What did you do to prep this week?

Before we start with todays “What did you do to prep this week” segment I would like thank PGCPrepper, and Larry T for their generous donations and support this week. Thank you both.

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Okay, let me think….. what did I do to prep this week?

Yesterday, I went to every firearms dealers in my county and one in KY, what I saw was no surprise… There were no AR-15 rifles on the shelf, no full-capacity 30 round magazines and very little .223 ammo. One dealer said that they had sold over 40 AR’s in one day, and were sold out and could not get anymore at this time.

Even my local Wal-Mart, that used to carry several different manufactures AR-15 rifles was sold out (they did not remove them from their store) I asked the guy working behind the counter and he said that they all had sold within two days…

I also noticed that the AK-47 look a likes  (real AK-47’s are capable of full-auto fire) were also sold out. Glock handguns were still available but I could not find any full capacity magazines available for those…

One thing that we can say about our fearless leader is that he is responsible for putting more guns “on the street” than any other president in U.S. history, could be why he needed to take an all expense paid vacation to Hawaii… nice pics of the prez relaxing btw… yes we can!…:sarcasm:

Now what did I do to prep this week…

This week I sent the NRA a donation – if you’re not a member of the NRA then join now – a one year associate membership is only $10.00 and and is payable via check, money order, credit card or via paypal.

I know some folks prefer “Gun Owners of America” and they are a good organization with good intentions, but there is a reason that you never hear them mentioned by the Anti-Second Amendment news media… it’s because they do not have as much clout as the NRA in Washington.

If you want to join “Gun Owners of America” that is great – do it!

But also join the NRA – even if you do not agree with everything they say all of the time (I don’t either), the simple fact is this, if it were not for the NRA the Second Amendment would have been repealed years ago.

What else…

I watched Joel M Skousen’s new DVD “Strategic Relocation” I have a lot of respect for Mr. Skousens advice when it comes to choosing retreat locations and this video has some good advice, but is essentially a promotion for his book Strategic Relocation – North American Guide to Safe Places.

My advice is to just get the book and skip the video… and don’t forget to read his exclusive article for The Survivalist Blog.net “The East Coast Retreat Dilemma” ;-).

Also, this week; Dorcy sent me one of their “Metal Gear XL-M Extreme 600 Lumen LED Flashlights” for review – this thing is super bright! It’s like having a spotlight in your hand…

Well folks… that is it for me this week. What about you? What have YOU done to prep this week?


  1. Warmongerel says:

    On “This Week with George Stephanopolous” this morning, there were 5 extreme left-wing liberals “debating” conservative Grover Norquist. And that’s how the propaganda on the subject of “gun control” works.

    Also, I heard that Walmart was out of AR-15’s. Not just my local walmart…ALL Walmarts!!!


    – Received a couple of 85% wool blankets that I ordered a week or two ago. Pretty happy with them. Well made and pretty heavy. Tried to sleep under one the first night, but ended up throwing it off because I was sweating.
    – Recieved the Sawyer PointTwo water filter that I ordered on Monday. It was sitting on my doorstep on Wednesday. Wow. Ran a gallon of tap water through it. Could definitely taste the difference. Only 999,999 gallons left in it now, though. 😉 This was probably the area where I was lacking most in my preps. Big relief.
    – Scheduled some dental work that I’ve been putting off.
    – Bought some food grade buckets at a home brewing store near me. Another thing that I was missing.
    – Made another batch of pickles. I can’t keep them in stock! Between me and the kid and her friends, a 1 gallon jar full of them is usually gone within a week. Took me 47 years, but I finally found my forte. 😉 Thinking of making them in a bucket next.
    – Got the ball rolling on the paperwork for my new piece of hardware. Should have it in a week or two, depending on how long it takes LE folks to OK the permit.
    – Went to a couple of stores looking at the above hardware. Cabela’s Sporting Goods still had pretty good stock of ammo, although there were large holes on the shelves. Fleet Farm’s shelves didn’t have too much stock on them compared to how much they usually have, although they did have the piece I’m looking for (Sig P250).
    – Talked to a friend about loading 100 more rounds for my deer rifle. They don’t make ammo for it anymore, so he’s good enough to help me out.
    – And I joined the NRA last night, coincidentally enough. In the past, I figured they were doing just fine without me. But now, the gun-grabbers see an opportunity unlike any they’ve had before, and they are serious about using the tragedy in CT to further their political agenda.

