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Rickie Traeger: Sunday Blog, Kinda Bittersweet




So yesterday was kinda bittersweet. 

My family down south was hit by a large tornado.  Thankfully they are all alive. My cousin broke her foot. But other than that everyone is OK.  They did have a lot of damage though.
I think the last I heard, they rated it an EF-4 tornado.  And 22 were injured, and no deaths.  That was a very large tornado that ripped through the heart of town. Please keep my family down and all the others that were effected by the tornado, in your thoughts and prayers.

With the sadness of what had happened to my family down south.  I was able to have my first thunderstorm of the season for me. I have been waiting awhile now, for a thunderstorm!  So when it hit, I was excited.  Really happy knowing it is storm season again.

A little after 9 pm an EF-1 tornado hit the Ogle County and it had lifted just before it hit Will and I as we did storm spotting.  It touched down just East of Oregon.  And headed right for us.  Ended up being a lot of power poles and power lines, and some structures damaged. Thankfully it was mostly farmland that it crossed. Below are some photos I took of the damage.

After the tornado hit, it was literally stars and the moon right after.

I was able to see an amazing meteor fly across the sky as well!

So it was a day full of emotions and Mother Nature.

 








Rickie Traeger: March 4th Blog




Good morning or evening, however you look at it.  It is 12:38 am as I write this.

I was sick earlier today and just laid in bed. I haven’t  had much sleep.  I am feeling better now, still under the weather some.  I am watching some X-Files and kicking back.  I am able to finally eat some. I ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Probably not idealistic considering I am under the weather still some. But I figured it would coat my stomach some.

I was looking at the weather forecast.  It looks like it is going to be a nice weekend!  Speaking of weather.  The tornado that hit the Nashville areas the other night. My condolences goes to those family and friends who lost their loved ones.  It hit overnight and the last I heard there were 22 fatalities. I heard there were two tornadoes. An EF-4 and an EF-3 that hit that area.  I have saw a few videos of the tornado at night, it looked like a big stovepipe tornado. And at the time it still had yet to break daylight so the main damage area was not published yet. I saw a few trees down and a business wall blown down.  Then later on in the day I saw more videos and photos of the damage that was being released. And it is a sad situation. Please keep everyone effected in your thoughts and prayers.

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Rickie Traeger: I Am looking forward to laying down under the stars at night! Daytona 500, Under The Weather




I wanted to wait a day or so to blog.  I been somewhat under the weather.  I can’t say “sick”  but definitely don’t feel good.  Been contemplating going to the walk-in clinic, but I doubt they can really do anything except give ya some meds and send ya home. So I don’t feel like wasting their time. I should be feeling better in a few days. 

I came across this amazing website.  As you know I enjoy learning new stuff all the time. Especially survivalist stuff.  You just never know when that knowledge may be needed. Hopefully never, but at least i will know it in case it is ever needed.   Bookmark this website ~  https://www.motherearthnews.com/

They finally got the Daytona 500 in.  It was a good race. But holy cow what an ending! Thank God Ryan Newman is alive!  That was a bad accident at the end. I think the part when he was upside down and I think it was Lajoy who hit Ryans driver side door going approx. 200 mph.   I think that was that hit that hurt Ryan.  I been praying for Ryan ever since I saw that accident.  They brought out the black sheets and told media to leave. So I automatically thought the worst, because the last time I recall they did something like that was when Earnhardt passed away.  I am just glad Ryan is alive and is expected to be OK! 

I am soooooooo looking forward to laying down under the stars at night!  Mother Nature, please warm up so I can lay under the stars at night!

 








Rickie Traeger: Happy Sunday! Just Saying Hi




I was trying to get this posted before midnight, so it would be a Saturday blog. I am late, lol. So it is now Sunday, so Happy Sunday!  

Hopefully everyone is having a fun and safe weekend.  Mine is going good.  All except the snowblower decided not to start. So I had to shovel all that wet and heavy snow by hand. Free exercise I guess, lol.  This is by far one of the better winters I can recall, so a lil shoveling I don’t mind. 

