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.

About M.D. Creekmore

M.D. Creekmore is the owner and editor of TheSurvivalistBlog.net. He is the author of four prepper related books and is regarded as one of the nations top survival and emergency preparedness experts. Read more about him here.


  1. Stuck in CA says:

    Property searched everyday. Looking to relocate ( duh!, California- get us out of here).

    • HoarseWhisper says:

      Where do you want to locate to? I often see bargains in my native East Tennessee.

      • Stuck in CA says:

        We have been looking in Idaho, but will admit I have always loved loved Tennessee. It’s a beautiful state. My husband is from Montana and likes the Northwest. My family is from Texas and Oklahoma.

      • axelsteve says:

        Nice looking rifle M.D.!

    • Rob in Ontario says:

      Who’s searching your property?

      • Stuck in CA says:

        I have tried several realtor in the North Idaho region. We have been looking for 2 years, without luck. Properties are to expensive or to remote. We are reasonable self-suffient, not totally though. We are getting older and realize we need to be within an hour or so drive to doctors. Also, we want to be close enough to a small community for attending Church.

      • georgeislearning says:


  2. Being a Marlin man, I really like your purchase. One little note about these rifles. I have found the nickle plated 10 round magazine to be far superior to the blued steel 7 round magazine in construction, durability, and ease of insertion and removal plus my plastic speed loader strips are 10 round making a reload easier. Have found the new magazines need to have the springs exercised a number of times prior to loading the first time, Enjoy your acquisition and wish you both health and wealth,

    • axelsteve says:

      Marlin 781 is a great rifle. The one I had wore a walnut stock with checkering . The sights were gone and someone put a 5 dollar scope on it.I put a lighter spring on the trigger to make it much better.It shoots short long and long rifle.I never got to see what kind of accuracy That I can get out of it,it has no siting system on it.

    • My very first rifle (at age 12) was a single shot Marlin .22 bolt action. It was a great and accurate rifle, which I traded toward another firearm after college. One of the dumbest moves I’ve made. Good acquisition MD.

  3. PGCPrepper says:

    Bought a Glock 19 Gen 4. Had to drive a bit as my normal two sport shops had none. That’s it. The low information, idiot liberal voters have forced me to buy three weapons in three months. LOL

    • PGCPrepper,

      The Glock 19 Gen 4 is what I carry most of the time – great choice my friend…

    • ozhillbilly says:

      Jealousy is a terrible thing!

    • I like the Glock 19. It’s small enough for a lady to carry concealed, with sufficiently baggy clothing and a duty belt that doesn’t sag; but big enough not to kick a whole lot. A happy medium.

      • PGCPrepper says:

        Yes; the weapon is mostly for my DW. Not trying to beg for sympathy but I do not think I’m going to be around that much longer anyway and she’s only 40 years old. I’ve bought a Buckmark .22lr (for her to acclimate to firing a weapon) a Ruger LCR @ .38 and the Glock 19 in the last three months and I haven’t fired either one although I want too. I am very, very ill so I’ve hired a really nice female that is the daughter of an indoor range owner to train her up. I asked her to take this Friday off to go to the range with the Glock. She hasn’t charged my wife yet simply because I’m a 22 year veteran. So awesome.

        Someone is going to get lucky when I’m gone although she claims she will never be with someone else. I hope she finds a wonderful, outdoorsy nice man. My DW is awesome and very gorgeous and she will know how to handle a weapon. I love her with all my heart. I know I will be leaving her with no mortgage or other debt and well over 100K in the bank. I’ve saved and did without all my life because I grew up so poor. Hopefully she will sell all and find her dream in the country. As for me, I’m just tired. Not sure how long I’m going to post here. God bless you all.

        • PGCPrepper, lifting you in prayer.

          • PGCPrepper says:

            Thank you so much. I’ve carried the guidon but I must pass it on now as we all must. Please pray for those whom I leave behind foremost.

        • Encourager says:

          PGCPrepper, praying for you, your health and your family. You have done a decent, good thing to not leave debt. I know your wife will appreciate that down the road. May the God of all understanding bless you and give you His peace.

        • Tactical G-Ma says:

          I for one will miss your entries. You have a lot to share with us before signing off.

          Sounds kinda like you have a very special wife. But you need to concentrate on getting every precious moment out of this life. You are probably pretty special too, or she wouldn’t be with you.

          Hang in there, brother. I’ll be praying for you.

          • PGCPrepper says:

            Thank you Encourager and T-GMA. You both are awesome and your comments are appreciated. <3

        • Copperhead says:

          My prayers are with you and your wife. You are leaving your wife a good legacy. May God bless and be with each of you.

  4. Replenished a bit of food we used from the stockpile.
    Took delivery of the new guns (Ruger Mark III .22 pistol for target shooting and a Smith & Wesson Model 39 used 9mm pistol) – and got a big scare when the Illinois Legislature tried to do a very draconian gun ban. As of Thursday, they didn’t have the votes to pass it, thankfully – it would have required registration and proof of ownership of all semi-auto guns (rifles OR handguns) with a detachable magazine. And prohibited the sale or transfer of them except to “an heir”. Of course, how you “prove ownership” wasn’t specified… and how am I supposed to prove ownership of guns I bought in Texas before I moved here?? ARGH!
    Continued hunting for ammo – I refuse to pay inflated prices so I’m scrounging a bit for enough 9mm for the new gun. Did pick up reloading dies for same.
    Have been busy with non-prepping stuff mainly – sister is visiting and that keeps me busy. Brother of a family friend died unexpectedly and dealing with that.
    Did make it to the weekly consignment auction – picked up some books to resell, a pair of manual sheep shears (cheap too! $2!) and a 25 pound antique spring scale.
    Spent another bit of time calling my state legislators again… Chicago politicians are spending all their time on non-important stuff during the lame duck session, it appears. They’re trying to revive the Senate bill in the House – still trying to ban the sale of all rifles or pistols with detachable magazines.
    Got to the range to shoot – like the 9mm, although it’s not as accurate as the .22 at distances. But it wasn’t bought strictly as a target pistol either, it was really bought to be a concealed carry pistol for myself or hubby. Son is in love with the new .22 target pistol though. Encouraged him to actually work at shooting – he’s a pretty dang good natural shot, but hasn’t ever really worked at it.
    Visited Sam’s – bought syrup, instant potatoes, drink mix, peanut butter, and some other sundries.
    Listed a bunch of stuff on ebay. Also a few books on Amazon. Got both Skousen’s book on Retreat locations and the Deyo’s CD on retreat locations as background for an article (or more probably series of articles) I’m thinking of writing on lesser known/advertised/touted retreat locations.
    Read “50 Falling Stars”, part I of “The Western Front”, “Three Mokes East” and “Out of Gas” for fiction. Likes most of them okay – if I had to pick the best one, it was “Out of Gas”.
    Found 9mm ammo at Wal-Mart right after they restocked overnight. Picked up 4 boxes.

    • Cliff in Douglasville says:

      Good deal on all the timely purchases. Just a quick question. I do a lot of shopping/buying on ebay and if it wouldn’t compromise you too much if you could add your ebay seller id I could direct more of my effort towards members of the pack. If you don’t feel secure about doing that, then pay it no heed. I’ve been on ebay since their second year in business and have about 1800 positive feedback. Everything in the last few years has been as a buyer though since I get stuff and don’t want to get rid of it.

    • I bought my S&W 39-2 in 1983 and still have it.

  5. Thomas T. Tinker says:

    1. Emailed the entire Congress regarding “Firearms legislation”.
    2. Drafted letter to hit the mail box Monday.
    3. Purchased a 9mm AR/Glock carbine, via a Lic. Dealer.
    4. ” all the high caps. Adco Arms had in stock for the carbine.
    5. ” Pmags in 5.56, 7.62.
    6. Recevied Tapco 7.62×39 magazines via CTD. (back ordered at the old price.
    7. Typed this post to assure I’m still on the Federalie’s list.
    8. Purchased case lots of Chef Boyardee.. cause Mommasan likes it.
    9. Life Staws (4)
    10. 4 cases of MREs cause I like em.
    11. M.D….. It’s in the mail.
    12. Finished off my bags of dimes and quarters.
    13. Rolled oats ala Worley’s outpost at Sterns and Jackman.
    14. Perfected a good chewy crust on my Batards. (scratch made)
    15. 1 aqua pod, 2 aquatainers.
    16. A lot of reading.
    17. Violated evey aspect of OPSEC by posting the list here.. but don’t really care.

    Calling for a meetup of any interested parties at the Denny’s at the Buck Road Exit of I-75. Rossford, Ohio. Feb 2nd. 2013 (Groundhog Day) No seditious comments will be entertained. Come with your point of view but leave you ‘attitudes’ in the trunk. Dress code: Saturday casual, no camo or assorted ” Immabadfella ” or ego driven off the rack surplus.

    RSVP: right here.

    • PGCPrepper says:


    • TTT,
      My normal casual wear includes a 511 tan vest. Do you consider that in the Immabadfella list? I personally treat it as my purse (& EDC).
      Will have to check on the date and schedule. Do you have a time in mind.

    • What time? I have to teach karate that morning, if it can be made a late afternoon thing I can possibly be there… (looking at Mapquest) … HOLY TOLEDO! that’s far away from me. Yeah, it better be after 4 pm if you want me there. Otherwise maybe I can phone in?

    • Encourager says:

      Hmm… that sounds interesting, TTT. It is just under 2 hours from our house. Would you welcome a Michigander??

  6. riverrider says:

    hi all. nice rifle m.d.! well after much searching locally and online i finally found some 22lr ammo in stock and ordered 6 each 375 rd boxes. not my favorite brand but a close second. also purchased 10 fal mags off gunbroker, expensive but not overly so. my 556 ammo order of last march got moved back to this april. i’m never gonna get that ammo, but i’m keeping it on order just to screw with them. rather than admit they put the wrong price on it they keep it in backorder status hoping i’ll give up. never. well thats about it this week. bury them deep;)

    • Any time I have something back-ordered, I keep calling them until they finally ship it. If you used a credit card, they usually put a hold on the funds on your card too. Also by the time they go to actually ship it, you don’t want them to say your card has expired. I’ve had some companies charge me for the product before they actually shipped it too. Point is, the squeaky wheel gets the oil and until you have it in hand, start squeaking.

  7. Texanadian says:

    Finished clearing the woods, bucking and splitting wood. This has been a two month weekend project. Heading out for materials to build bigger garden boxes for the winter garden. Firearms training for TW later – if I had any firearms that is.

  8. I made use of an old almost worthless microwave oven that for some reason I had not thrown away! Got some more steel shelves for my “pantry”, and spent more time reorganizing. Everything is looking alot better. I really appreciate all you guys and gals advice. MD, Thank you so much for this site.

  9. Its been awhile since posting. Feel most preps up to date from
    beans, band aids and bullets. Recieved a 50 watt solar panel for Xmas , controller and invertor. Now looking for a battery to start on this initial phase of solar. Picked up some Pmags and BX 25 mags to round out collection. Added a handgun safe that can mount under a desk or placed in a car. Chose to place it in our office. Started this week on layout of new garden. Next phase will be water cachment system for this garden.
    Reading various blogs to pick up additional ideas to fill out preps.

  10. FreeRangePagan says:

    Good morning Pack!

