What did you do to prep this week?

Welcome to our new Sunday edition of “What did you do to prep this week”! I hope that everyone, has had a good week with plenty of prepping tasks and goals completed…

Okay, before we get started I would like to say a big thank you to Bonnie N, Tony A, and to Worrisome for their wonderful donations this week via PayPal. Worrisome sent an email asking that her donation be used to help Faith (my chiwawa mix and sidekick) recover from her ruptured disk, and that is what it is being used for.

Some of the money has been used to buy supplements to help Faith in her recovery – A daily vitamin supplement, Glucosamine joint care, fish oil and brewers yeast all formulated for dogs except the fish oil and it is same mini-gel cap that I take, but I only give her one a day.

I would also like to thank everyone for their prayer – I would guess that she has had more prayers sent up to heaven than any other dog in history. Thank you so much.

She is getting better – even though she isn’t walking on her own yet, she is regaining touch sensation in her feet and legs. I can now touch her feet or gently pinch a toe and she will pull her paw back. This a big deal and a huge plus for her chances of walking again.

Her pain index seems to be low most of the time until I have to take her outside to pee, then I can tell that her pain increases, mainly, when I carry her. I use a rolled up towel placed under her stomach to hold her up and to keep her back as straight as possible.

When she urinates she pulls both of her legs up toward her body to keep from getting any on her feet, this is another good sign… She also pooped this morning!

Praise the lord and thank you to the Wolf Pack… She will recover fully and she will walk again God willing.

Okay, let me see… prepping this week… sorry folks, not a lot to add this week with everything that has been going on with my dog.

My book “31 Days to Survival” is the featured product on the cover of the new Paladin Press catalog. With both of my books “31 Days to Survival” and “Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat” being listed on the Paladin Best-Sellers list on page four.

What did you do to prep this week?


  1. Hi Pack well not much this week our youngest DD got married Sat. so thats been takeing alot of time energy money ect… Ate the first of our chickens eggs mmmgreat. Also picked up a 100ct federal 40S+W pack and a few tubes of toothpaste at WallyWorld. Glad to hear Faith is doing better MD. We have dogs and they are like kids to us.

    • Congrats to the happy couple, pjwilly–and to the hard working parents!

    • Cosmolined says:

      When I went to Arkansas, my cousin had chickens. Their eggs must be radioactive or something!!! (The yolks are not yellow like chickens raised in cages, they were orange.) Sure hope I didn’t eat healthy….. God Bless, Cos

      • Sw't Tater says:

        They are supposed to be orange!…THAT is healthy. Must be feeding thm lots of good quality food.

  2. So glad to hear Faith is doing better! Nothing like prayers answered, even for our furry children!

    Well, all that research paid off before going to the auction. Stuff went WAY high, as in $24.00 for a QUART of honey, $21.00-$24.00 for bottles of homemade wine. (according to those prices we have $600.00 brewing now) But we did get a barely used 300 gal Rubber maid water tank for less than 1/2 price. With that and a deliver from a friend of a “tote” we up our water storage by 575 gallons this week! Almost up to 1000 gallons of potable water storage or garden watering.

    199 jars of jam, tomato juice and jalapeno peppers canned went for $3.00 a jar! One women bought 199 jars! I may be wrong but that sounds kind of high.

    Other than that we are trying to decide if we should pull my 401k account and pay off the house or invest in more food and storage. Anyone with a suggestion is welcome!

    Taught my youngest how to make laundry soap. She was thrilled!

    Hope everyone is well. Prayers to those who are in need. Love this pack for all the help and prayers we extend to each other.

    • CR…perhaps the person who bought the 199 jars of home canned goods saw the value in them, eg…didn’t have to spend any time in garden, then preparing and canning the non GMO and perhaps totally organic goods, also, no chemicals etc all for under $600, plus, has added to her number of canning jars as well…good value for the money. I would have done the same.

      And yes, the price you mentioned for honey was expensive…and going up on my SOTP as well…$7 p/kg here…last lot I purchased was at $5 p/kg. cheers.

  3. Bought a DVD on suturing techniques, both my son and I are learning
    2 -#10 cans tomato from Emergency Essentials $22.95 each! good deal
    2 cansolidators from Shelf Reliance to help organize my cans
    3 packages of Thrive Express meals
    Been cooking, dehydrating and grinding 11 year old pinto beans for instant refried beans
    Dehydrating tomatoes, peppers
    Bought a 160 lumen flash light from NorCal Ray
    Just now ordered the two books Marebear suggested – they look great – thank you Marebear for the suggestions
    And – met a great guy, that at first glance looks promising. He’s not a prepper as far as I can tell without blowing OPSEC, but if it works out – he will be!

    • Make him earn his place in your heart, girl–only the best for our Michele!

    • Keep us posted on the Mr. Michele candidate! Oooh, I’m excited for you! I had a coffee date with a guy I met and, well, he was very nice but just not my type and absolutely no “spark”. I may be getting too old to worry about those sparks anyway. Had to laugh when thinking about dating again. I used to worry about how long to wait to introduce to my DD, how long to wait to be intimate. I may be older but I still have worries. Now the big worry is how long to wait before I show him my preps LOL Actually, it’s not so funny because if things didn’t work out, guess who’s going to knock on my door wtshtf. I really don’t like the thought of having to kill someone I know. So the answer I came up with is I will never reveal all of it and only some of it if he shows me his first!

      • Conmaze…LOFLMHO…’how long to wait till I show him my preps…’.

        And no, you’re not too old to worry about those ‘sparks’ either…wait for the sparks – you have so much fun and joy in you to ever settle for less. cheers – and am still LOL…

      • I absolutely agree about not telling or showing him my preps, unless it gets serious enough for him to fill that empty drawer – or buy another dresser.

        Don’t think of it as dating, and if you find someone worthy of you, or would like to see if that person is worthy of you, think of it as getting to know a new friend, keep it casual and don’t get stressed (OK, so I’m not the best one to talk here).

        For me the answer about getting intimate is until I get to know him pretty well, and run a few checks. I’m the type that is terrible with boundries, and it seems like the minute I become intimate, it slaps on a set of blinders. Besides, its so much better with someone you are in love with.

        I also get the no sparks. About a year ago, I was introduced to a really nice man, who had many wonderful qualities, and would have made a wonderful caring husband. The problem was, while he was smitten, I wasn’t attracted to him at all, and let it go on for over a month hoping he would grow on me. It didn’t happen.

        As to when to introduce to DD – as soon as you think there MIGHT be any potential at all. Family and friends are much less blinded to a potential mate, and almost always a much better judge of character, because they are not involved. Much easier on your heart, if they see real problems ,to get out before you fall deeply in love.


    • Petticoat Prepper says:


      Ok, where did you get a DVD on suturing techniques? Long ago I worked for a veterinarian and I’ve been trying to recall all the suturing I saw but I think my wheels are rusty! Could use that DVD.

    • riverrider says:

      m, thats great news, but don’t “settle” .if you start seeing things that don’t look right, get out quick. you’ve got too much going for you to take any guff off a man. if i weren’t married i’d be beating a path to your door myself. theres plenty of us “nice guys” out here we’re just harder to find cause we’re not “players”. good luck, you deserve it.

      • Thank you. I would not settle. I know I have waaayyy too many good qualities and am extremely good to the men in my life. Someone will be very lucky to have me, and I’m determined to find someone that I’m lucky to have as well. Even if I never find the right one, I like my own company, so I’ll be fine either way.

  4. Glad to hear your furbaby is doing better. Praying for a full recovery.

    What we did for prepping this week…filled in empty spots on the food pantry shelves. Dehydrated vegetables for soup mixes (celery, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, etc.). Tried making my first fruit leather. It turned out so well, it didn’t last long. Now, when I find applesauce on clearance, I’ll be buying it all up. Plan on buying more leather inserts for my dehydrator trays. My husband and I sat down to make a list of skills we wanted to learn, but realized we pretty much had it covered, between the two of us. The only thing we need, we can’t afford to buy right now, more weapons.

    We also moved our water storage (cases of bottled water) from outside in the garage (where it’s visible whenever we open the garage door) to along one wall in our bedroom. We need to buy more, but we also figured out a plan for rotation, using 3 different locations.

    Either earlier this week or maybe late last week, I made hard tack. Really simple recipe: 4 cups flour, enough water to make a paste, I think it took a cup and a half because it’s gluten free flour, and a teaspoon of salt. Roll it out to about a half inch or slightly less. Cut into squares and poke with a fork several times. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees, turn over and bake another 30 minutes. i sealed them in seal a meal bags, 4 to a bag with a beef bouillon cube. It made 5 packages of 4. I also made survival bread with oats last week, so this goes with it. Bread in an emergency when no other is available.

  5. I hope the Pack has been well. I have been absent most of September with work and other hobbies and family activities dominating my time. I have been in touch with a few of the Pack via e-mail and lurking a few times. I don’t think the world or our country’s situation are improving so I am more determined than ever to stay prepared and get more people on board. Prayers to all in need. Here is what I have done that I can remember:

    • Took my youngest daughter to a local preparedness fair and she learned quite a bit
    • Received my security camera set up form 1saleaday.com. Will ultimately have this at my retreat.
    • Picked up 2 X 200 servings food pails from Costco with a 20 year shelf life. Also picked up some canned corned beef, chili and Vienna sausages from Costco. Great deal so check with your local store.
    • Received another Can of Provident Pantry egg mix.
    • Received 4, 9 in 1 survival tools form 1saleaday.
    • Went to Harbor freights and picked up a reciprocating saw and some other odds and ends.
    • Set up CERT to come and present to our HOA. CERT now is looking to do a special training just for my subdivision.
    • Bagged 25 lbs of rice in 1 gallon Mylar bags and stored in the food grade buckets.
    • More hotel supplies from my work travel.
    • Hate to admit but I started reading Founders.

