Guest post today in the form of an open letter to yours truly. You see, I like a periodic guest post, because I bust my tits off here for all of you day in and day out, and damn it – some days I just need a relaxed day – or a day off. It’s the whole blogger union rights thing.
Besides, I was up late listening to fffffffoxy Sarah Palin address the RNC.
Today’s post comes from “Wolverine” who posts periodically over at my homeboy’s blog, Bison Survival Blog.
Preps are moving along, if not daily then weekly, and almost everything that I am doing I read about on the other blogs and we are all headed in the same direction.
One neat piece of personal news is that because I am sort of a bold fellow I was able to score on an antique drill press. The short story is that I was tasked with going and making a donation pick-up for work. While we were loading the truck the guy kept bitching about all the stuff in the garage that needed to be gotten rid of. I asked to see what was in there and he said ok and unlocked it. In one corner stood the drill press.
I recognized what it was instantly. It was not one of those “new” electric types, but one like the old blacksmith had in his shop. In fact, the last one I saw was in a working pioneer blacksmith shop at White Pine Village in northern Michigan. The press is hand cracked and a dog moves the bit lower each revolution. It runs without need of electric and makes a perfect post TEOTWAWKI tool. I am sure Dragon would love to have it if he doesn’t already own one. The best part of the whole deal was the price. The guy only wanted twenty dollars for it and I didn’t have a twenty on me. I told him I would come back and he said no, just give me the ten. What a deal!
Like you, I have started my preps for the coming deer season. Yesterday I took a salt block out to the woods. I wanted to get it out a lot sooner, but life got in the way. I finally sat down and wrote out a list of chores for the long weekend and got it done. I saw lots of trails through my corn field and tracks all around the edge of the woods. I have the whole week of Thanksgiving off and between my two sons and I, we should put meat in the freezer for sure.
The pear tree has a nice load on it this year and if I can find the time I hope to gather enough to can. A buddy of mine from the Reserves told me if I pick the fruit he will do the canning and we can share. As I am sure you know there is a certain sense of relief and pride every time you put a jar on the larder shelf for future use.
I was cleaning out an old dresser last week and discovered I had some silver coins tucked away in it. There was less than ten dollars face, but a very pleasant surprise none the less. I have squirreled away silver for years. While at college I worked at McDonald’s and we would get a few coins in a week. There were two of us that fought over the silver. I really used to get pissed at the guy but as things sometimes work out he became one of my best friend’s and we were the best man at each other’s wedding. He now works at a bank and still gets a little silver in, but not like we used to. His last big score was a couple rolls of 40% Kennedy halves.
If I were the type of fellow that passed on a tip of the week I would suggest that the tip this week be organization. I am the worst. I find that I waste time and money looking for items I have and can not find so I buy again. Oh, I can grab my BOB in a hurry and I know where the ammo cans are for each rifle, but it is the little day to day things that bug me. One example is that I moved the owner’s manual for the lawn mower. I needed to look something up and could not find the manual so I had to drive to the dealer and get the info. I can see a time in the future where that will not be possible and the manual will be the only way to get the info. Instead of watching the game maybe we should spend time organizing.
Ranger Man BTW: Some links for you:
Links from Geology Joe: