Sunday, December 4, 2011
Friday morning I awoke early and headed out to the sit about 25 yard from the feeder. No deer. After about 2 hours, I made a quick breakfast of eggs and then proceeded to check my neighbor's feeder- he wasn't there. After sitting in the stand for an hour or so, I spotted a deer, but she saw me first (or smelled me) and took off before I could take a shot, stopping about 20 yards from when she spooked (behind some brush), grunted and then ran away. The rest of the after noon, I spent following tracks in the woods and exploring. While hiking, I spooked 2 more deer.
Saturday, I set up by the feeder again. I was watching about 5 squirrels eat corn, when a doe walked into view to my left- only about 10 feet away from me! But she was looking right at me- even as she walked and ate corn, she didn't take her eyes off of me. I ever so slowly raised my gun, but then she spooked and ran off about 30 yards behind a small cedar. I froze, thinking that she might come back in a little closer or move from behind the cedar- no such luck. She grunted and then all I could see was the white tail bounding up the hill in front of me.
Didn't see anything else, except a flock of turkeys and an opossum. So, the trip was a wash and I hated to leave without a deer, but that's life.
So, lessons learned:
After recounting my story to a friend who is has some experience hunting, he told me that I should have quickly raise my gun- the deer would have bolted, but likely would have stopped about 20-30 yards away for about 5 seconds, then I should have taken the shot. That seems to be what both of the deer did after they spotted me. They ran away about 30 yards, turned for a few seconds, and then ran away. This is my biggest take away. Move quickly and take the shot as soon as the deer stops. Also, be ready at all times- this is the hardest thing b/c when I was hunting there were hours and hours of sitting and thinking-hard to stay on alert for that long. Had I been in the ready position, I might have taken that second deer even before spooking her. My take away from this was that I'm learning how deer react to danger.
The big lesson is this- even in the best conditions (feeder, deer stand), it is not always possible to take a deer. So, if you are thinking that you are going to head to the woods and hunt to provide food for your family, be prepared to go hungry. There are no guarantees with hunting, especially if you don't have the experience beforehand.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Also, I thought I'd share where my readers are coming from (countries). Pretty interesting:
United States 42,824
United Kingdom 1,059
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
You need water to survive. Without it, you can last maybe 2-3 days before major dehydration and dehabilitation sets in- then death. So, figure out how to get water and get it purified. Since this is the #1 priority for survival, you should have multiple ways to get clean drinking water for you and your family. Think bleach, boiling (doesn't have to boil), filtering, etc.
After you have water, you're going to start thinking about food. But really, you can last for months without it. We Americans are mighty fat (in general) and carry a lot of food storage with us. But, to be working at your top condition (and thinking) you need food. It will also help to keep you healthy (avoiding dehydration, falls, accidents, etc.). Short term (1 year) you should have a good supply of food stored. Longer term, you'll need a garden and the seeds, knowledge, and tools to work it. (Just started selling non-hybrid seeds at my website.)
If you have food and water, others are going to want it. So, you are in instant danger. To keep yourself safe you need to have a plan that will surely include firearms. Follow the laws in your jurisdiction; but if you can, buy guns from private parties at gun shows. Train with your guns and get educated on how to use them in a fight. I personally recommend, at a minimum, a .22 cal rifle, a shotgun, battle rifle (AR or AK), and a pistol (in that order). Heavy on the .22 ammo (How many gun battles do you think you can survive- 2? 3? 4? before your luck runs out.) Remember, if it has really hit the fan- you aren't going to be concealing anything- and a pistol just ain't going to cut it (except as a back up).
Once you have water, food, and a way to defend your supplies, you will need a place to store them and yourself. Some may argue that the shelter comes before guns, but if you have food and shelter, but no guns, you won't have either for long- besides most ppl already live in some kind of shelter. There are two main schools of thought on the shelter. Either shelter in place, or bug out. (I believe the best option is to prepare for both and do what it right at the moment.) I like the combo option best- since I currently can't live at a retreat year-round. Plan to stay in your suburban home as long as you think it is safe to (consider marauders, sanitary conditions, etc.), and then bug out to a safer (though probably less comfortable), remote location when you feel you must. But have a plan. How will you get there? Do you have it stocked before hand? Can you walk there? Do you have enough gas in the car to get there? What alternate routes are there?
