Friday, March 27, 2009

I think I'll help the Economy this weekend

Help the economy. Get rid of the gloom and doom-BUY SOMETHING-That is if you have any money left after paying your mortgage(and your neighbor's),your property taxes(still at the inflated rate of three years ago),buying food(and a little extra for prep),Cigarettes(don't even get me started here)Ya I smoke, and I've screwed the tax man for a while(bought 20 cartons before increase-and will grow my own now). End of mini rant.

I am lucky. I am totally debt free including mortgage. Lucky that I have worked all my life and paid everything off. Lucky to have never owned stocks. Please stop me before I start ranting again.

So I have a few bucks to spend this weekend. And guess what? There is a gun show 5 miles from where I live Saturday and Sunday. Oh what joy I am feeling. Yes I am going to help the economy by buying another gun or two. Ammo I have plenty of(of course how much is enough),we will see what I find that I cannot live without.


See Ya

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Survival Food

Could save your life-could take your life. A mama gator with babies needs a wide berth.


Survival food you don't have to store. Yes they are protected to a certain extent. However no longer endangered there is a hunting season for them.

If the shtf and I want some fresh meat guess what I'll be eating. An no it don't taste like chicken, unless you get one from an alligator farm that feed them chicken. The wild ones taste like fish.
Had my first on in 1969, been eating gator ever since.
Rattle snakes don't taste bad either unless you over cook them.
Mother nature does provide.
See Ya

Monday, March 23, 2009

NEED I SAY MORE

In 1959 when I joined the Army I took an oath to uphold the constition of the United States of America and for what it stands for. I believed it then, and I still do.

The hour is at hand, the time is now for us as a nation to decide on which side it is that we stand. Are we to stand for truth, liberty and freedom or are we to become slaves in our own land? Our forefathers have warned us about these times and they understood the power of a government out of control, run by bankers and tyrants. They wrote the constitution and we were given the bill of rights to make us the greatest nation on earth. They gave this to us for safekeeping, to keep this great country free. The tree of liberty is in dire need of refreshing by the people of the United States of America . Our country is in peril and the clock is approaching the midnight hour. It is now the time to take the country back, it is now the time for you to decide your future. The line has been drawn and all believers in the constitution and the bill of rights need to take a stand for freedom and liberty or we will have no country left to leave to our children.

1. We will not allow weapons to be taken from us the people.

2. We will not allow the government to dictate to the people what we can grow or raise on our own lands.

3. We will not allow our country to become a total police state run by the military industrial complex.

4. We will not accept being labeled as terrorists for standing up for our rights.

5. We will not be forced to be vaccinated.

6. We will not pay a global carbon tax.

7. We will exercise our rights to free speech and religion.

8> We will not be forced into servitude under the auspices of AmeriCorps or any other governmental agency.

9. We will stand up for our rights guaranteed to us.

10. We accept an oath to uphold the constitution of the United States of America and for what it stands for.



PATRIOT OATH


We pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America , and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands: One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL.
This is our oath, pledged to this great country to protect her and to bring her back into righteousness. To stand united as a people, for the people and for our future. Amen.
For every person out there who loves this country and wants to be a part of bringing her back to her glory, please accept this oath and carry it in your hearts and minds always and know that you have the power to free her. It is up to each and everyone of us to take a stand for freedom now.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Great Day

Good morning to all

Got my coffee

Got my cigarettes

Got my computer

And I took a double shot of Prozac

It's going to be a great day

Just kidding about the Prozac, I have enough trouble trying to spell it, besides everybody knows drugs ain't the answer, except for the coffee & cigs.

God made this green earth in six days and rested. My kind of man. It seems today with all the problems we think we may have perhaps a day of rest would be appropriate.

Yesterday I took a different route home from the homestead, and stumbled upon a local flea market. Since my day was my own to use I decided to stop in. My lucky day. I found a gentleman selling 55 gallon food grade drums. Cost: $5.00 each. I bought the four he had left. He said he had a good day, started with fifteen, and sold all of them. Almost all buyers said they wanted them for water storage. Perhaps word is spreading.

So when I got home I cleaned them up, and filled them with fresh water with every intention to take them to the homestead this morning. After over sleeping to 7am I felt the day was half over so no since working today. Left the truck in the drive-way, jumped in the camper and headed for the Gulf Of Mexico. A nice looking park on a barrier island. On the north side of the island is the pass connecting to the inter coastal water way. A great place to just set and watch the boats. So that's what I did. Took a lawn chair, and a cold Pepsi, and watched the boats.

