Archive | August, 2013

What Did You Do To Prep This Week?

31 Aug

One of the more popular Prepper blogs asks this question every week and with the drama between the US and Syria I started to rethink my prepping. I am in pretty good shape prep wise, but I have a lot more I want to do. I have plans for next week, next month, next year and even plans for 5 years from now.


Two weeks ago Lowe’s got in a supply of really nice fruit trees so I bit the bullet and went ahead and paid full price for some trees instead of waiting until they went on sale. I bought 18 trees and added them to the orchard. Today I went in and they had their vine crops marked down to $6 each for the 1 gallon pots. I bought Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and concord grapes to plant in the orchard. I am going to leave these in the pots for a few weeks until we have cooler weather. I had been wishing for hot weather and we got it! It has been in the mid to upper 90’s the last 2 weeks and I have been scrambling to keep water to the fruit trees I planted. It will be easier to water the new vines if I keep them in the pots for the time being.


I went to the grocery and added some items to the pantry like this 1% milk in a sealed wax carton that you can keep on the shelf with no refrigeration required until you open the carton.


I picked up some Mexican salt, you have so many uses for salt besides eating!


I also picked up some additional Lamp and Candle oil at a good price. What did you do to prep this week?

Dear son, don’t let Robin Thicke be a lesson to you

29 Aug

This is from another blogger who weighed in on the Miley Cyrus debacle at the MTV Awards with a letter to his son. More good stuff!

The Matt Walsh Blog

***Update, August 1: In response to the thousands of people who, after reading this entire post, decided to harp on one single phrase (“I’m no feminist”), I wrote this. If you want to know how I can say all the things I say here, yet still reject “feminism,” click the link and I’ll explain. Otherwise, carry on. Thanks for stopping by.

Our country dangles on the precipice of starting a third World War. We are on the verge of a completely unnecessary conflict where the United States will fight along side Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. This, in another day and age, might earn the crown as the Most Controversial Story of the Week. But we’re in the year 2013, and this is America, so a young pop star’s dance moves on an MTV awards show have predictably overshadowed the prospect of global chaos and bloodshed. I wrote…

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28 Aug


I have four heirloom tomatoes growing in my garden and I noticed this morning I have an aphid infestation. Rats! Well, I can solve that organically, I will just mix up a soap and water mixture and spray them down and that should solve that problem. As I was checking out the aphids I noticed I also have Cercospora Leaf Spot. This afternoon on the way home from work I stopped by Lowe’s to pick up a fungicide spray and much to my dismay all the fungicide sprays also included an insecticide in the mix. So much for my plan to stay organic in the garden. I hope the tomatoes do well this season because I usually don’t have a lot of success with them. I can do well with Okra, Squash or peas but when it comes to tomatoes “Heh, not so much”. I think I try too hard and “kill them with kindness”. I am always applying fertilizer or spraying them with something and I think I might be better off just leaving them alone and let Mother Nature take her course. I’ll let you know how they turn out.

Tuesday Tunes: David Bowie; Let’s Dance

27 Aug

One from around 1980, enjoy!

Dear daughter, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you

27 Aug

Wonderful! Sheer brilliance! Reblogged this at

Roadkill Goldfish

Dear daughter, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you.

Yes, this is what happens when you constantly hear everything you do is awesome. This is what happens when people fawn over your every Tweet and Instagram photo. This is what happens when no responsible adult has ever said the word “no,” made you change your clothes before leaving the house, or never spanked your butt for deliberate defiance.

If you ever even consider doing something like that, I promise you that I will run up and twerk so you will see how ridiculous twerking looks. I will duct tape your mouth shut so your tongue doesn’t hang out like an overheated hound dog. I will smack any male whom you decide to smash against his pelvis – after I first knock you on your butt for forgetting how a lady acts in public.

Why would I do that? Because…

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26 Aug


If you look in the center of the tree, that is not just a crack, it is a snake crawling up the crack! I guess he was hunting for insects to eat. I don’t know for sure what kind of snake it is, but I know it is not one of the venomous kind. Still, I just don’t like snakes, I never have and I never will. I don’t understand people who keep snakes for pets. Oh well, different strokes for different folks I guess! Keep prepping everyone!

Deer Feeder

25 Aug


I built this simple PVC deer feeder and placed it in front of my game camera. I think I have about $20 invested in the PVC so if I can lure some of the game animals up closer to the camera I will consider it money well spent.


I constructed it with 4 inch PVC so the opening would be large enough for the deer to get their snouts into the feeder, maybe they won’t waste too much corn that way. Game pictures to follow soon!

You Might Be A Redneck If,,,

24 Aug


According to Jeff Foxworthy, if the only time you notice your check engine light is when it goes off,,,You might be a redneck! Well I own 4 Pickup trucks and 1 SUV and the check engine light is on in every one of them! I take them to the mechanic and he checks them out and invariably, the cause of the light is some sort of sensor in the pollution control system. When I ask if fixing it will make the vehicle run better or get better gas mileage, the answer is always the same. No, all the repair will do is make the warning light go off. How much will the repair cost? $400-500 usually! No thanks, I will just look at the warning light and ignore it.

Concrete Railroad Ties

23 Aug



A while back I mentioned these concrete cross ties. Well now they have the rails laid and the track is ready for use.


Before they laid the rails I noticed these plastic spacers or shims on the ties. Now how long can plastic last (and it is plastic because I took my knife and scratched on it) while it is being vibrated, smashed and ground between the steel rail and the concrete tie? I hope the engineers know what they are doing.


They even used plastic inserts where the griping clamps are crushed down against the rail. I will be curious to check this out in a year to see how it is holding up. I learn something new every week. Keep prepping everyone!

Polyphemus Moth

22 Aug


This is a Polyphemus moth I found underneath my security light this morning. Like the Luna Moth, this moth does not have a mouth because they only live long enough to breed and lay eggs.


Speaking of eggs, I have been hand smashing stinkbug eggs on my squash plants. No chemicals in this garden, all organic for me! The squash is just loaded with pretty yellow blooms each morning. How is your garden growing?