our new car

We just completed a round trip to Helena to fetch an attractive model of the car at the top of my list. I really didn’t expect to find one in good condition, but there it was. These have spectacular efficiency and longevity. With mechanical fuel injection, almost nothing can stop them if you take care of basic maintenance. 1982 Mercedes […]

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more re-purposed hardwood floor fun

I continue to enjoy working with the pickup truck full of oak flooring I salvaged out of Missoula for a hundred bucks or so (as I vaguely remember). I was lucky as all-get-out that I tripped over a great deal on a plastic imitation-snap-together hardwood flooring closeout before I put two months of tedious, dirty labor into making my studio […]

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Stuffed Baby Red Potatoes

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 15 min. MAKES: 24 servings Ingredients 24 small red potatoes (about 2-1/2 pounds) 1/4 cup butter, cubed 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided 1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon, divided 2/3 cup sour cream 1 egg, beaten 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1/8 teaspoon paprika Nutritional Facts 1 stuffed potato equals 82 calories, 4 […]

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book bonanza

I have been making custom bookcases and shelves in our compact cabin home for two years. We finally got to the point we could bring the last load of boxed-up books home … we thought. More on that in a bit. In honor of the dozen boxes full of books we brought into our home today, we ORGANIZED THEM. Ohmygosh! […]

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on the radio this evening

daily @ 1830 hrs 3.910 KHz Montana Traffic Net Wed @ 1900 hrs 146.720 KHz BEARS Wed @ 1930 hrs 146.900 KHz LDS Missoula Wed @ 1930 hrs 14.342 KHz national AmRRON net … 3rd Wednesday Wed @ 2000 hrs 146.580 KHz LDS Stevensville Wed @ 2015 hrs 146.720 KHz BARC Wed after BARC emds 28.350 KHz BARC Thu @ […]

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Ham Jam and String Fest

The Bitterroot Amateur Radio Club (BARC) and its members operate several radio repeaters in the Bitterroot. These enable people with walkie-talkies, mobile and home radios to accomplish two-way communication over a wide area from Darby to Missoula and beyond. While the club members have the ability and willingness to expand the repeater network, they are expensive to set up, costing […]

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emergencies can happen

3 Types of Emergencies That Could Happen to Anyone   Maybe you’re brand new to prepping and not sure where to start. Maybe you aren’t really interested in emergency preparedness but your well-meaning in-laws keep sending you links to websites about the topic.  Maybe you go to those websites and you see so much doom and gloom that you immediately […]

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when your world gets ugly

This was supposedly translated from the speaker’s native language into French (by Russian translators) before being translated to English. Some things, especially the terror of war, are never lost in translation: I am from Bosnia. You know, between 1992 and 1995, it was hell. For one year, I lived and survived in a city with 6,000 people without water, electricity, […]

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do it yourself salve

An All Purpose, All Natural Ointment and Carrier Oil from Backdoor Survival .com It has been a year since I first proposed that you ditch the petroleum jelly in favor of a more natural DIY salve.  At the time, I named the salve I came up with “Plain Ole’ Salve”. During the ensuing year, I have turned to this easily made […]

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back pain gone

I just realized I did not share the final chapter in my herniated disc tale. I was successful in treating it without the 50/50 chance of being crippled for life that AMA treatments offered. As far as I can tell, my back is 100% of what it would have been if I’d never injured it. Here’s the tale I told […]

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everyday kit

What we have on us at any given time is occasionally quite important – that is when you aren’t just hanging around the house in your jammies. I stopped liking anything bulkier than a handkerchief in my pockets and have carried fanny packs from the time I had to make my own because they simply did not exist commercially … […]

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