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What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 18 – Oct 21st – Oct 27th 2018

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This has been an exciting week here on the homestead. Bobby sent me a text message saying that he bought two tractors. I thought he was joking and messing with because there was such a delay in my response to his question about whether or not I needed anything from Tractor Supply because he was going by there.

Well, about an hour later, Mickey, an ornery old local mechanic and tow truck business operator, pulled up our hill with two tractors. Some deal a buddy of Bobby’s had come across today somewhere, likely on one of the Facebook trading post pages.



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two tractors on a trailer

I am in love with the smaller rusty beauty. That one has not been run in a year and needs a bit of work, but nothing major. I like it so much I might actually agree to learning how to drive a tractor. Bobby’s beloved huge old Massey Ferguson is forever going to be a no go, and the little Kubota is tippy, even on what passes for level ground around here.

At the very least, I am going to get a bucolic fall photo of all the grandkids on the rusty beauty while it is parked against our equally beautiful hillside. As of right now, Bobby is contemplating trading the tractor I have become enamored with for a piece of hay baling equipment we are apparently lacking.

On another note, I have been busy making Christmas and birthday presents from natural materials found here on our survival homesteading retreat, and with my embroidery machine.

Here is the Squid No More Dolly; that’s what she has been dubbed. Before she was stuffed Bobby said she looked like a squid, but finally agreed she was cute when I finished making her and her outfit for Ariyah for her first birthday. The onesies the doll is wearing roughly matches a jumper I made for Miss Mini Pretty as part of her gift.

homemade doll made on embroidery machine

I had never before made a baby doll in the hoop on my embroidery machine or had any clue how to install doll joints. I had really only made simple bendy dolls and flat felt dolls and their clothing – a twist on the old-fashioned paper dolls I loved as a little girl.

finished homemade doll

The wig I made was not quite adjusted properly in this photo – but it was about 1am and I was too exhausted to finish her until the following morning before the party. The second grandkiddo party I hosted in a single week. It was a fun but tiring week of festivities, to be sure.

I wanted to make a simple Waldorf-style doll before moving up to the far more complicated soft sculpting and needle felting version. It took me an hour to properly stuff this little doll’s head so it looked right and the eyes were even.

To help teach the little ones some homesteading skills, I let Colt and Auddie practice cutting the arms and legs out of the doll skin fabric and threading my embroidery – sewing machine. I also let them put in some of the hand sewn stitches required to add on Squid No More’s extremities.

Now I am working on making a natural play space for the boys to use to play with their little camping and hunting people and critter sets. They are helping to sand the wood, measure and make cutting lines, check to see if the support branches are level, and to be little engineers when figuring out the design for the different weights and diameter of cut log base pieces.

wooden playhouse pieces

One of the young men in our tribe is honing is power tool skills by getting me all of the pieces I want to create the natural play space. When the wooden “playhouse” is finished, it will look something similar to the one below that is saved to one of my Pinterest boards.

My Buckeye chickens are all now flying…finally! They are odd birds, they really don’t seem much at all interested in flying. One of my ducks has an injured wing.

I tried to get a photo of four of the birds sitting on an old sawhorse I turned into a chicken run perch and swing holder, but as soon as they saw me coming they knew it was time for feed and flew down. Well, it was more like flopped down – they really are odd birds, but I prefer to think of them as unique.

This really is not prepping related, but who can’t use a little barnyard humor in their lives, right? This morning Whiskey, Pearl’s male goat kid, jumped out of the back of the Polaris Ranger when I was doing turn out.

I love Whiskey, (the goat and the Jack Daniel’s version on occasion, too) I am guilty of having a favorite goat kid – I admit it. He is a perfect goat intellectually, physically, and from a healthy perspective. He is quite lovable and will should provide some top quality offspring – that is why I decided not to band him and make him a wether.

Bobby banded Rooster for me, Whiskey and Sunshine’s big brother, and he almost immediately became a major pain in the backside, and appeared to lose both some brain cells and sense of purpose.

three goats

He and his dad, Not Negan, get along fine, at least for now. Not Negan believes he is a horse 99 percent of the time and hangs with them. The one percent of the time he thinks he is still a goat is when he wants some alone time with Pearl.

Alright, back to this morning. There were some jalapeno peppers plucked from the garden the night before still in the bed of the Ranger. I did not pick them or leave them there so I left them to try and drive home the fact I am not the wench of Dodrill Hill and everyone really needs to start picking up after their own selves! But, I digress again.

Whiskey was snooping around our snacks in the Ranger and noticed the peppers that I waved him away from, before he jumped. I was distracted for a moment by pony shenanigans and when I turned back around, I thought Whiskey had a pepper stuck to his belly.

I bent over and just grabbed the pepper with one hand to unstick it from my favorite goat’s belly. Well, Pack, it was not a long, thin, red pepper. I had inadvertently grabbed a hold of my favorite goat’s freakishly long maleness.

It was rather unpleasant experience for both of us.

This Week’s Questions:

1. What is the weirdest or most hilarious experience you’ve ever had with an animal?
2. If you live (or wish you did) on a survival homestead or prepper retreat large enough to need a tractor, what type would you want and why?
3. Are you making any homemade gifts or giving self-reliance related gifts for Christmas this year?
4. And, last but not least, how did y’all prep this week?



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Tara Dodrill is a homesteading and survival journalist and author. She lives on a small ranch with her family in Appalachia. She has been both a host and frequent guest on preparedness radio shows. In addition to the publication of her first book, 'Power Grid Down: How to Prepare, Survive, and Thrive after the Lights go Out', Dodrill also travels to offer prepping tips and hands-on training and survival camps and expos.
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105 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 18 – Oct 21st – Oct 27th 2018

  1. 1. My goat story I posted a week or two ago was my funniest.
    2. We just bought a John Deere 5055e. I like it.
    3. I’m getting my husband several things to go hiking and camping on our vacation out west. Our adult kids are getting beef. We’ve slaughtered a beef for the last few years for them for Christmas, and they like it. I’m crocheting hats and baby afghans for gifts also. Niece in Alabama is getting a ‘ hurricane kit.’
    4. *I did some target practice and I’m really rusty with my sidearm.
    *I added a few things to the stockpile.
    *Ordered aforementioned camping/hiking equipment, and crocheted 1 1/2 hats.
    *I’m continuing to clean and organize. I feel like it’s never ending.

    Be prepared. Stay safe. He’s in charge.

    1. Prepared Grammy,

      Our adult kids are getting beef. We’ve slaughtered a beef for the last few years for them for Christmas, and they like it.

      We’ve done the same thing; but, with just the two of us, we still have half a beef in the freezer. They should like it, since it’s probably the best beef you can’t buy anywhere. We keep a lot of stew beef so we can grind it when we need ground beef, and that makes for really lean, tasty, hamburger based meals.

      *I’m continuing to clean and organize. I feel like it’s never ending.

      That’s because, like life, this prepping adventure is a journey, and only ends when we do. You do however, need to stop and look backward on occasion, to see what you’ve accomplished and how far you’ve come. That reflection can often give you a perspective, when you’re tired and wondering why we do this.

        1. Thor1,

          TOP, here is an answer to if your walls are bullet resistant.

          I know the penetration of these various rounds and have performed many of these test myself, back in the early 1990’s. I’m not sure of your point, other than to continue a stupid argument about my location and facilities that you know nothing about. Unless you live in an underground concrete, self sustaining bunker, then you most likely have some of the same problems. While you earlier propane tank videos were impressive, I don’t see the point there either, since blowing up or burning down a location means you cannot loot the goodies there. If all you want is wanton destruction by shooting at easy to hit tanks, there are hundreds of them sitting out in the open in my part of the county, since just about every farm has at least one, and these folks are in business, not tactical protection of their propane stores.

          1. TOP, I put this in earlier but it had too many links so it didn’t post. Sorry

            I’m just saying, no place will be safe when SHTF…….So don’t be complacent….

          2. Thor1,

            TOP, I put this in earlier but it had too many links so it didn’t post. Sorry

            No problem, we all run into that at times; but, at least here we don’t sit in moderation for hours & hours, LOL.

            I’m just saying, no place will be safe when SHTF…….So don’t be complacent….

            We may be comfortable; but, never complacent. Complacence means that I stop posting my weekly preps here or that I’m dead. As I’ve stated an written before, this whole thing is not a destination; but, a journey, and one always has to evaluate the situation, and determine if things are happening or there are holes that need mitigation. I will most likely not live long enough to complete all of the projects I have in progress or in mind; but, OTOH, I’m never bored, LOL.

    2. PG,

      I am still cleaning and organizing too. And it does not ever end. I need to put some more things on FB MP and eBay. I have a bunch of ornaments that are nothing special and now is a good time to get rid of them.

  2. Time to start really working on rebuilding the savings. I had a dental procedure this week and the temporary co-pay, along with the work on the house, and the car, have taken up the savings in that (Ah S**t) account. But, that’s what it was there for. 2 hours later, my DD1’s husband came over to tell me that the house they are renting is for sale. I had told them the last time the had a financial crisis that they needed to plan for their own “crisis” in the future, the bank of “Dad” was closed; there are times I hate being right.

    The only acquisition this week was a Mora Tactical knife (like the one in the sheath with the knife starter) that I got with a MOLLE sheath cover (over the normal plastic one). Knife Center had it for $20+ cheaper than Amazon with shipping.

    Questions: No animal stories, no tractors, the only “self-relience” gift I’ve given is a portable toilet set for DD2 as where she lives if power dies (and it has several times) so does the water. Gifts for DW and self all seem to have a “self-relience” tilt.

  3. Hi Tara & all,
    Two tractors? On Facebook? I’m new to Facebook; but, think I need to start paying more attention to the trading and marketplace columns.
    Your new little tractor reminds me of one I used to borrow from my FIL on occasion, many years ago. It was a little Ford and if you can drive a stick shift and clutch on a car or truck, a tractor isn’t all that different, except for the throttle and PTO controls.
    Years ago I was working with an organization that made some of their operating funds from running local gun shows. We rented a local fairground and its building and one time there was a tractor in the middle of a building we were using. Out of perhaps 35 people running and helping with the show, I was the one asked to move the tractor, since it seemed to bamboozle everyone else. While it does take a moment to determine the shift pattern, if you can drive a stick, you can drive a tractor, so Tara; it’s time to spread your wings, LOL.
    We have no tractors any more except the old lawn tractor that mostly sits idle; but, the new Zero Turn mower that initially scared my DW has become her pride and joy, and she runs it without thought; but, so far has not let me run it, LOL.

