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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Still frigid and windy.



This is the fourth day of extraordinarily cold weather in North Georgia.   Supposedly it will begin to warm up to more normal temperatures and conditions on Sunday, and I hope so.  My precautions have been successful so far, in that I have no frozen pipes and the well is still functional. However, I shudder to think what my propane consumption has been in the last 96 hours.  Night time temperatures have been just below zero, and it hasn't warmed up above 22 during the days. Temperatures in town are marginally less harsh because the town is at a much lower elevation. Living on the top of a mountain has advantages but being warmer in winter is definitely not one of them. The intermittent strong wind has not helped much either.

Still, it could have been far worse. The power has not failed, which means I haven't been scrambling around outside in the dead of night refueling the generator. That's certainly made life easier.


The second issue of the new magazine Military Surplus is out. It's really excellent.  The photography is spectacular, and the articles are well written. I thoroughly enjoyed the first one, and now this one has proven to be equally well worth the money ($10.00) .

Especially at this time of year, I spend a lot of time reading.  Magazines help pass the time and you never know what you will learn. Most of my magazines are firearms or survival oriented, but between the ones I get in town, and the one's I get on Kindle, I don't have any trouble finding one to read when I want to.

Going through all my old books and reading them again pretty well fills in the gaps. The library is way too far away, and there's nothing in our library worth reading anyway.

Even if there were, I don't want books some Baptist has gone through and censored for me with a black magic marker.  There are signs in the library that say "please do not censor the books" but that doesn't keep people from doing it.




I have been saving candle wax for several years, and have a large supply of it. My plan is to make my own candles rather than waste the wax.  I've been looking on the internet for ideas (this picture above is from Walden Feeds),

I know how to make candles that you just use a jar as a mold for. But I would like to make functional, "standard issue" candles and I need a mold for that. I haven't been able to find any candle molds. I did find some wicks on Amazon but they were flimsy and expensive. If anyone out there makes their own candles, or knows something about doing it, I'd sure like their advice.  One of my precepts for living here is to use everything I can, right down to the bitter end. I'd like to put this wax to good use.

Just as an aside, if anyone knows how to disable the function of blogger that lets the program go in and change words to different words as you type, I'd sure like to know how.  From time to time, I wind up posting things that no one out of bedlam would write, because of this. For instance, I type "fried" and it changes the word to "friend" without any action on my part. If I don't catch it, the sentence makes no sense. Yesterday it changed a name on a comment two times in a row. There has to be a way to disable that.  I know it's the program and not my machine because last night I was using the Kindle, and had this problem.  I am using the laptop right now, and it just did it again.





53 comments:

  1. The Grammarphobia Blog: Is your spell-checker a maverick?
    www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2013/12/spell-checker.html

    Dec 24, 2013 - To turn off the automatic correction feature, choose “Edit,” then “Spelling and Grammar,” and uncheck “Correct Spelling Automatically.”.


    If this doesn't work then do it my way! A 44 magnum round between the pixels! :-)

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    1. Mike, thanks for the word. I'll try that, because even though I proof read my stuff, I miss a lot of things and this is driving me crazy.

      Can't shoot my equipment! I'm too reliant on it. ;-)

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  2. Being a former Baptist, I'm surprised at anyone of that bent doing such a thing. It must be some of those no swearing, no drinking, no smoking, no dancing, no card playing, foot washing, King James only Baptists! LOL (Just for the record, whoever is doing it, it's called vandalism, which is both a crime and a sin.)

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    1. Incidentally, I always try to proof read my posts at least once, though I sometimes forget.

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    2. I proof read mine, but proof reading your own stuff doesn't work well for me. When I was working, my secretary proof read everything and saved me much embarrassment. But I am on my own now.

      The Baptist church up here is largely fundamentalist. I like to call them the American Taliban, since most of the men wear big beards (as I did for many years.) They are a good bunch overall, but they have some habits that aggravate the hell out of me.

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  3. I have a pile of beeswax that is crying out to be made into candles, so I'll be very interested in the comments / info that you get ;)

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    1. Dani, I used to make candles as a kid. I used twine as wicks, and old glass jars as molds. When the candle was done, I would put the glass jars in a pot of hot water, and when the candle wax got loose on the sides I'd pull it out. But they were never very good candles. I hope someone can come up with some ideas, especially where to buy wicks and molds. I did a lot of looking on Amazon but couldn't find just what I wanted. Most of the stuff they had was "cutesy" and not really practical.

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  4. What is the cost of propane there?? Here I just checked and its $1.84 Good luck with the candles.

