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  1. Moving in a 30X80 log home to the farm and beginning in a new life.
  2. WITH PRAISE FOR AGING VETERANS By Rev. Greg Asimakoupoulos A veteran's not a rookie. A vet has paid his dues. A veteran knows the hell of war just nuanced in the news. A veteran loves his country. With pride he greets its flag. He stands up straight (still soldier-like) although his shoulders sag. A veteran knows life's precious. Old memories make him cry. He wonders why God let him live when he watched others die. A veteran models friendship. His buddies know he cares. Although they live twelve states away, he'll find a way to share. In Saving Private Ryan, civilians got to see the bond this band of brothers feel when one's in jeopardy. I've seen what I'm describing. You see, my dad's a vet. His brave example makes me proud of who he is. And yet my dad's just one of millions who fought so we'd be free. Without regard for life or limb they served us selflessly. So how can we repay them? It seems there's just no way, except perhaps to honor them with thanks on Veterans' Day. ------------ Copyright 2003 Rev. Greg Asimakoupoulos.
  3. Should have canned most of this but had 4 gallons of blackberries, 5 gallons of strawberries, and lots of other goodies in the smaller freezer in the reloading room. Sure hurt my feelings when the odor alarmed me that something foul was afoot. Will put in an upright next time--but with a very audible alarm !!!! This is the second time we have lost goodies over the years. An alarm is a cheap investment. We put up two bushels of peaches last month. Glad the freezers were full now.
  4. My oldest hoped he would be retiring from Ft. Bragg(N.C.)and has a nice home there. Instead the army decided to ship him to Alaska for his next tour-really ticks lots of folks off but that is what the GI stands for. He deploys soon from there to the sandy areas for the third time. He made his 23 rd jump last week. Our 2ond son is there with him and they are going bear hunting Columbus Day (Monday 10). They both are avid sportsmen and have been catching Salmon regularly. One large one snatched the reel out of the rod. LOL, one held the rod and the other reeled it in. They said the fillets were 4" thick.
  5. Been a long time since last here. Great to see some of the same names. Here is something you might really like. It has been around for awhile but bears seeing again. God bless, wc--aka-6 Daddy's Poem Her hair was up in a pony tail, her favorite dress tied with a bow. Today was Daddy's Day at school, and she couldn't wait to go. But her mommy tried to tell her, that she probably should stay home Why the kids might not understand, if she went to school alone. But she was not afraid; she knew just what to say. What to tell her classmates of why he wasn't there today. But still her mother worried, for her to face this day alone. And that was why once again, she tried to keep her daughter home. But the little girl went to school eager to tell them all. About a dad she never sees, a dad who never calls. There were daddies along the wall in back, for everyone to meet. Children squirming impatiently, anxious in their seats One by one the teacher called a student from the class. To introduce their daddy, as seconds slowly passed. At last the teacher called her name, every child turned to stare. Each of them was searching, a man who wasn't there. "Where's her daddy at?" She heard a boy call out. "She probably doesn't have one," another student dared to shout. And from somewhere near the back, she heard a daddy say, "Looks like another deadbeat dad, too busy to waste his day." The words did not offend her, as she smiled up at her Mom. And looked back at her teacher, who told her to go on.. And with hands behind her back, slowly she began to speak. And out from the mouth of a child, came words incredibly unique. "My Daddy couldn't be here, because he lives so far away. But I know he wishes he could be, since this is such a special day. And though you cannot meet him, I wanted you to know. All about my daddy, and how much he loves me so. He loved to tell me stories he taught me to ride my bike. He surprised me with pink roses, and taught me to fly a kite. We used to share fudge sundaes, and ice cream in a cone. And though you cannot see him. I'm not standing here alone. "Cause my daddy's always with me, even though we are apart I know because he told me, he'll forever be in my heart" With that, her little hand reached up, and lay across her chest. Feeling her own heartbeat, beneath her favorite dress. And from somewhere there in the crowd of dads, her mother stood in tears. Proudly watching her daughter, who was wise beyond her years. For she stood up for the love of a man not in her life. Doing what was best for her, doing what was a right. And when she dropped her hand back down, staring straight into the crowd.. She finished with a voice so soft, but its message clear and loud. "I love my daddy very much, he's my shining star. And if he could, he'd be here, but heaven's just too far. You see he was an American Soldier and died just this past year When a roadside bomb hit his convoy and taught Americans to fear. But sometimes when I close my eyes, it's like he never went away." And then she closed her eyes, and saw him there that day. And to her mother's amazement, she witnessed with surprise. A room full of daddies and children, all starting to close their eyes. Who knows what they saw before them, who knows what they felt inside. Perhaps for merely a second, they saw him at her side. "I know you're with me Daddy," to the silence she called out. And what happened next made believers, of those once filled with doubt. Not one in that room could explain it, for each of their eyes had been closed. But there on the desk beside her, was a fragrant long-stemmed pink rose. And a child was blessed, if only for a moment, by the love of her shining star. And given the gift of believing, that heaven is never too far. They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them. There must be many children in the same boat as this little girl, thanks to our servicemen and their families for the sacrifice they are making to keep our country Free.
