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Old 08-25-2012, 11:39 AM
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I knew sooner or later I was lose the truck.
I only owed about 9 months on it.

I needed a job---But I had to get my living arrangements settled.
Things were rough concerning comfort that was for sure.

I had made this decision,to live out here because it was where I belonged.
I would survive---I would carve out a life. I had too--Sometimes dreams are stronger
than real life---I would live my dream---I was in my early 50's--I wasnt a coward and
I had good physical health----although at times I doubted my sanity--

Even with all the problems it brought me now---Some how I knew it would be ok.

I loved the smells in the morning---the pines,the great oaks--the clean air--the quietness I would have to get use to---that was nerve racking for awhile---and I would shake with
fear---aloneness can be scary.
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Can't wait to hear the rest! That was an adventure, for certain.

In the Fall of 1978 we moved to a run down homestead in southern Indiana, with no heat in the place, an unreliable well (there was a second one in the front yard that was reliable, but had to be used with a bucket), and tumbledown outbuildings and fences. The creek rose and washed out the driveway if we had more than an inch of rain at once. Kids waded the creek to get to the school bus, etc..

We had a LOT of advantages. I had a great job, a wife and 2 daughters who were on board with the move, in good financial shape, plenty of tools and equipment, a good 1/2 ton truck, and we all had farm backgrounds. Even so, it was a rel adventure for us.

I would not want to try what you did.
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Yes I got another bucket---Yes I tied it off--! Giggle

I got my tubs set up---drug the old tub to the back-porch-Heated the 2 #3 tubs full of water
and had me a bath--right out in the open---cold my goodness--but there's nothing like hot water and a good soak to make you not care .
If anyone was sneaking around in the woods and saw me ((uhhumph) Niked,ohwell. It felt to good.

And the cistern water was so soft--had to cut back on the soap.
My hair was so glossy--my skin felt good.

Those hot tub baths became my therapy sessions---I did get a roll of heavy mil plastic and turned the back-porch into a sauna---when in doubt punt--

I would use alot of that plastic and my faithful old T-50 staple gun.
The walls were so hard--that if you tried to nail a nail--sparks flew.

I even sat up my solar shower(from wally world) for my hair--would warm just enough and I went through 2 of them in all the years I was there.

I had my towels and soap and general girl stuff out there--there was an old mirror hanging on the wall orginally--I left it there--someone else had done the samething--Back-porch bathroom.

And lets be honest----My old 5 gallon potty bucket---figured that one out in the middle of those cold nights.

What I needed was an out-house---that would be a hilarous adventure.
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I didnt miss Tv--except perhaps for the noise.

I did miss my hair blow-dryer--oh yeah--but learn to towel dry and go stand in the wind and comb it dry.

I had a boom box--that reguired batteries--became a reglar at the Dollar Store battery case.
I always bout ahead on them.

Discovered fire-starter cubes--some came in sticks--and later I would learn to put pine cones in a coffee can with a little kerosene on them to use in wood-burner.

I knew enough from reading--about cresote build up in my wood-burner---I did change out my interior pipes Every winter--just to be safe.

I knew if the old house would catch on fire-it would burn for days--old home cured wood was being tough to deal with.

I got the old chair we found and sat it on the front porch.
had found one of those milk crates in the dump site--it was my table.

In the evenings I was on the porch,reading--listening and planning.

My first job came unexpectedly.
I was on the proch in the sun one morning when lady drove up in a beamer--well dressed and visabley upset.

I have always said Trouble Rides a Fast Horse---it showed up at my door. OFTEN.
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The lady was looking for someone to help her clean a house/really a beautiful cottage on a clear artesian under-ground fed lake--it was beautiful---she and hubby were divorcing and it was to be put up for sale.

She said she would pay well for me to help her---help her was a misnormer--she was so distraught and was useless.

But I dove in--told her I would do the yard first--it was the biggest problem--old construction left overs.

Aha some plywood pieces---pipe---I knew immediately what I would use the (trash) for.

I made 4 trips to my dump site--trying to sort as i went but i had to hurry.
I worked all day--mowed and she did go to the tiny 4 table cafe and got us burgers--GOUMET meal again !!!!! And a chocolate malt--wow!!

She told me that was enough for the day---She would be back tomorrow.
And I would gain a few pieces of furniture in the deal.

Life was good.
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She showed up--in the morning?
Almost 11am and had a teenager boy with her-her son.

I made some more loads to the dump--in the burn pile section.

We cleaned on the house--it was just dusty--moved the furniture to the french doored living room---the movers would be there tomorrow.(Thats what the teenage boy was for.

Its a good thing I had physical strengh--cause there was lots of furniture.

In the kitchem there was an old old enamel table---white with green. Oh I fell in love.
As we packed dishes-she ask me if it hurt my feeling if she gave me that table and a chest of drawers?

Oh lady I was thinking hurt my feelings.

