What did you do to prep this week?

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Let’s see what else before we get started…

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Now let me see what did I do to prep this week?

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Built this fence.

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Received my new electric WonderMill Grain Mill. Note that I still have my Wonder Junior Hand Grain Mill for backup.

 

 

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Been working with my new Garden Tower that the good folks at GardenTowerProject.com sent me for review.

 

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And some folks wanted to know how many prep / survival books that I have. Well I’m not sure, I started counting but lost count at 422. Sorry that I could not get them all in the shot.

Well that is it for me this week – now it’s your turn… What did YOU do to prep this week? (Note: Please don’t use your real name – I’ve had a lot of folks doing that recently.)

Comments

  1. Kermit5575 says:

    Ordered new 18 by 21 foot shed I am going to turn into a food storage locker. Located a creek 1/4 mile from the new homestead. (Need to order my Big Berkey) Got six 55 gal drums for my rain water storage system. My garden is starting to come in, was worried about that one. (Black finger of death). That’s about all for this week, enjoy life but keep a good watch…

  2. I was really broke this week, but when payday rolled around I replaced my malfing CB antenna. It could receive but couldn’t broadcast, which explains why 3 years ago nobody replied to me the whole time on a road trip I took; and on the antenna tester my ham friend tested it with, the needle would jump all the way to the right all the time with it. So, I’ll test the new one shortly. I wonder if I can fix the old one? Now I have something to test it with, because I now have 2 CB’s as well, having picked an old one with half the channels up at the thrift store the other week.

    It’s half price off everything day at the thrift today, but they didn’t have anything worth buying yesterday. But, people bring things in every day. I’ve been haunting the place to get the perfect little 1 qt. pot for my bugout bag, and was told I’d narrowly missed a mess kit they sold. It’s also yard sale day where I live, so I’m going out to see what’s out there in a few minutes.

    In sewing news, I made some bandannas out of some OD remnant fabric I’d picked up, and I spent an entire afternoon packing all the bugout stuff into the frame backpack I acquired last week. First thing I tried it on with all its stuff, one of the little pin rings on the frame got snagged in my hair. That was fun. (shoulda been wearing the bandanna!) I got a piece of gray nylon remnant liner fabric to make a stuff sack for my bright neon yellow sleeping bag. I also made a nice little woodland camo stuff sack for the poncho liner I finished mending, with the last little bit of that I had lying around.

    My PT continues; last night I ran 4 miles and did 50 park bench pushups (not in a row though). It’s getting better, the more I do it.

    Foraging, I picked mulberries, froze some, and made a mulberry pie with the rest. I can’t remember but I think it was last weekend or maybe Monday night. That was pretty good. I didn’t have any small jars left, only quarts, so couldn’t make jam; but I have all this jam left over from last year still so whatever. Gardening, I planted corn and swiss chard, transplanted marigolds, planted borage seeds, and continued to harvest turnips. Found out last night someone across the street also has a veggie garden out back. He was bragging on his broccoli and tomatoes.

    I signed up to help teach another Appleseed later this month. I continued to study for my ham exam. Thought I was going to learn some gunsmithing this weekend but that trip didn’t work out. There will be other chances.

    I guess that’s it.

    • Yard Sale Update!!!
      I made out like a bandit. I got:
      Metal army jerry can $3 with strap and tray thing underneath
      Box of propane accessories $5
      Bench grinder w/2 pretty much new grinding wheels on it $10
      about 6-7 pr winter boot sox, small enough for me $1
      3 books, 2 are Khalil Gibran (Lebanese writer), 1 is a bio of Ben Franklin $3
      Small tin about the size of 2 lighters – free
      Couple of meat grinder attachments (but they don’t fit my grinder, waah) $2

      I taught some lady how to tie a paracord bracelet while I was out.

      At that point my walking money was gone, but on the way home I met someone else with a garden, they’ve got their first blueberries, which was exciting for them, and they had a chamomile volunteer in a sidewalk crack. I should plant the chamomile seeds I got last year. Later I think I might try to remember which park it was that had the blackberry bushes off to one side last year, and see if I can get a root or two to plant

      • Forgot one purchase. Box of 12 old school quart size canning jars, with the flip lids $5. I will need rubber O rings for those; fortunately I already have some Tattler lids, so maybe I can use those O rings, or I can just order more at some point.

        I always seem to forget something. Oh well.

        • ladyhawthorne says:

          Great score on all your sale items! I love Ben Franklin, he’s been a favorite writer since I was in HS. Thoreau is another I really like.

        • KR Prepper says:

          Penny. Its good to hear you talking about CB. How do u set one up. I picked up one of the old cb units and have no clue how to set it up. It’s 12v

          • You need an antenna and a way to power the CB. If you don’t have a cigarette lighter plug you need to get one and wire it to the wires. The antenna should screw into the back.

            You can get both probably at a truck stop, if your local Wally World doesn’t have them.

            Channel 19 is the trucker channel. Channel 9 is the emergency channel, AFAIK.

      • PP,
        I wouldn’t call Kahlil Gibran’s writing prepping, but they are good books to have in the library, nonetheless. I have several, from “The Prophet” to some collected works. An interesting point on his writings, is the 1961 John F. Kennedy speach, where he says, “‘ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country” , is pretty much a paraphrase of Gibran, without giving him the credit.

        • I just mentioned Gibran because those were the other 2 books I bought. Dunno, maybe I can resell them when I’m done reading them, and put the money into ammo.

  3. Bam Bam says:

    I learned more about herbal medicine. I infused several jars of olive oil with herbs: (1) calendula, plantain and comfrey; (2) calendula; (3) St. Johns Wort; (4) plantain. I plan to make salves with this. I am up in Georgia for Father’s Day weekend. So I have kids everywhere. I’ll check in later. We are going to the Commissary case lot sale.

  4. Met with some LMI at the SAP (southern arizona preppers) saw a really good solar dehydrator. Talked some about what to do with the S when it hits the fan. Ordered a new conversion cylinder for my ROA this one can take either a .45lc cylinder or a .45acp cylinder with the same ring, love a three in one gun. Ordered a case of condensed minced meat pie filling, IMHO one of the best survival foods for the money.

  5. Rider of Rohan says:

    My preparations this past week consisted of a new hot water heater and a new refrigerator, and just in case you are one of those folks who believe these things come in 3s, the cruise control went out on one of our vehicles and we had to have it repaired so the girls could go to Florida today. About $2000 in preps I suppose, but surely not the preps I would have chosen.
    Received an order of m-a-g-s, a small screwdriver set, two bore snakes, and a bore-light in from Brownells.
    For food preps, I bought a case of spam, 3 cases of assorted canned vegetables, 2 gallons of olive oil, pasta, and some paper goods. And I ordered a bucket of Mountain House food.
    My next door neighbor is having a garage sale, so I also bought some maps, a pocket knife, a couple of tools, and a kerosene lantern from her early this morning.
    That’s about it for me this week. Hope the rest of the Pack does better.

    • riverrider says:

      looks like to me you salvaged the prep week rather well.

      • Rider of Rohan says:

        Yeah, some of it I had ordered previous to all my appliance problems, riverrider. The little extra I bought I said, what the heck, I can’t continue to let work and other things keep me from doing any prepping at all. I got to thinking this morning, a correct verdict in the Zimmerman case might be the match that lights the fire, and that is probably just a month or so away. You think Z has a chance of getting justice, or is the fix in?

        • Rider,

          I am in south Florida and had my CWP class this morning and we were discussing the very topic of GZ and if he will get the verdict that is fair and just. My instructor’s opinion was that if he gets convicted, everything we were studying this morning is a huge waste of time and paper.

          I have a gut feeling that the jury will look to prevent riots rather than get it right.

          Hope I am wrong.

        • riverrider says:

          no chance in hell. they even caught a prospective juror lieing about it on facebook, but how many others made onto the jury? the judge is even stacking the deck in favor of a guilty verdict. the defense is already making excuses. he’s cooked.

        • You know I have just one bad feeling in my gut. There are recordings of either Z or T screaming. Z claims he was the one screaming. Does a man carrying a gun scream? That’s the one piece of the puzzle that is not fitting together for me.

          • Rider of Rohan says:

            If he’s getting the hell beat out of him, which photos clearly show he was, he was likely screaming for help. There were no injuries on Trayvon other than the gunshot, or so I’ve read. I’ve tried to look at this case logically, and I can see no other way Zimmerman could be beaten up so badly. He likely called out for help rather than wanting to kill the kid, which is what he ultimately did. So yes, I can see how he could be the one screaming. But I would certainly be open to another view, so long as it made any sense.

            And the shenanigans of the authorities lead me to believe they are trying to influence and fix the outcome of the trial before its even started. If Z is convicted, concealed carry will cease to be of any worth in Florida and many other jurisdictions. If you defend yourself, you will go to jail for assault and battery, or murder.

          • riverrider says:

            bam, he does if he’s getting his head beat into the concrete and can’t get to his gun. but then, who knows if the scream was pre or post gunshot?

          • Yes A lot of men scream in that sort of situation or holler, shout.

          • Hunker-Down says:

            Why not assume the scream came from a neighbor? An assumption is useless in court, but I’ll bet the lawyer who is behind on points will bring it up.

            I think riverrider has the right answer.

  6. axelsteve says:

    I bought a couple of tools at a thrift shop and a t shirt. The t shirt was never worn and has no logos or anything on it. It is gray for grayman survival One of the tools was made by Proto ,and proto tools are pro quality so I was glad to find it.My son came up last night and he is going to take me shooting Sunday morning.I saw a couple of interesting guns at the gunshop. There was a Remington nylon 66 and a Norinco gi 45 auto.They are both out of my price range right now however they were both in excellent shape.I read up on the norinco and the 45 is made very well for what it is .The Nylon 66 is in great shape however all things being equal.I would have sprung for the 10/22 for practicle reasons over the nylon.I am looking foward to Sunday though.

    • riverrider says:

      a lot of gunsmiths like the norinco 45 to build match grade guns from. they tell me its something about the steel thats good to work with. have fun tomorrow.

      • axelsteve says:

        Riverrider. The norinco are made out of a steel that harder than the typical tool steel found in many guns. I forget the specifics on them.It also comes with a chrome lined barrel. That is impressive to me.

      • gunrunner says:

        Watch the off made 1911’s. The Norinco and another is the Ballistar Molina , both well made firearms. Now the bad, not all 1911 parts are interchangeable. We sold some of the Ballistar Molina’s in the early 90’s. They shot great, functioned fine seemed ok. But when it came time to replace the grips or the hammer or try to do a trigger upgrade, as so many do to one, they did not fit. Parts were so close that it was maddening. Keep that in mind and shoot straight!!!!

        • riverrider says:

          g, yeah i have a molina. about the only interchange is the mag, haha. i broke the extractor on russian ammo and had a heck of a time finding a new one, 35.00, and i still had to hand fit it over several hours. up til then, the old horse shot every time.

  7. Had to prune tomato plants back, heat is reaching point to where fruit won’t set, so want the plants to concentrate on fruit already set. Will be drowning in tomatoes in the next week or so, stocking up on lids and getting jars out to inspect.
    Found one half pint with an ittybitty crack in the rim after filling with jam, couldn’t even feel it, so that jar went in fridge after cooling down, and it is getting used, then will be tossed.
    Planted another round of squash, fertilized fruit trees, weeded, weeded some more.
    Got a new book on local cactus signed by the authors, Thank you, BIL who is one of those authors!! He said that I was very very lucky to have a huge patch of spineless prickly pear, all edible and easily propagated. Not to mention the fruits which makes terrific margararitas. He identified some agaves DD acquired as the ones used to make tequila, sweet. Need to read up on that, and distilling.
    And today’s project is making a sign to hang above garden tool storage: in case of zombie attack… And one for garden gate: free weeds, pull your own. Found those on Pinterest.
    Oh and speaking of zombies, DH brought home one of those extendable tree printing saws with a wicked looking blade on it. SIL claimed it for the first zombie attack!

    • Love me some Zombies!
      I am jealous you are already getting produce. I just got my garden in.

      • Mama J, one of the few advantages to the spring/summer climate in Central Texas. I usually try to get the maters in by Valentines day, but got em in a bit late and we had the late cold snaps that slowed everything else down. It’s about time to plant the next batch of tomato plants that will fuel the Fall garden. Only that really keeps going int he full summer is the peppers and the cherry style tomatoes. Fall gardens are a crapshoot with praying for late frosts, usually in November.

        • Rider of Rohan says:

          My daddy was born in Gonzalez, but grew up in Kerrville, Shai. How far are you away from Kerrville?

          • Close enough to spend occasional time there. Same district for HS sports when kids were younger, in fact both places! ;-D

      • Good night. We are downing in produce.

  8. JP in MT says:

    Really didn’t buy much this week, but a lot of things that were on order came in. I did get the “rear-window saver” bracket I had made for the back of my BOV to load my 4-wheeler and keep the front bumper out of the rear window. The bracket is all welded steel, a very nice design, and well made. It cost $180 and I am in the process of painting it. But compared to the $800 cost of replacing the back window of the truck, a worthwhile investment.

    With our lack of moisture up here, and the constant temperature of my storage facility, we have not needed to put our bulk grains and pasta in mylar bags. Since we decided to add dry breakfast cereal to our “pantry” we bagged these up before they went in the bucket. The process worked very well, was much simpler than I had thought, and there were no problems!

    The DW’s “garden” has expanded to cover most of the floor on our glassed in, South facing, front porch. After the loss of 1 blackberry and 1 blueberry bushes, everything else is doing well, even the tomato’s are budding! For our 1st attempt, we’re pleased.

    We picked up a “no rinse” shampoo and body wash at Wal-Mart and the one we usually use came in from Amazon this week. Will test them against each other when we go to the woods again next month. The Amazon stuff works great, so the Wal-Mart stuff has some to go, but it is available locally when I have an extra $4 in my pocket.

    I found 5 gal metal fuel can brackets for the BOL trailer. I am going to mount them on the rear bumper and create a “refueling station” there. I have a “gas station-like” handle that pumps from the can. Now I can keep the fuel out of the trailer itself. I may put one one the spare 4-wheeler trailer with a large ammo can for straps and such. Depends on how the spacing works out.

    Actions:
    Repotted tomatoes, etc into larger pots
    Assembled the new power washer (actually GS did @ 12)
    Did our 1st mylar bag lining project (not normally needed here for pasta, wheat, or rice)
    Special Ordered Safety Bracket for use w/4 Wheeler in BOV

    Equipment:
    LED Flashlight: 6
    AA Battery Case (holds 4): 5
    5 gallon Buckets, w/lids: 4
    LED Flashlights: 6
    No-rinse body and hair shampoo: 1
    Tow strap for 4-wheeler
    Rear shackle for 4-wheeler
    Book on composting toilets
    MP3 Player (old one filled up)
    No-Rinse shampoo, 16 oz: 1
    AC charger for GRMS radios: 2
    Steel Gas Can Holder: 2

    Food:
    Rice: 25 lbs
    Pancake mix: 10 lbs

    Firearm Related Equipment:
    Forend for SBR
    3 x M1A mags (ordered in Jan)

    Things are moving forward here. The garage clean-out is progressing nicely. Now have room for the new 4-wheeler with the goal to have both in there this winter (and still be able to move around). It has basically been a storage shed since it got built.

    When looking at the upcoming presidential trip to Africa, I can’t help but wonder how the Obama’s are going to be able to afford vacations once he’s out of office. But I guess he needs to get away for a while, what with it looking like the place is coming down around his ears and nobody “in-charge” being In-charge. In the military I learned that you can delegate authority to get something done, but you can not delegate the responsibility for getting it done (or the way it got done). I thought the same “rules” applied to government civilians, but I guess I was wrong.

    Keep Preppin’! It’s beginning to look more and more important as we go along!

  9. Nice fence MD! We are, (no, I should say ” I” instead of “we” since everyone else abandoned me to go work out of town, boo hoo), are almost finished with ours and so glad for it.
    I will put the post hole diggers in a dark corner and forget about them for awhile. Thankfully we don’t have rock to deal with.

    Your books! OH my!

    The neighbor cut and baled my hay. Now, I need to put it in the barn. Not looking forward to that. I am so allergic to fresh cut grass my face will blow up. Waiting for the neighbor boy to help me. It’s hard to stack hay in a truck with one person.

    I made the decision not to have livestock this year because of the drought. I think I will store this hay and see what happens with the flu. I may need to purchase a dairy animal quickly if we have a pandemic. Hay will go up to 9-10.00 a bale this year. I am sure of it. I am also pretty sure I will only get 1 or 2 cuttings this year unless we can be blessed with some monsoons.

    Speaking of pandemic, my meeting with the county emergency manager was a joke. He actually believes the health department will have vaccines for the flu. He hasn’t heard of MERS or H7N9.
    I have no idea how much he is making but it is too much. I felt like I was in a meeting with Gomer Pyle.
    They are doing nothing that could really be considered useful. After last years fires….I don’t think this guy could find his ass with both hands. Either that or he is being hush hush. Which is uber scary.
    I know I could do his job in my sleep but I want to stay under the radar. I don’t think I will cause much of a fuss. During an emergency I want to be home hunkering down with my kids.
    Time to set up a covert letter writing campaign to the County Commissioners.

    My small garden is in and my new drip systems are going. I can get low pressure drip (10lbs) to work fine on elevated rain barrels. I say rain, but in reality it isn’t holding rain. It is holding irrigation water that came from a quickly depleted reservoir.
    I am trying to get away from sprinklers all together a do more drip and flood irrigating.
    This drought makes me want to move some place that has much more moisture. But, I can’t stand humidity. Go figure.

