22 Jul

I picked up an old tire behind my shop to shake out the standing water trapped in it so it wouldn’t be a breeding ground for mosquitos and underneath it I found the old black snake that lives around the shop. YIKES! He gave me quite a start but he slithered away as fast as he could.


I also encountered this Copperhead as I was driving a lonely back country road. I made the curve and as soon as I spotted it in the road I knew it was a venomous snake so I aimed right for him and SCORE! A perfect hit. I wish he wasn’t so mangled up, that skin has some beautiful coloration. It sure would make a fine hat band wouldn’t it? Anyway, since it is Tuesday, how about a silly little ditty from Jim Stafford, Spiders And Snakes. Enjoy.

Burn Barrel

21 Jul


This is a picture of my burn barrel I made from rabbit hutch wire. I think I have about $6 worth of wire in this project. The barrel seems to burn that garbage just fine doesn’t it? It will get about half full of unburned items such as glass and cans in about 3 months, then I will pick it up with my front end loader and dump that stuff in the back gully on the homestead.

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Well, if you don’t like my home-made model you can buy this spiffy-looking super-duper factory model from DR Manufacturing. It looks like it should work just fine. It should because this one is on sale for ONLY $459.99 plus shipping. No way baby, no way! I think I will keep my home-made version and if it burns out I can build another one for $6 and I will still be $447.99 ahead. Keep prepping everyone!

Tuesday Tunes:James Brown;I Feel Good

15 Jul

How about a classic from the Godfather of Soul from 1966, James Brown on the Ed Sullivan Show. Enjoy!

Homestead Update

13 Jul

Not much happened around the homestead this week, again due to my full work schedule.



I found several nice marbles while working in the field.


I also found two more Indian artifacts. I probably won’t find much more this year, the crops are large enough now to shade the ground so it is getting hard to see much below the canopy.


It has finally dried up enough we have started watering the cotton, although the weather forecast is for rain and cooler temps starting tomorrow.


Most of the cotton is blooming and that is right on schedule to be normal.


I drove up to where one of my farmers was working and he had backed his sprayer off into the ditch and was hung up. He was waiting on someone to bring a tractor and pull him out, and he was really POed!


I bought this little push mower to take to MILs house so Sweet Thing could help mow her yard. This was one of the $149 Wal-Mart specials. I took it out of the box, poured in the oil and gas, pulled the starter rope and it started on the first pull! A few years ago this mower cost just $99, and I mean only just 5 years ago. This goes to show how inflation is creeping in slowly and steadily and most people don’t even see it. This economy is tanking folks, you better be prepared for it, so keep prepping everyone!

Tuesday Tunes:Bob Seger;Night Moves

8 Jul

How about this one for a bit of nostalgia? I woke last night to the sound of thunder, how far off I sat and wondered, started humming a tune from 1972, ain’t it funny how the night moves? Enjoy!


4 Jul

I saw a new product in Lowe’s last week so I picked one up to try. It is an EnduraCool Multi-Cool Pro. You wet this thing down and wring the excess water out and the evaporation helps keep you cool. I wore it most of the day in one of the twelve variations you can wear it in and I have to say it will actually work. I rewet it about once every hour and it definitely will help cool you down. The only problem is when you wear it you look like a geek!


I will have to just wear it around the homestead and not while I am working at my job. I can’t be wearing something like that, I can’t afford to hurt my “street cred”!  Check it out for yourself, I think you will be pleased. Keep prepping everyone!

Tuesday Tunes:Eric Clapton;Layla

1 Jul

This is the live version from 1985, Live Aid. Enjoy!


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