Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Raining, cold and foggy.

This shows what we are up against.  I have to wonder how people this pathetic can actually survive in the real world. I suppose the government has been taking care of them, good little Sheeple are useful to the Hive.

I got an email from a friend this morning, and it had a long and interesting article written by Charlie Daniels attached.  I've posted an excerpt below:

"I see young people interviewed on television who can't even articulate the reason they are protesting. Others bent on destruction who probably espouse no cause but chaos.

I've seen hysterical protesters screaming about First Amendment rights which they seem to think only protects them and those who think like them and that the opposition has no first amendment protection and should be shouted down at all costs.

The rhetoric is becoming hotter and more nonsensical, the radical element more apparent, the violence and destruction of property more common place.

The pot is boiling and it’s only a matter of time before there will be blood on the streets.

Americans have the right to civil disobedience, a right to gather and demonstrate against some policy they feel is unfair or harmful to the country at large, but they do not have the right to interrupt commerce, break windows, burn cars or do bodily harm to those who disagree with them.

People who won't listen to reason, who ignore the law of the land and who try to stifle the opinions of others tend to forget that there is an element of violence on the other side as well, a side that, thankfully, so far has not yet come forth.

But, should these conditions continue, someday soon the violent elements of both persuasions will find themselves on the same streets, and what will ensue will not be pretty.

Two new magazines out.

This issue has a good article on washing clothing in a post power environment. I bought two wash tubs, a wash board and 100 bars of laundry soap to handle this years ago. It's all down in the store room , along with the rope and hardware for putting up a clothes line, and the requisite packs of clothes pins.  This article shows some other ways and means for handling the dirty laundry when the washer and dryer don't work anymore.

It's also got a good article on buying items for bartering.  Personally, I have guns, ammunition, liquor, tobacco,matches, kerosene lamps,  lamp oil, toilet paper, hardware, knives and axes, hatchets and similar items stored away for the Barter Town days. The author of the barter article goes into how to store things long term so they'll be good to go when you need to trade them, and some ideas on what to store.

There are other things in the magazine, like a review of a 20  gauge side by side coach gun, and some different brands of hatchets and back packs.

I've just started taking this magazine again. It's been around forever, and to my mind, it's more about homesteading than survivalism.  You can get it on Kindle, but if you do,  you only get the articles, not the actual magazine. Since I find the adds to be a lot more useful than most of the articles, I don't subscribe to the digital version. If they ever get to be like everybody else and give you the actual magazine, I'll switch from paper to digital.

Never liked the guy who edits this magazine, or did. Maybe he's dead now as he was old when I started reading it more than 10 years ago. He's a tad too arrogant for my  tastes.

But I thought I'd give it a try again, mainly because I have time now to read whatever I want to.

I know a lot of people out there make their own laundry soap for doing laundry by hand. If you don't, this works pretty well.  If you buy it from some on line specialty stores they want up to $4.00 a bar, but you can get it at Walmart for $1.00 a bar.

Don't forget plenty of clothes pins and lots of line .

This lady has a good rig.  It's got the washboard, a tub, and a mangle for squeezing the water out of the clothing.

Here's a nice set up with a soapy water tub and a clean water tub, with mangle.

This is the set up I have.  Two galvanized tubs, and a washboard. I don't have the device for squeezing the water out. Primarily because every time I find one for sale, they want way too much for it. I can just twist the clothing to get the water out if I have to.

Don't forget to lay in a large supply of clothes pins. I have both wooden and plastic.  I have a lot of them, too.  My experience with clothes pins is that they break or wear out, so it's good to have way more than you think you will ever need.

The last thing that's nice to have is a good cast iron cauldron and a tripod.  You have to wash in hot water to get the best results, and even if you have plenty of propane and a propane stove, heating water is energy intensive. If you have a wood burning stove, you could heat water on that in winter, but in summer it would probably make your house uninhabitable. The cauldron solves that problem.

I got my cauldron and tripod up in North Carolina, at a big indoor flea market there. But you can find  these brand new at reasonable prices at on line sporting goods stores, like Sportsman's Guide.

