Saturday, June 2, 2018

First cut.

It has been raining here, steadily, from last Friday night through yesterday.  In five days, over a foot and half of rain fell on the NE Georgia counties. We all have flooding.  People who built on the rivers and the creeks have learned the folly of that , a lot of roads are washed out. Bridges, too. Most of our bridges on back roads , are just wooden planks laid across creeks. Just up across the North Carolina line, they had mud slides.  Power was on and off the whole time, never for long. I finally just quit resetting the equipment that wasn't on battery backups. All of the important stuff is anyway.

When the rain is that heavy, you can forget about satellite radio and television. It's already difficult to get those into our little area perched on the mountain, especially in summer. That kind of weather makes it impossible.  May was so wet that the forest has literally turned into a rain forest. It's so thick you can't see into it, and coming up the mountain we are just driving through a green tunnel in the woods.

I have some errands to run today, and we are going up to North Carolina for a bit. When I get back, I'll update this post. Just wanted to let people know we are in pretty good shape, given the weather over the last week or so.

Survivor's Edge Special:

I know the news stands in town have never carried all the survivalist publications , so I check the publishers pages for new issues I might have missed.  In the last month, gun and survival magazines have virtually disappeared from the news stands , so I have been ordering some of the magazines on line.

The latest to show up for sale, but not in our area, is a Survivor's Edge Special. I ordered it direct from the publisher but haven't gotten my copy yet. It looks interesting, though.


Ain't it the truth!


  1. You better be bush hogging while you can. I had a freeze plug come out of my tractor while I was sick .

    1. I wish I could, Gary. My land is way too steep for a tractor to pull a bush hog on. The best I have ever been able to do was use one of those small lawn mowers that pulls itself, and that was dangerous. The best way to clean up the meadow is with a gas powered weed eater using those tri-blade things made out of steel.

      Sorry about your tractor. Machines always seem to be developing problems when you need them most.

  2. You and the missus have been in my thoughts, Harry. Hard for me to imagine so much rain at one time. Stay safe and take care. Hugs

    1. We got off pretty easy, largely because we knew it was coming and did everything we could to prevent problems. The whole area is pretty messed up though, and all this water has to go somewhere. The little spring that usually just bubbles up and then runs down the mountain into another stream has more water in it than I have ever seen before.

  3. We sure could use some of that rain up this way. Things are getting a bit crispy around here.
    BTW; Anyone hear from Kymber lately. Her last post was March 1st. Haven't seen hide nor hair of her since. Not seen her commenting on other folks blogs either. Hope nothing has gone bad up in Canada.

    1. I haven't heard a word from, or about, Kymber and J in months. I know that J had landed a very lucrative job, and was gone a lot but making good money. They were doing a lot of work on their land, and house. Maybe they just decided blogging was too time consuming.

      I can't remember ever having so much rain in so short a time. It's really messed things up here, all across North Georgia, Eastern Tennessee, and Western North Carolina. Even Ashville, NC flooded and that's way up in the higher elevations of the Smokey's.

  4. Glad you haven’t floated away :). I saw the radar maps and was glad to be on the other side of the continent, at least for the last two weeks. On a different topic, stu was reading me a new proposition in California that decriminalizes theft under $950. I bet that plan will work out well....

    1. It has been trying, with all the rain and the wind, and for such a long period. Today (Sunday) is hot and drier, though the humidity is up pretty high. We are going into town for breakfast and a walk at the river park in a few minutes. The weather kept us indoors most of last week.

      I had heard something about that law. The individual pimping it in the state legislature says it will help free up the courts for "more serious crimes." Only in some place like the PDRK, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Washington, Connecticut, Massachusetts, et al would that kind of logic be acceptable.

  5. Les Stroud has done some pretty amazing shows. Learned a few tricks from him.

    We got a little rain, but could actually use a lot more. However, we don't need the floods like you guys are getting. Hope things hold together for you.

    1. I have always enjoyed watching Les Stroud's shows. He is practical, down to earth, and not self aggrandizing like some of the "actors" in that genre.