    Have a great Christmas, Pack!

  2. We celebrated Christmas on Friday–that was the only day everyone could come. My dh cooked a prime rib and we opened presents. I got some really cool stuff–a gun snake and a scope for my 10/22, and a ghost site for my Glock. I am up in Ga. visiting my folks. My mom and I went to Walmart here today and they were sold out of just about everything. They had a few shotguns left but they were off brand and .16 or .410. The ammo shelves were striped bare. The guy at the counter said they just few off the shelves.

    I did manage to order 2,100 rounds of Federal .22 and a couple of ammo cans from Cabelas. They have a special going on right now–if you buy $150 worth of stuff, they take off $20. And if you open a credit card with them, they take off $25. So I thought that was a good deal. I ended up getting the ammo and three ammo cans for just under $125.

    My adopted son showed up with a new toy. I had never seen anything like it–a semi-automatic 12 gauge set up on an AK with 30 round drums. That thing was so heavy I could barely hold it up (and I have quite a bit of muscle on me). We spent some time at the range. I really like the Rugar 10/22. Once we get the scope put on, I should be an excellent shot.

    That’s it for me. I want to wish the Pack a wonderful Christmas–may each of you have quality time with family.

    • recoveringidiot says:

      Bam Bam, I got one of these on the way.
      Found a nice 10-22 heavy barrel last week at a price I could not turn down. I thought I had a decent scope in my pile of stuff but its a older Burris that’s 14 inches long. This one will correct parallax for close up rimfire work but will adjust back out if you want/need to use it on a centerfire rifle. I’m a believer in good glass from a maker that stands behind their products. Santa has been good to me all year in the sporting arms department!

    • Ah, a Saiga-12. Nice weapon but why anyone would ever want a 30 round drum on a 12-gauge shotgun is really beyond me. Too bad he didn’t have a 5-round magazine for it – I think you would have liked it if you weren’t having to deal with all that extra weight.

      • K. Fields,

        Good to hear from you. He did have a five round magazine–and it was still to heavy for me to shoot comfortably. I put him in charge of fire arms and ammo. All he has to do is get out of Miami.

    • Hunker-Down says:
  3. Sw't Tater says:

    Merry Christmas to all! Enjoy your families and friends, hold them close, stay safe, keep your head down.
    Not much in the way of prepping this week, few more bottles of water filled…since we don’t routinely buy/drink cola’s and juices, food grade bottles are hard for us to come by.I guess I will have to resort to buying some more buckets and water containers…
    Worked on more things from my list , preparing house for winter, that has not arrived yet,..Not complaining, we got some much needed rain but are still 14″ to scant for the year..can use some nitrogen, so maybe we’ll get snow this year.
    Trying to plan garden with arrival of seed books…working on building a raised bed with plant residue in the bottom…
    bought and divided 10 lb of ground meat from a sale,
    made some laundry detergent for family member -from their supply.
    Finished with making and delivery of Christmas presents for Dr. that cares for us.
    Completed dehydration and storage of celery.
    Addressing health issues that are current and long term, I just hate taking any thing every day!

  4. ozhillbilly says:

    Hi M.D. and Wolf Pack. In terms of prepping lately it’s been more thinking and planning than material stuff for me. I read the post here regularly to keep in touch with everyone’s thoughts. I believe you folks have a better feel and understanding of daily events than one will ever get from any print or electronic media source, especially the national news. It seems I’ve been withdrawing from society more lately. I’m not going mental; I’m just weary of all of the folks out there that do not have a clue about the real mess we are in. It’s apparent every little thing that happens, the government tries to grab a little more power. It’s my opinion this president and his administration do not believe in the Constitution, it’s simply an obstacle in their way. Congress is an embarrassing two ring circus. Frankly, I don’t have the answers. I’m just digging in more getting ready for the bad times ahead. Will continue to teach my grandkids about the Lord and hopefully, some common sense and skills they can take with them in the future. God Bless you all and Merry Christmas!

