June 1, 2022 at 9:43 am #51548
It is June!
June 4, 2022 at 10:54 pm #51775BarrensHomeyParticipant
Tonite I was at home, and noticed the yard motion sensor light turned on. Out by the bird feeders I saw what at first looked like a raccoon pulling at the feeders, but turned out to be an enormous black bear! The dogs got upset and started making a racket, but I didn’t want them mauled so kept them in. That bear was huge, and I thought about defense options – only firearm nearby was a .32 pistol. Would that stop a bear?
June 5, 2022 at 7:31 am #51804
Bear are very dense and the fat layer is hard to get through. Skulls are tough. Penetration is key on them.
I’m not saying it wouldn’t but it’d be risky. Most consider 357/10mm a minimum for handguns.
I use 10mm with a 220gr hardcast at 1200fps. A 32acp is 60gr at 800fps for comparison.
Bird feeders are very attractive to bears as is garbage.
June 5, 2022 at 9:21 pm #51819STx DocParticipant
Learned to throw a cast net tonight. Not a high value skill, but will come in handy in the future.
June 5, 2022 at 10:06 pm #51820
That is an excellent skill to have. Little fish catch big fish and fish soup is better than track stew
June 6, 2022 at 9:04 am #51836
And . . . we are back!
Had friends in town for a long weekend, a small party.
While it was good to see them, now back to just the two of us, sigh and relax again.
June 6, 2022 at 12:11 pm #51851
Nice. Crowbar did you have your appointment with the dental specialist yet? if so how did it go?
Was at Aldis this morning; limit 2 on chicken. Prices have rose dramatically there. Picked up their instant coffee as some commenters on a youtube video said that it was good.
Tropical storm warning lasted all day on saturday, but the storm wasnt too bad, mostly rain.
June 7, 2022 at 10:11 am #51911
The rains have returned. Got 3” in an hour this morning. Some places got more. So going from drought to flood immediately
garden and critters are doing good. Got my hay yesterday so I can breath easier. Alfalfa is impossible to find at a reasonable price due to fertilizer.
having trouble getting my propane tank refilled. We’ve got propane but no one has a steady crew of “certified” staff to fill it. It’s hit or miss
Gas went up .30gl in a week here
June 8, 2022 at 9:34 am #51936
Well, the state removed the state gas tax.
Dropped the price down to $4.53/gal.
Sounds good right?
Next day, $4.83.
So we would be in $5 territory.
Something tells me we will be in $5 territory in the next week or so.
We got a good most of the day, light but soaking rain.
The downside is the temps have been low for the past few days. Like, I had to bring my peppers in and replant as they have not taken.
Nor have my cukes.
June 8, 2022 at 4:06 pm #51952keebler tParticipant
same deal happened in Virginia $4.89 today coming home from hospital, nice weather right now, 94 & partly sunny, rain maybe later.
June 8, 2022 at 5:43 pm #51956
$4.75-.4.89 now $4.66
We have the upper 80s during the day and mid-upper 70s at night, with the occasional thunderstorm; pretty typical weather for our area.
The elderlies said that they couldnt find a flashlight when the last one rolled in. Did another inventory to see what I could spare for that as well as chargers.
Dont know if they still have their propane grill. I have a propane and a butane stove Will probs end up giving one to them.
June 10, 2022 at 7:06 am #52024
Fuel is climbing now to the point businesses will shut down. Shipping may slow or stop.
We are in a decent weather pattern where we’ve had night rains but that’s about to stop and get toasty again. The gardens about to explode and canning will get in full swing
I don’t know what’s gonna happen on gun control. Party lines would have been nothing but several rinos have decided to make it hurt on their way out. Only thing I can say is make sure your house is in order on mags, spare parts and ammo. Limit your calibers if needed to do so.
I’m seeing stress in people. Now is the time to be a friend. Listen and let them vent.
Well I’m heading out to check livestock and garden. Gotta make a few tweaks. We noticed a trellis got put on the wrong side. We can’t get to it to harvest. 😂 I think I got hot and my brain quit working one day when I did that.
June 10, 2022 at 10:10 am #52033keebler tParticipant
nice morning in my part of Va. 70 degrees, bought a IBC tank yesterday,unload it today & wash it out 1 more time. hope everyone has a great Weekend,going out for breakfast in the morning old Navy friend. Electric cars now selling due to high fuel prices. ,next, electric rates so high,cant afford to charge them.
