What did you do to prep this week?

I know that today is Sunday, and that we usually do this post on Saturday, but something came up yesterday, so we are going to post this today instead… Hey, look at the bright side, at least we all had an extra day to get more stuff done.

But before we start, I would like to give a shout-out and say thank you to Cheryl D, Brenda C, and Sherry S – thank you ladies, your support of this blog is greatly appreciated. If you too, would like to show your support via a monetary contribution, you can do that by clicking on this link.

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

This week; I did a little “gun trading” if you remember a few months back I purchased a Ruger 1911 (a great handgun), well this week I ended up trading it to a new Glock 26. The Glock 26 is lighter, smaller, holds more rounds, is more reliable, 9mm ammo is cheaper to stock-up with than .45 ACP, plus I have plenty of 9mm ammo cached away so no need to buy more ammo, and I can shoot it just as accurately as I could the Ruger.

On the same note, I’m making the Glock even better by installing TRUGLO Glock Low Tritium Sights and installing an extended mag and slide release – parts have been ordered but have not arrived yet. I also ordered this holster for concealed carry of the Glock 26…

Finished putting in the 8X16 ft. raised bed that I mentioned a few days ago.

This week, I also did some work on my raised garden beds to get them ready for planting in a few months – right now I have five 4X8′ raised garden beds and one 4X16. I also have two of the garden towers from “The Garden Tower Project” that I use to grow strawberries. This year I’m also going to expand my garden area by tilling up  a 10 X 30′ area to plant sweet corn and potatoes.

And the big purchase this week was 12 of the One Month Packs of “everyday sized” cans from Augason Farms. I also added some more canned goods (mostly soup) and rice from the supermarket.

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling an even more urgency to prep harder than ever before – my gut, research, and my big over-sized brain, are telling me that something bad is happening or is just a few months away. Personally, I think it’s going to be an economic collapse or major  pandemic that will be used as an excuse to declare full martial law nation wide.

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

Comments

  1. charlie (NC) says:

    speaking of garden towers. I suspect you could build a jumbo
    garden tower from old tires, stacked and filled with dirt. Anyone
    ever try that?

    • i read where a missionary in the amazon actually had a friend who slit open the craw of his ailing turkey, cleaned it out, and sewed it up. it is drastic but worked beautifully.
      in the story, at least!

    • see the deliberate agrarian site and rural revolution for info on tire gardens

  2. Babycatcher says:

    Got the elderberry tincture strained(thanks, BamBam) pruned grapes, blackberries and orchard while it was below 40( temps will be rising this week) and got st start cleaning the pasture and filling the compost bin( it’s an 8 x8 chain link enclosure, so I can use the tractor to load and empty). That’s all, folks.

  3. Patriot Farmer says:

    One of local chain stores ran a sale on seeds, 20 packets for a buck. I was able to get most of my seeds for spring planting this year. I was able to stock up on a few more canned goods mostly tuna and salmon this time along with 12 freeze-dried emergency meals and another case of water.

  4. More soups and first aid items into the stash. A few canned veggies also. Continue playing with our Excalibur – the pineapple is divine. I cannot stress how much better the Excalibur with the temp controls does dried foods over our older cheaper model.
    More snow. More hay. More winter. Blech.
    Been a busy week, but not really for prepping – vet visits for the dogs, errands, and just general busy-ness. Hopefully will get more accomplished this coming week.
    Went to a gun show today. Picked up a surplus Marine backpack for the son as his “get home bag”, a new pistol bag for myself, primers, bullets, a knife for myself, some .303 British, and some ammo for the Nagant. Priced .308 riles, didn’t see any great deals. Also didn’t see any good deals on another Nagant or an SKS.
    Read “Curtain Fall: Disaster, Preparedness, Survival, Awakening” as well as “American Meltdown: Book Two of the Economic Collapse Chronicles”. The “Curtain Fall” was pretty decent (if a bit of a less-worrysome disaster – Yellowstone), but the American Meltdown was less interesting.
    Most of the seeds I’ve planted are up. Going to plant broccoli and cabbage early this week and then start on the tomatoes and peppers at the end of the week. Most everything that’s sprouted is looking really good – I have four flats of onion seedlings, a flat of shallots, a flat of leeks, 18 pots of celery (I fully expect to lose a good bit before it gets established in the garden), plus a lot of basil and other herbs.

  5. TrailGuide says:

    Greetings pack. I think I have actually visualized a SHTF moment. Got all (ALL) the basics covered because DH & I live a frugal, self-sustaining life-style. We suffer through some minor stuff (ailments) but after we both recovered from seasonal flu (thank you elderberry tincture), DH found that weird sinus thing suffered all his life had come to roost (no offense to chickens, we got um and know they are a cranky crowd).
    Anywho – Trigeminal Neuralsia. now there’s a PHD research for you if you have nothing else to do on any given Sunday.

    DH describes it as a mind-numbing, bring ya to your knees pain. He has an appointment with a special guy, Neurologist, in a few weeks (if the poor soul makes it and my prayers are blessings). Currently on anti seizure meds.
    OCD research on my part found – aka – ‘suicide condition’ due to the intensity of pain. Any of the clan have information or help is appreciated because I’m about out of my beanie brain.
    SOS – Michelle & BamBam, and any others with thoughts on this.

    • riverrider says:

      i’ve been having terrible sinus pain lately. went to a good doc. no meds, just saline rinse and humidifier for the wood stove. still had an attack, up all night with whole face feeling like an elephant was stomping on it. sat up right all night , ran saline. the pain broke, now i can’t stop the flow two boxes of kleenex later, lol. when i follow her regime i have no trouble but i forget. good luck.

    • Sw't Tater says:

      If having sinus pain too, it can trigger the neuralgias.. so the trick to stop pain is reduce the swelling along those nerves..anti inflammatories, ice pack, sinus meds..these stopped my episodes of neuralgia..

      • PGCPrepper says:

        Anti-inflamatories is a great suggestion I’ve learned. Fish oils (DHA/EPA) is a great supplement for inflammation to rebalance the omega 3 ratio to omega 6.

        Gluten and grains are terribly inflammatory to some. Everyone with neurological, sinus, migraine issues should at least read Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter IMO.

    • Trailguide,

      OK, I just looked up Trigeminal Neuralsia – nasty stuff! I don’t have anything off the top of my head, but if you think your DH would really be interested in an herbal solution, I will do my best to find out for you.

  6. We did not get very much prepping accomplished this past week. Added about a dozen cans of food to our long term storage, inventoried all of our garden seeds, read some articles and e-books on permaculture. We’re still buried beneath snow around here, so not able to get outdoors and do as much as we would like to do.

  7. ozhillbilly says:

    M.D., I know the 1911’s are great weapons but (my opinion) you can’t beat a Glock. I doubt you will regret the trade.

    My only prepping this week has been to order a barrel for my Johnny Cash AR I’m building. This is/has been a fun project and I recommend if any of you have thought of doing something like this, do it! I put a $600.00 limit on this weapon and I’m well within my budget. If all goes as planned I should be done with it by this time next month. I did this project to familiarize myself with the AR platform but you can build most any weapon you desire as the parts are out there. I can’t wait to take my new AR fishing!

    • ozhillbilly,

      I’ve owned Glocks for around 15 years and a number of 1911’s and the Glock is a better handgun. But then the 1911 is 100 years old and it was the top of the line for most of those years and is still a good handgun.

