Sunday, January 21, 2018

Say hello to Percy. New survivalist magazines. "many a slip, twixt the cup and the lip."


It's a nice, quiet Sunday on the mountain.







 













Both issues came out about the same time.  American Survival Guide has adopted the larger, slicker format of Off Grid, and even more, it came in a plastic cover this time, instead of getting all beat up the mail.

Neither issue really had a lot that I could use , but there were some interesting articles. Even when there's nothing that is directly applicable to my own situation, I always enjoy the magazines. My daughter shares my interest in self sufficiency, and I gave her a Kindle Fire 10 for Christmas, so now she can read them up there.


I got my Choate butt pads, but they were for the actual MAK 90 stock, not the Choate stock that I need them for. I realize now that when I placed my order, I asked for the MAK 90 butt pad, meaning the Choate Mak 90 stock, but that's not what I said.  It would be tacky to send them back since it was my mistake, so I'll keep them. I still have both MAK 90 wooden stocks, who knows, I may need them some day. I'll give Choate a call tomorrow and clear this up, then place an order for the one's I need.

Here's what I inadvertently ordered,



but here's what I needed.


In the "Ah, well." category.




  My wife will be spending Monday and Tuesday at the hospital, so the next couple of days won't be fun but it's just routine stuff, nothing to worry about. I don't like hospitals. Always reminds me of bad times associated with people being ill. I also don't like the way they think they can order you around like you were their slave.


The Flu continues to ravish Georgia.



The flu is really burning through Georgia. We went to an adjacent county yesterday to do some shopping, and lots of people were wandering around in those little masks that cover your mouth and your nose. They didn't work in the 1918 epidemic, but maybe the masks are better today. When we got back here, there were people wearing them in the Walmart.  Never seen that before. However, the Atlanta news is really hyping it up, talking about all the young people and middle aged people in good health who had died.

All's well here, right now anyway.


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46 comments:

  1. That description of a ferret bite made me cringe. Reminded me of the time a cat bit me and wouldn't let go. --Troy

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    1. Ferret's have strong jaws, and sharp, curved teeth. They are great little animals and usually only bite if someone hurts or frightens them. The exception , of course, are the one's like Rowena who have been abused. They can be taught not to bite, but it can be a long, painful experience for the owner. I would imagine a cat bite would be about the same!

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    2. Funny, cats have strong jaws and sharp, curved teeth, that are longer than a ferret's, and 4 paws full of razor sharp mini-scimitars.

      Having a cat crunch your finger is a not-good memorable moment.

      Used to do Cat-shows. There's a breed of cat, the Russian Blue, which the un-fixed males are known to be rather, hrmmm, prone to anger, so to speak. So bad that some judges have the males brought to the judging area by themselves, with no other male cats around.

      Was at one cat show when a Russian Blue male freaked out. It took 5 guys to restrain and carry the cat away, one on each leg and one with his hand in the cat's mouth. I think an old school Marine DI would have been impressed by the amount of swear words coming out of that man's mouth (and the amount of blood coming out of his hand.)

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    3. I have never heard of that particular breed of cat, but it sounds like maybe it's just as well. My daughter and my wife are big cat fanciers, so I imagine they have heard of the Russian Blue.

      Ferrets are generally pacific creatures unless they are being handled roughly, or they have reason to distrust people.

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  2. Best wishes to your wife.

    No one likes the hospital.

    One of our grand daughters had an emergency appendectomy last weekend. We don't like hospitals but are happy they are there, when needed.

    I am 80 and do not want this flu. Nor does my husband who is 84. I wear those masks, when grocery shopping. He does too, because I want him to do so.

    They would not prevent me getting the flu, if packed in a crowded subway, with the person next to me, having the flu. But thankfully, I am never in a crowded subway. Living in the upper NE, we don't have such around here. Thankfully!

    I will wear my mask. We don't run around, anyway. -grin- Just grocery store and drug store. We can "suffer" through, with the funny looking masks. ,-)

    Cough once in a while. People think you are being wonnnnnderful, and protecting _them_, from your cold!!!! -smirk-

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    1. I have never seen people wearing those masks here, not even during the great bird flu scare years ago, but they are sure doing it now. We are trying to just stay away from people, but my wife has doctor's appointments this week and we decided to take the chance and just get out of the house this weekend. So far, neither of us are sick.

      Funny thing, in Japan people wear those masks if they have a cold or something, and no one thinks anything of it at all.

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    2. In Japan, the businesses require their employees to wear those masks if they are sick or easily get sick.