    • Petticoat Prepper says:

      Well, TDL did say the Constitution wouldn’t let him do what he wants to….

      • And he doesn’t like the Constitution anyway so he’ll just do whatever he wants somehow or other. Maybe an EO or two or three just for fun.

  5. Alittle2late says:

    Merry Christmas to the Pack.
    Didn’t put much faith in the Mayan thing. If they are that good at predicting wouldn’t they still be here? anyways.. Have been receiving packages all week from orders placed in previous week. E.E is great even with the holidays they got my order here in 4 days. Sighted in SR22 today. 25rounds at 40yards covered hole with a 50cent piece. Winchester M 22 40G cycles flawlessly,just shy of 500rounds not a hick up. Ordered a custom mag release and larger charging handle for it when I got home. Finished wrapping presents last night. well have to rewrap a few, the cats thought the bows were for them. Ordered some essential oils to try a recipe for fabric softener. sweet orange , ylang ylang and patchouli. researched water filters, think I’m going to go with the katadyn ceradyn setup,and modify it with activated charcoal filtration. Picked up 2 65G black food grade barrels for the house rain water recycling program. Replaced the food stores that were used. The mail lady thanked me for putting in the gigantic mail box. Finally got around to winterizing all my gas powered equipment. Have a wonderful holiday. Don’t forget your furry family too.

  6. This week I added 4 cans of canned goods to storage and rotated some cans due to expire in the first 6 mos of 2013 to the active pantry. I bought 50 target rounds of reloads for my 38 revolver. Also got an early present of 100 more target rounds and 25 hpoint rounds. Stash is still small but growing. I also bought a sling shot at the local Walmart. It was the last one on the rack. I didn’t even know they were selling them. Also started adding coffee grounds to my storage. I discovered that I hadn’t stored any when I was rotating my supplies. It’s easier than I thought to completely overlook something you would really like to store. That’s it for this week. Merry Christmas to all.

  7. Rob in Ontario says:

    Merry Christmas everyone – hope all are well not alot done this week- did pick up an other SKS- hope to get some more mags for them after christmas — Nephew is heading out west he’s 19 good kid hope he stays safe out there—– Thank you MD for this site and the honest people that are here

  8. Finally got the courage and time to try out my All American pressure cooker/canner. The first batch of meat that actually made it to the canner seems to have turned out great. I just took the jars out of the canner and lids are popping all over the place. I purchased the bible of canning – the Ball Blue Book guide to Preserving but to me it was a waste. As a novice, I got more practical use from Canning and Preserving for Dummies book and the All American user’s guide that came with the canner.

    • Marti, Congrats on your first canning of meat! When canned, the cheapest cut of beef comes out tasty and tender, you will love it!!

  9. Surviving in Ky. says:

    M.D. and the rest of the Pack, The links below will give you an idea of what the CEO for Brownells and the rest of the country think about infringing on our 2nd Amendment rights. Take heart Pack, we are not alone!


  10. Hope everyone has an awesome and blessed Christmas. Hope we will never forget the reason we get to celebrate. If only we could get everyone else to catch on….. Be blessed in the new year!!

  11. SurvivorDan says:

    The Marines have landed! My youngest, Lance Corporal Michael SurvivorDan has returned from foreign parts for Christmas. Forgive me for no prepping!

    Merry Christmas! Mele Kalikimaka! Happy Holidays!
    God bless you all. God bless and keep safe MD Creekmore!
    And may the good Lord (it it’s His will) preserve and protect our Constitution.
    God bless America!!!

    • SurvivorDan,
      It’s great to hear your son made it home safe. I’m sure that makes the holiday that much more special. My daughter,Big K, just turned 18, when she finishes school she is seriously considering the Marine Corp.. I like the idea but it will be tough when she’s away from home and possibly in harms way.
      Bless you and your family…Merry Christmas.

  12. Had an interesting week but gave myself a break this weekend. Rented a kitchen with 2 stoves, 2 sinks and 2 dishwashers. So far it has been 13 jars apple jelly, 14 loaves of banana bread, 1 turkey, 19 jars of carrots. Still to do grape jelly and blackberry jam plus some chocolate chip cookies – maybe.

