What did you do to prep this week?

Before we start this morning I would like to thank Cookies By Heart, Robert R, Dean C, and Lynnkay B for their generous donations this week. If you wish to make a contribution you can do that here.

Okay, lets see… If you remember, I mentioned a couple of months ago that I was going to look into making an archive CD of this blog available to readers. Well guess what? It’s not as easy (for me) as I thought it would be, I’ve looked online and read everything that I could find on the subject, but still can’t figure out how to do it where the CD will have all the posts from the blog and be searchable.

It’s probably easy to do – once you know how.. and I’ll figure it out eventually, I always do. I’ll keep you updated and will let you know as soon as I have a CD ready for you.

Speaking of the blog… I hope you like the changes that I’ve made to the layout and headers… nothing drastic just a few small changes that I hope will make the site more “user-friendly” for you. Hay, if you have any suggestions let me know.

Okay, now what did I do to prep this week…

Unfortunately, not a lot to mention this week – I picked up two packages of “Bic Mini Lighters” three boxes of CCI MINI MAG .22 ammo, cleaned, hugged and oiled my guns and promised them that Obama was not going to take them.

I assured them that Obama loves guns, The Second Amendment and the U.S. Constitution – he must because, he is directly responsible for putting millions of semiautomatic firearms, plus hundreds of truck loads of ammo and full-capacity magazines into the hands of the American public. Because of him and his love for the Second Amendment the U.S. is far better armed than we would have ever been without him. We have enough guns, magazines and ammunition to last two life-times:-D.

I would also like to thank Mr. Obama’s left-hand man Joe “The Moe” Biden, and let’s not forget Dianne “Frankenstein” Feinstein, and Eric “the gun runner” Holder for their great work in promoting gun ownership and sells that resulted in hundreds of thousands of AR-15 rifles being sold and put into the hands of American citizens over the course of the last month. Thank you – you guys are great. :heh:

And let’s not for get the growing NRA membership – last reports that I read stated over 100,000 new members since the Sandy Hook murders. It’s like Obama and his gun loving buddies donated $3,500,000 to the NRA! Thank you all for helping the NRA and it’s members with financial support with which to defend the Second Amendment.

Sorry, folks I got a little excited there… but we do have some great folks in Washington, don’t we.

I do wish that I had more to report this week, after all I am supposed to set an example for everyone else, or so I’ve been told – but funds have been short, and preps have been small. I did make a short list of thinks that I want to get in the near future… Including…

Five-hundred more rounds of .308 ammo.

  • Taurus CIA revolver.
  • A decent ATV.
  • A larger garden area.
  • More dwarf fruit and nut trees planted on my property.

Well folks that is it for me… what about you? What did YOU do to prep this week?

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  1. The new pantry is slowly getting filled. Went from a smaller but full pantry to “geez, we’re out of everything!” with the new, larger one.

    On the medical prepping front, I put a suture, my first, in unbroken human skin (needlessly) as a test of a home-brewed local anesthetic. A very trusting cousin (and fellow survivalist) was the patient. He indicated no pain during the procedure, just pressure – at least until the numbing wore off anyway. I need more practice on knots/throws however. Except for the minor detail that the patient arrived with more blood than he left with, we both considered it a successful test. Guess it’s my turn to be the guinea pig, errr, patient next time.

    • Sw't Tater says:

      Home brewed local anesthetic? ..that works, I’d like to have that recipe.

    • Millie in KY says:

      Red, take a piece of foam rubber, cut a gash in it with a box cutter. Instant dummy to practice on. And reusable. And painless. Use the cheap suture stuff. And ALWAYS wear gloves when dealing with human bloodiness….

      • Thanks Millie. Been watching for pigs feet at the local butchers, hear that’s real close to human skin, but none found so far. Been using chicken legs for practice, think I was a bit freaked with a live person as I’ve done better throws for sure. Never tried foam rubber, but that makes sense. Yes Ma’am on the gloves – and boiled the needle holder and thoroughly cleaned the area first.

        Fuzzy pic of the suture and the mess leftover if anyone’s interested.


  2. Rider of Rohan says:

    Wow, I had a busy week, and haven’t been able to follow things here very well. First, JP, thanks for writing the article on reloading. I haven’t been able to read it yet, but will sit down this evening and read it. Really looking forward to it.
    As for preps, I did find some .22lr and bought 240 rds. of CCI velocitors. Pretty expensive, but you take what you can get. Also bought 2 mags and paid too much, but what the heck, that’s two I didn’t have.
    For other preps I bought extra toothpaste, shampoo, soap, toilet paper, disposable razor blades, peroxide, cotton balls, and rubbing alcohol.
    For food preps I got the Red Feather butter and cheese I ordered last week, and am anxious to try some of it. I also stocked up on flour, corn meal, salt, sugar, coffee, and replaced the canned goods we’ve used over the past few weeks.
    That’s about it other than some vandals shot my door with what must have been a high-powered pellet rifle as the dents are pretty deep in my door. It’s a pretty long shot from the road I live on, and if it happens again I hope to get the little devils as I put out a game camera.

