What did you do to prep this week?

Good morning Wolf Pack and welcome to another addition of “what did you do to prep this week” the blog segmented where you get to talk about yourself and what you’ve done to prepare for the next natural disaster, economic collapse, pandemic, martial law and any other SHTF event.

But before we get started with today’s post, I would like to thank Victoria S, Linda S, Tonya V, Nanci Q, Linda C, Jana M and Josh B for their generous donations this week via our voluntary subscription service. If you would like to participate in that or make a one time monetary contribution you can do that by clicking this link

Some of you’ve probably noticed that there has been some heated debate in the comments section recently, as to whether or not the police want to bring you greetings and good cheer with a cub-cake on top or if they want to harass, beat, entrap and frame you. Well the true answer is probably somewhere in the middle most of the time.

But to tell you the truth, I’m getting tired of moderating those comments especially when one of the commentators, likes to comment under several different names to try and prove their point, while attempting to look like several different people in the conversation.

One of the comments regarding this issue, asked what the topic had to do with prepping… really.

Folks, prepping is more than just storing canned food and the threats go far beyond your neighbors wanting to take that canned food away from you. If people are being harassed, framed, entrapped, pepper sprayed and kicked while handcuffed and face down on the ground, shot and killed while unarmed and posing no threat, and when they are shooting caged and chained dogs and even chihuahuas to death and worse and getting away with it – we will have an even greater problem after the balloon goes up.

If this type of thing is happening now during “good times”  how bad do you think it will be after a SHTF event – for an example; look at the reported of police conduct after Katrina hit New Orleans

And who do you think enforced those unconstitutional laws (just following orders – Befehl ist Befehl) that we’ve talked about here so often? Who will enforce martial law when it is declared by our dear leader (the military and federal police forces will take the lead here but will have help and support from most local departments)?

Yes, police abuse, brutality and misconduct have a lot to do with our lives now and will be a huge contributing factor as to how any disaster or collapse will play out and sadly, we don’t know if they’re going to help us or send a SWAT to our retreat to raid your organic produce, or take us off to prison for defending our family, retreat and preps from looters and thieves…

Am I saying that there are no good cops or that police aren’t needed… no not at all, but unfortunately, the good ones are getting more difficult to find and I wonder how many of the good ones will turn to the “dark side” when the chips are down?

Anyways, I’m tired of the crap and bickering in the comments about this and will delete further comments on this subject when they are brought to my attention.

If you want to keep up with reported police misconduct continually updated lists are, provided by the CATO Institute’s Police Misconduct report website and the YouTube channel “Cop Block” has 100’s of cases of misconduct, harassment and beating by police that have been caught on video.

Okay, now that we have that out of the way, let me see what did I do to prep this week?

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

Comments

  1. Urbancitygirl says:

    Organizing. Also went thru stored root crops ( my first year attempt) and I have been pretty successful in finding a cool place to store potatoes, in a box layered with newspaper. I grew 30lbs in my first gardening attempt last year and am shooting for 100 lbs this summer. I supplemented by buying additional 10lbs bags of potatoes for 99cents last fall and stored them.

    Firehouse subs has 5gallon buckets with lids (used pickle) for $2.00.

    I found 4 stainless steel canisters with lids cheap. Will be additional storage in the kitchen. And a led flashlight at ABC Warehouse.

    Harbor freight had a sale so I used my25percent off coupon and picked up gloves, pkg 50 face masks for sickies to use, and a free cheap flashlight. I keep little flashlights all around the house. Took a look at the tarps, I think I will be making a more determined effort to stock up on the heavy duty tarps. Can you believe I had to explain to DH why they would be useful to have?? And he is on board! Haha

  2. Urbancitygirl says:

    DH also picked up a torch that attaches to 20lb propane tank to have handy for icy patches, etc. I don’t put salt down by my back door because of my pooches paws.

  3. MD, I’m curious about the Dakota Alert Transmitter. How long have u used them? Can u, w/out violating opsec, tell us how u use them? I’m not familiar w/ passive infrared sensor technology -does it sense any motion or what? Can it discern between a human being, large animal, small animal or wind-blown tree branch? I’m thinking of including a few in my security plan.

    • RedC,

      The Dakota alert works on the Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) and the sensors have a range of a couple of miles depending on the terrain and transmit when movement man, animal or automobile passes by. The sensors have a detection range of 70 to 100 feet. The base station can also be used to communicate with the handheld murs radios and the radios to each other – these are good for group communications. The two way radios can also be used to monitor the sensors for alarms and warning of trespassers.

  4. -packed some more food stores.
    -continued reading this & a couple other prepping blogs.
    -am shopping for dehyrated food.

  5. Suburban Housewife says:

    I so admire all of you – so busy prepping and remembering what you did so you can tell us all about it. Very inspirational! I know I did stuff this week – but I’ll be darned if I can remember much of it!

    We picked up our new S&W SD9 VE and took it to the range. I did fair with it, but my DH who is an EXCELLENT shot did horrible! Probably the only time in my life that I will ever out shoot him. You have to pull the trigger forever before it fires. It was an inexpensive second gun and it fits my hand much better than the Glock – exactly what we wanted, so I’m happy.

    Did some dehydrating, worked on food inventory, ordered some essential oils, ordered a couple of EZ Armor kits for our doors. Had the permaculture consultant come and give us advice on our yard. At his suggestion I bought a 3 in1 tree – it has plum, apricot and nectarines all on the same tree. He’s coming tomorrow to help us take down the mimosa in the front yard and plant the 3 in 1 tree. Still have a peach, pomegranate, and elderberry sitting on the patio waiting to be planted somewhere in our ridiculously tiny yard. I can’t seem to make up my mind – containers or in ground. Containers because I want to take them with me when we move and it feels so hopeful – or in the ground and hope it helps resale.

    Went to my new plot at the community garden and measured everything – making plans to reconfigure the beds to be more efficient. I will be late getting stuff planted but at least I have someplace to plant and grow. I am so excited about it! Got some german chamomile, horsetail, and thyme already to put in the herb section of it.

    Well I remembered a bit more once I got started. I have ADD – which I have recently decided to call Parkour Brain – it sounds more interesting and athletic 🙂 And I have a bit of depression now and then – so I am really looking forward to see what herbs and remedies Michele and Bam Bam come up with. I don’t take meds, too much of a hassle to get them, and I don’t want to support big pharma anymore than I have to. I manage. I have used Focus Factor in the past and find it kind of helpful. Have been researching essential oils for depression just recently. I’d prefer herbal remedies – you can at least grow and replenish some of those in a grid down situation – you’re just out of luck if you run out of oils. On the other hand they’ve been working for me so I’ll use them while I can I guess.

    Oh yes – and this is a biggie too! We bought classes at Front Sight in Las Vegas! now we just need to schedule the time and go. Very exciting!

    One more thing and this might seem silly however…I want a shotgun and a rifle. DH has several shotguns, no rifles. Problem is I don’t have the strength to hold them up long enough to aim and shoot. I’m shocked at how weak and wimpy I’ve become in my “old age” – I need to fix this before I enter the feeble range.

    Do any of you have strength building exercise recommendations for building the arm and shoulder strength I need?

    • hiplains says:

      SH have you considered a shooting sling? I have just used my regular carry sling for stability in rough terrain/wind for support. An overall smaller size may be better for you (410 and maybe a 30-30?) Of course, choose what suits you – the more comfortable you are, the easier accuracy will be, The whole point is that you have a tool that is efficient for you. Just my 2 cents.
      Start lifting soup cans, then work up to more repetitions and then a heavier can, etc.

      • Suburban Housewife says:

        I have never heard of a shooting sling. I will be looking into that. Thanks for the suggestion.

        • axelsteve says:

          A good sling is very usefull accesory.Nowdays they have a so called tacticle thing that slings around your torso. I prefer the good ol cary strap type, I do not wanna look like a mall ninja. Besides you can carry ammo attached to your sling also.

    • Try some simple arm lifts w/ dumb-bells or soup cans. With ur arms down at ur sides, put your palms to the front & lift -this works ur bicep. Then holding the soup cans at should-height, lift them straight up -this works ur shoulder. Then hold one up & point ur elbow as straight up as possible, which results in ur hand & the weight back a bit, & lift ur hand up. Do each about 10 times. After u’ve done each set 10 times, repeat each set. & if u search, u can find more online.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      Suburban Housewife,
      I wrote an article a while ago “A Shotgun Just For Me”. You can read it here in archives. I also now shoot a junior compound bow. I’m not as strong as I once was but I’m still dangerous. Good luck.

    • SH, if you have access to a pool, swimming is excellent for those arms and overall cardio/fitness.

      • Suburban Housewife says:

        Hiplains, RedC, Tactical Gma and Texgal – thank you for the suggestions – I will be trying them out. I’m in the kitchen a lot and soup cans are handy. I don’t have access to a pool though – and there is NO way I’m going in the ocean! Brrrr.

        About 30 minutes after posting I thought- what a dummy! I can just go get one of the shotguns and lift it and practice holding it up – that ought to build the needed muscle! DUH!

        T-Gma – I think I remember your article about the jr shotgun you got – I think I’ll hunt the article down and re-read it. Thanks for the reminder.

        • seeuncourt says:

          Buy a cheap bowflex from the goodwill or off of craigslist, best thing I ever did.

    • I suggest you get a GI web sling like Project Appleseed uses. You might need studs and sling swivels too. The GI web sling costs around $15 and makes it very stable to shoot, the sling takes the weight off your arms and puts it on the sling.

      A note: You need 1.25 inch swivels. You might have to order them online because gun shops often only have 1 inch ones.

      The GI web sling can be bought off the Appleseed site (appleseedinfo.org) or you can get them online other places like MidwayUSA.com. It is sometimes called an M1 Garand web sling. I suggest you get the cotton one rather than the nylon one. The cotton one has more traction and the nylon one can slip down your arm because it’s slick.

      Here is a video showing a tube fed rifle with the GI sling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWglhSa81PY
      The guy doesn’t show you how to use the sling, but he does show how to make a loop in it using the H-buckle.

      Here is a guy putting on the loop sling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRPfj-6bRZM

      Here is the hasty sling. We use this when shooting standing.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gAso3l7UCU

    • SH, your best bet is (silly as it sounds) just build up using the shotgun. Even if it’s one repetition at a time. You need to build muscle memory as to your shooting form. There’s no better substitute than practicing with your gun. If you can only do one up and down then so be it. Just build from there. Eventually you’ll work up to more. You got this!

    • Harry the hat says:

      I have one idea, take lip balm when you go to Front Sight. I wish I had brought the lip balm as my lips were hurting after 5 days.

      • DesertDiva says:

        Suburban Housewife and Harry the Hat,

        First Harry, it is so great to see your post. You sound fantastic!

        What is Front Sight? I live about 5 hours away from Vegas. I need much more needed range practice if it has to do with that. As much as I love my DH (after 30 years) he has no patience to teach me. Reminds me of my Dad teaching me to drive. I would love to get away by myself and learn.

    • Donna in MN says:

      I use 2 pop/water bottles filled with water for weights. I use them starting out at 10 lifts in front a day and work up to 50 a day, lifting them slowly. Then cut the amount of lifts in half, then do holding the shotgun for 25 seconds at a time until your arms are tired.

      What you are doing is building muscle in your arms. When your arms are tired, you are causing a breakdown in muscle tissue so it can be built up more for the next time. Doing it at a slow pace is the way weight lifters gain muscle. Good luck!

  6. Happy Camper says:

    Firstly I need to express my gratitude to this site, topic and the contributors. I look forward to hearing what everyone has prepped.
    Your ideas and preps give me so much inspiration, and might I say I am sometimes getting twisted up in my own feet through having several things on the go at the same time ! Lol, I’m sure the chaos means ‘creativity and things in progress’, well that’s what I tell myself anyways.
    Some things you guys talk about, are foreign to me as I’m in Australia- northern NSW on the East coast of Aus.
    For example we have just finished a long very humid summer here, the humidity has been over 90% during the day for over three months. I’ve been at war with the resulting mold and insects in my house!
    Also there is no gun culture here, I in my entire 38 years have known of two individuals that had their gun licence and weapons (clay target related), the gun culture here changed after the ‘port Arthur Massacre’, I won’t detail the massacre, you can look it up online if you want. The government banned hand guns and automatic weapons after the massacre. Again details online.
    I’m not wanting to debate any gun culture, but I feel blessed knowing it’s not an issue here. (Again debatable as there are shootings in Aus).
    I’m not sure, even after much reading and reflection what I’m prepping for. I just know I have to up skill in this area and change the way that I run things in my house. About me, I’m female, 38, two teenagers (one with type 1 diabetes and the other is autistic), I no longer work due to having rheumatoid arthritis) but we have a family fishing business. I’m proudly a very happy person who is very satisfied with my life, no negativity allowed around here. Fortunately we are blessed with a great health system here (I dread to think of how we would pay the thousands a month for diabetes supplies otherwise)
    The Australian economy is underpinned by the USA economy and I do see us as a terror target and there’s possibility of many natural disasters.
    I’ve found so much information in my grandmothers note books, they are from when she was in her late teens in 1920s through to her fourties in the 1940s. I love so much I have a direct link on paper to a genuine homesteaders recipes and ideas !
    I’m currently trialling recipes used with a common list of products, I’ve been making cheese (hard and soft), yogurt, bread. I am waiting on the cheeses to age so as I can fairly offer the recipes with confidence that they will be edible.
    But I’m creating a spreadsheet, that I’m aiming to contain about 5-8 ingredients that can be used for food, medicinal, cleaning recipes.
    I’ve been focusing on: powdered milk, vinegar, bicarbonate soda, colloidal silver.
    I plan on sharing this info in an article with the spreadsheet. My main focus is multi use items, and practice skill sets for benefit today and in case of a SHTF scenario. I am also trying to take my house off grid (I have 6kw of solar panels, but they are tied to the grid), rain water is prolific where I live as it’s a rainforest like sub tropic environment.
    This week, I’ve had a busy week with preps !
    I’m so pleased and proud as I made a aquaculture set up from start to finish and it’s up and running like a dream.
    I put forward an article to this site for consideration (SHTF and mental health)
    I put all my winter veg and herb seeds to start in my terrariums.
    If anyone has any questions on our systems here in Aus please ask !
    Have a great week guys 🙂

    • That sounds awesome.

