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Airstream Dreams

We’ve been doing a lot of evaluating and re-evaluating where we are right now, and in spite of all the navel gazing life continues to move forward. Our overarching DESIRE is to buy land, but that still appears to be a ways off. Our position continues to improve, with steady employment, vehicle repairs and debt reduction, along with a tiny amount of savings. We’ve also been addressing our need to be DOERS of the word, rather than just HEARERS by taking opportunities to help others as the moments appear. We’ve “blessed” a lot of people with tomatoes this year, for sure!

An interesting opportunity has arisen that we are mulling over. A gentleman of our acquaintance has an aging Airstream that is in dire need of restoration. I have long desired to have a silvery Airstream to slip through the various lovely campgrounds of OR, and we’ve been negotiating with the gentleman. It’s a 1977 Airstream Sovereign International Land Yacht, 31’, with a center bathroom.

It’s ours if we want it, and at a very reasonable, low price. There’s always a “however” attached to anything we ever do, though. Here’s our list of “however”:

1.       No title. This poor gem has been rusting away at the storage for 10 years. The gentleman we know bought it 10 years ago and never titled it. The man he purchased it from bought it from the original owner and alas, also never titled it. The pink has been lost for some time. There are a couple of ways we can go about recapturing the title, all mostly gory and expensive. DJ is going to talk to the DMV tomorrow about winkling out the fastest and least expensive way to get the pink and register it. This will help us decide if we want to actually move forward.

2.       The poor thing is filthy. It’s full of junk and garbage, has wasp nests, it’s got moss growing on it, and the beds and couches were removed, lost to the mists of time.  It needs to be polished, and DJ estimates 250 hours of work for that part alone, in terms of man-hours.

3.       It also needs muy repairs. It needs tires, professional brake work from sitting for so long, the belly pan dropped and the insulation pulled, the frame painted and strengthened from underneath, some wiring repairs, a dent pulled, the heater and water heater replaced, and probably the Dometic fridge as well. It also needs new house batteries.

Most of this will not cost a lot of money, just time. And I’m not the one who would have to do the restoration work. So I have deferred the decision to DJ, the sensible member of our duo. Since he’s the one that will provide the labor, the decision is his.

Oh, and we don’t have a truck to pull it, but that’s another story 


 

Are you defiling the dwelling?

2 Corinthians 6

1 And working together, we also call upon you not to receive the favour of Elohim in vain –

2 For He says, “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in a day of deliverance I have helped you.” See, now is the well-accepted time, see, now is a day of deliverance –

3 giving no cause of stumbling in whatever, so that the service is not blamed.

4 Rather, we commend ourselves as servants of Elohim in every way: in much endurance, in pressures, in hardships, in distresses,

5 in stripes, in imprisonments, in disturbances, in toils, in watchings, in fastings,

6 in cleanness, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Set-apart Spirit, in love unfeigned,

 7in the word of truth, in the power of Elohim, through the weapons of righteousness, on the right and on the left,

8 through esteem and disrespect, through evil report and good report; regarded as deceivers, and yet true;

9 as unknown, and yet well-known; as dying, and see, we live; as disciplined, and yet not killed;

10 as sad, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet enriching many; as having none, and yet possessing all.

11 Our mouth has spoken openly to you, O Corinthians, our heart is wide open.

12 You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained by your own affections.

13 But for the same reward – I speak as to children – open wide your hearts too.

14 Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness? And what fellowship has light with darkness?

15 And what agreement has Messiah with Beliya‛al? Or what part does a believer have with an unbeliever?

16 And what union has the Dwelling Place of Elohim with idols? For you are a Dwelling Place of the living Elohim, as Elohim has said, “I shall dwell in them and walk among them, and I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.”

17 Therefore, “Come out from among them and be separate, says יהוה, and do not touch what is unclean, and I shall receive you.

18 “And I shall be a Father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me, says יהוה the Almighty.”

A taste of the cold

This year, it’s going to be all about cold showers, and cold exposure to increase my cold tolerance.

I did cold showers a bit over the horridly hot summer of two years ago, seeking relief from the oppressive Willamette Valley sunshine.  I wish I had kept up on it; i could withstand 50 degree well water straight out of the ground for more than 10 minutes without even trying. As soon as the weather turned I gave it up, and forgot about it until recently.

I got a copy of “Becoming the Iceman” recently and it inspired me to star with cold exposure all over again.  If I had the cash I’d sign up for the mini course. That won;t stop me from trying out all kinds of madness on my own 🙂

Here’s Wim talking about how to take a cold shower:

Wim Hof Cold Shower

I’ll get into this more when I have some time to write.

A Year of Bio-Hacking

It’s gon’ get REAL around here.

 

I’ve sold myself to a new plantation, to raise up cash for a new family farmstead.

 

My health has improved DRAMATICALLY, eating loads of carbs and cutting back on protein/fats.  Low carbing darn near kilt me, and carbohydrates are bringing me back.

 

So, this year will be all about tinkering. Wim Hof, Ray Cronise, Mike Cernovich, Scott Adams *sorta*, Richard Nikoley and others are inspiring me to get out and into the dirt this year.

Imma gonna chronicle it all here.

 

It’s going to be good!

