What did YOU do to prep this week?

Good morning Wolf Pack – I hope that you’re all doing well today.

Before we get started this morning I would like to take a moment to thank Bonnie N, Millie W and Harold D for their generous donations and support this week. Thank you. If you want to also help out by making a small donation (average donation is $20) click this link. Thank you.

Okay, let me see – what did I do to prep this week?

I ordered two DVD’s “Why Gold and Silver?” and “The Money Masters” I also ordered two books the “Whole Larder Love: Grow Gather Hunt Cook” and “The Second Amendment“. I also ordered a Opinel Traditional No 9 Carbon Steel Knife.

Lets see what else… oh yes the big stuff…

Marlin .22 bolt action

Bought this Marlin .22 bolt-action rifle and added sling and scope.

One Month Packs

Bought two “One Month Packs” from Augason Farms.

Well folks that’s it for me this week – what did you do to prep this week? Let us know in the comments below.

Comments

  1. Millie in KY says:

    I didn’t get a lot done this week. It was cold and cold saps the energy right out of me. I did get my books in the mail. Meals in a jar is all right but wasn’t really what I was looking for. I was looking for something I could bag up meals in mylar like Mountain House does and save some money with simple meals. I got MD’s book. Oh, my. Chapter one. I’m a complete failure. I really don’t know much of this stuff at all But I am willing to try and do the best that I can with the time and money we have left. And speaking of money, $8 more seems to have disappeared from my paycheck. We have a hard time making it on what we make and yet, they promise no taxes on the middle class. with my husband’s job, this amounts to around 1200 a year. ***holes.
    So I know nothiing but I attempted something new and learned from it. I got my mylar bags and O2 remover thingies. Today I dug out all the bags of beans and rice I’d been squirreling away and went to town. Only a few disasters, burned fingers, dropped half a bag of beans on the floor which I had to sweep up but the dogs helped with a few macaronis that I dropped, bless their little hearts. I got 100 qt size, I had no idea how many I needed or what size but thought that would at least hold a bag of beans. And it does but it could hold two. I want to get up to LDS and get things there but in the meantime, I buy what I can each week at the store. Anyhow, I used my hair straightener wand to seal the bags with, worked like a charm. I trimmed off the excess Mylar bag and then went over the edge of the seal again just to be sure. I guess the rule is no wrinkles but try as I might, there are small wrinkles. However when I look at the edges, I don’t see any “holes” along the edge. I remembered to put an O2 thingie in each one. Good job. I ended up with two good size plastic crates of the items and it felt good to know that now it is safe and dry and good for darn near forever or the rest of my life whichever ends first. 🙂
    Now I trimmed off the excess bag and took the hair straightener and made smaller bags out of the scraps. I was thinking of using them for garden seed or maybe spices, like mix up an Italian base type of spice and put that in there, enough for one pot of beans/rice or spaghetti. Would this work, do you think? I know spices lose their potency over time but maybe if they are in a mylar bag they will retain that. Or…could I just do the whole bottle in a bag? Squeeze out as much air as I can and do it that way? How about vitamins? I have a couple of bags of One a Days and some C.
    I have so much to learn.
    I think I have homes for three of my horses, will know more in a couple of weeks. One for sure, sold at a really good price. I still need to sell the grey filly. That leaves me with two bays which won’t be seen so easily in the woods if necessary.
    I did buy a few food items and a small plastic bin to start putting first aid stuff in, will go through my old stuff and see what I can used. I need more bandaging, for sure. I have a good stethescope and a BP cuff that I will throw in there, too. My thermometers are for the horses and the dogs, guess I need to break down and get a human one, the old fashioned kind. 🙂
    So here are my questions for the week. Sorry to be a pest. I am trying hard to learn, and sometimes it’s hard to know what to do. I wish I could go out and buy all kinds of things but although I could empty our savings doing that, I don’t think that is the right thing to do. So will keep just working on what I can, although I am going to buy a grain grinder and a good water filter with savings.
    1) What is a good book on dehydrating? I’m looking to learn to do it outside, we have plenty of sun in KY. Or is there a place on line I can just learn this?
    2)Is there a good medicinal herbal book that I can get? any recommendations?
    3) Some of you talk about homemade laundry soap, can you please share the recipe for me? And I saw those plunger washer things in the catalog, too, would that be better or the one that you turn and it washes? I’m thinking the plunger one would be adequate.
    4) questions about the vitamins and spices above that I wondered about.
    5) last and this one is preying on my mind. How much food is enough? A year’s worth? Is there a general guide to how much of each thing I need, say beans, rice, wheat, etc?
    I guess that is all for now. I really appreciate you all, and MD for helping me. I was grateful to find this site and now I am trying to do this in a more organized fashion and with a plan but there is just so MUCH to do. Maybe I will be lucky and we will have another year. Maybe I won’t. But if for some reason we are all separated next week or sooner than we think, I want to thank you ALL for helping me! You guys are so great to newcomers! Bless you all….

    • worrisome says:

      Milly, break it down to categories. Water, Food, Shelter, Protection. Make your lists that fit into each category and yes, there will be subcategories like medical supplies, household needs, etc. Then just stop, breathe and look around you. Start with what you have! Then every time you read the ads for groceries, look for what the deals are, buy one to use and one to store if that is all you can do. Save for bigger items, the water filter, the grain grinder, a gun, etc. Learn to can, the Ball Canning Book is your best bet. Haunt Amazon and read the reviews on all the books that you have interest in. You can often read a free chapter to see if it is what you want. Check out the table of contents of the books as well. Take your time! Everything you do makes you safer and more secure than if you had not done anything. Read MD”s 10 things and then his 10 more things, buy his books, they are good! And welcome to this site!~ Everything I just told you to do, I learned here 🙂

    • FarmerKin says:

      Millie,

      This is the best site for learning to dehydrate. Tammy has a lot of great videos accessible right from the site to help you get started.

      http://www.dehydrate2store.com/

      Good luck!

