Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Originally published in 1890, The American Boy’s Handy Book is the ultimate collection of timeless boyhood activities. Written and illustrated by America's founding father of scouting, this book shows how to have fun while being constructive, creative and daring. The American Boy’s Handy Book is packed with tips, instructions, and illustrations for things boys don't learn while playing video games and surfing the Internet. From making fireworks, shooting arrows, and fighting war kites, to building a raft, riding a sled and training a dog, the author encourages boys to be boys, be active, enjoy some innocent mischief, and develop their self confidence and character (although they probably won't realize these last two are happening).
Friday, December 19, 2008
Well ya gotta have something to play all that old music on, what better that an old Victor Victrola complete with the hand crank on the side. A friend found this ad on the net some time ago and printed it and gave it to me. Can you believe this thing cost $425.00 in 1925-26. That was near the price of a new car at that time. Who ever purchased this one new must have had some coin, if ya know what I mean. I would love to be able to tell you a nice long story about how this has been in the family for years and years. The truth, I bought it at an Antique store maybe 12 - 15 years ago in West Virginia. Well, I could have made up a good story for ya, but I have a hard enough time keeping the truth straight. I would never be able to remember a lie to tell it twice. hehe!!
Ours is not new condition or anything but it's still really nice for it's age, going on 100 years old. There are small cups to hold extra needles to the back left and I also found a place on line to buy needles NEW !! Can you believe that?? Notice the volume, you just open or close the cabinet doors to adjust. lol Man, I love things that are that simple and work so well.
Power source- Crank handle several turns and enjoy. "Off-grid entertainment"
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
$3443.40 per year
$286.95 per month
$71.74 per week
$10.25 per day
Kinda knocks ya off your feet don't it !! I hang my head in shame looking at the amount of money that I have wasted that could have gone to improve the life of my family. Just think of the amount of food storage that represents........the upgrade to solar power that would make us independent of the energy company's (and a few years of this budget would do that).........the debts that could be satisfied and gone forever..........the money that could have been saved away for emergencies. Keep in mind also that this is a conservative dollar amount too. There are times (many of them too) that I run out of these that I have bought at a (bargain?) and had to run out and pay even more for these items of destruction at close by convenience stores. So the amount shown is actually more. Now add to that the fuel cost for these addiction runs and it's even more!
Well that all stops on January 1, 2009 !!! No longer will I be controlled by my addictions !! No longer will I be money in the bank to those that manufacture and sell these products !! No longer will I smoke and drink away the future well being of my family !! The Buck Stops Here !!
Monday, December 15, 2008
- I DECLARE, I will stop smoking these cigarettes. Marlboro has shortened my life and emptied my pockets long enough.
- I DECLARE, I will stop my addiction to diet coke, 20 a day is just a little out of hand.
- I DECLARE, I will make better use of the things available to me, my garden and my livestock, my land and my water source.
- I DECLARE, I will produce electricity in a usable amount, be it solar, wind or micro hydro power. I will begin my energy independence this coming year.
- I DECLARE, I will learn new skills to help improve our way of life. Soap making, Cheese making and Blacksmithing are among them.
- I DECLARE, I will be a better brother, son, father, husband and friend to those I love.
- I DECLARE, I will continue to gather and store food and other perps necessary to protect my family.
- I DECLARE, I will make better use of my finances. I have never seen a well that won't run dry.
- I DECLARE, I will take better care of the things that have been given me. My cars, animals, tools, property and my life to name a few.
- I DECLARE, I will take time to smell the roses. Time management will be a top priority.
I will be posting on the success of these Declarations in the near future and will be honest with you and myself as to the outcome. I encourage my readers to call me out on these Declarations. If I haven't mentioned them in some time, ask why! Don't let me forget that I made these DECLARATIONS right here for the whole world to see and hear and that I am obligated to fulfill them.
I am interested to know your plans for the New Year. Are you making resolutions or DECLARATIONS ??
Friday, December 12, 2008
This is the old house where so many good memories where made. As you can see there are 2 chimneys to keep the house good and warm and another that you can't see for the old wood cookstove. There was only a walk bridge to the house across the creek. This photo was taken on the side where you parked your car. To get a car or truck on that side you had to drive through the creek at a spot just left of the picture. Me and my cousins would have the time of our life around this old place. Located in Logan County West Virginia in an old coal mining community called Emmett. The creek that flow by Big Mawmaw's house is Elk Creek, and that is what eveyone calls the area, no one ever calls it Emmett.
Here is a picture taken from the same location only different season. The old house is gone now. A flower garden takes it's place as a tribute to the woman that held the whole family together. The last year or two of her life she bought a small mobile home and placed it behind the house. It was much easier for her to take care of during those last few months. My uncle lives in the mobile home now with his wife and they take good care of the place. Visiting with them always brings me back to the old house where Big Mawmaw lived and the good times we all shared there. Big Mawmaw went be with the Lord on February 3rd, 1990. Named after one of the great lakes, Lake Erie Harless was surely The Greatest Lake of all.
OK, now time to head up the drive to move that tree.
This one will probably come down next. For now I will leave it, I think everything deserves a second chance.
Driveway is clear. I will cut the rest of the tree up for emergency firewood. I don't really like to use pine but ya just never know what winter may have up it's sleeve.
Another picture along the driveway.
This is my second Love. This Honda ATV is the greatest thing I have ever owned, couldn't make it without it. Here it is ready for action.
This is a symbol of the real me. Folks around here call me Taz sometimes. hehe!! They say it's because of the way I fly into any task that do. I think it's funny.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Grabbed 3 bars of Dial soap that we got at a bulk store. = cheap
Let me say that I should have used a grater for this, these large pieces took a long time to melt. Hey, there's my smoke's, been looking for those.
Ain't got any of 'em fancy soap molds or anything but Liv had these cupcake trays that she said just didn't work out to good for and was kind enough to let me use them if I promised I'd leave her alone and let her do her cake thing. Deal !! These are plastic or something, they are flexible. (or "bendy" as Katie says ) Pour in the mix that I melted, not real neat like either as you can see. After it sets a bit I can clean it up some.
The next day that are still not set up good, it takes a few days or so I have read. They look like can biscuit's in this picture. Man they smell good, the bath treatment stuff had oatmeal in it too and you can smell it. Not very pretty soap but, it was a trial run. I had no extra $$ invested and I sorta got my feet wet in this whole soap making thing. I have much to learn I know but this was a good confidence build for me. I will feel a little better when I try to make my first batch of real homemade soap now that I have cheated a little.
Cheaters soap/Canned biscuits
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Hormel Chilli w/Beans 16oz - $1
Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce 160z - $1
Hunt's Diced Tomatoes 14.5oz - $1
Hunts Tomato paste or sauce 15oz -$1
Store Brand pasta Sauce 26oz $1
Creamette Dry Pasta 16oz -$1
Kraft Easy Mac Cups 2.05oz -$1
Pasta Roni 7.25oz -$1
Rice A Roni 3.8oz -$1
Store Brand Canned Vegetables 11-15.25oz 2 for $1
Sunday, December 7, 2008
It's 21 degrees this morning as I take these pictures. Pond is froze over pretty good.