  3. Hello Pack and MD

    Preps for this week:
    Bought 80 rnds of 7.62×39 for the dreaded, evil ( at least from the viewpoint of our DL and his cronies ) AK.
    Bought from Walgreen coupon 3-2lb Honey for 5.99 each. Honey has indefinite shelf life, or so I am told.
    From Menards 12 rechargeable AA batteries and 1 charger for them.
    tactical flashlight from the Gunshack, runs on 1 AA, surprisingly bright.

    It is interesting to note, as I am sure most of the Pack has observed and experienced, that .223, .22 LR and even .308 surplus, ball type ammo is very scarce at Cabelas, Fleet Farm and Gander Mtn around the Milwaukee area. Also I reload and you cannot find .308 or .223 brass at all, primers scarce, and some powders in short supply. It goes without saying all AR and AK/SKS type rifles and their attendant magazines are nowhere to be found.

    Good thing I followed MD advice and others and got the goods while the
    getting was good.

    God bless all and prep on.

  4. Harry the hat says:

    Hi MD and pack.

    Not much prepping as I have been studying for my ham test next month. However I did purchase a RCBS Charge master dispenser & scale for my reloading. As I have much brass to trim and reload.

    Finally getting my DW on board for laying in food. Whew!!! So I am putting together a list of canned goods to pick up case lots of veggies and canned meat and also pasta.

    DW helped with our County doing flu shots Sat. Over 1,000 showed up!

    Be safe and remember God is in control.


  5. Got in the Tactical Shotgun and Pistol books by Suarez. Sevin dusted the plants. We have some fungus problem with squash and tomatoes down here.
    Dried some ghost peppers, my gosh are they hot! They took the world record in 2009 at 1,000,000 scoville units,,,, jalapeno’s are about 8,000. It’s closest cousin is the Scotch Bonnet at 500,000.
    Cleaned and oiled the guns.
    Should have a fresh mess of green beans by Thursday.

  6. Mystery Guest says:

    I want to thank everyone that prayed for my nephew who was in that car wreck. The car he was in the front drivers side is all smashed in. He faired much better, his chest hurt from the air bag and he was off work for 5 days. So he is doing fine.
    I appreciate the prayers.

  7. M.D.:

    I was just at my favorite motorcycle/ATV dealer this weekend. I have a Honda Ruckus (49cc scooter) that just isn’t enough for what I wanted it for. So it is going on consignment. After we talked, most of the proceeds are going on account at the dealership (might as well be there as in the bank with interest rates where they are). This way I can put money toward a new-to-me ATV when one that fits my parameters comes in on a trade. They sell CFMoto’s (Chinese), Arctic Cat’s, and Suzuki’s. I asked him for what I want whether I should go with the Arctic Cat or the Suzuki, he said the Suzuki; I’d save money in the long run.

    Additionally, they spend a LOT of time cleaning and fixing small engines that have been left sit with “ethanol added” regular fuel. Based upon our discussions, I will no longer store anything by Supreme as it is the only one that does not contain ethanol in Montana. I don’t use my small engines (chainsaws, power washer, ATV’s, etc.) enough to store them with fuel in them (he said anything over 2 weeks) without using them so all my container fuel for them will be stabilized and no ethanol!

  8. NotAHusker says:

    I broke down and bought a Sig 2022 .40 S&W. I wanted one for a while and bought it on Jan 19th to make a statement on National Gun Appreciation Day.