    We have had some wicked weather where I live and unfortunately this time it caught up with me. The wind caught the driver’s door sufficiently hard to spring the door. When you first closed the door it was off by about 12 inches by the time we were done working on it the door was at least closeable. Saw the body shop guy the next day and he fixed it a little better yet – but it won’t be cheap to fix since it also damaged the fender. What fun!

  13. Was a nice week around here – some rain, some sun. Big event was the solstice party; good turn out this year, probably all the Mayan stuff made more people aware of it.
    As I mentioned earlier, had a mountain lion in the yard (I suspect due to lingering odors of the pig killing) and then on Thursday had a black bear break into one of the bee hives, first time that has happened in the past 20 years. Luckily I scared him off before he destroyed all the brood, so I’m hoping what’s left will settle into a back-up hive. (tip for new bee keepers – ALWAYS have some empty hives available!).
    Spent one sunny day shooting up some targets so one rainy day was spent loading ammo into clips and refilling the ammo cans. Other than some christmas shopping and finally getting around to reading the 3 Stieg Larsson novels (very enjoyable by the way), that was about it.

  14. Merry Christmas Pack!
    We were able to stock up quite a bit of food this week,lotsa good sales and specials, also got to save over $150 on gas with the bonus points.
    Santa came a little early for me, a Streamlight Protac HL flashlight…very bright,small, and light weight, and Bushnell Trophy XLT 10X42 binoculars…really great,bright, clear,large sight picture, good eye releif.
    Renewed my NRA membership. I was very proud of Wayne LaPierre at the press conference,well spoken,good ideas,at just to confuse the media even more he used facts to make his points. Later on we hear the microphones picked up the press putting down the NRA and praising the protesters, what a surprise!
    We survived the 12/21/2012 event without any issues,wasn’t worried about the event, but people can be panicky,dumb, and dangerous when they think somethings gonna happen.
    Santa was looking to get me an AR , but they hard to find and expensive now, thanks Obama for being the greatest gun salesman in history, have fun in Hawaii.
    Everyone have a safe and happy holiday!

    • d, yeah i saw him get interupted by some screaming hag. she had the nerve to condemn him for even suggesting veterans as school guards. so we’re good enough to defend the nation, but not your kids? lovely… cnn was all too eager to interview her afterward. obviously they are more concerned with enslavement than kids safety.

      • SurvivorDan says:

        When Libs get excited they drop the pretense of being “For the troops!”
        They forget the facade they are supposed to hide their contempt behind. When I was vetted for the sheriff’s academy they liked that I was a vet who had been in the sh*t. Now, many departments look with less favor on the vet (especially a combat vet) because it might be a liability issue in the future. The vet might CRACK! I guess it would be better to hire a bunch of sissyfied, Merlot sipping, pencil pushing, yoga loving, tree huggers, huh?

        • SurvivorDan says:

          Before anyone gets their panties in a twist :
          I enjoy a good Merlot now and then.
          Yoga’s cool for some.
          And no shame in pushing a pencil for a living.

          I just get carried away…….literally. 😉

          • SurvivorDan says:

            See what you did rr, you thread hi-jacker!

            For prepping…cleaned out my boy’s bedroom which was nearly wall to wall preps. That’s prepping cuz I found soooooo many things I was missing. Including a cute little NAA 22 magnum and its ankle holster. Score!
            And I cycled a lot of things down to the pantry.
            {I was yelling at me}

            • riverrider says:

              ummm not sure what you mean survivor dan, but merry christmas to you anyway 🙂

            • riverrider says:

              oh, i get it now, LOL!

            • SurvivorDan says:

              It’s Ok river. I’m the one who didn’t even realize I was on the “What did you do to prep this week?” post. I am sometimes out of my gourd.

              Holiday madness!

              Merry Christmas river!

        • PGCPrepper says:

          Hey, I was a “pencil pushing” warrant officer in the Army before I retired. I never saw action in 20 years. Lucky me.

          But, I was also a 230 lb, lean, Drill Sergeant before I converted. I have a pic of me dead lifting 500 lbs. I hate wine and yoga but trees are cool. 🙂

          • SurvivorDan says:

            No offense intended to any large and powerful pencil pushers.

            And trees are indeed cool. Love the woods.

