Eclipse Monday

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I suspect that unless you are living under a really big rock, you know about the solar eclipse that will be happening on Monday. It’s been all the rage on Facebook and other social media, actually giving us a welcome reprieve from all the other social garbage that has been floating around the last few weeks.

There have been a glut of “eclipse glasses” being sold all over the internet, I’ve been hearing warnings about some of them being fake and could potentially allow damage to your eyes if you use them to look at the sun, even during the eclipse. I’ve also been reading the obligatory “Where will you be during the eclipse?” posts, well for me, I’ll not be looking at the sun, not with special glasses or anything else.

I’ll not be where the total eclipse will be happening, I will also be working tomorrow, if everything lines up correctly (pun not intended), I’ll be on the road, leaving Presidio Texas heading toward Marfa Texas when the sky will go dim. I will have my camera and hope to snag some interesting photos if anything picture worthy presents itself to me.

Perhaps I’ll even make an impromptu pinhole projector and see what I can see. Sooooo, what are you going to be doing tomorrow assuming you live where the eclipse is going to fall?

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My house colors

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I got to sit down with the contractor and look at a program that puts the siding  on my house digitally.  This is not a perfect representation but it is close to how the house will look when the project is finished.

house colors

My loan has been “conditionally approve”!  I just need to sign a few government required paperwork saying I haven’t been foreclosed on and I’m not trying to “Launder Money” via a refi.  I don’t think a criminal or a terrorist would answer such questions truthfully but I guess these things are all about “Playing the game”.  Sort of reminds me of the old Soviet joke, “We pretend to work and the government pretends to pay us.”  If everything is good I will get the loan by the end of August and start the siding/window replacement work in September.

Got some shopping done today.  Added two more pressure treated 2×4’s and four more 6′ foot cedar fencing boards for the garden “board walk” project.  That should be enough materials to complete about half of the job I have in mind.  Eventually I want the boardwalk to be a walkway around all the raised beds that the wagons and wheel barrow can maneuver easily, plus block the weeds and stop my dogs digging around the beds.

I bought another of the Commercial Electric 8.5 inch LED portable task light for $20.00 at Home Depot.  I love these little lights because the have rechargeable batteries and with the USB charging port they can be recharged via battery banks or even a small Solar panel setup for charging electronics.  Two features I really love is the lights have magnetic attachments so they hold great on a fridge or metal door.  So the lights are very easy to stick on surfaces around the house were you need light.  The second feature I like is the lights have 3 setting from high (reading or work light) to low that works as a slightly more powerful nite light.  The magnetic mounting brackets have worked great when mounted to wood cabinets and I’m now testing how well they stick on drywall.

I finally found where where the mice died and it was in my pet’s 72 hour bag.  Oh my gosh the stench was vile! I saved my water bottles and some rope but the backpack was tossed as I could not contain my gag reflex long enough to clean it.  My BOB seems to be okay though it is now sitting outside until I can go though and check out the contents.  Score one for the Army’s use of CORDERA material for backpacks!  I’m going to place my bag in a hard side container or plastic bin to insure the mice and critters can’t get at the contents or simply die in my backpacks.   I know some have had plastic containers attacked by mice and it is not a perfect solution. Through out my little mice infestation problem all of my plastic totes had no mice inside.  Bags and cardboard boxes got infested.  Live and learn if you are lucky and especially learn from my mistakes and the stuff that works out right.

So to wrap it all up or TL:DR

  • The house is getting a new exterior and new windows installed.
  • Building the cedar boardwalk around the garden
  • Mice are not cute and are vile vermin that must be eradicated in your home.
  • Now I know why our ancestors used metal and glass to deny all vermin access to food and water.

