Started by SCBrian, June 26, 2021, 10:37:09 AM
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Quote from: Crosscut on April 02, 2022, 10:30:37 AMThe NRG-5 Emergency Food Rations ordered last week are a bust as survival food on-the-go imo. Very dry and bland, turns almost to a powder in your mouth so better have plenty of liquid to wash them down with. Our dogs wouldn't touch them either, and the one is very non-fussy about eating most anything. Instructions mention "crumble and mix into previously boiled drinking water to prepare a porridge suitable as infant food", so I tried that this morning adding boiling hot water and some brown sugar for taste. It's more palatable this way, cream of wheat type texture, but still very 'blah' tasting. Non-fussy dog still wouldn't even taste it after a quick sniff. Suppose it might have some value if pulverized and used to thicken soups or stews, not for taste but just for the added nutrional value, but near useless for my intended BOV use. Fixed a minor plumbing problem, hot water valve to the clothes washer sprung a leak. Only mention it because I previously was not much of a fan of the SharkBite brand plumbing fittings, quick to install sure, but expensive. I'd only used them once before, and in an area where the plumbing was easily accessible, didn't see any advantage over sweating the copper the old fashioned way. In this case however I had to cut the leaking valve out, inside an interior wall, so not much room to work and with a sweated "T" a few inches below the cut, and a plastic enclosure a few inches above that would have been difficult to remove. Probably child's work for an experienced plumber, but I didn't have much confidence that I could sweat the new fitting in while not weakening the solder on the "T" below, or melting the plastic enclosure above. Couldn't have went much smoother using the SharkBite though; cut pipe, 'push-until-it-clicks' the SharkBite on, screw new valve into other side of fitting, and tighten. Now I'm thinking about getting a few more of these fittings to throw into the plumbing supplies. Picked up a USB powered POWXS Universal Lithium 18650 Battery Charger for 3.7V Li-ion 18650 AA AAA C batteries, tried it for the first time last night and seems to work very well when powered from a power bank. Auto-senses the battery type/voltage automatically so no worry about having to modify the settings manually for charging different battery types, or having to carry / read the manual each use since this'll end up in the BOV and likely not get used much. Also starting to play with a USB step up/down regulator and charger I bought last year, with inspiration taken from Moab's BOB power thread. First test might be if it'll trickle charge a car battery from a USB power bank.
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Quote from: SCBrian on April 24, 2022, 09:37:07 AMAdded a few more plants to the garden, and got preliminary permission from SWMBO to add some more perennial edible plants...Garden now hasTomatoesPeppersCabbage (kohlrabi) Potatoes (doing the pail method)Walking onionWatermelonCucumbersBasilMintLemon BalmChamomileWe have a Loquat tree and are beginning to start some blackberries/raspberries. I'm about to plant a raised bed with asparagus. I've surrounded the garden with Marigolds and Nasturtiums as edible pest deterrents. I've got loofah and dipper gourds growing. Sometime this week, I'll pull the genny out of storage and warm her up / make sure she's running ok for hurricane season.
Quote from: Lettuce Pray on May 18, 2022, 04:52:22 PMToday was a big day for me. We (the wife and I) bought the 13.5 acres that are around my house. Added that to the 5.2 that we already own gives us almost 19. Only 1.5 or so is the house with yard. The rest is woods. I don't have any current plans to hunt it but that may change. I could definitely see me doing some ethical trapping in the coming years.