Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A little poem for Robert Burns day. 7.62X51 Malaysian ammo. If not now, maybe never. Endeavor to Persevere. Don't go out in the woods when it's snowing.

This one is for you, Rain....

To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough

Robert Burns


Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,
Wi' murd'ring pattle!

I'm truly sorry man's dominion,
Has broken nature's social union,
An' justifies that ill opinion,
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth-born companion,
An' fellow-mortal!

I doubt na, whiles, but thou may thieve;
What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!
A daimen icker in a thrave
'S a sma' request;
I'll get a blessin wi' the lave,
An' never miss't!

Thy wee bit housie, too, in ruin!
It's silly wa's the win's are strewin!
An' naething, now, to big a new ane,
O' foggage green!
An' bleak December's winds ensuin,
Baith snell an' keen!

Thou saw the fields laid bare an' waste,
An' weary winter comin fast,
An' cozie here, beneath the blast,
Thou thought to dwell-
Till crash! the cruel coulter past
Out thro' thy cell.

That wee bit heap o' leaves an' stibble,
Has cost thee mony a weary nibble!
Now thou's turn'd out, for a' thy trouble,
But house or hald,
To thole the winter's sleety dribble,
An' cranreuch cauld!

But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain;
The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men
Gang aft agley,
An'lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

Still thou art blest, compar'd wi' me
The present only toucheth thee:
But, Och! I backward cast my e'e.
On prospects drear!
An' forward, tho' I canna see,

I guess an' fear!

Wire Note:

This morning (Jan 31), I found five comments in the spam folder, going back about a week or so.   I posted them, and then responded to them.  But one of them, from J. Bogan, I can't find. When you review comments on blogger, you can only go back a few days. After that, you have to go back over each post and look for one with an odd number of comments. J, I did not find which post you were commenting on, but your comment is posted. If you can remember which one it was, let me know, will you?  


Psst! Hey buddy, wanna' buy some surplus ammo?

Addendum: 3:00 p.m. Wednesday January 31, 2018.  Just got my email receipt from Centerfire.  They said they would take off the $4.99 signature fee, and I annotated that on my order as they requested. But, they didn't.  I don't care so much about the $5.00 as I do about the hassle in getting the package if they won't leave it at the gate. They also charged me an additional 3% on the order because I ordered on line and used a credit card. That's on their web page, now that I look at it. Again, not a big deal but not particularly copacetic either.

Addendum: 3:15 p.m. Wednesday January 31, 2018    Well,  just called Centerfire.  They said not to worry, the $4.99 won't actually be charged to my card, although the bill reflects it .  But then the lady told me that the actual shipping documents might reflect "signature required" and if so, someone will have to sign for the ammo.  She told me a neighbor could sign. I told her that the old man at the foot of the mountain is the nearest "neighbor" and he would sign for it. She said it has to be someone adjacent to my property.  I explained that would be the national forest and I doubted the Department of Natural Resources would be enthusiastic about signing for my ammo. She said FEDEX is not allowed to call me on a cellphone to tell me they are at the gate, and that if they go to the gate three times and no one meets them, they will return the ammo to Centerfire. She said she would try to make sure the shipping documents don't reflect the "signature" thing. I told her I wasn't very worried about $5.00 but I sure wasn't comfortable with the way this is going.  So, we'll see. Just a word to the wise though, with all this foofarah, I'm thinking maybe it isn't such a good deal at all. Just have to wait and see I guess. The lady at Centerfire was really nice, I'm not fussing about her. It's just that all this is way too complicated.

There's a good deal on that Malaysian 7.62X51 that's been coming into the country.  The stuff is brass cased, noncorrosive, but berdan primed, hence not reloadable for most of us.

Centerfire is offering the ammo for $124.99, with free shipping. There's a little bit of a catch. If you just order it, they will charge you an additional $4.99 for a signature fee.  If you waive the fee, of course, then they are not responsible if someone steals it.  I told the lady I'd been up here 32 years and never lost a package yet, and she was nice about it.

