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Monday, April 3, 2017

April Showers (tornadoes, lightning, thunder, high winds.......)

BOHICA



We are getting pounded again. Started last night, and has been going strong since then.  Supposed to be even worse tomorrow.  April is a bad month. We are on the tail end of "tornado alley" and while my county is usually not hit, those to the Southeast of us have gotten trashed in a major way since I've been living up here.

There really isn't much you can do.  Have a generator, keep basic supplies for yourself, your family and your animals. Then hope for the best. It's like being in a place where someone shoots artillery at you from time to time. You just have to hope that your physical location doesn't coincide with where the shell falls.

I do have weather radios, but all that does is tell you it's coming. It still comes on .

We won't be doing any walking today, but we have an elliptical in the lower level of the house, and my wife and I will work out on that for however long we can stand it. She can do half an hour on the thing but 15 minutes is enough for me. It's totally boring, even if I bring my Kindle down and listen to music.




In winter time, we put out extra dog food.  Out of the woods come racoons, possums, skunks and God know what else.  My own dogs don't mess with them.  The food is in a different metal bowl on a different part of the porch.  I go out there at night sometimes, and look down the uncovered part of our wrap around porch. In the snow, you can see all sorts of little footprints.  We've never had a problem with the animals fighting over the food. In winter, they seem to just share and share alike.

I got this picture today from a friend and it reminded me of our visitors on the front porch during the dead of winter.




Books for your personal library


I've listed these books before, but for people who missed that post....

















This is something I want to do from time to time.  I own all the book I list here, so I am familiar with them. They could be useful now, and in the event of some sort of disruption.  Some of them are out of print, but I have found that you can locate just about any book you want on line through used book services. Sometimes, they cost more than you can justify spending, but other times they are less than they cost to ship.

If anyone has books they think would fit into this category, please let me know. If I don't have them, they may be something I have not heard of and would like to get for my own personal library.


The Daily Cartoons:

















And some memes:















It has taken me awhile to get this done, because my power keeps going on and off. I use a laptop to do the blog most of the time. But when the power goes off, I usually lose the internet at the same time, which means I have to wait til it comes back up to work on the blog again.

On the Food Storage Front:



A few cases of these in the store room can't come amiss.  Even if you have nothing else in the house, you can live on bread, butter, cheese and bacon for a week or so. Maybe more.

Bacon

Bread

Butter



cheese






Thought for the Day:





31 comments:

  1. I hope you and your wife are safe and OK, i know the feeling of being in an area when some one is shooting at you,but tornado- that is realy scarry.

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    1. I don't know,Yael. Having experienced both artillery fire and tornadoes, I much prefer the risk of tornadoes. There's no malignant intent behind a tornado, and it passes on by pretty quick. Not so some Druze or Moslem with a mortar, rocket, or a field piece.

      I admire the way you Israelis take that in stride. Americans haven't had that experience in this country since 1812.

      We're good so far, we have one more day of this to get through then it looks like a week or so of good weather ahead.

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  2. Always find something I needed to know, and didn't, in your posts. Hope you never stop the blog.

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    1. I appreciate that. Glad you found something useful. That makes it worthwhile.

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  3. Bacon makes everything better, including the apocalypse.

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    1. It does. I keep smoked ham on store too, but bacon is the thing. When I was a kid, every store carried canned bacon and it was about .35 a can. Now, it's very expensive. But I don't usually eat the canned bacon , I try to keep it on the storeroom shelf and just eat regular bacon you get in the store.

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  4. I could not live with your kind of weather. When we were in Idaho one year, the thunder and lightening was so severe that the whole house shook. We LOVE Yoders bacon. We bought a few cases when the price was about 8 bucks; now it is out of sight. Love the red feather butter, too. Those Aussies and New Zealanders know their stuff. We bought a lot from Pleasant Hill Grain... They have wonderful canned chicken, pork, turkey, etc. Will check into Yahoo bread....we usually get B&M brown bread to keep on hand. It is great with beans. Take care, my friend.

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    1. Yoders is good stuff. Just the right amount of salt in it. As you say, it used to be very cheap but now it's ghastly. Still, a person could do a lot with bacon , and it stores in the can forever.

      I am getting a little tired of this weather myself. Especially the high wind and the rain. I know we need the rain but a "soaking rain" is what we need, not these downpours.

      I'll check Pleasant Hill. I'm always looking for good sources of supply.

