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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25140 on: April 26, 2018, 07:06:18 AM »
Food and medicinal agriculture: sowed corn (Iroquiz white corn, seeds that I got from my first corn harvest last year). Just a small patch, no big field. About 60 plants or so.
Yellow beans in their pots are starting to sprout, won't take too long before we transplant them to the garden.
All of my fruit trees from last year are alive and growing! Even the quince that I thought was dead is showing some green now.
Sowed some chamomile as well. We used to have some in the garden, but it was mostly gone, so we started a new patch for it. Other herbs in the garden are doing well (thyme, agrimony, mint, balm mint etc.). Most of the other medicinal herbs and plants we use are wild, so they can take care of themselves. Already picked and dried some primrose.

Craftsmanship: my leg vice bench is holding strong, so I guess my little carpentry practice went well. Forged a billhook blade yesterday, looks good. Will do some grinding on it today and then finish it and turn a wooden handle for it. Forging billhooks, sickles and other blades with inward curved edge is quite a challenge. The nature of the material works directly against you and the blade tends to curve in the opposite way as you draw the edge thinner. Once finished, I'll list it for sale on a reenactor's market page. Lesson learned, money earned. Just the way I like it :)



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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25141 on: April 26, 2018, 08:46:18 AM »
Made up a batch of laundry soap. Enough for at least one year according to that website, maybe two years. It isn't visually a lot but it's claimed to just use 1TBS/load or 2 or 3 for heavily soiled stuff. It's just the two of us so hopefully it will last a good while.


 8) 8) 8)

We've got a 5 gal bucket of it, which is actually a double recipe. It should have been for 10 gallon.  ::)
As long as it doesn't eat the washer up I guess we're good.  ;D


Planning on heading out to get plants today.
I wanted to get them in the ground today, but mother nature decided we needed more rain.
We have onions coming up

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25142 on: April 26, 2018, 10:20:35 AM »
The recipe I used doesn't make that much. 1 bar Zote grated, 3 cups each of borax and washing soda. All mixed together in processor. Got enough left over stuff for make another batch which I will if we like it. Borax and washing soda can also be used for kitchen and bathroom cleaning.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25143 on: April 27, 2018, 01:09:53 AM »
a fail and a win

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I messed up refueling my can out of a 10lit jerry can. spilled about 0.5lit of gasoline. it turns out the funnel i was using is iffy. it requires one hand holding it. unfortunately the 10lit can does not cooperate well with the standard 20lt jerrycan pouring spout.

Win
I just finished programming my new mobile radio. With the CHIRP program of course!

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25144 on: April 27, 2018, 09:55:30 AM »
Bought a few storeroom supplies yesterday, plus our tomato and pepper plants.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25145 on: April 27, 2018, 04:54:52 PM »
Received and started tasting some new food that I may use both for my rice diet and for long term supplies.
Did a little bit orchard maintenance, new stakes for some trees and such. My wife managed to weed some of the herbal garden.
Finished the billhook and already it's been reserved by a customer. Practiced forge-welding while forging a piece of chain for a flail.
Planning to cut some firewood tomorrow, if the weather allows. That will both make firewood and clear away all the stuff that fell of trees over the winter.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25146 on: April 28, 2018, 06:04:56 PM »
Annual town garage/yard sales were today in town. So we ventured in about 9am.
Hit about 12 sales, scoured a few jars in a couple of places, then a case in another.
Dirt cheap prices, .10 each, .25 each.
Then, we stopped at another place, one older guy there, and most of his stuff seemed high for a yard sale. I was about to leave then remembered to ask. *Ya got any mason's?*

Yes, around back, though I need to wash em up first. I told him not to worry about that.
So around back we went. Holy chit........5-1/2 cases of regular pints. Score for $15.00  ;D
wife got to yacking with him. Come to find out, he's a widower and doesn't cook well.

We'll be dropping off some canned stew and tomatoes for him next time we hit town.



