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Old 07-01-2017, 02:41 PM
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HAPPY CANADA 150 DAY.....

Today is the 150th year of Canadian independence.
Long story short. July 1st 1867 Canada became a confederation. Parting from the former status with Britten.

Canada became mostly the country it is now in about 1885 or so with the completion of Canadian Pacific Rail Road into British Columbia. Since then there have been some small internal name and boundary changes between Provinces and territories.

Lots of big doings today in town. Only one we plan to attend is the farmers markets and BBQ lunch. Maybe fireworks tonight. Won't be dark enough for that until 11;30 or later..

Otherwise starting out very nice today. Sunny, and about 20C already this morning.
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shows how tired I was this morning, tried to start the post this month and ended up with another june lol
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Old 07-02-2017, 12:32 AM
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Seems as far as the weather goes we're close to normal. Might be a tad more rain then normal, but temps are about right with upper 80s to low 90s.

Tomorrow is my annual family BBQ. My kids and grandkids, my older sister with her kids and grandkids, and my mom, who is 98. Some say it's just an excuse for me to do my yearly house cleaning to get ready for company, and they aren't far off.

Hamburgers and hot dogs for the kids, along with BBQ rib, and this year I'm making chipotle chicken cherry lollipops. The lollipops are chicken legs with the skin taken off, and all the meat pushed down to one end, which gives it the appearance of a lollipop. They have a dry rub and are smoked. When done they are dipped in a sauce made with cherry preserves, chipotle, and other spices.

There's a chance of rain, but hopefully it will wait until we're done eating.
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Old 07-02-2017, 11:54 PM
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Happy Canada Day to our northern neighbors!

And Happy Independence Day to the US! I know it's early, but I may not make it back here on Tuesday.

Hot and breezy today. Had some rain last night with more expected tomorrow. Hopefully that will keep the fire risk down before everyone does the fireworks thing. I can see some from our place, but we don't go anywhere else to see them as the old dog freaks out and needs us home.

Just spending lots of time in the garden and working. Hoping everyone has a safe and happy 4th!
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Old 07-03-2017, 01:06 PM
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A little drizzly this morning but the weather has been pretty nice the past few weeks, not too hot. Been at our "new" homestead a month now and loving it. The cabin is old and primitive but the views and surroundings are amazing! Hoping to get our truck fixed today. Been working on the transmission for a few days but about to wrap it up. Blackberries are everywhere and we've been eating a lot, elderberries will be ready soon. Have a doe and her fawn that comes to greet us every morning when we have coffee so not too much to complain about.
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Old 07-03-2017, 05:28 PM
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It has been cloudy and cool for the last week. Lots of bear sightings around and a number of maulings. We had three of the grandchildren out for the last week and had to keep them within sight and close to the house. We haven't seen anything indicating bears on our property, but one was sighted earlier about a mile "downstream" from our place, so we have to be aware.
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Old 07-04-2017, 02:04 AM
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Normal Missouri weather to report --- hot and humid--- the clay and rocks are cracking .
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Old 07-04-2017, 01:27 PM
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Happy July 4th US....

Was a wonderful warm and a bit windy day Saturday for Canada Day 150.... Lots of things going on in the park. Displays and organizations of all kinds. Many ethnic food booths... Was a good afternoon.

Weather just warm enough to turn unsettled. Sunday it thunder stormed most all afternoon. Rained first then thunder and lightning so no fire reports. About half inch of rain total. Garden happy.

This morning in the bush just barely 2C (38-40F) Big bank of fog over the lake and both upper and lower pastures. Should burn off soon I suspect.
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Old 07-04-2017, 07:22 PM
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Excellent weather last several days: nites in mid 50s & days mid 70s. We poured the footing for the new house yesterday. Setting forms for it was a two week struggle: we're on bed rock so we had to drill holes for re-bar stakes instead of just pounding wood stakes into dirt.
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Old 07-05-2017, 02:19 AM
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It's just past 10:00 p.m. local time and the bombs have been bursting in air for the past few hours now, and will continue until the frenzy build up about 11:30 or 11:45 p.m. until midnight. Then all will be calm until the end of the year, Christmas & New Years.

The pups usually are barking & concerned, but they have not even shown any concern this year.

June produced much rainfall for us, up until the past week when the rainfall stopped and temperatures climbed. Beginning Thursday rainfall is predicted again to be with for the next several days. I hope the predictions are right, because the rainfall sure makes the daytime temperatures more bearable.
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Late night fireworks over for another year. Oddly enough the 4th was the quietest night. Guess everyone burned themselves out the 3 or 4 nights before.

Got my family BBQ done on Sunday. Rained a couple times in the morning, about 1", but people didn't start showing up until about noon. In the end it worked out good because the clouds stuck around for a while and it stayed cooler. I really didn't want to turn on the AC with so many people in the house and the doors opening and closing so often with kids running in and out.

Late afternoon the sun popped out and it began to heat up, but by then I could close up the main house and it cools rather quickly.

Normal heat for this time of year, but we have had more rain then normal. I've had about 5" over the past 3 weeks.
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85 degrees, sunny, had a few sunny days in a row, nice change from all the rain (every day for 3 months). ground dried a little, so I cut and hauled 8 or 9 cords of wood, piled branches, scythed down 2 acres of brush, walked 6 miles, did lots of laundry since I could dry on the line (generator to power a washer off the rain barrels). this morning I picked up 1700 LB of chicken feed, and I have a delivery of hay coming this evening.

relaxing right now, given its so hot out, and there is no shade since I cut most of the trees, if time permits this evening I will haul out some more wood before the hay arrives. got 70 cords stacked in the yard now, gonna turn that firewood into a well this fall.
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Despite the numerous small showers the past week we are very dry here. It would be wonderful to have a nice slow soaking rain of 2" soon. Not in the forecast tho.