    Colorado Springs is on fire AGAIN and my son and DIL had to evacuate. They did it in style by going camping in the high country were it is nice and cool. His house is fine as of today.
    We can put humans in outer space. Have the capabilities to take over continents. We have a huge military presence in Colorado Springs and we can’t put out a freaking fire. Really chaps my behind.
    All because of government paperwork.

    I did a rain dance and one drop fell on me. I either need more practice or a bird peed on me.

    In the last few weeks I finished 12 more charity packs. I have found some incredible deals at thrift stores.

    A new fox was attempting to get to my poultry. My Pyrennes went crazy and all the motion lights were on. I think he chased it in circles around the property. The fence is amazing but a fox could climb a glass skyscraper. It has been nice not to be accosted by skunks and satanic raccoons on my own porch.
    On Pinterest (love Pinterest!) I found a way to use mouse traps/trip wire and glow sticks. Worked great. Now I know where the stinker is getting through. Saw him last night in the night vision. Buh bye Mr. Fox.

    Have a great week everyone. Looks like I am going out to buck that hay and have a colossal allergy attack. My help has just arrived.

    • Mama J,

      I hate “post hole diggers” lol.

      • WYO Ryder says:

        Post hole diggers…UGH!…I am going outside to use mine now …am fortifying my chicken coop netting (pigeons are getting in), hope I don’t need the rock bar. MD – your fence turned out nice! :-)

        PS Mama J.. I am also highly allergic to fresh cut hay…I cover every inch of exposed skin (& of course stacking hay occurs during the hottest months of the year), wear a mask & take Clariton.

        • WYO Ryder,

          Thank you. The rock bar is need often here – sometimes you just have to dig in another place.

        • We got 60 bales done and the neighbors boy came over with the stacker truck! Thank you!
          It is all done after 100 snot rockets and I can still see.

          The post hole diggers suck… but thank goodness we don’t have to use a stick. My shoulders, upper back and abs finally are getting used to it, only when I am almost done. Egads!
          I have a rock bar for the hard pack dirt, I hate that too! Actually everything to do with fencing is terrible. Except the part when you sit on the tailgate with a beer admiring your handywork. A perfectly straight tight fence is a thing of beauty.
          We put chicken wire on the ground so the critters don’t dig under. That part is ugly too.
          I need one more gate that I didn’t plan one. For convenience. But I can’t make myself dig another hole. Maybe I can convince my DH to do it when he gets home in July.

          • Millie in KY says:

            Mama J, what is a rock bar, please? We have rocks here. Sometimes our fences are not perfectly spaced, we have to move a bit here or there. Is this something that breaks a rock up? Thanks!

        • WYO Ryder,

          If you want to cut your Clariton cost in half, ask the pharmacist what two generic medicines make up Clariton. My dh and I were in China mart and I was complaining about the cost of Clariton, and the pharmacist overheard, and she said you can cut your cost in half by purchasing two genetics.Clariton is just a combination of two generic drugs–it is nothing new. But by combining the two drugs, the got a patent and can charge whatever they want to.

          • I use Allegra 180 mg. It is very expensive so I have the pharmacy fill it. Then it is free with my insurance. Because all allergy OTC meds should be free through the pharmacist. (According to the insurance company)
            Bam Bam,
            What are the two generics?

    • Mama J you are funny!

    • Lauri no e says:

      Mama J,

      If I am every feeling blue I go read you stories. Love the rain dance comment. You keep me laughing.

    • Mama J;
      You need to put some “Foot Loose” music on for the rain clouds, if the neighbors see dancin the day, you tell them you are doing the up date version of “Bringing in the Rain”.
      Now seriously if your pond is drying up, I hope that is not your only source of water. Keep me up to date, if I can assist-will do. I do not blame you on not purchasing any livestock right now with the lack of rain the grass/weeds are bone dry no nutrient in the food.
      Hope your family is alright in Colorado, here is hoping they come through unharmed.

      • Ladies,
        I am glad ya’ll can have a giggle. I do what I can.:) Life is so hard sometimes.
        Becky,
        I love the idea of music to the rain dance! My first thought was the dance/chant scene from the movie The Proposal with Betty White and Sandra Bullock.
        LMAO. Youtube it.
        My pond is very low and we don’t normally depend on it for irrigation. Yet. I have a pump I can hook to a gennie if I need it.
        I am using very little water with the drip irrigation. We planted dry land grass mix in the pastures last year and it is doing very well. The alfalfa and red clover are phenomenal.
        I have a lot of water storage even though it hasn’t rained in a month.
        I worry more about the mountains catching fire again. Last year was terrible. I counted four strikes of dry lightning this afternoon. Oh boy. I haven’t seen smoke yet.
        The kids are well and now helping catch stray livestock in Colorado Springs. They tried to escape to the high country, but got a call to help.
        My son is a horse whisperer. I am a horse screamer. So, he didn’t get it from me. LOL. He has a gift calming large animals. He has coaxed 6 horse into trailers today that were loose on the highway.
        My DIL is herding cattle 7 months prego on foot. She is a cow screamer. Heh-heh-heh-move it! Ehhhh…..ya!
        If you ever moved cattle you would know exactly how that sounds. Even cattle don’t disagree with a pregnant chick.
        Thank you for the offers of help and blessings sweetie.
        Stay happy ladies!

        • Mama J, that movie was hillarious, especially when she chases the eagle that took the dog.

          I was in high country heading to grand junction one day when they were hearding cattle. I am not usually nervous around animals, but sitting in an itty bitty car with thousand of cows around me, I was doing some praying. Lol. But even that isnt as bad as coming around a corner and almost running into a heard of elk, and having the bull charge you.

          Praying that the wild fires stay well away from you. I was lucky that I never had one close to me while I lived there, but the coalseam fire of 02 went thru my favorite stomping grounds. I was Iin tears seeing the ddevastation when I went back.

          • I have driven more cattle than I care to remember. Actually it is one of my favorite things to do.
            99.9% of the cows would not hurt you or your car. They are just tryin to mosy on down the road, trying go snatch a mouthful of grass whenever they can.
            If you drive really slow you can get through.
            Elk are so aggravating and unpredictable. A guy on a mountain bike was attacked and almost killed a few years ago. I would flat out run from a bull elk that looked like he would charge. No calling their bluff. Just try to evade.
            It really is sad, but normal for forests to burn. Very violent. Fire freaks me out.

            • Mama J, during the cattle drive, I just stopped and let them flow around me. I was so not going to be responsible for injuring one of them. I think what made me so nervous is that I was looking up at them. My oldest was 2ish at the time and she was in the back seat “look mommy! Look! Moo-moo’s!” Until she seen the horses and the it was “PUPPY!” Lol. She still gets excited when she sees a horse, but at least now she actually calls them by the right name.

              Those bull elk are scary. The day that I am thinking of, the only thing that saved my bacon from him charging me was that he slipped on the pavement. Once I could get around the rest of the heard I hightailed it out of there. The worst part about them is during hunting season they migrate to the roads, just to tease the hunters. Of course their favorite spots are blind curves.

        • Lauri no e says:

          Mama J,

          You had me laughing so hard I had to cover my mouth so I would not wake anyone up.

          My husband could be a dog whisperer he can be out working and see mean dogs in the fence barking and next thing you know he has them calm down but this week he was in a alley working and this pit bull was coming under the fence after him and a stray boxer was coming towards him also he was away from his work truck. He started stomping his feet on the ground and yelling and they went away it was a good thing or he could have been attacked,.

          • Jeez!
            I am so glad he didn’t get hurt! Some people have a gift with dogs.
            I hope he doesn’t cross paths with a killer housecat. LOL.

        • MamaJ;
          Watched the movie with my dh, laughed so had we had to make a pit stop to the guest room.
          Glad to hear all is well on the south 40 T.

    • Tracker says:

      MamaJ. Alfalfa hay is already 17.00 a bale here in So. Cal. Orchard grass over 25.00. Store up as much as you can.

      • I was driving my alfalfa hay to my aunt on So Cal when it was only 12.00 a bale. I don’t know how anyone there has livestock. CRAZY!

  10. Winomega says:

    I got a couple pork roasts for $1 a pound, hopefully I can cut them up for curry and stew before I need to put them in the freezer. I learned that hubby will eat tuna casserole, so I picked up a few cans. I also found a sale on bandaids.

    I just ordered “The Manual of Practical Homesteading” because it is cheap but well-recommended. I also read about n-up printing and learned that Adobe reader can already do it, so the project for today is to start a survival binder.

    I watched half an episode of that Bear Gyllis show and decided that I want to start carrying a small knife everywhere.

    I found some canning jars, but bought more of the size I already had, not the sizes I’m out of.

    I found a place I want to order carrot seeds from.

    • Papabear says:

      Winomega,
      The only place that I carry a small knife is to church. The rest of the time it is a big knife. Or two.

      • Winomega says:

        Papabear, a large knife really doesn’t go with my style. I’m looking for a pen knife, which is easily hidden and suits my purposes.

        Speaking of style, my hubby stole one of my new pair of pants, (we’re the same size,) so now I have to embroider my pants so we can keep them straight. … and get another pair of pants for the BOB.

        • Papabear says:

          Winomega,
          Go to a gun store as they often have knives. It will give you a chance to handle the small ones. They might even have what you are looking for. If not then check the web.

          • Winomega says:

            Papabear, I chose some Swiss Army SD model, It has tweezers. I guess I could go someplace to try on a knife, but mail-order is a step-up from my amazing luck in randomly finding decent knives just lying around. (Twice now.)

    • Winomega, I like this tool at a dollar a piece they’re a good deal. Buy ten and stash them in your purse, BOB , and glove box.
      http://bensoutlet.com/products/ten-11-in-1-tool-1

      PS it does have a small blade…

    • axelsteve says:

      I have a small folder that I use for edc. It is made by cricket. I care it on a sheath that is parralel with my belt. It is hardly seen since it is the same color as my belt.plus my shirt gathers there so it is not very noticeable.I can also put a bigger knife in that sheath. It is made out of nylon and velcro.

  11. Got two backpacking/emergency stoves for the bug out bags, giving each bag a stove now, which is a big step towards usefulness.
    More garden planting (we’ve been so wet it was not productive to plant the beans – they would hae rotted in the ground) – cukes transplanted, beans, cowpeas, peas, and more beans. Also beets. And watermelon transplanted and squash transplanted. Looks like some of the corn got washed out so will be replanting – we’re trying the Painted Mountain Flint corn variety, so we have time to get it dry before frost even planting this late.
    Bought some more medical supplies, some sugar, some rice, and some spices.
    Canned a pile of strawberries, dried some, made a lot of jam. Also some pie filling.
    Picked up another 9mm gun for the hubby for concealed carry – it’s looking pretty good that CCW will actually go through here in the great socialistic state of Illinois.
    Lots of gardening work this week. Also a lot of shaking my head at the sheeple who are surprised that a government would DARE to spy on its own people! Gosh, imagine that!

  12. MD, what are you growing in your tower garden? I see peppers and tomato plants, but don’ t recognize the grey-leafed plants. Are the bottom ones a squash?

    We saw this on Kickstarter a while back and are thinking about getting one. When do you expect to release your review? If we get one before then, will you still get credit?

    • Lantana,

      Yes the bottom ones are squash the other ones are cabbage. The Tomatoes, peppers and squash are doing really well (just been planted this stuff about a week and a half ago from seedlings) but the cabbage not as good. I should have a review in a couple of weeks, I’m waiting to see how it all does and to get new photos for the article.

      If you order just tell them that you found out about their product through this blog. If you’re handy with tools, or know someone who is then you might be able to make an efficient, and similar product yourself.

      • My GS was going to a preschool that had one of those. Wasn’t SchmWow building some on her own? Where is she anyway? Hope her mom is ok….

  13. Purchased 4 more blueberry bushes and 4 rasberry bushes. Planted another tomato pot on the back porch to start producing as some of the earlier ones are winding down. (yes, we are eating fresh tomatoes. One of the benefits of living in the south.) Started working on a large biosand water filter. Once I have this built the way I want it, I will gather enough components to build two or three and store away. Identified 2 more non-saltwater swimming pools in my area.

  14. Finally found a small amount of ammo locally. Couple boxes of 7.62×39 at wally world. Still no 22 lr anyfwhere.

  15. There was a gun buy-back last weekend. Over 2500 turned in for a lot of $. Vast majority was junk and was destroyed vs the usual big qty re-used on state level for practice etc. Most “assault” weapons were WWI, II, and Korean War relics, and others were simply on the NJ banned list. Yes, I commented on the article to the newspaper, which anymore is a lefty rag. Emailed the reporter with what I thought, and that perhaps he could do an investigative article. Won’t happen.

    NJ Assembly committee on the major anti-gun bill (S2723/A4182) failed to get wanted vote so pulled a real not-legal fast one and shoved into another committee to try and get the desired vote. I was absolutely outraged when I read about it. This is two weeks after the 3 female NJ state senators got caught on tape screaming Confiscate. So I composed the strongest email yet to NJ govt and fired it off to the 11 assemblypersons in the new committee. One can’t be delivered even after I verified the address, so I had to go thru the state website. Got an answer from one’s office that he’s NRA and plans to vote “no.” I thanked him.

    Spent a few minutes getting ready for Wednesday’s big storms. Had already charged up some batteries. No derecho for us, thank goodness. Heavy rain & wind that day, plus more rain for Thur & Fri. The dp refused to get newly-emptied propane tank refilled. He thinks they last 2 or 3 years. No, we go thru 1 during the summer in regular use; sooner if we lost power for a week or two. Aargh. Not a good year so far for planting as ground never gets dry enough to even walk on. I’ll do later summer plantings and next year will have to see some lumber framed raised beds. At least I have plenty of OP seeds. Note, Territorial Seeds has finally added some soft wheat.

    Still concentrating on medical. Have more appts scheduled over the next 2 weeks. Trying to get as much in as possible as I’ll probably be going back to work July 1 with the company that terminated me. Totally different job, but some of it will bring into play what I figured out years ago re production. We shall see. In any case, they still have good insurance plans. At least until Obamacare frews everything up.

    Worked on organizing preps. Difficult as dp tossed most of my empty boxes. When I came back from store, he commented on the 4-pack of 2L Pepsi that that’s what I should be stocking up on ’cause he drinks it every day. Duh, where does he think everything else comes from? He’s too smart to be a sheeple, he knows what’s going on, yet he IS a sheeple. Go figure.

    No new preps except some decent fiction on Kindle. Gotta get existing organized before new stuff. Rds not available here anywhere. Shops probably sold out of stock on guns due to the suddenly-available $ from the buy-back. What a good unintended consequence, LOL.

    • worrisome says:

      Normalcy bias………..can enrage the rest of us.

    • Jersey Drifter says:

      Mari,
      Things by me are real wet too. I even hate to walk in my garden, all mud and in some areas standing water. But my cucumbers, string beans, yellow squash, zucchini, and okra are coming up nicely. Plus the raised beds of garlic are ok. Tomatoes and peppers are still on the front porch because if I dig a hole to plant them, I think it will just fill with water.
      On gun buy backs…I shudder to think of the historical / collectables that are lost forever, being destroyed for ” our own safety ” , got to get them off the streets. Even the so-called junk could my be be used for parts to fix up another one. Trenton sure is a pain in the you know what.

      • Jersey Drifter says:

        keyboard error…should read.. may be…not my be be

      • riverrider says:

        i saw a german sturmguvehr? at a buyback. broke my heart.

      • My guess is drought soon. I can’t remember the last time we had so much rain early Spring thru now. I had one quick shot to get one section of garden re-tilled and beans planted about 1-1/2 weeks ago, but I missed it. Might be just as well as I suspect bad heat waves over July & Aug. Things are waterlogged here in SJ, and now it’s supposed to be thunderstorms Mon & Tue.

        I’ve got a sinking feeling that too much rain and/or drought, depending on location, will ratchet up food prices this year.

        Re the buyback: From what I heard, absolutely everything was destroyed. My thoughts, too, centered around historical / collectable value and for parts.

        NJ loaded with loony legislators, from top to bottom. Many of them certainly don’t let facts get in the way of their agenda. 97.2% of firearm deaths are by handgun, and 85% of those are brought in from other states. We continue to be plagued by violent burglaries. But the push is on to register long guns & ammo and put FID on drivers’ licenses. Ahh, the Fascist State of Nouveau Joisey. Wish I could join the ranks of the exiting worker bees from this corrupt hades-hole.

        • Sw't Tater says:

          I sagree with your assessment…late crops, will help some, but the masses will not be able to grow enough to sustain them and are clueless re: the need to store extras…too busy going on vacations and spending time and resources for a few mon=ments of pleasure… nothing wrong with that if you have enough to sustain self and family…We are 10 inches over the rain total for last year here as well. I have missed two windows, when others have planted, but our soil was too wet to work.
          I plan to mulch heavily, because I also expect drought conditions late in the year, like we had a couple of years ago.Our first frost is usually around Oct 10th. so we have time to plant and nurture what we need the worst..

  16. worrisome says:

    Good morning all. First, spent the late evening last night at ER after falling over a parking bumper because I wasn’t watching where I was going. Fell on the knee with all the surgery and my left hand………broken ring finger, sprained my wrist and my knee, while swollen is going to be fine. What a clutz.

    This week, I helped my elderly neighbor can up a big batch of her fave recipe for chicken soup. Made a small personal donation to a lady living in a local campground with 2 children……..and got her a job.

    A large order for bol came in from EE and the neighbor who has been working up there with my boys came off the hill and packed it in his truck..(old Hertz rental truck) and hauled it up there. As I understand it, the guys did a stain treatment on the floor of the cellar they are very proud of, the upper level is all framed, clad, electric is in, roof is on and the insulation is going in this week. The exterior decks/porches are done on the cabin, with paint and staining going on all over the place.