    Also I have done a bunch of organizing of my stores.

    Stay safe everyone and I will keep checking in on everyone!

    • wow d2…you are doing so well at your constant steady pace..and I’m with you on the view regarding the global situation…have been reading all I can re Europe (Spain and Greece street protests etc). I imagine what if that was happening here – and what would I need to do/have etc to manage/muddle my way through it…and so I too have been busy the past few weeks….cheers…catch up next time.

      • Thanks Chloe. Was thinking of you this week as I am about to make my second batch of dehydrated jerky. This time of the spicier variety! Hope all is well down under!

    • d2 prep, great list of preps!

    • Jarhead 03 says:

      D2, lOoks like we have been putting in some hours and what work we can.
      I have been working and prepping so much that next week in doing a Vegas run. Will think of you as I grab some goodies from the hotel.
      On the way back I may hit a specialty store for PRK excluded items. I ordered my second Berkey (travel Berkey) and a couple extra filters to be delivered to the hotel.

  6. OOPS – forgot. Canning jars on sale, $7 a doz for pint sized so got 6 doz.

  7. So happy to hear that Faith is doing better, dontinued prayers for her and the rest of the Pack. Not much in the prepping dept. funds being low, but I did manage to pick up:
    2 4packs of canned corn
    5 cans ravioli
    3 4packs mandarin oranges
    3 6packs of candles
    It is still too hot for growing things, but I am starting this week on my “porch” garden. See how much I can harvest from pots and hanging plants.
    Found a reasonble source for camping gear, saving pennies for that.
    Saving as many glass jars as possible to store my rice and dried beans, peas, lentils, etc.
    The best thing to report is, I got the job!!!
    Praise the Lord! He is good.

  8. Tricia in Eastern NC says:

    I received an email last week that I will be required to have a flu vaccine or lose my job at the hospital. I have been a nurse for 19+ years and have never had the flu vaccine. My other job requires me to be at the hospital instructing. Not sure what to do?

    This week I was consumed with tending to children…

    • I think I would tell them it was against my religion or get a job at the nearest McDonalds.
      What happened to it being voluntary?
      Yes, I understand the reasoning behind getting one or I should say theirs, but making it a no choice goes against the grain.

    • Get your immune system up really good, then after the shot, eat a bunch of cilantro (grind up and mix with ground nuts and sundried tomatoes) a 1 TBL a day for a week afterward to chelate the mercury.

      • Oo, Tricia, following up on Michele’s idea, you might also want to look into bentonite clay–it adsorbs heavy metals in your system.

        • Lantana, I bought a container of Diatamacious Earth with Bentonite Clay at Tractor Supply recently. Can it be used to sprinkle in wheat, corn, etc, to keep out bugs? I have read that DE can be used for that, but didn’t know if the bentonite clay added was a problem, Am I correct, in that this is perfectly safe for us to consume? I didn’t want to sprinkle it into anything until I found out for sure. Thanks for any advice you can give me (or anyone else in the Pack)

      • Tricia in Eastern NC says:

        Thank you I hadn’t thought of that aspect if I take the vaccine.

    • Don’t sign the consent form. Tell them you’ll get the shot but not forgo your right to sue their knickers off if you have ANY adverse reaction. Known to have a chilling effect on what is mandatory.

    • Plant Lady says:

      People who are allergic to eggs can’t have flu vaccines, since they grow the substance in eggs…just saying? And allergy testing is real expensive, so they probably would just take your word…unless you have a habit of eating egg salad sandwiches at work (hehe).

      • Encourager says:

        Good point, Plant Lady! And allergies pop up all the time, don’t they? Just make sure they never catch you eating a egg salad sandwich!!!

    • Tricia, is there any way your personal doctor can organize/write a letter to the PTB where you work at the hosp…for you to not have the vaccine if you don’t want it..also, a phone call to your lawyer regarding what other options you may have…before you decide.

      Remember, you do have individual rights, as this may be denying you a choice/free choice – seek out those professional’s knowledge first, at least…

      hope all goes well, and also, Michelle’s post re getting your immune system at its best is correct…

      also, with your current work, you will already have immunity from most of the bugs in your workplace – as you are exposed to them on a daily basis.

      If after exhausting all possible avenues, and go for the vaccine – at least you still have your income. It’s very hard to manage without regular income to pay the many essential bills just to stay in your home, and eat/stay clean etc…

      I understand where you are coming from…when I was nursing, I (and every other nurse) had to have the mandated Hep B vaccine…way back then…

      This is not a simple issue…as we may all be required to make a similar choice one day, e.g., if child/ren not vaccinated they’re not allowed in school, or adults not allowed into workplace (like what is happening in your line of work right now).

      Also, soldiers have a mass of inoculations as well.

      Wishing you all the best with whatever decision you arrive at…cheers.

      • Tricia in Eastern NC says:

        This is a tough decision for me. I was one of those Mom’s that spread out the minimum on childhood vaccinations for my children. (Lots of eye rolling from the doctors). For example I refused to let them receive the MMR and varicella (chicken pox) together years ago before the TPTB decided against it as well.

        Plant Lady–People that have a true documented egg allergy will have to wear a mask in patient care areas for the duration of the flu season. Also if they present with any type of respiratory infection symptoms they are to be prepared to sit out of work for flu season.

        I know this post may seem off topic for prepping this week, however it is something to think about for the changes we all see in society. This income is helping my family to prepare and without it I have a lot to think about.

        I have googled similiar stories and nurses simply refuse and walk off the job after the vaccine deadline; I doubt I will see much of that in this economy. Thank you for your thoughts.

        • Tricia, are all the hospitals requiring that now? I’d always understood that we had such a nurse shortage that y’all had options.

          Any chance you could start a side business drawing upon your skills? Between baby boomers aging, family members taking on caretaking for alzheimer’s patients and preppers wishing they had someone with medical skills in their group, seems like there’d be a market for someone who could help people improve their health and caretaking capabilities.

    • Sw't Tater says:

      If you have any nerve damage, like from diabetes..it is contra-indicated.Can cause guillian B syndrome..in those with neuropathies, especially the ones where cause for damage is unknown.
      .I would tell them I am on an anti-viral as an alternate to it, and I would be on L-lysine. I would be looking for another job.They are not your medical care, but employer…and the twain should never meet!

  9. Judy, another one says:

    Hello everybody!

    M.D. it is good to read your pup is doing better. Said a prayer of thanksgiving for her healing so for and ask for her continued healing.

    Not much happening at our spot in the sun. We are waiting for my retirement check to come in so we can replace some of the stuff we used up over the last month. We will also be heading to the lumber yard to get some rolls of 18″ flashing to see if we can button up a design flaw around the cupola that keeps leaking. If this idea doesn’t work, we are just going to have to rip the cupola completely off and try a different idea. (sigh)

    Everybody have a good week!


  10. Hey pack, whats up? Just finnished a mandatory week of training here in the “D”, (much ado about nothing). My only prep this week is I was able to purchase a 10 oz bar of silver. If Obama gets re-elected which I’m praying that he doesnt the price of metals are going to sky rocket. I cannot believe people would still vote for him? Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. Anyhow M.D. glad the dog is doing much better, when she fully recovers we could always use another good canine dog here in the “D”, take care all.

    • riverrider says:

      matt, good to hear from you brother. keep up the thin blue line, but you might want to take a vacation the week of the election. word on the street is if tdl don’t win it’ll be burning again. keep your head on a swivel, we’re praying for you.

      • Cosmolined says:

        River is smart! If you have time on the books, take the week off or get a bad back for the first two days until you see how things go.
        God Bless! Cos

        • Encourager says:

          Have to agree with Cos and River, Matt. Schedule it now so it is a done deal. If they say no, gosh, I hear the flu is going around town!

          But I know it is hard to make that decision. You would not be a LEO if you did not have the desire to serve and be there for/with your compatriots.

  11. So glad to hear of the progress your pup is making, MD; looking forward to many more positive updates in the days and weeks to come.

    Keep up the good work, Faith–we’re all pulling for you!

  12. Soggy Prepper says:

    Didn’t do a whole lot last couple weeks, probably because I didn’t write anything down.
    I did order the EE wheat grinder special, so I’m waiting for that to come in.
    Also canned 20 more jars of jam and conserves, mostly peaches type.

    Watching the news, it all sucks. I think this week I’ll take my Gadsden flag off my house. I don’t know who will get in this November, but either way, it’s not going to be good.

    Keep praying and keep prepping.
    Prayers still going for all those not doing well in the Pack and also for Faith.

  13. Came out of the cam boot this week and regaining strength in my leg and foot. Went on a whirlwind 900 mile house hunting tour- Drove out to look at properties in East Tennessee and southwest Virginia. Boy am I tired. Also went to a retirement workshop so I’ll know how to act when I get out of the military. Yesterday caught a tent sale at the comissary and got some good deals on soy sauce and pasta. Continuning to house hunt from a distance.

