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Preparing for emergencies
Posted:Nov 26, 2019 4:46 pm
Last Updated:Dec 5, 2019 9:51 am
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The weather has been changing in the recent years and greatly affecting the whole country especially the eastern and south eastern parts of the country. It seems that hurricanes are getting more frequent and intense and twisters are abundant destroying whatever is in their path. I do not live in those areas but if I did and did not have any other place to go I would spend my time in between severe weather and emergencies preparing for the next catastrophic event.

Here on the west coast we do not get the same weather patterns as the east coast but we do have some severe snow storms, some flooding, mudslides and where Husband and I are located we are close to earthquake fault lines and it is said that a major quake of high magnitude of 7 or higher could happen at anytime and we are due or overdue for it. We are also in an area that is affected by wild fires; forest and range fires both. When the forested or bushy areas of California are burning, we here in north western Nevada are affected with the smoke and poor air quality. We have also been experiencing drought years and they seem to be getting more frequent, which contributes to the wild fires.

No matter where anyone lives, there is no absolutely perfect place to live where the residents do not have to endure some kind of a bad situation. There is not a world wide Garden of Eden if there ever was such a place. Before I met and started dating and getting married to my Husband I was like a survivalist. Not to the extreme of being a hoarder but I would keep on hand food and things that I might need if needed for an emergency. I do have an abundance of things we normally use and I keep the food substances rotated. For example we do keep and eat canned tuna and canned chicken for sandwiches but do keep them rotated according to the expiration date. These are foods that can be eaten right from the can if necessary.

We do have about 60 plus gallons of drinking water stored for emergencies and saving more, some in larger containers of 5 gallons or more and some are smaller one gallon jugs. I have to use distilled water for my C Pap and we also use the gallon milk jugs when we empty one and we fill the distilled water and gallon milk jugs with tap water. So it does not costs us any money to store water. Every so often I do rotate the water by taking the oldest in storage to water plants and also my rose bushes and flowers. In the spring when we start the vegetable garden I use it for that too until all our storage containers, big and small are empty and refilled with fresh water. So there is no waste of water. Water will also be needed to flush toilets cuz who wants to tolerate a full toilet (ya know what I mean) and I have different types of containers for that; such as gallon laundry bleach jugs and other containers that would not be used for drinking water. That water does not have to be rotated because it is used for sewage and goes down the toilet. I am all for reusing plastic containers to help keep less plastic out of the environment.

Speaking of chlorine bleach, that can also be used to help purify drinking water if one questions if it is still safe to drink or not. I have read of different amounts of how much bleach to use to purify water but what seems to be common is one or two caps of bleach to one gallon of water can be safe to use. But this is only information that I have read and I am not suggesting the use of bleach in water. Husband and I also have the old military and hiker types of purification tablets. Many sporting good stores also sell purification tablets. Boiling water if you question it can also be done and if your electric and gas services have been interrupted you can use a wood burning stove but it can take awhile. The most recommended way from most health departments of killing bacteria and contaminates in water is boiling for 20 minutes. But even the water from the faucet will last a very long time because unless is contaminated it does not spoil. I have also read that water from the hot water heater is drinkable. Water heaters do have a faucet/valve at the bottom of the tank.

As I already mentioned above we do keep plenty of canned tuna and chicken breast on hand but also canned salmon and sardines and we also keep other canned or dehydrated non perishable foods such as; mixed vegetables, green beans, peas, carrots and an assortment of legumes (beans). Of course in a case of having power (electric) failure it is best to eat the food in the refrigerator and freezer first before it spoils. After that would be canned and dehydrated foods. We do keep large jars of peanut butter and saltine or other crackers to spread the peanut butter on. That is also good for tuna or chicken as a bread replacement. Peanut butter is high in protein. We keep nuts on hand and have a handful in the mornings with breakfast. We eat walnuts mostly and buy them in large bags but we also eat almonds and pecans.

Another thing we keep on hand is instant oatmeal. It only takes ¼ cup of boiling water to a packet to make one serving and is easy to store with a long shelf life. We do keep granola/cereal bars on hand and buy big boxes of them from the warehouse store we shop at. Powdered milk is another option and can be used when the electricity is out. Just have to figure out how much to use to make one glass or a small serving. Another nutritious drink we buy in case lots is the small 5.5 oz cans of V8 juice to drink in one sitting and none left to waste cuz of lack of refrigeration. Powdered orange drink such as Tang is also another nutritious beverage option. There is a protein drink that we keep on hand that comes in several different flavors but we use chocolate the most and it is much like chocolate milk and packaged in the paper type container as milk cartons, can be stored at room temperature. It contains 30g protein, 160 calories, 1g sugar and is low carb and fat with vitamins and minerals with no artificial growth hormones. It comes in an 11 oz carton and 18 cartons to a case. This liquid product was recommended to me by my personal physician. He said it was a good breakfast drink for diabetics.

