What did you do to prep this week?

Before we start with todays “what did you do to prep this week” blog segment, I would like to thank and give a shout-out to Rusty S, Jana M, Brenda C, and Sherry S for their generous donations via PayPal this week. If you too would like to show your support by making a donation monetary donation, you can do that here.

Let’s see what else… Oh ya, my “mention TheSurvivalistBlog.net and win a big pile of DVD’s and books” is still going on and so far we have had about 20 mentions on other sites by readers, mostly on Facebook. You can see the details of the contest here as well as a full list of the prize contents.

And yes, this drawing / contest is meant to raise awareness of TheSurvivalistBlog.net, prepping and hopefully, pick-up a few readers along the way. Mentioning us on your personal blog site or within online forums such as AR-15.com, The Firing Line Forum, David Icke’s Forum etc. can be helpful in this regard.

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

  • Worked in and organized my storage area.
  • Put out deer salt licks, apples and corn (yep bow season is going to be great)
  • Canned tomatoes and peppers from my garden
  • Been considering building a pillbox like this one on top of my hill. Yep, it’s extreme depending on how bad things get. In a WROL situation such a position could be very useful from a defensive stand point.

Well that’s it for me this week… what about you? What did you do to prep this week?

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  1. Oh, the grape juice is in bottles, not cans (sorry!) both the pineapple and grape juice I find at w-Mart and they come in 6-packs.

  2. Seeuncourt says:

    worked on the second chicken coop. treated one charlais steer calf for pneumonia, replanted parts of the garden that ‘didn’t take’, and celebrated losing Janet Napolitano to greener pastures! I’m waiting for the other shoe to fall….seems like a step backward to go from ruining…er running the most powerful federal agency bar none to running a university system.

    • worrisome says:

      Oh but the pay is three times more

      • seeuncourt says:

        Really? I thought Fed workers were the most overpaid bunch!

        • JeffintheWest says:

          She would have been overpaid at a dollar a year.

          But if you ever have the illusion that Federal workers are generally overpaid (and I mean, you know, people who work, as opposed to “managers” who sit around doing nothing to speak of), try living and feeding a family of four on a Staff Sergeant’s salary some day.

          • riverrider says:

            amen jeff! or gs5 salary, which is the real average rate. the reported excessive pay is from “managers” making gs14. there are far more gs5’s than gs14’s. of course theres no reason why a general should be getting over 10,000 a year for “entertaining” allowance, along with several other such allowances.

          • seeuncourt says:

            Been there, done that. I qualified for food stamps. Let’s say civilian federal workers. I can speak from experience that many are overpaid for the qualifications they present. And not all managers sit around doing nothing. Some are worth their salt.

        • worrisome says:

          Ah seeuncourt……….they may be overpaid at the Fed level, but when you get to Kalifornia……..’tis a whole new level of graft and greed…

  3. Here its illegal to put out food for bait for wildlife. Arlene

    • Arlen,

      Sadly, just about everything is illegal anymore. But in Tennessee you can set out bait but cannot hunt over it. To remain legal the “bait” must be completely removed 10 days prior to the hunting season.

      • Not in Texas. Only thing you can’t bait is migratory birds like dove, duck and geese. But ya know that patch of sunflowers that just came up next to the milo field over there by the stock tank, seems like the dove just love that area… Deer get food plots, protein/salt block all summer, and the corn goes out on timers twice a day bySeptember 1st. Bow seasons starts October. Now If they would just increase the limit on white wings…they are truly rats with wings.. They ring the deer feeders waiting for it to go offhand the deer just stand there and watch em…

        • hvaczach says:

          in South Dakota if you have a salt lick out there had better be a cow standing over it.

          • seeuncourt says:

            Same in Montana.

            • Same in Colorado

              • Geeze… We can even get our ag tax exemption switched over to wildlife protection with what we do just to keep the deer from starving…. You ought to see the deer standing under the feeders while the squirrels spin the feeder for them!!! My DH, who guides quail hunts in deep South Texas gets to bait the roads with milo for the bobwhites. We’ve got a former exotic ranch turned subdivision nearby and a lot of the nilgai, axis and antelope have escaped and are breeding. No restrictions or permits necessary for them.

                • We are big game country and our laws are super strict. We have never been able to bait. Anything.
                  On that same note, they have heavily restricted the sale of private land and resident deer tags. Personally I think it is because they want to sell them to out of state hunters that pay hundreds more dollars for the licenses.
                  The deer are so plentiful I keep a box of rubber bullets (given to me by the game warden) on the back deck and a box of Frisbees to throw at them.
                  It is not so bad since we put up a taller fence and got the big Pyrenees dogs, but they still drive me crazy.
                  A herd of them slammed into my new fence. Not once but three or four times each. One did a complete flip over the fence and landed on its back. I found a dead one later, in the drainage, that was probably it. To bad it didn’t outright so I could have ate it. You can’t fix stupid, but you can eat it sometimes.
                  You should see the amount of fur in the fence now. Also, the welded wire broke in three places and two t posts were bent.
                  It sucks the deer are starving where you are. Is it the drought?
                  I have a big dove problem now. We culled them pretty good last season.

                  • Yep, drought and the development nearby has caused an increase in the local herd, but those Houstonians who moved here are squeaking loudly about their high dollar landscaping being munched. There is still quite a bit of natural browse still with these bits of rain we’re getting, but most of the does have fawns nursing right now. Another month and they will all start looking like walking skeletons. We usually just harvest does, but every now and then an older buck shows up and well… I had to make sure everybody wakes me before they shoot out of the door in my bedroom. Nothing like a 30-06 with a muzzle brake going off in your bedroom at dawn…NOT!!

                • hvaczach says:

                  Just another reason we should have been the “United States of Texas” lol ;} In all seriousness the hunting in South Dakota is getting pretty commercial in a lot of places I am very fortunate to have some life long friends who own private ground I have access to. A lot of others are tied to overcrowded public land and road ditches.

                  • Zach, don’t get me started on the Texas thang!!! Lol we do have a whole state of mind going here and no stae income tax!!

      • MD,
        Here in Ohio quite a few years ago, we weren’t allowed to hunt deer over bait. Then we received some inadvertent help from the animal rights / anti-hunting groups. They started baiting areas where they saw hunters, and then called the game officer to turn in those hunters for hunting over bait. Once the officers caught on, the rules were eventually changed. We still cannot hunt over bait on public lands, but may do so on private lands, which make up something like 90% of the hunting in the state, all thanks to PETA, and their ilk.

  4. Pack;
    I told you when we had the news on my brother Dan, I would post those results. It turns out it far worse than we were given last evening, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Since there are only two of us direct siblings they will be coming to us for a bone marrow donation. If we do not match they will go to our half sister, then his children, then the registry for a donors. We will know more by the end of next week, and go from there.

    • Lake Lili says:

      Will add you and Dan to our prayer list, Becky.

    • Becky, I’ve been on the registry for several years… Hope for miracles!

      • Shai;
        Thank you, and I pray a match is found for you soon. I will put you in my prayers along with everyone else who has family or is ill them selves. Everyone needs a miracle, including you.

        • Oh, no, no, no….I am registered to donate!! Not sure that they could use mine though, i am taking so many drugs right now for immune system disorder (RA) that it might not be a good idea.

    • Lauri no e says:


      I don’t even know what to say, so sorry and I will be praying for your brother and all of your family.

    • worrisome says:

      OH Becky! I am so so sorry to hear this. Saying prayers as I write this!

    • Kat's Tale says:

      Just happened to catch your post. So sorry to hear about your brother. I will keep him and your family in my prayers. I have been on the donors list since 2000. I have never been a match. But my son has been….twice. To complete strangers. He gave twice to one young man. So he has been through it three times. It often happens that you are never a match. For someone to match once is pretty big odds. The second match happened just barely a year after he gave his second time to the first man. To match a second time is rare. His match was as close as a sibling. Really very rare. But it can happen. There is hope for your brother if you don’t match. I would encourage anyone to be on the donors list. You just fill out some forms & they swab the inside of your cheek. Due to crummy veins I can’t donate blood. But I could have my marrow harvested. There is an age limit to being on the list. They take you off once you reach 60. I’ve got a few years to go but not many. Oh and if you ask my son, he’ll tell you he’d do again….and again.

