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The new house we built last year is rural, no neighbors for about a mile. Late night a couple days ago in cold weather snow/sleet conditions our covered lower deck motion sensor security lights kept going on & my elderly male dog "Sarge" kept barking.

Went to check why.

Found a wet/cold slightly skinny forlorn looking uncollared female great Dane around 2 or 3 years old sheltering out of the rain/sleet on the deck.

Kept Sarge inside, took a large bowl of kibble out to her, which she wolfed right down, also took out a couple large thick outdoor lawn chair cushions, covered them with an old blanket, as dry warm bedding for her.

Next morning, she was still there, tail wagging when I came out to check on her. Introduced Sarge to her, no animosity, just a lot of sniffing each other.

Let her inside, she is somewhat trained, understands/obeys a few basic commands, is intelligent & house-broken (goes to a door & softly whines or barks - to indicate she needs outside.

Took her to our Vet, for a check-up & scan to see if she was "chipped" (she is not chipped, somewhat skinny & healthy).

Trying to find/locate owner - so far no luck. I would hate to take here to the pound.

She is a really BIG dog, fits in, is sweet & wife likes her.

Not sure what to do next? Other than post multiple "found dog" flyers in the area, with her picture & our address/phone#

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The new house we built last year is rural, no neighbors for about a mile. Late night a couple days ago in cold weather snow/sleet conditions our covered lower deck motion sensor security lights kept going on & my elderly male dog "Sarge" kept barking.

Went to check why.

Found a wet/cold slightly skinny forlorn looking uncollared female great Dane around 2 or 3 years old sheltering out of the rain/sleet on the deck.

Kept Sarge inside, took a large bowl of kibble out to her, which she wolfed right down, also took out a couple large thick outdoor lawn chair cushions, covered them with an old blanket, as dry warm bedding for her.

Next morning, she was still there, tail wagging when I came out to check on her. Introduced Sarge to her, no animosity, just a lot of sniffing each other.

Let her inside, she is somewhat trained, understands/obeys a few basic commands, is intelligent & house-broken (goes to a door & softly whines or barks - to indicate she needs outside.

Took her to our Vet, for a check-up & scan to see if she was "chipped" (she is not chipped, somewhat skinny & healthy).

Trying to find/locate owner - so far no luck. I would hate to take here to the pound.

She is a really BIG dog, fits in, is sweet & wife likes her.

Not sure what to do next? Other than post multiple "found dog" flyers in the area, with her picture & our address/phone#

With no collar, odds are pretty good that she may have been "dumped." Used to see it a LOT in my Animal Control days. People who no longer wanted their pets for whatever reason (moving, dog got "too big", too expensive to feed, behavior issues, whatever; and didn't want to pay to take it to the pound) would drive out to a rural area, slow down (Many didn't even have the decency to stop) and shove the animal out a door or WINDOW, then take off, leaving the poor animal behind. (That's how I ended up with my Malinois...she was dumped as a pup.) Given her size, it might be what happened to your girl. She's a very nice-looking dog, though, and if your wife likes her, you might have just added a new dog to your family!
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Picked up 200 lbs of grain (100 lbs of oats, and 50 each of wheat and milo) yesterday, and ordered in another 8 bales of alfalfa for the horses (and they actually delivered it within about 15 minutes of me getting home!) Also got a new stock pot...42 quart, with a large basket that fits in, so I can cook down poultry carcasses WITHOUT having to pick through the broth to remove the bones.

Started re-building the emergency "cash stash" in the lockbox in the car ($400...$300 in 20's, and the rest in 10s, 5s, and 1s) and the stash in the safe ($300 so far, and building up)

Today, removed 3 contractor-sized wheelbarrow loads of manure from the corral to the "future fertilizer" pile, put one of the bags of oats from yesterday's purchase into the oat barrel for the horses, and mixed the remaining grains (along with 10 lbs of sunflower seeds) for the cow and goat doe. Also had to cut off one horn from the buck, since he had half broken it, and it had healed to where it was growing in front of his eye and was pressing in just below it.

