Saturday, January 31, 2009
Here is the story I saw this morning that inspired the posting today.
Its an interesting debate here at the stead also. The girl kids think that a shower a day is a necessity. The wife thinks about every two days or so. And us boys think about twice a week is fine. Both for health reason and the environment. Though I gotta say honestly there are times , if its real cold that Trash does a good once-a-weeker.
lunch- ate outside chef salad, cheetos- green tea
dinner Wallie world fried everything (chicken, taters,okrah) water
hey it was payday so we splurged a bit. We felt guilty and I had heartburn so I was paid back. Anyhow I picked up a supply of smokes and my every 2 week 12 pack on the way home. All week long I been thinkin about the motor home and what "Improvements" for self-sufficiency I wanna make. The minds a churnin'
After the cold spell at the beginning of the week it looks like we are gonne get a warmin trend for a few days. I hope so as I have stuff to do outside.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
lunch- leftover wallie world chicken, cheetos, water
dinner- catfish nuggets, green beans, salad, water
watched some tv last night and heard about this stimulus package and was floored. I can see stimulating us with our own money but to have to borrow money from somewhere else to stimulate us is like gettin a hooker for the evening and sending her home in a cuppla hours.
It aint a long term solution. And quick fixes aint gonna do it this time. TO top it off what is the real cost of borrowin from the Chinese and the Middle East.. An old addage about payin the piper and dancin with the devil comes to mind..
Anyhow it really makes the notion of the choice we made on the bug out mobile relevant and practical. I promise pics will get posted shortly.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Lunch- chicken- cheetos- water
soup- Campbells canned chicken/sausage gumbo. (safiewway is selling the big cans for 99 cente each.
Over at one of the blogs I visit regularly I read an interesting article on Silent weapons. It disussed weaponry and tactics for gathering meat food if SHTF. Wonderfully ew written but I would take it one step further in thes time of uncertainty. Silent Prepping . Survival and preparedness is a personal choice one must make . Be proud of your choice but dont become a braggart for as ytou know someone or something is probably watching you.
But be steadfast and true and BELIEVE that you will survive.
Stand firm in your priciples and dont backslide.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
lunch/ dinner Wallie world chicken and boneless wings, water
The kidlets spent the night in the camper last night. Got down to 17 degrees overnight with flurries but the older girl and her friend made it thru.. Junior (the 9yr old) came in about midnight and cuddled in on the couch.
Went over to Wallie world to get coffee and smokes. For the first time I checked out the RV area and man oh man do they have stuff. And they are just starting to get the camping stuff in.
Also checkin the air pellot guns again. I gonna have to get one for som target practice.. Hear ya go lil rabbit and squirrel. Come to papa. I need some rabbit meat and pelts.. Spen the afternoon watchi the outdoor channel and am beginning to learn about BAMBI hunting.. hmmm
Anyhow back to Babylon tomorrow..
Welcome to anyone who visits from some buddie who have linked to me..
Saturday, January 24, 2009
PB and J on Tortilla, apple, water
dinner tuna sandies, chips, water
I often ask "what did you do today to prepare for the SHTF"? Well we came across a deal earlier in the week on a 24ft self- contained motorhome at a panic price on the local CL. We went for it. It was delivered yesterday. Needs some work, both mechnanical and electrical but the engine is strong. Good deal for a prepper . Hopefully we would never have to use it full -time but its a piece of mind to know we have it.
In the meantime Farmer D wrote a piece this month in M.E.N. and they are publishing it online so enjoy.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
lunch- tortilla w butter, orange water
dinner- roast beef, mashed taters, salad, water and of course b-day cake. (my?)
spent a relaxing day on the ol 'stead spreading the wealth of compost donations to the several bins. Also added some recycled bird seed and leftover citrus to the feeders around the yard and in the carport. It was almost 65 yesterday so I spent the day in shorts.
In the afternoon took a bike/ bus (10 miles on bike, 20 on bus) run to downtown as the missus bought some sewing stuff for cheap on the local CL. I had to mee the sellers and pick up the stuff. I get some of the strangest looks and comments when people see you pick things up on the dumpie bike.. In Asia noone gleans when you use the bike for carrying stuff but in America its considered strange. I mean this load was so light it would have been stupid to drop 10 bucks in gas and my stress level to go downtown in a car and drive back.. To me it makes the acquisition sweeter when you do it on bike. The idea I had a few months ago of converting the insulated pizza delivery totes I acquired into an oversized messneger bag worked well. I was able to recycle an unneeded box as I was able to put about 30 pds of fabrci and accutiments sewing stuff in the bag and toss it over m shoulders. Kudo to me for that little invention.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
This wont be a daily thing but I got this in an email and it was inspiring.
lunch-leftover homemade chili, cheese, burritos and water
dinner- chicken tenders, fries and mtn dew.