  14. Glad to hear Faith is improving. We all know how dear we hold our pets. Our three dogs rule our house. We hope little Faith will continue to improve and eventually be as good as before.

    We are still up to our elbows settling my wife’s father’s estate. We are making progress though. Now having had this experience makes me realize how much unnecessary useless stuff we have.

    I did manage to do some prepping this past week. I bought 100 rounds of .223, 100 rounds of 12 gauge # 8 shot and 555 rounds of .22 hollow point. I also bought one case of Kerr wide mouth quart jars, rings and lids. At garage sales I found a really nice adult size canvas book bag for a dollar which I plan to make my new go bag. An Army duffle bag for two dollars and my last purchase was two really nice white enamel buckets and six dozen canning jars for $30.00. Oh I almost forgot to mention a Dietz Blizzard Jr. lantern for two dollars and a USA made 10 ½ inch cast iron skillet for one dollar.

    I always want to express my thanks for this site and the therapy I get from reading what others are doing. The encouragement and support are priceless. Thank you all for that. Get well little Faith.

    • S/boy…you got some great bargains…I always like reading about the bargains everyone gets…

      and had a LOL moment regarding your ‘therapy’ comment…so agree – as my DD can only take so much of my prep talk in one sitting. cheers.

  15. M.D. – So glad to hear Faith is doing better. A really good joint supplement my vet recommends and we’ve used is Glycoflex III – you can get it on Amazon.

    Preps for us has been all DH lately, I’ve been too swamped at work. Only thing I’ve done is download kindle books.

    DH has got the garden going full force fall/winter garden. Bought a mess of bullets, a new scope and a shotgun.

  16. Hey Dee,

    thanks for all the afgans you’ve knitted. Those must be the ones I keep finding at the thrift shops. I’ve been collecting cold weather things like afghans, flannel sheets, blankets, etc.

    In the “products keep getting smaller arena” went to Sam’s to purchase the 4# box of Sunmaid raisins. I was suprised to find that the price hadn’t gone up much at all. Then I was suprised again when I saw they had shrunk the contents down to 3.75# per box. Guess I better stock up on some more before they drop the contents down to 3 pounds.

  17. Ok, let me try this again, Had mine almost typed in and computer crashed! .UUUgggH.
    MD, glad your little companion is improving. I have been laying very low lately…mostly just trying to get better.
    I have had a tough three or four weeks, fighting infections, first naturally .Had to go to Dr. on Monday. ended up with another sinus infection , pleuracy and two other bacterial infections..was better until last night.then started getting worse again, using antibiotics and other meds as prescribed. DH became ill with the same symptoms on thursday. Neither of us was able to attend worship services and that is highly unusual.
    Have made a few purchases to fill in some gaps, since this was the week of payday. Spent several hours yesterday doing some research on needed suppliments and sources.Missed the saturday blog, but will adjust .Couldn’t do anything, so had more ‘puter time.
    Gardening and ect:
    The deer have been in our garden, despite an electric fence…they pretty well tromped the cukes and ate very well on the squash… I may get a few more yet, but have planted a few in the window sill, and will put them in a protected container, maybe under a sun lamp! I want some Zucchini bad! The persimmons are not ready yet but our three trees are producing well despite a lack of care. and one of our neighbors is prolific. I will have to fight the possum and coons to get them first.
    The nut trees to which I have access did not do well this year, water lack…I found a new patch of everlasting, which is beautiful, just not dry yet, so asthma treatment.. will be in good supply this fall..I had forgotten about the re-seeding last fall.and it is abundant…The purslane has re-seeded in several areas….where I wanted it and where I didn’t! LOL..
    DH is on board for getting our garden prepared early this coming year..
    .and is taking an active role in planning and preparing the soil for a less weedy and more productive process next year..
    . I was watching a video yesterday:re the scarce-ness of small game in some areas. They seem to be rebounding some here, have been low for three or four years…due to wild turkey… but not what i want to eat…possum on the half shell and old greasy possum…several deer had twins this year, the overall herd that cross our land regularly is down.
    I always start by getting prescribed medications in, because of the variance in costs from month to month. Last month we had to change pharmacies, because the big box store did not care whether ours were filled or not, on the upper levels. Local Pharmacists were ordering medications and they were sending a limited supply to other stores.So I have succeeded in getting these back to the correct date for fills.
    I was able to help a family member get together some lists for priority items. ..and another friend to get started.
    I made up and printed out laundry detergent recipe for a new neighbor that has many economic and physical challenges…to help her free up money for some preps, for the impending train wreck.
    I was able to find some bargain bin items at a couple of different re-use stores. 5 cans sterno @50c each, a full size comforter ..aka dog recliner for our bed., a couple of notebooks for printed info. 50c each.
    3 shirts for DH, 3 blouses and an open front sweater and lightweight jacket for ums. a spare percolator,2 sets of sheets and 6 extra pillowcases.50$ for all.
    I replaced the cough drops and vit c drops used this last two weeks
    . Food items…Dry items in for freezer treatment.
    ….25 cans assorted tomato products,
    12 cans green veggies/39c ea./limit, 5 cans yellow veggies.
    12 lb sugar,+ 2 large bags of splenda type sweetener,
    9 lb Oatmeal,(all but 2lb in storage.)
    3 boxes of salt
    ,3 small containers of bay leaves and one of onion powder.
    .5 pks of spagetti sauce mix,
    3 cans cheese sauce, 5 lg cans filled milk
    3lbs dry lima’s, + 3 lbs rice,
    .6bx mac and cheese, 3lbs pasta shells.
    3 bx apple cinnamon muffin mix(..new product ( 2 to storage, will have to add more cinnamon and splenda when I cook them)
    I Went to Pacer check with MOM got good report, she has an irregular pulse rate of 60-68 without the pacemaker on…just a year or so ago, she had a pulse so slow they could not turn the pacer off…then she went on the natural regimine of codliver oil, vitamin e, ALA, and CoQ10. She has a little more energy, despite having the west nile about 8 wks ago.
    That’s about it, Take care of yourselves, Keep on Keeping on,! and Keep on Praying for our nation…and each other, I” do the same!

    • Sw’t Tater, feel better soon! Praying for you. But man, you got a lot done, even sick! 🙂

    • Petticoat Prepper says:

      Sw’t Tater,

      The deer ate my entire garden a few years ago and I gave up on having one. However, this year I tried again. I bought some short 4 foot plastic electric fence poles and strung 3 wires for an electric fence. Then I got some peanut butter and salted it like crazy. I took some cooking foil and tore it into strips about 2 inches wide and 6 inches long. I folded each strip over a wire and twisted to keep it there and painted a big, big hunk of salty peanut butter on each one.

      The deer just loved that salt ladened peanut butter until their little tongues got bit by the fence. Took a couple of times but by golly they have stayed out of my garden!!!! Get ’em good next season!

  18. Mostly gardening this week. Transplanted red lettice, romaine, and kale into the main garden. Turnips and chard are doing well. Those two can hold up all winter if it doesn’t stay below freezing too long. Worked on kitchen and cooking materials. Bought a nice, like new teapot at a garage sale. We drink a lot of tea, both hot and cold. There is nothing like a cup of hot tea on a cold day. We like coffee, but at times it can’t compare with tea. We have a large stock of tea in mylar bags that keep it really well. Worked with three friends on a lunch-type get together with other friends.

  19. Glad to hear Faith is getting better. My dogs are like my kids and I know how devastating and helpless it sometimes feels when they are hurt. Still keeping you two in my prayers. Now what did I do, I got a new flashlight, the Life+Gear 200 lumen model. It’s built well and produces good light, it seems promising. I also planted a bunch of herbs from seed, I will end up keeping them inside through the winter. Started drying some basil, parsley, mint, sage, and pineapple sage. That’s it for me.

  20. Picked up 2000 rounds of ammo. Talking with dh about buying a 10-22. Collecting stuff to do a bunch of mylar sealing. Pasta, beans, bacon & ham tvp for salad sprinkles. Bought 20# of bacon to can. Still reading up on compound bows. I will get one when I feel I can make a quality decision.
    I guess ds is on the mend. Separated shoulder/collar bone. Couldn’t even drive, couldn’t shift a standard (safely). He is NOT a good patient. I’m not a patient nurse either.
    Inventoried the b.o.b. had borrowed a couple items, needed to replace, & added/changed a couple things. Still too heavy. Got a couple things I could ditch if need be.

  21. Warmongerel says:

    Glad to hear the pooch is doing better. As much as mine annoys me sometimes, I’d miss her if she were gone.

    – Bought more camping/survival gear (folding saw, fire starters, emergency blankets, wrist rocket, etc.)
    – Ordered a Volcano stove for cooking and heat – major concern here in MN
    – Practiced tearing down & reassembling one of my 9mm’s
    – Found a local gun range so I don’t have to leave town when I want to shoot.
    – Learned a whole bunch about generators and found an inverter that I’ll buy when I can.
    – Cleaned up my Gamo Big Cat pellet gun for small critters. Sighted in the laser sight.
    – Went grocery shopping. About 1/3 of the bill was for prep supplies.
    – Looking into getting firearm safety certificate for my daughter so she can come to the firing range with me.
    – Reading, reading, reading. Always learning. Quite possibly the most important part of prepping IMHO.
    – Put more water away.

    Not bad for a “newbie”, I guess.

    Good luck & God bless.

