Homestead Update 11-29-15

29 Nov


I haven’t done much around here the last couple of weeks. The weather has been rainy so I just spent more time straightening up in my shop and doing paperwork in my office. I hung up some of the saws I have collected in my work room in my barn. That small handsaw is one I got from my Dad many years ago. I wanted to drill a hole in the blade to hang it up so I got out my drill bit set.


I bought this set at Harbor Freight a while back and I am really impressed with the sharpness of these bits. Not only are they really sharp, there are a lot of them so if I lose one or break one I can just go to the next size. When I drilled the holes in the shelf brackets I mounted on the bathroom wall, the bits cut through that soft steel like a hot knife through butter. Howerver, when I tried to drill a hole in the tempered steel of that hand saw blade it was a different story. I started out with a 1/4 inch bit and I quickly realized that wasn’t working so I went down to a 3/32nd bit and it still was not doing anything but spinning on the blade surface. That stuff is way too hard to drill through!


I picked up this book at Tractor Supply for my prepper library. Yeah, I know there are lots of plans online to show how to build bee keeping equipment, but I wanted to have something on hand in case those on-line plans were not available to me. Besides I like to have something to carry into my workshop to look at while I am working. Maybe I can get started on some projects after the first of the year. Keep prepping everyone!

How Many Syrian Refugees Should We Allow Into The USA and The Newest Resident of The Homestead

21 Nov


There has been a lot of discussion in the news this week about allowing 10,000 Syrian refugees to invade come to the USA. We have been told Oh, most of them are widows and orphans so there is no need to be afraid. Only one in a thousand might be a terrorist willing to strap on a suicide vest and kill you and your family while you are out at a ball game or shopping or eating dinner. Well, I think that meme above puts it in perspective doesn’t it? I’m not going to eat any of those M&Ms! Even if there are NO terrorists mixed in with them, we have enough people in this country already living on government assistance without bringing in more. Let them stay in the neighboring countries around Syria. They are all Islamic states and would be a better fit than here in our country!


This is the newest resident of the homestead, Little Bubba. He is a probationary resident that I have granted temporary asylum. If President Obama can bring in thousands of Middle Easterners and allow untold millions of third worlders to stream across our Southern border and then grant them citizenship, then I guess I have the authority to grant citizenship to Little Bubba! He was dumped out at a friend’s house, and my friend said he couldn’t stay there. He was going to take Bubba to the animal pound and I just couldn’t stand to see him treated like that. Bubba is such a sweety, I hope everything works out so he can stay. He seems to be content to stay out in the open air area of my barn so I think he will be OK there. My other barn cats are still taking their time getting used to him. The first couple of days, they really hissed and growled at him.


Today I noticed them touching noses so maybe they are not too upset about Bubba invading their territory. We will just have to give it a little more time to see how it works out. If I decide to let him stay, I will take him to the vet to be neutered and checked out to be sure he is healthy. You can tell from that picture, Kensey is much bigger than Bubba. I think Bubba will grow a little more, but he will always be a small cat. I’ll let you know how it goes. Keep prepping everyone!

Homestead Update 11-15-15

15 Nov



These are my rescue dogs, Wilma and Jethro. I had to go into their pen last week and fix the PVC dog feeders I have sticking through the fence. Jethro has pawed at his enough he finally caused it to come apart after 2 years. I had to make some repairs, but now the feeders are back in working order.


I’ve started putting my Prepper library on the new shelves I installed. Those books are only about 1/4 of what I have accumulated. I think I am going to have to cull back a little bit, but I don’t know where.


For instance, that stack of red books on the shelf is a 17 volume of Popular Mechanics Do-It-Yourself Encyclopedia. How can I get rid of something as useful as that? I just need more shelf space!


My neighbor called and said he had a deal on some used metal roofing. A storm damaged the roof of a local commercial building last Spring and the roof was replaced. Since then the roof has leaked numerous times until the company decided the best course of action was to just start over and replace the roof again. Thus, they had a bunch of roofing to sell at a ridiculously low price so I said count me in! I have several building projects rattling around in my head already!


We went to the Flea Market this weekend and I bought this old one-man crosscut saw for $10. I just had to have it to mount on the wall of my Man-cave.


They also had a lot of chickens, ducks, pea-fowl, and rabbits for sale. Sweet Thing said NO! Oh well, maybe someday soon. Until then keep prepping everyone!

