Friday, 16 October 2015

By on October 16th, 2015 in weekly prepping

08:25 – Barbara is off to the gym this morning. Then she’ll presumably continue with the cleaning and packing up. We got a fair amount done on my office yesterday, but we have a lot more to do. We’ll start on my office bookshelves, which are something like 60 lineal feet, nearly all filled with books. Probably half or more of those books will go into the discard and Goodwill piles. I mean, it was kind of neat to get copies of my O’Reilly books in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Russian, and so on, but I’ve never even looked at them other than for a moment after they arrived. Some of them are in languages that I not only can’t read, but can’t even identify.

I’ve done nothing to prep this week other than stuff related to our relocation and work on the open-pollinated seeds kit.

So, what precisely did you do to prepare this week? Tell me about it in the comments.

29 Comments and discussion on "Friday, 16 October 2015"

  1. Ray Thompson says:

    Pictures from my Fall Break trip with the two exchange students to Florida.

    Yes, Harry Potter was the main reason. Wife really likes Harry Potter. The actual Harry Potter ride and the entire infrastructure was very well done. I enjoyed it.

  2. Lynn says:

    It is almost about time for Rowling to start the new series about the continuing adventures of Harry Potter. I figure that she has another six to twenty books in her.

  3. Lynn says:

    Zombie ammo:

    I figure 10,000 rounds of each would be good.

  4. OFD says:

    Something’s wrong, badly wrong, with this picture:

    ” Feds Collect RECORD $3,248,723,000,000 in Taxes For ’15…

    $21,833 Per Worker…

    Still Run $438,900,000,000 Billion Deficit…

    President’s Spring Golf Trips and Fundraisers Cost Taxpayers”

    (Drudge headlines last night and today)

    Any reasonable explanations as to why this is so, if, in fact, it is? Could it be that a complacent and docile population allows itself to be robbed blind and lied to continuously? And what happens when the whole house of cards falls apart and that population, with way over the official count of 300 million firearms, wakes up? Their retirements and medical care gone, the power out, and store shelves empty. We will be, in terms of scale and an armed population, on entirely new historical territory.

    For prepping this week, again, not much. Thanks to late pay checks, and late bills, and taxes. Continued study in what little spare time for shortwave and ham radio stuff, ordered some minor parts for various “tool” modifications, and cleaned up the living room, dining room and wife’s studio. Made a big dent in the kitchen and cellar. Got the OK to “stock up,” meaning food, I guess. Consulted with other veterans on filing various paperwork with the VA, to the extent that I am seeing with new eyes that unless some corporate entity comes begging to my door to hire me pretty soon, I’ll be working a combination of VA bennies and doing various revenue-enhancing things “off the books.” By the time the Fed bennies disappear, I hope to have the other stuff up and running big-time.

    Overcast today, which, IMHO, makes the brilliant foliage stand out more. Gorgeous. Great to be alive and above-ground.

  5. OFD says:

    “I figure 10,000 rounds of each would be good.”


    While carrying roughly 19 or so of those rounds on your person with your CCW weapon during your nightly strolls through packs of coyotes, pairs of coral snakes, and wandering two-legged rats. You have the training, the ability, and I would stipulate, the obligation, to protect yourself and be around for family.

  6. brad says:

    I would certainly welcome more books in the Harry Potter world. That said, she does need to edit her books better. The first three were very tight and well-written. The she got successful, and the books were a lot more long-winded, less tightly plotted. This seems to happen to a lot of authors, once they are in a position to tell their editors to get lost.

  7. DadCooks says:

    Better get your ammo while you can. Governor Moonbeam is considering signing an Executive Order in CA that will require a background check every time ammo is purchase. I heard this on several radio talk shows yesterday but find no reference on the web. Just this:

    Either way, not a good sign.

    I expect Obummer to follow Moonbeam’s lead.