      • riverrider
        The first guy stood there with a sign blocking the whole screen for what seemed like 2 minutes before being asked to leave, noone did or said anything.
        The hot mic picked up one reporter saying the NRA chair was probably packing and no one would be stupid enough to pull a gun…kinda proves Waynes point!

  15. Canned veggies on sale – stocked up on a big pile.
    Bought oranges as they are starting to come on sale and started canning them.
    Today we went to the inlaws for the holiday dinner gathering. Friday and Saturday were lost to renter drama. (VERY long story – but I hate replacing doors).
    Am still listing/selling on ebay – doing pretty decent with it.
    Although we put up some stuff this week, it was mostly devoted to holiday prepping – which is important also, just not quite the same!
    Did get my prize for the writing contest but haven’t yet found the time to buy anything – hoping for this week.

  16. Merry CHRISTmas to all.

    Picked up some ammo. Then DS2 gave me a .22 mag that he didn’t need any more. Put a little food and cleaning supplies in storage. Also picked up a few needed tools.

    DS1 quit his job. That one is a long story but was also a long time coming. He has gone with me to the last 2 gun shows to work and found it is thoroughly tiring. He has been job hunting for months. Hoping he finds something soon.

  17. Just a Christmas day note…

    1saleaday.com has a lot of automotive stuff on the “Flash” today. I noticed, and ordered, the battery charger/conditioner for $14.99. These things are great for batteries on items you don’t use everyday, like motorcycles, lawn tractors, ATV’s, travel trailers, etc. I used to have to replace the batteries in these every other year at about $60-70 each. Now I haven’t replaced a battery in 3 years. And things start right up.

  18. Merry Christmas to all!

    No prepping last week. Christmas gifts for the daughters took any available finances and am having problems from the tree limb incident. On the other hand, Santa brought me a nice stainless water bath canner with starter supplies. Now I need to actually can something. The pumpkin butter was put on hold after the tree limb and my doc is trying to figure out why I’m having tummy issues from it. First test was totally negative so I’m to have another run the first week of January. Getting better though.

    During the various family gatherings, the hubby and I have found some similarly-minded cousins in his family without breaking Opsec. They also live in an area where we have considered buying land. Good to know and can learn much from them as they can and raise chickens.

  19. I have a question or two for the Wolfpack. (If M.D. doesnt mind).

    Which canned hams taste the best? DAK or Celebrity or Primrose or other?
    We had a DAK tonight (with sweet taters) and it was not bad at all.

    Tommorrow we will be cooking up some ham and beans. How do you fix your canned ham?

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      The nice thing about canned ham is that it is already cooked. Someways I have prepared it are:
      Score, whole cloves, brown sugar, sliced pineapple, bake, slice, serve.
      Cube and use in fried rice, flavor vegetables, beans, soups.
      Slice, lightly brown in skillet and serve eggs and toast.
      Slice and make grilled ham and cheese sandwiches.
      There must be a gazillion ways to prepare canned ham. Enjoy.

    • Ron:

      I have only used the DAK. I like the taste but the are a little salty.

    • I was going to suggest T G-Ma’s first method – cloves, pineapple and brown sugar. Crushed pineapple works too.

  20. I am up in Georgia with my family. All the research on excema and essential oils paid off. I put my homemade lotion on my nephew and the itching stopped immediately. I also made my brother five gallons of homemade laundry soap–I read that store bought laundry detergent exacerbates excema. I made two kinds of lotion for excema. The first is a tea tree-peppermint with avocado oil and olive oil. This works to stop the itching and is recommended for when excema breaks the skin. The second lotion is lavender and is intended for when the skin is not broken. The more I research and use essential oils, the more I see they are important for preventative medicine.

    • Hunker-Down says:

      Bam Bam,

      Twenty seconds ago I completed an order for the ingredients in your dry skin lotion recipe you posted last week. THANKS!

      • H-D,

        You are welcome. I can’t believe how well this stuff works–and how inexpensive it is to make compared to buying it from a department store.

    • would love the eczema lotion recipes you mention! DD has had eczema since newborn (now 12)…have tried everything. I’ve also made batches of her own laundry soap (fels naptha, borax, washing soda) to wash her sheets/clothes. She can tell when I cheat and use Tide. Just found a lotion recipe with coconut oil and lavender oil…haven’t tried yet.

