Archive | January, 2013

Dog House Construction

31 Jan

The weather finally gave me a little chance to get out and work on the dog house one afternoon, and it is almost finished.


I have the three side walls attached and the roof is on. I still need to put some nails in the very center of the roof where I couldn’t reach from my ladder. I was afraid the panels might crack if I climbed on them to nail the center section. I am going to use a 4X4 sheet of plywood laid on top to distribute my weight and then I can reach the center section. We had 40 MPH winds yesterday and I was worried the panels might come off but everything is still secure.



I used these corrugated cellulose fiber/asphalt panels purchased from Lowe’s. The best way I can describe them is tar paper/roofing felt pressed into a fiberglass mat. The panels smell just like roofing felt and you can see the fiber mesh embedded in the panel. The instructions for cutting the panels said to use a skill saw with a carbide blade mounted backwards. Just a tip for you, you can use any blade it doesn’t have to be carbide tipped, and definitely don’t use a new blade. I did and the tar sticking to the blade almost ruined it. I sprayed it down with W-D 40 and scrubbed and scrubbed to clean it off. If I use these panels again I will cut them with an old blade. They are light weight and easy to cut and seem to be fairly sturdy. How they will hold up in the future is yet to be seen, I’ll let you know in a couple of years.

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31 Jan

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More Useful Books

30 Jan

I hope I’m not boring you with my old books, I got excited about them as I rediscovered them as we were moving.


This is a copy of the Etiquette book by Emily Post. If you learn everything in this book you won’t have to suffer through any of those “awkward” social situations, you will always know how to conduct yourself in a proper manner. This book was published in 1940, and I think it has been revised for more modern situations, but if you comport yourself as described in this book I don’t think you can go wrong.


This is a two-volume set of The Child Welfare Manual published in 1915. It contains everything you need to know to properly raise a child both physically and psychologically. Many people would think some of the ideas in this book are old and outdated, but if children were reared more like this book describes our children would be much better off today.


And finally, this book is about how to build your dream home for less than $3500, published in 1950. Obviously this number needs to be updated! But it is primarily an instruction manual of techniques for actually building a home, and that has not changed that much for the most part. There are some techniques and materials that are outdated such as lath and plaster and cast iron plumbing pipes, but if you find yourself working on a very old structure, you might need some guidance on working with these materials. I also found a newspaper page folded and inserted in this book.


This ad was in the St. Petersburg Florida newspaper 1976. The ad was advertising two bedroom condos for sale on Clearwater Beach for $44,700! WOW! What a deal, I could buy one of those with just a little juggling of my budget. Oh wait, I just looked and the median income in 1976 was $12,000 annually, so that would make it a little tougher.  If you had purchased a condo in Florida in 1976, who knows what it would have been worth 30 years later in 2006. Still, it would be nice to be able to predict the future wouldn’t it?

Books For Homesteaders

29 Jan

I wanted to show you three more of my books. The first one is the People’s Home Library, it is actually three books in one.



It has a Home Medical Book, a Home Recipe Book, and a Home Livestock Book. As you can see, it was published in 1911 so there is probably some old knowledge in this book that people now-a-days have forgotten. I especially like the Medical Book, when Obamacare is fully implemented, and we are having to wait for several months just to get in to see a doctor it might be a good idea to know how to care for ourselves.


It even has some color photographs showing some common disease symptoms, such as this young man suffering with measles.


The table of contents shows a chapter on Herbal medicines and a chapter on home prescriptions for liniments, oils, salves,plasters, ointments, and poultices. This might be some good information to have if times get hard. Home remedies might be the only things available to us in the near future, and most of the older generation who might remember some of these things are so old now they can no longer remember clearly how to use these home remedies.


I also have a copy of Anatomical Studies for Physicians and Surgeons published in 1934. I hope it never gets so bad I have to perform any home surgery, but if I do, I have a good book to learn from.



This book has page after page showing the male and female muscles, organs, and skeletal bones.


This is a new book I bought today from Lowe’s, there is a lot of good information for homesteaders. All of this information is available on the internet, but are you absolutely sure the internet will always be available exactly when you need it? It is always good to have a hardcopy of important information on hand. I am working on getting some e-books and PDF’s with important information and storing them on thumb drives. That way they can be accessed without the internet, you will just need a functioning computer.


