kevin

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  1. My 6 volt trickle charger is .5 amps...I know that won't run a house but in a teotwawki I'd take it over nothing.
  2. I'm new to keeping bees...we just got our hive in September. We bought 2 at that time but one was infected with wax moth larva so we returned it. Other than that they have been very little problem and a lot of fun to learn about. I will say they are not cheap. We got a good deal on the hive its self but after buying all the gear to go with it we spent around $500. Now that we have all the gear and can split our hive the cost is me t to nothing...and with local honey costing $9 a pint we should have paid for its self by next year. I had use of a backhoe today so I prepped a new area for our garden. First I sprinkled our 2nd year compost pile over the area (50ft ×50ft). Then I covered that with 4 inches of sand I had stock piled. Lastly I saturated the hole area in 300 gallons of rabbit "poo tea" from our rabbit pellet catchment system. For the next few months ill dump 20 or 30 wheelbarrow full of rabbit pellets on top of that and till it in. With that area our garden has grown to nearly 1/4 acre...not bad for having to haul in every bit of quality dirt ..our natural soil is terrible.
  3. Awesome day today. We started it by butchering the deer we killed Monday morning (8 point..3 days in the cooler). As soon as we had the buck cut to steaks and the rest ground for burger we cracked open the bee hive. We removed the top box of 3 boxes for the winter...leaving the bottom 2 for the bees. I had only added the box about a month ago but we still harvested 8 pounds (5+ pints) of really clear fine honey. Since we were on a roll we headed to the garden and pull the beets...we canned them as pickled beets using the wife's grannies recipe. All in all a great day. One to be thankful for.
  4. Anything that is over used is bad for you. "Everything in moderation" is the old caution. We have thrown that out of the window and theses days its all about give me more..and make it easy to get. Even biblical sin is about moderation.
  5. Luckily I know the presidents of 2 of the areas land banks...they only loan on 10 or more acres...they said other than that criteria they had no problem.
  6. The wife and I are discussing buying around 10 acres of the most remote land we can find and afford. What's the best way to find cheap unkempt land for a bug out location?
  7. I will be armed with a high powered rifle. In a high point....just waiting. Its the first day of deer season! Honestly I've seen the the A.D.D. crowd at work...I'm not concerned about them at all. The Bond villains behind all this however are enough to make me pay a bit of attention...but with my location I will have plenty of time on this one. Ill spend it watching the plague spread across Africa...that one does worry me....No not in its present form but if it mutates....
  8. Depends on how much money George Soros put in to it. A few well place hard men in the crowd could bolster the snowflakes enough for the authorities to have to come down hard. A few roughed up transsexuals would be a win for them and their propaganda machine.
  9. Just keep the "cork sucking bastiges" out of our country.
  10. For my work I need safety glasses. I buy the kind that are wrap around sun glasses. I have them on the brim of my ball cap at all times...its part of my everyday carry.
  11. I did both..no difference at 100 yards...or 75 yards. IF I miss its on me...the rifle shoots true. Deer season (rifle) starts Saturday. I hate hunting in 80 degree temperatures....but I hate not hunting at all even more.
  12. Ok. I'm sighting in my 270 today. My stand is 14 ft tall. Do I really need to sight in from the same height or will level ground do? Thoughts
  13. I have a backhoe.
  14. Where that land is located (red river county tx) the well water has a strong iron taste south of kickapoo creek. This land is 3 miles south...dang it. Plus the wife REALLY wants a creek/spring...me too so since we are technically in the "country" now this is sort of a no hurry situation so we may as well find the perfect spot. Does anyone know how to buy land for back taxes? I figure there has to be deep woods spits that have been inherited and forgotten. I'd never buy land out from under someone...but if they have just lost interest that is different.
  15. Yeah the water source has already bit us. I found 12 acres in the perfect area....but it was high and dry so its a no go.
  16. Yeah. That was annoying.
  17. Trust her. My wife is as well kind, careing, and trusting....but she is also observant, vindictive and honey badger mean if anything is a danger to her family. If that's your wife too then I'm sure that the change of disposition that would occurs in a shtf would shock you....it's the Momma bear we fear the most. For now there isn't as much need to fear that jogger...when there is she'll knee cap that sucker in the blink of an eye.
  18. Books and wood carving here.....and sutureing,.. to go with the wood carving.
  19. Around 15 years ago I started my journey as a prepper. In addition to a reasonable supply of food stuffs and an unreasonable supply of ammo I wanted to add skills to compliment my new way of life. One of the first skills I chose to work on was identifing wild plants as food and medicine. When I first started I knew maybe 10 plants which is above average...but all true Texas country boys have chewed a stem of sour dock (sheep's soral) at one time or another. Now 15 years in I am able to identify 120+ by name and usage. It has even begin to rub of on my wife and son. ( the boy is well ahead of where I was at 13 ) The hardest part of learning all these plants was finding a book or web site that had good reliable pictures and descriptions of each plant. Most books are nearly useless....half the web sites are just plane wrong. Since I already have done the leg work to find the best places to study plants I thought share them with you. By far the sharpest "plant guy" I have ever known is Mark "Merriwether" Vorderbruggen. He has a book out that is far and away the best wild edible book I have ever used. "Idiots guide to foraging" is 10 out of 10 stars imho. You can find it for about $15 at the other best place....his web site "Foraging Texas" . I know it says Texas but most of the plants talked about are found thru out the south...and a large portion are nation wide. If you ever have the chance to take Dr Vorderbruggen's wild edibles hike\class I highly recommend it as well.....yeah I'm a fan.
  20. You and me both. I was born in boxelder Texas...24 people strong...and have never lived in any other state. I'm not taking common sense and family values to their state...so they can keep their liberal transgender values to their f#$×ing selves.
  21. Her book was mentioned in the class we took. The fellow who gives the class has about 10 books he recommends ...hers was on the list.
  22. Yeah .....I'm in Texas too. Lol
  23. I bet your right. Our plan is to send them off to college with our boy when he goes. Just add hot water...plus his s'mother will sleep better if she knows he is fed. We will re buy at that point.
  24. There is a lot to be said for big ole dumb dogs. We keep an English mastiff on our property...curantly on number 4. We have had one for the last 20 years...in that time only one phyco tried to open the gate without permission. Thor our 150 lb mastiff took the guys entire hand in his mouth and firmly let the jack ass know he wouldn't be getting it back til I said so. This guy was WAY off his meds...babbling crazy stuff and being all round skitzo....but even he stopped dead in his tracks at that point...which gave me time to arm up and run him off. Nothing beats a if dog to keep ALL kids of predators at bay....they work for rude little shitz too.