There are lots of things to consider when preparing, but this is how I place my priorities.
Monday, November 21, 2011
I have to kind of laugh at that harness purchase though- I hope I'll never have the opportunity to use it- but I know that it might come in handy if I ever need to do combat patrols when it hits the fan. Till then, it will just sit in a box- or if I can get someone to do some small unit patrols with me, I might use it for training.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
For the cabin, I've got a number of plans in the works:
- Add gutters and cistern for water storage.
- Add a built-in counter/kitchen area on the deck with a pitcher pump and sink.
- Build a shelf system
- Add cabinets
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Planning to take some deer this season to fill the freezer. I have seen deer EVERY time I've been up to the property. I also picked up another kids-size ATV for the the young'ins. We have a great time up there just messing around. It's not running well yet- but it'll get there.
My website traffic has tapered off, but the Amazon sales of Red Feather Butter have been going strong. I recently added some new dehydrated and freeze dried food products -so, please check it out and order some stuff from me!
Friday, September 2, 2011
Unfortunately, my new stove did not make it there in one piece. I must have hit a bump or two going there cause the top part of my stove is MIA. I've measured it and plan to get a 1/2" steel plate for a replacement.
I chopped some wood with my maul (very dry and it splits easy) and tested out the new Husky chain saw. Here's some advice- make sure that the chain is tight before you start it. I assumed that the factory had it tight- they did not. I worked on the wood pile for a few hours both days till the chain got dull, then packed it up. I have a sharpener, but didn't feel like sawing any more wood.
I made measurements for a front porch and for steps to the big door on the side. I also plan to put fiber board (the kind you can stick tile to) on the walls and floor around where the stove is. I also measured out the stove pipe I need- I'm going to go straight up. (That yellow 4x4 is my kids'. That's my outhouse and 4x4 trailer in the background.) I also used both my 4-wheeler and truck to pull out some stumps that were in the way.
I did see a big doe up there when I was four wheeling. I spooked her and she just looked and me for a second and then bounded away. Just 1 more month and she'll likely be on someones dinner plate!
Dinner was rice and beans. Breakfast was pancakes. Lunch was a can of jambalaya.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Also going to sight in my new-to-me-again .22 cal long rifle. I'm bringing up the stove and oven and gonna put it in the cabin. I won't be able to complete the install cause I need to measure for length of chimney pipe.
Hopefully, I'll have some pictures to post when I get back.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Here's the article that is inspiring this post:
Have a Rusty Oven?
Though there are many methods for cleaning rusty ovens, the one that we have found to be the easiest to use is a can of Cola. If the inside is rusty pour the Cola in and let it do its job. Depending on how rusty the oven is will depend on how long you will need to leave the Cola on the rusty spot. If you have an issue with the outside of an oven use a sponge to apply the Cola, or place the cast iron in a large bowl or bucket with enough Cola to dissolve the rust (some rotating may be necessary). After rust is removed be sure to wash and re-season you cast iron.
Update: Diet Dr. Pepper does not work! I think I'll try a real cola.
So, new these items would have cost me about $600. I got them for $75- plus about 6 feet of cheap stove pipe. That's a good deal in my book.
This is my second cast iron wood burning stove.
The first I bought from Northern Tool 2 years ago. I think this one I just bought will be perfect for my retreat. (If the weather ever cools down again.)
Note: I believe that there is supposed to be a 2' section of chimney pipe between the stove and the oven- I just put it on like this for the photograph. No idea who made it- any ideas?