  6. Survivalist: How To Treat Infections One of the very first horrors most of us will face after the collapse will be an almost total lack of medical aid and medicines. Many of us and our loved ones will sicken and die over things that wouldn't have even been considered serious before the fall. The main reason for this is the almost total ignorance of modern man about our ancestral medical remedies that, up until just 60 years ago, had been passed down since the dawn of time from generation to generation. Below I'm going to teach you how to make the most important of all medicines, penicillin. You should start making your own as soon as possible and get the art down and have some in stock because when someone needs it, you won't have time to grow what you need. You'll need to have it ready. Later on I'll teach you some of the other arts you'll need to know... Penicillin..The Oldest cure: Penicillin has been around a lot longer than people think. In fact the American Indians used it centuries before the white man ever ventured onto America's shores. Oh, they didn't have syringes and bottles, but they had something almost as good. When a member of the tribe caught an infection, the medicine man would go out in the unspoiled woods and look for a particular type of greenish-blue mold. He would bring a large chunk of this stuff back to camp, clean it, then plaster it over the cleaned wound, which he washed beforehand with pure mountain water. Wrapping the wound in a piece of hand woven cloth made by one of the squaws, he would order the inured warrior or child to leave the dressing alone and get a lot of rest. Within days the infection would be gone and the wound would begin to heal nicely. This was the earliest known use of penicillin... And although today most Americans couldn't tell a penicillium mold from a fungus, there are still easy ways to find and grow it for later use. This mold can be used either alive or dead. It doesn't kill the infection outright, but instead causes our body to boost its own immune system to the point it can kill whatever little beastie is eating on you. By exposing the body to penicillin, it reacts violently, assuming it's another critter out to attack it. This is a cry wolf that fools the body into creating more antibodies than it needs, which it then uses to kill the real infection. It was the first of the "wonder drugs" and is still one of the favorites in any good doctor's arsenal... Finding Penicillin: Believe it or not, that funky looking blue mold on that deli salami you bought is none other than penicillin! Most people peel that off their salami in disgust and toss it in the trash. That's a really dumb thing to do. Take that rind and keep it. Take a paring knife to it and scrape the mold off the peel and place it in a plastic container. Leave a piece of the meat in there with it to keep it alive. Puncture a small hole in the bottle so air can get in because penicillin is an aerobic bacteria, which means it needs air. That way, even after it eats up the meat and lies dormant, you will be able to revive the spores any old time you want by placing a small portion of it in with some more cured meat or damp bread or old cantaloupe, which is one of this particular mold's favorite foods. But always remember, even dead penicillin is good stuff. Never throw it out. It could save your life or the life of someone you love. Antibiotics are going to become as valuable as gold and as rare as chicken lips, so you'll have the market cornered. To mass produce the stuff, get you one of the following: Cantaloupe, black soil, corn mash with sugar added. Make sure whatever you use is damp, then place it in a large sealed container that has plenty of air in it. Leave a small hole though, because it will eventually use up the oxygen and need more. Place your containers in a warm, dark place and let the mold do its thing. Yeah, it looks nasty alright, but remember, this is the good mold. You can make sure it's penicillin by starting out with salami or cantaloupe mold, which are two mediums where only penicillin will grow. I've included a pic so you'll have an idea what to look for. Remember, this stuff is a life saver, so put up with the grossness and do what's necessary... How To Use It: The safest way is the old Indian way, which is by making a poultice or patch and applying it to the afflicted area. But if the infection is internal, you'll need to dry the stuff up, grind it to a powder, then feed it to whoever is sick. As far as dosage goes, I myself would use it by the gram. One gram twice a day, orally. I wouldn't try injecting it because it's not been processed and could cause more harm than good. If after two days you see no improvement, double the dose. If it fails to help after this, then it's something beyond penicillin's power. And with the introduction of so many third world toilet bugs into our beloved land, there's going to be some that nothing can help. But as a rule, penicillin is a life saver, so memorize what I've shown you here.
