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Monday, February 11, 2019

Que Sera, Sera, Whatever Will Be, Will Be Part III




                 Que Sera, Sera, Whatever Will Be, Will Be     Part III

    Recently I took a survey of my property with the intention of making a list of all the unfinished projects I have to do. We moved to this property in 1986 and some of the projects date clear back to the time we moved in. I had a heart attack in January 2004 and have not really worked since then, but my list of unfinished jobs has continued to multiply.  It has become clear to me that one thing I am good at is procrastination. However procrastination can be overcome with focused effort.

    I finally accomplished a goal I had for a number of years, but that is all a matter of perspective. In 2003 I decided I needed to lose one hundred and thirty pounds. It went fine till January 2004 when I had the big one. I had lost ninety pounds. I was forty pounds short of my goal, having gone from three hundred fifty pounds down to two hundred sixty which is when I stopped dieting till, Easter of 2018. At that point I had found all the weight I had lost and was back at three hundred fifty. Pretty sad situation if you think about it. However because of a series of health crisis in my life over that long period of time I decided I needed to continue to my original goal, even if for different reasons.

    The original reason I was losing weight was that I wanted to start skydiving again. It was something I did when I was in the Army and I was a licensed instructor. The reason for the specific amount of weight was because of limitations on the equipment.  You can weight more than that jumping on your own and with the proper equipment. The equipment for most instruction centers however was based on a weight limit of the student, instructor and equipment. The total weight was determined with the goal and size canopy to slow you to a safe landing speed.

  Since starting my new diet at Easter of 2018 I have lost fifty pounds. With the ninety pounds I lost before my heart attack, I have lost a total of one hundred and forty pounds. That is ten pounds more than my original goal, but still eighty pounds short of my original goal thanks to all the weight I gained back. My purpose has changed though. Now I am doing it purely for the health benefit. I may still jump if I feel in proper condition when I get to the desired weight, but jumping is no longer the goal. Being a Type II diabetic, and Agent Orange recipient and Heart Attack survivor who was technically dead twice.  Just staying alive is my goal now.

    When I was losing weight the first time I was an over the road truck driver. I did all my own unloading, walked forty minutes every day and very carefully monitored my diet. Yet I had a heart attack. It is with a little bit of trepidation that I approach my original low weight of two hundred and sixty pounds. The condition I am in I could die before I get out of this chair, but I believe the health benefits are worth it. A year ago walking in and of itself was a challenge. There are five steps up to the porch to get into my house. A year ago getting up them left me winded and totally out of energy.

    Once a month I carry in three five gallon bottles of water and four forty pound bags of salt for the water conditioner. A year ago I carried a bottle from my van to the porch, stop and get my breath, carry it to the kitchen, stop and get my breath then finally to where we store them in the back room. After that I would have to take a ten minute break and go through the same cycle till I managed to get it all in the house. At this point in time I can make two can complete trips without stopping three times to catch my breath on each trip. I could probably do all of them without stopping.  I may as time goes on be able too, but I am more into enjoying the improvement in the quality of my life. My diabetes doctor told me if I lose another twenty pounds or so, she may be able to take me off of the insulin I take for my diabetes. Not bad for a seventy-two year old who takes care of his twin six year old great-grand-daughters, eleven hours a day, five days of  a week.  

     Yesterday my fifty-eight year old brother-in-law passed away from a bad lung infection. I was fifty-seven when I had my heart attack, so it reminded me I am not going to live forever and I need to add these few pieces of diet advice that I have accumulated over the years that helped me and might help someone else.

    My youngest daughter, Glenda, who taught me “The Way Down Diet” taught me a few other pieces of trivia that might help others. When you get in a serious diet mode you will plan your meals and done right it can really make dieting almost fun as you try new recipes and foods that you might not normally eat. On Pinterest I have a board with healthy meals. Pinterest is a very good place to find some fascinating and different meals. Just type in what you are interested in eating or preparing and hundreds of menus will come up. Some are very simple and some are very complex. You get to choose the one you like and put it on your board, or create a board for the things you like.

      Glenda taught me what she called glycemic dieting. It is based on eating foods that have a very low glycemic number and are usually ones that have a lot of fiber. The good thing about these foods is that they require more calories from your body to digest them than they put in your body to start with. A few examples are cabbage, lettuce, carrots, onions, asparagus, broccoli and peanuts. Putting some of these in almost every meal helps lose weight by forcing your body to provide the calories to digest them.

    As I said in one of my earlier posts, it is not a matter of calories in and calories out.  All calories are not the same. I think the most important thing is not so much what you eat but how much you eat. As I slowly adapt to the diet and cutting down on the portion sizes. Your meal size slowly shrinks, and so do you. It is funny the first time you go to one of the old fashion carry in dinners and find out you are full and can’t even sample all the wonderful food. Over time your stomach’s capacity shrinks.