I made one more trip to the dump area and was about beat.
When I came back---she had her son help me load my prize--a real enamel topped table.
And a huge chest of drawers. Bingo my clothes could come out of the bags--human living stuff.
She paid me---I was taken aback---and added until the house was sold--would I come down an check it out for her----she would pay me.
She handed me a business card---she looked at me and ask me what had happened,why was I living out here alone and in these conditions?

I kinda choked and all I could ans. was--Life---life happened.
She had lots of money--fine car---home--vacation home--well dressed and was miserable.

I felt so sorry for her--and she was feeling bad for me---I think I had the better deal.
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Amazing story ! I will keep reading for sure. I'm sorry for your loss
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Did you keep a journal? I wonder what you thought about, all that time - when you weren't problem solving that is!

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As tired as I was--I hd to unload my beautiful old table.
Set her up in my someday kitchen.

And for years--I would sit there in the winter and look out at the meadow---where the deer fed so peacefully.
Watch the wild flowers bloom.
Read my BWH--my Countryside.
Claire Wolf whom I admired.
And studyCountry Self-Sufficiency By author: Pete Mickelson
And all my Anthologys from BWH.

And on some stormy nights---cry.
I think I slowly began to function. It wasnt happening right away.
Grief is a dark master.
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The next day,I Dragged the chest of drawers in--no teen age boy to help.
It felt good to put things away-to feel more settled in.

I could set my lamps up--lived in fear of turning one over.

True to my word I would go check on the ladies house--had a gate key.
It was sad though---and I thought this might not be a good job for me.
But I needed the money and couldnt be choosey.

I pulled out one day just in time to meet the postman.
That would a long friendship---not a romantic one--but 2 old foggeys againtest the younguns.

He drove a long route--160 miles a day,
Had lived out there for 30 years after retiring from the Houston Fire Dept.

I asked him what my address was--he said he'd double ck and stop the next day.
When he came by the next day--He ask me if I would clean for him once a week.
But of course I said.

There's a certain kind of trust you can feel in people.
He was one of those.

That following week I followed him to his house so I would know where he lived.
And wow---he had a huge wood pile going. I was toally amazed.
He explained to me--you rememeber seeing those bundles of wood at WM for sale-thats what we do here.

I didnt know it then,but I would go to work there,dangerous dirty grueling life saving work.

I cleaned once a week for him.
And he knowing I had no power--told me--if you need to keep meat or some things cold--I have an extra freezer on the backporch--I'll put a lock on it--it'll be yours.
I ask him how much--he said about 5.00? Sounds like an absolute bargin to me.
he never did let me pay him--he'd say oh its ok hun catch me later.

I remember seeing a furneral pass-by on the way to Mustang cemetary when I ha moved out there in March--it was his wife--she had died suddenly.

It was strange how the fear,aloneness started creep away.
I was still alone---but had a connection to another human 6 miles down the road.

It would be warming up soon---sure it would--after a bone-chilling nor-eastern blew through.
And I had the scare of my life---
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I would like to add---that I appreciate the kind words.

And thank Admin:Oliver,for the sticky.

And BackwoodsHome for this site.

Thank You

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I had the burner cranked up that night.
Itt turned off very cold.

I had the sleeping bag on the bed again.
Tomorrow I would have to figure out how to close up the old kitchen door.
That wind whipped through the house from the hole in the in the roof.
I had a piece of plastic stapled over it like that helped. It was more of a fake comfort.

I ate my sweet rolls and feed Tippy.
Put her sweather on her---and under the covers she went.
I tried to read---but my mind drifted.
I was getting protein hungary. I need to go to town and shop---I had to think cooking outside.
I got my to do list and began to make a list.
My basic list was going to be simple.
Ok--I would get going on that tomorrow.

I went to bed--listening to a lone rat chewing---it was good--one was doable.
As I dozed off and was ready for a good nites rest.

Sometime durning the nite---I heard a loud racket and shot up in out of the bed.
Grabbing my flashlight and gun I headed into my soon to be kitchen---
The old house had brackets where you could put some 2x6 acroos the door to block it from being opened.
I eased the brace off--I am not one too wonder about a booge man--I had to know what was out there.

I had the light under my arm and pistol in my hand--as I yanked the door open--I shot the light at what I thought was a human trying to break in--It was my friend--The Bull trying
to get on the porch--to get warm--I scared him so bad--he tried to wheel to get off the
porch---now a 1200 lb. bull don't wheel gentley--he tore all my plastic sauna--turned the tub over--and he scared all the cows also--they took off--knocking over my tubs and kicking my outdoor stove over--NOT to mention all the cow paddies--geez I wouldnt see
all the damage til morning.

A bull trying to get warm aint a cuddle kitten---Big ugly.
I slammed the door and put the brace back in and looked at the silly .25cal and started laughing---I really fell out---a bull puppy wanting in the house----I was shaking from fear and relief---

I had such a bad case of the giggles---a bull on the porch----had to be tough wood in that porch--to hold him.
I figured Big Ugly liked me---at least I knew he liked my truck--thats where he was the next morning---the cows had gone back to the back pasture.

