No walk at the lake today. It started raining last night, and it's like the Amazon jungle out there this morning. Temperature is 72, not bad, but the humidity is 98%. Low clouds have covered the mountain tops so we are in low visibility conditions until that burns off.
We were planning on a trip to the farmers market today, but unless we start to go stir crazy I think we will just stay on the mountain top.
I have a lot of little things I've been wanting to put on the blog. This would be a good morning to catch all that up. None of them rate a post in and of themselves, but taken together someone might find something they can use.
The little lake is only five minutes away by vehicle if you go through the mountains on the forest service roads.
It's easy to just run over there. Since it's part of a Georgia state park, I can legally carry my pistol. I use a shoulder holster and keep it concealed under a vest. More and more, I am seeing people just "open carry." Saw a guy in a store yesterday with a monstrous fighting knife on one hip and a big black "plastic fantastic" on the other. Didn't recognize the pistol but it may have been one of the new Turkish Sig P226 knockoffs that are so popular right now.
|Of course, we here in Georgia don't hold a candle to Texas in this regard!|
You have to be a little careful around the lake. We have seen some big rattlesnakes and copperheads along the trails.
At the end of the lake, near the dam, there's a log in the water. Under that log lives the biggest water moccasin I have ever seen. For years I told people there were no moccasins up here, but I was wrong. You can't shoot snakes in the park, so when we sit on the bench down there to rest, we often see him on his log. He's at the bottom of the lake side and we are up on top, or we would never stop there at all.
Cooking with home storage
Almost everything we used dates back to the summer of 1999, and has been in storage since then.
We have had some cornmeal and powdered milk go "bad" in the past but nothing else I can remember. And even the corn meal and powdered milk, we used to make biscuits for the dogs. They liked them. The definition of "bad" depends on the person. And even if something does seem "off" and we don't want to eat it, some type of animal here will relish the food .
The store room on the third level is pretty well stuffed with these pails from 1999.
They contain mylar bags of food supplies, which were flushed with nitrogen to kill any little buggies in there, and then sealed in the pails.
I wish I could remember what all is in there. Basically: flour, red wheat, white wheat, powdered milk, corn meal, sugar, every kind of dried vegetable you can think of (the Mormon food storage computer chose the vegetables), dried fruit. There are a lot of spices , soup mix, stew mix, pudding mix. Powdered cheese and butter for cooking.
The rows are two deep and three or four pails high. Each row is about 30 feet long, and there are three rows.
Then there's one wall of shelves that are for number 10 cans.
I've picked up a lot of number ten cans of vegetables at different grocery stores. Almost every grocery store here has a section of number ten cans and what you can get changes daily. With just the two of us, I admit a lot of the contents in the number tens we open go to the chickens and dogs when we get sick of eating peas or whatever, But they are just right for the group size we plan on hosting in the event TEOTWAWKI materializes. Emergency Essentials sells new lids for number ten cans at reasonable prices. I find the can lids don't last long if you open them frequently, they tend to split along the edges. So a few spares is a good idea.
I don't haul these monsters up the stairs but once. They stay down in the big store room until my wife wants one of them, then I haul it up to the kitchen.
After that, it stays in the pantry until it's used up. That can take quite awhile, but it doesn't matter. Once all the food is eaten, the pails are still really handy to have around. They seal up so tight you have to use a special tool to open them again.
As I've said before, I've eaten canned vegetables that have been in my store room for more than ten years. I use dunage , usually 2X4 to keep the containers off the cement floor. The room is kept at 68 degrees F and 54 % humidity, and it's kept dark most of the time. You can keep food stored a long, long time.
I had a co-worker who went through a bad divorce. She had four kids and her income fell by two thirds. I took her what ever she wanted out of the store room for about six months until she got back on her feet. She made good meals for her kids, healthy and tasty, using just those supplies and a very few things from the store. It can be done.
The new "Be Ready" finally got to the grocery store. This issue is largely about fighting with long guns from a vehicle and resisting car jacking. Car jacking is getting to be a really popular sport with the denizens of the inner city in Georgia. Unfortunately, a lot of drivers and their passengers are getting hurt or even killed during the process.
Here's a post from a fellow about being on the receiving end of a car jacking. "De Brudda" picked the wrong guy to mess with. This particular individual has always struck me as a fairly ruthless person if placed in a situation that calls for it. He is also situationally aware, all the time.
link to Langniappe's Lair.
|"Get off dat tricycle, mo' fo!"|
There's also a good article on antibiotics in this issue, but primarily it's about self defense, new self defense ammo, cyber attack issues, and martial arts. Seems like the old Survivalist topics are just dropping off.
The best thing about this issue of Be Ready was the foreword by the editor, David Fortier. If you know guns, you know him. His introduction to the magazine summed up in about one page everything I have been trying to verbalize in the blog about our current situation. I wish I could copy it and post it, but I know it's copyrighted. Even if you don't want to spend ten bucks on the magazine, it would be time well spent to just go to the grocery store, pick up the magazine, and read that one page.
A freebie in the mail
I got his book in the mail this week. I didn't order it. In fact, I don't think I've ever heard of it. But they sent me a copy free. It's not a bad book, with a lot of information on off grid power systems, and a lot of good political analysis as well. I put the back of the little book on the blog, so if any of you want to get a copy the address is available.
An American Survival Guide Special
An interesting take off on military field manuals.
This one is all about field craft. There are a lot of people in America and Europe who will need the skills described in this magazine, because if you live in a city or in suburbia and TSHTF, you will have to bug out. Check out this old History Channel documentary for the reasons why. It's easy to find on line, you can order the DVD for about 10 bucks or you can watch it on line for free.
This dates back a bit, somewhere around 2004 as I remember. Back when the History Channel made good quality, well thought out documentaries and wasn't just reruns and reality show trash
It's worth your time to watch it and this YouTube link seems to be pretty good quality.
I knew a doctor once who lived in a suburb of Atlanta,in a gated community. Everyone who lived there was one of the "beautiful people." He thought he would be ok in TEOTWAWKI because they could all fort up and they had plenty of guns and a fake lake.
After watching this show, he bought a retreat up in the mountains. It's nice to be rich.