What did you do to prep this week?

Before we start with this weeks super-duper “What did you do to prep this week” blog segment, I would like to first thank Oren P, Bonnie N, Gary K and Jarhead 03 for their support and generous donations via PayPal this week. Thank you all so very much, your support is greatly appreciated.

I would also like to thank Bam Bam for sending me a big box of her homemade soap for my birthday – thank you :cake: . It is the best smelling package that I’ve ever opened, Bam Bam you should start selling this – you could start out by selling to friends and co-workers then you could approach local store owners and merchants. Remember the key is in the packaging, if it looks good then folks will buy it.

Also please keep those in the path of hurricane Sandy in your prayers – folks this is a big one that has the potential to cause a lot of destruction. Folks this is why we prep, and I hope everyone is well prepared for this storm …

Okay, what did I do to prep this week?

  • Worked on and updated my security system (sorry, folks but I can’t go into details).
  • Put together more “care packages” to help others in need. Besides the usual food (instant oatmeal, 5 lb bag of rice, canned fruit, hard canddy) and water I’ve also added a small copy of The New Testament and a copy of The Ten Commandments to each.
  • Added 25 cans of dog food for Faith’s EOTWAWKI survival kit.
  • Two bottles of Tea Tree oil.

And our friends at Paladin Press sent me copies of several or their instructional DVD’s and two books including – The Hayduke Silencer Book, Mantrapping, Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Mission-Essential Off-Road Driving 2, and Combat Knife Throwing. My pick of the lot is Tactical Combat Casualty Care excellent instructions as is the norm for The Crucible.

Well that’s it for me this week – what about YOU? What did YOU do to prep this week ?:-)

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  1. Lurker Judith says:

    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday dear M.D.
    Happy Birthday to you.
    And many more.
    I tried but it was a little off key.

  2. Happy Birthday, MD. Many healthy years to come. Hope that Faith is all better. Doggie paryers her way.

    Ordered some somethings from JMB. Mentioned your blog. Hope you get credit.

    Very little prep done this week. Going to a wedding next week, my boy’s.

    God bless and keep safe all who are in Sandy’s path. This is a bad one.

    Prayers for the Pack and all who need. God bless. Linda

  3. Voted early because I am sure sure if we will back home in Florida by voting day. Please vote, Pack, our county need all good citizens help to save America.

    God bless America and all who loves her. Linda

  4. I meant we voted early because we are not sure if we will be back home to be able to vote on election day. My english had a senior moment.

    God bless. Linda

  5. Second day of early voting and the news is reporting over 1.1 millon Floridians have already voted. We will also vote early, a paper ballot thank goodness. I don’t trust the machines! People have been waiting in lines for up to 2 hours.

    Another Herbal book for those who are interested. I picked up a copy of Rosemary Gladstar’s “Herbal Healing for Women” for a dollar at the Friend’s Bookstore. I checked, Amazon still offers the book. This book covers, “From menstruation to menopause” with excellent advice for simple home remedies. I found information in this book that doesn’t appear in any of my other books.

    I’m hoping the GMO labeling passes in CA. That would impact all of us. I believe that before changing the labels, many companies would remove the GMO corn product from their ingredients especially if the food product only has a small amount. Yesterday, at Publix, I reached for their house brand of Sour Cream and found corn starch listed as part of the ingredients. What is corn starch doing in Sour Cream! I bought a name brand instead.

    We don’t celebrate Halloween and haven’t for over 20 years. So, I’m not faced with buying candy laced with High Fructose Corn Syrup. For those in the wolf pack that do celebrate, be careful opening your doors, a perfect time for a home invasion! We’ve had some problems of that sort just a few streets away.

    Florida sorta skips Autumn, no changes of color, but I’m in the mood like Mt. Woman for some of my Fall dishes, I, too, baked cookies today, Molasses Gingersnaps, and my dear Husband sampled warm cookies from each tray from the oven. His face lite up like a little boy!

    As far as prepping, I’ve been packing boxes on faith! I probably have over 40 boxes packed to move over 600 miles once God opens the door.

    I enjoy reading everyones’ post, please don’t give up posting, we learn from each other.

    • Marebear,

      I too obsess over finding a non GMO source to use as food preps. I’ve just finally quit eating out (except for a rare occasion) and we no longer eat processed foods of any type. It’s not as hard as I thought it would be making everything from scratch but we are going through my canned goods lickety split! Much faster then I planned on. I was counting on more green beans and it looks like I may have lost them (at least part) to frost even though they were well tucked in under a cover. They were flowering too so it’s an even sadder loss. That & the loss of my flock of chickens & the poor job prospects have me worried.

    • In my neighborhood we sit outside our houses in lawn chairs with the candy, dressed in warm clothes, and the kids all trick or treat before dark. That eliminates the having to open the door to whoever.

  6. Heads Up: Publix Sale on Canned Fruit

    If you live in the South, Publix has Libby canned fruit for $1 this week. My dh picked up five cans of pineapple rings. I am going to go back and stock up. I just have to do an inventory to see what I need first. (If you pay attention to prices, that’s almost half price.)

    • Encourager says:

      Check the label to see where that canned fruit comes from. We wanted to stock up on canned fruit but every dang can we picked up said it was packed in China. And I mean Dole fruits, Delmonte fruits and LIbby fruits and ALL the store brands. Disgusting!!!

      • hope its planted and canned in the Philippines! Where the biggest Dole and Del Monte plantations are in Mindanao!

      • Some brands of pineapple come from Indonesia or Thailand which is a little better. However NO mandarin oranges come from anywhere but China.

        • HomeINsteader says:

          True, Mary. And I don’t eat ANYTHING coming out of China. I don’t even want to wear – or for that matter – handle – anything coming out of China.

          Those cute little glass pot-like jars of fruit for $1 are coming out of China – DO NOT EAT THAT!

          I have a sweet rescue dog on a special diet; she nearly died from kidney failure a few years back because I UNKNOWINGLY fed her dry dog food out of China – it was “IAMS”, which I thought was STILL American made, and it is not. The company sold out about 10-12 years ago, it was bought out by a well-known brand for whom all pet food is coming out of China.

          DID YOU KNOW that the Chinese who can afford to do so buy AMERICAN-MADE pet foods? Yep. They do! Hmm……

          • worrisome says:

            I wonder if there is a list somewhere of dog food that is made in the United States. When you read the labels, most say “distributed by……… , US. Which means the “stuff” is coming from overseas and packaged and sold here………

  7. HomeINsteader says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, M.D.! You are such a blessing to so many; I pray you have many happy birthdays!

  8. Went to a Knight’s of Columbus quarterly flea market and racked up on some great buys with blankets $1 a piece, sheets, and some other goodies. Got my medical records together as part of my pending discharge physical – and now recovering from that mega task.

  9. M.D. this is the first post in a couple of weeks that you haven’t mentioned Faith. I hope that means she is doing better! And Happy Birthday!! Hope it was wonderful!

    No preps this week. The part time job has turned into a volunteer one as they couldn’t make payroll last week. Praying about what to do…stay & hope for it to get better, just quit since I need some sort of income?? If it’s not one thing it’s another job wise for me for the last 2 years.

    I guess we did prep a little. Getting ready for deer season & to (hopefully) fill the freezer so that’s some prepping I suppose. My DD is becoming quite a crack shot! I’m so proud of her. She outshoots everyone in the family on a very consistent basis no matter what gun she uses. So, hopefully, that will be at least one deer in the freezer.

    Prayers for everyone affected in the north east. I saw on the news tonight that the power outages could affect even the midwest. Don’t think they will reach as far as we are but hopefully we are prepared enough if they do.

  10. HomeINsteader says:

    Got water running (clean, clear mountain water from a new well!) and electrical poles installed, lines laid, and electricity on at BOL! WOO-HOO!!!!!!

    Guess what? Running a gen for days is NOT a good power plan! And some of you are going, “well, duh!”….hey! Some people take a little longer to learn than others…we’re gettin’ there… ; ) We ran ours for 2 weeks at about $37 a day in fuel (24 hr period). Definitely could not do that indefinitely.

