Sat. Dec. 8, 2018 – whew, that was a lot of rain

47F and dripping wet this am.

We got a BUNCH of rain last night. Official county stations show high 4″s to mid 5″ rainfalls all over the county. Most of it was Northwest, with the least falling in the southeast. Several streams/creeks/bayou feeders have overtopped their banks in outlying areas. That pig is going to be working its way thru the python for a while.

State of the preps this week- dismal.

I bought some plastic bins to use for canned and boxed food on the storage shelves. I have to get back to stacking no matter what the rat situation. I decided the bins were needed because of the spoilage caused by rat urine on the cans. Boxes and pouches will benefit even more. The bins are light weight, and clear-ish. They were still about $10 each. We’ll see how they work.

I harvested 2 oranges from the tree, and one meyer lemon. Not a huge crop.

I bought some rolling shelving carts to help organize all the bins of ebay stuff I have waiting to sell. Wife isn’t happy, but the bins are out of my office and the hallway.

Ebay sales were essentially nothing. I went from a couple thousand or more per month to selling one or two items. This seems to be common to a lot of resellers at the moment. I did sell one item yesterday and one today, but at $20 ea. profit, that won’t pay the bills. Not sure what to do except keep plugging away.

Office cleanup and organizing continues. Christmas prepping continues. Activities are stacking up. Today I have my non-prepping hobby meeting and an end of season soccer party, tomorrow, 2 Christmas parties and a piano recital all overlap. Meatspace is great and all, but it will suck up your time.

So, anyone get any preps done? Anyone feel ready for the holidays?

n

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

15 thoughts on “Sat. Dec. 8, 2018 – whew, that was a lot of rain”

  1. My wife was leaving work yesterday evening, and stopped for one of her coworkers who had a car accident. She wasn’t hurt. She stayed with her until everything got resolved. When she got home, she thanked me for preparing for the zombie apocalypse…..she had busted out the blankets in the back of the car to keep her and her coworker warm. I just accepted the compliment and didn’t correct her that she used the blankets for the EXACT purpose they are in the car for.

  2. ITguy1998 – happy to hear your prepping came in handy.
    That’s what we do this for, car accidents to Zombie invasions.
    I am still re-thinking my primary Get-Home-Bag. Been watching too many YouTube get-home-bag videos. I need to get the weight down as it’s a bloated 50+ pounds now. My problem is that I have it packed for any contingency and wilderness survival. As I live 35 miles from my work in an urban environment, a couple hundred in bills and a credit card would probably suffice. Do I really need a shelter, solar panel, military poncho, mini cooking kit, hammock, and 5 different light sources? I am thinking good shoes, extra set of clothes, socks, radio, fixed blade knife and bottle of water should suffice. I will be 67 in a couple of months and not up to humping a ruck like I used to. Perhaps I need to differentiate a get-home-bag from a bug-out-bag. BTW: I always carry a Henry AR-7 Survival Rifle in a scabbard in the trunk with my M&P Shield range kit with 100 rounds 9mm.
    Still drawing down my stocks of paper products and canned goods expecting to have to move in the next year. I may get retired this next year with a payout so I have to plan on change.

  3. Arghhhh. Bird drops off 200 e-scooters in Bakersfield. Pests in my book. Last night was First Friday, and arts and craft sellers street fair. Scooters everywhere. Interferes with my drinking and eating.

  4. Ebay sales were essentially nothing. I went from a couple thousand or more per month to selling one or two items. This seems to be common to a lot of resellers at the moment. I did sell one item yesterday and one today, but at $20 ea. profit, that won’t pay the bills. Not sure what to do except keep plugging away.

    I haven’t sold anything in a while, but I deal mostly with things which Jerry Pournelle would say people pay for with “beer money”. I see people watching things through relistings, however.

    When I relist as of late, I have to be really careful to avoid paid enhancements which EBay tries to sneak into the posting. They must be feeling it too.

  5. Cold (38f) and drizzle here in the Bluff City.
    Still on my IT call. Major cut-over this weekend. Technical bridge from 6am to midnight so I am stuck at home in my office listening to the App techs bitch to each other. The Vendor promised 100% support but their support tech has yet to dial in. Glad I am not leading this cluster F.

  6. “Much like Venezuela”

    and Rhodesia.

    I cited Venezuela because I’ve always believed that Chavez wanted a US invasion to bail him out of the problem.

  7. ”So, anyone get any preps done? Anyone feel ready for the holidays?”

    What is this ”’holiday”’ business? Not my concern…

    I ate a can of Hormel chili that was three years past expiration the other day.
    Pop-top, too, with a little rust. Seal looked good.
    I still don’t think pop-tops are a good idea for any sort of LTS!

  8. Wow, just checked the flood maps.

    Addicks Reservoir is up 21 feet from yesterday when the rain started.

    At least 5 places have water over the banks, all on the north side.

    n

  9. Wow, just checked the flood maps.

    Addicks Reservoir is up 21 feet from yesterday when the rain started.

    At least 5 places have water over the banks, all on the north side.

    The Brazos River is up 7 ft since the deluge started and headed for the minor flooding stage where Simonton, Thompson, and a few other cities start to get flooded next week. Hopefully just minor flooding.
    https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=HGX&gage=RMOT2

  10. Our turn now… Woke up a lot last night, to the sound of horizontal rain. I need to make the round of windows, to wipe up any puddles.

    Our house is located sort of at the top of a valley that serves to focus the wind. The weather service says 35kph winds, but we’re probably getting up to twice that here.

    And it just started again…

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