    Once I discovered I could lose the weight, I realized losing weight was not the only problem. I know I have a heart condition.  A big part of it is from eating foods that are not really good for you.  Foods that clog your arteries by creating plaque can be eliminated from our diets. I discovered that over time a lot of the damage we do can be reversed or at least slowed down. There is a link that lists fifteen heart healthy foods.  Adding these foods to your diet and even planning your diet around them can really make a difference in the way you feel and what you can physically do.

     One of my favorite diet advice blogs is on YouTube and the title is “Butter Makes Your Pants Fall Off.” The blog is a little hard to watch because he hardly ever looks at the camera. He does make it clear though that many of the concepts we believe about food and dieting are totally wrong. The diet he is advocating is called a KETO diet and is a high fat, high protein, low carb diet and it is a way of dieting that definitely works.  It is similar to some of the more popular diets like the South Beach Diet and the Atkins Diet, however, he is not trying to sell you anything. He simply advises you on how the diet works.

    This will be my last diet post till I reach 250 pounds.  At the pace I have been losing at that may be about eight or ten months from now.  When I started dieting it was a goal oriented program.  While I still have goals I would like to accomplish my reason has changed.  It has become a lifestyle and is no longer really a diet, but a new way of living my life and hopefully making it a lot more enjoyable.

   Questions and comments on my post are always more than welcome, thanks for reading and hope to share with you how I am doing down the road. If I reach my ultimate goal I will have lost over 265 pounds, thanks to my detour in route. In closing I will only say this. “Diets Work,” The secret is having the willpower and determination to follow the diet. I take a few days off every month, but I am learning as I become better at planning my meals I really like the things I eat and no longer desire the carbs. My one compromise is pizza. I do it a little different though.  I order it with double toppings and extra cheese, then I scrape it off the crust and just eat all the protein and fat.
   

Monday, January 14, 2019

Que Sera, Sera, Whatever Will Be, Will Be Part II



     


   Que Sera, Sera, Whatever Will Be, Will Be     Part II

    Writing is a strange thing to do. Especially when you want to say a multitude of things and can’t figure out what is most important. I had a lifelong friend whose favorite saying was, “Shoot the bear closest to the cave.” His meaning was that whatever offered the greatest threat to you should be taken care of first. Sometimes figuring that out can be harder than one might think. In this case I guess it might be to just pick up where I left off in part one.

    This may not be exactly picking up but it is continuing in the same direction. The attached picture is not that good but it is to make a point. I am one bag down and two more to go. I do not really see any loss in the picture but I know I have when step on the scale, or put on my jeans instead of my usual sweats. I actually have to tighten up my belt a couple of notches. Finally after just ten months I am down fifty pounds. That is the significance of the bag of chicken feed. It represents what I have lost so far.  When and if I get to where my goal is I will have lost three of those bags.

      When I try to tell people how to tell how much overweight they are I tell them to go to the store and pick up something that weighs as much as the difference between what they weight and what they should weight. For me that would be three bags. I can already tell the difference in several ways.  We have five steps up to the porch in front of our house. That is not much but I would always be wheezing and short of breath when I walked up them. Now I can carry in five gallons of water or a forty pound bag of water conditioner salt in one trip. Before I started my diet I had to stop three times on each trip and take a ten minute break between bottles or bags. At seventy-two it is a bit of challenge, but I can do it again.  I won’t be doing any marathons any time soon, but I am certainly making headway which keeps me motivated.

     One of the big reasons for starting the diet was that I have type2 diabetes. My doctor told me at my last visit that if I lose another twenty pounds I may be able to get off of insulin. That is definitely a motivator. Since then I have hit a plateau which means I am still eating the same but the weight is no longer coming off.  So I am getting ready to make some changes to my diet.

    Up till now I had been on a keto type diet.  It is a high fat, high protein and low carbohydrate diet. I had been avoiding veggies almost entirely and found from reading that veggies maintain balance in your system.  Another thing I learned years ago but had been ignoring was paying attention to the glycemic index. If you follow the link it will tell you how much a food affects your blood sugar. I try to eat foods under 30 points.  It does not take much figuring to realize a normal diet can easily overload your system, especially if you have an insulin problem. The last few months I have been spending much time on YouTube. They have dozens if not thousands of videos on how to manage a diet and insulin.  The main thing it takes is the willpower to change because you need it.