Another day in the life........

Thought for the Day


  1. I have been washing my dog blankets in a large washtub for years. Bought a new toilet plunger to move the water through the blankets. I've stored away a number of plungers. I wish I could find a wringer, but, as you say, they are super expensive. Jana

    1. I haul big things like that into town and wash them in big commercial washers. But in a power out situation, I'd have to wash everything in my "outdoor clothes washing" set up. They make a thing like a plunger specifically or washing clothes. There's also a device that looks like a round propane tank on a stand. You put the water and soap and clothes in it, then you turn a handle to make it spin around. I guess you have to dump out the soapy water and refill it with fresh to "rinse." I never bought one because the old scrub board looks like it would work the best to me.

      Those wringers are really more money than they look to be worth. I keep thinking I will find one up at the North Carolina flea market eventually. But I may break down and buy a wringer if I find one cheap enough that looks like it will work. If I find one I'll email you.

  2. This essay illustrates a lower-labor way of doing primitive laundry. Your mileage may vary.

    1. Thanks for the link, J.M. I'll sure take a look at it because washing clothes is something I think could be a real pill once the power goes out and the generator finally runs out of diesel.

  3. you can use a quality mop bucket wringer instead. i got one of those heavy industrial yellow plastic ones with the bucket included. works great.

    1. That's not a bad idea. Next time I go into town I'll see if Home Depot has something that might work.

  4. Harry - if you remember - our first 2 yrs here we washed all of our clothes by hand in a plastic bin with soapy water and a bin of rinse water with apple cider vinegar in it - nothing smells as good as clothes rinsed in apple cider vinegar. we did the clothes outside in spring, summer, autumn and winter. when we finally got our clothes washer it went into the basement - we only use it during the winter because we actually like being outside washing our clothes, hanging them on the line and then taking them in and folding them. we have 2 outside clotheslines and four smaller ones in our computer room - during the winter we hang the clothes in that room and it provides a delicious fresh scent as well as humidity.

    as for barter items - jambaloney and i have stocked up on those for years but besides the normal things we stock up on things like q-tips, honey, duct tape, etc. - however - the big push for us this past couple of years is learning skills that we can offer in exchange for other things. i think having particular skill sets when it HTF will be a major barter item.

    and Harry - you and i think differently about what survivalism/prepping/homesteading is - i am a strong believer that homesteading IS the only form of proper survivalism and prepping. it does not matter how much stuff you have stored or stocked up on - if you can't recognize the forageable edibles in your part of the woods, if you can't grow, hunt and fish your own food - then after a couple of years yer screwed. you need to know how to make tinctures/salves and healing teas from the herbs that grow in your area and from herbs that you are already growing in order to make medicines that won't be available if SHTF. you need to know how to wash your clothes and your dishes now....not later.

    and even if you don't have a wringer for your hand-washed clothes - rinse them well and then put them soaking wet on the line - they'll dry eventually. even in winter on a sunny day.

    the second most important part to survivalism in my mind is being able to grow healthy, nutritious food. that's why i am such a big supporter of sprouts. if you grow your own brassicas, radishes, pulses, peas etc.....and then save some seed from them every year to make winter sprouts - you'll be eating from your garden during spring, summer and autumn...and you'll at least have fresh sprouts during the winter. i can't harp on fresh sprouts enough.

    lastly, the first most important part of survivalism is having your own water source. and get a lifetime supply of berkey filters. you don't need the towers - just the filters. and you can make your own "berkey" using 2 5-gallon buckets. and collect as much rainwater as you can.

    well, that's me yabbering my 2 cents canadian worth. sending much love to you and yours, always! your friend,

    1. Kymber, It's been a long time. I actually thought you and J had decided to go down the rabbit hole and not be on the air anymore. I'd given that very thing a lot of thought recently so it seemed plausible that you might be doing that too. I just had someone ask me about you today, early this morning, as part of an email conversation. I'm glad to hear from you again. I missed you.