Also did a commissary run...got 3 boxes of cereal FREE with a coupon they had, and scored some major deals on the reduced-price meat in the freezer--two multi-packs of boneless pork chops (About 8 chops in each package, and the packages were $1.39 and $1.77) 80% lean ground beef for $1.23/lb (4 packages), 3 packages of bottom round roast for around $2.40 each, instead of over $5.00, 3 packages of beef marrow soup bones (funny thing, is they were a bit more than the roasts!) and an Eye of round roast for $5 instead of over $8. Took 1 package of the soup bones and roasted them, then boiled the roasted bones to make a quart of beef stock. Once the bones are cooled, I'll cut off the bits of meat to make soup, and give the bones and remaining fat to the dogs. Tomorrow I'll cut up one of the bottom round roasts and roast it with onions and carrots then work on making a pot of beef soup.
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3 days without power I am getting more proficient managing my generator loads .
New power pole is erected and lines back up which is pretty darn heroic of the lines crews who are working around the clock but alas power is not functioning well . So I have more learning curve ahead .
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Having around 20 / 25 for Christmas dinner.
Baking pies, making potato salad today.
Getting everything in order to starting cooking meat BIG TIME, very early tomorrow morning.
2 turkeys, 2 hams, 2 brisquit, 6 racks of pork ribs & all the fixings.
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Having around 20 / 25 for Christmas dinner.
Baking pies, making potato salad today.
Getting everything in order to starting cooking meat BIG TIME, very early tomorrow morning.
2 turkeys, 2 hams, 2 brisquit, 6 racks of pork ribs & all the fixings.

MEAT!?!
I'll be there shortly! Haha! Merry Christmas sir!!!
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Made a payment on the 10 day cruise to Alaska this May for the Mrs. and I to relax and enjoy life, reduce stress.
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I hope you all have a safe and bountiful Christmas. I might just get power before then .
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For me, it was a last minute run to the grocery store for both a couple holiday things and more everyday items we run out of with extra people staying here. Other than that, it's more work on the never ending crochet projects.
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This morning I bought some more 6-gal water jugs for storage and some motion detectors for security purposes. Then looked in the Christmas aisle for half-price colored lights, but they were out. So there you go … Merry Christmas to all.
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Well, maybe I was a little a naughty this year, under that angelic exterior there is a wee bit of naughtiness , because nope, my power won't be sorted out for Christmas . Still I am not in bad spirits nor suffering any , I am well stocked up . The neat thing is I saw a neighbours metal framed car shelter fly over our power line and motorhome without a scratch in the last storm , into another neighbours yard and got all mangled up and they are giving it to me so I will have more pipe to build a greenhouse with I already had the fence posts spaced to make a gate there so I just opened it up to get access to it in the bush . So I am rather stoked Merry Christmas !
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Presents for the (grown-up) kids with a prepper focus: Sawyer filters.

Presents for the wife: raised vegetable garden, seeds, and irrigation connection.

Presents for me, 2000 of them: 9mm in ammo cans.
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Picked up another 200 lbs of poultry feed (50 for the turkeys, the other 150 for the chickens.

Finished the greenhouse door today, so other than some "finishing touches", it is DONE! After that, worked on getting the shelves re-organized, and getting plant starters set up and ready to go.
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I!ve been working a lot of all nighters lately so my sleep schedule is whacked.
About 3am I packed up 50lbs of medium white popcorn. 30lbs in mylar with O2 absorbers in a bucket. The rest in quart and half gallon jars, but for short term use. I still put O2 absorbers in the jars just because I had them.
Also bagged up 25lbs of Gluten-Free flour for my wife in mylar with O2's. Four 5lbers went two each into small buckets. 2 gallon, I think. I haven't bickered flour before so it will be interesting to see how this stores.

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An interesting note is that the O2 absorbers were from 2015. They'd been resealed and the indicator was still pink but I had doubts.
All seem to work fine, which is good to know since I still have a good number left.
One resealed bag I'm not sure about. The indicator is pink but the bag never tightened back up after resealing it. I'll need to experiment with those before I try to use them.

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Applied a credit I got buying Christmas presents on sale Black Friday and I have 5% off for being a life member of Altitude Sports store , to the sale price 45% off boxing day sale which started today Christmas . To get a merino wool tshirt regular $87 and merino socks, for $20 total with free shipping to my door . I find lots of merino light sweaters at thrift shops but never these tshirts which are so comfortable .
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Since the weather did NOT cooperate with my plans to work on the 3-bin composter today (up on a ladder trying to screw in 2x4s with gale-force winds blowing was just NOT going to happen!) decided to start planting some of my herbs that prefer cooler temps to germinate. Although it was cold and blustery OUTside the greenhouse, it was quite pleasant INside.

Cut up celery and carrots (both for eating and for tossing into the pot along with the onions, garlic, and chunk of bottom round to first roast, and then boil down to make into soup) as well as parsley (also for soup), then put a small smoked ham into the oven to cook for dinner.

Also started going through my seed catalogs, to start getting my orders ready.
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