   Another reason for dieting for me is simply I may be running out of time. On January 22nd 2004 I had the big one.  The link tells that story and gives a testimony on my part.  A week from tomorrow will be the fifteenth anniversary of that event. To me it has significance because of a Biblical character named Hezekiah. The Bible tells the story how he served God and at one point the Prophet Isaiah came to him and told him God sent him to tell Hezekiah he was going to die. He turned to the wall and started crying out to God about all he had done.  Well Isaiah left, but then God told him to go back and give tell him he had fifteen more years to live. My fifteen years are about up, not that I think I am about to die. I believe and hope I will be here at the second coming. If you read the testimony in the link you will understand why I think that.

     In the course of writing my blog I have shared a lot of dates that to me say we are definitely in the last days.  There are many prophecies left to be filled and the rapture is one. As I write this my wife is in a hospital in St. Louis with her 57 year old brother Gus and he is in need of a lung transplant and at this time we are not sure where that is going to go. Your prayers for him are more welcome and wanted. None of us really know what life holds for us in the future, but I do know that God will get us through whatever it is and guide our paths.

     Some people think my blog is all about me. It is not, it is about how God has opened doors for me all my life and guided my path. When I think of the rapture one thing bothers me about it. I am ready to go and thought I had years ago, but the Lord has given me these years to share and show and tell how awesome and real he really is.

     The last four years I have been taking care of my twin six year old grand-daughters, which is why my writing has really slacked off,  The only thing that bothers me about dying is what will happen to them and who will step up to the plate and take care of them. I take care of them about fifty hours per week. When reading thru the Bible one time I came across the word infidel in 1st Timothy 5:8 and had to look up the word in the dictionary.  It means someone who does not know God. It struck my heart and I realized many people turn their back on their own and do not know what the Bible says about such a person. So I stepped up to the plate and started helping and recently realized if something happens to me Michelle, their mom may have to quit her job and I know she is trying hard. She has two sets of twins, the six year olds and a pair of one year olds.  The Bible also says you have not because you ask not. So I asked God how do I take care of them if something happens to me. Well I stumbled into an opportunity to start a custom tee shirt business which is something she can do on her computer from home and take care of her kids. Lord willing I have enough time left to get it set up.

      I shouldn’t worry but several things are coming up that I would like to be around for. My youngest and only grand-daughter Mackenzie graduates from high school in May. My Dad lived long enough to go to all my children’s graduations. The 18th of September I will be the same age my Dad was when he passed away.
 My Mom lived to be 84 and I take more after her. Would love to make it that far and see my great-grand-daughters graduate also, but I don’t really think this old world has that much time left on it.  I have been wrong on a lot of things in life and would love to be wrong on this one, but that is God’s business, not mine.  Mine is to treasure everyday he gives me.

    Proved one point to myself today. I had been eating normal the last week and snacking occasionally, my blood sugar had been creeping up from the 90 to 100 range and I figured that was the problem. Also I had been eating more carbs. Today i forced myself to not snack after breakfast and get back on my regular eating schedule. My blood sugar this morning was 133 and last night it was 137. Tonight it was 86. Halleluyah.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Time to Fix America




                Time to End the Insanity…
Get rid of the Republicant’s and the Dumb ol’ Crat’s

   Why do I call them these names? It is pretty clear really. The Republicant’s do not get anything done but whine. They have not fixed the health care issue, the immigration issue, the budget issue, and when it comes to taxes, they exploded the national debt and called it a tax cut. The only thing they do, do is undo   what the Dumb ol’ Crat’s accomplish. They are more interested in getting re-elected than serving the country.

    The Dumb ol’ Crats are not much better.  They whine and scream if things do not go the way they want. The Kavanaugh hearings showed their anger as much as it did Kavanaugh’s lack of bipartisan views.
 
    The Senate election in Alabama showed that a small number of votes can swing an election, just two percent of the vote gave the election to the Dumb ol’ Crat’s.  It is time for a third party to rise up in America to fix our problems. They do not have to be a big party, just an active an vocal one. Just three independent votes could change the outcome. Twelve seats could even defeat a bill requiring a two thirds majority.

     Well placed votes can turn the balance. That was proven when Trump defeated Hilary. Did the Russians do it, we may never know, but we know that the Electoral College will never allow us to have a leader who the majority of the people elected.
I certainly did not want Hilary, and I did not vote for either of them. I have not voted for a mainstream Presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan’s first term.

     Reagan said it most clearly, “The government is not the solution to the problem. The government IS the problem.” It is time to fix the problem. The definition of insanity is a perfect example of what is wrong with America today. Insanity is when you do the same thing over and over the same way and expect to get a different result. It is a perfect description of politics in America today.