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    1. Rob, I paid $2.58 a gallon for my last delivery a few weeks ago. The propane companies here fix the price to keep it high.
      I figure if worse comes to worse I will make the candles like I did when I was a kid but I'd like to do better.

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  5. "Still frigid and windy"

    So you know my ex wife, do you? ;)

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    1. teehee. that's mean but funny!

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    2. Let's hope your X doesn't read the blog. She might track you down and avenge herself. :0

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  6. Harry - for cheap wicks that are of good quality look on ebay. me and jam just ordered 200 8-inch candle wicks for $13.86 US. of course they are made in china, but they come with free shipping. you can probably find some cheap molds as well.

    i know, i know - chinese stuff. but when your dollars are important and getting anything from canada or the US costs a small fortune in shipping - you have to pick your battles!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Hey Kymber,

      (captaincrunch)

      Down here in Texas we don't use candles. Candles are for sissy's.

      We burn Cow Crap.

      We go a lot of crap down here. Want me to send you some???

      (When it burns, it smells better then that "potpurroi or potpurry or whatever that garbage that women use to stink up houses)

      This makes me feel good about being a Texan. Being able to share with others:)

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    2. Kymber, I am not fussed about Chinese production. I have some excellent Chinese guns and ammo I bought before the 1994 ban. I buy Chinese stuff today too. That's a good thought, checking on EBay for wicks and molds. I didn't know you and Jam made candles. It's good to hear from you, I hope all is well up there in Canada.

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    3. Harry - me and jam are really trying to prepare for the future and although we probably have 10 million candles - we'd like to have the means to make 10 million more! we find that we can keep the house heated, even in the dead of winter with candles. when we lose power, even though we have a generator, we have learned that the candles can keep the house heated in winter for several days. so having a gazillion candles on hand seems pretty smart. and we have tons of candle "waste" that can be melted and turned into new candles. much love to you and yours Harry, everything up here is hunky-dory!

      captain - i guess i will be expecting a package soon - bahahahahah! ya nutter! much love, as always, cc!

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    4. Hey Kymber

      (captaincrunch)

      On a serious note:

      I gotta look more into the candle thing too.

      I picked up my first 'old style 19th century hurricane lantern' that's American made and I need to figure out how to use that thing so it don't blow up on me and I wind up a 'chrispi critter'

      I got a mess of old styled roadside rescue flairs but the smell of burnin' sulphur is worse than the smell of burnin Cow Crap and that sure wont would keep women away from my house.

      Since I am single its pointless to try and make candles or do anything like the stuff you' all do. Hell' I can't even keep the my microwave clean let alone prepare for an attack of Killer Tomatoe's from Outer Space.

      What I may do in time of Global Disaster is 'wrangle a couple of Sharks with lasso's and have them and pull me and my surfboard to nice warm Central America were I can live out my life 'swingin through the tree's, howlin' like a Howler Monkey.

      (reminds me of an old song by The Kink's called 'Apeman')

      check it out....

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  7. Hi Harry,
    I can attest to the quality of the candle wicks from Brambleberry.com
    Lead free, bottom tab attached, good burn and cheap enough. She has a few free tutorials if you have the time.
    Strelsi

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    1. some wicks have a thread of metal in the center--it is lead.
      deb h.

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    2. Strelsi, I'm glad that the earthquake didn't get you. I'm also happy to see the comment function is working for you now.

      I will check out Brambleberry, tutorials would be very welcome.

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    3. The wicks with the lead strip must have been common at one time. I can see how that would add some strength to the wicks ability to retain it's form.

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    4. For whatever reason the system must have decided I was "safe" and let me post again ( safe, ya, they'll be the day). Yes, lead in wicks are bad. Anyone within proximity to the candle is breathing lead in the air. Not a good thing. If your wife likes hobby stuff, you must find a Hobby Lobby as Anon mentioned and take her . Your wallet will get noticeably lighter, but a happy wife is priceless, eh?
      Strelsi

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    5. harry, hobby lobby is not open on sunday.
      deb h.

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  8. I have been wanting to do the same thing and make my own candles as well, Might try Kymbers advice and look on ebay.

    Cold, and windy here as well. But not as cold as you are. ....

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    1. Glock Mom, there are some good sources of supply in some of the comments above. If I find some good wicks or molds I will pass the word.

