Rickie Traeger Blog: Blog For Monday February 19th 2018





 

I was going to update yesterdays blog about the Daytona 500, but I did not get the chance. So I will finish it up here.

I was rooting for William Byron, Danica Patrick and the Stewart-Haas team.  Well, William was wrecked out early. Danica was wrecked out later on. And the Kurt Bush was wrecked towards the end. And Aric Amorilio  was wrecked into the last corner on the final lap by Austin Dillon. So yeah, pretty frustrating, lol.

It was definitely good to see Nascar back on again!

Tonight is the ARES and Skywarn meeting.  I am not feeling the best as I type this, so hopefully I start to feel a little better by then.  It is an important meeting tonight.

It is supposed to get up to the mid 50’s today. But it is only 42 right now. And it is 2 pm as I type this, so i doubt we will even reach upper 40’s. Because it is cloudy and rainy outside and I do not see the temps rising to much higher.

I was going to go fly my quadcopter, but the weather is not in my favor.  So I guess the flight for today will be postponed lol.  I am not flying in the rain.

I hope the X-Files is on this week. It was not on last week!

I am popping off here to go lay down……….

 

 

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Daytona 500 is here!





 

Well the Daytona 500 has started a few minutes ago!  I am super excited!

All though it is bittersweet. Danica Patrick, it is her last race. I was hoping she would continue her career in Nascar.  But this is her final race 🙁    Hopefully she can win!

Oh man,  I have to eat my words!  I am rooting for William Byron this year.  I did not think Darrell “Bubba” Wallace JR was not going to be good. Holy cow, I was wrong!  That man is kicking butt and taking names at Daytona right now. Bubba Wallace JR will definitely be one to watch this year.

You can read about my thoughts  on the new drivers in the link below

Rickie Traeger Blog: Who To Follow In Nascar In 2018

At the time of writing this, they are only 12 laps into the Daytona 500.  They had their first caution with a blown engine. I am actually shocked with the new aerodynamics from the new car design, that there has not been an accident yet.

I really hope no one crashes Danica.  Whenever she does good, someone always wrecks her.  I was reading online, on all the BS she has been through because she is a female driver in Nascar. On how they purposely crashed her, lots of harassment, etc…

Alright I am going to pop off here and will probably edit this at the end of the race.  So check back later on

 

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Happy Friday!





 

Good morning everyone. Guess what day it is, yup Friday!

Tonight it is supposed to be around 4 degrees above zero.  But it is supposed to rise! Yes, you hear me right! Monday is supposed to be around 50 degrees and even a thunderstorm! That would be the first thunderstorm of 2018 for us!

The warm weather is well needed!  I had to go up on the ladder yesterday and use a hammer and a flat head screwdriver to chisel out a ton of ice from the roof and gutters. That was a chore in itself!  I tossed some salt down on it, and that made things  a lot better. I tossed the salt on it, waited about 30 minutes and came back and tried to get rid the ice. I should of took some photos of it, but I just wanted to get it done.

I am going to send out a shout out to Lask Roofing.  If you are having any ice on your roof, leaking, etc… issues. Be sure to call them!

I watched the Nascar Duels yesterday.  Was good to see Nascar on tv again.  Was very interesting to see the new car design and the aerodynamics and how it was getting everyone loose. A lot of accidents in the duels, because of the aerodynamics from the new car design. It will be an interesting season for sure.

I am going to pop off here, hoping to catch some zzzz’s.    I injured myself while chiseling that ice, so the rest is well needed.  I will blog later on today.

 

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Happy Valentine’s Day, Survival Off Grid Post





I first want to start this off by saying Happy Valentines Day!  I hope everyone enjoys their Valentines!  Happy Valentines Day!

Just heads up if anyone is feeling generous! My Amazon Wish List for now ~ CLICK HERE


As many of you know I always like to be prepared. Best to be prepared, than not be. With the world as it is these days , you never know what may happen. If we had to go back to living like cavemen, not many people would know what to do to survive.  So I figured i would post a generalized survival blog post in hopes to helping or at least motivate others into learning how to survive a bit.