    As of right now, Bobby is contemplating trading the tractor I have become enamored with for a piece of hay baling equipment we are apparently lacking.

    That pretty much describes farm life. Always trading, welding, duct tape and baling wire to get the job done. Sounds like you need to get that photo quickly and hope the little ones don’t also fall in love with that old machine, LOL.
    I think the grand kiddos are lucky to have you building their play space, and they also learn a lot, just by watching it being constructed. As a kid I loved the old Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets, Panel and Girder sets, and leggos; because, you can start with nothing but a pile of stuff and an idea, and watch it grow into something. I think I became an engineer in part because of those toys that fired up and nurtured the creative instincts, along with my parents who could do most anything, and showed us kids we could do the same.
    When you mentioned:

    He is quite lovable and will should provide some top quality offspring – that is why I decided not to band him and make him a wether.

    For which I expect he will be eternally grateful, LOL.
    And now for the answers to the questions:

    1. What is the weirdest or most hilarious experience you’ve ever had with an animal?

    I can think of two off hand.
    I grew up in the Allegheny range of the Appalachian mountains in western PA, where everything is mostly a hill going either up or down, with not a lot of flat areas. I was on a trail ride at about age 12 and while I had ridden before, something freakishly unexpected happened. These old horses were just plodding along, until we crested a hilltop coming out of the woods and they could see the barn & paddock area, way down in the valley, perhaps 3-5 miles away. They all in unison went from a slow walk, to a full gallop across the field in front of us, and had no cares about what we did with the reins. At the end of the field in front of us was another small wooded area, where they entered and could no longer see the barn, so we were all saved from certain death, LOL.
    The funniest incident happened about 15 years ago when we still had quarter horses. One of our barn cats and one of the horses became friendly, and the cat would sit on the stall wall, while the horse would lick it from one end to the other until it looked like it had been dipped in water. That same horse was a messy eater, and would often spill grain on to the barn floor. Mice would sneak out to eat a spare grain; but, one of the other cats, would lay on a barn beam above the spilled grain, and just wait to pounce. The circle of life repeats daily on the farm.

    2. If you live (or wish you did) on a survival homestead or prepper retreat large enough to need a tractor, what type would you want and why?

    I do live on one and I would love a tractor; but, for now it’s impractical. As I get older, I would like a closed cab with heat & A/C and a good rototiller to hook to the PTO behind it. I would however almost like a skid loader better than a tractor, since it is a lot more versatile. Tonight is the Power Ball lottery drawing and we have a couple of tickets for the $750M drawing; but, to be truthful, I would much rather win the $1M or $50K drawing, since that large amount would mean a ton of work employing an army of accountants and lawyers just to manage the money and keep OPSEC. I think it falls into the “Be careful what you ask for” category.

    3. Are you making any homemade gifts or giving self-reliance related gifts for Christmas this year?

    We always give self reliance related gifts for Christmas and other occasions. With UPS units, a generator with lots of consumables, a plethora a flashlights and lanterns along with a supply of the LyfeLite LED bulbs listed below, we really don’t need more of the LyfeLite bulbs; but, they were inexpensive enough, to keep on hand to gift to those who may not even know they need them, until of course the power goes out.

    4. And, last but not least, how did y’all prep this week?

    This past week we’all did and acquired the following:
    1. Burned a ton of excess corrugated cardboard in the burn barrl. It was starting to stack too high. We keep a few around for sending packages; but, with online shipping (woot.com & Amazon), we seem to never run out. If I had been a little more ambitious, I could have turned them into emergency fire logs as I’ve done in the past; but, we have plenty of propane and firewood on hand, so I just got lazy and burned it all.
    2. Cleared off a shelving unit from one of our upstairs store rooms (old bed room) and moved it to the summer kitchen area, where we continue to organize things, in hopes of having it fully operational next year. Right now we can only really efficiently use the dehydrator and freeze drier. This will also allow us to make a better inventory of our stored long term foods, kept in that bedroom.
    3. While sorting & organizing the store room I discovered a long lost bag of AA battery sleeves that allow the rechargeable AA batteries to be used for C & D cells.
    4. Our old Big Lots closed and moved to a larger, more accessible venue. We visited the new store and found Progresso soups @ 4 / $5.00. Picked up Tomato Rotini, Beef & Vegetable, and 2 Chicken Pot Pie. This takes our Cansolidator soup section back to full.
    5. Dropped off our absentee ballots and got the voting out of the way. Now we just have to cross our fingers and hope enough sensible people are still voting.
    6. My hosting and email provider made some policy changes without telling me, and a lot of my email started bouncing. I spent nearly 20 hours finding out what the problem was and fixing it and to resubscribe to important lists and sites.
    7. Trip to my Cardiologist and things are still looking pretty good. He changed the dosage on one of my medications and we’re going to see another specialist about some potential additional work. A TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) may help my overall health and stamina.
    8. Received another 8-Pack of LyfeLite Battery Backup Emergency LED Bulbs: 5 Watt Daylight (5000Kelvin color temperature) from woot.com. I’m using these several places and they seem to work well.
    9. After one of our local monthly ham radio get together breakfasts, we went to a local Amish market., where we purchased:
    • ½ pound roasted salted pecans and ½ pound cinnamon roasted pecans, one of my favorite (mostly healthy) snacks.
    • 1 pound of mild Swiss cheese
    • 2 pounds of mixed cheese ends
    10.

    1. TOP,

      I just started using my burn barrel and really like it. Sometimes getting rid of clutter even though it can be used for something else makes me feel better and the place looks like I’ve accomplished something… I am getting ready to recycle a whole bunch of plastic gallon tea jugs. The plastic they make them out of isn’t all that great. And if they are like my distilled water jugs, they tend to split after a couple of winters and have to be gotten rid of anyway and the mess cleaned up on the floor. After a while, I need to stop saving them.. I don’t know why I have a hard time getting rid of them, as they can be used for so many things. Oh well, I don’t have the space, and one can only use up but so many of them.

      1. AT only use heavy clear plastic jugs…..anything that looks like milk jugs will not hold up.

        I use a portable fire pit as a burn barrel, it has a screen type top so it catches any hot floating ambers.

        1. Hi Thor1,

          Yes, the opaque jugs are only good for growing plants from what I can see. Cut them half way down and there ya go. The top could be used for a funnel if the cap is removed… And how many of these do I need?

          Good idea on the fire pit. Will need to check that out. And I could cut a screen for the big burn barrel… I do have some spare wire fencing… Lol…

          1. AT, you can use it, if cut right as a scoop as well. Many uses….. I have also used them as starter planters…..small world with like minded people. I’m sorry about the nervousness, but I’ve been divorced twice so I am extremely cautious. I have trust issues…… Even my Mrs. knows……I’m cautious……

          2. Thor1,

            AT, you can use it, if cut right as a scoop as well. Many uses….. I have also used them as starter planters…..small world with like minded people.

            Until I purchase my dumbbell set, we used these as weights for working out the arms. They have nice handles and you can add water to make them weigh from nothing up to about 8 pounds. Just one more use.

            I’m sorry about the nervousness, but I’ve been divorced twice so I am extremely cautious. I have trust issues…… Even my Mrs. knows……I’m cautious

            I don’t completely understand since I’ve only been married once. I am not the DW’s first (but perhaps the best LOL). My oldest SS is soon to be 52 and still single, for those same trust issues. We live in a small community where the high school classes can run between 60 & 120 graduates so everyone knows everyone, and he saw too many friends get married and divorced too quickly and saw their problems. His tag line is “Why would I want to give half my stuff to someone?”
            He’s a well paid engineer who owns his house and has an SBR and several suppressors, so he is enjoying life.

        2. I seem to have a fetish of saving old milk jugs as well. They are piling up, and yes I hate to get rid of them as well, but I must! I have several that have become funnels, and a couple that are used to scoop dirt out of bags. Several are filled with water and help to keep my easy-up from blowing away (concrete blocks work so much better). I also save the gallon jugs as covers for young tender plants, I keep many filled with water for my container plants. Sometimes it’s easier than hauling the water hose there and bout.

          1. M. Jean Bannister,
            I seem to have a fetish of saving old milk jugs as well. They are piling up, and yes I hate to get rid of them as well, but I must!
            I think this is a common problem among people with our mindset, that we should not throw away anything that could be useful or repurposed into something that could be useful. It does however eventually lead to rather unorganized and cluttered piles of things, at which point you just grit your teeth and discard or recycle enough to clean up the clutter.

            Several are filled with water and help to keep my easy-up from blowing away (concrete blocks work so much better).

            Concrete blocks are bulky & heavy so we use either 2 ½ or 5 gallon buckets. Easy to stack and carry and lightweight, so as long as you have a water source, these work great to hold down those pop ups and like the gallon milk jugs, are lightweight, however the jugs take a lot more space for storage & transport.

            I also save the gallon jugs as covers for young tender plants, I keep many filled with water for my container plants. Sometimes it’s easier than hauling the water hose there and bout.

            Good idea on the plant covers; but, for watering, we broke down and purchased an old fashioned watering can.

      2. Almost There,

        I just started using my burn barrel and really like it. Sometimes getting rid of clutter even though it can be used for something else makes me feel better

        Feel better? Me too!!! We do break down and save some boxes for reuse; but, after a while the cardboard starts to pile up for no good reason. I keep some larger sections out in one of the barns for target holders, and like you, it is ingrained in me to not toss or get rid of something that could be useful. The burn barrel makes it easy to get rid of things without any hesitation of whether to keep or recycle, and quite honestly, as we get these damp cold days, there’s something nice about standing out in the invigorating air and still staying warm with no expense but our time.
        We also keep and shred anything that contains account numbers, etc.; but, with the 10+ year old shredder getting older by the day, crumpling this stuff and burning it not only feels good; but, helps keep OPSEC of a sort without killing the shredder and needing a new one. I guess if I were really paranoid I would shred and burn, LOL.

        the place looks like I’ve accomplished something… I am getting ready to recycle a whole bunch of plastic gallon tea jugs. The plastic they make them out of isn’t all that great. And if they are like my distilled water jugs, they tend to split after a couple of winters and have to be gotten rid of anyway and the mess cleaned up on the floor.

