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Strolls through the woods

Batman says:

When was the last time you took a stroll through the woods? For Peach and I it was just today, walking through the woods checking game cameras for activity (470 pictures of cows the last time I counted). It’s always a fun adventure watching Peach freak out over a banana spider that’s 10′ over her head (hehe sorry peach but it is funny), but she is a trooper always wants to come with me and is great company, there is no one I would rather wander around with than Peach, we have such adventures.

Wandering around in the woods looking at all gods creations and just being outside in nature makes you feel alive and grateful you have the opportunity. The day was perfect, blue clear skies, a breeze, the green of the leaves really showing off their colors. Just being surrounded by all the colors and sounds and sensations is worth a pot of gold to me, and having Peach along makes it all better.

Anyways, that’s enough musing along about my woods walk, y’all get out and look and listen to God’s creations in the woods, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Ham again

Batman says:

Today Peach and I finally did it, we passed our test for General ham operators. We have been steadily plodding (means moving forward, slow but steadily) for a couple months as we study. We found out that we seem to study better together as opposed to each trying to alone. We picked times when we could sit together and put the flash cards up on the tv (mirrored on Apple TV is the technical term I do believe) and answered them together, did the same with practice exams, then we took practice exams separately. Seemed to work really well for us as the last few days it all clicked and we started getting passing scores in 99% of the practice exams.

So today at 1300hrs, at the local county EOC, 4 volunteer testers gave our tests, we thanked them when we were done and walked out of there upgraded.

Only one thing left to do and that’s maybe study and take the amateur extra exam…. maybe after a few days break eh Peach?

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Fried Chicken

Batman says:

I am pretty sure that God eats fried chicken in heaven, he would have to because it’s that good.

Peach and I eat a lot of chicken, and trying to find ways to make it interesting and different sometimes is hard to do, but there is one way it is always acceptable and that’s fried. Golden brown and delicious with just the right seasonings and crunch and there is no better food on this planet.

Think back in to your youth and one food you will remember having always will be fried chicken. Fried chicken is one of those foods moms just know how to cook, they need no fancy cookbooks or ingredients. Just a cast iron skillet (those observant ones of you will notice mine was done in an electric skillet, I have a cast iron ‘Lodge’ skillet, I chose the electric because it was out already and I’m sometimes lazy) some oil (I use vegetable) and chicken. Yes, there are shakes and dredges and drenched you can use but you don’t have to, salt and pepper work fine. I cook it at 325-330 till the interior is 160 (carryover heat does the rest). My mom does flower and eggs as a breading (I cannot compete with moms but I think mines ok) I’ve done it with or without breading, funny I’ve done chicken with or without the skin to (without skin is harder to do without making the outside tough so be careful) and we like it both ways.

Fried chicken, comfort food, y’all don’t forget it in today’s times where everything has to be fancy or healthy, cause it’s just plain good stuff.

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Outside

Batman says:

Outside, the place not inside, not in your house, car, office, tent, bus, camper…you get the idea (if not, leave now, you’ll be bored). God created us outside, we have always been apart of the outside world, and most people, if they are honest, will admit they are happier when outside enjoying Gods creations.