    • War Mongerel…welcome to the pack…and yes reading/learning new skills etc is so important…cheers.

    • Encourager says:

      Welcome to the Pack, Warmongerel. Yes, not bad for a newbie, lol! Better than I did!

  22. Michele, Natalia, Victoria and other bloggers in the Pack (or anyone feeling lucky)–

    Homestead Revival’s monthly Preparedness link up has a giveaway for 6 #10 cans of dehydrated veggies–to enter, link up to a preparedness post on your blog or leave a comment about something you did to prepare in September.

    No affiliation; just thought the winner might as well be from the Pack. Here’s the link:


  23. SurvivorDan says:

    Got lucky at Walmart. As I was buying a box of 100 #7 1/2 12 gauge and a 550 rd brick of Remington 22, the friendly clerk tipped me off that he would be bringing out a small case (500rd) of Remington jacketed 9mm right after lunch – $99.85. Couldn’t resist that. Yes! I admit it. The ammo monkey is always on my back! 6) 44 gal plastic totes and 6) 6qt minis (for meds, vitamins, 1st aid stuff and such), case of beef stew, a case of baked beans, misc. vitamins, anti-biotics, first aid gear. Still building up my secondary preps stash. Not a bad week for my off season.

    Been practicing my cooking skills and throwing knives at my new straw stack. The cooking practice is ‘cuz of the loss of TheFormerMrsSurvivorDan’s cooking skills. The knife throwing thing is just for fun not self-defense. It rarely pays off to throw knives at your attackers. Even if you hit ’em, it would probably piss them off into a berserker rage and hand them a weapon to do you harm with. I doubt I will ever throw a knife at and nail a bunny. But then again, one never knows………

  24. Greetings Pack,
    M D, Glad to hear Faith is doing well!
    This week we finally got finished up with the fall cleanup. Placed an order with amazon for a few books and items. Did some more shopping for food and supplies and gear. Not much but a little at a time is what i can do for now.
    Have seen a ton of very nice deer these last couple weeks, its gonna be a good season.
    Hope everyone has a safe and happy week.

  25. Jarhead 03 says:

    This week was another busy work week. Pulled a72 hour work week in 5 days.

    Prayers sent out to the Pack and family.

    Water preps:
    6 cases 35 pack water
    1 case six 1 gallon bottles
    1 case gatorade

    Weapons prep:
    The Nikon 3-9x BDC zeroed in on the 20″ AR 15A2. Bullet compensator set at 100, 200, 300 and 400 yards. Spent a day in the desert last Monday zeroing it in, due to terrain I couldn’t zero 500 yards so I did a Kentucky windage guesstimate. Who knows when I will hit a 500 yard range.
    Set a quick disconnect mount for the 4x scope on the M4  that does well keeping a good job holding zero out to 200 yards. 300 yards hits well within 4″ from the prone with no bipod so I’m not complaining.
    Tested the sling-bow at an archery range on Tuesday. Got some cheers and jeers from people. I was shooting at the end keeping my distance and some wanted to try it. One guy complained it won’t shoot like his custom bow and my reply was his bow won’t shoot like my 24″ bull barrel AR varmint rifle so what’s your point? He walked away. The range was happy they had a new shooter, it had ten people there.

    Printed Satellite pics of rail road tracks, trails, water storage  tanks, reservoirs in the area. Printed game trails, hiking trails, lakes, rivers and streams in the foothills and further up in the mountains.

    3 flashlights from one of our Pack members from North Ca.

    Food Preps:
    Grocery bag full of MRE crackers, peanut butter, jelly and cheese from a Marine friend that hit the desert with me.

    Other preps:
    Finally got the security screens installed on the doors with insert pins into the metal door frame so it has 5 points on one side. The door handle side has the deadbolt, handle knob and a slide lock at the top and bottom so it’s a 4 point secure on that side. It would take a heavy duty truck with a tow strap and hook.
    Handyman cut and installed my window security inserts and latches.
    Paid the handyman a really good bottle of Gran Patron Platinum.

    I’m burnt out from work but managed to get some things done this week. Take care! Changed my email address if you need to get a hold of me let me know.

    • Jarhead03
      Interested in where/how you found the detailed maps to print?
      Searched for this, unsuccessfully. I authorize MD to release my email to you.
      Thanks for the info- have a great week,

      • Jarhead 03 says:

        Lynn, I used Google maps at work. I put in an address of a nearby business instead of mine and then do a wide view of the area. I’ve studied my area pretty well and know the foothills and local mountains well.

        I take pictures of the area and print it taking a highlighter and marking trails. I have a great printer at work so the quality comes out.

        After the wide area shots I zoom in taking pictures of how to get to the river that’s flows to a local dam from the mountains, a local resevior with ways of gettin there by road and along a no longer functioning railroad to the back by hiking trail. There are several hiking trails in the area within miles that have ponds, streams and within a 5-10 mile hike are two resevior dams that are accessible by foot or bike so I could load up the bike trailer with 5-10 gallons a trip.

        I printed the smaller up close pictures aligned them so they can be be placed side by side continuous. I laminated them so they are waterproof in the event I had to go out during rain.

        On the game trails I printed all the them as general area so that you can see the trails as thin lines and then highlighted them before laminating them.

        For further up in the mountains I have both satalite photos and topographical maps. The satalite photos I write in the grids to use them as a realtime or as close to realtime photo as a reference especially if I haven’t been on the trail or haven’t been on it in a while.

        From my military days topographic maps were good. It when we got aerial or satalite(as good as they were then) it was a good reference to the area we were going into be it city, desert or woods.

    • Surviving in Ky. says:

      Hey Jarhead, Looked like a productive week for all the hours you put in. I have been considering putting together some supplies for a grid down situation to strenghthen the doors and windows. I am going to stock up on some window material but have decided to go with a steel tube with slots in it, which will slide over large lag bolts with washers. All the doors have reinforced dead bolts right now but that wouldn’t be enough for a determined forced entry. I going to go ahead and speed up the preps because we were told about a “softening in the schedule” this month. I won’t go into detail about what industry I’m in but orders typically pick up in the fall and winter for companies to speed their capital money. I am in a mid level management position and can see the writing on the wall. The new managers over the last few years were all smiling and patting themselves on the back a couple of months ago when the projections came in for next year. They ask my opinion and I told them it was pie in the sky sales opinions. They looked at me like I was being all negative and had a bad attitude. Those same people looked at me yesterday with nervous looks and started asking questions. My industry is typically 6 months ahead of any slow down and 6 months later in a recovery. All I can advise the pack is in my opinion, my company is starting to see what I believe will be our country’s next slow down. I am going to say a pray for everyone and advise you to prep in earnest. God Bless!

      • Petnumber1 says:

        Surviving in KY, I concur. I’m seeing the same thing in my industry, which is at the cutting edge end of the spectrum. If things are drooping here, it’s going to be freefall in about 6 months, I’m afraid. 🙁

        • Jarhead 03 says:

          Petnumber1, I’m in the Public Sector “sort of” and I have seen how people have transitioned in their attitudes and been fortunate to see the good and ba in people. I’ve seen over the last year people that wore business suits now wearing security uniforms. Some people woke up and grabbe their boots and got back on their feet and some waiting as long as they could before the unemployment ran out. It’s a rougher world and those of use with open eyes will see the accident ahead and swerve while others slam into it.

          These 60+ hours a week are getting to me I’m becoming philosophical lol

          • Petnumber1 says:

            Hang in there, Jar – been there, done that with the 60+ hours/week, and I feel for you. Make sure you take care of YOU when you do get a break! 🙂

            • Jarhead 03 says:

              Petnumber1, I’m counting down the days to Vegas lol. Found out I don’t have to come in early on Sunday so it’s an 8 1/2 hour instead of 12 1/2 hours.

              We are expecting rain Monday in my area so the plan is leave Sunday night after work so I don’t have to deal with the idiots on the road.

              As soon as I get there I’m getting a drink and a massage, that’s a mental and physical prep lol.

        • GeorgiaBoy says:

          Thanks for the heads-ups, Surviving and Pet. That’s valuable real-time information.

          • Petnumber1 says:

            LOL, have fun, Jarhead – you need and deserve it. Vegas is only 6 hours from me, so it’s a nice interlude when things get to be too much up here and it’s too cold to go to the mountains. 🙂

      • Jarhead 03 says:

        Surviving, I saw bits and peaceable of the debate and even CNN clearly called Romney the winner. I’m concerned not the POTUS would do something stupid, I any POTUS would have fought to stay in it would have been “W” but I’m concerned about the people that were promised an easier life, free handouts at our expense doing something “if” POTUS is not reelected.

        I have friends that are close to the social activity grass roots groups an many of them don’t like either guy from what I see but if the Occupy movement which is still there reorganizing according to friends associated with Occupy as well as LE friends, things could hit the unprepared sheeple fast and hard.

        If people don’t go to work, unions falter, people protest as prices are already sky rocketing with gas, pork, beef and milk things can ignite faster than some predict. I’m going to make a Vegas trip to be ready for what’s around the corner.