      If only we were as progressive as the Japanese in that respect.

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    3. I spent 13 months in Japan,and was much impressed at how they take social responsibility so seriously. While I'm not sure I would thrive in their culture, I certainly admired it's many positive aspects. It's not really about individuality though.

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  3. Just noticed your "I can't keep calm, I'm Irish and Scottish" button!!!!!!!!!!!

    Chuckle... Me too. And German and Austrian, thrown in too. None are known for being particularly "calm." ,-)))

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    1. I'm Scotch Irish, my wife is on one side of her family, and English on the other. My folks came to North Carolina in 1742, and my mom has all their history tracked down. I can remember the Revolutionary War parts, and the War between the States parts, but I get hazy after that!

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  4. Boy Percy is a squirmy little fellow. I can see the cuddle factor is pretty big with the little guy. Nice to put a voice to the person too. You don't usually get that on the WWW.

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    1. Ferrets sleep 16 hours a day, and they are very active the other 8 hours. If they are sleeping, you can pick them up, roll them around, "pour" them from one cushion or pillow to another, and they don't even wake up. They are so flexible it seems like they don't have bones.

      The video lets me do a post without wearing myself out with a lot of writing. For whatever reason, I feel low energy a lot of the time lately. And I think they may help me connect better with people.

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    2. Getting enough Vitamin D? Or sunlight? Considering the crappy weather you've been experiencing you might have that 'seasonal affective disorder' thing that is actually a real thing.

      You might try going outside and use some black powder to blow some stuff up. Might cheer up your inner soul, your lizard brain that craves noise and boom and flash. Or not. Works for me, even if it is just watching Russian accident videos.

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    3. Actually I think that the lighting in the room where I make the videos is probably what makes me look pale. I feel fine. It's true though, that we haven't been getting out much lately.

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  5. You and your wife have my sympathies about the hospital visit. I loath both doctors and hospitals and do everything I can to avoid both. Hope all is well.

    I just read that this flu virus is airborne. Just being close to someone breathing who has been exposed is enough to spread it. I think that's how I caught it. One of the nurses who comes in here called in sick the day after being here. It is some nasty stuff. Don't know if the face masks do any good, but they sure can't hurt. Stay well - it ain't much fun!!

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    1. Vicki, it's 31 January and I just found your comment and four others in the spam folder.😤 Sorry it took me so long to post it.

      I'm sure the flu can be transmitted through the air, as well as by touching something with the virus on it. We are laying low here, but last night the Atlanta news had a segment that said CDC thinks this flu season may last until May. So trying to avoid people is probably an exercise in futility.

      We are doing fine up here for the moment though.😷

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  6. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Cool ferret! Looks like the little guy needs a few other ferrets to help him carry away on of those AK's to a happy (and secure) ferret hole:)

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    1. CC, they will carry away other things, and hide them. keys, jewelry, anything that sparkles or shines. Anything they can chew on, and they like to carry off socks to put in the "stash." Ragnar used to carry off the satellite TV remote and chew the buttons off of it. I have a bunch of them in a drawer, all chewed to pieces. They love to chew up leather.

      They're great pals. I forgive them their little quirks. ;-)

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  7. That Percy is sure a wiggle worm. But what a cute face...so curious with those bright eyes. Hopefully your missus has nothing serious going on...I'm with you; hate hospitals. Especially ours, run by Keystone Cops. I hear that the flu is bad here, too, so we don't go to town at all. My DH just turned 80 and he doesn't need the grief of the flu, either. We finally got some much needed snow, but not much, only a few inches. We love seeing you in person and hearing you talk about your life on the mountain.

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    1. Tewshooz, We are back from the hospital. It didn't go so well. My wife had some kind of choking problem while she was "under" and it turned into a big flailex. When they came and got me to go back there to recovery, I knew something had happened the minute I saw her, she looked awful. She is sleeping on the couch up by the fire with her little dog right now, but it was not a good experience. It was supposed to be just a routine procedure.

      Percy sleeps about 18 hours a day, like most ferrets, but when he is awake he is very active. He was excited because he wanted to run around the little computer room, turning over the containers of pens, chewing up the calculator keyboards, pushing things off the shelves, and just generally raising havoc as his kind do. I took him back out to the apartment and he put up quite a struggle, he wanted to get down and chase the chickens. I used to let the ferrets do that when I was younger, but now if they take off I can't catch them. So if they don't have their harness and lease on, I don't let them go anymore.

      Glad you got some snow. I like snow too if it doesn't get like the new ice age around here.

      The video's make it easier for me to post. Typing a lot now is not so easy.