    • Surviving in Ky. says:

      Welcome to the pack Millie, Yea there is a lot to learn but you have made the first step. LDS has a pretty good book on a years supply of food but it may make you nervous. Start out with what you normally eat. Can goods are always good with mac & cheese, potato flakes, oatmeal, etc. I started out with bulk items like beans, rice, red and white wheat, but soon realised this would get old quick. I started going to Sam’s Club and got the mac & cheese, noodles, oats etc and started putting them in smaller mylar bags at home. They take up more room in the bucket but you can basically have meals all together when you open the bucket. Don’t get overwhelmed with the year thing just yet, you’re off to a good start. Water storage is another key and I will add the link to a place close to Nicholasville you can get buckets and barrels. Think about meds and basic
      vitamins, medical supplies. You might start with a good first aid kit and then add to it, they have a pretty good one at Sam’s Club for $20. Spices, sugar, salt, pepper, etc., these will be key if you’re down to beans and rice. I don’t know how you all feel about guns but something to protect yourself with. Buy a box or 2 of shells every 2 or 3 weeks and before long you will have quite a bit. This is with anything, you don’t have to buy it all at once. One thing I would recommend is to not concentrate on one thing. Buy food one week and then ammo or first aid stuff and before you know it you will feel a lot better. MD has a good list on this site of 10 things to do now. Its a good starting point. As far as dehydrating, Excaliber has a good book called a complete guide to dehydrating and another one is home preserving. My mom use to put green beans or apples
      on a sheet in the back window of the car to dry out when I was young. Look in the archives of this site and you can learn a great deal. For the mylar bags, I use an iron with a teflon bottom, it doesn’t stick as bad. Always check your bags the next day for leaks by pushing on them if they didn’t pull down all the way. I’m sure others will give advise on these and other subjects. Good Luck and God Bless!
      http://www.lexingtoncontainercompany.com/

      • Sw't Tater says:

        Salt, bulk salt is available for about three dollars for a bag…at pool supply stores/places/ tractor supply etc…it can be put in a salt grinder/shaker. ..for table use…..used to cure meat..as a lure for wild critters.. ..get iodine for thyroid and breast health…learn how to use it for multiple needs.
        Don’t be discouraged when money is shorter than the lists, Just learn. Learn how to use what is in your yard…purslane? spices, oregano, sage, garlic,elderberry, rabbit tobacco, onions, yes even the wild ones…wild foods /berries., which are edible,..learn about cattails, when to gather and uses.

      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        Welcome Millie,
        You have taken the first step. Just take the time to educate yourself and when it seems overwhelming (and it will) relax, it just means you are beginning to understand the scope of safeguarding yourself and your family. There’s rarely right or wrong ways to prep but more what is best for you. Good luck and keep prepping.

    • been making my own laundry detergent for over a year- i use a bar shredded soap- i like ivory but you can use any kind i think- a cup of borax and a cup of washing soda- i had to buy the latter at amazon but it goes a long way- have been thinking about the laundry thing a bit lately- i want the plunger thing and a wash board and a mop bucket to wring clothes out so i have been looking at thrift stores- i found a supplier of 5 gallon food grade buckets so have been storing stuff in them- like canned goods too- i am using a large size suitcase with wheels for my first aid kit- there are many sources for animal meds to use on humans- vet wrp is good for horses and humans- i used ti for my sprained ankle – also liquid freeze- vetricyin can be used for animals and humans at half strength.
      start out with a good BOB = then work on 1 month supply then 3 month- rotate out the food- then go to 6 months then a year- use your supplies and replace -that is hardest part- check out website- survival mom is a good one- blogs can lead to other good sites- bookmark them
      i have gotten lots of free books on my kindle
      good luck

      • Backwoods Prepper says:

        buy one of the commode plungers that looks like a washing plunger and use a half inch wood bit to drill your own holes.

      • I use one of those scrubbies on a telescoping stick to plunge my laundry, and also to clean the tub. Just rinse it out good after cleaning the tub. It has lasted like 5 years so far.

      • Encourager says:

        About the plunger for clothes…Lehman’s has both the plastic one and the metal one. I got the metal one…but it rusts. Argg! So I recommend the plastic one if you are going to get one.

    • Millie in KY,
      No tax increases on the middle class, LOL. This from a guy who thinks millionaires and billionaires start @ $250K. Can’t do math all that well, and since he no longer has to be re-elected, I suspect the gloves are now off.
      For your last question, do a web search for “LDS Food Storage Calculator” and enter the number of adults & children. It will show you an estimated amount for 1 year. This is a good starting point, but if you have allergies to some things or a problem with for instance, gluten, then you’ll have to adjust accordingly.
      Remember that the long term stored foods should still be rotated, such as grinding grain and making your own flour & bread. This gets you used to working with the raw grains, and slowly rotates them for freshness, even if they have a 25+ year shelf life. Keep in mind that the stored foods are there for wither getting by a short or long term emergency, or for a very long term TEOTWAWKI, in which case the food needed to nourish you and yours long enough to get the garden, chicken, etc. up and running.
      In the end, it your decision, based on your own situation, plans, finances, etc.

      • axelsteve says:

        Rich at 250 thou a year. There are parts of northern marin county that if you make 250k that would not be enough to live on let alone thrive on.

        • axelsteve,
          Even at $1000000 you may not be all that rich. If it’s personal income you’ll be paying an extra $40K in taxes, which is a couple of really good vacations. If however, you are a Subchapter S corporation (Small business) where the $1M is treated as personal income, that $40K is the cost of keeping or hiring an employee, or upgrading equipment, and most of the rest of the money is used to keep paying your employees and other business expenses. Most of these jerks in congress have never run as much as a lemonade stand, and have probably helped to regulate even these out of business>

    • Sw't Tater says:

      laundry soap recipe,for liquid is a separate post…look in archives… I use the powder version, posted in comments under it., because it has powder’d bleach,– cant put it in liquid, because it breaks down in water over long period-but not in powder.the powder only has to be mixed once, and stores in smaller container- several weeks supply will fit in gallon ice cream bucket….. before you make large batch-make a test batch, you may need to add extra oxi-clean-generic…depending on the water you have, and how heavily soiled your clothes are.