    • Would love to see some transcripts of those journals!!

      • Happy Camper says:

        For sure ! I plan on getting all the info into a book of sorts to give to the descendants. I will post it online when it’s done and link it here, but it will take me maybe a month.
        I’ve also got a few books, one is from 1910 “everything a lady should know”, and a recipe book from 1895 “Presbyterian Tried and True Recipes”.
        There’s some great info in the books, also some very funny info, eg. For a fractured skull, lie the patient down, give brandy, put mustard on the stomach and feed the patient a fish.
        But the books are the go to guide for many products from a basic set of ingredients.
        My Nanna gave me so many skill sets in life and she continues in her death 🙂 1908-2007 =98 years of wisdom.

  7. patientmomma says:

    Monday and Tuesday my office was closed due to ice and no power, so I stayed home and packed stuff. Got one of my sons to help to move the dozen or so large branches which broke due to ice. But the nice thing about this area is snow or ice doesn’t stay long and today we had 65 degree temperatures.

    I picked up some wide mouth canning jars to do the zaycon bacon coming in next week. Ordered some essential oils and for the dogs to fight the flea and tick season coming. I did research the garlic for dogs and it is highly recommended by naturalists. There are some commercial products available but I think I’ll try making my own and see how it goes. My dogs range from 2-1/2 pds to 50 pds so I have to figure the right amount for each of them.

    Found some ammo in stock so bought the limit, but still no 22LR at a reasonable price. Other blogs are saying that ammo is about to get very tight again. Anyone have accurate news on that?

    On the way to the farm stopped at a “junk store” and picked up a 300 gallon liquid storage container (like they use to ship coca syrup in) for $65. I saw them on ebay for $125, so I feel pretty good about that purchase. I got one last year for $60, so everything is going up. The 2 pd bag of sliced cheese at Sam’s has gone up $2 a bag. I have got to learn to make cheese!

    My son put up a 5’ welded wire fence in the front yard to keep the dogs in. I still have to get a couple of small gates and a large gate for the driveway. Nothing fancy, don’t want to draw attention to the house. Put in an order for fruit trees, elderberry bushes and raspberry stalks. The raspberry I will start on the fencing. Thinking about getting some grapes to start as the climate is right.

    Began installation of the security system and it is going well. Need to order extra cables for the video cameras and put the driveway warning system in. Everything takes time!

    Started reading the book which was recommended, Discovery to Catastrophe. Also, someone recommended the informedchristians dot com site. I downloaded the two charts: Signs in the Heavens and The Last Generation. I had a good discussion with a friend at work about them.

    I pray you will all have a safe week!

    • hiplains says:

      Well, have made the decision to go totally gluten-free. Both DD and their families are due to health issues and I stopped eating wheat a while back. Will have grandchildren to feed so the consistency is important. Got a good size order of GF flours via walmart with free shipping (was less than ordering direct from Bob’s Red Mill!) Amazingly fast arrival. Now I am trying to get my brain wrapped around all prep modifications for GF. If any of you are gluten free too, please give me pointers as this is a real challenge.
      Have to share a laugh with you – my DH not so much into preparing for “the end of the world” as he puts it – but this week he brought home and enormous supply of toilet paper, chocolate chip cookies, cat litter and some silver. Not a word, mind you. Just did it. Several months ago, I told him V. Putin would chew up our fearless leader and spit him out before breakfast – he was so out of his league. Then recent events brought that up again in addition to rapidly it all could implode. Could it be he thinks I’m not so crazy? Ha! He is getting on board! The man can build anything stout as a brick – you-know-what, is the best out-of-the-box thinker and superb marksman. Oh this wasn’t supposed to be an ode to him but…I kinda like him 😉
      Thanks so much to all of you for your wisdom! Blessings for the coming week!

      • patientmomma says:

        I have heard so many comments about Putin outclassing Obama, I think if Putin ran for President here, he might actually get elected! (hahahahaha)

      • LittleAnniePrepper says:

        My husband just told me he read Putin’s up for the Noble Peace prize! We were in the floor laughing at the absurdity of it all.

        • grandma bear says:

          Same laugh when O got it before he was even in office. And Al Gore! This is now a joke in my humble opion!

      • Suburban Housewife says:

        I do a lot of gluten free stuff. I feel better if I minimize gluten, and one of my daughters doesn’t tolerate it well at all – but she recently tested neg for Celiac (Yay). For convenience – Auguson Farms has quite a few gluten free mixes that are pretty decent. Brownies and blueberry muffins are good – as well as SW Chili mix Honeyville is increasing their gluten-free options too, at least in their baking supplies. If you can order from Azure Standard – they have Einkorn and Emmer wheat. Both of those are low in gluten and have a different molecular structure than our common wheat and are often tolerated well by those who are gluten sensitive. Amy’s has GF frozen entrees that are decent too. Also – soaking your wheat over night helps too. Going completely GF is basically pretty miserable – we’ve done it and it certainly is unbelievably better now and easier now than even 5 or 10 years ago! 15 years ago it was a nightmare. It is different and challenging to keep calories and nutrition balanced. Just because it’s GF doesn’t make it healthy! I have stored a variety of flours – and starches – like tapioca, corn (organic only – to avoid GMO) potato – you’ll use those. Then find your recipes and make up all the dry mixes you can. GF baking usually has a lot of ingredients and it’s easier to mix up as much as you can while it’s all out. I’m no expert at this – just been at it on and off for a very long time. Also the Big Lots here often has Bob’s Red Mill gluten free products and mixes and I snatch those up and vacuum pack them every chance I get. Hope that helps a little. Let me know if there’s anything specific I can help you with.

        • Hiplains says:

          Thanks, SH!
          There is so much more vailable now for GF folks which makes life easier. But you are right, a lot is not healthy food. I am getting the hang of baking but it sure is different! How long the different flours can be safely stored is one of my concerns. (without counting on freezer) I can make oat flour from stored oats very easily but some of the others, I just haven’t quite got that light bulb over my head moment yet! Heck yes, when we add in the non-GMO factor, it gets harder still. Trying to stay away from corn as well and that is used a great deal in GF items. I did learn that the gums (xanthan & guar) can be replaced with flax seed meal!
          I haven’t heard about the Einkorn or Emmer wheats – will look into them. Haven’t done anything with Honeyville, will look into that as well!