      • recoveringidiot says:

        I too love the 1911, the “blocks” grip angle turns me off. I do have a S&W M&P in 9mm and so far its been great, much easier to point for me than the Glocks. First got the 9mm because of ammo prices and availability but its been taken over by the new wife who loves it. I guess I’ll dust off the 9mm handloading stuff I have stashed back. Nothing against the Glock, they seem to be very reliable but the ergonomics suck for me.

  8. We just got back from a major stock up run. We picked up a case of 100 proof vodka for making tinctures. We got lots of meat for the freezer–bacon, dinner sausage, lunch meat, hotdogs. We got our scripts filled. We’ve managed to put up close to a year’s supply of many of the medications. I only take two medications but one of them can’t be replaced with herbal remedies–it’s a thyroid medicine. We picked up more OTC meds. I can’t believe the prices of food. I don’t know how ordinary folks are getting by. We buy cheap and stock up. I couldn’t imagine going to the store every three days with the prices I saw. Even the cans of vegetables are getting smaller.

    • 1MoreBoyScout says:

      Yup. My wife & I went to grocery store a few day’s ago. We’ve been noticing steady price jumps on pretty much everything. It really suck’s for everyone, & should’nt be this way. No one in this country should go hungry, ever.

    • Encourager says:

      Bam Bam, have you ever researched how to use dried pig thyroid for human thyroid problems?

      I take either Armour Thyroid or NaturThroid which are made from pig thyroid.

      Just wondering…

      • Mother Earth says:

        Encourager, I was wondering about dried animal thyroid also. It’s the one med there seems to be no herbal remedy for and I’ve searched a lot!

      • encourager, my wife also takes armour thyroid.
        we never heard about the pig thyroid. could you please give
        more information. greatly appreciate it very much.
        davin

      • Encourager,

        I have read that that’s what they used before Synthoid was developed. This is a real issue for me, as I take the highest dose made. I will research it a bit more.

      • Encourager,

        I looked up Armour Thyroid and NaturThroid but I am confused. (I am just now having my morning tea so that may be the reason for the confusion.) I didn’t see a dosage on either bottle. Blood tests are used to determine the dosage of Synthoid. How did you do this?

        • I get my thyroid tested about every 6 months or so, the same tests as when using Synthroid. My dh just started Armour Thyroid a month ago; I have been on it for years, until they had all the problems about two years ago. They are now back to producing it. I am currently taking NaturThroid but unhappy with it. For my needs, I have to cut a tablet in half. They don’t cut well and I have to guess-timate on how much the crumbs actually equal. At least the Armour is scored.

          I had hives for 1 1/2 years until we finally traced it to a pharmacist replacing my brand name Synthroid with a generic and never telling me. I went back on the brand name Synthroid but started getting hives after a few months. So I was switched to the “natural” thyroid.

    • Sw't Tater says:

      Bam Bam, Even if you can’t stop taking the thyroid meds, you might be able to reduce your dependence on them by taking herbal support for the thyroid…just an idea..

    • bam bam, my wife has the same problem with the thyroid
      [both removes ] and taking meds.
      hope that there is something to take the reg. meds. place.
      thanks.

      • I’m in the same boat as lots of others here it seems. As a group of people with ineffective thyroids, we really need to figure this one out. This is the area where I feel the most vulnerable.

        • B, i agree with you and it sure does sound like many others are in the same boat about their thyroids and meds.
          anyone have any advise?
          thank you in advance, much appreciated.

          davin

          • I don’t really have any suggestions but would like to relay some of what I have read lately. There has been a real increase in thyroid problems in recent years with doctors prescribing all kinds of medications. The one big thing many are beginning to link to the problem is the big push to reduce sodium intake – our best source of iodine, the natural thyroid regulator. Doctors are also finally admitting that high blood pressure is not always linked to sodium in the diet (my DH is a perfect example). Another factor noted in an article I read is the way regular table salt is produced these days – something about the processing method making the salt ineffective in the body. I don’t remember the details, but while I do still buy cheap table, I’m not buying as much and I’m using Himalayan Pink Salt in my canning (I only buy it when I can get a really good deal on it).

            • Encourager says:

              In “Eating for Your Blood Type” they mention the lack of iodine in our diets as being a main factor of thyroid problems. I am going to talk to my doctor to see how much iodine I should take to supplement. We don’t eat much seafood and neither of us like oily fish.

              One thing I really disagree with in that book is their fact that no one should be eating much dairy, if at all, since cow milk doesn’t do much for humans. That is true if you are talking about our over processed, ultra-pasteurized milk. We have switched to raw milk and it has not upset my digestive system like the store milk had. They warn you to take calcium pills…I would rather get my calcium naturally.

        • B,

          I hear you. I take 200 mcg of the Synthoid generic. I have been stockpiling the generic stuff. But that stockpile would run out eventually.

        • I dug out my old “East for Your Blood Type” book and re-read it for Type O. Wow. I had read this many years ago and I guess it just never sunk in. Many Type O’s have thyroid issues and there are a lot of foods out there we should NOT be eating!

          Seriously thinking of giving it a try but it is pretty overwhelming. I would be completely changing how I eat. A long time ago, an allergy specialist told me to think of the one or two foods I would NEVER give up. It was those foods I am hyper sensitive to. He nailed it.

    • Rob in Ontario says:

      I’m in same the boat with Thyroid issues , I can only get one 100 pill bottle at a time and can’t renew early

    • I also take thyroid meds. My husband occasionally travels internationally. Last year he went to the Philippines. I researched the pharmacy requirements before he went. He was able to purchase a years supply of thyroid meds for me for $100. All he did was hand them the drug name and got the closest level to what I take as he could based on what they had.

    • i noticed the coconut oil was in a different shaped jar. it is one and one-half ounces less than the old jar.
      also soap is being packed wetter so it is heavier thus you get less for the money.
      the cat food is a couple of pounds less but in the same bag and the price did not go down.

  9. This question is slightly off topic but one that is weighing on my mind. Any useful advice or comments on how to prepare and/or plan of how others have dealt with their children being off at college. I find myself waking in the middle of the night wondering how I will get my DS home should SHTF. He will be 4 1/2 hours away in August. Suggestions are appreciated!

    • Thomas The Tinker says:

      DW and I ‘prepped’ out DD dorm room for two weeks. When she moved off campus we had her up to a flat 30 days. We were lucky in that she was ‘on board’ with the reasons we did it… and actually sacrificed the closet space.

      Getting her home… Geezolla! That question is as varied as grains of sand… so are the answers. If DS is ‘on board’ and willing to maintain a Get home Bag that may be all you can do. We three had plans made.. rally points etc. You have a hard one here to deal with Kellieccc. Hardest thing for us to accept is that Baby was out of the nest and had to rely on herself and what common sense, critical / tactical thinking we hoped to have shown and given her.

      My Bad, but I had her enrolled in the pistol classes at TDI when she was 16. Mr. Benner gave her very very good training. She was shooting IDPA in her junior year at college. She has a custom Glock19 and a custom 20ga. 870 shortened turkey gun with nice fiber optic sights. We didn’t pound these things into her. We are lucky that she accepted the logic and the responsibility and now she and her new husband practice each month. They maintain only 60 days of preps…. eh…. time and space…..

      Sorry to Blow V ate like this…. your question just made my mind re-run this whole thing myself. Good Luck with DS.

    • Encourager says:

      4 1/2 hours by car? Does he have a scooter or a bike at school? Is he on board with prepping? Does he know to leave like NOW if we have an EMP? Does he have a get-home-bag packed and ready? Good hiking/walking boots?

