Paiute Deadfall Trap with a plastic tote and my cat

I’ve been going to Primitive Skills Meetups for about a year now. I have a blast there, as it allows me to get away from the city for a while. I’ve learned how to make my own mead, make spoons with fire, forage for wild foods. All kinds of stuff.

This month, we are going to be doing a session on traps and snares. I am a presenter!

Like I said, I love this group!

I am going to be showing a few styles of traps and snares that I have either fiddled with, thought would be useful, or want to learn. Another presenter is going to do the traditional Figure 4 Deadfall, so I will demonstrate an alternate – an Asian Inverted Figure 4 dead-fall. I think this alternate is much easier to set and also easier to carve. I will also show a squirrel snare set, penny locks for traditional snares, and also a paiute deadfall.

So anyway, I needed to dust off some of my trap setting skills. The last time I had set any traps, it was to my (now) Father-in-Law’s amusement as I was catching my kittens at the time. He hadn’t seen anything like it and was having a blast watching me. It was a while ago. I was using a figure-4 made from some scrap wood from when I made my bedframe and a plastic tote.

I took an evening off from cleaning and packing and moving, and this time, I am trying the paiute dead fall using more of the same scrap wood from my bed frame that I’ve kept for 3 years now and moved from Florida to Illinois. (I am such a pack-rat – hence all the cleaning & packing & moving)

Brother (my cat) is such a good sport. He quickly wised up to the fact that indulging on his beloved kitty treats made a big blue tote try to fall over him. I never did get an unassisted clean capture of my feline friend, but, the above video has a few humorous spots anyhow.

Poor Brother!

I made a baby!

Most of you should know by now that my wife and I are expecting.

This is one of those things that is so exciting that I wasn’t sure how to blog about it. I had thought about putting up a help wanted post and then a followup post stating ‘job filled’ & announce the baby. I just couldn’t work it around so it came out right. Probably part of why my blogging’s been slow. I’ve been procrastinating and didn’t want to blog about lessor things while such an important post was sitting in draft.

2009-12-03 Sonogram

My little girl is due April 28 2010. The doctor expects her to be born before then though. I guess this is part of why doctors call what they do “Practice”, they can be all vague and stuff.

There was a baby shower in Florida. I attended. I still think showers are a ladies endeavor. I hope everyone realized I was half teasing when I said “No Pink!”. The baby’s a girl, of course we are going to get pink stuff for her. Heh – I even bought her a pink outfit. It’s much to big, and camo, but still. I just didn’t wall ALL pink stuff. But, anyway, we got some seriously cool loot at the shower. I don’t know what half of it is, and there is a drastic shortage of stuff that requires assembly. But I will cope.

My baby-mama and I are doing fine. Her probably more-so then me. I’ve heard horror stories of emotional roller-coasters and midnight craving runs. I guess I got lucky! I’ve only been sent out a couple of times for ice cream. The bulk of any conflicts have been differences in understanding and expectations. Basically meaning, I am wholly underestimating the impact this change will have on my life.

Our current apartment lease is up at the end of this month – a few short days away. We are trying to buy a house so we have more room for our expanding family. It’s a ‘short sale’ which means the current owners are trying to sell it for less then what they owe on the house while paying it off ‘short’. They really need to call this an ‘obnoxiously slow’ sale.

We are working on Baby Residence Plan B. This entails clearing out the spare bedroom (my ‘junk room’) of all my stuff, deep cleaning, and installing baby stuff. The trouble is, it is in severe need of some drastic cleaning. I basically trashed the room before my better half moved in. Rust stains on the carpet. Tomcat spray in the corners. You know, serious cleaning.

With all this said. I am super excited! I’ve bought her a tricycle at a thrift shop. One of those good, solid metal ones. Like I had growing up. It was $10 or something like that. I had to have it! No cheap plastic knock-off big wheels for my little one!

So, that’s what I have been up to the last half a year or so.

I made a baby! **happy dance**

Free Wifi

When I was vacationing in Florida, I saw that the state is offering Free WiFi in it’s rest areas.

They have these trailers that they pull in and park on the premises. They look pretty slick. Generator, satellite dish, telescoping antenna, etc.

I guess this is who makes the trailers.

it looks like the antenna can get cranked up 4-5 times higher then it currently is sitting.

My new knife: Buck Knives – Vantage™ – Select Small

While on vacation in Florida, my “souvenir” of the trip was a new pocket knife. I had broke my old one months ago – this spring actually.

I picked a ~$30 Buck Knife even though the place had some really nice Benchmade knifes. I can stand loosing a $30 knife a lot more then a $130 knife.

I picked this one for several reasons even though it’s really 1 finger short for my hand.

It can be opened with one hand. This one is cool because it can be done either with the notch cut in the back of the blade as well as the little knob that can be used to flick the knife open very fast.

The belt clip can be removed on this one as it’s bolted on instead of riveted on.

I intentionally picked a shorter blade, only 2.5 inches long. I live in a Chicago Suburb. Chicago is a bit touched in the head.

I did make one small modification to the knife. I added a very small magent to the back of the knife. I put it on the belt clip with enough room to be able to remove the clip still if I needed to. I used a touch of JB weld to hold it on even though the magnet will hold itself on.

The magnet is strong enough to hold the knife up if placed on metal. The real reason I put it on though is to check to see if metals are magnetic or not. Dad and I where wanting to check to see if a painted metal was steel or not. I didn’t have a magnet with at the time. I do now.

Please Dry off before entering BLOG

  I saw this sign at the condo I was staying at in Florida a while ago. I found it quite humurous. I know they are shortening the word “building” but it sure does look like blog!

So, No reading this blog while still wet! Remember water and your computer probably don’t mix.

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