          • honeyville almond FLOUR, not meal. makes the most delicious [and nutritious] cookies i have ever eaten. so simple to make.
            favorite GF flour is sweet sorghum.
            mennonite girls can cook website has GF recipes. we got several cookbooks for totally GF recipes.
            thank God it is more available than before. but it is expensive. got teff flour but not tried it yet. know ethiopians make a flat bread with it.
            thanks for flax meal hint as xanthan gum is outrageously $$$.
            since we cannot count on wheat as a staple we have lots of rice and are starting quinoa, which we have eaten with no ill effects.
            daughter lives on garbanzos so got some garbanzo flour but haven’t tried it yet, either.
            cooking GF takes some getting used to for sure.
            i suggest looking on amazon for GF cookbooks, possibly after getting them from the library to see which ones are worth your dollars.

            • Hiplains says:

              Wasp, Thanks! Instead of thinking how litmited, I am trying to see it as a way to simplify more.

  8. I am so jealous of you folks who are able to work in your gardens. It actually got up to 20 degrees today and very sunny all day long. Some of the 3 feet deep snow is starting to melt a little. It is supposed to be in the 40’s next week. Gosh I hope so.

    Went to a gun show this morning. It was OK. No 22’s of any kind, but lots of 223. Interesting enough there was vendor selling Maple syrup and honey, so I picked up some Locally made Maple Syrup. It is good natural Product that tastes awesome.

    I also canned up some boneless skinless Chicken Breast. It is on sale this coming week for $1.99/lb so I might get 25 pounds to can.

    I went to a restaurant supply store in the “big” town 40 miles away and got some #10 cans of various stuff. I think it is a good idea to have extra supplies to help my adopted/extended family here, even though I am sure they are all prepping.

    • Hunker-Down says:

      carl,

      We are in the same situation; 3 feet of snow, big town 40 miles away. AND gritting my teeth every time I read that someone is planting and watching things grow and bloom.

  9. Bought 1,000 rounds non-milsurp of both 7.62×39 and 5.45×39 each.

  10. Tactical G-Ma says:

    Hey cubbies. It is I.
    I am only known as Tactical G-ma. I do just fine sticking my foot in my mouth without having another alter-ego.

    I’m still spending too much time on the computer because I still have not recovered and still can barely walk or use my left arm after having the flu and pneumonia. But I am getting better slowly.

    For all of you, the pack, the sick, the troubled- you are always in my prayers.

    But DH helped me bathe and dress and took me out to the doctors and shopping.

    I added a few things to my preps this week.

    Took the dogs to the vets for check-ups and shots.

    Hatched 6 new chicks for a total of 22 in the brooder. The other 16 are a week older. Picked up more feed and DE.

    Added another 25# rice, a few cases of vegetables, oats, coffee, and paper goods.

    I picked up a new respirator pump, mask and tubing to hook up to machinery, ammonia inhalers, vitamins, acetaminophen, blood clot sponges, another whistle and 3 new insulated bags so I can better organize my medical supplies. I ordered some more supplies I’ll tell you about next week.

    Bought one of those fancy new mini-pry bars with a bottle opener, nail puller, and pry for my ghb. Renewed my CCL for another 4 years.

    Cancelled my plans for PrepperStock, just too sick to make it. That means bctruck and Curley Bull have to give a good accounting of the event.

    Found some new boat shoes, clothes, and soup bowls at Goodwill.

    Have planned to make salsa all week using canned and frozen vegies from last year. But just haven’t had the energy.

    I have the most wonderful husband in the world. He is taking such care of me. This is why we hold to our oath to one another. In sickness and health.

    MD, Good preps. Hope ya’ll are about to thaw out and I hope you will reconsider and not ban any subject. You may have to say stop from time to time but I learned that there will be tough times ahead and détente is an art to be learned!

    There are subjects I don’t discuss here as you old timers know since the boat accident but am continuing to prep for life and the new normal.

    Love you guys. Take care and have a great week!

    • axelsteve says:

      tgma I am sad to hear that you are so sick.

    • Lauri no e says:

      tgma,

      I hope you get to feeling better.

    • worrisome says:

      Feel better soon T GMA……………praying for you.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      You’re one of my favs, Tac G-Ma, please don’t never ever change.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes. This is just a small glitch and I’m sure I will be better soon. I get to spend time with you guys instead of putting in a garden, so it’s not all bad!

    • Hunker-Down says:

      Wow. I cant do that much work when feeling good. REST!

    • riverrider says:

      tgm, i have missed you around here and i hope you don’t have to be sick to hang with us in the future 😉 get well!

  11. Bam Bam
    Thank you for your reply.
    Bill

  12. axelsteve says:

    Not much this week. I gave my son 100 rounds of 22 lr. 50 rounds of stingers and 50 rounds of standard velocity blazers. He lives in the big city so I do not want him un armed by not having ammo. I bought a bit of food for later and my wife made a b day cake for our niece. It is a girly camo pattern with pink and red and white and black frosting.I think that she will like it.It is a suprise so opsec please.

  13. Inventoried about 30 jars of dehydrated and vac sealed veggies. Got carried away and forgot to write down what I did. Now they’re recorded in a white binder. Noticed I only had 2 packages of napkins in storage, added 3 more. That’s all for this week.

  14. sw't tater says:

    Just keeping on…
    .buy what we can and put back as much as we can out of that. .pasta, beans, rice , gravy packs, seasoning packs, worcheschire sauce. soy sauce.mac and cheese, tuna, 5 oz ham and chicken.. canned vegetables., jar’d cheese sauce,green chili, and salsa..TP.,
    standard medical needs..acetaminophen, jet alert,stomach meds assortment. ASA 81 mg and 5 grain,.bandaids,azo standard urinary and yeast control, vitamin C and D, E, betadyne wash.prid, 4 x 4s sterile and clean. Finally ordered the allergy natural that is supposed to end allergic reactions…gonna try it and see what results we get…sure be nice to get a one year” re-set” on sinus and food allergies.
    Had a conversation with a family member re;reparedness for “unscheduled events”..ice storm near brought up conversation for us…g
    Family continues in slow healing mode,from stroke , bronchial issues, ..exposure to various viral issues and resistant bacterium, all prayers coveted and appreciated.
    I Enjoy reading the blog and many personalities..but less frequency than I prefer…due to time.Many thanks to the regulars who write, respond and to the new ones who are finally getting their families goals set and in motion to filling those.
    Time changes tonight gotta get things together and hit the hay…have a good week, Pack..Keep on keeping on. Know where you are and where you are going. Read the Book!

    • worrisome says:

      +100 on the Book!

    • DesertDiva says:

      Sw’t Tater,

      Thanks for mentioning the AZO. Just discovered it as I woke up a few weeks ago with the horrible signs of a uti and we live very far from a doctor. My neighbor who is a retired nurse brought me this magic. Worked great and I am stocking up. I also read rose hip tincture works. I made a ton of this (for the vitamin c) and the elderberry as we have a ton of both plants natural to the area. I did dehydrate both before making the tincture. Before I knew better I made elderberry tincture from the fresh berries but I tossed it. I was afraid to poison everyone.