Veterans Day 2015

11 Nov

I wanted to remind everyone that today is a special day, Veterans Day. I wanted to ask everyone to think about what that really means. There are men and women who have fought and died for your freedom so we can stay here and enjoy the lives we all have. I think all those knuckleheads who are protesting Wall Street and the other protests have a legal right to do so. But many of them would just as soon spit on a soldier as thank him or her. It’s ironic that the soldier is putting his life on the line so the protester can have the freedom to do what they are doing. Even many of our military who are not serving in an active battle zone are still making extreme sacrifices on our behalf. Many of them are away from the birth of their children, hearing them say their first word or take their first step. They miss birthdays, ballet dances, ball games, recitals and all the hundreds of everyday blessings we take for granted. So today if you see someone in uniform, thank them for their service and shake their hand. They are the reason you and I have the freedoms we sometimes take for granted. Here is a short tribute to the troops, give it a listen and think about how much they sacrifice on our behalf. Say a prayer for all of our military members and their loved ones. God Bless Our Troops!!!

Homestead Update 11-8-15

8 Nov


Last week I was working in my shop and due to the cooling weather, the Lady Beetles were coming in by the thousands! I guess winter is just around the corner.


Although, here it is November the 8th, and we still have not had a frost. We still have tomatoes growing in containers in the back yard.


This week I did manage to get my bathroom shelves painted and installed, ready to install my Prepper library!


I also put up 8 more shelves in the new addition to my barn. I have two more shelves to put up then I will have 25 shelves, 10 feet long, two feet wide, for a total of 500 feet of shelf space. That will hold a lot of junk supplies!


I noticed these large toadstools growing out of the mulch I spread around a couple of months ago. Someday I am going to learn how to identify some safe to eat mushrooms and see if I can get some to grow in the wooded lot in the back of the homestead.


In the meantime, I am just going to hang out here and enjoy the mild weather and the fall colors until Old Man Winter gets here. Keep prepping everyone!

Homestead Update 11-1-15

1 Nov

It’s hard to believe it’s already November isn’t it? Well how about this?


Only 54 more days till Christmas!!! Better get ready! Oh, I took that picture in Lowe’s back in SEPTEMBER! Please, can’t we wait until after Halloween to start Christmas? Maybe we need to pass a law.


It rained 4 inches this past week. Most farmers in the area need about 7-10 days to be finished with harvesting their crops, so hopefully the next rain can hold off for that long. I didn’t do a lot around the homestead this week, I took the opportunity to catch up on some paperwork since it was wet and rainy. I did assemble this drill press I previously purchased at Harbor Freight. I had it out of the box and up and running in a matter of minutes. I also mounted on the wall this antique metal sign I purchased on Ebay.


I used the drill press on these metal shelf mounting tracks. I bought six foot sections and cut them in half so I have two 3 foot sections from each unit. There was only 3 screw holes in each one after I cut them, so I drilled 4 more holes in each one for a total of seven screws each. Why so many you might ask? I am going to put 5 foot wooden shelves on these tracks and fill the shelves up with books from my prepping library. This is in the bathroom of my shop so that is a perfect place for a library. I have books on Survival, Prepping, Homesteading, Do-It-Yourself, and many other subjects that will be handy after SHTF! Those books will be heavy, but with 7 different 3 inch screws in each track I hope they can withstand the weight.


I also did a little work on my MIL’s truck. The fan belt broke and as it was whipping around it broke the upper radiator hose. The two hoses are made together with that plastic valve body as one unit. I replaced the belt, hoses and refilled the radiator with anti-freeze so now she should be good to go. Keep prepping everyone!

Tuesday Tunes:Lynyrd Skynyrd; Sweet Home Alabama

27 Oct


This past Saturday, Sweet Thing and I attended a wedding which was held on the grounds of a restored Civil War Era mansion.


This mansion has been listed on the National Register Of Historic Places.


For our musical entertainment, they had two dudes doing their best Simon and Garfunkel. The wedding was held outside, and although rain was predicted, it held off and allowed this lovely event to take place as planned.


The reception was held inside a pavilion around back, and the entertainment was provided by a 7 man Black band, the Mid-Town All-Stars out of Memphis. This band was Jammin’! They had an eclectic mix of music, let me tell you. Their first set included Kool And The Gang/ Jungle Boogie, Wilson Picket/ Mustang Sally, Average White Band/ Play That Funky Music White Boy, Howlin’ Wolf/ Shake It For Me, Luke Bryant/ Strip It Down, Prince Royce/ Back It Up, and even Lynyrd Skynyrd/ Sweet Home Alabama. I wish I had video taped that song because that was quite an experience hearing an all Black band performing Sweet Home Alabama. No haters around here! Let’s listen to the original, shall we?

Well I heard Mister Young sing about her,          

I heard ole Neal put her down,

Well, I hope Neal Young will remember,

A Southern man don’t need him around anyhow!


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