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Fresh Pesto
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Fresh Pesto (you can make this in advance)
  1. We'll be using a food processor to make the pesto. Put the garlic, pine kernels and some salt in there and process briefly.
  2. Add the basil leaves (but keep some for the presentation) and blend to a green paste.
  3. While processing, gradually add the olive oil and finally add the Parmesan cheese.
Finishing the dish
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to the boil and cook your tagliatelle al dente.
  2. Use the cooking time of the pasta to sauté your turkey bacon strips.
  3. After about 8 to 10 minutes, the pasta should be done. Drain it and put it back in the pot to mix it with the pesto.
  4. Present the dish with some fresh basil leaves on top.
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Winterizing, or how not to eat the bread of idleness

I don’t know if people realize, but this summer has been the coolest for the US if not the world since we started keeping records. Don’t believe the media hype about “climate change” and hot summers. Those folks are getting paid to lie to you about everything.
This winter is expected to be pretty brutal, and 2015 looks to be REALLY interesting.

My suspicion is the nice inter-glacial we’ve been in called the Holocene has ended and our world will be reverting shortly into its native, cooler state. That being said, our family is starting to prep for winter. Regardless of whether it is cold or mild, our goal is to remain comfortable. It’s possible to do these things with a bit of foresight and a little cash if you have a long enough lead time. We are incredibly rich and blessed, yet cash poor, so our family has to be careful about where we put that cash to use.

I am not trying to prep for the end of civilization, merely for the inevitable irritating occurrences that can be mitigated with a bit of planning. A good example: we went to the beach this last weekend, and took our travel drink kit that has a little propane burner, cups and thinks to make hot coffee, tea, etc. I’ve not looked at it for some time, at least since our flight from the park. One really important item was missing: A LIGHTER. We had nary a match between us either. And of course, we did not discover this until we had already dragged all of our equipment out on the beach, down from the long trail to the parking lot. *le sigh*. I really dislike that, and a bit of checking before we left might have avoided the nuisance.

In light of our preparation failure from the beach, I’ve tried to work out covering all the basics to stay comfortable for the winter. The plan is to keep our eye on the fact that there could be power outages after storms and other unexpected occurrences that are potentially disruptive. This last winter the area saw quite a bit of unexpected snow, up to a couple of feet that paralyzed the local infrastructure. We were used to that in the mountain area of California we left behind, but have grown soft living on the coast where very little changes 
So the basics: heat, water, food, in no particular order.

We are getting a cord of wood delivered this weekend. It’s going to cost around $175 a cord to have it delivered here. Daniel will stack it himself with a bit of *mostly useless* assistance from me and the dogs.
The plan is, Lord willing, to buy one a month until we get 3 or 4 to burn in the fireplace. We have a nice covered spot to put it in, but it’s at the far back end of the storage and will have to be humped up one truckload at a time *then up the stairs* to burn. The exercise possibilities are endless! The owners suggested getting a fireplace insert, but unless I find one that is really cheap I don’t think that will happen. At least I will get the chance to use some of my awesome cast iron cooking in the fireplace this winter 
We also have a small propane heater, and the house has central heating if we absolutely need it. Since we don’t pay the electrical bill we try to use as little as possible. We’ll be filling up the propane bottles one at a time over the next two months as well. The idea is to have multiple vectors of preparations, so if one fails there’s at least one backup.

We’ve been picking up bottled water and canned food, a bit at a time at the store to rebuild our stock. I’ll be canning up everything we don’t eat immediately from the garden, plus more that we’ll be gleaning from trees and bushes in the field next to the facility here. I have a large stock of canning items that I have collected over the years, but still need to add more Tattler reusable lids and jars. I still have not purchased a freezer, and may not get to it this year. I can find one for around $100 but I want to spend that money elsewhere this month, so I don’t think it will happen soon. If I do find some really good meat or vegetable buys, I will can or dehydrate them for now. The freezer is not a true necessity, but more like a giant luxury 

The water is on a well, but we won’t be able to get a hand pump for it due to the design and lack of information about the well itself. The old owners did not give the new owners any info in the sale, and I personally do not want to spend money on getting it inspected.
There is a lake across the street if we were really hard put to get water. We have some Berkey filters, and the plans to make a home made one using the filters and two plastic buckets put together if necessary. I have a back up water filtration system that is primitive but works: one micron cloth filters to run the water through that I picked up on eBay years ago, then boiling it to kill anything not filtered out. A one micron filter will actually come close to cleaning the water completely, but why take chances?
We have two sports bottles that filter water in our travel bags as well.
I wish we had not left our rain barrels behind, but we had no place to put them. I need to find at least two new ones. They seem to be a scarce and expensive commodity in the area. Again, multiple vectors for redundancy.

Thrift store shopping is our friend. We’ve been buying nice old quilts and other warm items in need of mending or cleaning from the thrift stores, and will keep looking for more. We also have been stocking up on yarn finds and sales to make some items both for ourselves and for gifts for friends.
I’ve been trying to sell off unneeded clothing items and oddities from around the house to raise cash to buy more suitable winter items. I’ve done a bit of trading too.
We are still on the lookout for good bags to use as containers for car kits for road emergencies. I have a giant bag that we can *but currently don’t* stick in the ‘Hoe that holds water, a change of clothes, first aid supplies and a drink kit including filtered water bottles but need to break it down to something more manageable that can stay in the vehicle.
We also need to finish collecting medical supplies. We have a bit, but they are currently scattered from Hell to breakfast in various spots around the house and garage.
Daniel hung up my big dry erase board so I could write a checklist to keep track of where we are in the process, along with a weekly Bible verse to memorize.
It’s more than a good start, methinks. If we can keep the momentum up we will be in a good position come winter to stay comfortable without expending a huge amount of effort. This in turn will give us time this winter to start working our way through the big stack of books, sermons, podcasts and assorted sundry items to get closer to our Creator as He has commanded us, so our “saved” time will be put to good use rather than eating the bread of idleness. (Pr 31:27)

What are you doing to get ready for winter?