  26. Hi y’all! I helped teach another Appleseed this weekend. Met some nice people and got promoted one more level. I got to be Line Boss this time which is the guy who yells the commands and holds the stopwatch. I liked yelling! Maybe I should have been a drill sergeant. I might have enjoyed it. Maybe minus the throwing the trash can down the barracks steps part though. I talked to a woman who had been in the Army and she said the sergeant did that to her barracks too. (maybe it’s a requirement or something)

    Before that, I canned tomatoes, and found a pickled green tomato recipe I think I’m going to try this coming week. The final piece of my sewing project stuff arrived, so I have to get cracking on that too. I re-lost the 2 lbs I gained the week before, but this weekend I blew my diet because the range had meals for sale, and I didn’t exercise because I was putting in 14 to 16 hour days between Appleseed and driving. So I have to double down this week LOL.

    I need to get back to sleep, I have to wake up at 4:30 a.m. G’night y’all. MD I am glad your dog seems to be getting better.

  27. Buuurr in Ohio says:

    Trained, trained, trained my dog… he is getting very big now… vet says he is almost 50 pounds… halfway to his goal weight and only 15 weeks old. He has broken himself on the local squirrels, raccoons and cats so in the event of disaster we will have meat at least. Oh, I should mention he learned fetch in one try and will bring anything back to me, even food items. For some reason dog food from my hand is far tastier then the mound of it in his bowl.

    Added some Indian pickles to the store… most people don’t think of them because they don’t know of them or like the spice but they are great. They are generally a salt preserve of a very mixed amount of fruit and veggies (mango, ginger, lime, and citrus that ironically taste like root vegetables with a kick). They are cheap and if you have an Indian store in your location (most cities do) you can buy up this stuff for super cheap. Me and wife picked up 20 cans yesterday… shelf life of forever…almost.

  28. Hello to one and all…

    MD, thanks for the update on Faith – good to hear she is slowly on the mend…prayers for you to continue to be able to patiently care for her and all her needs until she is fully healed.

    To all those who are healing…Encourager…hope you are able to resist bending over until you’re all healed, Worrisome – good to hear you are almost fully mobile again, Cliff, know that I am thinking and praying for you all, DJV…concerned regarding your DH’s symptoms, please keep us informed as to progress on health care, Conmaze, et al…have read all the posts and prayers for all continue.

    I have been sorting/purging stuff…and packing more stuff into mylar bags and buckets, like bicarb soda and coarse/fine salt (need lots of salt for salting fish) have been reading up on this and many other forms of dehydration after grid down.

    Also found a great preppers site…called preppers.com – will link it below this post.

    Also, at Miles Stairs site – copied and pasted lots of gardening info.

    Purchased more beeswax – now $4 p/kg.

    Wheat is $27.50 x 20Kgs bag – however, was able to buy a bag from another supplier for $18…only bought one bag to see how clean it was first…

    Found another supplier for Washing Soda instead of paying $75 p/25kg bag, will be picking up 2 bags for $48.50 ea later this week…(it’s already Monday afternoon here as I type this).

    Epsom salts is $14 p/20kg bag…that will be decanted into a plastic container later this week.

    Tried that hydrogen peroxide (oxyclean) laundry powder again the other day on my white cotton bed throw…excellent clean – so bought 2 more 15kgs bags and decanted them into plastic containers as well.

    Went through my 2 bum bag EDC bags – to check all flashlights okay, and added more batteries to the packs.

    Granny J posted late last week re canned cheese manufacturing moving to middle east from Aust’a…checked it out…they are expanding their operations…and I took the opportunity to order some more cheese/butter…

    More P/jelly for cotton balls as fire starters, even though I am now at the stage where I am looking for lengths of the correct type of timber so I can start a fire with a bow drill…and am still learning how to identify the different trees that grow around me…so much to know – so much I never knew I didn’t know…

    More ziplock bags – can’t have too many of these…great for individual rolling of clothes, socks, knickers/bras and keeping things dry in BOB.

    Every time coffee (freeze dried, ground, beans) go on special I buy some and then mylar the bags – price keeps going up.

    Same with Iodized salt – I buy 1kg min’m each time I go shopping.

    Plus onion flakes, and granulated garlic – these are so lightweight for the flavour punch they deliver.

    Priced a liter of chain and bar oil $8.49…am going to look at Stihl chain saws this week…just a small one that I can handle easily for a short while at a time.
    More cloth tape and 2 rolls of duct tape.
    1 x 62 pack of assorted ‘O’ rings
    more packs of medical gloves
    3 packs of 24 LEMSIP caps.
    2 pack of cotton string – will make more candle wicks.
    3 x solar lights with a ‘AAA’ battery in situ.
    20 x ‘AAA’ batteries.

    Set up another bird feeder – looks like a chook feeder and this time I can top up the funnel and let them all have their fill, instead of filling the other feeder 3 times daily…and will get another bag tomorrow..now they have 2 feeders to choose from, as too many, and some of the larger parakeets won’t let the other smaller p’keets feed from the other side – so glad God has provided so that I can fill the feeders.

    So many birds coming and going and feeding here all day – they start before it’s full light and still here as it starts getting dark…and I love watching them – very relaxing and restful.

    Fuel in my area is $1.49 p/litre unleaded.

    Also, checked out some others areas with fresh water – and we decided to swim in the creek with the dogs…however, was cautious of my knee, as rocks covered in silt, so sat on the rocks near the bank, then moved sideways till into the rapids and then bumped/jumped on my bottom along the smooth rocks towards the deep swimming area with help from the current…for some reason my DD couldn’t seem to stop laughing at the sight of me doing that…

    Other than that, same ol’ same ol’ stuff.

    Welcome to all the new cubs, if I missed welcoming any – know that am so glad you are all waking up…and taking steps to prep.

    I see it as a blessing to be able to see and act on the events we see occurring globally.

    take care, and till next time…

    will be posting links to some websites I have been – hope they may be of some benefit to the assorted pack…cheers.

    • Cliff in Douglasville says:


      Glad to see you are making the progress you are making.
      It has been an interesting week around my home. I went in for a CT scan on Wednesday and had a pretty horrific reaction to the dye. Never bothered me before but they had to do a fast push on it for this test and it messed me up pretty soundly. I did manage to make it back home and am waiting word from the doctor on that test.
      DD has moved to Florida to be with her boyfriend (he’s active duty Navy and right now floating around some where on an Air Craft carrier probably heading to the vicinity of Iran but he is only scheduled to be out 30 days). DD quit her job teaching after a school shooting and being threatened by 6th grade girls that are much bigger than she is. She’s looking for work and I’ll keep her going as long as she needs the help.
      DW sister got married to a friend of mine a few weeks ago. She has been living in her mothers home for the last 11 years while the mom is living in the mountains with her dying husband. Mother in law came down for the weekend and for a doctor visit and told them first they could buy the house, then she said she could have the house and in the next 15 minutes said they had to be out of her house before next weekend. I love having dysfunctional family.
      On the good side I felt pretty good on Saturday and took my hot rod to a car show (I have a 1923 Ford “T” bucket hotrod with big motor and really big tires and it makes the ground shake a little bit when it rumbles by) so I got to hang out with other old people and have a fun day.
      For preps I picked up another 25 pound bag of sugar that I need to get in to buckets along with 2 more 50 pound bags of popcorn that also need to go in to buckets.
      My mental inventory of ammo was going bad since DD and her boyfriend came up and I let them take a few handguns and such to the range and gave them ammo and they ran through about 250 or 300 rounds. I set up a table and got out all the ammo cans and loose boxes and stuff that I had hid and realized I have a lot of ammo in calibers that I don’t have anymore. Trying to decide if it is better to keep it for trading purposes (common calibers), buying a firearm that can use them or just selling them off for something else. Probably less than 10,000 round that needs to either have a purpose or live else where.
      Got in my big berky filter and 3 cases of Mountain House food and got a discount so I picked up a nice k-bar knife. Not quite sharp enough for shaving but sharp enough to put another scar on my thumb (don’t ask how I know about the shaving). Also got in 4 of the new Mountain House buckets with pouches of food and got them squirreled away.
      I am losing weight and may have to go back to wearing suspenders to keep my pants up. Noticed when i went to church that there was excess room on one side of my trousers and it was drooping because that is the side I carry my handgun on and even though it is against the law to carry in houses of worship I talked with the pastor and with the senior leaders and they all agreed that they had rather have armed members in the church in case a nut job comes in and wants to hurt someone and since they know my military background and my stand they are fine with it and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one carrying.
      Just got off the phone with the heart doctor and I’ve got to go now and make an appointment with a heart surgeon. If I don’t show up for a while either I’m in hospital or in the ground but I’m doing my best to leave a solid base for my family and extended family to get through the next unpleasantness.
      Take care, keep your powder dry and your pantry full and don’t believe anything you don’t read here.

      • May God watch over you and guide the hands of all who will be involved in your care. Will keep you in our prayers, Cliff.

      • Cosmolined says:

        Cliff in Douglasville:
        May God protect you and yours, may He heal you and guide the hands of your Doctors…. (Sure hope you don’t have a bad week next week! )
        My troubles are like dust in a strong wind in comparison.
        God Bless! John

      • Praying for a good recovery for you, Cliff!

      • Cliff…wow, good to see you are taking things in your stride…and know about the reaction to contrast dye – I had the same thing happen to me many years ago…had hives/scratching, could barely talk etc… and they kept me on the trolley to the side of the glassed in area so they could keep an eye on me till the department closed…yes, you were lucky…and amazing that you were able to drive yourself home.

        Shocking re the violence in schools…we are seeing similar things here as well…but certainly not to the same extent as on your SOTP…good that DD decided that her life was more important then being in a position where more abuse/violence is guaranteed to keep happening…and yes as parents, we still like to help our children financially when possible…

        Had a big LOL at the dysfunctional episode…I can relate to that.