    We actually thought the speakers were going out on the t.v. – yes! DH watches t.v., even in the woods! He IS a t.v.-aholic. Is there a group for that? If so, I need to sign him up. He worked like a crazy man all day, so, a hot shower; a good hot meal, and a violent movie are his idea of unwinding at the end of a hard day’s work. Anyway, he just watched DVD movies (I like old movies, i.e., “Sherlock Holmes”; he likes things with big explosions and lots of shooting), but we could barely hear them with gen running, even with door closed (it was close to front door of TT , but underneath). Then we got the electric on, and, miracle of miracles! We could hear! And the t.v. speakers are NOT going out. Amazing, ain’t it?!

    Made some wonderful new friends around our BOL. That’s always a good thing. Found an outstanding little restaurant in community that serves up fantastic home-cooking (rivals my own, said with some degree of humility! ; ) and excellent, friendly service. Fun!

    Picked up a good supply of EmergenC at half-price sale from local grocery. Score!

    Caught fall color at peak on mountain – lots of beautiful photos!

    It’s getting very cold on the mountain. Lots of winter preps to make. Must get back soon.

    Prayers to all who are battening down the hatches for Sandy.

  11. Being in NY and in the path of Sandy, I had a great opportunity to test my preps. I have a hard wired 10,000 watt generator that passed the field test with flying colors. It actually runs our entire house all day with one tank of gas (12 hours). Pretty impressive indeed. Also have 25 gallons fuel with stabil on hand. Recharged all the batteries I could find, shored up the outside area for massive water intake, brought in extra firewood for woodstove in case power goes off. Also filled up my three vehicles with gas just in case. Checked first aid kit, moved in outside plants/mums, double checked food stores including Wise buckets etc.

    I must say, whether we get hit a little or a lot by this storm. it was good to think about all these aspects of being prepared. While the sheeple waited in lines at grocery stores/BJs buying batteries and water, I just chuckled to myself knowing that I have been preparing for this for years! Even had my wife on board and for the first time I think she was actually proud of my prepping ways…! Prepare for the worst, hope for the best. Be safe and God bless.

  12. Stuck in CA says:

    MD Happy Birthday! I have been reading your blog for awhile, but never posted. My the Good Lord watch over and bless you with many more years to come.

  13. Greetings Pack!
    This week we were able to stock up on some more long term foods. Placed an order with Amazon for some books and gear. Renewed several magazines. Kept an eye on hurricane Sandy.Went early to the store to stock up on supplies. Began to get ready,neighbors were asking what I was doing,the next day they came from the stores and reported empty shelves, long lines, and general panicky grumpyness. As I write this the outer bands are overhead, rainy and windy but not to bad so far,waiting for the hammer to drop. State of emergency, evacuations, looks like this is,at least,gonna be a good test for our preps,at worst, a trigger for something huge.
    Good luck and God bless to everyone in the path of the ‘Frankenstorm’.
    Everyone have a SAFE and happy week!

  14. Jarhead 03 says:

    Members of the Pack I want to thank all that have contributed and helped me grow as a prepper. I’m thinking that it’s my time to leave the Pack and focus on other things at least for a while.

    I have been outspoken and passionate when it comes to members of the Pack and done all I can to help but considering earlier posts it is in my best interests to refrain from posting. I wish everyone the best and to take care. Others I have respected I will continue to respect and those I have reached out to I will continue contact.

    M.D., thank you for everything you have given to the Pack, I wish you well.

    Thanks, good luck and Godspeed!

    • Jarhead 03,

      Sorry to see you go – please feel free to come back at anytime. I hope you’re not leaving because of some of the recent comments here.

    • Jarhead,

      Please don’t leave us, I’ve enjoyed your posts.

    • Encourager says:

      Jarhead, we will most definitely miss you! Stop in now and again to let us know how you are doing. All the best to you and God bless!

    • Jarhead 03
      Sorry to see you step away, I looked foward to your posts. everyone needs a break to recharge the batteries, hope to see you back.

      • Jarhead, wish you wouldn’t go, it is good hearing about the things you are accomplishing down there! Hang in there……….

    • riverrider says:

      keep in touch j.

    • Jar…please change your mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You contribute so much, and have helped me learn many things. Please stay! Really!

    • Jarhead 03, you will be missed for sure. I have always admired your attitude. Take care, and maybe you will feel lead to return soon.

    • Well Jarhead hate to hear that but you have to do what you feel is best for you. I hope you change your mind, your level of experience and expertise is a valuable asset for the pack. I always look forward to your post on your preps and your views on what is happening in your part of the world. At least stay with us for a couple weeks after the election to keep us up to date on what is going on out there on the left coast.

    • Soggy Prepper says:

      Jarhead 03,
      I hope you check back in once in awhile! Even a monthly check in would be great. I know the gun info area will surely be lacking without your contribution.
      Also the passion and outspokenness is why most of us are here. Passion for prepping, family, country and God.

      Good luck in your continued prepping and I do hope you “visit” even if it’s brief.

    • Petnumber1 says:

      Jarhead, I do hope you change your mind after you read all the comments and realize how valuable and beloved you are to all of us.

      I have to say that the one thing we can’t do in life is withdraw from where we are needed because of other people. There is just too much at stake, and no matter what situation(s) we find ourselves in, there will always be others who rub us the wrong way or vice versa. That’s just part of the human condition, and each of us has to be strong enough to fight through it (hopefully with the help of others, but sometimes we do have to go it alone).

      Don’t leave, please. Ignore or laugh at or lash out at anyone you want, and everyone will manage one way or another. But your insight, experience, humor, love, guidance, and excitement are too valuable to be lost. Please rethink this!

      • HomeINsteader says:

        Well said, P1!

      • Encourager says:

        Agree!! Agree!! +10, Pet! No, +100!

        Don’t leave us Jarhead. We need your wisdom and experience here! Your leaving will leave a big hole in our Wolf Pack. Please stay.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      I really like what I know of you and respect your knowledge. I will miss you and will continue to include you in my prayers. Best of luck and if you get near Benning and want to visit some old country folk, just ask M.D. to pass along the info. As sailors always say, fair winds and following seas.

      • I’ll be driving through Benning after the great turkey day – going to visit family. That’s good country down there.

        • Tactical G-Ma says:

          GA Red,
          I wish we were going to be around but we will be up in the Smokies for DD’s wedding!

          • Bummer but on a certain level, I think I’d rather be in the Smokies too! If you want to e-mail me so we can talk that way, I’d love to hear from you. From what I’ve read, I think you can get my e-mail from MD if I give permission?

    • cosmolined says:

      Be talkin’ to you later Jarhead. God Bless, Cos

      • Jar, I understand completely…it takes much time out of our busy days to post etc, yet we all love it ’cause we can share/laugh and grow in knowledge all together in our weekly steps, and then trolls come along with their own agendas and spew their bad intentions all over us.

        When I saw the POS/CW/troll/ posting again, wondered if it was the same person – and have just sat back to see what would eventuate…leopards don’t change their spots it seems.

        Commend your integrity and stance – being a team player won’t let you stay silent when you see an/other team member/s being disrespected.

        I know that you will use your time wisely to continue prepping – can only speak for myself – however do know that many will miss your posts – as you have always been a font of knowledge and practicality.

        You will continue to do well, while the troll/s will no doubt continue to stir up a ruckus just like a fox in the hen house so to speak.

        Best wishes for your future…and God bless and keep you safe…cheers.

    • Waah, Jarhead, come back! If you can’t then ok, but, waah!

  15. This is the first comment on this blog. I enjoy reading all post and comments.
    Congratulation to the new papa, may nothing but good things come to you and your family.
    I have just started to prepp for the events that will engulf us in the years ahead. Though most of what I have done is in the form of getting healthier, going from 400+ pounds to 211 pounds. Next step is to increase muscle mass.
    I would like to say that I am proud to be part of the pack.

    • Wow! That’s a BIG thing to do. Congratulations on the weight loss, and welcome to the pack, little cub!