    Of course I turned it in for a gift card to make Obama and Co. happy <,

  9. Millie in KY says:

    I always think I haven’t done much until I sit down to list what I have done. So this is a very good thing, to think out loud, to share, to get ideas and think “oh! I need to put that idea on my list!” I’m always thankful for everything you all share with me.
    So I took possession of the new pistol yesterday, DH picked it up on the way to work this morning. It’s a S & W 9mm model 59. I didn’t know that before. The ammo I bought appears to fit in it just fine, thankfully.
    Wal Mart trip for groceries, I found the big cans dated 2016 of Bruce’s yams for 1.00 each so got six and will get more if they have them next week. 6 cans of chicken (12 oz) and started out with 5 cans of mackeral for the dogs to mix with rice for them to eat. Damn, I have to buy a lot of mackeral. I figured with shooting crows or other vermin that this would be their protein sources, and some eggs from the hens. The hens are being picked off by a pair of foxes. They are beautiful. However, I think my first kill will be directed at them. I will be sick when this happens but I have to start somewhere….. I want to order another 50 hens laying and 50 roosters for eating this spring. If I can get 25 or 30 eggs a day, I won’t worry about protein for the dogs. They free range and I have no bugs and the weeds have dramatically reduced in the pasture.
    The three big cans of sliced dried potatoes that have been on back order forever were shipped this week so should be here next week.
    I bought seeds. Overwhelming. How do you choose? So many kinds, all heirloom. Some are just beautiful. Some will be for eating and some will be for making more seed. I got four different kinds of beans to plant for saving seeds only. They only had 50 or 100 to a bag. A cool watermelon called Sun, Stars, Moon with big splotches on the side. A little cantaloupe from Russia, single size serving and only a couple of months for maturity. I also found a small greenhouse for $20 from TSC, 19 x 24 inches and 63 inches tall. For $20 I’ll give it a try and get those seeds started a few weeks early. I had to get a rain check and think you can still do that thru today, but check the on line flyer. lI need to plant a lot of black eyed peas and maybe lima beans.
    I found ammo for the pistol (thank God, I wasn’t sure I would find it), ordered it, 50 rounds of the better quality and 950 rounds for the range and to kill tin cans with. Also found 500 rounds of 30-30 for DH, he turned in his change container and had enough to buy that. I signed up for a Conceal and Carry class on February 2nd but see there is a range just a couple of miles from us (I knew there was a gun shop but didn’t know there was a range) so will check there and see when theirs is. The one I signed up for is over an hour away. Dh will have to take one, too, but mine was first.
    I also got a book at the used book store for cooking beans and grains a million different ways. Another one about Solving Gardening problems.
    I think that is all. I have a spiral notebook, write down all kinds of things that I think I need to explore and look up and think about.
    I’ve pretty much blown this month’s extra money just on these things plus the pistol. So will just work on some extra food each week for the rest of the month. Next month I hope to order a good size amount of things from LDS. The well guy has not been out yet so if he doesn’t come on Wednesday, I will call and see if I can nail him down to a time.

    MD would love to see a once a week thing on questions or just discussion on whatever we like. I have so many questions that come up and don’t want to be a pest. And I’m reading the other posts here as fast as I can!

    Hope you all had a nice week and are looking ahead to our new challenges in the future.

  10. Tigerlily says:

    I didn’t get a lot done this week again. It’s hard to come up with extra when you are down to one income for the family, but I still did some, especially reading.

    I did manage to put away another 20 pounds of cat food, a big jug of hand soap, bleach, and several packets of seeds for $.20 each. I also joined a seeds of the month club and got my first delivery from them. I was pretty pleased with the package I received. They are all heirloom varieties.

  11. Bought your book, dear. “31 Days to Suvival is a gem and has helped my hubby with the lists. Purchased more V8 juice in cans. Will try using it as a soup base. Hubby loves it. Also purchased more lighters at a surplus store. Slow week.

    QUESTION: Does anyone have nuts in their food storage? Best way to store long-term so they won’t get rancid?

    • LyndaKay,
      Thank you – I’m glad that you like my book and found it helpful, I wrote it with the intent of making prepping easier.

    • midwest mrs says:

      I keep Hickory and Black walnuts. They are best kept in the shell and like other long term storage, out of sun and heat. I can tell you that I am still cracking good hickory nuts from our 2010 fall season-2 years of storage and really no special way except in a bucket w/lid in my side room after they are floated for bad ones and air dried before putting in the buckets. Good thing they keep too because the last 2 seasons were not very productive!

    • Encourager says:

      LyndaKay, I use V8 juice in my sloppy joes. It adds a little extra zing.

      As for nuts, freezing them is best. I have a book called Nourishing Traditions and in it is a recipe for nuts. Most nuts have an enzyme in them that is hard to digest. If you have ever eaten a LOT of nuts in one sitting and felt like there was a heavy lump in your gut, you know what I mean.

      Here is what I did with 4 cups of walnuts:
      Soak them with water to cover and added 2 tsp of salt. Soak overnight (12 hours). The next day drain them (I also rinsed them once) and dry in an oven set at no more than150 degrees for 8-12 hours until dry and crispy. My oven only goes down to 170 so I got out my food dryer and set it at 135 degrees. It took overnight to dry them. They taste wonderful. I will set aside some for snacking and freeze the rest. I use a Food Saver to suck out the air in the bags and seal them.

    • V8 sounds good as a base, will try it. Thanks.

  12. Encourager says:

    Most of last week was spent around my MIL – eye doctor appointment one day, physical checkup the next and that night we got a call at 1AM (no call in the wee hours is ever a good call…) that Mom had fallen after standing up on a chair. What?! I would sure love to know how she got up there as she can hardly lift her foot to get over the door edge and into a car. However, that is what she said she was doing and there was a chair on its side and root beer cans everywhere. So we spent most of the early morning hours in the ER with her. Nothing broken, just lots of bruises. We were surprised that she had on the same clothes she wore that afternoon for her doctor appointment; why didn’t the staff get her ready for bed? And why was she not checked on? Apparently she had been on the floor for quite a while. The next day, at 3:30AM, the phone rang again. It was Mom, just wanting to talk, and thinking it was about 8AM. Groan…I just can’t miss two nights of sleep in a row. The next day we chose a Hospice for her. They will help with special meds for when she gets so upset and starts hitting, kicking and shoving the staff, bring in a hospital bed so she will be more comfortable, supply her oxygen and many other things such as pull-ups we have been buying, sending in someone nearly every day and be on call 24/7. It is a relief. The only other option is moving her to a nursing home. No way.