    This week we’ve gotten back on the ball. Restocked canned veg and fruit, got a few cans of veg and meat for the emergency closet, put up six more liters of water, and we’ve been using the oil lamps in the evenings to cut down the power bill. Less bill, more money to prep. 🙂

    I’ve been applying to different jobs over the country. Lady and I are going to try and move out of here this year. We’re way too close to the city and no room for gardening or raising small livestock. Hopefully my summer gig will be somewhere I can scope out the surrounding landscapes.

    Have a good week everyone!

  11. Spent 2 days at the gun show. I wasn’t going to get a table, but thought the “feeding frenzy” would be fun to watch. Boy Howdy!

    I traded off some extra hi-caps for 550+ rounds of 30 cal ammo, 13,000 primers, 7 cans of Red Feather butter, 500 rounds of 60 gr 22LR, some 357 used brass,and paid for my expenses.

    Used my GSSF (Glock Shooting Society Foundation) coupon to pick up an LEO (3 mag) Glock 21SF.

    The 90%’ers were all over the place. Looking like they were afraid of missing out (perhaps some truth in that). Our prices weren’t as bad as I’ve heard they are out these, but close. My buddy did get a nice SKS at the end of the day Sat for 325. And sold out the 6 guns he brought.

    Guys, things are looking pretty hectic out there. This is why we prep. Just wait until this happens with fuel and food!

    • riverrider says:

      jp, i’m thinking over selling a few of my stash to fund a new bol. how many can you sell at a show or whatever before the atf calls me a dealer? i thought i’d get a table and put out a few ar’s, couple cases of ammo and a handful of mags. considering selling the m1919(semi) as well. i think i could get about 5k for her now, but she sure would come in handy in a bunker hill scenario:) what say you?

      • Surviving in Ky. says:

        Hey River, My two cents worth on selling the M1919. Unless you need the cash I say NEY, negative and never! Just my opinion, of course I don’t own one.:) What kind of ammo and mags are you thinking about selling, might be interested.

        • riverrider says:

          sik, ar15 type stuff. i’d be doing it to cash in on the panic, so of course i would want top dollar, so i’d feel bad about asking that from a fellow prepper. my wife says hang onto them too, but it would just about pay for 23 acres i have my eye on.course its a bad time to relocate. looking like that bunker hill scenario is becoming more possible by the day. wonder how long it would take to walk to dc lugging a 1919? 🙂

          • Surviving in Ky. says:

            I understand on the top dollar comment, I wouldn’t want you to take less than you could get in today’s current economy anyway. Hadn’t really thought about that. I hope you can get top dollar though. Not sure I would want to pack the 1919 far anyway, M60 was bad enough. 🙂 Good Luck!

      • If you’re looking to get rid of an AR10 then shoot me a message. I grant MD permission to give you my email addy in private.

      • riverrider:

        1. I have a sign on my table that states this is a private party sale. It also says I won’t sell firearms to out-of-staters or felons. And that I only take cash (not CC or checks).

        2. When people ask, I say “I’m selling things I thought I wanted so I can buy things I think I want.” Especially if the “look somewhat official”.

        3. This time I put a sign on the table with what hi-caps I had and what they were selling for. I only put a representative sample on the table. If the customer was looking for more than 1 or 2, I would tell him how many I had available, but the most I would say was “I have 5 or 6 more”.

        4. ATF is looking at firearms. I ask about residency and a felony background (it keeps them “happy”), but there is no requirement, as it’s a private sale. I also have no way to check to see if they are a felon or otherwise ineligible to own a firearm due to privacy rights. I can ask, but there’s no way to verify.

        5. Several of the “private sale” people got the service that lets them take credit cards for purchases. I’d advise against it as it could be interpreted as you are trying to make a profit, and COULD lead to trouble with the IRS (who are much more intrusive than the ATF!)

        6. With the way the market is currently, I’d put your M1919 out and maybe only 1 AR at a time. Over 3 days you will sell all you have. I would try to stay away from selling more than 1 to any particular customer. Limit what you are showing (I have a table cloth that covers what’s under the table), and you limit the questions that are asked. Just be friendly, and sell a little at a time, and enjoy yourself. I enjoy the vendor community, and after a while you end up with customers that spend 30 minutes talking with you even if you don’t have anything they need this time.

        I saw an posting that was talking about how people (most) act at a gun show; no yelling, no rude behavior, step out of the way for others, etc. Just generally courteous. As I read it, I couldn’t agree more. “A** hat” vendors don’t last long, the same with customers. You do get those that know more about your stuff than you do, but you have that in any industry.

        • riverrider says:

          jp, thanks! thats a smart way to do business and if i sell i’ll follow that to the letter. so many things i hadn’t thought of there.. man, every week i wish more that we were neighbors. i could sit and ratchet jaw with you for hours i think. take care, and thanks again.

          • RR:

            Well thanks. I still have a trip planned “down South” to visit family. It will just depends on economics. My estranged brothers and sisters are in OK and TN/KY/WVa.

            And I think you’re right; we’d probably go through a couple of jugs of sweet tea.

  12. Hunker-Down says:

    Hi Wolf Pack. A couple weeks ago we bought a galvanized 30 gallon can for storing charcoal. This week we bought 14 pounds and repackaged it into gallon zip-lock bags, to keep it protected from any condensation produced by the metal can. Repackaging into the gallon bags causes gaps between the bags, so some storage space is lost. The charcoal will be used to cook on the Volcano 3-fuel stove when we run out of propane (after TSHTF). When the charcoal runs out, we will go hunting for sticks.

    All the ingredients for Bam Bam’s itchy scratchy skin potion finally arrived. We will go to Goodwill tomorrow to find a cheeeeep pan to melt the beeswax pellets. Back on the farm we had a burlap sack wrapped around a 4 foor foot piece of bailing wire and the sack was saturated in used motor oil. The farm animals used that sack as their favorite scratching post. The DW refuses to let me put one in the yard for us, that’s why Bam Bam’s recipe is so important.

    I studied all the posts about EMP and the Faraday cage but most of it zoooomed way over my head. I did try the refrigerator experiment. I put one 2-way radio in the fridge. I was going to go to Walmert (14 mile trip) to get more aluminum foil. I had run out because I wrapped 2 layers around my hips, then a layer of cardboard from a large box, then the radio, then another layer of aluminum foil, another layer of cardboard and finally wanted to add a double layer of foil, but ran out. That’s why I wanted to go to Walmart.
    as I attempted to get into the truck, the dammed aluminum diaper was so big I couldn’t get under the steering wheel. As I got out of the truck the diaper split in the back just as the next door lady pulled into her driveway. The look on her face said she lived next to a really old codger with an IQ a lot less than his age.
    So, this is a good OPSEC diversion; in the eyes of the neighbor I’m too stupid to be a prepper. Therefore I recommend that you build your own aluminum diaper and expose your neighbors to the same experience.

    • Save a large food can to use as a double boiler inside a saucepan for that beeswax.

    • Surviving in Ky. says:

      RIFLMAO, good one! Cleaning the computer now!

    • Hunker-Down,

      You can just put the wax in with the oil and then heat it in the microwave for about a minute until it melts–no need to go get a pan. Melt it right in the glass container you will use to store it. A half pint canning jar works perfectly. If you do use a half pint, put in 1 Tbs. beeswax and fill the jar with oil.

      • Hunker-Down says:

        Duh. Did i over-think that or what?

        • It never hurts to have a pan that you can designate as a candle making pan. If the grid goes down or you lose power the microwave won’t be available. Remember we don’t miss what we have until we can’t use it.

          I have told several people that as soon as the water goes out everyone will want a drink of water, use the bathroom, take a shower, wash a load of laundry, do the dishes, wash the car, wash the dog – you get the idea.

          Use the microwave now but have the ability to make things without the micro. One is none – two is one – etc.

    • LMAO! In that outfit, you’d definitely wind up on the “people of Walmart” website.

    • georgeislearning says:

      Dam you! I about busted a gut when I got to the aluminum diaper. My wifes like whats so funny. ” Ah this old dudes got an aluminum diaper on trying to make a faraday shield. hehe 🙂 thanks

    • Sw't Tater says:

      ….rolling on floor…laughing!

    • HD,
      Haven’t you learned anything here. Tin foil is for hats. Old feed sacks are for diapers. ROTFLMAO.

    • HD that was GREAT! Managed to turn my head before spraying, spared the computer but not the stack of bills.

      If you can make a trip to Sam’s they have aluminum foil in a very wide roll, nice and thick, plenty long. You can wrap almost anything in it.

    • Encourager says:

      HD, that is one mind pic I didn’t need to have!!!! ROFLOL!!! Your poor neighbor!

  13. Rider of Rohan says:

    Thank you, MD, for keeping everyone abreast of the events taking place at Barad Dur(Washington, D.C.). And I’m a Marlin fan as well. I have a Model 781 with a tubular magazine, but it shoots all day long with a full magazine. And it outshoots many a .22 rifle that costs a heck of a lot more.
    As for preparations this week, I’ve studied many of the statements of the Founding Fathers, and found this one to most fit our dire situation. From Patrick Henry in his Give me liberty or give me death speech before the Virginia House of Burgesses:

    “They tell us sir, that we are weak, unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed?”

    Patrick Henry was right then, his words ring clear and true now. Men of the West, the time approaches. TDL and his minions are on the march, they are prepared, more so than we, as they have unified while we have allowed ourselves to be divided by puny passions. But sometimes evil overplays its hand. We shall see. It’s time to take a stand for liberty, just like in the olden times.

    As for other prepartations I received a water filter system, a tactical flashlight, 2 30-day buckets of MH freeze-dried food, a case of Bega cheese, a case of Red Feather butter, 2 cases of bottled water, ordered a bucket of sugar, and studied whether I might want to buy nickels.

    • riverrider says:

      ahh, but how to organize, and to feed? so many men are angry and vowing to never give up their guns, but how many will run when faced with the might of the regime? how will we feed those that stand? how many will stand when they are hungry? will the media call us terrorists, or freedom fighters? will they come in the night and ship me off to the gulag, never seen again? i have nothing to lose but my life, one that i knew nearly from birth would be taken in combat. i thought i had missed my destiny when they retired me. perhaps my destiny awaits yet. as jackson said:” god recorded the day of my death before i was born. why then should i fear what is already decided? ” sic semper tyrannis

      • Of course we’ll be labeled terrorists, our families used against us, the sheeple will be set to spying on us and reporting to the authorities. We and our families will be indefinitely detained as we are declared terrorists, followed by martial law. It’s only a heartbeat away now.
        Heck a lot us that are older will drop from health issues in a long campaign. In a straight stand up shoot out there is not much hope. The greatest weakness in this country is the grid. The rail lines. Bridges and overpasses. Disrupt supply, spread FUD, hit and run. Let the masses rise up when there’s no food or water. Let the government forces spend themselves against them.