    • Suburban Housewife says:

      Wow – congrats on the weight loss! Probably the best prep of all !

    • Encourager says:

      Welcome to the Pack, Kikoman. Wow, I am impressed! That is a major weight loss. Congrats!

    • Kikoman
      Way to go! My wife and I have changed our lifestyle and lost quite a bit of weight and have gotten much healthier.Getting in shape is the most important prep of all. Staying healthy is another challenge, don’t fall into old bad habits.It took me several attempts to really get it right and stay on track. The determination and character it takes to lose 200 pounds shows you can do anything you put your mind to, a quality that will be needed in the coming times.
      Congrats and welcome!

    • Wow! Congrats on the weight loss – being healthy is a big part of being ready for whatever comes our way. I’m a newbie here too. Welcome.

    • School House says:

      Welcome KiKoman… Congratulations on the weight loss. That is huge (no pun intended). In my opinion being healthy is the first step in prepping. I had the “Widow Maker” heart attack 4 1/2 years ago and almost a second one a year latter. I lost 25% of my heart because of it. Being in a very stressful job, drinking beer like no tomorrow, smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day and eating nothing but fast food because I always traveled caught up with me.

      Now it is nothing but healthy things. No more of the above. I have a little 5 pound weight That I “do curls with” while I sit at the computer and after a month I can really tell the difference. I also walk a lot. I started with one mile and now it is up to 2 miles. I am hoping to start wearing my pack with 20pounds and increasing it over time to reach 60 pounds.

      The next best thing you can do is eat healthy. There is nothing more I would like to do than to buy the MRE stuff. But with the sodium and other unhealthy things in it I can’t or would end up back in the hospital. So all the food I stock I grow my self (except chicken & turkey) the fish I eat I catch. So needless to say I have & am in the process of teaching myself to can, dehydrate and dry whatever I can grow. To me it serves a couple of purposes. It keeps me healthy, it makes me more self sufficient and I know what I am eating.

      Well enough of my rambling. Good job on the weight loss & exercise and welcome to THE PACK !!!

      I look forward to reading your posts to see how you are getting along.

  16. FreeRangePagan says:

    Actually prepped this week, got extra canned goods, another 2 liters of water put up, dried two bunches of bananas, hit Sams Club, canned 2 pints of butter, 3 pints of applesauce, and 2 pints of apple butter, froze extra waffles, made an egg carton of lint fire starters, bought a lavender plant, and put lighters in the BOB, work pack and Lady’s bag.

    Finished moving the roommate out and set up our craft room. Organization moving forward. I’m going to make shelves for the closet this week to hold crafty things, and some preps in the back.

    Acquired a few additions to the apartment. They turn the pond in front of my work into a skating rink in winter, and someone thought it was a good idea to put goldfish into it this summer. When they drained and cleaned it, they had a garbage can full of 3-4 inch goldfish. They missed some, and my coworkers and I caught a bunch to take home.

    I now have 11 huge goldfish. Downside is spending the money for the tank, and upside is that Lady LOVES fish so points for me there and I can order that fish medicine that everyone talks about without raising suspicions. What is the medicine called again?

    Hurricane Sandy is coming our way in the next few days. I’ve got water put up, food at the ready, evac plan ready, laundry done, candles and flashlights ready, and I broke down and got a crank radio/flashlight and I love it. Also froze a gallon of water in case the power goes out to help keep things cold. Damages shouldn’t be much of an issue, we’re on a hill and pretty far north, but moving the breakables just in case.

    Best wishes to all this week!

  17. Happy Birthday MD!

  18. The strength of my prayers to all of you facing Sandy. May the Lord keep you and bless you with strong will and strong spirits. Remember “stuff” is replaceable, you are not. If you can please keep a diary of the events so that we can all learn. God bless.

  19. Warmongerel says:

    Happy B-day M.D. You’re not getting older you’re getting…nah…you’re getting older. 😉 Ain’t we all?

    Re-arranged my food stocks so that it’s easier to see what I’ve got and what’s needed. Same with my 1st aid/medical supplies, to which I added some blood-clotting packs and some bandages that are pre-infused with antibiotics.

    Added a small amount of food to the stockpile. More than we ate, so I guess that’s better than nothing. I also found a guy at work who sells pure honey. $14 for 10 lbs. Can’t pass that up.

    Bought some more lamp oil and wicks. If nothing else, I won’t be living in the dark for a few years.

    Figured out a way to discreetly vent any smoke outside in case I have to bug-in and light a fire indoors. It involves removing the fresh-air intake from the furnace and venting it through the sill plate of the wall instead of having a “smoke-beacon” on the roof for all to see. Need some flex-duct and a hood, but that’s easy to make.

    Got a 100 lb. LP tank (for free!) to add to my 33 lb. tank (also free!). I have a Dyna-Glo “chimney” type heater that puts out 250K BTU. It heats up my garage in about 5 minutes when it’s -10 Fahrenheit. In an enclosed, insulated area of my basement, 133 lbs. would last for quite awhile. Add my Volcano stove and an oil lamp or two and heat shouldn’t be a problem even here in Frostbite Falls.

    Got all of my cold-weather gear together in one spot. I have determined that I could comfortably nap on the peak of Mt. Everest and not get chilled.

    Went through Amazon and put a bunch of stuff on my “wish list”. Even if I don’t buy it through them, it’s a handy way to keep track of what you want and/or need.

    And, of course, studied, read and learned. I’m at least smart enough to know that I don’t know shit.

    Have a great week, people.

  20. I am pretty new to prepping, just started a few months ago. I just got our water situation sorted out so I am now turning my attention to food. This weekend I cleaned out a basement storage area and installed some shelves to use as a backup pantry. I then went out and bought 25 lbs of rice, 16 lbs of black beans (I prefer them over pinto beans) and a couple of cases of canned tomatoes and tomato sauce. I had decided to make a red sauce this weekend for dinner on Sunday so I figured I would buy extra to store. I also liquidated a small investment account so I could put that money into the safe as cash and silver. baby steps

    • Encourager says:

      Welcome to the Pack, Gator.

      We all started out with baby steps. Keep it up and pretty soon you can stand back and admire that pantry full of good stuff!!

    • Gator,

      Welcome to the Pack. Given the name I would ask if you lived in Florida (Go Gators!) but we don’t have basements here and the last two weeks hasn’t been good to the Gators.

      If you have any questions, feel free to ask. There are a lot of collective wisdom here.

    • HomeINsteader says:

      Welcome, Gator! Great start. Stack it high!

  21. I went to Home Depot to watch morons buying or tryin to buy batteries and flaslights at the last moment before the big storm hits back this way. Now while that may not seem like doing something to prep, it certainly was in that it helped to reassure me that being prepared – well ahead of time – is the way to go. That reassurance will only go toward having me keep on prepping – as I said – well ahead of time.

    All the best,

  22. You might add a pocket Constitution/Bill of Rights booklet to your hand-outs. Jeff

  23. Suburban Housewife says:

    Well crud! I just had my post with all my preps and everything all written up and accidentally deleted it – DARN!

    So Happy birthday M.D. – hope it was a good one for you. Glad Faith continues to improve, looking forward to that video of her.

    I am livid over the Bengazi fiasco! I could rant a long time – but it is just completely incomprehensible that this could happen – that help was denied. What kind of soulless, heartless, mentally deficient people make decisions like that??? Grrrr – I have to stop here. Unbelievable!!

    After being secretly jealous of all of you who find these great deals and fantastic buys I can finally claim one for myself! Walmart had bananas for $.10 each so I got 64 of them. Now my dehydrator is packed full, a bunch in the freezer and I still have about 20 left to figure out what to do with them.

    Got to go shoot our new Glock34 for the first time this week. I liked it a lot – more recoil than I was ready for but I’ll get used to it. DH out shot me – can’t be having that! I will try to practice daily with the snap caps this week and see how I do next time.

    Spent most of the week in the kitchen repackaging and vacuum sealing stuff I bought at Big Lots and Costco. Picked up some 6 gal metal trash cans for sugar = ant and rodent proof storage in the garage. Can’t really stack them but they will fit on the floor under a bottom shelf out there.