Also acquired another. 22 CAL. It was the first gun I ever shot. A Springfield savage 187s. Tube-fed semi auto.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
After learning this, I wanted to find out more about scurvy- I knew you could prevent it by eating Vitamin C- and that sailors would eat lemons and limes to ward off the disease. But what did the folks without access to vitamins and citrus fruits eat? I did a quick search and discovered that tomatoes, potatoes, and many other foods (including meat) contain relatively high levels of C. But potatoes are pretty much the only plant that is sustainable in most area in the winter. So, that is just one more reason to plant potatoes in your garden and lay them up over the winter.
If you don't already have a source for potatoes, you can order them at Amazon.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
There is also an electric version that is just outstanding.
Check it out! http://www.year-supply.com/wonder-mill-products.html
Thanks for looking.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
The Family Grain Mill was first produced by the Messerschmidt company in Germany over 27 years ago; now, the mill utilizes state of the art materials like Lexan plastic and surgical steel burrs (Grain Mill). But why do people choose to grind their own wheat as opposed to simply buying whole wheat bread in stores? According to the FDA, breads and other products may label their food as a "whole grain food" as long as the food contains 51 percent or more whole grain ingredient(s) by weight (Health Claim Notification for Whole Grain Foods). Freshly ground grains, on the other hand, contain 100 percent of the grain and protects against heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer, prevents constipation, and offers a reliable food supply in the event of an emergency (Basey). The Family Grain Mill makes it easy to make fresh flour and provides at least two methods to grind “wheat, oat, corn, (not popcorn) rye, spelt, kamut, barley, rice, peas, most beans, coffee, flax seeds, sesame seeds, most dried herbs, dried jalapenos and other hot peppers and more” (Grain Mill).
First, the Family Grain Mill includes a hand base that attaches to a table or counter top and allows the operator to grind wheat by hand. The hand crank is metal and allows an operator to produce roughly two cups of flour in three to four minutes (one loaf of bread requires 4-6 cups of flour). The benefit of the hand base is that in the event of a man-made or natural disaster, or where electricity is not available, flour can still be milled. The crank is long enough that it can be operated by a small child, but does require manual effort and determination to mill enough flour for a batch of bread. The mill easily disassembles for cleaning and has an adjustment for very fine to coarse flour.
Second, the mill is easily motorized by attaching it to a popular mixer like a Kitchen Aid or Bosch mixer or by attaching it to the Family Grain Mill motor base. When motorized, the mill will produce over one cup per minute without overheating the flour- an important feature to retain as many nutrients as possible ("Family Grain Mill Demo"). However, even when motorized, the mill is not as fast as electric-only grinders, which can process upwards of two to three cups of grain per minute. Additionally, while it will attach to the smallest of the Kitchen Aid mixers, its motor will quickly burn up and is not recommended for use with the Family Grain Mill (Grain Mill).
Every grain mill uses some method for making flour- be it grinding, crushing, or beating. The Family Grain Mill utilizes “burrs”, a popular method for grinding the grain. In this process, two steel, stone, or composite plates, called “burrs” rotate against each other; the individual grains are fed between the two crushing or breaking the grain into flour. The Family Grain Mill's burrs are steel plates, which are grooved to aid in the feeding of the grain; the result is a finely “cut” flour as opposed to a “crushed” flour than stone or composite burrs produce- although the steel burs will eventually wear out sooner than stone or composites. The adjustment mechanism on the mill controls the distance between the plates and allows for varying degrees of coarseness. Most electric grinders utilize high-speed “impact” method, which slings the grain into an opposing grain and explodes the grain into flour- this method is rapid, but provides no means of coarseness control and is more limited on the types of grain they can process.
At around $140 shipped, the Family Grain Mill rests firmly in the low-to-middle price range of table top wheat grinders that most families can afford. While certainly not as aesthetic or durable as an all metal grain mill, its plastic parts help to keep the manufacturing and shipping costs low, while the steel burs provide the strength and durability where it is needed the most. The Family Grain Mill's lifetime warranty on defects and nearly three decades of milling history provides the peace of mind to those seeking to grind their own flour and will complement any family's kitchen appliances.