    The garden is already producing peas so I am going to go out to pick a bunch and freeze them this week end. Lots of other stuff coming on but not ripe yet. I have a case of strawberries here i bought from the farm on the other end of town and I am making a batch of strawberry vinagrette and canning it. Have an order of canned goods for the local grocery store who lets me order at cost when I buy cases. I will get that to her this week.

    Hope the wonder rescue dog, found a snake in the garden this week. It was not a rattle snake but she was having a hard time figuring out what she would do with it. She finally came over to me, sat down on my feet and whined. I went and got a shovel and flung it over the back fences. I hate snakes, but they do kill rats and such so I didn’t kill it despite my desire to do so. Kind of worried about Hope not reacting to the next one that might be a rattler………so going to talk to her trainer about that.

    We had record heat last week end and I had grandchildren around so we finally decided to use the out door shower the bil built last fall. His design was a hit with the kids…they used it all week end. They said the water was really really hot coming out of the bladder on the roof and they had to turn the supply down low to mix with the incoming cold water. BIL will be happy when I tell him. That means basically, should the power go out, we can have warm showers as long as there is good sun.

    In my spare time last week, I put some bird houses together to put security cameras in. I am making them out of scrap wood from the bol projects, we leave them natural to weather and don’t paint them. Got in an order of sunbrella fabric to make some curtains for the bunkhouse. And ordered some more cabinets to go in the bunkhouse. It will have 2 bathrooms when they are done with it and a medium size room right in the middle as a gathering place. The back wall in that room will have cabinets, a sink, a fridge, small stove and a microwave. Nothing fancy.

    BIL is about ready to let the labor he has been using stay home for a while as he has some “things” he wants to do to the bunkhouse, the cellar and the room above it that he doesn’t want an audience for. My son in laws are going up to give a hand with those projects this next week. I am going to wander up there Monday and do some cooking so they can all work hard and will have some good meals to just heat up and keep going. Thinking a lasagna, a ham for sandwiches, a chicken cheese casserole, a taco casserole and a roast…….a couple of batches of cookies.

    Watching DC all week, it is very depressing. Candidly, it has gone too far to recover, if the beltway crowd is all that far left of center based upon the voting records coming out about the IRS, it is too entrenched to fix. It is about their job survival now and they know it. Detroit is getting ready to file bankruptcy. it is all so sad.

    • ladyhawthorne says:

      I hate those concrete parking things, I have almost tripped over them several times.
      You make me tired just reading all the stuff you get done. lol. The bol sounds like its really coming along.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      worrisome, be careful out there, you don’t need that knee messed up again. Now, I’ll get down off my soap box. Looks like yall had a solid week of getting everything ready for the bad times coming. I’ve been alone today(the girls are gone to Florida), and I’ve had some time to reflect on how hard the times were during the Civil War and the Depression, and I know we aren’t living in that hard of times. Yet, some of the things you mentioned lead me to believe there is an evil afoot that will surpass what we saw in some of those bad times. Maybe not, at least let’s hope and pray not.

      • worrisome says:

        Yes, doing a lot of praying. We don’t have it nearly as bad as the depression, for sure. I have letters my mom’s dad wrote to her as he traveled around in Southern California looking for work. In life before the depression, he owned a company that did road work, after the depression, he would paint houses, do carpentry jobs, pick fruit and vegies, whatever he could find. Even then, illegal mexican labor was a problem. He would work with a farmer and set a price, only to find out when he got there with a crew to go to work, mexican labor had made a deal for less………….thought it was an interesting letter. Kind of puts all of today’s issues with illegal immigration into perspective…it has been going on since the 30’s.

        As far as what is going on today, my remarks have more to do with the mindset in DC that is hopeless, where it ends, we will have to wait and see……….it could all be like Detroit before we are done…

    • JeffintheWest says:

      I hope you are feeling better this morning. I’ll pray for a speedy and relatively painless recovery from your injuries! ;-)

      • Worrisome, you need to stop texting on your phone and walking!!!HAHA Bad for opsec! Leave that to the dumb teenaegers. Well, kidding aside hope your all right and heal up quickly. Let us know what the trainer does to help you Hope with the snake issue.

        • worrisome says:

          George, wish I could say I was doing something as productive even as texting…………I was just plain being inattentive and the next thing I know I was on the ground. Getting too old to fall…………..

    • Good Grief Woman! You make me feel like a slacker! Even being all busted up!
      I hope you heal quickly.
      I tripped over one of those stupid curbs once getting on a train in a rain storm. I spun around and landed squarely on my butt. The only thing wet was the seat of my pants and I had to explain for an hour that I had merely just peed myself and I was fine. I got a lot of weird looks for sure.

    • Worrisome, I dont know how many times I have almost killed myself on one of those blocks. I hope you feel better soon.

    • mountain lady says:

      Worrisome, please try to be more careful. We need you to get moved to that BOL, not recovering from injuries, this year. I cannot help but wonder when it will really hit the fan. I am no longer in as much fear as I was, simply because I decided there is nothing to fear if you are prepared, in all ways, for it to happen. I feel much better about getting some of my projects completed.

  17. Mother Earth says:

    Hi all, got my garden in finally! I’ve been waiting forever due to wet conditions. Now I waiting to see everything come up, can’t wait for canning season.

    Btw…china just purchased Smithfield foods, so there goes our pork quality in the U.S. luckily I purchase mine from a local farmer.

  18. This week I hung up my tinfoil hat. I am so frustrated and so tired of fighting with the dh about the need for preps. Just trying to get him to understand that a small hurricane kit would be useful is like pounding my head against a brick wall.
    My 3 year old found my med supplies (thank goodness just the supplies and not the actual meds) and lets just say I have to replace some stuff. Which brings me back to the dh.
    My poor poor garden. I am pretty sure it is done, except my hot peppers, and a few herbs. I am fighting to keep everything else alive.

    I am tired and frustrated. I will just become one of the golden horde shuffling thru the gates of the fema camp. Fighting others for any crumbs tdl tosses our way.

    Hope everyone else had a wonderful week.

    • Lantana says:

      {{{TG}}}. I’m sorry this week was so hard. Get some rest, dear.

      • Lauri no e says:

        TG,
        Praying for you, and like Lantana said get some rest especially if you have a 3 year old.

    • Papabear says:

      TG,
      Take a little break. Then it pick up again.
      Will say a prayer for you.

    • Hang in there. Picture the little kitties hanging by their nails from a tree branch. Watch a funny movie.

    • Please put all your all your prep meds in a plastic tool box or tackle box and keep it closed with a small lock. This will keep curious fingers from putting toxic stuff into a curious mouth.

      • Linda, all medicine is locked up. What was found was some bandages, ace wraps, stuff like that. Knowing that my kids are little monkeys who can pick a lock faster than I can use a key, I keep the dangerous stuff in either the safe or under a combination lock.

    • ladyhawthorne says:

      I agree with everyone else, take a break and just do what you want as you feel like it. Just don’t say anything to your dh. I have to be really quiet when my parents visit. When they see my extended pantry I just say canning is my biggest hobby. Plus it allows me to save money by buying large quantities of things that are on sale. The water….well I do live in hurricane territory. Other stuff is packed away where no one can see it.

    • Girlfriend!
      I am so sorry you are having an “off” week.
      Remember that the Universe is ALWAYS conspiring in your favor.
      Bad days are opportunities for growth. You got this.

    • Thanks everyone. It has been a long stressful week, and I was hot tired and whinny when I posted this.

      I just have this feeling that something is coming, outside the usual doom and gloom that we as preppers tend to see. I dont know, just this feeling that I need some things in place. It makes me really nervous, then fighting with the dh on top of it just makes it worse.

      I will get there, I WILL. It just may take some time figuring out how to get around the dh. He knows me too well.

      • YOU WILL PREVAIL!

      • Sw't Tater says:

        TG ,
        just get a few extra things each time you go to the store, Do it meal by meal and item by item. 2 pounds of beans ,rice, pasta, or dried fruit…
        a can of tomatoes, a can of fruit..stick it in a hidey hole, in a box or bin. It all adds up!
        a one lb bag of pasta, and two cans 5 oz cans of meat will make an entree for a family of four, with the spices and bulion most people stock already.add two cans of string beans.and a can of fruit…. you can survive and work on a meal like that.

        • Sw’t Tater, thanks. Food isnt an issue. I have a budget every week for food, and am pretty good at making it go really far. It is everything else. And I do mean everything. It doesnt matter if it is extra toilet paper or an extra propane tank. He doesnt want to buy it until we run out.

          I will figure a way to get it thru his head. I dont know how yet, but there has to be something that will catch his attention.

          • JeffintheWest says:

            A 2×4? ;-) Seriously, I don’t envy your position having been there with my ex in the past. In my case, the problem solved itself the hard way. In your case, maybe a good disaster flick would work, with the occasional comment about, “Gee, I wonder what they use to wipe themselves with after going to the bathroom?” thrown in!

            • Jeff, I have contemplated the cast iron on more than a few occasions…

              • JeffintheWest says:

                Actually, I can tell you love him. Otherwise the iron would have already been used. Bear with it and do the best you can. I’ll add your situation to my prayers too. Sometimes He works in really, really, really mysterious ways, ya know? ;-)

          • I am so lucky my DH will follow me anywhere and do anything. He has always supported the prepping.

            Caveat: I am in charge of the money in our family, because I am good at it. Therefore, I am expected to do everything though unless it is a project that involves building something. Then I get the materials and he builds it. Sometimes it he is not excited about it…it sits.
            Sometimes I get the “How come we don’t have one of those yet”. Then he gets the stink eye.

            The prepper journey is an endurance sport. Do what you can when you can.
            Does he read? Or listen to audio books? Try “One Second After”. Watch movies? Watch “The Road”. Like Zombies?
            Does he have a workshop? Like to tinker with stuff? Build things? Ask him to build you a solar dehydrator.
            A mechanic? How to EMP proof a car.
            Does he like the outdoors? Camping? Ask him to make you a rocket stove. Or solar oven.
            Sportsman….you get the idea.
            He may never want to get in on the food storage. We live in a world that running to the store is the norm.
            Everyone has a hobby and yours is saving food. Insurance. Insurance. Insurance.
            Keep at him Sister. He loves you. He will go down! They always do. Hehe

            • Mama J, part of the issue is he works so much. Its not unusual for him to put in an 80 hour week. So when he gets home he is tired. When he does get time off, if we have the materials he will build me things (usually grumbling the whole time on why I need it).

              We have been talking about taking a vacation this year and doing some camping, but again that will depend on his work. If we can manage it, that will help a lot getting a few things on my list.

              The other night I had it on the weather channel and they had some show called “twist of fate” and they were talking about the joplin mo tornados. He paid attention to it! I didnt realize until the next day, when checking the weather, we were under an advisory about funnel clouds being possible. He looked at me and said “here? What would we do?” What really caught his attention was that they did an aerial view of a walmart that was demolished. We talked a little bit, but I didnt want to push too hard. I just mentioned that yup, things like that can happen and an emergency kit would go a long way in helping after a problem like that.

              I am leaving it alone for a while. Let him think about it, and I guess just keep the weather channel on. He is smart….

          • TG – let him run out of something HE uses all the time – deodorant or toothpaste – something like that. When he goes looking for it, tell him you didn’t buy any extra because he doesn’t want you to buy extra of anything until you run out. This might work.

            • Ga Red, lol. That is part of my plan. I am not going to buy anything but food (and only because I am not willing to let him do the shopping there) other then that I plan on calling him at work to pick up whatever on the way home. I am hoping he realizes by shopping like that we are wasting money, and so he can see the price increases every week.

      • This is why I refuse to get involved with anyone. I don’t need the added stress of caring for someone that is unwilling to care for themselves.

        Couple times a year I will think that I need to find a GF, but then the nagging comes back into my mind and I decide that I don’t need it.

        I have yet to find anyone around here (female wise) that has our mindset.

        • SW, as aggravating as it is arguing with him about it, I wouldnt trade him for anyone else. I do know that if/when it hits the fan I wouldnt want anyone else by my side. He is handy with all kinds of stuff, has a sharp mind (outside of prepping) and isnt afraid of hard work.

    • TG,

      Have you tried watching disaster-related movies with your dh? Some people need to watch movies to “see themselves in such situations.” If your dh is a visual learner, he can’t just contemplate what could happen.

      • If you decide to watch “The Divide” with him…make sure there are no kiddos in the room. There are parts that they probably shouldn’t see. It does go into what the human race will probably do to each other after a major event. Also proves why you shouldn’t blow your OPSEC.

      • Bam Bam and sw, we dont do movies to often, but I will keep that idea in mind. The last 20 times we sat down to watch a movie together he was snoozing within a couple of minutes.

        Besides the divide, any other titles to look out for?

        • Shades of Green says:

          TG,
          If your DH works that much just do all your prepping when he is not around. Hide the stuff you don’t want him to see right away. If you are buying items that you use all the time he shouldn’t mind. Is he that controlling with money or you? If you don’t work outside your home ,point out that what you do at home for the family is just as important as what he does. Thankfully , my DH doesn’t get in my way of what I do. He knows that if he told me I couldn’t do something I would be out the door faster than you could spit. If you know you are something good for your family then don’t let anything get in your way.

  19. WYO Ryder says:

    Hi Pack! Have been working so much at my new job that I am scrambling to just keep up with regular chores, never mind trying to prep. Have been buying canned foods and literally chucking them (pell-mell) in spare cabinets.

    Besides a lot of canned milk, veggies, salmon and soups…picked up 3 plum trees, 3 apples, 2 more raspberries (all 5 of my marion berries came back this year – yippee!), 20 strawberries, asparagus, horseradish, cukes, toms, squash, peppers and 2 grape shrubs.

    Got 2 mini turkey poults (pretty sure 1 tom 1 hen – to breed) & 2 brahma cheeps. The 6 newbie barred rocks are ready to go into the main flock (except two that turned out to be roos & will go in the freezer, not looking forward to that), 50 lbs of grass fed (non gmo) hamburger, 10 bs local honey, bulk millet, corn meal, flour, rice, and scored a decent chicken coop at a yard sale intended for my brooder/chicks. However, its color is ‘nipple pink’ …seriously, that is what they called it…, they are from Vegas… “Chicken Ranch” brothel?? haha…my kids are painting it after we insulate it)

    Hope you all are well. Blessings.

  20. I have built myself a Get Home Bag, which can now be considered as my EDC-backpack.

    Also started one for my DW.

    Contains few items, because I want to keep it light and have ample room for school books and my laptop.

    Here we go :

    – 15m, paracord
    – 50 ti-wraps
    – 6m, black duct-tape
    – Folding Buck knife (in belt pocket)
    – Swiss utility knife
    – 20gal water filter straw
    – 1size-fits-most disposable poncho
    – Watch with compass
    – Cheap dollarstore umbrella
    – Telescopic steel baton, 21′
    – 2 lighters
    – Led flashlight with 3 sets of spare batteries
    – Asthma bronchodilatator
    – JWR’s first novel, for long, boring nights at my job =P

    Going to add a few more items, like a city map, a collapsible water container (1 quart) and more. I want to keep it under 5 pounds.

    Also made a demo for a friend of mine, whom I seriously consider as the third member of my prepping circle. He’s only 19, so I’m teaching him very slowly, but he’s damn dedicated in his own prep now. I fear he’s going to be better than me soon. =P

    • Add a small pack of beef jerky and some hard candy — you will be glad you did if you have to make the long hike home.

    • Looks like a good kit, Seamus Finn. Don’t forget comfortable shoes/boots and socks if you don’t keep them in the vehicle already.

      • I don’t own a vehicule, nor plan to buy one in the near future =P I always wear comfortable footwear, even though I’m never more than two miles from home. My GHB is more like a good reason to carry a nightstick AND a life insurance if I had to walk ALL THE WAY to our BOL directly from my job/university, which I badly want to avoid if possible.

        And for the jerky and candies… well I plan on buying high-energy candy in an sports store like MEC. They are SO damn expensive I won’t ever dare to eat them unless I badly need to! And I plan to buy beef jerky on my next trip to the COSTCO! as well as energy bars and a lot of long shelf-life food for my 1-year-supply.

  21. JeffintheWest says:

    Got an order of books I’d forgotten about in yesterday! Like Christmas! ;-) Included DIY Solar Projects, a couple of books about raising chickens, Year-Round Gardening, Building Soils Naturally, Mini-Farms, Curing and Smoking, and Possum Living. Heck, might have changed my answer on yesterday’s poll….

    Also got some more heirloom tomato seeds. Now just waiting to see if I’ll have some place to plant them someday. Plan is to start seriously looking at places tomorrow where we are now, but it remains to be seen what the outcome will be. I’m guessing it won’t be until next year now — it’s really too late to start a garden unless I can get a Greenhouse up and running this year. Oh well, at least that would give me all winter to plan and build raised beds with drip irrigation! The good news is that there is at least a possibility that I can begin really doing instead of reading about it soon….

    Slowly getting my prescription meds built up in reserve. Still got a long way to go there.

    Thanks, M.D. for keeping the blog going and helping us all the way you have. And thanks to the Pack too, for sharing their wisdom, humor and ideas. It really doesn’t get said enough to my mind, so I wanted to take this opportunity! ;-) Have a great Father’s Day weekend, everyone!