        And when I finish reading all the posts, will search and see that your Ford Hotrod looks like…enjoy all that you can while you can…none of us are taking anything with us…so, good to see you are taking time out to have fun.

        Perhaps some of the pack near you may be interested in buying some of that ammo off you…if supplies are getting harder to access…just never know…

        keep us informed on your health issues…as you can read, many of the pack also have family with health issues – and yes, I too am trying to leave my DD in as good a position as possible for the many varied possibilities…

        So good to see that you are still prepping no matter the circumstances…and I do pay attention to the news from the pack…because a lot of the developments on your side eventually filter over to us here…so the time delay gives me a heads-up so to speak.

        Have you had any routine blood tests lately…may explain the weight loss…

        Will continue to pray for your full recovery…as lots of family depending on you – and I know you feel the weight of that responsibility…catch up next time and God bless you and your family…cheers.

        • Cosmolined says:

          Just a correction, I’m taking my International Harvestor M1 Garand and a can of ammo with me, just in case. God Bless, Cos

          • Cos…LOL at your post…because I immediately saw a picture of a sugarcane harvester in my mind – International brand…however, understand what you are referring to…

            and will also have to do a search to see what it looks like…and with all the internet surveillance on my SOTP…that search will no doubt raise a red flag for the PTB that are watching/recording all keystrokes on laptops etc…God bless you too…hope your son’s health has picked up. cheers.

      • Encourager says:

        Praying for you Cliff!

      • worrisome says:

        Cliff, praying for the best in outcomes! Hope that you have to go through to get on the path to healing will be gentle on you and that you come back to us healthy and happier!

      • Cliff, God bless you and keep you. I am praying for your health.

  29. This site also has patterns for moccasins…


    any handymen…solar distiller…depending on quality of water.


    also, detailed instructions for biodiesel from vegetable oil/s


  30. And this link deserves it’s own post…this is chock full of good articles…too many to mention…cheers.


  31. I found a part time job and picked up some canned goods on closeout.
    I need advice, we are thinking of filing for custody of my husband’s niece then adopting. I have no idea of what to do after getting certified as a Foster parent. We have been praying a lot and are worried about mother in law’s interference. She DOES. NOT need to have her, I don’t let her take my kids now. But she thinks I will let her take this one. I have no idea why she thinks she can take one of my kids if I don’t let her take the other ones.

    • Cosmolined says:

      I’m sorry, but I don’t have any idea what to do with such a heartbreaking situation. My hopes are for the niece. Do Not Give Up on giving her a chance for a loving family…. God Bless, Cos

    • JL, if the child’s parents are living, their parental rights will have to terminated before someone else can adopt the child.

      In some cases, the parents cooperate with the termination proceedings. If they refuse, you can petition the court; if the court finds the parent(s) to be unfit (most commonly due to neglect or abuse), they can terminate their rights involuntarily.

      Check the webpage for your state’s Department of Family and Child Services (or whatever agency has these responsibilities in your state). That will help you understand the process in your state before you contact an adoption lawyer.

      Also, many local or county bar associations have a monthly ‘pro bono’ night, where people can call in with a legal question and talk to a volunteer for no charge.

      If your question is too complex to answer on the phone, or outside the volunteer lawyer’s area of expertise, they will at least be able to point you in the right direction. So check out your county’s bar association to see if there’s a pro bono night coming up.

      God bless you all for being willing to take on the role of parents to your niece, and godspeed in those efforts, JL.

  32. Prayers for Faith this morning. I hope this day sees even more improvement!

  33. I actually did something to post in here! I built one (of several,hopefully) wooden box for planing potatoes, and I planted a potato in it. Also planted several seeds for plum trees. Dug dirt for the potato box out of an already low spot, so I can plant cattails there (you can eat those).
    Good day to you all.

    • Good for you! All those little steps add up. Wish I had a place to grow some veggies.

    • Madrob…had a chuckle at your post…in a good way…and so glad you are having fun with your prepping…I didn’t have much success with my potato plants in a container…next time will try a hessian grow bag – so will be interested in hearing how your harvest goes…cheers.

      • Some of my family members used old tires to grow potatoes. They laid the first tire on the ground, filled it with dirt and planted the tater. When it got up to about 8″ they placed another tire over that and filled it in with dirt leaving a few inches of green showing. They ended up with something like 6 tires stacked up. Then they simply kicked it over and gathered taters. Apparently it worked pretty well, but I didn’t see the produce, they just told me about it. I did see the stacks of tires though.

  34. I'm A Prep Kat says:

    Glad to read the pup is getting better. My heart goes out to you. I don’t know what I would do if my amazing mini poodle were in little Faith’s place.

    For preps, I was gifted 6 cooking pumkins and a box of canner tomatoes, so I spent the better part of the week end in the kitchen. I have to find a deal on canning jars – I’ve put up more this year than ever before.

    I have decided that I am not supposed to have a fall garden. Someone left the gate open and the chickens got into the garden and ate all that was green! The cat ate the seedlings I had started in the window. I don’t know if I have time to get anything else started.

    The saffron crocus are coming up. I’m expecting a good harvest this year. Maybe I can trade saffron threads and chicken manure for fall/winter greens. Hmmm.

    That’s it for me. Take care, Y’all

  35. Hello Pac,

    I’ve been out of it most of the summer as far as posting anything. Did manage to read a few. Missed ya’ll. Been a lot going on, but have done some prepping.

    For all those with sick and/or lost four-legged buddies, my prayers are with you. As some may remember, I lost my buddy Max last spring. His mother, Maggie, passed shortly after and a coyote got the DW’s toy poodle in June, just a week after I got a new pup, Charley. I guess you could say Charley was a rescue. I was visiting a friend in Marshall when we heard the screech and squealing. A truck had hit him. When I got to him, he rolled over on his back and looked at me as if to say; “What took you so long? I’ve been waiting for you.” I took him to the vet and he had no serious damage. Lost the pad off one toe and that has healed up nicely. He was about two months old and weighted 15 lbs. Took him back last month for shots and he was forty-two lbs. Don’t know how big he’s going to get, but we’re bonding quite well.

    We did purchase a 3,300-watt solar generator this summer and I’m working on my BOV. Restocked/rotated most of the canned goods. Had a fair garden, but lost my blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Picked up 1k 45acp, 1k 62gr 5.56 and 250 rnds 12ga. I also taught six disaster preparedness classes from Longview to Shreveport. Still can’t get over how many people have that “if I can’t live the way I’m used to, I don’t want to survive” attitude. Sadly for me, some of them know where I live.

    Until next time,
    Matthew 24, I Timothy 5:8

    • Oh, I also picked up another 10 lbs of Community Coffee in the 1lb vaccum sealed “bricks” and two cans of green coffee beans. Am also working on the hot shower on the go system.

    • Hmmmm, so we have Faith, Hope. . . and now Charley.

      Rex, don’t know how big your dog will be–but if I’m reading my scripture right, looks like yours will be the biggest of the three. . . .

      Seriously, congratulations on the new pup, and God bless you for giving him such a loving home.

  36. MD so happy your 4 legged family member is improving. Answered prayers once again.
    Last week has been spent reading, learning, comparing. The Pack has become my #1 reading. Learning so much, thanks everyone.
    Purchased an American made T-Shirt “God Bless America” Plan to wear the shirt everytime leave the house.
    Please pray for our country, our troops, the coming election.
    Back to work

  37. Glad to hear your pup is improving. When I first read about it, I was worried as I lost a dog a few years ago to similar symptons. Mine ended up being a “stomach flop” and we lost him from it. It sounds like yours is on the path to recovery which is awesome news.

    I started analyzing my tool collection for what I could do to improve it for a grid down scenerio. While I have a power tool collection that would make a lot of guys salavate, they won’t be worth diddly squat without electricity. To start, I picked up a rough cut hand saw and I’ve been poking around Ebay looking at “egg beater” style drills. I think I’m going to pick up a coping saw at my next opportunity as well.

    I doubled the size of my garden in preparation for next year, 2 yards of fresh premium top soil and some added to the old garden section.

    The rest of the time has been spent hocking Boy Scout Popcorn with my rugrat.

    Hope everybody else has a great week!

  38. M.D.: Happy to hear that Faith is improving. Yaaaay!

    Not much prepping last week. My back and right leg just hurt too much, never mind I could barely walk. Went to the chiro Sat morn, then remembered it was Alpaca Weekend. I shouldn’t have done it but I did go to an alpaca farm. Just walking hurt like crazy. Never mind that I almost lost my car into a ditch. Whew. Coulda sold tickets for that little situation. The brand new baby alpaca would be even cuter if he were in my backyard.

    For those up north, alpaca is so so so nice — light weight and extremely warm. I sprung for a “thin” pair and a pair of thick socks. Oh, my feet will be so toasty. Now if I could just manage to lose about 25-30 lbs just to get into my alpaca sweater that I’ve had for a very long time but didn’t wear too often.

    I did scope out a sale on Sterno at BJ’s early last week. As I recall, it was about 50 cents each when buying the flat pack of 20 or 24. Gotta get back there. Too bad the dh is back on days, which will make it tough to smuggle in. Might have to skip it as getting up & down the basement steps is really tough right now.

    Poked on the web at freeze-dried / dehydrated food, things that make projectiles move, and another bow.