If you enjoyed this article or found it useful in your decision to purchase a grain mil, please visit my webstore an purchase a mill from me! www.internetprepper.com
Basey, Marleeta F. "Why WHOLE Wheat is WAY Better." Mother Earth News 207 (2004): 76-83. GreenFILE. EBSCO. Web. 14 May 2011.
"Family Grain Mill Demo." YouTube. Web. 14 May 2011.
Grain Mill. Family Grain Mill System. Web. 14 May 2011.
United States of America. Health Claim Notification for Whole Grain Foods. , 1999. Web. 14 May 2011.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Sorry it's taken me so long to reply to you. I've had a busy couple of days.
How to get started... First I highly recommend reading www.survivalblog.com everyday.
Jim Rawles runs the site and he is world-renowned for his writings on survival. I recommend that you read his novel "Patriots" and then get his book "How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It"
While you're waiting for those books to arrive in the mail, read this page: http://www.survivalblog.com/newbies.html
In that article, he recommends making a "list of lists". I made one and have it available for download on my website here: http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AjwuvfnYqzE5dDFMdTZyU2J5ZTM5LWlGQjZLM29MblE&hl=en that should get you started on what you need to buy. It's spreadsheet- be sure to check the tabs at the bottom.
Another recommendation is to start now and make achievable goals. Get enough food storage for 1 week. Then 3 weeks. Then 3 months. Then 6 months... you get the idea. Get enough food to last as long as you think you need. I have 2 years worth and I'm still adding.
Start a vegetable garden, buy and get training with a firearm, learn non-21st century usable skills (First Aid, cooking, fire starting, husbandry, etc.)
Don't get overwhelmed. I know the feeling of needing to prepare and once I started, I felt so much better.
You will probably need to buy a number of things- but remember that preparedness is not about things, it's about skills- but you will likely need tools to exercise those skills.
I have a website where I sell a grain mill. www.year-supply.com You'll need one eventually and when you do, I'd appreciate it if you buy one from me.
My blog (if you start at the beginning) chronicles my preparations. I went from very little to a lot in about 2 years. I now have 2 years + of food storage, a decent sized garden, fruit trees, 10 acres of land, a 4x4 diesel truck, an assortment of guns, radios, skills (CPR and more), a diversified income, and a new network of friends. I sleep better at night knowing I can provide for my family better than I could 2 years ago. I don't say this to brag, but to let you know that you can do a lot in a short period of time.
Let me know if you need anymore help and how you're progressing. Keep in touch.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
If you're place is like mine, there is no way you can fill your compost bin to the top with just the lawn clippings and garden refuse from your own family's consumption.
I have tried a few ways to add to my piles. My neighbor owns a landscaping company and he regularly donates bags of leaves to the pile that compliment my lawn clippings (every other cut) and my garden and table scraps. Oak and elm are excellent brown (carbon) material for compost bins.
Today after work, I stopped by the grocery store and they had a large box of lettuce waiting for me to pick up! I can stop by weekly and pick up their refuse. Just think of all those nutrients adding to my soil! Iceberg, mixed lettuce leaves and spinach were what I was given. I'm hoping to get other vegetables in the future.
Speaking of my compost, I just emptied out last year's bin and applied a thick topping to all my garden spots and my apple trees. The dirt was so dark and rich and teeming with worms, I just know my plants are going to love it. BTW, I use free pallets to make two bins- one for each year, and rotate them as it takes about a year to cook it down to dirt.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Doesn’t look much like a U.S. Air force C-130 to me. Again excellent reporting by our new agencies. This hat tip goes to “JSC” for the excellent observation.
My fence blew down in the last big storm that blew through Texas. I can only imagine what the winds did to the fires. I wonder how you prepare for fire… They were interview some couples on TV from Possum Kingdom who said their house had burned to the ground. I hope they had insurance, but wow- talk about a setback.