  22. private idaho says:

    did ok as far as preps goes found 100 rounds of .223 and 50 of .380 at wally world. lucked out first in line at the counter when they brought out the new shipment. then I saw the sign behind the counter limiting you to 3 boxes per customer, go figure, zucchini are about 6″ long and found 5 tomatoes on the plants going to harvest spinage for the 5th time this years. bought a new roll of foodsaver bags, that’s about it for me. waiting with anticipation on the review of the plant tower.

  23. t42n24t2 says:

    Your fence looks great, and I love that planter. We were supposed to get than big storm so I made sure the meds were picked up, filled the gas tank, and staked all tomatoes. The landscapers gladly took my radish harvest. (No one wanted them. Next year I will plant a better cover crop.) The landscaping is finished, and I do consider that prepping. Now that my front looks like everyone else’s, I’ll blend in. (Gardens hidden in back.) The bolt cutters arrived, and I got a hacksaw with replacement blades and a crowbar. Lots of books came like Year Round Vegetable Gardener and Building Green. Then, thanks to all of you (and (I do mean that), I ordered some books like the Encyclopedia of Country Living and two on triangle loom weaving, and cooking with herbs. I really liked the book discussion yesterday.
    Sorry, but I was using my real first name. I’ll be t42n24t2 from now on.

    • Hunker-Down says:

      t42n,

      We keep our bolt cutters and crowbar in the basement next to the bench we use to hide under during tornado warnings, in case we have to dig ourselves up out of the basement.

  24. Even though this wasn’t a payday week I got a lot done! Our garden is starting to produce, and we had fresh squash and vidalias twice this week and steamed g’beans too.
    I had ordered MD’s CD and have been printing chapters as time allows, and now I have the start of a great resource binder.

    Our oldest chicken went to the big-chicken-coop in the sky, but the 8 peeps who are 2 months old are ready to come out of the peep-pen in to the chicken yard this week end. They are always such fun to watch on their first adventures.

    After reading everyone’s suggestions of survival books, I’ve ordered the Enclicopedia of Country Living,,,can’t wait for it to get here. The way my spaghetti squash looks, I’m going to have to learn how to can very soon.

    And as usual, I bought extra of all the sale items at grocery store, sugar, coffee,,,things we can’t do our selves.

    Happy Fathers Day tomorrow to all the dads in the WolfPack!

  25. This week I continued to add to my food storage. I dehydrated and then vacuum canned eight 15 oz cans sweet potatoes in light syrup (drained them, cut them smaller, dried them on fruit roll-up sheets, all fit into just 2 pint jars), 4 cans WalMart Great Value brand mild spicy tomatoes (this is a good imitation of Rotel tomatoes but the cans are not lined with BPA the way Rotel is), two big bags frozen chopped broccoli, 6 Cs dried black beans (slow cooked first), 4 lbs dried organic Italian pasta (cooked al dente first), 4 small bags frozen chopped onion and two small bags frozen sliced okra (got to make shrimp and sausage gumbo in a grid down situation).

    I continued my use of that small can of Emergency Essential powdered eggs (it fits in a gallon zip lock bag and stores easily on a refrigerator shelf unlike the big #10 cans of powdered eggs). The best formula I have been able to come up with for a plain three egg omelet that has the right taste and texture is to mix up enough powered egg with water to make two eggs (following instructions from manufacturer), add a dash of salt (I use Lawry’s seasoned salt), a few drops of Tabasco and crack in one store bought egg and mix very well. This cooks up nicely in a well greased pre-heated cast iron skillet over medium heat but you have to be careful folding it because it will be more fragile than a regular three egg omelet.

    I have also been experimenting with various ways of cooking powdered eggs without the addition of a fresh egg. The main problem with cooked powdered eggs is that the texture is just not right — it’s really awful. So I looked through my food storage to find something that has that tender yet slightly rubbery texture you get with cooked fresh eggs. So far the only way I have been to make decent scrambled eggs from powdered eggs is to take a can of Spam (yes, Spam) slice it a quarter of an inch thick and then, for each re-constituted egg, dice up two slices of Spam into quarter inch cubes. You just briefly fry the cubed Spam in some bacon drippings in a heated cast iron skillet over medium heat until lightly browned, then spread out the Spam evenly in the skillet and pour in your egg mixture. Take a spatula and begin stirring and flipping the eggs until well mixed with the Spam and mostly set. I transfer the scrambled eggs to the plate when they have reached the stage where they are still just a bit moist because they will continue to cook for about 2 minutes on the plate. The key here is to have the Spam diced finely enough that you have some Spam in every bite of eggs to fool your mouth into thinking you’re eating cooked fresh eggs.

    I also baked again using powdered eggs. I don’t buy those #10 cans of cake and muffin mixes because they are the same stuff as the much cheaper boxed mixes at the grocery store and I refuse to pay a premium price for long-term packaging when I can re-package just as well at home. To prepare boxed mixes for long term storage I first freeze the baking mixes for at least 72 hrs, then let set overnight at room temperature, then vacuum can in clean canning jars, label each jar and make a photocopy of the front and back of the box the baking mix came in. So this morning I used Betty Crocker Super Moist Lemon cake mix, substituted 3 Tbs powdered eggs for the 3 fresh eggs called for in the instructions (no need to mix the powdered eggs with water). I also mixed in 1 teaspoon Bourbon flavored Madagascar vanilla extract with the water and oil called for in the instructions. I mixed the batter by hand the way I would in a grid-down situation and baked in two round greased cake pans according to directions (I would use loaf pans and a quarter less water if cooking in my solar oven). I found that some of the cake stuck to the bottom of one baking pan when I turned it out — not sure whether to blame this on the powdered eggs, under-mixing or what. Instead of making a butter cream frosting that needs refrigeration, I mixed a 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk with a 7 oz bag of sweetened coconut flakes and used this as a filling layer between the two layers of cake. I didn’t have any powdered sugar or I would have dusted the top of the cake with some. I have sampled a slice of the cake — it is tender and moist, with good coconut and lemon flavor and I cannot tell it was made with powdered eggs.

    I also prepared a third meal from the four entrée sampler package I bought from the Legacy storage food company. This time it was the Pasta Primavera and the instructions called for cooking the mixture with 6 cups of water for 15 to 18 minutes and then stirring in an optional 2 Tbs butter to make four 420 calorie servings (plus butter calories). This is a lot of water and a long cooking time in a grid-down situation if relying on bottled water and a propane camp stove. I was pleased to see a handful of freeze-dried peas in the mixture but the broccoli listed in the ingredients must have been those tiny green specks. So I went to my food storage a got a pint jar of home-dehydrated broccoli florets and dumped this into the mixture. This soaked up some the excess sauce nicely (the two previous Legacy “entrees” I prepared turned out to be soup). At the end of the cooking time I added a 10 oz can of Great Value (Wal-Mart brand) Chunk White Chicken with Sun Dried Tomato Sauce. Now I had something in the cooking pot that looked like pasta, meat and vegies in a reasonable amount of sauce instead of cream soup with some noodles and green flecks. It mounded up nicely on a plate and could be eaten with a fork (no need for bowl and spoon this time). The aroma and taste was comparable to a creamy pasta dish from Olive Garden or Macaroni Grill. All in all, I could have made this dish from pantry ingredients using vacuum canned pre-cooked and dehydrated pasta, vacuum canned dehydrated broccoli, a 1 lb jar of Alfredo sauce (Ragu, Bertolli, etc.), canned chicken, and a handful of freeze-dried green peas from any company that sells this stuff in Mylar bags or #10 cans. And the pre-cooked pasta, dehydrated broccoli and freeze-dried peas could have soaked for a few minutes in some recently boiled water to cut out the need for using additional fuel for 15 to 18 minutes of simmering. So far I am not inclined to buy more Legacy food — its’ expensive and uses too much water and cooking fuel for a grid-down situation.

    I have been giving some thought to what to do about my two indoor mousers (cats) in case of emergency. I realized that the one pet carrier maybe okay for trips to the vet but I will need two carriers if I ever have to evacuate. Was able to find a nearly new cat-size carrier at Goodwill for $20 less my 30% discount. Now I just need to disassemble it, spray with bleach and scrub it really well. I have also been taking turns carrying each cat outside some mornings so it can see what the front of the house, nearby houses and nearest intersection look like. Some evenings I carry each out back around the house and let them see over the masonry wall. My hope is if there is a break in and the cats run outside to hide, they will be able to find their way back home. I fully expect them to panic if I have to shoot an intruder.

    I have also been giving some thought to how best to survive the triple digit summer temperatures here in the Mojave if the grid goes down taking with it my air conditioning. Two miles down the road is a casino/resort hotel/multi-screen cinema extravaganza and I expect the property’s owners will make sure the casino main floor with its slot machines, security cameras, gaming tables, bars and air conditioning, will stay fully powered by generators no matter what. So all I may need to do is leave home an hour before sunrise and walk there, hang out all day in the air conditioning, put a quarter in a slot machine every hour or so and then walk back home at sunset.

    So when I saw the men’s work boots go on sale at the nearest Wal-Mart super store (all impossibly small sizes for normal size men) I bought a pair. I got a pair with steel toes, water proof leather uppers and slip- and oil-resistant soles in about a size too large for me so I could wear them with a really thick pair of boot socks and still have room for my feet to swell in the afternoon a day of walking. So I’ve been getting up a dawn every other day and going for a 20 minute walk around my neighborhood while the air is cool so I can break in the boots. They are comfortable but the leather uppers are very squeaky.

    I continue to water my container gardens 2 or 3 times a day in this heat and some of my grown-from-seed tomato plants are three feet tall but very skinny. Three of the four decorative winter squash I threw out on the compost pile to rot have now sprouted and one of the mounds of squash plants continues to bloom but no signs yet of setting fruit.

    • Winomega says:

      Linda, have you tried mixing the eggs with instant barley or cooked rice? Or just stop thinking about powdered eggs as eggs and think of them as just protein.

      Harness training your cats might be a good idea. I haven’t been able to get a good harness for the one, but our other cat stays where we put her when on the leash.

      • I do have a Come With Me Kitty harness and leash and have trained my eldest cat to tolerate it. And he wears the harness when he travels across country in the carrier. But I would never leave a harness-wearing cat loose in a vehicle while underway. I don’t believe it is possible to teach a cat to heel and walk on a leash the way a dog can. It’s more a matter of holding onto the leash and following as best you can as the cat meanders along and crawls under every thorny bush it can find along the way.

        • Winomega says:

          Well, I wasn’t suggesting leaving them loose in the car, just harnessing them for the territory-learning.

          My boy was fine in the car before he ran off, the girls are a PITA. The only time they behave loose in the car is when there are two of us. Last time I let them run lose while alone, it seemed like she would just stay under the seat, but I’m sure someone was staring at me while I was busy pointedly ignoring the cat on the dashboard. (Fortunately it was just across the subdivision.)

    • riverrider says:

      what kind of eggs are you using? whole eggs are for cooking, scrambled eggs are for omelets. ova-easy scrambled egg crystals are the best i’ve ever found, pretty close to fresh eggs. can’t cook with them though. i hear they are putting out whole/whites crystals now too.

      • I’ve looked at the advertising for OvaEasy eggs but they cost more per “egg” that regular powdered eggs and the listed shelf life is a lot shorter than what is claimed for regular powdered eggs. I have Emergency Essentials, Provident Pantry and Honeyville brand whole powdered eggs. I chose to experiment with the Emergency Essentials brand only because that can was a whole lot smaller. I have not bought the pre-cooked scrambled egg stuff because I want to be able to use the powdered eggs in baking too. It’s important to me to find a good substitute for cooked from-the-shell eggs because I like eggs at breakfast time along with bacon or sausage and a side or toast or hash browns and would rather have a poke in the eye with a sharp stick than have to eat oatmeal or cornflakes. But that’s just a personal preference.

        • Mystery Guest says:

          Linda
          From what I have researched Ova Easy eggs last 5 to 7 years, the regular powdered eggs about 3.
          So if you want eggs for cooking/baking and use them regularly the powdered eggs are fine.
          But I have heard that the Ova Easy are the best. I have some but intend to buy more later so they will have at least a year+ past the ones I have.
          I would keep the Ova Easy for eating unless needed for baking and if it is a true SHTF case they will be for special occasions.

          • I just looked on the back of a #10 can of Augason Farms Whole Eggs powder and it says the shelf life is 10 years sealed when stored in a cool, dry place or only one year opened. The label on #10 cans of Provident Pantry Dried Whole Egg Powder does not does not state shelf life length on the label, nor does the 6.5 oz Mylar packet of Thrive Whole Egg Powder, but considering that all these traditional types of whole egg powder are made by the same process, the different brands probably have the same 10 year shelf life if stored in a cool, dry pantry in an unopened container that is not air permeable. The 10 oz. can of Future Essentials Powdered Eggs states on its label that the shelf life is “5 -10 years when properly stored and longer if refrigerated.” I’m assuming they are hedging their bets with the understanding that some people store their food in non-air conditioned sheds.

            • Mystery Guest says:

              Linda
              Makes you wonder about the shelf life and expiration dates doesn’t it?
              If one company can say 10 years and another say 3 years what in the world is going on.
              I think that this is another one of those you got to use your own head (common sense) on the matter.
              I am really tired of the inconsistencies.

              • Winomega says:

                Mystery Guest, when they determine an expiration date, that is just how long a product can go without suffering a noticeable change. The probably used different panels of people. Some things actually begin to taste better after that threshold, but it’s subjective.

                (I happen to like drinking milk that is past it’s sell-by date, but it is too interesting to go with tea or coffee.)

                • Millie in KY says:

                  This is one reason I got chickens. Have recently switched breeds to a larger chicken (8-10 lbs) so the boys can be raised and invited to Sunday dinner and the girls can lay eggs. I have hatched out one batch in the incubator for now, and another is in making baby chickens. I also bought 15 more yesterday at a small animal swap. Of the approximately 45 chicks, half will be roos, half hens. I’ll keep 3-4 roos and the hens, the excess roos will go into a separate area for now for processing when the time comes. If you live in town, it is hard to hide roos but half a dozen chickens or even 3 or 4 will provide lots of protein on eating bugs in the backyard and will be quiet and not disturb your neighbors. Mine run pretty much free and eat bugs, I lose a few to predators but the livestock dogs do a good job of chasing them off for the most part. The fox is back but we are waiting for him to feel more comfortable before making our move….Also on pintrest there are some dandy ideas for chickens, one is to make a chicken tunnel around the inside of your backyard fence, the birds keep the weeds eaten and scratched up so you don’t have to weed eat there and can reach thru and pick vegetation out about 4-5 inches of you use that 2 x 4 garden fencing for your tunnel. And they get all the bugs that come around. If your back yard was filled with garden, you could even run one leg down the center to help keep bugs out. I thought it was a dandy idea!
                  When SHTF, you will need one or two roosters. You can incubate the eggs with a broody hen, get one that will set on eggs and you will always have eggs/older chickens/extra roos to eat.

    • ladyhawthorne says:

      Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with cooking from storage. I really appreciate it. I have a lot of home dehydrated things but did buy a #10 can each of powdered eggs and powdered butter for baking/cooking. I keep looking at the buckets of pre-done meals but I think you are right, a better and cheaper meal can be made from your own individual items.

      • You’re welcome. It’s frustrating trying to wade through all the advertising claims by various purveyors of long term storage basic foods and pre-packaged long term storage meals and choose something that stretches the prepping dollars wisely and also provides good nutrition that is tasty enough that people will actually eat it.

    • Sw't Tater says:

      Have you considered adding dried mushrooms,rehydrated if large pcs., or bell pepper bits to those eggs, to add texture.
      RE: cake mixes, I use those cake mixes, with half the oil called for, and a package of vanilla pudding mix, with the water called for. and don’t add any icing or toppping at all.

  26. Worked on building a shed for garden stuff.
    That’s about it!

  27. riverrider says:

    not much again this week. i have come to the conclusion that we are in maintenance mode now. this week when the storm was coming, all i had to do was refill my gas cans, top off the bottled water and put a couple bags of ice in the cooler, jic. the storm knocked out power all around but not here. we were ready none the less. nice feeling. stack it high yawl, who knows what’ll come out of the beltway next. and for the snoops: sic semper tyrannis, jackrabbits!

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Well, it must be a good feeling to hit the maintenance mode, I am jealous. Glad the storm missed you this time, we’ve finally had summer make an appearance here. Hot and humid this week with no rain although we’ve been well blessed this year. A little too much of a blessing in some cases. To change the subject, have you heard any scuttlebutt about conservatives in the branches getting bad treatment. My son says they are being told to shutup, tone their religious beliefs down, and quit hurting people’s feelings. WTH is that all about?

      • JeffintheWest says:

        It’s the gay revolution, baby! I’d guess the military will start to collapse relatively shortly when some candy-ass gets their “feelings hurt” during training and they stop such “mean” training. The first time they get into combat, things’ll go south pretty fast, I’m guessing.

      • riverrider says:

        ror, yeah i been hearing that as well. many of my buds are getting out, getting like the dutch army, pc. but frankly many are so pissed they need to tone it down a bit. its not good for a unit for the colonel to openly slam the cic in front of the troops. if i was still in i’d be bugging out after that sexual assault crap(male on male). now they’re trying go “trans-gender”. disgusting. i think its purpose is to break up the army like the romans did, making dhs the more powerful. that worked out real well.

        • Rider of Rohan says:

          Yeah, my boy is bailing. I figured the reason they forced all this crap through was to destroy the armed forces. That doesn’t bode well for us, what with all the amnesty and unemployment, the next thing we will see is the civilian force that was discussed during the first term.