    • JeffintheWest says:

      Becky, I’m so sorry. We will keep praying for you. It ain’t over yet, and if he’s as much of a fighter as you are, he’s got a good chance!

    • Hunker-Down says:


      Offering prayers for you and Dan.

    • DesertDiva says:

      My thoughts and prayers for your family. I had to reply after reading your post. My BIL was just told he is in heart failure. A virus in the heart that is usually only seen in heavy drinkers and drug users. (my BIL is neither) However, he was also in Viet Nam. The VA doc told him it was caused by his exposure to Agent Orange. Also do to all the stress these young men went through. He is 65 and has been in perfect health up until now.

      They have given him meds and said he would feel really bad for 6 months. He had to retire from the Post Office after 30 years. They have given him a 50/50 chance. You are right!! This chemical can cause HUGE problems years later.

      Again, I will pray for your family and I am so sorry. God bless, Dan and please say an extra prayer for my BIL, Don.

      • Lauri no e says:


        Adding you to my prayer list. God knows are heart when we are praying. I appreciate your brother service to our country.

      • DesertDiva,
        So sorry for the news. Is this what we have to look forward to with all our vets? My step father did 2 tours to Viet Nam. He is the same age.

      • Lantana says:

        Adding prayers for Don, DesertDiva.

      • DesertDiva;
        I am so sorry to hear about your BIL, it is all coming home to roost for those who served this nation.
        DD did your BIL file for agent orange compensation via a VSO(veterans service officer)either with American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars they are the best right now getting these matters processed. It also needs to be fast tracked, not for just him but for his family. Tell your BIL, that we thank him for his service to our great nation, from one veterans family to another. Our prayers go out to all in your family.

        • DesertDiva says:

          Thank you so much for your reply. I will write down everything and tell my sister and BIL to see if they know about this compensation. He went to the V.A. hospital and also had a 2nd opinion with another doctor. The V.A. is so busy they can’t see him again for 6 weeks and he needs to be seen every 2-3 weeks. His heart is beating half of what it should be.

          I am so sorry for your brother and also thank him for his service. He, and your family, will be in my prayers. My BIL was a marine. My sister is a little older than me and her husband is 12 years older than her. I don’t know all the horror they went through. They have three daughters, one married to a marine as well. The second daughter was diagnosed as a high functioning autistic. They also said this was due to agent orange. How can they prove all this? Anyway, she now is 26 and works in computers and makes more than my sister and BIL put together!

          OK, I am going to call my sis now. Thank you so much Becky!!!

      • DesertDiva says:

        Still praying for Dan. Update on Don. He has seen another doctor and said the medication only gives him a 30% chance. May need a defibulator. (sp?) I told her what you said and he will get compensation from VA and more when then deem him fully disabled and show it was from Agent Orange.

        BYW, I read about your location on another post. My sister and BIL live in Sparks! Lived in your area 40 years and now live in the “Great Empty”, still in the same state. I think we are neighbors! Thank you so much for your concern and I pray for both men everyday.

        • DD;
          Actually, we have to go over the mtn to reach Reno.
          We have friends in Reno, we go over and visit, JW he always tells us to gamble to contribute to their economy. 🙂
          Have your BIL’s wife go to the VA site and look for agent orange, if you need help let me know. I will have MD send you my email address to assist the family. The sooner they find a local VFW or American Legion and contact their VSO(Veterans Service Officer), the better for getting a claim into the VA.
          Their are documents from his time in service he/family will need. Do not file for assistance via the VA hospital, they are not equipped for what your BIL will need and his family.

          • DesertDiva says:

            Becky, you are so sweet, thank you! They left for Tahoe for a few days and when they get back will get a chance to talk with her.

    • Lantana says:

      Praying for Dan, your family and the donor. . . .

      • DesertDiva says:

        Thank you all. No church here, but pray on my daily hikes along the creek. Lots of the Wolf Pack needs offerings this week, I better get going early tomorrow!

    • I started a written list today and added you to it.

  5. Hey, where’s our little energizer bunny of prepping, Schamwow?

    • Shai;
      Some people put out salt blocks, we could put our a charger for her to revitalize her batteries. Then throw out the net to catch her…. quick little rabbit. 😉

      • Lol, Becky! Maybe a new pair of pink flip flops would lure her in!

        • OK, I will buy the right side flipflop and you buy the left one. Now we just have to decide where to place the bait…….oh….. excuse the shoes so she will come a looking for them. Don’t forget the pink ear ribbons for those decorative ear flop bobbs(earrings).

  6. MentalMatt says:

    Ok getting phone calls, I think I may get mobilized, Zimmerman was let go as he should have never been charged. Can the “D” possibly get worse, I’ll let you know….. Stay frosty pack…

  7. MM, Stay safe, friend.

  8. Lauri no e says:


    Prayers for you, and be safe.

  9. Hawthorne Prepping Inc says:

    Hey all first off I would like to apologize for “steamrolling” y’all last week I had a lot on my mind and this is one of the few places I can have honest communication with people.

    Not much done this week. I did learn the DMV will let you practice on the course they put you through for the drivers test when their not open however securing the car I will be taking it has also been a issue as it is my aunts and she works.

    Been really bummed these last few weeks/month. I know what it is. I rarely get to escape the house and instead of going stir crazy im shutting down. Summers a bummer. The biggest issue is I had a chance to get out but I can’t seem to get all my ducks in a row to take this driving test, gotta have the car, get someone to go with me, actually get there and so on. As my time shrinks more and more on working this job my motivation is shrinking by the minute. Anyway prayers go out to all the Wolf Pack. I have come to the decision that I need to get my spiritual life in order before i proceed with anything else i have some issues to work through, but summer is killing all my gusto. However i will still be here and will continue to post anything I find hopefully one day soon I’ll get to post the wonder “Got my first prep” post .

    • Lantana says:

      Godspeed and God bless you, Hawthorne. Keep in touch as you can.

    • Encourager says:

      Hawthorne, you are on the right track. God first. Everything else will fall into place. Don’t be discouraged. We all have ‘seasons’ we need to wait through. Hugs!

  10. breadmomma says:

    Pickling: 2 TBLS. Sea or Kosher or Pickling Salt to 1 Quart Water..Boil and then cool…place over gherkins, OR Root Vegetables OR, Zucchini…in short any decent vegetable that you grew in your garden.I use the half gallon Ball jars, cleaned and then place the prepared peeled, sliced or quartered length wise…along with cloves of garlic, leaves from my grape plants, pickling spices of your choice, dill weed and seeds, a few dried hot peppers, and a bay leave…pour cooled brine over the veggies and screw on the seals and rings …not too tightly…have all sit on the counter …as the little bubbles form, every 8 hours or so release some of the bubbles..lactic acid forms and you have really great old fashioned pickled veggies and cuc’s…when they are tangy enough to your liking. put then in the refrigerator or in a cool spot..40 degrees or lower…in the old days, these were kept in the spring house in a crock…I use the jars as there is only the two of us…can only eat so many pickles in a day!
    Sandor Katz wrote a great book about fermentation…this is what I did for my preps this week…also put the potatoes in cages and covered them with straw..will be building these straw potato hills till they are 4 feet high…then harvest my clean potatoes in the straw…15 tomato plants …all with fruit…5 blue berries and 15 strawberries in ground now…inventoried dry goods..enough for the two of us to last 3 years I think…making cheese -goat cheese and mozzarella…will be trying blue cheese next month…
    dehydrated 20 lbs. of cherries, 20 lbs. of raspberries, and 20 lbs. of strawberries..and damn if they are so good..I doubt if they last the year…mmmmm