      P.S. What is ASA?

  15. Well, I guess ya’ll should move to the sunshine state…..We like guns here! Now, you may have guessed by the name I am a LEO. FYI, all the Sheriff’s in this state have published and swore they will not allow their deputies to take your guns and ammo if a law is enacted by the government. This is documented in press releases! Like every profession, a few bad apples spoil it for the rest of us! I can say that the majority of deputies and officers in my county are honest and hard working people….Like all professions there are slackers, some over zealous, and most are out to make some sort of difference. Eventually, most of us become jerks to some extent…..we get lied to constantly (which I kind of enjoy the game), screamed at, cursed at, etc… We are the people you love to hate, you hate us until you need us! I’ve had a doctor die after I cut her down to begin cpr, she hung herself just as I was arriving at the scene. I’ve also had a 2 year old die in my arms, as she was crying for her mommy….who was in pieces (this is a long story, and it got alot worse, after I had to tell the father/husband that his family wasn’t coming home again after a drunk t-boned the mini van). She was going to die due to the head trauma she received when she was ejected out of her car seat onto the pavement. So if I give someone lecture about what happens when someone runs a red light vs. a ticket so be it! I do enjoy alot of what I read and learn from this site, but do find the cop bashing….well, BS! If you’re surrounded by good ole boys or over zealous young bloods, then either move or file complaints! The squeaky wheel gets the grease! The ironic part is that I grew up in a neighborhood that the cops screwed with us, now you can’t get them to come into that neighborhood (my mom still lives there). This is why I don’t screw with people, unless I need to (druggies, dealers, sex offenders, etc). I’ve made my share of mistakes, and have apologized to those that I’ve wronged (they’re now some of my best snitches because I earned their respect). I’ve had my life saved by a drug dealer out on my bond, because I treated him with respect (he was looking at 20+ years with my charges). I’ve watched the countless LEO’s that I’ve trained continue doing this job the way that I taught them, as well as their trainees doing it the same way, and now their trainees doing the same. You’re either part of the problem or part of the solution, you have to choose.

    • worrisome says:

      Nice perspective!

    • axelsteve says:

      I prefer too be a law abiding citizen and I prefer to be treated like one by the police. I also will not let the police search my vehicle just cause they want to.

    • Snitch, I live in the Sunshine State and did not know about the sheriffs’ oaths. Good to know. Without blowing OPSEC, what part of the state are you in? My ex is a deputy. Haven’t spoken in years. Although he made a lousy husband, he made a great cop – honorable, respectful, helpful, trustworthy. There definitely are some good ones out there.

  16. Good Evening Pack,
    I have enjoyed reading everyone’s posts this evening. I can identify with others who are just getting started with their prepping about feeling overwhelmed. Taking a deep breath as someone mentioned helps a lot and I will echo another comment about how informative and inspirational the people and articles here have been for me.

    One recent article was about using a spreadsheet for tracking ammo, so I took that suggestion and for my prepping this week got my own spreadsheet set up. I’ve got lists broken down into categories and I can look at one sheet and see what I’ve got, where I’ve got holes, and highlight what I want to work on this week or month. That helps me know how much to budget for as well. Being organized has really helped ease off the panicked feeling. In addition, I found that I actually had some preparation already started. I just didn’t realize it because I wasn’t focused on it in an organized way. So I was also able to set up a 7-day food, fuel and water supply. Now I can start working on the longer term.

    In addition, I also picked up 2 Sawyer Mini water filters and sillcock keys, some medical supplies for the kit, and got some seeds started. Started studying for my ham radio technician license for the exam in April. I used to have a license and radio years ago and think its a good time to come out of retirement on that hobby.

    Since I am still so new to all this, I’m still in what I call learnin’ mode – learnin’ about dehydration, learnin about canning, learnin how to grow micro greens. Today I learned how to put together the lower to a little “project” a friend is helping me with. Now if I could just learn how to get to the store in time to buy some ammo, maybe I’ll be able to shoot it when we’re done. I concluded today that I may never see 22 shells in the store ever again. So I’m failing on that task, but I’m going to keep trying.

    A question for the wolf pack. I wondered if it would be worth it to get a 100-dollar pellet gun from Wally World, just to have something to use for target practice? I’m Johnny Cashin my “project” so I won’t have anything finished to use for a while. I’d be interested in some opinions/advice.

    Thanks for mention on the window film M.D. I have some vulnerable places and was just wondering how to deal with them yesterday. Your post today was very helpful and timely.

    Have a great week everyone. God bless and be safe out there.

    • In answer to your Airgun question I would say yes it is worth it. I would however suggest spending a little more and get a Gamo or similar pellet rifle. They can shoot in the 1200 FPS range and can take out small game later. Plinking with one is great inexpensive practice and fun.

    • Texican says:

      Yes, we all should have an air rifle or two. IMHO, the Wally World ones would be fine. When I purchased mine a few years ago I was amazed at the cost of the high-end air rifles.

  17. Week 2 – Added 3 more cases of water, case of asst veggies, case of asst fruits/pie fillings some more cans of tuna, chicken, turkey and ham. Went thrifting with sil – fondue pot, box of votive candles and eddie bauer rain jacket and huge bag of guest soaps – less than $10 for all. Some more paper products. Also DB made a fireplace (canned fuel) using a firebox that was given to me and an antique oak china cabinet that I could no longer use. Oh and a halfgallon of organic maple syrup. Still playing catch up. Thank you for the great ideas and info.

    NW-prayers sent.

  18. Schametti says:

    Sorry I’m late, Pack-O-Mine. :):) Was at my Aunt’s 50th birthday bash tonight. I sweeeear, those fiftyyear old ladies are hipper and fitter than I will EVER be.. lol.

    WHAT did I do to prep this week…??

    Hubby and I spent almost $150 bucks on canned meat, beef sticks, powdered mashed potatoes, and chocolate for the prepping pantry. My shelves are pretty much full in the walk-in closet turned prepper pantry.. So now I’m going to have to start being creative on how, and where I squirrel things away.

    Spent another $50 on various prepping sundries.. notebooks, pens, (I imagine I’ll be an avid journaler if there ever happens to be no more internet), handkerchiefs, deodorant, tampons, soap, chewing gum.. another book to add to my grid-down entertainment library. (Heaven is For Real).

    I was SUPER stoked to buy an amazing red leather conceal and carry purse, from a company called Gun Totin Mamas. 😀 Haha.. I love it. It has zip down sides for a righty OR a lefty, and my Beretta Nano fits in a universal holster in there A-Perfecto. While we were at the gun shop we bought 400 12g shells. Man, these are big. Not used to prepping for a shotgun. I need a bigger house.

    We bought and got our new mono burial vault to stuff some back-up preps in and bury out in the yard.. along with element bags, and some dry packets. I’m still nervous about this, but I know it’s a good idea. I still have scary marshal law paranoia.. lol. I’m not sure WHAT we’ll put out there. I’m like.. emotionally attached to all of our food, guns and supplies, so it’ll be a struggle to part with any, because I KNOW we’ll only dig them up in an extreme emergency situation.