 

Common Infantry Tasks Testing-The Level 2/3/4 Requirements Applied To Survivalists

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In February, we talked about Common Tasks that everyone in the Army has to show competence in. Last week we discussed the basic Infantry testing done in an Infantry unit which shows they have competence in the tasks they are required to know. Today we’re gonna discuss some of the tactically applicable Survivalist skills you […]

How to Beat Inflation

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How to Beat Inflation This is not a big read but its an important one. In today’s world we think the larger the text the more important it is for us to read. We think the more important it is and the more impressive it is to read a larger text. This article is such …

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Report: ISIS Had The Ingredients For A Frightening Weapon

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Report: ISIS Had The Ingredients For A Frightening Weapon: “Fires Off Just Enough Radioactivity Upfront To Kill You” We must remain ever vigilant in this society. Though we go spans of time without attacks or terror related threats it doesn’t mean that that lion has been finally silenced. When America is quiet I am always …

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More Important Than The Bug Out Bag…the “Get Home” Bag

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More Important Than The Bug Out Bag…the “Get Home” Bag The bugout is a perilous situation. There is not getting around the fact that the bugout may be your only option but it also might be your end. We have a serious inflation of abilities when it comes to our ability to stay alive in …

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Dealing with Dental Abscesses Off The Grid

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Many readers of our Survival Medicine Handbook are surprised to find entire chapters devoted to the treatment of dental problems. Visitors to our store are likewise surprised to find dental supplies in some of our medical kits. Why is it so important for the survival medic to be “dentally” prepared as well as medically prepared?. . . Read More

Dealing with Dental Abscesses Off The Grid

Many readers of our Survival Medicine Handbook are surprised to find entire chapters devoted to the treatment of dental problems. Visitors to our store are likewise surprised to find dental supplies in some of our medical kits. Why is it so important for the survival medic to be “dentally” prepared as well as medically prepared?. . . Read More

“Refuse Fascism” Communists Meet to Plan November Sedition, Riots to End Trump-Pence “Regime”

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Sometimes, you don’t need a crystal ball to see the future. Sometimes, the future says, “Hey, I’m planning for all hell to break loose on this date.” And then you … Read the rest

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-8-19)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Voice your thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions for others to comment on general topics of preparedness. Because the more who comment, the more who will benefit from the discussion… Are you a first timer? Let’s hear from you too!   ———————————– Note: For articles posted during the week we appreciate that you stay on-topic with your comments. For off-topic comments, post them in the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Note:

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-8-19)

  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Voice your thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions for others to comment on general topics of preparedness. Because the more who comment, the more who will benefit from the discussion… Are you a first timer? Let’s hear from you too!   ———————————– Note: For articles posted during the week we appreciate that you stay on-topic with your comments. For off-topic comments, post them in the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Note:

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How Do You Worship The Lord?

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     This may seem like a rather vague question, or even one that seems obvious to most Christians who are active in their Church.  But I don’t want you to answer it based on the customs and traditions practiced in your denomination.  You see, that is corporate worship, and I’m more concerned about how you worship Him individually.  Because, it is my opinion that God is more interested in how you worship Him and His Son on the personal level.
     As with so many principles of our faith, Worship can become ritualized and defined by a set of man-made traditions.  How many of you had this thought when you first considered my question … “Worship should include corporate song and a time where our voices are lifted to the Lord in praise and thanksgiving”?  Nothing wrong with that answer, at all.  But do you limit the concept of worship to that idea, or is it your viewpoint that worship must [or should] always include a corporate display in song?  I know that this is a common impression of what “worship” is in the modern Church.  
     But let’s take a look at how worship is displayed in the Bible.  Both the Old Testament Hebrew word (shâchâch) and the New Testament Greek word (proskuneo) for worship define it as “a gesture of obeisance (respect, homage, adoration, reverence, veneration, honor, submission, deference) towards God”.  This gesture was often displayed by bowing down in homage to God as a superior ruler.  But, as we know, worshipping God is so much more than this singular act of acknowledgment and recognition.
     To me, worship is the result of the state of your spirit.  It originates internally, in response to your spirit’s relationship with the Father.  It is an individual and personal act of recognition of our Creator; an expression of our awareness of our identity as a son or daughter of God. And it is that individuality of our worship that I think has been somewhat lost by modern Christians.  We tend to define worship by corporate standards, and even though our church services have set aside a time for the Body of Christ to sing and lift their voices to God in worship, it is the individual hearts that He is listening to.  External actions are of less importance to Him.