  7. Something I do use coolers for is "range bags". I keep lots of ammo, mags, ear muffs, etc. in several old coolers. They draw less attention than black bags and are much less likely to be stolen. I call them my "grey man" range approach. We keep several coolers empty and staged in case we have to bug out. We can empty the freezers/fridge rapidly. No need to leave goodies.
  8. As a farm kid we saved our own seeds from year to year and always had good crops. We had our clover, milo, wheat all cleaned and saved enough for next year's crop. We hand shelled our best corn and used only the center perfect kernels. Today I save my seed for our garden. When I do buy new seeds they are heirlooms or self polinating as the label says. We have had seed swaps at our gatherings and plan to do the same next month again. If any here has any hard to find seeds then please let me know. Always looking for good varieties. I usually plant about a thousand Rutger tomato seeds to give away at church, gatherings, neighbors, family.
  9. Been a busy one, peach and plum trees planted, Three grape vines, eight thornless black berry plants, replanted the strawberry bed, garden peas, onions, and lettuce in. Took down a garage for the 2X4s and paneling and saved the cabinets/shelves. Last week we trimmed all the fruit trees. Picked up two Rhode Island Reds and two black Sex Link pullets. They should be laying by mid summer. Renovating the rental here and working on the farm ones also. Hope to be able to retire shortly--LOL, then I can really go to work. Opps, ETA: put in three trays of Rutgers tomato seeds, one each of cabbage, squash, and cucumber. Sure feels good to get dirt back under the nails.
  10. This is a copy: Have the dates set finally-16-18 April. Cabins are first come first served except the handicapped equipped ones. Tenting room, RV, or Camper space free. No sewer hookups yet. The kitchen/dining hall is under renovation but we can utilize the Rec hall for the larger meetings and needs. Cooking will all be done over grills or campfire circle. We will have a fish fry ready Fri. PM when you arrive but Sat is campfire with Dutch Oven comp. Sat. evening. Ranges are open constantly. Plaques for last falls cooking awards will be given out. If weather threatens we will have a gas cooker set up to cook with like we used at Griffin lodge last year. For pics and past info you can go to minionreport.net and look under the "connect" forum or PM for specifics. We always have fun, learn lots, shoot a bunch, and eat well. Don't miss it and the cost is $5 per person for camp usage. We have a fun auction Sat. PM and that usually covers the tab for the food/supplies. Last fall we had $40 left over. Just bring a "white elephant" item to toss into the pile-we have some great gifts/items each year to auction-even the XXX Tee shirts-LOL. It is a family event so bring the kids/grands as there are lots they can do. Naturally they need adult supervision at the lake and other activities. We will have registration for the shooting events to make them flow more smoothly and timely. If you are a fisher person be sure to bring your gear. Camp Millstone 4-H camp is online-google it for pics/details/location. Verizon has good service there and there is a camp phone if needed. Hope to see more of you there. If you can help on the range please let me know. ETA: Yahoo, getting down to the wire. One month to go, will have tomato and some other transplants for us and some heirloom seeds again. Will have last years trophies and this years also. Will be good to see everyone again. Been a long cold wet winter--lol, anyone up for skinny dippin(the lake is notoriously cold) Brrrrr. The kitchen/dining hall is being renovated so we will be cooking solely outside--will be great practice. Will have a gas BBQ grill(same one as last springs) with grill for cooking if we need it. Bring your camp stoves and let's "rough it" a bit. Will be a great exercise. I have several if someone needs to borrow them--let me know ahead of time please. Also have extra Dutch Ovens if needed-again, let me know. A grain grinding class has been requested so please bring your mills. Also there is considerable interest in another foraging class and will try to have an "expert" share some goodies with us. LOL, maybe "Buster" can point out that MRE tree again. Don't forget to bring a "white elephant" item or such for the auction Sat. evening. Later gators.
  11. Something that is current is that Chavis is still owner of Citgo, is still an avowed communist supporter, and still wants to see the US ruined. I no longer buy Citgo or Petro Express as the two have joined.
