Monday, March 7, 2016

Still getting things in order and in place, close to cranking up the presses.

    We are still moving stuff around and unpacking our things in the house and also in the storage buildings. It is amazing how much stuff you can accumulate over the years. The good thing is that all the large items are now in the house, including the safe and piano. We have made two runs to the county dump to get rid of some of my dad's things and stuff we have had. I have started the task of unpacking all my reloading stuff and setting up my presses again to get some production going. As we prepare to move the clocks next weekend, I will start using the extra hour or so to get some things done around the property instead of doing it on the weekends. Speaking of weekends, me and the boys had some work to do in the garden, but before that, we cooked up some breakfast outside with biscuits in the oven.

Sausage from our local meat store

    After breakfast, we headed down to the garden and managed to get two rows of sweet onions in the ground. I used one of the handy attachments I used in my drill when I would change out the numerous flower beds in Florida when I had my business.  It is also great for mixing chicken crap and sand together in a 5 gallon bucket before putting it on the onions.

flower bed auger

Sunday, we did a bit more work til around 1300, the we made a command decision to take the rest of the day off. First stop was to Captain Steve's Seafood restaurant in Fort Mill, SC.

File photo
    We had tried to take JUGM there for her birthday dinner but that happened to be at the time there was some ice and snow in the area. We showed up there but they remained closed for the safety of their employees. I can respect. Word to the wise, better get there early. They open at 1500, by 1600 the parking lot is almost full and there is a waiting list to get inside. They have by-far the best seafood, IMHO, in this area. I have even seen a Safe Harbor Seafood truck delivering shrimp there, Safe Harbor is located in Mayport FL and that's where I bought all my shrimp and the own the docks where the shrimp boats moor. Look at it this way, from the boat, to the counter, to your hands, that fresh.

    After Steve's, we had to go walk off our dinner so we swung over to Cabelas. Of course, the same ole stuff at a fairly decent price. Since I am close to resuming my reloading operations, they have .300 Blackout Brass. Yes, I don't have to make my own from 5.56, which is very time consuming to make. They had 250 count bags and 1000 round jugs.

Came out to .20 cents a case with military discount
     I take numerous routes home from work. I do it for several reasons. First, it breaks up the boredom. Secondly, it makes it less predictable on which route I will take home encase someone wants to follow me for some crazy reason. Finally, depending if I need to stop somewhere or pick up something on the way home I can. I found this Pre-Fab'd portable storage building that someone has made into a home/hunting cabin along the side of the road I travel from time-to-time and is surrounded by pine trees.

    I like the way it is setup; however, I find it a tad bit to close to the road so IMHO it cant be a bug-out location, but I am in SC and anything is possible. It does have a mailbox too, just wasn't able to snap it in the photo. Hey, I give them credit, they grew a set and made it happen. Back to what I said about it close to the road. If I was to buy property to make a bug-out location, I sure as hell would not be within 4 miles of a major interstate. Take for example, I-77, there are service roads that parallel it. What do you think would happen if there was a SHTF situation and a mass exodus people between the major cities they connect? What about a mass mobilization of troops or UN Blue targets? Some would stay on the interstate, some would get off and go the back roads using the interstate as a navigational tool. Anything is possible in a desperate life and death situation. I am proud to say that the nearest interstates to me are 45, 44, 50, and 75 miles. I think I am good.

     Hope everyone has a great week, so far day one went well and is over. Stay safe




  1. Senior,

    Using a garden auger makes life so much easier when planting seeds and seedlings. I know JUGM will be happy to have the help in the garden. Seafood dinner for a Birthday meal.....omg can you say a peace of heaven :-)
    Now that's a great looking shed on the side of the road. I have to agree with you regarding not residing right up on the edge of the road/hwy. A home needs to be out of sight this way it's not a target with the SHTF.

    Sending hugs and love to you, JUGM and your Boys.

    1. Yes Sandy, that auger is great. Makes the time to plant stuff much quicker. JUGM was happy that I suggested to go there. She really likes that place. Kind of reminds of her of home with fresh seafood. I liked the shed, but yes, I would have preferred that it was farther off the road for numerous reasons.

  2. Glad everything's coming together, Senior.

    1. Yeah Rev, it has been a long 18 months to get where we are at now, it still hasn't hit me that I have had this new house built on my family's property. I think it will hit me in the spring and summer as I sit on the porch at night.

  3. Glad things are looking up! And good luck with the garden!

    1. Thanks Shipmate, as you know with Lesson Learned, I have taken all that in account from this last year which I learned a lot. Of Course, my dad never told me the trick of the trade for the soil here, so I have to figure it out on my own. It wont take me long to figure it out.

  4. There was a snippet on an old documentary about the Nazi blitzkrieg emptying the cities and the mass exodus of people would forage, beg, and steal about 5-7 miles out from the major lines of travel. Four miles is probably spot on with the sedimentary lifestyle most people have nowadays.

  5. Agree with you K, the convenience of living near major cities and infrastructures with dense populations does has it advatange, but also come with deadly consequences when pertaining to a SHTF situation.