These are just some of things we keep on hand as emergency food supplies that have a long shelf life and it would not hurt to keep a bottle of multiple vitamins on hand or other vitamins like B complex or D if one feels they need them for emergencies that will be needed for an extended period of time.

For pets we do keep plenty of food on hand for them; canned and dry food both. For the 2 monstrous dogs we do mix the dry food and canned food together when feeding. For my female cat that I call ‘Pussy’, (if I’m mad at her I call her ‘cunt’) we separate her canned food from her dry food. Animals will not starve themselves to death and will eat dry food if that is all the owner has. I can take or leave cats but have one cuz most women have cats. My cat brings things in through her cat door; such as small snakes, preying mantis’ and also live mice but many times the mice might get away from her inside the house and that is when I call her ‘cunt’.

For heat and light we use electric heat since our natural gas furnace went out several years ago and is expensive to replace. For us the cost of using electric in place of natural gas for heat is about the same. In case of emergencies if we have power failure (electric) we do have other sources of heat and light. Modern furnaces use electric for the thermostat to operate so even a gas furnace, the thermostat will not ignite the furnace but with natural gas a cook stove can be lit using a match. I have heard of some people using gas cook stoves to heat the house when they have no other source of heat. I have talked to people that work for utility companies about that and they say that is a no-no cuz of carbon monoxide fumes and that will just put someone to sleep and they do not awaken from their slumber. The question I have is that we cook with it. I have left pots of beans, soups and stews for hours at a time on the stove while they are cooking and also left a turkey, ham or large roast in the oven for several hours and that seems to be ok. So what is the difference if it is for cooking or heating. In the past I have used the cook stove or the oven for a little bit to warm the house but turned it off after about 15 minutes or so. I have talked to people that say that they have used terracotta or clay planter pots turned upside down over a gas stove burner as a source of heat for the house without any problems. I would welcome responses from anyone that has any knowledge of this.

We have a wood burning stove that we sometimes use and it does have a flat surface on top so it can be used to cook on if necessary and we do have a supply of firewood to be used in the stove. We also have a free standing kerosene heater and placed in the middle of the room does provide heat. For light we have battery powered lanterns and lights with an ample supply of batteries; D, C, AA, AAA and 9 volt. Our battery supply does include flashlight use and also battery powered radios. The 2 radios one takes D batteries and the other takes C batteries and even if we cannot get television we can still get some kind of outside contact with the world in case of a disaster and also pick up emergency broadcasts. The radios are AC/DC and stereo and audio tapes or CD discs can be played in them as well as getting radio stations. I have moon lights placed on a wall in every room in the house. The type of light that if one pushes the lens or cover the light comes on and also push it to turn it off.

I have collected about a dozen oil lamps and kerosene hurricane lanterns for lights and the lamps also throw out a little bit of heat and did this before Husband and I were ever involved with each other and were fucking. I bought of box of a dozen cans of Sterno awhile back and that can also be used for a little bit of heat and also heat food. We also a good supply of candles; decorative 2, 3 and 4 wick candles and also some of the emergency single wick candlesticks. An emergency heater can be made from a metal coffee can with a burning candlestick inside it but it does have to be metal and with the label peeled off and also has to sit having a brick or a piece of concrete paver under it cuz the can does get hot and can burn whatever it is sitting on rather it be wood, plastic or carpet. Do not use if it is a painted can! It will not do the job of some of the other sources mentioned for heat and light but if that is all one has it is better than nothing. I do know people plus us that do keep a kit like this, a metal coffee can, candle and brick in their vehicles for road emergencies. Anything that throws of heat is better than nothing at all.

For years our pioneers in America used fireplaces for heat, cooking and also light. In more recent times there is a special fireplace insert that does not use an electric fan but can push heat out into the room just from the design of it. This was well after our pioneers when this was designed but it is to bad they did not have this. It is a fireplace grate and heat exchanger all in one. These are made with 4,5 or 6 tubes that are kind of in the shape of a C. The tubes stand straight up and are attached together with the openings pointing out into the room. Just use the bottom to build the fire on just like a grate and as the tubes get hot they push out the warm air by sucking the cooler air in from the bottom and as the air traveled upward it is warmed and pushed out through the top of the tube and into the room.

