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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday


 Sunday is my favorite day of the week.  I'm not sure why, since I don't work anymore.  Still, it seems to be the one day of the week that is completely peaceful.

The phone doesn't ring. I don't feel compelled to be fixing this or repairing that.  It's not asking too much of life to have one day a week where you can just breath and enjoy the day.





At least for now, the temperature outside is in the mid seventies, and the humidity is not so high.

By noon, it'll be warming up. If you are going to go walking this time of year, you start out just at dawn and make sure to be back home before the sun gets too high.

I got up early and got dressed in "go to town" clothes. I figured on having breakfast in town. Instead I wound up over at a spot on the ridge where you have a good view of the mountains.


Look out there and you won't see any houses. No roads, except old forest service roads.

No people.

You could explore out in these mountains for a very long time, and you'd never even begin to cover all the ground.

I hope the stories about the feds using the national forests as collateral for bonds the Chinese buy aren't true.......






















I got some ribs out of one of the deep freezers.  I'll cook them all in the crock pot, then put them back in a refrigerator and just heat them in a frying pan when I get ready to eat them.  I am out of fresh bread, but it's not worth driving to town just for that. Instead, I'll make some corn bread when I finish here.  I also got out some containers of chili and beef stew my wife left for me in the freezing compartment of the kitchen refrigerator.  I'm out of fresh fruit but I have plenty of dried fruit of different varieties.  One thing about keeping a good supply of food on hand, you never have to jump into the car and run down to the corner store. Because there isn't any corner store.





I'll never run out of canned butter and canned bacon, never be short of canned cheese.  The butter comes from New Zealand, the cheese from Australia.  The bacon is Yoders, which I believe is an American product.


I have canned butter powder and canned cheese powder. You can cook with it, but as for eating it plain, yuk!  The Australian and New Zealand cheese and butter are excellent. They're the real deal.  In fact, they're so good that I can't keep the things on hand up at my kids place.  Although they are supposed to be "emergency stores" my son and daughter cook with them and use them up. Now that they are up North on their own, at least here I can keep a goodly amount of these supplies on hand.  Nothing make you feel as secure as looking in a store room and seeing cases of good food stacked up, with smoked hams hanging from the rafters.


If I make up my mind to clean up, and go on into town,  I'll have to choose fashion accessories to go with my wardrobe. So many decisions, it just never ends does it?

Well, it's Sunday and I need to do something fun.  Maybe I will just go on into town. I don't remember the last time I was out of here, so it's getting to be time.




28 comments:

  1. That is a stunning view Harry.

    You certainly seem to have a good stockpile in your larder. I have never seen canned butter of cheese here. How does it take heat? Would probably end up melting in the tin in summer.

    Love the fashion accessories... ;)

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  2. I added another fashion accessory myself this weekend. If I'm going to do this might as well do it right and not haphazardly.

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    1. Weapons are to men as shoes and purses are to women. You always see something you can't live without.

      I miss the days when I worked part time at the gun counter down at the general store. The safe usually had three or four guns that I had on layaway at any given time. I never got a nickle for my work, I always took it out in trade.

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  3. Dani, if I go up slope from my house a bit, there are spectacular views because the trees don't block the horizon.

    I store food in climate controlled spaces. The temperature gets 10 below zero here in the winters sometimes, and can hit 109 in a bad summer. Humidity is also a problem, it's so high that mold and mildew would get all over everything if I didn't keep the humidity artificially low. I think, if the cheese and butter were just stored at open air temperature, they would certainly melt. They are actual cheese and actual butter. They are delicious. The Yoders bacon I usually buy on line from one of several different on line outfits that cater specifically to the survivalist/prepper community. Yoders bacon I get from on line grocery stores. It's a lot more common.

    When I was in Italy, the Royal Navy post exchange there had canned butter and cheese. My wife used to trade things from the U.S. Navy PX to the Scottish wife of a RN petty officer who lived next door to us, for things from the Brit PX. They had wonderful canned syrup, I still remember it, it can in a green can with a lion on it. But they also had canned cheese and butter. Strangely, the things the lady wanted in return were meat, which they didn't have at the British PX, and cleaning supplies like "scrubbing bubbles." They had things we couldn't get otherwise, and we had things they needed, so there was a lively trade.