     The fact that many of the people on the Kavanugh hearing have been in Congress clear back to when Justice Thomas was nominated says it is time to send some of them home. Especially since this hearing was the same miscarriage of justice to the American people as Thomas’s hearing was.

    I am attaching a link to a post I wrote on how to fix America’s problem and a platform for a third party. At seventy-two I have no desire to run but something has to be done. The second link I put in is one to a post I wrote years ago and tells how we got into the crisis we are now in and how to fix it. It is very long as it was my original party platform.

    I invite you to read both links. They may open your eyes to the fact that there are solutions.  Then I also invite you to vote against every incumbent in office. We need to get rid of the old before we can have a new beginning. You have two years to change things.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Que Sera, Sera .... A Simple Diet that Works




                                Que Sera,Sera
                             Whatever Will Be, Will Be

     
      I spent some time recently pondering the meaning of things that have been happening in my life. Basically I started questioning the purpose of life. In January 2004 I had the big one after losing 90 pounds. Having reached 260 pounds, from my starting point of 350, my life was basically over at fifty-seven.  Due to getting a defibrillator installed, my truck driving days were over and I had to sell my truck and go on disability. Really it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The doctor informed me the next morning that if I had not lost the weight we might not have been having our conversation. He also explained they had lost me twice in the operating room, but bought me back. The first time they hit me with the paddles twice and I did not respond. They were giving up and one of the techs in the operating room said, 3rd time is a charm and they hit me again. It worked and I came back. Need to find that person and thank him personally for his part in the matter.
      For twelve years things went on pretty good. In the fall of 2016 I had a very bad case of pneumonia and really wondered if I was going to survive it. In the spring of 2017 they diagnosed me with type II diabetes and I started taking insulin. If that was not bad enough I started putting on weight and found myself  back at 350 pounds again.  Even dieting and watching what I ate I could not get rid of the weight.  I found myself at the same weight in the summer of 2003 and took measures to shed some pounds. Back then fasting and exercise were my weapons along with a controlled diet. My goal had been to reach 220 pounds so I could start skydiving again. Skydiving had been the center of my life in the 60s and 70s and I had my instructor rating. It quickly hit me that this time was going to be more of a challenge. I can’t exercise and the many meds I am taking seem to defeat my normal way of dieting.
       A few days before Easter of this year a pound of hamburger changed my view of life. As I opened the door of the freezer to get something a pound of frozen hamburger fell from the top shelf landing end first on my right foot, right behind my toes. It cracked a bone and busted a blood vessel and took almost three months to get to the point I could walk again.  This unfortunately was the time of year when I usually started working in my greenhouse. This year the greenhouse did not happen. Since the bout with pneumonia my stamina and physical condition had been on a steady downhill slide. The battle lines had been drawn and I started to study my options in this new battle.

   Because of thirteen years in the Army I understood that the chances of winning any battle are much improved by knowing your enemy. I spent almost my whole life working in logistics. A big part of winning any battle is having the supplies or weapons you need, when you need them. After a year of trying to follow the six times a day dietary program my dietician was telling me to use I realized I did not have the discipline to fight my battle that way.  The weapons they wanted me to use were not working for me. Google and YouTube became my weapons of choice.
     The first thing I learned is that what works for one person may not work for another. The diet I was on when I lost my 90 pounds would still work for me, but it would require a couple of small modifications as I can no longer go for forty minute walks. My youngest daughter Glenda put me on what she called The Way Down Diet. It will work for about anyone. It is working for me now. I started at Easter and have lost twenty pounds since Easter which is about five pounds a month. It is a lot slower than the last time, mainly because of my inability to exercise. It has required me to use two or three different diet techniques and modify them to make a plan that works for me.
     The Way Down diet is really pretty simple and only has about six simple easy to follow rules. What I like most about it is that you can eat whatever you want and you don’t count calories. At the time I started it I was a truck driver and ate buffets for breakfast , lunch and supper. Usually a couple plates plus desert. This diet works if you follow the simple rules. It may take a while to see the difference. This is really more of a life style change and learning what your body really needs, not what you think you want.
Rule #1 Reduce your portion sizes every time you eat. I was eating two plates for every meal when I started. This rule is the key to success. You know how much you eat. You serve yourself and you always try to make your servings a little smaller. If you want a piece of cake and ice cream, eat it, but it must be within your portion size and it counts as one of your meals. You may have to give up other items, but make sure you stay within your portion size. If you feel full quit eating. Do not clean of the plate, your full or feel full quit. If you do not feel hungry do not eat. You do not have to eat because it is meal time for everybody else, let your body tell you when it is hungry. You will be surprised to find it is not near as much or as often as you think.
Rule #2 No snacks between meals. Period.
Rule #3 Never eat anything after 6PM.
Rule #4 Drink lots of water.
Rule #5 Walk 20 minutes every day. If you hit a plateau and quit loosing increase   your walking time.
Rule #6 Cut out sugar and snacks containing sugar.
The first six rules are all that apply to The Way Down Diet. As a diabetic I had to add a couple rules to win my battle with fat.
Rule #7 Cut out all starches and carbs. Yep that means no pasta, no potatoes, no pizzas, (I still eat pizza but I order double toppings and scrape them off onto my plate and do not eat the crust. You are now on a high fat, high protein and low carb diet and it works if you follow it.
Rule #8 Fat is good. If you want to see how this one works, Go to YouTube and watch the video entitled. Butter MakesYour Pants Fall Off.  I can’t explain it, but know it works. It is about eating in what is called a Keto diet style. It is hard to watch because the guy never looks at the camera, but he is sincere and what he says works.
Rule #9 Is more of a life style change than a rule. It works for me. I use what is called intermittent fasting. I eat at 9AM and 5PM, between 5PM and 9AM you eat nothing. Rules 7 thru 9 are to help control my sugar levels. It is called a 16-8 plan. A couple days a week I eat supper at 5PM and go till 1PM the next day which is a 20-4 plan. The longer the better, it helps to get your body to start burning the fat in your system.  I go to the gym right before I eat and it helps get the fat to burning off.
     This is not intended to be high speed dieting, but for someone healthier it will go a lot faster than for me. I finally realized I still would like to jump again and unless I get under 240 pounds that will not happen. There is a weight limitation on the equipment. You can buy for bigger, but starting back at it I would rather rent the equipment. A complete rig can be in the $7 to $9,000 dollar range.