  8. DadCooks says:


    Now if you or I did this, we would not be let back into the USofA. Is there any doubt that this “innocent” kid and his family are not so innocent.

    The weasel is in the hen house and the horse has left the barn.

    Keep your powder dry.

  9. MrAtoz says:

    ClockKid is the future of the US. Mooslims can do anything and get away with it. Ditto all races except WHITEY! WHITEY! must pay reparations to all.

    Trump 2016!

  10. Miles_Teg says:

    DadCooks wrote:

    “Governor Moonbeam is considering signing an Executive Order in CA that will require a background check every time ammo is purchase.”

    Just a few days ago Jerry Coyne was gloating that the last gun store in SF was closing, due to the hassle of complying with city regulations. He sees this as a good way to implement gun control.

  11. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Yeah, well, as a political commentator he makes a good evolutionary biologist.

  12. OFD says:

    “gun control” and “gun violence” are code phrases implemented by the anti-gun ass-clowns and by using them ourselves we automatically buy into their vocabulary and start off behind the eight-ball; the Left have been masters at this sort of thing over the decades. Remember “civil unions,” “affirmative action,” “civil rights,” “empowering,” “global warming,” “climate change,” etc., etc. Once they’ve seized the vocabulary, and we go along with it, fearing hate and loathing, I guess, we’re already losing.

    Guys like Coyne need to stick to their areas of expertise; firearms is not one of his, although he’s, of course, entitled to an opinion. But when he renders it in regard to this issue, he reveals abysmal ignorance and political correctness.

  13. Robert Bruce Thompson says:


    It’s all too easy for people to fall into the mindset that if someone is wrong about one thing he must be wrong about everything. Guys like Coyne and PZ Myers are good scientists who happen to be radical progs. I agree with them about science and about religion, but we part ways when it comes to their radical prog politics.

    All scientists aren’t progs, nor are all atheists.

  14. DadCooks says:

    Sovereign Man has a good post today. Not news to most of us but a good refresher.

  15. OFD says:

    And there are, and have been, Christian and Roman Catholic Christian scientists, and some of us, RC Christians, that is, are about as fah from prog or libturd as it is possible to be and not be Attila the Hun.

    I highly recommend, as was required back in Ancient Times in college freshman English classes, reading Orwell’s essay “Politics and the English Language,” never more germane than now.

  16. MrAtoz says:

    $21,833 Per Worker…

    President’s Spring Golf Trips and Fundraisers Cost Taxpayers

    And there are, and have been, Christian and Roman Catholic Christian scientists,

    Micro-aggression after micro-aggression.

    50 lashes with a wet noodle…6 months Cankles bra adjuster.

  17. OFD says:

    I want 100 lashes from a regular whip administered by a grizzly bear in lieu of even hearing about or seeing the image of Cankles. Instead, for our sins, we shall have eight years of it and probably World War IV. And War Between Whomever II.

    I’d like to know, though, how the lords temporal can rake in those trillions in tax revenues and still run in the red to the tune of half a trillion. Where are those other trillions going? Plus, the more I hear about the Incumbent and his expenses at our expense, the more I wanna see him and his predecessors swinging from lamp posts, twisting slowly, slowly, in the wind….

    (a full year’s supply of medieval epic poetry analysis from Yours Truly to the wizard who can identify the source of that phrase…)

  18. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    ISTR that phrase being used heavily during the Watergate debacle, but I assume it dates from the use of crossroad gibbets to suspend condemned criminals, alive or dead, directly or in a cage. Chaucer, maybe?

  19. OFD says:

    Close enuff for gummint work; you win the poetic analysis! Congrats!

    Actually the phrase itself was John Erlichmann’s in reference to John Dean, who really pissed off the Nixon WH.

  20. Lynn says:

    We may be very cold here in the Land of Sugar over the weekend. Sunday morning may drop down into the 50s (F).