        But in the end the masses are too corrupt, too morally bankrupt to self govern. So before any fight begins, the questions are what do we replace this broken system with? What system can work with the current populace that wants to be told what to do, that won’t accept responsibility for themselves? The people have failed the Constitution. There’s no reason to believe they will change. The two party system can’t be fixed. It’s meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Congress is corrupt, useless and dangerous. The judiciary is a joke. The executive branch is the threat. So what are we fighting for? Where are we going, what do we want this country to become? We need a strong central power to deal with defense and foreign policy but one that doesn’t interfere with the states rights. We need it to be impossible for the central power to change, interpret or subvert the rights and liberties the Constitution grants each American. We need individual privacy back along with the power to defend ourselves against any and all threats. We need to feed, house and educate the masses. We need our borders secure. We need the new government to fear us or maybe a council of state governors backed by state militias could be the big stick held over the new central power. Where do we find a leader that can stand alone, take responsibility for all this and still inspire people without pandering to special interests. A leader that can get the economy working and jobs created for everyone that can work without throwing trillions of dollars down the toilet. Where do we find someone with honor, integrity, intelligence and a steel backbone in this sad day and age.

        • Rider of Rohan says:

          Many times they are found in the least of places, and come upon the scene most unexpectedly. Our Joan of Arc may be among us even as we speak. We should all be prepared to coalesce behind a leader.
          Your council is for us to maintain the status quo, sir, while we all sink into the absurdity of socialism and worse. And no, WE do not need to feed, house and educate the masses. This is one of the reasons we find ourselves in the present mess. And just because WE have allowed the political class to ignore the Constitution does nothing to change the worth of that document. It can only and ever be nothing greater than the sum of it’s people. I say we can aspire to more, and with God’s grace, we shall yet see the restoration of the Republic.
          The greatest enemy of good is the constant demand for the perfect. Conservatives and libertarians and their allies have been discouraged from voting and participating with the sort of advice you gave, sir. You seek the perfect when the good is all that exists in this World. Wake up, be watchful, be prepared to act, and gird up your loins. We have rested enough.

          • My council is to completely change the method of government. Get rid of chatter rule entirely. No congress, no judiciary, no executive branch. One leader calling the shots and personally responsible for any actions taken, but bound under the rules set down by the Constitution. Held to those rules by force if necessary. A Republic again? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. It failed in Rome and it failed here, for the same reason. The People.

            • Rider of Rohan says:

              What you propose is similar to a Consitutional Monarchy. The great philosopher Aristotle came down on the side of the CM in his great treatise “On Government”. I’m skepical of that arrangement as it would be tempting for a single man to just take power and never relinquish it. What force could be brought against him? An enlightened leader might be great, but the Caligula will always come along. The British gave it a try, their failure with that system led to our Founding Fathers selecting the balance-of-powers concept. That much power in one person’s hand would be a great temptation to mischief. Trying the same old thing you suggest and expecting a different result is no different than the same old thing I suggested. In all honesty and just as you said, it depends on the people. A morally depraved people are ungovernable.

            • What force could be brought against him? The Secret Service currently protects the President. Use them to also guard against the Caligula’s. Change their mission to enable them to take out as well as protect. Removing one man would be a lot easier than removing the 636 or so we currently have to worry about.

              Most of the monarchies were heavily inbred. In no way should an American leadership position be allowed to be hereditary. Look at the differences between Bush 1 and Bush 2. G W was barely bright enough not to drool on himself.

              Rest the power for running the internal US with the states and limit the central power to defense of the nation and foreign policy. No spreading democracy, no foreign conflicts, only the ability to make total war if the US is attacked. As I said before back the states with their own militias to guard against the tyranny of the single leader

              The problem with any government is people. As Leonardo da Vinci is quoted as saying “Most men are of naught more use in their lives but as machines for turning food into shit.” The fewer people involved in government the better.

            • Rider of Rohan says:

              Ah, the Secret Service as a sort of Praetorian Guard. That particular Roman institution failed and became as corrupt as the emperors they were formed to protect. It is truly a head scratcher trying to create a system of govenment that is immune to the insidious nature of man, or woman as the case may be.
              Perhaps the Founders were not so stupid after all, and we should have left the appointment of Senators to the State Legislatures. Other changes were made as well. I will say that the more decentralized a government, the closer it is to the people it represents. Strangely enough, most of the changes like the income tax, etc. were demanded by the people. In any event, I don’t intend to give up trying. And before one can fight for a big thing, one must fight for the little. My first fight this year will be doing everything in my power to defeat the Feinstein gun control bill. And I’m looking for Joan of Arc, or George Washington, or their equal. But they will be for nought if none rally to the cause. God forbid that from happening.

        • riverrider says:

          general billy mc christel for one. and as you said we failed, not the system. let the states have the powers originally left with them. tax at the state level, only give the fed enough to cover defense which would include our borders. workfare. no work, no bennies, no vote. we have more say at the state level. i could write a book on the subject….

          • Rider of Rohan says:

            Wise advice on the 10th Amendment, riverrider. And I would read that book, although maybe someone beat you to it. Might have been that Jefferson guy, or Madison, I get my Virginians mixed up at times. Great men they were unlike some lesser ones who have recently held that office, present company included.

          • RR,
            We should start by repealing the 16th & 17th amendments. They were left out of the original version of the constitution for a reason, and added by the progressives in 1913, also for a reason.

        • We need a Washington. Someone with the moral compass and fortitude to acquire the power then return it to the people and institutions for which he fought.

  14. Happy New Year, everyone, and all the best in your preparations and knowledge pursuits!

    I found The Reader’s Digest “The All-New Illustrated Guide to Gardening–Now All Organic” book at my local Chapters for ….drum rolll…..$10!!!!! This tome is 2 inches thick, and I really appreciate that it has a map of Canadian agricultural/plant hardiness zones too. This book seems to cover everything and I’m really happy to have it.

    I also got some tips and recommendations from a Canadian on getting a gun here. Not something I’ve looked into much (hadn’t even asked for the tips). My family isn’t interested in prepping but my oldest son has shown an interest in hunting. The person suggested I go ahead with the necessary courses myself. It’s not been a priority, as it’s a bit of a different mindset here.

    Today’s free Kindle books for prepping and self-sufficiency (that you don’t need a Kindle to read) include Weekend Homesteader: July; Prep School: Cooking Without Electricity; Hurricane Preparation and Survival; 47 Things An Identity Thief Doesn’t Want You To Know; The Art of Perfect Bread Baking; a book on teaching kids to cook, Escaping the Arroyo, and loads of others. http://preputilityvehicle.blogspot.ca/2013/01/free-books-available-jan-6-2013.html Have fun getting new books.

    Best regards, all.

  15. right now I am buying ammo. I have the protectors of my choice so ammo is critical right now…but, have been checking out 38/357 lever action rifles. kind of expensive. I have a long gun (scoped) and would really like an open sights rifle without having to buy another caliber of shells. peace, shadowfaxhound

    • Texanadian says:

      I have a Rossi 357/38 carbine winchester copy. Sweet, accurate out of the box and works flawlessly. cost under $500. Highly recommended.

      • Plus one on the Rossi clone of the Winchester. Mine is a stainless steel limited edition Puma a full buckhorn or peep sight are a tad better than the semi buckhorn sight that comes stock. The lifter spring on it needed upgraded to chamber rounds heavier than onefiftyeight grains (sorry numbers keys on strike) for a threefiveseven mag rifle I like oneseventy to twohundred grain +P+ loads.

  16. MENTALMATT says:

    Not to much this week as I found out that my furnace is going on me.. Seems as though every time I get a little ahead, something else just goes wrong. M.D. I do like those one month kits, looks very intresting, I may have to check that out myself.

    • FreeRangePagan says:

      Something will always go wrong. That’s why we’re preppers. 🙂 But take it slow and steady and it’ll be managable

  17. Good Morning all!

    This week was pretty good for us prepping wise…

    We hit some after Christmas sales marked down 75%+ and stocked up on candles. I scored an LED lantern/flashlight combo for 75% off… it came in handy later that day… Thanks to another bout with old wiring in a turn of the century shot-gun house, our land lord has agreed to re-work the breaker box and possibly re-wire the whole house. We spent part of Thursday without power to half the house and their “fix” resulted in flipped breakers and having to keep the comps shut down.

    Since it was my last week of vacation, I spent time going through books and reorganizing them (found tons of my herbals and natural healing books). I started 2 tinctures going and researched herbal sources online that will get me through until I get the garden re-planted with an herb section. (I had forgotten how much fun I have working with herbs in addition to oils – I’ve only done herb work with a friend once or twice so it is a learning experience doing it on my own)

    I got several 2 and 3 liter bottles filled with water and put up. (my fiancé drinks the Faygo 3 liters and I occasionally will drink a 2 liter of soda)

    My ordered P-51 can openers and kubotan came in along with the O2 absorbers. Spent a little more time reorganizing the storage and played around with dry canning using my oxygen absorbers.

    We also re-evaluated and set some goals for what we want as a minimum prep-wise… not just food and protection, but also equipment and such as well as health care needs we want to address this year.

    My fiancé made deer jerky yesterday with about 3 pounds deer meat… the only problem is it won’t last us 3 days… we all love to snack on it and before we know it, it’s all gone.

    It’s back to school for me next week, so things are going to slow down. I do have plans to teach a friend how to make her own homemade laundry soap on Saturday, but other than that, nada… Hope everyone here has a wonderful and productive week!

  18. I have had a good prepping week. I received 2,100 rounds .22 LR and 1,000 rounds 9 mm. I also received four ammo cans, which I promptly filled. I will order additional ammo cans as finances permit. I still need to get my scope mounted on my Ruger 10/22 and get that sighted in.

    I have a question for the pack—for those of you who have been doing this for a long time. When can we expect ammo and magazines availability to get back to normal? I would like to pick up a few more 25-round magazines for my 10/22 but can’t seem to find any. I am hoping all this gun grabbing BS will die down quickly, so we can get back to prepping.

    I ordered a case of milk and a case of six-grain pancake mix from EE. I read a couple of articles about the closing the Mississippi River to barge traffic. I am wondering how significant of an impact that will have on food prices.

    We have started working off a menu. Both my dh and I have crazy busy schedules, and if we don’t plan something for dinner first thing in the morning and get something out of the freezer, we end up starving and then going to Burger Wop for dinner. It’s only been three days, but menu planning is working.

    • axelsteve says:

      BamBam. I fear the ammo hype is just starting. Tdl and his minions are just stepping up the heat for gun owners.I would stock up now if you can cause I can see a new ammo tax coming.I have been giving all my nwo brass to a co worker and he is happy about that. I think that good brass will be a form of currency in the new future.When I put a scope on my/sons 10/22 I put blue loctite on the scope mount threads that go into the reciever.Keeps the mount tight and happy and can be removed if needed.

    • livinglife says:

      mags will take awhile to get back to normal, depending on legislation. best bet is to get the 10 round mags if you can.
      .22’s may be the only semi automatic available, and depending on how many gun owners contact their reps, maybe only bolt action allowed.

    • Sw't Tater says:

      Everything will go up…necessarily according to O and his fuel information, alone.
      Add to that the current legislations on weapons of every kind, food and production , handling and transportation of it and the necessity of everything to be regulated by powers that be..
      …..then figure in the milk fix that will end in just less than 9 months,
      ….and the water/rain deficits in the bread-basket states and in the areas served in the center of the country…specifically the Mississippi and its tributaries… Looks like those that have a small supply of ready foods are only a little ahead. JMHO

    • ozhillbilly says:

      Bam Bam, I have a Ruger 10/22 with a 4 X 30 scope. I can drive a nail at 25 yards. It’s a perfect varmit/hunting weapon. I have two 25 round magazines for it and two ten round Ruger magazines. Wish I had more but it’s better than nothing. There are a number of YouTube vidoes on taking down a Ruger 10/22 for cleaning, etc. Well worth a check out. Hope you like your Ruger as much as I like mine.

