“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Finally, a Goldilocks Day. Not too hot, not too cold. Not too wet, not too dry.


Sundays are my favorite day of the week.  This is a particularly nice one.  My only problem today is deciding if I want to stay home, or I want to go into town.

It I wait til after the church crowds are gone, the town will be largely deserted.  Sunday afternoon is a good time to go in. Even the tourists will be off doing whatever it is they do, so the grocery store won't be crowded.  I am trying to remember the last time I left the mountain. I think it might have been last week some time.



The humidity is low, the temperature outside is high 70's. There's a nice breeze blowing, so it feels cool.  The cicadas are chirping up a storm, so you know it's late summer.


I feel like going out and hooking up my hammock on the back porch. That's a nice place to take a nap when the weather is like this.

There's an immense oak tree that shades the porch out back in the afternoon.

Sundays there are sometimes some interesting talk shows on the local radio station. I can semi-nap in the hammock and listen to that.






The other option would be to go over to the little lake near my place. On the old forest service road I can be there in about 15 minutes.  It's probably pretty quiet this time of day on a Sunday.  There's a nice walking trail around it. There are also strategically placed benches in shady spots. If I take a loaf of bread or some cracked corn I can feed the ducks.


I already had lunch.  I got a canister of Idahoan dehydrated potatoes out of the supply room and made some cheese potatoes. According to the notes on the canister, it went into long term storage in October of 2006. They don't make those canisters anymore, I think now they use aluminum pouches. Too bad, because these potatoes were excellent despite having been on the shelf for almost nine years. I opened a can of Walton Feeds butter powder. That had been there since summer of 1999. Still good, and tasty.




Walton Feeds has gotten a lot bigger since 1999. They now have an adjunct business called "Rainy Day Foods."

My number ten cans that I bought in 1999 just have yellow paste on labels on them. But now, the stuff you get from Walton is just as well packaged and presented as anything in the grocery store.

Back in 1999, I bought an entire 18 wheeler load of supplies from them.  The truck came out to a little church some miles from my place, and we had to off load the truck and then put all the food and other supplies in  my little Chevy Luv pickup to get it up to the top of the mountain . I have rarely been as tired as I was that day.  Although we have eaten a lot of the supplies over the intervening 16 years, we still have a lot of it left. The only things that have ever gone bad were corn meal and dehydrated milk.  I guess those don't store too well. However, we were able to put those products in the chicken scratch and the chickens were happy to eat it, so it wasn't wasted.


There's a big difference between todays' slick product and the utilitarian #10 cans we got in 99.


Walton Feeds also sells things like wash tubs, grain mills, and other self sufficiency related products. We bought a high end grain mill from them, and have been very happy with it.




I could go to the waterfall.  I could load the dogs in the truck and go up to the trail head, take a little stroll on the Appalachian Trail.  Or, I could just go for a walk along the old forest service road, that would be less taxing because I wouldn't have to go through all the trouble of going down the trail, turning this off and unhooking that, unlocking this and then locking it back.  Like the old Murphy's Law quotation says "if you make it difficult for the enemy to get in, you make it difficult for you to get out." That's the truth.



28 comments:

  1. I say that the hammock route, and dream about doing the other things. Maybe a cool glass of southern sweet tea along side. or any cool drink. You bought a semi load of supplies??..I bow to you sir.

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    1. It was right before Y2K, which I fully expected to be disruptive if not disastrous. There was a fellow named Gary North, who put out a very persuasive newsletter about Y2K. I figured, better safe than sorry and diverted resources to preparedness at a significantly higher percentage than I had been doing. I built the off grid power system at the same time. (That is to say, I hired a contractor who installed it.) The fact that Y2k fizzled phased me not at all, since I had significantly improved my position here. I have always believed that when everything goes "house of cards" it will be as the result of a Black Swan event, and not something dramatic.

      Instead of slinging my hammock, I took the ferrets out to the meadow, one at a time, and let them play. They can't go out when it's hot, as their tolerance to heat is very low. They had a good time and I got some exercise hobbling along after them.

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    1. Some major, some minor, but you have to make them every day.

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  3. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    Hotter than hell here....

    Not getting a whole lot done today except for some indoor stuff.

    Over at the Club Orlov blog. Theres and interesting but long article on communist revolutions, Greece etc, etc.

    The one story I thought was interesting was all the terror acts and murder that the communists used between 1900 to 1917. One story was a 26 year old female teacher shot and killed a White Russian Major General at point blank range and she was hung months later.
    All kinds of government officials and workers were killed and acts of sabotage were committed over a seventeen year period.
    On the same note, White Russians killed communists and did the same things.

    Acts of Terror on both sides.....

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    1. I don't know the club Orlov page, but the book "Red Victory" details the same type of thing. Depressing.