  2. FarmerKin says:

    Shametti, Welcome. Nice intro. Unlike AA and other organizations, we will not attempt to rehabilitate or cure you here. You have accomplished quite a bit in your first month. Great job!

  3. Rob in Ontario says:

    Hi Pack – .22 looks great MD—- not much done again this week – did get a gun cabinet was on sale at Canadian Tire– (Lake Lili thats where I also got the like pull sleigh there are 2 different sizes there) – just been watching whats happening south of the border- I feel for you all, the coming storm is building power- if anyone in Ontario wants to chat I give MD my permission to give my e-mail out- thank you God Bless all

  4. FarmerKin says:

    Ordered a case of my favorite ammo. Unfortunately it is on backorder, so hopefully I will actually receive it some day. I read … a LOT. Bought some extra food at the grocery store to put back.

    I did quite a bit of worrying, added a few more gray hairs to the lot. Then wrote to my congressmen to ask them to uphold the Constitution and oppose any new gun control.

  5. Backwoods Prepper says:

    We had a hard week here myself, DW and DD have got the cruds finally getting over them. I made a run to sams picked up:
    4 10lb bags pinto beans
    1 half gallon jar helmans mayonaise
    2 50lb bags of rice
    3 Dak canned hams
    2 5 can rolls of chicken breast
    2.bottles ranch dreesing
    2 3lb containers of honey
    and some fresh and frozen foods. It’s almost hog killin time. have alot of preparing to do.

    • Sw't Tater says:

      Wish I could help! It’s been a long time since we made souse, maybe we can find a pig to raise, or a sow about to have a litter.

      • Backwoods Prepper says:

        I raise Mulefoot hogs. They don’t have a cloven hoof. They are a wonderful heritage breed. I go right in with the sow Tammy Swinette while she is farrowing. Our boar George Jowls is a friendly guy. I have used him as a pillow for a few naps lol. They make decent bacon and really good lard. They love pasture will eat some hay. I occasionally trade one for a Tamworth only because they have a long bacon. We smoke and cure our own hams bacon and sausage right here on the homestead.

        • Tactical G-Ma says:

          Backwoods,
          My grandma had hogs (don’t know the breed) but they were mean. But while in northern Japan, a local farmer had a boar he kept as a pet. That boar was as big as a hippo and walked with the man on a leash. I wonder how many sows he had met.
          I think they are amazing creatures

  6. ozhillbilly says:

    Hi M.D. and Wolf Pack. For me this week was more planning and organizing. I did pen a letter to my two senators and representative about any future gun control legislation. I sent each of them a self-written snail mail letter last Wednesday to their D.C. offices. Also sent each of them an email form letter posted by a local gun shop. Too soon to hear back from any of them yet.

    I stopped by Wally World to check their ammo inventory. Last week they didn’t have any guns in the rack for sale. Said the computer crashed due to all of the background checks they were submitting so they pulled what they had left and put them in storage. This week some of the guns were back but probably three fourths of the rack was empty. Don’t know if they were sold or just not brought back out yet. The ammo inventory was still pitiful.

    I’ve had a Glock 19 on my wish list for the longest time. I have a 17 and love it. Our next gun show is in two weeks so I guess I’ll take a serious look at them again. Curious what the prices for ammo and weapons will be this time around at the show. I hope to report back later on this.

    Part of my planning and organizing has been really focusing on our situation where we live now. We live in a town of under 200,000 population with about 1,000,000 total population in our county and the surrounding counties. Our neighborhood was built in the late 60’s, early 70’s which mainly are single family ranch style dwellings. My wife and I have no mutual aide agreement with any neighbors. There are a couple of families we could probably depend on but they are not preppers so have not done any preparation at all. My two daughters and their families live in this town also. They will likely end up here when things so south. Again, they have not done any prepping at all.

    We also own a smaller older house on five acres 43 miles from this house. It is what is left of my wife’s family’s homestead. Trouble with this property is its two miles from a very busy interstate highway by road and only one mile as the crow flies. It is close enough if you are out in the yard you can hear the traffic noise. There is also an active train track in sight of the house about equal distance between the house and interstate. It’s worth mentioning that the only water source would be a deep well or rainwater collection. There are about a dozen or so houses within sight of this house.

    I’m fairly well rounded on my prepping except for first aid and enough food to take care of multiple families which I expect will be dependent on us. Those are the areas I am focusing on at this time. My other concern is making a decision as to where to stay when the SHTF. Any advice one might wish to offer will be appreciated.

    Thanks for putting up with me. I really appreciate this site and everyone’s advice and support. God Bless you all.

    • ozhillbilly,
      Thanx for putting up with me and my babbling rants!All of us together make this sight so good,just like America.
      Sounds like you have a good set up,definitly make plans to bug in at your home and bug out to your second property.Be very aware of OPSEC,keep the extent of your plans to youself,while talking to the neighbors looking for like minded people. The second property should be used as a ‘vacation’ home . Additional supplies could be stocked there. Keep the outside as plain as possible fix up the inside,put in a garden/orchard,if there’s a basement you can fortify the structure. All low cost easy to do upgrades. Making sure the well is working will be important.More expensive upgrades could be a manual well pump,a small pool or pond,solar or wind power,an out building,sheds or garage/barn,or even a small bunker under the shed.Having and using the second place can be a great asset.
      The main thing is OPSEC it should look like you’re just going on a family getaway,putting your eggs in two baskets,having a place to bug out to without atracting attention. Whether to go or stay would depend on circumstances/timeline,with both places stocked it will make things easier.
      Food,water,and meds are important, you can really never have to much plan for enough for your family and more,there will be people at the door looking for help or trying to take what they need,divide it up and hide it.Other tradeable items you may want to have cigerettes,alcohol,ammo,everyday items like toilet paper.