  12. Hope this is in the appropriate forum. This has been around for a couple of years but IMO it bears constant exposure as it affects each of our lives and the lives of our children. We CAN make a difference in this if we all stick together. Also, I am making a very conscious effort to ONLY buy American made products. We can put our neighbors back to work if we do this--and they in turn can put us back to work. The gub cannot do this--but we can. You might want to pass this on. I buy 90% of our gasoline at ARCO...................but take a look atWALMART. WOW they do it right WHERE TO BUY AMERICAN GASOLINE. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW. READ ON. Gas rationing in the 70's worked even though we grumbled about it. It might even have been good for us! Are you aware that the Saudis are boycotting American products? In addition, they are gouging us on oil prices. Shouldn't we return the favor? Can't we take control of our own destiny and let these giant oil importers know who REALLY generates their profits, their livings? How about leaving American Dollars in America and reduce the import/export deficit? An appealing remedy might be to boycott their GAS. Every time you fill up your car you can avoid putting more money into the coffers of Saudi Arabia . Just purchase gas from companies that don't import their oil from the Saudis. Nothing is more frustrating than the feeling that every time I fill up my tank, I'm sending my money to people who I get the impression want me, my family and my friends dead. The following gas companies import Middle Eastern oil: Shell................................... 205,742,000 barrels Chevron/Texaco..................... 144,332,000 barrels Exxon /Mobil........................ 130,082,000 barrels Marathon/Speedway............. 117,740,000 barrels Amoco................................. 62,231,000 barrels And CITGO oil is imported from Venezuela by Dictator Hugo Chavez who hates America and openly avows our economic destruction! (We pay Chavez's regime nearly $10 Billion per year in oil revenues!) The U.S. currently imports 5,517,000 barrels of crude oil per day from OPEC. If you do the math at $100 per barrel, that's over $550 million PER DAY ($200 BILLION per year!) handed over to OPEC, many of whose members are our confirmed enemies!!!!! It won't stop here - oil prices could go to $200 a barrel or higher if we keep buying their product. Here are some large companies that do not import Middle Eastern oil: Sunoco.........................0 barrels Conoco..........................0 barrels 0ASinclair.....................0 barrels BP / Phillips................. 0 barrels Hess...........................0 barrels ARC0...........................0 barrels Maverick.......................0 barrels Flying J.......................0 barrels Valero.........................0 barrels Murphy Oil USA*................0 barrels *Sold at Wal-Mart , gas is from South Arkansas and fully USA owned and produced. *Not only that but they give scholarships to all children in their town who finish high school and are legal US citizens.. All of this information is available from the U.S. Department of Energy and each company is required to state where they get their oil and how much they are importing. But to have a real impact, we need to reach literally millions of gas buyers With the help of the internet, it's really simple to do. Now, don't wimp out at this point....keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people!! I'm sending this note to about thirty people. If each of you send it to at only ten more (30 x 10 = 300).....and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000)....and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers!!!!!!! If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted! If it goes one level further, you guessed it...THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE-the entire population of the United States of America !!!! Again, all you have to do is forward this message to 10 people. How long would that really take you? If each of us sends this e-mail out to ten more people, within one day all 300 MILLION people could theoretically be contacted during the next eight days.
  13. Putting flammable Pine straw under your home is dangerous. It is some of the best kindling you can find. Scrounge some plain cardboard boxes and cut several layers to fit between your joists. Just tack them in place to secure them to your floor. Put in some panels around underneath your home of Vinyl siding, tin, etc to keep wind out and you will see a tremendous difference in the floor warmth. Trapping that air underneath will drastically slow heat loss and in case of fire will keep the flames from sweeping under neath your home. Insulation contractors often throw away perfectly good used insulation. Talk with them and I bet you could get a pick up load very often.
  14. Found a video on making your own Chlorine bleach that is cheap and long term. Here is a link to "You Tube". There are several others near it you might want to check out also. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fsKUyObUIs
  15. My parents often talked about the depression and war years when rationing was in force. They could not get ample sugar, spices, condiments, coffee, motor oil, tires, etc. We have tried to stock up on these items over the years. A "brick" of freeze dried coffee occasionally, extra spices, loads of sugar/salt/pepper, and cocoa/chocolate syrup transferred to glass jars. As a young man I watched a movie about post nuke times and a farmer family who had prepped up a storm shelter were living great. Squatters drifted in and butchered their cow. He went out to stop them and was asking them to leave when one of them came up from behind and shot him in the head. That is not going to happen to me and mine. Bartering would only be done between trusted neighbors. My welding/shop work is my fall back to "making it" through hard times. Our home hopefully will be transformed into a virtual fortress that would not allow any vehicles in unless invited. This may seem harsh and "over kill" but better to be safe than lying on the ground with a bullet in your head because some sheeple grasshopper failed to prepare and wants to take what you have.
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