Entries Tagged ‘living life’

Feeling down

I am feeling really down. It seems like take 1 step forward, and then take 10 steps backwards.

For the past 4 – 5 months I have been looking for a new job. Only landed 1 interview. Went for a job interview, did not get the position. I have a proven employment history, skills, but yet nobody is calling.

One of the dogs I rescued killed one of my chickens last weekend, then mauled another one yesterday. My wife and I got the chicken, separated her from the flock, sprayed her wounds down with antibiotic spray and have her in a cage in the house. She will probably be ok. I have seen wounds like this before. There is a good chance she will recover. Chickens have a wonderful immune system.

Over the past few months I built a new 200 feet long x 100 feet wide chicken yard. The stupid chicken did not want to stay in its nice new yard, it got out, and the dog had its way with her. Just stay in your yard and you will be safe. But chickens do not understand that. Why did I put so much time and money into a new yard if the chickens are not going to stay in it?

To be honest, the two chickens that were getting out are Rhode Island Reds. The Buffs, Barred Rocks, Australorps and my only single remaining Black Jersey Giant are staying in the yard just fine. Barred Rocks love to free range, but they are not jumping over the fence. The Buff Orpingtons and Australorps are some of the easiest going chickens in my flock. They love to fee range, but will also stay in their yard.

It seems like no matter what I do something goes wrong.

Looking for a career change

For the past 9 years I have been stuck at an office job working on computer related stuff. Just the typical stuff like unlocking users accounts, maintaining the company website, trouble shooting VPNs, just your usual tech related stuff.

When I was going to college I would have never guessed tech related stuff would suck so bad.

From 1986 to 1999 and again in 2003 – 2005 I worked in welding shops across southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. The pay and benefits were pretty bad. But at least at the end of the day I had something to show for my hard work. Whether it was fitting a 2:1 elliptical head on a pressure vessel or heat exchanger, building some nozzles, fitting a pass plate, building a shell cover or floating head,,,, there was something at the end of the day to see. Being able to see your work at the end of the day creates a sense of accomplishment.

With tech related work there is nothing to see at the end of the day. Not being able to see your completed work decreases job satisfaction. Job satisfaction finally reaches a point were you ask yourself, what am I doing here? What am I doing with my life? When I retire what kind of stories am I going to tell my grandkids?

For the past 3 months I have been applying for a tugboat deckhand position. I want to get outside and do something besides sit at a desk all day long.

When my kid were growing up I wanted a job where I was home everyday. I just could not imagine leaving my family for a week or more at a time. Now that my kids are grown it is time to do something for myself. It is time for something new, something where I get some kind of job satisfaction again.

I got my TWIC and Merchant Mariner Credential. Now it is just a matter of applying until I land a job.

Feeling down

Feels like I am slipping underwater, lips barely breaking the surface to gasp for air.

I do not understand why I am feeling this way. Last summer my wife and I got moved to a rural area. We can finally live the lifestyle we want – have a garden, plant fruit trees, have chickens, live in peace and quiet, and for some reason I am feeling down.

There is so much I need to do, but so little time.

Need to build a rain water catch system to irrigate the garden, plant peas, beans, squash, melons, want to go fishing, build a larger chicken yard,,, feel overwhelmed.

The puppies are doing better and we have been going for walks in the evening.

We have a day of nice weather, then cloudy and overcast for a week. I feel that the cloudy weather has been affecting my mood.

I just want to enjoy life. But I feel that I have some kind of massive weight pulling me down. Why do I feel so down?

My wife and I are not in debt, child support will be over in a couple of months, everything is going good.

Random thoughts on prepping for shtf

One of the big questions in the prepping / survivalist community is when did you start prepping? My great grandparents lived on a small farm, my dad was raised on this same small farm, my mom was raised in a rural area and had chickens and a garden.

I was exposed to gardening, farming and raising your own food from the time I was born.

Prepping covers such a wide range of topics. Ask ten people what is means to be a prepper or survivalist, and you will probably get ten different answers. Ask a hundred people the same question, and you will probably get a hundred different answers.

Some preppers stockpile canned food, some stockpile #10 cans of freeze dried food, some stockpile superpails of dried food.

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Puppies killed one of my chicks

A couple of weeks ago I picked up two puppies someone had dropped off on the side of the road. My wife and I live in a rural area which means people can drop off unwanted pets with a low risk of being spotted.

The puppies were living in a hollow log on the side of the road. After feeding them for around a week I was able to get close enough to grab them. When I picked them up they did not growl, bark or try to bite me. Just to be on the safe side I wore leather gloves.