No remorse, no guilt, I told you it was going to be a great day.

See Ya

Friday, March 20, 2009

Thinking-Sometimes hurts-Why do I do it?

Will I have time to finish preparing? Should I worry about it? How do I convince my children? Will any of us survive? Is the silent majority the last to remember the great depression? Are we the last generation willing to fight? Is there enough of us? Does the younger generations even know how or willing to learn?

My children were raised knowing how to grow food, can it, dry it, and store it. They learned how to hunt, fish, camp, and the proper use of fire-arms. What the hell happened? They don't use non of that knowledge today. My daughter's idea of "camping" is to take their 5er to a RV Resort that has a pool, hot tub, wfi, and a grocery store on site. When I said I would clear a site for them on my homestead they said why? Well I'll have one there for them, just hope they can get to it on time. I sometimes feel like I'm just burning brain cells. So instead of thinking I'll go back to working-gets more stuff done that way.

On a brighter note for all you "old" gentlemen wishing to use all natural when possible: A story on the inter-net today. In an upscale Whole Food Store in Oklahoma They found a Brazilan(possible) spider in the bananas. This spider's bite could possibly kill you but has a side effect of giving you an erection. In their country that's how they know a Brazilan spider bite you when you go to the hospital. Wonder how they know if it was a woman.(damn there I go thinking again-sorry) So if you don't want to use the little blue pill go shopping at the whole food stores. I would guess you would have to be quick using the side-effect before going to the hospital.

See Ya

Thursday, March 19, 2009

My Lunch today Cuban Samash

Sometimes it's really good to practise making your own: One of my favorites


2 slices firm bread
1 to 2 teaspoons mustard
4 or 5 dill pickle rounds
2 slices boiled or baked ham
2 slices rare roast beef
2 slices smoked turkey
2 slices American cheese(white)
3 thin slices Swiss cheese
1/2 garlic clove
1/2 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 large egg
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter























Spread 1 slice of bread with mustard and top with pickles, meats, and cheese. Mince and mash garlic to a paste with a pinch of salt, then mix with mayonnaise. Spread on remaining slice of bread and assemble sandwich.
Beat together egg, milk, and 1/8 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, then soak sandwich in egg mixture.
Melt butter in a heavy medium skillet(cast iron) over medium-low heat. Cook sandwich, uncovered, until underside is well browned, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook remaining side, covered, until well browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 1 minute.
If you like it flat weigh the second side as it cooks. Either way-good samash. Almost as good as Bacon and eggs over the campfire-almost.

See ya

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Financial Crisis From an Alcoholic

Pretty good explanation of the financial crisis" Betty is the proprietor of a bar in Alabama. In order to increase sales, she decides to allow her loyal customers - most of whom are unemployed alcoholics - to drink now but pay later. She keeps track of the drinks consumed on a ledger (thereby granting the customers loans).Word gets around and as a result increasing numbers of customers flood into Betty’s bar.Taking advantage of her customers’ freedom from immediate payment constraints, Betty increases her prices for wine and beer, the most consumed beverages. Profits rise.(Betty's kids will go to college)

Her sales volume increases massively.A young and dynamic customer service consultant at the local bank recognizes these customer debts as valuable future assets and increases Betty’s borrowing limit. Betty sees this as a great way to expand.He sees no reason for undue concern since he has the debts of the alcoholics as collateral. At the bank’s corporate headquarters, expert bankers transform these customer assets into DRINK-BONDS, ALKY-BONDS and PORCELAIN GODDESS-BONDS.

These securities are then traded on markets worldwide. No one really understands what these abbreviations mean and how the securities are guaranteed. Nevertheless, as their prices continuously climb, the securities become top-selling items.One day, although the prices are still climbing, a risk manager (What the hell is this-he thinks something smells? What a guy) of the bank decides that the time has come to demand payment of the debts incurred by the drinkers at Betty’s bar.

However they cannot pay back the debts.Betty cannot fulfill her loan obligations and claims bankruptcy.DRINK-BOND and ALKY-BOND drop in price by 99%. PORCELAIN GODDESS-BOND performs better, stabilizing in price after dropping by 90 %.