If the drivers can't just leave it at the gate, they'll leave it with the old man down on the hard surface road. Then I have to go down there to get it, and I have to "visit" and hear all the news. He's a good old guy, and I should visit more often than I do anyway. Sometimes, though, I just don't feel quite up to it.  "Old men are garrulous by nature." Cicero. 

People may wonder why I am still buying ammo, when I have a sufficiency for my needs already. The answer is that it's the same as the old guns, you can get it right now, but down the road you may not be able to .  This place was always designed to outlast me, and to continue to be a refuge for my adult kids and their families, if any.  However that works out, whether they live here , keep it against a day of need, or sell it, I want to turn it over to them 100 percent squared away when the time comes.  I truly believe that the day will come when we'll need this place, and if it isn't while my wife and I are alive, it will be in my kid's time.

If you need to get motivated for the future,  read this book, and see this movie. I know most of you have already, but for those who haven't, it's a unique experience.

It's got a stellar cast and a clear message. You won't forget it in a hurry, I promise.

The weather here has turned cold again.  Thursday night we are expecting snow, though the weather forecasters in Atlanta say there won't be much of it. We'll see.  I'm not taking any special precautions, other than to park the jeep down on the hard surface road, because we are well stocked up and I can't think of anything that needs doing.

Rain reminded me of this scene. It's appropriate for the mountains this winter!

I've been watching some news, though I try not to let it get me down.  I was underwhelmed with the Dims and their whining and showboating about the State of the Union Address. But rather than getting all mad, I am emulating Lone Watie.

Thought for the Day:

A little music:


  1. I think you are spot on about purchasing ammunition while you can. The 'Great Ammunition Drought' several years ago caught many people unaware, never thinking 'It Can't Happen Here'. Yeah it can, sort of like the Hi-Cap ban in the 1990's couldn't happen either.

    If you enjoy one of the shooting sports, ammunition is VITAL to that discipline, whatever it is. Buying it isn't hoarding - its planning for the future.

    1. I always try to bear in mind that the situation related to any facet of life can change in the blink of an eye. I'm sure everyone has had experience of putting off something they wanted to do, or needed to do, and then the opportunity was gone.

      I remember the "Feinstein Gun Ban". I went to bed the night they voted, and didn't worry because all the news services said the votes to pass it in the senate weren't there. But when they voted, several Republicans turned craven and voted with the Dims. The result was 10 years of misery and outright stupidity foisted off on gun owners by the federal government. I have learned the hard way, on a number of different occasions, not to take anything for granted.

      As someone remarked in a previous post, surplus ammo is drying up fast. Some chamberings that used to be common as dirt just aren't to be found without exceptional luck these days.

      I concur with your thoughts. Prior planning prevents poor performance.

  2. Some say,

    "You can't eat ammo".
    But you CAN feed it to others.....

    1. Raven, I look at it this way. I may need ammunition for the defense of myself, my family, and my property. When I look back over the events of the past year, I believe that more strongly than ever.

      I also believe that if the day comes where we can't just prance down to the store and buy as much of what we want, when we want, then ammunition will be a good barter item. There are bumper stickers that say ".22 ammo is the currency of the new millennium." I think that may turn out to have some validity down the road.

  3. Hi Harry! :)))) Thank you! I do love that poem and the message...and the photo you chose, that makes me all more angry at humanity who has ruined habitats...I won't rant to day though :) Lovely. :) I have seen The Road, but haven't read it and I'm sure the book is even better than the movie. I rented it a long time ago because I like the actor Viggo. He is in another movie called "A History of Violence" that is pretty good too. Of course, Lord of the Rings, which I do love, though the book is much better! :)

    The music was nice and those images of the sky were so nice. There is a Blue Moon tonight but I might miss it because we have snow coming too. The dogs will be happy though!

    Oh, you can count me among the outlaws as well!!

