Saturday, September 19, 2009


I just finished reading a piece on the new committee to investigate who caused this financial chaos we have found ourselves in. Some guy named Agelides is going to head the panel and he has promised to have his report by December of 2010. Isn't that sweet? Just think of the guys who will have iron clad alibis by then. Just think of the congressmen who will not be returning to office because they will get tossed out in November of 2010. Just think of how many American's with short attention spans will have for got all about the guys looking for a cause. Just think of the people out on the street who will be fighting for their very lives and will no longer care who the culprit are. And Nancy Pelosi is afraid of violence? Nancy ain't afraid of violence. She is the Speaker of the House and will be protected at all cost. What Nancy is really afraid of is her getting her ass thrown out on the streets by the electorate. And I will be cheering the electorate on to do this very thing. This whole mess in Washington is just a farce acted out for the benefit of the morons who think the Dems or the Repubs make a difference. What a joke! Who actually gives a shit about a politician.? Not I said the Michael.

What matters to me is things like the beans I shelled today. And the bag of Cayenne Peppers sitting on the table waiting for the Handmaiden to get them on strings for hanging up. Food for the pantry and the storage bags. Food to keep people healthy. The Bible says that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. And this is true. But there are folks who are not mature enough to live by the word of God but they will in the future and they need to be preserved until such a time as they are able to comprehend God. And that is what being a shepherd is all about. And if you aren't rich enough to buy storage food from the big boys, then you hope to have some ground to plant a garden. A place where you can grow food for saving. And saving it we are. We have so much dehydrated food I can't begin to tell you about all of it. And the Handmaiden got to nibbling on dehydrated banana chips the other day and she loves them. There goes the banana stash! But those beans and those peppers are full of great nutrients. Protein from the beans and Vitamin C from the peppers. Plus all the flavoring those peppers can afford those beans! No boring, placid beans. It has been said that variety is the spice of life and spice is the taste of food. Without variety in your food you will get bored to tears with what you eat. And kids will just refuse to eat bland food after a while. Build up your spice stash pretty heavy, folks, You don't want to burn out on your nutrition. If you don't own a dehydrator then borrow one for a week or so. You will love what it can do for you.

Let's talk about guns for a while. If you have a family and food, you will want to protect them. And that is what guns and ammo are all about. You can use them to hunt for more food also. But I personally keep most of my guns for protection for myself and the people around me. I favor a shotgun for most of my work with a gun. Most of the family deer are killed with a shotgun. My son killed a ten point buck with my slug gun. The picture of them together is right above my head on the wall. He is a Paramedic now and I don't know if he will be home this Fall to stock my freezer or not. I may have to go slay one of the little darlings myself this year. A nice tender doe or two would be nice. For long range stuff I have my bolt action .308 with a scope on it. It will pretty much cut the mustard for the far away game. I would also be a formidable weapon for defending our Valley road if push came to shove. I have a couple carbines that shoot 7.62 X 39 and they will put a lot of lead down range in a hurry. There is some machinery for propelling .44 magnum ammo around if necessary. It is a Ruger with a 9" or 10" barrel. A real long daddy. And I have assorted .22's around for varmint control. And you never know when some squirrel or rabbit will make your day. Protein is essential. Stay alive!



Anonymous said...

An interesting side note: In the 19th century, the most popular firearm for the westward movement was the shotgun because of it's versatility. Most homesteads also had a 22 after being established.
Just thought I'd toss that out there.
Sounds like you're fully covered.

Andrea said...

This year I put up 7 pints of roasted red peppers in an olive oil/salt brine. 7 pints doesn't sound like much, but they have such an intense flavor, it takes very little chopped pepper to spice up a dish. I use them in pretty much everything for an extra 'layer' of flavor.

ErinAndBrad said...

With ya Michael! Great posts! Waiting patiently for life to truly begin again!

Anonymous said...

A dehydrator is a great tool to make dehydrated emergency food supplies. Dried fruit, jerky, fruit leather, its all good.