      • Ozhillbily,

        I came home from work today and my dh had taken my Ruger into the gun shop to get my scope mounted. I hope to take it to the range this week.

    • Bam Bam, your crock pot can be your best friend. Add meat and veggies in the morning before work and when you return home tired and hungry your kitchen will smell like someone spent the day cooking.

      On the weekend cook a ham and a roast, or a chicken and a ham. It’s cost effective to operate the oven once for several things. This protein will be ready to go for super quick dinners throughout the week. While those are baking hard boil a few eggs and chop veggies. The eggs can go in bag lunches or grabbed for a quick breakfast. The raw veggies can be included in bag lunches or added to the crock pot.

      A minimum amount of thought and prep can make your work week run smoothly.

      • Encourager says:

        Good advice, No Way. When I was crazy-busy homeschooling, it seemed I never had time to cook a decent meal. Then I decided to try cooking for a few weeks at a time. The planning and then the shopping took up the most time. Cooking day turned into Prepping Day (cutting, chopping, etc) and then Cooking Day. But it worked! I would pick out 4 different chicken dishes if chicken was on sale, or ground beef dishes, etc. Each meal was frozen, with whatever needed to be added later labeled with it. I made sure I had salads, etc to go along. Took the craziness out of meal planning.

        And yes, your CrockPot can be your best friend!!

      • No Way,

        You are right. A little planning ahead of time can make things a lot easier. Over the holidays we just got out of our pattern of healthy eating–and I was working four jobs at the same time. My work schedule has calmed down considerably.

  19. worrisome says:

    Making soups and canning them in my spare time. A lot of this will go up to the cabin for storage and to feed BIL and nephew when they finally begin to work on things around there. We just bought some paint and suffered the indignity of the new “paint” tax that California has slapped us with. Also bought some lumber and plywood and got taxed for that as well. So in the last few days, our social security taxes went up 2%; retail purchases taxes went up varying degrees; California income tax rates changed and prices are on the rise……..again.

    California unemployment rates are still higher than the national average and I have friends and acquaintances that are being seriously pinched. Some are working 2 and 3 part time jobs to make it; others may have one partner employed, the other, job searching and trying to make it on unemployment. Businesses are cutting back hours and as a result, their finances are falling behind. Cars are failing because there is no money for upkeep. I have taken in a kitten and a cat because one such friend is moving in with another party in an apartment that allows no pets for a month or two to save enough money to get a place of her own and pay off a car repair bill. So far what has been asked of me in the way of helping, is ok with me. I have been able to help without hurting me and mine, but the tipping point is here folks, scary. I ran 3 errands for the old couple across the street this week. Picked up prescriptions and did a little grocery shopping for them along with my own. His glasses broke and I am going to run him into town to the eye dr. on Monday to get them fixed, get his eyes checked and get him set up for new glasses if needed. Glad he broke them after he renewed his driver’s license, he isn’t much liking the “downtime”. Note to self…when I go back to the eye dr. in Feb, get some extra glasses!

    Found a sale on fire logs so bought 3 cases just to have in case…not sure of what as I have a nice wood pile. Bought some more filters for my Berky, which I use every day. Got a chance to watch the movie Behold a Pale Horse that MD mentioned last week. I learned a lot of things, and it answered a few of the whys I have asked myself over and over again. If you get a chance to pick up a copy and see it, I hope you do.

    I haven’t wanted to go by the local gun store, didn’t want to see the devastation you guys have all been experiencing. I finally gave in and wrote letters to Mike Thompson, Diane Feinstein, Babs Boxer and the Wicked Witch of the West Pelosi. (One of those three has a husband who has interests in the rum industry in Puerto Rico and was a beneficiary of government largess in this latest Cliff Deal – just so ya know). I feel that the effort was hopeless, and it is becoming clear that it is going to take much much more to shut these folks down. My prayers these days are for what is best for us all, to be led to help where I can and for the wisdom to prep carefully and wisely. Hang in there Wolfpack.

    • Worrisome,

    • Worrisome,

      My adopted son ordered prescription glasses from some internet site ad they cost like $8. You might check into buying online.

    • mountain lady says:

      I just want to thank you for your thoughtful posts. I am somewhere south of you, and I really appreciate seeing what you are seeing. I don’t always trust myself to see the reality of the situation. I do know that without a doubt that I have already sunk down to poverty level. Good thing I did a lot of prepping before this all happened. We do have everything we need but there are a lot of things that should be done around here that just don’t get done. The fact that I am almost 71 does not help, as I just cannot do a lot of things I could do just 10 years ago. Well, again, thanks for the postings.

      • worrisome says:

        Mountain Lady! Hate to hear that you are struggling! Break those things that may still be possible to do down to just doing a part of them an hour a day? Would that help? The folks across the street in their 80’s are still active, just slowing down, takes them longer to do most everything. She still cooks and does the laundry and does the light housekeeping. He still chops wood (although) my family went a long way on Thanksgiving to lighten that load AND chop up most of their needs for this year’s kindling. He does the vacuuming and they hire someone to come in and do the bathrooms. Their retirement income is struggling to keep up with expenses just like the rest of us though. If you do anything? Their advise is to buy on sale and dehydrate “everything”. That is what they do, she turns out some really good stews and soups and such. Easier to store and like she says, all it takes is boiling some water and letting it all simmer….
        If things get too out of hand, give your email address to MD and we will talk more!

        • Worrisome, That is such a sweet thing offering to visit one on one with Mountain Lady. So many on this site are awesome people.

        • mountain lady says:

          Worrisome, thank you for your kindness. I still can do most of my chores, but like you mentioned, it takes a lot longer. I also dehydrate a lot of veggies, that I buy at a restaurant supply store in town. Great for making soups, like you mentioned. I think I will be okay here, just have to get a few more ducks lined up properly.
          Thanks again, and I will get my email address to you if I really feel the need to talk privately.

  20. worrisome says:

    On another subject. Please read! This is going to be the push back by businesses. As it reads, many businesses know that the Feds will do a look back in 2013 when Obama Care kicks in 2014………..so they are getting their ducks in a row NOW! http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/01/04/Surprise-Obamacare-Layoffs-And-Hiring-Freezes-Begin

  21. ShariMainer says:

    I had a gentleman make me a custom can rotation system. I painted them all up and began moving my canned goods to their new home. When you can see it all, it makes a huge difference. You can easily see what you have an abundance of and what you are lacking. I am in better shape in the food department than I thought

    • I agree. My sweet husband made us a huge pantry over his Christmas vacation.. So much easier to see what we do and do not have on hand. Your can rotation system sounds wonderful.

  22. Not much with all the “out-laws” visiting and visiting and visiting.

    Joined NRA. Got good news yesterday from my second reputable person re firearm permit that he did receive the form, filled it out, and mailed it back. Hope I can get permit before Jan 22. No, Madame Feinstein, I’m not looking to buy a fully-loaded M-16.

    Chunky soup from Wally’s @ $1.48. Canned tomatoes from Shop-Rite. (Will hit Shop-Rite for canned stuff this week at Can-Can sale.) Perused seed catalogs. Fewer OP seeds every year. Hint: hull-less oats are easy to grow, thresh, winnow, and roll. So far, Johnny’s still has but Territorial hard catalog doesn’t. I’ll have to check their on-line catalog.

  23. Went back to China-mart and they had some more candles out. I bought them too. Season ending total of 102 candles. Should last me a month or two.

    Also had this delivered to my feed reader. I think it’s worth reading.

  24. Worrisome, I think your prayer is all our prayers.

  25. D from Michigan says:

    The Augason farms kits are great, small 1 qt containers, easy to use smaller portions than the normal #10 cans. Mostly “normal” food that you’d use everyday.
    This past summer I purchased 2 of these 30 day kits.
    The first, direct from Augason farms. THEN I discovered that if you order from WalMart ONLINE, they will ship THE EXACT same thing to your house, $50 cheaper and FREE shipping.
    After reading your article, I just placed an order for a 3rd one. They are still $50 less, but who knows how long that will last? OH, and you can use “Bill Me Later” if you don’t have a credit card or PayPal. They just send you a statement a month from now.
    Hope this helps out.

    D from Michigan

  26. Candy In Nebraska says:

    Bought this week:

    4 shelving units 8 ft x 5 ft pantry shelves complete can’t fit anymore shelves. $60.00 very solid have 4 more coming next month for the shop.

    canned my black beans for the year, and some chili. bought 50 # of rolled oats
    getting ready to make instant oatmeal packets for the grandbabes.
    Picked up some free wood made a door for the pantry so I dont have food walking out the door again.
    dont have much guns just a 20 gauge so far so webought 100 rounds for it. looking to buy more but it is a start.

    • Sw't Tater says:

      How do you make instant oatmeal packs? Recipe, or general directions…either helpful…

      • That would be nice to know…. it would save me from shelling out the $$$$$ to quaker ever so often. I’d much rather make it from my own ingredients vs having god knows what mixed in.

    • Candy In Nebraska says:

      1/4 cup of oats
      2 tbsp powdered oats
      1 tbsp suger
      1/4 tsp of each salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg

      can powder some dry apples, pears or whatever in it.
      this is just for 1 pkg. We make up 2 months worth at a time.

      Just make sure and powder really good the oats.

      • Thanks… anyone else got different flavors that they make. Im definitely gonna try this one. Love the apples and cinnamon

      • If you start with the quick cooking (“Minute”) oats, they are already smaller and will powder and mix easier.

        • Candy In Nebraska says:

          I agree OhioPrepper, thats how I normally do it but the rolled oats were cheaper so I switched. I feed 9 people on less then $2200 a month. So cheaper is better.

  27. Tactical G-Ma says:

    Hey Pack,
    Hope all are well and happy. MD, like your .22. DH has the Marlin .22 mag and is very pleased with it.
    2 weeks ago, I spent the week nursing DH, doctors, pharmacy and home. This past week I have spent the week in bed and am in pain all over. And we both had flu shots the 1st of Nov. My DS had it for 6 wks. before full recovery. DH took antibiotics for secondary bronchitis. His immune is compromised due to bad health. I am just doing lots of fluids and extra C. Temps have stayed low, guess I can credit the flu shot for that. Hopefully will be able to get shingles vaccine next week. And am way behind on getting garden beds finished.

    Is time to order chicks and am thinking of raising light Brahmas, since they are dual purpose. Has anyone else raised these before?

    Have spent more time scrutinizing entries on this blog and others. Still prefer this to others.

    God bless you all. Your safety and well being are in my prayers.

    • Sw't Tater says:

      try oil of oregano!,it is also anti viral, antibiotic, anti fungal, anti parasitic acc. to info I read…thru an advert on natural news…

      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        Sw’t Tater
        Do you make your own oregano oil? I have read the entries here supporting its use. I use oregano as ground cover and the deer don’t eat it so I would love another use other than culinary.

        • Sw't Tater says:

          this was a new find for me, I had never used it before.I followed the instructions on the bottle..bought mine from GNC, it was 20$ a bottle… it was 20 well spent, helping a chronic earache, with eustachean(sp?) tube involvement and tooth pain…I think the bad tooth was causing many problems before discovery it was bad.
          my oregano has been terribly neglected for two years, but is finally growing again. I separated it in the fall and brought some in. I hope to have enough to make my own, late this year. I plan to extract as tincture, then transfer to oil..