So I been reorganizing everything and going through and seeing what i have and don’t have. And trying to make things right.  Bu SHTF bag is good to go. I just need to add a hobo stove or something like that to it. And I should be good to go there.  I have it tightly packed will all the essentials.  I do need to add my radio equipment to it, but I will probably do that later this week.

I am searching for a few vehicle batteries.  They can be dead.  Yes, you can revive them lol.   I am going to setup a solar panel kit and use it for the ham radio stuff. Basically set it up and get used to it and get to know it.  I need a few vehicle batteries.

If you have one laying around that you been wanting to toss out, let me know!
RockfordScanner@Gmail.com

I been also making plans to work outside a lot this year.  One my other reasons why I want a solar setup.  As spring comes, I want to be able to chill outside and work and lay out and look at the stars, while working as well.  That is my goal for 2018.  Solar panel setup and working outside more this year.

I been researching a lot of stuff online and know many off grid friends. So with the knowledge of online and friends, I think I should be good.

When in survival you need to remember a few things. Safety, Water, Food, Shelter.  Those key things will keep you alive.

I been looking at those life straws, they seem pretty decent.  But at the same time a good ol fire and boiling water would be just as effective, if not more. So why buy one, when you can do it the natural way!  But on a related note, if you have a lifestraw and used it, I would like to hear your feedback on them.

Food: One thing I am really good at, that many don’t know. Is making traps.   Traps are priceless.  They can be used to catch food, warn of intruders, etc…  I won’t go into details for obvious reasons, but one thing I would recommend people researching is, building traps.   You can hunt while chilling at your shelter doing other life saving measures.

Water: One thing about survival and it is key. That is WATER!  I can not stress this enough!  It is extremely important to know a location of a moving water source.  Rivers, streams, creeks, etc…   I think having a shelter several miles away is key for me.  That way I don’t have to deal with flooding, but yet it is still close enough to get the water on a daily basis if needed. Boiling it for a few minutes should kill all the bacteria. As stated above, i been looking at those life staws, and been wanting to try those. But do not rely on those in times of need, boiling the water is the best way.

Shelter:  Well this one can go many directions, so I will keep it short and sweet.  Above ground, on the ground, below the ground, etc…  There are many types of shelters to build. So it is best to research these and figure out what is best for you and your family.  Things to remember are: How many people will it hold, how long you want it up, location, weather, threats, etc… See there are many variables on the situation and so many different types per situation, this could be a long blog on this topic alone. It is best to research and learn on this one.

Safety: This to me is the most important thing. First aid and knowing your surroundings and being careful. If you are incapacitated, well then what good are you for yourself and the team?  Make sure you have a good first aid kit.  Learn your surroundings such as the terrain layout, animals, threats,  etc…  This should be your starting point.   That is your water, food, safety and shelter! You can plan ahead by this knowledge. Yes, I should of added this more towards the top, but I didn’t put these in order lol.

Protection: Weapons are your friends in times like this.  Traps, Knives, Blades, Guns, Crossbows, Twigs, Sticks, Stones, Bricks, Pepper Spray, Batons, etc…  This list is a long one.  Pretty much anything you see can be used for protection.  Ex:Tossing a rock at an animal to fend it off.

Protecting you and your family is a high priority.  I  recommend you building some traps to warn you of intruders and also slowing the intruders down or stopping them. Then when they get closer, then your main weapons come into play.  You need to protect yourself and family, to survive.  Also you have to think about this from animal threats, to hunting, etc…  So protection is a must!

If the worst case scene does hit, many will panic and not know what to do.  So protecting yourself from them, (if they pose a threat) is priority. It is best to work as a team and in numbers, to survive. More people, more knowledge, more survival.

Navigation:  I realized not many people actually know or understand how to navigate via the sun. They use their gps, cell phones, etc…  And not the sun or a compass. I thought everyone knew this. Guess I was way wrong, lol!   So to put a long story short, Sun rises in the East and sets in the West.  If you can remember this, you are good to go.

I suggest reading up online and books and talking to people who know how to survive. This way you can gain knowledge on survival. There is a saying and I live by this one religiously.  “You can strip a man of all his possessions, but you can never strip him of his knowledge” and that saying is priceless.