    Big disappointment this week. The edible landscape expert I hired came. Not much I can do with my yard. Don’t really get enough sun to be very successful with growing food, yard is small and not situated well. Probably won’t get enough sun even if we cut down a tree or two. Plus she was baffled by our soil and why it wont grow anything. Made me feel a little better in that everything isn’t ALL my fault! Asked her about a medicinal herb garden and she thought I might have a little more success with that – but they require more sun that we get too. (Sigh) – I want to move so bad. So she took a lot of pictures and I should here from here sometime this week, see if she can come up with any ideas or suggestion.

    So I continue to try to read about herbs and learn, but I feel like I am spinning my wheels there too.

    Goal for this week – BOBs – still don’t have them put together yet. Continue dehydrating and processing food, work on rearranging garage to improve storage.

  24. Tactical G-Ma says:

    Folks, I rarely say this but WTF. I just went on line and the first page that showed was Google displaying a search of Official Obama election sites. As the Lord is my witness, I have never done a search for dems or Obama or election sites. Is this a virus or is Google attempting to sway my vote? I am truly infuriated that anyone would try to manipulate me this way!

    • PGCPrepper says:

      I do not trust Google. Read too much. I went back to my old earthlink.net email addy. LOL.

      Actually, always kept it even from the early dial-up days. Don’t use my G-mail account for any online transactions or really nothing at all. I also am not on stalk-, errr, facebook. I use twitter professionally and rants about liberals though.

      Happy Birthday MDC.


  25. Hi, Am glad to be back here, after a long hiatus, work and been busy with our own active group “Filipino Survivalist; which we did an out of town immersion recently.
    This two weeks have been busy, but then i want to share what prepping we did here:
    1. Improved my kids (3) EDC kit, now in waterproof boxes, and had them trained by my son on FAK basics, including rope knots and the like. Now they have individual mini FAK, lights, lighters and small tools..my 13-year old son, a grade seven, has been trained and is a Red Cross volunteer at school, also an active Boys Scout (senior Patrol Leader) and my Prepping buddy…he will have his shooting (22LR) comes our group’s “Prepper Lab 2”
    2. Attended “Prepper Lab” by our group and learned some basic survivalist skill, gun skills, basic Tac Med, BOB critique (I was told to lighten my load! ha ha) and other local disasters and preparedness issues. Our coordinator are local NGO Emergency Response Group.
    3. Shared soda can alcohol stove making skills to the community we were camped in…these immersion to this community taught me more about “survival” in a day to day scenario by local impoverished folks…
    4. Organised prepping more in the house, identified tools we have, those that can be hauled in case we need to Bug out…also checked on our security and fixed some of the perimeter enclosure. We also made two more bug out bag, spreading the redundant tools between the two.
    5. Purchased three new local blades, local fabrications of machetes and knives…we have excellent smiths, and two are based on my designs.
    6. Augmented food stock, rice and canned goods, also purchased ready to eat food pouches, both for trial (been eating them for weeks now, to determine good tasting ones also) and acquire more for our BOB.
    7. Have all the cars checked and maintained/tuned up (2) for the coming rainy days forecast.

    So far that’s all, its holiday here, extre 5 days with the kids…regards and be safe everyone!

  26. Hats off to you sir jarhead 03!

  27. 1. Bought a half cord of firewood. Our North Texas winters have been mild the last couple of years but they can get iffy with ice storms and power outages.
    2. Six more boxes of .38 special and 2 bulk boxes of .22 ammo.
    3. More canned goods for the pantry
    4. Got a great deal on a Predator generator at Harbor Freight. Need a couple of good long extension cords to run both refrigerators and a couple of space heaters in case of power loss.
    5. Got a couple of Mora knives and Gerber Pocket Knife sharpeners for our bug out bags.
    6. Still working on convincing my three grown children that being prepared for “whatever” is extremely important.

    • George…maybe the “after” stories from Hurricane Sandy will lend weight to your suggestion.

    • Good luck with the children. I agree with MtWoman that some after stories might help. A little personal experience might too, but on a mild level – nothing dangerous.

      I remember enough Southern ice storms and our one and only blizzard well enough to know I want to be prepared. My problem is convincing my 17-year-old that I’m not crazy. 🙂 The hubby explained some things in economic terms (she’s taking AP Economics this year) and I think it helped.

  28. Hey Wolf Pack, just checking in. DH still sick, and still waiting on more tests. I have been sick as well, some strange respiratory illnes.. Doc said it isn’t the flu, GAve me 15 days of antibiotics to take. It’s the sickest I’ve been in a really long time, maybe EVER! I missed a whole week of work. I haven’t done any prepping, and have only felt like reading everyone else’s posts a couple of times.
    MD, that’s a cool idea about putting the New Testaments and 10 Commandments in the emergency gift bags. You will be blessed.
    I am praying for everyone on the east coast that may be in the storm’s path. I have relatives in Rhode Island.
    And my prayers are ongoing for all of the pack.

    • DJV…hope you are better soon. Please keep us informed of your healing. 🙂

      • Thank you MtWoman. After I posted yesterday, I received a clal from doc’s office, saying they have my blood work reports back and that I need to come in and have a “sit down discussion” (their words, not mine) with the doc. So, we’ll see. That’s WEdnesday, 10-31-12, at 8:15am.

    • Schatzie Ohio says:

      Has your house been tested for radon gas?

  29. Encourager says:

    Okay, this is just some observations during our 2 week vacation. As we drove through all the small towns along our route we started counting election signs. Here is how it broke down ~ These are per 10 signs.
    VA ~ Romney/Ryan signs (RR) – about 8 out of 10 signs; Obummer (O) – 2 or less.
    TN ~ RR – about 8 out of 10 signs; O – 2 or less.
    KY ~ RR – about the same as TN
    OH ~ here was the real surprise, RR 9 out of 10; O – 1 (SO DON’T BELIEVE THE MEDIA OR THE DEM0CRATIC PARTY THAT OBUMMER HAS THAT STATE!)

    Now this is no official pole, just what we observed. And of course we did not count EVERY sign. And these were just people who had signs; who knows about the ones who had no signs. Just found it interesting. We were trying to outdo each other yelling out “Romney-Ryan!!!” every time we saw a sign or we boo-ed when we saw an Obummer. Fun on the road, lol. ;p

    • HomeINsteader says:

      Dang! You kids DO know how to have fun! ; ) (Sorry I missed it!)

      • Encourager says:

        Homie, we get a little desperate and bored sometimes for after a week and a half on the roads so any game goes, even the alphabet one, which I hate… We finally decided to park it and take a break for a few days…and the campground had free WIFI. Not to mention we needed to do laundry.

    • I truly believe this will be shown on nov 6 to the shock of many. In my logical mind I truly believe that Obama will get 10-20 % less votes than he did in 2008. Now how many of those will vote for Romney or just not vote will be the key. Some will just not vote again since this is not the Historical election that 2008 was. If you take the 69 million votes in 2008 for Obama and take 10% away and give those to the Republican that would make it a 66milllion to 62 million contest with 52% for Romney and 48% for Obama if all votes were for those two candidates . I think it will be more of a 51-52% Romney win with Obama getting 46-47% and 2-3 % margin for independents , I don’t think Romney will win by as big a % as Obmama did in 2008 and but just the defeat will be a huge slap in TDL face for his attitiude and policies. Let’s just hope the electoral college follows and we don’t get the tie like some are predicting and have the house and senate choose.

    • SickSkilz says:


      I 100% agree there is more support for Romney in Ohio (as thats where i live and travel through 5 ohio counties regularly.

      However, I don’t necessarily disagree with the polls that call people and state that its a dead heat either. There are more democrats in america but they are more likely to need to be motivated to vote. Republicans, however, are more likely to be the type that always votes. Locally, we see this often. If there is a special election that is not part of the general election, the Republican wins 60/40 or more.

      in 2008, democrates here were spurred by the “Change” movement and thus had motivation to buy signs and get out and vote. This time it wont be so.