      I can't argue with anything you said about what a person needs to be able to do to take care of themselves in a collapse or disaster situation. In some of those areas, I am woefully inadequate although I am trying to improve. Gardening and holistic medicine are two of the facets of the lifestyle that I am working on.

      It's more a linguistic thing with me, as we have discussed before. To me, a survivalist is someone where self sufficiency is an overriding factor in their lives.The philosophy dominates most decisions they make and actions they take.

      A Prepper is a person who takes some trouble to be ready for a short term disruption of normal life, but not in a way that has any major impact on their routine. I think most people concerned with a degree of self sufficiency fall into this category, somebody like "Survival Mom."

      A homesteader is a person that adopts a lifestyle based largely on agrarian self sufficiency. Leah is somebody I think of as a homesteader, you could plop her and her husband down 100 years ago in the wilderness and they could just carry on with what they do. But it's not about being prepared for the worst, so much as it is that's how they want to live.

      As time passes, I know these terms are becoming more and more synonymous. That television show "Doomsday Preppers" started the trend, using the words "survivalist" and "prepper" interchangeably.

      I also think that "survivalists" conjures up visions of Ted Kaczynski building bombs in his cabin, or of those two "mountain men" who kidnapped that woman while she was out running because the younger guy needed a wife. A survivalist is usually more militant in outlook, more aggressive and les concerned with what other people think.

      "Prepper" makes people think of suburbanites with a case of beans in the pantry. It's not "threatening." It's almost like a hobby.

      By now, it's probably reached the point that the vast majority of people don't really see any difference in all three terms. It's just semantics. But I'm old school in this regard, and don't want to change with the times.
      {end part one of two}

    2. For what it's worth, I've always included you and J in the "Survivalist" category. Never gave a thought to anything else.

      I know you have been stashing for barter. I remember talking about that years ago, back when I had the old blog. The things you are putting back should be good to have come the day.

      I also agree that having skills you can barter is a good idea. Almost every article I read today in the survival magazines dealing with barter emphasizes "skills" over "goods" because skills are a renewable resource. In the 80's and 90's, some people used to talk about skills as a useful adjunct to "goods" but I can't remember much being said about "skills" being more important. I think now the process has evolved so that the original order of importance between the two has flipped 180 degrees. Skills seem to be the favored concept. While I personally have a very considerable amount of trade goods laid back, I'm short on the skill set.

      I remember, long ago, being impressed with how hard core you and J were about the laundry thing. I hate doing laundry. I hate doing it even using the washing machine and dryer. But I knew you did yours outdoors even after you didn't have to. In fact, you are the only people I knew that did that to my knowledge.

      It's really good to see you, and I am sure a lot of people who have been missing you will be glad to see you again too. When somebody goes off line, it's hard to chat them up and ask what's going on because it may be something they don't want to talk about, it may be an intrusion to ask.

      I wanted to email you and J ever so often, but I didn't want to intrude on your privacy. Also I was afraid maybe you were splitting up or something..... :-(

      end part 2 of 2

  5. I believe I read that Backwoods Home will soon go only digital, no more hard print version. Might want to check out that possibility. I used to order the Anthologies - those were a bargain vs. the subscription. Remove the ads, which are repetitive.

    Oh my gosh, washing clothes with those wash boards and tubs is WORK! My Grandmother used to do that for her family of 10 kids and two adults. She almost teared up when describing it. I think part of the reason why her family owned so little clothes was the effort it took to keep it clean !

    1. If they would just do the digital magazine like everybody else, I'd be glad. With most subscriptions you get exactly the same magazine as the print edition. But Backwoods Home just gives you a print copy of the articles on a list. That's no good. The only other magazine I ever subscribed to digitally that did that was Soldier of Fortune.

      I have tons of their old magazines, and a bunch of the anthologies on CDROM. I did stop subscribing to the magazine one day when I read some of the editors comments that struck me as offensive. But I liked some of the people who wrote articles, like Jackie.

      I dread having to do laundry by hand, and I hope it never comes to it. But I know it could. Fortunately, I've got plenty of water here, so I just need the necessary equipment and supplies. Other than the mangle, or wringer, I've got all I need now.

