Sun. June 17, 2018 – Father’s Day

At 9am, it’s currently just shy of 90F with 72%RH. Normal hot day.

Congratulations and best wishes to all the Fathers honored on this day. It’s a tough job, in most cases undertaken willingly, but never with complete knowledge and understanding. It’s a learn on the job, no ‘do overs’ life or death job. It comes with ‘the fear.’ and that never goes away. But it also comes with moments of complete joy, wonder, love, and satisfaction.

For some, this is a terrible day. All I can offer is the hope that time will soothe the hurt, and reduce the pain.

For me, when someone says “you’re just like your father.” I can’t think of anything better, or a higher complement.

Thanks Dad.


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Sat. June 16, 2018 – I guess I better get busy

Looks like another hot, humid day, but NOAA says we’ll get t-storms at some point, and for the next two. Their record this spring hasn’t been as good as last. They changed graphics programs for their maps, maybe they changed forecasters too.

Weaponized media-

“Sylvester Stallone Accused Of 28-Year-Old Sex Crime, Days After Appearing With Trump

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office is reviewing a sex crime case against Academy Award-winning actor Sylvester Stallone.”

Ebola seems to be dying out but Bird flu may be making a comeback-

“‘DISEASE X’: New Strain Of Bird Flu Kills 40% Of Those Who Contract, 100s Dead In China”

Cheery thoughts to start the day…

and now, time to get breakfast ready and start MY day.


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Fri. June 15, 2018 – tired!

Up late last night, lots of sun, and I”m wiped out today. I want to go back to bed more today than any day I can remember in the last year or two.

Our brief but heavy rain didn’t really cool things off very much, as it’s currently 74F and humid, which would put us on course for another typical hot Houston day.

Preps-wise– garden, bought fuel storage tank, listened to the scanner (which was much more eye opening than I expected), and started reading a cookbook. The cookbook is very interesting as it is recipes from the Oregon Trail. 6-8 months living in a wagon as you travel across the country! Lots of little ‘slice of life’ vignettes are included as well as conversions from the original that explain “in a quick oven” or the other measures and techniques of wood stove and open fire cooking.

In other words, I’ve been mostly busy with kids and life. How ’bout you?


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Thur. June 14, 2018 – busy day

830AM and 85F with 75%RH. Gonna be hot here in the swamp.

So of course we have a swim meet where we need to set up our team on a tennis court. The host team has warned that our kids should wear shoes “so they don’t get blisters” from the surface. That is gonna be HOT. One of the many things on my list today is therefore to scout the location and see if I can get a big fan plugged in somewhere, and see about hanging some shade.

Speaking of shade, anyone notice the propensity of some parts of the culture to have as many words and nuances of disrespect as eskimos have for snow? “Throw shade” “dis” and a variety of other concerns. It’s a feudal, tribal, “face” based culture, pretty much the antithesis of western high trust culture. Also common amongst a certain pedophile worshiping cult….


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Wed. June 13, 2018 – Friday the 13th is on a Wednesday this month

Hot, humid, sunny. Houston.

Ate some grapes from my vine yesterday. I decided if I want any, I’ll have to do what the thief is doing and just harvest the red ones. So I did. Tasty, but the skins were a bit thick.

Not gonna feed the family from my garden, but that’s not the point yet. Get out there and try to grow some stuff!


added- looks like the potential storm turned and flubbed, so no practice hurricane for us…

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Tues. June 12, 2018 – seismic shifts

Another hot one here, currently 80F and the humidity hasn’t let up.

The geopolitical climate is shifting. You can see it everywhere. Nationalist movements gaining prominence. Rising anti-immigrant sentiment. Brexit. And now the meeting with North Korea. (and the Kurds want to talk too.)

Crazy times. Lots of people will have reason to oppose the changes. Lots of things can go wrong when big changes are underway. Caution and prudent precautions are called for.


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Mon. June 11, 2018 – let’s get started!

Another week, another opportunity to start something.

Yeah, hot today. Already 80F in my driveway.

Got errands and work to do today, so here’s a link dump.

“Immediate Responder” ie. YOU…


Some interesting reading, and some background……


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Sun. June 10, 2018 – time to make the donuts

Woke stiff and sore. No idea why. Can’t really think of what I did to strain myself. Getting old is not for the weak….

86F and humid at 9AM. Yesterday’s overcast helped with the heat, but no such luck today. I really want to get some tweaks made to the garden beds, but I’m not doing it in 100F+ sunshine.

I’ll work on the many other things on the stack 🙂


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Sat. June 9, 2018 – open thread

75F and humid promises another hot sunny humid day. Our other choice is thunderstorms, so I guess I’ll have to take the heat.

I’ve got my non-prepping hobby club meeting this AM and possibly a sale or two, and then more work.

Something ate all my blueberries that were almost ripe. I got ONE berry. Went from 4 bushes getting ready to none over night. Grrr. To rub it in, several people are bringing their excess produce to the pool. I think I’m gonna have to start talking to people to see why none of my stuff grows as well.

Talking to people. IRL. Once started when will it end????!!!!??!


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Fri. June 7, 2018 – finally Friday, oh who am I kidding?

Another week gone in an eyeblink…..

77F and humid, with NOAA putting us right on the edge of a storm system.

Changes in the world and politics continue. Real changes or just window dressing, I don’t know, but change is coming.

What did you do to get ready?


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