      I predict that while no poll has Romney with over 51% support (Gallup had that and only for 1 day), he will end up with more than 55% of the state.

  30. It seems to me that everyone on this board is of like mind in one regard – we all want to be self-reliant and be prepared for whatever comes our way. That much we all have in common.

    As for our political leanings, I think each of us is less truly a Republican or Democrat, but have opted to side with one party or the other because a third party is not viable at this time and we know that voting for a third party is often a wasted vote. We don’t really vote for who we think will do the best job, but who we dislike the least or think will do the least harm. I also think that the Democrats (politicians) of today are NOTHING like the Democrats of my parents or my grandparents.

    There is much more I’d like to say but I don’t for two reasons. First, I don’t know that it is appropriate and second, I would have a hard time putting it into words.

    Finally, I will say this – thank you ALL for being here. Your insight and advice are greatly appreciated. Without MD and ALL of you, I’d still be having anxiety attacks about the future and not have a clue where to begin.

  31. Just taking a break from the clean-up, so thought I’d check in.

    This past weekend, I had a big party here at my place to celebrate 40 years of prepping! Lots of folks came by – even a few I hadn’t seen in years – and everyone I think had a good time. Best thing was a big display some of them put together of photos taken over the years – so strange to see how much this place has changed from an old travel trailer set among the redwoods to the homestead it is today. Also a bit sad though, that my family wasn’t able to share the whole journey with me.

    There were a lot of great discussions on the elections, the need for prepping, and the state of the world in general. Some got pretty heated but I’m glad to note that none disintegrated into name calling or personal attacks – at times it’s easy to forget that people can have differing opinions and still respect each other. Made my heart glad. Hopefully, some of the folks will join in here in the future.

    M.D. – Hope you have a great birthday and your little friend continues to improve. By the way, whatever happened to homestead kitty?

  32. well the storm is upon us in NH!! 6:42 pm and the wind is justa howlin’
    they let us out from work early and when i got home and checked the coleman lanterns i found the mantles broken and i was out of spares.
    just a reminder to those who use them to make sure you have spare mantles and fuel!

  33. riverrider says:

    i didn’t believe the weatherfools but they were right. we’re getting hammered by derachio type winds for the last several hours. i half expect the big oak to crash through the roof any minute. made me wonder what would we do post tshtf if the house got crashed. i have skills but one needs supplies that would be unavailable like plywood, roofing etc. guess i could salvage and make do….. stay safe yawl.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      Isn’t that why you bought that big blue tarp?

      • riverrider says:

        t, LOL, i HATE those things! i pay extra to get the brown or camo ones. but they won’t last forever. i’ll have to go hillbilly like i saw in bosnia. they could take a broke up pallet and make a fine door out of it that i couldn’t tell wasn’t solid wood. masters of making do and re-purposing. but they had to, they went thru teotwawki already….still gusting to 50mph here but gusts are farther apart. weird thing is my sis in delaware says they got next to nothing out of the storm. prayers to those affected.

  34. Tactical G-Ma says:

    At least I’m not alone.

  35. recoveringidiot says:

    Glad you gained another year MD. If I keep going to the doctors I’m not sure I’ll see another B-day. I surely won’t have two nickles to rub together after paying them off.

    Glad the little dog is getting better. I still miss my last one and want another but I just don’t see me having the time to get a puppy going, still thinking a stray will show up with some promise. Some of the best dogs I’ve had just showed up one day and stayed around until they became ours.

    Not much prepping for me still trying to get some health issues straightened out but I have been hunting some and enjoying the woods, its a great stress reliever when I get home from a nasty day at work. Some gun work has been showing up, the usual hunting rigs that were neglected last year and just put away without cleaning. First shot and the case is stuck in a rusty chamber is always a good one.

    Prayers for the folks dealing the storm, we only got the edge of it here thank God.

  36. Plant Lady says:

    Just in case this monster storm is ” the last straw”…been nice knowing everyone! Sure have appreciated everyone generously sharing their knowledge and time, and M.D.s heroic efforts to keep this wonderful site sane, focused and civil
    Did some pressure canning for the first time in 25 yrs – after accidentally ending up making about 5 gallons of chili (hehe). Got distracted with MIL and started with 4 lbs of beans rather than 4 cups. Had to get out the 8 gallon kettle – oh my! First 7 qts. are done, will do the rest tomorrow. Was correct to assume canning would be nearly impossible with mil to care for. But glad I got the chance to test drive the new canner…and use a few of my 87 doz jars!
    Picked up an eye of round on sale, so plan to attempt making jerky sometime this week

  37. I ordered 10 pack of AR-15 mags on sale, another 500 rounds of .223 on sale too. Bought 14 pieces of mixed Hardside storage cases, I was lucky on this deal. Researched some more on how to convert my digital safe to manual dial combination; however my local locksmiths quoted about $360 for the conversion, as I may try to convert it myself, after watching YouTube videos on how to do it, as the manual dial hardware is about $120. Before you buy a safe, please ensure you buy a good gun safe and do your research, as I did find a nice video on YouTube which educated me tremendously. Downloaded some books on survival/prepping on the kindle app on IPad & IPhone. Procured more long-term foods and hardware. Picked up some starting fluid too. Getting ready to do some reloading for the winter project and dusted off both the Dillon presses. Being winter is coming; I will probably begin rotating my fuel supply this week, as I do this time of year always. Most importantly, I mailed my ballot.

  38. Uncle Charlie says:

    Got in some practice with several hand guns: Ruger LCP; Charter Bulldog in .44 special; Ruger GP-100 in 327 mag.(7 shot), but forgot to bring ammo so shot .32 H&R special instead; Ruger GP-100 in .357 mag w/ 6″ bbl.; Glock 23; Rock Island 1911 .45ACP and a Hi-Point .45ACP. I might point out that the Hi-Point functioned flawlessly as usual contrary to what you might have read elsewhere. It also makes as good club when empty. I tried a couple of new long guns. The Rossi Circuit Judge in .45 LC with an 18.5″ bbl. It was the quietest of all the calibers and was quite accurate at 25 yards without a scope. Also I tried out a Rossi .44 mag/.44 special with a 24″ bbl. It was quite accurate within the short range we were shooting. Finally I brought out a scoped rifle, a Savage bolt action in .17 hmr. Needless to say, I shot most accurately with it do to the age of my eyes. 25 yards is probably is a unrealistic distance for me with hand guns (except for the above mentions Ruger revolvers), but that’s not I have them for. Everyone wanted to borrow the Circuit Judge due to its uniqueness and basic fun to shoot. Due to the new and improved self defense rounds rounds, this would make a more than adequate self-defense carbine in and around the house. Also, it is a real fun gun to shoot due to its compact size, light weight and little or no perceivable recoil.

    On another note, someone above said he purchased “Jefferson Lies.” I read some place that the book was yanked by the publisher do to historical discrepancies. While many critics were from the “left,” the deal breaker came after Warren Throckmorton, an associate professor of psychology, and Michael Coulter a political science professor, both at Grove City College, a “conservative” Christian school in Pennsylvania, were also conducting their own review. They published their own e-book that fact checked Barton called “Getting Jefferson Right.” I used quotation marks on liberal and conservative, because a history buff, I don’t believe in liberal and conservative points of view on historical facts. Just the facts as Detective Friday used to say. All you youngsters can Google (or go Duck) this historical reference. I think both books should probably be read together if one is a truth seeker rather than a point of view reinforcer. The word historian should not be preceded by an adjective unless it is accurate or scholarly. I believe David Barton refers to himself as Evangelical Historian and that is not a word I like to see in front of historian any more than liberal elite or revisionist. This just requires much more research on our part to find the truth. That’s why when I was younger, I would read the National Review and its liberal counterpoint magazine (which name now escapes me) to get both sides of the issues. Today I watch Fox and MSMBC for laughs and PBS (with a grain of salt) for news. The exception to the laughs comment would be Chris Wallace who I consider a fine journalist. I also enjoy Fareed Zakaria of CNN. While both of these gentlemen have their points of view, they seem more concerned with facts that the standard commentators on TV.