    I know I'm "at risk" concerning all this air conditioning if the power goes out for an extended period, but I have two 500 gallon tanks of fuel for my generator, which are generally full. The generator will not run everything, but by switching the power flow from building to building I can keep the freezers frozen if I don't just open them up every time the whim strikes me.

    I was really interested in hearing about your rolling blackouts there. Do you know, I have not seen one single word about it on the news, not even on Al Jazeera which has a lot of coverage of South Africa. Given your set up there I am pretty sure you are doing alright though.

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    1. I'd no more go out without a pistol than my wife would go out without a purse!
      ;-) The Galco holsters are top flight, clothes make the man as they say.

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    2. Harry - Are you storing gasoline or diesel?

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    3. I store both. Primarily diesel. I can get additives to prolong the service life of the fuels, they are sold here in town. Lots of people still use diesel fuel to heat their homes in winter, so I can buy that and have it delivered. I have two 500 gallon above ground tanks for diesel. I can store almost 1000 gallons of propane now. I keep about 100 gallons of gasoline in Jerry cans, in a shed under the trees. I don't dare store gasoline near any of my primary outbuildings so it has it's own place. If there were signs that something significant was about to happen, I have additional empty Jerry cans in the barn. I'd load them in the truck and go fill them up at a time of need.

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    4. Harry - Just a thought. With limited / no access to fresh fruit and veg, how are you set for vital vitamins (C, B and E?)

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    5. I have plenty of vitamins Dani. I take two multi-vitamin tablets a day, specially formulated for older men. My wife and kids have stocks designed for their gender and age. One think I keep a good supply of is vitamins, and since we use them regularly they get turned over and never come near the expiration date. I eat a lot of frozen vegetables, and the vitamins are good in them I think. I know canned vegetables lose some of their good properties during the canning process. I usually have orange juice and lemonade in the house. But I like apples and plums a lot, and haven't had any for awhile as I haven't been to town to go shopping in some time.

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  4. Nice view. Looks like nothing out there but you and bigfoot.

    I used to get canned bacon for a treat on long canoe camping trips. Salty as heck, but pretty good. I've been spoiled lately buying fresh bacon from a local farmer. Amazing stuff. His mostly grass fed beef is darn good too.

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    1. Not much out here, true enough. It suits me though, I'm content.

      I get meat from a local market, it comes from a local processing house. Not as good a situation as yours, but better than buying grocery store meat that's been sprayed with red dye.

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  5. That tapestry of holstered autos really is a work of art. It almost brings a tear to my eye. --Troy

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    1. If Galco made holsters for the Luger, the Walther P38, and a few more of my favorites there would be more there. As it is, those are my favorite Browning High Power, a Sig P226 (West German made), a Kimber custom II, and a Beretta 92. I love Galco holsters. Their rigs last forever if you take care of them, they distribute the weight evenly across your back and shoulders, and they fit the weapon like a glove.

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  6. We're not as prepared as you are but have a pretty good stock pile so we wouldn't have empty cabinets in a week or two. Some people have nothing in their cabinets! I can't imagine that, especially living in an area that may flood or get ice and snow. I saw a pretty nice holder on Facebook for cans where space limitations were a problems. It was flat up against the wall using a gravity feed system like you see in some grocery stores for soup. The older was always at the bottom as you added to the top. There was an upper and a lower (floor to ceiling) row which was organized by product: soup, beans, canned tomatoes, etc. You could even have it two sided with swing type door if it was framed up good enough.

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    1. Most Americans have enough food for three meals without going shopping. They do accumulate things in their cabinets but not a balanced supply of food. Kevin Alivi, the British fellow who writes a blog about small farming, made a pretty nice set of storage cabinets/shelves in his kitchen for storing food. I have been told that Costco sells ready made racks, but as there are no Costco's here I can't actually confirm it.

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    2. kathy, where did you see the can holder?
      deb

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  7. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Good to see Yoders bacon. I got a couple of cases of the stuff. Its expensive but great.

