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Archive for December, 2009

Homemade Candles

Posted by Kevin Felts On December 23, 2009 Comments Off

Sometime in 2001 or 2002 I was doing computer repair service in Kingwood, Texas – which is part of Houston. The day started out typical enough, I got the work orders from the dispatcher and went on my way. One house that I was to visit changed my life forever. I knocked on the front door and this nice looking lady, maybe in her mid 30s answered. As soon as we went into the house I noticed the smell of candles and oils. The dining room table was covered with all kinds of supplies for making lotions, candles and other arts and crafts stuff.

Gearpods adventure and survival system

Posted by Kevin Felts On December 14, 2009 Comments Off

gearpods reviewUp until just a few weeks ago I had never heard of a Gearpods. Which is marketed as a modular adventure and survival system. When I was approached about doing a review of the Pod, the first thing I did was go to youtube and do a search. Well, no results came back – which is kinda strange. You can find just anything you want on youtube, except in that point in time I could not find a video about “GearPods”. Ok, we need to fix that problem.

When on a backpacking trip, organizing small items can be a real pain. This is where the Gearpod comes into play. Not only does it help organize items, it helps keep electronics dry with o-ring seals.

Texas Department of State Health Services Recalls Oysters

Posted by Kevin Felts On December 7, 2009 Comments Off

The Texas Department of State Health Services ordered a recall today of all oysters harvested from San Antonio Bay after reports that people in two states outside Texas have been sickened by norovirus after consuming the oysters. DSHS has received no reports of the illness in Texas related to these oysters. Oysters harvested in San  [ Read More ]

Snow knocked out power to small town in East Texas

Posted by Kevin Felts On December 5, 2009 Comments Off

On December 4th, 2009 East Texas received an early (and unexpected snowstorm).  It was not really a “snowstorm”, as compared to what the northern states get, more like some snow flurries.  But for East Texas, an area that rarely gets snow, it was more like a snow storm.  In all, may 1/4 inch of snow  [ Read More ]

Dyno Powered Devices

Posted by Kevin Felts On December 4, 2009 Comments Off

Back on 08-08-2007, forrestdweller posted an interesting thread on the forum. At the time it did not get very much attention. As I was going through some of the older threads, I took notice of it. Dyno Powered Devices are really underrated and overlooked. As I walk around the local big box mart, there are  [ Read More ]

Good hot meal after a disaster

Posted by Kevin Felts On December 3, 2009 Comments Off

Never underestimate the power of a good hot meal during times of stress. After a disaster, and stress levels are up, food can be used as a comfort blanket.

When my family returned home after hurricane Rita, and Hurricane Ike in 2008, we found the yard covered with tree limbs. One tree in the back yard had blown down, but landed away from my house. Some of our group started cleaning up the yard, and piling the limbs up. While this cleaning up was going on I started cooking.

The pit was fired up, some sausage and steaks were cooked and we all had a feast right before dark.

It was of great comfort to have a good hot meal after a stressful event. The night before, it sounded like we had a train sitting on top of us for about 8 hours. The next morning everyone was stressed out, and edgy, but the hot meal was like a turning point for that day.

After a stressful event, plan on the group using a feast to comfort and reassure them that life will return back to normal. Then is not the time for powered eggs and freeze dried foods. Pull the steaks or ribs out of the freezer and cook them up.

The food in the freezer should be eaten before the packaged stuff anyway. So its a win win situation. The group gets a good hot meal and the perishable foods are eaten before they spoil.

Never underestimate the power of a good hot meal. It can really help with the morale of the group.

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Patio Gardening Project Finale and Review

Posted by Kevin Felts On December 2, 2009 Comments Off

This is the finale to our patio gardening project.  So lets discuss how things went, the results and the types of seeds we should stockpile. Overall, I was how the project went.  Even though the box that the plants grew in was only about 6 inches tall, it seemed that the plants grew pretty good  [ Read More ]

Considerations for a late season patio garden

Posted by Kevin Felts On December 1, 2009 Comments Off

If your stocking up on seeds for a patio garden, cold weather garden, or shaded garden, here are some things to take into consideration. Due to the lack of sunlight, the plants growth might be stunted, the plant may not mature, and if it does mature it might take a lot longer then normal. Because  [ Read More ]