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by Vindex
Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:19 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Forest Fire May Approach BOL
Replies: 11
Views: 755

Forest Fire May Approach BOL

What would you do? It's been a dry warm winter (1/3rd usual snow, spring 1 month early here). The forest (mostly coniferous) will be drier, more trees will be killed by insects, so higher than usual likelihood of a forest fire approaching my BOL. What preparations can I do to keep my BOL safe? Figur...
by Vindex
Mon Dec 28, 2009 12:26 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Just Bought 10 Acres!
Replies: 38
Views: 3454

Re: Just Bought 10 Acres!

I'm homesteading a little bit from Timmins myself. You'll need bug jackets and pants, you'll find steel toed rubber boots are useful, rain gear, tarped over work areas, be ready to fight rust and mildew, inspect stuff before bringing into tent/trailer or you'll have large eight legged stowaways. Be ...
by Vindex
Mon Oct 19, 2009 10:25 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Keep your teeth in the PAW
Replies: 67
Views: 4585

Re: Keep your teeth in the PAW

I ain't been'ta dentist in 22 years, an' still got'em all, all white and straight. For gum infection, my dentist (back then) told me: salt water mouthwash (lots of salt). It worked. Field expedient temporary cavity filling: wax Kick ass topical anasthetic for yer "Castaway" dentistry: Cattail juice/...
by Vindex
Wed Oct 07, 2009 3:53 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Thinking about some obscuring folliage
Replies: 17
Views: 1198

Re: Thinking about some obscuring folliage

I've been thinking of trellis with pole beans; does double duty: food & concealment
by Vindex
Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:11 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Would you voluntarily take the H1N1 Vaccine?
Replies: 239
Views: 7622

Re: Would you voluntarily take the H1N1 Vaccine?

My pal, at who's place I'm presently couch surfing, has the flu. Rest assured I picked my nose after handling the mouse on this machine, so I expect to have immunity the hard way starting tomorrow. :lol:
by Vindex
Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:06 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Breaker, breaker, we got a convoy...
Replies: 28
Views: 1277

Re: Breaker, breaker, we got a convoy...

Once upon a time, all the highways up here were canoe/sled routes; rivers, lakes & portages where necessary. Thanks for the post, I think I'll look those up.
by Vindex
Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:17 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Sustainable Seeds?
Replies: 9
Views: 1066

Re: Sustainable Seeds?

Practice garden the heirloom seeds yer thinking of stocking, 'n remember seed viability goes down over time. Some stuff will work better for your area than others, better to know which of these now than later. Also, don't discount nature's crops. For me, peas and squash barely worked this time, and ...
by Vindex
Fri Jul 24, 2009 11:35 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: 3:00 AM visit from a bear
Replies: 13
Views: 858

Re: 3:00 AM visit from a bear

A bit like the bear (I call him Major after the constellation) who went after my mosquito traps w sugar water & yeast inside. The deal is, he's been rewarded with food for his visit. Now, stored away in the back of his mind, is what a worthwhile place your home is for a visit. He'll be back every so...
by Vindex
Tue Jul 07, 2009 12:48 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: compulsive scavenger
Replies: 34
Views: 1776

Re: compulsive scavenger

My present salvaging is focused on a short list: cordage, fasteners, glass jars w lids, 2 liter pop bottles (prioritizing is helpful I find). Of course, I won't turn my nose up at tools or spare parts for bicycle. Maybe over half of what I own is salvaged.
by Vindex
Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:28 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Chinampas, or "Floating Gardens"
Replies: 12
Views: 1861

Re: Chinampas, or "Floating Gardens"

Water levels can really go up & down in ponds, beaver or otherwise, depending on rain, from experience with my own ponds. Also, gotta figure on moose feasting on yer pond garden, at least, that'd be a problem where I am.
by Vindex
Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:22 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Oddest thing in your gear and why
Replies: 42
Views: 2688

Re: Oddest thing in your gear and why

A few months ago I bought a new twin size mattress for my son's new bed. The plastic bag that it comes in is very thick and sturdy. I instantly thought about putting it with the BOB so I carefully opened the bag to remove the mattress. I figure it could probably hold water pretty good (at the camp ...
by Vindex
Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:16 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Oddest thing in your gear and why
Replies: 42
Views: 2688