    I bought a Walther machete. I didn’t even know they MADE knives. And a diamond dust sharpener.. and a couple other small tactical knives, just to have them on hand. I mean, once I run out of bullets, and the zombies keep coming.. we’re going to need them. ;);) Right?

    Pricey, but I picked up three 8 ounce bottles of Sambucol Elderberry Syrup for the medical preps, and a bottle of (Pet) Rescue Remedy. I should probably get more of both. But especially extra of the latter. My youngest son, (Finnley, a ShihTzu) is a nervous barker when he hears things outside, and there might come a point and time when I’m going to need him calm, cool, collected, and QUIET.. It’s completely organic, thankfully.. and just makes them groggy, so I don’t have to feel TOO bad, about drugging my dogs, but guard dogs they are not..

    I bought about fifteen skeins of yarn. I started crocheting a blanket a couple nights ago. I consider yarn, and crocheting a prep, since I’ll need both a hobby AND sources of warmth in a possible unpleasant future. I’m trying to put skeins here and there away too, in case I need to learn how to make scarves to possibly barter with one day. I’m doing this darn blanket in single/back stitch, much to my mom and aunt’s horror, they tell me it’ll take years. Oh well.. haha.. It’ll be pretty at least. And WARM.

    My husband wanted to go to a prepping expo in April, and he thought he found one in our state, and my two best girlfriends, and him and I, all decided we would go. But turns out it was in a city by the same name of one in our state, but several states away. After we all got done making fun of him, we were disappointed to not be able to go to the prepping expo, so now my girlfriends and I are having a prepping expo slumber party the same weekend. We’re going to cook on our solar oven, crochete wash cloths, make paracord survival bracelets.. put up the greenhouse, and play conflicted; deck two.. :):) It’s not for a month yet, but we’re all getting REALLY excited about it.. except possibly my husband, haha. But it’s his fault, right?? Anyway, I bought four little drawstring bags, glowsticks, waterproof matches, paracord and whistle clips, emergency chocolate, yarn and crochete hooks.. and mini first aid kits.. I’m giving Hubby and the girls goody bags at our prepping expo. I’m even going to make them wear namtags. Won’t they be surprised??

    I think that’s about it for me this week. I can’t wait to read up and see what everyone else has been up to. Much Love to You All. ~A.

    • You are such a nut, and I love you girl.

      • DesertDiva says:

        I am with you Michele, what a riot.

        I started here a year ago exactly and what a year it has been. This is the only site I go to. Thank you, really, all of you!

        Schametti, I always wanted to tell you, you have made me laugh and I am glad to see you back. You remind me of ME, only many moons ago during 1999, Y2K. I was your same age and was going full speed ahead. A year ago I started again, only slower, with the first 10 things and have not looked back. I felt included as Mama J left me a reply “We like you here as you like herbs and can shoot!”

        To all that are new, keep at it. I can’t believe all I have done in the past year with the help of these awesome folks. Keep reading and while you do open an Amazon window and keep adding to your wish list.

      • Schametti says:

        Haha Michelle and DD. Hello Ladies. I’m not sure what it is about the way I do/think and talk, but there’s always an air of comedy in it that I can’t seem to help. My friends on facebook MIGHT get tired of my incessant puppy pictures, but they keep me around for the giggles, lol.

        I’m two years in to prepping, but STILL TRYing to go full speed ahead. Every time I think I have enough, I realize that I have no where NEAR enough, and keep on trucking, lol. Unfortunately, we’re on a pretty strict budget, and get paid once a month, so I head into every new month full steam ahead, and debit card blazing, but then sit and twiddle my thumbs for the last two weeks of every month because I’m broke and waiting until payday again, haha…

        Of course, I put myself on prepping probation through December and January since Christmas is crazy expensive, and I was busy spoiling all my loves instead of filling out my coffers. All in good balance, I guess.. right? :/ lol.

        DD.. It’s an amazing feeling to accomplish a lot preparedness wise, isn’t it? I’m sure I’m MORE prepared than some people will think I ever need to be, but for me, since I don’t know what I’m prepping for, what will happen, or how long it will take to be resolved, I don’t think there’s ever.. “enough.” So I just keep adding and adding. I figure.. worst case scenario, nothing happens for the next thirty years.. (or is that BEST case scenario, lol.. I don’t know), my husband and I will retire and eat freeze dried dinners til we die.. haha.

        Shai, don’t be silly, you’re perfectly ramblie just like me. I love wordy ramblie, hehe. It’s a great idea to collect Crown Royal bags, I never even thought of how useable they could be. Lord knows, between my dad, and one set of my aunt and uncle.. I could probably have an unlimited supply of the bags just in what they go through.. haha.

        • Schametti,

          “worst case scenario, nothing happens for the next thirty years.. (or is that BEST case scenario, lol.. I don’t know), my husband and I will retire and eat freeze dried dinners til we die”

          – and at today’s prices – we’re all pretty smart cookies – what a savings plan!

    • A, if you can find a liquor store that will save them for you, ask about Crown Royal bags for your goody packages. My husband was asked by one store if he wanted them to remove the bag, evidently people don’t want them, and he told them I was saving them to make a quilt. Well, he was told just wait a minute, and from the store room a large box full of them was given to him. Each time one of us stopped in there, we were given at least a bag full. DH uses them for gun cleaning, and I keep a couple of the larger ones in our bob’s. Stuffed with a couple of tshirts they make great pillows, will hold a multitude of things and I am making that quilt for my next project. I quit counting at 400, but after washing them all, and packing into boxes, yes, boxes, I’ve got to cut them all to size and start sewing. I also figured out how to make “koozies” out of them. Have some friends who are sponsored by CR for bar-b-que cook offs and they wanted some. Unfortunately CR nixed that idea as they must have approval rights and they didn’t want to start a precident for “home crafters”. Seems drug users use them for deliveries, and storage. Whatever. The newer ones are flimsy compared to older ones and there is occaisionally cool designs like digital camo put out. Anyway, have fun! I have a couple of totes full of yarn, a bunch full of fabric and a couple of boxes of patterns, books and magazines all with useful directions. Not to mention the binder of simple patterns printed out from the yarn company websites; scarves, hats, socks, mittens and sweaters. I have also most of the knitting needles, regular, double points, and circular, and crochet hooks. I really need to make a list of the ones I don’t have in my phone, so next time I’m at Hobby Lobby I can fill out the remainder. I usually use the 40% coupon on things like that. Ahhhhghhhh! I have got to stop commenting when my meds are kicked in….

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Amy, I responded to your post, but I guess it headed out to the Twilight Zone and never made it back. In any event, how are you? I see you’ve been busy. By the way, I love the idea of the sleepover/slumber party prepping expo. That’s got to be the event of the year. LOL. I can’t wait to hear about it.