    • Two of our daughters and I love pickles – one daughter likes to marinate her own cucumbers. I’m going to send your pickle info to her. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Hello M.D. & Pack Members!
    This is my first post although I have been “gleaning” from y’all for quite some time. First off, M.D., I like the way you take care of business..the world is too full of BS already and there’s no need in letting certain folks add to it especially at your expense. Mama J. you crack me up! When you told that guy to put another layer of tinfoil on his hat I almost soiled myself! The rest of all you regulars are wonderful too..I can hardly wait to get on site to see what y’all have been up to and got done in the process. I’m pretty much on my own with my prepping..no dh to speak of and most others think I’m a charter member of the Tinfoil Hat Society as well. My 82 year old Mama is the only real support I have and she’d be in the thick of it with me if she was able. As it is she contributes a lot of wisdom and common sense (which I am lacking!) and makes a lot of great suggestions. Mama seems to think that things may get to be a lot like they were when she was growing up>>most things rationed or hard to come by before a total collapse or prior to a very sloooww recovery. I tend to agree with her on most points. Anyway, got a bunch of land here in the redoubt and no one to help me utilize it. Been thinking of leasing some of it or hiring someone to plant a huge garden so we can have fresh food and save $ for other preps. Lately I’ve been rotating/replacing preps and buying up useful and unique items when I find them. I only shop sales..never pay full price for anything unless it is an emergency and I rarely throw anything away since a lot of things can be re-purposed. I have made some recent deals on purchases:
    Kaito KA500 Voyager Emergency Radio>>>$39.95
    Aquamira Water Filter for EDC>>>>>>>>>>>$9.95
    Kingsford Portable Tabletop Charcoal Grill>>$19.99
    Toothache Kit x2 (old timey Red Cross with cotton pellets)>$6.79 each
    Nosebleed Kits x3>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>$5.99 each
    Medical supplies like ointments, creams, etc. and GOODYS powders! Gotta have my GOODYS!
    Aquafina Water, 24pks. x3>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>$2.99 each
    Distilled Water, 4 gallons (for my CPAP)>>>>>$4.00
    Dog food/treats for my babies!
    LIfe’s necessities>>>>TP and LYSOL !!
    Thank you M.D. for having such a wonderfully informative site and for caring enough to establish it in the first place. Also many thanks to all of the Pack for your contributions and encouragement to everyone. Many prayers going out to those that need them>>KJV>James 5:14-16. To quote the great Charlie Daniels, “Ain’t good to be alive and be in Tennessee!” Y’all take care.

    • Hunker-Down says:

      Mountain Mama,

      If I lived near you I would apply for a job as a “sharecropper gardener”.

    • Sw't Tater says:

      Mt. Mama, Planting a few things that you can maintain, now could be especially helpful..Think..Large pots/ and compact varieties for late summer garden..(.can be protected from early frost easier).. OR early fall crops, broccoli and cauliflower planted from plants now.. Mulch them very heavily(,5-8″)a solid circumference to the drip line in area that you can properly break up..flower bed? I had self blanching cauliflower one year that got as big as a large dinner plate.(.I mulched them with hardwood sawdust that was 1/2 rotted..) Welcome to the PACk!

    • Encourager says:

      Mountain Mama, welcome to the Wolf Pack. So many new folks coming here! That is awesome.

  12. Welcome Mountain Mama!

    Glad I could give you a chuckle….:)
    I think your Mama is right darling…We need to listen to wisdom of our elders. I never tire of listening to the stories of how some folks grew up. I could listen all day. I have no elder family but have “gleaned” (love that word) a lot by volunteering at nursing homes to get information about my area. My kids and go for activity days several times a year. We are actually going again next week. A couple hours of checkers and picking brains. Fun fun. My favorite resident can kick my butt so fast in checkers.
    Some grew up very poor, alone. Some rich in family, farm and community.

    I have allowed others onto my land to work and grow. Mostly college interns. But, if you do rent it out or find someone to grow with, make sure you do a background check of you do not know them well. References. Lots of references. I have been very selective and had a good experience.

  13. MentalMatt says:

    Hey thank all of you for your prayers, and thoughts so far all’s clear on the Eastern Front, please all of you be careful and mindful about payback crimes. Rumors are all over here… Thanx again..

  14. No additions to preps this week. In fact I’m probably losing some due to having to move a lot of them into the garage where the heat and humidity are taking their toll. I do have some progress to report on the home repairs front. The drywall has been completed and the inside and outside has been painted. We keep having to move furniture/stuff from one room to the next for repairs to be done but at least some progress is being made. I noticed yesterday that a home foundation was being poured and it does the heart good to see rebuilding in the midst of destruction.

    With all the people coming in and out of the house my opsec has really been done away with. You should have seen the look on the young man’s face when we had to move my stash of toilet paper yesterday. I figured I may as well tell him my views on how things are in our country and what I fear could be heading our way soon. I wish I could say I convinced him to prepare but noticing his eyes glazing over and the yawning I just ended with “be careful with my toilet paper”. I tried.

    • hvaczach says:

      Youth is wasted on the ignorant.

    • riverrider says:

      nice try 🙂 i’m glad the cleanup/repair is going well for you. take care.

    • Oh, wonderful! I was thinking of you yesterday and hoping all was well!! Still moving to Texas?

      • Oldokie says:

        Yep! Just as soon as we can get the home back together and get her sold.

        • Oldokie;
          Next time someone looks at your TP and they are young and brainless. Just tell them you have a TP fetish, you can’t live without it! Beats wasting your breath on two brain cells that are not working.

          • When people look at me funny when they see my ceiling high tp stashes, I tell them that I am indeed full of shite and I will be wiping my bum with the softness of this glorious tissue when they are using corn cobs (seriously who ever used corn cobs?), burdock leaves and their own socks.
            I tell them this with a dreamy happy smiley face. I use my best Vanna White arms to display the mountains of perfect fluffy softness.

            • DesertDiva says:

              Becky and Mama J,
              So funny!!!! Needed a laugh right about now. This is the ONLY prepper’s blog I am on and until now have NEVER made a comment anywhere on the net. You all have made me want to join in. Thanks!

            • I just tell people I am a child of the 70’s (supposedly there was going to be a toilet paper shortage) and my mother always made sure there was never a shortage in our house.

              • sarahy;
                I had totally forgot about the tp shortage in the 70’s the beginning of the spotted owl……. I made sure my mom always had extra tp in the house hold. I was not going to find leaves that give you the red bumms.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Glad to hear of your progress, Oldokie. My project has kind of fallen through, so I guess I will be in Texas as well. I say welcome back to you, sir, we need more of you. As for OPSEC, you won’t be there long enough for it to matter. Oh, here’s a Texas problem for you. I lost an antigue Texas star concho off my belt, and I was trying to explain what I wanted to a little gal from up North, and she never understood what I wanted. We have got to educate these people when they come to Texas. Let’s me and you come up with a Texas test before we let people in. lol. I believe we would get better quality folks that way.

      • Rider of Rohan, here are two things for the ‘transplanting to Texas’ test: make ’em spell ‘y’all’ and then have them walk through a neighborhood with a school or park.

        If they don’t make eye contact, smile and say hi to the folks they pass, they’re not ready.

      • Sorry about your concho. I say NOBODY gets let in, after I get back of course and we help a lot of folks get out!

        I just have to say this…. we are getting buckets of rain and no storms, just good old fashion rain. It doesn’t happen that often around here. I’m just so excited! Yes, old people can get excited! We just have to be sitting down when we do.

  15. Ozarkana says:

    Good morning, fellow Wolfies,
    This past few weeks have had me knee deep in “stuff”. I am clearing out and cleaning out 60 years of accumulated possessions. I am getting discouraged and second guessing myself. The necessary survival goods are not the problem. I just don’t know if I am getting rid of, or taking to charity shops, things that I could need for the future.