          • worrisome says:

            RoR no matter what area of government works you are looking at, “something” is going on! “Tis crazy! When someone in the IRS tells you personally to not talk about your religion, when you hear that the army is chastising folks for reading “religious books”..(did I not hear somewhere that there are no atheists in fox holes?), when you hear that school principals are turning off the mic’s at graduation on young speakers, when you hear that wearing a NRA T shirt can get you jail and fined…………….it is getting nutz out there…………..

            • Rider of Rohan says:

              Yes, it is, worrisome. One wonders how close to a tipping point we are. I don’t see how the country can keep on the way things are going right now. At least not for much longer.

              • Jersey Drifter says:

                I heard this week from two different sources on the radio that the IRS was training big time with AR’s . What the H for? It’s going to get bad I am afraid, but praying that it doesn’t, that right minded folks turn up in Congress and stop this nonsense.
                And this amnesty crap will change this country for ever, and not for the better. Does anyone in D.C. know how many Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda, or Taliban have crossed our southern boarder? NO, they have no idea. What about the ” students ” here on Student Visas that never showed up for a single class, just disappeared. All that and what TDL, DOJ, DHS, NDA and IRS are doing, it sure is troubling.

            • axelsteve says:

              I would tell the IRS to stick to there job and don`t worry about my religious beliefs. Then I would snort and call them blood sucking bastards in honor of my dad.

        • JeffintheWest says:

          I had a Colonel do that when Clinton was Pres. Refused to accept his Presidential Retirement Certificate (he was an Air Force Colonel, but he’d earned his chops — as a Recon Marine in Vietnam for three consecutive tours; had a K-Bar on his desk with the TIP bent from where he’d rammed it into an NVA soldier’s breastbone so hard!). He told the General that if anyone tried to present it to him, he’d “make a speech.” They decided not to test him.

          On the other hand, one of the Senior NCOs, when I asked him if he would accept HIS retirement certificate, he said; “Yes!!!” I lifted an eyebrow (since he’d been fairly vocal to me at least about his disapproval of Mr. “Is”), and he said; “Where else am I gonna get the signature of a convicted felon?” I had to laugh.

    • JP in MT says:

      RR:

      One of the things I’ve noticed over the years is that prepared people don’t seem to get hit as hard as the unprepared. Now that could be “media-bias” but I’ve seen the same thing. Like the only house on the block that didn’t loose power was the guy with the generator; stuff like that.

      Maybe it’s just another sign from above that what we are doing is the right thing. ‘Course then it could just be luck, but I don’t believe in that silliness. I like the saying “Luck is where preparedness and opportunity meet.”

      But then I’m just some old guy, barely smart enough to come in out of the rain.

      • JP – we had storms last week that had a tornado headed directly toward our area. It dissipated before it got to us, but there were still lots of trees down north and south of where we live – debris in the streets all around us. We barely had a twig come off anything. I told the hubby that it was like we had a protective bubble over the house. The only thing that showed any wind was the corn.

  28. Was sick the day of the “jam” session so will have to make the jam/jelly/syrup on my own a little later. Trying to get in to see a doctor can be a real pain if you don’t have a primary. Will be trying a walk-in clinic on Monday. What I suspect isn’t something I want to have to deal with if/when something happens – better to try and get it fixed now.

    Did pick up some canning supplies and glow sticks.

    • Sarahy, soory you missed your jam session. I didnt read it wrong this week, yay me. Lol.

  29. Lauri no e says:

    Finally got that big walk in closet cleaned out straighten out and organized. Spent most of the week getting things organized because we are getting ready to call a realtor it will all depend on if my husband’s transfer goes through and what we can get for our house. I also cleaned out half of the garage plus it has been so hot lately. I did buy 3 more 5 tier shelving at L’s on sale this week.

    Having some pain on my lower side went to one Dr. everything in that area good so she is sending me to the stomach Dr. and I know what that means OH Boy! another colon scope. I hate those things.

    Take care, be safe.

  30. Surviving in Ky. says:

    Hello MD and Pack, Hope everyone had a good week. I lost a long time friend this week. I ask that everyone pray for his family who are having a hard time right now. It was a tragic accident and has shocked us all. He was one of the few friends we find in life who could be counted on. God Bless him and keep his family safe. Amen!

    I haven’t posted in a while but continue to add to the supplies.
    250 rds. of .38 special
    #10 can of freeze dried pork chops
    12 cans of pre-cooked bacon
    10 camouflage field bandages
    water proof map case
    12 cans of plaster cast material
    2 dual magazine pouches
    4 30 rd. P-Mags ordered in Dec.
    I want to wish everyone a great weekend and spend time with those close to you because you never know what the future holds.
    God Bless and stay safe!

    • worrisome says:

      Sorry the hear about your friend. Praying for the family!

    • Lauri no e says:

      Surv.in KY,

      So sorry about your loss praying for all.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Praying for you and that family, SiK. Seems to be more accidents these days taking people in their prime. Maybe they are the lucky ones, but it sure hurts to let them go. Take care.

    • Surviving in ky, sending prayers to you and your friends family.

    • JP in MT says:

      Surviving in Ky.:

      Added “canned bacon”! That’s probably the only thing I would trade ammo for! Life without bacon is just not worth considering!

      • JPinMT & Surviving inKY;
        You can-can bacon in a pressure canner..I saw it on Utube. Trying to get my df’s mom down out of the mtns to teach us how it is done. Then the bacon fat can be rendered into lard, better for you than that artificial stuff on the grocery shelves.

  31. Lauri no e says:

    I forgot one more thing.

    Happy Father’s Day to all of the Father’s!

  32. RAlbert says:

    Not too much this week but what I did was concentrated on firearms. Found 5.56 mm 62 Grain FMJ 900 Rounds in an Ammo Can at CTD for $632 so I ordered 2 of them. I also found 50 round boxes of 124 gr 9mm at http://www.munireusa.com for $19.50 and ordered 20 of them.
    I also bought an Otis Modern Sporting Rifle and AR Cleaning System for my range bag.
    I got some upgrades for my Mossberg 500. An UltraFire1,000 lumen WF-502A flashlight for $11 and a Nebo clamp from Amazon. (Interesting the clamp cost more than the flashlight.) I got a ProMag Enhanced Slide Safety and a TacStar Tactical Shotgun Forend Grip as well.
    I also got MD’s books “Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat: One Man’s Solution” and “31 Days to Survival: A Complete Plan for Emergency Preparedness” from Amazon yesterday. I’m looking forward to reading them in the coming days.

  33. What did I do this week? I packed… and packed… and packed some more. As of right now, the only things out are the things we are actually using until they get thrown in a bag or box and put on the truck Monday. I even broke down and bought freezer meals so that I could pack my pots and pans (and there’s still a few to wash and pack up). I think this is a never ending thing… spend 2 solid weeks packing and then 2 years unpacking…. geesh! But we are in the final count down… We will be getting the truck bright and early Monday Morning and loading it. Tuesday morning, we throw the mattress on the truck and head to Arkansas!

    • Whoo hooo! Many blessings on your journey.

    • Shandi, packing is a pain. Have been there and done that many times. Hopefully your journey is uneventful, and that your new home brings you happiness.

    • Encourager says:

      Oh, TG, I feel for you! We all have off weeks but yours sounded like it really sucked. This coming week will be better.

      • Encourager, thanks. It was definitely one of those weeks, on top of being hot and tired. I am already back to plotting and scheming my way around the dh to get the stuff I feel we need.

    • Encourager says:

      Shandi, congrats! I, too, would rather pack than unpack. I have boxes from when we moved 30+ years ago that I never unpacked. Mostly it is stained glass supplies…every time I look at those boxes I hesitate to get rid of them. Maybe I will let my sons deal with it when I head for heaven…lol! Sure they will appreciate that!

      I have boxes and boxes of my MIL stuff when we had to downsize her stuff to fit in a small apartment. I want to go through it to sort and toss but hesitate; guess I will wait until she passes.

      • Encourager;
        Have to discussed with the MIL about having a sale on the items the family does not want, can not use, but will bring in funds your MIL could use. I know I am a collector of antiques(pack rat), but have thought it could be time to clean out them. Just an idea.

        • Encourager says:

          Becky, Mom is beyond being able to make a decision about anything including her packed stuff. Some days she has no clue who we are. Two weeks ago she introduced my dh and me as her “dad and mom” to someone sitting eating with her. =o/

          She is now home from the hospital after 8 days. Her doctor had to fight the hospital every single day to keep her there. Doc was pretty tenacious and we are thankful. Doc said when one is her age (95) the hospital has the attitude a bed isn’t worth wasting on her and they are losing money. Obummer care already rearing its ugly head.

          • Lantana says:

            God bless your DMIL’s doctor, Encourager.

            Here’s another thought for approaching your DMIL’s boxes: get big plastic storage tubs, one for each of her children plus three more (for sentimental items, things to donate and things to throw out).

            Make your goal to do one box a week. Do another one if/when you want, but that’d be gravy.

            Slowly, you’d at least get the sorting part done, and the uniform boxes might stack/store better than the boxes used to pack her. And who knows, things y’all don’t want might be useful to younger family or less prepared siblings.

    • Hope your ready for some crazy weather. We’ve already had one 100* day here in AR. We normally don’t see them till july or august.

      • The weather is definitely different this year. We had a long, cool spring. We also had a cold front push through in June – something really unusual for us. It’s going to be an interesting summer.

    • Millie in KY says:

      Shandi, Arkansas, here we come! Congratulations! It is a never ending thing. I have been in KY for three years and still am rearranging and throwing crap out. Save it though, for a yard sale. I got to the point with packing that I was just throwing it all in a box. We had 14 weeks to find a place and get out and it was harder than I thought it would ever be but ever so worth it. When I got down to the back side of our property to talk to God a little, I get to thanking Him and start crying because He has been so very good to us and found us a little bit of Heaven right here…..be careful and I will look forward to your reports. You can just stack that stuff to the ceiling in the garage, get the furniture in and then work on a few boxes every day. We had to replace flooring so I didn’t move in a lot, just some kitchen stuff and clothing, because I didn’t want to move it all again. But it’s coming along really well and all I need to do now is the painting and am whacking away at that job now. What a fun adventure it will be! Do you have someone helping you out? We had one friend who showed up and helped us get things on the truck (huge truck) and then came with us to unload. I bless her heart every single day, she was the only one, and her hubby, who gave us a hand…..

  34. Only got to the gym once this week but I did do 4 miles on the eleptical while I was there! Part-time summer job took up 2 days with hospital visits and funeral arangments.

    Pulled the last of the onions from the garden. Just have to let them dry a little before I put them up in stockings for storage. Replanted the row with seet corn. hopefully I can keep it watered and we can have some good home-grown corn on the cob. Tomatoe plants are going crazy! I have plants that are 5 ft. tall and all are full of tomatoes. Bell pepper plants are putting on plenty of peppers and I had to stake them up to support the weight. Same with the egg plant.

    Was able to buy a little PM to add to the hoard. Not much else this week. Looking forward to Fathers Day as my DW has bought me a new BOB that I’ve been wanting for some time. That’s all for this week. Keep prepping pack.

  35. Just noticed M.D.’s request not to use your real name. Any suggestions for a East Texas country boy who’s relatively new to prepping?

  36. worrisome says:

    Babs Boxer is at it again. While complaining that ObamaCare is unsafe for Congress and their aids and wanting an exception……….she is also pushing for funding to include illegal immigrants for health care………..
    I won’t say in mixed company what “exactly” I think of Babs….or her cronies Pelosi, Feinstein, Thompson, and others out here in Kali!
    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-boxer-healthcare-costs-uninsured-immigrants-20130613,0,6087718.story

    • worrisome;
      They just do have have a banana big enough to stuff that backside kissing piece of garbage-Babs & cronies. There are days I wish we could put all of them on that row boat with one oar.
      Can you imagine life with out those cronies……

    • JP in MT says:

      worrisome:

      I understand your frustration with that group; then look at it from the perspective of those that live outside of CA!

      I think a You-Tube of these “people” changing their position would be fun to watch….with their heads moving from left to right so fast, something might fall off (or fly off)!

      • worrisome says:

        JP I wish their heads would fall off…….or their tongues fall out or better yet, they brains fall out their ears! But that is just my fantasy Ha.

        • Dang, worrisome, out here in Texas, we figured that most of CA’s problems were that the muckety-mucks’ brains had *already* fallen out their ears. . . .

    • JeffintheWest says:

      Amen, I have some real problems with the Wicked Witches of the West. Seems to me that if the S ever DOES HTF, it will be at least partially, if not mostly caused by them and their stupid, ignorant, self-destructive, holier-than-thou, hate filled, and incompetent policies, and they’ll be the first ones on someone else’s door step demanding they “share” whatever they have “for the greater good.” It would give me such incredible pleasure at that point to knee-cap them and leave them twisting on the ground. But that’s just my little private fantasy world, and we all know it would never work out like that anywhere except in a novel….

    • Hunker-Down says:

      I vote that Harrrrrrry Reed be added to that group.

  37. tommy2rs says:

    It’s not a prep but I saw this today and thought I’d pass it along.

    If you own a Thompson Center ICON, VENTURE or DIMESION rifle manufactured before June 13, 2013 youy might want to read this about the recall.
    http://tcarmsrecall.com/front/frontQuestionnaire.jsp

    Thompson/Center Arms has identified a condition where the safety lever in certain rifles may bind preventing the safety from becoming fully engaged. In this situation, closing the bolt may move the safety to the fire position. The rifle will not fire unless the trigger is pulled. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are initiating this recall to allow for the prompt inspection and, if necessary, the repair of each rifle.

  38. Not much this week. Went to the swap meet this morning and picked up a big camo rollaway miltiary duffle with a Bagram Customs tag on the handle. Looks like it will be very handy for storing gear at our Mainland BOL This is mostly for camping in good times.

  39. I haven’t done much other than keeping up with the garden and yard. I gave the oldest DD squash, zucchini and green beans. I took the middle DD to Sam’s this morning. I know they will have food. The youngest still lives at home. If she can’t find something at home, that’s her own fault.

    The vertigo from the prior week got me off track with the fitness program but hope to get back to it tomorrow morning.

    I did restock the cat food – about two months worth. I still have to go Krogering for the week and will see what is available for a good price. I mostly need meat, chicken and milk at the moment.

    • Lauri no e says:

      GA Red,

      I have had vertigo problems for 15 years, I had a virus that attacked my inner ear, several doctors, long stories and 15 years later I still deal with it from time to time. Never know when it will hit. Sometimes it can knock me down for several days.

      Take Care.

      • I’m hopeful that the “rocks” in my ear don’t do this again – canaliths. Fortunately they seem to be ok now.

      • JeffintheWest says:

        I picked up a virus in Kuwait that did the same thing to me — unplanned vertigo attacks that would take me down for up to three days at a time. They put me on Valium initially, but I went back and told the doc that I wanted nothing to do with it after a half of a single pill knocked me out for 18 hours. So he suggested I try Dramamine and I used that for a decade to control it. The attacks kept getting farther and farther apart, and I haven’t had one now for something like eight years (knock on wood!)

        • I had a closed head injury and startedmhaving a
          Ot of trouble w/vertigo (to the point of falling down) along w/migraines. Neurological Doc started me on meclizine 25mg (which is antivert) AND 400mg Magox. The combination did the trick. I went from taking them four times a day to PRN and some times that’s only once a week now.

          GA Red if your symptoms come back maybe you need to see a different practitioner. Good luck and I’m glad you’re felling better

      • Lauri no e,
        I have had dizzy spell for close to 30 years. They hit with out warning and put me down for several hours. Then a bad head ache for couple of days.
        Friend suggested Acupuncture …it works! Have taken six treatments….no more dizzy spells.
        Good luck..

        • Lauri no e says:

          Thank you, everyone that comment on the Vertigo some are new suggestions and some I have already tried.

          A couple of years ago I could not drive for a month it was so bad that I had to wear sea sick patches. So far lately I have been doing really good with it but, I told my Dr. that vertigo and steroids have really affected my life but I have so much to be thankful for and keep going. I don’t dare hold a baby standing up or pick one up out of the crib due to the fact I am scared the room will start spinning or I could drop the baby. I have never been a smoker, drinker or a druggie, now chocolate candy that is my down fall.

  40. midnight1st says:

    M.D., I sure could use some new fencing like that. Looks really good.

    This week I obtained 10 wonderful free buckets from Wally World. Also got in some organic activated charcoal, a clothes drying rack, and a new sling. Picked up some extra sugar to use for jelly making and replaced some canned veggies as well as bleach.

    Weeded garden and picked some squash, onions and pole beans. The corn in my three sisters garden was high enough, so I planted the rattlesnake beans to run up the corn as well as some more peppers and more onions. Picked a gallon of blueberries and a few plums.

    Took care of a neighbors chickens all week as they are on a trip. I think that getting materials for building our chicken coop will be my next big purchase. Chickens are really not much trouble at all.

    Gave a talk on growing, harvesting, and storing herbs for the public.

    Started on a pergola that I’m going to grow grapes on. Maybe, if the zombies think that something is just yard art, they won’t recognize the food. Hopefully we can finish the structure this week.

    Have a wonderful week!

  41. wife undergoes surgery on tuesday. if you pray,i would appreciate prayers for healing and finding the piece of lung they remove,will NOT be cancerous. her name is Charly. thanks,Brad

  42. Oldokie says:

    Nothing much. Finally all equipment that was drying out the wet stuff has been removed from house. Supposed to start replacing sheetrock, painting and floors and windows next week. I’m not expecting all that to get done but hopefully they do some of it. I did try out a recipe I printed from here. It’s called “Beef, Bean and Bacon”. I added diced potatoes which it didn’t call for but it was delicious! When we had leftovers the next day I added a few slices of country sausage and that made it even better.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Hello, OldSoontobeTexan, I’m glad to see some things are progressing for you. How is the rest of the area doing? Yall inspired me to do a lot of studying about tornadoes. When I move to Arkansas, I’m going to build me a safe room instead of an underground shelter. For some reason those big F5 “Finger of God” twisters mostly hit out in the plains. I’ve looked at all the deadly tornadoes back to 1961, and the safe room will be the best fit for me as it can be multipurpose. Here’ for a safe, easy and quick move to Texas. There really ain’t no other place like it in the world.