I listen to spotify alot, but lately they been doing a ton of ads on there. It would freeze up and not play at all. So, I decided to go back to the Amazon Prime music.  Looks like Amazon upgraded their music stuff. So I guess I am done with spotify for awhile, and back to Amazon music 🙂 

Got our press credentials to work another worldwide event that is coming up. 
I won’t say much right now. But everything is set in stone now 🙂  Stay tuned! 

So I haven’t played my guitar in awhile.  I think after I write this up, I am going to play it. I am sure I will be rusty, lol.  As they say, if you don’t use it, you lose it lol.  We will see if I still have my guitar skillz.  LOL.   

Speaking of, i am going to pop off here.  I just wanted to say hi to everyone 🙂 

 

 








Rickie Traeger: I wanted to share a memory that involves my dad and uncle Ray




I wanted to share a memory that involves my dad and uncle Ray, that I haven’t told many people.  I still remember this like it happened yesterday.  I was sitting here and I was just thinking about this, so I figured I would blog about it. 

Years ago when I was growing up my dad and uncle Ray would take us kids out to the park to go fishing all the time.  My dad and uncle Ray loved to fish. So we would go a lot as we were growing up.

One day we were out at the park and a storm was rolling in. The weather alerts were going off saying to seek shelter and all that good stuff. Well we were out at the lake fishing and didn’t see the storm right away.  A short time later these dark black clouds come rolling in.  My dad and uncle Ray said we were going to stay there and fish until the storm was right on top of us.

That is exactly what happened. We fished until the storm was pretty much on top of us. Then we all packed into the vehicle to leave.  We left the park and were headed back home.

On the way back home it was lightning and thundering pretty heavy. Pretty intense storm with a lot of rain, lightning and thunder.  We get to the area of Harlem and Alpine.  All of a sudden out of nowhere…

A BOLT OF LIGHTNING STRUCK OUR VEHICLE! 

Yes, a bolt of lightning hit our vehicle!  Scared the crap out of us all, LOL. Thankfully no one was touching any metal inside the vehicle.  The lightning struck the hood/windshield are of the vehicle and did some damage.

I remember this like it happened yesterday.  And it is one of those whacky moments that I will never forget with my dad and uncle Ray.  Miss you guys. Love You!  Hope you guys are having fun up in the heavens above.

 








Rickie Traeger: Well there was no snowpocolypse




Good morning everyone. 

Well there was no snowpocolypse, WTF as usual the media hypes it up and then we get 2 inches at most.   If they call that a big winter storm, then they obviously never grew up in our area.  LOL.   

Some were throwing predictions of 9 inches, and yet all I see is maybe 3 inches at tops.  And that is on the good end at most, lol. 

I went out and just shoveled it. As of a lil bit ago, it was the light fluffy snow for the most part.   

I have yet to see a city plow. But I have saw several private contractors out n bout, but no city plows.  They could be out n bout, but I personally have not saw one.

So I guess it is official, we are back into winter again, yippie skippie, lol.   The positive side, closer to becoming spring time 🙂 

 2 more months, or 8 weeks. However you want to look at it, lol.  Well rough estimates. I am sure someone will read this and tell me the exact times, lol. 

Everyone stay safe and enjoy your Sunday. Be careful if your headed to church this morning. 

 








Rickie Traeger: As We Complain About The Cold , Many Have No Choice But To Live Outside In It

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As we complain that it is cold outside, most of us are spoiled and have our own warm houses to live in. Some people out there do not have this luxury option because of various reasons.

There are many homeless people in and around the area.  They are stuck living out in these cold weather conditions.

They have to live in this cold weather.  While many of us go into our nice warm houses.

So when you are nice and toasty chilling on your cell phones or PC’s reading this, just remember there are many people and families that are out there that do not have this luxury, warmth.


So please keep those people and families that are out in this cold weather in your thoughts and prayers, and if possible help them. You can donate stuff to the local shelters.  Miss Carly’s, Rockford Rescue Mission, Carpenters Place, Etc… I am sure they will gladly accept your donations, that will help with the homeless during the cold weather (And probably all year around)

Things such as gloves, hats, coats, socks, shoes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, hairbrushes, toilet paper, scarfs, food, water, etc…   Anything that will help, I am sure they will accept it to assist the homeless.


Thankfully there are a few places that are able to assist the homeless during the cold weather.

