Sundays are my favorite day of the week. This is a particularly nice one. My only problem today is deciding if I want to stay home, or I want to go into town.
It I wait til after the church crowds are gone, the town will be largely deserted. Sunday afternoon is a good time to go in. Even the tourists will be off doing whatever it is they do, so the grocery store won't be crowded. I am trying to remember the last time I left the mountain. I think it might have been last week some time.
The humidity is low, the temperature outside is high 70's. There's a nice breeze blowing, so it feels cool. The cicadas are chirping up a storm, so you know it's late summer.
I feel like going out and hooking up my hammock on the back porch. That's a nice place to take a nap when the weather is like this.
There's an immense oak tree that shades the porch out back in the afternoon.
Sundays there are sometimes some interesting talk shows on the local radio station. I can semi-nap in the hammock and listen to that.
The other option would be to go over to the little lake near my place. On the old forest service road I can be there in about 15 minutes. It's probably pretty quiet this time of day on a Sunday. There's a nice walking trail around it. There are also strategically placed benches in shady spots. If I take a loaf of bread or some cracked corn I can feed the ducks.
I already had lunch. I got a canister of Idahoan dehydrated potatoes out of the supply room and made some cheese potatoes. According to the notes on the canister, it went into long term storage in October of 2006. They don't make those canisters anymore, I think now they use aluminum pouches. Too bad, because these potatoes were excellent despite having been on the shelf for almost nine years. I opened a can of Walton Feeds butter powder. That had been there since summer of 1999. Still good, and tasty.
Walton Feeds has gotten a lot bigger since 1999. They now have an adjunct business called "Rainy Day Foods."
My number ten cans that I bought in 1999 just have yellow paste on labels on them. But now, the stuff you get from Walton is just as well packaged and presented as anything in the grocery store.
Back in 1999, I bought an entire 18 wheeler load of supplies from them. The truck came out to a little church some miles from my place, and we had to off load the truck and then put all the food and other supplies in my little Chevy Luv pickup to get it up to the top of the mountain . I have rarely been as tired as I was that day. Although we have eaten a lot of the supplies over the intervening 16 years, we still have a lot of it left. The only things that have ever gone bad were corn meal and dehydrated milk. I guess those don't store too well. However, we were able to put those products in the chicken scratch and the chickens were happy to eat it, so it wasn't wasted.
|There's a big difference between todays' slick product and the utilitarian #10 cans we got in 99.|
Walton Feeds also sells things like wash tubs, grain mills, and other self sufficiency related products. We bought a high end grain mill from them, and have been very happy with it.
I could go to the waterfall. I could load the dogs in the truck and go up to the trail head, take a little stroll on the Appalachian Trail. Or, I could just go for a walk along the old forest service road, that would be less taxing because I wouldn't have to go through all the trouble of going down the trail, turning this off and unhooking that, unlocking this and then locking it back. Like the old Murphy's Law quotation says "if you make it difficult for the enemy to get in, you make it difficult for you to get out." That's the truth.