The suppliers of Betty’s bar, having granted her generous payment due dates and having invested in the securities are faced with a new situation. Her wine supplier claims bankruptcy, her beer supplier is taken over by a competitor.The bank is saved by the Government following dramatic round-the-clock consultations by leaders from the governing political parties.The funds required for this purpose are obtained by a tax levied on the non-drinkers,paying customers of other bars,cigarette's,phone service,electric services,road tolls,and increased traffic citations.

Betty opens a new bar with a grant from the stimulus package for a study of why people become alcoholic's.

Finally an explanation I understand…" I think I need another beer.(just put it on my tab)

As a previous business man my motto was "Never let a customer owe you more than you can afford to lose" , AND NEVER BORROW FROM A BANK.Worked for me for 45 years.

Maybe when the smoke clears and we can start over I'll open another business on a "cash" only basis-What a novel idea. Just kidding. I'll be on the homestead trying to survive.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Senator Grassley

Senator Grassley's quote to the AIG executives receiving bonus's: Quit or commit suicide" I would not give them the first option.

Enough said. Need to go back to prepping.

See ya

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Why Do I Feel Guilty?

Guilty-Guilty-Guilty.



guilt·y
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1. Responsible for or chargeable with a reprehensible act; deserving of blame; culpable: guilty of cheating; the guilty party.
2. Law Adjudged to have committed a crime.
3. Suffering from or prompted by a sense of guilt: a guilty conscience.
4. Hinting at or entailing guilt: a guilty smirk; a guilty secret. See Synonyms at blameworthy.



Having arrived back to civilization this afternoon I have a feeling of guilt. I'm sure it will go away after the shop is auctioned off. To see a facility capable of supporting at least five families setting idle goes against my nature. Man was designed to work, to be a producer, a provider for his family, an upstanding member of his community.



I wish I knew the answers to take my country back. Has humanity lost ALL reason and responsibility? Do our leaders actually think they are doing the right things? Trying to control a free man is like bull riding: You might last a few seconds then that bull throws you off and tries to stomp your ass. To my leaders: There are still some of us that would like to stomp your ass.

So we prep-and perhaps after the smoke clears there will be enough of us left to start the re-building of free America. If not then the quote "Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death" will once again ring in America.

This is all the gloom and doom you will hear from me. From now on all my energy will be toward my homestead. Damn the torpedo's full speed ahead. God maybe I need more caffeine, and another cigarette.

See Ya

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Why Did They Not Listen?

Alone in the woods you can set, and let your mind wander. If you have lived for any number of years you can let your mind wander quite a bit. If you think you have lived to long you may wonder if you have a mind. lol

Remembering your childhood, your first car, your first girl-friend, your best friend, graduation day from high school. The day you left to join the Army. Your marriage, your first house,your first child,your first job after the Army, your first raise, and the list goes on. Those were all good times for my generation. Why-because our parents were wise. They had no choice but to live with the income they made. My parents gave me good advice when I got married: Buy a house immediately, and pay it off as fast as you can no matter what. If you can't pay cash for it don't buy it. I followed that advice for the first 20 years of our marriage. Everything we owned was free and clear. When I started my own business I did the same thing. I bought used equipment for cash, and upgraded when the business could pay for it. Tough times, long hours, and another 20 years to be a success.

My children were raised to know the value of a dollar, and the proper work ethic, and I AM proud that they at least retained half of it. The work ethic part. Then they discovered EASY CREDIT. I tried to warn them-I told them the banks are not your friends. They produce nothing and charge loan shark interest rates. Would you take a 20% pay cut to work? They both told me that they could afford it, and they were making enough money to get what they wanted NOW.
Well NOW just came back to bite them in the ass. Their credit cards all raised the rates to the limit, and "Holy Shit my payment is how much"? WHY DID THEY NOT LISTEN?

My hero John Wayne said it best: Life's tough........It's even tougher if you are stupid.

If tshtf and they lose everything they are welcome to live with me, and I'll feed them, but they will live in the woods, and work in the garden, and carry their own weight. I thank my parents every day for the advice they gave me, and that I listened. No Mortgage-no bills-no credit:Priceless

Back to the woods.