      He's doing a series on the Science Channel right now about the wilderness. I haven't been able to catch it, but I think it will show up on Amazon Prime like his other shows have at some point.

      We have done ok up on the mountain, although the rain certainly made things a lot harder and I have some repair work to do, as always after a big storm. The mountains in general are not in such good shape.

  6. Wow! You got a lot of rain. I wish you could send some of it to my area. We are so dry here. Glad you got through the storm. The so-called "experts" have predicted a busy hurricane season, but they sure have been wrong many times. I will be happy when October arrives. I talked to my sister in New Mexico. She is close to the big Ute Park fire, but so far, her area is doing o.k. Hopefully, they will get the predicted rain today and tonight. I am afraid Texas will soon be back in drought conditions, and since we live in the woods, wildfires are always a threat. They really scare me. Maybe all the rain you got will lessen the chances of wildfires for your mountain. Jana

    1. Jana, your sister lives in a really beautiful place. New Mexico is where I would have settled when I left the Marine Corps, if I could have found what I wanted out there. But I had to find not only the right place, but a job, and it didn't happen. I miss the place, sure enjoyed going to UNM in Albuquerque from 1971-1975, and have been back a few times in the intervening years to visit.

      We are drought prone up here, but the last one has been over for a couple of years now. My little stream is just flooding down the mountainside, I've never seen so much water in it before.

      Wildfires are a problem for everybody who lives out in the woods, they may be the biggest threat there is for rural people in forested areas. I hope you folks get through the summer without any of those!

  7. Hey Harry,


    We are having droughts in parts of South Texas. Send some of that rain here.

    'Went to the beach yesterday. I got their about 7:00 am and by 10:00 am the 'hangover crowd' and the freakshow's starting to arrive.
    The 'Hangover crowd' are the previous nights drunkards and the freakshows are groups of all kinds, that well are 'freakshows'

    I was thinking about buying a van of some sort, at some point in the future and installing solar panels with enough electricity to run a small 500 window a/c unit. I would install a Navy style coffin locker to sleep on. I would also install a small sink, microwave etc. and use it as a 'temporary beach residence' for days when there are few people on the beach and use it as a mini 'RV" It can also double as a hurricane bug out vehicle of sorts. I bet I could have that thing on a beach in 100 degree weather and be inside, insulated, air conditioned comfort at 80 degree's in the van (Which is pretty cool for down here in a metal box)

    1. CC, I just wrote a great big long reply to your comment, and then when I tried to post it, it just disappeared. Let me try to rewrite it. But this is a test to see if this comment will post or just disappear too.

    2. Well, that one posted.

      I think your idea of rigging up a van to use as a travel and camping vehicle is a good idea. I've looked at some RV type vehicles, the one's that are essentially a purpose built camper truck but all one vehicle. I liked those pretty well. If you can build your own, it will suit you a lot better than having to buy one off the shelf. Seems like a great idea.

      We have a bunch of freaks here , too. Some of them are really bad news. I had a frank and open exchange with one of them in the parking lot of a grocery store this past week, but he turned out to be all hot air and drove off in haste. He seriously needed an attitude adjustment and I was going to help him out with that.

      I guess we all just have to do what we can.

    3. Hey, Captain.

      I've done what you want to do. On the total cheap, of course, because I am a totally cheap bastard.

      A full size van will take a queen size bedframe. Attach wooden legs to bring the bottom of the frame up high enough you can put totes or coolers underneath.

      Use bolts and wingnuts to hold the frame together, so you can yank it out easy.

      Use thick plywood for the bottom of the frame, and toss a futon on top.

      That way, you have a bed in the back, hard storage underneath that is hidden from view.

      Two totes stacked on top of each other makes a great 'kitchen' for a little butane burner. Burner, fuel and pots, pans, cups etc store in one bin, canned or dry foods in the other. When done, everything goes back under the bed.

      For washing, go to Sams or whatever and get two of those grey 'busboy' totes that busboys use at restaurants. Same setup, using more totes as base. One for soaking and washing, one for rinsing. Dry, and then they go together (with a cheap dish drainer) under the bed.