    I also included a YouTube testimony about  a lady who lost 145 pounds on this diet.  As she says it is more about a lifestyle change than about a diet. If you intend to keep it off, it has to be a life style change.  It requires learning that all calories are not the same. Having a 16 ounce serving of Pepsi is a lot more fatting than having a 16 ounce serving of lettuce. To win you have to know what you are eating and what it is doing in your body.  It is not calories in versus calories out.  That Pepsi has about 200 calories.  The 16 ounces of lettuce has virtually no calories. They will both fill you up, but one will take a lot longer to get out of your body than the other one.
   

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Big Brother Alive and Well

 
     A while back the internet system and control of it was changed. Many worried that it would change how the internet worked. Well it took some time but changes are taking place which make it hard to be an efficent blogger.  Where your blog used to be international, it is now restricted to your national domain. The transfer of free speech is effectively dead. The vocal cords have been cut to control the masses. Maybe I am over reacting, but I can no longer change the wording on my posts and I can no longer post on my blog. I believe we are still able to access it from outside and looking in. Posts that already exist are accessible, but putting up new posts may be impossible. I will know for sure when I finish this.  I am not a geek by any means and maybe if I understood the system there would be a way to continue to post. I will definitely be pursuing the matter. To all my readers over the years, thanks for taking the time to read my posts.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Build a Movable Greenhouse for under $200



         How to Build a Portable Greenhouse for under $200, whoops $239 forgot about inflation. Get more time to get ready to garden



    With spring being sprung, planting season is hard on us who like to get outside and work. Several years ago I built my first green house and it worked out very nice. I used it for three years and then I built myself a more permanent year round greenhouse. A lot of planning went into that first greenhouse. Three issues were important to me. Price, Size and Portability. All three of those effected my decisions when making the greenhouse.

      1st  Price as at the time I was living on less than $1400 a month disability pension and every penny counted at the time. Later I started receiving more money due to getting my Agent Orange benefit for my service in Vietnam. That is when I decided to build a permanent greenhouse.

       2nd Size as I wanted to be able to move it around the yard till I could figure out what was the best place for the thing. I found for starting plants full sun was fine, but as the season progressed it could get very hot in the greenhouse so I took advantage of a shade tree in the yard to help control the temperature. That was not something I planned but something I learned as I went along. Another part of the size was that I wanted to make the greenhouse with the least possible amount of cutting and as much as possible buying material to fit my dimensions.

     3rd Portability. at the time I was doing construction on my property and needed to be a little bit flexable. While I have plenty of ground. It is almost all wooded and the open areas are basically around my house. As where ever it would be setting would be returned to yard status, I did not want it to kill the yard. One part of the project I was building was a new and more permanent green  house. My finished size ended up being 9ft. X 10ft. That is plenty big as I had about forty trays of plants. One of the things I do is plant starter plants and sell them to help keep my costs down and help those who need help. Originally I wanted a 12ft X 16ft but found that it would be way to heavy to be mobile and the dimensions did not work without a lot of extra work. I will try to explain why each feature or dimension is the way it is. You can adjust it to meet your own needs.