    1. That's my favorite poem by Burns, and I like the Scottish dialect as well as the message. That's why I printed it in the original instead of a "translated" version. Seemed more appropriate in the context of his "night" too.

      I always boggle at how the protagonist in "The Road" would have been so much better off if he'd had a $64.00 rifle and 100 rounds. He wouldn't have constantly had to be running off from cannibals and other assorted low lifes.

      Do you remember the scene when he and his little boy come up on the hillside just as the pack of cannibals are running down the young woman and her child, and because he only has one bullet all he can do is run away, so the cannibals kill the woman and kid? That always bothered me a lot. I know it's just a movie, but there's a truth there. The cannibals only had sticks and rocks, and he could have wasted them all one at a time with a bolt action rifle. :-(

      I like smooth jazz. It's peaceful and helps me relax. I listen to the "Smooth Jazz" station on Sirius XM a good bit in the evening, and I also listen to smooth jazz on pandora.

      I wish you could see the Blue Moon. You and the pack better fort up inside though, if it's going to snow. Going out into the woods at night is risky enough, but in a snow storm, even worse.

      Like the sign says, "you can have my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands." The Dims down here don't believe that, and they like to make fun of that saying, but they'd be wise to pay heed.

    2. Your last paragraph somehow reminds me of a scene from the movie Jeremiah Johnson, have you seen it? I think it was that movie where Robert Redford's character finds someone frozen and dead on the mountain and pries his gun from his hands!

    3. Hatchet Jack! That's great! I'm with you, I was born in the wrong era! :)

    4. Absolutely! That's one of my favorite movies, and one of the best scenes in it. I always felt like I should have lived back then, and not now! Hatchet Jack!

    5. People were free then. There was plenty of room and you could just get off on your own. Individuals who wanted to just live their own lives without societal constraints could do so. But no more.....

      I tried to rewrite my comment in response to yours, and I deleted it by mistake. So our comments are out of order but it doesn't matter..... ;-)

  4. My Scottish blood thanks you, for reminding me, that it is Robert Burns Day!!!!

    " "Old men are garrulous by nature." Cicero. "
    And do you know, one of the reasons? Because by that time, they have few folks to chat with. Old buddies are gone. Family is wayyyyyyyyy toooooo busy to visit. Etc. Etc. Etc. Sooooo, when a live person stops by, they are so thrilled to have interaction, that they talk too much, for too long, even though they may know it, and wish they didn't.

    Now Dear, I want you to look like a little boy, whose 'Old Aunt Tilly' just told him something, and it makes him a wee bit ashamed. And remember these words you wrote here; "He's a good old guy, and I should visit more often than I do anyway."

    And now I will run away. Before you come after me, with one of those rifles. LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

    1. I'm Scotch Irish, but I didn't know there was such a thing as Robert Burn's night until I read it on Rain's blog. We have the Scottish games here, and Celtic music festivals, but I did not know about that tradition.

      There aren't many people out here, so the old fellow sits on his porch, which is by the mail boxes, and when you go to get your mail he comes out and visits. I don't mind, he's a good guy and I learn what's going on. He has a wife but she is disabled and can't come out of the house. He moved up here from Florida about 13 years ago.

      My problem is that I can't make small talk, and I have trouble smiling and looking interested when I'm not because it seems fake to me. It's hard for me to carry a conversation if I don't really have anything to contribute. But your point is well taken, I shouldn't begrudge him a little visit now and then if I pick up a package, or he sees me at the mailbox. He IS a good guy, and has always done what he could to be friendly and helpful.

      I don't mind your observation at all. It's true. And I'm no spring chicken myself, so I should heed the "do unto others" rule I guess. :-)

  5. Awww, Harry, the old geezer would love to have some company. Maybe you could bring him some homemade cookies or something. It is lonely getting old, sometimes. Our FedEx driver is a real trooper; he has the combination to our gate and just leaves the ammo if we are not home. Now, UPS is a different story. If we don't leave the gate open, he won't open it, but he will call and tell us he left a package at the gate (yeah, ammo, too). We would all be counted as outlaws here, including the FedEx guy. Our gate is almost a mile from the house, so we try not to have stuff delivered in snowy wintertime. There were times, years ago, that we had to crank up the Deere and pull a UPS truck out of a snowbank by the house; we are getting too old for that stuff, especially since they don't get here until after dark. We read The Road, too. Very dark.