      There were times when I was sick at heart worrying about my son away at college. He was 12 hours away by car. He was able to have his guns with him at school, if kept in the Safety Officer’s building that had 24 hour access.

      Then, he graduated but could not get a job in MI so is working and living in MN, also a 12 hour drive. The difference is having to go around/through Chicago to get home, or up through the UP of MI and then across the bridge and down. Which makes it 20 hours to drive. IF he can drive…

      He also travels extensively with his job. So far this year he has been to Dubai and Alaska. I have finally had to give him completely over to the Lord to take care of, or drive myself crazy with worry.

      He is getting wiser; for Christmas he asked for stuff for a get-home bag. His brother and I had a ball buying stuff for him. He sees a lot with his job; things the public doesn’t. I think it has scared him more than a bit. Suddenly his parents and big brother seem a lot smarter!

    • Nebraska Woman says:

      Encourager said it well. I would make sure he has a bug out bag, some way to protect himself i.e. pepper spray and a good knife, protein bars, water, and a map with routes marked. A good bicycle with good tires is a must.

      • Ive given some thought to getting home if for some reason my wife and i are elswhare when/if an emp or cme event should happen. I have maps with the railroad tracks on them. I think walking home VIA the railroad tracks are likey to be far less of a target for bad guys to victimize walkers, than the highways.

        • My daughter is also 3 hours away by car. Her current living space will keep her comfortable for a few months and she has the luxury of being able to plant a garden, collect rain water etc. She also has a bike and a bugout bag with a way to filter water, protein bars, camping equipment etc. If something should happen in winter, she would have no choice but to stay put. Walking 180 miles in our winter climate wouldn’t be a smart thing to attempt.

    • THANKS for all the comments and advice. Preparation and prayer….it’s all we can do!

  10. 1MoreBoyScout says:

    My brain must have still been sleeping this a.m. In addition to some veggie can’s & home made cable snares, we also put some candles into preps. Lined inside of main gate to chicken coop with 1/2”x1” wire mesh for critter control, & maintaining flock head-count.
    Need (1) more roll of chicken wire to completely enclose top of yard area for the lil’ scratcher’s. LOT’S of hawks and owls around here. Fox & coyotes too. (Glad we have dogs) Gonna concentrate our effort’s the next 6 weeks, on obtaining 5gal. plastic buckets & lids for thing’s like: dry beans, legumes, etc. re-strung, cleaned & oiled 5 fishing poles & reels. they were filthy w/line on em old enough to drink.. Rotated water stocks. Used the water on Jr. instead of the dog. (not sure who was dirtier though) lol

  11. Not much this week. We’re in between snow storms. I found some anise and wintergreen oil at the pharmacy. I discovered a fellow prepper up at church (very small church) and found out the local small grocery does a “case lots sale” once per year. Have been planning my seed purchases today. Have a lot in freezer from last fall, but it’s not nearly enough, as we have to plant for eating, canning, storing, and then there’s the wildlife… Lol!

  12. Went to the doctor for a routine checkup. Coughed a few times so they did a swab. Have a sinus infection (first ever) and H1N1 (never get the flu.) The Tamiflu has kept symptoms light but the Cefprozil for sinus doesn’t seem to be doing its job. Tomorrow I’m ordering elderberries and a supply of meds for my pets!!!!

    I’m agreeing with those who suspect something is “brewing.” Just as soon as I can navigate without my head bursting open, I’m inventorying and resupplying. I think we are getting close to “crunch” time. I am also checking out the barter list and stocking up on those items. Sure wish dh were fully on board. He did stock up on gas, propane and kerosene prior to our Southern snow. That’s progress! Unfortunately, he also found that the camping items he told me would tide us over if the power went didn’t work any more. I want a demonstration our generator works. There is more to prepping than just getting stuff! I’m going to start using the calendar to check supplies from now on. Glad to get everyone’s input and suggestions. It sure helps. Thanks.

  13. Nebraska Woman and BC Truck you two are so funny! Many others on here too. 🙂 Only here can you can scared about the future and laugh too. Great prepping for the newbies. Don’t get discouraged. Remember every little bit helps. Continued prayers to all.

    Speaking of prayers, I had asked for prayer for my sister. She is finally back at home and is receiving continued therapy at home. I have another sister who is currently unemployed and single making plans to stay with sick sis to help her. I hope she can. Just found out that the sis with the health issues, her daughter (my niece) has a heart problem. She is only 32 and has two young children. What I understand is that the left side of her heart is working against the right side. She has been prescribed meds, if that does not work they want to do experimental surgery (risky) and if that does not work they have given her a year to live. My niece does not eat right and she smokes. Prayers appreciated!

    I finally started getting a paycheck again and really did a lot of shopping yesterday and today. I went to the local grocery store and stocked up on canned goods. I got lucky and got several packages of pork chops for only $1.79/lb.
    I ordered a case each of bacon and sausage from Zaycon. I also ordered books from Amazon; The Encyclopedia of Country Living, Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 acre and the 7th book on the series 299 Days. DH has been busy working on a rabbit hutch so I ordered water bottles for the rabbits. He will be setting the hutch in place tomorrow and we will get the rabbits either tomorrow or the next day.

    From mid Oct to the end of Jan we mostly lived on our preps. The good news is that I have a better idea of how long certain items last in our household. With this weeks purchases I am back up to at least 3 month’s and some are over 6 month’s supplies. I plan to have at least a year’s supplies for the 2 of us by the end of tax season. We are going to redo the chicken coop and plan to get at least a dozen chicks by the end of April.

    I don’t remember who said it right now but I would love to have 3 milk goats! That is on my wish list. I have to get more fencing before I could do that though. 🙁

    • Brenda:

      Glad you are having a personal turn-around. Sorry about the sisters, will add them to the prayer list.

      I have a friend who has been living off his preps of late. They found some issues with what and how they were storing some stuff and will be able to make appropriate changes before things get “interesting”.

      • JP, Thanks for the prayers. Oct – Jan has always been the hardest time of year for us. Simply because of how our income comes in. That is what got me started stocking as much as possible when the money is coming in. 🙂

    • Nebraska Woman says:

      Brenda, prayers sent. It sounds as if you have a lot on your plate, so keep yourself healthy, too.

    • I think those might have been my milk goats – You are on the right track if you plan to have a good fence first. Goats will eat everything and anything that is dear to you. I know this from experience and will be re-planting a few things this year – like…my apple trees, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, grapes and a whole bunch of other things. It’s not that they are trying to be obnoxious, they just really like the taste of the raspberries and will continue to eat until they are gone… Then they discover they also like the taste of whatever is beside the raspberries and so it goes until you come home and all the evidence of the careful planting and tending you have done over the past few years has disappeared. You will cry and then re-plant. Best to start with the good fence so you will always love the goats.

      • B,
        It was your milk goats, too bad I live so far away from you. My SIL has one and she lives next door. That goat has been a challenge at times. He ate all of my corn one year.

        Thanks for the prayers NW. DH and I have both been trying to get in better shape.

