Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Survivalist Magazines, good catalogs, and the end of a visit.
My daughter left to go back north this afternoon. We had a good visit. I worked on her car some, just minor things. When she came back to the U.S. from Canada, she and her brother had no vehicles. My wife and I got him a Jeep Liberty, and her a Jeep Commander. Both stout vehicles, not new but in good shape. My kids are proficient in basic vehicle maintenance but there were some other things on the Commander that needed attention and this was a good opportunity to address those.
We sent her back loaded with dried fruit, country ham, honey, and other things we store here that are either expensive or hard to find up there. It always makes us feel more secure to think they have at least the nucleus of a good food storage system, something to tide them over til we could get them out of the city, or they GOOD (get out of Dodge) on their own.
The Silkies are doing well in their new home and seem to be settling in, so that apparently is going to work out alright. They aren't much trouble, and they are good layers so what little extra maintenance this little group of chickens require is requited in that respect.
The new Off Grid is out. Given the season, and all the bad weather again this year, it's not surprising that it focuses on cold weather survival. I actually enjoy the adds, and the articles on off road vehicles and gear, as much as anything else. It's a good, high quality magazine, which is just as well considering it costs so much.
Popular Mechanics had a good article on surviving tight situations, so I bought that. It didn't cost much. I had largely assumed that my outdoors days were pretty well over, but I am planning a camping expedition this coming spring with some people I know, so it'll be time to drag out all the field gear so carefully stored away, once it warms up some. We are due for snow and temperatures in the teens at the end of the week, so it's a bit premature to be thinking about that. Still, I've committed to the trip so I might as well get ready , slowly but surely. I have everything I'll need, from a tent on down. I will unpack it all, and make sure it's still serviceable. Sometimes when something has been stored a long time, and you open it up, you get unpleasant surprises. I hope I make out better with the camping gear than I did with the seeds I stored, most of which were devoured by a mouse.
The Sportsman's Guide surplus catalog showed up in the mailbox earlier this week. It's coming was timely indeed, as I buy a lot of surplus gear from them. There are other good outfits I buy from as well, but none are as conscientious about sending me catalogs as these guys are.
I often see equipment in the expensive survivalist magazines, which is beyond my reach. At least, I'm too cheap to pay for it because the price is excessive in my opinion. I can frequently get equipment that offers the same function from surplus dealers, though. It might not be as flashy, or have a trendy name embroidered on it, but it does the job and that's all I care about.
The last few days have been busy. My daughter stays up a lot later than I do, and it has been hard keeping up with her as she had lots of places around here she wanted to see again, and some "to do's" that needed attention. It's been a good visit, and I look forward to a longer one in April. Now it's time for me to catch up on my rest.