Fireworks are still going tonight but much less than the last few evenings. Last night it sounded like a war zone. Veteran living across the street lost it and police came to try and calm him. Guess he's been hospitalized which is a shame.

The garden is not doing great as its been too dry for seeds to germinate. I replanted a couple of times, but unless it rains I won't plant anything more. Currently the only thing I'm picking are red raspberries and the bugs and birds are getting more than their fair share. I'll check the peas tomorrow, but I think the heat has done them in.

Anyone who thinks in a SHTF situation they can put in a garden and survive is likely in for a rude awakening. Especially those who have never planted a garden and do not have a garden spot well prepared ahead of time. I have great soil, have been gardening in the same area for over 30 years and still have a dismal garden this year. We just never know what mother nature is going to throw our way.
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Old 07-06-2017, 06:45 PM
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The garden is not doing great as its been too dry for seeds to germinate. I replanted a couple of times, but unless it rains I won't plant anything more. Currently the only thing I'm picking are red raspberries and the bugs and birds are getting more than their fair share. I'll check the peas tomorrow, but I think the heat has done them in.

Anyone who thinks in a SHTF situation they can put in a garden and survive is likely in for a rude awakening. Especially those who have never planted a garden and do not have a garden spot well prepared ahead of time. I have great soil, have been gardening in the same area for over 30 years and still have a dismal garden this year. We just never know what mother nature is going to throw our way.
And those who think they will just live off the land by harvesting game animals, and finding wild native edibles are just "spitting in the wind" and kidding themselves. But between the two, I believe the garden is the much better choice.
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This last week has unfolded quite quickly and a bit nasty here in the bush.. Last Sunday here there was a thunderstorm with half inch of rain. Even with that fire danger went from high to extreme and very tight bans on open fires seemingly overnight. Not good.

Other places up and down the Province didn't fare so well as there are at least 4 fires I know of so far. All small so far and a couple hundred kilometers from us in 3 directions. One in an area that has the possibility to turn dangerous to where my Mother-in-law lives. Water bombers and other equipment are working out of there lake 24/7 and reports say they are making progress on control of all these fires so far.

With temps in the mid 20C range (70-75F) most all week many people have gone to hospital with heat issues. It is far from Arizona hot, but relative to this area.

Garden is doing well, but requiring a lot of water at night. Home grown cucumbers, zucchini, green onion so far for us. Green house tomatoes are roof high and a blanket of blooms. "Elvis" the outdoor clothes washer is watering the wild and tame berry bushes in the yard.

With the dryness and wild foods issues there have been a spike in reports of wild critter issues lately. I have seen a much larger than usual number of black bear sightings around our lake. Also another Lynx and one wolf. No grizzly reports this year so far.
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And those who think they will just live off the land by harvesting game animals, and finding wild native edibles are just "spitting in the wind" and kidding themselves. But between the two, I believe the garden is the much better choice.
I read stories from folks in Russia when the Soviet Union collapsed. People were up all night every night trying to save their garden produce as neighbors were stealing everything in order to avoid starvation. I think similar things are happening now in Venezuela (another socialist paradise). Having some kind of secure storage is one more level of security...and maybe foraging knowledge and the willingness to eat things most folks don't know are edible.
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Well here comes the heat. Front went through yesterday and it only made it up to 83, even a few clouds in the afternoon. But today the heat starts coming back with mid 90s forecast every day for the next week at least. Going to have to get my fishing in early in the day for a while it seems. Heading out in a few minutes to meet my buddy for a couple hours of fishing this morning.
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I read stories from folks in Russia when the Soviet Union collapsed. People were up all night every night trying to save their garden produce as neighbors were stealing everything in order to avoid starvation. I think similar things are happening now in Venezuela (another socialist paradise). Having some kind of secure storage is one more level of security...and maybe foraging knowledge and the willingness to eat things most folks don't know are edible.
Yes, I read a post from someone in Venezuela who said that the neighbors vegetable garden had been robbed.

If SHTF here, I think I will go to mixing root vegetables like carrots with edible flowers, and hope that people do not realize the carrots are not ornamentals. I would also lock up my chickens and bees.
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I read stories from folks in Russia when the Soviet Union collapsed. People were up all night every night trying to save their garden produce as neighbors were stealing everything in order to avoid starvation. I think similar things are happening now in Venezuela (another socialist paradise). Having some kind of secure storage is one more level of security...and maybe foraging knowledge and the willingness to eat things most folks don't know are edible.
My grandparents and parents lived through "the Great Depression" years, but in this part of the country stealing was not a big issue, but it did happen.

One I have heard over the years, which I always found interesting.

My paternal grandparents lived within a short walk of my grandmothers parents. My grandfather had walked over to his FIL's one afternoon and when he came by the "potato shed" the door was open and he closed it and put the peg in the latch. When he came in the house he told his FIL he closed the potato sheds door for him since it had been left open. His FIL said the door had not been left open, so lets go see who you locked in the shed. Sure enough, when they opened the door, the local churches pastor was inside with a couple of sacks he had filled with sweet potatoes. I think the circumstances were a little awkward, since my great-grandfather was also one of the churches deacons.

The preacher got his sweet potatoes, but there was an understanding, that in the future he needed to ask, rather than just take.

The greater the distance from others, probably a greater decline is stealing, but in a city like environment, with lower morals, scruples & integrity along with the entitlement mentality that exists today there would likely be no end to stealing, if that situation were to revisit this nation.
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5 pm this afternoon it's 5 degrees cooler then it was at 5 am this morning. 74 degrees now, and it was 79 this morning. 90 by noon.

Not a lot of rain, but I'll take the cooler temps and be happy with it. Should make for a nicer day fishing tomorrow then it was today.
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