      I know doing laundry in the old days was hellish for women and I can see why. But I guess it beats wearing nasty, stinking clothes. If we have to do it up here I'll be the one doing it, my wife will help but she's not strong enough now to be the lead player.

    2. Yup, just confirmed from David Duffy hisself. Here are the details:

      I used to subscribe to Countryside and Backwoods Homes, but gave them up when I noticed the content seemed to be repeating themselves. Just my opinion, no offense to others who feel differently.

    3. Over the years, the articles did get repetitious. But I kept reading the magazine, on and off, because there was always the chance of some new angle on an old topic. That's a common problem with survival magazines. The whole spectrum is vast, it's true, but when a magazine has been in publication for 20 years, how do you avoid getting stale. I feel like that's a problem with my blog sometimes. But I don't want to make the mistake I made with the old blog, and let it get into topics so contentious that everyone gets angry at everyone else. It's a problem, coming up with new topics.

  6. Harry,

    If an EMP or something else were to hit us washing clothes in a bucket by hand with help from using a brand new plunger will get clothes clean. Then, I'll just wring out the clothes by hand, shake out the clothing and hang on the clothes line until dry.

    1. Sandy, I think RR was saying the same thing, that he would use a plunger. I have seen those specially designed plungers for washing clothes at Emergency Essentials and Lehman's, but never bought one. I ought to get one just in case. Doing laundry in tubs with boiling water and washboard looks pretty labor intensive, and my wife and I are getting on. It's one thing if the kids are here, they are young and strong. But if it's just me and the wife, and one of us gets sick, we might need a simpler way.

  7. Harry - thanks for your well-put comment back to mine. and can i please state to you - AN EMAIL FROM YOU IS NEVER A BOTHER! even if me and jam are in a state of divorce ( bahahahahahah! - it'll never happen! i'll lock him in the basement if i have to - OH YOU KNOW I WILL!!!). i understand about the semantics and i understand that yer ol' school - it's probably why i love you!

    washing clothes and rinsing them and hanging them and then taking them off the line and folding them is excellent exercise - especially if you are telling jokes, singing stupid made-up songs to cats, laughing your bare butts off in the sunshine - is like getting a gold star on your forehead for "participating". oh ya, you know we're snowflakes!

    don't ever hesitate to send an email. an email from you is like a flower humming a song because a bee is in it. and i love hearing your voice. maybe you should call.

    sending much love to my dear friend. your friend always,

    1. I guess I was just a bit anxious Kymber. Lately some of my on line friends have run into misfortune, to put it mildly. I am getting gun shy, it's the old thing about "don't ask the question if you can't stand the answer."

      I'm glad all is well up there. It's a vast relief to know you two are ok. You know how blogging is, rarely do people put any of their worries or concerns on these things because everybody and their dog can read it and not all readers are sympathetic or even decent people. I just deleted a comment wishing me an unpleasant demise in short order. Not that it bothers me, he/she/it will have to take a place in line on that kind of sentiment. ;-)

      I know you and J do a lot of work in the buff up there, I'm a bit more "old school" than that but I sure envy you two your light hearts and carefree ways!


  8. Love the blog and thoughts. But let's be clear, we do not have the right to "Civil Disobedience" we have "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances"

    As "Peace Officer" disobedience civilly is what my job is to prevent. The long history, since Vietnam, where Americans think they have the right of civil disobedience is just not true. Peaceably assembling does not mean blocking streets, blocking those not protesting from seeking passage, disobeying lawful orders from Peace Officers etc.

    Civil Disobedience is a misnomer.

    Keep up the Good work and stay locked and loaded when you are or on or off the Mountain.

    1. I think the Civil Disobedience thing comes from Gandhi, who advocated non-violent methods of protest such as boycotting salt, which was a government monopoly in India during the Raj. I am not aware of any incident where he advocated behavior like we see in the states today. He was vehemently opposed to violence in his movement.