                Overall height is 7ft. length 10ft. and 9ft. wide

       This is what my finished product looked like. A standard size roll of plastic is 12' wide by 20, 40, or 100 foot long. The 12 foot width allows a foot of material on each end for fastening the plastic. If you buy the longer roll you can put on a double cover which holds the heat in better. It is small enough a small heat lamp will keep the chill off as long as it stays in the 30's and 40's. I went with a single sheet of plastic and it worked well for me. Notice the cheap thermometer by the door. I had one inside and one outside so I could keep track of the temperature difference.


Pallets make for good walking especially if it is in a grassy area. With all the plant watering it can get pretty sloppy pretty fast. I had room for a row of trays on the ground under the shelves then I went up 2 foot for the first shelf and then 4 foot from the floor fot the second shelf,


As the season went along I cut a square hole in the end opposite of the door and put a box fan to push air in or out of the greenhouse to help control the temperature. As the season moved along the heat tended to get intense and I moved the house under one of my shade trees. By the time I did every thing was already sprouted.




The door latche is utter simplicty and helps keep the hardware cost down. They are functional but cheap and cheap was the key word on this project



Materials are pretty simple.
2 hinges 3inch or 4 inch will work. Pieces of webbing make good hinges to but the door tends to get floppy.
8 pieces of 3/4 inch X 10 foot long PVC pipe. 
6 4foot by 8foot 7/16 inch OSB is enough for both ends.
14 2X4's 10 foot long
2   2X4's   8 foot long
2   2X6's 10 foot long 
1   2X6  12 foot long
2   1X6  10 foot long These are not in picture, go along bottom 
                                  sides to keep weed eater from hitting  plastic

1 piece of plastic sheeting that is 12 foot X 25 foot and preferably       at least 3 mil thick. ( cheapest is drop cloth 10X25X  3.5 mil)
                                 --this size requires cutting plastic in 2 pieces
6  1X6 salt treated fence panel boards. I get them at Lowe's or you can simply pry some pallets apart to make tray supports. I cut them a little longer than the gap. about 26 inches and put a cleat on the bottom side of each end to keep them from sliding off the shelf supports.

The total cost with the add ons today is $239.94 as priced at Lowe's. Prices on lumber are up because of the hurricanes last year. When I built mine in 2009 OSB was about $5.60 a sheet, right now it is $13.95 a sheet. Before the hurricane it was about $8.50. 
It can still be done for under $200 by eliminating the 1X6 vinyl guards on the sides, making the shelf supports out of used pallet boards, but the fence panel boards are salt treated and the water does not hurt them and they will last for 3 to 4 years.



                                        Shelf Cleets
   The finished size for my greenhouse ended up being controlled by the PVC pipe. At 8 foot wide I had to much left over pipe. At ten foot wide the pipe was to short at 9 foot wide and 7 feet high the pipe would flex and bend just right and I drilled a hole about 3/4 of the way thru from each side for the pipe tips to go into the ridge beam each hole was about a 1/2 inch from the top edge of the beam.

The back end is two full sheets seperated by a one foot strip, after lining it all up I screwed them to the 2 X6's and put a second layer on the outside two foot wide. The full sheets were cut to seven foot long which is plent high. I am short so I cheated on the front wall. I cut two pieces seven foot long and then cut a piece out of them for the door. I made a one foot by six foot cut. Which reguired a one foot by one foot piece above the door. If you look at the door you can see how I put a 2 foot wide by one foot piece above the door. If you look close you can see how I used 6 inch wide strips to make the door stops.

The shelf framing is pretty simple. I made the outside boards a little longer only for structural support, you will have to make your own curve for the ends. I did it with a jig saw. Each piece of tubing goes into a predrilled hole completely thru the board. Notice how they weave in and out of the shelf boards. When done it is pretty solid.  When I wanted to move it I screwed on a 2X4 flat to the OSB on the front and back wall that was 12 foot long and gave me something to lift with. When I got it where I wanted it I removed them. To move it I bought 4 ten foot long round wooden fence posts and fed them in cross wise about 2 to 3 foot apart and as you roll it forward they will come out the back. Tedious I admit but one person can do it all, but two would make it easier.
  Any questions you can e-mail me at sclaus2u@hotmail.com and hopefully my instructions are simple enough you can figure it out from the pictures.

The only problem  I had with it was that all my plants with big seeds like melons, gourds and sunflowers kept getting dug up and chewed off right after sprouting. Set some mouse traps and found out it was moles which kind of shocked me as they were on the the top shelf.