    How many ceramic cups do I really need to keep? What if every other cup gets broken and I desperately need 5 cups that say “I hate mornings” and has a picture of an old woman in her bathrobe with curlers in her hair and wearing fuzzy bunny slippers?

    What if someone comes to my door some day begging for food. Will they have their own Cool Whip container with the lid?

    Will there really be a shortage of orange and purple silk flowers, egg cartons and Wally World bags in the future?

    What about the 17 glass vases, 8 plastic vases, 46 “collectible” tins and 6 LARGE boxes of old Christmas decorations and bows?

    The line between prepping and hoarding has begun to blur. At least, I am putting things in black garbage bags so I can’t see the donations and take something back out on the way to the thrift stores.

    It is time to get back to the sorting. Prayers are with you all. Prep on, my friends.

    • Ozarkana,
      My motto. If you can’t use it as a prep, you haven’t used it or seen it in a year and it is isn’t a “family” thing. Git rid of it.
      I used to really do a big decorative Easter for the kids. Now no ones cares about the decorations. Gone. Donated to a kid rich family.
      I sold off 7 crates of nice Christmas stuff at Christmas time and made enough to buy a new firearm.
      Keep up the good work, purging is prepping too.

    • TrailGuide says:

      Ozarkana…. thank you! I very seriously need the chuckles. I too have that ‘blur’ thing in some areas. Fortunately DH keeps his mouth zipped tight because… well, he knows I knows he has stuff hoarded in his shop. LOL!
      Our poor son will have much ‘stuff’ to wonder about. Your post will probably mirror his thinking some day… especially egg cartons and WM bags…. and all those empty bread wrappers… ‘Why, Mom.. Why?’
      And to think I use to laugh at my granny – wiping off pieces of foil and neatly folding them for later use. I believe she was the original mold for re-purposing things until used completely up.

    • Winomega says:

      Ozarkana, by the time you need half of that crap, you’ll be able to tell a beggar what they can bring you in trade. Decorations and dishes will be the last things raided from dollar stores and storage lockers.

      There are also glass blowers, potters, and tinsmiths today. With any luck, they will survive.

    • Use the tins to store medical supplies with a sticky note on the outside….or your dried herbs… I have the collectible food ones above my kitchen cabinets as decorations, but they will be used to store said food items when the pantry overflows. I have a cracker box, unc bens rice, Hershey’s cocoa, steel cut oats, and some others. I use the Christmas ones to keep the brown sugar and powdered sugar anyway!! The larger ones store paper plates and plastic cutlery for barbques and beach going. Sewing stuff can go in them as well!!

  16. Too much rain again and again and again to do much outside. Only managed to pot up one cherry tomato plant for the deck. Trip to the range cancelled due to rain.

    Saw WWZ. Not really worth the price of the ticket.

    Got two new pairs of shoes that actually have some arch support. The dp screamed about more shoes. Hey, I need them so that I can stand up and walk when I start my new job on Monday.

    Only did a little bit of organizing stuff. My back and leg just hurt too much.

    The dp’s shingles rash going away. He took a week’s worth of valacyclovir and he has a week to go with the prednisone. Amazingly, he continues to take 500mg L-Lysine twice a day but he won’t take the C with bioflavanoids. He must be in pain if he actually takes meds and a supplement (especially the supplement).

  17. Made a little progress this week, but at times I have trouble staying focused because I feel there is so much to do. I returned DD to college this week for second summer term. Rcvd a couple books ordered: 31 Days to Survival and The Encyclopedia of Country Living. Now I have even more to read. I have been practicing some skills such starting sourdough starter and bread baking and working in my “garden” ( several containers of herbs, tomatoes and jalapenos). My herbs and jalapenos are doing fine and we are enjoying using them regularly, but the tomatoes all up and shrivaled. I was able to find a couple of new plants this week, so I will be potting those up tomorrow. I have also been researching water bath anners and pressure canners. I would like to make jelly soon, so I am hoping to find a canner soon. The pressure canner can wait a little bit. That I do not know how to use, but I want to learn. Question: can I use a pressure canner as a pressure cooker, or do I need both?

    • I believe you can use a pressure canner as a pressure cooker, because the instructions for mine say you can. But they also say to avoid cooking things in it that might foam up and gum up the valve, and not to fill it to full while doing it. Just see what the directions say on the one you buy. I think certain kinds of beans are pretty “foamy” but I forget which ones.

      • Sw't Tater says:

        Soak beans in hot water, reheat in that water, remove from heat, sit pan in sink, pour in 2 tbsp of baking soda, allow to foam up, rinse with very hot water, until no longer salty…fill pan 1/2 full with very hot water and pressure cook/ I use 10 lbs wt for about 25-30 min at full pressure. Salt and season after fully cooked.

        • Sw’tTater;
          I keep forgetting to tell you, your knowledge is valuable. It is appreciated, even if we forget to complement you on your tips for solving problems…Thank you.

    • ladyhawthorne says:

      I use my pressure canner for cooking with no problems. Always clean it well after use and make sure nothing is clogged. My oven does not work so I use my canner to cook turkeys, it will hold a 15 lb turkey! And it’s not only juicy and falling off the bone but I have lots of beautiful broth too!

  18. This week I helped teach another Appleseed clinic. This time it was a one-day KD shoot (known distance) and we only had a couple students so a bunch of instructors went to shoot too. I got to shoot my SKS, which kept stovepiping. I’m hoping it’s the ammo or maybe not enough lube, and not some problem with the rifle. It also came and went with different boxes of ammo, it seemed. I was using Tul-Ammo. The FMJ was pretty bad and the HP were better. I wonder if I should have shaken my ammo a little since it was stored for a while, and if that would have made a difference. I would really like to make this rifle work; if I can’t find an ammo that it likes or get it to run smooth I’ll be looking to replace it. If I can find some I’m going to try Wolf next time, and I also have some brass ones to try.

    I think I will be joining the range that we were at. It has a 340 yard berm and it’s within 40 minutes drive of my house. A rich jerk moved next door to my favorite range and complained about the noise so much he got it closed down, even though there are no noise ordinances out there. So now I need a new outdoor range.

    I also sewed myself a belly band for my carry pistol. So far I like it, it’s pretty comfortable, it conceals the pistol and the extra mag very well, and it stays put. I made it out of 2 yards of 3″ elastic – just sewed it together to make it 6″ wide and then made a cylinder out of it. Had enough extra for a mag pocket. I needed a little more 3″ elastic for the gun pocket but I had a remnant. The gun pocket is a 6″ square, and then you sew the gun’s contour the way you want it to fit in there. Have the muzzle pointing down and leave the bottom open so you don’t get lint in the pocket. It’s better to start the pocket a little bigger than the gun, then sew inside the pocket in increments and keep trying the fit until you get the contours right. The extra lines of stitching will help strengthen the pocket.

    I realized I had cotton pants but not enough non-cotton ones for outdoors stuff for when I work up a sweat and then it gets cold. Cotton wicks heat from you which is ok in the summer but not good if you are hiking, you get lost, etc. The temperature on mountains in particular can vary a lot. So I’ve been looking and I lucked out and got a couple pairs at the thrift store’s half off sale. One is Underarmor leggings and the other is rip stop polyester OD capris with little ties at the bottom of the legs. I was thinking to get more fabric and lengthen them and maybe add some cargo pockets. They fit good, so I might also be making a pattern from them.

    It is hard to find cargo pants that fit a woman with curves. I can fit in men’s pants but the waistband gaps and they don’t look right. BDU’s fit a little better but sometimes I don’t want to wear “military” or “I’m tactical so shoot me first” pants. And it’s hard to find women’s pants that fit me – they’re all designed to ride too low, and my butt just isn’t shaped for them. I think I’m just going to start making my own pants. And maybe all this PT will eventually make me lose weight.

    I’ve laid off the running a bit because my arches hurt. I ran 2 miles once this week, and I did a little running back and forth to change 100 yard and 200 yard targets the other day.