I have did a search online and came across a few places and links that I have listed below:

  • https://www.misscarlys.org/
  • https://www.rockfordrescuemission.org/
  • https://www.carpentersplace.org/
  • https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/cgi-bin/id/city.cgi?city=Rockford&state=IL

Winnebago County Warming Center Sites:

City of Rockford Community Action Agency
612 N. Church Street, Rockford
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Carpenter’s Place
1149 Railroad Ave. Rockford
Monday-Friday, 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Rockford Rescue Mission
715 W. State Rockford
Women’s Crisis Center (Women and Children Only)
Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Men’s Crisis Center
Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Pecatonica Village Hall
405 Main St. Pecatonica
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Village of Machesney Park
300 Roosevelt Rd. Machesney Park
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Boone County :

Salvation Army
422 S. Main St. Belvidere
Monday-Friday, 9-11:45 a.m., 1-4 p.m.

Belvidere Public Safety Building:
615 N. Main St. Belvidere
Monday-Sunday, 24 hours

Area State Authorized Sites:

Illinois Dept. of Human Services
Family Community Resource Center
171 Executive Parkway Rockford
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.(besides State and Federal holidays)

Belvidere Oasis/Illinois Tollway
East of Belvidere Toll Plaza on I90
Monday-Sunday, 24 hours

Warming centers run from November 2019 to April 2020.

Read More: Here’s Where To Get Warm During This Super-Cold Weather


Winter Storm Preparedness Tips Provided by IEMA

 Winter storm tips for home

  • Make sure your Emergency Kit is stocked and winter storm ready.
  • Use sand to improve traction and apply products that melt ice on walkways.
  • Make sure you have sufficient heating fuel. Regular fuel sources may be cut off.
  • Keep emergency heating equipment and fuel so you can keep at least one room of your house warm enough to be livable.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure your family knows how to use them.
  • Winterize your home to extend the life of your fuel supply. Insulate walls, attics, doors, and windows.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic.
  • Do not overexert yourself or work outside for extended periods of time.

Winter storm tips for traveling

  • Make sure your car is in good operating condition before using it in extreme cold.
  • Keep condensation (water) out of your gas tank by keeping the tank as full as possible.
  • Maintain a storm kit in your car with such items as a cell phone and charger; blankets; extra clothing; jumper cables; a flashlight; extra batteries; high-calorie, non-perishable food; and matches or a lighter.
  • Plan your trip carefully. If cold, snowy, or icy conditions exceed your ability or your car’s ability, don’t travel. If you must travel be cautious.
  • Tell someone about your travel plans.
  • Never leave the motor running in a vehicle parked in an enclosed or partially enclosed space, such as a garage.

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Note/Edit:  Never fails, LOL.  Someone always has to twist things around. A positive post about helping the homeless, some are trying to spin it. SMH…    Seems like every-time I do a positive post, there is always someone out there that wants to spin it for the bad. That is what is wrong with the world these days. You try to do something positive, and you have a negative nancy out there to spin it.  I swear everytime, LMFAO.   Never fails…

Rickie Traeger: Cyber Monday, 2 Video Games, 108 Days Left….




Good morning everyone!  Hopefully everyone had a safe and wonderful weekend!

Today is “Cyber Monday” I bet there is no deals, just like on Black Friday…

I been watching the weather recently and I am probably going to jinx it for typing this but oh well, lol.   I am glad we did not hit by that winter storm.  It dropped a lot of snow in many places. I hope I didn’t jinx it and now we will get a storm soon, lol

So I am sitting here while I type this and thinking it is hard to believe that it is December now. That could go both ways, lol.  Sucks cuz it is now December. But cool that spring is just that much closer. 108 days away!  So that is 108 times you probably will hear me complain about how I hate winter, lol.

I was browsing online and saw they have 2 games I want. But I dont have the xbox, so  I wont be able to play em.  #1 State of Decay 2.  I am super happy they came out with a version 2 of that game. I loved the first one!   #2 Sea of Thieves.  It is a pirate game 🙂   But I am reading mixed reviews on it, so I dunno if I want to get it now or now, lol.

