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Forum: Books, Movies & Stories Today, 07:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 166
Posted By IceFire
Of course I remember that. Now we get to flesh...

Of course I remember that. Now we get to flesh things out, as it were.

So, which is it...are the stories based on what you've done or are doing, or if what you're doing or have done is based on...
Forum: Books, Movies & Stories Yesterday, 08:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 166
Posted By IceFire
Ah, and again, the threads are weaving...

Ah, and again, the threads are weaving together....

Thanks for the latest, Shin!
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion Yesterday, 08:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 364
Posted By IceFire
In my county, once "Monsoon" season hits, we tend...

In my county, once "Monsoon" season hits, we tend to get flash floods, so our county gives out free bags and sand...you just have to shovel the sand into the bags yourself.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion Yesterday, 07:56 PM
Replies: 39,025
Views: 5,563,970
Posted By IceFire
Went over to the neighbor of a friend's today to...

Went over to the neighbor of a friend's today to dig up some blackberry bushes. She wanted them GONE, because they have thorns. PERFECT! Part of our "perimeter defense" plan....people (and most...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion Yesterday, 12:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 622
Posted By IceFire
I would also add a spading fork (great for...

I would also add a spading fork (great for digging plant you want to transplant, or digging up weeds. Often works better than a shovel - can get deeper on the first try.) and a post-hole digger. In...
Forum: Food and water 01-19-2020, 10:53 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,439
Posted By IceFire
I also different mills. For when there's still...

I also different mills. For when there's still electricity (or when we finally get the homestead off the electricity grid and onto our own solar/wind setup with battery banks) I have several...
Forum: Food and water 01-19-2020, 10:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 322
Posted By IceFire
I also have an over-the-range microwave, and an...

I also have an over-the-range microwave, and an All-American 921. I can get it to fit , as long as I have it turned so that the gauge is in front of the microwave. So far, it's worked, if a bit...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 01-19-2020, 10:07 PM
Replies: 39,025
Views: 5,563,970
Posted By IceFire
Waxed the Cheddar cheese I made last week. Now it...

Waxed the Cheddar cheese I made last week. Now it needs to age for the next 5 months or more.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 01-19-2020, 09:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 831
Posted By IceFire
I have a couple of "must haves" that I'm saving...

I have a couple of "must haves" that I'm saving for:

1. A Harvest Right freeze dryer. That way, I can freeze dry my OWN LTS storage preps - not only "basic" ingredients such as eggs, cheeses,...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 01-19-2020, 03:00 PM
Replies: 39,025
Views: 5,563,970
Posted By IceFire
I hope you realize just how much milk ONE cow...

I hope you realize just how much milk ONE cow will put out, much less several. One cow can put out SEVERAL gallons a day! And, cheesemaking is NOT a fast process! Unless you have several people...
Forum: Manmade and Natural Disasters 01-18-2020, 09:04 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,082
Posted By IceFire
And THAT's why I live in southern Arizona! Had my...

And THAT's why I live in southern Arizona! Had my fill of cold and snow and yuck while living in Germany, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Moved here to get away from that kind of weather.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 01-18-2020, 08:52 PM
Replies: 39,025
Views: 5,563,970
Posted By IceFire
Hauled the motorcycle (1100cc) in to the shop...

Hauled the motorcycle (1100cc) in to the shop today - had an appointment to get it worked on (new battery, carbs cleaned out since it's been sitting for a few years, probably at least 1 if not 2 new...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 01-17-2020, 09:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 267
Posted By IceFire
I'd just gesso the canvas, let it dry, then...

I'd just gesso the canvas, let it dry, then paint. Acrylics definitely act differently than oils do - they absorb into the canvas differently, and dry differently (generally faster than oils.)...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 01-17-2020, 09:39 PM
Replies: 39,025
Views: 5,563,970
Posted By IceFire
Got a call today that the 45 foot long shipping...

Got a call today that the 45 foot long shipping container I purchased will be delivered on the 29th. Once that is here, then comes the work of framing it out, getting the electrician to come out and...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 01-16-2020, 09:20 PM
Replies: 513
Views: 71,850
Posted By IceFire
Oh, forgot to add...changed my avatar, as y'all...

Oh, forgot to add...changed my avatar, as y'all can tell. That's Orla, my Dexter heifer.
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 01-16-2020, 09:19 PM
Replies: 513
Views: 71,850
Posted By IceFire
Bid, I do my posting during my DOWN time!...

Bid, I do my posting during my DOWN time! Sometimes, though, I wonder how I manage to get as much done as I do. Of course, some things have "slipped" due to lack of time. Take the garden, for...
Forum: Books, Movies & Stories 01-15-2020, 10:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 341
Posted By IceFire
Good story. Now, were you changing the names to...

Good story. Now, were you changing the names to protect the innocent...or the GUILTY?!