    1. He's a stout old guy. He flies the Confederate flag from his porch, puts it up every morning and takes it down every evening. This is the guy who had a bunch of Mexicans pull up in his drive, and tell him they were coming inside to use the bathroom. He said hell no, and they got back in their car and did donuts all over his little lawn, tore it to bits. He got the plate number but as far as I know , the Sheriff's Department didn't do squat. This was the time when I called the Sheriff's Department and asked for some extra patrols out here, and he said "you folks out there are on your own." It was after the big recession broke out and he had his staff cut in half due to budget constraints. But I digress.....

      We get Fedex deliveries from Cleveland, Tennessee, and from Gainesville, Ga. It's almost never the same driver. They usually leave my stuff at the gate, but I never had anybody demand a signature for ammo before. UPS driver is a friend, he calls me on his cell phone to tell me he is coming, and always leaves my stuff at the gate for me. I really think this is much ado about nothing, but I could never really get the person at Centerfire to tell me what would happen if my ammo got returned. Do I get my money back? Do they ship it again at my expense using the same less than agile approach and repeat the cycle. Don't know.

      The Road is certainly short on fluff, but it's an eye opener. When I say I'm going to shelter in place here come what may, I always have that book in the back of my mind.

  6. "Old men are garrulous by nature."

    And this one is gatting more so everyday.


    1. I know the feeling. I have to be careful when I'm in town now, not to get caught up in a conversation. I was not always loquacious, never been a talker, but I find myself leaning that way in my old age.😟

  7. "i ain't surrendered neither, but they took my horse and made him surrender." harry you think that 1979 ammo is good to go? stored 35 years in the tropics, i'm kinda hinky on it,but i have been eyeballing it a while. an m1919a6 goes thru ammo rather quickly, lol. priority right now is .30 carbine stock pile or lack thereof....hey did you see ol pelosi? she was squirming like the alien lizard inside her was trying to get out. i hope that deal with the devil she made is worth it....we had a amtrak train full of congresscritters crash today. you would be disgusted by the vitriol being spewed by the leftists in regards to the victims. i don't think we would do the same if it was dumocrats. i'd be praying for them instead....oh, i'll try to get that mag to you this weekend, misplaced it until sunday. speaking of sunday, the stuper bowl is being put on in new mogadishu, minnesota this year.stay frosty my friend. out here.

    1. I think it will be ok. It went into sealed ammo cans at the factory, and Malaysia has a pretty reputable munitions industry. The only surplus ammo I ever got that was bad was Indian 7.62x51. The bullets weren't properly seated on that particular lot. But I got it really cheap and pulled the bullets so I was o.k.anyway.

      Midway is having a pretty decent sale on IMI commercial production .30 carbine ammo. In the immortal words of Jeremiah Johnson, "you cain't go no better."

      The Outlaw Josey Wales is one of my favourites. A great story line, a superb cast, and a plethora of useful quotes. Clint Eastwood is one of the few Hollywood people I respect.

      Pelosi is a very sick individual. She's indicative of the kind of mewling, poisonous toad that's attracted to the Dims. 😠

      Minnesota has long had a problem with the Skinnies and it's getting worse. On the one hand they brought it on themselves, but on the other there are a lot of innocent people there now having to deal with the consequences of having that disease baccillus imported there.