    The garden is a total jungle. I’m about to be inundated with zucchini in a couple weeks.

  19. FreeRangePagan says:

    Hello Pack!

    I made my own toothpowder to replace toothpaste, just an experiment for now, but I think I like it. I bought a pickling book, a book on building your own home, and a fall jacket at a garage sale. Went to the farmer’s market and picked up carrots and peas.

    I’m in the middle of making plantain infused ACV for bug bites and stings, and started making things to sell online when I get home in August. I figure that by then I’ll have a stock to sell all at once.

    Lady’s cucumbers have become pickles! She made up a couple of brines to try out and the first few are in the fridge. I can’t wait to get home and try them.

    Good week to everyone!

  20. private idaho says:

    got a little done on my preps mostly garden stuff, harvested and vac sealed a bunch of green beans and zucchini. made 4 loaves of zucchini bread cut some of the pieces for my solar oven but like in a previous post i’m a procrastinator, maybe after this up coming heat wave I’ll get to building it. made a tin of dryer lint fire starters and tested to see how well it works I got over a minute burn out of one the size of a cherry. anybody else testing any home preps, ideas, would love to hear how they worked. love the pack you are an inspiration to keep going when I want to quit.

  21. Patriot Farmer says:

    I harvested a few tomatoes this week. I put a better scope on my rifle and hung a ladder stand near a good deer run. I can’t get ready for deer season soon enough.

  22. DesertDiva says:

    Went to the big city for my semi-monthly shopping and picked up more canned goods. Found these little packs of crumbled beef in a pack that have a long shelf. Not a great buy at $3.50 each with only about 8 oz. of product. I am crazy about getting enough protein put up. DH is a meat eater! I have dehydrated my own hamburger and put it in mylar with the oxygen absorbers. How long will this last? I read meat will only last 6 months??!!! I did a whole ham too and am afraid I need to toss it out. I hate to waste food.

    Received two #10 cans from EE of dried uncooked salmon. Not sure how to use this product, however it was on special of 58% off. Also, #10 cans of milk, butter, cheese, eggs and tomato powder.

    Grabbed a sack of books from the thrift store on alternative and herbal medicine. Received my books from Amazon on Country Living and a The Dehydrator Bible. Started #6 of 299 days. Is it just me or is this one more difficult to get through? I don’t know if I will continue the series. I guess I like to read about how they are surviving and not preparing for war. It is a possibility, God help us.

    Have jars and jars of tincture going as well as oils. Got a sore throat and took a shot of the elderberry syrup I made. Whew, made it with everclear and the next day I felt perfect! I don’t drink much so maybe my body needed a little booze JOLT.

    DH and DS practicing with their new muzzle loaders to get ready for hunting season. Deer (bleh) and Elk (yummy). I will go along with the hunting party and stay in the trailer and be the chief cook and bottle washer. (In other words, camp b**ch) Maybe I should get a hunting license but I don’t think I could kill Bambi. I do try to hit them with rocks when the come and eat my plants. I couldn’t hit one if I tried. They have been eating so many apples that people feed them, they just look at the ground and think it’s food. We have a dove problem too!!! Geez, wish they were bigger, like sage hen.

    Joined the volunteer fire department. Not fire fighting but support to them. Fire is my biggest concern out here in the high dessert. We are having our annual fund raiser and I will be a vendor to sell my jewelry art. Will give a % to the cause. They are raffling off an AR15 and a full body cougar mount. Gotta love the country!

    Blessings to the Wolf Pack, you are all in my prayers and thanks for the awesome support here!!!!!

    • DesertDiva says:

      One more thing, bought my first role of silver coins. M.D., used the ad you have so I hope you get credit! (JM) I buy silver for jewelry making and last time I bought (January) it was $10 more. This looks like the time to buy!

  23. Schametti says:

    Hey Wolf Pack! 😀 Just got back a couple days ago from two weeks with my aunt, in St. Louis. Since then I’ve been working to get my garden back in shape. I’ve missed everyone like crazy. I hope everyone is doing well!

    I was crushed a few days ago, we had a nasty storm with some pretty intense wind and rain, that laid my corn FLAT. I thought that it was all over but the crying and that I was left with only pulling it up out of the ground, and tossing it in the dumpster, but I gave it a chance, and within a couple days of sunshine, it started standing upright again.. albeit, with a comical little curve in the stalks. Here’s hoping we don’t have any more storms like that… but I fear we just might.

    I’ve been a dehydrating fool for the last two weeks. Even when I went to my aunt’s I drug both dehydrators along with me, lol. I’ve dehydrated several jars of mint, basil, potatoes and carrots. I don’t know what, if anything I can do with dried basil and mint, but I had it coming out of my ears, and I didn’t want to waste it.

    I’ve replanted potatoes and carrots and radishes and lettuce in rotating shifts, and the garden is really doing phenomenally. I’m really kind of shocked that everything has done.. SO.. well. I think I’ve amazed my family, and they’re starting to look at me as someone a little more capable than they thought, this time a couple months ago.

    My Fuji apple tree, despite not having any APPLES.. is starting to look a little healthier. My Hale Haven Peach is looking better, with a couple dozen peaches fattening up on her limbs. The Gala Apple, however, still looks absolutely dreadful. Poor thing. 🙁 I had a couple girlfriends from farm country here today, visiting.. and they said something that I thought was.. interesting. The Gala is the closest tree toward the back of our property, and the closest tree near a farmer’s cornfield.. My friend thinks that the blow off of harmful pesticides they spray.. might be killing my tree. I didn’t even consider something like that, but she might just be on to something. I don’t know what to DO about it, if it’s true, or if it’s worth relocating her, or what the game plan will be at this point, but it definitely made me think.

    My wrist bow FINALLY came in the mail, just yesterday, when I ordered it almost a month ago. I have no idea how to put it together, there are no (written) instructions with it, lol.. so it’s just sitting in it’s super cool eagle box. I imagine I’ll have to load up the CD that came with it, and figure out what the heck I’m doing with it.

    We made a huge prepping purchase this month. As part of Solutions from Science Independence Day sale, they offered their Solar Generator for half their selling price.. and since it’s been something our our list for awhile, we decided to go ahead and pull the trigger on it. I figure, we couldn’t pass up a deal like that. So we bought a $1600 dollar solar generator, but paid a little over eight hundred. We’re very excited to add this item to our coffers.

    It’s not much, but that’s been the last two weeks in prepping for me. Now I get to read back and see what YOU guys have been up too. 🙂 Much Love, ~A.

    • Schametti, could you plant something as a windbreak/pesticide buffer along your back fence line?

      • Schametti;
        That is where you have been……we were sending out the energizer bunny rabbit patrol to look for you. Darn girl…next time put it in big print for us ol folks we do see so well, and we won’t worry about you so much.

      • JeffintheWest says:

        That’s a pretty good idea — plant something THICK, like oleander or tall juniper back there to screen the air. It won’t stop everything, but it will help — and may also serve as a windscreen (since from the sound of it, the prevailing wind is from that direction) to help protect your cornfield.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Hey there, Amy, we were about to put a search party out for you, girl. And congrats on that solar generator, nice addition. How many watts is it?

      • Schametti says:

        The Generator is 1800 Watts, RoR. I do NOT know if this is good or bad or average though, you’ll have to tell me, haha.

        I HAD PLANNED to spend ONE week with the Aunt and Uncle, so I thought I wouldn’t be gone long enough to miss, but plans changed, and they begged me to stay longer. (They like having a little house elf around to help them with the dishes and cooking).. I’m planning to spend another week there in August, just a heads up if I go missing again, haha, It’s been soooo hot here lately, and tey have that giant pool, so it’s hard to stay away. 🙂

        I don’t know WHAT I’m going to do about the Gala.. I would have thought that the six foot tall privacy fence in between the apple tree, and the neighbor farmer’s corn, would have been enough of a break, but maybe not. I’m not positive that that’s what’s cauging the tree decay, but it sure did make a good point, as to why that’s the only tree of the three new ones, that seems to be suffering. Hrmmm. It’s annoying. I’m trying to decide if I want to try and return it and get a new one, or see if she does better next year? What do you guys think?

