Mom got out early to weed the garden beds and a couple of her plants to the “sunny” raised bed. Mom sprayed down the plants with a mix of Dawn dish soap and water. The bugs are really bad this year, I think letting Mom’s chickens free-range has helped. . I usually cut my lawn for the last time around Thanksgiving. In 2014 we had very cold weather in early November and a relativly warm winter. Back in the early 1980’s, 10- 20 below zero F. was the norm in January. It is weather and climate and these things move in cycles. I wonder what the PTBs think is a “perfect” temperature? While an average of 75- 80 degrees F. works well for humans it is not great for all plants and animals.
I started installing the borders and got 1/2 of the front yard Rose beds done. Added weed & feed to the front lawn and watered the lawn. I’m not sure how I want to add the wildflowers in the front yard. I can add the flowers along the fence line but I’m not a big fan of squares and rectangles. The rose and holly beds are established so I don’t have a lot of options on borders. The wild flower bed is limited by my imagination, cost of borders and fence line.
Mixing up another batch of the essential oil pain relief salve. I know many people won’t believe an essential oil salve can work almost as good as Oxycodone or Vicodine for pain relief without the side effects. It works for me and I have not used Hydrocodone/Vicodine for 24 months to control my pain. Using the pain relief salve does not stop all pain and it does not work for all people, but for me it works good enough.
Mom’s little wood camp stove arrived and I got a start on burning off the cheap paint. I forgot just how much heat that small stove can put out but it nice sitting in the back yard with the little stove burning even if it smoked a bit. Mom got the wood stove and little water heater for the stove for $90.00 at Amazon which I thought was a pretty good deal. On the little kettle/hot water tank you get two washers, one flexible plastic/rubber and a metal washer for the tap. Place the Plastic washer in the nut on the tank and the metal washer between the tap and nut of the tank spigot. I did not get a perfect seal and there is a very slow drip at the nut, but it was the best I could get without any instructions and breaking out my plumbing tools. I saw no leaks at the tank seams and I think better quality washers would stop all leaks at the tap!
Getting the stove got us thinking about doing some car/ tent camping plus do some testing our bugout setup this summer. I have few more items I want to add to my setup. Amazon has a very nice folding 14 watt solar panel for $65.99 with lots of connectors for cell phones, tablets, laptops and a 12 volt battery. I want to add a couple of small power sticks to take advantage of that solar power to recharge my gadgets and those cost about $6.00-$30.00 depending on stored amperage. Home depot has a neat little fan and mister that has a small pump and runs on Ryobi 18 volt Lithium batteries and cost $80.00. The reports on both items are very positive though the solar panel is a little “iffy” charging Ipads. I figure if you can charge a small battery unit and then charge an Ipad you should be okay. I don’t own an Ipad or Iphone but I have read they are very particular about using any sort of backup power.
Out and about committing random acts of kindness and senseless beauty! I picked up a few little plastic storage cups. Nothing fancy though you might store some dried herbs or small nut/bolts. Any how I filled the small container with my essential pain salve and handed it out to a few neighbors that have been doing hard work and might need a bit of pain relief. Now I bet a few folks think I am being a bit foolish giving stuff away for free. But all of these people are young and are willing to work to make their lives better. Those are the sort of people I want to have around me.
I get so pissed off at all congress critters and our so called elite wishing they could change the system yet find excuses not to do a damn thing. My answer to them is “you are part of the PTBs” and you really don’t give a damn about the common people. All Senators have the power to introduce all sorts of laws and you still pander to the corporations and other ruling elite. The Republicans told the Tea party give us the House and we will de-fund Obamacare, oh wait give us the senate and we can override any Obama veto. Who is working with Obama with TISA and the TPP it is Republicans!
So all you Presidential hopefuls need to act now to get my vote. I don’t give a damn about what you will do as President. Other than Hillary and Perry you are are all in elected offices and may introduce bills at any time. So you can introduce legislation to limit SSD/ EBT, revoke both the 1968 and 1934 acts against firearms. If a female can invoke my body my choice for abortion why can’t a person invoke my body my choice for drugs? Presidential hopefuls want to play it safe. I don’t want that, I want some one that will take stand and find a hill they will die on in the literal sense. If you can not do those those things I will not vote for you! I’ll vote democrat and give them all they want and more so we crash the system and a folks may wake up. I’m prepared for that are you?