Oct 242019

Watching the news last night, they were showing 60 mile an hour winds in California fanning the flames of the wildfires and people using garden hoses to try to save their homes. That got me to thinking about a comment I made in yesterday’s blog in response to the people who were hanging up the keys because they fear tornadoes. I don’t have any exact numbers, this is just a guess, but I doubt as many homes are lost every year to hurricanes in the United States than are lost to wildfires, or tornadoes. Maybe I’m wrong, if so, somebody please do the math and tell me. But here’s the thing, here in Florida we know for days, sometimes even weeks in advance when a hurricane is headed our way. We can make a decision to stay or get out of Dodge. Wildfires, tornadoes, earthquakes, and mudslides just happen with no warning. How secure does that make you feel?

Speaking of wind, yesterday was a beautiful day here in Central Florida, with a high in the low-80s and lots of sunshine and blue sky. I decided that made it a perfect day to try out the Old Town Predator PDL kayak I acquired from a friend a while back. So, in the afternoon we loaded Terry’s Old Town Predator into the back of the pickup, connected the trailer that the PDL is on to the truck, and drove the 800 yards to the water.

Launching the PDL was easy from the trailer, and I managed to get into it without flipping it over and making a spectacle of myself to the people who were hanging around down at the dock.

Once I was in my kayak and had the seat adjusted properly so I could reach the pedals, Terry launched hers.

That’s when we realized that though it was a beautiful day, it was also too windy to be out on the water. Every time I tried to take off the wind would blow me right back against the dock. Terry had better luck and was able to get out past the dock, but between the current and the wind, it just wasn’t happening. So we loaded everything back up and went home. We will try another day.

But not today. It’s going to be up in the high 80s or low 90s again. That’s out of our comfort range for most outdoor activities. Here in Florida we have six months of spectacular weather, a couple of fringe months, and some months when the best thing we can do is huddle inside with the air conditioning. That’s okay, that’s the time when I do a lot of writing and Terry gets a lot of weaving done.

Today I’m doing an interview with Tony and Peggy Barthel for their Stress Less Camping podcast. We have been trying to set this thing up for weeks now but I was always busy with doctor appointments, biopsies, my kids visiting and such. Tony and Peggy were very patient about all of that and we finally decided today is the day to do it.

Amazon brought us a new toy yesterday. Anybody who looks at me knows I love to eat and I love to snack. One of the things I like to snack on is beef jerky. The problem is that most commercially produced jerky has some form of onion powder in it, and I am very allergic to onions. Another problem is that it is very expensive.

Years ago I used to make my own jerky in the oven, but it was a messy process and the person I was married to at the time did not appreciate that. Of course, that was just one of the many things about me she didn’t appreciate. But I was looking at a website called Jerkyholic, which has a lot of good information on making jerky, and one of the ways they recommended doing it is in a food dehydrator. They even reviewed several dehydrators, and their top pick was the NESCO FD-75A Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator. So we ordered one, along with some extra trays, and it was delivered yesterday.

In reading the paperwork that came with it, it can also be used for drying fruits to make trail mix like snacks, as well as vegetables and herbs. So, besides the jerky, I will also soon be able to make dried apples and bananas and all sorts of goodies. I’m looking forward to trying it out and I will keep you updated on our progress.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Stillborn Armadillos, the first book in my John Lee Quarrels series. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Thought For The Day – When did my wild oats turn into shredded wheat?

Nick Russell

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  5 Responses to “I Didn’t Plan On The Wind”

  1. We live in tornado country. Around here, at least, tornados have patterns. We live in a suburb west of Minneapolis. As tornadoes approach us they go north or south of most of the metro area. In all the years we’ve lived here, I think they’ve gotten close enough that we’ve gone to the basement twice and even those times the tornados turned before they got to us. So, yes, we live in tornado country. Sort of.

  2. Oh good. I’ll be anxious to hear how the dehydrator works out.

  3. Nick, my son in Elkhart makes great jerky in his dehydrator from venison backstrap rubbed with worchestershire sauce and also dried bananas, apples and kiwi

  4. I have that exact dehydrator and love it! The butcher at my local grocery store cuts the meat for me. A batch of jerky doesn’t last long in my household. Tried dehydrating bananas but not a big fan of those.

  5. We had a dehydrator and loved it for dehydrating all of the foods you mentioned. We used to it dehydrate food to take on our wilderness canoe trips. We’d also dehydrate meals and reconstitute them. The dehydrated bananas are really sweet tasting. You can slice them and put them on Saran wrap to dehydrate and they will be somewhat crispy or you can do whole bananas which come out more chewy but still very sweet. Enjoy!

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