      Then along came "The Civil Rights Movement", modeled on Ghandi's campaign in India. MLK's adherents also practiced the boycott and mass demonstration, but they took it a step further by things like "sit in's" that were more intrusive but designed to get face time in the press and on the news.

      How and when all this was suddenly hijacked by outright criminals and used as an excuse for criminal actions, I'm not entirely sure. But "Civil Disobedience" has morphed into a cover for just about any kind of aberrant behavior we can think of today.

      Personally, I'm an advocate of using force to stop riots and looting. Whether that entails giving someone something to think about with bean bag rounds or rubber bullets, or something more lethal, would depend on the situation. I don't think having the police stand there and watch idiots burning and looting is an effective deterrent.

      People have a right to be safe. Individuals who earn their living with their shops and stores have a right to operate their businesses without fear of being victimized. When order breaks down, those rights are violated. The government, at whatever level, has an obligation to take action to prevent this. Yet for the last 8 years, we had a President who invited criminals like BLM to the White House, wined and dined them, and publicly proclaimed their actions as "positive." No wonder things have come to the pass they are in today. I hope the new President can change that situation, despite the efforts of the Democratic Party and the Shadow State to prevent it.

      I'm pretty secure up here. Even when I go into town now, I stay off the forest service roads and carry some more powerful protection than was my habit before.

  9. Hate to bear bad news but BHM is discontinuing print version in 5 issues. Just got the email yesterday.

    1. Jack, I'm wondering if they are going to convert current subscriptions to digital, and if so, will they be complete digital magazines or just something that looks like a cut and paste on a plain white sheet of paper? I wouldn't mind at all getting the magazine digitally, I'm trying to go that route with all my magazines, but it has to be a modern, full copy version to be worth doing.

      Thanks for the heads up. It confirms what I've been hearing to that effect.

  10. In the buff is fine. Come summer here in Florida it takes a couple extra minutes for me to get presentable in company arrives.

    Re a wringer. Why not just take perforated drum, like on a dryer and rig it with some mechanical leverage and a hand crank, and crank away to get the excess water out. A bike chain and sprockets would be ideal. At least thats how I would handle.

    Over on CheapRVLiving .com they've spelled out a rig they use to handle washing clothes while living in a van "Down by the river". Just another way.

    Stay warm all......Wade in NW Florida

    1. Hey, Wade. Good to hear from you.

      I think your concept would work. I'm not very handy with building things, but someone like Michael at "Nails and Sawdust" or Kev at "An English Homestead" could absolutely gen up such a device.

      I tend to wear really beat up work khakis around up here. Cool and comfortable. Kymber and Jam are probably the most famous nudist preppers on the net, no mean feat given the fact that way up in Canada where they live, there is some kind of hideous black fly, like a horse fly, that bites the hell out of people and leaves giant welts!

      Cold here this morning. 32 degrees when I got up just before dawn. I'm running the propane heat in the main house, and electric radiator heaters in the enclosed portion of the barn, the apartment, and my shop. Have to heat and humidify those spaces in winter, cool and dehumidify them in summer!

  11. Well, that Charlie Daniels sure makes sense doesn't he?

    I can think of nothing more unpleasant than washing clothes by hand. Good skill to learn though. --Troy

    1. I was surprised when I got the email from a friend in Virginia. Never thought of Charlie Daniels as a philosopher and savant. It was a good letter he wrote.

      I know if it comes to it, I'll be the one doing the washing although my wife will help as much as she can. Not something I look forward to.

      Almost 40 years ago now, I was on an exercise in Turkey, at Saros Bay. The Navy and Marines used to run them with the Turks every couple of years, they were called "Display Determination."

      This was near Gallipoli, and you've seen pictures of that place, no doubt. Barren, wind swept hills and plateaus. We went inland, but not far because everything had to come from the ships in the bay. Including water. But the problem was, the ships could only make water by going out into the Med, because the water in the bay was really polluted. Then the water they made had to be used for the boilers that powered the ships. The boilers had to be satisfied before fresh water was available for anything else. Then the water had to be taken ashore, and hauled to us. We had limited motor vehicle assets, as we had to bring our own from Camp Lejeuene on board Gator Navy ships.