  7. What did I do? I picked up another 100 rounds of 9mm FMJ, picked up another magazine for my primary CCW, purchased 3 more flint & steels, learned to do paracord bracelets and lanyards from a friend, picked up som carabiners to make attaching them to gear easier. I got the onl tactical gear out and started prepping it for specific firearms so that they can be stored together for faster retrieval, moved my gun safe to a better location, got the Jeep up and running (just need tags now) and added some more canned soups to the food storage. Tonight I will write my representatives again about 2nd Amendment legislation, 22nd Amendment legislation and do a mailing to some friends who are on the fence to encourage that they get off it and pick a side (hopefully the right one). I am also going to get the old Cobra base station CB out of storage and see what I can do about building an antenna for it, then see if I can find some old CBs locally to mount in the vehicles for better communications. Still working on picking up a generator and setting up some solar power for my shop, but that is for another time.

  8. Warmongerel says:

    As I’m writing this, The Simpsons is on – it’s about prepping. Of course they make us all look like nutjobs.

    – I finally broke down and ordered 500 rounds of 7.62. That puts a good dent in what I want to have on hand.
    It’s backordered and won’t ship until 1/21. Maybe. But it was a very good price. Worth a shot (no pun intended), as all of the “military” size rounds in this town are gone.

    – Got the Sig Sauer P250 compact in .40 caliber on Friday. Love this thing. You can switch it to any other caliber in under 30 seconds once you get the other slide mechanisms. The magazine that came with it can hold either .40 or .357 cartridges, so I think the next slide that I buy for it will be .357 and get some more mags.

    It’s pretty amazing. If you care to check it out:
    http://youtu.be/gJcRbOztrrw

    Have a great week, Pack.

  9. Finally broke down and bought the parts to construct one of these water filters.

    http://livingprepared.blogspot.com/2011/01/gravity-fed-safe-drinking-water-filter.html

  10. qestion for the pack,,,I picked up a Universal 30 carbine,,,I know, it is not the best, but it was in good shape and got it for $300,,,,I think the firing pin is stuck,,,it does not protrude when the barrel is pointed down,,,it supposed to be a free float firing pin,correct? Anyway,,,it fires some of the times and sometimes not,,,the hammer drops but no bang,,,very light mark on the primer when it does not fire,,,sometimes will fire 5 in a string,,,,I tried gun scrubber followed by Rem oil,,,but still intermitten,,,I did not disasembile it,,,my first and not up to that yet.

  11. Let’s see… did more this week in the last few months.

    Added 42 chem lights of various colors.
    Helped a friend start his preps for him, his wife and two young sons.
    Finally got my 10/22 takedown.
    Bought 20 rounds of 30-30.
    Went through my grandfather’s old hunting gear, finding a few knives, fuel sticks, hot hands and other miscellaneous supplies.
    Put away 6 more liters of H2O in cleaned out soda bottles.
    Repacked my bug out bag and get home bag.
    Sent my brother law back to Texas with his first gun, one of my mossberg 500’s and 40 rounds of various types from my grandfather’s gun cabinet.

    • Tiernan,
      Sounds like a good week,keep going and build off of it.I’ve been looking for a ruger 10/22 and an AR, they are very hard to find and the ones that are available have ever increasing prices.I was checking out the takedown but the cost was too high for what I need.It’s hard to even get parts for my mossberg 835.Trying to talk my neighbor into selling me his lever action 30-30 that he never uses.

      • Bid D,

        I ordered the 10/22 takedown back in July from my uncle’s pawnshop and it came in last month, that’s how back ordered Ruger was before all this new nonsense started. Mine’s for use inside of my get home bag, which is the Oakley kitchen sink backpack. I don’t want to rely on just my Glock 21 and knives in case I can’t make it home for awhile or ever.
        If he won’t sell you the 30-30 then I’ve hit the gun shows hard.

  12. Judy, another one says:

    Not much happening in my corner of the world.

    However, in the category of make-do, use-it-up, or do-without, my dish-cloths had large holes wore in them. I retired them to the make-char-cloth-pile. I pulled an old towel out of the rag-bag, cut the towel in six 10×10-inch squares, ran the squares through the sewing machine using a tight zig-zag around the edge. Then I trimmed the corners and loose threads, and TA-DA, I have six new dish-cloths to wash dishes with!

    • Ladies, just remember this rule of thumb. If your dish towels are gray, your bra straps are gray. Just sayin’…

      • Encourager says:

        ??? Ewww…. And how does one lead to another? I don’t wash my bras with my dishtowels because I bleach the dishtowels.

  13. Received our multifamily truck from Walton Feeds. My neighbors are curious as to what we are doing when they see the truck on the street and us sorting hundreds of 6 gal. buckets, 25-50 lb bags and #10 cans in the driveway. We tell em it is food for the poor for 4-5 different charity groups. Most of them know we do food ministry at our church so they seem satisfied.
    Planted 2 more tomato plants, chinese cabbage, spinach and a 40 ft row of beans.
    Snow peas and first planting of beans are blooming, mango trees, citrus and avocado are in bloom, and 4 new stalks of bananas. Lots of tomatoes on the vines.

    • I’m envious of tomatoes on the vine!! I was just thinking how great it was this morning that all our snow is gone!!

  14. U2redneck says:

    200 comments…we’ve been busy! Let’s see…this week, I completed day two and three of the 31 days to Survival. Started an info binder and cleared two areas for food/supply storage. Someone last week had posted a link to pssurvival.com that had tons of downloads in every topic imaginable, but am afraid downloads will load up new pc with viruses. Going to do it the difficult way ‘cut and paste’ into Word doc. Slow but steady! Bought two plastic 5-tier shelves. OH! And beeswax pellets arrived so I made a batch of Bam Bam’s itchy skin cream! Tried it on DD for a full week with her dry eczema skin and it looks so much better…I love the smell, too! Thanks Bam Bam for sharing! God bless you all!

    • You can just save the docs into a folder, then run that folder thru your antivirus.