See Ya

Friday, March 13, 2009

I'm a Dinosaur

They dragged me kicking and screaming into the 20th century. Only because I had a business. First was the computer. Needing to stay up with the competition my manual mills were not capable of the production needed. So enter the Numerical Controlled Vertical Maching Center. A very fancy very high priced mill with no handles. Now in order for this machine to function one needed to input a fancy "G" Code to make parts. I have always enjoyed improving my education so learned all that was necessary to run this type of equipment. Much to my surprise this type of equipment spawned three new jobs. First you had a "Programmer"(book learner) that provided the program for the machine. Second you had a set-up man. He was responsible for all the tools needed to run the program, and setting them up in the machine, and running a test part. Finally third the machine operator, who was normally un-skilled who put the part in the machine,hit the green button, and when the machine finished it's cycle took the part out, and just repeated everything again. Piss poor way of doing things. As a toolmaker trained in the alley shops of old where you needed to know how to do it all-proper feeds and speeds came from experience, not the book. So to make a long story short I cross trained my toolmakers on the mill with no handles. Programs ran faster,tools were changed before they broke, some secondary operations were performed off the machine during the normal run time. So don't mess with a dinosaur.

Next of course came the fax machine. Customers can now wait for the last minute to place purchase orders and put the pressure on the vendor.

Then came the cell phone-now they can contact your ass in the restaurant while you are trying to eat lunch.

That's all ending now since I have decided to quit the business. Can I live without all the modern electronics available? Well lets see: I will keep the computer for now. I now have many friends whose blogs I would miss. Could I do without it-yes I could. There is always a library to use. Next comes the cell phone. Mine is a 1986 StarTac Motorola whose soul function is for me to use when I wish to call somebody. It has no other functions. It doesn't even have caller id. I have a grandfathered plan that costs me $9.00 a month with 500 minutes. I have never gone over my minutes. I have no home phone.I know when it fails I'll be forced into a new one with all the gadgets I'll never need, and a very expensive "new" plan. I guess I'll give more thought to that when it happens. Pay phones are hard to find today.

So by the looks of it two items of the modern electrical world will be kept by this dinosaur.

Time to head for the woods, and peace of mind.

See Ya

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Need more hauling power?


Put wheels on your house and just drive away. No need to build a new house. Can you imagine a sweet little girl 5"1" driving one of these rigs. The new Ford F650 Super Truck. How big can you get? Gas mileage has to be a joke. Repair costs? Not your daddies truck. Would look good hauling that hay wagon?
See Ya

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I am in a BAD mood today.


When I get in one of those moods I just want to left alone. Period. When I saw the above posted by Brigid from home on the range I just wanted to slap somebody. The author of the above does not deserve to bred, and hopefully they won't. Enough said.
See Ya

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Man- The Statements-So True Today

Ronald Reagan-Remember him? These are HIS statements. To bad government today is not listening.

1. Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win they lose.

2. The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help

3. The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant: it's just that they know so much tat isn't so

4. Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the US was too strong

5. I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commands would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress

6. The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the Federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination

7. Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and a no sense of responsibility at the other

8. The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program

9. It has been said that politic is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first

10. Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves ,tax it. if it keeps moving, regulate it. And is it stops moving, subsidize it.

11. Politics is not a bad profession...If you succeed, there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.

12. No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of FREE men and women. (I put the free in caps)

13. If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.

Words to live by the way I see it!

See Ya

Sunday, March 8, 2009

It Falls From The Sky

No matter how prepared you think you are, something sometimes makes you wonder. I have my camper for week-end get aways, or to leave in the event of a hurricane. I also wish to full-time as soon as the condo sells. My homestead is progressing, and should be a home base for the winters.

So needless to say I follow a lot of full-time blogs. Living my life thru them until I can join them. A couple of days ago a plane in trouble crashed in a RV park. Pilot was killed, and two travel trailers were destroyed. In a blink of an eye three families changed forever. Fortunately no one in the RV park was hurt. I imagine the insurance companies will take care of the trailers being replaced. Talk about travel stories to tell. But what if? Suppose there was no insurance, suppose one of the trailers had one of the spouse's in the trailer while the other had gone to do some chores? Life can change in an instant. Makes me want to hug my children and say I love you more often.

So today think about how fast a life can change, tell a loved one you love them. Help a neighbor, hell get to know your neighbor's. Set up a block party. Call a friend you have not talked to in awhile. Enjoy life-forget the world troubles for just one day.