The only change I would make is to add a board like the one the ribs go into on the inside edge of the shelves goes and put a short vertical piece there also. I always took the trays out to move it, but I think with those extra pieces it would support the shelves when moving. They would also make it roll over the logs easier.

Good Luck and hope you have a Blessed Growing season.

                    Pictures of My New Greenhouse




When you got lemons you make lemonade. Had a shed and no flat ground so I adapted







A normal door would not do so I made a gravity controlled sliding door














Monday, February 19, 2018

How to Fix the Shooting Problem in America.


                       
          How to Fix the Shooting Problem in America.

                    
                                  Some people will say you can't do that.
                            Well if our Founding Father's thought that way,
                                   We would not be a nation today.
                              
                                   You have a problem, you fix it.     


                             Fixing the Gun Problem in America  
  The first thing we need to realize it is about saving lives, not controlling guns,
     
The recent school shooting in Florida broke a very sad record in America. It bumped Columbine from the top ten list of the worst school shootings. The problem is not guns. The two worst mass killings in America did not involve guns at all. Oklahoma City and 9/11 both happened without a shot being fired.  The problem is a lack of respect for the sanctity of life. As God has been removed from our society we have fallen into a state of Anarchy. The only way to restore order is to make consequences of civil disobedience so severe that no one wants to pay the price. Criminals have far more rights in the American justice system than the average citizen, and are better served by the court system. It is time to reverse the corruption in our system of government.  It can start by passing the laws recommended in this post, or we can sit by complacently till the talons of anarchy tear into our own lives. Congress can fix this problem. The right to own guns is given by the Constitution, therefore laws concerning their use should be Federal Laws and Crimes. About thirteen thousand five hundred people are killed by guns in America each year. Over one hundred people are shot every day, and over forty of them die every day. While school shootings focus our attention on the problem, there is a bigger problem.

    We might as well fix two problems while we are at it. Decriminalizing the use of plants will destroy the profit incentive which the drug culture is based on. The criminals who depend on the high profits will fade from existence just like the rum runners did at the end of Prohibiton. Another American mistake created by an incompetent government of the time.  Notice I did not say legalize. I said decriminalize because the laws concerning drugs should never have been passed in the first place. A little studying will make clear that growing plants is a God given right. A right validated in the Declaration of Independence which will open enough jail cells to start incarcerating people who violate the new laws I am proposing. The present drug laws are useless. The waste of money on agencies that only perpetuate their own existence thru incompetence and indifference is insane. It would be far cheaper for the government to grow and distribute pot to the abusers at a nominal fee which would eliminate the need to resort to criminal means to pay for their habits.

     Pot did not become illegal until the end of Prohibiton. The laws against pot were pushed by the alcohol industry who wanted their business back.  My grandfather who was a WW I veteran told my cousin and I that pot was the alternative high during Prohibition era and became very popular. The present drug enforcement system is an asinine use of our tax dollars. Nobody has ever overdosed on pot. They might die from doing something stupid on pot, but not from pot. That can be verified by the fact that it is legal to have up to two ounces of pot in your possession in Washington, D.C., which shows the hypocrisy of our government. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both raised and sold marijuana on their farms. They both left detailed records of their farm operations. Probably did not sell it as pot, but as the raw material for making hemp rope, cloth and burning for heat. The financial benefits from job creation, product production and industrial potential, such as ethanol, far out weight the threat of a few thousand pot heads. God made clear in Genesis 1:29 that "all" plants bearing seed were for our use. The Declaration of Independence makes clear we have rights given by our creator.  In Genesis 1:31 God said he had finished creation and it was good. He definitely knew the potential for misuse. It must not have bothered him. Alcohol is a far bigger problem for mankind but Jesus turned water into wine. So was Jesus wrong. Our priorities are a little messed up.

     So what is the solution?  God gave clear directions about the price of taking a life. He did not hedge, he made it clear in Genesis 9:5-6
           I created humans to be like me, and I will punish any animal or person that takes a human life. If an animal kills someone, that animal must die. And if a person takes the life of another, that person must be put to death.

     The laws I am recommending are what God commanded and will go a long way to fixing the problems in America. The problem in America is not guns. It is a lack of the respect for the sanctity of life. A lack of respect reflected in the abortion industry, another crime that God recommends capital punishment for. There are several more offenses that God recommends capital punishment for. If all the laws were enforced it would probably reduce our population by over fifty percent. My goal however is not to kill people but to make sure that the right to life is held sacred as God proposed it. Many of the crimes are moral and can be debated. The taking of a life which is God given is a crime against God. Therefore what God says is just, and is not excessive. Not enforcing what God says is a crime against mankind is a lack of responsibility. The removal from society is not excessive, but an obligation for the safety of the rest of mankind. If someone sticks a gun in your face and threatens to blow your brains out would you want him roaming the streets?                                                                                                                             

     The Declaration of Independence says we have a God given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Therefore anyone taking away those rights should answer to God and the punishment he commands. That being said, when I look at the crime in America it is easy to see that the main cause of most of our crimes is a lack of respect for the sanctity of life. Our government has created an environment that promotes the problems facing America today. The government has created a society that does not promote self- sufficiency.  What we have instead is a valueless dependent class. One that has no respect for law and order, but are a law onto themselves.