        But, but, but, they may still be useful, LOL. Been there, done that, and it is a hard habit to break; but, now all we keep for the most part are hardware things like nuts, bolts, screws, pipe fittings etc. and have a place for them in the shop in our granary.

        After a while, I need to stop saving them.. I don’t know why I have a hard time getting rid of them, as they can be used for so many things. Oh well, I don’t have the space, and one can only use up but so many of them.

        I think in the bold part, you answered your own question. You will recall that our old colleague on this forum (Bctruck) always mentioned the 4 R’s: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose as part of his mindset, and I think at its core, that is a large part of the preparedness mindset, or as the old maxim states: “Waste Not, Want Not”. Realistically we do eventually run out of space and have to declutter in order to live. Good luck.

    2. Oh Top, you animal stories were great, the horse and the cat must have been a hilariously adorable site! Hmmm, I am still not sure about the tractor driving thing. I so do not back well, I blame it on being short, but Bobby says it is my unwillingness to always look behind me before I back up, lol. I only nearly backed into a car when taking the Polaris Ranger out of the shelter house and down to the barn with feed bags yesterday, I count that as a win.

      My Dad always said I needed a Sherman tank – even before I put my first car sideways in a ditch – but that was so not my fault, I still contend to this day. Dad made me learn to drive a stick on my brother’s truck that did not have power steering, to make sure I could always drive anything I had to, but I am still not sure about the whole tractor thing. Bobby has decided to keep the rusty beauty now, it is an intact 1937 model that is now running well.

      1. Tara,

        Oh Top, you animal stories were great, the horse and the cat must have been a hilariously adorable site!

        It was indeed a funny sight; but, it was unfortunately back before everyone had a camera with them at all times like we do today. That horse and cat are long gone ;but, having critters in our lives really does leave incredible indelible memories that can often make us smile again upon remembering.
        I just thought of three additional stories, one of which is often typical country living and the other with yet another cat and kittens I still find amazing and finally a stupid science trick I performed with my young DD.
        Years ago I was out drowning some worms along our creek, and heard a ruckus coming from across the creek. Moments later a mother duck and 6 ducklings came out of the weeds and plopped into the creek. While I knew we had waterfowl, this was the first and only time I had seen them up close (20 feet?); but, not 2 minutes later, a mother goose and 6-8 goslings also came down to the water and plopped in. Both the ducks and the geese swam around like mom and kids at the pool and seemed to not even notice me. I forgot about fishing and watched them for most of a half hour, after which they each headed back to the far shore and climbed back into the weeds and were gone.

        Also years ago I saw something that I suspect occurs all of the time; but, this time I actually got to see it. We had quite a few barn cats and often litters all over the place, in part because people (city folk I suspect) find us and neighbors as a good dumping ground for unwanted cats. A momma cat came up to the edge of the house with a field mouse in her mouth, dropped the mouse on the ground and placed a paw on it to hold it still. She then let out an odd meow I had never heard before and 6-8 kittens came out of nowhere and surrounded her. She meowed again, lifted her paw, and backed out of the circle of kittens, as they started playing with that mouse. They played with it inside the circle for about 30-45 minutes until it simply stopped moving and I went inside. I don’t know if it was dead or playing dead; but, later it was gone. Country living when you pay attention can let you see sights you perhaps cannot see anywhere else.

        Finally about 20 years ago I was showing something to my intelligent science minded DD and did something stupid. We had gotten her a subscription to Zoobooks magazine, and each month she would go through that magazine in detail. Each month had a theme, like large animals (Elephants, Rhinos, etc) , Primates, Snakes, etc; but, one month when it was Ants & Termites, I knew I could enhance her experience. The book showed close-ups of the ants and termites and cutaway views of their nests in the ground. I had seen some ant mounds on the north end of the property, and asked if she would like to see what was in those pictures for real. She did so we headed outside where I picked up a typical round point shovel and headed for one of the mounds. She watch for a while and then I placed the shovle on the mound, pushed it in with my foot, and flipped over a chunk of the mound, revealing the tunnels, larvae, and eggs inside. The ants were of course none too happy and came at us on the attack. Normally that would not be a problem; but, it was summer, and I had forgotten that I was wearing flip flops with most of my feet exposed, until I started feeling little ant bites on my feet. They were not really anything; but annoying; but, as I dance my way back to the house, trying to shake of the ants, my DD thought it hilarious.

        And ince again, no camera, LOL.

        Hmmm, I am still not sure about the tractor driving thing. I so do not back well, I blame it on being short, but Bobby says it is my unwillingness to always look behind me before I back up, lol. I only nearly backed into a car when taking the Polaris Ranger out of the shelter house and down to the barn with feed bags yesterday, I count that as a win.

        I don’t know how short you are; but, @ 5’ 6” I don’t tower over anyone, including most kids now a days; but, I can back a vehicle, including a tractor with no problems, by turning my head and looking backwards. Backing with a trailer, is however, quite a different story.

        Dad made me learn to drive a stick on my brother’s truck that did not have power steering, to make sure I could always drive anything I had to, but I am still not sure about the whole tractor thing.

        I learned to drive with my grandfathers old 1950’s pickup truck, with 3 on the tree and no synchronous transmission, so we learned to double clutch right away. I actually preferred a standard transmission, and a few times it saved me money. I had a used car dealer I used to purchase from and one day I went in to see about a new (to me) vehicle and he said he had been waiting for me. He had a late model, low mileage, Honda in good shape, and numerous people, some who had done a test drive, ended up passing, because it was a stick shift and they either couldn’t or wouldn’t drive such a thing. In snow and ice I actually preferred a stick and clutch, since it gave me more control.

        Bobby has decided to keep the rusty beauty now, it is an intact 1937 model that is now running well.

        That’s cool. Those old tractors are beasts that just run & run with little maintenance. They’re not sexy or have lots of gadgets; but, for their original intended purpose of pulling things, like plows, disks and wagons, they are hard to beat. If you look at some of the old technology to run them, such as the governor for the PTO, they are even more amazing.

  4. Puppy had a great day playing and finished it off with a good T-bone. Yes I left some meat on it and he was so cute. I gave it to him at the back porch and he walked off into the grass, set it down and just stared at me like I love you, and waited till I closed the door before he tore into it…..LOL He is getting so big, strong and agile, but sounds like a horse when running. He even snorts….LOL

    Charged all of the handheld radios.
    Charged the rechargeable flashlight.

    Put a new radiator cap on the BOV.

    Checked out some prepper gear…….

    Put new batteries in the remote motion detectors. These are also great for trick or treater’s
    Fixed one of the rear motion detector spotlights.

    Lit the first fire in the fireplace for the year. Nice, had some Merlot and some cheese.

    Been watching a lot of news and digging up stuff about the horde….
    According to refugee/ asylum, since they turned down Mexico’s offer they have no right to seek it here.

    Its going to get interesting when the horde gets here.
    Is it just me, or does Obama seem to have a gleam in his eye after the mass Jewish shooting?

    1. What is the weirdest or most hilarious experience you’ve ever had with an animal?
    2. If you live (or wish you did) on a survival homestead or prepper retreat large enough to need a tractor, what type would you want and why?
    3. Are you making any homemade gifts or giving self-reliance related gifts for Christmas this year?

    1. Has to be after I had planted a tree and puppy put the bucket on his head and was running across the yard…LOL
    Or…..my cockatiel chasing my pit bull in a remote controlled truck…. We taped it and didn’t realize when we did a countdown to chase the dog, the dog’s tail went up and she farted and ran…..Rocket dog !!!

    2. A John Deer….versatility and nothing runs like a deer….LOL

    3. Not sure yet , its not even Halloween….. LOL

    Tara……your animal story was the GOAT…Greatest of all time….LOL Did he cough…..LOL

      1. Thor1 says:

        Puppy had a great day playing and finished it off with a good T-bone. Yes I left some meat on it and he was so cute. I gave it to him at the back porch and he walked off into the grass, set it down and just stared at me like I love you, and waited till I closed the door before he tore into it

        Are you sure that was “I love you” or could it have been I’m waiting for you to go away so I can eat, and not worry about the alpha dog taking a share? I’ve seen that critter behavior back when we had two female lab mixes that were litter mates; but, instinctually felt the need to watch their backs when eating anything special, like it could be their last meal.

      2. Thor1l\

        When propane tanks explode

        Those are interesting videos; but, there is no fire suppression in place. I’ve been on scene for one of these, and keeping it cooled down with a spray of water, will keep it from exploding after the pressure valve pops off. You also have to be able to get a clear shot, and none of my tanks are out in the middle of a field.
        Also, there were no defenders in the videos shooting back.
        You can find similar videos using Tannerite on old barns or Thermite on engine blocks also; but, I’ll still take my country community and MAG over being stuck in a city, any day.
        Once again, the only competition is with yourself, doing the best you can with the resources you have available and I suspect we are each doing what we can for our own versions of “me and mine”.

        1. TOP, I’ve been tossing an idea around of having either a soaker type hose or PVC pipe drilled and hooked up to a water source for fire suppression. That could work if there is power going to a pump…remember EMP scenario…. Top of roof and top of walls. This type system might be able to protect your propane tanks too.

          Just saying.

          1. Thor1,

            TOP, I’ve been tossing an idea around of having either a soaker type hose or PVC pipe drilled and hooked up to a water source for fire suppression. That could work if there is power going to a pump…remember EMP scenario…. Top of roof and top of walls. This type system might be able to protect your propane tanks too.