      • Oldokie says:

        Well I tell ya, a safe room or underground shelter is a must have if anyone lives in tornado alley. They are just like insurance, you gotta have it but hope you never have to use it. They can be life savers! Just don’t let the safe room get too full of “stuff”. You need room for you and yours.
        Got my eye on a 10 acre plot of land but don’t know if it will be available whenever we get put back together here. Good luck on your move to Arkansas.

        • Oldokie says:

          Oh, the rest of the area still looks like a war zone even though a lot of debris has been removed. It’s still hard to look at.

          • worrisome says:

            Oldokie, what a job! I think of those folks all the time! Still very very glad you are okay and have a plan on what you are going to do for your future. Bless you. Don’t let it all get you down!

  43. Winomega says:

    MD, I remember telling you how to reinforce your shelving so it stays straight. No time to tend to it, or not worth the effort?

  44. ladyhawthorne says:

    Slow week for me, the shoulder is still giving me trouble, mostly when I need to type, etc on the computer, it doesn’t like the angle and I’ve tried them all. But it’s better than it was.

    I moseyed into 2 thrift shops today and picked up 2 canning jars for 25¢ each and 4 round cooling racks that can be used in the canner as well. Also a book on identifying Texas trees.

    Amazingly I have an elderberry growing at the corner of my house, I thought it had died but it now has blooms on it! Sadly the heat has arrived so even though the tomatoes are flowering-they are not fruiting. However the peppers are doing very nicely.

    Luckily the older couple down the road that sell extra out of their garden had lots of tomatoes. I half filled a fabric grocery sack zucchini, some okra, a couple cukes, a couple chocolate colored peppers and filled the other half with tomatoes. All for $10. And these are so flavorful! I need to wash jars now as I plan to can some tomatoes!

    I’ve been working on updating things in my Etsy store and I’ll count that as preps as it brings in money to buy some. Made 3 sales this week so it seems to be working.

    Hope everyone has a great week, I’m remembering the pack in my prayers.

    • It’s still early enough to take a broom to your plants and swat the heck out of them, LH… Old wives tale that actually works. And always plant cherry style or pear tomatoes, because they will keep on keeping on in the summer as long as you keep water on em. I’m going to run them thru the food processor, cook them down to juice and can it up. DH got a dozen plants along with some Porters that will be the whole canned or crushed. I’ve also found that blossom set spray works too.

      • mountain lady says:

        About 2 years ago I went to the hardware store to get a can of blossom set. No go, it has been banned in California. The stupidity of our elected in Sacramento is enough to make you tear your hair out.

        • mt.lady;
          Friend recommended aspirin put at the roots, his family has been doing it since he could remember and it works every time. Like you I was having no tomato’s last year. This year no problem.

  45. Well, let’s see… Been a bit since I last posted on this topic.

    Clothes for the kids has been the major push of late.

    Making room for more stuff by consolidating and going vertical with things is the other.

  46. Schametti says:

    Hi Pack. :):):)

    My second Praying Mantis egg sack hatched within a couple days of the first one, and now I have mantids coming out of my ears. Unlike the ladybugs, (who vanished within a day of me putting them out in the garden), it’s comforting to see my little mantis foot soldiers out there. I don’t know how hard they’re working, but it’s comforting all the same.

    I’ve continued to harvest lettuces and mesclun, and cherry tomatoes, and radishes, like crazy. I’m not getting as many strawberries as I would like. I might have to pick up a couple more plants. I a few days the carrots and potatoes should be ready for harvest, so that’s exciting. They look amazing on the surface, so I hope they don’t disappoint. My blueberries are starting to turn purple which look amazing. I’m still struggling with the apple trees though. Pulling them out of the ground, albeit ever so gently.. to put in good topsoil and fertilizer.. just seem to have made them more mad, lol.. I’m trying to be patient, and not give up on them.

    I got my 299 Days, Glen Tate, Book Six this week. I’m still not reading them until I get all of them, lol… but I’ve added it to my stack. My soap mold/curing/cutting box came in as well. I haven’t had a chance to make my first batch of homemade soap, but I’m so close now. Yay! :) My wrist bow xds STILL hasn’t gotten here, I don’t know what’s keeping it, but I’m sure it’ll be here soon.

    I broke down and went to the doctor yesterday. My underarms just seemed to be getting worse, and I was in a lot of misery. I got a shot in the bum, and an antibiotic.. I guess I have a skin infection, (which explains the severe itching and burning), and the knots are just very angry hair folicles. Hopefully with the medicine, I’ll be as good as new in a week to ten days, lol.

    I bought cardboard, and a steel trashcan this week, so I can finally make my faraday cage. I haven’t gotten to actually put the two together yet, but hopefully this coming week.. and I’ll be able to check one more project off my prepping To-Do list.

    I finally got my aloe plants out of their tiny little starter pots, and into a bigger pot. It’s so cute, it looks like a rock. I love it. :)

    We’re still riding our bikes up and down and up and down our street. The rides are still kicking my butt, but I’m starting to be able to make it a little farther every other time, or so.. so I have faith in me.

    I think that’s about it for me this week. I hope everyone has had a great week. Once again, I very much look forward to catching up with what everyone has been up to. Happy Prepping, Much Love, ~ A.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Howdy Amy. I got a big laugh when I read about you pampering your bugs. Yeah, I know, some bugs are very useful, and we couldn’t live without them, but I still got a laugh.
      Good to see your garden mostly prospering, the apple trees are kinda mystifying as we have some planted in very poor soil and they have done quite well over the years.
      And I hate to hear that you had to see the medicine man, but sometimes that is the only way, and the one major thing other than dentistry which is really worrying if things go sour. Hope you get better fast. Not being nosy, but what antibiotic did he proscribe?
      And keep that exercising up or you will have a belly that looks like mine, and you don’t want that. Hahaha…it’s a little smaller than it used to be. Thank God for that. Take care and have a great next week prepping.

    • How’s your mom?

  47. moonstone says:

    Went on the More on 34 yard sale trek. It”s 100 miles of sales.Only went half way,ran out of room in the van. Picked up a couple of 02 cool fans. Can be used as plugin or on batteries. They actually put out some pretty good air. Some really nice wool blankets,and lots of fun stuff. At the thrift store I got a new pair of Berne insulated coveralls with hood for$7.00! I had checked them out at Farm King and they were $145.00. These are for me ,husband already has 3 or 4 pairs.His comment was when would I ever need them,which I answered, better to have and not need then to need and not have!Picked up six 5 gal buckets,2 ankle braces,wrist supports,and a couple of knee braces. Could someone tell me how to store walnuts for longterm? I know they have oil in them,but I got a really good buy on a large quantity and would like to be able to store them longterm.Happy Fathers Day to all the prepper Dads!! Oh and JP mentioned pancake mix.any special way to store it?

    • worrisome says:

      Moonstone, I shell and vacuum bag them and freeze them. They last forever that way.

    • Encourager says:

      Where is the More on 34 yard sale? We have done the US127 World’s Longest Yard Sale for three years running. Goes from MI to AL. Would love to add another!!

    • moonstone;
      Read on another site(before I found MD)they put all the different variety of nuts into canning jars, vacuum sealed then made sure the seals held and into the storage with date they were put up.
      You can do it this way, or the way “worrisome” recommended. I have done both, but my freezer gets full so I have to shift something out to make room for other goodies.

    • Sw't Tater says:

      Store pancake mix like you store flour or grains, be sure to freeze for five days before storing with oxygen absorbers…know you. may need to add extra baking powder after it is stored 9 months, just like self rising flour, it’s still good but the baking powder looses it ‘s rise…get the alum free kind and with the longest date. can put it in oxygen free bag and freeze it, for longer shelf life.

  48. Woodstock says:

    Hey Pack! Its been a while since I posted anything, last year my kidneys took a turn for the worse and ive been recovering slowly but surely. I ended up taking an unintentional pause in my preps for a long time, but ironically a fb post by my skeptical BF has refocused me and im getting back on track. I think the break was a good thing…i feel totally revitalized. This week i picked up a bunch of thrift and yard sale gold, including books on dressing and cooking wild game, duck and waterfowl hunting, and installing alternate energy sources. My very good friends also gifted us a campfire tripod for no reason at all, which i am teaching myself to become proficient at. THE BEST BURGERS EVER! I am tempted to not even bother replacing my grill that finally died last week…the food is soooo amazing over an open fire! I have found that taking so long a break has created an organization emergency that i plan to tackle this week. Let you know how that goes. Log splitting 101 is also on my to do list. Glad to be back up and on the horse! God Bless!

    • Encourager says:

      Welcome back, Woodstock! Glad you are on the mend. Yes, cooking over a fire is awesome…wait until you get yourself a Dutch Oven (get at least a 12″, or tall 12″ is better) and you will rock. I bake bread, biscuits, pies, cakes, casseroles, stews, soups – you name it – in my Dutch Oven. You need the one with the three legs and the flanged lid so coals can go under and on top.

  49. Winomega says:

    I am sure that I am blowing OPSEC with this, but I think I am ready for a meet & greet with fellow preppers. Dismal Swamp is in my day-trip range, provided that I schedule for having the car.

  50. Burromega says:

    The power of obfuscating stupidity… Know it, study it, make it work for you.

    Watch this whole video.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3tv_NbZ6iI

  51. KR Prepper says:

    Beans,
    Planted turnips, squash, bak choi, and Asian cabbage,
    Made a new set of sprouts

    Bullets
    Put away a couple cases of 9, 12ga slugs and arrows
    Learned how to make a d loop. Sized my. Sister for a bow.
    Purchased my weekly half dozen of arrows.
    Also purchased Magnus stingers, and G5 small game heads

    Bandaids
    Got health insurance this week. Getting all my preventatives out the way

    Shelter
    We had major storms last week. Bright side of it.. Several cords of Free split firewood. Been stacking Wood all week

  52. DH and I cleared out one of the rooms the granddaughters stay in, adding a bunk bed to the other room and turned the other into a prep pantry/radio room. We added shelves and a small desk area for the radios, etc. It is sure nice to have preps out where I can see them, instead of i boxes.

    Ordered books for DH to study to get his Technician Class Amateur Radio license, then we will both study together for General class. We intend to make a game of learning code and teaching the grandchildren code as well – even though it is no longer needed for radio licenses.

    He (with a little help from me) built a huge shelf for the garage to help clear it after I filled it up with my junk, so I can park the car in there in the winter, and he will be putting a half to one cord of wood in there during the winter so I don’t have to go out in the cold come winter.

    Today, had new daughter and granddaughters over to teach DD how to make jam, and talked to her about the importance of being prepared. I don’t know if she’s listening to me any better than she did her dad, but seemed to me that she was hearing what I was saying – and I was genuinely surprised that she listened to me about firearms – especially having a shotgun.

    DH bought 2 new ammo cans and we now have the ammo I brought into ammo cans, instead of boxes in a pile.

    After DD left, I canned 4 pints of cherries and 3 more pints of cherry jam.

  53. riverrider says:

    anybody else noticing a big lag between typing the post and the letters actually showing up? i noticed last week here and all over the net a huge amount of mispelled words as well, i mean huge. what gives? is my tinfoil hat too tight?

    • mountain lady says:

      I have the same problem. I doubt it is our tin foil hats. MDs site has become so big and full of stuff, that my landline just has a problem with it. I can live with it, as I have problems with a big downloads. It definitely teaches patience.

    • Rr, I have been having that issue as well.
      If any of my posts look like gibberish that is why.

    • Donna in MN says:

      I have had the same problem, only here does it lag. I am also getting security messages popping up every page I visit.

    • Encourager says:

      Same problem here…thanks for bringing it up because I thought it was my old, old desktop computer. I now think it has something to do with the ads, especially the google ads that have been added along the sides of the posts. How do we get rid of the google ads? M.D., are these ads sponsoring your site? Or just added by google??

      • Encourager.

        “Are these ads sponsoring your site?” Answer – Yes.

        But they are automatically generated depending on the page you’re on.

        • MD,
          The Google ads appear to be Flash based and if I have more than a few tabs open they slow my machine down to a crawl. The fact that they “float” when you scroll past them, and especially the ones that have movement in them, all cost CPU cycles and slow everything down. How I combat this personally is to never have more than 1 or 2 tabs open at a time on your site, and to delete the ads that allow deletion as soon as they pop up; unless, they actually contain information which is interesting to me, which does occasionally happen, just not often.
          I realize that they help provide funding for your site, but they do appear to be a burden on older machines. My home machine is a 2.6 GHz Core 2 Duo with 4 GB RAM and experiences the problem. My work machine, a 3.5GHz Core i7 with 16GB RAM works fine; but, has significantly more resources available to do the work.

      • I thought it was just my laptop having a mind of it’s own….or nanobots were inside spying on my so worldly (not) projects and searches.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      I’ve been having the same problem, riverrider, especially at Yahoo. Things have improved a bit here since last week, but yes, I have noticed it. I thought it was my computer, I know it’s not my internet, which is cable and lightening fast. And speaking of tinfoil hats, did you see where Verizon built a big fiber optic cable directly into spook HQ?

    • Riverrider,

      If the server is slow, or there are a large number of people on the site at the same time it can slow things down.

    • One word for ya…. PRISM!

    • I thought there was something wrong with my computer! LOL I am happy to know that it isn’t just me.

  54. Indiana joe says:

    Is this anew format or did my iPod change? Had the car in the shop this week so not much in terms of shopping. I did score a pressure canning machine from my mother in law. Has instructions and read the link on the post earlier on canning. Seems like times can get confusing. Idk but I am super physched about starting to can!!! I will update on my trials. Meanwhile happy prepping!!

    • Indiana joe,

      Everyone was complaining about an ad expanding over the content, when they enlarged the text in a mobile device, so I removed the adds when viewed in a mobile device, now folks are complaining about that too. I can’t win… LOL.

  55. Winomega says:

    Darnit, I can’t remember who was being concerned about spelling errors and monitoring…..

    I had such a perfectly garbled half-registered response to that, but my modem hiccup coincided with a bad enough system-crash that it was lost.

  56. Read that polyester from back in the day makes warm quilts. Found some at a local thrift store for a bargain. Also bought some oversized woolen out of date clothes from the bargain, bargain bin for $1 a piece and washed them on “normal” cycle and dried on medium. Will salvage the zippers and buttons and use the fabric for quilts. Had minimal shrinkage and fabric still looks good for quilting. Bring on the powder blue leisure suits!

    • LOL. I always thought the leisure suits are slippery.
      I make jean quilts lined with flannel but they weigh a thousand pounds. I have one I made for football games that I pull on a cart. But everyone within 20 ft loves me when it is 10 degrees.

      • Leisure suits weren’t slippery,, those were the ladies parachute pants suit with the zipper jacket. I remember swooshing with every step ;-)

        • LMAO!!!
          I didn’t wear the parachute pants. I was more like the Madonna wannabe. Big hair, horrific clothes. torn nylons with leggings and heels. Lots of necklaces. OMG, barf, it hurts me to remember.

          • axelsteve says:

            I dress the same now as I did in the 70`s. Jeans t shirts and tennis shoes. I don`t wear led zeppelin t shirts anymore though.I would like to find a sox and martin shirt though.

      • Mama J, that quilt sounds wondeful. I prefer the heavy blankets, something about weight comforts me. Of course I also made myself one of those huge wrap around body pillow for the cocoon effect… lol

        For anyone who has or know someone who has autism, the heavy blankets are great for calming and soothing the anxiety attacks, and other sensory overloads.

    • Lauri no e says:

      My boyfriend when I was a Jr. in High School wore a powder blue leisure suit when we went to Homecoming Game that year. Wow does that bring back memories plus my Dad and brothers worn them also back in the day.

    • Lantana says:

      Marti, there will be more jewels in your crown for figuring out how to recycle those leisure suits. . . .

  57. mountain lady says:

    I actually got a little prepping done this month. My grocery store has some Auguson farms Morning moo, butter granules and honey granules. There were all reasonably priced and I have wanted them for a long time. Other than that, just maintaining the level I am comfortable with.

    • worrisome says:

      Good for you mountain lady! the morning moo………how is it? I am not fond of most of the powdered milk products…but I am not on a mission to find the honey granules. That sounds like a great idea!

  58. Indiana joe says:

    Got a pressure canner from in laws. Don’t really know how to use it bit excited to learn

    • axelsteve says:

      after the Boston bombing Sonoma williams pulled there pressure cookers from there sales. Kinda knee jerk to me.

      • seeuncourt says:

        My DH told me i couldn’t purchase one…without a concealed weapons permit….

    • Encourager says:

      IJ, first determine what type of pressure cooker it is. If it is a smaller pressure cooker for cooking meals, you cannot use it to can jars of food. Look up the model number on the internet and see if you can download the instruction manual.

    • DesertDiva says:

      Indiana Joe,
      I am with you! Bought one from a church rummage sale a few weeks ago. No clue? Did do an English mint sauce with a water bath for our lamb we picked up out at the ranch. Mint and lamb, yum!! I have a ton of mint and chocolate mint. Made my own extract, too. I got the Ball book on Canning. I wanted to start slow with the water bath instead of that VERY scary canner!

