Welcome to MY ADVENTURE OF DAILY LIFE. I have long since wanted and been encouraged to document the plethora of items I work on, learn, and in general tinker with. I travel and experience new things far and wide and love to share what I gain from them. Here I am sharing with you not just the amazing but the every day as well. They may not fall under the category of "daring adventure" but I am usually having a blast doing them. Enjoy!
You have probably just read the title and thought "WHAT??". I would too!
We have a wonderful pack of dogs. All rescues they range from Jack Russell mix to an English Mastiff. Our topic of discussion today is Meka who we were told was a Cane Corso or Italian Mastiff. Meka was rescued by a loving family from an abusive neglectful back yard breeder and given lots of love from that point forward. When she was two, she and her big brother had to find a new home due to Navy life and space complications. They placed an ad on Craigslist and Mr Brawny spotted it. We ended up adopting both from this couple and almost a year later we moved permanently to the country. Meka had always shown a different side to herself when we would take her out to the country to spend time. She was much more confident, got in less trouble, and seemed much more "at ease".
Since the permanent move in June she has proven to be the best guard dog out of the whole group and is often the first off the porch to bark at the occasional passing car or 4 wheeler. When she is excited or wants to play, she will nibble your hand, leg, side, or whatever she can get her little teeth on.
In August we purchased two goats to help control the massive amount of Kudzu and to one day give us goat milk (read: CHEESE!). The male was not that much past puberty so for the most part he would stick with the female, allowing us to only tether her during the day. Unfortunately the billy found out what rose bushes taste like and we had to chase him out of the rose bushes several times each day.
Meka being eager to please caught on what we were doing. She started at first being there in the middle of the chasing, watching us closely sometimes charging the goat with out any noise or anything. She would look a bit puzzled about what to do next. Then one day when were chasing him, she nibbled the back legs and chased him right up to the other goat! Something seemed to click and now she knows that's her job. This morning even she was out there barking at Rocky telling him not to eat those rose bushes. He totally ignored her until she nibbled him and off he went. He tried to get away from her going the wrong direction and she knew just what to do to turn him around and get him all the way back!
We couldn't be happier about this accidental learning experience and you just never know what new resource will fall into your lap. Some times it's even a goat herder.
This past year a was a bit crummy as far as orchards go. We had a late frost that killed all the blossoms on the fruit trees. So for us, there was no peaches, pear, apples, plums, nectarines, cherries, or apricots. Later on my husband scored a trailer-full of mulch. Only issue is that it wasn't done composting yet so the heat it generated, in it's thick layer around the base of the trees, killed a few of them. Live and learn so to speak...
Now I have a couple of open spots to add new trees. One that I am particularly excited about is the pawpaw tree! Guess what? IT'S A KENTUCKY NATIVE. I had heard of it but didn't know much about it until I started to plan our adventure of growing our own food. Obviously any fruit we can grow is a huge plus and I hope we get to the point of having fruit, spring to autumn, right off the plant.
The pawpaw is a natural custard and I've heard it tastes like vanilla and banana. I really liked custard apples and cherimoya when I tried them and they are of the same family, so at least for me, this should be a huge hit. I purchased one tree this year and I plan on either buying more each year or starting my own by seed. As a tree they are expensive ($50!) so I am looking forward to trying my green thumb on pawpaw seeds.
One thing I just learned about the seeds however is that they must stay moist at all times! Ah well... next year...
So, if you are stocking up on stuff, and wondering what to buy, consider ammo and firearms. Even if you don’t think you will have a need for several thousand rounds of ammo, it will make AWESOME barter material if the SHTF.
What ammo to buy and keep? Here’s my 2 cents worth. .22 long rifle, 9mm, 223 (5.56mm) .308 Win (7.62x51mm NATO), 7.62x39, and 7.62x54R. Why these?
The .22LR because there are a LOT of .22 LR arms in this country. Almost everyone uses or has one, everyone wants ammo as shown by the shortage the last few years. It stores easily, and can be used for all small game and up to deer with a head shot.
The 9mm, because it is common to a ton of handguns, and will be in demand, it is currently cheap and plentiful.
.223(5.56mm) because of all the AR-15s and such out there, as well as being readily available.
Same with .308 and the 7.62x39 and 7.62x54R, there are a ton of AK-47’s and Mosin-Nagants in this country, and the ammo is cheap and plentiful.
Firearms? Here are my choices, feel free to differ. But see how they tie into the ammo choices. Believe me, I haven’t been the first to write this same list. Beretta 92, why, it’s 9mm, plentiful available, magazines are a dime a dozen, parts are cheap, the pistol itself is cheap. It is in every Military Armoury in this country! Think about it. Any .22LR rifle, be it bolt action, lever action, semi-auto etc, why? Because everyone has one, and everyone has a box of ammo, you can carry 1,000 rounds without breaking a sweat, and feed a family with one. They are quiet, and can be made quieter. The number of deer killed with a .22LR in this country in the last 100 years would boggle your mind, enough said. Any quality AR-15/M-4. Whole volumes have been written about this gun. From machining your own lower, to matchgrade uppers, to a pistol or SBR upper, research research research, know the law! Why the AR family? Hello, have you been listening? Military, popularity, availability etc etc. Same with the AK-47 and the SKS, available, plentiful, inexpensive. Same with Mosin-Nagant, 440 round tins for under $100, rifles as cheap as $129. These are on par with the Surplus Lee-Enfields and Springfields of yesteryear, a battle rifle that has probably taken lives on the battlefield. A proven weapon, store one away with a tin of ammo today!
Don’t be the guy, with a 7mm WSM and one half of a box of ammo when the SHTF, just try to find ammo! It’s not easy right now, as my neighbour has one and has to drive 40 miles to find a box.
If you want a few resources, try Brownells.com, Cheaper than Dirt.com, and ShotgunNews.com ( also a weekly magazine).