Here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas! I hope each one of you is spending your day with family and friends. With all the hustle and bustle of the season, let us not forget the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus is the reason for the season, may God Bless you all!
Sweet Thing and I attended the Fall Folklore Fest yesterday. They had exhibitors demonstrating some old timey skills such as blacksmithing, broom making, candle making, pottery making, and other pioneer skills.
This was a man plowing a field with a brace of mules. And yes I am old, but this skill was before my time!
This woman was plowing with another brace of mules. That was a hard way to plow, but people have been farming like that for hundreds of years.
You could take a ride on a mule drawn covered wagon.
Some of the kids were having fun shelling corn.
You could also pay $2 and milk a goat. I should have paid my money and tried it, I have never milked a goat! That goat just stood there so nice and easy, she had probably been milked many, many times.
There were square dancers doing their thing.
There was some pickin’ and grinnin’ on the front porch of and old log cabin which had been moved and restored at this museum.
There were big displays of pumpkins and gourds.
They even had a place where you could try your hand at picking cotton. Uh, not for me thanks, I’m trying to stay out of the cotton fields for a while! The weather was perfect for a festival, with a lot of interesting things to see and do. Keep prepping everyone!
I use this net to sweep through the soybeans I check each week. In this field I swept up several honey bees which was unusual since these soybeans were no longer blooming. But, the weeds in the field were blooming. The main weed they were working was prickly sida, commonly known as teaweed.
It is hard to tell from the picture, but teaweeds have lots of small yellow blooms. They sure seemed to like those blooms!
I drove by this pile of driftwood from the river backwater and noticed someone had thrown a bunch of wooden shipping pallets onto the pile. Well, you know what happened to those pallets don’t you? That’s right, I went back and got them and stacked them behind my barn. I can always use a good pallet!
I drove by this house and noticed this bush. Do you see those dead limbs sticking up and the green foliage underneath? That is a huge, old fig bush that was frozen back to the ground two winters ago, but regrew from the roots. My small bushes did the same thing, but this bush was at least 15 feet tall. That’s how cold the winter was!
Some of my regular readers know how I keep my eyes open and spot lots of things lying on the side of the road. I spotted this out of the corner of my eye and thought “Oh Lord, surely that is not what it looks like.” And thankfully it was just a doll. There are some evil, vicious people in the world today, just like the nut who killed the TV reporter live on-air last week. You never know what kind of murder and mayhem you may encounter out in the world. You have to be on guard at all times. The TV and internet has been full of articles remembering this 10 year anniversary of hurricane Katrina. Many, many people said they were shocked at how fast civilization collapsed once the electricity went off. I’m not the least bit surprised. As a matter of fact, I surprised it doesn’t happen more often! The world is full of animals just waiting for an excuse to go on a rampage. The stock market crashed (not really a crash they say, just a correction) and the powers that be said don’t worry, everything will be OK. Keep moving, nothing to see here! Keep your bullets, beans and bandages stocked up and keep prepping everyone!
I’ve had a really good year finding artifacts this year. It started off slow but finished with a flurry.
Early this Spring I found this nice cutting tool.
This is what I picked up the rest of this year. Most of it is just bits and pieces of broken points, but if you look at the bottom row you can see some nice actual arrowheads. When most people think of “arrowheads” they picture something like the picture below;
This is a really nice projectile point, but it is not an arrowhead. It is much too large and heavy to be fired from a bow. It is actually a spear point or some sort of defensive stabbing stick. But the points on the bottom row of my picture are small points that could actually be fired on an arrow from a primitive bow. They are very hard to find(1) they are so small they are hard to see and (2) they are thin and delicate and tend to be broken by our large, modern farming equipment. I have only picked up three small points in my entire life, but this year I picked up ten in one month, and nine of them came from one field. If you had suggested that would happen I would have laughed in your face and called you crazy! In addition to that field I just mentioned, I discovered another field where I found lots and lots of pottery shards.
This is a picture of some Native American pottery in a museum. You would never find whole complete pieces like this unless you excavated a burial site or an elevated mound, both of which are illegal now. But you can find broken bits of pottery like these at old native campsites.
These are three very large pieces I found at the site. If I had picked up all the small pieces I would have been able to fill up a 2 gallon bucket. I know for sure these are pottery pieces because a museum curator taught me how to identify them. The pieces are much lighter than stone or porcelain, and they have an open, porous texture. Modern pottery would have at least one surface of a highly glazed finish.
This piece is large enough you can see the curve of the bowl.
I found this drawing of a native forming a bowl out of clay and ground shells. I can just imagine him sitting in front of his animal skin tee-pee forming a bowl to use for cooking, eating, drinking and storing food. And now here I sit 200, 500, maybe 1000 years later holding a piece of his pottery in my hand! I wonder what his life was like, I wonder what he thought? I would like to go back in time and talk to him. That would be really interesting wouldn’t it?
I was really, really happy to find this piece. It is a piece of pottery on which the maker took the time to use a sharp object and draw decorative lines on the bowl before he finished it. I knew they occasionally did decorative work but I never thought I would find a piece of one!
I also found a piece of pottery that would have been a handle on a bowl. Very rare and hard to find.
I also found this stone in the same spot. Now, I can’t be sure it is an actual artifact and not just a random stone, but it sure could be. The stone is smooth as glass, and has a perfectly flat bottom. When you hold it in your hand it fits perfectly and would work really well as a grinding stone. Since I found it on the site among the other artifacts I am going to keep it just in case!
I found this tooth at the same site and it sure looks human to me. You can even see the cavity right in the middle of it. Maybe it was hurting and he pulled it out!
And lastly, I found these two lead bullets at the site. Could they be related? Who knows, I guess they could be. Keep your eyes open everyone!
I don’t know why I waited so long to tell you about this structure, I drive by it every week during the summer.
This is a solid concrete bunker house that a man (let’s call him John) built after the Arab Oil Embargo of 1979. John was so convinced that OPEC was going to strangle the US economy by cutting off the oil supply for years and years. He said the price of all fossil fuels would go through the roof. Consequently, the price of not only gasoline would skyrocket, but the cost of producing electricity would be so high most people would not be able to afford to run air conditioners in the summer or heat in the winter. That is when he had this concrete bunker house constructed. All of the walls, floors and ceilings are solid concrete, not only for the insulating factor, but also as a secure fortification from intruders. The front has too much area to be glassed in for either purpose in my opinion, but I guess that could be corrected if the need ever arose. Before he finished the house, the embargo was lifted and things got back to some semblance of normalcy and the bunker sits there unfinished. The locals mockingly refer to the structure as Crazy John’s Bunker, but if TSHTF somebody might just finish it and move in! How would you like to live in a bunker? Keep prepping everyone.