      • u2redneck,

        Take a half pint jar, fill with oil (coconut, avocado, olive or any mixture thereof), add 1 1/2 TBS beeswax pellets and place in microwave until wax is melted–about 75 seconds. Remove from microwave and add 15 drops tea tree oil and 10 drops peppermint essential oil. (You can use fewer drops of essential oil if you use high quality.) Let sit for a couple of hours to cool. It will form a salve. Use this for excema when the skin is broken or infected.

        To keep excema from coming back, use the oil mixture above but add 15 -20 drops of lavender essential oil. (This makes excellent massage oil.)

        • Thank you, thank you, BB! I’m on it! Searching for beeswax pellets tomorrow! DD’s arms thank you, too!

          • Michael’s sometimes has the pellets, but you should be able to find somewhere on the web. I generally just grate some beeswax off a big bar. Best if you can get pure beeswax from a beekeeper (often in little 1 oz rectangles that are very handy) and not the adulterated 1# bars that Michael’s carries. Try googling honey + your state. You might get a very pleasant surprise.

  21. PGCPrepper says:

    I have clove oil and oil of wild oregano in my arsenal. I use the oregano with oil to clean my teeth and gums. Many benefits from these two oils if one does a simple search. Also might want to search “oil pulling” with sesame oil. Amazing.

  22. About a dozen foodstuffs to put into rotation.

    Got my dd & sil a small collapsible lantern and a recharge unit with 4 AA batteries as a Christmas gift, along with 2 books (hiking in their state plus an adjoining state and a book about hiking preps).

    Got 2 collapsible eating utensils and a collapsible shovel (not the best in the world, but very very heavy).

    Still awaiting firearm permit. #1 person didn’t get the letter/form from LE; my guess is his dw thought it was the annual pitch for $ and simply threw the envelope away. #2 person promptly completed the form and mailed it back.

    Dick’s pulled anything remotely resembling assault-style. Local store also no longer sell firearms on a daily basis. Let them sell golf equipment only and see how they like it! I’m no longer a customer of theirs for anything.

    A doctor I know posted sign that no longer accepting Medicare or Medicaid (he didn’t get too many to begin with) due to 29% fee reduction. Others also doing this. Many I’ve run into plan to quit the field entirely. (But tdl plans to get lots of PAs, gee, the inexperienced will be able to tell us that we have colds.) Have heard that many are stocking up on medical supplies and antibiotics in addition to supplies of all types including food.

  23. Jim in SoCal says:

    Hi all, I’m a liitle late this week due to the holiday. I hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas!

    A little story to start with. This past weekend (Sunday 0200) I was awoken by DW saying that someone was trying to get into the window in my daughters room (daughter was staying at a friend’s that night). Quickly grabbed my 1911 and headed down the hall. Perp must have heard the slide rack on the .45, because just as I got to the door he was off and running! Second time in 18 years at this address that someone tried to enter unlawfully. The first time I was an unarmed sheeple, and it woke me up. This time, I was better prepared.

    On to preps. For years my Mom made a huge batch of beef jerky for all of the kids and grand kids at Christmastime. Well, Mom is 75 now and has decided that its too much work these days. So, I now have 6 dehydrators and made over 20lbs. of jerky last week. Some ended up in stockings, the rest was put back.

    We also added more med supplies, canned goods, batteries and propane to the stores. Christmas found us helping others in our family be more prepared, as we gave practical gifts along those lines.

    That’s it for now.

    • Jim,

      I sure wish you would consider writing an article on how to make jerky. I have a dehydrator and would love to learn how to make jerky. Putting up 20 lbs. That sounds like a lot of work.

      • Bam Bam, that oughta bring out the jerky makers. Yes, 20# would be a lot. No wonder Jim has lots of dehydrators. I’ve got an Excaliber 5-shelf, which 3 to 4# fills at startup.

        I like using eye round roast and have butcher slice it 1/8″ thick, then I use about 1/2 cup each worcesteshire & soy sauce (options are hot pepper flakes, liquid smoke, garlic powder) and marinate overnight. Usually takes me 5+ hours at 155 degrees. Just be sure that totally cooled before packing up. I use ziploc bags, then into glass jars, then I take the extra step of putting into glass jars and pulling out the air. Since I store for quite awhile, I often put the jar into a small paper bag (to keep out the light) and then put in fridge. Everybody has their own method.

