoky Mountain Knife Works for this trip. I always have to visit the place at least twice when we're down here.

Carl, if you see this in time, please say hello to your dad for me. He and his brother (AC and DC, I tagged them) seem to be really good people and I've enjoyed visiting with them in Somerset a few years ago.

Everybody have a good'n and be safe out there, whatever you're getting into. Kermit, no working on the brakes without PROPER jack stands under that van, you hear me? And cinder blocks do not count!
 

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39 on the way to 72 today, at beautiful Mt. Shasta.

Off to see some friends, run the dogs, hit the grocery store and have look at a couple new cars the wife is interested in. Hope to be home time to catch my college teams games!

Have a great day and be careful out there.
 

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morning all. Running late, well not really running... just late. 25 to start the day, be in the low 60s later. No moisture in sight.
Boss man told me I wasn't needed to help with the cattle yesterday, kept me out of the lung clogging dust!:D So I got some equipment put away and a couple tires repaired, just catching up on odd jobs around the shop.
Not sure what I do today yet.
Have a great weekend and be safe.
GOD BLESS. Dean
 

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A rainy good morning from Standing Stone with the temp around 50º. It rained off and on most of the night, but the new tent had no issues, so all is well. We're sitting inside reading the news with the propane heater knocking off the chill. It hard to call this roughing it when you have internet hookups and hot coffee, but it works for us. Most of the other camper have trailers and I'm sure they are doing fine as well. We'll hang out here this morning before dismantling and heading south to the home of an old friend and an annual chili party. I made my contribution on Sunday and it's still partly frozen so that's good as well. JR just bring home some brandy from the grape leavings. That's all I'll need from Italy. Drive safe Mikey. Scott, see you and Deb in a bit.

G'day Y'all,
Rick
 

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Hey guys. Just a quick sidebar. A buddy from high school had a grandfather who made his own Grappa after harvesting the grapes and pressing them into wine. His Grappa was really killer, the hydrometer he used had a line on it, and indicated it was 140 proof. He usually did not drink it straight, but a shot of it was put in his morning coffee on winter mornings.
 
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