    I did place a large order with our food buying club which will be here tomorrow. Bought 30# of organic flour, 6# of cheese, gluten free lasagna noodles and spaghetti, 5# gluten free flour, 6# of sea salt, 20# of rolled oats, and more that I can’t remember.

    I am trying to use up some of the food out of the big freezer as we can’t get anything else into it. Need to get out some soup bones and make beef broth so we can have French Onion Soup this week. Our soup bones are so meaty I don’t have to use any other beef with them. Will roast them first so the broth is nice and dark. I am trying to cook mostly from scratch; used to do this all the time when the boys were little but got out of the habit once they grew up and moved out. Good practice for when SHTF.

    Terrible winds yesterday and last night. Gusts way over 50mph. Have some dead branches down but not as much as I expected. On the way into town this morning we noticed a lot of dead trees down, some pushed to the side of the road. If it weren’t so darn cold we would be out and about gathering some of the downed wood for our woodstoves. That’s about it. Blessings to the Pack!. M.D., I like how all the posts are numbered!

    • Encourager, having experienced same as what you are going through with your MIL with my aunt, mom and dad in the last 5 years, I truly understand! Unbelievable shenanigans; whippy conversations, etc. When it got really bad, I would go get my albums from when they were much much younger and treating my own small child temper tantrums and it would remind me that I was now in pay it back mode. I know it is different with a mother in law because it wasn’t you she tolerated when you were young………..so bless you on being the great person you are to give a hand. Bless you.

      • Encourager says:

        Thanks for the encouraging words, Worrisome, I really appreciate it. Sometimes it is hard not to feel overwhelmed with the whole situation. Today we are suppose to pick up her bed so Hospice can deliver a hospital bed. It has been snowing all morning, a good 2″+ on the ground and pulling that trailer in this will be no picnic.

        On a funny note: On a particularly stressful day when my oldest son was present with his grandma, I walked out of the room and he followed. I pretended to scream silently, he laughed and I said “If I ever get like that, shoot me and bury me!” His quick reply: “How deep?”

  13. richard muszynski says:

    greetings. pretty well frozen in here in the great NorthEastern corner of the country. but i did get a new Bounty Hunter medal detector. and ordered a battery charger that will recharge the 9 volt batteries it uses. So don’t have to continue to buy Copper Top 9 volt any more. just recharge them when they go down. Ordered a fair amount of seeds from J.L. Hudson, seedsman in California. they handle a lot of really good non-genetically screwed with varietys like the corn that the native people used in the desert areas. also cabbage, missouri Wonder pole beans. holy Basil, which is a handy organic medication. sugar beet seeds. absinthium seeds for another medication use. some Hopi Blue corn, Oaxacan Green Corn. lot of stuff still to get. trying to get a variety. got info books on a variety of subjects that might come in handy. from the news lately sounds like our great leader is trying to destroy the world as we know it before the planet does the deed.

    • richard. It is good to see your post. I have not heard from you in a while.

      • richard muszynski says:

        greetings. yes it has been a while. at times i get the old isolation feeling. but then i am normally a lone wolf. coming out of a bout now. not easy when you are old and basically alone. that gives me some advantages that most people don’t have, but is not always comfortable. i must admit that i run into more interesting people lately. still so much to do and it seems not that much time to do it in. still have to overhaul the Slant 6 engine for my pick up so i can turn it into a LDV (long distance vehicle) that will run on wood smoke when there is no longer any gasoline to be had. keeps me occupied at least. plan on getting a new Hobart stick welder to help turn some ideas into steel. have fun, that is about all life is good for.

        • worrisome says:

          Richard? How much does that metal detector weigh?

        • The slant six is a great engine. If you rebuild it use a quality timing chain and a melling hi volume oil pump.You can use a rv cam in it and modern hyper tectutic spelling pistons and you will have a great rugged rig.

  14. Picked the remainder of the purple top turnips from the garden and am dehydrating the turnip part. Will probalby get about 3 batches. I find these, like dhydrated okra, are really good in soup. Just drop some in the mix about the last 30 minutes of cooking. Received garden seeds and went shopping for “items of security”.

  15. Warmongerel says:

    Not a great week in prepping, but not bad. Slow and steady. Hopefully that’s fast enough, but I’m beginning to wonder. This house of cards could come down in a hurry.

    – Got an e-mail from SportsmansGuide.com informing me that the 500 rounds of 7.62 that was supposed to ship tomorrow is now backordered until MAY 15th!

    I wasn’t surprised, but I don’t think that they were, either. Kinda sleazy business practice to sell product that you know you’re not going to have.

    I’ll leave it open and see what happens. In the meantime, just have to keep looking for local sources.

