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  1. JWR, you have some literary competition! I really enjoyed reading about Avalache’s adventure.
    I felt like I was reading one of your books. You are a family of talented writers and I hope it doesn’t skip a generation.
    HJL, yup throw it out. I have saved “stuff” for many years. We are planning to use this winter to get into that attic. We still have papers that need to be shredded and family pictures that need to be organized.
    Oh yea, prepping.
    We moved winter over plants to the greenhouse, put up another load of firewood for next winter, and worked to nurse our GSD back to health after paw surgery.

  2. Glad your are safe. Remember most accidents happen within a mile radius of your house, be safe and carry a firearm next time, I have a old 30-30 that gets tied in my canoe for any outings most people never know I have it with me. But it’s there if I need it.

  3. Here in the northeast, it is mandatory to not only have the life vest with you but to actually wear it after Nov. 1st till April 1st. As an avid 75 yo kayaker, my advice is to NEVER canoe / kayak alone …. things happen. Well, let me correct that, on an open smallish lake I often have kayaked even in lake being partially frozen – picture seeing two bald eagles on a big pine while it is snowing and listening to ” How Great Thy Art ” on my iPod. But, on a stream with sweeps such as you described – Jim loves you too much for that.

    1. Dear Ron,

      I never ever go out onto water without wearing my life jacket, ever! Most of that section of river was too shallow. We’ve been in a severe drought since mid July. It was a risk. But life is a risk. Safe adventures and exploring once in awhile, are good for the soul. I’ll probably never go in that section, again. Most of our river is very placid. I often go out alone on it. Well, I’m not exactly alone, my Lord Jesus is always with me and He is my main defense, especially when I call on His Name. I count more on Him than Gaston Glock, who is usually with me, because, I don’t ever, EVER want to use Gaston’s services if I can help it. Paddling alone is my recharge time, as I think from your comment above, you understand well. Thank You for your concern, though.


      Avalanche Lily

  4. It rained 3 days this week so that limited our out door work. We moved the sensitive plants into the back porch or garage near windows. The more hardy plants are still outside for a while as the weather fluctuates. We continue to cut trimmed tree branches to size for the wood stove; we have at least two more weeks of work on that project.

    I dug up a few of the peanut plants to see if they were ready to harvest and decided to give them another week or so. Just have to get them out of the ground before it is saturated with rain. The collard greens are starting to slow down now but if we get a few days of sunny weather they will keep producing.

    I plan a major stock up next week to ensure we have what we need for a couple of months in case the political situation gets worse. I hate to go to the city due to so many emotional people running a muck, but it is the only bulk buying available, We also will lay in a double supply of feed for the small livestock.

    Have a good week!

  5. Greeting’s from Camp Doubt: Where the high desert meets the pine forest in SW Idaho
    We too are almost ready for winter here as well, yesterday brought some rain so I started a fire at the brush pile and eliminated a lot of that (still burning this morning) While removing leaves and debris from the roof this past week and inspecting/cleaning the chimney I discovered some flashing issues around the chimney and cap, so I repaired those items; can rest assured no water leaks into house or possible flue fires this winter. The canning is all done, freezer is full, now the next project. After cleaning out the garage from this busy summer and making some room in there I have a project vehicle to work on, I have had my eye on it for some time and this summer I saw the gentleman out on his place so I stopped in to inquire about what his plans were with it. He was getting on in years so now I am the new owner of it. We are calling it our EMP rig. 4WD jeep pick up truck what makes this rig so good is no electronics went into the manufacture of it. Like all old things I will go thru it this winter and see to it that all gear boxes are in working order and that the brakes and steering (the only 2 real safety items on a vehicle) are working well too. Oh and one last item, have returned to playing the banjo again and after meeting others in the area we get together at least monthly of more and have a great evening of jamming and bluegrass and fiddle tunes! Blessings………

    1. Camp Doubt,
      Wrenching on a vintage Jeep and pickin out some old tyme bluegrass tunes sounds like heaven on earth. Close as we are gonna get until we transition to the real thing.
      We have a masonry chimney that was wicking water into the attic.
      A few years ago I discovered that if I sealed the brick and mortar with the product they use to seal bathroom tile grout the leak stopped. You need a couple of dry days to get the best results.
      I give it a coat every year.

      Blessings back at you.