Some people NEVER learn! When we lived in PA, people would rush to buy generators with the first big storm;...
Forum: Books, Movies & Stories 01-15-2020, 09:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 540
Posted By IceFire
I remember seeing that movie as a kid, and a few...

I remember seeing that movie as a kid, and a few times after that, as well.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 01-15-2020, 09:16 PM
Replies: 39,025
Views: 5,563,970
Posted By IceFire
I learned on a Suzuki GZ 250 (AKA the "geezer")...

I learned on a Suzuki GZ 250 (AKA the "geezer") during a motorcycle safety class. Bought one as my first motorcycle. I DO strongly suggest signing up for the classes put on by the Motorcycle Safety...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 01-14-2020, 10:13 PM
Replies: 513
Views: 71,850
Posted By IceFire
Problem with the pocket gophers, is that they are...

Problem with the pocket gophers, is that they are NOT eating beetle grubs...they target the roots of the trees, bushes, and veggie plants. Too bad they don't eat the mesquite roots - then I wouldn't...
Forum: Ladies Section 01-14-2020, 09:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,844
Posted By IceFire
I USED to get migraines all the time, since I was...

I USED to get migraines all the time, since I was 11 or 12. Menopause did NOT make them stop, and it was getting to where the 4 different prescriptions I had for them were NOT working anymore....
Forum: Food and water 01-12-2020, 10:08 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 71,348
Posted By IceFire
Just found this thread. Am currently saving up...

Just found this thread. Am currently saving up money on a ppd CC, so I can get a HR FD.THis thread has given me LOTS of information!
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 01-12-2020, 07:35 PM
Replies: 513
Views: 71,850
Posted By IceFire
Got a bunch of new solar powered sonic...

Got a bunch of new solar powered sonic mole/gopher spikes and got them put into the orchard (one at each corner, and 1 in the middle) since 3 out of the original 4 (that I paid over twice what these...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 01-12-2020, 05:58 PM
Replies: 39,025
Views: 5,563,970
Posted By IceFire
Decided to go into town to get more of those...

Decided to go into town to get more of those solar powered, sonic "mole chasers" (trying to drive the #(*$& pocket gophers out of the orchard before they take out any more of my young fruit trees)...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 01-11-2020, 11:16 PM
Replies: 39,025
Views: 5,563,970
Posted By IceFire
Husband wanted to make a run into town, so while...

Husband wanted to make a run into town, so while we were there, got a heavy-duty storage box to hold more of my cheesemaking supplies (cheese press, molds, etc.) that I hadn't had a storage container...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 01-11-2020, 12:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 443
Posted By IceFire
Those Gorilla carts are great. I have one that...

Those Gorilla carts are great. I have one that was given to us - a friend does work doing reno work, and ends up with things that the previous owners left behind that he would otherwise need to pay...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 01-11-2020, 12:03 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,517
Posted By IceFire
When I was looking for a tractor, I went with an...

When I was looking for a tractor, I went with an LS - 25hp 4WD with front-end loader and back hoe. Super simple, straight diesel, none of the troublesome electronics or computerized nonsense. Only...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 01-10-2020, 10:47 PM
Replies: 39,025
Views: 5,563,970
Posted By IceFire
Deposited more money onto the prepaid card that...

Deposited more money onto the prepaid card that I'll be using to buy the freeze dryer. Almost have enough to get it...just need another couple of hundred (to cover the tax and leave a bit of a...
Forum: Books, Movies & Stories 01-10-2020, 12:41 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,910
Posted By IceFire
Thanks for the latest installment, Shin! I love...

Thanks for the latest installment, Shin! I love how you've intertwined the characters from the different stories together, and interwoven the stories.
Forum: Food and water 01-06-2020, 10:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,024
Posted By IceFire
Thanks for the review. I'm currently saving up...

Thanks for the review. I'm currently saving up for one, so good to hear from someone who has "real world" experience.

What type of oil does it use, and do you HAVE to change it every time you use...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 01-06-2020, 10:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,376
Posted By IceFire
Many manufactured home dealers will allow you to...

Many manufactured home dealers will allow you to "trade in" your old manufactured home for a new model, and take the "trade in value" off the cost of the new home. If you have financed the purchase...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 01-05-2020, 07:40 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 8,228
Posted By IceFire
Of COURSE they do...they had them immigrate here...

Of COURSE they do...they had them immigrate here (whether legally or not-and believe me, they HAVE caught Middle Easterners coming across the southern border along with the rest of the illegal border...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 01-05-2020, 07:35 PM
Replies: 39,025
Views: 5,563,970
Posted By IceFire
Went and got another 5 bales of hay for the...

Went and got another 5 bales of hay for the she-goats and cattle today, along with 100 lbs. of poultry feed and big bag of dog food.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 01-04-2020, 10:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,376
Posted By IceFire
I'd also go for the mfg home on the 10 acres. We...