  14. I made the mistake of going to WallyWorld this week! DH needed his blood pressure meds refilled……the place was PACKED in the middle of the day, middle of the week…..I asked the cashier WHY the place was mobbed with people. She said, “It’s not the 15th of the month yet. That’s when people run out of money on their food stamp cards. It will be better after the 15th!” I immediately hit the dry beans aisle and picked up another 10 pounds. Our country can’t go on like this much longer.
    Other preps this week: I canned 14 pounds of chicken, planted corn and tomatoes. Bought another gallon of raw, local honey. Placed an order for more vegetable seeds. One of my bantam hens went broody this week, so I moved her to a separate pen, along with her nest and eggs. Bantam chickens are excellent setters; so, I’m building up my flock of bantams. They will serve as my incubators when TSHTF.
    I’m also trying my hand at making sauerkraut with cabbage from my garden. Just started it yesterday with a kraut crock I “gave” myself for Christmas. Fermented foods for gut health!!!
    Last, but not least, we added to the stockpile of PMs. I, too, feel like late 2014, early 2015 things will deteriorate significantly. Keep preppin’ folks!

    • Goatlover,
      Many people started getting their income tax refund checks and for people without checking accounts Wal-Mart is the cheapest place to get them cashed. We send all of our customers without accounts to them.

  15. Tactical G-Ma says:

    Hey Cubbies.
    Hope everyone has had a good week.
    We had 2 birthdays and valentines day so not much leftover for preps. Did order some new chicks. Need to enlarge the gene pool. and brooder parts and lamps. Got some spring cleaning done but still have much to do. Got DH a lift for the lawn tractor and a mulching kit. As we age it’s not so easy to do routine stuff. DH made tons of deer and beef jerkies. But we had grandkids spend the weekend and the bags are now empty.
    To those who have fibromyalgia, RA,OA and diseases involving connective tissue, I was reading where the biggest culprit identified so far, is artifical sweetners, all kinds. I too believe much of the hard to identify illnesses are food related. I have now become allergic to cinnamon. Thank goodness for Benadryl!

    • Tactical G-Ma;
      Is that “all” cinnamon or just the stuff from the grocery store? Do you have a health food store in your area that you might find cinnamon and will not have a reaction and be needing the Bendadryl?
      Like you I have to have my cinnamon…yum!

  16. Encourager says:

    Any of you ever had a chore to do, but dreaded it and put it off until you simply couldn’t wait another second? Yeah, me too…

    Finally dragged myself into the storage area and started the inventory and clean-out. Now, I am going to be completely honest here in hope I can spare someone else the embarrassment of what I found.

    I found over two laundry basket loads of canned/boxed/bottled food so outdated (2010 and before ). My dh was not a happy person. At least he said not to toss the rancid olive oil because he would use it to keep the dust down in the driveway this summer…

    Okay, I will confess to buying stuff because I thought it was good to stock up with it. Bad me. Never used it. Now never will.

    Earlier I suggested to write out some menus and stock the stuff you needed for those recipes – recipes you will MAKE. I am embarrassed to confess I did not follow my own advice. Yes, I DID have stuff stocked that I use all the time in my normal cooking. None of that stuff was old or expired. Why? Because of FIFO – first in, first out. But spending hard earned money on stuff I found on some stranger’s list was plain dumb.

    Lesson learned and now passed on? Stock up on stuff you use, period. Someone who made their own “essential” list doesn’t live here and they don’t cook here. If you want to see if you like someone’s recipe, buy enough for one meal and try it out. If you like, stock up. If not, don’t buy!!

    Sigh…I know you all are shaking your heads in disbelief. But I did it and learned the hard way.

    • Sw't Tater says:

      use the oil for soap…lubrication, for those screws..

    • Encourager, outdated doesn’t necessarily mean bad. It seems nowadays, manufacturers date everything to “expire” in just a year or two. I still have items on my shelves that are outdated, which I bought when the sale was just too good to not buy cases. The only thing I have tossed was a box of pasta I found a couple days ago that expired in 2009, and I only threw it out because pasta does tend to taste like ass after a while. The only other food I’ve ever had a problem with was “the cheesiest” mac and cheese. The powdered cheese turned darker and tasted a little burnt.

      My rules for stored cans…if it’s not bulging, rusted or dented, and doesn’t “spurt” when opened, I consider it good unless it smells nasty. I use the sniff test on boxed goods, then maybe a little taste test before consuming a meal of it.

      • NANN! – you use the same method I do, but I draw the line at cans over 10 years old.

        • I haven’t had any cans reach 10 years yet. When I was young, I’d always heard cans would last about 7 years. I know cans aren’t made the same nowadays, but I’m not throwing out food just because of a date on the lid.

          • Nsaneprepper says:

            I used some ten year old nalleys chili and it was perfectly fine.

          • Encourager says:

            One of the reasons they don’t last as long is the pull-top can top.

            • hi. we are Eastern Orthodox and the rancid olive oil is used for lights. you get floating wicks from a church supply. put water in glass container, oil on top and float the wick. not safe near cats or kids. we use hanging lamps.
              as far as other stuff, like pasta, i boil it and put it out for birds. not good if you have possums bothering you, though.
              bought 20 pounds of rice but was beetle infested. birds got it. beetles just extra food to birds.
              also, i read jackie clay’s column in backwoods home magazine. she has things much older that they have safely eaten.
              but it is a good lesson for all of us. don’t be embarrassed. thanks for the reminder.

  17. ….unfroze my water…and my bleach…and my propane tank/line…
    …propane heater thawing out the camper…cleaned camper…
    …been back to miminalist nomadic explloration winter living…

    …tired of living and working in this cold!…
    -48c coldest so far in dec. temps hovering -4 yay!
    …now -20 🙁 today bit of snow…

    lessons learned winter camper living? using lots of hand sanitizer/paper towel just gotta get a back up heating plan to my back up heating plans… alwways struggling to keep things unfrozen… my friends just brought me mexican hot sauce other day…yay! ran out of propane ooopsy slept with my hot sauce!
    …last winter i lost 6 bottles to freezing… (it makes a very bad smell)! am always shifting things from cab of truck to camper…
    life would/will be HARD without hotsauce n beers…

  18. This week, I decided my storage room needed some love, so I set out to reorganize some shelves. I found the 1000 lb. capacity shelves on the shelving unit I got for Christmas last year, don’t really hold anywhere near 1000 lbs. very well. The shelf holding some of my water stock was sagging badly, so I unloaded the shelf to see if I could turn it over. There were huge cracks on the bottom side, so now I’m in the process of replacing the crap shelves with 3/4″ inch plywood. Luckily, my ex was anal about always having a good stock of all kinds of wood and ply in the garage, so I didn’t have to buy a single sheet.
    I picked up a few more cans of fruit and meats, bottles of juice and a couple large bags of pet food. I think I mentioned recently that I had been buying canned meats because I couldn’t afford a pressure canner yet. Well….I got a call a few days ago from someone who had one in their garage they were going to toss if I didn’t want it! They’re out of state, so I don’t have it yet. Hoping it arrives before the SHTF.
    Also received my order from EE yesterday, and took a few extra items I ordered to some beginner prepper relatives today. Still working on rotating self-bottled water from last year into use.

  19. Bought twenty five cans of meat, reloaded some 40 caliber rounds 308 rounds

  20. I purchased a UCO Candlelier Deluxe and 20 candles as well as smoe extra water and canned food.

    • I had to look up the Candleier. I’d never heard of it. Looks like a pretty neat gadget, and I might have to have one myself. Thanks for turning me on to that!

  21. I scored an old CDV-777-1 Radiological Monitoring Set this week. Yesterday I went thru old 1st aid kits in our vehicles. They were free back in 2000 so I had stuff to replace. Today they are more useful then when they were brand new. Also went thru the get home bags.

