Coturnix Quail (Yes, Again!)

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SOOOOoooo I’ve been obsessing off and on about quail ever since BlueTang started me thinking about them. Recently, many factors have started bringing quail back into my radar, so I’ve decided to increase my numbers a bit to fill in some freezer (and jar) space.
I had some already, but […]

Farm Update Feb 2013

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I called this “Farm update” because “Backyard Update” just doesn’t have a nice ring to it. Plus it doesn’t look like a back yard…it looks like, well, a farm…a tiny, narrow, crowded farm. This has been a fairly busy week for me, and I just wanted to
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Bad Luck

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I had a bad day last week. The work I had lined up was going to cost me money, all warranty work. The water temps were in the 60’s, too cold to be working underwater, if you ask me. I just found out that my drysuit needs repaired, so I’d not […]

Building Community

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Part of preparing for bad times is building community. When a hurricane is heading our way, once I’m all ready for it, I check on the family in the area, and then my neighbors.  The family is located far enough away that they are on their own, at least until everything […]

The Simple way to Start Food Storage: Copy Canning

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I stopped by a cousin’s house today, I hadn’t seen him in over a year. It was good to touch base, we have a lot of common beliefs. He conceal-carries, is self-employed, has a problem with what is happening to our country, and doesn’t […]

Rabbits for Dog Food

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I raise rabbits mostly for my own consumption, though from time to time, I will sell a few to offset the costs of feeding them. For the most part, I waste very little, and probably do close to breaking even on most months, give or take $20. I am […]

Homemade Ham

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My buddy BlueTang came through for me again.
I dropped off a couple pork buts at his place for him to turn into some magical piece of edible tastiness. The first one he simply smoked over cherry wood, and was fantastic. Every time I would pull it out of the fridge, not […]

Grow your Own Sugarcane

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I’ve read articles about growing beets for sugar, but beets are a cold weather crop, something that, other than the last few days, we just don’t have much of here in Zone 10A. (I actually got the idea for this article when I was eating a can of beets […]

.17HMR My Vote for the Ultimate Caliber

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I went to the Sebastian Shooting Range Sunday, and only took a 9mm pistol, and a 17HMR Henry lever action rifle to shoot. I’d fired the pistol many times before, but never had the opportunity to do much shooting with the Henry. I very happy I […]

If TSHTF: Eating Dog

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When our girls were very young, and before we had any animals, I made a house rule to cut short a request for a cat:
“We can have any animal we want, as long as we realize that one day we will eat it”
I said this partly in jest, but […]