Friday, April 8, 2011
I staggered my planting my about 3 weeks with 2 of the beds, so that should extend my harvest time. These are seeds that I got from the link on the column. They are now 1 year old and have been kept in my fridge. I had about 20% not sprout. Not sure it this is average or not, but that's what I experienced. The first year, when they were fresh, they all sprouted. I still have plenty of seeds left and will use them again next year. We'll see how that goes.
What I did was, when I noticed they weren't sprouting, I just stuck another seed in the same spot about a week or so after the first planting and those are doing fine.
My apple trees (all three) got blossoms within a week of each other. I think there was enough overlap that they could pollinate each other, but they are still only 3 years old, so I don't know if I'll get apples this year or not. Texas is still due for another cold snap, but with how crazy the weather has been, I'm hoping that it's already come and gone. (2 weeks ago it got below freezing and my lettuce got frost bite on the tips- everything else seems fine though.)
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
This is my first attempt at Youtube. I filled that 4 gallon bucket with wheat flour tonight. I just got that Bosch- so it's time to get busy making bread! BTW, if you enjoyed this demo, or it helped you to decide to purchase a Family Grain Mill, please purchase one from me. You won't find a better price on the internet Guaranteed! www.internetprepper.com or www.year-supply.com
Sunday, April 3, 2011
So, this weekend we checked out the work that Ron did cutting in a driveway and covering my culvert I bought. He leveled a good area for the cabin, but we will ask him to enlarge it some more. He also put 2 truck loads of shale on the driveway- need more. I cut down a dozen or so trees, but didn't have a chance to stack them all. We have soooo much work to do out there. Lots of trees to clear. Going to put up a largeish shed/barn that we will sleep in until the big cabin is done. With no electricity, I'm planning to buy 4-5 golf cart batteries and run a small window A/C unit at night. I also need to schedule the well man to put us in a well maybe next month or the one after. My ATV has come in handy- I totally recommend one to anyone that has land.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Look closely and you will see the tracks, the rear air vent, and rails that hold the missiles.
Really? If you can’t tell the difference between a plane and a rocket launcher, you need a new job.
How about the folks over at FOX and everywhere else plastering this photo? Idiots
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Nearby water, plenty of game animals. Lots of trees. About 2 hrs from my house. (close but not too close). It doesn't cross any major freeways and it's away from major population centers.
We got about 1 acre cleared out so far and will start building a cabin soon on that cleared area. So far, we've put in a latrine, a tire swing, and a zip line (you gotta have fun). There's room for a pond on the lower part of the property too.
I plan to plant some apple and pecan trees very soon. There's lots of pine trees and many hardwoods .
The land is very remote, so I have to get a well put in and find a source of energy to pump it. I'm seriously considering a wood-powered steam engine to power a generator (that will make enough energy to charge a set of batteries and run the AC. http://www.greensteam.com/ .
I've also started caching some supplies. I'll be getting some of the food buckets from http://www.year-supply.com/ and put them into a sealed 55 gallon drum a burry it. I also want to cache a mosin nagant and some sealed spam can of ammo up there. That way if I have to bug out, there will already be stuff there.
The next building to go up will be a 10x10 shed/barn that we can sleep in at night and store some tool in.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
the Last Surviving American Veteran of World War I
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Friday, February 25, 2011
All you have to do are 3 things:
1) Go to http://www.year-supply.com/ and leave me a message in the Contact Us section about how much you'd like to win this drawing.
2) Respond to this post with why you think Wise Foods would be a good investment or why someone should buy from me (preferably after you check out the website).
3) Tell someone else! (links are provided at the bottom of the post to help you)
The drawing will be held in three weeks time to give everyone enough time to enter the drawing. The winner will be announced on this blog and contacted by the e-mail provided in the Contact Us form on the website. This offer is good to U.S. and Canadian residents only.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Possible Yield 100sqft.
kCal per lb.
Protein Content (g)
kCal per 100sqft.
375 to 430