    • U2Redneck,

      You can do a Google search for the prepping topic and add “.pdf”–that will give you the prepping stuff you want in .pdf format. I am glad the balm worked on your DD. I am just amazed at how well this stuff works given how inexpensive it is to make. Most lotions made specially for eczema are terribly expensive. If she has really, really dry skin you can use more avocado oil than olive oil.

      • U2redneck says:

        Good tip…I just used coconut oil this batch, I’ll seek out the avocado for next time! Used the tea tree oil and the lavender oil. I’ve been looking for something that didn’t have such an incredibly long ingredient list. I tried out the jpg tip today, too…thanks!

    • U2redneck,
      As long as you’re downloading pdf files you’re probably OK. You should be running an anti-virus that is up to date and it should also scan these files as they are downloaded and warn you of any issues.

  15. Greetings Pack!
    This week was spent having fun with the little ones, they were on Christmas break. Took down decorations and cleaned up around the house.C

  16. Try again
    Changed the oil/checked fluids in our vehicles. We received an order from Amazon and Cabelas,a new oil lamp,an led lantern,case of 72 10 hour votive candles,case of 500 tea lights,a good cold weather fleece balaclava.Also picked up a walking stick at a local flea market for 10 bucks,was marked $35 before Christmas.I’m gonna make some modifications to it,make it a little more survival oriented.Placed another order with Amazon.Still looking for some quality firearms.
    Sent more money to the NRA,called,emailed,sent letters to elected officials to make them understand that I will not support any gun laws that are not approved by the NRA.We need to stand strong on this one or it will be a blood bath and the end of freedom andliberty.
    Have a safe and happy week!

  17. Hi Pack!
    Little bit of a rush this morning so the entries above have only been skimmed.

    Replaced food used from the pantry plus a little expansion, did minor repairs on the car, picked up some rope and a big bundle of socks.

    Feels like something got accomplished this week.

  18. ozhillbilly says:

    I just heard on Fox News that Representative Jose Serrano (D-NY15) has proposed an amendment (H.J. Res. 15) to the Constitution to repeal the 22nd Amendment. This would remove the limitation on the number of terms an individual could serve as President. Any thoughts on this from the Wolf Pack?

    • And so it begins…

    • Here’s how I predict all this BS with executive orders and gun control and changing the Constitution to support a dictator is going to turn out: John Boehner will soon be President of the United States. That’s a terrible thing to say but . . . . there are just too many proficient patriots out there who have taken an oath to our Constitution to permit a Hitler in this country. It’s either that or we are going to collapse into civil war.

      • riverrider says:

        sadly, i feel the latter. the first option would likely be worse than now. it’ll make him a martyr. arab spring comes to mind. that hasn’t turned out too good either. if only we had a hero(gen stanley mcchrystal) that could pull off a bloodless coup. of if rand paul would declare an interim government of the free states of america. any insurgency needs help from outside. it gets that help only after a defacto gov has been formed that they can get behind, and then the insurgents must show they are able to take it too the regime in a major way. who will help us? brits? french? doubt it.they’ll have sudden amnesia.

      • Bam Bam,
        I hope you’re wrong on all counts. As those who voted for TDL start to see their paychecks get smaller and their “free” healthcare cost more than ever, I suspect there will be a revolution, as they call their congresscritters demanding change. Threaten the careers of enough congresscritters on both sides of the aisle, and they can and I suspect will, neuter TDL to save their own hides.
        Keep in mind that TDL now owns this economy, and will now have to live with it.

        • O.P.,

          I don’t see the Republicans going along with raising the debt ceiling again. I predict a shutdown of the federal government. And when the welfare check stop . . . . we are going to see massive rioting.

          • Bam Bam,

            I think you are right – Republicans are demanding spending cuts while Obama and the Democrats want to raise taxes and spend more…

          • Hunker-Down says:

            Bam Bam,

            I wish you were right but I think the repubs will cave again. They have no platform or direction. The tea party has them threatened and confused.

            I’m concerned about the absence of challenges to voter fraud by the repubs: makes me think the process of voting is a fraud. All the executive orders by TDL adds to that feeling.

            I don’t see any way the dems will loose the next presidential election.

            • H-D,

              If we have a presidential election in four years . . . I think the Republicans will have better candidates. I think Marco Rubio would be a good candidate, especially since he could carry Florida (qua swing state) and he could pull the Hispanic vote. There are other young Republicans who are not tarnished with a bunch of political baggage. I don’t see Hilary or Biden as able enough to pull off a victory.

            • Hunker-Down says:

              Bam Bam,

              Because the republicans can not, by law, dispute election results, because with unions and obamaphones and medicaid ‘mental anguish’ payments to the useful idiots, they could run Bigfoot Biden and win.

              I wish things were different but believe the above issues are realities.

    • mountain lady says:

      Looks like a bribe to get TDL to move on amnesty for illegal aliens.

    • ozhillbilly,
      My thoughts are as follows.
      Any amendment requires a 2/3 majority vote of both the house & senate to be created, and ratification by ¾ of the states to become effective. In short, it is never going to happen. What this type of legislative attempt does is two different things.
      1. Let the person who introduced the legislation tell their base that they are doing what they need to do (for continued funding)
      2. Add one more thing to the list for people to be concerned about, dividing their attention from the really big things.

      Don’t let these absurd things deflect your attention from the big items that will be pushed in the next few months.

      • Rider of Rohan says:

        Well said and true, Ohio Prepper. The strategy of TDL and his minions is ever to divide the opposition. Find a way to estrange Men(conservatives) and Elves(libertarians), and prevent them from joining together. Use the evil Southrons(liberals) and orcs(socialists/communists) to attack the weak-minded, and use the palantir(the media) to confuse and deflect. He used this strategy plus some thievery to win re-election, so he’s bound to keep it up until it no longer works.

      • Ohio Prepper,

        I am not concerned with anti-gun legislation–that will never pass. What concerns me is all this talk of regulating guns via executive order. But perhaps in the long run that is a good thing–the Supreme Court needs to weigh in on the constitutionality of executive orders.

