The wind is really howling through the trees. My wife's wind chimes are sounding out on the porch, and ever so often something will fall out of one of the big oak trees around the house and thump on to the roof. When all this stops, I will have some cleaning up to do. Doubtless there will be shakes blown off and I'll need to fix that as well.
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I got my package of books from Amazon. Survivalist Gardening is a strange little book. It was originally published as a Kindle book only. Then it came out in paper back, but it's only about twenty pages long. Of those, most deal with general survivalist philosophy on where you should locate for security reasons, and not with gardening itself.
About the most useful thing in the book is a discussion of what vegetable to plant when. That's useful, at least to me, as I have no idea what gets planted at what time of year.
Overall, considering the book cost next to nothing, I don't regret buying it. I intend to devote more effort to gardening, starting this spring. There are two main reasons. One, it's a way to stay gainfully occupied without spending a lot of money. Two, it's the one area in the self sufficient lifestyle where I really am not in the loop. I need to improve a great deal in that particular facet of the discipline.
If you were in the Boy Scouts (or , presumably, the Girl Scouts) you will remember the handbook. It dealt with just about every situation you could expect to encounter in the woods, and with skills useful in outdoor life. These two books are essentially the same, though tailored to survivalists rather than scouting.
They are relatively small books, printed on cheap paper. I think the author had in mind that people would buy them and then buy extra copies for friends and relatives if he kept the price affordable. I certainly did that, I can't begin to estimate how many copies of the first book I sent out to friends and family. Granted, most of them undoubtedly wound up on stony soil, but some may have taken root with the recipients.
As was the case with How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It , Tools for Survival is held to a basic level and oriented towards what you would want to have in bad situations from short term natural disasters to longer lasting societal breakdowns. It isn't fancy, but the book makes some good points and having read it, I found a few items I added to the purchases pending list here.
I got the new Shooters Catalog from Sportsman's Guide this week. There are some great deals on hard to find ammunition, some good offers in areas like magazines, and other shooting accessories. I always join the Sportsman's Guide "Buyers Club" where you pay a minimal amount each year for membership, but you get good discounts on your purchases and even more important, advance notice on items coming out that might be scarce. I think it's $35.00 a year, and I save way over that. I like Sportsman's Guide because they have never cheated me, always delivered what they promised, and have good customer service. I get their Military Surplus Catalog, Outdoor Catalog, and Shooters Catalog, plus the Buyers Club Catalog. Sometimes I order their other catalogs, because they are free, but I do that on an individual basis.
Things go well here. The ferrets are rousting around on their blanket, having mock battles. My wife is is watching the spring fashions on QVC, and I'm going to take a nap. No big worries. The snow isn't doing any harm, and maybe I'll get some nice pictures when it stops.