  39. Hello all,

    Been busy cleaning and reorganizing the garage and shed. Managed to get rid of a good bit of stuff we don’t need and it’s nice to have the extra room.

    Sold our big, old chest freezer and turned around and bought a newer smaller one. It will still hold the 1/4 of beef we’ll be getting soon, plus some. The new freezer is in the basement, as opposed to the old one being in the garage, so we gained some space and upgraded from a pretty old model, so all’s good.

    Made a nice batch of jerky over the weekend. Used a tenderized round steak and wasn’t sure how well it would work, but I sliced it a little thicker than I usually do, marinated in beer, soy sauce and my secret blend of herbs and spices…turned out really good.

    Checked out an XDS, which is new a single stack pistol. Those of you looking for a smaller concealed carry gun that don’t want to go clear down to a .380 might want to take a look. The .45 I handled fit nicely in my hand and felt like a good weapon. Not crazy about the short grip, but otherwise I liked it alot. Already have a Glock and a PJK 9 mm, so I didn’t make a purchase….this time :o)

    Added a few odds and ends to the cache and spent good quality time with my son on long motorcycle rides. As I’ve mentioned before he has Aspergers on the Autism Spectrum. Anyway, wasn’t sure how he’d feel about riding, but after considerable time talking him into trying it, he LOVES it now…I’m really glad about that.

    Take care all,

    • TomFish,

      So happy to hear your son’s reaction to the motorcycle. Now you will have a great thing to do that you both love and you can be together and, who knows, it may open things up a little more for him. Have you ever tried horse therapy for him? Jake liked it but didn’t love it, but I’ve seen it work miracles on some kids.

      Good job on getting the new freezer as it will probably more efficient than the older one. I would love to get one, but I don’t have a good spot to put it (mobile home so no basement and no garage) and I have just plain run out of room. I just purchased 60 pounds of chicken and I have to can it all and I’m just now trying to figure out where I’m going to put all of the jars! Not cool when you have to tell your guests, ooh, careful, don’t step on the meat (o:

      • Thanks, Con

        Yes, we are going to have him try the horse therapy as well. We have a friend whose son has done very well with it. In the middle of nowhere, Nebraska, services are few and far between, so we hope he likes riding horses.

        I’d be happy to share my freezer space with you…but I’m getting a 1/4 of beef this weekend and very hopeful it will all fit!

        Take care,

  40. AussieGuy says:

    Another here with limited funds. I did sit my Firearms Safety Certificate course, so now I can get my licence application in as soon as I can generate a little extra cash. Picked up a small four-man tent, and some butane canisters that one of the big supermarket chains had on special this week, as well as some large storage boxes which will help keep things organised once more preps start rolling in.

    Continuing to identify things that I can sell to address our debt situation. Also having productive conversations with DW about what we want to look for in a new home. Feeling that we would like something more rural with some ability to produce at least a little of our own food. However, with DS having an ongoing, potentially life–threatening medical condition, we also need to be within reasonable reach of a hospital, at least during more ‘stable’ times. I’m also dropping the odd hint that I would like to replace the family station wagon with something with a bit more 4×4 capability. She’s not interested at the moment but six months ago she didn’t have a clue about prepping at all, and she’s at least nominally on board now, so there’s always hope.

    Love and peace to all the Pack.

    • Hi Aussieguy…Big W has a 4-pack of butane cartridges for under $5 regularly in my neck of the woods…best price I have found.

      However, economically…a small refillable can of propane and hose on a 2 burner camp stove is better for a longer grid down scenario.

      Can understand your DW’s concerns regarding the need to be in close proximity to hospital…

      Just take it steady…things will fall into place…compared to where you were 6 months ago you will see how much more prepared and aware you are…prayers…cheers.

  41. MENTALMATT says:

    Riverrider, and Cosmolined, thank you both so much, but I belong here on the front line, (only for two more years), thank you. My dream is only a short time away, I hope to be somewhere around Tinfoil, and M.D. but we shall see what happens.

  42. I’m glad to hear Faith is better. My animals are like my children so I understand your concern.

    Not many preps this week. Canned more green beans & dried more apples & strawberries. I’d never dried strawberries before and am not sure I will do it again. They had strawberries on sale for $1.50/lb. It took 3 pounds to dry enough to fill a pint jar. They are very tasty so maybe if I have surplus next year? If not, we’ll just stick to apples and jerky since those are liked by everyone in the house. My fall garden is coming along and I’m hoping for another month of decent weather so we can harvest things.

    I heard rumors from a friend that seed prices would probably be going through the roof next spring. Has anyone else heard anything?

    Thanks everyone.

  43. Encourager says:

    Hi all! I am embarrassed to even post seeing how little I did this week. We live in a passive solar house so have many, many windows. Decided last Thursday to start washing them; a big job. I did rest between rooms and should have saved the outsides for another day. However DH did do all the living room, greenhouse, office and a couple in the basement – the outsides. Woke up Sunday in such pain, I couldn’t figure out why! I haven’t had tendonitis in 20 years but do now! Getting better slowly after buying one of those slip on protectors. Awkward, but it just tells me not to do what I was doing… such a nag! In fact, DH is in the kitchen learning how to make homemade cream of tomato soup. Sigh, he just burned the onions… well, it is a learning curve~ LOL. Have to get those tomatoes taken care of as we are headed for a hard frost by Saturday night.

    I have started carrying my 38S in my purse so I get used to having it on me. I am looking for some type of holster so I can carry on my person. I may end up getting a different carry gun that isn’t so big, not that my CA 38S is big, but awkward. Any suggestions from the ladies out there is much appreciated!

    We did pick up more food from the food buying club yesterday. Bought a case each of pineapple juice and grape juice, 4 more Braggs Raw Cider vinegar, dates, raisins, and misc stuff that we used up.

    M.D., so glad to hear Faith is doing better. We lost a beloved lab when she was 12. She was walking across the back yard and her back broke. Apparently a bone bridge had developed between two vertebrae (Spondylolysis) and that is what broke, cutting the spinal cord. She was paralyzed in the hind quarters and in a lot of pain. Had her examined and xrayed. The vet came out and put her down that evening. Cried for days. Even though we now have our fluffy faced Labradoodle, I still miss that girl.

    • Encourager,

      Hope you’re feeling better. Just so you know, I don’t do windows (o:

      I thought I’d throw out my 2 cents on the handgun. I know many of the ladies of the pack have the Glock 19, but I’m not sure that they consider it their carry weapon. I love the Glock but way to cumbersome for me. I just tried out some smaller handguns at my training class – all 9 mm’s – and I fell in love with the Smith & Wesson Shield, but it’s a little too pricey for me right now. I’m going to put it on my wish list. My next choice is the Taurus PT 709. It’s small, slim, lightweight and easy to conceal in a pocket or purse. And it is fdefinitely more reasonably priced. I’m sure there are others that will chime in as to some other choices. I would highly suggest going to a local gun shop or gun show to see what’s out there. Pick them up, handle them and see what feels good. If you have a range near you that does rentals, that would be a good way to go too. Hope this helps.

      • Encourager says:

        Conmaze, I really like my Charter Arms Undercover 38S. But it is heavy, even to carry in my purse. I left it home today because I was going into a State building and knew I couldn’t have it in my purse. My purse felt empty!

        I want to find a holster to use but being a woman, endowed, overweight and short, causes all kinds of problems. I know it will fit into my winter coat pockets but I need something for when it is too warm for a coat.

        Thanks for your suggestions – they DID help!

        • i am overweight endowed and average height- i carry several ways- one is in jeans- which i wear most of the time- i carry inside the waistband- small of back with grip towards the right of my body- i am right handed and it is more comfortable than the grip slanted towards the left- i can carry all day this way- also i have a undercover tank with built in holster -similar but not exactly like this- mine is a bit looser http://www.undertechundercover.com/
          i can wear under dress blouses with dress pants or skirts- even under a white shirt you cannot see i am carrying- i carry a kimber 45 ultra carry – if you use the tank top – you need to carry extra mags to balance the tank though

  44. Howdy all. I scored 6 cases of folding paper towels to use for TP when the rolls run out. A cousin finished his fencing project on 40 acres of pasture on the mountain next to my place. We’ve come to an agreement about purchasing some calves and running them on his property. I’m starting with four calves and he’s getting a bull with his calves so we’ll always have a sustainable meat source.
    The Mrs didn’t get the salt like I asked her, so that’s on next weeks agenda. Part of it anyway, I read VI’s article on a cashless society which prompted me to insist on small, cash purchases. She agreed wholeheartedly, so thanks, VI.
    I built the solar part of my dehydrator. It’s a heavy duty thing of beauty. I salvaged a solid glass front door from my house and built the frame out of 2″x6″ treated boards and 3/4″ plywood back. Painted the entire interior black. I haven’t drilled any holes for intake or exhaust yet. Gonna wait til I get the dehydrator part built.
    The Mrs is insisting I build her a chicken tractor for 5 or 6 laying hens. It’s on the list.
    Other than that I ain’t done nothing 🙂

  45. Encourager says:

    I am not supporting either candidate…wish there was a line for “None of the Above, Let’s Start Over” on the ballot. But this was so cool…


    • worrisome says:

      How about a write in………that is where I am going.

      • The only problem with a write in is your vote doesn’t matter and dilutes the chances of the lesser of the two evils. This is a binary system – reps or dems. They won’t allow anything else. So, if you’re leaning right and do a write in that helps the chances of the left to be re-elected.