    2. Brake lines from Classic Tube worked almost perfectly on my jeep rebuild(stainless steel is not just pretty but resists corrosion),don’t forget the fuel lines.

  6. So after 5 years of hauling potable water from a neighbor, used seasonal creek water for the livestock, we drilled a well. The average well depth in our area is 250 – 300 ft with some going 500 and over. And we know of a few dry holes as well, that’s all part of the hesitation. So as we’ve lived with the land, watched it , let it tell us it’s secrets it revealed to us the most likely place for a well. I was convinced that we would get water at 100 ft or less. The well driller reminded us of the average but agreed on the spot. Low and behold that afternoon at 80 ft we had water, he drilled another 20 ft for reserve. An hour after the rig and crew left water started running over the top of the well head. The drill owner was on his way to cap the well when we called him to tell him. As it turns out its an artesian! So we get 3 gallons a minute with the cap and a hose bib attached just running out of the well, no pump needed! Not enough to go uphill to far or provide enough pressure for the cabin, so we’ll put a pump in anyway. But nice to know if we need it, just unhook it from the pressure tank and we have water — no electricity, generator or hand pump required.

  7. This week, I’ve been scavenging some fencing from a friend of ours. She wanted some dog pens taken down. It is mostly chain link fencing. A couple weeks ago, I got some free trampoline frames, and so I’m going to make a moveable pen for my peacocks. The round part of the trampoline frames will make a top and bottom, and I will put pipe between it. Then stretch the chain link fence around them. It sure does save lots of work scooping poop, and it does the pastures good.

    1. Rose, I used to have a pair of wild peacocks that stayed on my property in Florida. They were gentle and fun to watch but were very noisy! I used to pick up the feathers and use them in crafts and jewelry. Fun memory!

      1. @Animal House, That’s an awesome nickname, haha. Sounds like your house is/was about like ours. We have so many critters around here. I doubt that the peacocks will add that much noise. We have geese, guineas, chickens, etc. The peafowl are still quite small. But I want to get them established in their pen now so they will know to go there. Is that best? Are they similar to guineas in their habits, or they harder to get used to the habits?

  8. Finally got the brush pile burned, sad watching another pine tree go up in smoke 🙁 hoses have been drained and stowed, extension cords run to the chicken coop and heat lamps readied in the dog kennel. Cleaned the chicken coops and spread some DE around on the floor. Then I had to deal with 6.0L scare of missing coolant…turned out to be a busted overflow fitting that I JB Welded back onto the radiator.

    The big accomplishment was closing on our new ‘investment’ property that was funded by our IRA’s. This was a year in the making with several ups and downs, but in the end we were able to find a property that consisted of three parcels, one was a house on acreage, the other two were agriculture/trees. We split off the house parcel and paid for it ourselves and funded the major part with our IRA’s.

  9. Bits and pieces are finally getting done…Finished much of the brush clearing. Just a small bit left to add to the pile for chipping this spring. Got a berry patch prepared for spring tilling. Laid more rock pathways.

    It has been incredibly wet this fall, so we found a wood holder that suits us and have it set up next to the stove. My dear husband is planning to build a wood shed. Step by step all things will be completed.

  10. We have new “neighbors” (1/2 mile away) that are frustrated they can’t get more done on their property. My mantra to them is “you can’t get everything done the first year” which they have latched on to. Has taken us seven years to get most of fencing and outbuildings up. I’m going to try to over-winter carrots by mulching. Got all piping blown out. Have a small pvc greenhouse to put over my herb box. We’re in SW Idaho so hoping for a winter like last year and not the snowmagedon year before that. That year was digging trails to chicken coop, cow feeder and water trough, not to mention each workshop and well house. I hope a safe winter for everyone-no slips, bumps, leaks or casualties.

  11. Lily,can I suggest a 3-4mm 3/4 wetsuit(bib overall) in water that cold. I have a small sailboat that is very”wet”(no freeboard,will capsize in a instant)in the spring it can be taken out just after ice out(32-40 deg) with proper gear but would be hypothermic suicide otherwise. I got mine second hand cheap,added neoprene socks and gloves and added months of enjoyment.
    Look for seasonal warehouse cleanout of canned goods(33 cents a can for veggies-stock up time!)

  12. Dear Avalanche Lily, I think your canoe trip sounds fabulous! You sound a little like Sakajawea! Love reading your posts. Hoping y’all are enjoying a beautiful fall like we are blessed with here in Montana!

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