      So there was almost no water for non-essentials and bathing/washing/ doing laundry was non-essential. We stayed out there for several weeks in the blowing dust. We were always filthy, gritty, and our uniforms began to rot off of us. The Marine Corps had recently gone from the Vietnam era olive drab to a camoflage field uniform. Unfortunately, the material they used in those first uniforms was thin, ripped easily, and not durable.

      The point of all this is that when I got out of there, I had an obsessive desire to be clean. To this day, I usually wind up taking two or three showers a day. I change my clothes a couple of times a day in the normal course of events and more in summer.

      I know this is somewhat psychotic but it could be worse, I guess I could be an ax murderer.

      So if the power goes out, and my two 500 gallon tanks of diesel for the generator run out, I'll have to become the laundry king because I want to have clean clothes. Not fun to wash the old way, but I'll do it if I have to. ;-)

  12. Harry, Love your blog, I live in West Virginia. The coolest
    solution to laundry that I ever hear of is the woman who
    put her dirty laundry in a 55 gal. drum in the back of her
    pickup truck with water and detergent and drove into town
    to run errands. She stopped at the city park, dumped the
    water and refilled the drum. Then she drove back home,
    emptied the drum and hung up the clothes. If your roads
    are as bad as ours, I'm sure they were clean.
    Don from West by GOD Virginia

    1. Don,
      It's amazing the ingenuity people show when they have to. I expect that solution would work as long as you had fuel for your vehicle. I can see how the bumps would agitate the water just like the wash cycle of a washing machine.

      West Virginia is a good place. I have been there on a number of occasions, though all were decades ago now. Like the people. They would fit in here in rural Georgia just fine.

  13. Hey Harry,


    I had to laugh at the quote from Napoleon at the top of your blog 'Harry.
    I guess Napoleon in his meditation did not check the calender and did not do his intel on when winter travel in Russia:)

    As per Kymber said in the comments above. She is right. That's why I am crossing sprouts with cheeseburgers. Grow a burger is my goal. Genetically engineered hamburger plants. That and I will store up 50 pound sacks of bachelor chow.

    I neither want to be a survivalist or a prepper. When I grow I want to be a cowboy:)

    1. Even a Napolean or a General Lee isn't 100% all the time. I think what caused Napoleon to come a cropper in Russia was the scorched earth policy of the Russians, and the failure of the Russian government to surrender after Moscow fell. Both those were not normal facets of European diplomacy or warfare during the Napoleonic Wars.

      Or maybe his luck ran out. ;-)

      There's worse things than a good bag of Alpo. Plus you have a nice supply of bean fed Mexicans down there where you are at. Num Num!

      I thought you wanted to be a surfer when you grew up!

  14. I think the most important thing anyone can have when TSHTF is the mindset. We will all be in tenable positions whilst the sheep are still denying that anything is happening. Agreee with Kymber on the homesteading thing, I suppose its the difference between being self reliant and self suficient. When the lights go out the self reliant will have stored batteries to keep the lights on for years but the self sufficient will have turbines and panels to keep the lights on indefinitely. Stored food will feed you for a while but growing your own can feed you forever. At the end of the day they are just two seperate rails on the same track, heading in the right/same direction

    1. Well said. Although I have been living up in these mountains since 1986, going the whole hog, I've been remiss in some things that are essential just because they were a grind.

      My wife loves gardening but it bored me to tears for most of my life. After some initial efforts, I finally just bagged it for more than two decades. However, largely because I realize the futility of trying to store away enough food in the long term, we started gardening again last summer. It was more of a tentative, experimental endeavor and not wildly successful (all I got was tomatoes). This Spring we are going more mainstream, I'm going to use the raised beds from last summer, but I'm also going to till up part of my meadow for crops.

      Sustainability is key. Because none of us can really estimate what might happen down the road, or how long any emergency might last, any plan that says "well, I can make it for six months" is not going to be optimal. In a few respects, I've been guilty of that. But old dogs can learn new tricks.