      Hit a garage sale last week and the lady who had it said she would give me a pressure canning lesson, that you needed to watch someone do it the first time. Yippee, I think she is doing green beans. Maybe ask you MIL for a lesson and we can compare notes?

      Picked up a live trap at the garage sale too along with a big knife and a kerosene lantern. The canner’s hubby is a trapper. Little bunnies eating my garden and I want to trap them and relocate. I hear they are good to eat, but ONLY after the first frost due to mites? Only have fished and don’t know if I could do a bunny. “Don’t move or the bunny gets it!!” Sorry, just watched “Con Air” again. :) DH a big hunter and got an elk and deer tag this year. I only look AFTER it’s in the freezer. I NEED to learn.

      P.S. BC, you have a prayer warrior out west for your dear wife. (I miss your pic with the overalls! But I know you are getting skinning and maybe will surprise us with a new pic. Good for you, I am on my to get off 30 by Fall)

      • DesertDiva says:

        Sorry BC, I meant “skinny”. Loved the pic with the overalls and the little dog. Min Pin? I have a min pin cross I just rescued. Praying for your wife out here in the “Great Empty”.

  59. seeuncourt says:

    This week, 24 cans of veg-all and 24 cans carrots, maintained the gardens, built chicken coop #2 and started on the turkey pen. continued to fence the cow pasture. Yup, I agree with you all about the fencing! Seeuncourt, Phd (post hole digger).

  60. Well, the local deer did a number on my little garden – all the tomato plants, pepper plants, peas, beans and lettuce are stripped bare. The critters left their hoof prints in the well-tilled soil. After a full CSI forensics analysis, we have identified the perpetrators: Bambi “The Tooth” Virginianus and Ralph “The Buck” Whitetail. Their photos and profiles have been distributed to the local community watch. We are confident they will be brought to justice.

    We attended the gun show at the Fairgrounds and picked up some 9mm ammo ($16 for a box of 50), a metal 50m ammo can ($12) and a bunch of paracord ($7 for 100′). A good haul. Met a young fellow and his wife who have started a leathercraft business in a nearby town- He’s the business side and she’s the artist – great looking belts and super functional CCW holsters – handmade and customed to your tastes. Ordered a nifty convertable IWB/OWB leather holster for the Sig Sauer; should be ready in about 10 days.

    Hit the Farmer’s Market on the way back from the Gun Show and picked up peaches, tomatoes, green beans and new potatoes. Won’t be long before the tomatoes will be overflowing there and time for canning.

    Happy Father’s Day!

  61. TN Mommy says:

    Happy Father’s Day to all the dads on here!

    My prepping has slowed way down. Still searching for the perfect land in the middle of nowhere that I can actually afford. I really want to get the heck out of the city burbs :(

    I’m getting frustrated because everything looks good online, and then we drive out to check out the area and it’s not so good. Lots of property but houses all close to the road, neighbors appear to be quite poor etc…. I’m nervous about appearing to be the “rich” people in the neighborhood, could make us targets. I don’t want anyone to see my house from the road. Also, the property absolutely must have a water source which doesn’t come cheap.

    I’m about to give up and start researching city survival…

    • What area you looking in. I’m in southern middle Tn.

    • Sw't Tater says:

      Tn Mommy, would love to have someone new come into our poor neighborhood, and you would fit in well with ,most of them. Our poor neighborhood, I grew up in, and to a house all of them are preppers without even calling it that.Most of them have enough groceries to “do” them for several months every month of every year, they even have enough to assist others when needs/ emergencies arise. poor does not mean unprepared, but you really don’t want to be in the inner city areas… TENNESSEE TATER

      • TN Mommy says:

        Oh I wasn’t trying to say that I think the people are unprepared, but I know from experience from living in the city that if the SHTF the first people who are going to get raided are the ones that people think have more money/stuff than them. We aren’t rich at all, but we purposely bought a cheaper house in my neighborhood so we would have extra money for other things than just a house payment. The neighbors have already asked me repeatedly what I do for a living because we have nice cars and my husband doesn’t work. :( I want to be completely off the radar, without having to sacrifice living in a pretty nice house.

    • patientmomma says:

      TN Mommy, I live in west/middle TN also and I’ve been looking for a year. I finally bought a property which is not perfect, but it is workable, meaning the things I like out number the things I don’t like. If it has sufficient acres, water source and some trees with an existing residence of some sort and is at least 60-90 minutes from any big city, think on it. My house is close to the road; that is the way country people live. BUT, it can be “hidden” by creating a berm, planting fast growing bushes and trees and putting up a fence behind the shrubs. You can put your chickens and small animals out of sight deeper into the property. There is no such thing as a perfect property or perfect husband or perfect kids. Better to be out in the country with a chance than in the city with no chance.

  62. Helped the young lady that moved in with us get a job this week. She’s very excited as it’s her first job. It’s a shame the person that moved off and left her took her birth certificate with her. We can’t get it for her and she can’t get a driver’s license without it. We have the paperwork to get it when she turns 18. We will be taking her to work, but it’s only about 6 miles down the road.

    No purchases this week for preps, mostly working in the garden. Harvested first round of broccoli this week. Yummy! Beets are about ready too.

    Happy Father’s Day to all the Father’s here. Prayers sent for those in need. Blessings to All!

  63. Southern Girl says:

    Greetings to all,

    Prayers went out this am in early service for all in need. BC, pray your dear wife’s surgery is a success & for a fast recovery.

    For SIK, sorry for loss of your good friend & his family.

    For prepping, reading new books when time. Busy week at work. A long 6 day week. Did receive Mylar bags to start on rice, flour, cornmeal, beans & dog food. i did not realize there were different grades of mylar bags & reordered the 5 mils. Haven’t found any local places giving away free food grade buckets. Will need to ordeR.
    Also, added sutures, other medicals & “The New Self-Sufficent Gardener”.

    Lost all the pole beans & cucumber plants to the heat & the bugs are munching away on tomato leaves. Not sure if it’s just heat or the soil mixture. I’m doing the square foot gardening & think my calculation was off with the peat moss & compost. The soil is losing moisture too fast.
    Also, have tried spraying with 3 different mixtures including the dish soap & water for the bugs. Worst was the onion, garlic, cayenne pepper & dish soap. The DH says that stuff could be marketed as a lethal weapon.LOL.
    The odor was pretty bad & deadly for eye contact. Any suggestions for either problem would be appreciated.

    However. I’m pulling out the beans & cucumbers today, mixing some fertilizer in & planting something else. This ís my first gardening adventure alone & I ain’t giving up! Not sure what to plant this late in June with these 95 degree temps. More research.

    There is something strange going on with this post. Taking forever to type this.

    Hope everyone has a good safe week & although I don’t voice my views on gov’t issues, I do agree with most comments regarding the poor leadership we are dealing with & the total ruin of our government as is. We are in need of a good house cleaning in our capital.

    SG

    • Tell us what youcome up with on the late June 95 degree temp planting. I’m having the same delima. The lettuce is done and now Ive got space in the garden but don’t know what to plant that will take the heat. Do you think it’s to late to start some beans?

      • Just a guess, but I hear Okra likes heat. Others might have better suggestions.

      • Les, get your tomatoes in for the fall, plant some squash, anything that has a long growing season. Replant beans, or spread some compost and cover the area and let it solarize. Kills off weeds, and a lot of the bugs that live in the soil. If you do it over winter’ soil temps will be warmer earlier and you can get stuff in February. Go talk to a local nursery, not big box store unless they have a master gardener. Check the Aggie website for hot weather varieties. Or go ask someone at the farmers markets what they’re planting. I just planted more summer squash, and about to do next progression of cukes for pickles, and I’m waaay further south than you are.

        • And GA is right, okra will keep on until it freezes as long as it gets water! Mine is beginning to bloom.

        • Thanks for the suggestions. we have pleanty of squash in right now and the okra is starting to bloom. Think I’ll go with beans later in the week when I get the letucce pulled up.

  64. Happy Fathers Day to all the great Dad’s out there!

  65. I’ve been getting kinda burned out lately so not much has been getting done.

    I just finished “one second after” and that nothing getting done is about to change.

    I’m gonna start by organizing everything so I know what I actually have, then I can decide where I need to focus my attention.

  66. Not much this week , had to replace a water heater and my 6 year old computer is acting up . Hope I don’t have to replace it so all extra funds will be held back for future calamities. Plus just getting some of the medical bills for the MRSA infection I had last month, can’t belive $145 just for the culture to see what it was!! That was more than the office visit and the meds combined.

    I am absolutley OUTRAGED that TDL will spend $60 to 100 million for a vacation for him and his family. Can’t we jsut pay somone over there the $100 milliion to just keep them!!!!

    Prayers to everyone who needs them…

    • The $100 million to keep him sounds like a good investment. Wouldn’t even notice it with the national debt at $13trillion.

    • My daughter went to the ER. We were there one hour. We thought she had meningitis.
      ER visit $2400
      IV $260
      Blood work $500
      Flu testing A & B $140.00
      Strep test $120.00 I could have done this at home for $1.25 but knew she didn’t have strep.
      The stupid doctor who had to listen to rant for 30 minutes about how you can’t fix stupid. (He forgot to put her orders in the computer.) Priceless.
      I will make them sweat over every penny.

      • Lauri no e says:

        Mama J,

        Praying for your daughter and my husband might be going to the ER but wants to wait and see Dr. in the morning. ( We think it might be gall bladder)

        Thanks, to everyone for prayers for my 2 aunts and FIL both my aunts are out of the hospital and they are treating FIL with steriods because to old for the surgery.

        • Lauri,
          Oh, my daughter is fine now. She was sick in Feb. Thank you though. I hope you DH is not in too much pain. So painful. Gaviscon helps. I have had gall bladder issues and they are not fun. I choose to cleanse my gall bladder and have a recipe if you need it. I haven’t had an attack in 5 years.
          Many blessings to your poor aunts…..and FIL. That is hard.

          • Lauri no e says:

            Mama J,

            Yes I would like the recipe. Thanks for your help.

            • I had to look for a website that had the same recipe because it is a lengthy description and process.
              The cleanse only takes a few days and the main part is overnight.
              Your DH should see the Doctor first anyway to see what is actually troubling him. The Doctor will want to take his gall bladder is he has stones.
              I am the only person in my family that still has her gall bladder. All my sisters, mother, aunts, grandmothers all had theirs removed. We also have issues with kidney stones.
              I had two severe attacks that were so bad I was ridged with pain. Could not walk, drive or even scream. An ambulance had to pick me up once. I wanted out of my body very badly. I had a cat scan of my gall bladder and had heavy sludge will stones. Surgery was scheduled. I am not OK with this. So I did this cleanse.
              It was not terrible. The juice is great. The salts will give you the runs which is good. The olive oil will make you wonder if you have lost your mind. Stay close to bathroom and have baby wipes handy. I did not do enemas. Some do. Follow the diet of no fat, fruits, greens.
              I have read that some people get nausea, vomiting, pain. I did not.

              I did a full Dr, Scholls colon cleanse, organ and parasite detox and ate clean organic whole food from then on. Graduate up to the fatty meats and dairy.
              I have become quite the food Nazi. I do not eat processed foods at all. I will eat some pasta that has a whole food ingredient list like flour, eggs, salt and milk.
              I still drink my tea (addicted to sweet tea), coffee, dairy, and have a normal clean diet. Grass fed meat, no GMO, no fake food. Real sugar only.
              I have not had an attack in 5 years. I do the cleanse at least once a year.
              My female family have also had other organs removed including hysterectomies. I bypassed that with a uterine ablation. I still have all my junk and the Doc is going broke!
              The site I found follows the same routine and recipe.
              http://www.healingcancernaturally.com/liver-gall-bladder-cleanse.html

              • Lauri no e says:

                Mama J,

                Thanks, my husband is better this morning and went to work. He does get kidney stones and it does run in his family. Thanks again. L

          • Schatzie Ohio says:

            I could use that recipe!

  67. Well lets see. Read One Second After . Picked up 10 round box of 50 cal. And 50 rounds of 45 apc. Built more shelving for can good. Another 18 feet and I will almost have enough shelves to put everything up of the ,floor. Picked up another gal. of honey. Programmed the groups px888k radios . Put the last 3 freqs. to listens to the local weather radio stations.

  68. Sw't Tater says:

    Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s here! Prayers are continuing for all the Pack, their needs and those of family and friends.
    Finally got some quiona, and tried it as a breakfast ..I prepared it like oatmeal..once with splenda and cinnamon, once with almonds and dried apricots. It held me really well, with no blood sugar crash.I won’t want it every day, but nice for a change.
    I found a sale on qt of honey, bulk oats and steel cut oats, picked up quanities for two months.
    Have spent time catching up on chores.Picked up 6 buckets of various sizes with lids.
    .Dried some spearmint, prepared some garlic to grow bigger bulbs, strained out double strength tinctures, began plaintain in tincture (the plant for insect bites and poison ivy)picked up some gardening gloves.
    Ran a rescue run for DD( lives approx 4 hrs away, had recent illnesses..w/ expenses and employment impact… URI’s and eye infections.) all in the reason we prep!
    .Did elementary instructions on herbal preps and use of plants /herbs/ solutions available to her, for initial treatments/ intervention before emergency…..and counseling for issues/plans/needs/ wants…gave idea scramble..for additional (city)income streams.
    Spent time in spiritual renewal efforts with LMI’s.
    Noticed thread earlier re:quilting , Interesting.. Been considering those scrap materials I have in some boxes, so much so, I began dreaming about boxes of material…got to begin those quilts when I get the garden in.
    Worked on priority lists for household needs and dh is on the same page, Not a new thing, but so important and makes preps so much easier!
    Take care, keep on, keeping on.Stay alert.

    • SW Tater,
      You were busy! I love quinoa. I have a stack of jeans calling my name for another quilt when it gets too hot to go outside during the day.
      My mother is excellent at making fine quilts. All my kids have her quilted baby blankets. I am more of a utility quilt kinda gal.
      Staying organized is important.

  69. Patriot Farmer says:

    I completed my new chicken enclosure and began with 13 new laying hens. I also completed my outdoor cooking pit and finally I bought 2 boxes of 12ga bird shot and a few boxes of 12 ga slugs.

    • Love the idea of an outdoor cooking pit!

      We have a cheapo fire pit that’s about ready for the scrap heap – it’s rusty and doesn’t have a lot of use. We are contemplating a more permanent fire pit structure – something that would be able to be used for cooking if needed. Our space is small – only about 3’x3′, maybe 3’x4′ & we’re thinking about using brick or stone. Has anyone seen plans that would be good for something like that? Doesn’t have to be overly fancy. Thanks!

  70. Hello Pack;
    Yes, it another day at Hadis Half Acre, I did not give it that name a friend did years ago. He said we lived half way between heaven and hadis, he used the other word**. We call it another name, much nicer.

    My magazine Countryside came in the mail yesterday…it had great articles so please pay attention for those who are married to mules or sand box lovers, heads in first. Beg, borrow, or go to the library for this edition volume 97 #4 j/a 2013. It has preparing for emergencies (pg#36), it is written for those sandbox spouses. TG, I think they had your dh in mine when this was written. Even your dh will understand that you did not lose your mind or that aliens had replaced you with a look alike. Hope this works for your dh & you.

    There is an article on using a pressure canner, setting traps, lightening protection, “donkeys”. We had one, he was 55 yrs old +, and had to have him put down a year ago last April. Loved that little guy he was with us for over 20 years, minded better than the dogs! Still miss him.

    Preps…ordered the hamburger for ds, df, and us, plus ordered 3-2 gallon jars of honey from a local bee caretaker. Washed out 25 fg buckets, most of them 2 gallon size, believe my dh is happy to see the guest bathtub no longer looks like the recycle bin on garbage day.
    Painted more of the Tr*x decking, think I am up to 15 boards so far, I can only paint so much then wait for the stain to set and paint it again.
    Df & neighbor is coming over tomorrow with saw horses so may we can get more decking painted and in before Turkey day is upon us. This is about it from H’s half acre.
    Happy Fathers Day–gentlemen.

  71. DesertDiva says:

    Ordered and received the Harvest Can Rotating System! This thing is the bomb! Didn’t know where I would put all my preps. Live in a 900 foot Cabin. Moved to the great empty 8 years ago and had to get rid of so many things. Felt GREAT! Anyway, hubby put a wood top on it, I put it in a little cut out in my art studio and put up a “black out” curtain to hide it. It looks like part of the room. My son and grandson came out this weekend and never noticed it. I went to get a snack for my little one and they wondered where I was going to get it. Whew, close one. My son knows he is coming here when/if. Brought his Dad 500 rounds of 223 he bought from a friend getting a divorce and needed money.

    Waiting for delivery of a gun safe. My CD has matured and next trip to the BIG city it will be coming home with me to be safe. Worked 25 years in corporate America in mortgage lending. The banking system is so messed up. FDIC? Really? 6 back surgeries later and we left the big city. So worried about my DH 401K’s! Last time the market dumped I had just received a small inheritance and opened some accounts. Three months later I lost one third of my money. No where near the hit most people had, but I had the cash in my hot little hands! I feel it’s coming again. I would rather spend the money on preps and at least we can eat and defend it all.

    I am new to the pack but finally jumped in yesterday with all the great herbal ladies. I have been sitting on the side lines for three months now and wanted so much to be a part of this group. I have never commented on a blog in my life. Thank you all so much! Used a little jewelry making money to get an order from Mountain Rose and bought an excellent dehydrator. Thanks to the pack for all the suggestions and I love the CD, MD, and your book. Ordered book six of 299 days. Good week to all!

