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Bushcraft/Bugging Out/Camping/Backpacking

Started by Jeremy B. Buchanan. Last reply by Jan Carter Sep 21, 2018. 77 Replies

I have recently had an interest in learning about the equipment needed for surviving in a Bug Out situation. In learning the proper tools and equipment to have, I have also started backpacking and…Continue

Outdoor Gardening

Started by Sue OldsWidow. Last reply by Sue OldsWidow May 23, 2018. 151 Replies

Lots of things to do in the spring, one is knowing when to plant and when to wait.May 10th is my last frost date, passed down from my grandmother. She said you plant something that comes up before…Continue

When are they ready for that first knife

Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by Charles Sample Jan 14, 2018. 9 Replies

I read a great article the other day and wanted to share it.  With so many countries putting more and more limitations of knives, it is more important than ever that we teach our children, it is a…Continue

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Strange (to me) mushroom

Started by Charles Sample. Last reply by Jan Carter Sep 8, 2017. 11 Replies

I was riding my 4 wheeler through the woods the other day and saw this mushroom.  I don't recall ever seeing one like it before.  The pine cone lying beside it is about 3 inches long.  The mushroom…Continue


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Comment by Jan Carter on November 17, 2018 at 21:36

Space Weather News for Nov. 16, 2018

THE LEONID METEOR SHOWER: Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, source of the annual Leonid meteor shower. NASA cameras have already detected a number of Leonid fireballs over the USA with peak rates expected on Nov. 17th and 18th. The weekend display is best seen at dawn alongside a new comet and a conjunction between Venus and the brightest star of Virgo. Visit Spaceweather.com for the full story.

Comment by Charles Sample on November 7, 2018 at 23:36

I like seeing rainbows.  It always  reminds me of God's promise.

Comment by Jan Carter on November 7, 2018 at 18:10

At our house tonight, God provided us an outstanding light show.  From the back porch a rainbow followed by a golden sky from the front


Comment by Jan Carter on September 11, 2018 at 20:03

As I look at this the last time I posted in this group Irma was on the way.  Read below, the tips are still good

Well it appears that we will be getting somewhere around 30mph and 2-4 inches of rain from Florence.  I am worried about a good many of our members and friends.  If your in the path, please leave.  You will NEVER here me say this unless I fear for lives...even knives can be replaced (but I suggest they go in their own bug out bag with silicon packets :) )

[Image of WPC QPF U.S. rainfall potential]

Comment by Jan Carter on September 4, 2017 at 20:09

Are you in the cone of uncertainty for Irma?  Dont wait until too late.  Is your bugout bag ready?  Important papers?

A few hurricane tricks for those who may need it:
Start running your ice makers now and bagging the ice in freezer bags. Fill as much space in between your freezer items as you can.
2. Freeze regular tap water for pets, cleaning or drinking in tupperware-type containers. REMEMBER to leave a small bit of space between the top of the water & the lids so the ice expands but doesn't crack the container.
3. Start using up your perishables to make more room for ice in the freezer.
4. Fill up all vehicles & check tires & oil.
5. Cash from ATM, at least enough to get you through tolls and gas out of town. Call your bank if you plan on leaving the state so they don't freeze your card for out-of-area "suspicious" transactions.
6. All important docs screenshot & send to your email. Take originals in sealed bags or plastic bins.
7. Pet & livestock food & supplies. Vet records in case you need to shelter then at a storm-safe facility.
8. Evacuation plans and share with family members so they know where you're headed.
9. Consider putting heirlooms & photos in plastic bins in a high place, second floor, or safe room if you don't plan on taking them with you.
11. Old rags & beach towels on your windowsills. Even with the best windows & shutters, water seeping from the wind pressure happens. A few damp towels is better than soaked drywall or floors!
12. Shutter windows and doors and bring everything outside into your garage or house NOW. Do not wait until the day before. Better to get done early and relax than wait until its too late, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE MANDATORY PERSONNEL (hospital employee or first responder).
13. If you don't already have your hurricane supplies, you might want to get them now. Shelves are already empty in most places.

Comment by Jan Carter on September 4, 2017 at 19:55

Here are the 20 Signs of A Hard Winter according to folklore:
Thicker than normal corn husks
Woodpeckers sharing a tree
Early arrival of the Snowy owl
Early departure of geese and ducks
Early migration of the Monarch butterfly
Thick hair on the nape (back) of the cow’s neck
Heavy and numerous fogs during August
Raccoons with thick tails and bright bands
Mice eating ravenously into the home
Early arrival of crickets on the hearth
Spiders spinning larger than usual webs and entering the house in great numbers
Pigs gathering sticks
Insects marching in a line rather than meandering
Early seclusion of bees within the hive
Unusual abundance of acorns
Muskrats burrowing holes high on the river bank
“See how high the hornet’s nest, ‘twill tell how high the snow will rest”
The orange band on the Woollybear (or Woollyworm) caterpillar: a narrow orange band warns of heavy snow; fat and fuzzy caterpillars presage bitter cold
The squirrel gathers nuts early to fortify against a hard winter
Frequent halos or rings around the Sun or Moon forecast numerous snow falls.

We are seeing a good number of these happening, what about in your area?

Comment by Jan Carter on August 31, 2017 at 10:41

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So according to this we are looking for a cold and wet winter with possible white.  We are right at the tip of GA/NC border.  

As of today, I would have to say it is going to be an early Fall.  Although Autumn  officially begins Sept 22, we have been checking the wood pile and generally looking around the house to see what chores need to get done before winter comes along.  The doors and windows have been open for a good 2 weeks now, the weather if ranging high 70/low80's during the day and mid 60/high 50's at night.  The webworms have started in earnest and we are seeing some color change with leaf fall.  NONE of this should be happening, but there you go.  Time to prepare the homestead.

Sooo, is the weather whacky at your place this summer?  Are you noticing anything out of the ordinary?

Comment by Jan Carter on August 22, 2017 at 13:06

A wonderful neighbor took the time lapse video but here it is

2017 Hiawassee Eclipse

Comment by Jan Carter on August 19, 2017 at 19:40


We are doing all the right things up here.  We have all taken down the bird feeders, we have made sure anything thrown away with food smells is in ziplocks in the trash.  We are keeping outside lights on at night and we have all walked our properties for the underground yellow jacket nests and gassed them.

What we are afraid of this weekend is that visitors to our area are throwing out trash.  We have found 2 trails of fast food wrappers and containers and picked them all up. We were rather hoping with all the camping going on this weekend for the eclipse that he would move on for better hunting grounds.

The 35 Remington is loaded now, the revolver changed it's cylinder from snake shot to 22 mags.

Hope he moves on before someone has to hurt him or that DNR gets a trap available to bring out soon

Comment by J.J. Smith III on August 18, 2017 at 12:37
Thought I'd pass this on, for those interested...


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