Fall and winter are coming:
September. Feels more like October out there this morning. We have a cold air mass over us right now that is really making the weather pleasant. Humidity is only 65% and it was 55 degrees at dawn. It'll warm up again, of course. Real fall weather won't be here until mid October.
In another two or three weeks, the farmers will be harvesting the corn. Most of it is left to dry out on the stalk, then they use it for animal feed. The corn I feed my chickens through the winter comes from a Christian cooperative in the county. It's cheaper than Walmart corn, doesn't have any chemical additives, and comes in an old fashioned burlap sack that can be used for all kinds of things. I never throw away anything useful.
Best of all, they are building a big new shooting range, open to the public , that will accommodate hand guns and rifles.
It's a nice place to live. No place is perfect, but I'm comfortable here. There are things I would change if I could , but I'm satisfied with life in the mountains.
Winter will be here soon. I'm about ready for it. Still a few things to do, but overall most of the work is done. Firewood all split and stacked. Propane, diesel and kerosene stored. Animal feed and long term food and water storage up to snuff. All these things are so much easier to do before the cold comes. Once the snow is here, or it gets to where the lake freezes over, everything is much harder to accomplish.
Pulling sacks of feed, or jugs of kerosene, or just plain groceries up the Jeep trail on a sled is not something I ever enjoyed, but now I'd just as soon not have to do it all. It's a steep climb.
Once it gets too cold to do much outside, I will start doing "inside" things, like cleaning my guns, reloading, and working on other projects that don't take me out in the weather.
It does get pretty cold here in winter.
But, after October, we have all of winter and spring before the snow birds and tourists start coming back. That's the best time of year.
Hurricane Irma. It's out there. Can't tell if it will be a problem here yet.
Post Primacy America:
I have been hearing a lot about this monograph released by the Government Printing Office. It postulates that our near future is one in which the United States is no longer the primary power on the planet. Rather, we'll just be one of a number of contending political entities.
I haven't read it yet. It's available free of charge on Kindle, but I have to figure out how to find it.
Some time back, I started looking at the government preparedness website:
If you can take the time to go through it, there are some good links to other government agencies. I signed up for reports from the Department of Homeland Security and the Government Printing Office. It's free, and if you have some spare time, might be an asset to you.
I've been watching some old movies lately, to pass the evenings. It's a good bet that many people won't have heard of these, but they're excellent entertainment. I don't enjoy many of today's movies, which seem cheap and contrived, and often have a left wing agenda. But movies used to be more in line with my values.
The Magnificent Seven:
Based on the Japanese classic, The Seven Samurai, this is a morality tale about the choice between standing up for yourself and just being a drone. The 1960 version was excellent, the remake of a few years ago, not so much.
The Wild Bunch:Sam Peckinpah was one of my favorite directors, along with John Ford. His movie "The Wild Bunch" , which takes place at the end of the "Old West", has a great cast and emphasized the themes of loyalty and courage. Not topics much considered in today's films.
Peckinpah also directed "The Cross of Iron" with James Coburn and an excellent supporting cast. It's the best American movie on the Eastern Front I have ever seen. The attention to detail on weapons, equipment, vehicles, uniforms was outstanding. I had the opportunity to talk with some veterans who fought on that front when I was in Germany for the first time, in 1977. It was an experience I've always remembered.
The Alamo: John Wayne
This was a favorite of mine since I was a kid. The cast is the pick of the 1950's and 1960's Hollywood retinue, as it was produced in 1960. When I taught 5th grade I used clips from this movie in history classes.
The Horse Soldiers: John Wayne
This movie was produced in 1959, when it was still permissible to portray the Confederacy realistically, and not from the warped view of modern liberalism. The scene below is based on the battle of New Market, when the Confederacy was forced to deploy the cadets of VMI to counter a Federal incursion. In the movie, none of the kids get killed but the reality was different. In the real battle, they lost 10 KIA and 45 WIA. Some of the cadets who were killed are buried on the grounds of VMI to this day. At least until BLM gets around to digging them up.