I have so much to add to this post but I am super tired. So I think I might start up something on my website here on teaching others on how to survive. I think that be a good idea to teach others.

Stuff to have:  I am just naming off a few things here and will make a long list of survival items in the future.

  • Water: Some kind of container to boil over the campfire, lifestraw, etc..
  • Lighter, matches, lint, etc…. to start a camping fire
  • Extra clothes: Socks, underwear, shirt, gloves, hat, pants, glasses, etc..
  • Tent, Sleeping bag, etc…
  • Compass
  • Some kind of weapons for portection
  • Glue, Tape, Duct Tape, Etc…
  • Solar equipment
  • First aid stuff: Bandaids, alcohol, wraps, asprin, antibiotics, etc…
  • Fuel
  • Backpack
  • Lighting such as lanterns, flashlights, etc…
  • Bug spray
  • Whistle
  • Mirror
  • Cans, Containers, etc…
  • Radio equipment
  • Bartering: Money, gold, silver, things people need like cereal, ammo, clothes, etc…  Basically you can barter anything.

Will make an in depth blog on this topic in the future. I like this idea on helping others learn and what better thing to learn, than survival!

 

 

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Quick Blog For Today, The Grimm, Solar Storm, Etc…





 

 

It is 7 am as I write this, so I should say Good Morning to everyone.

A solar storm is headed our way. Hoping to see the Northern Lights this week. The downfall on the solar storm is poor HF conditions.  Also it is a good thing that we have our atmosphere. Because otherwise we would have some major issues. But thanks to mother nature, it is just poor HF and hopefully a beautiful light show.

Not to much to blog about today. I spent a great deal of time yesterday reorganizing my go bags. Making sure things are in order and added some things.  It is always best to be prepared, than to not be.

Going to be a heat wave tomm.  Going to be around 40 degrees. Been awhile since we last saw those high temps.  Might melt some this snow we recently had

Well I am going to pop off here. I wanted to pop on here and blog.  I been binge watching “The Grimm”  so I am going back to watching that.

 

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Missing My Dad Alot, Walking Dead, Late Night Blog





 

Tonight is a late night blog. I thought I would wait and write a bit at night time. Usually my blogs are in the mornings (or whenever lol)  but I figured I would wait tonight and blog.

So here it is 10:30 pm as I sit here and blog. I been working on my paranormal page (hope to have it finished later tonight) on my website here. I been working on that for awhile, maybe a week or so. I been writing stuff in depth and hope to have that active soon.

We watched the winter Olympics earlier. Pretty cool stuff. I still do not understand curling, lol. But we watched the lug, snowboarding, figure  skating, etc… I was hoping the USA would be doing better. I think the judges are biased, because the whole USA/N Korea situation. But hey that is just my thoughts lol.

I am binge watching one of my favorite shows as I write this. The Walking Dead!  They have been playing it alot!  I am super excited!  Sure does bring back memories. I actually forgot some the scenes, so I am glad they are replaying them.  Good to watch them and remind me of what happened over the years. Yes, I am a huge Walking Dead fan, but I did forget some stuff. I think they should go back to their roots and focus alot of the walkers, not so much of the living.

One month and nine days.  That is my dad’s birthday and also the first day of spring.  Bittersweet.  I miss my dad ALOT!  Is not a day that goes by that I do not think of him. I think about him all the time.  I would give anything, to see or hear him one last time. I was hoping that he would become a ghost and I would see him. But that has not happened yet. Maybe that is a good thing, and he crossed over. I sure do miss my dad ALOT!


Anthony “Tony” Traeger, 55, of Loves Park passed away Thursday, August 14, 2014. Born March 20, 1959 in Rockford to Earl and Doris (Logsdon) Traeger. Employed as a CNA and Bus Driver for the Harlem School District. Married Pamela Slatton on November 3, 1978 in Rockford. Tony enjoyed fishing, bingo, playing the lottery, going to garage sales, and was a Green Bay Packer Fan. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Pamela Traeger; mother, Doris Traeger; sons, Rickie (Sarah) Traeger, Adam Traeger; grandchildren, Brittany Traeger, Melodie Brandt, Savannah Traeger, Isabella Davidson; sisters, Sheryl (Dan) Morgan, Tina (Steve) Pace; and mother-in-law, Char Slatton. Predeceased by his father, Earl; and father-in-law, William Slatton.