What away to end the week. The people in Babylon gotta cut $634 million out of this years budget. Where will it come from and how big a cut will we have? questions that will soon be answered.
Learned something new online thru the forums I belong too. Apparently human urine is good for the compost pile. Not only does it warm the temp in the cooking process but its loaded with nitrogen for the soil. Gonna have to give it a try in one of the compost bins. The one farther from the house.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
lunch- leftover chicken, biscuits, apple and water
dinner- homemade chicken soup with veggies, biscuits, water
Another day in Babylon. 2 more to go until the weekend. Sitting at lunch yesterday with some of the "kids". I was fascinated at their discourses. It seems $100 for a pair of jeans is nothing to these kids. My god, If i have to pay more than 5 bucks I look elsewhere. Denim is the working mans fabric and no working man is gonna pay ( nor could he afford to pay) $100 for a pair of work pants. But these kids buy them regularly and in volume,
I wondered how these jeans would hold up digging trenches, working on the roads, or doing anything that requires manual labor. Neither would these kids. We are in a conundrum.
Anyhow my compost project (like at home) I am using a 3lb plastic coffee can w/ lid to hold the food scraps I create at work to compost and bring home. I figure I am only 1/2 invested if I throw away stuff at work that I wouldnt throw away at home. So the intermingling continues. I have began a small bit of horticulture in the office with a "recycled" good luck bamboo and a cuppla pothos clippings. Makes the space a bit cozier. Plus with this move in Babylon I have a parking aspace in front of my desk for the bike and more room to branch out and the bright side is a full view window to see the world outside.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
As the old Indian say "waste not , want not.
Before yopu toss it in the compost, maybe you can use it is a salad.
Well, let's see! The country is slipping into a recession or worse, we have a new President who favors expanded gun control and socialism, and Congress seems set to enact the Fairness Doctrine, a law that will probably stamp out conservative and libertarian talk radio. That's a helluva way to begin the New Year!
read the rest. click on the above link
Monday, January 12, 2009
lunch- leftover chicken-chips and coke
dinner- homemade pepperoni pizza- green beans and water
spent a lazy Sunday relaxing and watching the tv. In the early eve went over to Wallie world so the missus could get out of the house. Picked up some groceries and stuff and came home. Fell asleep around 10-11 and woke up at 430 to let dog outside. Weather was wonderful. NIce and warm at 430 in the morning.
Went in and made coffee. checked email and waalaa next thing there was 4-6 inches of snow on the ground. Dang blast, took me almost 2.5 hours to get to Babylon this morning. NAd bennrunnin downhill all day. draggin ass
Sunday, January 11, 2009
RARE roast beef splashed with meaty jus, pork enrobed in luscious crackling fat, perhaps a juicy, plump chicken ... these are feasts that come to mind when one thinks of quintessential British food. Lately, however, a new meat is gracing the British table: squirrel....
for the wholer article follow the link above..
Makes my mouth water
unch- leftover chicken wings, chips/dip and water
dinner leftover chicken chips and a coke..
frolicking around in the warm weather (it hit almost 40 yesterday). took the dumpie bike on a 20 mile run to pick up a stereo w speakers for the missus. We really missed having a record player since last summer when tootsie (the derbyan) ate thru the arm. But alas it was our fault for not putting the cover back on it when not in use. Its getting harder and harder to find them. This one is an oldf Monkey wards one with dual cassette and a radio (AMFM).. Better for listening to PHC (Prairie Home Companion ) on..
Anyhow on the way back stopped by the Sprouts and picked up some more of the 6grain oatmeal that I liked over staycation. Only problem was that it was no longer 2lbs for a $1 but now $1.09 a lb. Thats ok I still bought 2 lbs.
Went out again later in the day on the DB and hit the Lowes for my entertainment. Thewy are starting to get their seed starting stuff, the seeds vermiculaite and the latest sensation (grow lights).. All shapes and sizes.. Guess its really taking off in Yuppie land. Us old hippies been using grow lights for years..to grow our maters. hahaha. It reall put me in a good mood to start seeing the seeds show up.. Spring is coming ..
