It's raining now, and will be on and off all day. We weren't planning on going anywhere, anyway. Sunday, of all days, M and I usually stay home.
I've got a fire going for her, so she and Rufus the Ancient Pomeranian can relax on the couch upstairs on the main floor.
I'm downstairs, in the "big computer room." I fixed up a "little computer room" for M on the main level, so she doesn't have to come down the stairs to use a computer.
There are three flights of stairs in this house, all of them pretty steep. When I was 32 that seemed just fine, but now, at 65, I realize that probably wasn't a great design feature.
You don't really think you will ever get old when you are that age, though.
Enough leaves have come off the trees now to open up the views around the house. In summer, the foliage is so dense, that if I want a view I have to walk up the mountain to a big outcropping of granite boulders. But in winter, the trees don't block the view and we have mountains all around us. It's a nice time of year. So quiet, with all the tourists and summer folks gone.
A cartoon I especially liked:
That's what I am trying to say:
I have, from time to time, mentioned that the old guns I collect have a feel to them. They have something modern guns just don't. I have some modern guns, but I bought them for utilitarian purposes, and they don't evoke any particular sense of history.
I saw a link to this story on Gorge's blog, and I wanted to relink to it here because the writer pretty well captures and expresses how the old guns have an effect on some people who collect them.
Two new catalogs came in the mail this week, The CH Kadels and the BudK. They both had some really good things in them, at reasonable prices.
I ordered some antibiotics from the CH catalog, they had a good price on several different types.
They are also offering a number of new specialty books from the "Self Sufficiency Series." I checked their prices vrs Amazon, and they were about the same. So, if you have an Amazon Prime account and want any of the books, you can save shipping costs and maybe tax money by going that route.
I haven't ordered any of these yet. They run about $10.00 each new. I found some of them used, in good shape, for about $4.00. I was thinking I'll buy one a week or so, and add them to my Self Sufficiency library here on the mountain top. Again, I look at this place as something to be passed on to my grown kids at some point in the future, so books like this are an investment for the future, even if I don't actually use the information myself.
Here are some blogs that are written by people that could help a novice, and would be glad to answer questions about these subjects. If you know people who are "duty experts" about these topics, or you are yourself, please let me know so I can link to the blogs. "duty expert" is a Marine Corps term with positive connotations. It means the person in a group who has the most experience and expertise in a certain endeavor. If the "duty expert" is a Corporal, and you are a Captain, then the Corporal honcho's the project (though you remain responsible if it goes bust). Expertise is what counts, not rank.
So "duty expert" is far from being a derogatory term, just for the record.
Joel's Gulch. Joel and his dog live in the Southwestern Desert. He is a past master at using what's to hand to make a sustainable habitat in that environment. He's very good at innovation, and his blog is very interesting.
Rain is very knowledgeable about making cheese. She has produced some beautiful cheeses right in her own kitchen. She lives in a nice place in the woods, in Canada.
Leigh is a homesteader, and an author of self sufficiency books. She lives here in the South, on her farm with her husband. She's a source of information on just about everything there is to wonder about in the self sufficiency life style.
Kymber and J. live on the eastern coast of Canada. They are remarkable people in a number of ways, not least in how they have built a wonderful home for themselves, by themselves. They can find a use for everything that comes to hand, and they live in a spectacularly beautiful place.
Lisa lives in a rural setting in Virginia. She's a long distance runner, equestrian, mom, wife and teacher. She sent me some hard tack she made once, that was better than anything I ever bought. She was also home on her farm, with her kids, when a crazy man tried to break in. That's a tale that raises the hair on the back of your neck. She's got good survivalist skills, especially in the kitchen.
There are a lot of other people out there with good blogs, who have information and advice to offer. I'll try to post a few more before long.
This months American Survival Guide showed up in the mail box. Mostly winter topics, appropriately enough. There was an article on good books about survival related topics. One of the books they recommended was on the Anasazi culture. I've always been interested in that, and made a trip out to Chaco canyon with my son and middle brother back in 2005. I ordered the book on Kindle, and it's been a good one.
Modern Pioneer has been coming out with some very good issues. I haven't been buying it, but I am going to see if I can get the Kindle edition. That would be inexpensive, and functional. With American Survival Guide and Off Grid I buy the Kindle version and the hard copy. I think just the Kindle version of this would be enough. I can keep the Kindle going for a long, long time even in a power down situation. And, with my new Kindle that has 64 GB of memory, I can store a lot more articles on the device itself.