        • Bam Bam,

          We saw how that with Obamacare…

        • Bam Bam,
          Executive Orders are legal; however, they are quite often misunderstood by the public and abused by the executive. An executive order is specifically an order from the president to an executive agency over which he has direct control. They cannot however be used to circumvent existing law or create new ones.

          • O.P.,

            That makes me feel better. TDL has no direct control over the county sheriff’s office. I seriously doubt any southern state will enforce a gun grab dictated by executive order–that just can’t be legal.

            • Bam Bam,
              I know quite a few law enforcement that tell me that they do not plan to participate in any such scheme. There was an article linked here recently on the sheriff’s authority to not help the feds. It would be good for all of us to make sure our respective sheriffs know this. Another analogy to an executive order I thought of well after I hit submit, would be an executive in a school system. A building principal can issue orders to their building or the school district superintendent can do the same for the entire school system; however, the “executive” orders must be lawful. A school board and the superintendent may even make some policy changes, but again, none of these changes can violate the law. Also, if TDL tries such a thing there will be injunctions and court battles tying up everything for at least some time. This is why anyone who is able should make a donation to the NRA or your favorite gun rights group because the way to fight this upcoming fight and win it will take money. Also, if you’re not already a member, this would be a good time to join, since any organization that can boast ‘X’ million members has additional political clout, since we all vote.

            • Bam Bam:

              A problem may come in when the Fed’s ask your Sheriff for a “favor” to pay them back for all the “toys” they have gotten in the resent past.

      • OhioPrepper,
        I think the plan will be to blame the republicans when the assault weapon ban doesn’t pass,the debt ceiling isn’t funded,immagration reform doesn’t make it through,etc.then kick up the media machine. They won’t get what they want,at least not all of it,now but next election they can sweep through and get the majorities they need.Their plan is long term take a little at a time, that way people either don’t notice or fight as hard, slow and steady it’s the progressive way. The new assault weapons bill is a good example,grandfathered weapons can’t be sold,transferred,altered or repaired upon death of the owner they would go to the government.See no confiscation but in 80 years all the banned guns in the USA would be gone.
        After the Tea Party led the lib butt kicking they took notice,the Tea Party is a real threat to their plans.Our local conservative talk station changed things up, they went to a ‘local’ format,no more Rush Limbaugh,Glenn Beck or Shaun Hannity.Instead we got hosts that preach ‘cooperation’,centrists that see ‘both sides’ and want to ‘compromise’ and look for ‘common ground’.All talking point code words for do what the democrats want. Unfortunatly it worked, Obama kept his job and several seats were lost.
        We must fight each and every battle as though the country depends on it focusing on the big picture.Let the little stuff go ,it will right itself, fight like crazy for the big things.

    • Encourager says:

      Well, the other shoe has dropped. There have been rumors for months, even before the elections, that TDK (that is not a typo since he wants to be king) had that in the works. Downright scary.

  19. This week was almost all sewing and shooting: I started making mag pouches, hemmed some pants, and repaired a hole in a sweater by sewing a square patch of similar colored wool fabric behind it. Taught 2 teenagers how to shoot pistol and rifle at the range, they had never shot anything before. That went really well, but it was real loud at the range. Bought a Quik-Clot Sport to add to my trauma kit, and a pair of inexpensive ballistic sunglasses at the range. I’ve been wearing the sunglasses to drive. I think it’s a good thing to have in the car, and I won’t break them as easy as I did the last pair of cheap sunglasses, because hey, they’re impact resistant. I took the time to pick out a really “normal” looking pair that won’t seem like goggles to a casual observer.

    More people are starting to give me their mending to do. Post SHTF industry! You’ll have to mend things instead of replace them. My next mending project is going to be a bright red wool stagecoach blanket I got out of someone’s trash long ago, that has some big holes in it. I’m just going to patch it, and to heck with it looking the same as the original. I’m not even going to get red wool for patching, I’m going to patch it with some blue or loud green wool that I have lying around. That’ll be fun.

    I have not gone running yet as per my New Year resolutions, but I have gone to karate. They put me in charge of warmups so I made the kids do some burpees and lots of pushups that day, and got some pushups in that way myself.

    I also started to organize my work bench, and organized some of my stuff into boxes. Now a lot of safety stuff is in one box – respirators, gloves, goggles etc. If I ever have to bug out forever or need a lot of safety stuff quick, I can grab that box now, and I’m slowly doing the same with other categories of things.

    • ¢P, re; really loud at the range. I wear ear plugs at a busy range then double up with ear muffs when I shoot. Foam or silicon ear plugs will give you a noise reduction of about 30 decibels, while ear muffs run between 40 & 60 (SNR) Combined the reduction is 60 to 80 (SNR) Put in the plugs when you arrive then add the muffs at the firing line. SNR is Single Number Reduction and refers to an average weighted reduction in noise measured in decibels (dB) the newer standard is NRR and generally refers to custom fit devices.

  20. Hi everyone – Hope you had a great New Years.

    My prep this week is I FINALLY began working on my Home Infirmary Clinic Room.

    When the SHTF, bugging out to a remote location would be smart. But for those with medical conditions or age issues, bugging out may not be possible. If such a scenario occurs, traditional medicine will quickly degrade and hospitals will again turn away the uninsured, even if you could pay with cash. Some doctors and clinics already do that – If you are uninsured (like we are), you already know what I am talking about. We will be on our own medically.

    The Infirmary will house SOP Nursing support tools with special attention to Wound Care, Diabetes, Respiratory and Geriatrics. Though I have medical training, I know I will always need to continue my education and gather more resources. So I cleaned out my room, emptied the closets, moved everything out, and and started from scratch.

    So I put in a comfortable chair for study, a lamp and bookshelf, put up a mirror to reflect the natural light of the 3 windows. I put up my stored medical supplies, surgical gloves and N95 masks, respirators, CPAP supplies, first aid and surgical equipment, salves, dried herbs, natural oils and traditional medicines, bandages and medical nursing books.

