Archive | February, 2013

Another sign of Spring

27 Feb


I let the dogs out of the pen today to get some exercise and I noticed the tree buds were swelling and should be blooming very soon. You can see the old muddy pond in the background, and the frogs were singing up a storm.



I try to let the dogs out almost every day. I ride around the homestead, and they follow along and stop to smell and explore every new scent they encounter. After 30-45 minutes of this, they are tuckered out and more than ready to go back into the pen. Their new pen is so big, they have plenty of room to run and play, and they don’t seem to mind being in the pen at all.

Oh, My Aching back!

26 Feb

After moving all those boxes of junk upstairs, not to mention the 4 bookcases, Sweet Thing and I are both down in our backs. I woke up around 4:00 am and my back was hurting so bad I couldn’t go back to sleep so I just got up. I took some Aleve and put a heat pad on my back and the pain went away. My back muscles are still tight and stiff, but at least I am not in pain.


If any of you have back pain, I highly recommend these heat wraps. These wraps work with your own body heat, and when activated work similarly to those small hand and foot warming packets. The big difference is these wraps will stay hot for 16 hours! I have worn them for that long even though the directions say not to go over 12 hours. One caution, if you take them off even 20 minutes, they will go cold and won’t heat back up. So If you take them off to take a shower or some other reason, you will have to apply another one. They always make my back feel so good I don’t want to ever take them off! I always try to keep a supply of these on hand. I don’t know how long they would last stored away in the pantry, the box I am holding has an expiration date of 4/2015. The wraps contain iron silicate and come in a sealed wrapper to avoid exposure to oxygen which starts the chemical reaction to cause heat. I wonder if I sealed them in a bucket with an oxygen absorber, would that keep them viable for long-term storage? Oh, something else I just read on the label, if you are over 55 years of age, don’t wear the wrap directly against the skin. Place a thin layer of cloth between the wrap and your skin, I guess us old folks are too sensitive to wear these wraps without taking proper precautions. HAHA!

Tuesday Tunes: Billy Ray Cyrus; Achy Breaky Heart

26 Feb

Since I have a post coming later today about my achy back, I thought this tune would be appropriate. Enjoy! Check out that mullet!

Acrophobia & Claustrophobia

25 Feb

I wouldn’t say I really had acrophobia, or a fear of heights, I just don’t like being too high. I call that having good sense!


I saw this scene at one of the local churches recently, and acrophobia or not, I’m glad I wasn’t up in that bucket. I don’t know what they were doing, but I am glad it was them instead of me.


Someone who suffers from claustrophobia would panic in a situation such as this, and even though I wouldn’t like it, I wouldn’t panic. But I really don’t like being underneath something like a house or even an automobile. I’m OK if I can crawl on my hands and knees, I’m also OK if I have to scooch along on my belly as long as I can roll over. If I get in there and it is so low I can’t roll over I get antsy real quick and all I can think of is getting out of there. That is one reason our new home doesn’t have a crawl space. What kind of phobias do you have?

Antique Fly Tying Kit

24 Feb

As we were moving to the new homestead, I found an antique fly tying kit I bought at an antique mall. I forgot I had this, but I remember I only paid $10 for it and I knew the tools in the kit were worth way more than that.


The kit was inside this home-made box, about the size of an old timey tackle box.


The wooden box has an upper tray with a divided lower section to hold the tools and supplies.



One of the clues to the age of this kit is the supply containers are made of glass and not plastic. If they were really, really old they would have stoppers instead of screw caps.


There are about 30 pieces of brown craft paper folded into makeshift envelopes which contain fly tying material such as these feathers. I have not gone through each envelope yet, who knows what treasure awaits in those envelopes. There might be a $1000 bill or an old stock certificate hidden away inside. There might even be a deed to a lost gold mine! I need to get in there and give a closer look inside those envelopes!

Still Moving

23 Feb

Posting has been a little slow lately, mainly due to the wet weather and working on my taxes, I have not had much of anything exciting happen. We are still moving useless crap useful household articles to the new homestead from the old house.


I carried three loads just like this one. A lot of this stuff was boxed up two years ago when we had new laminate flooring installed in our old house. It has been sitting there still boxed up for two years, so that shows how bad we actually needed that stuff doesn’t it?


One good thing with moving, you find stuff you lost and couldn’t find. This is a Ball Home Canning Discovery Kit for people who are new to the art of canning. She signed up for a short course at the local Cooperative Extension Service last summer, and they gave each student one of the kits. Well as you can see, she hasn’t used it yet, but she intends to do some serious canning this summer when the farmers market starts up. We have been buying jars and lids whenever we see them available and when we have a little extra money in the budget. There is a lot of information on canning on different websites, and lots of videos on U-Tube, so even if you can’t get some real-life instruction, there is no reason you can’t learn some basics for canning. Keep prepping everyone!

Stocking Your Pantry

20 Feb

I went to the grocery store today and while I was there I picked up a few extra items for the pantry.


I just keep adding to the pantry slowly, bit by bit. But some things I always make sure to have plenty on hand. Many years ago when Sweet Thing and I first got married, I gave her a clear set of instructions to keep the pantry stocked especially with three things. We should ALWAYS have a supply of ketchup, Pork and Beans, and toilet paper. Those are three of the basic necessities of life. I told her if I ever discovered we were running short of any of those items I would not be able to sleep until they were restocked. She one of us might have to run to the store to restock even if it was 10:00 at night. So always keep those pantries stocked. What supplies do you insist on always having on hand?

Tuesday Tunes: Bobby Darin; I Wanna Be Around

19 Feb

More old school with Bobby Darin, they don’t make music like this anymore.

Newest Follower

19 Feb

I would like to welcome my newest follower, Mike at This Got My Attention. He has a blog about,,,,well, things that got his attention! Give it a look if you have the time. Thanks for hitting that follow button, I really appreciate it.

Shelf Life of Canned Foods

18 Feb

Last month I had a post about eating canned foods which were out of date. One of my readers said he had eaten some English Peas which were 4 years past the expiration date on the can. He sent some pictures to prove it.



The date on the can is 2008, and the peas were opened in 2012.


According to Doug, they tasted just fine. Again I want to urge you to use good judgment when eating out of date canned goods. Make sure the can is not dented or rusty. Open the can and smell the items, look at it closely, and taste a small amount. If it looks, smells and tastes OK, then give them a try. Keep rotating those preps everyone!