Archive | October, 2012

Happy Halloween!

31 Oct
When we move to the homestead I don’t expect to have many Trick-Or-Treaters, but you can’t say the same thing about our current home.We have been here 14 years, and we were warned ahead of time about the huge mobs coming on Halloween. The first year we gave out 400 small candy bags with 4 pieces of penny candy in each one. (are you old enough to remember penny candy?) The next year we gave out 500, the next year 600, and the last couple of years we gave out 700 bags and still ran out. As you might imagine, most of these people drive here from other parts of town, even other towns. We would just go inside and turn off the lights after we ran out. It was fun at first, but it became too much of a hassle. We would dress up in our costumes and have the older children we knew come over and help us give out candy to the Trick-Or-Treaters. Now there are so many teenagers (I don’t mind if they are polite) and adults who are rude and surly. Many times the adult would herd the children up to the door and then hold out two more bags and say I got two more at home, they sick, I need some for them. Not, may I have some for them, but I need some for them. So we just got tired of putting up with the hassle. But hopefully it will be a better experience for you at your house. I just want to remind everyone to drive carefully. There will be lots of little ones out on the street this evening, running around all hyped up on sugar and adrenalin, so be careful, we don’t want any accidents. I will leave you with a little tune this evening, it’s a classic!

Turnip Pie

30 Oct


In another effort to find uses for turnips, Sweet Thing cooked a turnip pie. She fixes a pie with apples, raisins, caramel sauce, dark rum, and maple syrup baked in a graham cracker crust. Only this time she substituted turnips instead of apples and the pie was delicious. Apparently, you can substitute turnips for potatoes in many recipes and they will do just fine. Oh, and last week she sliced some of them wafer thin, sprinkled them with salt and pepper then baked them in the oven like potato chips. They didn’t get crisp like potato chips, but they sure were tasty. Hard times a-comin’, and turnips are easy to grow, just thinking ahead. Be prepared!

Tuesday Tunes; The Turtles, Happy Together

30 Oct

From the Ed Sullivan Show, circa 1967. Enjoy.



The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier

29 Oct


I am reposting this from another site I read.

Web users were in awe Monday morning of an image showing Honor Guards standing on duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in the face of adverse weather as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the East Coast.

“Soldiers stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Guarded non-stop since 1948. In Sandy’s path they continue,” shared Kristy Bolsinger ‏as she re-tweeted the popular image on Twitter.

Tyler Borchers was so impressed that he used only one word to react to the striking image: “Powerful.”

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington County, Va., is monitored around the clock by the Society of Honor Guards.

The striking image was shared Monday morning by First Army Division East on its Facebook page, although the photo was originally captured in September, according to

“Soldiers of the 3rd Inf Reg. continue to stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, despite the worsening weather conditions surrounding Hurricane Sandy. The tomb has been guarded continuously since 1948,” the photo caption read.

There were some Facebook users who questioned why the Honor Guards seen in the photo of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier remained on duty despite the adverse weather.

“Only those who have served, and understand the meaning of true dedication beyond one’s self, would understand why they stay. I pray for ALL who serve our great country,” wrote John Almodovar in response to some of the questions.

Alex Tressler explained, however, “They will soon move under a tarp then if it gets worse into a small chamber that has awards and plaques hanging up and has a direct line of sight to the tomb.”

He added, “Stay safe my brethren.”

The Tomb of the Unknowns, as the monument is also called, is dedicated to U.S. service men and women who have died and whose remains have not been identified.

“The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Tomb) was established in 1921. The Unknown Soldiers laid to rest at the Tomb represent all missing and unknown service members who made the ultimate sacrifice – they not only gave their lives, but also their identities to protect these freedoms,” reads the overview on the official Tomb Guard website. “The Tomb is the final resting place for Unknowns from World War I, World War II, and the Korean War, and is guarded at all times.”


Note; there has been some controversy over this picture since it was actually taken in September of this year, but it still shows the dedication of the men of this Honor Guard who do this to show their respect and admiration for something greater than themselves. I wish all of us had a tenth of the dedication and respect for our country that these men display. God Bless Our Troops and God Bless America.

Game Trail Camera

29 Oct

I am still getting lots of pictures of the does on the homestead, but I’m still not seeing any bucks.


Here is the doe with the two yearlings coming by for their daily feeding.


This is a big ole nasty Possum coming for a meal. I don’t have any use for Possums, I don’t know if I would ever be that hungry.


This squirrel came by for some corn.