This book has information on raising vegetables, fruit, chickens, goats, and beekeeping, and information on canning, smoking and preserving all this bounty. Do you have your hard times library started?

Tuesday Tunes; Righteous Brothers, Unchained Melody

29 Jan



Books Full Of Old Wisdom and Knowledge

28 Jan

As we were moving our book collection, I was amazed at the amount of great books for hard times that we had acquired over the past 15 years.


This is one example, a Progressive Farmer magazine from 1958. I paid $3 for this several years ago just because I liked the cover art of the quail hunting scene. But if you look at the bottom of the page, you can see the title of the  main theme for this issue. How to plan a farmstead. How appropriate is that for someone like me just starting a new homestead?


This is one of my favorites, a copy of The Homemakers Handbook, copyright 1935. It goes into great detail with things every woman should know about keeping house. It also includes hints for young brides to do things to please and satisfy her new husband. What an outdated concept! Someone needs to call the Politically Correct Police and get them to ban this book. HAHA! Doing things just to please your husband, does anyone besides my Sweet Thing still have that kind of attitude? I doubt if many young women ( or older women for that matter ) still have that attitude towards their marriage. I am really lucky to have my Sweet Thing, she is definitely one of the good ones!

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28 Jan

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Cook Books

27 Jan


This is a bookshelf full of Sweet Thing’s cookbooks, and that is not all of them. She has enough books to fill up 2 or 3 more bookcases just like this. Anytime I casually mention maybe culling out and getting rid of some of them I get this reaction.


Hssssssssss!!!!! OK, OK, we don’t have to get rid of them, we can keep them all! It is not a bad idea to have things in hard copy in case things get bad. Right now, you can look up anything you want to know on the internet, but if times get tough you might not be able to afford high-speed internet. In that case you go to the bookcase and get the actual hard copy and hold it in your hand. For all you youngsters, that is the “old timey” way of looking things up. I had a friend tell a story about his daughter. He told her to look up a word in the dictionary and she asked “what is that?” He explained what it was and she said “oh, that is too much trouble, besides that is what Google if for. It can tell you anything you need to know.” Isn’t modern technology wonderful? I guess I can’t say too much, I have a bookcase about that size full of old books on hunting and fishing, camping and other outdoor sports. I also have a collection of books on agriculture and farming. Most of these books are from the 1940’s, 1950’s, and 1960’s or older. I guess I am just a retro kind of guy!

Storage For Prepping Supplies

26 Jan

One of the problems many preppers run into is finding a place to store things after they have been purchased. As we were moving I discovered one solution for this problem quite by accident.


This is the guest bedroom in our new home. I’m not showing you this just because the room is pretty and colorful, it also can be useful for prepping storage.


Under each leg of the bed we put one of these lifts to give 6 more inches of space. That gives you 12 inches of storage space under each bed. You can put a lot of goodies underneath each bed using these inexpensive lifts. Apparently you can buy these things at Wal-Mart and many other places. What a useful idea, and all for just a few extra dollars. Keep prepping everyone.

Water Storage

25 Jan

One of the most critical items for prepping is water storage. At our old house we used empty milk jugs for water storage. Sweet Thing said the milk jugs were so thin, they would spring a leak after a bit of time. She didn’t want to have leaking jugs in the pantry so I bought some water containers.


These are called Aqua-tainers, and can be bought at Wal-Mart, Tractor Supply, and many sporting goods stores. They are made of heavy-duty food grade plastic. They hold 7 gallons each so we have 14 gallons, enough to last the two of us 7 days. They cost about $17 each but they should last for years. The only down side with these containers is the weight. Water weighs 8.35 pounds per gallon, so each container weighs 58.45 pounds. That might be a little heavy for some women, children, and girly men. After I bought these I thought this might also be a way to store water for emergencies.


You can buy these 5 gallon bottles at many grocery stores, Wal-Mart, and Lowes. Even filled with water they only cost $14 dollars and should last a good long time. The only problem might be getting the water out of the jug. The dispenser designed to work with this jug costs $60, so I might just pour the water out into a smaller container to save money. These bottles also come in smaller sizes so that would be an option for those concerned about the weight.  Either way, you could do yourself a big favor by storing some water for emergencies. Be prepared!