    The wife is eagerly awaiting the bitterly cold weather, the 40s (F). I may have to try out the new natural gas furnace in the addition then. I bought a new natural gas furnace / air conditioner for the addition and moved the master suite over to it also. So, the house is “zoned” now.

  21. OFD says:

    “So, the house is “zoned” now.”

    Ours, too. We’ve lit the wood stove.

    If it gets too warm in a room, we open a window.

  22. Lynn says:

    If it gets too warm in a room, we open a window.

    Sounds iterative. Maybe you could automate the job by getting a robot to open the window.

  23. nick says:

    Well, this week I got the first two “window box” planters built, hung on the fence, and planted. I turned over and amended the raised beds and got them planted…

    I got one set of shelves up and did some sorting and organizing in the garage.

    That’s pretty much it. Honey do ate the rest of my week.

    I’m traveling, so reading and posting from my phone. Not super convenient.

    No sales for me this weekend due to travel.

    Hope it stays together for a few more days…


  24. OFD says:

    We got a Honey-Do thang going on here, too, don’t feel all alone in that regahd, matey.

    Mrs. OFD off to Louisiana in the AM for a week.

    Here’s some interesting info which I plan to put into effect, along with a Beverage ground-level antenna Real Soon Now:

    “Maybe you could automate the job by getting a robot to open the window.”

    We’re the robots here, and see no future for them in our lives or household. Right now the outside temp is down in the fotties and our living room and up the stairs is in the mid-70s, too warm down there, actually. So I have a couple of windows open upstairs here. This is just from the woodstove. I ordered another couple of cords, which won’t be delivered until 11/25, the day before Thanksgiving. And we’ll top off the oil tank anyway, and the gas tanks on the vehicles. Wife was OK about stocking up so my next ploy is to get her to consider the alternative pumping gizmo on our well.

    We may now be in the vicinity of being able to live pretty well for two or three months during the dead of a bitter, cold, dark winta with no juice. Probably gotta get more food, more batteries, and organize our lanterns, lamps and FLASHLIGHTS.

  25. OFD says:

    WeaponsMan on hadji ineptness (while we kinda gloss over the slick op carried out on 9/11 with boxcutters):

    I agree; good riddance. These creatures would joyfully do the same to us.

    Meanwhile let’s cut our losses and GTFO of the Sandbox shit-holes once and for all. Let all those goblins slaughter each other, and I heartily and cheerfully include the Israelis in this mix.

  26. Miles_Teg says:

    OFD wrote:

    “I want 100 lashes from a regular whip…”

    To each their own…

    Your future president was wondering if you were available to come over to her place in NY and give her back a good scrub in the bath. (She says you’ll fit too.) Oh, and some stab wounds from her fellow Democrats need your attention. Then she wants you to put her bra back on for her, her hands have taken some wounds too.

    Please don’t get *too* excited Dave, and don’t delegate the job to SteveF, he’s worn out from servicing her… 🙂

  27. OFD says:

    “… give her back a good scrub in the bath.”

    Roger that. I’ll fill the tub with sulfuric acid first and then give her the scrub with a wire brush and my asbestos gloves that I saved from being a machine gunner while her future husband Larry was skipping out on that war and visiting Moscow and suchlike and she was muff-diving at Wellesley. She’ll get hot and bothered first by watching the videos Mr. SteveF obtained of a certain Miles_Teg character schtupping various bovines in Ye Old Convict Colony of Oz, where he fancies himself a wizard but is always behind a chintzy tattered curtain.

  28. ech says:

    It is almost about time for Rowling to start the new series about the continuing adventures of Harry Potter. I figure that she has another six to twenty books in her.

    She seems to be concentrating her writing on the odd short piece for the HP website, on film, and on the new HP universe play. She has said that she has no plans for more HP books. Her contemporary fiction has been pretty well received and that seems to be where she wants to write. That said, I would expect that if she does revisit the HP universe in a substantial way in print, she can write a series of novels about the founding of Hogwarts and other stories of the past.

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