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  9. Looking forward to reading about your candle endeavors. I have a large stainless mold that I purchased at a craft store many many years ago. It's for large diameter Christmas style. Candles can be made as short or as tall as the container (5" I think). I usually did a 3 or 4 inch tall ones. I think the wicks I used was the kind with the metal (lead back then) with the tabs on the bottom like Strelsi described. I had some pretty weird colors as I would put all kinds in the pot to melt. Mostly turned a turd brown, but they burnt well, especially when I had more beeswax candle ends. Good luck. p.s. It's also windy here in SWGA as well as quite chilly. Nothing like you are experiencing though. Hope it warms up for you soon.

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    1. DFW, it's supposed to warm up tomorrow and turn rainy. I don't care what color my candles turn out as long as they burn well. Was the lead in the wicks a problem?

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  10. Hey Harry,


    (captaincrunch)


    I gotta ask. Is it possible for you to run electric heat part of the time and save the propane for backup heat???

    Everything down here is almost all electric and electric is cheaper in the long run as I understand it. Yeah' I'm dependent on the grid (that's very bad) but until Russia starts sling'in nukes our way or a comet hits Hollywood my electric bill ain't too bad.
    If bad stuff starts to happen and the power goes out, I can burn any dead lawyers and gang members I can find to stay warm.

    Its real cold and windy down here still lots of rain.

    I don't have to worry about any 'Frigid and Windy" ex wives like 'Matt had to say" I think the Cow Crap smell keeps women away and many women have a tendency to muck things up.

    I kinda like my house the way it is. It smells like gun lubricant, old pizza, and I think the Microwave is starting to smell (ain't cleaned it out in years)

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    1. Electricity is very expensive here. It is actually more cost effective to use propane instead of electricity for cooking, heating, and the hot water heaters.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      That's suprising considering I think your part of the TVA thing up there in Tennesee.
      Pardon my ignorance but I thought rural electric users had discounts or got some the whatever electric entity exist got corporate welfare from the feds.
      As far as I know our electric rates will drop as the price of fuel drops and my local power plant several years ago was overhauled from coal to local natural gas in the Eagle Ford.

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    3. We (our electric membership cooperative) buy the electricity from the TAB at market price. Even though it is cheaper than buying coal fired plant produced electricity it is still costly. My last power bill was $240.00 and as I mentioned, I do not use electricity for the clothes dryer, the water heaters, the household heaters, or for cooking.

      The power distribution system was built in the 1930's using federal funds as part of the rural electrification program.

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  11. I buy candle wicks at Hobby Lobby and they have molds as well. There is a new 40% off coupon in their flyer every week and can be used for an online purchase. Here's the website w/coupon. http://www.hobbylobby.com/weekly/

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    1. I have never heard of Hobby Lobby, but if there is one within driving distance it will be in Chattanooga. I will see if I can find one. Sounds like they would have everything I need and I know my wife would love to plunder around a place with a name like that. Thanks.

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  12. Harry ,

    The wife makes candles and soap. She get most of her candle supplies from Candlewic.com

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    1. Tim, thanks for the url, I'll take a look ASAP. Does she use molds for her candles?

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    2. Yes, she use's molds and she makes container candles (Yankee candle type), each type of candle requires a different type of wax.

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  13. G'day Harry,

    Have a look at Smoke and Fire Company online, they sell tin candle moulds to make 10" and 6" candles. I used to buy from them when I was still into re-enacting and they have some interesting period items .

    The Baptists are a bit different down here, more like Pentecostals in my opinion, the only "religion" that ever give us any problems here is the "religion of peace"!

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    1. Hey, Sgt. I'll look those guys up. Mountain man style candles would be no frills and practical it seems to me, and that is essentially what I am after.

      The word "Baptist" covers a lot of territory here. They run the full gamut from the High and Mighty to the foot washing, serpent handling primitive Baptist. I was raised Southern Baptist. Here in the mountains they tend to be assertive. Thankfully we have no adherents of the religion of peace here but we are up to our rears in Hispanics. I guess we all have our cross to bear.

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  14. That is insane that folks censor the library books. Thankfully I have not run in to that. Nine degrees waiting for the school bus on Thursday after a two hour delay. At least out warmed up some.

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    1. Some of our more religious citizens here feel called upon to protect the citizenry from unclean words or thoughts. The way to do this is to go through suspect books with a black magic marker and redact anything vulgar, profane, sexual, anti-religious or contrary to whatever political proclivities the censor may entertain.

      Cold tonight but not as bad as it has been.

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  15. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I found some never before seen pics of the Romanov family taken by the Tsar himself about a year before the Tsar and his family were executed by Lenin.

    http://mashable.com/2015/01/10/romanov-family-photos/

    It was an interesting look into history. I also think Kymber would enjoy it since she has book If I recall of love letters between the Tsar and his old lady (Tsar and his old lady) ha' I did mean to make them sound like a 'Biker Couple"

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    1. I ment to say, I did 'not' mean to make them sound like a biker couple.