        Teriyaki sauce for chicken slices is nice, too.

  24. Coming out of stalker mode…been reading for a while now, thought I’d chime in! What I did this week: Received 31 Days and the LDS printout and started plowing thru them both! Love how 31 days makes it all seem do-able, not so overwhelming and paralyzing! The LDS manual is going to be my go-to resource, I can tell! Started clearing out a corner in my basement so I can organize my loot. Baby steps…

    • Surviving in Ky. says:

      Welcome u2redneck, Might check out Emergency Essentials as well. They have the cheapest shipping rates other than LDS. Might begin with water as well, without it, everything else is a moot point. Water, food, security and opsec. Happy prepping!

  25. Thanks, SIKY! Have meager beginnings of water storage, but def need to add to it. I’ll check out that website..also going to see if there are any LDS stores nearby! Was hoping for a pressure canner for Christmas to start setting up some chli

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      I have been wondering if waterbed bladders might be a good way to store water when you have limited space. By sleeping on water beds we could be killing two birds. But would water stabilizer or chlorine be better to use?

      • TGM:

        Only if you have a way to filter it. It can get nasty.

      • Tactical G-Ma,

        I would be leery of using a waterbed bladder for water storage: (1) you will need a frame to support the water in the bladder, (2) you will need to check to see if the bladder is treated chemically to prevent algae, (3) it will be difficult to move, (4) it will be difficult to rotate the water.

      • Tactical G-Ma,
        Been sleeping on a water bed for 34 yrs. There is a conditioner to add periodically to prevent alge and condition the vinyl. After being on one all that time, would I drink the water? Not a chance. Doesn’t matter if you run it through a filter or reverse osmosis system. I’m not going to do it.

  26. To all of you candy horders (like me):

    I found M&M’s 10-12 oz packages for $1.39 at WalMart!

    • Hunker-Down says:

      I’m getting in the car RIGHT NOW. But, dang, it’s a 25 minute drive to WalMart and there will be none by the time we get there.

  27. Finally had to open my box from bookcloseouts.com ’cause I had to pull out 2 books for dh/sil gifts. Not a bad haul for $59 plus $11.50 freight. Not counting the 2 books for gifts, I got:

    The Breadman’s Health Bread Book
    The Ultimate Hiking Skills Manual
    Survival Cups and Hydration Manual
    Basic Essentials Camping
    Root Cellaring
    Ultimate Camp Cooking
    Country Wisdom and Know-How
    Fast, Fresh Garden Edibles
    Grillin’ and Chili’n
    The Backyard Homestead
    Homegrown Whole Grains
    The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting Deer for Food
    The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Living
    Candles (yes, I have at least 4# beeswax stashed away)
    Success with Seeds

    The above will go into quite a library. Plus I have tons of free and .99 stuff on my Kindle. I still like my ole Carla Emory book since there’s so much of everything in it.

    I also downloaded (at work) a couple of the Firefox pdf’s. But I’ve got a bad feeling from when I downloaded that they are really huge files and I may have trouble dumping them onto my flashdrive. We shall see next week.

  28. Didn’t get much prepping done but received some great Christmas presents geared towards prepping and that counts, right?

    Received two books I had reviewed from the library and wanted to buy: “Artisan Cheese Making at Home” by Karlin and “Herbal Antibiotics” by Buhner. I also received a Firefield Nightfall Monocular.

    Had a new propane tank and regulator installed this morning; fill up will be this afternoon. Had to plow the driveway as the gate could not push the 8+” of snow out of the way!

    We are just relaxing and enjoying having our youngest son home with us for a week. He is sleeping in every morning and enjoying his vacation. I am happy he at least agrees to have some survival gear in his vehicle because of the harsh MN winters. That is a start; he is a skeptic regarding any doomsday talk – but is willing to discuss it and is no sheeple (thank God!)

    A very blessed New Year for all the Wolf Pack! May the Peace that passes all understanding rule your hearts and minds in the coming year. May you receive wisdom and discernment from God just when you need it.