Last yer we did purchase a small generator called a tailgater. This is for emergencies and will not completely power a whole house but it will handle some smaller items but it was less than $100 and will handle a small refrigerator, charge cell phones, power a portable radio or modern small television set, light up numerous light bulbs at one time. Of course it will not do to many things at one time but it will serve many needs one or two at a time and does have it’s limitations.

We live in snow country here so we do prepare for bad driving conditions. My car is a front wheel drive but I do carry cable chains for when it is snowy or icy making bad driving conditions. I have installed them numerous times and enough that I have learned how to put them on quickly and easily. And yes I do put them on the front wheels. I may now be a woman but I did learn many useful things when I was a male. Things like that now all I have to worry about is breaking a fingernail. The other 2 vehicles are 4×4 and one is an older Ford Ranger pickup off road vehicle and Husband’s Jeep. The Ranger does have studded snow tires on it. There is a misconception that 4 wheel drive is all one has to have for bad weather but all 4 wheel does is gets you going and give one traction in snow or on ice but if you are going at a normal rate of speed it will not always stop you and you can slide or spin out. At least the chains, cables or studded tires will dig into the ice or slick surface and at least slow you down and help you stop. Caution needs to be practiced in bad conditions and people need to drive at safe speeds and stay off phones and not be distracted or intoxicated. Most wrecks and pile ups I have seen on television people are driving much to fast to stop and slide right into a pile up.

In emergencies there are the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’, the ‘have nots’ being those that may have laughed at being prepared and if a situation arises will be begging the ‘haves’ for some of their stuff or trying to take it from them by force. We have sufficient fire power with an ample supply of ammo. Husband was not in combat but served in a U.S Army infantry division and as many know I was a U.S. Marine with combat experience. We know what to do from being trained. Plus we have our monster dogs.

Better to be prepared during severe weather and practice safe cautious driving.









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Happy Veterans Day!
Posted:Nov 11, 2019 9:24 am
Last Updated:Nov 17, 2019 10:21 am
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To those who served and also to those that did not, let'us all celebrate This is a memorial day to those that did serve our country.






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Happy birthday Marines
Posted:Nov 10, 2019 10:32 am
Last Updated:Nov 17, 2019 10:21 am
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It is said that once a Marine, always a Marine and I have found that be true. The Marine Corps birthday is celebrated today November 10 . The United States Marine Corps was originated in 75.

The Marines Corps was widely used as an amphibious force for the US Navy. But now they do attack in many other ways.

The Corps did teach many things and one is stand up for what I believe in. That even influenced my choice of becoming a woman. I fought for it and I have the right do it!

I was an E2 PFC and final rank was E3 Lance Corporal.








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Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day
Posted:Oct 14, 2019 8:10 pm
Last Updated:Nov 6, 2019 3:24 pm
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First it was the city of South Lake Tahoe, California and then it was Reno Nevada that instead of celebrating Columbus they voted to skip Columbus and instead voted for Indigenous Peoples to celebrate our Native Americans. Me having Native heritage I approve of this.

Although I am mainly of Irish and English I do have heritage from 3 native tribes. Mostly Cherokee from my dad and his dad, Mohawk from my dads mom my grandmother; and Blackfoot from my moms side. Now one of the DNA research companies is telling that I have heritage from a tribe from Mexico that migrated to Texas.

It is only the city of Reno that this is affected and the rest of Nevada is still the same and only the city of South Lake Tahoe that has made this change. The rest of California is still the same.

Lake Tahoe was once inhabited mainly by the Washoe Tribe and Reno has a Paiute res and there are also some Shoshone.

The Italians in downtown Reno who own the casinos still had their Italian Festival over the weekend.
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WTF IOWA!!!!! I had to cook!
Posted:Oct 5, 2019 10:46 pm
Last Updated:Nov 6, 2019 3:24 pm
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Saturday mornings I look at the college football schedule for the day and pick my choices for the day. On the Iowa vs Michigan game I picked Iowa and Husband took Michigan.

Our bet was the loser would cook dinner Saturday night and the winner would pick what the loser had to cook. I normally cook dinner anyway being the great housewife I am but it would have been nice to have Husband cook for a change.

