Archive | February, 2016

Tuesday Tunes:Traffic;Dear Mr. Fantasy

23 Feb

How about some good-ole freaky hippie music from 1972 featuring a very young Stevie Winwood. Enjoy!

Homestead Update 2/21/2016

21 Feb

I am in a really bad mood as I sit here writing this post but I will get to that part in a few minutes.

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I was visiting with one of my clients in his office this past week and his big handsome Sheppard was laying at my feet. I took this picture and sent it to Sweet Thing and asked if I could bring him home. She said NO! You already have two dogs. Yeah, but mine are not even remotely well behaved like this dog. I need to get busy trying to train mine I guess.

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I also went downtown and early voted this week, and yes, I voted for Donald J Trump! I don’t think he can beat Hillary, but I am tired of voting for the lesser of two evils just because I think they might win. I want Donald to go to Washington and tear the whole system apart! We need to just burn the whole thing down and get back to the basics of the Constitution once again. I probably agree more with Ted Cruz than the others, but I know he has no real chance. His personality and appearance are just too off-putting for many people. I probably should have voted for Marco Rubio because he has a slight chance of actually beating Hillary in the general election. But I am ELATED Jeb Bush dropped out of the race. If he had been the Republican candidate I would have had a really hard time pulling that handle for him.

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I managed to put together 10 swarm traps this week, and I even painted a few of them in a sort of camouflage design so they would be harder to spot hanging in a tree. Maybe then some YaHoo won’t see them and use the traps for target practice!

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I can give a favorable review of the battery powered Porter Cable brad nailer. A fully charged battery will drive a lot of brads, and I mean it will fully sink these 2 inch brads into plywood and pine boards. I’m still not sure how well the brads will hold once the plywood starts to warp and buckle. Those 18 gauge brads are 2 inches long, but they are really thin. We shall just have to wait and see. Now on to the part putting me in a bad mood.

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I bought this used Honda ATV for Sweet Thing to have for her exclusive use. I went to check it out prior to purchasing it and I was happy with what I saw. The only negative the owner could tell me was it had a gas leak when the engine was off, so he had to shut off the gas line after each use. I looked and decided that could be fixed so I bought it. It also needs some brake work, but that is something I can handle myself.

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I decided the leak was coming from this spot on the old carburetor. That black knob is a fuel pump knob for use when the temperatures are extremely cold. I researched it on-line and discovered that part has a rubber seal that often goes bad after years of Ethanol gas. If you buy that knob as a OEM it would cost $51. Even buying it as aftermarket it costs $31. I bought that entire new carburetor for $57 and figured if that knob didn’t fix it I could replace the entire carb. Well, sure enough I replaced the knob and it still leaked. RATS!! What I hoped was a 10 minute job is back to a two hour job if I am lucky.

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But what really upset me is I discovered two of my bee hives have died since last week. The temperature was 68 degrees today so I opened the hives to add some more dry sugar on top of the inner cover. As soon as I lifted the outer top I knew it was bad news. I pulled up this frame and all those bees are freshly dead. I guess they starved to death even though each hive had a deep super full of honey going into winter.

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I opened the other hive and saw these bees also dead.

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If you look closely you can see some hive beetles in that open section, but they are also dead! I took several more pictures to show to the old timers at my next bee keepers meeting to see if they have any ideas about what happened. Last week both hives were flying on warm days and I had no inkling that any thing was amiss, so I am really ticked off by this development. Oh well, that is all part of the learning experience. I still have two hives with live bees, and I gave them some dry sugar today so I hope they make it. That’s all for this week. Keep on prepping everyone!

Tuesday Tunes:The Beatles;I Want You So Bad

16 Feb

Today I heard a tune by the Beatles that I had never heard before. Apparently there is some speculation as to whether this recording is actually by the Beatles or is a cover by someone else. It definitely sounds like the Beatles to me. What do you think? Enjoy!

Homestead Update 2/14/16

14 Feb

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Today is Valentine’s Day and I hope you guys didn’t forget so you won’t have to sleep in the doghouse. I bought Sweet Thing some flowers, candy, and a mushy card. She said I did good!

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A few days ago, I was in my home office working on my income taxes. Yeah! Big Fun! Anyway, I heard my dogs start raising a ruckus and I knew someone was coming to the house. I went to the door and it was FedEx bringing my order from Mann Lake. He had six big heavy boxes and he asked where I wanted them. Fortunately, my pickup was in the driveway so I told him to put them in the cargo bed. That saved me from having to pick them up off of the ground myself, because did I mention they were heavy? The boxes were full of unassembled hive bodies and frames. I took the boxes over to my shop and today I knocked a few of them together for my swarm traps. It was too cold to do much more so I will wait until later to finish.