    I went to the range today. sighted in a rifle.

    One old guy with a 9'6 single fin surfboard in the back of his truck drove up the range.
    He paid the fee and went over with his bags and pulled out and loaded a fifty caliber, muzzle loaded pistol, fired it and it sounded like a Ma Duece,

    Big surfboard, big muzzle loader pistol. Old guy is tough as nails.

    Hey Harry,

    The criminal justice industry down here in South Texas would frown upon my taking pre-emptive measures with the idiot yesterday behind my neighbors house.

    The good old days are over with,

    Now if that guy comes over to my house and threatens me with bodily harm. I can use force. Until then.There is nothing I can do.

    So far all is quiet and maybe he will forget all about us.

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    1. Ski mask. Rubber hose. Darkness. Low life comes out on porch, thump thump thump. Footsteps receding into the distance.... the sound of crickets.

      Sounds like a good time at the range. I don't shoot black powder myself but it's interesting to watch other people do it. There are a lot of black powder enthusiasts here.

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  8. I wonder if that canned syrup was "Lyles"? That's some good stuff. But I'm still partial to green-label Karo since that's what I grew up with.

    Maybe you could do a small post on shoulder rigs. The good and the bad - vertical vs. horizontal, whatever you have experienced through the years.

    I've got a bit of canned butter and cheese tucked away myself. Have you tried the Yoder's bacon ? That's on my list.

    - Charlie Mitchell

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    1. Lyles Golden Syrup. That was the name.

      Yoders is excellent. Costs a lot but it's worth the money. I have not been able to find any other kind of canned bacon for sale in the states, so I can't compare it with other brands but Yoders is a good buy.

      I've used leather shoulder holsters and nylon, like the leather best but it's expensive. I should do a link to Galco, as far as I can tell they are the top of the line.

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  9. Man the mountain views made me realize how populated it is here....Just so much of what pioneers must have seen! Great fashion statement by the way!

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    1. It would have been good to live back when there was "unlimited" land for the taking.

      Clothes make the man. Or, shoulder holsters in this case.

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  10. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Slepted a few hours. Got up at 0400.

    Whats interesting from yesterday is a local CB friend of mine got a 100 watt Palomar CB amplifier (used) made in the 1990's in excellent shape for a 100 bucks he said. He's talking about setting up a base station and we were banging our heads together trying to figure out what kind of 120 volt power supply (how many amps) would work.
    I told him to look up 'Ohm's Law" I think that's it.

    anyone got any input.

    Where's a comm guy when you need one.

    I thought about getting amplifier but they are expensive and finding good used ones is tough, not to mention the power supply issue of going to AC to DC.

    I checked the equivalent 'Texstar amplifier 100 watt, brand new. $185.00 so if his old 1990's Palomar works good. He may have a good deal.

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    1. Might want to find someone around there who has experience with that issue. Making a mistake could be expensive. C Cranes might be willing to help, or not, because what the fellow is trying to do is not exactly kosher.

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  11. I can't speak highly enough for a good food storage. We got started before Y2K, and even though a lot of people claimed to feel foolish when "nothing happened", I never regretted having it.

    Have to agree with the others about your views. Top rate.

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    1. Leigh, you have been at this about as long as I have,if you go back to before the Y2K flailex. I should have known that from the proficiency you and your husband demonstrate in constructing your retreat.

      Y2K was a good starting point for a lot of people, even though nothing happened it got folks thinking. I started on this in 1986, and about the only thing I did special for Y2K was put in a big solar powered off grid system, which actually didn't work well because I didn't get enough sun light. The generator is still with me though.

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  12. Harry,

    Beautiful views up there where you live!!! I'm a tad jealous :PPP
    Just teasing, I love the mountains.

    We're prepared, and can live off of what we've stored for a good period of time without any worries. I just make sure we keep rotating food, water, and medical supplies.

    Accessories.....well let's just say they're plenty to choose from (evil grin).

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    1. I figured you and Bulldog Man were well placed to ride out any disruptions. Especially since you grow so much food.

      A person has to have the right accessories, don't they.

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