    JoJo lost her job a few weeks ago so we are slowly cycling thru our food stores and using the FIFO principle.

  22. Chuck Findlay says:

    I bought a bunch of canning jars at the Salvation Army Store for 1/2 of what they would cost in a store. I also bought several tools I can use to make money with. Tools allow me to continue to work post shtf. I also bought some silver, not as much as I would like to, but always moving forward to build the supply.

    Been busy working so I didn’t do much else. I can’t wait for warm weather to get here so I can get out and do more in the garage without having to burn a ton of wood heating it up.

  23. grandma Rosie says:

    Wish I felt sure we had this year to prep. Most places I have been on think this year will be it. Google Americanspring I didn’t read it yet but have seen it mentioned several times. A new march on Wash DC on May 16th People are really getting fed up with the govt and are about ready to boil over. Went to an auction yest that had guns listed. Got to talking to a man looking at them and he said the only way he would give up his guns was when they take them from his dead hands. Other wise he said he would give them up WHEN HE SAW THE GUARDS OF OBAMA GIVE UP THEIRS!!! If anyone saw that SurvivalSummit you know some are really getting not just guns & ammo but body armour etc. They are preparing for a revolution.This was on computer NOT NatGeo.

  24. Received my tax refund, and used most of it to pay off some debt. However, did use some to place a couple of EE and Thrive (Shelf Reliance) orders to catch some of the January and February specials. Ordered a compost bin from Amazon, but when it arrived, found it has a ton of parts, so will probably be sending that back. Really want to find something to compost since we have a small garden.

    Bought a few things to do some organizing – as it’s definitely my shortfall. Have great ideas, but am terrible about implementing! Looking to reorganize my kitchen for a more efficient layout, but we’ll see if I have the money to do so. Need to replace at least one microwave, as one of them officially died, and the really old one is starting to take longer, so feeling like it might not last too much longer. I’m doing more cooking on the stove top and oven, but since I’m a single mom and work full time, I do appreciate the convenience of the micro.

    I too have that “my stomach is cramping” feeling about the economy. Love the ideas and humor on this site. Praying for the Pack for illnesses and jobs! DD has been home all week with some sort of virus – has had a temp for a week now. Took her to the dr on Tues, had her tested for strep since her throat was somewhat sore. Test came back negative – just irritated from drainage. I only had her take ibuprofen a couple times when she was miserable. Otherwise, we been trying to let it run its course. I did receive the elderberries and star anise from Amazon this week. Would the tincture help? She’s not coughing or anything, just the dang temp and malaise that doesn’t seem to want to go away.

    • Encourager says:

      Regarding the composter, Sheila B, now is the time to post a “Wanted” in your local Free Cycle or Craig’s List. We found a name brand one for free on Free Cycle. Just had to go pick it up. Someone had shot it a few times with a 22, but no big deal. Just more air to help compost!

      • Good idea Encourager. I haven’t used Craig’s list before, but there is one based out of a larger city about a 1/2 hour away.
        Thanks!

  25. I think you will really like the Foxx holster, it is comfortable and well made… for the money a great holster.

  26. Lets see, this week I rotated and added to my water. Planned my next big shopping trip after bills are paid. Picked up 30 toothbrushes for $3.
    Got some planting done, got some more seeds and a couple more strawberry plants. My lime tree has a few blooms on it so I am hoping the weather is cooperative for the bees.

    Found out I have mice and completely blame the neighbors. We have been here for almost 2 years without any issues, then these guys move in… I would have figured they came in from the field due to the cold but the neighbors kid let it slip that they are having issues with them ‘because the people who lived here before were dirty’ except we put flooring in next door and the place was spotless… Oh well, what can ya do? So I am trying out this home made trap. I really really, really need it to work. With kids, dogs, and a rabbit, poisons and snap traps are not going to happen. Well, that and who wants to clean up a dead mouse?
    Speaking of such wonderful neighbors. My pup got loose 3 days ago and their little girl was all like ‘come here puppy’ and when the pup jumped on her he accidentally scratched her. Didnt break the skin or anything. Today the neighbor came over and told my dh that we needed to control our dogs because if they got loose and bit his (step) kid again he would call someone. He waited 3 days to say something and I waited outside for over an hour WHEN IT HAPPENED for them to come out and talk to me. Freakin trouble makers. Grrrrr. Ok rant over.

    In awesome (for me) news. I made my first etsy sale. Woohoo!! The lady purchased one of my wire wrapped sculptures and has since asked that when I get more done to let her know. She wants 3 or 4 more in varying colors if I am so willing. Lol, I was doing the happy dance. Which brings me to my next topic.

    I have been thinking about pms. But I dont want to go out and buy a bunch of junk silver or anything. I have a some put up. What I was thinking is that since I do a lot of wire wrapping and stuff, getting some wire in sterling and gold. Right now I work with copper, but I was thinking of starting with small amounts of silver then going from there. I can make all kinds of stuff, and I do have some gemmy beads to go with it. With things the way they are I can craft with it, sell it, buy more, andif things go to hell, well I figured it might work the same as pms. So any other thoughts on this would be appreciated.

    So thats it for me. Sending prayers for those who need it and wishing everyone a good week.

    • Oh I almost forgot, someone from the pack mentioned something last week (I think) about needing to apply for assistance. My internet has been all kinds of stupid lately or I would have replied sooner… something a lot of people dont know is that on food stamps you can get fruits and vegetables seeds and plants. I dont know if that will help or not, but I know it helped me get off assistance that much faster when I needed it.
      Blessings

      • pray and Jesus will move the neighbors or the Holy Spirit will transmogrify them or you will become invisible to them. it can happen. personal experience.
        p.s. per mice–get a cat. ours do a great job. just that every so often you come across a mummified mouse behind the furnace. no stink issues.
        if a cat brings me a mouse as a present i give him tuna in reciprocation. encourages for the next time a mouse is on the hoof.

  27. This week I hooked up my solar panels FINALLY and the controller and batteries appear to work so far. This after how many years of dithering and whatnot. I combined 2 Harbor Freight kits. Now I just need jumps between the two batteries to turn them into a battery bank, I have some house wire sitting around, that should work.

    I’m looking forward to an Appleseed KD shoot next weekend. Yeah, I’ll be shooting outside all day in February. I think I must be crazy. But, just call it toughening up. (note to self, get or make shooting mittens, and find the Hot Hands). So I’ve been getting ready for that – buying food, finding my wool pants, getting my range bag ready, making sure I wash my long johns, etc.

    Aside from this I’ve just been reading and decluttering. it was kind of a slow week, I worked some extra hours too.

  28. I’ve got two rabbits that have kindled this month. one had 4, and one had 10. All are doing great, no losses! My 4, 55gl water drums have been replaced with two 275gl water totes, so I’ve doubles my water storage. I bought 9 copper and black maran chicks and have them under a heat lamp in the garage. If the economy hits the fan, i’m sure to have a rooster or two. If it don’t, then they will be roasters in due time. I’m picking up 5, 12v batteries tomorrow for my solar panels, and 5 more next payday. Then all I need is a charger and wiring to complete the set up when I need it. This week i’ll be making a sand filter out of one of my 55gl drums and the rest will find a down spout in the chicken run.

    • Speaking of prepping by having a plan for Valentines day, I got DW a Ruger Sp101 357 revolver. She’s not real comfortable with semi-autos, so for the handgun its K.I.S.S. It looked so pretty snuggled in with the candy and flowers. it shoots very nicely, and very little recoil with 38’s loaded. gonna change the grips this week to something a little softer.