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  4. Wet and down right cold here most of the day. Kept a sweater on.

    That was quite the load of storage food. Impressive. Like money in the bank, only better. My lovely wife worked in a hospital lab and a number of machines behaved badly during Y2K. The companies had some kludge work arounds that they lived with until machines were replaced. That never made the news.

    Firearms engineer friend of mine was invited to a private island for Y2K. The guy who owned the island was a software engineer and had doubts everything would get fixed in time. Guy had quite the set up. Kept a bulldozer on the island to take out the causeway if he felt it was needed.

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    1. Gary North was very persuasive, and his logic was good. It didn't work out the way he thought it would, and a lot of people were furious with him. I always felt he laid out his theories, and you made your own decisions based on that.

      There were some groups that had the resources to do what your acquaintance essentially did, affiliate with people who had the whole thing wired down to the last turnbuckle. I didn't reach those levels, but I had this place pretty tuned up. That was probably the pinnacle of my efforts, and since then I've been working to try to maintain what I set up then.

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    2. On the night of Y2K my youngest daughter invited over a house full of teenagers to party like it was 1999. She was dating a computer geek and they were all heavily into computer gaming. They had a huge computer party here as they knew my power would not go down. Had something really bad happened it would have been a strange household .

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    3. Man, if the big 00 bug had bitten, you'd have been hosting all those teenagers. Better you than me. I have trouble enough getting along with people my own age!

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  5. Too many choices. I would vote for the afternoon in the hammock. Your place is so peaceful.

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    1. Gail , it is peaceful up here. It was a nice day, and Sunday is my day off. There are chores that have to be done every day, but I try not to do any nonessential things on Sunday. Everybody needs some quiet time.

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  6. A semi truck load of supplies...
    That is just awesome, and I really HATE that word, but it certainly applies here.
    Glad to hear you had a nice Seattle kind of summer day today. It's weather like this that made me move from Houston. Now my next move is to go about 100 miles away from Seattle and things will be about perfect.

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    1. I suppose you've been following all the furor over that magazine article (I think in New Yorker) that has rattled some cages out that way. My brother has a place on the Oregon Coast, and I'm always hopeful that he won't be there when the Cascadia Subduction Zone finally snaps. They had a tsunami drill there a couple of years back that was a real goat rope. He sent me a written account of it and I post it ever so many months because it's so funny.

      1999 was a maximum effort year up here. We accomplished a lot, but it involved heavy draw downs on my financial reserves and an immense amount of work. I was younger then, and I doubt I could do it all over even though I contracted out the heavy duty stuff. I've never regretted it though.

      I hope you can get away from the city and find the right place to fort up.

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  7. Glad you finally got a break from the awful weather you have had there. Me...still hiding out inside. I think I almost prefer winter to the heat and humidity. Would have loved to see the ferrets playing in the meadow. I used to put the Yorkies on a long lead (too much traffic to just let them go) and let them run in the park. They loved it. So did I.

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    1. The ferrets really wanted to get out, they needed the exercise, but I couldn't have taken them out in the high heat and humidity we've had so much lately. They are very vulnerable to heat stroke. In the house, they are not caged and can run around like a house cat, but they love the outdoors. I have to watch them like hawks, though.

      Tonight it's very dark, and very hot again. High humidity but not as bad as last week.

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  8. Harry,

    I think taking a nice walk over to that lake would be relaxing, then head back home and lay out on the hammock, and listen to the radio would make for a great day.

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    1. Sandy, I never actually did anything other than just read and listen to the radio. Still, it was a nice day and I feel rested.

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  9. Just reading about a hammock made me sleepy. Reading about a semi load of food storage made me add a few things to my wish list for next months order (and no, a semi truck wasn't one of them).
    Whatever you decided to do, I hope your Sunday was productive. Ours was good and somewhat productive, just about perfect.

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    1. Max, the only way I could fill my order was to make it a big one and pay for the shipping by getting a truck load shipped down here. I was buying a three year supply of food for six people, and I used the Mormon list where you input gender and age and it cranks out what you need. I also had my own list from my different books I'd read. In addition to food I ordered some other things from Walton at the same time. I went with number 10 cans, and with food pails, the contents packed in mylar bags that had been flushed with nitrogen. Overall, it was a good deal because at the time, all the bulk food suppliers were overtasked. Because my order was a big one, I got the whole thing filled.

      I didn't do much today in the end. Just rested and did some reading. I'm glad things went well out at your place, I know you have been working hard on it since you started squaring it away.

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  10. The cicadas have started up here too, they were loud as anything last night.

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    1. On overcast days, the cicadas go to town with their singing here, day and night. But on days like today, when it's clear and hot, they lay low.