    – Got 100 rounds of .40S&W FMJ for my birthday. Gotta love the old man. Added another 100 rounds myself. Also 25 rounds of .40 HP. Stopped buying for my oddball 9mm’s for the time being. Now that I have something that shoots “common” ammo gonna stock up fast.

    On the plus side, my local Gander Mountain has plenty of .40 sitting on their shelves.

    – Put away a bunch more Tang, rice, beans, potato flakes, pasta and various seasonings. I’ll never have enough, of course, but I’m feeling better about the food stocks.

    – Put more water in stock, of course. I may live in “The Land of 10,000 Lakes”, but I want enough to get by for a while in a crisis.

    – Put away some more medical supplies. Bandages, antibiotic ointments, etc.

    Here’s a tip: My ex-wife brought my daughter to the doctor for her acne and she was prescribed antibiotics for her condition.

    My kid’s acne is far from severe, yet they give her refills on Cephalexin faster than she can use it.

    For any of you with teenagers, something to consider. 60 pills for a $10 co-pay can’t be beat.

    Off topic, but something that I was thinking about yesterday. When my dad died about a year and a half ago, there were cases and cases of canning jars in his garage. Must have been 500 of them. Think his girlfriend who had died the year before was planning to get into canning.

    And I gave them all away. Not that I know anything about canning yet, but kicking myself now. Shows how my mindset has changed since I started prepping.

    Think that’s about it for this week, folks. Thanks to all of you and to M.D. for all he does. Good luck and God bless.

    • riverrider says:

      w, know what you mean about sg. they still owe me 223 from last march. i’m about to invoke fcc section 435-439 and see how they like it.

  16. I just watched Doomsday Preppers, UK Edition. The show is so much better than the U.S. version. The people on the show are not extremists. They have common sense reasons for prepping. They are intelligent. The editors don’t belittle their reasons for prepping by saying there is a 1 in 5 million chance of this-and-that happening. The show features real skills. In the episode I watched there was an emphasis on skills, because regardless of how much you stockpile, it’s going to run out. They emphasized a renewable source of food, hunting sustainably and just how difficult it is to take down wild game.

    I recommend the British version.

  17. Wanted to help out with this info: If anyone is wanting a lifetime membership in the NRA for a great price, go to this forum:


    and the person has info on how to get the lifetime membership for $300. He explains how to get this price in easy steps. Not a trick or scam. Just have to have a life member as a sponsor and I joined using my DH as my sponsor. Now a life member myself in this fight against TDL and his goons. That was my prep!

  18. Tactical G-Ma says:

    Hey Pack,
    Hope all are staying well.
    MD, prepping has an ebb and flow. Just do as much as you can when you can and that’s all you can do.
    I have had a week of finishing up our retaining wall and having the 1st 8 yds. Of top soil delivered. Next week we will get the super soil and till.
    DH and I set up our outdoor kitchen and ordered a 250 gal. LP tank and piping. I still have to order my generator conversion kit but it will run off that tank also. Then I don’t have to store and rotate out so much gasoline.
    We received a lot of our seed this week. Still need to order a few more. Ordered a side of beef and replaced used goods.
    Went to Goodwill and bought a box of 24 long taper candles for $2 and a large metal canister for $1 to use as a faraday cage for the 2-ways and DH’s backup insulin pump.
    Also, made an alliance with one of the largest extended families in these parts.
    What’s that saying, God never closes a door without opening a window. But anything of value takes effort.
    Although I no longer own any firearms, I did stop in to see the biggest dealer in our area. It was Tuesday morning and the place was jumping. I had my eye on a popular long arm that was $600 in October. Now it is $2100. I just shook my head. He is still able to get common ammo but it is more expensive now. I haven’t been to Walmart in weeks so I don’t know what they have.
    I still have a to-do list about a mile long to get done while it is cool enough to not get heat stroke.
    Love you guys. You and yours are in my prayers. I don’t have faith in the Feds but I do have faith in you.

  19. Hello all.
    Spare change was very low this week so no purchases.

    The car’s alternator went out on the way to work. Left it parked at work while trying to find a way to take care of the problem. That was the bad part, now comes the good part.

    I’m thankful for how things turned out because:
    . DS2 picked up another alternator for me as he knew I was in a bind,
    . got a short visit with DS2, DIL and GS,
    . had the use of a company vehicle while mine was not working,
    . did the repairs Sat. morning at work and picked a little overtime,
    . the problem occured on a week when there was not a long weekend work trip.

  20. Hello everyone,
    Brand new prepper here. Only been prepping about six weeks.I try to prep a little everyday. This week I ordered some first aid supplies for my BOB. I dehydrate something everyday and I go to the gym to get in shape.And I’m reading and learning everything possible about being self sufficient. I have arifle that my late husband bought me so my son is taking me out to practice. I haven’t been shooting in over thee years so i guess it’s time. Good thing he keeps it clean for me. Lol Have a great week all and thanks for a great blog. You have taught me a lot.