 

 








Rickie Traeger: Happy Wet Tuesday Blog




I hope everyone is staying dry. It is a wet Tuesday out there.

I been wanting to re-watch Project Blue Book, but they are making you pay for it online to watch it, grrrr.

I been playing with the sdr dongle, listening to the local radio on it.  The antenna that came with it, sucks. So I am going to buy an antenna adapter for it. I want to be able to listen to the aircraft with it.

Not to much to add to todays blog, other than I am hoping to work on some websites later tonight.

Everyone please be safe.








Rickie Traeger: Oak Island & Kings Of Pain, Record Low Temp For Today




Hopefully everyone had a safe and wonderful Tuesday!

I just finished watching Curse of Oak Island and then afterwards a new show about the pain scale of bites. Curse Of Oak Island was pretty interesting. Kinda cool they found some items that may or may not have been there to sharpen tools from centuries ago and also an item they believed to be a tool to carve writings into stone. Looking at it, I was thinking to myself those items have some history to them. Who held them and used them? Just imagine what those tools have saw over the years. I think it is cool at the technology that we have these days, compared to just even 30 years ago.  I do hope that they find something one day of significance importance. Many theories are what may or may not be buried there.  I sat and thought about this awhile back ago and my opinion I feel that the treasure is of historical value such as something due to the religion aspect of it. And some treasure of gold.  They have found paper and book bindings.

If I had the chance to search Oak Island. I would dig a tunnel for someone to go down in.  I would go down about 100 feet, then start heading out. But before I did that, I would make sure I found the flood tunnels in the cove first and block that off. I wouldn’t want to go down in a tunnel, and the flood tunnels happen, lol.  Soooo.  You would have to go by priorities.  First and foremost you know there are flood tunnels. So make the #1 priority to locate those in the area of the last known location. After locating one, which they have done. Then focus on following that, and finding the point where all meet. Then close that off. I would actually probably reinforce it several times, to be safe it is for sure closed, lol.  Then the 2nd priority would be to follow the tunnel. Yes, it is easy to sit here and type this out and say what I would do. But I don’t understand why they aren’t doing this?  They are bouncing from one thing to another. Yes, granted it is turning up several cool things. But why not just go for the treasure…   You found the flood tunnel, focus on that first and then do the other stuff later on, IF needed.

After that came a new show, Kings of Pain.  They 2 guys purposely get bit by various animals and then rate the pain scale.  This show, they used a tarantula and 2 wasps.  Now, I will say they used the goliath bird eater when doing the test. The biggest species of the tarantula. So kudos to them.  i have been bitten by tarantulas over the years, but never a bird eater.  So my opinion is based on my own experience with my own tarantula bites, and not with the bird eater.  All the times I have been bitten by my tarantulas, have been when i tried to handle them, move them or cleaned the cages. basically they wouldn’t bite me, until I put myself into their territory and they felt threatened.  They usually try to flee at first. When they don’t flee, they stand their ground. They will first give you an indication of 2 things. The hairs go straight up, which means it is about to spray you with its hairs. And the other it will raise its 2 front legs. When it raises its 2 front legs, they will show their fangs. If you see either of these, it is about to protect itself. So be careful. Most of mine shoot their hairs first, before the actual bite.  When they shoot their hairs at you, it is quick and very itchy for awhile.  Yup, you will be itching for awhile. Now if they bite, they have already raised their 2 front legs, so you are already well aware of it ready to protect itself. So if you have not retreated your hand, you will probably be bitten. When it bites, it is quick. And they dig their fangs into you and keep burrowing their fangs into you. Most of mine have been dry bites. Basically a warning bite, with no venom. But I have had them put their venom in me.  I think the bite itself is probably the worst of the experience. Because you watch the tarantula bite you, and see the big fangs digging into your skin as it bites. If you try to pull back, it will dig their fangs into you deeper. So as bad as it sounds, just suck it up and let it bite ya and pull away when it retracts its fangs.  The venom is mainly like a bee sting. Swelling, itching, red spot, etc…   You won’t die, unless you are allergic to bees. Then there is a possibility of dying, but doubtful.

Today we hit a record low of 3 degrees. Actually still dropping, so it might be even lower before it hits midnight. But last I looked and heard, it was at 3 degrees.