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  8. Percy is such a sweet boy. All of my life, I have heard such negative things about ferrets. You gave me a lot of good information about these wonderful animals. Like most things with animals, it is usually humans who cause the problems and not the animals. We have had lots of flu in my area. Several schools even shut down due to a large number of absent students. The schools brought in cleaning companies to clean all the campuses. While shopping, I saw a number of people wearing masks. Prayers for M. Jana

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  9. Jana, most people who talk ferrets down, never had one. They are challenging pets, that's true. But they give you so much back. They need a lot more care and attention than most domestic animals, and they cost a lot to take care of . I spent several thousand dollars on vet bills for Ragnar, even though I knew the end was not going to be good. But I wanted him to have as long a life as he could and still enjoy it. I take my ferrets to a specialist almost all the way down to Atlanta, but regular vets just don't have the expertise to treat them.

    If I didn't have my ferrets, I think I would be more stressed out, and I think I would have a lot more problems with "anger management". They are well worth the cost and effort to take care of .

    The appointment today didn't go well. She had a choking episode while she was in the surgery that was fairly bad. I have her home now, she's resting by the fire with her little dog, and sleeping.

    The flu is awful here, and yet we seem to be out around people right now. We are supposed to have another session with another doctor tomorrow, if she feels up to it after today's imbroglio.

    Never saw the mask thing here before but I am sure seeing it now.

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  10. harry, you may need the b vitamin drops for under the tongue.
    also vitamin d3. expose some skin to the sun every day if there is any sun. invigorates the vitamin d3.

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    1. Deb, the lighting in here is bad. Actually, in real life, I appear as a bronzed beach God! ;-)

      I take "multivitamins for Senior Men" every day. They may not help but they are like gum drops so I take them anyway!

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    2. Multi-vitamins don't have enough D3 in them. Get some 5000IU pills and use them.

      Also, a high-dose Vitamin C tablet until the flu goes away might help stave off the crud.

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    3. I have some vitamin C pills in our medical supplies. I had some vague notion that they would taste like oranges, but they sure didn't. So they are still languishing in the bottle.

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    4. You can get coated Vitamin C that has a candy shell on the outside, and gummi versions that are chewable.

      Seriously, if you are feeling down and bleh-ish, try some D3. If you're hanging around sick people, high concentrations of C will help you not get sick. If the throat is getting scratchy, or you (or wife) is subject to getting colds from being around people, wash the throat out with Orange Juice.

      I know these sound all 'organic' or 'old time-ish' but they do work.

      Like the Hot Toddy - probably the best sore throat medicine ever - mixture of liquor, orange juice and honey and heated water (sometimes tea). That was actually prescribed to us by our family doctor.

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    5. I've always liked orange juice and grapefruit juice. You used to could buy it up here in big cans, but now it's all either those waxed cardboard containers, or plastic. I keep it around the house , especially in summer because it's very refreshing if you have been working outside in the heat and humidity.

      Nothing wrong with holistic or "old timey" remedies. They often work better than medicine you have to get over the counter.

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    1. He's a great addition to our family, even if he does bother Spike sometimes, wanting to play.😉

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  12. Hi Harry :) I hope your wife is okay, I know you said routine stuff, but the idea of spending time in the hospital...ANY time, makes my skin crawl. I've been lucky not to be anywhere near a hospital in years, I think it has to do with not being around people much and loading myself up with the herb echinacea. That fights oncoming viruses and it's worked wonders.

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  13. She's feeling better, Rain. She's talking to my daughter on the phone right now, and that always cheers her up. The thing this morning kind of upset us both. The doctor came into the waiting room to get me. Everybody knows that when the doctor doing the surgery comes into the waiting room, it isn't with good news. People were shifting around in their seats, wondering if he was looking for them. Then he picked me out and asked me to come back into the surgery, and I knew it wasn't anything good. My wife looked terrible and she was pretty much unaware of her surrounding because of the anesthesia. I admit it scared me a bit, but it turned out she had a choking episode while she was under and they had some trouble with her breathing. She's better now.

    I hate hospitals. I have not had many good experiences in one.

    I liked the Chilly Willy drawing contest. I can't draw, but if my son was here I'd get him to do a Chilly Willy, he's a good artist.

    Stay snug and warm up there in the "far North."

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  14. Oh my gosh Harry...how scary that was for you. I hope M will be okay...surgery really scares me. I've gone through it once, but it wasn't full anesthesia. It's been mild but starting to drop and starting to snow, so hibernation it is.