    I then took a step back and saw what I didn’t have. It was a real eye opener. I only have a small portion of what we will actually need for the long term. So…As money permits, I will increase my supplies, buy more field manuals and diagnostic tools, a folding massage table, and get more lighting (with battery backups) and a Defibrullator.

    I am finally on my way. 🙂

  21. Worked on further educating myself and my oldest son on ham radio familiarization. Further experimentation and testing of emergency power capabilities. Further work on gaining better/more diverse skill sets. (went deer hunting for the first time in my life.) Working on emergency checklist planning for various emergencies based on hazard analysis. Lots of work to do yet but I’ve also made lots of progress on preparedness since embracing prepping approximately a year ago.

  22. Encourager says:

    So, what did I do to prepare this week?? (And, yes, knowing what you got is getting prepared!!) This past week I sent my dh downstairs to add something to the upright freezer. He brought it back and said he didn’t have a shoehorn. Oh-oh. So we took EVERYTHING out and inventoried each item, organized the entire freezer, using tubs for veggies, for fruits, and for small stuff that gets lost. Only had to toss a few things with a date of 2009 and a few from 2010 that had freezer burn (prepared meals in containers). Found a lot of stuff I didn’t know (or remember, actually) that was in there (including 6 chuck roast)! We actually had a bit of room left in the freezer. Most importantly, I know what is in there, it is all written down and now I can meal plan so much easier. I also did the upstairs freezer myself and am keeping that list right on the freezer door so I can use that stuff up first. It was a B-I-G job! I do know we are out of chicken…only two whole chickens in the freezer. Need a sale!!

    I also cleaned out and organized a cupboard of storage containers. I need a lot of them, as there are only the two of us; I cook ahead as much as I can so we have good, prepared meals ready instead of eating junky snack stuff or hitting a fast food joint when we are out and about.

    I looked out the window this morning and saw a parade of geese coming up my driveway. When the moron up front that was evicted left, she left them behind. This was the first time I saw them and she has been gone for months. Don’t know where they have been surviving, what with all the coyotes around here. I called the county animal shelter, got a recording saying they were there but all calls should be made to 911 to have an officer sent out. What a waste of time for the 911 operator. This was NOT an emergency and I felt guilty calling them, but did. So who shows up? Our local police chief. What was he suppose to do, toss them in his trunk??!! He said he hated the new rules, but they were so understaffed due to budget cuts he had no say. So now he and I are looking for a home for 5 large geese. I asked him if they could be, umm, “donated” to the local food bank or homeless shelter. He laughed and said as a last resort…

    We were planning on going to the gun show this past week but our son called and said to forget it. A friend of his went and said it was a mad house. The line to get in, before they opened, had over 200 people in it. Prices were sky-high and ammo $$ was ridiculous. People were shoving, being rude and he couldn’t get out of there fast enough.

    One thing I did do was finish the book “Unintended Consequences” by John Ross. The book has 862 pages. It was very, very technical regarding any firearm and ammo. Most of it was over my head, although I did learn a lot. I put the book down a number of times, disgusted with the language, the perverted sex, the hopelessness. The book was written in 1996 but what kept me reading was that it was describing today, right now. We are at the point where the ‘civil war’ in the book started. It was called the civil war by the current president (in the book) and he had enough intelligence to realize the longer it went on, the more people became involved in the killings of the AFT, FAA, FBI and other agents, not to mention congresspeople. (Seriously, I do not think the real, present president would have enough sense to negotiate). The author mixed in true history (I went online to verify it had actually happened) and fiction. It was a depressing read.

    Are we headed for another civil war? It seems to me that Washington DC has lost all respect for the Constitution and are bent on control, control, control. I see parallels between Hitler and the Nazi regime and what is going on now. Promise the masses they will be taken care of by the government with healthcare, food, shelter. Then take away their weapons so they cannot defend themselves nor hunt. Control supplies so that even those who plant gardens and are self-sufficient, have their food taken away and given to the masses. If you object, you disappear. If you are defective, you disappear. Is this where we are headed? God help us.

    I am afraid this post is not very ‘encouraging’. My apologies.

    • Encourager,

      My dh always says, the first thing Hitler did was disarm the populace. And that’s what Obama is trying to do.

      • Bam Bam,

        And that is the point to disarm America – they know that new laws will do nothing to stop shooting or crime and they don’t care, but they’ll use it as a platform to gain support from a gullible public.

        It’s easy to enslave folks that want to be slaves…

        • Encourager says:

          M.D., and those of us who refuse to become slaves? How far are we willing to go to defend our rights? And shouldn’t we be doing something RIGHT NOW? Wouldn’t at least those in Congress that are on the fence perk up and realize what will be lost if we show up en mass D.C.? Hmmm….

          I keep thinking of what happened to all the veterans in 1932. In that year, veterans gathered in Washington D.C. to protest not getting the promised bonus they were entitled to. They were known as the Bonus Marchers. Many of them camped in the swampy flats near the town of Anacostia across the river from Washington. To make a long story short, while doing the ‘death march’ around the Capitol, the Army went after them with tanks, tear gas and fixed bayonets. The veterans fled back across the river. The Army was led by Major George S. Patton and Major Dwight D. Eisenhower. The senior officer was Chief of Staff of the United States Armed Forces – General Douglas MacArthur, who apparently defied the president’s orders and crossed over the river to the camp. The Army set fire to the camp, injuring many of the veterans, their wives and children.

          We all know how the top three Army personnel were rewarded in later years.

          My point is, how important is the losing of our rights to us? How far are we willing to go? How far out of our comfort level? Are we willing to sacrifice our lives for our Constitution? Where do we draw the line? Should we just hole up in our BOLs and wait it out? Hard questions, difficult answers.

      • Encourager says:

        Bam Bam. He was not the only one.
        1. In 1929, the former Soviet Union established gun control as a means of controlling the “more difficult” of their citizens. From 1929 to the death of Stalin, 40 million Soviets met an untimely end at the hand of various governmental agencies as they were arrested and exterminated.