    • NanaBlue,

      Welcome to the Wolf Pack. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. We’ve got answers. I recommend you go to “Popular Posts” (link below) and read the first two articles, “10 Things to Do Now” and “10 More Things to Do Now”. Those two posts helped me a lot when I first started.


    • Encourager says:

      NanaBlue, welcome to the Wolf Pack.

    • NanaBlue:

      Welcome. After you take BamBam’s advice, get M.D.’s book “31 days to survival”. It will give you a good step-by-step process to get you to where YOU want to be with your prepping.

  21. Thomas T. Tinker says:

    Welcome NanaBlue!!! I… we hope you enjoy your stay in here. Sounds as if you are starting just right…. slowly. If you haven’t read MD’s ‘ten things to do… and… ten more things to do’ take a look. I stop in here a few times a week and I never fail to get a new lead or pick up some new info. See you………

    • Thanks everyone for the warm welcome.
      I have read the ten things to do and the next ten things and most of his other posts. I feel like i’ m stalking!! LOL I’ll look into getting the other book mentioned. Have a great week!!

  22. RE: Putting the site on a CD

    The problem you’re probably running into is the fact that WordPress is a database driven website. You could probably make a backup and a user could install emulating software like XAMPP on their machines, then import your database from the CD, then import your back up files. But then you want it to be user friendly right, and that is not for the average user.

    Have you thought of re-formatting? Maybe not the entire site but say the top couple of hundred most useful articles copied and pasted into a word file, then imported into adobe acrobat (full version so you can create a TOC with the appropriate hyperlinks)? Maybe that would work?

  23. Thomas T. Tinker says:

    Oh yeah.. WIDTPTW.

    1. Put away some PMs in junk silver.
    2. Honey from Worley’s Outpost.
    3. 9 irons and old ball bats form GW and Savers. (post-ban open carry options)
    4. P90X stretch.
    5. Set up B&Sil with 2 weeks of Augasoun Farms.
    6. Ponchos for the trunks.
    7. Panga Jr. for the other GHB.
    8. 4 Life straws.
    9. Misc. pharmas.
    10. Gander Mt. is dropping Archery from their Toledo Store. Picked up field tips, broad heads, 32″ carbons, hard bow case, wax. -40%
    11. Wal-mart to hunt for cannon feed. Some SOB came in and actually bought out the shelves of 22 & 22mag,233,9,45,308,20ga… well he did leave behind 10 boxes of 22short. It was me. I feel…. I feel just…. fine.
    12. Cleaned out Clelands of p22 mags.
    13. Had iron sights put on a bull barrel TC.
    14. Went to the Lucas county center Gun Show. Found a fella with an ammo can load of 50cal. good stuff. I don’t own a 50. Bought 20 for the stash… incase I ever come up with the eyes to use a cannon like that.
    15. Practiced scratch baking bread. Steam the oven twice and ya get such a nice chewy crust.

    MEET UP Saturday, groundhog day, Feb 2nd. Rossford Ohio, I-75 exit Denny’s 08:oo a.m. No camo, No bombast, No rants, No sedition, just good casual conversation and a slam. Casual Saturday Dress. Feds and assorted LEO are welcome as long as you can resist the urge to copy down Lic plates or take photos of my bad side……… Owwwwch paranoia!

  24. Hubby locate 1969 Chevy C10 for a little under a $1,000! Drove it the 60 miles home. It does need a few rust places worked on but not in bad shape at all.

  25. This week I finally completed my cryptography class. I think I passed the exam. Now I have time for other stuff again.

    I got an army pistol belt, the wide kind with sets of two rivets and a giant click buckle. My idea is to use it coiled up with pouches attached as an EDC bag organizer, then if I had to walk a great distance I could put it on and roll up the bag and tie it to the belt, or use the bag to carry more stuff. I want this bag to look like a purse or book bag sort of but be thin enough to roll up easily. Maybe one of those “recycled” woven grocery bags. A more stealth version might be a canvas tool belt, but maybe you’d have to add velcro to keep stuff from falling out, and a loop or two.

    I am trying to figure out if I want to put a holster on this belt, or try to conceal carry with the belt on, and how I would do that without the belt over my clothes getting in the way of drawing. Perhaps stick an empty pouch on the belt to put the pistol in, and move the pistol there if I’m going to put on the belt.

    I bought some fabric to make bandannas,and bandannas are 16″ square. I made 15″ bandannas because you can get 3 out of a 45″ piece of fabric, and they were a little bit small. I thought it would be a good idea to carry a subdued color bandanna or two in the EDC. They fit but I have a small head.

    That psych eval story is harrowing to say the least. What a sneaky way to neutralize gun owners and preppers – reminds me of Stalin. Another possible ramification of some politicized shrink spuriously declaring a gun owner to be mentally unfit to bear arms might be that they automatically get declared mentally incompetent in general and lose their right to manage their own affairs. It could be a handy dandy way for the gov to rob people of their assets and freedom, and guardians ad litem could be the next class of parasites. Only a short distance from that to incarcerating dissidents in the loony bin.