A visitation will be held from 6 – 9:00 p.m. Monday, August 18, 2014 in Honquest Family Funeral Homes with Crematory – Mulford Chapel, 4311 N. Mulford Road, Loves Park. To share a memory or condolence please visit www.honquestfh.com

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Dreamlifter, More Snow, Nascar, Luge, Olympics, Clear Fire Hydrants, Etc…





 

Hope everyone has a safe and fun Saturday!

Nascar is back on TV!  I am switching between Nascar and the Olympics as I type this.  Watching the Arca race and the Mens Luge.  Super excited about both!

William did an awesome video on clearing out the fire hydrants.  Please take a few minutes and watch it. Very informative!  Kudos to William!  (CLICK HERE)

Speaking of, they are predicting another 1-3 inches tonight. (CLICK HERE) So odds are they will be enforcing parking once again. So heads up.  I was told by a meteorologist that the long term forecast shows warming temps towards the end of February!  Let’s hope that holds true!  So enjoy the snow while it is here.

I am a little under the weather today. So kicking back and watching Nascar and the Olympics works out great.  Dunno what it is, maybe just a bug. Who knows. Its not like I am full blown sick, just under the weather. I have a DR appointment this week. So hopefully I feel better by then.

Speaking of DR’s I was able to take my good friend Wizard to his eye doctor appointment. He now has a date scheduled for June. I am super excited for him! On side note, I got lost on the way to his appointment. So he was a lil late. But the doctors office was understanding. Thank god. But now he has a set date to look forward too!

The Dreamlifter left Dallas and flew into Chicago a little bit ago. It is scheduled to depart Chicago at 4:42 pm. And is headed to Japan. I am hoping I can see it fly overhead when it departs.  Hopefully the clouds stay away long enough so I can see it.

Out of all the aircraft in the world, the Dreamlifter is my favorite. I catch a lot of heck from friends for it. Because they like fighter jets, etc… And they think the Dreamlifter is big and ugly. To me, it is unique.  Thats why I like it!  It is unique and has special purposes. It has a special role and one of a kind aircraft.  It is always best to stand out as one and be yourself and unique, than to be just one of hundreds.  😉

National Holidays Today

February 10th
National Cream Cheese Brownie Day
National Home Warranty Day
National Umbrella Day

 

 

 

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Winter Storm, NASACR, Olympics Opening Ceremony





 

Good Friday!

As you know we got slammed with a lot of snow in the last 24 hours. National Weather Service said we got between 6-10 inches unofficially.  Definitely is nice to see the snow!  I can’t wait for spring time, but the snow is nice to see. I guess they said another inch or two overnight tonight as well.

I took my youngest daughter sledding today for the first time.  She enjoyed it. We had fun. Cold but fun.  She went down a few times then wanted to come back home. So after going down the hill a few times, we came back home. We got stuck on the way back home. But we were able to get un-stuck, thank god.  When I got home I did the driveway.  My driveway wasn’t too bad. But the end of the driveway, OMG.  That part sucked.  The city plows come by and plow the street snow into the end of the driveway, and that snow is heavy as heck.

We went to build a snowman, but the snow was not packing. So we have to wait awhile to build one. That will be fun to do 🙂

Tonight is the opening ceremony for the Olympics.  That be fun to watch 🙂   We watched the skating and skiing last night.  The skaters kept falling, was interesting to see. You have to ask yourself, why are all these professional athletes falling?  I mean almost every skater fell during the competition.

NASCAR starts this weekend also!  Stewart-HAAS Racing and William Byron are the people I am rooting for this season.  I wanted to go for a rookie this year, so William Byron it is.  I am excited about NASCAR starting back up as well 🙂

 

 

 

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Winter Storm Warning, Everyone Please Be Safe





 

Good evening everyone!

I thought I would make a quick blog on the weather real quick. 

