Here it comes again! Nearly ten years later to the day. WTF?! Some truths must be delt with in person.

I started writing this on June 14th, 2017.

Here it comes again!  Nearly ten years later to the day.  WTF?! Some truths must be dealt with in person.  I think?  My sister’s death.  June 21, 2007.   Dad, to me, “Have a nice life.” -June 2017.  Not sure what that ment.  Never will now as though it seems.  Had always gotten along with my dad but he lived in denial about my mom.  Lots of resentment and anger left behind.  Trying to figure how to clean up that mess.  My weird humor just makes me laugh out at how things turned out.  What-the-Fuck!  I think that was the call I didn’t want to make.  Would rather have avoided.  But, did.

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Now that leaves just a couple of things to tidy up that mess and then let it rest in peace like I should have done the day of her funeral.  I so was afraid of what I might say, or do.  Embarrass them in front of whoever showed up.  Maybe I could have let it rest then and missed my opportunity, the stage was set that is for sure.  I have a way of putting things that can cause an earthquake of a response which is usually why I’m the quiet one.  Let people figure it out on their own, be there to bandage up the wounds if necessary.  Clarity comes from experience.

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Unit 13, Miami

Father failed to recognize mother has a problem and blamed my sister and I for all of it I now realize.  Part of me thinks he is glad we are gone.  That is a hard one to wrap around since I presented science not emotion as evidence.  Completely, ignored.  One of the most disapointing moments in my life.  Not sure what to do, I’ll go on with life as usual and leave them to themselves.  I will visit my sister and cross that bridge that we couldn’t cross before.  That will be another part of the story for the future.

One thing is for sure, I miss my sister.  -13

Vacuum Sealer Project: Pill Pack for Medication

This Preparedness – Prepper – Hiker Vacuum Sealer Tip may get you arrested.  Sensational title but true.  Those of us who take multiple pills whether they’re prescription medications or supplements often use those multi-dose/day pill containers.  Doing so could get you arrested, maybe prosecuted.  Prescription medications are supposed to remain in their original container according to the law as I understand it.

There are all sorts of possibilities which is why the only advise I ever give anyone is, seek the advise of legal counsel and medical professionals before you do whatever it is you’re up to.

I made these pill packs originally for backpacking/hiking trips and as a way to carry a small amount of vital medications on my person at all times.  Ever miss your ibuprofen, antihistamine or whatever because you didn’t have it with you?  Yeah me too but no longer.  Plus it helps save money buying in bulk and having to not throw out medications stored improperly.

I make up a new pack/s every time I have to open bulk meds.  Usually fill one or two of the individual pouches and then put the rest in a larger pouch for long-term storage.  I always include the name of the drug/supplement, type/concentration, lot number and expiration date.  I never separate this information from anything I place in these pouches until I’d consumed the contents.  It’s very important to keep them together.

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Things I find helpful to have on hand, a red sharpie makes it easier for me to see the marks so I can line them up with the heat sealer portion of the vacuum sealer.  A funnel helps with precise placement of the pills.  I have a short extension of soft plastic tubing but couldn’t find it for the video.  It’s good for reaching to the deepest part of the pouch when trying to get pills that want to grab the pouch material instead of slide.

To make the pill packs I use an 11″ vacuum sealer roll like the rolls in this link.  2 Pack – SimpleHouseware 11″ x 50′ Commercial Vacuum Sealer Rolls Food Storage Saver Compatible to Foodsaver Sous Vide (total 100 feet) To make the template I used microsoft publisher then converted it into a downloadable PDF file located here.  PILL PACK DIVIDER INDIVIDUAL DOSE TEMPLATE  When looking at the template the top  and bottom two boxes are larger than the center boxes.  They’re larger to account for the various size factory sealed edges.

I laminated my second printing for durability because the first one was getting beat up from use, and also added a grommet to hang up or bind with other similar items.

Expired meds shown in the video are kept past their expiration date if preserved correctly following the DoD Shelf Life Extension Program.  I would include a link but the government has removed them.  Not sure how you’ll get that info now I don’t have anything to share at the time of this posting.  Research it maybe you’ll find something.