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  5. "But when the power goes off, I usually lose the internet at the same time, which means I have to wait til it comes back up to work on the blog again."

    Do you lose the internet because of your router/modem not having power, or do you lose internet because someone 'upstream' from you (like your ISP) has lost power? If it's the former, get a battery backup power supply and plug your modem/router into it. Something like these: http://amzn.to/2nDXP5K
    I have one plugged into my desktop and my router/cablemodem. If the power goes out, it'll run things for a while. Since your laptop uses it's own battery, you should be able to run your modem/router for a good while. Certainly long enough to run an extension cord from the generator.

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    1. It's the windstream system. Every time there is a big electrical storm, we have intermittent outages. Sometimes, though, they last for days. You can't even get technical support. You call them, and you get a recording that says "we have detected an outage in your area. We are working diligently to restore service." Then the computer tells you a time the service will be restored, but it never bears any resemblance to reality. Once the net was out six days, and when you called them, you got that message but the restoration time was days past.

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  6. Your blog is a one spot learning / laughing / opinion I enjoy visiting. Thank you for putting the effort into writing it.

    Bacon - boy that stuff is good. Maybe not great for the pipes, but adding it to the meal enhances it. Worth every doggone penny that.

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    1. Thanks. I try to make it interesting and useful. It's fun to write and I meet some great people.

      Bacon is the thing. I eat it and I'm not supposed to, but it's one of my "indulgences."

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  7. Harry,

    Stay safe my friend, nasty weather hit here as well. OMG....the water is a bit much, granted we needed the rain but not all a once. Stay dry and out of the mud!!! The wildlife seem to love you and your wife for putting out food during the winter.

    I'm still trying get familiar with our new internet out in the country here. It's so much slower, and limited in time during normal at home hours. Were also having telephone issues, reception in part of the house. May have to purchase a booster. The books you have in your library for cooking with preps are great reference materials. Once I'm done unpacking, I'll see if I have others which may interest you and send you the information.

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    1. Getting set up at a new place always presents challenges. It will take a little time no doubt but I'm sure you will be back to the same comfortable level you were at your old place before long. The further out you go, the worse for the phone and internet. But the benefits far outweigh the liabilities, and your new place looks wonderful.

      I'd be interested in hearing about anything in your reference materials that might augment my own book shelf. I'm always on the lookout for that kind of thing, and if people can give me a name and a title I can usually find a copy cheap on the net.

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  8. gotta have the tactical bacon. boy that stuff has gone up in price, almost doubled from when i stocked up. i plan on using fried spam in place of bacon most days, though its nice to have for special occasions...we've been spared the storms so far, but thursday forecast is 30 to 40 mph sustained winds. ought to be fun. oh yeah, the "legal" immigrants that dumped that kids body the other day? not so much. the police finally got their real identity, illegals deported several times. long term ms13. sheriff says"no gang problem" just a few. i say any is too many boss....don't be flying ny kites in the storm harry. take care.

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    1. I have been following that incident out there, and I noticed that the killers were all younger hispanics. I thought about posting their mug shots but I am trying to keep from putting too much on her that alienates people. A lot of the individuals who come by here are not interested in any news at all, and especially bad news, as I can tell from my email.

      Bacon is great. I used to eat a lot of it, but now I am trying not to. It will really perk up a plain meal, and that's important. I like spam too. The market over in Murphy has a lot of spam, and sometimes they get in flavors you can't get in Georgia. There are something like 16 flavors of spam, but an article I posted way back , said that only Hawaii has all of them. We have about six flavors here.

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    2. oh man, six flavors! we have two. one was bacon but i couldn't tell it was any in there, and had 5 cans go bad on me b4 the date even expired. i want to try the chorizo flavor but its not available anywhere near here.....younger, yep more of obamy's orphans. gotta love it.

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    3. There's an on line store where you can order any flavor you want, but it's expensive. I'll try to find it and link it. I am shocked you had spam go bad on you! I've never had that happen, and some of mine is way past the expiration date. It could be that the cans were compromised though, it only takes a pin prick size hole and that's the end of the ball game.

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  9. I have a few standard cookbooks, but my husband gets ones that have other recipes from other countries. I never know where to get all the ingredients he needs for this and that. Ha!

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    1. My wife is lucky because I am a very meat and potatoes kind of fellow. I like stews and soups in the crock pot best of all.

