Saturday, April 5, 2014

Hi it's me! I'm back!

I got bored, was going to sprout beans and corn.  I did not want to spend large for a small mouthed mason jar with a screen lid.  I went to the local Hobby Lobby, bought a single wide mouthed jar, and a 10 pack of Plastic Canvases.  They came in different sizes.  The 3" was just too small for the wide-mouthed jar.  So I popped another dime for the 4.5" circles, went in about 4 squares and cut away.  Now I have a screened sprouter for 15 bean soup mix.  I am reliably informed all 15 items will sprout, I used to cull out the split peas and legumes to cut down on disappointment when I was helping grade school kids grow things!  One teacher used the culled items, and made a soup in a potpourri pot.



Thursday, December 12, 2013

My neglected blog!

I should have blogged about my troubles with Dad's house, and the predatory habits of Champion Mortgage. Google them if you're curious about such things.

 I am now, and have been since October, in South Carolina. I have a storage unit in Spokane containing my BioDiesel Jetta, and a few things I thought I'd like to keep.

 I probably should change my blog name as the meth heads stole most all of my locksmithing tools and supplies. I might start up as a locksmith again, but I doubt it!

Right now I'm being inspired by the blog of Anna Hess and her husband Mark.
I want to get my own land and experiment with becoming self sufficient.

Friday, July 12, 2013

new home

The new and improved Outrageous Manor!

Next Tuesday, I will cross the state on the train, pick this up, visit my aunt in Kent, and return to Spokane.  just in the nick of time!

Anyone know where I can get Betty Boop Appliques?

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Does anyone want to read an e-book from me?

I was going to chronicle my experiences building an aquaculture setup.
And touch on my downsizing my life!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

the kids and planting seeds for the future!

A little over ten years ago, I was active in scouts, and a teaching assistant in the local grade school.  It was a real tough job.  I'd round up some 5 to 7 ounce paper cups, a fifteen bean soup mix, and some miracle gro potting soil.  Usually I'd get a dozen plastic spoons too.  After a few times, I'd figured out that 5 of the fifteen beans would not grow under this method.  I'd saved them the bother of finding this out the hard way.  I could shepherd a half dozen classes through growing their ten styles of beans.  I wish I'd known of aquaculture back then.  My mission was mainly esteem building.  Show them they could get some plants to grow.  Some of these kids were emboldened to go on to grow more things.  Two of them were recently arrested for growing something legal in Washington State, but illegal at the Federal level. 

Ruby!

Sean Sorrentino recently posted on the loss of his friend.

I figure I should tell the story of Ruby, while she's still alive and she's the only dog who was here when I had a family. 
Our Dog Copper had to be put down.  He only made a few years past ten.  My Rottweiler Chester was moping around and Dad practically ordered me to go get Chester a dog.  As Copper was a Cocker Spaniel, Dad thought we should get a Cocker as a replacement.  We went out in the country.  Really just a few miles down the road.  A family there had a litter of pups for sale.  The male was already sold.  I knew that it was going to be her.  She was colored just like a Rottweiler.  Yep I'm a racist, live with it!  I did bring her sisters to the van to check first, both of them were speckled pups.  Dad has a thing against that.  They swarmed all over my brother.  He is leery of dogs not ours.  Was.  The pup who became Ruby just lay at his feet and waited for him to respond.

-Fast Forward Ten Years-
Dad knew he wasn't much longer for this life.  He wanted me to put Ruby down when he died, and have them cremated together.  She had been his dog since she came home.  She loved the rest of us, but Dad was her favorite.  It was slightly cruel, but I told him no.  I wouldn't murder Ruby, just so he could have comfort now.  It's almost been a year, and Ruby's still going strong.  She has a fatty tumor on her back leg.  She needs to take care as she goes up the stairs.  I hope I will have the strength that Sean and his wife displayed when Ruby's time comes.  She's tough and loving, and I have to ask myself if I'll have what it takes to let her go before she feels too much pain.

I'll come back and polish this entry up a bit when I feel up to it.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Sunday, May 26, 2013

I love camping, Hate Tents!

Right now, I am looking closely at building a 'Teardrop' Trailer! I am probably the only Scout ever to have built a mini cabin, at every nightly stop, in a two week hike! I can't help it! I can't stand living out of a tent! Now, at 51 years of age, I really hate the idea of sleeping on the ground. Maybe the teardrop could serve as the bedroom, and kitchen, of my future mobile lifestyle. me! Two Dogs! and as few possessions dragging me down as I can manage! I wish I could go back in time and start over at 17.....

 
Check out this Video!  It may change your life!
I want to get a free trailer off Craigslist, and build one of these puppies!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The life and times of Grizzly Adams

This story came on TV at a pivotal time in my life, just before I learned to drive.  Before I became involved with computers.  Before my life went down the track that took me to where I am today.  My life would have been so much different if I had went totally the way of the outdoorsman.  Watching the episodes again after almost thirty years, I am openly weeping at the end theme of the show.  Denice thought "Our Song" was "Psycho Killers" by the Talking Heads.  I was gobsmacked when she could sing the Grizzly Adams theme.  That really was "Our Song".  I am having the loss, almost three years ago, come crashing in on me again.  The one woman who really got me, understood me, torn from us so cruelly.

I just want to go into the wilderness.  Hopefully forget the grief, and remember the joy.