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Since it was cold, sleeting and dreary, I went inside and put together an AR-15 from a kit. That is something I always enjoy!

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You can go on-line at hundreds of sites and order everything you need to assemble a fully functioning AR-15, and FedEx will deliver it right to your door.

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Everything that is, except this little part right here. This is a stripped lower, and it has a serial number on it. Therefore, you must go to a licensed dealer and fill out a form 4473 so the ATF can find out where this gun is located and who purchased it. Someday they may want to confiscate all of our guns and it sure would be handy for them to have a master list of all the guns purchased since 1968 wouldn’t it? Oh, I don’t think they will have enough nerve to try it in the immediate future. They will have to go through a slow, gradual process of registration, taxation, forfeiture and regulation before they feel confident enough to try for full-fledged confiscation. I hope I am not around when that happens, it could get ugly in a hurry. I have enough to worry about with the declining dollar and the bloated national debt; not to mention our corrupt political system. I read a good account today in The Atlantic http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/04/a-guide-to-the-billionaires-bankrolling-the-gop-candidates/391233/ of all the billionaires that are contributing to all of the candidates for President. ALL of them are taking money from the elite, and you know those people are expecting some favors in return. All of the candidates are taking big money that is, except Bernie Sanders, the avowed Socialist. At least he has the dignity to admit what he is and not try to hide it like the rest of them do. Donald Trump is not taking Billionaire donations either, but I know he can be bought for the right amount. After all, he is THE deal maker and he is proud to admit it. It’s enough to make my head explode!

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Keep prepping everyone!

Tuesday Tunes:Lee Benoit;Lacassine Special

9 Feb

Today is Fat Tuesday, otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday, the last day of Mardi Gras. Since Mardi Gras is such a big event in South Louisiana I thought it appropriate to have some Cajun Zydeco music. Give it a listen I think you will enjoy it.

Homestead Update 2/6/16

6 Feb

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I was in the Post Office yesterday and I saw this flier posted on the door. $25,000 reward for assaulting a postal worker in Memphis. That is a big no-no. I thought everyone, even the crack heads, knew better than to mess with a postal worker. The Postal Service don’t play that! Traditionally, in the past all of the government checks and Food Stamps were delivered by mail and it was just understood that the Postman was off limits. Postal workers could still go into some of the roughest parts of town without being assaulted or robbed.  I guess now since the checks and EBT are delivered electronically the hands off tradition is ending. Although I guess a $25,000 dollar reward might just make some thugs own Mama turn him in. (for his own good, you understand) That should make even the most stupid criminal think twice about robbing the Postman.

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I was going into one of the local Flea Markets/Antique stores last week and they had one of these signs posted on the door. I asked the proprietor if he really meant it.  He replied “absolutely, the more good guys that carry, the fewer bad guys will be willing to rob and assault people.” I felt right at home in a store like that. I sure feel safer there than at Starbucks!

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Today I put together my first swarm trap of the new year. I need to get on the ball if I expect to have 25 ready to put out when the time comes. I was finally able to use my Porter Cable battery powered brad gun. I discovered you really have to be careful to hold the gun straight or it will shoot those brads out of the side of the wood. Oh, so that’s why the instructions say to keep your fingers at least 3 inches away from the nose of the gun. I can imagine you would NOT want one of those brads driven  into your finger. The tool has enough power to drive a 2 inch brad completely into the wood. I still am not sure how well those skinny wire brads will hold once the wood begins to warp and twist. I will give them a try and if they don’t hold well, I will put some nails into the top and bottom just like I did with the three traps I made last year.

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I even had the opportunity to use that piece of wire grill that I salvaged off of the air conditioner unit I found on the shoulder of the road last Summer. I cut it into small sections and stapled the wire over the entrance hole to keep birds and squirrels out of the box. Tomorrow is Stuper Bowl Sunday, but there is no way I am going to sit around and watch the pre-pre-pre game show all day. I will go out to my shop after church and put a coat of paint on the trap. I plan on painting it a sort of camouflage pattern so it will be difficult to see hanging in a tree. Maybe that way, some Yea-hoo won’t shoot holes in it for target practice. Keep prepping everyone!

Tuesday Tunes:The Eagles;Seven Bridges Road

2 Feb

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In remembrance of Glenn Frey’s recent passing, how about we have some Eagles today? Enjoy!