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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from the North Georgia Mountains.

Art by Stef

 It's Thanksgiving.  There's a lot to be thankful for. First off, my  immediate family made it through this year without any big traumas. Nobody in the hospital, no car wrecks, nothing major.  There was plenty of the normal give and take of life, but that has to be expected.

Then too, the political situation in the country is so much better than it was after 8 years of the Grand Mufti.

When I think where we could be now, if Hillary Clinton were President, I shudder. I'm sure she would have outlawed firearm ownership, and she could have gotten away with it because she would have appointed one of her minions to the Supreme Court vacancy.

Terrorists would be going wild in this country, and she would be telling us there was no Islamic terror problem at all, just like Barrack Hussein did.

We'd be up to our rears in "refugees" from the middle east, something we need like we need cancer.

I know things are not perfect, and that about half the country just needs to leave and go to Africa or some other place and found their socialist Utopia there.  But at least I'm not out burying my guns in waterproof containers.  So, overall, 2017 has been a good year and I'm grateful for that.

It's quiet up here on the mountain top today.  I always forget how quiet the mountains become in winter, when the tourists and summer people are gone.

The forest noises have quieted down, no insects, frogs, weird bird calls, bizarre shrieks and whoops from the woods at night.

When I go out at night now , about all I hear is the stream running, and sometimes the wind.  I look forward to the first snow, so I can stand on the porch and listen to the snow falling. If you have ever been anywhere that had snow and no other noise, you know what I mean.

So all and all, I am content and it seems like to me, there's a lot to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day.

The Guns Magazine Annual Surplus and Classic Guns for 2018 came out.  I'm thankful for that too, although it cost $13.00 this year. I'm not so thankful for that....

There's an article in here about a company that tried to import some world war II era surplus guns from the Philippines. It didn't work out, but there are pictures of huge stacks of guns, which were left in a leaky warehouse, and are now ruined. There are M-1 Garands, M1903 Springfields, M1911 pistols, lots of Japanese weapons, all sorts of things in the warehouse.  It was sad, seeing all those ruined guns. But the article said that in May, the huge number of M-1 Garands being sent back to America from the P.I. will be available for sale through the CMP.  Might want to start lining up your ducks to get one or more of those.

Paladin Press is going out of business.  Robert K Brown (Soldier of Fortune Magazine) and a buddy of his opened the book store/ publishers in 1970.  They were wildly popular in the 70's and 80's with people who were not fond of the government, with survivalists, and with a lot of other folks as well.

They published niche books on topics like going underground, making your own weapons, avoiding taxes, avoiding government snoops, and a lot of other titles that did not make them popular with the left wing or the federal government.

Eventually, some Dilbert used one of their books to murder someone else.  As I recall, it was on how to assassinate people, and the reader followed the guidelines except he got creative, and that got him caught. Then Paladin got sued, and was forced to quit publishing a lot of their titles.

At any rate, I have a lot of their books. I got most of my Ragnar Benson books from them. They are closing at the end of the month, and they are selling out their current inventory dirt cheap. Here's the link if you want to look:

Paladin Press going out of business sale.

A few cartoons:

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Another storm coming. Remember Tawana Brawley? I need some inch pattern L1A1 mags. It's OK to be white.

This one will be all wind and rain.  Once it's past, the temperatures here on the mountain will drop down to the teens if the weather people's prognostication is right.  Good thing we have plenty of fire wood.

Some things never change. Remember Al Sharpton and poor, abused Tawana? Here we go again. I recall seeing this Air Force General tearing the cadets a new one about a "hate crime?" I expect he was just covering his ass, because there's no reason to curse out an entire unit for the deeds of one miscreant. And now it turns out it's another of the innumerable hoaxes where the minority in question faked something to get some attention, money, promotion, or just to make " crackers" look bad.

Speaking of minority manipulators,  Jesse Jackson has Parkinson's Disease.  I'm sure he got it while being unwittingly experimented on at some institution.....

Here's a documentary I want to see.  One America News has been running some really good documentaries, but I haven't been able to find them in their entirety to post them here. This is a promo but it's motivating. I will keep looking for a link to the entire program.

I haven't been on the internet much, due to a medical problem in the family that is taking a lot of our attention and time. Here are the cartoons from this past week that I missed.