            Interesting!! When we stop trying to blow holes in the other and begin cooperating, we can solve issues since we actually do think alike. Back in 2012 I had a new roof installed and was unable to afford to have them fix / reinstall the standing seam galvanized roof that was on half of the house, so now it’s all standard asphalt shingles. Before that time, the mostly steel roof, the asbestos shingles, the free space around the house, and the lack of wildfire potential made external fire hazards unlikely. Since then I have thought of a sprinkler system that could run from our well or rain catchment, since as long as we have propane we have power. I’m not exactly sure where you live; but, I suspect from your comments it’s in one of the warmer southern states, where rain catchment or soaker hoses / pipes don’t readily freeze.
            The easiest thing would be to have an elevated tank full of water that could be pumped there by any means, and stored in case you need it. Then quenching a fire would only need gravity; but, once again, we have that freezing problem to overcome.
            Like this entire property, these projects are all a work in progress, with EMP hardening my generator and transfer switch coming this spring. I’ve been in contact with Dr. Arthur Bradley, and will be purchasing some components from him, later this year. He has also discussed some of my ideas that we think will work for protection.

          2. TOP, its all in fun though, no hard feelings just laughs…..LOL

            I thought of the elevated water catchment as well and for sewage too.

            I definitely enjoyed the Monty Python holy Grail jests….LOL

            You should go tricker treating this year as the black knight……

            I’m going as a fake CNN pipe bomb and the Mrs is going as a bomber envelope… LOL

          3. Thor1,

            TOP, its all in fun though, no hard feelings just laughs…..LOL

            Yep. If we don’t laugh a bit these topics can get rather dry, and some days looking at the news, if I didn’t laugh, I might cry, LOL.

            I thought of the elevated water catchment as well and for sewage too.

            For sewage, we already have a gravity based septic system, and all it takes is about 2 gallons of water poured into the toilet to flush; but, the septic and all of the interconnecting plumbing is underground below the frost line, while water would still have the freezing temperature issue. Was I right that you don’t have that freezing issue?

            I definitely enjoyed the Monty Python holy Grail jests….LOL

            Sometimes it’s the inside jokes that are the best. It’s sort of code, that separates the ”Pythons” from the rest.

            You should go tricker treating this year as the black knight

            We live far enough out that we don’t trick or treat or have anyone come to the house. Back when the kids were young we would go to one of the local towns and hit the houses where we knew the people. Sometimes churches or other organizations have a trunk or treat, in a large parking lot, so the kids can get their sugar high without driving from house to house.

            I’m going as a fake CNN pipe bomb and the Mrs is going as a bomber envelope

            I hope someone dressed as an ATF or FBI agent doesn’t take offense, LOL.

    1. Thor1,

      Is it just me, or does Obama seem to have a gleam in his eye after the mass Jewish shooting?

      I haven’t seen him; but, quite honestly, I try to avoid the rhetoric from him or any of his defenders or members of his administration, who only know their spoon fed talking points. They’re still claiming that this economy is so good because Trump was handed a running start and HRC is the rightful president because she won the popular vote which IMHO is a lot of B.E from losers.
      As to your question, the way TDL treated Benjamin Netanyahu along with the pallet of cash flown to Iran, Israel’s sworn mortal enemy (The little Satan), a gleam in his eyes would not at all surprise me.

      1. TOP, DHS visited the synagogue where the shooting took place in March.

        PayPal is banning GAB which is an alternative to Twitter because the Pittsburgh shooter used that site. It was a conservative site/ first amendment. The Dems of course, want to ban assault weapons/2nd amendment.

  5. I did not do my usual grocery shopping this week. Instead, I bought stuff for low-carb meals. #1 daughter is an amazing person, she knows so much about a lot of stuff. She prepared meal plans and shopping lists for me. She also loaned me one of her crock pots and some other cooking utensils.

    I’ve been on a low-carb diet with reduced portion sizes as well. I’ve lost 11-lbs so far and my blood sugar, which was out-of-control, is now down considerably and closer to where it should be. Once I lose some more weight, I will start exercising a little more vigorously as well. I need to get some load off my knees and back first. I do walk around my complex a little, and walk to my chiropractor, who is just down the street. I live on the second floor, so I’m up and down stairs some too (no elevator, so no cheating).

    Spent most of Saturday cooking bulk meals for the week and still found time for some college football.

    Granddaughter is a little superstar. She went for her 24-month checkup and blew the milestones off the chart. She meets or exceeds the three-year-old milestones and strength tests. The Ped thinks she will be reading by the time she is actually three-years-old. She got a flu shot and didn’t fuss, just gave the nurse the stink eye.

    We’re having a short cold snap here in Central Florida. Went down to about 50F near my place last night and only supposed to get to about 77F today. Tomorrow, back into the 80s. I think we’re mostly done with 90-degree days for a few months.

    My Ex-wife is still very nervous about the political climate in the US. She remembers clearly not having enough food as a child in Cuba. She told me that at 10-years old, she only weighed 40-lbs.

    I’m not too enthusiastic about the size of the military force assigned to the border right now. I’m sure they have time to add to it. People (media mostly) are making a big deal out of the Posse Comitatus Act. First, the Act only explicitly applies to the Army and the Air Force, not the Navy or Marines. However, as a matter of Department of the Navy policy they also follow the Act. Policy is easy to cancel. The President has the authority under the Insurrection Act to deploy the Army and other military services in certain circumstances. For instance, during the 1992 LA riots, Marine and Army units were sent to LA to assist the police. During the 1967 Detroit riots, units of the 101st Airborne were sent to assist. I was there and saw them. They mostly ran checkpoints, leaving most of the active law enforcement to the police and Army Guard. The President has the authority and responsibility under the Constitution to defend the US from invasion. He does not require Congressional approval to do this as some media sources claim. So, there are all kinds of exceptions to the PCA that the President can use to put troops from all branches on the border without need to refer to Congress.

    Tara’s Questions:
    1. Weird animal experience: I really can’t think of one. While I have been around farm animals and horses, I mostly had contact with domestic animals.
    2. Tractor: I don’t live on a homestead, nor plan to, so I have no idea what tractor I would want. John Deere tractors seem like good products.
    3. Homemade Christmas gifts: Nothing homemade from me. I haven’t yet given serious thought to Christmas.
    4. Prep this week? See above.

    1. Z36, what’s more interesting is what the response would be if the horde tries to break through the line. If attacked the rules of engagement apply……

      1. Thor1,

        what’s more interesting is what the response would be if the horde tries to break through the line. If attacked the rules of engagement apply

        The ROE always applies; but, these are Trump’s Rules and not Obama’s, so I suspect it’s a whole new game, that may make the old Obama guard and MSM have a stroke.

    2. Zulu 3-6,

      I’ve been on a low-carb diet with reduced portion sizes as well. I’ve lost 11-lbs so far and my blood sugar, which was out-of-control, is now down considerably and closer to where it should be.

      Back about 25 years ago, the cardiologist I had back then had me do the Atkins diet and it worked similar to your experience. One thing that needs to happen for the diet to be successful and safe is to be in mild ketosis. If you are not in ketosis then you are eating too many carbohydrates and not burning fat; but, if you are too far in ketosis then you can have kidney & liver issues. My suggestion is that you get some Ketosticks (Ketone urine test Strips) so you can test your ketones level. As the name implies, they are easy and painless to use, LOL. If you’re not in ketosis or only lightly there, you reduce carbohydrates a bit; but, if you’re heavy in ketosis, you can avoid any complications by having a snack. Ice cream as medicine, isn’t that great!!!
      Back then I hit a whopping 235# which at 5’ 6” is horrible. I now weigh around 150 and have managed to keep it off. While I don’t have joint problems, hauling all of that weight around did make things difficult, just like carrying an 80 pound pack with you everywhere; but, you can’t set it down and it’s on your front and not your shoulders. Back then I fatigued mush more easily than I do now, so good luck losing that weight.

      Once I lose some more weight, I will start exercising a little more vigorously as well. I need to get some load off my knees and back first. I do walk around my complex a little, and walk to my chiropractor, who is just down the street. I live on the second floor, so I’m up and down stairs some too (no elevator, so no cheating).

      Sounds like you have the right attitude. My office, where I spend lots of time, is on the second floor and I regularly run up and down the 14 steps a few dozen times per day with ease, and I suspect you will eventually get there too. Getting old doesn’t also have to mean decrepit and falling apart.

      Granddaughter is a little superstar. She went for her 24-month checkup and blew the milestones off the chart. She meets or exceeds the three-year-old milestones and strength tests. The Ped thinks she will be reading by the time she is actually three-years-old. She got a flu shot and didn’t fuss, just gave the nurse the stink eye.

      She sounds a lot like my DD, back 25 years ago, except for the shot part, LOL. My DD was smart; but, being around adults who didn’t treat her like a baby I think helped a lot. She was reading chapter books by kindergarten, took 2 languages in high school and was advanced several grades ahead in math. She was Valedictorian, and a National Merit Scholar, and is now doing well on her own, living up in the Boston area.

      We’re having a short cold snap here in Central Florida. Went down to about 50F near my place last night and only supposed to get to about 77F today. Tomorrow, back into the 80s. I think we’re mostly done with 90-degree days for a few months.

      50° as a low? Today our high reached 55° and last night’s low was only 38°. We got into the 20° range a few weeks ago ; but, that will be back soon as our “Indian Summer” runs its course.

      My Ex-wife is still very nervous about the political climate in the US. She remembers clearly not having enough food as a child in Cuba. She told me that at 10-years old, she only weighed 40-lbs.

      It’s too bad your ex can’t have a nice sit down chat with the likes of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez who was only 8 months old when the Berlin wall fell, and whose Boston education was an obvious waste of money.

      I’m not too enthusiastic about the size of the military force assigned to the border right now. I’m sure they have time to add to it. People (media mostly) are making a big deal out of the Posse Comitatus Act.

      You were missing the word ”Ignorant when describing people and the media on the subject of the Posse Comitatus Act. I use ignorant as a gift, since these people are wantonly ignorant in an age where a simple online search can educate you about nearly anything, if you really want to know the facts.

