This seems to be a time to move swiftly.
Ever since the tragic canoeing accident on the Wabash River, I have had little to reload for.
One person I ran into had a screaming need for H-110, Lil-Gun, A-9 or a powder of a similar burn rate. By chance the Gospel readings had been about "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". One of my carefully hoarded pounds of Lil-Gun was sold to the new reloader for a whopping $30. Lil-Gun was the powder he REALLY wanted.
I also ran into somebody in the blog-o-sphere who seemed to be in need of 0.429" bullets. I haven't reloaded that caliber in twenty years. The last time I used one was to shoot a muzzle loader. A few bullets are going into the mail tomorrow and a bit more of my reloading bench will be visible.
I have a brother who is an accountant. He informed me that every square-foot of space I clear is worth $70. By sending the unused 0.429" bullets to the person who can use them, I cleared a half-square-foot of bench or "made" $35. And the person who receives them might think I am a decent person.
And so it goes. The winds are not blowing in my favor. The political party in power has been very clear. They want each round of ammo to have a unique identifier and to have each round registered. They want it to be illegal to transfer so much as a round of .22 Short without notifying the appropriate government agencies.
The only rational response is to move as much ammo, or the makings for such, before those rules kick in.
This is a good time to be generous.
I finally bit the bullet. I bought some propagation mats.
A very large number of plant species root best at temperatures near 80F. Unfortunately, "in nature" the soil warms up more slowly than the air, the tops sprout before there are roots to support them.
I didn't know exactly what I was going to root, other than a few fig cuttings. Now, I have a list of quince cultivars, roses, Steiner Black Locust and a myriad of other things to try to root with hardwood cuttings.
I threatened Mrs ERJ with the possibility of my buying a water bed and mattress for the sole purpose of generating an 80F environment for rooting. It may prove to be more than an idle threat.
This weeks installments of Remnant were a blast to write. It is gratifying when your characters grab the keyboard and do the writing for you.
I also enjoyed writing this week's Fine Art Tuesday.