I'd also go for the mfg home on the 10 acres. We actually got one on 19 acres. We went in on it with our oldest daughter. She got the house that was on the land, and we had a second one brought in...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 01-04-2020, 09:50 PM
Replies: 39,025
Views: 5,563,970
Posted By IceFire
Made the trek into the city 90 miles away to do a...

Made the trek into the city 90 miles away to do a Sam's/Costco run. Among other things, got a 32 pack of AA batteries, 15-pack of paper towels, 3 cases of the flavored water husband likes, a set of 7...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 01-01-2020, 09:00 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,396
Posted By IceFire
I grew up on frozen milk. We would do a once a...

I grew up on frozen milk. We would do a once a month commissary run, and Mom would get an entire case of milk (it was in 1/2 gallon waxed cardboard cartons.) As soon as we would get home, the milk...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-30-2019, 09:19 PM
Replies: 39,025
Views: 5,563,970
Posted By IceFire
Stopped after work and picked up a 3-pack of...

Stopped after work and picked up a 3-pack of bamboo cutting boards that I will be using as cheese boards for the cheeses I'll be aging. Got them home and washed, then pulled the future parmesan out...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-29-2019, 08:42 PM
Replies: 39,025
Views: 5,563,970
Posted By IceFire
I get it from a brewery supply store that also...

I get it from a brewery supply store that also carries cheesemaking and winemaking supplies. Whenever I have to make a trip to the City (90 mile one-way trip) I pick up a bottle or two. I get the...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 12-29-2019, 08:22 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,560
Posted By IceFire
It is an excellent book, and a great companion...

It is an excellent book, and a great companion planting resource. There is a companion book (sometimes you can also find them bound into one volume) called "Roses Love Garlic. When they're bound...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 12-29-2019, 06:26 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,670
Posted By IceFire
Yes, it IS labor intensive, especially in the...

Yes, it IS labor intensive, especially in the early phases, when you are weeding the area to be planted, building the beds (especially if you are creating permanent raised beds), weeding,...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 12-29-2019, 05:55 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,443
Posted By IceFire
Since I'm always making and canning stocks,...

Since I'm always making and canning stocks, soups, and stews, my picks would have to be carrots, celery, and onions since I use them all the time.
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 12-29-2019, 05:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 683
Posted By IceFire
A few tools that I have that love/hate...

A few tools that I have that love/hate relationship with, being that they are a necessary evil - necessary, in that they get the job done, but evil in that they beat me up physically:

San Angelo...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 12-29-2019, 05:22 PM
Replies: 1,364
Views: 117,252
Posted By IceFire
Sounds like you've got just the right...

Sounds like you've got just the right "microclimate" for your peppers there.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-29-2019, 05:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,564
Posted By IceFire
One more item that falls under my prepping plans...

One more item that falls under my prepping plans - a home freeze dryer. Was able to show my husband, because they had one set up at the farm/ranch store (it was NOT there the last time we were there,...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-29-2019, 05:02 PM
Replies: 39,025
Views: 5,563,970
Posted By IceFire
Made a post-Church run into town (husband wanted...

Made a post-Church run into town (husband wanted Culver's for lunch, then a trip to the farm/ranch store and grocery store.) Got 2 more magazines for my new bang-toy, while husband got a new holster....
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-28-2019, 09:33 PM
Replies: 39,025
Views: 5,563,970
Posted By IceFire
Turned 6 gallons of goat milk into cheese. 4...

Turned 6 gallons of goat milk into cheese. 4 pounds of a cranberry flavored spreadable cheese (homemade cranberry sauce that didn't quite gel up properly, so mixed it in with the spreadable cheese),...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 12-28-2019, 08:28 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,670
Posted By IceFire
Part of the problem is that instead of having a...

Part of the problem is that instead of having a diversified farm, where they have a garden, orchard, poultry, and meat/dairy animals PLUS grazing/hay fields; the majority of farms anymore only focus...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 12-27-2019, 10:37 PM
Replies: 513
Views: 71,850
Posted By IceFire
IceFire's Farm and Garden

Hopefully this worked to change the thread name. Figured IceFire's Farm and Garden was a MUCH more accurate title.

Had taken the doelings to a friend's place back in mid to late October for a...
Forum: Books, Movies & Stories 12-25-2019, 02:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,697
Posted By IceFire
We're glad to have you here, Shin! Much larger...

We're glad to have you here, Shin! Much larger audience for your stories! Christmas here has been quiet, but good. Daughter and Son-in-law gave me a home-sized deli/meat type slicer. One of the few...
Forum: AllOutdoor.com 12-25-2019, 02:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 93
Posted By IceFire
When we were in PA, "wild hog season " was 24/7,...

When we were in PA, "wild hog season " was 24/7, 365 because they are so destructive. You didn't even need a hunting license to go after them, since the DCNR (Department of Conservation and Natural...
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