Puttering around between the Holidays

Got a little skiff of snow in the morning and the fog froze on all the trees. A blue sky would have added a nice contrast but even power lines can be beautiful with a light coat of frost. I will keep the Xmas lights going until the 2nd of January just to be festive through the Holidays. I’m hoping the Xmas light nets go on sale in 2021 so I can add more lights to my chain link fence. A couple of great things about the LED lighting is lower power cost and safety compared to the old light that got so hot they could melt plastics or ignite dry wood. You don’t hear as many news stories about Xmas trees bursting into flames and causing house fires now a days!

My little bit of decorating makes me happy and I hope other people happy even if they can’t afford or can’t get out physically and decorate their homes for whatever reason. I don’t know how other people react when they see holiday decorations, but I almost always think the decorations are great. Be it a simple candle in the window or some one setting up a lazer light show with music.

There have been a few “How Dare You have ….” stories on the internet. Virtue signaling idiots that seem to think that if you are not miserable you can’t possibly care about poor people. I can’t see how about $20.00 in LED lights and less than $ 5.00 in my electric bill constitutes me mocking poor people. Especially when my income is consider just slightly above the USA government poverty level. Instead of whining on twitter or virtue signaling to your in group about how much you care about poor people. Why don’t you buy a few strings of lights, a tree or off to pay some the electric bill of a poor family? Stop scolding other people and work on what YOU are doing to make the little bit of the earth you inhabit a better place.

I’m no different than most people on the internet. I’ an asshole with an opinion. I like to think I offer a bit of education on prepping and what worked for me. I have enough trouble just living my life as I see fit and don’t have enough time on my hands to try and scold others how they live their lives. Generally I don’t care how other people live their lives as long as no one gets hurt. If someone is getting hurt, stop it if you can. Go to the cops if you can’t stop it yourself. Not the internet! You don’t have to interact with every asshole that is on the internet. The worse thing you can do to these attention whores is simply “spotlight” them and then ignore them as they thrive on attention and as being seen as the hero. Mock them but never take them seriously.

For those that get more concrete threats simply send it to the police and keep records of whatever threat and don’t engage with any moron that makes threats that you can record and keep printed copies of said threats.

On that happy note I’m looking for the pittance check $600.00 the US Congress has decided is equitable for destroying small business, kept you from earing a living, you out of church and your kids out of schools and made your eviction/ forecloser possible since the government placed American Citizens under house arrest for 9 + months. Never mind that the 900 Billion USA Covid relief bill allocated 174 Billion dollars for the USA and 746 Billion dollars for the rest of the world. Why would anyone play a game when they know they can’t win?

Good news my local Fred Meyer/ Kroger has both Bacon and Coffee on sale this week. Bacon is $2.99 per pound for a 3 pound package and Yuban coffee is $3.99 per can. The ad has Burpee seed packs, seed starters/soil planters and plant lighting and it is December. Perhaps my memory is wrong but most seeds and indoor seed pots/starter kits get offered on sale around Feb./March in my planting Region(6A) . Burpee seed packs germinate well and the seed packages can last at least 2-4 years in less than ideal storage conditions. If/when we get the pittance of $600.00 I would invest in growing your own food as much as possible. If you don’t have space to grow food invest in food storage and top off any needs you have from clothing and books to backup power/heating. Take care of the basics first and then add in more comfort as you can afford. A little bit of you having control of your lights, heating and cooling can make a huge difference in your mental state of mind. It might be a generator, a grill solar panels that you have the fuel/know how to use your energy source that you have stocked up.

I am having no luck “banking” my fire overnight. I can start a fire easily with paper my fire starter and a match. I have cut kindling and split my fire wood to make those easy to start smaller chunks of wood. I have made a bed of coals in the wood stove that my front room is 85-90 F. and I can’t seem to bank coals to last 6- 8 hours overnight. This is not critical, as my home does stay about 65-72 degrees F. into the morning when I wake up to start a new fire. I’d just like to start my fire from last nights coals, rather than kindling a new fire each day.

On closing off the pet door at night. The kittens did scratch at the floor and door for a couple of days. It seem to help keeping the “kitty litter box” clean daily and getting up around 8:00 AM /with the sunrise. I have no random neighborhood cats come in the house since installing the new pet door. I had one cat jump in the bird bath after I had cleared the ice and filled the bath with warm water. I’m adding more waterers as it seems many animals need easy to access water and not snow or ice. The birds really like the ‘berry” suet cake and the peanut suet cake is not as popular. Of course I’m in SW Idaho and not in Georgia so that is understandable despite the fat and protein content of peanuts.

I know I’m often “Preaching to the Chior” as most of you are already prepping and know more than I. I don’t know what more I can do to reach more people to encourage them to get more self reliant. There are much bigger blogs than mine that put out much of the same info but perhaps I strike a cord with a person that no one else found. Honestly this blog is as much for me as it is for anyone that reads it. If this blog helps you great! If it makes you look deeper into self reliance great. I’m not an expert! I’m like most people just muddling along and sharing what is working of not working for me.

2 Responses to Puttering around between the Holidays

  1. sgsmith says:

    My Christmas lights have brought me great joy this year. My sons put them up for me as my Christmas present and it was such a great gift. My neighbors also put up lights this year and our little corner of the world is so cheery. I think we were all wanting some light and joy in these dark times when we cannot be with our families to celebrate.
    Thanks for your blog
    sgsmith

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