Archive | May, 2014

Tuesday Tunes:Freddy Fender;Wasted Days and Wasted Nights

27 May

How about a country classic from 1979? Enjoy!

Memorial Day 2014

26 May



I would like to take a moment to thank all the veterans out there on this day, as we remember those who gave all in service to our country. We should all thank God we live in this country, even with all our problems the USA is still the best country in the world in my opinion. So if you are out and about just enjoying a day off, at least take a moment to think about those who serve so that we may enjoy our freedoms. Thank You, and God Bless You.

I Found a Balloon!

25 May


As I am checking fields each year, I probably find a Mylar balloon in some field at least 30 times. so if I can find that many how many are actually released and floating around? Hundreds of thousands? Millions? Who knows. It seems that at least one of the balloons will have a card requesting a return with the location where it was found. This week I found one from the First Baptist Church in Walnut Grove Missouri. I checked and it is approximately 200 miles away as the crow flies. I sent the card back but I didn’t include my name or return address, I didn’t want to end up on a mailing list and receive all their Baptist propaganda. HAHA! You might notice some of my library of books in the background of that picture.


That little section contains:

The Self-Sufficient Life And How To Live It

The Complete Trees Of North America

The Complete Guide to Gardening

The Complete Outdoor Encyclopedia


Right next to that section I have;

When Technology Fails

Basic Country Skills

Craft Wisdom And Know-How

Country Wisdom And Know-How

Survival Wisdom And Know-How


The shelf right above that has;

The Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual

The Remodelers Handbook

How To Build Small Barns And Outbuildings

There is a world of useful information in those few books alone!

You can also see a jar of marbles I have picked up in the fields over the years and an antique gentleman’s valet with a bird dog figure. It looks like something from the 1950’s, I really like stuff from that time period. Keep prepping everyone!

Homestead Update

24 May

As promised, a weekly update on the happenings around here, however mundane they might be. I worked over 80 hours at my job this week so I didn’t have much spare time. But the most exciting news of all, we finally sold our former home in  town. Hallelujah! So not only do I have a nice check in hand from the proceeds of the sale, I no longer have to pay to have the lawn mowed, pay the utilities, and pay the insurance. That should help my cash flow greatly. So the first thing I did was go out and buy this for Sweet thing,,


A brand new ZTR mower. See what a considerate husband I am? HAHA! She has already decided she loves it after only one mowing.


Then this dump truck pulled up in the front. Why?


Another big pile of shredded pine bark mulch, ready to be spread. It’s a good thing I have a tractor with a front end loader. It would take a long time to spread that with a wheelbarrow and shovel!


I was out in the orchard late this evening and I noticed I had ripe raspberries! They were delicious. I guess I am now officially an orchard master! Anyway, I will try to keep you updated as I can, maybe it will rain this coming weekend like the weatherman is predicting. We are getting to the point where a rain would be welcome. Keep prepping everyone!

Tuesday Tunes:Kenny Rogers and the First Addition;I Just Dropped In To see What Condition My Condition Was In

20 May

I bet it has been a long time since you heard this one. Enjoy! I’ll have some new posts for the weekend if these 13 hour workdays don’t do me in!

Game Camera Pictures

18 May


I haven’t posted my trail camera pictures in a while, so here we go. Oh that reminds me, the other day I was getting lunch at a fast food operation. I placed my order and stood back while it was being prepared. The young lady behind the counter put my meal on a tray, shoved it towards me and said “there go your lunch.” I looked at her and asked “where is it going?” She just looked at me with a blank stare, you can’t help some people! HAHA! Up above, you can see the foxes are still around.


Here is a nice Tom turkey.


I’m not sure what this is, it’s too big for a squirrel and the tail is too short. What do you think?


Ah, now I see. It’s a groundhog!


Now Wilma and Jethro are sniffing around all those wonderful new scents!


There are 4 deer in this picture taken just at day break.


And of course, there are those dastardly raccoons! I hear they are quite tasty bar-b-qued or roasted with sweet potatoes. Keep prepping everyone!

Made In The USA, NOT!

17 May


I brought the dirt bikes out of storage and serviced them up in preparation to start working this year. I bought new air filters, sprockets, and chains from Cycle Parts Nation. I have purchased from them before and I like their service. As I was unpacking the box I noticed this,,,


The sprockets were manufactured in Brazil, and the labels were in Portuguese. I don’t read Portuguese!!! It’s a good thing I know what the parts are just by looking. Keep prepping everyone!