        Anything I can do to prevent worms in my corn? :/ I won’t cry if we lose it, we didn’t plant very much.. Just more of a trial learning experience for when we CAN’T buy six ears for a buck at the local store, ya know? I am in pre-apocalypse training here, lol.

        • Schametti,
          An 1800 watt unit is huge and by that I mean physically huge. If it doesn’t come with at least 20 solar panels, then it can not in my opinion produce anything near 1800 watts. An 1800 watt inverter is also rather large (I have several in that range) and to get 1800 watts from a battery for any length of time would require a bank of rather large automobile sized batteries. I bring all of this up for the primary reason, that the company “solutions from Science” has a less than stellar reputation, and its founder has run scams in other areas in the past. If you could list the parts that came with your product (what and how many) we could give you a general idea of what it is you have. Did you check out any reviews on the company or the product? If so, you will find numerous complaints. I’m not trying to rain on your parade, but its best you know now, so you can deal with it ASAP, one way or the other.

          As for your apple tree, I would do two things. First, I would contact the farmer and ask what is being planted, and what chemicals are being used. Make sure you let them know that you are not upset (which automatically puts anyone on the defensive); but, you are concerned with possible overspray. Once you have the list, you can check the chemicals online for what affects they have on what plants. It is also possible that you have a bad tree or bad conditions, so I would contact the tree provider with your symptoms (don’t include the farmer initially) and get their feedback. In any case, this establishes a contact with them registering a potential problem, and would perhaps make exchanging the tree with them next year, a bit easier.

          I’m not exactly sure what you wrist bow looks like, but it may very well be a version of the slint bow, which is made from a wrist rocket sling shot, and a few other inexpensive parts. If you look for “Dave Canterbury” and “sling bow” on YouTube, you will find numerous videos on construction and use.

          Welcome back & good luck.

        • Schametti, What is wrong with your Gala apple tree ? how old is it ? You mentioned going away .New young trees need to be watered at least an inch around its root base at least once a week- more in the really hot weather.
          Call your county cooperative ext, service and describe the problem and they will be able to help you.Arlene

    • Yep, corn will stand back up. Just keep an eye on the developing ears for little holes and feel if there are gaps.. Mine got worms and I was able to salvage a few ears.. Good news is that it’s 6 for a buck at the grocery store, so I’m just gonna drop a twenty and get some for the freezer. Don’t think I can grow it for that! And it’s locally grown too. Hey, Becky? Do you still have that other pink flip flop? Mine just blew out…

      • Shai;
        I have two buried somewhere in the back of my closet….oh, wait a minute I cleaned that closet out. Oh, yea, a complete set with flowers on them in dark brown. Pink for girls and brown so no one can see all the dirt we get on our feet playing outside…:-)

        • I seriously need to douse my feet in Bambam’s salve..maybe I should forego flip flops for the rest of the summer,,,,Not! I even knitted socks to wear with em when it’s cold! Hate wearing shoes, but boots in he winter is a different story… Just had my 29 year old python cowboy boots re-soled and the cobbler said they were worth a lot and he had a couple of offers to buy them before I picked them up…those are for nice and the cheap ropers get the mud… Rained 3″ today, think the okra plants grew another foot taller and cool enough for another set on the tomatoes!,

          • Shai,
            That’s another advantage of working from home. I pretty much live in flip flops and they are in fact the most comfortable shoes I own.

      • Encourager says:

        Have you tried putting a few drops of mineral oil on the tip of the corn as the tassles come out? I was told that keeps those darn earwigs out of the cob.

        • Encourager;
          If you run out of mineral oil, you do what my dad would do. He would borrow my mothers clear nail polish and paint the silk on the corn. Yes, he would stand for an hour or so just painting away. Need less to say my mom was never to happy with him, he would use it all up and forget to tell her she was out.;-)
          Oh, those funny days when you learned strange gardening habits from one’s parents. It did work btw.

  24. worrisome says:

    Wow, kept us busy today! Neighbor and I put up a dozen quarts of tomato sauce, 12 quarts of spaghetti sauce, 1 case of oranges was turned into 10 pints of orange juice and in the freezer. Elderberry tincture a pint each put up to soak for three households. Sorted out all my medicinal herbs I have gotten in from Mountain Rose, put them in small totes and labeled the totes with what is in them. Shared my white willow bark out with the same little old couple across the street and my next door neighbor who tried it by making up some tea and found some relief for the arthritis in his back. Also made up 4 quarts of citrus vinegar for cleaners out of the orange peels we used.

    We took the dogs for a walk and found a snake. The neighbor’s gs showed Hope what to do with it. She caught on quite quickly. This is what they are “supposed to do”… Stop, and alert on the snake. Seek eye contact with their owner to see if it is a snake they can investigate or should back up and sit so we can take care of it. Since this snake was harmless, he was a pretty tired snake before we got done messing with him, but Hope is now well informed as to what she is supposed to do so she will not get bit by something dangerous. I have had all the vet bill on her I can take. 🙂

    Have to go now, neighbors are not out raiding their gardens and mine for more tomatoes……we are going to dehydrate and make tomato powder out of them.

    • Worrisome,
      You are amazing.

    • DesertDiva says:

      I just brought up White Willow Bark with my DH this morning on our walk. We have a ton of willows along our creek. Is this the same thing? Can we use this in an emergency?

      Thanks to all of you herbal experts here, I have been making tinctures and salves. I have received a few orders from Mountain Rose as well. Is it best to make tea with this or a tincture? Do they have different types or do I order just “White Willow Bark”?

      If you have a minute, I would appreciate it after you gather all those tomatoes! Geez, mine are still small and green. Just planted 6 weeks ago and we are almost at 7000 ft. elevation.

      • worrisome says:

        DesertDiva…I got the White Willow Bark from Mountain Rose…I don’t know the differences between types of willow so using that which is by your creek should be done with caution and perhaps after finding some really good resource to talk to.

        I am just starting with tinctures. In the winter when I catch a cold, I make willow bark and elderberry tea, steep it well as in for 5 minutes or more and drink it all day long. I also cut up lemon slices and drop in the tea as well.

        • DesertDiva says:

          I am with you on the ordering from Mountain Rose. They are experts and I am not!! I will find out what kind of willows we have, just in case….. I think I will order some to make tea for the winter. Thank you!

    • Sw't Tater says:

      Stock Benadryl for snake bite…esp for the dogs.General dose is one mg per pound up to a limit, and I don’t know what that limit is…. That is what my vet gives..unless the bite forms an abcess.. then they drain it.(Been there done that, for cottonmouth bite).. and then you really want them to do that, it is an awful steench…nose clips and all wound care would be helpful. You probably need to get her a cone, (to keep her from biting sensitive areas,

      • worrisome says:

        Thanks Swt Tater I keep children’s benadryl around just because, in Hope’s case she is about 120 pounds now, I should find the adult kind………

        She had a cone, it fit her when she was a puppy and we were getting her kidney healed from being stomped on by the creep that pitched her out the window of his truck…………I am sure that it won’t fit, so I will get on that……..THANKS!