  15. G,day Harry,
    This is a bit off topic but thought you would be interested to know that today is the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore. This was the darkest day of WW2 for Australia,over 22,000 men were captured by the Japanese and 3 1/2 years later less than 14,000 returned home.

    Two days later Darwin was bombed by over 100 planes from 4 carriers and largely destroyed, just the first of another 2 years of attacks.

    Let us never forget the men and women who gave their lives that we might be free, lest we forget.

    1. Sgt. It's strange you mention that. I enjoy military history and the Japanese campaign through that part of the Pacific has always held a particular fascination for me.

      It also has practical applications. The British were absolutely sure the Japanese could not come down the Malaysian peninsula. They were sure the Japanese could not get tanks down through those jungles as well. But the Japanese did both, and as a result, Singapore fell with the catastrophic results you detailed.

      There's only one way to get to my compound on this mountain, on the face of it. That's the jeep trail that leads from an old dirt county road to the buildings up here. And, for years, I only took security measures along that road.

      But there is a dense forest surrounding me on all sides. I just "assumed" no one could get up or down the mountain through those woods. There are only a few game trails, none lead to the my buildings or meadow. The undergrowth is thick and tangled, and the trees themselves are a formidable barrier. I just didn't worry about being approached through those woods.

      But re-reading one of Douglas Reeman's books about the fall of Singapore, it occurred to me that I was making the same mistake the British did. It's always best to prepare for the unexpected. So I spent some money and took some time to put out warning devices in the woods around the place. Now I have 360 degree coverage, although the vast majority of my work in that regards still relates to the Jeep trail.

      I don't think very many Americans realize Australia was actually bombed by the Japanese. Most of the books I've read that discuss the Australian situation in the Pacific War tend to look at Guadalcanal, where the Japanese were finally held, or at New Guinea.

      That was my father's generation's war, and it's fading into the dust now , but it shouldn't be. There's still a lot to learn from that particular conflict.

  16. your psychosis aside :), you have to remember folks couldn't afford many clothes back then and wore one set to work in, for days even weeks before they were washed. and wash day was all day. they had a set for sunday-go-to-meetin and maybe a set to wear to school. they didn't take baths every day either(my horror). we'll have some adjustments to make to the new old times, lol.

  17. had no idea the japs had bombed darwin!! never taught in history class although teacher was gung ho on ww2 and napoleon.
    had heard of anzac biscuits, though.
    featured by martha stewart one day. good for backpacking and for the car in case of need.
    i never thought the a bomb drop was good but now, hearing about australia, maybe it was necessary.
    pbs had a good series , fiction?, about a girl in the jap camps and how she went to those who had helped her and gave gifts.
    love interest was an aussie. good series.
    you know you can always email kymber.
    if k and j ever split i'll know hell has turned into a glacier.

    1. Deborah, I knew about it only because I read historical fiction by a guy named Douglas Reeman, and he has written several of his novels based around that part of the war.

      Lately several people I keep up with have had really bad news of one kind or other in their lives. I feel drained by it. So maybe I am a bit paranoid, but I didn't want to ask Kymber why she wasn't doing much on the web anymore. I was afraid it might be something awful happened to them. Or that my politics had alienated her.

  18. My mother washed clothes in a wringer washer for years when I was a kid. (That's a wringer, BTW, not a mangle). Mangles were used to iron flat cloth, and yes, she had one of those, too.

    1. That's what it was called in Italy when I lived there. Lots of the Italians still used this set up.

      " A mangle or wringer is a mechanical laundry aid consisting of two rollers in a sturdy frame, connected by cogs and, in its home version, powered by a hand."

      I checked the definition, and I guess the problem is that in America we do call it a wringer. Mangle obviously means something different here than it does in Europe, but that doesn't surprise me.

      I've never seen on in action. Even when I was a kid, we had a washer that spun. But I can remember seeing washing machines that were electric, but when you took the clothes out after the spin cycle, you still ran them through an attached wringer.