      • What an awesome Valentines gift!! You got a brother? LOL

        • Yes I do have a brother, and if he’s smart, he saw my pick on my fb account and did the same for his wife.

          • LOL sorry, I should have specified ‘single’. If he did the same for his wife, you boys were raised well!

      • ken:

        You might want to look into Hogue wooden grips for the SP101. I bought a used revolver with a pair. When I sold the revolver I kept the wood grips for a future purchase. They fit the hand MUCH better than the factory or rubber grips. Felt recoil did not change. Well worth the investment.

  29. I havent posted in quite awhile but look forward to reading this segment every week. For awhile we werent able to add anything to our stores but this past couple of weeks has brought 8 bottles of laundry soap, all found on sale and also used coupons. We now have close to a years worth of TP and 6 months worth of paper towels. Coffee was also on sale for 2 for $10 and we picked up 6 cans. I will probably try and grab more at the end of the week. I saw a 20 pound bag of rice at Walmart for $6.00. 30 cents a pound seems pretty darn good. And I have none in stock.

    I think Im going to take a loan from my 401 K to get all of our debt paid off. I am overwhelmed every month and the stress level that accompanies this situation is too high. I take full responsibility for this mess. Ive done some stupid things in my life.

    We sold an extra vehicle that was nearly 20 years old but ran well. I was glad for the extra cash and the person was grateful for a car that doesnt completely suck fuel. It will save me some money on insurance every month as well.

    Husband and I bought 80 pounds of pork and made brats, breakfast sausage and italian sausage. Its good to have the freezer reloaded again as we were getting low.

    Lisa

  30. We have been very busy traveling. Went to SC to see abt a possible job change for DH, but it will nit work out for now. Visited with DD and boyfriend at college on Friday. Took them to lunch and delivered valentine’s candy. At Target this week, I found king size flannel sheets (100% cotton) for $17.48. Figured that would be quite a bit of fabric for forTP substitute,diapers, burp cloths, etc. Have purchased most of the seed we need for garden. We would like to try potatoes, but cannot find less than 5 lbs of seed potatoes per pkg. How much would that plant? Still too wet to work in garden, but will be starting seeds as soon as we return home. Today and tomorrow I am accompanying hubby on a work trip to various company sites so he may upgrade various network componets. Basically I am along to keep him awake while driving. Prayers for ill pack members and families.

    • Encourager says:

      Check garden supply stores for the potatoes. Most carry bulk in a bin and you pay by the pound. They won’t be available for at least another 6 weeks in MI.

  31. Urbancitygirl says:

    Hello, I’ve been reading this site for well over a year. I guess I didn’t feel I had much to offer but well, I have gotten to “know” many of you and really look forward to all the comments.

    Our prepping adventure is just that. Living in an urban setting and due to DH job, it’s not yet time to evacuate. So, I prep in place. So far, we added many raised beds and this year will be my 2nd year growing veggies. I ordered 4 hens this week from a hatchery after spending considerable time researching (allowed 4 hens, no roosters). They will arrive in early April. My coop will be ordered soon.

    We have 6 months of food in a mixture of long and short term. Three months of stored water (a weakness for sure). One year supply of over the counter meds and vitamins (inventoried this weekend). Some fish biotics, need more. DH installed rain water roof catchment for me last year and bought more barrels recently to expand to 200 gallons.

    We added a Shephard puppy a year ago (after so many suggestions to get a big dog on this site). I am in love with her.

    Started elderberry tincture 2 weeks ago. Ordered elderberry bushes and Jerusalem artichokes online and stocking up on seeds this week. Last year I installed raspberry bushes, planted rhubarb and artichokes. My thoughts are to plant perennials where I can.

    We have bobs, we also have emergency kits in both of our vehicles and DH work vehicle. I hid emergency cash in our personal vehicles as well as in hiding places at home (not a lot, but it’s a start).

    Added various back up cooking and heating units but would like to add a wood stove. DH installed a whole house generator.

    I’ve learned how to make chicken stock, bake bread, dehydrate, and cook in a Dutch oven. Lots more to learn.

    We have fire arms and a decent stash of ammo, but need more. DH is retired army sergeant so he encouraged me to get my CPL (done) and I’m a better shot. To his dismay, I prefer the Judge over semi automatics.

    I’ve been working on reducing our energy costs/usage and have cut those costs by up to 50percent which would be helpful in grid down, sporadic power outages or job loss. And by cooking from scratch I’ve got meal costs down to $5 or less with leftovers.

    Thank you for all the wonderful advice.

    • Urbancitygirl, Wow. Good going. You are WAY ahead of most people in the neighborhood.

      And for most problems, staying home will be just fine.

      • Urbancitygirl says:

        Haha, if you knew my neighborhood Penrod- I am def ahead.

        We have talked about looking for a couple acres. My thought process is that we have to stay put til DH retires, but could use the property for “camping” (what I will tell everyone). Promptly plant berries and trees. And, though we’d prefer to be farther away, we are considering only 100-200 miles away in case of shtf scenario. Thinking that distance may be easier to reach for us as long as we safely get out of the city.

        • I like your thought process on location distance in relation to where you are. We are also located near a large city and want land away from here. We are looking at an area that is an hour to hour and a half drive from us. We should be able to reach it in SHTF but will also be more likely to use it and prepare it for moving there later with it somewhat closer.

          You are way ahead of the curve compared to many and that probably includes me. We both work, but we’re doing what we can.

          • Urbancitygirl says:

            Thank you for the encouragement. In driving around our city, the decay is overwhelming. When I speak about it with my kids, they just don’t see what I see. Then, one day my oldest told me “mom, we grew up with this and maybe we just don’t see it-it’s normal to us.” Broke my heart but was also an awakening.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      UCG, hey! Good job! You and DH are on the right track!

    • Welcome to the Pack, Urbancitygirl! Sounds like you’re doing an amazing job with your preps. Your list reminded me of a few things I also need to get done, such as the fish meds. Kudos on learning the new skills too.

      • Sw't Tater says:

        Nann, Do not forget the natural antibiotics, like coliodial(sp) silver, oil of oregano,olive leaf extract.,garlic..and there are others.. in this age of resistant bacterial things will only become worse…Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!

      • Urbancitygirl says:

        Thank you for the welcoming.

  32. Like Nebraska Woman we are worried about the effects of the drought. Bought some more water barrells. Working on a more water friendly opton for the garden.
    Still haven’t found any 22LR lately here. Sure would be good to get some as well as some 45ACP.
    Waiting to see if I got the promotion I interviewed for. Lots of travel involved which worries me for getting home by myself but the increase in wages would help us retire that much quicker. I felt good going from the interview but as time goes by I thought of things I “should have” said. Oh well. Gods hands now.
    The neighbors property is up for sale but can’t afford it. She has lots of outbuildings and a spring that we have been able to use for years. My cousin called and said she might be interested which would be a god send. The two properties together would pretty much solidify the WANT to bug in. Between the two properties, we could be pretty much self sufficient.
    Ordered from Cabela’s a 1hp commercial grinder and 44lb meat hopper. DH went to Cabela’s on line the next day and found it $50.00 cheaper so we have a $50.00 gift card in the mail. He called and complained. Good for him. Got a smoker for Christmas so we are going to be putting away chicken/pork sausage and pepperoni this year.
    Got the garden seeds and will be starting them soon in the house. Look at supplementing the chicken food with some fresh watermelon and cantaloupe. They love it.
    Prayers for the Pack. May we all survive together. God Bless You and Yours.

