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    Posted: June 29 2018 at 8:12pm
i turned on the TV to go to sleep by - it puts me to sleep , i turn it off whe i gotta get up for nature - old prostrate , anyway , i apperently had [or someone else did] the halmark channel on when it was last turned off ..........no comment beyond that , 

anyway , there is a christmas show on , a retro , i like those sorta , its the one of the lady that travels in time from 1940s war time to current time them back , i do enjoy the juxtaposition of time , those kinda shows always make me think back to childhood and all that we have lost - soon as i shut this down and turn in ill be gone , wont see the whole thing but the look back to the past is fun , there was a time - once , when we were not thinking politics 24/7 , we actually lived fun lives , enjoyed all that nature presented and our neighbors & pets , 

wonder if we will ever return to that kind of life ? 

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Sadly, I do not believe we will.
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The next generation might if they are lucky
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Only if they switch off the Internet permanently!Wink
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they are re-running a lot of the older shows this month i guess - im not going to try to convert anyone to this sort of entertainment here , onlymention some thinking ive been having since i happened upon them ...

i had a great childhood in the terms we once used for this , i do not recall missing anything save for the austere nature i think we all might have experienced , it was all good no bad memories here , 

but later years left the holidays wanting as life has a tendency to do , not that my kids missed anything but my blood family - not so much- so i have a bent for these that maybe i should shrug off yet find i cannot - i find them entertaining in a way that feels nostalgic even when out of season , cant explain it but it puts me to sleep in a peaceful way , i will shut up now but know im enjoying christmas in july and cannot explain why .....oh well never one to avoid a pleasurable experience im gonna just enjoy 
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sometines my 7 year old daughter asks to watch my Dad's Army DVD's with me. That's always some quality TV time!
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Your OP made me think, A-Square.
 
Indeed today we re thinking politics far too much;
All the information and miss-information out there has us ina constant case of high blood pressure.
I did a similar thing to you in a way, was in town the other day and visited a second hand/antique shop.
Came out with some old Canadian civilian and military targets for small bore and full bore and a Canadian gas mask bag.  (Think Indy!)
For some reason, I got comfort from these, and thinking of an earlier, saner time,............and a wishing to go back to it!   Yes, life used to revolve around work and family, not stupid, as it seems to now, and I now choose to not listen or look at a lot of the idiocy we see these days.
We do have to combat and say NO to a lot of the rubbish that's in our faces these days, but if we live with it constantly, it will eat us.
We need to do as you do, and find that  peace and quiet once again.
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As a boy growing up in Illinois, we hunted and fished for 70% of our food. My grandchildren will not have those memories. Here in Arizona the mines have contaminated many streams and though you can fish you can't eat them. This may be changing but that's the way it was when we moved here in 74.
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Yes, things were much better when I was a kid,...... out side all the time, just be home before mom serves dinner !!! 
Down here in south Louisiana, we would take the pirogue out on the bayou, or down the 40 arpent cnal to the pumps and swim, fish or just hang out... we would go camping by our selves way back beyond the 40 arpent canal in the marsh !!  catch fish , frogs and an ocasional gator and cook them on my little colman camp stove , use the bottom of the pirogue as a table... ..  now the closest I get to camping is going to Hoadies cabin,used to go to my little brothers camp out on Lake Fields, but it burnt to the ground last month... but now he has a house boat and is going to dock it near me on 4 mile bayou off of Lake Verret, so I can leave here by boat and go hang with him.....

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We lived outside as well, or just about.
 
Was thinking about this the other day;
When I was 7 and my pal was 9, we went "camping" up the fields at the old farm in Yorkshire.
Took our grub and cooked it and just stayed there all day. Yep, went home at night!
Had my first sheath knife when I was 5.
What I was thinking, was that kids today couldn't be let loose at 7 years old to go play camping and cook their own food, they seem less grown up somehow....still watching dozy kids shows on the telly.
Yes, I know lots of places aren't safe for little kids on their own these days, but that is a different topic.
 