      • Schametti says:

        RoR.. it’s going to be epic. I’m sure when we get drunk on homemade moonshine, and play conflicted.. all the answers are gonna be.. “JUST KILL Em.” lol.. But we’re sure to have a great time. It’s the 3-5th of April, and I’ll be sure to tell you ALL the highlights.. if we survive.. haha.

    • what a lot of fun!! have a great time.

  19. Marianne says:

    This week? I’ve only just started to look into survivalism, but I need to admit I’m starting to realize how stupid of me it was to just leave things to chance. I am a single mom of two living in TO, Canada, and the state of affairs in the city and my home after the December ice storm made me realize how much easier we could have gotten through the whole thing. At first, I would just look for some basic tips and articles, like how to survive a long-term power outage , or how to begin storing food and supplies, but I see there is so much more to preparedness than just a couple of cans of soup and stocking up on batteries. I found your blog in one of the best 50 preparedness and survivalist sites, and I can already say I have learnt a lot from its content. What I found extremely helpful was the article on prepping for vegans, since we are a strictly non-meat non-dairy eating family. I’ve already started stocking up on oats, rice and beans.
    Have a great weekend and stay safe!

    • Welcome Marianne, You will definitely find a lot of useful info here and not just from the articles. 🙂

  20. Allright I'm Awake says:

    Hi all, as usual I have learned some new things from the blog. Always thrilled with new info. Never heard of a sill cock key and its uses. Good Info.

    One piece of good news…. I found 4- 55 gal food quality plastic drums for $10.00 a piece (they have more available) and DD3 is cleaning them out for me tomorrow. They had soy sauce and steak marinade in them. I will have them filled and get a pump until i can have a frame made for them that links 2 to 3 barrels together. I have been worried about water for so long this is a real blessing.

    One question for the pack… i will have 220 gal in the barrels and a Bob with about 100 gal, a 40 gal hot water tank and a 110 gal fish tank that could be used for gray water. How long will that last for 3 adults? Should I get some more barrels? Our nearest water supply is a spring surrounded by apartments about 1 mile away. It will not be a good place to go for quite a while. There are warehouses near by. They may have some water left in their pipes that could be accessible with the sill cock key but that is just a guess.

    Thanks for all your help.
    AIA

    • riverrider says:

      depends on how you use it. we lived in an off grid cabin while we built our “big house”. we used about 5 gals a day each counting showers. the shower water was captured and used to flush the toilet. we had rainwater catchment to replenish the shower/wash water. we did however use bottled water for drinking. we could have used a berkey filter on the rainwater instead tho, but we didn’t know about it at the time. we used a coleman hot -water-to-go for the showers and dishwater.

      • DesertDiva says:

        Riverrider,

        I just made a comment to open an Amazon wish list window while you read this blog and I came across this lovely tidbit for a hot water on demand system! Thank you!

        I have a Hillbilly Hot Tub by my creek and my system scared me. I have installed an old clawfoot tub on brick risers and put a big two burner coleman stove underneath. I’d fill it up with the hose and light the burners. It took about two hours to heat up enough to sit in. I was so worried about an open flame and would run down to the creek every few minutes to make sure I don’t catch anything on fire. I have not used it in the past two years as we are so dry out here.

        This is PERFECT!! Thank you. I will also be clean when SHTF as I will pump creek water and then use this. I will be saving up.

        • Hiplains says:

          Awake, I think for drinking per adult: figure 1 gallon to start and add 16 -32 ounces for every hour of strenous activity (higher amount for hot environs).

          • Yep. A gallon per person per day is the rule of thumb, but you need to add a lot for hot weather and/or strenuous exercise.

            It is important to realize that the tub liners, no matter what their gallon rating, will only hold as much water as your tub. Modern tubs may only hold 20-25 gallons, so that is all a 100 gallon rated liner will hold. The old fashioned claw foot tubs will hold more, but nothing like 100 gallons.

  21. Potassium iodine was my only buy this week. My old stock was going out of date this year . It’s one of those items you hope you never need.

  22. Tactical G-Ma says:

    OMG! I just turned on Fox news and heard TDL has ordered Border Patrol to stand down and even retreat if border jumpers start throwing things at the LE. This comes as a result of complaints by the Mexican government. What?????

    • riverrider says:

      that jackwagon needs to be stopped and soon. i just can’t beleive he gets away with this crap. at what point does his incompetence over come the race card?

    • Oh, great. Another huge infux. There are classes held in the border towns on how to use the services the US government provides. More cartel thugs causing problems. I have GOT to get my ccl.

    • Hunker-Down says:

      Paying for that fence, road, cameras and drones was for what?????????????

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Yeah, I just saw this myself, Tac G-Ma. This order was given over the protests of the border patrol agents, who say retreating will just encourage the attackers even more. Agents were even ordered to not fire at vehicles trying to run them over. The US Senate is at fault for confirming the nut now running HS. Now you know why Dingy Harry Reid reduced the confirmation number of Senators to 51 from 60. The guy would have never been confirmed.

      • Hiplains says:

        TDL is certainly on task with his mission, isn’t he?

        • It appears to me that the speed is being ratcheted up.

          • Donna in MN says:

            Yep, more terrorists to cross the border. It was reported a few years ago 12% of those they caught along the Mexican border were from the middle east.

            I wish they would proclaim insanity and keep that hand with the pen in a straight jacket.

            • why don’t the border guards ignore the ‘executive order’ and just do their jobs. if they 100% stick together it will work.
              none of this foolishness can happen without compliance. like the gun owners who actually registered. the compliers make the holes in the dike.

  23. Only prepped a little this week… picked up peppermint and rosemary essential oils, pint canning jars, and rennet. One of the things I want to learn is how to make cheese so I started looking into that. I did get 2 pints of chicken breasts dehydrated. We’re going to use one soon just to see how best to use them afterwards before I do more.

    The biggest thing was I read One Second After and talked the book up so much my DH read it too. When he finished I asked him what he thought we should stock up on first. His response… “Guns!” So maybe he was more on board than I thought!

    My first aid supplies were taking over the box I had them in so I picked up an under the bed storage box for the excess. Still have to organize them better, guess that will be next week’s prep.

    I also finally started working on a long overdue inventory spreadsheet. We spent yesterday painting the last room in the house that was never painted. While I put the room back together I’ll be sending DH out for the week’s final prep. Cream for my coffee! If that’s not a prep I don’t know what is!

  24. Not much this week. I moved some bean plants from the jar they were in to a container with soil. When it gets warmer, ill start planting carrots and watermelon.
    Added a couple alcohol wipes and some pads to my BOB
    thats about it. When i get the chance, ill add some free food i got to the stockpile.

  25. Black Rose says:

    I’m working on my health. I did a 1/2 mile walk jog and want to eventually build up to 6 miles. I also got on the scale and found I have lost 8 pnd this year.

    I’ve given up my Friday happy hours, gmo products and no more suger in my coffee. ( I won’t give up my coffee ) My poor meat and potatoes husband is now only getting chicken and veggies.

