Saturday, December 28, 2013
Still Going Strong
I am still completely swamped under in work and chores around the place. Again the broken record of being sorry for not hitting all your blogs or getting back with replies to comments not to mention keeping up with my fiction writing.
It's just been insane here.
The final loss count came out to one tarp, my rain barrel and the blower on my beater car. Not sure if I can blame the actual cold for the blower but it worked fine until the sub-zero temps and then when I turned it on it acted like it was frozen and just wouldn't move.
Oh and my bullet heater stopped working. My guess is the jet nozzles are clogged up again that seems to happen every few years so I need to take it in to the shop. I have never been able to fix em on my own.
The good news is every bee hive is still alive and looks to be doing quite well. Even the two I was worried about looked good this afternoon when it warmed up enough to refill their emergency sugar feed. Only a few of the hives appear to have even touched the sugar this time around and the one with the new type of cover that had all the dead bees last time I opened them appeared fine and healthy this time. Only the bees in the North Apiary appear to be hitting the hummingbird feeder though but all the hives were active and out flying yesterday and today.
The constant weather and temp fluxes may make a bit more work in Winter but this is one reason I am convinced the MidWest in general and Missouri in particular is the ultimate survivor zone in North America. We get enough cold snaps to thin out the roving hordes of zombies and enough breaks in the cold to set things aright. From Northern Oklahoma and Arkansas to Southern Iowa and Nebraska taking in Just about all of Kansas (the Western part is too dry) and Missouri you could not wish for a better mix of climate, rainfall, population, food/fuel/resource production or even population density then you will find in the Survival Box. Plenty of waterways for trade and travel and lots of trees and rolling hills easily defended and easy to isolate for a time if needed. Not to mention solid Conservative politically (What goes on in Eastern Iowa is beyond my comprehension here) before the collapse so we are not hindered in our prepping.
You just can't do any better than the Survival Box.
OK there's my Mid-West sales pitch off my shoulder once again :)
Time to get back to work. I cut another load of firewood yesterday and I need to get it all unloaded so I can make another run tomorrow. The ground is really too wet to get to some of the places I need to go yet but temps are dropping fast this afternoon and set for a high of only 26 tomorrow with another single digit low. This should freeze the ground back up and allow me to get to the big trunks I left laying out.
Hope to catch up more this evening.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!