      • If you can, next time you vaccinate the dogs, get the snake bite vaccine. We do up to 20 of our dogs every year and haven’t had issues with bites since. If a dog doesn’t die from the toxin right away (and we’ve had that happen..) it’s usually the necrotic tissue infection that will kill your dog. Also, bites that hit blood vessels usually are not good. Hunting in South Texas in the winter can mean snakes are out all winter in really mild years, and DH will catch a snake and do aversion therapy with the electronic collar as well. It’s called snake proofing. Works like a charm but there are some dogs that just don’t get it… They will stand there and point the snake and get bit on the nose. Dexamethozone administered via IV as well as antibiotics used to be our go to treatment. Now we take care of the wound and keep going. Also if a human is bitten, call 1-800-SNAKEBITE and they will alert authorities and locate the nearest antivenin. DH keeps that number on his phones (yes, plural…) as well as the Border Patrols number for reporting “trespassers”. He also wears snake boots as well as brush pants. He usually gets “hit” at least once a year and always scares the heck out of him, but nothing has ever gotten thru the codura and heavy leather. He also wears those boots when weed eating….so cute when he’s wearing shorts… 😉

        • worrisome says:

          Great info Shai, Thanks, I copied it all and printed it……..
          Hope and her neighbor Herman now know that no matter the snake, they are to back away about 20′ and alert. Then look at us, make eye contact, come if called so we can deal with it. If after we investigate to see if the snake is poisonous and do whatever we are going to do, they have to wait until what we want them to do next. In other words, they still until next command.

  25. Already 351 comments.

    I canned 15 pints of tomatoes yesterday and finally got enough sun today to cut the grass during light rain showers. The squash and zucchini have mold on the leaves and aren’t producing but the tomatoes are. I have green beans that need to be picked and a bunch in the fridge that need attention. Bought more peaches for making peach butter but didn’t get to it this weekend. They should be ok in the fridge until next weekend.

    Car tags due this month so not much in the way of other preps.

    Amazed and pleased with the verdict. I pray that people will use logic and reasoning to understand and accept the outcome.

    • Quick question on tomatoes – do you HAVE to remove the seeds? I couldn’t find anything that says either way but every canning recipe I read says to remove seeds. I don’t understand why since I eat them and the heat would likely kill any reproductive properties.

      • I think I just figured it out. If you can whole tomatoes, they still have seeds, so there shouldn’t be any problem canning diced tomatoes with seeds, right?

        • worrisome says:

          GA, Some folks cut the tomatoes in half, squeeze gently and get out as many seeds as they can. I don’t bother, I am not upset to see seeds in much of anything i make. In the case of my tomato sauce I use a processor that pretty much filters out the seeds……….

          • JeffintheWest says:

            I’m trying to think why the seeds would matter one way or another — unless they make them bitter or something. The only other reason I can think of would be to save the seeds for new tomato plants later on….

            • Thanks Jeff – The jars turned out with a really pretty color. The DH was watching TV while I was cutting tomatoes – he told someone later that he started watching something while I was cutting tomatoes and I was still cutting tomatoes when he woke up 2 hours later. It took a long time but I’m really pleased with how they look.

            • worrisome says:

              Jeff in most cases it is just aesthetics i believe…but yes, if you are interested in seed saving it is good to keep some…….

          • Thanks Worrisome – as you can see, I do a little worrying myself. Some days the brain just doesn’t wrap itself around the why but just “knows” it’s OK – I went ahead and canned my tomatoes with the seeds in them regardless of the directions. I think I subconsciously realized that canning whole tomatoes would mean “with seed” so it would be OK.

            • My Mom canned tomatoes for years with seeds and so have I . Arlene

              • Thanks Arlene. I went home last night and looked at the jars again. They are so pretty! Since I canned them Saturday, I have probably walked into my dining room (where they sit on the dining table) at least a half dozen times to look at them and get a big smile on my face every time. The color is awesome and they are beautiful! It makes me chuckle to think about it.

  26. Mountain Mama says:

    Thank you Mama J for the welcome & good advice..Sw’t Tater for more good advice. I’m concerned>>Anyone heard from NATE?!

  27. Didn’t get much done this week . Added 2 12v LEDs to my system. Started cutting fire wood for winter. Bottled up the apple cider vinegar that we started making last fall. 12 gal. with a ph of 3. What you get in the store has a ph of 5 so can delute it as I use it. Had plans for more last week but got sick ( fever of 102.2 ). Oh picked the last of the blackberries.

  28. Antizombie says:

    This week I stop by a garage sale (my favorite haunts) and picked up a 4′ by 6′ double pane window for $25. I don’t have a use for it now but I have plans for a small bunk house or guest house in the future. We had an old barn that was built in the 1800’s that I talked one of my nephews into tearing down (yes I saved the wood) and one side was a shed that had a 12″ thick slab for the farmer to park his truck in. That’ll be the foundation. (14′ by 25′)
    I also read an article about collecting old aluminum storm windows (getting rarer) to build a greenhouse out of. Thats something that I really would like to do. I’m always looking for tools (hand) at the sales too.

    • We were given several old windows that the DH and I have never quite figured out how to use. We have been considering a green house, but we’re not sure where to put it yet.

      • JeffintheWest says:

        Maybe an alternative for you to think about…. If a greenhouse seems too much, you could easily make them into cold frames that work pretty much the same and are a lot less hassle to build in the first place (and require a lot less glass).

        • I’ll have to keep that in mind. We do have the full windows with frames. I keep thinking about these little buildings I remember from when I was growing up. They were dug down into the ground about halfway so people could save plants over the winter. I remember there being several at homes in South Georgia and I think there is one at my brother’s. I have several plants I bring inside for the winter and my sun porch was overcrowded last year. I wonder…

          • I have grown greens in the winter in Colorado with straw bales placed into a rectangle and a window set over the top. You will need to open the window most days because it will be too hot.
            You could certainly do it in Georgia.

  29. Prepping Preacher says:

    we have canned 14 pts and 5 qts of carrots since Friday… after seeing a brief video online about solar-powered refrigeration, we bought a new Sears, double-door mini refrig/freezer for $150; it uses 30 watts of power once cool-down/freeze has been achieved and will fit perfectly in our trailer… i’m in the market now for a solar pkg that provides 150 – 200 watts power… the trailer set us back some financially as i had to replace the water heater and some piping…

    when prepping, be prepared for the times when not everything works like it should and/or things simply wear out/break down…

    pray for the best while prepping for the worst

    Prepping Preacher

  30. Encourager says:

    Not much in preps this past week other than making up some pickled beets. I am the only one that eats beets and I dearly love pickled beets. I also kept working on our prepping inventory sheets, put away all the pasta, veggies and other stuff that came in my food club order.

    Our cukes bit the dust; too hot, too something. It is stinkin’ hot out there today. DH put on the sprinkler on some grass seed he is trying to get to take; of course, 20 minutes later it rains. I thanked him! Unfortunately, it really raised the humidity. It will have to rain a lot harder than that straight down 10 minute gusher.

    Have to brag on my oldest. He was coming up to a light when it turned. A car a few cars in front of him turned at the intersection…but another car was running the red light. Three people were hurt – a front seat passenger in one car and a young mom with her two year old in the backseat. So what does the driver (the dad) do? He gets out of his car and gets in a screaming match with the other driver which led to a fist fight. Here his wife and daughter are screaming hysterically, bleeding from head wounds, and he is going toe to toe with the other driver, both screaming “it was YOUR fault!”

    My son calls 911,calmly gets out, goes to the back of his car and pulls out his extensive first aid kit. He puts on gloves, gets gauze and other stuff and proceeds to help the bleeding victims. He calms down the mom and child as the fight gets closer to the car where the injured were. He finally stands up, yells “HEY!” and puts his hand on his weapon. They instantly stop fighting and back off. Of course, when the ambulance arrives, they pull into a parking lot to wait for the police. It is policy that if there is fighting, they wait for the police. When the police arrive he gets out of the way, packs up his stuff, gets back in the car and gets the shakes. He goes and gets something to eat and is fine. I love that man! He said he needs to repack his first aid kit as that was the second injury accident that happened in front of him that week.

    • Now that’s a boy whose mama raised him right. Well done, Oldest Son of Encourager!

      • Encourager says:

        I have to admit, Lantana, that even tho’ I raised him right, he has taught himself and taken classes in emergency first aid. I do not think I can lift his first aid kit he keeps in his vehicle. He is ALWAYS looking for ways to improve his skills, in all areas. He has taught himself how to can, how to cook a meal then dehydrate it for backpacking, how to grow hydroponically, how to smoke just about anything. He has always been the type who, if he has an interest in something, exhaustively studies and practices until it is mastered.