      I have a patio table out by the meadow where I can see down the mountain. I like to sit out there at dusk and listen to them.

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  11. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    I just read an article on 'Brietbart.com' about how emphasizing differences in groups lead to mistrust.

    The progressives are doing that right now, expanding rights for groups at the expanse of other groups and its not just blacks versus whites. Its also blacks against gays, Mexicans against blacks and so forth. An endless supply of hate creation.

    I know in military training everyone is the same, thereby creating a single unit by eliminating the individuality.
    That model creates unity and teamwork for the most part. Even as a kid when I was growing up having black friends was no big deal. No one brought up race. It was not an issue and 'hell I knew black kids that had toy General Lee cars from the 'Dukes of Hazzard' with Confederate flags on the roof of the car.

    Now that progressives have torn our society apart. its getting harder to have friends of different colors and ethnic groups. Everyone is eyeing everyone else with suspicion and mistrust.

    I did not know the extent of how bad the animosity is between blacks versus whites but I had no idea how bad it is with other groups such as blacks versus Mexicans, blacks versus homosexuals, etc, etc.

    I mentioned in the past that America future reads like a Science Fiction novel in which we fall as a country and thereby creating a sort of balkanization and a series of city states such as a North Eastern alliance and a West Coast city state consisting of Los Angelous merging with San Diego in one giant mass.

    What is emerging now is a genesis of a great many mini-countries, not unlike the Balkan states with several of them fighting each other over resources and territories based on ethnic hatred and lack of resources (Ukraine anyone)

    The social progressives, communists are getting what they wanted by letting in millions of people from other countries and cultures that will 'dilute' the American mix.
    We are witnessing the death of the 'American melting pot' which was a 'fusion' of sorts and fusion in physics creates power from a unified bond.

    Now its the opposite as in physics, "fission" or bringing things together to slowly creating radioactive decay and thereby creating energy, heat and eventually entrophy (conditions very bad long term stability in physics)

    One of the articles I also read was how Virginia of all states has so many Mexicans or Hispanic immigrants that the blacks are losing ground as 'the largest minority' and are being knocked down a notch on the social ladder.

    My experiences on the East Coast and all the inbred racism I saw leads me to believe in future years there will be many clashes between blacks and Mexicans in Virginia thereby creating even more hatred and animosity.

    Buyers remorse.....

    Its interesting also that the 'Black Jesus' in the white house that supposed to lead the blacks to a new promised land of prosperity is now more focused on Mexican, Hispanics, muslim immigrants leaving his own people out in the cold.

    Drinking the Cool Aid in French Guyana.

    What is even more ironic is that the vast majority of blacks are voting for their own political and social demise by voting democratic in every election.


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    1. There's always been tension between different ethnic groups, in every society and in every time. But things in America today are so far gone that it's causing the social order to fracture. The thing I've noticed in the last year or so is that more and more people are not afraid to talk about. I remember a couple of years ago, one blogger I read on a daily basis actually dated to say "white" and I figured he would get overwhelmed with hate mail accusing him of being a racist. But now, every group is so obviously for itself that I'm not worried about saying "white" or "black" anymore. The only people who still seem to want to pretend there's no difference or issues are the white guilt liberals, who seriously think if they prance around and support black interests against whites, they will be "accepted." It's a false hope.

      The Hispanics have been going great guns in the American South West, planning to retake their lost territories at the ballot box. I knew a guy in college, back in 1971, named Charles Trujillo. He was a member of La Raza and he was a coldly analytical, unemotional type of guy. He explained to me how it was inevitable that Hispanics would eventually run the show in California, Texas and the Southwest because of the declining Anglo birthrate and the very high Hispanic birth rate coupled with illegal immigration. I like to debate, but I couldn't find a leg to stand on. The guy eventually became a Jesuit. They're like the elite of the Catholic Church, which shows you that Charles Trujillo had a head on his shoulders.

      Politicians like Obama help the process by handing out largess to their client groups, and pillaging the groups they see as "non progressive" to finance it.

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  12. I've always wanted a hammock. They look so relaxing.

    It's been so warm here. Heat index above 100, and humid. I walked outside on Friday and thought, Am I in Savannah, GA? Nebraska not usually humid like that.

    I'm ready for the summer to ease up. School is getting close, and I do better with routine.

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    1. Alissa, it was brutally hot here today too. I worked from just after sun up til about one o'clock, at which point I got sick and had to go in the house. I'm ready for summer to end as well.

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  13. Harry, I always enjoy reading about your little slice of heaven you've got up in them thar hills... Keep em' coming Sir.

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    1. It's really nice up here. I don't know why I spend so much time looking at places on the beach or in the desert. Some people are never satisfied I guess. Thanks for the good thoughts.

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