    It is the 21st century version of witch trials.

    • Warmongerel says:


      That is exactly</i? what they did in the Soviet Union: if you didn't believe in Socialism, it proved that you were insane and they sent you to a "re-education" camp where you would probably die.

    • And here in NJ, the loonies are yelling for home inspections, too. Uhhh, preppers are already automatically “crazy.” This is gonna get uglier and uglier and uglier.

      • Encourager says:

        Home Inspections for weapons? Seriously??? Man, I would move so fast my neighbors would think I had been abducted by aliens.

        What an invasion of privacy. What is scary, is that anytime the liberal left wants to introduce something that everyone knows is wrong, they bring it up and let everyone steam about it, then let the subject die down. Then they have a few sitcoms on TV mention it, then incorporate it. Pretty soon it is no big deal. Some examples: being homosexual is perfectly normal; gay marriage is normal; gay couples adopting children is normal; couples having many children and home schooling them is soooo wrong, why the children will be social misfits; cheating on your spouse is okay (reality TV); lying, gossiping, trying to destroy someone’s marriage for whatever reason, stealing, using illegal drugs (sitcoms and reality TV) is okay – hey, don’t judge anyone, makes you a bigot!), and the worse – God does not belong in our schools, our courtrooms, on our public property, or even mentioned in public. And let us not forget guns…first, machine guns; then so-called assault rifles, next it will be handguns of any kind, shotguns, oh, why don’t we make people store their guns at the local police station and when they prove they have a hunting license, let them use it for 48 hours with two bullets (this is my projection,hopefully no idiot liberal has thought that up yet, but just wait). I could go on and on but I am sure by now you get the drift.

        Sorry for venting.

        • Encourager:

          Or you could do what I’ve spent the last 15 years doing…my neighbors don’t WANT to know what all I have. They’ve seen enough of them, know they are there and that I use them, and they know my beliefs on “forced surrender” of my property, to thieves regardless of what kind of “permission slip” they are packing.

  26. Jim in SoCal says:

    OK, so this week I was able to get off my formerly flu-ridden butt and get back to it.

    Ordered a bunch of reloading supplies for my muskets, including a new supply of brass. DW took advantage of some good sales to add to the pantry (rice, sugar, cereal, etc.) and freezer.
    The garden saw it’s first plantings for the season (broccoli, potato, onion, garlic, asperagus), and we harvested several bushels of citrus from the trees.
    The home forge/foundry is coming along, and I test fired my burners. Worked like a charm! This will be a great addition to our shop.
    Saw the Dr. and agreed that a new diet and exercise routine are in order, so physical preparedness is on the front burner.

    That’s about it for this week. Be well everyone!

    DW and I continue to purge useless items from our household. It is amazing how much junk you can aquire in nearly 20 years in the same place!

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      I heard you got some cold weather that way. What kind of loss have you seen from the freeze?

      • Warmongerel says:

        Cold weather? Our high temp today was -5F with a -35F wind chill.

        And my furnace went out. Luckily I was able to fix it.

        It’s now jumped up to a “tropical” 0F, although it’s expected to drop to -20 by morning.

        On the one hand, I hate living here. On the other, ain’t nobody going to want to come or stay here if TSHTF.

        • Lake Lili says:

          Oh brother… chilly here too! -22C this morning but the dog is loving it. Wish I could claim no one would come or stay but this is Southern Ontario and there are folks everywhere. Hope you come out of your freeze soon.

          Jim hope those plantings are coming along and congrats on the forge.

          • Warmongerel says:

            LOL, Lili.

            Only someone who lives in this crap calls -22C “chilly”.

            My dog can’t get back in the house fast enough after I let her out…and she’s part Husky.

            I was talking about after TSHTF and the grid’s down. Not many are going to stay and tough it out. But I figure that if my grandparents could do it 30 miles south your border (Cook, MN), it can be done.

        • It’s a chilly 64 degrees out right now. I am thinking about getting up and closing the windows. We are going down to 31 degrees tonight.

          • Lake Lili says:

            Hmmm… if my conversion chart serves me correctly 64F is about 17C or 18C… We should see that temperature again around about May… we had to put a space heater in the pantry today to keep the preps from freezing… okay, I’ll admit, I’m a tad envious of warmth today…

            • I just picked three tomatoes from my garden.

            • Hunker-Down says:

              Bam Bam,

              O Yeah…..? Our frost line just went 3 inches deeper!

              I think you’re jealous because you don’t have any snow.

            • H-D,

              What’s a frost line? Is that like when you pour a cold soda pop in a frosted mug, it gets an ice-line? (I know what snow is–that’s the stuff that comes in snow cones. Duhhh!)

