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

― Frank Herbert

Monday, May 29, 2017

Rain Forest



More rain on and off. Sometimes pretty heavy.  Most of this is pop up thunderstorms.   Enough rain has fallen now to move us out of the severe drought category, although we are still well below where we should be.


The May 23rd drought map shows no more red up here, and after this weekend, I suspect the darker tan area may go away.

There was water in the little pool down by the gate for the first time in months. That's where the dogs like to stop and soak on the way back from the mailbox , so they'll be glad of that.

Everything here is a dark green now in the forest. The trees are still stressed by the drought though, and when I drive into town after a thunderstorm I can see where the county has had to clear the roads of trees that fell down and blocked the way.





My exercise in logistics will be over in a couple of days. I plan to go to the grocery store and load up on fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, cheese, green olives, and a few other things I miss.

This month things got out of whack and so it really wasn't a valid test. I spent two days in Chattanooga, and then my wife has been gone most of the month.

Still, I didn't run out of anything important, and I used up a lot of cat, dog and chicken feed that needed to be used and replaced.

I had dried fruit, but I think fresh fruit and vegetables is what I missed most. And those bags of grated cheese my wife buys. I had plenty of canned cheese, and lots of frozen vegetables. I also missed going to the grocery store and just wandering up and down the aisles finding things I wanted.









These gear guides are really just survivalist catalogs.  Pricey at $10.00, but it's amazing , some of the things that you can buy these days

Down in the biggest store room in the house, I have a lot of camping equipment I bought when I was working at the state park on a senior citizen program. The camp store decided to get out of the camping gear business, and I bought most of the equipment at cost.  Looking through this gear guide, I can see that while my stored equipment is still functional, it's way behind the times.  At least it's paid for and on the shelf, though.



Since my last doctor visit, I've been cooking every day.  Ordinarily when my wife is off visiting the kids, I just heat up things out of cans. But that has a negative impact on your "sodium level" so now I am inventing different meals with frozen food.  Things like making rice, then mixing it with frozen stir fry vegetables, and putting some summer sausage in it.  Nothing on the level of people like Kymber or Lisa who post the wonderful things they cook up, or Rain the Canadian who does the same. But it's really more enjoyable food than canned stuff, even if I do have to wash dishes afterwards.


Well, Memorial Day weekend is over.  And that basically means summer is here.  Feels like it outside, but I'm still glad to see summer.



Thought for the Day:




"Some days you get the bear. Some days, the bear gets you."


I was rooting for the bear on this one.  Wonder why Ursus didn't finish the guy off? I would have.






Music for evening, the easy chair, and a cold Southern Comfort and Coke.




24 comments:

  1. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    lots of rain in Texas and its heading your way.

    There was a big sale on tools and stuff at Sears.com today so I ordered a $350 tool set for $150. I also got an extra set of screwdrivers. I already have lots of tools but sometimes I have to 'jury rig a tool' to get something fixed and I get sick and tired of doing that. I figure also that when the money becomes worthless and its 1929 all over again. Fixing things and making do will be the order of the day.

    That was a pretty good assessment you did on the 'not going to the grocery store' for a month project. My thoughts on that is in a worst case scenario just eating an old piece of Spam will be a blessing.

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    1. I always keep an eye out for good sales, either at stores I go to or on line. Sometimes I buy things I don't really need, but I figure one way or the other, they'll come in handy down the road.

      I guess the biggest problem with stored supplies is that they will eventually run out given enough time. I try to be ready for a black swan event that would last a year. Something like an EMP disruption, social upheaval, that kind of thing. I notice from reading other blogs that a lot of people who previously considered those events in their planning just aren't worrying about them anymore. They are just planning for a snow storm, hurricane, something far less significant in terms of time and effect. One fellow I have been reading for I think at least ten years now has made this change, and referred to the more traumatic events as "survivalist's fantasies." Maybe he is right, but I'm locked into the long term view after 30 + years of living that way.