    • The comment on “the Jefferson Lies” was mine. I’m about 1/2 way through the book and I still plan to publish my review. David Barton is involved with Wallbuilders, who are listed at having the largest private collection of original founding documents. The notes section is 46 pages. I have had the pleasure of meeting both RIck Green and David and both welcome constrctive comments on their works.

    • Ack! Fareed Zakaria turns my stomach. He thinks we should do away w/the Constitution.

  39. All I bought was a few foodstuffs & water for rotation plus a hand-operated rotary beater (hey, they’re often hard to come by) and another pancake flipper.

    We’re in S Jersey, so I did some minor stuff like filling my gas tank on Friday (it was a payday), keeping extra cash from my paycheck, and got extra milk/bread/ice early Saturday morning. Got the dh to fill the gas cans, move the grill to the shed, empty & refill two of our 5-gallon water buckets (plus he even filled 3 smaller buckets ’cause the big ones are so heavy to hoss around). One of those big buckets plus an empty 1/2 gallon milk jug is for me so I can “shower.” Everything else we have aplenty. The dh showed his colors by mostly sitting in front of the TV for 2-1/2 days. Little Red Hen will remember that.

    We were very lucky here and only lost power a couple of times for a few seconds. The edge of Sandy’s eye went over us and there was a blank space of no rain just north of that eye. I don’t even think we got the 8″ of rain we were supposed to get; we couldn’t have since our basement didn’t get the couple inches of water we would have gotten. No trees down in our yard even tho the dh was plenty worried about the one he didn’t get taken down with the last batch. A few small limbs and branches came down, and I heard quite a few small things hit the roof but they must have blown off.

    I managed to get to the basement a couple of times Sun & Mon (workplace closed Mon & Tue) to wash my clothes as not much washed in the last few weeks and I also got quite a bit of supplies boxed up and organized. So much to do and so little time and so little physical ability, but I do what I can when I can.

    My sympathies and prayers for those suffering from Sandy. As bad as it was, it could have been far far worse.

    How did you fare, Pack?

  40. I'm a Prep Kat says:

    Whew! It’s been a long few days. I finally got back on-line after Sandy. I was all prepped and ready for the storm – had the generator all gassed up and ready, propane for the camp stove, batteries for the flash lights, hunkered down and comfy. I lost a few shingles, but came thru okay. I know you all were praying – I could feel it, and I thank you all for prayers for those in the path of Sandy.

  41. I’m real late posting, but I spent the whole weekend doing gun stuff and karate. Stuck a Tech-Sights rear peep sight on my rifle, and it really works good. I was ringing steel consistently at 200 yds and I thought I could only do that well with a scope. I really recommend them. Taught half of another Appleseed and some karate. It was a GOOD weekend. Since then I’ve been recovering (and sewing) and doing more karate. I also spread the compost bin on my garden, and made rabbit soup with hot peppers, sunchokes and sweet taters I grew myself. Yum!

    I have a friend who spent the hurricane in a tent for fun. I haven’t heard from him yet, hope a tree didn’t fall on him…

  42. Forgot, I also got certified in CPR and first aid this past week. One day I’ll remember all the preps in one comment. LOL

  43. Sandy sure did a number on us in PA. My heart goes out to those people who are not preppers or don’t know to prep, or who have been resisting prepping.

    • Encourager says:

      Watching the news this morning…the long lines of people waiting to buy gas, people complaining they had no food or water; sewage in the streets, not to mention the homes and businesses. I am waiting for the other shoe to drop. Seems tempers are starting to flare up. Praying for peace, self control and patience for everyone involved!

      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        Too many people competing for too few resources. We all know it takes about 4 days for the other shoe to drop. Can you imagine if there was no NG, Red Cross, FEMA, etc. Watching this having read the books I have, I can really see what the psychology of disaster is.
        And have you noticed how some who did not prep feel entitled? What is with that?

        • Tac-G-Ma: That is: Generations of folks being TRAINED to expect help. My son puts it very well: people who live their lives with only certain experiences are limited to what they experience. Unless something breaks into that box (like a big disaster maybe) they will not think or act out of it.

          I am lucky: I was raised by folks who stressed self-reliance and free-thinking, and chose to live my life as close to that as possible. But anyone who is raised dependent on certain things can only want those things, and their security is invested in those things continuing. Hence the “entitlement” atmosphere.

          Folks “expect” help…from the Gov, Red Cross, etc. in this case…because they’ve been trained to expect it. Frankly, I think the Gov prefers “dependent” citizens, and makes it easy for folks to become that way.

          I am immensely grateful I am not in New York right now (or any of the affected places), and I send prayers of safety and security and recovery to all who are. It’s getting worse & worse.

        • Encourager says:

          I was absolutely shocked when the mayor of NYC decided to go ahead with the marathon. What?!?!? Here he is, giving away food and water supplies to the marathoners, not to mention setting up tents and viewing stands and other things he is spending money on, instead of taking that food and water and the monies used for setup and helping those afflicted by Sandy. His hardheartedness has become apparent to all who watched. Sure, he backed down, but grumbled the whole time. Let the whole world see…

          • The very best thing about the marathon being canceled? Many of the folks who had come to NY (from all over the world) volunteered to help the stricken areas when the marathon was cancelled. Classy folks, them.

            • …”had come to NY (from all over the world) *to run the marathon*”….

            • HomeINsteader says:

              Made a LOT more sense to me, anyway, to having them help with recovery efforts – getting water, food, medicine, warm clothing, etc., to those areas not visited by anyone yet – than to have them setting up for a marathon, for heaven’s sake! And, somehow, I suspect most of them PREFERRED working in relief efforts to working the marathon. I know I would! Bloomberg blew this one.

            • Encourager says:

              I am glad to hear that is what they did, MtWoman. I only saw one interview with a whiney marathoner who was complaining he took vacation time to come to NYC and was mad they cancelled it. Couldn’t see past his nose.

              Yep, they are classy folk!!!

    • Disaster Survival Jane, everybody in your household okay? Much damage in your locale?

      Amazing how so many people did absolutely nothing to prepare. Truly scary. No gas in the vehicle, not a bottle of water in the house, about enough bread for one sandwich, electric can opener won’t work w/o electric, etc.

      • Encourager says:

        Mari, I had first hand evidence of that. I was on Facebook, and a young friend (single mom of 2 boys, widowed, DH a Marine killed overseas) asked me what she should do to prepare as the news was saying we were going to get hit with dropping temperatures and high winds and that the power was likely to go out. I told her the basics ~ shelter & warmth, water, food and a way to prepare the food. I told her to fill her bathtub so she could flush the toilet. I said to go fill her car up with gas, go to the store and get what she needed. She replied she had simple food to prepare and could use her grill to cook on outdoors, or set inside the garage near the propped open door and thanked me for the bathtub idea.

        A friend of hers posted that she was broke, her shelves were bare and it was too much trouble to fill her bathtub because what if she wanted to take a shower? Then she said if it got bad enough, she would go to a shelter…or could she come to my friend’s house? Wow…

  44. Well, folks, the verdict is in. My doctor has diagnosed me with diabetes! I am still in denial, but oh well. The good news is doc thinks I will be able to control it with oral diabetic medicine and diet.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      Type 2 diabetes is nothing to mess around with. No eating after 8pm. No fruit juice, soft drinks, and artificial sweeteners. And remember the more body fat you have the less efficiently your body uses insulin. Just do yourself a big favior and get healthier!

      • Thanks, Tactical G-Ma, I hadn’t heard that about not eating after 8pm. And I didn’t know to stay away from artificial sweeteners, although I seldom have anything with them in it. I could stand to lose 10 pounds, and although that may not seem like alot, I think it will help. I think that from reading the diet info, the 10 pounds may come off without too much work. It’s going to be careful carb counting for sure. At least I like all vegetables!