     So, the attitude of our hearts and spirit is the origination point of our worship, which is then acted out in some form of reverence, praise, and honor.  It doesn’t have to fit a specific model or be the same for everyone.  I love how, in 2 Samuel Chapter 6, the Bible says that “David was dancing before the Lord with all his might”.  Now that is worship; it shows the attitude, or position, of his heart.  And you know he was dancing in his spirit, too!  David’s form of worship was total and unrestrained — completely unself-conscious, and personal.  He didn’t care what others thought, nor followed a prescribed format.  In fact, Michal, King Saul’s daughter, and David’s wife, scorned David for wearing a linen ephod, which is a priest’s upper garment, while he danced before the Lord.
     From the research I’ve done, the condemnation came because this garment was form-fitting.  He wasn’t dressed the way Michal thought he should be, and apparently she didn’t think his actions were befitting a king.  I would agree — David acted out of a child-like love for the Lord, with no inhibition, and pure joy. And all that Michal could see was that it didn’t fit the structure of established worship.  Are you more like David or Michal?
     I think in order to answer that question, we must ask ourselves if we care about what people think — are we trying to please God, or other Christians?  I have to admit that I have seen a great change in my husband as he worships with God-centered people who follow no set agenda for what worship should look like.  For years, he simply didn’t enjoy singing hymns in a church service, and it just didn’t move his spirit.  But, I have seen him in more relaxed settings, with a guitar player singing original songs that praise our Lord, and people even dancing in the aisles, hands raised high.  Unconventional? Absolutely! But I suspect that this is closer to how King David worshipped in his personal style.
     Does that mean that hymns sung in church services constitute less meaningful worship?  Of course not.  I have heard beautiful hymns sung by choirs, and soloists that have moved me to tears as my spirit responded.  I am in no way declaring that one style of worship is better than another.  I can only speak for myself and I never want my worship to become regimented or stale.  I want the expression of my worship to grow and expand, and I never want to become so self-conscious that I opt for playing it safe.  I want my worship to be heartfelt and spirit-led; reverent, yet abandoned to new heights of adoration.
     So, I come back to my original question … How do you worship the Lord?  If it is confined to corporate worship in a specified format, I pray that your individual heart and spirit are sending praise soaring to the throne room of God.  And if you find yourself dancing with all your might before the Lord because your spirit cannot be confined in your expression of homage to our Lord, then that’s okay, too.  And if the Holy Spirit leads you to spend time in silence with Jesus, meditating on all He has done for you, then that is worship, too.  Do not let anyone limit you as to what form of Godly worship is acceptable.  Worship is individual and it is personal. The Lord recognizes all worship that is centered on Him and His glory.  However you worship Him, just do it with great enthusiasm, as is befitting His Majesty.

Psalm 71:8    “My mouth is filled with Your praise, and with Your glory all the day.”
   
   

Survival Life Article – Anker Astro Mini

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I wrote a review on the Anker Astro Mini over at Survival Life, which means you should go over there and read it. Everybody should have a battery of some sort to charge their portable electronic devices, especially since most of us are dependent on our smart phones. Nowadays, the prices for good, high-capacity battery […]

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Solar on a Budget!

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Solar on a Budget Micheal Kline “Reality Check” Audio player below! In this show, we  discuss ideas for building a low cost solar powered system as an option to provide lighting and some, limited AC power in a grid down scenario. I discuss what I used and why I chose it. We will include the … Continue reading Solar on a Budget!

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