      The people who can probably go it the longest in the event something really bad happens are the homesteaders. Leigh, Kymber, Lisa, Kev the Brit, Tanya the Aussie, Dani the South African, those are all people who are pretty much self sustaining. Of course, if the marauding cannibal hordes of Shaka Zulu the 2nd, or of General Butt Naked roam the land then even those people will probably not make it.

      Homesteaders tend to be heavy on self sufficiency and light on ordnance. Kev the Brit might have a bow and arrows but I doubt it.

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    2. hahaha, general butt naked retired to try to be a missionary, claim he found jesus. the folks he screwed over for a decade or more are dubious to say the least, but last i heard they haven't hacked him to bits, yet. what a guy. i thought i was the only one around that knew of general butt naked, lol.

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    3. When I first heard of General Butt Naked, it was on a news program about one of the interminable wars in Africa. I thought they were making it up. But sure enough, later on in the program, there he was, and he lived up to the moniker.

      Maybe if there's a collapse, I'll get up my own gang of oldsters, terrorize the county, levy toll on everyone's goods, and style myself "General Butt Naked II." ;-)

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  2. One of the things I like to do with quick cooked meals is rice with...

    Cook the rice with the summer sausage (cut up in chunks (you can precook and add the pan drippings as part of the water)) and some frozen veggies. Add water and cook normally.

    Some already cooked beans added to rice and a little meat, add water and cook.

    Both ways make a reasonably quick one-pot meal. Leftovers are nice, too.

    Good luck up there.

    (And Corrinne Brown, idiot from Florida, got Life for corruption. Hooray!!!)

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    1. I got the word , with great rejoicing, that Corrine the Hag is on her way to the hoosegow. Couldn't have happened to a more deserving person. Now if they will just get Maxine Waters. They already indicted Maxine twice but with a black and hispanic jury, well, not much chance there.

      Those sound pretty good in terms of quick and easy meals. I make enough of whatever I am cooking to have lunch and supper from it. Sometimes I have leftovers and I put them in containers in the ice box. If I forget them, and they get too old for me to risk, the dogs are quite happy to have the leftovers warmed up and mixed with their regular food.

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  3. When living on a sailboat I really got to missing fresh veggies. Actually started dreaming about salad. When I finally got to a store I bought a huge bag of mixed greens. Had half of them for dinner and the rest at breakfast.

    At least now if the fridge is empty of fresh veg I can always wander outside and gather up a mess of fresh weeds to eat.

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    1. I've never been a real big veggie eater, other than potatoes, but these days I'm learning. Don't want to wind up like Whalen Jennings, chopped to pieces on bit at a time.

      Nothing wrong with a good Poke Salad. Watch out for the gators, though.

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  4. It's been raining off and on here a lot too. On my June Berry Bush there will be no berries. The wind took off all its flowers.

    I keep going to the grocery store a lot! Mica's going through a growth spurt. He's been eating and eating! Always hungry. Even after I've fed him a full meal. It's times like this (growth spurts) where I'm glad I live in the city by grocery stores.

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    1. Strange how something so ordinary can be something you miss doing. I know what it's like to have growing kids in the house, they need a lot of food ready to hand. I do envy you having nice grocery stores close by. One of ours went out of business and now we only have two in the whole county. And one of the two is Wal-Mart.

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  5. rain forest, roger that...cut the grass friday, already needs cutting again. river too high to canoe our annual memorial float with a bunch of vets, way too high.

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    1. Too bad about the canoe trip. That would have been a good time. I am not mowing my meadow this year. Too many snakes and too little motivation.

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  6. Glad you are getting the rain you need. I'm sure your camping gear is fine - probably just a little more bulky than the more modern stuff.
    I have frozen the shredded cheddar cheese before, after buying it in bulk. I like to bag it in individual 2 cup portions, so I can grab a bag at a time to use. It does pretty well though.

