The plan for the next three months

My temporary fence against pekes is a bust and Tucker is digging again so my plant growth has been less than optimal.  Something about the raised beds entices Tucker the peke to dig unlike my flat garden bed last year.   I always wanted a small (two foot tall) garden fence around the garden and a fence seems to be solid to keep Tucker out of the plant beds.  I want to build a small 2 foot tall cedar picket fence around all of the garden area.  I think adding the 10 foot 2x4s to the garden beds will help somewhat but Tucker is a persistent little cuss on digging.  My hope the cedar fence will protect next year’s garden and Tuck will dig  in safe places around the yard.

The garden fence border area is already laid out, though I’ll need to make it with rigid lumber rather than flexible plastic fencing.  The short fence won’t need a lot of post hole digging nor should it need a lot of strength to defend the attacks of an 12 pound peke.  My plan is to make 8 foot x 2 foot fence panel sections and use 2x4s as posts 3 ft. long buried 1 foot deep.  I know this will not be a solid fence but it is a proof of concept as my other temp. fences have not work out so great over a year.  Tucker the peke seems to take fences as a challenge.

I put in another wood order for 2 cords of poplar.  I know it not the cleanest burning wood but my options are limited here in the west.  Pine and firs make up most of our forests and woodlands so hardwood as fire wood selection is limited.  Two reasons I am getting this wood are 1. I have a lot of Douglas fir already stacked for my basic firewood needs and this wood is very cheap per cord. Even basic white pine costs more per cord than poplar. Mom will need fire wood and she can load up her 1 ton with some of my firewood.  I have been caught scrambling at the last moment  getting firewood when people that can’t deliver wood for what ever reason.

I tried finding anyone in the neighborhood to get an order of firewood with me and no one would commit to paying for firewood when it cheap and easy to get a delivery.  All they need to do is have a drop point for the wood and pay the supplier and we shared the delivery fee. I don’t know why I’m surprised that people wait till the last moment to get supplies or fail to prepare.  Gosh Jamie you run a prepping blog and you are surprised that people don’t prepare, DUH!

I’m ordering 2 yards of 3/4 minus to top off the drive/parking area in July to have all the alley way areas ready for the upcoming winter and spring.  The drainage rock worked okay for the drive way but it shifts and I have ruts so the 3/4 minus should help lock the driveway rock into place for a couple of years.  I am adding a lot of mulch to the alleyway garden area to help the soil and try and lock moisture in place rather than draining into my shop.  Last winter was not as bad as 2016-2017. I did not pump out water as I did have better drainage with the new rock addition.  Now I know a bit more about making a slope that carries the water away from the shop rather than trying to make the driveway level.

Mom has Idaho power doing an energy assessment on her home.  While we hope she will qualify for new windows and some insulation at low cost. We are not counting on it!  If, all that Idaho power insulates the crawl space and attic it will make a huge difference.  I think replacing crappy 1970’s windows would also make a huge difference in electrical use even if they are double panes.  Single pane or double pane, look at the heat or cooling lost via the windows.  If too much heat or cooling is lost replace the windows!  A simple remote temp. gauge used by cooks could be used via the government.  Test a good batch of double pane windows, then test single pane windows for temp. loss. Then make the measurement from windows a standard for acceptable heat or cooling loss.  Then no one has to make an arbitrary call on energy efficiency.  Heck the EPA already rates everything according to energy efficiency why not make it a part of public utilities energy saving efforts?

I have been there as I had terrible double pane windows that leaked moisture and did not insulate against the cold or the heat.  I bought new windows that are amazing. Many people on the short end of the economic food chain can’t afford to pay $7-10 grand for new windows. While I am now saving money on my electric bills.  I’m not using so much electricity that gives electric companies flexibility to send power to factories, hospitals or whomever needs power.

Not everything has to scale up to industrial levels. I think Solar DC power generation could be viable at a local/grassroots level. Computer networking is very viable at a grass roots level. Isn’t that happens in a disaster? People with energy feed the people with WIFI access?

I may not be correct but think about the technology and how it affects your preps.



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