Archive | December, 2012

Dog Pen Construction

31 Dec

I started work on a dog pen at the homestead today. I dug 4 holes and set 4 posts and I know I probably won’t be able to stand up straight tomorrow. It is bad when you get to be old and fat and out of shape like me, that is going to be my number one resolution this year is to get into better physical shape. (wait, wasn’t that my number one resolution last year?) Well, this time I really am serious, I feel a definite ill wind blowing in the world now. I am redoubling my efforts to become more prepared and self-sufficient. One of my big areas of concern for the future is the availability and cost of medical care. The better physical shape you are in and the less medical care you require the better off you will be. So on to the pen construction.


This is my new post-hole digger I used to dig the holes. I needed a new digger, the handles on my old one were rotten, so I got this new style digger. Let me tell you, it really is an improvement over the old style diggers, if you do much post-hole digging, I highly recommend you get this new style digger, you will thank me for it later. When I use a digger, I like to mark on the handle at 24 and 36 inches so I can gauge the depth of my hole without using a measuring tape. I marked this one with flourescent electrical tape on the handles.


I dug each hole down to 36 inches, the top few inches was muddy due to the rain we have been having. It was sprinkling rain and 36 degrees while I was working on the pen today. After I dug down past the top few inches, the soil was bone dry despite the rainfall we had this winter, we need lots more to catch us up on our moisture deficit.


After I dug the holes, I placed a 6X6 treated post in the hole and braced them up straight.


I used this handy-dandy post leveler I bought at Harbor Freight for less than $2 and it worked just fine. It will level the post in two directions at the same time, so you don’t have to move your level back and forth constantly to check for level.


I chose not to use concrete to set the posts, I was using 8 foot posts set 3 feet into the ground so I didn’t feel it would be necessary. I used this 1X2 to backfill and tramp the dirt into the hole, and after it sets up a while they will be solid as a rock. That seemed like the hardest part of the job, tramping the dirt in, but it was the last thing I did after a long day so maybe that was why it tired me out so much! I still have a long way to go to get the pen finished, but today was a good start. Get prepared people!

Happy New Year!

31 Dec

Here is wishing you each and everyone a Happy New Year. Auld Lang Syne Scottish style, just give it a listen and try not to tear up a bit.

Petting Zoo

26 Dec

One of the local churches had a living Nativity Scene for Christmas. They had some animals in the scene from a local man and they looked like they could be from a petting zoo because they would come right up to the fence where you were.



This is a small camel.


I think this little guy is an Alpaca.


This is the lamb.


These are Burros. You can see a miniature horse in the background.


Here are the goats and another picture of the horse.


They even had a couple of turkeys, although in my Bible, I don’t remember reading about any turkeys. I guess there could have been turkeys there, as long as they didn’t have any pigs, because Jews don’t eat pork. They will eat chicken, but not pork because they consider them to be unclean. I guess they don’t realize a chicken will eat things that would make a hog gag! Oh well, none of my business I guess, that just leaves more bacon for me and you!

The True Meaning of Christmas

25 Dec

May this Christmas day find you filled with Joy and Peace. I hope you are able to spend this time with family and friends, and may you each and everyone have a wonderful day filled with love and happiness.

On this day of celebration let us not forget the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus is the reason for the season. May the love of Jesus Christ fill your life with joy and happiness each and every day of the year.

Luke 2

1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Christmas Medley

25 Dec

I hope all of you are enjoying time with your family and friends on this Christmas day. Let us all send our prayers for those who can’t be with their loved ones, no matter the reason. But, if you are spending time on the computer looking for Christmas Music, this is a 3 hour medley of good selections, enjoy!

Gift Wrapping

24 Dec



I have been wrapping presents for Sweet Thing today, they look pretty good don’t they? Some people might not consider wrapping presents a “manly activity” but it is if you look at it the right way. You have to approach the problem like a woodworking project. First you gather your material, then you measure your material. Next you align your material then you attach the material. Then if necessary you trim and adjust your work. It is the same principle working with plywood, 2X4’s, and nails as it is working with paper, boxes and tape. This is the last day guys, you better get with it. You don’t want to be one of those poor lost souls I see stumbling around the mall on Christmas Eve day like some kind of Zombie with no idea what to do. Or even worse you don’t want to be buying your Sweet Thing a gift at the local convenience store on Christmas Eve do you?

Christmas Tunes; Bing Crosby

24 Dec

Nothing says Christmas quite like these two classics from Mr. Christmas himself, Bing Crosby.

Cable Television At The New Homestead

23 Dec


This is what our cable looks like at our new home. Yes, that’s right, it’s not hooked up. When we started construction back in June we had the cable company come out and make sure they could provide service. One man came out and measured around the house and said no problem. He even gave us a 1000 foot roll of cable to wire inside the house. He said when we get farther along just call them again. In October the house was in the dry so we called again. They came out and measured and said no problem, we’ll put you on the work schedule. Well, it gets to be the last week in November and the house is complete but the cable is not ready. Sweet Thing goes to the office in person and the woman working the front desk says there is a problem, I don’t think we can provide you with cable service. Sweet Thing has the manager come out and he says well this is a kind of funny situation. Oh, really? The neighbor on your west has cable coming from the west, then it ends at that house. The neighbor on your east side has cable coming from the east, then it ends there, so there is no cable on the poles in front of your house. It will take more than 1000 feet of line to reach your house so we can’t run that much line to provide service for one residence. So then Sweet Thing took him to school on how he needed to change his attitude as he was serving the public. Well, after she got through with him, he decided he would go out himself and measure and see what could be done, and low and behold we just made the criteria this time. He said we would only have to wait 4 more weeks to be hooked up. WHAT! We have been waiting since June, so she took him to school again, now they are coming next week. I told her I had to have my cable before we could move in. Come on cable guys, get with it!

Christmas Songs, Here Comes Santa Claus

23 Dec

Several versions to listen to today.


Fire Safety

22 Dec

Last month I bought three fire extinguishers for our new home. I put one of them upstairs in the attic by the heating unit. I put one in the garage and I put the third one beside the fireplace. What better place to have an extinguisher than right beside an open, live fire, right?


So there it sits, right beside the fireplace for anyone to grab and use if something bad happens and the fire gets out of control. Well, Sweet Thing says “I’m not going to have that ugly, red extinguisher sitting out in the open like that.” I told her it is supposed to be out in the open so everyone can see it and be able to find it in an emergency. Now we have to camouflage it so it can’t be seen, but she says both of us will know where it is. So, she comes up with this big, heavy, ceramic Urn for me to lug into the house.


It looks like it will fit OK.


So there it sits, ready for instant use, but with all that glaring red ugliness hidden away inside a beautiful decorative Urn. Be safe everyone.