Archive | January, 2012

Quick As A Cat!

31 Jan

I know all of you have heard the expression “as quick as a cat”. There is a reason for that expression.

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This is our cat Frank resting in the middle of the floor after playing our laser tag game. I keep a laser pointer by my chair, and he loves to chase that red dot all around the floor. It usually takes 10 minutes of chasing around and he will be tired enough to just lay still and wait on the dot. I can ease it towards him and he will just watch it until it gets close enough then WHAP! He will reach out and swat it with his paw. I decided I was going to see if I could be quicker than he is. I started teasing him with the dot, getting closer and closer. I had my senses all tensed up just waiting for him to make his move, then WHAP! My brain could not even register the thought MOVE, and it was too late, he already had the dot covered. I could not even get my brain to move fast enough, much less get my muscles to react to his speed.

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He does not look too speedy here does he? He is in full-out lazy mode here.

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But just take a look at those claws! He only weighs 12 pounds, can you imagine how dangerous he would be if he weighed 120 pounds and had those claws with the same speed he has now? I would not like to face a big cat in the wilderness. If they attacked you it would be all over for you. I guess that is why they say Lions are the King of the Jungle!

Tuesday Tunes

31 Jan

For our tune today let’s have some classic soul, Bill Withers, “Use Me”

Bird’s Nest

30 Jan

Sweet Thing and I were walking through the wooded area of the homestead recently and we came across this;

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This is a little, tiny bird’s nest. I don’t know what kind of bird it was, but the nest was so small I don’t think you could put a golf ball inside it. I am going to build bird houses and place them around on the homestead, I can hardly wait!

Newest Follower

29 Jan

I would like to say Hello and Welcome to my newest follower, he has a blog where he discusses politics, religion, firearms, and preparedness. He has a lot of ideas I agree with, I just choose to not spend any time discussing politics much on this blog, but I will check in on his blog and leave my comments there. Check it out at Three Days To Anarchy.

Preparedness: Part 4

28 Jan

I will continue our discussions on preparedness with a few ideas on electric generators. I have one similar to this;

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You need to have a place to store this unit as well as the fuel to run it, so this might not be something everyone can do, especially those of you just starting to get prepared. You can use this generator to run your light, televisions, computers, as well as your refrigerators and freezers. During the last big power outage, I didn’t have my generator yet, but I have one now! Our neighbor had one and he went around to the homes of his friends and family and hooked up the generator to their freezers for an hour a day to keep their foods frozen. He probably saved many hundreds of dollars of food for these people, I hope they were grateful. I noticed these huge generators in Missouri recently.

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This was outside of a convenience store next to the interstate where I stop for gas and a Subway sandwich when I am working in the area. I asked the owner about the generators and he said last year when the big storm hit, he was without power for 10 days. He said he could not stand to be out of business that long ever again, so he will be prepared the next time! Be prepared.

Serious Drug Problem

27 Jan

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In one of my recent posts, I mentioned people with a drug problem in our area committing crimes. I was reminded of something I read that was cute but at the same time profound so I borrowed it to reprint here.

The other day, someone read that a Meth Lab had been found in an old farmhouse in our county and he asked me a question,”Why didn’t we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?” I replied I had a drug problem when I was young. I was drug to church every Sunday morning. I was drug to church for weddings and funerals. I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather.

I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults. I was drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn’t put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me.

I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profanity. I was drug out to pull weeds in mom’s garden and flower beds and cockleburs out of dad’s fields. I was drug to the homes of family, friends and neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no one to mow the yard, repair the clothesline, or chop some firewood, and, if my mother had even known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the woodshed.

Those drugs are still in my veins and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say or think. They are stronger than crack, cocaine, or heroin; and, if today’s children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better place. God bless the parents who drugged us as children.

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Have you drugged and hugged your children today?

Preparedness; Part 3

26 Jan

Continuing on with our discussion about preparedness, let’s talk about staying warm. Most of you who live in rural areas, especially in northern climes, have multiple sources of heat. You realize it is best to not be solely dependent on one means of staying warm. You may have electricity or natural gas as your primary means of heat, but you probably have a backup plan. This plan may be a fireplace or wood-burning stove. You may also have a propane burning heater with one of those big tanks sitting outside of your house. You may have a smaller bottle of propane with a heater you attach to the tank such as the Mr. Heater buddies. This is the tough buddy.

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This is the small buddy.

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This is the tank mounted buddy.

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If we had a weather emergency here in Tennessee, you could survive without any heat if you stayed inside, dressed warmly, and piled blankets on top of yourself. I’m not saying you couldn’t get really uncomfortable without heat, but it probably wouldn’t kill you. But in some places it could get cold enough to be life threatening, and I know most of you in those places are already prepared, so this advice is for newcomers to the idea of prepping.

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You can also get a kerosene heater like this one and it would keep most homes warm enough to stay comfortable during a winter storm.

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If you read my post from a few days ago you will remember we had tornado watches for the area. I had advanced warning and I had time to double check on my storm preps. One item I have neglected to mention until now is a radio. A radio will keep you up to date with the storm warnings and provide a little entertainment if the electricity goes off. I have one like this which is battery powered, but it also has a hand-crank feature. You can wind it up and play for 30 minutes without battery power. So in review, we have discussed having water, food, medicines, pet food, a can opener, a means of heating up the food, a source of light, a source of heat, and an emergency radio. We will continue this discussion later, until then, be safe!