        2. In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915-1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves against their ethnic-cleansing government, were arrested and exterminated.

        3. After Communist China established gun control in 1935, an estimated 50 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves against their fascist leaders, were arrested and exterminated.

        4. Closer to home, Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayans, unable to defend themselves against their ruthless dictatorship, were arrested and exterminated.

        5.Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves from their dictatorial government, were arrested and exterminated.

        6. Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million of the “educated” people, unable to defend themselves against their fascist government, were arrested and exterminated.

        7. In 1994, Rwanda disarmed the Tutsi people and being unable to defend themselves from their totalitarian government, nearly one million were summarily executed.

        The total numbers of victims who lost their lives because of gun control is approximately 70 million people in the 20th century.

        Go to http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2012/12/29/back-to-the-future-what-history-teaches-about-gun-confiscations/ to read the entire article.

        • Hunker-Down says:

          Encourager,

          We need to start ‘meet up’ groups around the country. Unfortunately there are probably 5 people in my state who are Wolf Pack members.

          Thanks for the article. Its contents are the backbone for our legitimate need to bear arms.

          • Hunker-Down says:

            The last sentence of the article: “An analysis of the applicability of the eight stages of genocide to present day America will be the focus of the next part in this series.”.

            Please send us the link to the next article when is is available.

            Thanks.

      • Bam Bam,
        That’s what the liberals have been trying to do since 1968.

  23. Coming in late this week.

    DH and I both had colds this week, so we were a bit slow on the preps.

    We did add a grab and go bucket to our storage closet, and another 10lb of cheese powder. We also added some Buffalo meat to our freezer.

    We finally received our AR spare parts in the mail, along with another Mag belt holder. I picked up more candles, people just seem to dispose of their Christmas candles so the 2nd hand shops were full of them.

    I have a small training project/experiment ongoing with our 6 mo old small breed puppy. It is interesting how smart she is, and Quick to learn. If it turns out right, I will have something to write up as an article for the pack. But give me another month or so before I test her out. Then I will spill the beans if it seems helpful.

    My DH and I are still scoping out a BOL, or homestead. Making a trip out this week to see a couple of places. That is about it for us. Stay safe everyone, and try to enjoy life in and around the very valid concerns.

  24. sarah hansen says:

    I was reading your post on 10 things to do now…I noticed a lot of people had issues on where to find matches…I work at a tobacco store and we always carry matches. we sell a box of 50 packs for $1.00. They aren’t stick matches but they are matches. Just wanted to pass it along. I have sort of started prepping…need to step it up some. I have found a wealth of info on your site. Thank you!
    Regards,
    Sarah Rose

    • I’ll have to try to see if I can find where I got it, but I found a #2.5 can of matchbooks. Put that up and didn’t have to worry. I’m sure there are cheaper ways, but none quicker.

    • The matches being searched for are the strike anywhere type. They are easier to waterproof. As the strike on box, or book, style won’t work if the box is wet water proofing strike on box style is pointless. The chemicals in the strike anywhere are usefull for other things.

  25. It took me two days to read all the comments but now I’m done.

    Prepping for us this week consisted of digging 14 holes on New Year’s Eve to plant our grapes, muscadines, scuppernongs, apples and dwarf almond. Still don’t know where to put the thornless blackberry but it is in a pot for the time being. By the time the DH and I were done, we were slap-happy and exhausted. We also determined that at least one blueberry bush will need to be replaced.

    In other news, we will be attending a fundraiser later this week for the employees of the Ace Hardware that burned. Many of the employees were older (with LOADS of knowledge). Still no word on re-opening but we are hopeful and still no word on the cause.

    There are so many things I need to do and so many more I want to do. I am going to HAVE to make a list (that I won’t lose) and keep it with me so I can keep up with it.

    I hope everyone has a wonderful new year and that we will all be safe.

  26. i have been lurking around the local Dollar General- they have been having canned foods cheaper than the grocery store and they usually give you a coupon for future purchases that i have been using.
    we are getting a freezer- i would rather can our meats but hubby is scared for me to do this- so we compromised on a freezer- i just plan on having enough jars in case we lose power.
    Husband had to go find a job outside our own business because of economy- it isnt enough to pay the bills but we wont lose our house at least and has good health insurance so our business- which i will be taking over completely- wont have to pay for ins…..sigh…..anyway because of the job we wont be able to have a bigger garden but will have one the same size at least but i will have to take care of it by myself
    anyway, also been looking at craigslist and freecycle to gather and get rid of things.
    we have had a family member move in with us and i gave her a beginning BOB- she doesnt agree with us but she said she will carry it in her car
    my main prep this week was i bought a breadmaker for $20 to help with grocery bill- we will be raising a calf this spring and with the garden and the bread machine wont be buying many groceries this year- oh and i can get some free chickens from the guy down the road- just need to build a coop and yard. and yes i know how to make bread the old way- but wanted while i could make specialty breads for hubby for his lunches
    stay safe everyone

    • mama,
      Got a new breadmaker for Christmas, and the biggest thing it will do (even when grinding our own flour) is save some time and labor, which it sounds like you could use. If you’d prefer baking bread the old fashion way, the machine can do the mixing, kneading, punch down and rise and then you could do the second rise in the pans before baking. Still saves effort, so there’s nothing wroing with it IMO.

    • If you have a county extension office nearby that teaches pressure canning try to take your husband to a workshop. Once he sees how it is done, the safety processes (both with the canner itself and with how the meat is processed) he may be more inclined to can the meat. Get him invested in the process – it often does wonders.

      • thanks for both comments- i am going thru a situation here that is hard on me- my dog- who is my service dog too- has been diagnosed with cancer….and with all the other things going on in my life- it is almost more than i can bear. i am looking into alternative treatments i can afford

  27. Tactical G-Ma says:

    To pass the word..
    Texas rice growers cannot buy water for their fields from federal waterways due to drought. Cost of rice is going up again. Stock up.