Everything else I think, is in the video.   Check it out. -13

 

DUCKS IN A ROW.

So much for my documenting getting it done.  I get into the projects and don’t want to stop.  One thing/project leads to the other I’m so far behind with my plans.  Next thing I know I’m waking up ready to go for more.  Given the time, the materials and it’s going to get done.  Have to get better with the note’s/blogging.  All the sitting around has been driving me crazy and I don’t want to get near a computer for fear of getting distracted.  It did inspire me to start the dash cam YouTube channel.  Did get some of my gear repackaged and labeled.  That will be another blog for sure.

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Then there are those simple truths that life has a way of teaching us when we reflect.  Sure does make you wonder doesn’t it. It can all happen anyway no matter how hard you try to make it turn out differently despite the goals you set, promises made, education level, or experience. Sometimes, seem to make it worse. Never imagined landing in this space but I’m here. What the hell is it about that truth all up in my face! Understanding a whole new level of myself and why I’m like I am.  Apprehensive to attempt to influence in any way based on the past attempts.  What feels like altruistic intentions blows up in my face.  Wondering what to do, or should I do anything at all.

Had to add this onto the original post.  Not sure why I’ll do it but several post I’d thought I’d published, werent.  Thought I’d clicked the publish button but didn’t then find myself wondering how did I do that. I think I’d clicking to see the preview and confusing the two.  Who knows?  I’m all over the place trying to catch up with everything.   I’ll have to put maintaining my sanity at the top of the to-do list.  -13

Grainger.com price jumps $2.41 per part after registering online. Ready to order parts, I changed my mind.

Grainger.com price jumps after registering online.  How does that work?  I’m confused.  I’ve been ordering online and from Grainger for many years now and I can never remember the price getting higher after I registered at any website.  Not once.  Until now.

I casually clicked over to Grainger.com.  Typed “garden hose fittings” into the search box.  Found what I was looking for placed it in the cart.  I thought I was ready to check out so the site wanted me to register to continue.  Thought I had done this but may not have because I’m tired of having to log onto sites, keep track of passwords/login and would rather not use the website to store any information.  I certainly won’t leave cashless type card information on file anywhere.  It’s safer to have to enter it each time.

Enough of security measures ramble.  Registering raised the price $2.41 per part.  At first I thought I had remembered the price wrong.  I had switched to another tab to follow the register procedure so I could place the order.  For a moment I forgot about the other tab that was open with the original search because I went on a search tangent from the second tab looking at all the stuff Grainger is known for.

When I realized what I was doing I stopped the tangent.  Started to check out and was looking at the price of the items and thought something didn’t look right.  I thought for a moment then remembered the other tab with the price difference.  I was surprised to see that they were different in price, much different to my eye.

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For now I made this blog and a video to document the experience and will search for other sources for heavy duty garden hose parts.  I do not mind paying a higher price for quality parts that will last.  A quick look at any of my gear or equipment will prove it.  I do have a problem paying more after registering at the online site.

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I could call or contact the company but have such a distrust of corporate representatives that I believe about 95% of what they say is complete crap or should I be more clear, lies.  That is based on the many years of hearing it over and over.  I do like Grainger, they have so many products it’s hard to wrap around the scale of it.  They have an excellent reputation on all the farms and ranches I’ve ever been to.

However we end up back at the corporate group think and how it will always be to cover their asses.  I’m curious to know what other’s experiences have been.  And where can one find heavy duty, I mean fit for using around large animals, tractors or at a fire station, hose end parts that will fit heavy duty 3/4″  garden hose lines.

The search continues. -13

Dash Cam: Compilation 1 What better to do with my Dash Cam video?

South Florida Driving 101.  Experience all that driving in south Florida has to offer. Heart pounding cut-offs, pedestrian-zombies, package-twine-mattress-haulers, crisscrossing-panics.  Get your South Florida Driving safety education from the experts in rude, incompetent, insane, dumb and dangerous driving.  All for free.  Just ride along with us.  For this ride you don’t need a seatbelt or insurance and rear-seat drivers are welcome to.