        • Encourager says:

          Don’t forget to exercise, even if it is walking around your house twice at first. I am in the same boat as you, DJV, although my doctor has not declared me a diabetic, just ‘pre-diabetic’. My blood sugar has been going up and up lately. I need to follow my own advice…

        • Tactical G-Ma says:

          My DH is longtime type 2 diabetic and is on an insulin pimp as well as metformin and acarbose. I have learned that artificial sweetners somehow effect the brown fat. The bad fat (white) is what impedes the body’s ability to use insulin. And eating late before bed time can cause the sugars to be metabolized slower than they should. It may be specific to certain people. My DH’s sugar goes up while he sleeps. I guess your best bet is to get with a good dietician and endocrinologist that can build you a personalized plan.

    • DJV…Diabetes treatment has really advanced. And what the doc thinks is good news indeed.

    • Copperhead says:

      Oh goodness, DJV, that’s a rough diagnosis. It is good news that your diet and medicine will control it. Don’t be in denial, friend, tackle it head on! My mother has had diabetes for 30 years and it is work to control it, but well worth the work to feel good.

      My prayers are with you!

      • Thanks, Copperhead. It’s just going to be an adjustment. I’m a sweets freak! But, I’m lucky that I like all kinds of vegetables too.

    • I was diagnosed with Type II more than 7 years ago (before I turned 40). I know you’ve likely heard it all already – eat healthy, exercise daily, lose weight, etc. My doctor says, mine isn’t that bad, so I control it with diet and exercise. I have watched my numbers get better since I lost weight and started exercising regularly. I still have my numbers checked regularly though because I don’t want to have to rely on any meds.

      On the other hand, I have a friend who didn’t take his seriously and is now blind in one eye (and not so great in the other). He also had to take medical disability from his job, but still drives (kinda scary). He is much better about it now, but it has had a major effect on his life.

      All that said, pay attention, take the recommended classes and read everything you can. You can eat and drink anything you want AS LONG AS it fits into your eating plan – it’s just easier to stay away from certain things.

      • Thanks, GA Red. I am sure I definitely need the exercise. I’m glad to hear you say that diet and exercise have made that much difference for you. That’s encouraging. And my doc did mention some classes. So I’ll be anxious to hear when and where to take one.

        • DJV – Several years ago my Dad was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. There were times when he ended up on insulin but he was able to get off it also. He might have a maple bar for a mid-morning break and a regular soda at dinner time. He ate oatmeal for breakfast and his lunches and dinners were alot of veggies with some protein. What I’m trying to say is – it will take some time and experimentation to find what works best for YOU.
          Work with your doctors and don’t be afraid to change doctors if you aren’t getting the support you need. But, like so many things in life constant vigilance and adjustment are part of the future. It can be a long and healthy future. Take good care.

  45. I had to put my 16 year old cat down today. My dh and I were with her though the process. She had kidney problems and we didn’t want her to suffer. Her name was L.L. Kool Kitty. I am really sad.

    • So sorry Bam Bam. (insert ‘heart’ here) This has given me some peace: http://www.petloss.com/poems/maingrp/rainbowb.htm

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      Bam Bam,
      So sorry to hear about L.L. Kool Kitty. I do know the pain you are going thru. Have lost 2 to cancer (sisters) in 2 years. I cried for weeks with both but I couldn’t let them suffer. Now just have my old tom that still looks for his harem. (And of course, our chihuahua.) And no matter how many times I lose one, it never gets easier. God bless and you are in my prayers along with all the rest of the pack.

    • Bam Bam, I am so sorry for your loss! Pets are the best people we know!

    • HomeINsteader says:

      I am so sorry for your loss, Bam Bam. But I admire you for not allowing poor kitty to suffer.

      Have you read “Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates” by Gary Kurtz (I think that is the author’s name)? He makes a compelling (Biblically based) argument for our pets in heaven! I surely hope he’s right.

    • Copperhead says:

      I’m so sorry, Bam Bam. It is one of the hardest things to do–to put a beloved animal down. I have had to do it several times and it’s never easy. She was fortunate to have a loving family in you and dh. You were blessed to have each other.

    • Petnumber1 says:

      Oh Bam Bam, I’m so sorry this had to happen. 🙁 I wish I had words to comfort you, but I just can’t think of anything original…and to be honest, when this happens with my Jayden, I don’t think words will help. So please accept virtual hugs and prayers for you and LL Kool Kitty. 🙁

    • mountain lady says:

      Bam Bam, So sorry to hear this. I know exactly how you feel. The pain of losing a pet can be as bad as losing any other loved one. I am sure she is up there getting to know my Kitt T. Kat.

      • HomeINsteader says:

        mountain lady, between the name of your Kitt T. Kat and Bam Bam’s L.L. Kool Kitty; ya’ gotta love these names! I had a rescue last year, a little Siamese kitty that someone injured with a vehicle (accidentally) whom we were able to save; I gave her the name “Princess Katarina” (she was adopted by a little girl who adores her!) in honor of the wedding of William and Kate; no real point here, except I think these names are fun!

    • I am so sorry to hear that. I’m a major cat lover and lost the furr baby I was closest to last year after a serious illness. I was even giving him IV fluids myself. I stayed with him and laid on the floor with him through the night too. I still have a hard time thinking about him or looking at his pictures. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

      • Soggy Prepper says:

        I’m sorry for the loss of your cat. 16 years old is a ripe old age for a cat. You were definitely doing something right! And you did the right thing at the end too. I can’t imagine how difficult it was.

    • I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s so sad when a beloved pet goes. Know I’m sending good thoughts your way.

    • Oh Bam Bam, I am so sorrry. It is pain I know well. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    • I'm a Prep Kat says:

      I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you.

    • Hunker-Down says:

      Bam Bam,

      It’s really hard to go through such a loss.
      You could distract yourself for a while by putting on your chicken boots, get in the tank and drive to a pet store and bring home a new kitty! You will love bringing together the canine and feline.

    • BamBam
      I lost my precious fur baby last Oct 6th, he would actually give me kisses when I asked. His name was Junior, I know it’s corny and sappy but I loved that cat dearly.
      I feel your pain and I am so very sorry for the loss of your baby.

    • Sorry to hear about your loss, Bam Bam. Kitties are friends and family too.

    • Thanks guys. My dh took me to St. Augustine today to do some Christmas shopping. The animal shelter was on the way home and we stopped in. I wasn’t quite ready to get a new cat. But it was fun to play with the kittens.

      To H-D: We took the truck. The tank just doesn’t get good gas mileage.

      • Bam Bam, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your feline friend. My cat Hemi will slip into my lap and hold my hand. I wish he could be there for you as he is for me. This is a picture of him holding my hand.

        • AZ,

          That’s a great photo. As things turn out, today is National Adopt a Pet day and my dh took me to Petsmart to adopt a kitten. I picked a six week Tabby. I am laying in bed with my head propped up on pillows. He is sleeping on my head. I need to come up with a name for him. Maybe M.D. will post a picture of him and the Pack can help name him. He has really big ears. He looks like a lemur.

          • Tactical G-Ma says:

            Oh, Bam, how precious and comforting he must be. God bless.

            • Thanks Tactical G-Ma. My dh took me to Pet Smart last night and we picked him out. But we couldn’t get back there until after 1 p.m. today. We thought for sure someone would have adopted him by them. But he was still there. He is the cutest kitten. The first thing he did when we got him home and opened the crate is . . . he charged the 100 lb. GSD. LOL I think he is going to fit in around here just fine.

              I am really glad I spent extra time with L.L. Kool Kitty these last few months. She will be missed and honored. But it’s good to have a kitten in the house as well. Life happens.

          • HomeINsteader says:

            As a rescuer, THANK YOU! from the bottom of my heart for giving this baby a home, Bam Bam.

            • Homie,

              I have the greatest respect for people who rescue animals. That is such a tough job, especially when the pets have been neglected and/or abused. We got Max (our GSD) from a rescue organization. And he was a pure bred puppy. (We have a friend who keeps dogs at her house until they are adopted. She called us the minute she found out and we rode over after church on the motorcycle at 80 mph. and adopted him on the spot. He has turned out to be an excellent dog.)