          • Sw't Tater says:

            it’s a natural anti-viral!

          • Sw’t Tater,
            Tooth issues can be nasty. I had a chronic sinus infection that we simply couldn’t get to go away until a tooth started hurting. Had a root canal done plus a short bout of antibiotics and everything cleared up.
            BTW, how is the Oregano Oil used?

    • worrisome says:

      G Ma, I just read somewhere today that the flu that is going around was NOT the strain they have been giving flu shots for. That is why it is hitting folks so hard.

      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        It was too late for tamiflu and didn’t order the elderberry juice yet. Won’t go thru another flu spell without the elderberries. I know a lot of people are being hospitalized. Hope the pack stays well.

        • worrisome says:

          I get dried elderberries and willow bark from Mountain Rose Herbs and make up a tea and drink it. Take lots of C…………seems to help 🙂

      • I’ve never had a flu shot… and I don’t intend to start now. We get too many chemicals in our bodies as it is… don’t need to add to it.

        • I agree with you SW. We’ve all had the crud this last week. We just used herbal remedies & everyone was well enough to go back to school when it started again. This is one of the perks of being unemployed…when I didn’t feel good I went back to bed!! Trying to think positive!!

    • Backwoods Prepper says:
    • Backwoods Prepper says:

      I raise Buff Orpingtons a real nice dual purpos bird. But what I really like about them they lay all winter her in southern WV. I eat the occasional chicken but chicken butchering is not my favorite task. We eat alot of rabbit they are cleaner and less smelly to butcher and taste just as good as chicken. They fry up as good as chicken two hind legs are like chicken breasts the two front legs are like wings and the inner and outer loins are like boneless tenders. you can even save the belly meat and make jerky. takes quit a few though. You can even boil it pick the meat off the bone for casseroles.The manure can go straight on the garden unlike chicken except in small amounts. I raise American Chichillas and New Zeland cross’s. They produce the same amount of meat in the same amount of time as chickens. So save the chickens for eggs and bug removal and eat more rabbit.

    • Sorry you both have been sick. We all had one crud or another the whole month of December.
      We raise alot of chickens. Too many actually. The light brahmas are a good bird. After all these years of raising, I go for the Brown Egg Layer assortment from McMurray Hatchery online. You will need to be prepared to get 25 chicks as it is the minimum order for the chicks to arrive safely in the mail. The forst orders should be ready the end of January. Early February. I would get chicks as soon as possible so you will get eggs this year.
      I recommend the assortment so you can decide for yourself what kind of bird is your favorite. I have so many favorites. I can’t have just one kind.
      If you can’t handle that many then the local feed store will offer you what you want at a smaller quantity.
      The best meat bird by far is the Jumbo Cornish Cross. These birds dress out at 8-9+ lbs at 9 weeks. My favorite layers are the Rhode Island Reds and the Buff Orphingtons.

      • Mama J this is great to know. I’ve been on the fence about Buff Orphingtons. I really want to get them this year to replace my murdered flock. Think I’ll try them.

        • Encourager says:

          I didn’t like the Buff Orpingtons I had as they were skittish and freaked out over the littlest thing, like a leaf blowing by. The other hens (Barred Rocks, Partridge Rocks, Australorps) just kept pecking away while the Buffs were running to the hen house. They also were not broody, which was important to me.

          • Tactical G-Ma says:

            Thanks Encourager for that tidbit.
            I want birds that can be easily handled cause my grandsons love petty anything that moves. Guess I will stick with Brahmas. I also need them to reproduce for chicken meet..

          • Backwoods Prepper says:

            That does not describe my buffs at all. I have 18 big babies they are almost 2 years old lay everyday even in the winter. They are well known for their broodiness although I would bet hatchery birds are getting this trait bred out of them. I even have two that wants me to pick them up all the time.

    • Shades of Green says:

      You should NEVER take the flu shot. It is poision and you will get sick everytime. Bad, bad, bad stuff. There is a reason they are pushing it so much. Please don’t do it.

      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        Shades, Worrisome, and SW, thanks for the info and kind words about the flu. Well I am on the mend but it wasn’t fun.

        Backwoods and Mama J, thanks for the chicken advice. I was thinking about Buff Orphingtons. Definitely going to do a little more research. Will keep you all informed on my progress.

      • Encourager says:

        We don’t get the flu shots either. We used to, until we realized every time we got the shot, we got the flu within a few months. We are homebodies, and try to stay out of crowds. I wipe down grocery carts with one of those wipes; don’t know it if helps but we are healthy.

  28. Not much money for preps, just bills and I took a much needed break from doing much of anything.

    I did have coupons and found a sale on cat food so I have 7 months of that now. Ordered some large mylar to store it in. Have to keep my guard kitty happy and well fed.

    Tried to buy some .22 ammo and no one has any locally.

    Sent emails to all my senators and reps, state and federal, and the prez as well. Thankfully most all my reps are on the right side.

    Some animal crawled under my mobile home and died so now I can’t run the furnace because it brings in the stench. Press N Seal over the vents helps to keep the smell out. Simmering a big pot of water on the stove (will be a pot of beans today) helps make it warmer. I have a small electric heater so that helps. Thankfully it will be up in the 60’s today so I have the door open to air things out and shades raised to let in the sun. If you’re wondering why the smell comes up through the vents (that are in the floor) it’s because the possum has torn open, again, the one place which lets them crawl into the duct work to keep warm. The possum is not the thing that died, he still comes to eat leftover cat food at night. I think it is probably an old neighborhood cat. It’s not the first time. Thank goodness for Lysol. The arthritis is too bad for me to try crawling under the house and no one else will either, tried that before.

    So there’s my week!

    • Alittle2late says:

      If I was close I’d remove it for you. 1 22lr will take care of the opossum. Just give it a 3rd eye, scoop with shovel and toss over the hill or burn it. Rinse porch with bleach and hot water. easy. Do that quite a bit around here. Opossums are kind of the land version of Carp. fun to catch/shoot and fertilize garden with.

    • worrisome says:

      I hate that we are all so spread out all over the country. I have a nephew is good at taking care of stuff like you are going through!

  29. Surviving in Ky. says:

    Hey Pack, Hope everyone had a good week. Finished the shelves under the stairs and finally organized the coolers, camp chairs, table and assorted fishing equipment. Picked up the following plus me belated Christmas present.
    1. 4 .50 ammo boxes
    2. Emergency Stove with 24 fuel tablets
    3. 24 extra fuel tablets
    4. 36 Rolls of TP
    5. 8 lbs. of hamburger
    6. 2 large bags of frozen broccli
    7. Juice for GD
    8. 8 cans of stew
    9. 8 Mac & Cheese
    10. 10 lbs. of frozen chicken breast
    11. package of moleskin
    12. Received two books on caches and cisterns
    13. 10 9 volt batteries
    14. 8 D batteries
    15 48 AA batteries
    16. Ruger MKIII Target Model (Blue) Wanted SS but no luck anywere
    Good week all in all, especially the pistol. I plan on taking some time off to recover on the finances though, unless a good deal shows up. Still have to repackage the buger and stuff from Sam’s, should finish that today. For River, Tinfoil and anyone looking for ammo boxes, barrels and buckets, below is the link for the container store. Hope everyone has a great week and keep prepping. God Bless!

  30. Got my order from Shelf Reliance, but still missing the can of broccoli. From EE, I ordered and got in 2-peanut butter powder, butter powder and one of cheese blend, which was on sale even cheaper than I can usually get it at Winco and one of those plunger type washers.

    Went to the Mormon Bishops Warehouse dry pack cannery to show Jeff, and canned 6 cans of powdered milk, bought a 25 lb bag of hot cocoa, a 25 lb box of instant potatoes and 3 cans dried onion (one of which I will open and re-bag into 4 mylar bags for my one week barrels).

    I bought 2 of the wire shelves on sale at Kmart that have 5 shelves and hold 250 lbs per shelf so that I can start getting some of my preps up where I can see them instead of in boxes and bags.

    The money from my retirement buyout will finally clear tomorrow, so TOMORROW, I will be debt free, except for the mortgage. Now I need to work hard on seeing the mortgage paid off and the money to build my earth sheltered home.

    Take care, hugs and prayers to all who want or need them. I love you all.

    • Congrats on the debt pay-off. We are doing something similar and taking the tax hit. It will help increase overall cash flow and reduce some stress. Hoping that when all is said and done, the increase in taxes this year doesn’t take all the increase in cash flow so I can do more prepping.

      • GA Red and Michelle – I don’t know if this carries over to 2013, but I know that in 2012 if you spent money on alternate power you could take 30% of the cost of the purchase direcetly off your taxes. This is not the same as taking it off your income, you deduct it from the taxes you owe. If you spent 30,000 on a solar system you would be able to take 9,000 off your tax bill. Therefore if you normally pay 12,000 in taxes, you would only have to pay 3,000. Not sure if this is helpful, but it is one way to offset the big tax hit on cashing in your 401K early. Please double check to make sure this is still effective in 2013!!! Hope this helps someone out there. The tax form that needs to be filled out for 2012 is 5695.

  31. Hey, Wolf Pack!
    Does anyone know of WW II survivor accounts where the person saw danger approaching and prepared for it? Has anyone that you know of tried to accomplish what we’re doing and either had it work or had experience of what did not work? I’m wondering if people seeing the war clouds gathering over Europe tried to get ready and what insights might be there?
    Just a thought.

    • TinLizzy,

      Was it Mountain Woman who interviewed her father who grew up during the depression? You could search this site and find the link.

    • Some of my favorite books that I download from Natalia’s site
      are written by people about growing up in the depression and how they got thru it with their families. You need to check it out and download the kindle reader and some of the free books. I check it everyday and always download something , I am over 300 books so far. Great service for all us preppers by Natalia!!

      • Thanks, George! I’m on that site, too, everyday – wouldn’t miss a day – but hadn’t thought to explore depression era survival accounts. Thanks for the lead!

        • TL Depression area accounts are a very informative read and I enjoy reading all of the accounts I can find. I do find however, the WWII era accounts very informative since they carry accounts of making do when most of the males were away doing service. Not being old enough for the depression era but growing up during WWII era and remembering what we had to go through fighting poverty and being saddled with rationing preventing any large animals from being used for personal use was something I hope we never go through with again. As a grade schooler who rescued a calf that was given up for dead and sleeping with nit and the dogs so it wouldn’t perish in the cold with the certain knowledge that like my pet chickens it would be slaughtered for food. Cutting succulent grasses for immediate forage and cutting late grasses to dry it for winter hay, pulling it through another difficult winter and the following year in the fall when ready to harvest for a large hungry family looking forward to a delicious beef stew only to have officials from the rationing board come pick up the young heifer and only give you what they thought it was worth,telling you that nit would be available for purchase at the local store with the appropriate ration coupons was just too much for a youngster to handle, The deputy sheriff had to restrain me until they left with my calf.

          • I am having a real problem with a high “n” key under my space bar thumb.

            • Tactical G-Ma says:

              You may have a dire condition known as “LAZY THUMB”.
              The treatments run anywhere from thumb wars to daily hitchhiking. Good luck my friend 😉

            • Actually, the condition is known as having to use my laptop in my recliner because of an onset of severe lumbar distress rather than my desktop with a genuine keyboard designed for human hands rather than this compromise..I probably should feel lucky I still have this laptop which was carefully hidden since I retired in 2004.