Great title and funny text for my new and sure to continue video project.  Why didn’t I think of this before now?   To think of all I’ve deleted of such good footage of horrible driving is disappointing.  The close calls, the laughs, the anger, the mayhem.

No more.  I’m going to starting running several cameras while I’m on the road and outfit my friend’s car since she drives everywhere down here and always has great stories.  We’re going to capture them on video if we can then add them to the project.

The idea came to me once again while I was listening to the jingles on iMovie and YouTube audio libraries.   It seem to me there were a lot of good jingles under 2 minutes that would be perfect for featuring the madness we all see when driving.  I feel the time is perfect for making these videos because most things only last seconds and 2 minutes is not too long to watch.  Also many videos need to be repeated and slowed down so we can see the action.  It all seems like a perfect fit.

This video is my first one of the project.  I had a lot of fun editing this one with the many transitions, slow motions, text, all of it.  The beginning is my favorite with the animated map and water splash type opening.  I think it’s really cool what can be done with iMovie, a dash cam and some old iPhones.  Welcome aboard, hope you enjoy the ride! -13

Vacuum Sealer Project: Another easy-open packaging video!

Another video about how to make your vacuum sealer packaging easier to open with a pattern notcher.

This goofy video was totally inspired by the Jingle track playing with the video.  When I was making a longer version of a video with the same topic I was searching through iMovie’s sound library for a little intro sound.  As I was listening to the tune this video idea popped into my head.  I thought it would be cool to try to communicate similar information in the 36 seconds it takes the tune to play without a voice speaking over the track.

I went back to my improvised shop set up in the living room and recorded this in about 15 minutes and spent about an hour editing.  It’s kind of silly and dumb and totally low-budget but I actually like it and it was fun from beginning to end to make.  Have fun hope you enjoy it. -13

 

Vacuum Sealer Project: How to make your packaging easy to open

Several years ago I packaged an emergency kit in vacuum sealer packaging.  Tested it, and was completely shocked to discover how tough the packaging is and how difficult it can be to open without using some other instrument or object.  Attempting to open one of them by hand-only proved impossible to do without assistance.  It also made me realize how important and useful the tear-notch on freeze dried meals made for backpacking could be.

An individual, with an injured hand and/or dentures/front dental work would be at risk for not being able to open the package without assistance from an object or the tear-notch.  With a tear-notch it may be possible place part of the package underfoot and tear with the uninjured hand.  I know this for sure, I cannot do it without the tear-notch.

The first experiments with nothing more than a simple straight cut with the scissors worked fairly well.  I noticed though when I decided to cut a “V” shape into the margin on the packaging that it was easier to open and the tear didn’t seen to veer off like the single cut did.  Sometimes when I was testing the single cut way the tear would not always follow into and open the package, it would follow the margin and made it just as difficult to open.

I like the V cut over the single cut because it is more visible and easier to use.  There are a few things I don’t like about the V cut.  First it takes two cuts to make, that is a lot of cutting when making multiple packages and more than one tear-notch for each package.  The cut must be more accurate to ensure that the two cuts meet at the V point, if they don’t it may create another more difficult package to open.  It works great but it’s much more time consuming and requires a certain degree of accuracy unlike the single cut.

Not happy with either of those things I searched for another more efficient way to make those notches.  I was trying to think of what to search for online when I remembered something I had seen in a sewing supply catalog I had but couldn’t remember what it was.  Lucky me I had kept the catalog and found it.  The item is a pattern notcher.

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A, Style-45N, 1/16″ x 1/4″ Pattern Notcher. Turns out it works perfectly for this purpose.  It cuts the perfect notch for getting the package open plus all one needs to do is put the margin edge of the packaging into the notcher until it stops then close the notcher with your hand and done!  Wow what a really fantastic solution!  I can quickly and accurately place the notch and make the cut in seconds then move onto the next pressing homesteading project.

I made a short video about my experience and demonstrate the way that “Works for me”.  Hope you find this information useful. -13