June 11, 2022 at 6:30 am #52093
Florida Disaster preparedness tax holiday ended yesterday, but starting July 1st we have Freedom week.
Tax exempt on the First $30.00 flashlights and camping lanterns. First $50.00 of camping stoves, and collapsible chairs. First $250.00 of outdoor grills. First $75.00 of coolers.
June 11, 2022 at 6:57 am #52095
Well that’s interesting. I wonder if I could get one of these politicians around here to look at something like that in like March for tornado season
June 11, 2022 at 6:07 pm #52131
This is why I can’t have nice things 😂
Kinda brutal working today
June 13, 2022 at 9:18 pm #52283
Fabricated a heavier metal bracket to replace the one above
started green bean harvest today
Finished the duck coop today. Made a removable top so we can stand up when working
Going to butchers to pick up 2 hogs processed tomorrow. These ain’t mine but I’m going for the ride. Pretty excited cause I get to sit in the pickup AC most the day 😂
June 14, 2022 at 9:58 am #52302
That duck enclosure looks pretty cool!
We just let ours free range.
June 14, 2022 at 1:32 pm #52310
We plan to as well but night ain’t safe
We picked up 475lbs hog meat and set date for cattle butcher in the spring
June 14, 2022 at 4:20 pm #52318
Yeah, we have a “coop” we lock the door after the chickens and duck have put themselves away.
We walk the dogs in two rounds. We make a point of taking them over where we have seen foxes come in the past.
Yesterday, got the first load of wood in the shed. Second load arrived today.
Third (or is it forth?) time a charm.
The jalapenos, Shishito peppers, bell peppers all took.
In the first go around, a very small mouse evaded the three mechanical traps, and 4 glue traps.
He got them again.
Replanted and took them outside. The temps then dropped, the seeds rotted.
Brought them back inside, re-set the traps and placed them in different places, got em!
For awhile there, I felt like Wild E. Coyote in a Road Runner cartoon.
June 14, 2022 at 5:45 pm #52326
Yeah we lost all our jalapeño. I think it was just too cool or something. Having some fruits of our labor tonight
June 15, 2022 at 3:25 pm #52388
So I left my phone in the car; an hour appt. Phone shut off due to the heat. Today I left it in a lunch cooler bag; was on but got an error message that phone was too hot and would need to cool down. Need to make contingency plans in the event I have to walk in this heat with the phone.
Had to vacuum the ac drip line yesterday; due to back up. My unit shuts off automatically before it gets to the air handler, thus avoiding a flood.
Gas prices have been floating in the $4.75 to $4.89 range.
June 15, 2022 at 3:31 pm #52390
Yeah when I worked in a secure environment and couldn’t carry a phone. It was overheated in summer and too cold in winter. We kept them plugged in during the winter or I’d shove it in my shirt and I’d hang mine in front of the AC vent in summer so by the time I hit the highway I could use it.
Often when I’m hunting though even against my skin it’ll freeze and won’t work. Hand warmers in the pocket help
If they aren’t in direct sunlight they are usually ok. It’s been 110 heat/humidity this week and it still worked from my pocket.
June 15, 2022 at 6:31 pm #52398
really, wow. I dont recall having overheating issues with my older phone. Perhaps its just this model which is super sensitive to the heat. And its only June. At least I know now, when it was just a minor inconvenience.
June 15, 2022 at 11:30 pm #52410Olivia GreenParticipant
June 15th in sw WA.
More like early spring than summer..
Highest temp so far 72* and only once.
Usually is 55* to 65* day.
And 40*-50* at night.
Overcast &/or rain for weeks.
Gardeners are so frustrated..
Ground to wet and cool for seeds to sprout.
Columbia is at flood stage.
Thankfully the cool weather has slowed the snow melt from Mt. Hood.
Or the river would be much higher.
I’ve run the dehumidifer or/& the small electric oil heater many days this month to move the clammy humidity.
Wish someone in charge would realize IT’S JUNE!
June 19, 2022 at 2:32 pm #52589
Made some salsa with mostly fresh garden ingredients today. We had a ton of cherry tomatoes. I had some yellow sweet peppers from the store I needed to use and the spices were store bought. I forgot the onion though 😠 . I water bathed them so it can soak it in Squash and green peppers are coming in good too.
It’s hot 🥵 and not much chance of rain now.
June 19, 2022 at 6:03 pm #52602
nice. I am waiting for my poblano peppers to turn into anchos. Other wise the garden is quiet. Did pick up the small raised bed and Aldi’s for next season.
