Archive | December, 2013

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 Eve 2013

23 Dec


Sweet Thing has spent the last two days getting ready for Christmas. Here she has the table all set with her Christmas China and cutlery.


She made several gallons of her world-famous Chex-Mix.


She baked two chocolate chess pies and two chocolate brownie pies.


She baked peanut butter cookies for Santa and a peanut butter pie for me!


She also baked two pineapple cakes, YUM! Christmas sure will be tasty!

Turn Around, Don’t Drown

23 Dec

I know most of you have heard this slogan, well this is why. On Saturday we had 8 inches of slow, steady rain in 24 hours and many of the ditches, creeks, and small rivers overflowed their banks. And even though there were flood warnings out for several days beforehand, some people just chose to ignore the warnings.



The person driving this vehicle was very fortunate. The water was washing across this road and it probably didn’t look too deep, but it only takes 6 inches of water to float a vehicle and cause the tires to lose contact with the road. And why were they lucky, this doesn’t look too bad? Well you can’t see from the picture, but there is a 5 foot deep ditch just on the other side of that fence.


The rushing water moved the vehicle off of the road and the fence caught it, otherwise it would have toppled off into that 5 food deep ditch and would have been completely submerged. The people inside should thank their lucky stars that fence was there. So remember, Turn Around, Don’t Drown!


Oh, I also discovered this out in our yard, a great big sinkhole! This appears to be right over the spot where the solid lines join into the field lines for the septic system. Just wonderful to discover 2 days before Christmas! Merry Christmas everyone!

Christmas Tune:Bing Crosby; White Christmas

23 Dec

I am only going to give you this one version of this song. As far as I am concerned, it is the only version of this song I will listen to. Enjoy!


22 Dec

It rained all day Saturday so I stayed inside and cleaned up my man cave.


Over the years, I have acquired 14 old metal fishing rods and reels. These type of rods were in use before the 1940’s. After the Second World War, the scientific marvels of plastic, fiberglass, and aluminum tubes were developed and those materials soon became commonplace in the manufacture of fishing rods. When I first held one of these rods in my hand and made a false cast, I thought to myself “I can’t imagine using a rod like this all day long”. My arm would be like a limp spaghetti noodle after casting with this heavy steel for several hours. Anyway, I hung them up for display along the upper part of the walls in my cave, and the cats had to help me while I worked.


Hey! I can really see good from up here.


I’ll just hold down this box, you’re not using it are you?


I didn’t know the drawers opened up in these file cabinets!


I’ll just lay here and nap while you work, try to hold down the noise, OK?


Meanwhile in the house, Frank told Sweet Thing “I’m glad you laid these nice clean clothes out of the dryer onto the bed. It makes a nice warm place to take a nap.” Keep prepping everyone!

Christmas Tune:Mel Torme; The Christmas Song

22 Dec

Does anything say Christmas more than this song? Several versions for you to choose from. I put Mel’s version first since he wrote this song. Enjoy!

Winter Storm Gemini

21 Dec

Well, Gemini is not a Winter storm in our area, just 70 degree temps, high winds, heavy rain, and possible Thunder storms. I know some of you are having snow and ice from this storm and I hope you were all prepared. I knew the rain was coming so I brought two FEL bucket loads of firewood up to the porch while the ground was firm and dry. I purchased a useful item before the last storm that I forgot to show you.

propane adapter

I bought this Mr. Heater brand propane tank refill adapter. You screw it onto a 20 pound grill size bottle of propane and you can refill the 1 pound bottles that attach to camping heaters, stoves, and lanterns. I have never liked these items much because of the high cost of the 1 pound bottles, but when I found a way to refill the bottles, it makes them much more economical. I read the reviews before I purchased the item and most people say you can only refill them 1/2 way up but that will be ok. I have acquired 20 of the small bottles over time so I should be able to get plenty of use out of the adapter.


I am definitely worried about the durability of my Harbor Freight portable garage in the winter. After the last storm where we received 3 inches of sleet, snow, and freezing rain, the roof on the garage sagged quite a bit. I went inside and raised up the sagging spots with my hands and got the snow off of the roof. If you were to get 8 inches or more of snow on this garage I’m not so sure it would hold up. I hope I am not able to give you a report on that this winter, you can keep all those 8 inch snows for yourself! Keep prepping everyone!

Christmas Tune:I’ll Be Home For Christmas

21 Dec

Several great versions, enjoy!

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21 Dec

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Why Should I worry About Prepping; Nothing Bad Will Ever Happen to Me

20 Dec

For those of you who have ever made this statement, this article is an example of a situation why you should be prepared. You should have a bug-out-bag packed and ready to go at all times.   Several hundred people had to evacuate their homes unexpectedly, and I will bet most were totally unprepared. I do not have a bug-out-bag per se, but I keep a travel bag with clothes, medicines, and toiletries packed and ready, as well as having needed supplies such as water, snacks, blankets, tools and flashlights in all of my vehicles. I also am fortunate enough that if I had to evacuate due to a local event, I could go down the road 50 miles, rent a motel room for a week, and buy anything I might need to stay for a week and it would not be a major financial impossibility like it would be for a lot of people. If that was not the case, I would be more concerned about having a well stocked bug-out-bag. Take a minute to read this article if you don’t think something could happen to you.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Evacuation orders remained in effect Thursday for hundreds of central Tennessee residents who live near a federal Superfund site where a large industrial fire has been burning since the day before.

Firefighters stopped trying to put out the blaze Wednesday, partly because of fears that two 1,000-gallon propane tanks there could explode and were waiting for the fire to burn itself out.

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Dean Flener said that between 400 and 500 people were asked to leave the area, about 45 miles southwest of Nashville. School officials said another 1,800 or so students were evacuated Wednesday from four nearby schools out of concern over toxic fumes from the blaze. A shelter was set up.

Jimmy Vest lives about 3 miles from the fire and said the plume of black smoke was blocking out the sun and forming a cloud over his house Wednesday. The air smelled of burning plastic and ash pieces larger than his hand were falling from the sky into his yard.

“It looks like parts of boxes and plastic,” he said. “It’s weird. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Federal Superfund sites were created for the cleanup or removal of areas in which hazardous toxic waste was dumped.

The EPA website said the former Wrigley Charcoal Plant, located northwest of Highway 100, was placed on the National Priorities List in 1989 because of contaminated debris, ground water and soil in the county of about 24,000. The Superfund area includes a 35-acre primary site and surrounding areas comprising about 300 acres.

The fire occurred on a portion of the primary site occupied by Industrial Plastics Recycling, a small-scale facility that recycles metals and plastics and has waste product storage.

Skelton said there have not been any reports of injuries.

According to the EPA website, the Superfund site was home to various industrial operations, including iron, charcoal and wood distillation product manufacturing, beginning in 1880. Contaminants of concern at the site include wood tar chemicals, metals and volatile organic compounds.

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeremy Heidt said the propane tanks on the site are designed with pressure release valves that should prevent them from exploding, but emergency officials were concerned that the valves might not work. That’s why they pulled the firefighters off the scene.