The cartoon about that jerk Al Franken is especially poignant.  He was one of the first to start throwing stones when this latest witch hunt for "sexual offenders" began.  It's like the Salem Witch Hunt.  A few women come up with these "improprieties" that happened decades ago, and now everybody that wants some face time on the tube is crawling out from under rocks. I don't feel sorry for Franken, though. It's fun to see all the pious Democrats turning on him and rending him to pieces.


Meanwhile, deep in the mountains, in the dark forest........

We've been busy this week.  November is "medical month" for us, and between my wife and I we have doctor appointments every week this month.  That's a lot of driving, since we don't go to medical people in our own county.  There are too few doctors, and way too many old people. You can wait for more than two hours even if you have an appointment. So we drive a good ways to go to a place where we don't have to wait, and where the waiting room doesn't look like the local morgue.

In addition to that, my sister in law had a heart attack.  Not a bad one, but enough to rattle everyone's cage. That has thrown the extended family into an uproar. I feel sorry for her husband. He's a good guy, but he's got a lot on his plate as it is. He's a surgeon and pretty much lives with stress, so who needs this on top of that.  We are doing what we can in terms of helping out but it isn't much. My sister in law isn't even at the hospital where they both work (she's a pediatrician) but has been moved down to a big city hospital. So he has to deal with trying to get down there and then drive back to keep things going at his hospital, then drive back......

Those two have always been good to us. Sometimes I butt heads with my sister in law because she's a fundamentalist and we really need to avoid religion as a topic of conversation. When it does come up it doesn't end happily. But overall, she's a good woman and a good sister in law. 

We've got the winter dog house rigged, but up until now it hasn't been cold enough for the animals to go in. Sunday it's supposed to be in the teens and I expect that will make them go inside to keep warm.

Tonight we are in for some winds, gusting up to the mid forties. That's ok, it'll blow all the dead leaves off the roofs of the buildings.  If the wind doesn't do that, I have to crawl up on the roofs with a leaf blower to get them cleared off.  If you leave piles of dead leaves on your roofs, it will rot wood or rust tin.

The ferrets are putting on their winter coats. Since they never go outside for any length of time, I wonder how their bodies know it's time to grow long fur?

My wife has been working on renovating our house. She thinks it looks too junky with my guns hanging all over the place.  So, we've been redoing it and it does look nicer. I wonder why that matters, since nobody ever comes in the house but us?  The kids do when they visit, but they don't care about the decor? Still, the "nest" is her business. I just help do whatever she wants done. Yesterday we cleaned out the entire plant room.  It was a herculean effort, but I think she needed a break from all the tension of this week. So, we cleaned it all up and it looks really good now.
This is what the mountains look like now.  The leaves are mostly gone, and everything is brown and gray. You can stand at this spot, and look at the mountains at night, and you won't see a single electric light out there.

Well, this post has been a little less well organized than I'd like, but as I say, things have been hectic here. I haven't been able to visit people's blogs like I usually do, but we are planning on staying home tomorrow (Sunday) and if nothing unexpected happens I'll be able to read blogs then.

By the way, I need some "inch" pattern mags for the L1A1.  I have plenty of FNFAL metric mags, and I know where to get some of those, but Sportsmans Guide sold out their last inch pattern mags and nobody else seems to have them, not even CDNN.   If you have a source, I'd appreciate a heads up. Doesn't matter to me if they are used, as long as they are serviceable.  I've tried all my sources, and no one has any. There are some individuals selling them on the net, but they want a King's ransom. I only have one L1A1, the rest of my guns of this type are FNFAL's.  But I'd still like to pick up a few more mags for the L1A1.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Cold, rainy and quiet. A new series of self sufficiency books. That's what I'm trying to say.

It's raining now, and will be on and off all day. We weren't planning on going anywhere, anyway. Sunday, of all days, M and I usually stay home.

I've got a fire going for her, so she and Rufus the Ancient Pomeranian can relax on the couch upstairs on the main floor.

I'm downstairs, in the "big computer room."  I fixed up a "little computer room" for M on the main level, so she doesn't have to come down the stairs to use a computer.

