Observations Of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

November 1st, 2013


Halloween –  Is it a murderer begging for mercenaries to come to his door? I guess it’s possible but chances are they just want to welcome the neighborhood munchkins to come and get treats. After all, we were all set to hand out DVDs, but alas, no trick or treaters came to our door.  Of course, that could have something to do with the fact that we’re about 1000 feet from the country road (yet another consequence of small town living).

First Snow of 2013 in OCTOBER!

October 28th, 2013

Geepers! It’s October 28th and a freak weather pattern has blessed us with our first snow of 2013.

First Snow, 2013


Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

October 15th, 2013

Today’s entry speaks for itself.


If you think this is unusual, then you’ll love this post from a friend on Facebook. Before he hired a contractor he checked to make sure that… “None of these guys are hunters. I asked beforehand.” Around here, you have to make sure the service you’re requesting is going to be open at all during hunting season.

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

September 3rd, 2013

wood.cuttingTwo hours of wood cutting will serve to heat someone’s home for a few weeks this winter.

Image no more lawsuits

September 3rd, 2013


What’s crazy about this is that the label is on a jar of peanuts. Not even salted peanuts. Yet they still have to add the extra safety notices.

New Location On The Web

September 3rd, 2013

Over the years I’ve made some technical changes to my blog. It started out here: http://startercastle.info/startercastle_wordpress/ and then here: http://rantfarm.com/startercastle_wordpress/. But I’ve always wanted it here: www.rantfarm.com. Isn’t that better? I’ve finally learned the method for changing the database to enable this. So, here it is. Finally.

Now I just need to start updating it more regularly.

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

June 3rd, 2013


When we first moved to the wilderness of North Idaho, I couldn’t figure out what the trailer on top of this truck was for. It turns out that in this configuration is the compact arrangement of a logging truck making it easier to drive on city streets. Driving around the area, you’ll see trucks like this in the driveway of people’s homes just like any business vehicle. The trailer on top of the truck is the back end of the truck. After unloading, the lumber company uses a crane to put the trailer on top of the truck. And in the forest, the process is reversed by an excavator.



A Little Light Cleaning with UV

March 23rd, 2013

This post dedicated to my germophobe friends.

It’s well known that ultra violet (UV) rays kill really nasty germs (staff, cryptosparidiam, E.Coli, and many other nasties) by messing with their DNA. Hospitals use them to kill germs, and there is even a water filter light that makes water drinkable. I’ve been wanting such a light to make sure my bathroom is “really” clean. But filters sold for air cleaning are very expensive. With a little research I found a solution.

This may appear to be a water filter, but take it apart and turn it on (then clear out because the rays are not good for humans) and you have yourself a very inexpensive room sterilizer.

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Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

February 11th, 2013

Today’s entry comes from the county assessors office. It’s a file I downloaded. It doesn’t matter what the form is for, but rather , the text at the top about Louise’s work schedule. If you’re planning to stop in and file this form, Wednesday would not be a good choice. Even the law must wait for Louise. (click to enlarge)


Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

February 4th, 2013

This is no ordinary envelope. It’s tax time when we get a few envelopes for various charities accounting for our donations. This one is from a small church in small town America, where envelopes are hand addressed. It warms my heart that someone took the time to hand write the address.


(Of course, for privacy reasons, I blurred out some details)

Traffic Jam

January 23rd, 2013

Coming home from the post office, I had to wait for this gal to get off the road.


Winter Frost

January 22nd, 2013

Once again, hoarfrost has been growing on the plants and trees outside. Today will be the last day for this as it’s going to snow tomorrow and shatter the billions of crystals that have formed on our piece of the world. Here are some of the memories. (CLICK to ENLARGE)






Slicing and Dicing without the pain

January 16th, 2013

Dissecting Me! For $10 I got a full CD of my CT scans and the software for viewing it. Below are some highlights (Relax, no naughty bits are showing). And I can cut myself open and explore my guts without the pain. This is more fun than a video game.

Just in case you’re wondering. Nothing to report.

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Trying to be a gentleman

January 8th, 2013

Time for church. I rushed out to shovel and as we were running a little late, I just made a nice path down right side of the stairs for Jenny to step down safely. I later found her footsteps running down the other side of the stairs. chivalry isn’t dead but it could use some encouragement.


Shortest Day Party Animal

January 8th, 2013

It was almost time for our guests to arrive for our Shortest Day party and Lucy had positioned himself to be the center of attention.