      • Jim in SoCal says:

        T G-Ma,
        The only thing we lost was a basil plant that we forgot to bring in at night. Other than that we seem to be in good order. The long growing season will be sorely missed when we finally leave the People’s Republik of Kalifornia…

  27. Lili would it help if I said it was 81°f here today but last week it got down to 17°f.

  28. Chilly Beaver says:

    Hello WP

    Been awhile since I posted, always lurking, but for the last year preps have been small, living arrangements no longer condusive to packrat behavior after splitting with mama. Buuut, heading to hang out with Grampa in Arizona in Feb, looking forward to going to a nice big range with lots of options so that I can test every handgun known to man, and will purchase as soon as I get back home to Canada. Joined a local prepper group, some interesting peeps, some of whom Im sure I can learn alot from, some of them, not so much. lol And should be about 6 months away from the purchase of 5-10 acres for the BOL.

    Need an expert on tablets/readers, dont know wether to go with a kobo/kindle/i-pad/ whatever the heck else they make, looking for another backup to the laptop where I can store all of my pdfs for quick reference, figured there were a few people here who might just have an idea where to send me. lol

    Also got a line on a batch of 10 used rifles, we some really nice old winchesters that when sold should be able to pay for a few new toys.

    Oh yeah, and day 1o on the nicotine patch without a cigarette. Think Ive got it beat, but a little twitchy, so wouldnt suggest sneakin up on me. Other then that, down 50 pounds and free! lol Working on some of the bigger preps now that theres no mama to pay for, and no more bad habits, really ought to help speed things up this year.

    Thanks for allowing me to live vicariously through a few of you for the past few months.

    • Pineslayer says:

      Chilly Beaver, congrats on quitting those cancer sticks. My mom smoked for 42 years, quit cold turkey, no gum or patches. She didn’t tell anyone she was doing it and the reason why was that she was an angry old hen and didn’t want to be around anyone. It was a good idea 🙂

    • Warmongerel says:

      Chilly Beaver,

      Congrats on quitting smoking. I keep trying and keep failing. I’ve quit every bad drug known to mankind, but I can’t seem to kick this one. I bow to you.

      As far as tablets go, I love my Kindle Fire. It does everything that the bigger tablets do, but it’s much more compact. I carry it with me everywhere I go. I bought my daughter an Ipad, and I can’t even imagine carrying that thing around. It’s huge.

      All in all, there really isn’t much difference between them other than size. Not sure if the new Kindle Fires support 3G (cellphone) connection, but I have no use for that anyway.

      • Chilly Beaver says:

        Well perhaps Ill go and start a wishlist at amazon, do some priortitizing, and get a few pennies to MD. Problem with amazon is I turn into a kid in a candy store, then shut the site down and run away for fear that Ill spend the entire GDP of Lithuania in about 10 minutes 🙂

        • Warmongerel says:

          LOL, Chilly Beaver.

          I have the same problem: I buy a few things off my Amazon wish list and add 10 more.

          But I’m getting some good stuff for my preps, anyway.

  29. Hi everyone…M.D. like your choice of firestarters…I got 7 Scripto lighters at Walmart with adjustable flame for ?? I think I paid $1.98. But I gave them to my brother who came to visit me. I keep giving shtf stuff away as gifts or BD presents. When it really happens I will have to go live with a relative…they’ll have all my survivalist equipment……Thanks for all the good advise…Rusty

  30. AntiZombie says:

    I have never responded to this part of the blog before so most of the things I’m going to list have been done over the last 6 months. I’m fairly new to preparedness so I’m kind of scattershot with my endeavors. Please be patient.

    1) I have been gardening for the last 7 years with varied success. Some years better than others. My garden is 40 ft x 50ft and I’tried to improve the soil each year. The last two summers have produced multiple 100 or above consecutive days of heat and that has done the garden no good at all. I need to have the soil tested as it doesnt seem as rich as it has been. I plant tomatoes, potatoes, beans, ochra, peppers, zuchinni, and yellow squash. I purchased some hierlom seeds recently and sprouted them under grow lights. They did great till they hit the garden and the heat came on.

    2) I purchased a Remmington 700 30-06 from Wally World and all the reloading dies. I’ve been purchasing brass and a box of shells each month.

    3) I bought 2 head of red angus cattle and they should drop calfs in June.

    4) Purchased a tractor for the farm. (Tax man said to do it before the break went away – Thanks OBama)

    5) Ive bought 100 pounds of white rice and 75 pounds of brown beans and I’m getting together with a mormon friend at work to seal them in #10 cans. The Mormon church he belongs to has a canning machine to seal #10 cans like from the factory. It can be loaned out members and we’re waiting for him to stock up and then we’ll have a canning party.

    6) I’m doing everything I can on my 80 acre farm to make it as self sufficient as possible. There is alot of oilfield cativity in my area and you can get them to give you 20 ft sections of pipe from time to time. I plan on putting pipe fence around my 4 acre home site.

    7) Planted 2 pears, 2 apples, and 2 peach trees in July. Watering like crazy on any day that above freezing ( dry spell continues). Planted black berry bushes (13) but heat got all but 4 of em.

    Well, that’s about it and I hope as money allows I can continue to add to things as we go along. Thanks for reading.