Sunday, May 29, 2016

Memorial Day, remember those who gave all for your freedom

    Let's not forget what the true meaning of Memorial Day is. It sure as hell is not cooking out, buying cars, or shopping online for deals........

     You are free because the ones you knew or didn't know gave their life for your freedom. Remember That!!!!!!! I will never forget their sacrifice. NEVER!!!!


Monday, May 23, 2016

That time of the year when so many things take up your time.

   Sorry for the lack of posting, things have really been hectic here. Work has also been quite busy and with spring full in the air, where does the time go. So here is some updates:

    NW had an all important recognition dinner with the school board. NW was 1 of the 108 out of 954 5th graders that were recognized for their superior academic excellence.

   Tonight was 5th grade graduation at the school and NW received numerous awards, which include Science excellence, Accelerated reader (top in the school), "A" Honor roll, Celebration of Excellence with straight "A"'s since the first grade, Advanced School Excellence award, Presidential award for academic excellence (Yes, BO had to put his crummy fingers into the celebration). We are so very proud of our son, we cant wait till next year when ND is up on that stage receiving his academic accolades.

    Baseball season is winding down and both boys are back in the championship game for the second year in a row. Last Tuesday, they beat the # 2 seeded team from the northern division on our home field 9-3 to  advance. Tomorrow night is the night they hopefully get some revenge from last year. The boys 2 year regular season record is 23-1. I am so proud of them in both academics and athletics.

    Last week I became another year older and of course I took the day off. I went and had lunch with a few of my close friends on Fort Jackson. Guess you can say it was a working lunch per say. If any of you have been on post there, you know that we ended the day by walking the gun counter and discussing numerous fire arms. I love how this post and SHAW A.F.B has gun sales at the PX. Later that day, I spent some great quality time with the family. This past Saturday, I had my birthday dinner at Steve's Seafood.

     Garden is going great, picked up a Craftsman rear-tine tiller to get in between the rows. 

   If you have a small garden, I strongly recommend this tiller. I live on property where there are millions and millions of white flint rocks, some small, some large and it has no problem with busting the soil up. I purchased this to assist me with planting grass around the property and in the garden, it does the job. Yes, I have a tractor with a 5 foot PTO driven tiller, but when corn and other items are too tall, I have to find another way to get in there. I sure as hell am not doing manual labor to accomplish the job, the garden is too big for that.

     Till next time,


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Monday, May 2, 2016

Family CASREP'd, some work around the house, Jeep Cherokee, Deer deterant, a quote from "DUKE", and a hero lost in the line of duty

     Sorry for the lack of responses to my last post and a new post until now. Well, as the title says, the family has been CASREP'd with the crud. We all have been sick, JUGM had a sinus infection, got calls within 1 hour of each other for both kids while they were at school, then it hit me last a week ago Sunday which I took the next day off to recover some more. Have been somewhat busy around here with things. First, I finally got around to putting up my flag pole after I had to take it down for them to build the house. It was cheaper to do that instead of have the pole go through the middle of the living room. I waited until I got my Gadsden/Culpepper Flag from Buchanan Flag and Sign down in Jacksonville, FL. If you need a flag and you are local to them, head over there. I think they sell on Amazon.......

    Along with the Flag pole, one of my neighbors and my dad's best friend came over and graded out where my dad's place was. If you notice to the left, I have 240 amp service to the pole. I already had 2 110 GFI protected receptacles attached to the pole. Current plan is to put a Steel building on the site along with (4) 30 amp RV plugs for some friends of mine. Oh, that's right, someone suggests that I will have an issue protecting my property in a SHTF situation. Well lets see, you know where I work so you put two and two together. Remember, birds of a feather, flock together and having a year to do it, I'm quite pleased with my results. See Navy Chiefs produce "Result's, not excuses".


The building I have settled on. Note: this is not my actual building

     See in a military planning environment, there are many assumptions that come up during planning and in most cases all the assumptions are requested in "RFI's", that stands for "Requests for Information" and they are initiated through N2. He obtains his information from NSA, DIA, ONI, and other national assets. So there you go, your free RFI to answer your assumption, straight from the source without a link to Also, I have 3 cd's of my service record so you can verify my military training if you like. Actually, you should maybe worry about the people you still have surrounding you, of course they will tell you something completely different to your face if you confronted them of our conversations just after I left, but you will find out one day. So moving on to better and brighter things......