      Room for all sorts of fun things under the bed, too, of the bang variety, and because the bed sits under the level of the windows, no one can see your personal collection of doom and destruction.

      The bed is the key. Good old Army wool blankets, or whatever you want to use, hang over and cover up whatever is under the bed.

      If you want to get fancy, and get a really nice tent, the bed unasses to the tent.

      And if you need the van for van things, everything comes out, and stacks nicely (totes, remember, really good totes.) Roll up the futon and use rope to hold it closed, or bungees (but those suckers hurt when they pop.)

      Also carry an extension cord of suitable gauge so you can plug directly into power sources for use with the A/C.

      Of course, the A/C will give you away, unless you make some way to pop it in and out of a window.

    4. I'd like to build something like that, but I don't have the skills. Captain Crunch is an old Navy man, he can pretty much put anything he wants together, so your suggestions will come in handy I'm sure. He and I both served on the old U.S.S. Puget Sound, though at different time periods.

    5. Uh, not hard to build at all. Take a queen size bed frame. Drill holes in the down legs and bolt them to 4x4 posts. Cut slabs of thick plywood. It's very easy. Just remember to put oil on your drill-bit to keep it cool as you go through metal. Most frames already have bolt holes in the arms for the owner to bolt together, or they are self-locking, which means you don't need to do anything.

      If you can cut 4x4s and drill metal and wood, and use a set of wrenches, you can do this.

      And... I am a cheap bastard scrounger. I used stuff I scrounged and bought cheap, and the setup I had I used for over 30 years, letting it go with the van it was in when I got rid of the vehicle.

      Years of being disassembled, reassembled, moved from one van to another, modified to make a short bench, the whole nine yards.

      If you can change your tires, you can make this platform.

      Now, if you need to add a headboard, well, the bedframe already has a headboard mounting area. Piece of plywood, some bolts, et voila, a headboard.

      Disassembling and reassembling some firearms is more difficult than this.

      Totes are available at Wallyworld or (b)Lowes or Home Despot or behind some stores (cough, cough...) Just buy good strong ones that stack well if you're going to use them for furniture. You know, the same ones that you probably already buy for survival storage, because the cheap-assed Sterilite plastic ones suck rocks. If you can get Rubbermaid RoughTotes, those are the best, if a little pricy. The totes that stores use for shipping small things, with the double folding tops, are excellent (but not waterproof) because they are designed to be used and abused and last a lifetime.

      Oh, sure, you can go all custom wood cabinetry and nice wood carrying boxes and such, but, well, why? Sorry for those expensive RV people, but transport camping is a dirty, messy thing at the best of times and unless something is built to withstand Mongo the Epileptic Gorilla, then it's not going to last driving down dirt roads, surviving all sorts of weather environments that household objects don't have to deal with. In other words, if a klutzy recruit could break it, it's too delicate.

      Function over Form has always been my motto. I don't build to specs, I tend to overbuild. Because I am a ham-fingered klutz.

  8. Hi Harry :) I'm so glad you guys are doing okay with all the rain. It looks and sounds like a rainforest here much growth and green and lots of bugs and birds sounding off all day long! It's porch life for me for the next few months, happy to say! :)

    I'm a fan of Les Stroud. Alex downloaded all of the Survivorman series, including the ones he did with his son and his Bigfoot episodes. I'll have to look up the new show he's doing, see if we can get some episodes.

    1. Rain, all is well here. I stopped by your place yesterday but I saw you were still on sabbatical;-)

      I bought his original shows on DVD, and now I get them on Prime. But this new show I just saw an advertisement for on the science channel. It looked really good!

  9. hi Harry - just stopping in quickly to let you know that we are all safe and sound and will be posting more regularly. sending love.

    1. Kymber, it's really good to hear from you. I thought you and J had decided to retire from the blogosphere and just work on your house and property up there. Wouldn't have blamed you if you had, but I'm glad you didn't.