When I was young (go on, make the jokes, but I was actually young, of course that was before cell phones and more than 3 channels on the tele) I spent every waking moment outdoors, traipsing through the woods, running barefoot everywhere, doing fun stuff. I actually had working trap-line before the hunters with dogs whined and got steel leg hold traps outlawed (if u can’t kill a deer without chasing it with dogs till it’s exhausted, then shoot it, maybe you need to rethink your hunting prowess).We kids ran all day, outside and pitched a fit when it was dark and Mom called us home to get a bath and go to bed. Never in our wildest dreams could we imagine sitting in front of a television screen and ‘playing’ games all day (we had Clue, Sorry, Monopoly board games and others for rainy days). Video games, even had they been around back then, I’m willing to bet would not have done as well with us as this last couple generations. The problem is the parents, they allow the television to be a fix all baby sitter. Parents do not take responsibility for their kids (I’ll give you the few rare ones that do, but in my job I see it daily) actions, they don’t set firm limits and when their kids act out they blame everyone else but themselves. Read a quote from an actor, don’t remember who but it goes “Respect is taught at home,If a child is disrespectful, it’s your fault, It’s not societies fault or a video games fault, it’s Yours”We were taught respect or we got a belt period. Think we grew up ok getting a spanking that we deserved. Anyways I got off on another post for later, this was headed in the right direction then a squirrel ran by and I was distracted.Outside, anyways back to that, I cannot imagine a more harsh punishment to a child of my time than to be told he or she could not go outside and play. It was as if the world turned upside down. Today, and today’s parents, their punishment consists of repeatedly telling their kids over and over not to do the same thing they keep doing. When the punishment is much simpler. Make them go outside and play, not to a friends to play videos, but outside in your yard or park and actually spend time outside in God’s masterpiece creation. I’m willing to bet that if you do this enough, video games will become second fiddle to being outside and physically having fun with their friends. As for the adults, don’t care what you say or do, you to need to get outdoors as much as possible, to rejuvenate your soul. God made this planet not only to live on, he made it for us to enjoy being out on. I am a firm believer that every time I go outside, even for a short period, that it takes worry and stress off my mind and body. If this were Peach’s post she could find a scripture instantly to match this ramble, sorry if have to look for one it will take a week.I will leave you all with this thought, think back, when you were young, on a trip or walk with your parents. Then think where you were when you had the most exciting and interesting fun together, I’m betting you were outside someplace. Folks, God made it for us, don’t waste it by staying inside looking out, go Outside and experience it.

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Upgrade

Batman says:

Peach and I have decided to upgrade our ham licenses from Technician to General, which will like I explained in an earlier post, allow us more frequencies to converse on when we pass the test. “There’s a Test?? You know I stink at tests!!” to which Peach does as she always does, rolls her eyes and tells me to be serious, which kinda leads to the reason for this post (the test part not the me trying to be serious, which if you ask Peach, I rarely am).

I have often wondered what twisted personalities develop questions for Ham tests, I mean, if you look at them on the face they are a mixed jumble of technical jargon that the normal person has no clue what the meaning is (I’ll give a few examples in a bit). Now before all you Ham enthusiasts get all uppity, finish reading. There are two types of Ham operators, generally, I believe (leaving out the preppers, not because they don’t count but, because they mostly are using Ham for preparation for society collapse, good on ya for being prepared.) My two types are people that just want to turn on a radio, find some people talking and have a fun conversation, making new “contacts” and hopefully lifelong friendships. The other type also enjoys the same things, but these are the technical ones, the ones that desire to use computers, tinker with new equipment, find new ways to do things, which generally improves Ham radio for most others (except when it comes to tests).

The first user type is a young child or adult introduced to Ham at school or by a friend of the family or at a field day etc. They become excited to talk to people around the world (yes it’s possible to do) and enjoy doing so. This type does not care how the radio works, does not care how many volts equal a millivolt, kilovolt, volt cola or whatever. They just want to be able to talk and make friends. They will probably never open a radio up to fix a bad diode or bulb, won’t build or adjust antennas, will buy what’s best and use it based on what’s in the instruction manual. They want to know the rules, so they can follow them and be good Ham operators, and generally are happy with the knowledge they have.

Type two, the tinkerers, question everything, look for ways to talk farther, improve speed, make antennas easier to adjust (tune). These are the people that over the years, have improved Ham radio two-fold over what it was capable of doing in the early days, and they continue to question and try and improve each time they have a moment.

I believe both types have their place and both add something to Ham radio, and now the reason for the ramble:

Who writes these tests? I mean seriously??!! Why does a person need to know how many nanofarad’s equal a picofarad just to talk on a radio to someone?? Why do I care how the efficiency of a RF power amplifier is determined? Answer is “I don’t” except to upgrade my license, based on God knows who’s idea of what knowledge I need to be licensed to talk on Ham radio legally. This is where the two sides butt heads, the one side could care less, the other thinks everyone should know.

