Category Archives: Do It Yourself

Knots and Ropework – Or Mongo ties one on.


One of the most useful and inexpensive skills to acquire is knot tying.

From the complex and beautiful Turks Head to the utilitarian Trucker’s Hitch, knowing how to correctly secure cord or rope can save you from much embarrassment.   That includes expense when your truck borne load goes flying into oncoming traffic.  Yes, it’s happened to me.  Thankfully, no one was hurt, but there were a few moments of sheer terror followed by well deserved cursing, at me and by me. Continue reading

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If knowing is half the battle, we’ve got them whooped already, they just ain’t figured it out yet.


You will have noticed several of the books on my last list were U.S. Army training manuals.  Some of you may be asking yourself why this particular source of information for S.R.S. or Self Reliance and Survival training.  As I’ve had occasion to answer that question before, I thought I’d go ahead and explain my thinking.

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Knit Knot or Carpe Crochet


I’ve been told I spin a good yarn, but the yarns I spin don’t involve sheep or llamas or goats. O.K., there is one about a goat, but that’s a tale for another day.

I took up the hooked needle two years ago when I failed to find a warm cap that wasn’t colored like a child’s first poop after eating crayons or fringed with more tassles than a burlesque dancer’s bodice.  I wanted a solid light color and no decorations, something that seemed hard to find at the time. Continue reading


Doing the Can-Can or Drop the peas and no one gets hurt!


Do you have a garden? Do you preserve the resulting bounty? If you’ve answered no to either one of these questions, then I shake my head at you and ask Why Not?

Even the smallest of yards has the potential to provide you and yours nutritious food with just a small investment of time and effort. Container gardens running the spectrum from dedicated “earth boxes” to something as simple as a clean food grade 5 gallon bucket filled with potting soil will provide a place for you to grow almost anything you can imagine. Continue reading


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