Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Clark Griswold and Other Holiday Cheer

Well November has come and almost gone so that only means one thing.... my favorite holiday! I have already seen some houses decorated in the festive joy of lights outside and Christmas trees in the living room windows. I actual was so enthralled with one house's display two nights ago that I passed the road leading to our neighborhood. All of this brings me to my buddy Clark. I can say that he's a kindred spirit in a way. I love to decorate the outside of the house and yard. I get a kick out of it because I know young kids like seeing the holiday lights and dream for December 25th. There will be no lighting the eaves of this house though as the roof pitch is about a 7 on 12. I have gotten smarter with age in some aspects and the thought of falling off of the roof is not very appealing. I will probably do the front porch, bushes in front, and lay lights in the yard. I have done the yard lighting before and it provides an alternative to the whole house scheme and looks cool to boot!
Now The Wife has an obsession with The Big Guy. I don't know what her Santa count is up (80?) to but I know it's a lot. She does a great job on the inside and this past weekend we got a few pieces from the thrift stores to add to our collection. Tree will be had this Saturday for the main room and she has her separate Gone With the Wind and Military trees. Santas will be everywhere! Maybe I should get fat too just in case?
The discussion has been going back and forth on whether we want to go north right after Christmas to visit and I am finally to the point of just staying home and having a quiet time with just us. I travel so much for my job now that the idea of traveling during that time is so unappealing. I just want to relax and watch the continual airing of A Christmas Story all day. Great movie, right up there with The Muppet Christmas Carol (a personal favorite.) I have seen previews to A Christmas Story 2 but it does not look appealing. I think we'll skip it.
We pretty much have the gifts needed picked out waiting for their purchase. Got to get some nuts and eggnog. And I may have a surprise for everyone this year :)
I'll get some pictures this weekend of the holiday congress at our home for you. Until then, remember to check all of the bulbs!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

2013 Garden

Well, I finally have sat down and made out my seed list for the year of 2013. A work in progress for sure but pretty close to what I want.

Items in this color are new for me.

Mortgage Lifer
German Johnson
Large Red Cherry
Abe Lincoln
Amish Paste
Cherokee Purple

California Wonder
Yolo Wonder

Sugar Ann Snap

Early Prolific Straightneck
Dark Green Zucchini

Scarlet Nantes

Marketmore 76
Boston Pickling Improved

Utah 52-70 Tall Improved Celery
Red Creole Onion
Texas Early Grano Onion
Yukon Gold Potato (I'll get these tubers from the big box store)

I did some searching last night and made this list primarily from a company called Sustainable Seed Company. They deal with heirloom seeds only so if I have half a mind I'll be able to save some from these crops for the following year. They also carry Safety Seed Packages if you're in to the Prepping thing. Maybe not a bad idea.  I have noticed a lot of the seed companies have started carrying these.

The standard plethora of herbs will be planted as well. Basil, Oregano, and Chives to name a few. I also have my packages of flower seeds I got at $0.10 a piece. And I have an idea about my cracking vegetables. I believe they have been getting too much sun. My beds are in an open field with no shade whatsoever. This year I will build a trellis over the beds to see if that will help. I also need to get a small building up near the beds so I don't have to trek stuff back and forth. And my cold frame construction has to start. A lot to do so it's good to plan now.

Watching Alaska; The Last Frontier right now. Decent show. I like seeing the landscapes. Maybe move there so day. Off to eat some ice cream and veg.

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Thanksgiving from us to You.

We left the house Tuesday afternoon and headed to our destination with hopes in our hearts. Spent the night in a hotel. Left that morning to where we needed to be and with anticipation waited for our delivery. Not today we were told. Delayed! Ahhhh! Booked another hotel room and waited again.

It was definitely cold this morning, this day of Thanksgiving, but shared our warmth with others in the same situation.

Finally a sign.

Mother got the first hug, then the Grandparents.

Youngest boy got in too.

Turn in rifles and other gear.

The MUST picture by his banner that his girlfriend worked all night on!


The Oldest Boy is home from deployment from 'that' place.


We haven't had turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, or anything. Our meal was McDonald's on the way home. Maybe we'll have something tomorrow.

Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful this year. We're all together.

Hope you kids have a happy one too.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Next Year I Plan to Do.....