It’s my blog post (when Peach lets me call it that) so I’m gonna go out on a limb, why not make the test relevant to what you can and cannot do? Questions about the rules, would in my humble opinion, better serve the Ham community and teach what’s proper. By all means, if your type 2 then go forth and prosper, keep up the good work, but that’s no reason to expect the average person to learn how to calculate how long a wire antenna needs to be to be resonant on 80 meters (use the online calculators out there it’s easier).

Peach and I will wade through the technical crap that we will never use, and we will pass our tests (confidence is key) even though we believe it’s not relevant to why we are doing it. It has gotten “easier”, they took out the Morse code requirement (CW) which is weird because it would actually be relevant to a lot of people.

Anyways, I have to go learn what a discriminator, a mixer and other things I will never use are, the test is next month and my mind doesn’t like being crammed with useless knowledge, even if I only have to retain it till I pass the test.

Y’all take care

The pic above is all Peach and I use to talk on the air, it’s all we need.

Oh, when you write to give me heck, please use decent language, sometimes little kids read these posts to

73 y’all

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Naps

Batman says:

Naps? Why post about naps?

Because naps are awesome, who doesn’t remember sitting and staring at the television with its mundane, and either graphically violent or oversexed shows and nodding off, waking up at the end, missing all the violence and sex, but a bit more refreshed? I sure do, I nap all the time 👍🏼. I strategically space my naps around times of hectic goings on so as not to be interrupted. Parties and such are not good napping times, too much noise and too many people. I like the in between times, right after you have done everything needed, but before the noise starts, or after, and before the clean up begins.

I’m just kidding (mostly). Sure I take a nap now and then, while in my recliner that Peach got me (thanks 🍑), but it’s not an everyday thing or every weekend even, just once in a blue moon, but whenever I do I always wake up refreshed. I can see why kids nap, and why we used to in school, it lets the body rest even for a short while, so we can go back at the daily work, play, whatever, with more energy and focus.

Here’s hoping you get to nap sometime soon, really should try it, makes the whole day better.

Anyways, try and keep it down, please with all the responses and likes (haha), I’m due my nap soon….

Stop cleaning house 🍑 your making quite the racket..

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The Battle with Perfect

Peach says: I struggle with all or nothing thinking. If I can’t get it juuuuussstt right, at this moment, then I trick myself into wait for a better moment in time. 🤦‍♀️ I often think I have whooped it, then look around and take inventory and realize it’s still an issue!! 🤷‍♀️

We live in a fallen, imperfect world, we are born fallen and imperfect people! There’s not going to be a ‘perfect’ circumstance 98% of the time. That does not excuse us from action! There’s not going to be a perfect time 98% of the time, yet we are obligated, have purpose and responsibility to act and do the best we can!

I am most effective in God’s purpose for me, when I just hit the ground in prayer and action, trusting Him to be my grace, my favor, my wisdom, provision and timing! When I think about it from what the Lord shares with us in His Word, I would rather trade perfection, for momentum!!

20 So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. ENTER INTO THE JOY OF YOUR LORD.’

24 Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I WAS AFRAID, AND WENT AND HID your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” – Matthew 25:20-30

I don’t want to reach my finish line with the regrets that I wish I had done more with my time, my opportunities, the grace He gives me every day.

I also want to be focused, as an important part of this! I feel like as in a dramatic action movie moment, where the hero urgently tells the heroine “Look at me”, in other words don’t look down, don’t look around, whatever you do, don’t look behind you! Look at Jesus! How? Pick a verse and chew on it, pray, practice gratitude throughout your day!! This gives you a focus that will cause you to ‘seek first’ His kingdom, and His righteousness. When we are measuring our words and actions against that standard, we will make our best choices! And even when we flub it up, He is EVEN MORE there with His grace to choose forward and upward momentum!