  72. Puttered around the garden. Weeded. Watched 2nd batch of radishes sprout (shady area). Peas are about done. Started harvesting lettuces & spinach. Slugs are having a heyday in there, though. Bought new shelving for food organization in the basement. Took a self defense class. Plan to take a “practical conceal carry” course soon for better training with CW. Picked wild berries — free food! Yummy jam! Reading an interesting book — “The Good Life Lab”. That’s all for now.

  73. Granny Em says:

    I finally got some of the garden planted, in between rain storms this week. . We stood on planks to get the corn in last Sunday, and it has broken ground tonight. The squash, cukes, broccalli and kale sets are happy to be out of their foam cups. Tomorrow, I hope to plant the tomatoes and peppers, the onions and sweet potatoes.

    Question for the Pack : What is ground ivy good for ? I’ve got a bumper crop of it all over the property.

    Have a great week. Prayers for all who need them.

  74. patientmomma says:

    16 Jun: Finished up my batch of elderberry tincture so we’re ready for cold and flu season. Did some yard sales and got some flannel sheets and some nice king size sheets to use for bandages. Found an L.L. Bean backpack for $1 and some bitter bandages for animals at half off regular price! Received my order of 20 baby holly bushes —the kind with the nasty points on the leaves—plan to plant them for security around the house; had to put them in nursery pots until I have time to do some digging. Found some hamburger on sale so I made meatballs and pressure canned them—I had to taste test them of course and they are yummy!
    Did not get to the garden this weekend so I’m feeling guilty; I need to take a day off of work and spend some time weeding and fertilizing. I mowed the yard and found the canvas clipping bag on the back of the mower had a ripped seam; like, how did that happen??? So next weekend I have to remove the bag from the frame and repair it.
    I finished reading Surviving Survivalism and made me realize I can do without a lot of things, but I want my refrigerator and running water! I need to get smart on solar power but I don’t know anyone who has solar in my area. Still working so it is hard to do everything myself.

  75. Mrs. M. says:

    We spent the last week moving to our homestead. 90%. Done. Got the garden shed I bought delivered, need to replace the siding so the new neighbors don’t hate us.

    We are exhausted. The muscles are talking. Being over 50 sucks. I am going to try to get a few plants in this summer, with the bulk of the bones of the garden going in this fall. We have over an acre to plan out. The hen house is on the way, as is a rabbit house.

    So not a bunch of gardening this yèar, but planning on a strong raised bed garden for next year. I am already arranging to have tree trimmings shredded and dumped on our space, ala back to Eden. I am looking for a local source for Elderberry and bluèberry bushes, and planning on fruit trees.

    We scored a sweet new firearm in a trade. So accurate and easy to handle! DH is great at keeping those preps up and moving.

    Our next major expense will likely be solar. To get the water out of the well without sucking power.

    Anyway, once we get settled in, we will be back into the prepping mode. One nice thing besides land near a small, safe community, we also got an extra storage room, heated and cooled, and separated from the rest of the the house. Perfect for storing things that are nobody’s business.

    I am still greiving… I guess that doesn’t end, but eventually I might
    Learn to deal with the loss. Hard to focus on surviving, with such a loss. But we must go on.

    Try explaining hundreds of cans of food to movers…. We chose not to, and so we had to move it all ourselves. Gah!

  76. Millie in KY says:

    Not much this week, really pathetic, I got some TP. When in doubt in the store, just get a package of TP. :) I worked in the garden a bit, got some buckets and planted the raspberry canes and hazel nut trees in them for now. I may have to put them in the ground next year. They are bare root so cannot sit around long. Hopefully tomorrow I will get the strawberries partly in.
    I had my job interview on Tuesday, it went exceedingly well. It is a state job, pays just a bit more than the job I lost in February but incredible benefits and opens the door for me to some other positions, I hope. BUT HERE IS THE OTHER REALLY GOOD NEWS: I have another job interview for this Tuesday. This one I really, really want. It is working with someone who you all know the name of. I really can’t say any more than that because of Opsec. But trust me, you would all be very proud if I get this position. It’s for office work, probably very little contact with this person and that is all right. It’s someone I admire very much. The job isn’t open until September, I would like to see if I get the first state job and then hang on until September and take that one. Either one would be a decent enough job but the second one is more exciting to me!
    The bookcase project is nearing completion. Just a bit more painting in that room and rearranging. And have to paint the closet which will be harder because it’s kind of cramped in there, on the other hand, I’m not taping in there because who cares if you slop a bit of paint in a closet?
    Happy prepping everyone and would so appreciate the prayers that I get just the right job. At least I’m getting some interviews now. Thank you all!
    I am catching up for the past couple of days, can’t wait to see what you all have written in this column and the Advice column, too!

    • Millie, we’re proud of you simply because you’re you.

      Good luck to the prospective employers–may the best one win our Millie’s able assistance!

  77. To prep this week we planted more pumpkin seeds, weedwhacked the orchard,placed order for canning jars on sale from Lehmans(10% off),
    placed another small order from EE for freeze dried food,and replaced our sump pump (we had a second emergency pump on hand) when the old one quit and the cellar was flooding .We have had 9 plus inches of rain this month).( Bartered for repair of our lawnmower with honey)Read this blog and another thoroughly.
    Showed the grandchildren the does and fawns in the fields and one turkey setting on her nest..Continues reading They Fired the First Shot-very good book re: our countrys state of affairs and some solutions.
    Hope all you who are Dads had a good day.Arlene

  78. Southern Girl says:

    Les,

    Just reading from the University of FL. IFAS extension web site info on June planting in this area. It lists a few vegetables that can be planted in June including Lima beans & sweet potatoes & some type of peas. Think I will try my hand at sweet potatoes. Love those things with brown sugar, cinnamon, butter & raisins. The site has great info on natural pest control also.

    Hope that helps. Kinda disheartening to loss all my beans after watching them grow from seed. They were so healthy looking too. I’ll just try again next year. Have plenty of seed left stored in frig.

    SG

    • Southern Girl

      I decided to go with putting in some beans. They are called Anasazi beans after the indian tribe. hopefully they will be heat tolerant and we’ll get some beans out of them. Got them in this am. Also, my late crop of sweet corn is coming up. Don’t think I’ll have a problem with it as along as I can keep it watered. If I had mors space, I would definatley do the sweet potatoes. Thanks.

  79. Audrey Druse says:

    Hi all,
    Must comment on how concerned the Pack is for each other. It is wonderful to find people who care about mostly strangers. For most the only connection is words on a computer screen. The help offered for problem simple or complex or a word of encouragement given in the time of need is more valuable than many outside this community would believe.

    Time is speeding up and getting short. We will need all this support sooner than we know. Hang in there all who are having illnesses and financial problems knowing prayers are being offered by your friends in the Pack.

    What have i done this past week… not as much as I would like but that is the frustration of my life now. Went to the Lymphedema clinic at the insistence of my Diabetics doctor for the swelling in my ankles and feet. So now I am wearing very stylish ace bandages from my toes to my knees. As if I needed anything more to help tie me down…lol. We will see if it does anything… I think it will help temporarily… until I have to take them off.

    My DH heard me say I wanted to dehydrate some celery and tried to help by buy 3 bunches at our local “expensive” grocery store. So I will be dehydrating it… I will be lucky if it fills 3 trays… BUT, I am not saying a word. He is trying to help… Then he went out and bought a new Truck with all the bells and whistles and took our everything totally paid off status back to 5 yrs of payments… 2 steps forward 3 back. One good thing – Zaycon Foods is having their Hamburger event and my DD3 is going to come help me can 40 lb. She is getting 40 lb also but will freeze some of hers. I am looking forward to that. Also on a whirlwind trip to Wally World I managed to grab a big bottle of peroxide off a shelf before DD2 could stop me. A score for my first aid preps…. She hates to shop and takes me under protest… I have to tell her everything I need before we go so she can gauge how long it will take her…. I can sometimes stick stuff in my basket she doesn’t notice or if she does she doesn’t mention. When DD3 comes to town is when i can do most of my prepping. Other than that not much, just research on the computer. The things i am very “Thankful” for …. I still have my mind and my reason, and my computer skills I can play games with the best of them…lol

    My Prepping Prayer is that this community will live through what is coming and will be the start of good things to come for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren.

    Til later,
    AIA

  80. radspecial says:

    Didn’t do much except get called in to work. Did spend Sunday AM picking green worms/caterpillars off the broccoli. Seems like overnight they turned the leaves into collanders! Also our onions eaten to the ground and jalapeños were eaten off the plant. Come payday i will get some chicken wire and a pellet gun and we ll be enjoying rabbit stew.
    We did pick up some vitamins on clearance at the grocery store. Food is great to stock up on but we all will really need the vitamins as MREs or hard wheat etc don’t have everything a body needs.

  81. Amusing thing I just found on DVR, or maybe not so funny…. Episode of Doomsday Preppers that aired at 1am last night… Italian Preppers, it’s in Italian, with subtitles….. Might give an insight to things in Europe.. Some of it was filmed prior to the end of last year.

  82. I received the order of bacon that I had ordered from Zaycon Foods. It is really good bacon. Plan to get some ground beef next month.

    Worked in garden. Getting the yard mowed is one of the main things that I am doing to help me to get into shape. Using a push mower on 1 acre is a lot of work! whew! At first I could not do much at one time, but now I am able to work for a longer period of time.

    Ordered some vitamins which should be delivered today. Tuesday we are going out of town for a few days. I will be taking some classes which will hopefully lead to me earning more $.

    DH and I have been brainstorming trying to come up with different ideas for: making more money, how to make the most use of the space we have, security, etc… You get the idea. We have come up with some different ideas, now we just have to put them into action. There might be a post or two in there somewhere! :) We shall see.

    If it wasn’t for this blog and the wolf pack I do not think that we would be as prepared as we are. Thanks for all of the great ideas everyone!!

  83. I forgot to mention, my squash plants are getting HUGE and flowering but the squash is not getting big enough to pick. I found a few bugs but I squished all that I found. Does anyone know what I can do?! Also the cukes are not doing well at all. We have been getting enough rain.

    • Brenda, try feeding them with some Epsom salt. Mix a bit into the soil. Generally when there is great foliage, and no fruit, it’s too much nitrogen. The Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate and might help.

  84. Encourager says:

    I have been so stressed the past week that I can’t remember if I posted or not…

    Not much was done prepping as MIL was hospitalized. Seems the Hospice doc did not know how to treat her leg wounds and they progressed to near gangrene. She is much better after a week on IV antibiotics. Brought her back to her place last night.

    This morning, went to drop off some paperwork at her facility… and stopped to say hi. Found her struggling to walk with her walker across the living room to her chair…with her slacks around her ankles. Seems the aide had left her on the pot for over 30 minutes AFTER aide came in and Mom wasn’t done. I grabbed just as she started to trip (thank you, Jesus!) Pulled up her slacks and guided her to her chair, only to have her fall as she was trying to sit down. Her oxygen concentrator was turned off…don’t know how long Mom was without oxygen – this time. Found the nurse, and after telling her what happened her reaction was oh-well-so-what-no-harm-done.

    A real eye-opener for dh. He has resisted all suggestions of having to move her to a safer facility. Yes, I agree, it will be a nightmare. Now he is on board, he was so furious. Stopped at a newer facility that has an Alzheimer unit with private rooms/bathrooms. Was impressed with the resident to aide ratio. It was 4 residents to every aide and there are three aides there every night. There is a nurse there ALL the time, usually two but at least one for the Alzheimer unit. There are 17 residents right now with 3 openings. Last Sunday at her current place, there were 2 aides for the entire two story building (over 40 apartments). No nurse on weekends, ever.

    Have been harvesting salad greens, radishes and spinach from our raised bed. The cukes are doing very poorly…so stuck in a few new seeds between the poor plants. Ordered and received an EE order. Today we picked up 20 # of chicken necks and backs for bone broth. That is the extent of our prepping last week.

    • Encourager, ‘no harm done?’ I would be enraged. People like that have no business caring for anyone.

      Hopefully the new place will be better for her.

      • Encourager says:

        I am still trembling, I was so angry and upset. My ‘interview’ with the director of this newer place must have been pretty stressing for her. She took it in stride and told me she had just fired a woman for trying to force a resident to move where she wanted her, raising her voice and getting in the resident’s face. She fired her on the spot. She said they had ongoing training for all the staff, did not tolerate ANYTHING even close to abuse. She said they used distraction, re-focus and re-direction for the Alzheimer residents.

        Mom has had unexplained bruises on her arms and even her legs at times. We are told she bumped herself or fell. Mom says they yank on her arms and shove her. One aide, who was fired for hitting a male resident, said to us one time “Who are you going to believe? Your crazy demented mother or the staff?” I filed a complaint with the director but nothing was done…until she got fired a month later.

        My heart breaks for these elderly people. Many have NO family that comes to see them or even call them. All it takes is one abusive person to make them afraid and even more helpless.

        • I’m very glad you were there and are taking such an active interest with your MIL. Was primary caregiver for my father and co-primary with my mother before they both died. It was sad that when my father died so few of his friends came to see him even when I told them we should not expect a happy ending.

          I’ve seen people whose parents had strokes and could no longer communicate and those with alzheimers, retreat from visiting their parents saying their parents aren’t there any longer. My view is they may not recognize us or communicate with us – but those running the homes/hospice whatever know we are there and it helps ensure appropriate care of our loved ones – plus our children do learn from our examples.

          My hat’s off to you – this is a hard job but is very rewarding when you realize you have done your best.

          • Encourager says:

            Thank you, sarahy. I have become very protective of my MIL even though there were many times in the past when we did NOT get along at all.

            It doesn’t matter if she does not know who we are sometimes (I still giggle when I remember her introducing us – dh and me – as her mother and father to her tablemate…who looked very confused.) What matters is that we do what God expects us to do, take care of the widow who happens also to be our Mom.

            • Encourager says:

              But I should say it is not easy at all. Sometimes it is so painful for my dh to see his Mom in that state that he doesn’t want to go visit her. I push him to do it,and it seems it is those visits that she is in her right mind for a change. God is good.

        • When I was 17 I worked in a nursing home as a partime cook/housekeeper. Some of the things I seen still bug me. They played favoritism in that place, and if you werent one of the favorites then they ignored you.
          There was one gentleman in particular that I adored. He was one of the ignored. He didnt have very good control over his bladder and all out refused to wear an adult diaper. He couldnt talk all that good, but he was the sweetest guy. He use to have these stuffed animals that he would put under his shirt and go around saying he was pregnant. The staff would always take them away and hide them. One chriatmas I bought him a stuffed monkey, and after that he would all out battle anyone who tried to take it away. When he died it was hours, hours, before anyone noticed because he wasnt a favorite.
          It is truly sad to see what happens to so many of our elders. Hidden away because people wont deal with them.
          I am glad your mom has you to take care of her. It makes a huge difference, even if they dont remember you, they remember love, and they know when someone cares.

          • Encourager says:

            Thanks, TG. You brought a tear to my eye. I have some of the employees actually come up to me and tell me Mom is a stinker but they love her anyways. When the nurse said something similar, I looked her straight in the eye and said ‘You love her?? Then treat her with the respect and dignity she deserves! Put your love to action!” She got mad and walked off in a huff. Words, only words; no action.

    • JeffintheWest says:

      My God! I am so glad you guys are getting her out of there! If it had been me, I probably would have “lost it” on the nurse.

      • Encourager says:

        I used supreme self-control which gave me a stunning headache later. Why the self-control? She had a witness in the room… Otherwise…

        • JeffintheWest says:

          Well, you did the smart thing — especially the part where you’re getting her out of there!

          • Encourager, my DD is an aide who deals with the same thing you’ve seen and found. It infuriates her, that some of the others don’t give a crap, unlike her. She’s refused offers to go to higher paying jobs, because she won’t leave her patients. She is trying to get into nursing school, but is trying to figure out how to handle keeping the job, school and a young family!! The main reason she wants to go get her degree is to better help her patients. She would be in line in front of you at the state making a complaint if that had happened on her watch! But you’re doing the right thing, keeping up with your MIL, too many families don’t.

            • Shai, the nursing homes need more people like your dd. I just made a comment above about a nursing home I worked in. Some of the stuff I seen there… truly horrifying. And many people dont get it. They dont get the fact that one day they may be dependant on someone else for every little thing. How they treat people today will come back to them one day.

            • Encourager says:

              God bless your dd, Shai! I cannot understand why people go into the field of elder care if they have no compassion for the elderly. Unless they like to abuse or neglect on purpose – what, a power trip? Getting back at Grandma or Mom who you felt neglected you or didn’t love you best? Who knows.

              I pray that all the harmful things they do comes back on them when they are in that bed, needing others to take care of THEM. Some may call it karma, I call it justice. “Revenge is mine, says the Lord. I WILL repay!”

  85. Survivor says:

    Got an acre or so of sunflowers planted just hours befored a slow steady spring rain, so they should be coming along nicely. The old 8n is purring like a kitten. I got my new lift cylinder, piston and rings came in today so will be installing them next weekend.
    Built a new compost container out of some welded wire and t spikes. I lined the bottom with wet cardboard and dumped a pile of dead grass on top. While I was picking the wet cardboard off the ground to use in the compost pile I found quite a few red wiggler worms, so harvested those and put them in my worm bin. I also added some worms to the compost pile.
    Then, I built a worm bed and did the same as the compost pile… wet cardboard and dead grass. The worms were feeding off the cardboard so I used it in both areas.
    I have a raised half barrel in which I have several things planted. Every time it rains I catch the run off and use it to water the garden. That’s compost tea and it’s magic!!
    Fixed a lateral line off my septic tank. Bloody tree came down right on the line. It was smelly and nasty work digging below the line 2.5 feet down in hard packed, but but I did it!