      • Encourager says:

        I read somewhere the following:
        Write in vote = a vote for Obummer
        Do not vote + a vote for Obummer
        Even if we don’t like Romney, is it better to vote for him anyhow?

        • GeorgiaBoy says:

          I think that is absolutely right- a write in or a no vote helps TDL, and I certainly think Romney is the better choice.

  46. Cosmolined says:

    Just a note on 1saleaday.
    Bought the wife the refurbished(maybe not the right term) computer with the 90 day warranty. It didn’t work. Emailed them last Thursday. Got an answer today along the lines of…” we only resell stuff, contact the manufacturer”. I’m done with them. $530 worth of done. Cos

    • Cosmolined says:

      I spent years doing the “empty hand” thing, (karate). One of the precepts of our Dojo, (school), was “never lose self control or act in a violent manner”. I find that funny because now, 36 years later, I folded the defective computer into fours and who should show up?
      The UPS guy with the notebook from the same site that I bought for my wife…. Otaga, I submit. Cos.

      • Cosmolined says:

        Me again:
        Otaga is a Shinto God. As I understand it, My God, says “No God before Me”. I have failed both of them, but didn’t want to cause a ruckus. John

        • Cos,

          I’m exhausted from working long hours and then canning every night until midnight so that may be the reason I’m not following….the computer didn’t work…called 1saleaday and they said contact manufacturer for warranty….you bust it up….UPS shows up with another computer?

  47. BamaBecca says:

    Well, to say the least, I have MISSED the pack! It seems like I haven’t posted in quite a while , though I don’t even remember when my last post was.
    MD, I’m tickled to hear that Faith is doing better! Still keeping you both in my prayers!

    As far as WDIDTPTW…I have several weeks to report and I’m sure I won’t remember it all.

    I have canned 24 pints of pear preserves. I’m making pineapple jam tomorrow. YUMMM

    made up batches of homeade brown gravy mix, chili seasoning and taco seasoning.

    Planted cabbage and collards

    Got the back of the dually loaded with pecan wood….still have to split it though. Any volunteers?

    got 28 lbs popcorn, 25 lbs of cornmeal and 20 lbs of flour into mylar bags and buckets. Still have rice and beans to do…

    I found a new source for O2 absorbers that beat EE’s price by 5 bucks. I won’t mention the name w/o MD’s permission but I did suggest to them that they advertise here…and I told them to tell you that I sent them MD! 😉

    I dehydrated some bananas for the first time and ended up throwing them away. They turned brown and were kind of gummy. I used lemon juice on them, so not sure what I did wrong. I’m wondering if they were over-ripe??

    Today I put more of my parsley in to dehydrate and will do the rest of the chives when those are done. Hoping my parsley will live thru the winter (it has before) but not sure if the chives will or not.

    bought 10 more buckets to fill.

    I’m working up some recipes for homeade mixes for things like beef stew, chicken soup, red beans/rice, chicken and dumplings, etc. I want to make meal sized pkgs of the dry ingredients. When the shtf, there will be so much to do on a daily basis that I want to try to make mealtimes as simple as possible…for as long as possible. After I finish and test them, I’ll share them here if yall would be interested.

    bought several books: “Ball COMPLETE book of home preserving”, “The Pocket First Aid field Guide”, The Hiking Companion”. I got the last 2 at Tractor supply for 99 cents each…be sure to check out their reduced bins!
    Also found a 1959 “Joy of Cooking” at a yard sale along with a cpl of the thin “A country cookbook’s”. These little books have some interesting tidbits in them including a recipe for homeade crackers.

    Here is their entry for cooking ‘possum: “Thez ugly ole varmints iz gud but you gotta cook az much fat az you can outta them ‘r yo’ mouth will be kivered in fever blisters! Bleed possum furst, then dip in scalding watah wid a handful uv lime ‘r ashes in it. Scrape hit lak a hog…gut…’n be shore to cut out musk glands under front laigs…soak overnight in salty watah. Parboil in salty watah wid pepper (both kinds) added to taste…when tender, bake in greased pan ‘n put sweet taters all ’round him ‘fore cookin’…hit’ll probably take 1 1/2-2 hours to git him jist rite!”

    lol, I got a kick out of that and although I’m from the deep south…even I had to do some ‘siphering to figure out some of what they were trying to say! lol. There’s even a recipe for fried squash blossums. We fry nearly everything here in the south…but I’d never heard of fried squash blossums before! I guess if it can be dredged in flour or meal, it can be fried! lol

    This past week, I have enjoyed the wildlife here in the “deep woods”. My yard is full of squirrels racing around storing up corn and some of last years pecans that I put out for them. I’ve also had deer in my yard on numerous occasions all during the day. My yorkie is having fits to get “at them”. lol I had to chase him down this afternoon because he ran 2 deer out of the garden patch…he chased them into the woods and I had to go hunt for him. I’m sure glad I put a bell on his collar or I’d have never found him! Those deer are going to be mighty tasty in my frying pan as soon as season comes in!
    I had 4 in my front yard this morning…when I went out the door to go to the shed, 3 of them ran away but one of them stayed and just looked at me…and kept eating pear peelings that I’d left out for them. I made 3 trips to the shed before he ever left….and he was less than 25 feet from me! He would look up at me, then go back to eating. I’ve never had that happen before.
    I also planted some radishes and spinach, pulled up the remnants of the tomato plants…and I want to point out something. I planted 3 beefsteak tomato plants this year. At one time I had over 50 tomatoes on those 3 plants. I also planted 3 heirloom beefsteaks….and I have had only 3 tomatoes off of those plants. My daddy had told me that the heirlooms wouldnt produce like the others…and I sure had it proven this year. SO, although I am stocking up on heirloom seeds….I am also buying plenty of the other as well. Just a thought…
    I was also disappointed when I emptied my milk crate that had a sweet potato plant in it. There was one little bitty sweet potato…I’m glad I wasnt counting on those for a supply. I can buy a 50lb bag from the local farmers for 6 bucks and dehydrate them! This is NOT looking good for SHTF food production!!!
    I bought some camo clothing at yard sales. I even bought things that wouldn’t fit. My thinking is that it can be taken apart and used to make smaller clothing, or pieced together to make larger….or used to make coverings for things I might want to hide in the woods, etc. Just an idea…

    This is embarrassing, but…we had some plumbing problems last week, and spent an entire day not being able to use the “facilities”. SO, I used the idea I’d read about here and lined a 5 gallon bucket with 2 trash bags and sat it in the bathroom. It didnt take long for it to get pretty “stinky”. Of course I emptied it several times, but I wanted to point out that if you don’t yet have a plan to take care of the “nasties”, PLEASE get one in motion! It won’t take long for things to get really bad, especially if you have more than 1 or 2 people. Thank heavens DH finally got it fixed…I dont want to have to do that again anytime soon!!!

    I now have 2 -5 gallon buckets of powdered laundry soap…and I am loving this stuff! It smells so good…and its getting the laundry cleaner than it has ever been! I bought stuff this week for yet another 5 gallon bucketful….I dont want to run out! lol In addition to the felsnaptha, washing soda, borax and oxyclean…I also added baking soda, clorox 2 and some of the purex fabric softener crystals to mine…and I love it! If you want suds….add a box of store bought laundry detergent to the mix.

    OK, I know I’ve probably left out lots, cuz I KNOW I’ve been busy as a bee, but I’ll stop rambling. My thoughts are getting all jumbled up! lol

    I haven’t read all the posts yet so I do want to say that I’m sending prayers out to everyone…and thinking about you all even if I’m not here regularly.

    Yall take care…

    • Whew, BamaB, you’ve been busy!

      Just so you know, parsley is a biennial. The way it reseeds, you may have had some volunteers this year that will carry over when your original plants play out.

      • BamaBecca says:

        Thanks for that info Lantana ( I love Lantana the flower btw!) I usually buy the parsley plants, but I have plenty of seed bought up for when the plants aren’t available! 😉

    • Soggy Prepper says:


      If you haven’t checked out chef tess blog please do.

      I have the meals in a jar cookbook, which is fantastic, but chef tess’ blog has tons more and you don’t have to buy her book. You mentioned looking for homemade mixin’s for easy meals. Look no further.

      All you into pantry porn and food storage fetishes can thank me later.

    • Encourager says:

      BamaBecca, I live in the cold north country and our chives and garlic chives are one of the first to peak through in the spring. They are exposed to the wind, too. So you should have no problem keeping them over the winter in the ground. Try putting some of the garlic chives around your roses ~ those nasty aphids hate the smell of them. I don’t know if it is the chives or the garlicky smell of the garlic chives.

      I, too, do not trust all the heirlooms to produce enough. I have put aside a lot of the hybrids. At least they will last awhile.

      You did a lot, girl!!! I am most impressed!

  48. Woot! Woot! The Cajuns are crying tonight. I am doing my Gator dance.

  49. I just got my dh home from knee surgery. I fed him, drugged him and put him to bed. The doc was able to fix everything and he will be as good as new after he heals. Thanks to everyone for the prayers. I am exhausted.

    • Petnumber1 says:

      Thank goodness! Hope he heals quickly, and hope YOU have a chance to get some good rest this weekend – you deserve it!

  50. Encourager says:

    Great news BamBam! Will continue to pray for both of you.