See Ya

Saturday, March 7, 2009

More thoughts to Ponder

Worked on the homestead until noon today. Cleared out some brush, a few scrub oaks where the shack will go, and then went into town for some additional supplies I forgot. Old age can be costly sometimes. But thinking does help keep the brain cells active. Points to ponder :

1. The trouble with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.

2. You are a slave to the government. (taxes,taxes,taxes) Put a meter on my ass & tax farts to.

3. Big brother gets bigger everyday.

4. The IRS (More powerful than God)

5. Fear the government that fears your guns.

6. What CAN you actually own free and clear?

7. Being debt free-allows me time off.

8. I really miss John Wayne

9. Second hero-Clint Eastwood

10. Chocolate milk and popcorn for breakfast-thanks Jim

11. Move the clocks forward one hour tonight.

12. Have a good day tomorrow

So before I can bumped off the net again

See Ya

Friday, March 6, 2009

Septic Systems on the cheap

Ah yes the poop has to go somewhere. Not nice to have laying around the homestead in piles-cows do that. Besides that little pile of tp on top can't pass for flowers. The good old outside half moon house was good when no running water was available, but damn uncomfortable in winter, and the middle of night.

Enter that modern marvel called the septic tank. A chemical disposal apparatus buried underground. Waste products go in, and the chemical process begins. The hungry microscopic little shit eaters go to work. Water leaves the system and flows thru pipes to an area called the field where it drains. Ever so slowly the sludge that remains falls to the bottom of the tank. Over the years this builds up and a back-up of the system tells you you need to have this little chemical factory pumped out. Out comes the honey wagon - pumps it dry, and you are good to go. How many homes today are still on a septic system? Most modern cities have the sewer lines.

The cost of a complete septic system today is around $5000.00-$10,000.00 depending on location. Needless to say heavy equipment is required, and of course don't forget about the f**k**g permits, and inspection required. The first thing I learned in my younger days about plumbing was that shit runs downhill.

I bought a piece of ground in Michigan back in the 60's. Nice little town, good country people, not a lot of money available. When I put my trailer on the propriety, I talked to a few of my neighbors about who to call to install the septic system, and what permits was required. Well to my surprise I found the county I was in required no permits or inspection. My 10 acres was the smallest in the entire county. My closest neighbor was a nice country boy about my age and offered to help me build the septic system. At that time "Common Sense" was still alive. Everybody knew the septic system needed to be at least 50 feet from the well. Now comes the good part. A septic tank is just that a tank. Mine was a 250 gallon oil tank. We cut the incoming hole and out go hole with a torch, welded the incoming pipe and out go pipe to the field to assure no leaks, and that part was finished. The field pipes came from a bank. The only time a bank did me any favors. They were from an antiquated coin transfer system. They were aluminum, and 8" in diameter. We drilled them full of holes so the water would drain. A couple of young strong backs, two shovels, and a block and tackle took care of doing the job.

We used that system for 8 years, and when I sold the propriety I told the new owner how it was built, and exactly where the field was. In that length of time it was pumped out twice, and no sign of seepage of the tank leaking.

Here it is 2009, and guess what kind of septic system will be on my homestead? You got it. "Common Sense" and that old plumber saying "shit runs down hill" will prevail again.

Now it's off to the homestead for the week-end. If I can't get on line see ya Monday.

See Ya

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Tax the Sinners & they will continue to SIN

Cigarette tax? Naw Sinner tax. I am a Sinner-plain and simple. But wait a minute. I thought there was supposed to be a separation between church and state. Our government does not seem to agree. An easy way to add more money to the coffers is to find an item "The Sinners" will continue to use, and just add a tax, and even call it a sinner tax. They justify this by saying I should not smoke-it's bad for my health. What right do they have to tell me what is bad for my health?

They say smokers are a drain on the health care system. Could be, but I pay into the health system, and of yet have failed to use it. They say smokers die early-good look at the money they will not have to pay out in Social Security. So smokers save the government money.

So here in Florida starting April 1st cigarette's go up $1.00 per pack-$10.00 per carton. Since I smoke almost a pack a day I will escape this price increase by helping the government by spending money like they recommend. I just purchased 52 cartons. So for a year I escape the tax. By the years end my homestead should be growing my own.

Look out fast food folks-next could be a tax on fast food. He He

See Ya

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Life is Good & I am Thankful

LIFE is good. Every morning I get up and don't smell roses or see candles means I get another day.