Here is Rocky Raccoon standing up and looking around as he comes by for his free meal. I’m still hoping for a Buck, so stay tuned.

Mosin Nagant

28 Oct


I have been wanting one of these rifles for a long time, purely for historical reasons you understand. They were manufactured by the Russians between WWI and WWII. By the time WWII ended, they had manufactured 17 million of these rifles, and after the war ended they packed them in cosmoline and warehoused them away waiting for WWIII. Well, since then they developed the AK 47 and made the Mosin Nagant obsolete for modern warfare, none-the-less, many of them are still in use. Although they are utilitarian and butt-ugly, they do the job for which they are intended in a superb manner. They shoot fairly accurately, are reliable, tough, and most of all inexpensive and fast to manufacture. To read all about this marvelous rifle and the history behind it go to Mosin-Nagant. I bought mine from a private individual for a good price, and it included the accessories normally provided such as a sling, oil cans, tool kit, and belt pouches. And remember, these items were manufactured in the early 1940’s, so it is holding history in your hands when you have these items. I’ll let you know how it shoots after I get the chance to try it out. Stay Safe.

Newest Follower

28 Oct

I would like to welcome my newest follower Henrietta’s Hippo. If you get the chance go check out her blog. Thanks for hitting that follow button and feel free to comment anytime!

Hurricane Sandy

27 Oct


How many of you are prepared for Hurricane Sandy? Most of you reading this blog are probably prepared for a 3 day event at least. Even the government at their website says you need to be prepared for an emergency and be prepared to stay put for several days until help can arrive. Good advice for those who will listen. You can find good tips on preparedness here at the FEMA website Ready Preparedness Kit. I don’t know that I have any readers in the area of Hurricane Sandy, but if I do, I hope you are safe and well. Be prepared!

Attaching Wood To Concrete

27 Oct


I am in the process of walling off an area in the back of my Barn/shop. I need to attach the stud walls to the concrete floor, and after doing some research I came up with the TapCon system.




The kit contains a special chuck for holding a concrete boring bit. I was worried the bit would not drill through something as hard as concrete, but the bit ate through as easily as drilling through wood.


You are supposed to use a hammer drill but I used my regular cordless drill I just bought and it was no problem. I guess if you had concrete with lots of rocks in it you would probably be better off with a hammer drill. I drilled the hole and followed the instructions and vacuumed out the hole to remove the excess dust and debris.


Then I slipped the bit driver into the drill and screwed the anchors into the concrete.


Easy as pie! Now the walls are nice and secure. I would definitely recommend this System to anyone needing to attach something to concrete or bricks. You can use it on walls as well as floors. As I was taking the pictures for this post I decided to show you this.


It is a small plastic container for holding small items such as screws, bolts and nuts, clips, etc. The container is about the size of a large jar of baby food. The really neat thing about them is,,,,


The caps on the bottles are magnetized and will stick to the sides of a shelf or tool box. It keeps them out-of-the-way but still handy and within reach.

Homemade Dog Feeder

26 Oct



Some of you will remember the two dogs I rescued after they were dumped and abandoned. They are pretty good dogs, except at feeding time, then they jump and carry on like they haven’t eaten in days. Sometimes we might need to be away and someone else besides me will need to feed them. I wanted to fix a way to feed them so you wouldn’t have to go inside the pen and get jumped on or have them bolt out through the gate. I came up with this idea for a feeding chute, and I had purchased the parts but I had not put it in yet. I was going to make a long funnel out of PVC pipe and a fitting.




This would have been just fine, but I was in the store and I saw something I thought would be better.



This is a big, funnel looking device intended to slip over the vent pipes coming out of the roof of a house.


I slipped it over the pipe and secured it with two screws.



Some of the fields I work have advertising signs in them during the year. After harvest I collect some of the signs for my own use. They are made out of what I call “plastic cardboard” and bolted onto steel posts. The signs make good shooting targets and the posts have numerous uses.


I inserted the pipe through the fence, drove the steel stake into the ground and secured the pipe with heavy-duty cable ties. I drilled a hole in the bottom of the food dish for drainage in case of rain, then I secured the dish in place with three tent stakes. I tried it out and it works great! Now, if it all is just secure enough that the dogs can’t tear it apart I will be OK. You can just stand outside the fence and take a big cup of food and pour it into the funnel and the food just slides down into the dish. I made two of them, by the way, one for each dog. They don’t fight over food anymore, but they each have their own dish. I’ll let you know how smart I still think I am in a few days!