      On the other hand, your husband probably chooses some exotic dishes that liven life up at the dinner table. Nothing wrong with that!

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  10. I saw that picture of Ya-Hoo bread, but can't find anyplace online to get it. Can you tell me more about it? Is that canned white bread? We ate Spam when I was a kid....pure salt. My DH loves it, but he is like Mikey...he'll eat anything (remember that commercial?)

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    1. I remember Mikey!

      "Mikey likes it!"

      I tried to remember where my wife got that canned bread, and I think it was at the "Sams" in Gainesville, Ga but that was a long time ago. Sams there closed down because the crime level there got to the point where no one was coming to the store. It was brown bread.
      However, you can get canned B&M canned bread almost any where. Most survival supplies web pages carry it, and they sell the brown bread in our own grocery store here. It's good. Walmart sells it on line and Amazon does too.

      I'm a big fan of spam. It stores forever, and there are some really great flavors. I like Jalapeno, Portuguese Sausage, Tabasco Spicy Hot, and Teriyaki among others.

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    2. Oh, yes, we buy B&M Brown bread by the case. Love it toasted and slathered with butter; especially with beans. Grew up on the stuff. I just thought canned white bread would be a nice change for survival or to keep in the truck. Have you tried OVA-Easy egg crystals? Can't tell the difference between real eggs, scrambled...with some spam cubed in it.

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  11. The Survival Mom book is a great resource.
    I have some Red Feather but no Yoders bacon. It has been on my wish list for a while, but the price always makes me hesitate.

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    1. It's a good book. She was featured on an early episode of "Doomsday Preppers" and struck me as thoroughly down to earth and a practical woman.

      Yoders certainly isn't something you'd eat on a whim. I buy it, but it's for the emergency type situations. I do use it for cooking sometimes, usually with long term food storage products, to liven up the meal. I look at that as justified, since it's part of the "Prior planning prevents poor performance" credo.

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  12. Everything has an expiration date, is there one on that bacon? I think like Riverrider said, I might just stick with Spam for the price. Wifey thinks I'm nuts for wanting to stock up on Spam. It's not that bad... besides all those Hawaiians can't be wrong. Not sure why it gets a bad wrap.

    Like you, we have had issues with "undocumented" animals getting into the chicken feed. First the skunks, now the farm cats. Short of shooting them, I'm not sure what else I can do. --Troy

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    1. Troy, you know me. I don't pay any attention to the expiration date or the "best by"dates. I've eaten canned food that has been in the main supply room for more than ten years with no problem. I'm sure there's an expiration date on the bacon, it's a legal requirement I think. Still, I'd say it's about indefinite if you keep the cans in a cool,dry place. I don't take my cans out of the case until I need to use some of the cans, and I think that helps preserve the food.

      As to the animals, they don't eat much. I always figure the animals were here first, and if I feed them I am just kind of paying them some rent. I like animals a lot and I never hurt them if I can possibly avoid it.

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    2. I know what you mean. It's just that canned meat seems to me to have more risks as far as going rancid. Then again I don't have anything to prove that. -T

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    3. I had a DAK canned ham go bad once. When I looked it over, I saw it had a small tear in the strip of sealing metal around the lid. The dogs ate it though, so it didn't go to waste!

      I keep smoked meat, canned meat, salted meat and of course meat in the freezer. If some of it goes bad, I guess I can't be too mad about it. If I lost a lot of it, or if one type went bad consistently, that would change the game.

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  13. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    That Yoders bacon is good stuff and a whole lot is packed in that little can.

    I've gotten back into the AK again after a long absence and enjoyed shooting it at the range. I ordered some more of those surplus steel mags since they will go up in value eventually.
    In time I may save up for a nice 'Arsenal' AK. I got a WASR and works great. I may have to adjust the front sight a bit but that's normal. Russian stuff always fascinates me because of its durability and reliability.

    Generators here are a must have along with stuff in case of storms also. I will test out my genny this weekend.

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    1. I always felt like you get your money's worth with Yoders. Good stuff, and as you say, there's a lot in the can. It has gone up a lot in price , but then, what hasn't.

      AIM just got in a huge shipment of European steel AK Mags. I don't know what they are asking for them but their prices are usually cheap.

      Russian equipment is not as sophisticated as Western gear, but it is rugged, functional, and usually easy to maintain. The AK 47 typifies that design philosophy.

      A generator comes in handy now and then, that's certain.

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