Everything was going good until this morning. My wife got up before I did, she looked out the backdoor and saw the puppies under the chicken house. The chicken house is up on legs, screened bottom with hardware cloth and plywood sides. The chicken house was designed to be predator proof. We have a chicken yard, but the gates are left open so the hens can free range.

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To die with a view

This might seem a little morbid, but when you die, would you like your corpse to have a view of the sky and stars?

While looking around youtube I came across a video showing the corpses that litter Mt. Everest. When I was watching the video I thought to myself what it may be like to be on a place like Everest forever.

Corpses can not see or hear, but imagine if they could. How splendid it would be to be on Mt. Everest, to watch the wind, the snow, and see the stars.

Would you rather your corpse be buried in a box, burned to ashes, or sitting under the stars. Watch the video and then share your thoughts in the comments section.

My neighbor was robbed

An older gentlemen and his wife who live close to me were robbed last friday. They were out of town on a trip that lasted thursday through saturday.

Sometime while they were gone the front door was kicked in, the whole gun safe was stolen, and the thieves tried to steal a truck. But while in the process of moving the truck to load stuff in it, the thieves got the truck stuck in the yard.

The man had some day laborers who had been doing work on his farm.  The police are focusing in the those day laborers as the primary suspects.  But what do you do when you need help?  Do you ask friends and family and wait on them to get free time?  Or do you go down to a local corner store and hire some day workers?  My personal preference is to rely on friends and family rather than inviting people I do not know onto my property.

It seems like people are no longer safe regardless of where they go. I figure that living in a rural area crime would be non-existent, but it is still here.

Thieves are like democrats. You work hard all your whole life, accumulate property, then someone kicks in your door and takes it from you. It it is not the democrats then it is the child support office, the irs or some other agency trying to take what you have worked hard for.

What do people have to do to live in peace and quiet?  Do we move out of the city to the suburbs?  Do we move to a rural area several miles from town?  What does it take to live as one wishes?

In the grand scheme is things people taking things that does not belong to them has probably been with mankind since we first started to collect property.  Whether it was a pair of shoes, spear, scrapping tool for cleaning hides,,, there are people out there who would rather take than earn their own.

Forum Thread – My neighbor was robbed

Judge Lisa Millard should be removed from office

Judge Lisa Millard sentenced Clifford Hall 6 months in in jail for a crime he did not commit.

It seems that his child support payments were modified without his knowledge, which violates the due process clause of the U.S. constitution. The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees that the government can not take a persons property or liberty without a chance to present their own evidence in a court of law.

Judge Lisa Millard should be removed from office and prohibited from every holding a public office, or any office that has authority over the people. Judge Lisa Millard along with the Harris county child support office is a perfect example of how dads are being driven into child support induced poverty.

Now that Clifford Hall is in jail how is he supposed to pay his child support?  Rather that being current on his child support, he is going to leave jail 6 months in the rear and with no job.  How is that justice?

Child support is not about taking care of the child. The current system is designed to do one thing, that is to punish the non-custodial parent, which is usually the father. Judge Lisa Millard and her decision to throw Clifford Hall in jail for 6 month is a perfect example of a system that is out of control.

The child support system in Texas needs to be reformed.  The first step to reigning in an out of control system is to remove judges like Lisa Millard from office.  Once removed from office make her an example by prohibiting her from practicing law in Texas, and prohibit her from holding any public office.  Her sentence of Clifford Hall is nothing more than abuse of power.

How is being current on your child support a crime?  It is not.

Chances are the only reason why Clifford Hall is in jail is because he is black.  I hate to say that, but it is my honest opinion.  It is strange how a white woman throws a black man in jail for paying his child support.

Two Chips

The story behind this video as I understand it, the wife gets drunk and tells a joke. The husband records the joke, animates it, and makes a video out of it.

Random Thoughts May 6 2013

Over the past few days I have been thinking about a lot of stuff. A lot of small stuff, to small to make their own post about. So I thought I would combine a lot of small topics into a random thoughts post.Kevin Felts, Blogger and Survivalist

I promised a buddy of mine that I would tone the political stuff down. Rather than posting political topics here, I will keep them on PBJ News.  So here goes.

Video Gaming -I guess it is a matter of me getting older, but fewer and fewer games have that “wow” factor.  Back in the 1980s and 1990s some of my buddies and I could play Atari and Super Nintendo for hours at a time.

Now, its takes a lot of keep me interested in a game.  Borderlands 2 got boring within 2 hours and Skyrim lost it after maybe 2 – 3 hours.  The only game that has been able to keep my interest over the past 3 years had been Left 4 Dead 1 & 2.  Since Diablo III has the always on internet requirement I did not even bother buying it.

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PBJ News

After receiving some complaints about the amount of political commentary on this site, I have decided to do two things:

1 – Reduce the amount of political commentary posted here.