          • Tactical G-Ma says:

            I was conceived just after the war but my oldest sister has some similar stories. But the govt confiscating livestock, I had not heard much about.
            My mother and sister lived in a one room shed w/o water and electric. My mother found work as a nurse at the Med company on the far side of the mountain. But she did have an education and my father’s car. They had to eat my sister’s pet bunny. Well into her 70s, she still feels the pain.
            Early on I had to learn that creatures were placed on Earth to serve man, frequently as dinner. I’m interested in any other stories you might have about the austerity, and govt control, during that period. How did your parents feel about having to do as told. Were they as gungho and supportive of the war cause as we have been lead to believe?

            • Confiscation was not universal I think, just the results of a shiftless neighbor who wanted a free share of the meat without doing anything to merit it. He filed report with the county sheriff who was obliged, although regretfully, to act. Same sheriff two years later refused to arrest dad and another neighbor (a good neighbor) for butchering a sow that had contracted milk fever after weaning her pigs and would not have survived transport to the livestock yards anyway. He also refused to confiscate the meat much of which was already curing in the smokehouse. I used to have a copy of his investigation which stated “the animal in question had died of natural causes and had been disposed of on site” I had the distinct pleasure of helping vote him back into office on his last run for election some years later.

            • Harold. your story in these two posts has me in tears. Seriously, this story alone could be expanded into a book, I was going to say kids’ book but probably not many modern parents would read their kids a bedtime story like that…maybe a young adults book. 🙂 Or a book like this thread is discussing.

              I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again! Are you collecting all your posts anywhere? Do you have a blog where you could expand on things you start here? I know it’d probably be hard to look at a blank blog and be inspired, but maybe you could take some of the stories you’ve shared here and expand on them.

              You already know all the people in this thread would be avid readers and encouragers! 🙂

      • So encouraging to read how you’ve enjoyed the site, George! You’ve made my day! 🙂 I do always try to include depression, wartime, and other challenge stories for this very reason–Thank you!!

    • You should read about Corrie TenBoom (sp?). Not sure I got the last name spelled right. She and her family lived in Northern europe in WW2. Her country was occupied by the nazis. She and her family were very devout Christians, and participated in “the underground railroad” for the Jewish people trying to escape the nazi regime. Her family was discovered and sent to the concentration camps. She is one of the few members of her family who survived the camps. She lived to be an old lady. I think she was still alive in the 80’s. She wrote about what it was like leading up to and during the nazi occupation. She wrote about the hidey-holes they had built in the house. She also wrote about her experience in the concentration camp. Her Christian faith is a central tenant in what she wrote. I was a kid when I first read about her. I thnk a movie was made about her experience too. You should also check out the the Belinski Brothers. They were a family of brothers that fought back against the nazis and led a community of Jewish refugees of at least 1000 that survived in the forests of Belarus during WW2. The movie “Defiance” is based on what they did and how they survived. Its an interesting look at how people survive, form a community and fight back when they’ve lost everything. Both of these accounts (about tenBoom and the Belinski brothers) give some info on what we would call prepping skills, but they also open a window into human nature and morality and what people become to survive. IMO there is value is seeing how people survived in the past, and these 2 examples are pretty good. So,…lol, hope thats helpful.

      • I have read her story and several other accounts from other survivors and resistance people from the Netherlands., Quite interesting and grateful we did not have to endure that situation even though it looks like it is headed that way with our present occupiers.

      • Here’s a link for information on Corrie ten Boom. I am surprised she is no longer studied by kids in school.


        • Shades of Green says:

          Bam Bam,

          They don’t want the kids today learning valuable survival skills. It is all about brain washing them with stupid facts that are actually manipulated themselves.
          I remember my mom making cream peas and tuna fish and serving it over toast. It is still a favorite of mine. She said thats what they had to make to get by and stretch meals ( after WWII ).

      • The Hiding Place is the name of Corrie Ten Boom’s story and I believe its the Bielski brothers rather than Belinski, though its probably easier to find under defiance. The defiance story is also a good lesson for what not to do — if I remember correctly, they wind up having to deal with the NKVD as the Russians advanced, never a good thing and having to escape to the West.

        Not exactly on point, but I just finished Unbroken, a book about Louie Zamperini, a pre-WWII runner who was shot down in the Pacific during WWII. Great survival story, he and his pilot were at sea for 48 days in a life raft surviving on rain water, albatross and a few fish while being hounded by sharks. They then spent three years in Japanese prison camps — a terrible fate all by itself. Mindset, determination and ingenuity were big points. Though the term is thrown about casually, these men were truly were part of the greatest generation — just an amazing story all around.

  32. Alittle2late says:

    Hi all.
    It’s been 5 days smoke free. The first day was the worst. Not much happening other than receiving various supply orders from Christmas. Been on the phone with the realtor a lot. Going down to look at the land this coming weekend. Not a lot of job options where I’m looking but not a lot of people either,so I’m taking that as a fair trade. Ammo and guns are slowly becoming available around here again. Put in a nursery order for some fruit trees, hopefully they get here before I move. Stay safe.

    • Good for you on the smoke free! And best of luck on the move.

    • Sw't Tater says:

      Alittle2late, Hang in there! you can do it! ..your cheering section is active.:>)

    • Alittle2late, Good for you!!! So glad you’re getting un-hooked. Being addicted, most especially now, has got to be tough!

    • Good for you for quitting! You can do it!

    • YOU CAN DO IT!!!!! You are worth it. You are amazing. You are strong!

    • Good for you and you can do it. I stopped cold turkey day before Christmas 1977 after smoking four packs a day for twenty years. My friend at work used to jokingly tell m that with my luck I would find I had stopped a week too late which falls right in line with your moniker. I guess I was one of the lucky ones to not have contracted any of the smoking related conditions to date and it has been thirty four years since then. I had tried quitting on several occasions in the sixties when it was a fashionable trend to do with all of the “IQ” buttons but was convinced I was hooked. Funny thing, I stopped abruptly with a quarter smoked cigarette, fourth one from the third pack from a new carton. Friends of my wife were visiting and she asked for a cigarette since she was out. I told her no, that instead of wrapping her present since she knew I always gave a carton of cigarettes I would just give them now. I tossed the bag on the table in front of the two women and when they pulled the cigarettes out the cash register tape was in there. The other woman looked at it and said I can’t believe what a person has to pay for these now. I said how much did I pay and she said five dollars and eighteen cents. I exploded and remarked that going over five dollars had always been my cut off point and I crushed out the cigarette I was smoking, removed the pack from my pocket and placed it on the shelf with the rest of the carton where it remained for a month until a friend stopped by one day out of smokes and walked off with what I had. I never went through withdrawal, never craved another cigarette from then on although for some time I became hypersensitive to aromas from smokers or when my partner at work would accidentally wear my gloves and I would not be able to use them again due to my sensitivity. Several years later at a family gathering,I was asked how I managed to quit and my wife told them that five dollars plus a carton had always been the target point,it had came about and I had quit. I have been asked a number of times to recommend an aid to stop smoking and it really angers some when I tell them mine was simply financial and I found I was not hooked on them after all. I just shudder at the price they charge now and think of how many beans or bullets that would buy. Hang in there,

    • Congrats on stopping smoking. You can do it – both of my parents did after smoking for more than 25 years each. Each of them stopped for different reasons and since each person is different, everyone who does stop does so for different reasons – just makes sense. For my mom, it was my oldest daughter being born and her wanting to watch her grow (no offense to all the other grandchildren who were already born). For my dad, it was just being around people who didn’t smoke and no longer being around those who did. He just didn’t want them anymore, so he quit.

    • Encourager says:

      Alittle2late, Congrats! You can do it! If I did it, you can do it. It is hard but worth it. Hour by hour, day by day. Pretty soon you will realize you have not had a cancer stick for a month, then 6 months.

  33. Howdy, all! As per usual, stocked up on:

    1. coffee in large 32 oz tins
    2. coffee paper filters
    3. canned veggies on sale
    4. ditto for condensed soup

    also bought a Sig 9mm on line. boy, it’s a beaut! But with only one factory mag. I’ll keep an eye peeled for others.

    Met a buddy at a local store; he’s a Viet Nam vet who told me he “had” to get a ccw. When I asked him why, he said he visits his mother’s grave weekly and the thugs at the local cemetary are way-laying mourners as they come to visit grave sites! Folks–exactly how sick can this once great country get?

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      Ret- pat,
      What part of the country does the nam vet reside in? I know in parts of FL anyone over 60 is a target.

    • It’s probably going to get a lot worse before it gets better 🙁

    • Encourager says:

      This has been going on in the Detroit area cemeteries for years. DH has family buried at Mt. Olivet which has fairly good security. However, we have been there and seen men going from car to car to see if they are locked.

      My beloved Grandpa is buried at a cemetery not far from Mt. Olivet and it is dangerous to go there.

      Another ruse we have heard about: When the funeral/memorial service is published in the paper, bad people look up the surviving family’s names in the phone book and rob their houses while they are at the service. That is just plain wrong.

  34. SageBrush Queen says:

    Reorganized my storage closet.
    Realized I gotta get more stuff.
    Remembered I need more money.

    Remain slightly hopeful, but still
    Really scared by current trends.

    Regards to all the faithful.

    • Alittle2late says:

      One thing at a time. Make a list of the most important items needed first. It comes together faster than one might think. Were all in the same lake just different boats. Panic buying only causes trouble on a budget. remember not to put your life upside down getting “stuff”. jm2c

      • As my mom used to say, “don’t let your wants get ahead of your needs.” Cover the needs first, then prioritize the needs.

  35. OregonMike says:

    Hi Pack
    Tried MH Chicken Teriyaki. Good flavor and spicy so bought a #10 can. Received 2 Kershaws, 1 folder and a straight with 3 blades. Bought 2 55gal water barrels & now need to get a manual pump and a cart to hold the barrels (470lbs each when full). Sold a certificate for a free Benchmade custom barrel so will have $200 extra for crank/solar radio and lanterns. Got 10lbs of chicken thighs for $0.99/lb and currently baking. Will can all. Planted some heritage cabbage seed (indoors). Found out chickens love garden lettuce but leave broccoli alone. Purchased O2 absorbers at Winco. Printed lots more articles for prep binder and need to put it together. Sounds like a rainy day activity. Good prepping to all.

  36. Schametti says:

    Hello Wolf Pack. What did I do to prep this week? For starters, I found and joined this blogsite.. ..in an effort to feel less “nuts,” (as my family and friends locally seem intent on dubbing me). It’s nice to be part of a group of like minded people, finally.

    I’m an infant when it comes to prepping, as this is my first serious month at it. I’m sure most of you already feel this way, but I just feel in my gut that something is very wrong, and something terrible is coming, and I want my family to be ready for it. So my preparations began.

    Hi, My name is Amy. I’m 34, from Indiana.. and I.. am a Prepper.

    I bought my first gun this week. A Kahr Arms P380 with laser sight, and 100 rounds of ammuntion. I don’t know how to use it, or even load it, but.. I will. I’m hoping to enroll in an instructional class next month at a local firing range.