Well, this is something I have given a lot of thought about lately. We've settled in fairly well here at the homestead and now have a good handle on this house's energy usage (read: bills) plus other costs associated with keeping it up. So my plans for next year are,
1. Go through the entire house and see where we can insulate more. Insulation is the best money you can spend on your home in my opinion. Spend some up front but it pays dividends for a long, long time.
2. Programmable thermostat. I bought one and already have it programmed for the heating and cooling on the house. I need to change the settings a little more to make it more efficient for our needs but not to the point of huddling under blankets in the winter and sweating in the summer. Happy medium you would say. There are two bad parts to this house; the main living room and The Wife's bedroom have vaulted ceilings which are a pain to maintain a decent temperature in. This will hopefully change for one though but more on that another time.
3. Gutters. Why are gutters all of a sudden options on a house? Anyway I plan on installing a few sections of gutters so as to capture some rain water to use for the gardens. I can get some cheap barrels around town for next to nothing. Lowering the water bill.
4. Energy- efficient bulbs. These do help a lot and last a lot longer than the regular incandescent bulbs.
5. Greater variety on the garden and pay closer attention to it. I gets hard to watch it when I travel so much but I need to buckle down and stay on top of it. I am also going to try some direct planting in the ground to see if I can get anything to grow in this soil, maybe even by adding some dirt. I have a good idea on seed list but that's another post.
6. Tighter household budget. A big definite this coming year. Would like to stay more on top of this as well.

There are some more ideas and things I'd like to get accomplished next year. What brought this on? I picked up a copy of Mother Earth News today and did a brief skim through it it at lunch. Main headline- Guide to Self- Reliance and Country Skills, Winter 2012 issue. A lot of good ideas in it for sure. Plan on a good read this weekend.

Well, that's it for now. Exciting post coming up soon. Until then start planning! 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Secessioning, Prepping, and ing

OK. So now the petitions are circulating from at last count 22 states wanting secession from the United States of America, my state included. Really. Do they think this would turn out well? I made a big blurb about it on FB earlier and I will not bore you with it now. Let's just say that in my normal smart- ass way I think it is a waste of time. If you feel that bad about they way things are going, Mexico or Canada. Either way and you'll be happier. So will I.

Which brings me to prepping. New season starts this week and as part of my blurb I added the prepping theme into my post. What the hell, I'll put the post at the bottom. And if you haven't seen this show, check it out.

Gardening. Took some pictures of the garden today. Lettuce doing real good, more than we can eat actually. Had The Boy pick the remaining peppers so I can cut them up and freeze them when I get back in town. The red cabbage is growing albeit slowly as is the broccoli. All of the plants got a good freeze on them so time to pull out the remaining stuff except the cabbage and broccoli. Shoot, I also picked some carrots today. Not many as they didn't really seed right but they are good.

Mole-ing. I have a nice surprise for my resident moles. I looked for the poison worms by Tomcat but they don't ship or sell in NC I guess. So it is off to a more inhumane way to rid myself of these things. Let's just say it has spikes. I crushed down a lot of tunnels today to see which ones are active then I'll set it up.  They are doing a number on our yard. 

Election-ing. Now that the mess of electing our nation's leader is over I hope we move forward (and yes, I voted for him.) I am a Democrat but I am a very conservative Democrat. Probably a moderate Republican can also describe me but my Dad would turn over in his grave if he knew I switched sides. Never voted straight party ticket, never will. So now it is up to our congressional leaders to do their job, which is to work for us. I don't agree with everything President Obama has done and hopefully everyone up there can get their heads together and work this out with him. Just tired of the nonsense. 

Here's my famous/infamous FB post if you want to read it. Until next time get prepping kids. 

Now, we have all seen and/or heard about these petitions from numerous states wanting to secede/withdraw from the United States of America and start their own government. Here's mine from NC- 
OK, so you want to leave the USA and start The Independent Republic of North Carolina? Do the people "signing" these petitions actually know what the end result would be? Here in TIRoNC the "Government" can barely get out of it's own way and can't be trusted with the money they receive in the first place. Granted we do have a large number of military bases here so we should be safe for a while, available land for farming and livestock, we are starting to frack the hell out of the ground so hopefully natural gas will be plentiful (forget the regulations please; those get in the way), technology centers everywhere a
nd research parks out the wazzoo, and a diversified workforce with talents beyond recognition. I now see may taxes in the mid 40% range from now on, gasoline going to $15.00 a gallon, groceries rising by about 50%, my insurance disappearing since I won't be able to pay it, and my friends leaving to go to The USA! From 1950 to 1991 NC averages 14 tornadoes a year, and in that time frame there have been 12 hurricanes. Looks like I was low on my tax estimate. Good ole USA won't be helping us now. Or would it be an aid package? Hmmmm. Watched several episodes of Doomsday Preppers last night. Thought these people were a little on the crazy side but now I am starting to see their logic. I'm not going to be trying to save the family from solar flares, economic collapse (close though), the US Government taking my guns (which they might now), nuclear weapons or another rogue government trying to take us over (again which they might now since SC has their own petition.) I'm going to try to save the family from the people signing these petitions. Now I have to get a damn passport. And a word to the people of SC............ stay out!

Sunday, November 11, 2012