  33. Greetings Wolfpack!
    I am so happy, that everyone here is doing as well as they are. My thoughts and prayers go out to those of us who are having trying times right now. I find it peculiar how many of us are so connected. Earlier this week I had a very ominous feeling about the future, and told my kids that we need to start prepping harder than ever. I just found out this week that Bear Creek also has rice. I ended up buying ten of each flavor they have! I was able to put away almost 8 2 liter bottles of sugar, and started working on putting away more water. Was able to pick up a few medical supplies for the BOBs. Trying to save money for the upcoming gun show in three weeks. Hoping to be able to pick up a few items. Took two days off work, have to spend some time with my kids. Seems like I never get to see them since the divorce. 18, 17, 15, and two & a half years old. Have the older kids reading survival books. After they read it three times, then I quizzed them on their knowledge. Hopefully, will be able to get out soon and physically test them on their recently acquired knowledge. Hope everyone has a fantastic week.

  34. mountain lady says:

    Well, I too have not posted in months. For a long while, I could not even get the site down to read, but everything seems to be working now, except for my fingers. I have been trying to maintain my prep level and do believe I can survive for quite a while. I had decided to plant a larger garden this year, but with the drought and the possibility of a dry well, I have decided to just plant tomatoes and other veggies in my 6 oak barrels, Those can be easily handwatered. I guess you all know that tdl came and decided to give Cali a fist full of dollars. I am sure the powers that be in this state will spend it on something. The fact that he thinks we can end this drought with money is just plain silly. Please pray for rain for those of us on the left coast.

  35. Bought some odds and ends, including a waterbob. Got a few more canned soups. My big prep was picking up my first zaycon order last week. My vacuum sealer gave up in the middle of processing the chicken so I had to run out and grab a new one. I guess I can finally get those neat little attachments I’ve been looking at that foodsaver has (my old one was not a foodsaver). Ordered The Vegetable Gardner’s Bible. The BF gave me 3 boxes of .40 for Valentine’s Day because, as he says, 1 box is practical and 3 is romantic. Can’t beat that logic. 🙂 Also been getting up to date on my medical checkups. So, typical couple of weeks, did more than I thought and less than I want!

  36. Hey everyone! Been lurking for quite sometime and loving all the outstanding folks here! To the fibromyalgia discussion…yes, yes it’s the diet! My long story short, get rid of “fungus” or those things which foster it in the body. Watch/read http://knowthecause.com for what they call the “phase 1” diet to clean out the junk. After 30 days, it’s amazing how the body responds. Commercial wheat and corn is riddled with mold and the mycotoxins they put off – it’s no wonder so many experience such physical misery – think about what is fed to the livestock to boot. I am no longer sick every 45 days w/ sinus, bronchitis, and has helped osteoarthritis!
    Thanks for allowing the rant – heck of a way to introduce myself – hope it helps!

    • Hi hiplains and welcome to the Pack! Thanks for the link and info. I was just having a discussion with my sister last night about cleansing the body of crap. I was thinking of starting another juice diet this week, but I think I’ll check out the info you shared first.

    • Encourager says:

      Hiplains, this was a GREAT way to introduce yourself! You will fit right in with all the other extremely helpful/knowledgeable folk on this wonderful site. I look forward to reading your input! Welcome to the Wolf Pack!

    • Encourager says:

      I am in shock. I just went to the site you posted, Hiplains, and am in shock. I have fought fungal infections for over 50 years. At one point, I had Candida so bad, there wasn’t one fold of skin that wasn’t inflamed. I went to a D.O. who was also a Homeopathic doctor. She put me on a diet that eliminated a lot of food, and two different Rx fungicides. It did help tons. I shed so much Candida I was physically ill. She also told me I was pre-diabetic. She never mentioned diabetes was fungal-related; maybe she didn’t know it was. Unfortunately, she was one of those doctors who had a difficult time communicating with her patients. I ended up finding another doctor…that hasn’t a clue.

      Thanks for this site. It may be just the turn-around I need. I have already decided to use the eating plan for Eat For Your Blood Type. The book mentions how prone Type 0’s are to fungus infections and lists many food I would never have suspected.

      It is ALWAYS difficult to completely change your eating habits. I love to bake bread every week, love mushrooms and blue cheese. Now I have to eliminate all wheat and corn, mushrooms, oranges, kidney beans (I love them), navy beans, etc. Sigh, big changes.

      • Oh Encourager, you experienced what’s called a herxheimer reaction when the shed is so drastic, it makes you sick 🙁
        Most doctors arenever taught about fungus! It is in the old medical journals (1940’s) but certainly not taught to med students now. Most MD’s have no training in the area of nutrition even. The big pharam sponsors many of their educational seminars so that’s how we get pointed to pills instead of lifestyle changes. Diflucan and nystatin are 2 of the best RX antifungals. To save $ look up non RX fungal killers and rotate them every couple of weeks (I use olive leaf, grapefruit seed extract and tumeric) but the diet change is the biggest thing and the fastest. Yes, hard to do….no sugar (main food for fungus) … I love homemade bread too- but when you feel so profoundly better, it’s worth it. Keep after drinking water too. You can do it!!

      • Encourager,

        It’s my understanding that Candida overgrowth is a sign of an underlying heath issue (such as diabetes) or a weakened immune system, or the most common cause is the use of antibiotics. You get your blood sugar under control and there is a good chance that the Candida overgrowth will go away too.

        • M.D. – candida and diabetes is like the chicken and egg story. Which came first? We may never know.

          Medications can drive up blood sugars, essentially causing diabetes. I personally have started to black out from a heart medication that dropped my blood sugar too much. I currently take apple cider vinegar every morning and put cinnamon in my coffee to aid with glucose control. The vinegar helps with all kinds of other stuff too.

          The link provided has some very interesting ideas. I am going to include more of the “safe” foods and less of the “problem” foods into my diet to see if it helps but I’m not going cold turkey. I still believe in eating a wide variety of foods.

          • GA Red,

            The candida (yeast) came first, we all have it because it is part of our bodies make up, and is usually kept in check by our immune system. But when we are sick the candida can grow out of control causing all sorts of problems.

        • Encourager says:

          M.D., back in the 1970’s I was on Prednisone, high doses, for 1 1/2 years (!). I had such severe hives; they could not diagnose what was causing them. A nurse across the street was on call to rush over and give me epinephrine injections when my throat would swell shut and when my husband was home, he gave them. Had some close calls. I believe that was when everything went haywire with my immune system.

          Went to a specialist in Illinois who hospitalized me; after a 6 day fast of nothing but water and MOM, they began testing. I was severely allergic to petrochemicals, including natural gas, and to a lesser extent, corn, crab, and other shellfish. None of the food allergies were life threatening.

          I lived in a home that had gas heat, gas water heater, gas clothes dryer, gas stove/oven; and lived on a corner that had heavy traffic – with stop signs.

          We moved. But my immune system has never recovered completely. The prednisone allowed candida overgrowth. Fighting it ever since.