There are three flights of stairs in this house, all of them pretty steep. When I was 32 that seemed just fine, but now, at 65, I realize that probably wasn't a great design feature.

You don't really think you will ever get old when you are that age, though.

Enough leaves have come off the trees now to open up the views around the house. In summer, the foliage is so dense,  that if I want a view I have to walk up the mountain to a big outcropping of granite boulders. But in winter, the trees don't block the view and we have mountains all around us. It's a nice time of year. So quiet, with all the tourists and summer folks gone.

A cartoon I especially liked:

That's what I am trying to say:

I have, from time to time, mentioned that the old guns I collect have a feel to them.  They have something modern guns just don't. I have some modern guns, but I bought them for utilitarian purposes, and they don't evoke any particular sense of history.

I saw a link to this story on Gorge's blog, and I wanted to relink to it here because the writer pretty well captures and expresses how the old guns have an effect on some people who collect them.

A relink from Gorge's blog.

Two new catalogs came in the mail this week, The CH Kadels and the BudK.  They both had some really good things in them, at reasonable prices.

I ordered some antibiotics from the CH catalog, they had a good price on several different types.

They are also offering a number of new specialty books from the "Self Sufficiency Series." I checked their prices vrs Amazon, and they were about the same. So, if you have an Amazon Prime account and want any of the books, you can save shipping costs and maybe tax money by going that route.

I haven't ordered any of these yet.  They run about $10.00 each new. I found some of them used, in good shape, for about $4.00.    I was thinking I'll buy one a week or so, and add them to my Self Sufficiency library here on the mountain top.  Again, I look at this place as something to be passed on to my grown kids at some point in the future, so books like this are an investment for the future, even if I don't actually use the information myself.

Here are some blogs that are written by people that could help a novice, and would be glad to answer questions about these subjects.  If you know people who are "duty experts" about these topics, or you are yourself, please let me know so I can link to the blogs.  "duty expert" is a Marine Corps term with positive connotations. It means the person in a group who has the most experience and expertise in a certain endeavor.  If the "duty expert" is a Corporal, and you are a Captain, then the Corporal honcho's the project (though you remain responsible if it goes bust). Expertise is what counts, not rank.

So "duty expert" is far from being a derogatory term, just for the record.

Joel's Gulch.     Joel and his dog live in the Southwestern Desert. He is a past master at using what's to hand to make a sustainable habitat in that environment.  He's very good at innovation, and his blog is very interesting.

Joel's Gulch

Rain is very knowledgeable about making cheese. She has produced some beautiful cheeses right in her own kitchen. She lives in a nice place in the woods, in Canada.

Rain's Garden

Leigh is a homesteader, and an author of self sufficiency books.  She lives here in the South, on her farm with her husband. She's a source of information on just about everything there is to wonder about in the self sufficiency life style.

Five Acres and a Dream

Kymber and J. live on the eastern coast of Canada. They are remarkable people in a number of ways, not least in how they have built a wonderful home for themselves, by themselves.  They can find a use for everything that comes to hand, and they live in a spectacularly beautiful place.

Framboise Manor

Lisa lives in a rural setting in Virginia.  She's a long distance runner,  equestrian, mom, wife and teacher.  She sent me some hard tack she made once, that was better than anything I ever bought. She was also home on her farm, with her kids, when a crazy man tried to break in. That's a tale that raises the hair on the back of your neck.  She's got good survivalist skills, especially in the kitchen.

Two Bears Farm

There are a lot of other people out there with good blogs, who have information and advice to offer. I'll try to post a few more before long.

This months American Survival Guide showed up in the mail box.  Mostly winter topics, appropriately enough.  There was an article on good books about survival related topics. One of the books they recommended was on the Anasazi culture. I've always been interested in that, and made a trip out to Chaco canyon with my son and middle brother back in 2005. I ordered the book on Kindle, and it's been a good one.

Modern Pioneer has been coming out with some very good issues.  I haven't been buying it, but I am going to see if I can get the Kindle edition.  That would be inexpensive, and functional. With American Survival Guide and Off Grid I buy the Kindle version and the hard copy.  I think just the Kindle version of this would be enough. I can keep the Kindle going for a long, long time even in a power down situation. And, with my new Kindle that has 64 GB of memory, I can store a lot more articles on the device itself.


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