I'm sick and tired of all the shit the tv preaches on a daily basis. Gloom & Doom. Turn the monster off! Take the four to eight hours of wasted time watching the boob tube and go out in your yard and plant a garden. Snow on the ground in your area? Read a book on how to plant a garden. Grow food in your house in pots. I live in a small condo, and have pea's,tomatoes, and green peppers growing right now. I can't grow anything out side because the condo commando's would rather have the beautiful green grass. Find a way!

Quit complaining and start to do something for your benefit. Nobody promised you a rose garden. Need an extra $10.00? Sell the Sunday newspaper on the street corner. Take a walk thru your neighborhood, pick up the pop and beer cans and sell them to the scrap dealers. You make a few bucks, and get exercise to. Think-your mind is much better than a computer. Think outside of the box.

Things I am thankful for:

1. Health
2. Family
3. Friends
4. House
5. Food supply
6. Clean water supply
7. Freedom to do as I please when I please
8. Right to bear arms
9. Living in the USA

Life is good! Get off your ass and be thankful. I am.

Did somebody say the stock market fell another x points? Sorry I did not get that information I was watching my grandson washing my dirty truck for $10.00 so he could add to his car fund purchase. My tv is OFF.

See Ya
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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Decline Of Western Civilization

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand was published in 1957. That was the first time of many times I read the book. Next to the Bible this is the most read book. I would recommend this book highly to any person who has a mind and can think for themselves. It will sanction what every hard working man deserves.

This is a quote from the book:

“I work for nothing but my own profit—which I make by selling a product they need to men who are willing and able to buy it. . . . we deal as equals by mutual consent to mutual advantage and I am proud of every penny I have earned in this manner"

When the government decides to take my money without my consent and give it to an unequal who chooses not to earn it I have two choices: Submit to stealing or quit. I chose to quit. I now wonder how many business's did the same thing using bankruptcy as the method. When I hear my 40 year old son-in-law tell me he hates working because he is making his boss rich I just want to knock some sense into him. God what has this world come to? A fair days pay for a fair days work means nothing today. In this great country if you want to get rich that bad do it their way-open YOUR own business. His idea is to win the Power Ball. Government today, and my son-in-law's way of thinking will kill the greatest manufacturing country in the world.

During my three day mini vacation I gave some thought about how I could get some of my machines to the homestead. At least a mill and a lathe, and I could fix or make parts as needed. Damn I just can't leave it alone. The homestead is a retreat for survival, requiring just food, shelter, and water. With the understanding that less is more-blend in with nature-not stand out. Made by hand will be the new age. But I digress.

Read the book, and make your own conclusions. I need to get more seeds.

See Ya

Monday, March 2, 2009

Wake up to the sun-Go to sleep when dark

I spent three days on the homestead. Just to relax, watch mother nature,and to see what one can really do with out if necessary. No tv,no radio,no phone,no electricity,no running water,no inside plumbing,and I even left my watch at home. I did take enough food and water for the three days. Nothing that needed refrigeration.

A pit toilet was dug away from the camp site and down wind. The solar shower bag was hung from a tree, and the tarp was arranged as a proper lean to. Enough fire wood was gathered. Home sweet home for the next three days.

My first thought was how do I tell what day I was in. So a diary was started with pencil and paper. A calender would have been handy so each evening a person could just x off the day. Good thought to add to the supply list. Amazing what people take for granted, like just knowing what day it is. How did the pioneers know this?

Three days without seeing another soul. What a wonderful feeling. Did I enjoy it? You bet your ass I did. The sounds of mother nature have a wonderful soothing effect. Even my hearing improved. What did I miss the most? My Pepsi-no refrigeration remember. That damn comfortable king size bed of mine. Pine needles under my sleeping bag was a poor substitute.
But just remember this was just a three day trip to see what you could really do without.

The cabin will have all the comforts of home. Did a preliminary layout of several possible locations for the cabin. Also while day dreaming at night with the fire I remembered the under ground bunks we built in the woods of Michigan as kids to hide out and smoke cigarettes, and drink beer. Might serve as hidden storage spots. Hell could serve as hide outs in an emergency.

Spotted several deer during my short stay. The usual squirrels, birds, and a few snakes. Nothing dangerous to report. Just as I was ready to leave spotted a lone Eagle perched in a pine tree. What a magnificent bird.

As my mind wondered about other things communications popped up. When the SHTF will the inter net go down? Should we set up a ham station, cb radio? Those pesky silver towers needed for either one make your location much easier to find. Plus with today's technology them government boys can track anything that gives off a signal. Food for thought.

See ya