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    1. Well, mostly they sold decent quality things at the camp store, but the products in these "Gear Guides" are high tech, with a commensurate price tag. The only way I would ever use camping gear anymore was if I was forced out of my place up on the mountain, and hopefully that won't happen.

      I should put some bags of the cheese in one of the freezers. We have frozen big blocks of cheese before, when they were on sale and we bought a bunch of it. Just never did put any of the shredded cheese away. But clearly it would be a good idea. I wonder if I could put the cheese in plastic containers and freeze it. I have lots of those, but I don't think we have any plastic "baggies" at all. Wouldn't hurt to put a few on the shelf.

      I have to go into town briefly this morning, but I still can't buy anything until tomorrow, when my one month test is over. Even if the results are skewed by having my wife gone, I still feel obligated to stick with it.

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  7. A few years ago we spent a few days in north Georgia in June or July, I don't remember exactly. That time gave me a whole new understanding of humidity. Was only in the 80's most of the time, but it was hard to draw a breath with all that moisture. And we never saw the sky or horizon, no clouds just the haze of humidity. Sheesh.

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    1. That's the place. The "Smokey mountains" got that name from the vast aura of watery haze in the air in summer. I went for my 1.5 mile walk around the trail at the park in town this morning, and like to have croaked. Some old lady came jogging by me and stopped to ask if I was alright. That was humiliating. But I was getting a little worn down, the humidity just sucks the life right out of you.

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  8. Hey Harry,

    We do a lot of home cooking here at our place because hubby and I have an issue with salt. I've found a wonderful easy recipe from the Pioneer Woman if you like fresh sweet potatoes, red onions, Brussel sprouts and turkey (italian style) sausage. It's a one pan dish...you get out a cookie sheet peel your sweet potatoes, and cut them in small pieces. Chop the onions in same size pieces and clean your Brussel sprouts. Place all veggies on the cookie sheet drizzle all with a little olive oil, sprinkle a little salt, and pepper over the top. Then place your sausage directly on top of the veggies and back for 40 to 45 minutes on temperature of 425. No need to turn anything, just let it back. As long as your sausage is cooked, all is good. We love simple recipes. Keep up the good work with limiting your salt in take!!!

    OMG....this guy is crazy not to be prepared for a bear attack. I'm sorry, I would have bear spray and a gun....not a little arrow :P

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    1. Sandy, when I was a kid we had sweet potatoes twice a week because they were cheap. Do you think I could substitute red potatoes for the sweet potatoes? I always buy cooked sausage because I'm afraid of getting something nasty from uncooked sausage, so no problem there. The recipe overall sounds really tasty, and not too hard .

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    2. Harry,

      I don't see why not!!! Red potatoes would taste really good with the rest of the veggies and sausage. Granted the Pioneer Woman puts spices on her dish.....I don't. I just use a little salt and pepper because the veggies, olive oil and the sausage have enough great flavor.

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    3. I've seen that "Pioneer Woman" on the Direct TV programming guide but I never watched it. Maybe I should!

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  9. Glad the drought is almost over. We had lots of rain in Texas and expecting more the end of the week. I absolutely hate going to Walmart and find myself ordering online more and more. Like you, I need the fresh fruits, veggies and cheese. Have you tried the freeze-dried cheese? I have some in storage, but have not used any yet. Enjoy your grocery shopping. Jana

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  10. Jana, I'm glad too. Last summer was pretty stressful.I stayed glued to my scanners for fear we wouldn't get the word about a fire and go the way those people in Tennessee did.

    I looked at ordering from Walmart, there was some price limit, like you had to spend thirty five dollars a pop, and I usually don't spend that much for things I could order from them. But I think I will put together an order and try it out.

    I haven't tried freeze dried cheese. I have some cans of powdered cheese, and a lot of the Australian cheese in a can which is very good. But I would like to try the freeze dried too. Any recommendations?

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  11. Harry I recommend mac and cheese with frozen brocllie and cauliflower and sausage . quick and good

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    1. Gary, that does sound like something quick, and tasty.

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