Well I was told by some people that Iowa had a good football team this year, damn liars! Michigan won the game 10 to 3. But as I said I normally cook dinner anyway so I did not really lose anything. At least I got a couple of pats and squeezes on the butt while cooking but I usually get those also.

I might not be Martha Stewart but I keep Husband happy.
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Is there a TBT this week?
Posted:Oct 3, 2019 4:20 pm
Last Updated:Nov 6, 2019 3:25 pm
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If not I can post what I am working on next week.
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The Kokanee salmon are gathering to spawn in Lake Tahoe
Posted:Sep 25, 2019 2:19 am
Last Updated:Nov 6, 2019 3:25 pm
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Husband and I will be going up to Lake Tahoe on Friday to see the salmon in Taylor Creek which is where most of the kokanee from Tahoe spawn. Kokanee are land locked salmon that are close to the sockeye salmon. They spawn and the eggs hatch and the fry swim off into the lake. It is the same process as the sea going salmon but they go into Tahoe instead of the ocean.

Also in the lake are Rainbow, Brown and Mackinaw trout.

There is a trail that runs beside Taylor Creek that goes from highway 89 down to the lake. There is also a trail that goes on the other side west side of the highway that goes away from the lake but it is not as well maintained

Caution must be taken cuz there are black bear in the area but just keep a safe distance from them and do not do anything to agitate them. The Forest Service strongly advises that people do not try to take selfies with the bears. The adult male bears can get up to around 400 pounds. Best not to take yappy little dogs cuz they irritate the bears and it is also advised that you do not carry food cuz the bears do have excellent noses. One could lose their lunch.

There are other animals and birds that one might see on the trail: such as beaver, skunks, porcupines, squirrels, Mallard ducks, another water fowl that is like a duck but with a long skinny pointed bill/beak, golden or a bald eagle, owls, hawks and other birds. There are also cougars/mountain lions that occasionally wander into populated areas and the pesky coyotes that will also come after a small yappy dog. On the main trail down to the lake there is a walk way down to an underground aquarium that sometimes has fish in it.

Keep a close eye on if you have some with you.









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Street Vibrations in Reno this week
Posted:Sep 24, 2019 1:54 pm
Last Updated:Nov 6, 2019 3:29 pm
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Street Vibrations is an annual event here in Reno. This year it is going from September 25th to the 29th. It is not quite as big as the Sturgis Rally but is a good one for the West Coast,

I remember this event started in Carson City, the capital of Nevada but it got to be to big for the small town of Carson City and moved onto Reno, which is only 30 miles away but much bigger.

It started as a of guys that owned Harley Davidson dealerships, stores and shops across the nation but then many other just average citizens that owned Harleys started participating. Outlaw motorcycle clubs and gangs also got in on the act and there has been a few problems as a result of the rivalry of those people. Most of the large resort casinos do not allow members of the outlaw groups to wear their colors or fly their patches inside the casinos. I will not mention the names of any of the outlaw groups but they are the most notorious and well known.

I have noticed over the years that many of the bikers are getting away from the choppers and riding stock Harleys without the modifications.

Husband and I are looking at Harleys and even though we are Reno residents we do plan on participating in this event each year. Our goal is to join a club that does accept couples like us that have a masculine man and a trans woman as his wife and partner. We do have our compound together now with the 3 other couples like us and they have shown and interest in this too. So if we can't find an existing group maybe we can start one with 4 couples and have others like us join. There are gay motorcycle clubs. All 4 of us wives in our compound are looking forward to being part time biker bitches.

I have noticed that there are more women starting to ride Harleys at this event and not surprisingly many of them are bisexual or lesbian..









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HB Brooke!
Posted:Sep 24, 2019 1:02 pm
Last Updated:Nov 6, 2019 3:30 pm
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First of all happy birthday! I wish you many more!

I do have something for your TBT but unless you post something on Thursday I can't deliver it. I did friend you as you can see but when I try to message you I get the OP upgrade page and they want money.

I was a gold member on OP years ago and just did not think it was worth it. But if you post a page on Thursday I will post a story about my first time out in public as a girl.

Anyway Happy Birthday!
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Notice how peaceful and calm it has been the past couple of weeks
Posted:Sep 18, 2019 7:53 pm
Last Updated:Nov 6, 2019 3:30 pm
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It's amazing how the blogs have been so peaceful the past couple of weeks. Everyone is getting along and are friendly and we have some good blog posts going on.

No tension or BS going on. It's nice and I am enjoying it.
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