      1. Zulu 3-6,

        “I’m not too enthusiastic about the size of the military force assigned to the border right now. I’m sure they have time to add to it. People (media mostly) are making a big deal out of the Posse Comitatus Act.”

        You probably already know that they are now looking at 15,000 total on the border; but, PCA doesn’t even seem to apply, since these folks will be running transport, medical, and administrative duties, freeing up CPB people to do the law enforcement work along the border. The MSM is still whining and I’m now just gently holding my breath to see what happens on Tuesday (actually Wednesday morning). Keeping the house and adding to the senate would be a good thing, especially if we can dump our long time Demonrat senator who after 2 terms needs to retire. He will turn 66 next Friday, just in time to retire on both SS & his senate pension; money that I think is well worth spending to put someone else in charge.

  6. Thor1,

    I think that the horde should be warned ahead of time that crossing the border may be met with deadly force as they are considered to be invading the US as a hostile force. I think as many sniper teams as possible should be deployed with the assignment of taking out any identifiable leaders or armed people, if they start crossing the border.

    The Mexican government should be told that our forces may be firing into Mexico, it is not a hostile act against them, but since they failed to stop the horde throughout the entire length of their country it is their own fault if any Mexican citizens get hurt.

      1. Guys, that is not going to happen. However, simply closing the border will send shudders through the entire Mexican government. Economic losses to them will be huge. Also to us, but our economy is so much larger, the disruption here will be mostly regional. Other than that, the Trumpster has more arrows in his quiver. Regardless of federal law, he has constitutional authority to do way more to control the border and immigration.

  7. Another week gone??? The weeks are just flying by… We had two good down pours early this morning,so today I’m going to move the rest of my plants on my metal bench, under the eves so they don’t drown… The travel trailer, is doing great checked on it yesterday it’s staying pretty warm with the electric heater in it set at 60. We did a Costco run bought two cases of water, 1 case of toliet paper, 1 eye solution for contacts, some cheese , 8 pack of dryed hashbrowns, a bag of salami , and gotta have the beef stick:). Fall, has arrived in the PNW, all the trees are red and yellow, did my last mowing of the year. I did get 18 boxes of pasta, and some mashed potato packets,1 bag of laundry soap 45 packs of soap pods, and some tea boxes on sale from Safeway. I checked my cupboard on coffee K pods, and with all the sales and coupons, we should be set for the next 3 months. Right now I’m in a holding pattern unless I see a screaming good deal on whatever I’m not shopping for a lot of extras. I do need to stock up cat food, thats been my weekness having enough for a few months, our local pet store will be having a sale at the first of the month so I’ll get hard food and Petsmart gave me a coupon for %15 off food so I’m going to get at least 60 cans of wet food, and then stay on top of it and buy more during the middle of the month. Take care Wolf pack have a great rest of your weekend…

  8. No purchases this week. I am saving up for the monster meat sale at our out-of-town, old-fashioned butcher shop. That’s the first weekend in November. They have the best smoked turkeys. We always get one for Thanksgiving. We also need to get a set of front tires and an alignment for the truck.

    I came up with a kid-friendly dish using only shelf stable ingredients. I call it “pizza pasta”. Boil up some pasta. I used penne because that’s why I had in the pantry. I cut up some pepperoni and added a jar of spaghetti sauce. Oh, I did add some mozzarella from the refrigerator. (But I also stock freeze dried shredded cheeses. In a grid-down situation I could have used that.) I took a crockpot full of this to our Halloween party. They put a big dent in the dish.

    I won first place for my costume. I went as a juggling jester. My dh did my makeup. I had a lot of fun. The prize was the next weapon we need–the wood bo staff. I am excited to learn this weapon. I will be like Morgan on The Walking Dead. We also had graduation. I moved from brown recommended to brown decided.

    I know nothing about tractors. When I was three years old I was chased by a mean cow. That traumatized me. LOL I love to make homemade gifts. My scented soaps are always loved. Friends and family also like my mango chutney. That goes good with Christmas ham. Pepper relish is also a favorite. That makes a really good tuna salad. I made three half-gallons of elderberry tincture two weeks ago and now it is ready. I give that out to family as well.

    1. Bam Bam,
      So you’ll be learning the wood bo staff?
      Great!! I learned that weapon; but, the standard 72” is a bit much for my 5’ 6” frame so I have settled on using a 50” version, along with a 40” Bokken (wooden Katana) and my favorite, the 14” NunChaKu. As I recall you are a bit taller them me (LOL) so I suspect you’ll have no trouble learning that tool. As you train however, keep in mind that since it is only an extension of yourself, the techniques may also be used, perhaps slightly modified with ubiquitous and nonthreatening items, like a mop or broom handle, an umbrella, or even a rolled up newspaper or magazine. All of the staff weapons from the little kubotan to the full size Bo Staff with the right training and mindset can be formidable defensive tools in the real world.

    2. Bam Bam,

      No purchases this week. I am saving up for the monster meat sale at our out-of-town, old-fashioned butcher shop. That’s the first weekend in November. They have the best smoked turkeys. We always get one for Thanksgiving.

      Around here our monster meat sale happens whenever you need it, within reason. You contact a local farmer and arrange a bull or steer, usually getting others to participate in part of the meat. Last year a local farmer who we’ve dealt with before, took the cow to the local slaughter house / butcher. Once they had it hanging in their cooler for aging, he called me with the tally of 660 pounds. I arrange for others to pay the farmer their share at the rate of $2.25 per pound, hanging weight. We each went to the butcher and told them how we wanted our portions divided, and then waited the 3 weeks for aging, which is the best part of getting meat this way, since that long term aging really makes the meat tender. When the meat was cut, and wrapped, we each then made the trip to the butcher and paid for our shares of the processing. The slaughter fee was $65.00 and the processing was $0.55 per pound. One of the gang paid extra for them to make some of the ground meat into patties, and we kept some of the meat that would have been ground, left as stew meat, that we can grind ourselves as needed. The others did not want the sweetbreads or the bones, so we made out there also. The whole thing came out to $2.90 per pound. It’s a bit expensive for bones and liver; but, good for 99% lean ground beef and amazing for roasts and steaks. Our share will last the two of us for a long time, even when we gift some to the kids.

      I came up with a kid-friendly dish using only shelf stable ingredients. I call it “pizza pasta”. Boil up some pasta. I used penne because that’s why I had in the pantry. I cut up some pepperoni and added a jar of spaghetti sauce. Oh, I did add some mozzarella from the refrigerator. (But I also stock freeze dried shredded cheeses. In a grid-down situation I could have used that.) I took a Crockpot full of this to our Halloween party. They put a big dent in the dish.

      Where do you get your freeze dried shredded cheeses?
      We’ll soon be starting up the freeze drier again, since it’s getting cold; but, those might be nice to have on hand, besides what we already keep in the freezer.

        1. Thor1,

          TOP, just make the freeze dried cheese…… I’ve made some……
          You can do it…..yes you can

          We’ll be doing that and more shortly; but, we’re waiting for a bit colder weather, since the back room (our in progress summer kitchen) gets really hot when running the FD. It even gets a bit warm with the Excalibur running. We have a ventless propane heater there; but, I suspect running the FD will save on propane, since we’ll not have to run the heater in that heavily insulated room.

  9. Had my yearly opthomologist appointment. No real change in vision but I did get the prescriptions. A new set of contacts ordered and I’ll probably be ordering new glasses from zenni optical. My local CERT team is having training this year. With all the talk about earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, etc you would think we would have more than 2 students but that is it. So disappointed in the people around here. The training is free and is such good basic information. The good news is the students are a city councilor and his wife. First aid training is Tuesday. Ordered and should receive a pair of rain boots, and the book Locker 9.

    1. suzy q,
      CERT training is in a lot of ways, plain common sense; but, well worth the effort. When I took mine earlier this year, most of the participants were already doing some kind of emergency preparedness activities with our local county EMA, Red Cross, etc. I too find it amazing that people just assume that someone will come and get them in a crisis.

  10. The funniest animal story involves our deceased Labrador. She was 11 months old when she came to us and had never been inside a house, so she was untrustworthy. We kept her in a large dog crate at night, next to the bed. Initially, she had to be forced in and I would give a treat, then close the door. She quickly caught on and put herself into the crate every night. As she became more trustworthy, we decided we could just contain her in that end of the house with a child gate. The first night, she went into the crate as usual, but I didn’t close the door. She started barking like crazy because this was not right!!

    Got a new air compressor for the BOL. Prepared the gardens for winter, with new additives, etc. Relocated projects to winter home for completion.

  11. We should be proud that people who are facing oppression, rape, murder, gangs, fascist governments, still head to the US to seek freedom, even though our dotard president is trying to tear down all that we stand for, and trying to stand up fascism in our nation, with him the chief fascist. It will take us a long, long while after this idiot leaves office to rebuild our standing in the world, but I feel hopeful because people from worse regimes still look to American as a shining beacon.

    1. NextDay,

      We can send them all to your house and you can pay for them because quite frankly, I’m done paying for them when I need things for myself or my neighbors. 22 million illegals is way past too many.

      None of those things you listed are grounds to be here. Let’s follow OUR laws…

      1. Almost There,
        We can send them without notice and even if NextDay isn’t home, it will be OK. They can break in and watch TV after raiding the kitchen for some food. They can’t be arrested or thrown out, because they are after all, just ”undocumented guests” or so I would assume, LOL.

    2. Next Day,
      Since you know them, their needs and desires so completely, you should ..sell what you have and provide for them. They would certaintly be more comfortable in a place where they know the native language…. unless of course they are mid eastern, chinese, asian perhaps? idiot? Sugarpie, look in the mirror.

  12. When Obama was elected, I thought he might be the most divisive president ever, because he was… you know… intelligent, educated, a uniter, not a divider, trying to bring us all together for the common American good. Drumpf proved me wrong. Most divisive president in history.