2 – Open a new website where I can rant all I want about political stuff.Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

The new site is called PBJ News, as in Peanut Butter and Jelly news. Why PB&J? Because it is quick, simple, and something that fills the soul. It is a name just about everyone can relate to and it is easy to remember.

With all of the gun hating, conservative hating, family values hating sites on the net, I figured we needed a site that pushed conservative values.  I have this vision of PBJ news being not only a conservative news site, but also a conservative opinion site.

I am so tired of gun hating liberal sites spewing their hatred, I figured it was time to open my own site to spread core conservative values.

This is just my personal opinion on things, I think the United States is going to hell in a handbag.  The government has turned against the common working people, while liberals push for social equality for those who do not deserve quality, meaning illegal immigrants.

While companies like apple turn record profits, a record number of people are on welfare.  The major news would rather report on celebrities, rather report on the pressing issues.

We need sites that push for holding people responsible for their crimes, rather than liberal sites who would rather blame society.

Join me in my new endeavor, head on over to PBJ News and add the site to your bookmarks.

We Need More Bomb Control

After the events in Boston is has become clear that we need more bomb control.

Here is what I purpose:

7 day waiting period on buying a bomb – This is a cool off time to make sure someone is not buying a bomb to kill a jilted lover. The cool off period is to give the person buying the bomb time to think about their actions.

We do not want someone buying a bomb in haste or while they are angry.

Kevin Felts

Kevin Felts on Google+

Background check for all bomb purchases – We want to make sure bombs do not fall into the wrong hands. The background check is to make sure those buying a bomb are not criminals (like criminals care about laws).

Not only do we need background checks for licensed bomb sales, but also person-to-person bomb sales.  If an individual wants to sale a bomb to someone else, they need to go to the local police department so a background check can be ran on the buyer.

Bombs have to be kept out of the hands of criminals.  The only way to do that is for a universal background check.

Limit bombs to 10 pounds of explosives – Bombs that have have 15 pounds of explosives are too dangerous for civilians.  Only the police or military need bombs with more then 10 pounds of explosives.

Bombs with more then 10 pounds of explosives are nothing more than weapons of mass destruction and most be prohibited.

License for the manufacturer of bombs – Anyone who makes a bomb will be required to have a license.

Restrictions needs to be put on being able to modify a bomb, such as adding a timer, remote detonator, or adding more pounds of charge.

Liability insurance for bomb owners – If someone owns a dangerous bomb, that person needs to obtain at least 1 million dollars of liability insurance.

You never know when an irresponsible bomb owner might leave a bomb laying around for a child to find.

Limit how many detonators someone can have – If someone has more then 100 detonators then that person will need a special permit from the government.

There is no legitimate sporting purpose for anyone to have more than 100 detonators in their procession.

But then again – when do criminals care about stupid laws?

Laws like the ones listed above would only apply to law abiding citizens, as criminals do not care.

Said Goodbye To A Friend

Saturday, March 2, 2013 I said goodbye to an old friend.  C.D. Broussard lived life as it was supposed to be lived. He never had a harsh word to say about anyone, not once did I see him get angry. When C.D was at your house you were never bored, as C.D. could carry on a conversation with anyone. Whether it was computers, comic books, video games,,, C.D. knew something about it.

In December 2011 C.D. Broussard was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

He lived the good life,
He fought the good fight,
and now he rest as he has never rested before.

C.D. Broussard lost his struggle with cancer in February 2013.

Several years ago a mutual friend of ours passed away from a sudden heart attack, his name was Joe. At the memorial service and funeral for Joe, C.D. cracked a joke about how much a grease fire there must have been while Joe was being cremated. Joe was a fairly large fellow, as he probably weighed over 400 pounds when he died. We all talked and laughed about how Joe did us a favor being cremated.

That is the way C.D. was, he could find the humor in anything.

A Friend Has Passed Away

Got a phone call from a buddy of mine informing me a mutual friend had passed away.

December 2011 C.D. was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He had been feeling ill for a long time, maybe 6 months or more. But as most men do, C.D. put off going to the doctor.

He fought the good fight,
He lived life as it should be lived,
Good drink,
Good food,
Good friends.

You will be missed my friend.

Another Sissification Example

Just another example of the sissification of America, this time its from Dartmouth college.

In short, college kid talks jibberish to a couple of asian students.  Asian students are offended and file a complaint.

Holy crap, really?  I wish I could file a complaint everytime I have been offended.

Offended asian kids, welcome to the real world.  Think you will be able to file a complaint when you have a flat tire, or when the power goes out, or when a bird craps on your car, or when you get sick,,,,.  The world is full of unpleasant situations, get used to it.




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