    • Encourager says:

      My heart goes out to you, Bam Bam. We, too, had to have a kitty put down ~ She had cancer and it got to the point she couldn’t eat and panted in pain all the time. It was 20 years ago and I still miss her. Haven’t had a cat since, just dogs.

      • Encourager,

        Sorry to hear about your kitty. It’s amazing how attached we get to our pets.

  46. Mari,

    Thanks so much for your concern, and yes all is well in my household, mostly because I was so well prepared. I live in the Poconos of Pennsylvania, newly moved here from NYC, but I work in New Jersey. The truth is that we all had several days to prepare, but it is very hard to go from 0 to 100 implementing a survival plan. That really has to be somewhat in place before a disaster, so many, many people just were not ready. Then, put on top of that people not wanting to leave the path of danger (for whatever reasons). Also, most people think that all of these storms are unrelated and that they are “flukes” and will not happen again for another 300 years. I had a friend actually tell me that. I think this is why they did not learn from Hurricane Irene to put something in place. The other thing about NYC that is really disturbing when you live there is that you have a VERY short amount of time to get out of the city before all public transportation, all the bridges, and all the tunnels are closed down and you couldn’t get out even if you wanted to. It’s not good place to be in the face of disaster unless you have a very carefully planned out escape route and a place to go.

    • Disaster Survival Jane — Glad to hear you’re okay. Hope you didn’t have to go to work on Monday!!! (Wow, that’s some commute.) Oh yeah, just about a NY minute to get out of town. That’s a huge problem when surrounded by water.

      Must have been a busy time with moving and then getting preps organized. Good for you!

      Too bad so many people still continue to tear around with their blinders on. Storms can’t touch them. Unh hunh. I’ve got a sales manager in north Jersey who never even bothered to put gas in her car last week. No food, no water, no heat, no electric. So she ran her tank dry when she drove to her mom’s house for the duration. Now extremely upset that she can’t get gas. Go figure.

  47. . Encourager October 29, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Thanks Jarhead! It is good to be home. We got home just before the high winds hit the area we had just been in. Whew! No fun pulling a trailer in high winds.

    We came home a day early after coming upon a fatality accident about 5 minutes after it happened. Woman blew through a stop sign just as a semi came through. She tore out the bottom of his trailer, flipped a few times and was thrown out. Died at the scene. A 15 y.o. boy was seriously injured and air lifted to a hospital. We stayed with the truck driver for about 30 minutes as he was so upset and in shock. Poor guy, really felt for him. We decided to just head home after that instead of camping for one more night. Kinda sick at heart after that.

    . HomeINsteader October 29, 2012 at 9:30 am

    This is not an image you will soon forget, no doubt. Praying for your healing, as well as that young boy, and his family members.

    . Encourager October 29, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Thanks, my homie (snicker…)

    . HomeINsteader October 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    U so funny! : )
    MD, What is so funny about a fatality accident and why did the poster find the response so? Jeff

    • Encourager says:

      Jeff, I will answer that question since it was part of my post. There is nothing funny about a fatality accident. I was there and my heart broke for the family of the deceased and hurt, and the truck driver, who through no fault of his, was part of the accident.

      It had nothing at all to do with the fatality. I was teasing HomeINsteader about her name, calling her my ‘homie’. I have done it in the past…so she replied ‘U so funny!’

      Geesh, lighten up a bit.

      • Encourager says:

        Jeff, do I have to yell “TROLL ALERT”?????

        Just askin’.

        • Where ‘dat troll? Did I tell ya’ll I got a Ruger 10/22 for my birthday. 🙂 Is it time to go trolling?

          • Tactical G-Ma says:

            I guess I got confused somehow. I know about the inside joke between Encourager and HomeInsteader but who is the troll? And what exactly is a troll. I know you told me before but I am really lost here. Now Bam Bam is gettin her new 10/22 ready and I don’t know who we’re supposed to shoot! Help me, please!

            • Tactical G-Ma says:

              Pls disreguard previous entry. Should have read more before typing. I do understand trolling and guess I’ll keep my “baby” handy. Right after I finish my taste of recipe!

          • HomeINsteader says:

            Everyone send donations to Bam Bam for the troll fund! I mean, gas $$ to hunt the little critters down, ammo, they’re not cheap, you know! OH, and money for snacks – got to keep our strength up! ; )

            • Hunker-Down says:


              Stomping on a trolls hot buttons is fun. I like to keep poking at them until they either leave or foam at the mouth. When they get to that point, ignoring them is the best way to frustrate them. (We had one last week on another thread).
              My fear is, I will try it on a couple of Wolf Pack friends who are teasing one another and I am not aware of their friendship, so I usually throttle myself into silence.

    • HomeINsteader says:


      The fatality accident is not at all funny, and “the poster” did not find it so…perhaps you misread..or perhaps you did not read ALL the posts pertaining thereto? At any rate, you certainly misunderstood. “Encourager” is a “frequent flyer” here, and someone with whom I have an online “friendship” on this site, and that comment had nothing to do with the unfortunate incident above. It had to do with Encourager’s comic reference to ME. I am sorry you interpreted our exchange as you did, but I hope we have that straight.

      • Encourager says:

        Homie ~~~ Troll alert!!! I read back through all the posts by Jeff on this week’s WDYDTPTW. Many had a critcal, judgmental quality to them. We have a troll, or a very unhappy, critical human…

        Usually I can ignore such trash, but those comments about the accident where beyond the pale. And why did he ask M.D. why we said what?

        p.s. I like you too… :o)

        • Encourager says:

          geesh… “where”?? Should have typed were beyond the pale.

        • Encourager,

          I think he must have only read part of the conversation before jumping to conclusions about what was being said.

          But you can tell when someone is trolling the comments – they will disagree with everything said 90% of the time. I even had one guy several months ago send me a $100 donation before he started trolling and attacking other pack members. He is now on the blocked commenters list and no longer trolling here…

          • HomeINsteader says:

            I hope you cashed his check first. I would have. I’d probably book it as “troll tax”!

          • Encourager says:

            LOL M.D. ~~ I like the comment about it being a “troll tax”.

            My problem with these type of comments:
            1. If you are going to comment negatively on something someone else has said, at least READ what was posted first.

            2. My grandma used to say “If you cannot say something nice or helpful, shut up.” I have no problem with members stating their opinions especially if they are helpful; that is how we learn. And sometimes we all need some loving correction.

            3. Add to the discussion; don’t just attack. Yes, we are all under a great deal of stress right now but lets work together, okay? Getting slapped upside the head is not helpful.

            4. I feel we have little time left to prep so stop distracting us by stirring up the pot and purposely causing dissension!

            I feel better. Hate Monday mornings…

            • Encourager,

              Someone disagreeing with someone’s comment in a constructive way does not make a troll, but disagreeing with everyone’s comments, just for the sole purpose of disagreeing and starting trouble is my definition of a troll.

        • HomeINsteader says:

          Thanks, Pal! I have your back and you have mine…and M.D. will get in the middle IF SO FORCED, I am sure.

  48. Wow! I didn’t realize a simple (to me) remark would cause such a ruckus, and will keep my mouth shut from here on. So this troll, jerk, a-hole will keep my mouth shut from here on. Mr. Creekmore knows who I am, and my kid had to set up my email so you don’t have to worry that I’ll change it and come back to haunt you. Jeff (not the one that posts here occasionally) just the one that asked a question once in a while, so please don’t fault him)

    • HomeINsteader says:

      Jeff, I don’t think the point was that you need to be silent; I think the point was you need to read carefully before jumping to conclusions and posting a response – something WE ALL would do well to heed! Or, maybe just not respond at all sometimes, and wait to see what happens.

    • Encourager says:

      You just can’t quit can you Jeff?

      If your comments are:
      1. Helpful
      2. Uplifting
      3. Not full of self-pity
      4. Not attacking another member
      They are welcome.

      You have a very low opinion of yourself, calling yourself such names. No one here did that but you. Is that all you have to contribute??????