    1. Wow! There are so many lies in your posts it would take an essay to unpack them all. Let’s see, first Nazis are socialist – that’s what Nazi means: national socialist. Trump is anything but. Second, international success – Norks are talking. As Winston Churchill said, “jaw jaw is better than war war. The economy is progressively better than previously. As JFK said, “a rising tide lifts all boats”. Third, the news media is over 90% negative on everything Trump. See the instant blaming of the president for the “bomb mailings” by a deranged Trump supporter and also the Jewish murders by a deranged Trump opponent. It’s really hard to get your arms around that one! Improved job market, women, black people and brown people most positively affected. Putting Americans first – would you prefer putting non-citizens first? As far as Obama goes, he put darn near the whole world ahead of the U.S.

      Obama negotiated an awful deal with Iran, giving them billions of dollars, while lying to us about what was in the deal, see “anywhere, any time inspections”, when there are NO inspections by the U.S. and all Iranian military sites are immune to international inspection. He negotiated the “Paris Accords”, in which the U.S. agreed to pay billions, while other nations agreed to accept our money. The U.S. agreed to make draconian decreases in so-called “greenhouse gases” immediately, while the chief polluters agreed to make an attempt to reductions several years in the future. U.S. economic growth was essentially stagnant at 1-2%, which was mostly due to 0% Fed interest rates. Meantime, large corporations and the wealthy borrowed money at almost 0%, while ordinary citizens payed much more. Small business lacked the army of accountants and lawyers required to negotiate the maze of regulations and barriers to take advantage of those lower than low rates. So, despite Obama’s stated intentions, the rich grew richer, the poor suffered and the middle class shrank. Obama was only too happy to restrict freedoms – see Obamacare, his attacks on gun ownership, on free speech and on religion. The idiot had the effrontery to sue the Little Sisters of the Poor. How evil.

      I could go much much farther, but I sense it would fail to pierce your prejudice anyway, so I stop.

      1. Billy T,
        Well stated: but, when you mentioned giving Iran billions, you failed to mention it was essentially untraceable cash, shipped by air on a pallet and no doubt in part used to fund terrorism around the world.
        When NextDay states: ”because he was… you know… intelligent, educated, a uniter” he seems to go on and demonstrate that he (or she) is none of those things, since all you need to know about BHO was in his book “Dreams From my Father” published in 1995, well ahead of his run for the Oval office. It seems one of his heroes was Saul Alinsky who was a community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing, and noted for his book “Rules for “Radicals.” It’s a quick read and can be found here: https://chisineu.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/saul-alinsky-rules-for-radicals-1989.pdf; but, perhaps most notable is one of the acknowledgements:

        “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins— or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom” …. Lucifer.

        Nuff said I think.
        BHO seemed to always think that the ends justified the means and it did not matter who was hurt. PPACA (two lies in one title) also known as Obamacare, was the most expensive and horrible health insurance I ever had. My premiums for the three of us (Me, DW & DD) were $1400.00 per month, with an $8000.00 deductable on the Bronze plan. I don’t know who could afford the Silver and Gold plans. Those premiums drained our savings and left us in debt to numerous medical providers who thankfully are taking monthly payments with no interest.
        BHO it turns out was a cocky, self important, elitist who still doesn’t realize what he did to this country, and like many of his ilk, like HRC, are still astounded that the people would vote for a sometimes crude, non politician like Trump. Personally I voted for Ted Cruz in the primary; but, then I had to hold my nose and vote for Trump in the general. I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised; but, this sometimes ineloquent guy, is getting the job done, and will I hope get some additional help after this upcoming general election in 9 short days.

        When NextDay states further, “We should be proud that people who are facing oppression, rape, murder, gangs, fascist governments, still head to the US to seek freedom,” I agree; but, when they overwhelm us as a mob and the first thing they do is break the law by crossing the border without authorization or proper paperwork, it not only makes them instant criminals, it is an injustice to all of those who have done it the proper way and waited or are still waiting for legal entry. No one likes a person jumping ahead in the line.
        And then: ”even though our dotard president is trying to tear down all that we stand for, and trying to stand up fascism in our nation, with him the chief fascist.”
        Dotard? Well, he is a bit old (72), and perhaps a bit ineloquent in his speech; but, I don’t think he is either weak or senile as your description would imply. He is however, one of the first presidents in quite a while, who is actually trying to accomplish the goals he stated when he was running, Border security (e.g. national security), along with lower taxes and regulations that are getting this economy cruising once again. At age 67 his 72 doesn’t even look that old from here.
        As for your assertion of him being a fascist, could you give us a few examples?
        If you want to see real Dotards, you only need to look at Nancy Pelosi who is 78 and has been in congress for 8 years, or Dianne Feinstein 85 who has been in congress for 26 years or even the younger Debbie Wassermoron Schultz who at 52 has been in congress 14 years and quite honestly can’t often string two coherent sentences together; but, is crooked enough to support HRC by disrespecting Bernie Sanders. No matter what you think of either of them (HRC or BS), what she did was unfair; but, I suspect mostly normal for her ilk who like to keep their thumbs on the scales while talking about fairness.

    2. Next Day……all I can say is….. Obama had his last day as President…..LOL

      There will never be another Democratic President since California will fall into the ocean…. LOL

        1. Almost There,

          Thor1,
          We can only hope.

          Sorry to dash your hopes, but:
          Former President Barack Obama formally announced on Monday a multiyear production deal with Netflix in which he and the former first lady, Michelle Obama, will produce television shows and films for the streaming service.
          Multiyear?

          The deal will give Mr. Obama an international television platform during his post-presidency, allowing him to reach millions of people in the United States and internationally. The couple has created “Higher Ground Productions,” a company to produce content for Netflix, the streaming service announced.

          “Higher Ground Productions,” ? The name doesn’t surprise me for a clueless elitist, who still looks down his nose at the common working people.
          Here’s the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/21/us/politics/barack-obama-netflix-show.html

      1. Anonamo Also,

        NextDay ,What cha’ Smokin? I am afraid I will get ahold of that junk.

        He doesn’t have to be smoking anything. He could just be a high school dropout or perhaps attended Boston University as a classmate of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez whose degree in economics and international relations is obviously just a piece of worthless paper.

          1. Almost There,

            TOP,
            Where did you get that NextDay is a “he”? “He” could be a “SHE”… Just sayin

            True, so perhaps until we figure out whether it’s masculine, feminine, or neuter, we should just use the pronoun: “it”. which I suspect is really more fitting, LOL.

  13. As some of you know, I occasionally forward things of interest to those for whom I have contact information. I recently sent a video I also meant to post here.
    I’ve receive feedback from most of the recipients; but, was asked to send along this information from overwatch.

    Please extend my apologies to one and all. I’ve been a bit overwhelmed by taking on extra territories at work and the resulting uptick in volume has commanded a great deal of my attention.
    In short, give me a week or two and I’ll be back with you guys. I miss you all. Please let the gang know I’m OK, and think of you often. We pray for you and our Republic.

    He’s also doing some other good things; but, I’ll let him elaborate when he gets back.
    It seems he’s been a bit busy.

    And here’s the video:
    RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.® Surviving an Active Shooter Event – English – YouTube

      1. Thor1,

        Cheap body armor…..copy paper…. Block doors, fire extinguishers are projectile weapons and blunt force weapons….

        Did you have a point here or am I misunderstanding your curt reply? I think the important part of this video is for the many sheep in our society to try and help them have a bit of a backbone in such an event by showing them that they don’t have to just cringe, hide, and wait to be executed.
        I often think of other relatively heavy objects as projectile weapons also, like an office stapler. In a cafeteria or restaurant that uses real metal silverware, a handful of forks and knives (even butter knives) thrown directly at the face would be a good distraction as would real china (or Corelle) plates flung as Frisbees. It’s even better if multiple people are throwing such things from multiple directions.
        I know a lot on this forum carry one or more self defensive tools, have some martial arts training and the basic Sheep Dog mindset; but, I find these aspects of a person to be all too rare in the “Go along, Get along, Work A Day world” where most people live, so anything that can help the general public cope with these situations helps us all in the long run.

        1. TOP, a stack of copy paper will stop at least a 9 mm.

          A fire extinguisher will blind a person if shot in the face and then can be used to smack the attacker on the head.

          That’s my “CURT” reply….LOL

          1. Thor1,

            TOP, a stack of copy paper will stop at least a 9 mm.
            A fire extinguisher will blind a person if shot in the face and then can be used to smack the attacker on the head.
            That’s my “CURT” reply….LOL

            OK, then we agree. While you and I and others with the sheepdog mindset already know these things or would very quickly figure them out, I’ve heard of too many people who simply sit around like sheep (or maybe proverbial sitting ducks) and just wait to be slaughtered.
            In such a situation, I may go down; but, it will be fighting back and not waiting to be executed. I’ve taken and taught various self defense type classes and statistics show that often one sheepdog in the room can inspire others to join in the fight. It often just takes leadership to get thing started.

        2. TOP, I have disarmed people before in the real world. 2 handguns, 1 rifle, 3 knives, a baseball bat and a nightstick…… Still here good sheepdog or werewolf….

          1. Thor1,

            TOP, I have disarmed people before in the real world. 2 handguns, 1 rifle, 3 knives, a baseball bat and a nightstick…… Still here good sheepdog or werewolf

            I taught and practiced those things in classes for 50+ years; but, in the real world have only taken on a handgun once and knives twice.
            Quite honestly, I would rather take on the gun at close range, since avoiding the muzzle pretty much keeps you safe, where a knife can be nasty in too many directions.
            The firearm was taken with bare hands and the guy holding it was surprised that I attacked him. In both cases with the knives, I had weapons to counter, a short staff in one case and NunChaKu for the other. Other than various firearms, then NunChaKu us my favorite and most versatile close in defensive weapon, although a bit hard to conceal.

  14. No real prepping this week, just some improvement on my home. The wife and I put mosaic glass tile behind the 8 ft kitchen sink counter that also extends around and over the window behind the double sink. It was a long day, all we need to do now is grout it. My bee hive hosting paid off quickly, the beekeeper left a pint of honey on my doorstep this morning.

    For the other questions my as a teenager my cousin, brother, and I had to feed 20 cows every afternoon, they were not funny, just aggravating. My homestead has 13 acres, most of it in pine trees but I did clear a half acre last year to add to the one acre already cleared. I still have two pieces of equipment left from when I owned a farm, A John Deere 510 backhoe and a 70 hp John Deere 3020 tractor.