  37. huckleberrylady says:

    Hi Pack,
    I had read a few other pack members some time back talking about making flu kits, so I worked on making a flu kit this week. I picked up 4-20 packs of the alka-seltzer severe cold & flu. Another box of 20 N95 mask, a box of 100 latex gloves, 3 bottles of pedialite for the electrolytes. I also went to the dollar store and got 4 shower curtains for plastic (many uses and super cheap). I put in two bottles of acetaminophen and a jar of menthol rub. Oh and a big box of black plastic garbage bags. This was just a start on my flu kit, I put it all in a clear tote with the snap locking lids.
    I also stocked up on some more food preps; another 25 lbs of rice, a 4 pack of Progresso beef soup, 2 containers of salt, 1 bag of brown sugar, 3 containers of misc. seasonings. I also found Malto meal at my local Winco. We usually eat cream of wheat, but I saw the malt o meal with a maple and brown sugar flavor. I bought a box of it to try it out and see if it would be worth buying again. We really liked it and decided it would be good to have since we didn’t have to add any additional sweetener to it like we do the cream of wheat. My family likes putting brown sugar usually on cream of wheat. My DH and I decided that we could try vacuum sealing the boxes of the malt o meal that comes wrapped in plastic and then store the vacuum sealed boxes in some of our buckets inside Mylar bags.
    Does anyone think this would work to get a ‘longer’ term storage life out of it?
    I also bought 4 boxes of canning jar lids and 2 boxes of canning salt.

    I have also been doing some painting in my house to spruce things up, we are working on getting our house on the market this spring so we can get moved out to our permanent BOL.

    Have a great week everyone!

    • I would pour the malt o meal out of the box to vacuum seal it. The box will most likely make holes in the sealer bags.But you should definitely get a longer storage life.

    • I just mentioned this to someone yesterday and your post reminded me – if you don’t have Pedialite or Gatorade, mix your own with 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of sugar in water (I use a 16 oz water bottle). It works in the same way – just doesn’t taste so great.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      Ditto Deb and GA Red on both. I have a book where I write or print off recipes for important solutions. Electrolyte solution is one of them. I bought the little packets that is added to a bottle of water(bought wherever Crystal Lite, etc.is sold) for my ghb and a Katadyn filter. If you live in the south add salt tablets. Dehydration is bad.

      • At a former office job, we did a survival training class discussion/test (in a conference room). They gave you a list of items and you were supposed to do something like list them in order of importance. One of the things it said you did NOT want in a survival situation was salt tablets. On the list of things you DID want was a tarp – to be able to collect water from the morning dew.

        • Tactical G-Ma says:

          GA Red, I guess I need to relearn my old survival stuff. Proly much in this old noggin is outdated!

          • I always thought it was a bit of a strange class for a bunch of office people, but we all learned some stuff.

        • Tactical G-Ma says:

          I stand corrected…DO NOT TAKE SALT PILLS! See why I love you guys. Ya keep me informed!

        • Why no salt tabs? I do endurance sports plus work outside and salt tabs are still used quite often. Anything more than an hour of physical movement and salt tabs are quite handy.

          • Tactical G-Ma says:

            I just googled it. And there are better ways to completely hydrate than salt without the side effects of too much salt, i.e. bloating, high blood pressure, etc.

          • I’m digging up old brain cells so bear with me – something to the effect of in a survival situation, salt tabs will make you retain water and you may not necessarily be sweating out the salts, which would be harmful to your body. Your main concern is water. You’re “supposed” to be able to get enough salt from your foods.

            In endurance sports, hot weather, and specific situations, salt will be useful as long as you’re getting enough water to balance it. Personally, when I’m cutting grass in the 90+ degree heat in the summer, I prepare the sugar/salt water I mentioned earlier to help prevent dehydration and migraines. Salt helps the body use the sugar from what I remember.

            Someone with more training than me might be able to explain it better.

            • Sw't Tater says:

              and if using large amounts of water, ie heavy sweating be sure to replace the magnesium and manganese as well…diabetics need to be especially careful to replace the magnesium, because this is often excreted too freely.

    • huckleberrylady;
      If you do not wish to put the malt o meal into the vacuum seal bags you can measure out what you would eat for a week into the correct size glass canning jars you just purchased. Use the canning lids(metal) or Tattler lids(reusable) and vacuum seal the jars. To protect the jars I use old socks that have seen better days(have holes in them)for a slip cover. Starting at the bottom of the jar up the side to make a cushion should they be bumped.
      You can also use small zip lock style bags for the meal and then leave one corner open so that the air is pulled out of the bags and you can then place them in the food saver bags for sealing. I use this method with long grain white rice, and anything else I can think of.
      Your name reminds me of my childhood picking that fruit with my mom many years ago in eastern Oregon. 🙂

  38. Formerly posted as “Les” but after reading one of BCtruck’s posts I decided to start a blog and YouTube channel and that’sthe name of it, TexasKnowHow. Hope I put the website link in right.

    Just checking in. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything and found out I too was “blacklisted” like nsaneprepper. I emailed M.D. and now I can post again. I’ll wait till tomorrow to catch up on preps that I’ve been doing. Thanks again for this weekly forum M.D.

  39. Encourager says:

    So…I re-read the Eat Right for Your Blood Type books (I have two different ones by same author). After meditating on them a few days, I got the distinct impression to check this doctor out.

    Here is what I found out:
    He has never done double-blind studies or clinical trials on his theories. He will not tell how he decided what food went with what blood type. He also wrote a book about blood types and arthritis. Again, he would not publish nor talk about his findings or theories. He claimed, back in the late 1990’s that he was in the middle of a ‘scientific trial’ where the results would be published shortly. He never published the results.

    I am starting to think that here is a doc that made a bundle of money on unproved theories. Rats.

    Dh and I have decided to eliminate all wheat from our diets for six weeks, along with corn and sugar. We won’t be substituting Einkorn or Spelt for the wheat until after the six weeks, if then. I will eliminate any food that has a propensity for mold, such as blue cheese, olives (not olive oil), etc.

    My own unscientific test!

    • Encourager says:

      I should have mentioned that we are DONE with modern wheat. Just as we are done with GMO corn. We don’t eat any soy unless it is fermented (such as organic Tamari or Soy sauce). As expensive as it will be, we will make the sacrifice financially and purchase organic food or pasture raised meat only, unless we grew it or knew the person who grew it.

      Eating out will be difficult. Wonder if I could talk the Texas Roadhouse into using pastured raised beef?? hmmm…. just kidding. I realize that if we eat out, we don’t have much control over what is on the plate but we CAN give up rolls, pasta, etc. And not eat out often…

      • Good research on the Blood Type diet guy. Thanks for sharing.

        Eating out won’t be easy but most chain restaurants offer gluten-free menus upon request. While they can’t guarantee perfectly gluten-free meals, if you say it’s an allergy, they will work harder to make sure there’s little to no cross contamination.

        Chili’s recently started using a seasoning on their nachos that tears me up. I talked to the manager and he let me know that I can get them without the seasoning. I just have to ask.

        Asking questions and talking to the manager when necessary is always good. Talk to the people at Texas Roadhouse and they might be able to accommodate your needs, except maybe the grass fed beef part.

        Good luck. There seem to be several here who are gluten-free, so ask any questions you think might help. Maybe we will all learn something.

        • Encourager says:

          Thanks GA Red. It is not that I am allergic to wheat or gluten; I have gone on an elimination diet with wheat/gluten for three weeks and then back on. Could not tell any difference.

          It is just the overall health issues that so many people have developed with modern day wheat. I don’t want to be added to them!

          What, you don’t think Texas Roadhouse will get in some pasture raised beef just for little ol’ me? Hrumpf!