Sun. Dec. 9, 2018 – up late

45f and wet this am, but supposed to get some sun later.

Stayed up late last night reading. Finished the 3rd book in Frank Horton’s Borrowed World series. It’s taken the characters a long time (3 books) to get to the point where they are really starting to deal with their situation. Lots of deadly mistakes have been made, but people are toughening up. Good books so far, only a bit of the prepper book ‘info dump’ and a little of the overly specific gear descriptions. It is a prepper manual after all, so that’s really the style. I read and liked his Locker Nine books too. His writing improves with every book. There was even a line of foreshadowing in this last one. Anyway, I only meant to read a little bit and fall asleep, but I spent over an hour and finished the book. I will be reading the rest.

Now it’s time to feed the kids and start my day.


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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?


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Fri. Dec. 7, 2018 – “”a date which will live in infamy.””

Posting this the night before, but I’m pretty sure it’s warmer and wet.

No idea whether the attack was a sneak attack and one of the most dastardly treacheries of modern time, or a cynical manipulation of American sentiment to get a result the state wanted desperately. I WANT to believe the first, and hope that no one would trade those lives for the emotional appeal. And I want to believe the same on 9-11, decades later. But I get older, and more cynical as time goes by. So I’ll at least allow the possibility that there was more to the story than we were told at the time.

If we can’t know the truth about events that only happened a handful of decades ago, how can we ever hope to know what happened even longer ago than that? (I posit that time must past for the truth to come out, and we have no hope of knowing the truth of anything within our lifetimes. The players have too much vested in the narrative.) the truth may not even be knowable as we all have limited frames of reference. We all ACT like we know it though…

I do know one truth, change is coming.


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Thur. Dec. 6, 2018 – more funeral

Less cold, a bit drier. 53F this morning.

Scanner already has traffic related to the visitation? Lying in state? Whatever will be going on w/ Former President Bush… I’m not moved. I can’t think of a much fuller life or more appropriate time to leave. I hate the cult of personality and the idea of dynastic families. It’s a good reminder for the proles that there are ‘hidden hands’ moving the pieces.

Time to make the donuts….


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Wed. Dec. 5, 2018 – more wintery weather

My neighbors show 40F and 80%RH. That feels really cold to Texans… I know you guys are laughing, but my kids need to wear JACKETS to school! The horror!

Got some stuff done yesterday and the end of the project is finally in sight.

Got a new project getting started, but it should be short and sweet. Should be…

Got Christmas coming like a freight train. Kids have already wrapped a few presents. I’ve been picking up things throughout the year (prepper remember?) but still have stuff to buy and do.

Year end is coming up too, with the built in opportunity for reflection and change.

Do some of that thinking ahead of time too!


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Tues. Dec. 4, 2018 – Got about half my list done yesterday

Cold and wet this am. Still no new battery for my weather station. I feel like some pre-scientific peasant. “Ugg, cold.” On the other hand, weatherunderground shows several of my neighbors reporting 44F and 45F. From sensors in the yard via radio to the house, then uploaded to the internet, then combined onto a zoom-able map in real time, for me to see on my computer after a round trip of hundreds if not thousands of miles…. all pretty near instantaneously. AND NOT provided, provisioned, or purveyed by the government. SF writers got that wrong.

Plenty to do today.

The world continues to hurtle toward the brink…

but my kids need breakfast, clean clothes, and hugs, so I better get busy.


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Mon. Dec. 3, 2018 – busy week ahead

Cool and wet today. Still haven’t changed the batteries in my weather station…

I did get some of the Christmas lights up yesterday, some of the yard work done, and the tiniest bit of cleanup done.

I still maintain we are in a period of worldwide rearrangement. I don’t think the EU will survive the stresses on it. The influx of invaders has sealed its fate. South and central american socialist paradises that were paid for by oil have started crumbling. China has expanded until it can’t keep up. The skin of the bubble no longer has anything behind it. Russia…well, who is next in line after Putin, and what do they want? All the countries that were either trying to align with NATO or the EU must be rethinking that… The UK has already voted their desire…

This is the kind of massive change the historically leaves 100 Million dead or dying from sickness, starvation, and war.

Gloomy? Oh heck yes. Look how they treated Churchil. But he was right.


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Sun, Dec. 2, 2018 – nice day

57F, only 77%RH, and sunny.

Maybe I’ll get the rest of the Christmas decor up today.

And do some of the cleanup in the driveway, yard, and patio.

Or not.


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Sat. Dec. 1, 2018 – George Bush dead at 94

I’m posting this Friday night, so first reports….

BREAKING: George H. W. Bush Dead at the Age of 94
by Cristina Laila November 30, 2018


George H. W. Bush has died at the age of 94.

George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States passed away at 10:10: PM CST on Friday.

“Bush is survived by his 5 children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and two siblings,” the statement from the office of George H. W. Bush read.

Statement by the Office of George H. W. Bush on the passing of the 41st President of the United States of America this evening at 10:10pm CT at the age of 94.

— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) December 1, 2018

Former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away at the age of 92 in April.

George H. W. Bush was hospitalized several times after the passing of his beloved wife, Barbara Bush.

Bush served as the 43rd Vice President of the United States from 1981-1989 and served as the 41st President from 1989-1993.

Like him or hate him, he had a tremendous impact on the US and the world.

May he find the reward he deserves, and may his family find comfort and solace.


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Fri. Nov. 30, 2018 – Friday again, and so soon…

60F and wet, indicated, and I believe it. My hands feel like paddles, my knees ache.

Last Friday of November. Time to get the Advent calendars out for the kids, time to get a visit from an Elf spy who lives on a shelf…

I find the Elf on a Shelf creepy in the extreme, and the idea of a sneaky little spy watching all the time is something I have problems with on any number of levels. The kids love it, and it can be a lot of fun too, and we started, so now we’re stuck for a while. 26 days.

Prepping this week was minimal. I’m feeling WAY behind the curve. I did make two big grocery runs this week, but that was mostly current and upcoming normal consumption. I really didn’t get much for storage.

I’m still coughing occasionally. I don’t know if it’s lingering crud from the vacation, or something new brewing but it’s right on the edge of developing into something. The elbow continues to be an issue. Without modern and powerful antibiotics, I’d have been in trouble. That’s worrying too.

So health is a priority, getting the holidays out of the way, while still enjoying the time with the kids is a juggle, and there is SO MUCH STUFF TO DO.

I better get started on today’s pile.


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