“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Monday, September 15, 2014

Addendum

I made myself a big supper tonight.  Opened a pack of dehydrated Bear Creek beef stew.  Put it in the cast iron pot with a package of dehydrated beef,  and big dollop of dehydrated onions.  Cooked it up and added some hot sauce.  My ill temper with Windstream is appeased after a decent meal,  and I am feeling more myself.  Of course, my meals don't compare with those some of the women post on their blogs, but I lack their culinary skills. I'm content with one dish that tastes good, even if the presentation is lacking.  Like John Wayne said in one of his westerns,  "there's nothing like a good woman cooked meal."  We usually only have big meals on weekends when my wife isn't so tired from work, though. Even then she usually makes something good in the crock so we can just eat when we want to.

Two new catalogs in the mail today. I go down to the mailbox so rarely now I have to carry a cloth grocery sack for the mail, as well as my "walk down the mountain bag."


This catalog from Sportsman's Guide always has good things in it related to fire arms. There are parts, parts kits, ammo, and every kind of desirable item if you work on your own guns.


Here's the same outfit's catalog for surplus gear that just came out.  If you have the money to plunk down $200 for a pack, and want to spend it that way, more power to you.  If not, you can get excellent gear for good prices here.  They have this deal where you pay $35.00 a year for "membership" and you can split your payments on your credit card over four months on big orders.

Here's their link.   I don't have any financial connections with them, I just like their company.

Sportsman's Guide Home Page


I should also mention they have lots of other catalogs, all of which are free and you can ask for them on line.



Prepper and Shooter #3 is coming out.  Supposed to be out by the third week of October. You can get the print version at Barnes and Noble or you can wait a couple of weeks and get the digital edition.

I buy them one at a time, digital editions. I liked the first two issues.

Prepper and Shooter Magazine



What other things can I pass on to people that might be useful?  I guess that about covers the spectrum.



19 comments:

  1. Hey Harry,


    (captaincrunch)


    Yeah' I will be heating up a tv dinner (meatloaf) not as good as the meatloaf on the mess decks back on the boat, but close enough anyway.

    I'm at the point in my life where the only service I want is running water. Yeah' internet is pretty important but expendable to say the least. I could easily live off the grid in a 'not so humid environment.
    I would miss a well stocked freezer full of frozen meatloaf:)

    and no, I don't think I'm capable of getting a wife. Women are too much trouble to court. I've been through that too many times already. Now I am not against bumping into the right women, but I think I would have better odds winning the Texas state lottery. Besides, how many women are capable to making U.S.N styled meatloaf. Hell' I'm not even sure Kymber could figure that one out!

    Back to my dilemma with the Mosin Nagant.

    That darn rifle shoots three feet high!

    Yeah' its dead on 'left and right', but you can aim it at the ground and it will put another crater in the moon.

    Back to Kymber and her husband, They need a Mosin Nagant. IT would make a great Texas size "Polar Bear Blaster", and its bolt action so the Canadian Mounted Mounties won't freak out.
    Do the Mounted Mounties still wear red uniforms like in the 'Dudley Do right" cartoons???
    Speaking of cartoons, I would like to get another Mosin Nagant and I would name one, "Boris and the other Natasha" from the "Bullwinkle cartoons"
    If I got a all original Mosin Sniper with the original scope etc (the real McCoy) I would have to name that one "Natasha'

    (I gotta have some fun with this:)

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    1. Well, you could buy a woman from the Cartels. I understand they kidnap young women and sell them to human traffickers. You could run an add in the paper. "Wanted, woman who has good cooking skills and Jeep. Send photo of Jeep."

      I think the issue with a house mate in your case would be having to modify a life style in which you currently do exactly what you want, when you want. I'm not sure even a wife who could cook Navy meatloaf would be worth that. I actually liked the surf and turf they always served before we went ashore on the exercises. The Navy has great food. Midrats were also pretty good, the best sandwiches known to mankind.

      It shoots three feet high. Are you adjusting your rear sights for the distance? If it were a front sight problem, you'd be throwing left or right, seems to me.

      I think the Mounties only wear those as ceremonial uniforms these days.

      If you get an original MN sniper with turned down bolt and original scope, be sure you spell my name right in your will. That's going to run $500 probably when all is said and done. I've filled out the order on line for one of those about five times and then chickened out because of the cost. I might go ahead and buy one though because the stock is starting to thin out.

      Kymber and J aren't MN people, I don't think. They are more the modern set.

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  2. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Sorry I almost forgot, on a serious note; it looks that Ebola stuff has gone to a "pandemic mode' so keep abreast of what's going on.
    I got two friends that are both highly trained RN's and prepper, survivalist's types and they say this is a true pandemic now. The only solution is to stay away from sick people.