Don’t be paralyzed by the desire of perfect into inaction and frozen thinking. Let His GRACE propel you into forward MOMENTUM!!

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Wine with Peach

Batman says:

Peach and I have discovered wine, now before you get all crazy let me explain. We have never been, nor will we ever be, big drinkers of anything but iced tea or water, but, we recently tried wine and discovered we still didn’t really like it. Was really sour and left an aftertaste. Tried several types too, still the same result, yuck! Read about them; white, red, pink, blah blah, read how they were best served blah blah. Somehow or another, probably due to the kangaroo on the bottle, we got some Yellow Tail “Big Bold Red” and stuffed it in the refrigerator, don’t ask why just did. Couple days later decided to try again and after searching around looking for it, found it in said refrigerator, poured a couple small glasses and drank them together, Peach and I, and actually liked it. Had a few more glasses with the same result. Under the guise of red wine is good for the heart, we have a glass now and then. Not every day, not large quantities, not to excess, but a glass, chilled and in a chilled glass.

Now you wine snobs out there just hold your tongue, I think the point the wine producers have is to sell wine for people to drink and enjoy however they like it. If this is the case, what’s wrong with having wine cold? If we like it cold? Anyways, Peach and I have discovered we like our one glass of wine, red, white, whatever, iced cold in a cold glass. If that’s not proper wine etiquette, oh well, I think we will survive just fine…

Hey, Peach, here’s your heart healthy Big Bold Red…love ya

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Linner

Batman says:

Linner (lunch/dinner for the uneducated) is a kinda in between meal for working families. Peach and I love to (at least she says she loves to…sometimes I’m not sure) cook together in the kitchen. Linner is our meal we make when one or the other may not have the night off, we try and make it kinda healthy (not foolin anyone it’s healthy or not we’re gonna eat it) when we can and if not I will not lose and sleep. Today it was shrimp drenched in eggs and milk, dredged in ‘Jiffy Muffin’ mix and fried at 325 till golden brown and delicious along with Brussel sprouts cooked in salt and pepper and when done topped with a half stick of butter and allowed to melt. The muffin mix adds a sweet and crispy texture and flavor to the shrimp and the butter of course makes Brussel sprouts melt in your mouth. Total time, 15 minutes?? And freakin yummy..

Take time to experiment, and don’t forget Linner, the unused meal…don’t forget the dishes Peach 🙂

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End of People Connecting

Batman says:

Struck me today, we have reached a point in history where we no longer talk “to” a person we talk “at” a person. Texting, blogging, news etc, all talk at people. There is no human interaction, no tremble in the voice when upset, no visible smile when happy. There are just typed words or talking heads on a television screen (substitute with phone screen or computer monitor).

As I get older I tend to look back a bit at how things were (just like everyone does eventually) when people actually talked to each other, either face to face or on the phone, even on Ham radio. I believe we have traveled half way down a road that eventually leads to us just not ever having to speak to a human being in person. Just take a look around you pretty much anywhere you are at the moment (yes even in cars, which is stupid and will get you or someone hurt or killed if your driving) and I would be willing to bet there is someone with their face glued to a phone screen or computer monitor (don’t fib, you know there is someone).

The art of communication is one we should try and keep, it helps make meaningful contact, establishes life long friendships, works out issues and it’s just plain better than any form of communication.

Read an article someplace recently that said Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban don’t text, they actually call so they can speak to each other, remember the concept of that? Have when gotten so far down the path that we can’t go back? I for one hope not and will make a conscious effort to actually talk face to face with whoever I need to communicate with from now on, I may be old fashioned but I’ve never really liked even phones, I prefer face to face, it’s more “human” and leaves a better impression I think.

Anyways that’s my two cents, don’t text me I won’t get it anyways, and take the time today to find a person and just say hello, bet your surprised at the result.