   Some of you may know that I have a 1997 Jeep Cherokee Sport and it has been plastered all over the Internet in all kinds of forums of its worthiness as a great vehicle, specifically in the Prepper/survivalist communities. The modern Jeeps of today are a joke, and I have first hand experience as our 2010 Wrangler Unlimited had numerous transmission recalls (7 of them), and then that one day when it failed, a 90% rebuild with crap falling out the transmission at the jeep dealer. I had enough of it. I feel this could have been avoided if Jeep was still American owned instead of a subsidiary of Daimler, and now FIAT. This Cherokee has the inline 4.0 6 cylinder engine and a AW4 transmission. 

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View of dash going down the road, all gauges operating normally

In the parking lot at work.
      As our crops start coming up in the garden, I always have a thought in the back of my mind about deer walking in there and eating it up. The key to keeping them out is to make a human scent in there to keep them away. What better scent to keep them out but Irish Spring soap, human hair works good too. If you have smelled those bars of soap, it has a strong scent and you can pick it up pretty cheap in the stores. So NW and I get to work.

8 bars, 1 piece of para cord, separated to 6 core and 1 outer shell.

These will be sprinkled in between the bars, nothing wasted

grading stake, roofing tack and soap attached.
      As some of you know, my good friend Duke from our Florida group has his own place over in Georgia upstate and has taken to making posts on Facebook. JUGM still has an account there to keep in touch with family and friends. She started laughing this morning before I headed off to work and I asked her what was up. She was laughing telling me about a post he did, and here it is:

      We shall see if the Republican voters align behind him or will they do they same thing they did to Romney in the last election. I didn't vote for Trump in the state primary, but this is a process. If I had a good guess, they will be voters who have fit's and run home with their football and say I'm not voting for him. Go ahead and cast your vote for Hillary and please stay home when you still don't get your way because all of us do not want to hear you whining. Welcome to modern day America.  

 Hell, I will add some more funny stuff from him:

Some NC House Bill 2 humor


Gotta Love Chelsea Clinton. Looks just like her lying mom

     Now on a very serious note. A town south of Charlotte lost a hero over the weekend, Pineville volunteer fire fighter Richard Sheltra (20 yrs old) lost his life in a fire Saturday night that was suspected as being caused by lightning from the storms that came through the area. This is a personal note for JUGM as her father is a retired Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Inspector who retired after 30 years of service and many times during major fires, they waited anxiously to hear from him. When you put your life on the line to protect others, whether military or civilian, every life matters. Please say a prayer for his immediate and extended families as they go through a very tough tragedy.

Richard Sheltra
     Stay safe out there.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Took some time off for spring break, and some other stuff around the homestead part two

    Picking up where I left off from the last post. Saturday, I had the boys break out their Hennessy Hammocks to let them air out and also to give them some more time to hone their skills in setting them up. I am really proud of them both wanting to learn stuff and I am very confident on where they are at with their knowledge at 9 and 10 years old, hell it's more that some grown men. Once the cool mornings are over, we may all, including JUGM and yes she has one too, camp out in our woods and make our own tent city. I haven't taught them the tricks to 4 season camping in these hammock tents yet.

NW hooking to the tree

NW testing his set-up

NW and ND all set-up and relaxing

    Earlier that day and we had made our way to town and found some of these. I love these peppers and since I have so much room left, why not buy a four pack. They will go good with the other peppers when I pickle Okra.

     Sunday, we slept in and had a day to ourselves before we go our separate ways on Monday. Later that day, we decided to do some burgers and I wanted to make me a Mushroom and Swiss burger. For some reason the thought popped in my head, "you know, why not cook the mushrooms on the rocket stove". It's been over 2 years since I have used it and I have a enormous supply of fuel for it with all the trees on the property.

My $38.70 Rocket Stove that I made, not bought off
Here is the link to my post building it.

Sticks loaded up

Pine Cones ready to light and drop in

getting started


nice fast flame coming out before all the smoke died off


     After dinner we sat around the porch and wait for the Space Station to fly over at 2121 this past Sunday. Prior to the viewing, caught a great shot of the moon and Jupiter to the left.

    Well that's enough for tonight. I plan do do a post on my daily driver, my 1997 Jeep Cherokee Sport with 213508 miles on it. It makes a daily trip of 142 miles 5 days a week. More to follow. 