      I appreciate your going to the trouble to send the magazine. I expect it will come in handy. One can never have too much ammo or too many magazines.πŸ˜€

  8. Better to get all the ammo you can while it's plentiful. It's only three short years until the election after all. That, and there's always the chance that someone worse than Hillary could become president. --Troy

    1. You know Troy, that's been worrying me. The Republicans have fallen apart, and they've shown themselves to be unworthy of conservative support. I'm not voting for either Georgia senator next time out. The dims may win the midterms, and as fine a job as President Trump has done, with all the forces of the media, the Deep State, and the Sheeple arrayed against him, he might not win reelection. Or, he may just decide the country is too broken and not run. Another 8 years of something like The Moslem in Chief would be the end.

      That being so, while I'm breathing easier right now while President Trump is in office, I'm giving thought to to nightmarish scenario of the Limp Members being back in power.πŸ˜•

  9. Harry,

    Another great poem by the dear Scottish Man!!!
    Federal Express delivers at my place and if there's a unique package they will call, blow the horn, and/or if no answer leave the package on the other side of our gate without any issues. We're creating a box with a padlock on it for such deliveries. Drop the package in the box and lock the padlock. This way there's no hassles by whoever makes the delivery!!!

    Expecting snow in the northern half of Oklahoma over the weekend. It heated up to 70 degrees today....strange weather!!!

    1. I've always liked that poem. I'm not all that knowledgeable about poetry in most respects but that particular poem always struck a chord with me.😐

      I've never had this kind of problem before with an ammo order. Nobody ever demanded a signature. I could leave the gate open but then I would have to deal with getting the FEDEX truck turned around up at the house.😠

      We are supposed to get snow again tonight but supposedly not a lot. Relying on the Atlanta weatherman is not a good idea though, so I will just have to wait and see.πŸ˜•

  10. The Burns takes me back to my English Lit since 1877 class in college. The professor had a marvelous voice for reading poetry.
    There seem to be fees for every little thing now.

    1. I never studied English Literature after High School, though I did take Medieval Literature and a course on the Norse Sagas. I liked the Canterbury Tales , and I really liked the Norse epics.

      Anyway to pick your pocket. It's gotten to the point where the asking price of goods is just the starting point!

  11. Hey Harry,


    that's a good deal on the .308

    I sent a nice comment back on the Mosin Nagant. I did not see a response?
    If it is lost then no big deal.
    I am glad you are doing ok Harry. Give old Rufus a pat on the head for me.

  12. CC: If it ever shows up, and if I get it at the gate, and if they charge me what they said they would, it is. But that's a lot of "ifs" . I bought lots of things like slings, magazines and gas masks from them, and never had any hassle. This is probably the lat time I am ordering ammo from them, though. Too much B.S.

    I went back and checked the google blogger comment log, and I checked my the email account where I get a copy of all comments, and I couldn't find anything. I don't think it got here. That's been a problem as long as I've been using blogge, which, on and off, is about 10 years now isn't it? Counting the old Hermit blog.

    Yeah, we are doing fine. Cold here today, never got above freezing and the wind was terrible. I am staying inside.

    Rufus had pork chop for breakfast, and chicken for lunch. It's says it's a hard life, but he will endure it....

  13. Good for you, stocking up on things that may not be available in the future. Uggg! I wish that wasn't the case.

    I read that it's actually wise to go by things on close out clearance. Then turn around and sell the thing on Amazon. You can make more then you purchased it for. I've thought about starting that. Possibly I'm not enough of a shopper to do it.

    I think I have Strep Throat. I called the Allergy Clinic today. YAY they were open on a Sat. They called me in some antibiotics. YAY for not having to go in. It's been one sickness, then another, and another here. We've had Pink Eye, something like the real flu, but no fever, and now this.

  14. I've been doing it for a very long time. I'm not risking much, since the things I acquire are also used in our normal existence.

    I sold some books on Amazon, but I stopped doing it because by the time they took their percentage, and I paid two times what they allowed on shipping, I just did not make any money. However, I know from your web page that you are much more connected to things people want. I would think you could do quite well with a side business along those lines.

    I have said it before , but I continue to be impressed with how you handle working, having kids and a husband, and coping with the health issues. Some women are highly resilient beings and you are certainly one of them.πŸ˜ƒ