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    1. It was not a positive experience. Supposed to be a simple two day event ,but after things went awry they sent us home and now the situation has to be reassessed.

      Raining here, but warm. Stay cosy up there.😐

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  15. Hospitals are no fun. I hope your wife does ok. Anytime someone goes to one, they can pick up other things.

    Mica had a hernia surgery right before the New Year. I'm glad we got him in! Then he had some recovery time at home, and only had to miss 1 gym class.

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    1. I dread hospitals. Even when the flu is not rampant, we have strict procedures for a trip to the hospital. We try not to spend a lot of time in the waiting room. As soon as we get home, everything we were wearing goes into the wash and then the dryer, shoes get sprayed with Lysol, and we take"decontamination" showers.

      I am really glad things went well with Mica. He seems very mature for his age, but even so it must have been unsettling for him.

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  16. Sorry to hear about your wife's bad experience. Did they fix the problem or did the choking start at the beginning? Hopefully it was after the fix was in. Hubby and I are staying away from civilization due to flu, also. We are 40+ miles from the nearest grocery store and WallyWorld. Our town has about 125 people so we can stay a little more isolated. We are getting our fresh produce by trying different delivery services. Last week it was FarmBox, this week we get a Home Chef box. Otherwise, we are well-stocked. To help keep the flu out of our town, our EMT's do not transport anyone they determine to have flu. One EMT gears-up and assesses. If flu, then they have the transport come from the town 40 miles away, rather than meet the other ambulance half-way, the usual protocol. By dong this, they keep the crew of 4 to 6 members of the FD from being exposed and passing flu to others. Because the volunteer department is small, if 4 were to get flu, it would have a major impact on our emergency response abilities.

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    1. We are reevaluating the situation with my wife. I never thought this was a good idea, but I let myself be brow beaten into it.

      The way your town is handling the flu is reminiscent of what some towns did in the 1918 flu epidemic. The towns that had the organization and will to take such steps fared far better overall than those that didn't. Our hospital is full of flu patients right now.

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  17. I hate hospitals too. Hope your wife is feeling better soon!
    I saw someone in the grocery store last night wearing a mask. She looked very frail, so I suspect she was undergoing chemo and couldn't afford to compromise her immune system any further by something like the flu.

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    1. Lisa, M is home but she is not fully recovered from that experience. I have been trying to get her to just rest and relax a bit.

      It does sound like the person you saw might have had more reason than most to guard against the flu. I know the current version can easily kill people with impaired immune systems as the Atlanta television stations are constantly warning about that. It's killing perfectly healthy people too, this is a bad variety.

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  18. Hope all goes well for your wife's hospital visit. I don't think anybody likes hospitals!

    Somewhere I saw an article (link from Gorges maybe(?) that most cases of flu have been contracted by folks who got the flu shot. Not a confidence booster.

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    1. Leigh, it didn't work out too well. She had a bad reaction to the anesthesia. We aren't going to do that again, not unless it's a matter of life or death.

      I watched a program on the ATL news where some doctor from CDC said that the flu this year is not at all what they predicted, and consequently the flu shot you can get is worthless. I have long heard that the flu shot can actually give you the flu, and I don't get one for that reason.

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  19. i am wearing a mask if i have to go out. in the second week of what my mom would call 'croup'. am told it is a 3 week 'cold'.
    so one more week to go.
    sun just came out!!
    cold here with strange warm periods in between. january thaw??
    harry, not your appearance--you handsome thang!--but your well being. the d3 is for all year but especially winter.
    heard a doctor say neanderthals are just regular people with rickets due to not enough sunlight in the ice age. take d3 and b complex [with 'c'. c makes b's absorb better] for winter health. also any exposure of skin to sun makes d3 work.
    don't become a neanderthal!!

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    1. It's always nice to get compliments from a lady.;-).

      I sometimes wonder if I am overdoing the medicine/vitamin thing. I don't really know how to deconflict the ones I take, and I know my doctor doesn't bother.

      No, I wouldn't want to be a neanderthal! They didn't make out so well..... :-)

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    2. If your doctor has you do blood work for your physicals, he can get your vitamin levels checked. You don't want to overdo the fat soluble vitamins, but being under the levels is just as bad.

      I think the comprehensive blood panel has the vitamin levels on it, but you can check yourself when/if a blood test comes up.

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    3. Just went through a whole battery of testing not long ago, including extensive blood work. I didn't expressly ask about this issue, I assumed they would bring any anomalies to my attention, but that might not have been accurate. I have a follow-up though here in the not to distant future, and I'll ask about it.

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