All total. 8 cases, mostly pints which is what we're gonna need this year, was about $19.00

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25147 on: April 28, 2018, 07:14:44 PM »
Stwood you hit on a great bargain.  We planted green beans, tomatoes, butter  beans, radishes, and working on a new spot for herb garden. Will be getting that finished up next week. Getting ready to plant cucumbers, lettuce, squash, green peppers.  Weather has finally gotten warm enough to start planting. We may have a spring yet.  My grand dog passed away yesterday so daughter and grandkids have been a bit upset. Will take awhile but they will be ok. Dakota passed just as my son in law got home to help my granddaughter who works for a vet take her in to have her put down. She had bone cancer and it was to aggressive to be able to do anything for her but to take pain meds. Sad times.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25148 on: April 28, 2018, 07:48:36 PM »
Thanks. Yes, good deal on the jars. Sorry to hear of your Dakota passing.


Also did some garden when we got home. Picked up some zucchini and yellow squash seeds while in town, and got those planted today.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25149 on: April 28, 2018, 09:17:36 PM »
Only thing I did was some minor PM on my truck; now it is happy for another 6 months until the next oil change.  I don't put enough miles on the truck to change more freq.




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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25150 on: April 29, 2018, 02:00:24 AM »

All total. 8 cases, mostly pints which is what we're gonna need this year, was about $19.00
Nice score.
  My grand dog passed away yesterday so daughter and grandkids have been a bit upset. Will take awhile but they will be ok. Dakota passed just as my son in law got home to help my granddaughter who works for a vet take her in to have her put down. She had bone cancer and it was to aggressive to be able to do anything for her but to take pain meds. Sad times.

Sorry to hear that AJ.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25151 on: April 30, 2018, 08:50:58 AM »
Yesterday, set out 17 more pepper plants. Rain has been holding off for us.
Garden is about 1/3 full now.
Onions coming right on up. Taters are kinda slow, but starting peeking through.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25152 on: April 30, 2018, 11:27:14 AM »
Went to see two houses for sale yesterday. One was nice, but too small for me, wife and future kids, not to mention my workshops. The other one though, that's something different! The living house itself isn't nice at all (modern-wannabe cube, built in 1960s), but there is an old homestead on the property, with three buildings (likely 19th century) still standing. There actually was a forge and a woodshop in one of them! The forge chimney is still usable and the whole shop coule likely be saved yet. There are even some of the old tools still there, laying all over the place. I'm just worried that the beams on these buildings aren't in good condition, need someone to look at it for me. But maybe I'll finally move to my own house! Oh and there are many fruit trees there and pleny of place to grow stuff, so it would be great place for self-reliance.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25153 on: April 30, 2018, 11:33:46 AM »
but there is an old homestead on the property, with three buildings (likely 19th century) still standing. There actually was a forge and a woodshop in one of them! The forge chimney is still usable and the whole shop coule likely be saved yet. There are even some of the old tools still there, laying all over the place. I'm just worried that the beams on these buildings aren't in good condition, need someone to look at it for me.

 8) I wish you luck on that. Yes, do have those beams looked at.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25154 on: May 01, 2018, 05:55:41 AM »
Thanks! I'll see if I can find someone to do that.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25155 on: May 01, 2018, 09:38:45 AM »
Yesterday, set out 16 mater plants.
Have more to set today.  ;D

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25156 on: May 01, 2018, 12:30:33 PM »
Practiced forging a chain again, different style. Chain forging is good practice for making many identical pieces and to do lots of small forge welds. Will use the chain for another flail for sale...also forged spikes that will be driven into the flail's wooden ball. Two-sided nails of sorts. Annoying, but again, forging the same item over and over is great practice for certain blacksmithing operations.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25157 on: May 01, 2018, 09:45:37 PM »
Planted the vegetable and herb gardens plus tended to the compost as well.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25158 on: May 02, 2018, 07:36:33 AM »
Set 16 Roma, 16 Rutger, and 4 Golden Jubilee maters yesterday.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25159 on: May 02, 2018, 08:30:51 AM »
Man Stwood, your garden must be amazing. 
Seems you're always planting something! Very awesome :)


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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25160 on: May 02, 2018, 08:35:09 AM »
Thank you. Yes, big garden, big task.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25161 on: May 03, 2018, 11:04:18 AM »
Bought 11kg of lead pipes at the scrapyard. Great resource of nice soft lead. Searched the iron pile as well, but nothing good today.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25162 on: May 03, 2018, 04:30:24 PM »
Bought 11kg of lead pipes at the scrapyard. Great resource of nice soft lead. Searched the iron pile as well, but nothing good today.

