Using leftover candle wax does not work very well for my firestarters. The leftover wax seem to make a layer of wax on top of the sawdust/wood chips. Chunks of canning paraffin wax seems to flow through and fill the voids of the wood chips into the egg carton. It might be more expensive, but I recommend using pure paraffin wax if you want clean, reliable and easy to use fire starters. Look at stocking up the wax in the fall/canning season or just after when canning supplies go on sale.
For restocking the clothes and sneakers, I added some work-type pants and another pair of NB sneakers. I doubt I’m alone in not buying clothing until I have to buy clothing. I know all the excuses of “If the disaster happens, I have plenty of clothing in my closet to wear when I lose/gain weight”. This is my personal favorite rationalization for myself. That is great Jamie, but until you start fitting into those clothes what will you wear this winter or spring?
American shoe and clothing sizes have become insane. I’ll admit I’m overweight but I have 3 different sets of pant/sweats and they all have different sizes. I have sweat pants I bought 3-5 years ago and the new clothing of same size of the same brand either is too small or wildly oversized. I can also say my foot did not get fat but now I can wear a Male 8.5 sized sneaker when 3-5 years ago I’d be lucky to find a 7.5 size male shoe that would fit me. I have a big foot and most men’s small sized sneakers fit me. Generally men’s shoes, sneakers or work boots are cheaper than those same items for women.
If you are unable to make/repair your own shoes or clothing you must stock up when clothing and shoes are on sale and you can buy good quality. I’m looking forward to trying out the new pants I bought and see how the clothing hold up to my “puttering around” the house and yard work.
Don’t get me wrong, I admire people that dress well on/or off my budget be it male or female. That takes a lot of work. Just because I don’t want to do that work does not affect my appreciation of what they do daily. Style and grace does not just happen it takes effort. I’m just never been one of those people. I’m more concerned about clothing being good quality for a job/work rather than if it stylish.
I cut another batch of kindling. My kindling boxes are mostly full and I filled an 18 gallon party bucket about 3/4th full. My kindling use has been consistent as the “Artistic fruit crate” of 18 in. x 12 in. by 9 inch of kindling lasts about 10-14 days depending on the weather. I’m want to fill another 18 gallon party bucket with Doug fir kindling in between the snow/rain mix forecast this week. Cutting wood during snow is at worse mildly annoying. Cutting kindling in the rain just sucks and should be avoided whenever possible.
Last but not least I hope to set up my new grinder/sander. I got this item to sharpen axes and gardening tools. Now I’ll have to buy some good oil so I don’t screw up the temper of the tools. Always something new to learn if you are a prepper.