I went to town today. There were signs in the stores saying not to drink the water from the county water system. It is contaminated. Don't eat the ice, don't wash dishes in it, don't even wash your hands in it until it has been boiled. I won't know what happened until the paper comes out this weekend but clearly it was related to the hideous cold. I don't use county water anyway.
The new American Survival Guide was on the stands, and it was pretty good. There is a great article about adopting donkeys. I have been thinking about doing that very thing. Donkeys are good guard animals, and they can carry packs if you have the right harness and gear. Although I have said many times I am too old to bug out, the big fires in Australia have made me very uneasy about forest fires here. A forest fire could burn everything I own right down to the ground. But I can't carry much on my back, even lugging a loaded .45 around in a shoulder holster is getting aggravating. If I had a few donkeys I could pack out a minimal bit of gear. The magazine has greatly improved and I think it's worth the money now, although the first issues weren't too hot.
Ragnar and Rowena had their medical chip implants yesterday. I could have bought a good rifle for what it cost but my ferrets are my companions and I couldn't just let them die. They are sleeping a lot today, it was a very traumatic experience for them, but I have high hopes they will fully recover. The medicine had to come from Arizona and the roads were all messed up by the terrible cold, so they were delayed in getting their operations.
After the huge consumption of propane this past week, I am going to have another 500 gallon tank put in. More than anything else, I was influenced by reports of propane shortages in Oklahoma. If I keep my tanks topped off, I could get through several months even at the usage rate we experienced this past week. Yes, I have two wood burning stoves and a stone fireplace, but the logistics of cutting, hauling, splitting, and stacking wood are so difficult when there's just one person. I have been buying wood already split and just hauling it home, and I will continue to keep some emergency cords around, but I really think propane is cheaper unless you can do all the wood processing yourself.
The second Les Stroud show was on last night, and again it was very good. I have seen the first two now, and they are head and shoulders above the rather trashy shows like "Naked and Afraid" or even worse "Dude, you are screwed." I wish Stroud would write another book, his first was very useful. I wouldn't mind seeing Cody Lundin do another survival series, he knows his stuff. His books are excellent but he hasn't written a new one in some years now.
So, life goes on.....