Wouldnt be long---they would be gone.
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I can just see that bull wanting to curl up by the foot of the bed to be by your side & stay warm. Too cute. So sorry for the mess they made.
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Oh my gosh I love this blog so much. Had to check in today to see if you've written more. What an adventure and what a brave woman you are.
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Of course it rained--when I got up that morning and looked out side-I was amazed at the destruction--everything was turned over--cow poop all over--plastic blowing in the wind,
My soap,shampoo towels etc all over the place--tubs had rolled out into the meadow.
All the bottles had been stepped on--squished.

But the bucket was still hanging out at the oak.

I thought--No I will clean this up later--I already had a plan for the day-That was to become the most important thing in my survival---A plan and try to stayy on course.

It was so cold--I decided to take old Tippy with me---I didnt feel comfortable leaving her--
It was well that I did---I came back--much laterthat day- to the gate standing open--that was a no-no.
Someone had kicked in the door---and later I would find out it didnt end there---

It would end in the slaughter of Zipper the calf.
Brutal --wasteful death of a new born calf.
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I could hear the mama cow bawling--and bawling--that nite.
I was to busy trying to see evidence I could colect---can meat gone--I had the pistol with me.
Clothes dumped on the floor--drawers pulled out--

I had to bring all my groceries in---it gets dark about 6pm in the winter--6:30 sometimes.

But I need to run call the Sheriff---I didnt even know my address.
Thank God someone was listening to me on the pay-phone--and told me the name of the road--that bothered me.

Sheriff showed up--an old Deputy--nearing retirement--he would later become the Constable--many Texas counties have these--serve warrants-etc etc.

He looked at the tire tracks--I could tell he was a real tracker--he had a clue and he KNEW every old truck-good old boy in the county.

I had to put my groceries on top of the chest--
And I had grabbed a sack of ice--for the little cooler.
Put my butter and 1/2 gal. of milk and I had a pkg of chicken in it.

He told me to lock up--and turned and looked at me--and dead in my eyes and said( Defend Yourself).
I got it---

I am glad I hadnt picked up the tubs--I figured they would have stolen them also.

I ate a can of viennas and some sweet rolls---decided I was to tired to go on--went to bed.

As I lay there I kept hearing the cows calling---I knew they were calling for another member of the herd----Oh I hated the feeling I had.

I bundled up and dozed off--listening to the cows moo and the wnd and rain.
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I didnt even start my coffee--had to reset my stove anyway.

I jumped in the truck to go to the back--My God the site was horrifying.

The little white calf was on the ground--bloodied--his hind quarters gone--he had been shot also.

I turned gaging and crying--the mama cow didnt help--she stilll mooed for the calf to nurse.

I thought dear Lord who was so cruel.

I knew I had to get the Sheriff back--when I got to the front he was sitting at the lock gate.

I opened the gate and told him he needed to go to the back--they had killed a calf.
He swore like a good country boy and headed back to the herd.

When he came back up I gave him the fellows number--he said he'd take care of it.

He said this was a signature---he had an idea who had done this.
I was still bawling--madder than hell and I wanted my own vengence---I hoped they came back.
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I didnt understand.
Zipper wasnt but a few weeks old now---still skinny and growing---no meat really.
Cruel---that site remained with me for along time.

The cows owner showed up after work the next day.
He didnt speak---I didnt understand for years-until I lived among the ranchers,each death and/or the theft of a cow is sad to them.
It was the same as working all week and someone stealing your pay-check--but up close and personal.
Cattle are a ranchers living.

Zippers owner buried him---the mother mooed for another day and then hushed.
Even Big Ugly the bull seemed subdued---

And I decided this silly little pistol wasnt going to cut it---I needed big bang machine.
Mt SIL had given me the pistol while we were in San Antonio---it was an easy carry gun but really inadaqute for my situation.

I had gotten a few thing in town the day before on my grocery run.

I had spotted a Stihl Chainsaw shop---I needed an axe---a good one.
I found my perfect workmate--beautiful oak handle---and ask for a file to keep her sharp.
I got instructions on how to sharpen her---and that in the years to come was my most modern eqquiment---and split many a cord of wood.

And I remember seeing a pawn shop when I left the chainsaw store--and I needed to do laundry--make the trips count.
I loaded up the dirty clothes--Tippy and went off to town--tonite I would sleep better.
I would have a weapon that would back up my mouth.

When I walked into the pawn shop---I walked over to the wall of rifles and shotguns and spotted a beautiful dark oak stock.

It was a .20ga Mossburg. Fellow told me it didnt have the kick of alot of shotguns.
She didnt and I would learn how to shoot and reload in a very good time.

Now come steal my stuff and kill another calf you dam hateful humans--Come on.

I never left the house without both guns---I still have the Mossburg today and the same additude.
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