      Many I have talked to say my recommendations will never stand a chance. Well America is at a point that this is the only hope of saving our nation. If it is not done it will lead to the only other alternative mentioned in the Declaration of Independence and that is the overthrow of the government and rebuilding of our country. With almost as many guns as people in this country, the thought of revolution is not a choice I care to see America make.

                                 The Right to Bear Arms

     The right to bear arms is a birth right of the American people. In the movie the Patriot when his home is burnt by the British, he runs into the burning home and saves his guns. He had four sons and he had guns for each of them.  It made an interesting point as they had been taught how to use them at a very young age.

   Over the last two hundred years guns have evolved.  The Constitution was made to be adjusted over time.  It is time for the Amendment to be amended to reflect the world we live in now.  There are definitely two classes of guns and they should be clearly defined. The original weapons will still do what they were intended for. They will still provide for our security.  This category I call Constitutional Weapons.  In this day and age there is need for a second class of weapons.  Just for the record the majority of all capital crimes are committed with what I call Constitutional weapons. Revolver pistols would be exempt from license as Constitutional Weapons and would be exempt from taxation. Semiautomatics however fall into the category of Recreational weapons.
 
                           Weapons need to be put into two categories.

     Constitutional Weapons, in this category would be muzzle loaders, like the ones that were used to gain our freedom from Great Britain. It would also include shotguns, breach action guns, pump shotguns, lever action guns, revolvers and any other weapon that requires a break in firing between rounds. Most of the deaths in America happen from these kinds of guns, mass shootings happen with guns in the next category.

      Recreational Weapons, in this category are all weapons that can be fired continuously by simply pulling the trigger. All recreational weapons would be licensed and taxed annually just like cars. If I have to license my recreational canoe, gun owners should be forced to do likewise. There will be no licenses, limitation, or fees placed on Constitutional weapons.

    The nonregistration of Constitutional weapons means they are not in a database and no one can go on a computer and see how many weapons you have. Some of the single shot Constitutional weapons are accurate at two miles away. The skill of the marksman will accomplish as much or more than filling the air with bullets. This does not control or take away gun rights. The Federal government has already done that in banning the ownership of certain types of weapons, like machine guns. Licensing guns is not unfair, the government already licenses cars, boats, planes and many other things. In Indiana even horse and buggies are not exempt from the requirement, the Amish have to plate their vehicles.

     This may not solve the gun problem but it will make those who have the weapons responsible for paying the fees that help finance the programs to fix America.  The fees can be used to create a better system of controls, background checks, mental evaluations, security systems in our schools.

   This is my view on the matter my view is to buy a gun you must show proof of citizenship. Gun ownership is guaranteed to Americans. If you are not a citizen you have no right to a gun by my opinion, but that is my view on the matter




                          Laws to Fix the Problem

Law #1 Commission of a crime with a gun will result in a Federal Felony Conviction and no less than ten years in prison. The punishment is for having a gun during the commission of a crime. The issue is not whether the person used weapon but that they had it in their possession.

Law #2 Use of a weapon causing bodily injury will result in a minimum sentence of forty years to life.  If a life is taken it will result in a life sentence without parole. There will be no plea bargains allowed.  This is a just law. It is not cruel and unusual punishment. Releasing a known predator back into society, would be cruel and unusual.

The right to self-defense and protecting one’s life, family and property may make exceptions to the mandatory penalty, but only from provable self-defense.

These sentences are not unfair. It should not be a problem as killing people and robbery are not the intent of honest gun owners. In England police officers do not even carry guns. Their view is that they are to serve the public, not to suppress the public. England averages about 40- 60 gun deaths per year, which are mostly suicides.  In 2014 the number of gun deaths in Japan was six. Seems to me we have a problem with a lack of respect for life in America.



    Once the public sees that this is the law and it starts being enforced I assure you the crime rate will drop.  The multiple offenders will not be released to prey on society. They will be removed from society. When people understand that picking up a gun requires one to be responsible for ones actions and that the misuse of a weapon will cost them dearly, attitudes will change. A respect for life is the only cure for the problem America is facing. A lack of moral values is the source of the problem.