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    1. Ebola is an epidemic in Africa, way out of control and getting worse. I think that there are no known cases in Europe or the North American continent yet. What I have been reading is that scientists are concerned because this strain is showing a tendency to mutate to a greater extent than ever before. If that happens and it becomes airborne, all bets are off. Time to dust off the DVD of History Channel's After the Apocalypse and bone up on that situation.

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  3. Why does Mark Farner need to be involved with prepping? Endless waves of classic rock overplay (on only one or two songs of a large catalog) insure his radio wave perpetuity until the end of the universe.

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    1. I guess the guy is like Ted Nugent and Hank Williams Jr. He's a big pro 2nd amendment guy I gather from context. I actually don't know who he is, I don't recognize the name but I get the music connection because when you go to the magazine web page it starts autoplaying the song.

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  4. Sounds like you need to visit kymber - her food always looks so delicious :)

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    1. There are several ladies who have blogs where they show wonderfully appetizing foods. Kymbers is one, without doubt. There was an Australian lady who did that too, she had a blog something like "Flood Mom" but blogger wiped out my blog roll and I lost her URL.

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  5. I cooked roast tomato soup last night as we've so many tomatoes ready at the moment. I enjoy cooking tea I just hate deciding what to cook! That last magazine looks on the extreme side of the prepper lifestyle although I'm sure its a good read.

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    1. Kev, I'm not sure I know what you mean about cooking tea. Don't you just boil it?

      Actually, Prepper and Shooter is pretty mild stuff. You should see some of the old American Survival Guide magazines from the 1980's and 1990's. Now there, once in awhile, you could find some interesting articles!

      I am trying to find PDF copies of those magazines and complete the set. I had a good many of them, then my computer crapped out and I had to buy a new one. I thought I had them backed up, but could never find the file on the disk and have had to start over. There was a fellow on a NW gun forum who had a lot of them, and he sent me his disk and let me copy it, but now I can't remember who he was. Old age is not for sissies.

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    2. I'm guessing you're pulling my leg but Tea is the meal we have in the evening! Just a turn of phrase I guess. Breakfast then lunch or dinner then tea! (And if you're really posh you have supper later on). On a building site we also have bate at ten but thats a regional thing!

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    3. Actually, I thought "tea" was a social ritual where you served tea like we do coffee. I knew sometime that there were cookies with it but I never knew it was an actual meal. That's why the word "cook" confused me..

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    4. It's that as well. Don't worry sometimes even we get confused by it!

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  6. SOunds like you are good at pulling together hearty meals.

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    1. Only when I get motivated. Last night it was cool and Fall feeling, and I wanted a good stew.

      Usually I open a can of green peas or make a sandwich, and that's it.

      Unless it's the weekend, of course, then we make a good stew or chili. This last weekend my wife made beef stroganoff but I wasn't feeling too hot so the dogs gobbled most of it up. At least not a scrap goes to waste here.

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  7. Sportsman's Guide HQ (military surplus) catalog always ding's my pocket book. The GENUINE (not made to mil spec. stuff) items always interest me, they are built very well (especially Swiss mil surp.) and I may have to add a wing to my house just for that, lol.

    Meal sounded good - thanks for the ideas. I've been cobbling up meals of my own, adding several stand alone products for meals. Good stuff.

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    1. I've spent some serious gelt with those guys. Always was happy and you can get stuff from them nobody else offers. I bought a whole box of Swiss foul weather ponchos, they're great and I'm still using the first one years later, haven't even opened the rest. I also bought cases of ammo off them at good prices, especially in the late 80's when ammo was so much cheaper than it is now. I shot in an NRA High Power match at Riverbend Gun Club using .308 I got from them in my M-14 clone.

      If you've got a good cast iron dutch oven you can cook some great meals with just whatever you have on hand. My dad used to call that hobo stew.
      I have a couple of regular size Dutch ovens, but the one I use the most is a very old one I found at a flea market in North Carolina, much smaller, more one man size. I wouldn't trade it for it's weight in gold.

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  8. My answer to lazy meals is a slow cooker. Throw in whatever the cheapest cut of meat I can find is, hurl in some chopped onions, peppers and a can of crushed tomatoes, some canned beef broth, some garlic from a jar, add a little cornstarch, and walk away for five hours. Serve over rice or noodles.

    While I have a bunch of cast iron and like it, I use my Le Creuset enamelled cast iron more than anything else. Its outrageously expensive but it is my absolute favorite piece of cookware. Cooks as cast iron does, but the enamel finish interior means no messing with seasoning or re-seasoning.

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    1. My wife has three pieces of that French cookware. One skillet and two pots. I never use it myself, being a cast iron aficionado, but she loves it. I don't clean my cast iron in the dishwasher and don't scrub off the coat inside so reseasoning isn't required very frequently.

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