Archive | January, 2014

Homestead Update

31 Jan

I wanted to give you an update on the happenings at our homestead. There really has not been much going on due to the record cold weather we have been having. I know it has been much worse for those of you further North, but it has been cold enough here that I haven’t spent much time outside. Last weekend the weather finally broke and we had above average temps so we cranked up the tractor and did some brush clearing in the front area by the road.


You might remember we have four old, nearly dead trees on either side of the driveway.


There are quite a few limbs falling out of the trees that need to be cleaned up.


I turned those old snags into a couple of buckets full of firewood, and with the cold temps we have been having it really came in handy!


Now I need to clean up these saplings by pulling them up with the tractor. I don’t want to cut them down and leave all those stubs to have to mow over later. I will have to give you an update on that later because I had some trouble with my tractor and had to call the mechanic. The starter is stuck, it won’t disengage! I tapped on it with a hammer to try to unstick it, but it just kept whirring. I finally had to disconnect the battery to get it to stop. Well, the weather is going to take a turn for the worse again next week so I guess it is a good time for the tractor to be out of commission and in the shop. Keep prepping everyone.

Tuesday Tunes:Deep Purple; Smoke On The Water

28 Jan

Deep Purple, Live at Montreux in 2006. This is a group that most people assume are in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame but they are not! Smoke On The Water is one song that every wanna-be guitar god who ever picked up an axe tried to play. Duh-duh-duh-duh-duh-da-duh! Rock on people!

Tuesday Tunes:Kiss; Rock And Roll All Nite

21 Jan

Here are the 2014 inductees into the Rock And Roll And Pop Music Hall of Fame.

Peter Gabriel

• Hall and Oates


• Nirvana

• Linda Ronstadt

• Cat Stevens

KISS Few bands short of the Beatles inspired more kids to pick up the guitar than KISS. With their signature makeup, explosive stage show and anthems like “Rock And Roll All Nite” and “Detroit Rock City,” they are the very personification of rock stars. Original members Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons came together in New York in 1972. While their first two records did not generate many sales, they quickly gained a national following for their bombastic, pyro-filled stage show. Their 1975 live disc Alive! captured that energy and reached Number Nine on the charts, quickly making them one of the most popular bands of the 1970s – scoring countless hit singles, sold-out tours and appearing everywhere from comic books to lunch boxes to their very own TV movie. Frehley and Criss left in the early 1980s and the group took their make-up off for 1983’s Lick It Up. They continued to be a popular live draw, but in 1996 the original quartet reformed (and they put their make-up back on) and KISS mania was reborn. In 2009, KISS released Sonic Boom, their first album of new material in eleven 11 years. They released Monster in 2012.

So here is one from KISS, and next week I will discuss a glaring omission from the Hall Of Fame. Enjoy!

Newest Followers

20 Jan

I would like to welcome my newest followers bribruce, Tuan Ngo, and dfergpr. Thanks so much for hitting that follow button, I appreciate it!

Santa Clause is Going Huntin’

19 Jan


Sweet Thing made this stuffed Santa and had him sitting in the corner before Christmas. After the Holidays, instead of putting him back in the attic where he belongs, she put away his red suit and dressed him in a camo jacket and got him ready to go huntin’. Now she wants to dress him up for Valentines Day! I kinda think he might need to go back to the North Pole until next Christmas! What do you think? Keep prepping everyone!

We didn’t have that Green Thing back in my day?

19 Jan

The older generation knew nothing about being frugal and not wasting things everyday. You young whipper-snappers need to take some lessons!

Harbor Freight Portable Garage

18 Jan


The instructions for this unit said to put it up on a good level surface. Well, I don’t have a good level surface where I put my unit up, so I have a slight problem.


When it rains, this section of roof fills up with water and puts a lot of stress on the tarp fabric and the poles.


I have been going inside and pushing up on the tarp to remove the water but I know I am going to have to stop this from happening or the garage will tear or collapse so I engineered a slap-dash fix.


I cut a 1X3 inch board long enough to span across from one roof beam to the next. I cut some foam pipe wrap and used Gorilla Tape to attach them to each end of the board to protect the tarp from the rough edges.



Then I used Gorilla Tape again and affixed the board across the spot where the fabric sags to give it some support. I don’t know for sure if this will be the final solution, when it rains again I will let you know. Keep prepping everyone!