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Took some time off for spring break, and some other stuff around the homestead part one.......

     Since I have built up some leave at work, I decided to take some time off from work and spend with the family. It started the Friday before their last baseball game as I had a Dermatology appointment to go to, good news, follow up in 1 year. Well Sunday, we proceeded down to the sunshine state for some R&R. It was around 1300 when we got down there so we payed a visit to the grandparents then went to the west side and saw some close friends, pretty much family and had a nice visit with them. Then we went to Seafood Express off Main street by the airport and had ate some awesome food. The wife and I had Fried shrimp and Gator tail, while the kids had a fish sandwich and baby shrimp.

     As we retired to our room for the night, the thought of sugar glazed bliss filled our minds all night. So for all you in Jacksonville, I think you know where we were going for breakfast. Come'on Stephen, Duke, and DFW, chime in and give your reviews. Krispy Kreme, Dunking Donuts, you have nothing on a little donut shop that has been locally owned for over 60 years.

       JUGM, her dad, and sister had an appointment to go to,so the boys and I went and did a few things. Stopped by Stephen's business and he was closed so I guess I will see him another time, didn't want to bother him at home. We payed a visit to Buchanan Sign and Flag and Alternative Pest Control, we proceeded over to pick up their mom and have a final visit with Grand-paw and their Aunt before hitting the road to come back to SC.

     Later that Monday, we got back and tended to things around the house. We still have items to plant in the garden and took to it as a family. I continued to till up the garden to keep things loose as we plant stuff. Can't do this with a garden weasel in "raised garden" beds.


    On Tuesday, my neighbor stopped by and asked me if I wanted some more fill dirt for my range. Of course I said yes. Well NW and I rode over with him and took a look at the pile. I told him I will get a hold of mutual neighbor who did some work for him and have it hauled over in his dump truck.

    Wednesday, after switching attachments out on the tractor, we had some Blue lake bush green beans and some Ford hooks Lima beans to put in the ground. Notice the price of the seeds, .50 cents. Folks, go find a local farm and feed store and quit paying those high prices for the crap you get in Walmart with the Burpee and other brands of seeds. You are just wasting your money. Those 50 cents worth planted a row of green beans 80' long and 6" separation with seeds still left in the bag for the fall garden. The Lima's ended up planted the entire row.

    On Thursday, went to the farm and feed store and looked to see what they got it stock and JUGM got a 8 pack of bush cucumber plants, and some Crooked Squash plants  to put in the garden.

       Friday, I went back to work for a day and after calling JUGM letting her know I was on the way, she cooked up a favorite that both of us have enjoyed back to the days that we were dating and myself standing watch on the quarter deck. If many Navy people would know, the Navy Exchange would have a mobile canteen in Mayport driving the piers selling food during all hours of the day and night. Well that item that we love are chicken gizzards. Well let's just say she sent me a text after I called her letting me know what was for dinner, I was a happy husband.What? you have a problem with a white guy eating gizzards? Get over it!!!!!

     Saturday, we all did some more work around the house but around 1400, we called it a day and I strung my Eagles Next Outfitters double nest hammock between a couple of trees. I woke up several times, once with a bird landing on the edge, which was taught from the position I was laying in the hammock. The mocking bird landed and actually shook the hammock and if I had my phone out and could have taken a pic, I would have. I lift my hand and he flew away. I don't make anything up like others do. When you say you go on a camping trip, post a picture of what you did instead of a links to steering people to buy stuff so you can line your pockets. BTW, the other wake-ups were from me snoring.

These are my real legs and shoes. No file photo from I also didn't go to Wendy's either for dinner during a group camping trip.........
     JUGM did a post this morning about "Jack", our crazy cat. Yes, he is part Siamese and mutt-cat and a complete laughing trip. This cat is literally crazy. She had mentioned that he thought the garden hose was a black snake, well after we laughed so hard with him jumping so high in the air after we moved the hose in the garden, I pulled the phone out to get him to do it again, although what I caught was nowhere near as high as he jumped when we started laughing.


    It seems that Blogger is slow tonight about loading stuff up, so I will do part two in a day or so. I do have to get up in the morning and go to work, I do have to pay for the deadbeat democrats that don't want to work. Until then, keep you sights on target.