      I need to lay off the Coors Beer when typing:(

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    2. Captain - you never forget a thing do you? yes, i have the book of published love letters between the Tsar and Alex...it is one of my favourite books! i can't believe that you remember that! it is a beautiful book about 2 people who should have been ordinary people, but because of their birth and marriage - they were forced into a life neither wanted to live. and then they, and their beautiful children were murdered. thanks for the link Captain - i really appreciate your remembering! i am going to check it out right now! much love, as always, Captain!

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    3. Hey Kymber,

      (captaincrunch)

      I don't get into romance stuff. I just thought its was interesting that the Tsar seemed to really care about his people but his ministers screwed things up so bad that the people chose the "worst of choices" just to get rid of current regime and trade it in for a group of sociopath's and mass murderers that even surpassed Hitlers killings by tens of millions.

      The same path is being mirrored over here I am afraid.

      Kymber,

      I really like being a South Texas, Redneck Hillbilly Surfer dude that's taking up 'Shark Wrangling' and likes old' smoking diesel pickup trucks and ugly women at Walmart, but I have a college degree and I pour so through books I could be the envy of any schoaler or college professor at some "government subsidized school of socialism and communism" except I read all the books they don't want people to read likes stuff like Henry David Thearau, Ayn Rand, George Orwell etc, etc, etc.

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    4. Hey Kymber and Harry....

      (captaincrunch)

      here's this old song by 'The Kinks' called 'Apeman'

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OStP1HMDkwM

      I want to live that life 'cept I don't want to eat banana's all day. I want steak and beer.

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  16. I can't believe that about the library books! Mental! they'll be burning books next.
    What about using silicone cake moulds for the candle moulds. They'd pop out easy I think and then you could reuse them.

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    1. Until just a few years ago you could not buy beer or wine in my county, because every time it got on the ballot to grant licenses to sell beer or wine the preachers got everybody whipped up against"Demon Rum" and it got voted down. Finally we had a chance to have a Wal-Mart in the county, but Wal-Mart said if they couldn't sell beer and wine they wouldn't build the store. Everybody wanted a Wal-Mart here except the rich people who owned all the businesses in the county and were able to give people a good screwing as a result. So then the referendum passed and now Wal-Mart and our grocery store sell beer and wine. But if you want hard liquor you have to drive to North Carolina where they have state owned liquor stores.

      I don't know what a silicon cake mold is. When I hear silicon it's always in the context of women getting fake boobs.

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    2. The "Demon Rum" is how our nation started! The original garrison sent out from England was the New South Wales Corps, known as the "Rum Corps" as the officers had cornered the market in rum coming into the colony. Due to the severe shortage of hard currency rum was used instead so you can imagine what a saturday night must have been like in old Sydney town!

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    3. I actually keep a large quantity of hard liquor in my basement, to be used in barter if things ever come to that. It's all pretty cheap stuff from the ABC store in North Carolina. I had a good bottle of Scotch that a British friend gave me, but my brother came to visit and drank it all.

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  17. Harry,

    As a kid I remember making candles out of cans (for molds), the teacher would coat the can with I believe it was Pam spray and we were able to remove our candles.

    I've found candle molds in a place called Hobby Lobby, they also have wax and wicks. If I buy anything from this store, I make sure to get a 40% coupon off the web before shopping.

    Stay warm!!!

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    1. Sandy, it's raining here now but 37 degrees. It feels balmy and I am thankful the cold is gone. It was so wretched trying to keep everything working at those temperatures. One of the anonymous commenters also recommended Hobby Lobby and I am trying to track one down in Chattanooga.

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  18. I know we got wicks at a craft store, although we really don't make candles we have the wicks to reuse the wax at some point. I think you can put them in just about anything if it is lubricated. I think I've seen muffin tins. I have been saving the ends of bath soap too because I think I can melt it and make new bars. Also, I saw on Facebook (??) that you can put wicks in a can of Crisco and light them. They are supposed to burn for a really long time but I don't know if it gets smoky. Oh, I hate auto correct. I have been known to say the most outrageous things without knowing it!

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    1. Kathy, I don't suppose you know how to turn off autocorrect, do you? I would love to get rid of it, because it causes me a lot of trouble.

      I am trying to run down some of the leads people gave me and if I can find a place on line or at a store to buy everything I need, I will post all the information so people can use the wax they have been saving. If you are able to melt down the soap, please let me know as I could do that too. We usually use it until there is just a little sliver but slivers mount up over time.

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