Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fort Walton Vacation

We got back from Fort Walton beach about a week ago from our second summer vacation. I usually bring a computer so that I can work on my blog, but only brought my mini iPad. I wasn't able to post from my iPad with pictures...so no posts throughout the week.

We had a great time, even though  it rained 5 out of 7 days, I got a speeding ticket, and Row started the vacation with a trip to the MediQuick clinic for strep throat.

Lots of monopoly, clue, seafood, and going to the pool between rain showers. The Gulfquarium was a great afternoon treat. We spent the last full day of sunshine at The Big Kahuna water park in Destin on Tuesday.

Our friends from Arkansas were in Florida and drove across to visit for an afternoon. We went to the beach, and then to a nice restaurant before they drove back to their hotel.

Row, our ten year old on the left, is starting fifth grade and doing extremely well in school. He got all A's last year and made the Principal's Honor List, which is only given to one student per class per semester. He is our artist. He was the only student to have his artwork displayed outside the art room, which was a comic series on Minecraft over the course of several months.  

The Doctor, our two year old in the middle, is into Masha and the Bear (Youtube it) and Blues Clues. He'll dance around with Steve or Joe during the show. He is already showing his charismatic personality, and seems to be the favorite of quite a few daycare workers. He's too cute. We are keeping his curls for now. His Daddy had curls when he was a toddler, a long long time ago...

Row, our seven year old, is still into the Nerf guns and Legos. He also made the A/B honor roll all last year. Mom and Dad are working with him more this year on spelling and reading for a better foundation. Overall,  he is our rough and tumble guy. In their after school program he has taken karate, print shop, and has a wide variety of interest. I can see him joining the military if his eyesight doesn't disqualify him...

We are doing our best to raise strong, smart young men. 

Keep Right On Prepping - K

Friday, July 29, 2016

Would You Rather...

First, my lack of posting has been due to little substance. I've got a few projects on standby, like the waxing cheese experiment post for JUGM (I haven't forgotten you) and a few other practical prepping preparation exercises. I've tried posted on a daily basis, but after a while I really becomes a chore. I've also thought about closing down shop after three years, but I'm not ready for that either...call it a funk.

I'll step back into the political arena once again.

I took the day off so that I could go to the Cabot water park with my boys summer program, and while we were waiting I was introduced to the "would you rather..."game. Basically you offer two unpleasant choices, and you have to pick one. So, I'm surrounded by a small group of second through fifth graders and it's my turn. They say that the average reading level is on a fifth grade level, and the TV show are you smarter than a fifth grader was pretty popular, so I had my question in mind. "Would you rather have Donald Trump for President or Hillary Clinton". Hillary got the most votes, ergo I'm declaring Crooked Hillary the next POTUS. I'll be voting for Trump, which baffles my wife. Two facts: Protecting my Second Amendment rights and I believe that Donald Trump have the better intentions for America.No matter who wins, there will be protesting...

I'm still saddened that this is the best two candidates that our country has to offer.

If this is the case, then America deserves to collapse. Keep Right On Prepping - K

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The REAL state of the Economy

After a post for The Small Hold, I decided to conduct an experiment about the real state of the economy. You see, in Arkansas when you buy a new car, or a car over $5000, you have to pay the 8.5% sales tax within thirty days to get your license plate. On my commutes, I kept a log of all the cars that had the paper temporary plates, and made a note whether it was within the thirty day range or expired.

Here is the data set:

May 17 - bad 5-7
May 18 - good 6-5
May 19 - good 6-9 : bad 5-9
May 20 - good 5-31 : bad 10-15,5-3,4-23
May 21 - none
May 22 - none
May 23 - bad 4-3, 3-27
May 24 - good 6-1
May 25 - good 5-25
May 26 - bad 3-23
May 27 - none
May 28 - good 6-9
May 29 - good 6-22 : bad 5-12, 5-23
May 30 - none
May 31 - bad 5-30
June 1 - good 6-6
June 2 - good 6-17, 6-22 : bad 6-1
June 3 - good 6-23,6-26 : bad 4-24
June 4 - good 6-23,6-24
June 5 - none
June 6 - good 7-5
June 7 - good 7-7 : bad 7-5,5-23
June 8 - good 6-25 : bad no tag
June 9 - good 6-24 : bad no tag
June 10-June 13 vacation
June 14 - good 6-16,6-24 : bad 5-12
June 15 - good 6-17 : bad no tag,5-23
June 16 - good 7-29
June 17 - good 6-19
June 18 - good 7-8,7-8,7-4 : bad 5-16, no tag
June 19 - none
June 20 - bad 11-30,6-20
June 21 - good 7-1,7-6 : bad 4-24
June 22 - good 7-1
June 23 - none
June 24 - good 7-20, 6-24 : bad 3-17

Totals: good tags= 31 (54.3%) bad tags = 26 (45.6%)

The data will be skewed towards the bad tags since more people will replace the temporary tags with the permanent license plate, which I'm guessing would look like a U-shaped graph (time on x-axis and all new tags on y-axis).

Keep Right On Prepping - K

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Enjoying Life AND Prepping

I've tried to post on a regular basis but my motivation and busy schedule seem to get in the way. We are enjoying our home, and still preparing for the next power outage or job loss. Sweetheart and I have been trying to live in the moment more, which means enjoying life but still being responsible. We recently took a trip to Pigeon Forge in Tennessee with the boys (and extended family) for a mini vacation. Dollywood was expensive but the boys had a good time. Now the cousins, they had a blast and lasted the whole day! My boys were spent after lunch, and wanting to go home. I told Red Ant, our seven year old, that we needed to get our monies worth, so we needed to walk around the park three more times, and ride all the rides once more. "Really?!", was his response. We left a few hours later.

We are also planning a week long vacation to Destin, Florida. We try to take the kids somewhere every year to expand their horizons. I got to travel as an Air Force brat, and enjoyed the new locations growing up, but it sure is nice to grow some roots in one location. I guess the vacations cure the bouts of wanderlust.

I've decided to start or improve, I'm not sure which, on my carpentry skills. For example: On Father's Day I had an old cabinet that my Dad built while he was in High School. It was being used for storing school supplies that I picked up on sales over the years. Typically, the penny sales for pencils, paper, binders, and such...

I built a frame using 2x4's for the chest to sit into since, I didn't want to alter the original, but wanted the added functionality of being able to roll it around the garage.

I bought 4 swivel casters at Harbor Freight for $20 or so...

Made sure I had enough room so that the wheels wouldn't stick out so the 4" wheels were set back 2" from the inside of 2x4.

The cabinet fit snugly into the frame, and the bottom drawer has enough clearance to be pulled out. Honestly, it's something that I hadn't thought about, but it worked out very well. I'll know for any future designs to account for this.

I will replace the pulls in the future. I got to use a few screws from my Grandfather's collection, so I've got a tri-generational rolling tool cabinet.

Also the truck had a brake light out and the local oil and lube shop wanted $26 dollars to replace it. No thanks, I can fix it myself. $6.50 and 10 minutes, it's fixed and I have a spare bulb.

Keep on Right On Prepping - K
(and learning)

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