    I bought and stored 40 gallons of water, 100 pounds of rice, A few dozen cans of Vegetables, several servings of Canned Meat, and three buckets of freeze dried entrees from Wise Food Storage.. Two LED Lanterns, four packs of batteries, which I put in my new EMP bags. An oil lantern, and oil. A propane stove, and eight small cans of propane. Four Stoves-In-A-Can with four fuel cells a piece. I bought a can of mixed heirloom seeds, and a sprouts kit, with a book on how to care for them.

    I bought a machete that I named Molly.. and two cans of Bear Repellent. For some reason, Schametti comes out of my mouth every time I mention the word Machete though, thus the username. I couldn’t think of a better one..

    I also bought a mini- prepping library of books from Amazon.Com including titles such as 1) When There is No Doctor, 2) Building the Perfect Bug Out Bag, 3) The Forager’s Harvest, 4) Back to Basics, 5) The Complete Book of Home Preserving, 6) 366 Delicious Ways to Cook Rice, Beans and Grains, 7) Patriots; A Novel of Survival In The Coming Collapse, 8) Agenda 21, 9) The American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook, 10) The Armageddon Survival Handbook, 11) How to Survive The End of The World as We Know It, 12) Mini-Farming; Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre, and 13) Simple Recipes Using Food Storage.

    I have a long way to go, a lot to buy, and a LOT to learn, but I’ve made great strides in my first month of prepping.. so I’m really happy to be here, to learn. 🙂

    • Amy,

      Welcome to the Wolf Pack. I hope your screen name is not your last name–you don’t want to give away too much information about yourself–Op Sec.

      Read this post by M.D. http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/survival-food-storage-walmart/

      and this


      Check out the LDS Online Store for basic food staples. That’s the cheapest way to stock up for long term storage.


      If you have questions, feel free to ask. And BTW, you are not crazy. It’s the sheeple who’ve gone mad.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      Welcome Schametti.
      I have some of those same books but you really need to buy MD’s book, ” 31 Days to Survival.”
      We all have a budget, some more than others. Everyone must customise their preps to meet there needs. Educate yourself before spending a lot of cash on things that don’t meet your needs. Good prepping!

    • Pete, the Windy City Viking says:

      Welcome, Schametti!

      Lots of good people here with great advice and experiences!


    • Welcome to the pack, this IS the best group of prepared people I have found. Made me feel less nuts too.

    • Schametti,
      Your book list is a really good start. Another good one to add is the freely downloadable LDS PREPAREDNESS MANUAL (http://www.ldsavow.com/PrepManualGeneral.html). The current version is 2012 V8.
      Good luck & ask all of the questions you like, keeping in mind that the only stupid questions, are the ones you don’t ask.

      • And the LDS Preparedness manual And a bunch of others can also be found here: http://www.urbanprepping.com/resource-library-3/survival-guidesmanuals/

      • U2redneck says:

        I ordered the LDS manual thru Amazon as the download was huge…I like having the paper copy!

        • Paper manuals are nice to have but I like my electronic copies since I can only print out what I am working on at the time and not lug the entire manual around and damage it. Part of a little trick I learned years ago to separate my printed manuals and put them into sheet separators to keep greasy fingerprints from contaminating the entire manual

        • U2redneck,
          Paper copies are good also, but I prefer the electronic copies due to my vision issues. The download is only about 9.5 Meg which I don’t consider all that large since my self reliance library is about 75 Gig, including videos and podcasts.

    • Alittle2late says:

      welcome home Schametti. ask away ,someone here will give you an honest and tried answer.

    • Welcome to the site… and the addiction. Just remember… you’re not paranoid, you’re proactive 🙂

    • Hi Schametti, Great start!!! I sure wasn’t that fast in the uptake. You may have a long way to go but, girl, you are moving right along. Welcome, and good luck to you.

    • Sw't Tater says:

      Schametti,. Glad to have you…nice to have the new ones, that are starting…what ever you add is more than you had…for a month that is an impressive start. TIPs… Look at the posts on getting started in this blog, go back for several months …read the what did you do to prep that have the most entries, especially…in them you will find much information cached… Look up the terms OPSEC. Learn the shortcuts that will assist you to store more with less. This is truly the point, many of us have less than we want and are struggling to find ways to secure our family..in some manner.

    • mountain lady says:

      Welcome to the Wolfpack. Sounds like you off to a great start.

    • FreeRangePagan says:

      Wow and welcome!

    • Schametti says:

      Thanks so much for the warm welcome, Everyone!! I can definitely tell this is where I need to be!!

    • worrisome says:

      Welcome, sounds like you are off to a good start!

    • Surviving in Ky. says:

      Way to go Schametti! You are off to a great start and welcome. You keep up the good work and don’t pay any attention to the ney sayers, might even not tell them anything. Because they will be the first ones to show up if something goes south. Again, Welcome and God Bless!

    • ozhillbilly says:

      Welcome to the Pack! Sure wish you lived in my hood!

    • Hunker-Down says:


      Welcome to the pack. Spend some time learning about water, how and when it may go bad and how to make it safe to drink. Learn the rule of threes.

      I learned a lot from the book “How to Live on Wheat” by John Hill. The topic that impressed me the most had nothing to do with living on wheat, but how to not kill the seeds you save for next years garden. All the other ‘seed saving’ sites I visited never mentioned the subject.
      You did more in one month than we did in 15.

    • Welcome to you! If you’re planning on gardening – I’d add The Vegetable Gardeners Handbook by Tozer and Seed to Seed by Ashworth so you can get good information on raising “different” vegetables as well as saving heirloom seeds for future use. And can’t praise The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Emery enough…

    • Indiana Joe says:

      Welcome. I’ve been prepping for about a year now. My advice is do what makes you happy. Especially here in Indiana the weather changes more often than we sneeze. Just wondering what you have prepped for heat in these cold spells. I have found that a propane adapter allows you to use a propain appliance much more efficient and longer than 1 gallon units. Need the converter hose and a filter adapter found on most gas grills. Keep prepping Hoosier!

    • WOW! You’re off to a great start. Keep it up. You will be amazed how quickly the wolf pack begin to feel like family, they are so supportive.

      If you have an questions, post them here, you’ll get a bunch of replies, and remember, the only stupid question is the one you didn’t ask. Since you are considering your families survival – that mistake could be fatal.

      To your list, I would add some herbal medicine information as well as locally edible plants you can gather to eat. You can get most of the information off the Internet and just print it. Also, search this site, there is a wealth of information here. and again, print it, just in case that gut feeling of yours includes an EMP which could destroy your computer.

      Good luck and welcome.

    • Welcome Schametti, you’re well on your way! Consider getting the poor man’s Big Berkey (gravity water filter using 5-gal buckets) from Just Water, available at Cheaper Than Dirt or Monolithic Domes. The filter part lasts 6 months once you wet it and will clean 15 gallons a day, or more if you pressurize the water.

    • Encourager says:

      Schametti (love the name!) welcome to the Wolf Pack. Ummm…for a beginner you are doing great! Wow!!

      I would add to your book pile:
      Where There Is No Dentist
      Holding Your Ground by Joe Nobody (he has also written some survival novels that are pretty good reading)
      and of course, 31 Days to Survival by M.D. Creekmore ;>)

      There are more, I am sure, but you have enough to read for a few months .

      DO take the firearm instruction class and then practice, practice, practice.

  37. Pete, the Windy City Viking says:

    Nice looking rifle, M.D.!

    The only thing I did this week was research various rimfire rifles in the .22 LR variety. I asked my local Cabelas to put aside a Henry AR Survival .22 after learning that they finally had one in stock.

    Watched a video on the Henry in use on another website and was impressed with its capacity to break down for storage in the Bug Out bag. I don’t have any experience with anything other than the S & W .38, so if anyone has any thoughts on whether the Henry is a viable option for purchase, please let me know…

  38. Nice .22 MD. I’m kinda partial to my Ruger 10/22 myself.
    This week I just replaced a couple cans of stuff we used and ordered 15 pounds of tobacco and tubes to match. That was not so much for emergency storage but for getting ready to retire. Hot dog, I can’t wait for Feb, 28th to roll around! Then the wife will have me around 24/7, she’s so excited!

  39. Wow! All the above reports on lack of ammo availability is scary as hell. Glad I have a good stock.S is gonna HTF soon I am afraid. Hda a disappointment in one of my preps this week. I was building a Bow out of PVC pipe. Found a great how to online. So I build the bow, order a bowstring. Bowstring comes, I put it on, Beautiful! Draw it back a few times to get the feel of it. Just great. About a 45 lb draw I’m guessing. So now I need to figure out what length arrows I need to buy for my draw length. So I get my wife to standby with a pencil to make a mark on a dowel rod as I draw it back like an arrow. Just as she is about to make the mark, the top of the bow cracks, throws the bowstring off, and almost knocks the crap out of my wife. So……. Into the trash with that idea. Now back to searching for a nice straight sapling to carve a traditional native american bow out of.
    Other than that, I finished construction on my Top Bar Beehive. Ready for Bees this Spring. I also attended the first of 6 beekeeping classes offered by the local Beekeepers Club, and the Cooperative Extension Agency.

    That was it for me this week.

  40. Harry the hat says:

    Hello Pack

    Ordered 30-30 ammo and did a Costco run to replenish some food stocks.
    Signed up for the Ham class and test. Awaiting the fire house to schedule the CERT training. Put my name on a list to be notified when .224 bullets come in to reload some cases. My dw who said I was a hoarder is now seeing things in a different light. She used the r word (revolution may be coming) and is now seeing what I have been doing is preparing for what may be coming. Ordered and received a training pistol but let in NH on my return. I have been asked to train a neighbor in the use of a pistol, (NRA Certified Instructor for basic pistol, personal protection). Every neighbor trained is more security for the neighborhood. Planning on stocking up on canned goods on sale (NPR) never pay retail if you can avoid it. Will send letters to elected officials this week.

    Have a save week and stay aware of what is happening inside the beltway!

  41. livinglife says:

    I have contacted my congressional reps and posted information to people I know about the potential economic impact of pending anti gun legislation. Hunting tourism is big dollars, contact your state fish and game website. Politicians never vote to give up revenue. Its a billion dollar impact in TX at the top of the chart. FBI crime statistics disprove the theories of the ban crowd. We have to be as vocal as the anti crowd to defeat them.

    No luck finding gun spares, pretty well sold out, many sites are not allowing back ordering.
    Purchased one piece cleaning rods, they work much better than the multi piece rods for long guns.

  42. MountainSurvivor says:

    Very nice rifle, good choice. I know Feinstein would have a cow if she knew you had that, LOL! There has been a run on ammo so I went for ten boxes. The shelves were almost empty when I arrived at the store but the clerk managed to get what I was interested in and took a dollar off from a recent sale that was on week before last. Stocked up on over $160 in canned goods for $78 at a local outlet. Another trip with good buys and the cupboards will be bursting. Read a prophetic article that says if there is one more period of drought or disaster, because our nation has run out of reserves, store shelves will be picked clean in no time and the nation is going to experience hunger and famine. If the famine comes before summer is over, there are around four months to fill the stocks and pantry. Next trip and I know I will be collecting up the bottled water in 24-packs. I have been purchasing bottled fruit juices and canned fruits in their own juices for hydration if the water runs out, an EMP is used or the grid is shut off. There was a strong quake near southern Alaska and coastal Canada but the tsunami’s waves have not posed a threat so the alert for the tsunami was cancelled. I am hopeful that a big earthquake or tremors will not follow and shake me or the houses around or crack walls again. In the early 2000s, everyone was evacuated from my town’s college buildings and the ground took me for a small roller coaster ride. My teacher and every student within eyeshot just stared at me wobbling in place. Signed and sent petitions to stop Feinstein and Obama and a petition to stop our Government from funding (terrorists) in the middle east.