Re: Oddest thing in your gear and why

A bunch of those Tamiflu pills that Roche makes, kept in my mini-BOB; proly there cause I'd forget where I put them otherwise.
by Vindex
Tue May 26, 2009 12:52 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: BOL Cabin
Replies: 24
Views: 2288

Re: BOL Cabin

A handyman friend of mine in town recently built a large shed with the intention of making it expandable via additions. His idea is about the eaves of the roof; slanted on only one side for first building, next to be slanted in opposite direction. Also, if eves of 1st building are higher off the gro...
by Vindex
Wed May 20, 2009 1:01 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: How much time have you logged in the wilderness?
Replies: 26
Views: 1332

Re: How much time have you logged in the wilderness?

Homesteader/forest hermit for a year now
by Vindex
Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:58 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Flu in Mexico City
Replies: 180
Views: 7762

Re: Flu in Mexico City

My ex in Ottawa works at nursing home for elderly there. Says Quarantine Unit is filling up fast with severe flu cases. Not sure if related to that Mexican bug...
by Vindex
Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:10 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Surveying in Bear Country
Replies: 50
Views: 1544

Re: Surveying in Bear Country

I make noise when I'm on the trails, they love the opportunity to avoid us. Hang the bear bells where they'll jingle every time you move (boots, wrist). Sling your bearspray for quick draw, you have 2 seconds at most if a close surprise meeting (they run like the wind, really not cool, but typically...
by Vindex
Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:23 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Camo netting works - old pics from WW2-era Lockheed plant
Replies: 16
Views: 1363

Re: Camo netting works - old pics from WW2-era Lockheed plant

Any thoughts on trellis' with pole beans/some other viney plant as dual purpose camo netting?
by Vindex
Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:31 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: New White House Vegetable Garden
Replies: 46
Views: 2353

Re: New White House Vegetable Garden

I can't believe the legions of my fellow paranoid doomers haven't seen teh White House victory garden for what it is: "they" are fully aware of the really bad stuff that's coming, and so are encouraging everybody to start growin their own food. :D
by Vindex
Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:54 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Doomsday and the availability of canning jars.
Replies: 68
Views: 5373

Re: Doomsday and the availability of canning jars.

4 months left before berry season - I've heard tell one can use wax to seal the top of a jar; would this be a long term solution if gasket stuff is no longer available? Also, I think I heard somethin on a history channel about how jarring was first done with wine bottles way back when Napoleon was d...
by Vindex
Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:26 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Cold Weather Plants
Replies: 16
Views: 1224

Re: Cold Weather Plants

I've noticed some berries don't fall off their bushes and are available all winter. I was making koolaid out of squashberries just a couple of days ago (related to high bush cranberries). And there's rosehips all over the place up here. Harvesting tip: place a catch mat directly under the bush yer t...
by Vindex
Wed Jan 14, 2009 4:14 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Don't throw out those old jeans!
Replies: 54
Views: 6595

Re: Don't throw out those old jeans!

I developed a draft in the crotch of my jeans recently, so I:

1. cut off the legs, sewed one end shut resulting in two sacks
2. used a thread cutting thingy from my sewing kit to remove the zipper for reuse in a future clothing project
3. removed the leather label on the back for reuse as a patch
by Vindex
Wed Jan 14, 2009 4:00 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: How to set up a soup kitchen?
Replies: 25
Views: 1413

Re: How to set up a soup kitchen?

In my corner of the world, soup kitchens need to pass municipal inspections, cooks need to pass a sanitation course. Also, easier to get donations of food rather than cash to buy ingredients so cook needs to be able to make do with quite a variety of food items, and proper secure storage needed for ...
by Vindex
Tue Dec 30, 2008 3:14 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Christmas praise for the Leatherman tool
Replies: 29
Views: 1315

Re: Christmas praise for the Leatherman tool

My Leatherman Charge has been the most important single item among my equipment supplies during my entire homesteading endeavor to date.
by Vindex
Sat Dec 27, 2008 12:17 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Your Soundtrack
Replies: 69
Views: 2368

Re: Your Soundtrack

Bit by bit - The Wiggles
something from the Godzilla '85 soundtrack

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