  15. So many preps this week and the previous few weeks. I had some major and minor home improvement projects completed. Filled my freezer with beef, poultry, pork, venison and fruits. Fully stocked my shelves and pantry with canned goods. Bought 2 ton of wood pellets for my burner. Completed several doctor visits just to make sure everything is running as it should. I’ve been going to the gym and range regularly, and I have doubled my stock pile of ammunition and xbow bolts. I even bought a new bolt action rifle for varmints.

  16. 1. There was a skink in the house and when I picked it up, it released its tail. Logan thought it was a severe threat and stayed between it and me until it quit wiggling. The funny part was the older dog looked at him like he was stupid and went and took a nap.
    2. I got an acceptable offer on DH’s 70hp Kubota and bought a 35hp. Hard to believe DH passed away 2 ½ years ago. The 70 was intimidating to me too and the 35 is in line with my downsizing efforts. I still occasionally miss the old Ford that came with this place, which was sold for the 70 down payment.
    3. Years ago I was given some of my grandma’s recipes, hand written and newspaper clippings. I am organizing them and will give out copies at Christmas.
    My knee has been a mess. Went from walker to finishing PT last week, so been busy catching up on getting trucks, trailers, generators, wood stove, etc. ready for winter. Scheduled work on the dually is done and it should be good to go for another 100K miles. Am in good shape on food/supplements for the horses. I purged and put away summer clothes and winter clothes are unpacked. Quit my part time job & gave away some of my office clothes. Finally got around to cleaning out the last three boxes of DH’s work papers. Bought 40 lbs of locally grown sweet potatoes that I’m going to overwinter. A few butternut and acorn squash too. Elderberries came in so will make syrup and tincture. Thanks, Bam Bam for sharing your recipes. I love okra, but don’t like the slime. Came across a recipe for roasting and that’s my new favorite way to prepare it. Cut off tips and top end, but not enough to release slime, toss in oil, add pepper and thyme, spread out on shallow pan and place in 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Yum!!
    Deer season opens this weekend and I have freed up freezer space, expecting DS to have a successful first hunt.
    Best wishes all. This blog is always an interesting read.

    1. Hummingbird,

      Bought 40 lbs of locally grown sweet potatoes that I’m going to overwinter. A few butternut and acorn squash too.

      How are you overwintering the sweet potatoes? I was at an Amish produce auction a few weeks ago and purchased a peck of them cheap. We gave some away, have eaten some, and are going to make some dehydrated seasoned chips; but, that still leaves us with a bunch, and I was wondering what it takes to keep them from spoiling.

      Elderberries came in so will make syrup and tincture. Thanks, Bam Bam for sharing your recipes.

      When our current CC closes out for the month (on Election Day LOL), I’ll be able to start ordering some more things, and hope to find some place with elderberries in stock.

      I love okra, but don’t like the slime. Came across a recipe for roasting and that’s my new favorite way to prepare it. Cut off tips and top end, but not enough to release slime, toss in oil, add pepper and thyme, spread out on shallow pan and place in 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Yum!!

      This sounds like a good way to cook it. I’ve also found that cutting it into ½ to ¾ inches pieces, rolling it in corn meal or flour and quickly deep frying it is also rather good.

      This blog is always an interesting read.

      Indeed it is, and I think we have a good helpful and knowledgeable community. It’s too bad we can’t get Penrod over her, since it would be good to follow up and see if he’s made the move to the mainland, especially since some of us can’t even go back to check, LOL.

      1. I put the unwashed sweet potatoes on the workshop floor. Ideal condition is 80 deg and 80% humidity for 2 weeks. It’s pretty close. Rain and a temp drop is predicted so may have to cover them. Am thinking about putting a heating pad under the cover. My small effort last year didn’t work well and with help from videos I am optimistic.
        Haven’t yet found fresh elderberries here. 12.5 oz. of syrup is almost $28.
        I order fried okra occasionally when eating out. Not very good IMO as leftovers and too much trouble (and greasy) to make for one meal.

        1. Hummingbird,

          I put the unwashed sweet potatoes on the workshop floor. Ideal condition is 80 deg and 80% humidity for 2 weeks.

          Thanks for the reply; but, those conditions are impossible around here this time of year when our current highs don’t break the 60’s. As I write this, it’s 49° with the low and high for the day @ 33° & 63°. So far I’ve just had the potatoes lying out in our summer kitchen where it is cool and rather dark and they’re still looking good and firm. I did do a search and found an site with some answers that might be of interest to everyone here.
          https://www.savethefood.com/storage?gclid=CjwKCAjwpeXeBRA6EiwAyoJPKj0rmA-K_UKhLGd64-KnEUWdf6PVDbUZb3r4JyhQzsFxsRjAJrbeAhoCZkgQAvD_BwE

          Haven’t yet found fresh elderberries here. 12.5 oz. of syrup is almost $28.

          Growing up as a kid in western PA there were elderberry bushes (small trees) everywhere; but, I haven’t seen them anywhere here. I’m thinking of ordering some to plant, since all of the literature indicates they grow well here and are fast and easy to propagate.
          I’m looking to order some dried in a week or two to put them on our next CC billing cycle to make some syrup & tincture.

          I order fried okra occasionally when eating out. Not very good IMO as leftovers and too much trouble (and greasy) to make for one meal.

          One of the lunch bars were we used to eat to had it and it was pretty good; but, that restaurant is long gone. Since I’m retired, and especially once the summer kitchen is completed, things like frying, smoking, canning, dehydrating, and freeze drying will just be another fun hobby. Preserving and preparing food has always been a fun & rewarding activity for me, since at the end you have accomplished something tangible.

    2. Oh Hummingbird, I hope you had lots of tomato juice on hand after the skunk incident, how hilariously awful. About 7 years ago my office assistant, a young girl, had a similar experience with a skunk. She was having issues with her contacts and took them out during a weekend evening. She had at least a several drinks and when she walked up the stairs to her apartment she thought her cat had gotten out and chased it around the stoop and caught it and took it inside. Yep, in her impaired vision state after a few adult beverages, she had actually caught a skunk – her cat was not amused by the late nite play date, lol.

      1. Tara, that is a funny skunk story. However , I really did mean skink. It’s a lizard type creature that when it feels threatened, will shed its tail and run away, leaving its tail wiggling to distract the predator. The tail grows back.

  17. Hey Pack,
    I’m relatively new to Facebook, joining it initially to access my County EMA operation page and then joining the OHG (Ohio Homesteaders and Gardeners) group; but, today while watching Cavuto: Coast to Coast on Fox business, they had an interview with James Patterson who has put together a free book using Facebook messenger. It will have a combination of text to read as well as some videos to supplement things. It’s called “The Chef” and takes place in New Orleans. It might be a fun read / experience and may be found here: https://www.facebook.com/JamesPatterson/videos/1901226893287008/

  18. Just dropping in to say hey.

    Been busy as a bucky toothed beaver in a virgin forest for the last 4 or 5 weeks. We have been gearing up for the church Fall Festival which was held Saturday before last. The weather was great, We worked from 9am – 7pm setting up, working the games, handing out candy, praying with people when asked, tearing down and cleaning up. We went through a little over 8000 pieces of candy. Last Saturday the church was at Paulding Meadows, a local park, with our booth, games, a big candy land game display and tons of candy. We gave out over 13,000 pieces of candy that day. We shared fellowship and prayer as needed, when needed and as requested. We don’t push our religion on anyone but are there to talk and pray as needed.

    When we weren’t doing that we have been spending the evenings pricing stuff for our annual church yard sale. We accept donations all year, price them, sort them, and put them in a storage trailer until April when we have our 3 day yard sale. We make a lot of money for the different church ministries and anything we don’t sell we donate to another church thrift shop where the funds go to homeless shelters and recovery houses.

    So, that has taken a lot of time and in the process I twisted my knee so I’m kind of hop-a-long but I still get where I need to be. DW twisted hers on Thursday and finally went to the doctor today and found out it is just a sprain so she’ll be OK.

    It’s open season on insurance and the phone rings off the hook and the mailbox overflows with people wanting to help us do the right thing with our medicare supplements and stuff like that.

    We have had much discussion with folks we can discuss such things with about the fake bombs in the mail and the horrific shooting at the synagogue. I have always carried in church and I know the other 20 or 30 people who are carrying and we had a meeting about that and went en-mass to the local range for some practice. I carry a Glock 30S in 45ACP with 8 round magazine plus one in the pipe. I carry 2 spare magazines. We all took our carry pieces and fired off all the rounds we had been carrying for the last few months, broke down and cleaned all the weapons and replenished with fresh ammo. We had no FTF events so that was a good thing. I feel better with fresh fodder in my Glock just in case it comes down to having to step between a shooter and the flock. I also carry a .38 S&W hammerless revolver but with only the 6 rounds in it as it’s not a fast reload and if I’m down to that I’ll make all 6 count.

    So, on the prepping side I’m behind but read all the post and glad yall are all hanging in, even the troll who gives everyone someone to point at and feel sorry for.

    Be back before long when I switch gears again.

    I am, as always “Sheepdog for life, no wolf shall pass”

    1. Cliff in Douglasville,

      It’s open season on insurance and the phone rings off the hook and the mailbox overflows with people wanting to help us do the right thing with our medicare supplements and stuff like that.

      That’s the truth. I’ve been on Medicare now for 2 ½ years and the DW for 3 ½ and we’re always being told we can get better benefits for less money; but, we did a lot of research years back and so far we’re pleased with what we have. Some of the “good plans” are only available for members of AARP ; but, after looking at their track record, we avoid them like the plague. They heavily supported Obamacare; but, they then planned to make a ton of money on the plans they endorsed. They supported the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (the Brady Bill), which went into law in 1994 and they are corporate sponsor of the National Urban League, which promotes a repeal of “Stand Your Ground” laws. They support carbon tax and cap-and-trade policies, and they also tend to support pro abortion initiatives. So whatever benefits they may offer, don’t make up for their positions on subjects I don’t support and won’t support by proxy as a member, even for only $16.00 per year.