  43. First post to WDYDTPTW in a few weeks, since it’s been crazy busy. For Christmas I received some .380 and 9mm ammunition, and 3 of the 8.9 ounce isobutene cartridges for my camping/BOB stoves.
    Received an order from Army Gear of two of their amazing sleeping bag deals and some tent seam sealer. Most of my MAG members already have these bags, and although they are “used” surplus, they look new, with the Gore-Tex bivy cover still new in a package (http://www.armygear.net/ag/store/0148g.html). If you buy anything from this place, be sure to check out their special deals section which is offering a 10% discount on the order for the price of $0.01 (yes, just one cent).
    Ordered from Amazon a Baofeng UV 5RA Ham Two Way Radio (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009MAKWC0/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i01), a programming cable, and antenna connector. Also ordered some rescue taooe that I read about here on the blog. The total was large enough for free shipping. Also, when ordering from Amazon, don’t forget to go there through MD’s link so he gets a little spiff from your order.
    Finally, I ordered some normal capacity (30 round) Magpul magazines from DSG Arms for $99.95 + S&H of around $10. They’re on back order, but they claim they will fill them when they get stock. Bought from these guys before and have been very satisfied.
    Here’s hoping that 2013 will end up being as good a year as we can make it.

  44. jacob greene says:

    Up here in canuckistan we’re not having the same issues regarding firearms as you are in the states. So fortunately for us ammo and guns arent drying up as quickly. But its only a matter of time: so i bought 8 boxes of 555winchester. 22 ammo at $21 per box.

  45. canadagal says:

    Hello everyone from the great white north. Around Christmas it was -30C but has warmed up alot & this am was only -8.

    Montana lady I know how you feel as I’m 71 also and slowing down fast but I’ve worked hard all my life so when I’m discouraged about the slowness I just tell myself I deserve a little rest. I find a little goes a long way whether its work or rest. Lets say as we age we have learned a few efficiencies. Every little bit counts.

    Schametti all I can say is WOW!!! You have really jumped in so give yourself a pat on the back. If our nations people as a whole could do as much for even 1 month we’d put a number of government agencies out of business. Keep it up. Who knows for sure how long until we may need these extras.

    What have I done lately?
    1. I did stock taking in my pantry & a few other areas & put it all on a spread sheet so now I know how much canned raspberries, tomatoes, rhubarb juice,flour, bandaides etc. I have. I will print it off & put it on a clip board in the pantry so I can check off as I use & add as I buy. This way I can ration what I have little of & be more extravagant where I have lots. Still have to stock take on 2 freezers…cold but necessary job.
    2. Bought 44lb oatmeal, 5 lb br. sugar, 5 lb icing sugar 1 lb yeast, 1 lb ea. of chicken & beef soup base.
    3. Family decided I was the one to get the turkey carcass so brought it home & made a bunch of turkey stock. Enough for 6 meals for the two of us. Froze most.
    4. Bought 8 new zippers in a bag for 99 cents, 6 1/2 yds very nice fabric for $5, Heavy like new curtains that I will make 2 pr for basement windows for 2.99 from 2nd hand store. Also bought new from fabric store 4 yd fabric for quilting on sale for only $2 yd.

    Hopefully you Americans can solve your problems without a revolution. It is sad to see governments that feel they need so much power. Sometimes we Canadians feel pretty upset too. Here it is more of east vs west problems that get our dander up. Have a great week everyone

    • mountain lady says:

      Canadagal, thanks for the encouragement. I obviously have not given up hope, or I would not come out here. Thanks again.

  46. The following letter, written by U.S. Marine Joshua Boston and headlined “No ma’am.,” was posted in the CNN iReport on Dec. 27 with the included note from the producer and photo. It has struck a nerve with many and is being circulated around social media venues like Twitter and Facebook.
    Senator Dianne Feinstein,
    I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government’s right to know what I own. Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I own so that it may be taken from me by a group of people who enjoy armed protection yet decry me having the same a crime. You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain. I am a Marine Corps Veteran of 8 years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one.
    I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America.
    I am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.
    I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public.
    We, the people, deserve better than you.
    Respectfully Submitted,
    Joshua Boston
    Cpl, United States Marine Corps

  47. Rider of Rohan says:

    You are not crazy, Amy, far from it. And welcome to the Pack. The people here are knowledgable and loyal, and you will not find a better and more helpful place. There is much to learn, much to do, and our time grows short. But slow and steady wins the race. Good prepping, new prepper.

  48. MrSpud in ID says:

    Unfortunaltey I did nothing this to prep this week! At least not for TEOTWAWKI. My best friend, Mother of my children and prepping pardner, finally passed from her cancer on Sunday December the 30th. My wife was a big supporter of my prepping and she will be missed greatly! Feels as if my world has already ended! I am only happy that she is no longer in pain and is able to breathe again without a struggle! Now it’s just our two Beautiful daughters of 10 & 11 and me. I will continue to prep and teach the kids what they need to learn, like I know she would want me to do….just with a VERY heavy heart!
    Teresa I will love you always……and you will NEVER be forgotten!! I miss you already! :'(

    • MrSpud in ID:

      My friend, you have my deepest condolences. I’m not sure I would have been able to even write the note you did if I lost my partner. She came into my life at it’s lowest point; it was either a long climb up or take the “Exit” door. For the last 21 years, she’s been there, keeping me going.

      Good luck.

    • MrSpud in ID,

      I am so sorry to hear about your wife’s passing – I wish that there was something that I can say or do to make the pain go away, but I know that there isn’t, only God and time can do that. Don’t worry you will see her again shortly in heaven and there will be no more pain or tears – only happiness, completeness and love. I will keep you and your children in my prayers.

    • MrSpud in ID,
      I suspect the thoughts and prayers of the entire pack are with you. What you have experienced along with perhaps loss of a job is a much more likely TEOTWAWKI scenario than EMP, or other things we worry about. I think most of us prep, not only for ourselves, but for our posterity. I can’t even imagine how you feel, or where you go from here, but those two little girls of yours should be a constant source of strength, as you move into the future.

    • MrSpud, I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Teresa. From your post, it is clear that her life here on Earth was filled with love, and that she will always be cherished in your heart.

      As your daughters grow up, may you see in them many of the traits that led you to fall in love with their dear mother.

    • worrisome says:

      Condolences Mr Spud! We can only imagine the pain you and the girls are living with. Was there myself two years ago come July. It is a struggle, but with every passing day things do get more normal. Never easy and you will always miss her. I will keep you and your family in my prayers………..never give up! Be the best role model you can be for those around you, there is courage, hope and redemption in that.

    • Hunker-Down says:

      MrSpud in ID,

      There are no words to take away your hurt. The pack has you and the girls in their prayers. Take care of yourself so you will be able to take care of the girls.

    • My heartfelt sympathies go with you. My first husband died and left me with a 11 year old son, so I can only tell you that it will get better and she’s in a better place.

    • Alittle2late says:

      You have my deepest condolences. Rest easy in knowing you wife is with God now and suffers no more. I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers.

    • MrSpud in ID,
      So sorry for your loss. Like the others have said I too wish there was something I can say to ease your pain. Just know you and your girls are in our prayers.

    • Surviving in Ky. says:

      I am so sorry for loss MrSpud in ID. I hope God will heal your suffering and bless your daughters. I will say a prayer for you, God Bless.

      • Mr.Spud sorry for the the loss of your loved one, but you will be in the Wolf Pack’s and my prayers..

        “If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.” ~The Crow, written by James O’Barr, David J. Schow, and John Shirley, 1994

    • Sw't Tater says:

      Mr Spud…so very sorry for your loss.All of this life is temporary and eternal life is forever.

    • Millie in KY says:

      OH…Mr Spud…I am so terribly, terribly sorry for your loss. Teresa sounds like a lovely woman and what a horrible thing for you to all go through. Know that she is still there with you. My hope is that you will be able to carry on with your precious, lovely girls with Teresa’s help, only it will be in a different way. You will see when the time comes. I so wish there was something I could do to help you all out. Please come here if you need to, just to talk or unload or just tell us how you feel. And give those great kids a hug from all of us and one for you, too. Please take care of yourself, also….

    • MrSpud in ID, We’ll keep you in our prayers. So sorry for your and you’re girls loss.

      • Petticoat Prepper says:

        My deepest sympathy. It’s so very hard even when you know it’s best for them. I’m coming up on 2 years for my mom, blessing for her but miss her more than I can say. I don’t know if I can say it gets better but it does get easier.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Mr. Spud, you have my prayers and condolences. It is good that your wife is no longer suffering. But in a way she is still with you. I bet you can look at your beautiful daughters and see many of the good qualities of your wife. Love them all the more is my advice.

    • Judy, another one says:

      My condolence MrSpud, I can only image how lost and hurt you must feel right now. I will hold you and your family in my prayers.

    • georgeislearning says:

      I am so sorry for your loss. I don’t know what to say other then we love you and your kids. May God bless you in these times.

    • Oh no. I am so sorry Mr. Spud.

    • Encourager says:

      MrSpud, my heart breaks for you and your precious daughters. Praying for all of you!

      • Mr. Spud, so sorry for your loss of your beloved partner.I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you will be comforted and lifted as you focus on your little girls. Mrs. M (in Idaho)

    • You and your girls are in my thoughts and prayers.

    • MrSpud
      you & your children are in my thoughts & prayers. I’m sorry for your loss.

    • Copperhead says:

      MrSpud in ID,
      My deepest sympathy to you and your daughters. It is hard to watch a loved one be sick and then pass away. Allow yourself and your daughters the time to mourn…you can be tough a little later. I have been in your shoes with my husband and can understand a little bit. God bless and comfort all of you.

  49. Sw't Tater says:

    Not much done this week toward preps,
    … mostly preparing a wedding gift .
    ….Stored a few 2 liter bottles of water…working on list..of chores.
    ….received a package of plants.
    …. Worked on perfecting some recipes.Wrote those down as prepared, to simplify.
    ….Tried a dehydrated dish, made from scratch past spring.. Note to self….will store ingredients separately. Learned from that one!
    Pack… Pack it tight, secure all possible
    …those with faith…watch and be aware.”Quit ye like men”!.
    ….those without faith, might want to develop some.
    ..re-evaluation could be in order for all…of what is important, of what you need, of goals, and what will be necessary to obtain those goals. ..count the cost, make sure the price is one you are able and willing to pay, whatever you choose to do.

  50. 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:


      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.


      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!

      • 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.

  51. 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!

  52. 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

  53. 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.

  54. 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:

          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

  55. 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.

  56. 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.

  57. 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:

    Have a great week, Pack.

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


  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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!!

  63. 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.

  64. 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

  65. 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!

  66. 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.

  67. 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.

  68. 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.

  69. 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. 🙂

  70. 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.

  71. 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:


          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.


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

  72. 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.

  73. 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!
    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.

  74. 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.

  75. 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

  76. 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.

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