Ordered a small chest freezer. Price was reasonable on this one, but the others…ouch. Pupper and myself will need some ice water in an outage. About 100 watt draw so not much effort for the generator.
Rechecked the chargers and one was almost dead. So in 3 months it lost most of its charge. It went into the trash.
Wally world was out of the smaller propane and out of butane. It may be just a fathers day weekend thing though.
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June 20, 2022 at 8:57 pm #52670
Chicks are doing good. I catch them bugs to help teach them. Bunch a little velociraptors
taking the last hog to the butcher tomorrow.
They claim we will get a break from the heat in 9-10 days. Believe it when I see it
June 20, 2022 at 10:31 pm #52675STx DocParticipant
Matt, that is hilarious!! I raised 2 dozen chicks last year, and that’s what I still call mine. Now that they are molting, they look even more like dinosaurs!
June 20, 2022 at 11:02 pm #52678
Sorry I haven’t been on much lately. Been 97-99 here last couple weeks; mid 70s at night. Starting tomorrow, we’re supposed to start seeing record breaking temps of 103/104. Todays the 4th day in a row I’ve had to run to town to secure tin over broken windows at my landlord’s house after the house was broken into. He’s in therapy for 21 days. House was trashed each time. Garden is doing ok, considering the early heat.
The duck enclosure looks great Matt. My chicken pen was broken into & all 6 of my hens taken Friday while i was working at my church’s food give away. Guess I’m going to get a few pullets at the feed store in town this week. Thought about getting a few ducks as well. But the white Pekin are all the store has & they’d be easy targets for the hawks & owls I have around me.
Those small mice are a pain Crow Bar. Fortunately my dog tends to catch them when they evade the traps. Corsair, how’s the PT coming along?
June 21, 2022 at 9:47 am #52700
Well the weather here has been wild.
We had a period of hot, then it really cooled off.
I think I will have to replant the melons and cukes, as when it cooled off, I think the seeds rotted.
Upside, the peppers that I replanted and put on heat mats in my hobby rooms have taken off. Keeping the mouse traps everywhere! Like a mouse trap minefield!
June 21, 2022 at 8:13 pm #52729
PT is going well, thanks. I moved up to harder exercises, and stretches. I have 3 more sessions, then I return to the doc.
One of the grocery store employees stated the Challenge butter and Breakstones sour cream is impossible to get.
Sorry about ya’ll getting the Florida heat. Best thing is to do nothing; seriously. Heat will wear you out big time, especially if you arent acclimated. Take it slow, and stay in the ac.
June 21, 2022 at 11:43 pm #52737
It was people. Haven’t found any bears that use bolt cutters. LOL I usually snap a padlock on the door when I leave home for just in case.
June 21, 2022 at 11:47 pm #52738
Had to be, but they were taking a chance, as my vehicle isn’t always here, though I’m usually at home.
June 21, 2022 at 11:51 pm #52739
Crow Bar, you might consider using peppermint essential oil. Mice don’t care for it. Had a friend that bought some of the sachets to use. It was ground up corncobs with the e.o. added in a small cloth bag. I used some scraps of tulle that a friend had to make some rather than buy; that way I can refresh the e.o. as needed.
June 21, 2022 at 11:55 pm #52741
Glad your p.t. is going well. I grew up in south central FL (Orange County) & up in the panhandle (Walton). I agree, best thing is to stay out of the heat as much as possible & drink plenty of fluids.
June 22, 2022 at 12:02 am #52743
I’m seriously thinking of getting an ac; though usually I get by with several box fans. The Breakstone’s sour cream is usually on the shelf here, though sometimes the Challenge butter isn’t available.
June 23, 2022 at 12:05 pm #52822
Patara was on a roll this morning. Don’t drink while watching this!!!
June 24, 2022 at 12:58 pm #52905
I normally like her but she’s on some kinda tear right now.
Allegedly we are getting some heat relief and more normal temps next week. Allegedly
At 8:30 yesterday morning I quit with soaked out shirt, gloves and pants. I’m gonna go sit in a lake this weekend and be the right kinda wet.
June 25, 2022 at 9:26 am #52937
Patara. Yea she looks like she has been having a bit of a meltdown lately.
Rudy-Alaska prepper had some interesting things on his channel about Diesel engine oil.