How many would be safe with a camping knife at that age now?  I would not give my grand-son one, but my son had one! (And his girls were shooting .22 when  5 or so)
Bit of string and a knife, and we made up the rest of our entertainment.
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i did as well - i asked my grandson this weekend how much camping he does , the answer was a bit scarry , he indicated only when my wife takes them in her motorhome , 
i asked about tents ? my kids lived in tents in the summer but apparently they dont do that for their children - they take them to "the cabins" in the family - at least the are on the lakes i guess , 

i told him we still have two tents - i have a smaller one and we have a very large jeep cabin tent with three rooms that we could park my wifes jeep in , i think we may use the small one yet this year - the big one is a PITA to set up and take down , 

i explained that when i was his age we kids took off with our gear and went a few miles away to camp - no one really knew where we were but the approximate area that was our goal , they did not see us for a couple days - we fished , sometimes we collected plants and mushrooms and grabbed up the crayfish , the spam was fine as were the spuds we carried out but what we harvested was exceptional , i DO NOT THINK HE GRASPED THAT PART OF OUR TALK , that scares me more than you know 

ive always thought of urban folks as the one that thought that all food came from grocery stores ....i think i need to rethink to include the suburb of urban areas now - the farm kids still know how to eat when necessary but i need to teach my grandkids i think 
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Can you imagine what would happen to today's society if you switched the electric and water off for 3 day's!
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Round here it would be hours, not days.
They turned our town water off for a couple o hours to fix something & Everyone went nutz, then we had a transformer blow & had no electric for about 9 hours.
Total unreasoning panic & confusion.
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A-Square,
 
Yes on finding /foraging as kids.  We ate all sorts of stuff, including pigeons squirrels or sparrows we shot with an air rifle, but we ate groundnuts, sour doc, dandelions, briar shoots, hips, haws, hawthorn shoots, mushrooms of varying kinds, thistle buds and roots, wild crab-apples, and I don't know what else, but any nuts like beechmast, hazel nuts, or whatever we found, plus elder-berries, (enough to feel real bad afterwards at times!)and of course billberries, wild rasps, brambles, goosegogs, starwberries, and whatever else looked edible.
....rasp leaves made tea, so did goosberry  and strawberry leaves.  Nettles made us "spinach".  Bark off poplar made tea.  (can't get scurvy if you drink poplar bark!)
I think the times they are a-changing...
 
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a part of me would really like to see the power go off for a week!  LOL!
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I live completely off grid. Have done so for ten years by choice.

Dug well, septic system, solar panels. I have a huge organic garden. If i was a vegetarian (I'm not) I would be almost self sufficient.

My friends and neighbors often tease me about my home being like 'Green Acres' and me living like a 'Hill Billy' (ha ha, yeah, f*ck off!)
 
Last year we had some doozey storms that took power lines down for three days, for those remote, even longer. Absolute commotion in town, the gas station had a generator but was the only one open for miles and they ran out of gas.  Stores struggled in the dark (no windows) as now the cash registers did not work and the kids at the check out had difficulty making change. Oh my gosh Chaos!

My house stayed lit up like a Christmas tree, in fact, I made a point of leaving lights turned on all night.
For three days, I had guests dropping over so that they could use a flush toilet and take a shower. People had food that had to be eaten cos of no refrigeration. We had a pot luck suppers.
All the veggies we ate were from my garden as were all the herbs and onions used in the cooking. My beer fridge was cold, I make my own beer and wine.

I still get teased about 'Green Acres', but a lot of peoples eyes were opened.
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We were so lucky having the Cottage in Wales. There was a large old abandoned village in the next valley & we'd simply go poke about in the old gardens where they'd planted stuff back when the mines & gunpowder mill were working.
We never needed to plant anything because all those gardens had gone wild for over 100years & everything was growing all over the place!
Its since been opened up to Joe Public, but was kind of a local secret back then.
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