National Weather Service is now forecasting up to 12 inches of snow in the area now.  (7-12 inches) This will be the biggest snowfall of the season    😎

I am doing a time lapse video of the snow event, hopefully the video turns out good. My luck, probably not lol.  But going to give it a try. It be a cool video if it does work right.

Speaking of, if you have photos or videos of the snow, email them to me at RockfordScanner@Gmail.com

Pretty much every jurisdiction has enforced the snow parking ordinance.  That means you can not park on the street, without having consequences. So get your vehicle off the roads. Or if you have too, they are doing the odd/even parking.  CLICK HERE

As I type this (just after 6 pm) the snow is starting to fall. The heaviest will be after midnight. 1-2 inches per hour is in the forecast. That is a lot of snow!  Friday morning commute is going to be very dangerous.  Officials have already made it clear to not drive, unless you absolutely have too.  At those amounts, the snowplows probably won’t come out until 3 am (like usual) and start their rounds then. Even at that, it will be hard for them to keep up.

Be prepared for possible power outages, being snowed in a day or two, etc…  This can be a life threatening event, if you do not prepare and use commonsense. Stock up on water, food, wood, charge your cell phones, battery backups, etc… The usual stuff.  Also if you need to travel, make sure you have a fully charged cell phone, extra clothing and blankets, flares, roadside emergency kits, etc… If you have a winch, that would be a good addition to add as well.

We have had worse storms in the past. So it is nothing new to our area. But this is the first “big” snowfall of this season. And you know how some people can act and also forget things.  So I wanted to remind everyone, to please use commonsense and be safe out there!

Hopefully the schools that do have school tomm. will cancel for a snow day. And the kids can go out and enjoy the snowday and go sledding and stuff like that.  I know some workplaces said come hell or high water they were staying open. My opinion, I feel that is the wrong thing to do.  Safety first.

Check on your neighbors and elderly.

Here is the forecast from the National Weather Service below

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING
TO 6 PM CST FRIDAY…

* WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Travel will be very difficult to
impossible at times, including during the morning commute on
Friday. Total snow accumulations of 7 to 12 inches, with
localized higher amounts are expected.

* WHERE…Portions of north central and northeast Illinois.

* WHEN…From 6 PM this evening to 6 PM CST Friday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…While heavy snow is likely across much of
northern Illinois tonight, there is likely to be a sharp cutoff
in snowfall amounts to the south of Interstate 80.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather
conditions are expected. If you must travel, keep an extra
flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an
emergency.

 

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Winter Storm Watch, X-Files, Website Updates, Etc…





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Good afternoon everyone! 

It is looking like via the forecast models that Thursday Night and Friday we are going to have the biggest snowfall yet of the season.  On the low end (as in the lowest possible) it appears to be around 5 inches.  On the high end it will be 13.5 inches.  So in all probability we will get somewhere in the middle.

The system has shifted to the North more, which means that we will be getting more snowfall than originally expected. We currently do have a Winter Storm Watch out for us. They said 6-9 inches. I think they are sitting on that 13.5 forecast right now and not making that public.

We all know it is Mother Nature, and she will do what she wants. And I think they are sitting on that forecast right now, because that sure is a lot of snow and they probably don’t want the public to panic.  But the latest models are showing an increase in snowfall amounts since the system has now shifted.

I would suggest everyone to start preparing for a lot of snow. And possibly being stuck home a day or two.  Go get extra food, water, salt, shovels, gas, etc…  The typical stuff.  Make sure your snowblowers are running.

Enough about the snow for now, I am sure I will be posting photos and videos of the event in the next few days


 

Guess what day it is?  It is X-Files tonight!   So heads up, do not bother me from 7-8 PM tonight, lol.  I turn off all my gadgets and don’t answer the phone or doors while the X-Files is on (also Walking Dead, which will be starting up soon too)   So kick back and watch the X-Files tonight 🙂


I have been updating my website here in the last few days. I been updating the pages. And messing around with stuff. I am going to be adding new fonts probably later on tonight or tomm.   I like to have a blog that has color and spice to it. Instead of the plain fonts. Yes, it is easier to read with it being plain. But I hate being plain, I like to be unique.  🙂  So be on the lookout for the new font styles in the near future!