Well the sour cream and butter that was supposed to be impossible to get is now on sale. Gas is down to $4.66 and propane and butane is back in stock.
loosely lined my cooler with reflectix- reflective roll insulation. We’ll see how that goes.
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June 25, 2022 at 9:41 am #52940
What’s your take on Rudys diesel assessment?
I’m not convinced but would like to see and/or hear more facts before being able to make a decision.
June 25, 2022 at 6:18 pm #52953
I think she’s lost her way. The last several days are just argumentative posts. She stuck on fighting it out with a small portion of viewers. I’ve seen this happen to many over the years. They all lost in the long run.
June 25, 2022 at 11:40 am #52943
Dave from the Common Sense show ( He gives a shout out to this site) hasnt seen anything definitive and is waiting for concrete proof.
I am generally leery of any one or the arm chair prophets are say “X amount of whatever” There is one going around that says 13 days until the collapse or something like that.
So nope not convinced either.
June 25, 2022 at 4:45 pm #52951
Yeah it’s getting bad. You can’t believe anyone. They are selling fear on all sides. The REGURGITATION is outta control too.
Im glad to see one site looking for FACTS
June 28, 2022 at 12:19 pm #53055
Wife and I are expecting there to be a calm before the real fun kicks in, late summer, early fall.
Been stocking up on things like shoes, boots, additional water filters.
After the TOP post about coffee, a drip through coffee filter.
June 27, 2022 at 11:43 am #53009
Finally got some reprieve from the heat. I actually worked this morning and didn’t have to change out soaked clothes when I came in. Back in normal range of high 80s n low 90s and not 103 with 40% humidity.
harvested garden this morning its looking good I got tomato’s, okra, peppers
today is the day I kick the incubator chicks loose from the swimming pool to the coops with the chickens
I’m giving my neighbor 2 hens I’m keeping 2 hens and the rooster is going back to the farm as a meat chicken
We went to the lake this weekend and there were considerably less campers and RVs than normal. Fuel prices are taking hold. It’s only a tank to pull there and back for me but that $100 and the slot rental.
June 28, 2022 at 11:43 am #53053
We had about two days of the Heat Dome.
Then a cold front rolled through and it is pleasant.
June 28, 2022 at 12:32 pm #53056
Released the incubator chicks to the flock
This is their dad. Dunno who the moms were
Made some farm garden salsa. Added in more tomatoes and cilantro from my garden. I’m canning it now
June 28, 2022 at 6:13 pm #53065
Last thursday a different PT worked on me. Have yet to recover. Dont know what he did, but it messed up my shoulder and arm. Went in today-guy wasnt in and told the sub. The usual person who works on me was doing something else. So some basic stuff, but gosh I really went backwards. Cancelled the last appt. Now to heal. I have hypermobility syndrome, and clearly the guy was clueless. ( Most are BTW, very few know how to handle it; as its Ehlers-Danlos cousin.)
If anyone needs clothes and other things in ultra bulk, check out dollar days. They have a nice selection.
June 28, 2022 at 6:34 pm #53066
Well that’s no bueno
my daughter has ED so I do understand
June 29, 2022 at 8:20 am #53088
Last weekend on Friday when I watered my cucumbers were green. Neighbor watered Saturday for me and when I came back Sunday the heat stress had turned them yellow. They were still good though. I went ahead yesterday and made a couple of jars of dill pickles since I had all the canning stuff out.
June 29, 2022 at 8:53 pm #53113BarrensHomeyParticipant
Sandy soil sucks super nutrients and amendments. Here, crabgrass is welcome because nothing else will grow and keep down the dust. We’re tossing buckets of horse manure and old topsoil over piles of trees & brush cleared out for the house build a couple years back. I’ve got potatoes on top and they look good, the rotting woody soil holds water like a sponge when the bare ground is bone dry.
June 30, 2022 at 6:19 am #53130
I like sandy soil for potatoes, peanuts and watermelon. Sounds like your doing Huggelkulture which is what our beds are at the farm garden.
This is why I encourage everyone to grow now and not wait till something happens. When you try you become knowledgeable in your local area and already know the tweaks needed. Your ahead of the game
I grew butternut squash this year. Wife had gotten some seeds from the Amish. We ate one and they seem to be growing well in my container garden. I didn’t know much about them till now
June 30, 2022 at 10:52 am #53140
Finishing out the month making the wife some no heat salsa from the garden this morning and canning it
Now I’m heading to the range with my buddy to shoot several long guns and a few pistols
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