      We have had much discussion with folks we can discuss such things with about the fake bombs in the mail and the horrific shooting at the synagogue. I have always carried in church and I know the other 20 or 30 people who are carrying and we had a meeting about that and went en-mass to the local range for some practice.

      In Ohio you can carry in church with the permission of the pastor; but, some churches still prohibit. I have a good friend and MAG member who was active in the local Catholic Church, spending tons of time with their meals, cooking fish and pancakes and other fund raising foods., until they were all forbidden to carry. I suspect he still carries; but, he no longer volunteers.

      I carry a Glock 30S in 45ACP with 8 round magazine plus one in the pipe. I carry 2 spare magazines. We all took our carry pieces and fired off all the rounds we had been carrying for the last few months, broke down and cleaned all the weapons and replenished with fresh ammo.

      We had no FTF events so that was a good thing. I feel better with fresh fodder in my Glock just in case it comes down to having to step between a shooter and the flock.

      We also go out at least once per year and dump all of the carry ammunition to swap it for fresh, because if and when I need it, I need it to work. I’ve always been taught that the two loudest sounds in the world were:
      1. Click when you expected Bang AND
      2. Bang when you expected Click.

      I also carry a .38 S&W hammerless revolver but with only the 6 rounds in it as it’s not a fast reload and if I’m down to that I’ll make all 6 count.

      I normally carry a small .380 auto and often a second Ruger P89 or P95 always with extra magazines and sometimes a small Smith & Wesson stainless J-frame 38 special. My .38 special has an internal shrouded hammer, because I’ve found that hammerless models can’t really be fired, LOL. (Sorry; but, as an instructor I’ve been asked about hammerless firearms by more than a few students.) Mine holds only 5 rounds and is equipped with a Crimson Trace.

      I am, as always “Sheepdog for life, no wolf shall pass”

      Good to see another sheepdog on board. I’ve seen Dave’s seminar 4 times, and dragged other people along the last 3, since the world needs more sheepdogs.

    2. CID, I either carry G17 or G22, in 9 mm I have a 33 rnd mag in one configuration in shoulder rig plus 2 17 rnd in the other side….. Or my commando mode wit 8 33rnd in a pouch….. Can wear that under a coat and nobody knows…..LOL

      The 22 has 2 22 rnd mags …….

      I think I’m part Sheep dog part werewolf…… Depends on the situation, if someone messed with mine…..

      1. Thor1,

        The 22 has 2 22 rnd mags

        I forgot that I also occasionally carry an M&P22 with a few spare 12 round magazines. This one easily fits in a suit pocket for the few times I really have to dress up and maybe remove the jacket.

        I think I’m part Sheep dog part werewolf…… Depends on the situation, if someone messed with mine

        You do know that Sheep Dogs go after both wolves and werewolves, don’t’ you?
        For werewolves I understand it works better of you use hollow point rounds and fill the hollow point with garlic, LOL.

          1. JP,

            I thought Garlic was for vampires, silver was for werewolves.

            Since I haven’t hunted either of them in a very long time you could well be correct, LOL.
            In that case perhaps it’s Winchester Silver tips with the garlic to make sure all bases are covered, LOL.
            I do use the silver tips in .357 to hunt whitetail dear; but, without the garlic, until we’re actually cooking the meat.

          2. JP & TOP, it doesn’t matter the werewolf wears level 3 body armor and fires the first shot…..LOL 👹

          3. Thor1,

            JP & TOP, it doesn’t matter the werewolf wears level 3 body armor and fires the first shot

            Firing doesn’t mean hitting, especially if you fire from cover.
            Also, you have the treat them all like MZB’s and make the head shots count.

          4. Thor1,

            TOP, I have shot a 1 inch group at 30 yards with a Glock 17………and passed a SS test….LOL not a chance…….

            I didn’t have to take a test or shoot for my Social Security, LOL. I just had to get old and still be breathing.
            At 30 yards I might still use 9 mm; but, I would switch to a rifle or back to the .410 shotgun using 98 grain musket ball or 88 grain rifled slug.

          1. Thor1,

            TOP, without arm and legs, they had no choice but to give you SS……LOL
            You couldn’t even take a test……😀

            My legs work fine as do all of my various arms, attached, holstered, and pocketed.
            I’ve passed many tests in past years and will be taking another one tomorrow; but, none we need to discuss on an open forum.

          1. Thor1,

            TOP, how do you do all of these headshots if you are legally blind???
            Even a shotgun has its limits….LOL

            The whole point is that I am ”legally” ” blind, meaning I can file that status on my taxes (over 65 & blind), although with the new tax laws it really doesn’t matter much anymore.
            I still have vision; but, it is impaired, meaning I cannot see small fonts, such as required to read a book, newspaper, or magazine and I have no real acuity at distances beyond about 30-40 feet without aid. In general I walk around and see quite well enough to not bump into things and otherwise lead a rather normal life. I can’t drive a vehicle on the roads, since I can’t see distant enough to see red lights (traffic signals) and stop signs in time to react at any reasonable speed; but, I do often unload the vehicle at the barn and drive the 120 feet to the garage and park without incident.
            As for shooting, reasonable self defense distances range from 3-7 yards, and I have practiced those distances regularly from the holster for nearly 30 years, regularly practicing “Point Shoulder” (Natural point of aim) shooting, which anyone practicing for self defense should master an practice. One technique that could work I have taught and practiced on the range is to engage center mass, and let the recoil naturally walk up the center line until you are striking head and neck.
            With a scoped rifle I can still shoot rather well at distance; but, I need to keep the firearm recoil low enough to not damage the pacemaker in my left chest, which would be instantly fatal, thus the .410 & 20 gauge limits on the shotguns and the 9mm handguns and rifle.
            When you have a disability (any disability) you can curl up in a ball and cry, or lace up your boots and take on the world. I have always done the later.

        1. TOP, I am not depicting you as helpless, that said , I am just questioning how you could make headshots….. Especially at night……

          My Dad, God rest his soul, fought the Japanese in the Philippines & Okinawa during WW2 he talked about how they would hide in spider holes with machine guns and shoot at legs and as you would fall they would continue shooting at your body and head…..

          1. Thor1,

            TOP, I am not depicting you as helpless, that said , I am just questioning how you could make headshots….. Especially at night.

            I have a disability; but, to some extent, how much handicap it gives me or anyone is a choice. As Harry Callahan stated: “A man’s GOT to know his limitations.” . And I well know mine. My head shot or any shots are limited by distance; but, at the close in distance, point shoulder works well with a lot of practice.
            As for night, that’s when I shine. In low light or dark situations, contrast and depth of field pretty much disappear, and since I live in the low contrast world, it’s actually more normal for me. My eyes are also extremely light sensitive, like yours might be when they are dilated by the optometrist or ophthalmologist, so once again night is my ally. As an example, we’ve all seen the movie or TV show where the bad guy breaks into the house of the blind person, who turns out all of the lights, and has a real advantage over the bad guy, who is now blind in a world where he can’t see the obstacles. While that is the extreme example, it is similar in nature to my situation. Anyone with a disability generally learns how to make due and overcome those obstacles, and that can in certain situations be an advantage.

            My Dad, God rest his soul, fought the Japanese in the Philippines & Okinawa during WW2 he talked about how they would hide in spider holes with machine guns and shoot at legs and as you would fall they would continue shooting at your body and head

            While I don’t have any machine guns, that is analogous to firing center mass and walking up the center line. In a pinch, we will all do what needs to be done, or die trying.

        2. Dirty Harry TOP, LOL…..

          My Dad had LASIK surgery for cataracts, would that help you???

          He could see well enough to drive even at night but sometimes he still had problems.

          1. Thor1,

            Dirty Harry TOP, LOL…..

            Hey, if Clint knows he has limits, then who am I to argue, LOL.

            My Dad had LASIK surgery for cataracts, would that help you???
            He could see well enough to drive even at night but sometimes he still had problems.

            No, unfortunately, cataracts and LASIK all deal with the lens of the eye; but, my problem has to do with the retina. My ophthalmologist Dr. EM Opremcak is a retina specialist and is world renowned for his work in this area, where I was one of the first 8 guinea pigs for the laser procedure described here:
            Treatment of Branch Retinal Artery Occlusion With Transluminal Nd:YAG Laser Embolysis
            https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2789961/

            I have always fought high cholesterol that can form plaques in the blood vessels.
            When a piece of plaque breaks loose from inside a blood vessel and blocks (occludes) the blood flow it can cause damage. If the damage is to a muscle tissue, it is called an infarct, thus a Myocardial Infarction (M.I.) occurs when that muscle is the heart, and causes a heart attack. Infarction or Ischaemic stroke are names for a stroke caused by a blockage in a blood vessel in the brain; but, there is a less severe version of a stroke. In my case, the blockage was to the Central Retinal Artery of the eye and that event is called a CRAO (Central Retinal Artery Occlusion). I had my first in the summer of 2000, which left my right eye with little more than peripheral vision; however, my left eye still had 20/20 vision, so with some minor adjustments, life went on without a problem. Then in 2003 I had my second one, this time to the left eye; but, there were two lucky things in my favor. The first is that the piece of plaque could be clearly seen in the back of the eye. I have color photos which resemble those in the article linked above. The second was that the retina specialist I had seen for the first eye, was the one person in the world who had been working on this new laser treatment for such occlusions. I was experimental patient #5 and what vision I still have, I owe to this doctor and his procedure.
            There may be some stem cell treatments that could help rebuild / heal the retina, since the procedure restored full blood flow; but, for now they are very experimental in lab conditions, and may not be ready for prime time until I have passed my expiration date, LOL.
            I see well enough to walk around without bumping in to things and can still shoot both a gun and a ball; but, with only one mostly working eye, you dare not throw a ball at / to me. The other side effect of this problem is extreme sensitivity to light, so those bright sunny days require a cap with a brim and sunglasses. The upside is that once my eyes and brain get adjusted, night operations still go rather well, and out here at night it really gets dark, with no street lights on every block.

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