Friday, January 9, 2009
lunch- ham sandies, with dumpie found brie and pickled squash. water
dinner- hammie helper (YUK) wioth green beans and water
The weekend is only a few hours away and I am ready for it. cold beer, smokes and the family with the everpresent TV.. wunnerful wunnerful. And of course back to my routine of weekend dumpiediving and food gathering. I have noticed alot more people driving around the backdoors of the biz places lateley. Doing some back door shopping. Oh well nothin like some honest competition for the delectable finds.
Hoepfully if the logic board prob can get fixed I will be a back to posting lots over the weekend.
Otherwise fightin for time on the kids machine.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
From the Los Angeles Times
Food lessons from the Great Depression
Today, learning how to cook on a budget is becoming important to more families. In the 1930s, making do was a kitchen art, honed by necessity.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
lunch- leftover chicken salad with fresh greens, water
dinner-pawk chops, taters, water
been back in Babylon for 2 days now and nada has changed. everyone still walkin on eggshells. Anyhow started bringing my books home just to make things easier. Never agin will I become too comfy in any position other than on the couch in my home.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
lunch- pepperoni sandies water
snowed overnight (1-2 inches) but I hav promised a fellow freecycler I would pick up about 100 prerecorded vhs tapes so I hopped onto dumpie bike and headed on over in the flurries. fun ride. Bungie corded the boxes to DB and headed on home.. good exercise. nothing sweeter than gettin useful stuff and not expending gas to get them.. Tomorrow I am picking up a cuppla vcr's to have as spares. As I tell the missus if the SHTF and we lose cable at least we will have the vhs tapes and working vcrs. Always thinking BE PREPARED.
Anyhow back to Babylon tomorrow and all of its daily fun.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
lunch- mcD's dollar menu cheesburger and sundae, water
dinner- take-out treat- we went to $1.15 a scoop chinese and grabbed about $40 bucks worthof assorted delicasies.
spent the morning enjoying the warmth outside (almost 60) and then took a bus ride (wife went to fabric store for $1.99 pattern sale while boy and I went to Mc D's and chinese place for special dinner. Love taking the bus.
On the walk back we found a discarded yard sculpture (twig bull elk missing one side of his rack). I figure we can remove the other rack side and rename her twig bambi. She looks wonderful in the yard. Came back and gorged on the chinese food with pleanty of leftovers and played UNO until I got tired and went to the TV.
Friday, January 2, 2009
The SUV was made from an old Cooking Oil container, I can’t remember the brand. The “top” is cut-out and they put other little belongs in there pulled it for hours. The wheels are made from old slippers, or sandles. Spokes from an old bicycle served as the axles. Banana stalk was used to pull the “vehicle”.
lunch- pickles and beer with some hot wing leftovers
dinner- leftover enchiladas, wings and beer
Spent a really dumbed down day yesterday watching Americas funniest home video rerun marathon. Also tuned in to a Living with Ed marathon on Planet Green. Reality TV is a waste of time. But I added another access point to the daughters room with a splitter connect to their room.
Spent some time in the garden turning the compost bin and adding more organic matter. Contemplating the last 3 days before going back to Babylon next Monday. A sort of gloom and doom before the storm. Remembering that the time in Babylon is a means and not an end to the Trash homestead.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
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Stock up on these things while they are available.
Next time you need to replace pipes in your home, consider an alternative to rigid piping. PEX-AL-PEX plumbing, or PEX for short, comes in rolls, can be cut easily to any desired length, and requires no soldering and very few joint fittings. This flexible plastic piping is so easy to install that you can handle most projects quickly on your own.
Named for its sandwich-layered construction, PEX uses cross-linked polyethylene as the outside layer, aluminum as the middle layer, and another layer of poly on the inside. This piping is approved in major plumbing codes, and it's had a successful 30-year track record in Europe. It's a little more expensive than rigid copper piping, but the advantages outweigh the extra cost, because you can save money by doing the job yourself.
PEX is sold at all major hardware stores, where it's usually sold as water supply piping and infloor radiant-heat lines. When you buy it, make sure the tubing is stamped with 'NSF-61' or 'NSF pw' (for potable water), which distinguishes it from the PEX that is used only for infloor radiant heating applications.
lunch- mc rib sandie, coke
dinner- pizza rolls, enchiladas, and fries, water
2008 was a year to remember as it is the start of the coming downfall of the world into a long lasting depression. Yes folks Trash is not afraid to call it what it is, a depression.. Survival, self reliance are the skiolls one needs to garner in the coming times. Be prepared.
Anyhow went front door shopping yesterday and you can see the horror asnd fright in peoples eyes as they no not what the new year will bring. My grannie always said "expect the best but prepare for the worst". Stock up stay under the radar and keep pluggin away.