        He needs a wife… who will compliment his skills and work beside him as a partner in all areas.

        • I wish my daughters would find someone at least half as skilled as he sounds. MI is a bit far though for these Southern Belle’s though and my only single one is too young for him. 🙂

          • Encourager says:


            LOL, I sure hope he isn’t one of those who just read this blog…I doubt he would post. He might think I am trying to marry him off……..roflol

    • JeffintheWest says:

      You SHOULD be proud of him! He did a great job.

    • You did a really good job raising him. I wish there were more young men (and women) in the world like him.

    • Encourager;
      That is one awesome young man, could you send him our way. I have two nieces that need to meet someone with ethics and a good heart not the idiots they are dating……..geeeez.

      They were not raised to date losers, I think aliens have removed their brains.. If you see brains rolling around let me know it could be theirs.

      • Encourager says:

        Yea Becky! He is single, in his 30’s, and cannot find the right woman. I think he rarely dates anymore. He wants a woman who knows her way around in a kitchen (rare), like the outdoors, shooting weapons, hiking and camping rough, has a sense of humor, high morality, and preps.

        How many states away are you from MI??? lol

        • Encourager;
          That would fit the baby, she is like me. Loved a dirt pile when she was younger, what is a little dirt-ha. I do not know if she can cook, think so. Her mom worried she would burn the house down, like every mother.
          Yep she can shoot, goes to the gym to work out, rides dirt bikes, motorcycles, has my sense of humor-wacky. She knows right from wrong………..the only problem we have a lot of states between us. I guess her uncle had better build a very very large catapult to get her back to you.
          We are just the other side of Reno NV, her uncle said we could take her to Reno and we can get them hitched……..I almost fell out of my chair laughing.

          • Encourager says:

            ROFLOL! Well, I know he goes to Vegas once in a while…maybe I should tell him to go to Reno instead…on this date…at this time…and there is a woman there who will be wearing ______. LOL!

            • Encourager;
              WE are just bad to the bone…..LMAO. I would say shame on us, but it is hard to find younger men and women who think along the same lines. I guess that is why they hired match makers in the old days.

  31. For the pill box make sure it is made slanted. If it ever takes fire it would be better for the rounds to hit it slanted like and skid off rather than penetrate the walls. Enough rounds into the walls will break it down.

  32. I stumbled into a canned food ‘score’…a neighbor & fellow prepper passed away recently. I befriended the out-of-state family early on just to let them know I was here to help if they ever needed anything. When they came in to clean up and finalize the estate details, I was asked to help with moving some furniture etc. During the process, the stash of canned goods was discovered (in various locations) and they were quite relieved when I offered to bag it all up and haul it off.

  33. CAT;
    You dirty “dog” you……..hauled off a gold mine is what you did. 😉
    Actually that was nice of them to offer it to you. Most folks do not realize what a bountiful harvest was there, for their taking, they were just to blind to see. At least it is not going to waste, good job! Could not pass up the teasing at the beginning.

    • LOL…it was truly a nice find but they were going to throw everything away because they didn’t want to bother with donating it. The 10/12 expiration dates got them but the cans are mint condition. Upon doing all the loading, it became evident my neighbor did not follow the FIFO rule of food storage and I did find older dates. I can use this right away or rest in knowing the chickens will appreciate the extras. Either way, it gets used, they don’t have to worry with it and there is less food bill money this month. They are still undecided about the first aid supplies but I am taking extra boxes to load it while I am there, in case they say yes.

      • CAT;
        Yes, take those boxes, every little bit helps reduce your self reliant storage.
        On the food cans, depending on what the item is, it can still be good even after the expiration date. Companies put it there to have the consumer toss out that food, which most of us know is still good. If the food was kept inside and the cans show no signs of bulging, rusting, dents, it most likely is still good. When doubt toss it out!
        The only thing I have found that changed is canned chili with meat in it. The meat started to have a change in the taste so I disposed of it.

        • Winomega says:

          Actually, Becky,
          the “best by” date is when there is a perceptible change in taste.

          SHTF will probably give rise to a study in the optimal aging of canned goods. I’m sure wine was discovered by some idiot who tried to save grapes in a jug.

          • Winomega & Becky,
            The best buy or expiration dates also have the cover your butt factor built in, and assume that the food will not be stored in optimum conditions (cool & Dry). It seems that the lawyers touch our lives everywhere.

          • JeffintheWest says:

            As a historian I ran across some interesting facts on canned goods a few years back. Someone found a store of canned goods from the 1870s in a storage room out west somewhere and did open them, test them chemically and actually sampled some of the food.

            The food was still edible, and while some of the tastes were “interesting,” to quote one of the people involved, the big issue was that almost all nutrition value was gone over a century later. You could fill your belly, but it would be like eating mud as far as nutritional value goes.

            They also determined the rate of nutritional decline and decided it was probably front-loaded toward the end with a steadily declining rate of nutrition loss over time (meaning the curve was geometrical or “curved” as opposed to arithmatical (or “straight line”). The upshot is that probably half the nutritional value was lost within five to twenty years, and the remainder was lost over the ensuing 80+ years.

            Would I bet my life on really old canned goods? Probably not. But at the same time, they probably wouldn’t kill you, they just wouldn’t do you much good either.

            • JeffintheWest;
              Saw that article also. I rotate our can goods so that we are rarely using pasted the use by date.
              The chili was one of those exception, we could not eat it up fast enough.

              • JeffintheWest says:

                Do you remember where you saw the article? I couldn’t find it, and it might make an entertaining link for folks here.

            • Winomega says:

              I could argue the nutritional value of HFCS, but I guess germ-free mud will do.

              • JeffintheWest says:

                I’m guessing people would find it hard to survive and thrive on eating mud, regardless of it’s “germ content,” but let it pass.

                • Lake Lili says:

                  Puts me in mind of the Black Adder episode 6 from series 4 on WWI (available on YouTube), where Baldrick admits that for the prior 13-months in the trench the tea has been made of mud… don’t ask what his cunning plan was for sugar and milk…

        • I am well aware on the effects of time on taste & nutritional value with canned goods. I normally avoid using tomato products more than 1 year old, maybe longer if storage conditions are optimal, but they seem to be the first that get than ‘tin can’ taste. I came across only a dozen or so cans that were questionable, were dented or had rust on them. They went into the garbage right away. Everything was kept inside and temperatures had some relative consistency over time. Nothing too hot or cold that might cause ill effects on the food itself. I have sampled a few things and so far, so good.

          I was even was able to secure all of the mason canning jars with sugar, salt and other basics in them. Oxygen absorbers added makes for an effective dry canning method. Free food and new jars to boot! It was only in the jars that the flour and dry goods stayed fresh. The every day food sealer bags of flour and corn meal smelled rancid and were tossed right away.

          First aid supplies are to be picked up later in the week. I believe they have two large garbage bags full of bandages, tape and such. I could have sworn I saw some IV sets in one of the kits they were emptying, which would be an excellent score. I must be patient and wait 2 more days to assess the new inventory. It would have been better if they had just left everything in the boxes but I certainly am not complaining!

  34. Winomega;
    Must be those little ol wineo’s in my family who have to a wine tasting party…….yuk. I know of one wine that I will drink an one sparkling wine. That is not very often. Loved the joke.

    • Winomega says:

      Becky, the only joke is in my name. I’m losing my fanaticism about the one-year limit on home-canned goods. I’ve suspected conspiracy on commercial goods.

  35. Winomega;
    Thought your translation was win-o-mega, as in you wanted to win the lottery big time. Now I see your meaning…..either way is cute and quirky.

    • Winomega says:

      actually, I consider my first meaning is win-omega as in top jester. I search for myself as wino, which makes ultimate drunkard.

      I was going to go Burromega, which might mean ultimate jackass at the same time as the final irritant, but Burr is still active and eventually claims predate.