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This Week I.....
Sorry but I couldn't find the old "what you did this week" thread and decided to start a new one.

For me, this goes back the last couple of weeks, starting from most recent:

Took the 16 hours American Red Cross' Wilderness First Aid class (and passed), the wife will be taking the adult CPR/First Aid class tommorrow

Food Savered 3- 5 gallon buckets of product for me and my family to use to make food for a later date

Found a great clearance price on carbon arrows for my bow and bought 'em

Made (for Mother's Day) 2 small Get home kits in a tool box for my mother in law and sister in law. The idea being to intorduce them to emergency preparations without being an alarmist.

Practiced with aforementioned bow and by golly am just tickled with results.

That's about it for now. I hope you wouldn't mind posting yours.

A witty saying proves nothing.

Worked on yet another blade, started 3 fires 1 with my ferro rod, two with mag bar and striker. I really need to work on handles! I'm not great with handles and should probably work on them. I think I'll work on a survival (native style) bow and some arrows. maybe go bow fishing with them. Also need to make a fire bow set and work on friction fire...Also work on shelter in the trees for curiosity sake of course around here you could just crawl up under a big cedar tree (after a good investigation) they make great shelters.
"you are a Free Man. - you have the right to go about peacefully, well-armed."


Txbilly (If you don't like how it is in Texas THEN WHY ARE YOU HERE?) or (Welcome to Texas. Now get out!)
Signed up for CERT! Classes start on Thursday!
If you can't hear me, it's because I'm in parentheses.

Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.

How young can you die of old age?

I went to a restaurant that serves "breakfast at any time". So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.

I have an existential map. It has 'You are here' written all over it.

There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.

-Steven Wright
Hey you guys!

Been busy for awhile...I spent today discussing outdoor survival, earth skills and independence with my Dad. Watched another Hoods Woods DVD with him. It's got him thinking!

Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

-Sir Winston Churchill, Speech, 1941, Harrow School

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not on unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

- Proverbs 3:5-6

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.

-1 Corinthians 16:13-14

I will henceforth remember June 21st as Ron Hood The Woodsmaster Day.

An outstanding leader, mentor and friend, Ron was an example to us all. Rest in the arms of Jesus, Brother Ron, until we meet again.
Dad spoke w/Dad? Man that just threw me for a loop. j/k

A witty saying proves nothing.

BigOne and I snagged 45 dozen 1 quart mason jars, FREE!

The boxes aren't worth keeping, but the jars are just perfect. I haunted Costco and got all the empty tuna fish cartons and the ones that held oil bottles. They are the perfect size for my shelves.

Also dehydrated 10 Lbs tomatoes with oregano sprinkled on them. Better than candy!!
If you dance with the devil, you'd best be light on your feet.

What you permit, you promote.

"Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid." - Col. David Hackworth
Yep, WW and I had a busy little while.

The other day I checked and ran the generator, quad, scooters etc, checking oil levels, fuel, tires to be sure everything is ready to roll if needed.

Next on the list, check inventory of oils, propane, etc and top up as needed.
This past week I

- worked in the garden (making compost, preparing for planting, started to hang new doors on the greenhouse, weeded)

- walked a lot (for exercise and to not have to buy gas)

- set up a bow-fishing kit for my compound

- sold an unneeded firearm... so I can buy another one <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Wink' />

- started a rainwater catchment system

- ate morels, dandelion leaves and buds, lamb's quarters, trout lillies

- watched for the apple blossoms to start so I can more easily spot new apple trees and add them to my mental map

- explored a campsight that I stumbled on a few days ago: found discarded string and cookware in great condition

I started riding my bike to work again to save on gas cost and lose some weight (been diggin it)

Tried out some Dutch oven recipes in the back yard (a great apple crisp)

Going through some of my packs, organizing a little better.

Bought some hot weather shirts.


Narrator: The years passed, mankind became stupider at a frightening rate. Some had high hopes the genetic engineering would correct this trend in evolution, but sadly the greatest minds and resources where focused on conquering hair loss and prolonging erections. - Idiocracy
Recovered from mono. Cleaned guns lots. sharpened knives lots.
Welcome to the internet, you're probably taking it too seriously.

What you see is the result of the perspective you choose.

"Knowledge isn't wisdom unless it's empirical." - My own damn self.

Grand Rapids Michigan
I too sharpened many of my blades (although I was blessed not to have mono while doing this feat). We started an underground "emergency shelter"/food pantry which is coming along nicely. It just takes quite awhile to get through all the rocks here to find some dirt to move (Jerry will understand what I mean here! ROTFLOL!)

We have also been working on getting the gardens in and identifying more wild edibles.

- Ben

PS - Dad was looking in a mirror Jerry...

PSS - Q - How can you bite yourself in the eye?

A- Stand on a chair!
Ben Tziyon

You can live for 3 Minutes without Air...

For 3 Hours without Shelter...

For 3 Days without Water...

For 3 Weeks without Food...

But you can't live at all without Faith!
It's been a slow week in this category.

- picked up a Glock 26

- start to plant the zucchinni and tomato seedlings in the garden

- ordered a small Case Sodbuster
uuum went to Red River Gorge with wife.

uuum had lots of disrobed fun with aforementioned female at aforementioned location.

uuum found out that I suck at making fires with a fire bow these days.

uuum threw dog poop in paper bags at Hitlery when she visited my town.

uuum ate fiddleheads from ferns for first time. they taste like apple peels.

uuum watched at wife's horror at aforementioned plucking and eating of random weeds...and laughed.

uuum bought a hickory walking stick? It's gonna be a project carried out over the next several years. Next year we'll return to RRG and I'll buy an obsidian arrowhead or some other neat little stone and lash it with (yes I finally drank the Kool-Aid) para cord to said wooden walking implement. Year after that I'll buy a pretty little steel name plate at same place and put that on.

uuum told a neighbor kid I'd slap the shit out of him. Does that count? I was technically preparing him for said intelligence upgrade.

uuum made fun of hikers with too much money, a hybrid and an accidental afro (he was a white, scrawny college aged kid)

uuum made fun of same hikers' gay little dog.

uuum learned not to waste money on useless stuff.

...that's about it.
Ron Hood 6/21/11. God needed another good one for his outfit.

Plan ahead. Bring a machete.

"Then I remembered: America is afraid of cap guns, which no longer exist. Of bottle rockets and pocketknives and Islamo-Mahmuds curled beneath the bed. And America is afraid of children. Puzzled boys of eleven are led from school in handcuffs for possession of a water pistol. A cop who would do it ought to go into hiding from embarrassment, but nothing embarrases anyone any longer. Ye gods and little catfish, I thought. Bob’s right. The country is afraid. Of everything." -- Fred Reed. Free Fall: Conversations with Bob. 2010.
-Took a spring wild plant class

-Made and enjoyed Dandelion Pizza

-Collected some Dogbain plants for cordage

-Collected some Teasle stalks for hand drill practice

-Loved my family and told them so

Ben, I was camping at the inlaws this last winter and was gonna introduce the wife to the firebed (survival one, not the x rated one <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' /> ) We were around Gainesville, not too far from your neck of the woods...anywho, after a couple of familiar sounds "steel shovel clanking on hard rock" I decided that since we didn't have a backhoe, we'd just make a debris hut. Oh well, then we made the real firebed. *blushing*

A witty saying proves nothing.


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