That'll keep you going for a bit.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25163 on: May 04, 2018, 06:29:53 AM »
It will! Lead is a great resource for self reliance. Plus I've started casting and selling musket balls at reenacting events, found out that people are lazy enough to buy their ammo, rather than make it. If I sell 35 balls next time, it pays me the whole lead purchase. It's also good idea to have a shot mould, in case you wanna hunt small game with muzzleloaders, or reload shotgun shells. Casting any large amount of shot in mould surely isn't quick, but if you just want to reload couple shells now and then, it's fine.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25164 on: May 04, 2018, 12:08:33 PM »
It will! Lead is a great resource for self reliance. Plus I've started casting and selling musket balls at reenacting events, found out that people are lazy enough to buy their ammo, rather than make it. If I sell 35 balls next time, it pays me the whole lead purchase. It's also good idea to have a shot mould, in case you wanna hunt small game with muzzleloaders, or reload shotgun shells. Casting any large amount of shot in mould surely isn't quick, but if you just want to reload couple shells now and then, it's fine.

I thought for muskets and early muzzle loading rifles, they often needed barrel specific molds as there was some variation in bore diameter?

But I suppose re-enactors aren't really concerned about winning a real life battle - LOL

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« Reply #25165 on: May 04, 2018, 01:18:05 PM »
Well I put in the garden. At least most of it. Took the family to the local garden store. We all picked up some stuff. I got food, the Mrs. got some pretties for around the mailbox, and the baby big girl got a pretty of her own to pot up and care for. I do seed starting but it's fun to see what oddity we might not have heard of. Then we found the Holy Grail. The University has come out with a peach that will survive zone 4. I'm in love. I don't have space for it but I'm already scheming how to get it in.

Planted everything. Got the herb pots set up, and my 2 year old ran around with a watering can to help. She had to check that the apple, cherry, and hazelnut were starting to open and literally jumped for joy as I put in our new blackberry patch.

Took about 5 hours and I'm exhausted. I got it all done, cracked a Spotted Cow, and looked over my backyard. Maybe I was just tired. Maybe I can't believe what I have accomplished growing food here. Maybe I was dreaming how to get a peach tree in. Maybe it was because I was listening to Johnny Cash sing Hurt. Maybe it was seeing my daughter so happy to garden. But I sipped my beer and I cried.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25166 on: May 04, 2018, 03:12:59 PM »
Awesome  8).
Our garden is about half in.

Oh. Bought storeroom supplies today. Coffee, spaghetti was on sale, etc. 

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« Reply #25167 on: May 04, 2018, 05:06:22 PM »
But I sipped my beer and I cried.

You done good guy.  :clap:

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25168 on: May 04, 2018, 05:36:28 PM »
I thought for muskets and early muzzle loading rifles, they often needed barrel specific molds as there was some variation in bore diameter?

But I suppose re-enactors aren't really concerned about winning a real life battle - LOL

THe originals surely did, but nowadays the guns are either made in "standard" calibers, such as .45, .50, .54 (mainly rifles) or they are made in unified musket bores of their era (mainly for 18th-.19th century) and besides that, there are many custom pieces made by gunsmiths, but since they need to use seam-less steel pipe for the barrel to have it proofed and seam-less pipes are only made in two usable sizes for guns (at least here) and that's 12 and 18mm, it's not that hard to supply ammo for these. I mainly cast and sell 18mm balls, as they are hard to find. For the 45-54 range, you can geat readily made balls in gunshops and eshops, but the large musket balls are in much lesser demand and most sellers don't carry them.
As for winning a battle, there are not only reenacting battles (where you fire blanks only), but also target shooting competitions of course, so yes, people want proper sized ammo.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25169 on: May 04, 2018, 06:41:15 PM »
Garden is mostly in now.  Riding lawnmower died. It is 23 years old so maybe a new one in order. Getting some work done in kitchen in a few days.  Needed a backsplash and counter needs some repair as well as kitchen needs painting and I can't do it this time with my arthric hands.  First time ever I have hired someone to do the painting. It has been over 20 years since it was painted last time.  Gotta love Bear paint. It last many years. Will be having caterac surgery on 21st so that will slow me down a couple of days or so.