    A friend of mine was able to find me some bullets so I was able to get some 38’s Now I just have to shoot to see if I like the 38 befor I buy it.

    Michele or Bam Bam or anyone else. Will the gaviola leaves work as a prevent or lessen the risk of cancer? And will this help my FIL liver cancer?

    Other than that not much food storage for me this week

  26. Hunker-Down says:

    Propane alert.

    I assumed that the $5 per gal. propane price would revert back below $2 this summer but it looks like it wont. Here is part of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walkers weekly e-mail:

    “This week, it was announced that a bipartisan group of Midwestern Governors selected me to serve as 2014 Chair of the Midwestern Governors Association (MGA), and I’m honored to take on the role. My primary focus in this role will be working to strengthen the propane supply chain.

    The propane shortage is very difficult for many Wisconsin families who are struggling to get propane, as well as to pay the unexpected rising cost, just to heat their homes and businesses. For some, this shortage creates critical safety issues and cripples spending, and it’s not over yet. Many predict next year’s propane supply and demand issues will be just as challenging.”

    • Schametti says:

      Yikes.. 🙁 Better get a couple more 15 gallon cannisters asap then. Thanks for the heads up.

  27. 1) Ammo box.
    2) 3 food buckets from Wally’s bakery, but 2 are cracked. I’ve been everywhere and nobody has flour buckets, just those darn icing buckets at Wally’s.
    3) Battery charger, electric for AA & AAA.
    4) Another 4-pack each of rechargeable AA & AAA.
    5) Got everything readied for last Monday’s storm, and we were lucky in not losing power.
    6) Tried to get cotton bandanas, but nothing in local stores yet.
    7) Got Comcast WiFi and phone fixed — oh wait, that was this morning. Seems that the last snow/ice storm fried things on the pole and to the house. The TV was okay as different band.
    8) Skim read this site from internet at work.
    9 Kept at it in contacting NJ senate and assembly re nasty gun control laws they’re trying to pass.
    10) Bought other things but I’ll be darned if I can remember what they were. See what too much work and stress does?

  28. mindful patriot says:

    This week I purchased my first firearm. It was a big step for me. I am appreciative of my 2nd amendment rights, however, it took awhile to wrap my head around the consequences of gun ownership. Am signed up for CC class next month.

    Finished up pre-employment red tape (fingerprinted, etc) for my new job which will allow me additional prepping due to additional funds.

    Cannot figure out how to keep enough freeze-dried bananas on hand for shtf…I keep getting into them. lol

    Today it’s supposed to be 60 out so heading out to see about the garden.

    I want to encourage all to take a moment to look around and give thanks for what you have been blessed with. From my own experience, I know I can get so bogged down with everyday life and uncertainty in the world that I forget to appreciate the amazing people around me, and the majestic beauty of the Creator.

    My prayers go out to those who have requested them here, and for those who are facing difficult circumstances.

    • Hiplains says:

      Just wanted to say, good for you on all counts!

    • Congratulations, mindful, on the gun. It is indeed an important decision. And double congratulations on taking classes. A lot of people have trouble wrapping their minds around the idea of spending money on instruction, but it should be money well spent.

      Good going!

  29. AIA, The best way to figure your water use is to shut off your water for a day or two, and trying to conserve on water use only a few five gallon jugs. Buy (and use) dish pans so you can reuse the dish water for flush water, etc. Catch and reuse shower water, by having every one pour water over their head and body to get wet, then soap up without water and rinse off by again pouring water over themselves. These “showers” are only for the very dirty, otherwise wash up in a basin. Doing this will bring to everyones attention how very valuable water is.

    • I agree… we lost water in the “Polar Vortex” a few weeks ago (in Jan.) and were without water for 3 days… we’re talking nada! My DH did his business outside while us girls peed in the tub and then washed it down with a cup of water. The toilet was for poo only and no tp was put in it (all tp was put in a bag and tied up). The toilet was flushed once a day from saved 2 liter bottles. We went thru about 5 gallons of drinking/cooking water and about 3 cleaning… we’re not even gonna try and count the gallons for toilet-ing. None of us showered during that time, but we all washed off with nightly with a wet washcloth… none of us stank too bad afterwards (we rarely shower everyday anyway unless we’re extremely dirty – like working in the garden/buildig a chicken coop/run dirty… plus we all have pretty sensitive skin and daily showers kills it)..

      This gave me a pretty good idea of how much water we’d use and made me realize we have no where near enough!

      My question— we have access to a local hot spring and a filling station from the same. We fill up bottles and drink the water as regular drinking water. I also have used this water as part of our preps to fill 5 gallon bottles – how long do y’all think I could store it without treatment?

      • Shandi:

        It just about kills me when I read that water should be cycled thru about every 6 months – just dumping the old and refilling. I encourage people to take the water that is deemed “too old” for drinking/cooking (as long as it is still clear) and recycle it to secondary storage. Use the older water for things like flushing toilets, cleaning, watering plants. As long as you have the space setup two storage systems. Water can be expensive and there should be almost no reason to dump it out. Just get a little creative in its use.

        • Excellent point – especially for areas hit by drought. I used to live on a well and my MIL would carry water outside to water plants after using a pan of it in the kitchen sink to rinse veggies. I did that last summer when I would wash apples or tomatoes before processing them, even though we had enough rain for a few years last year. I’ll use it on houseplants too.

  30. This week I bought more herb books. Made more tincture, and strained some tincture and bottled. Made labels for said tincture. I used a potato ricer to try and press out the last little bit of liquid and came to the conclusion that I really could use a herb press. So I ordered up one on line from Consiglio’s Kitchenware and Gift for around $86. I hope it comes soon as I have 3 more half gallon jars of tincture to strain next weekend.
    I am looking into herbal medicine for my dogs but info seems hard to find.
    I have been very busy with preps as I hope to retire by the end of the year.

  31. This week I stored a few more OTC meds. Also some disposable bed pads and adult (large size) diapers. I figure they would make a good back-up for the washable ones. You know that every one will get sick at the same time and it will most likely be cold and rainy. ha,ha!! I also figured the diapers could be made custom fit with duct tape. Can’t have too much duct tape.

  32. Add 12 more # 10 Can from mountain House to my stores. Bought 4 more Nokaro Solar powered light. Bought some replacement filters for my Big Berkley water Filter. And got 4 / 33 rd mag for my Glock 19. And last of all a Galaxy DX959 Flamethrower SSB/AM CB Radio.

  33. Wow, dh needs me everyday so that has been my preparedness for the past 3 weeks. Anything else I have had to fit in between his feedings etc so on! Then the niece came to our rescue.
    Our niece(my sisters youngest one)comes and takes over for me when I have to take care of business in town. What is so wonderful about this young lady she does not shy away from the special needs her uncle requires. It gives her practice for the medical field she is planning to take at OTI, in a year or two. The wonderful thing is I feel comfortable leaving her uncle in her care.
    Now to the normal business, as stated before I am knee deep into making lemon curd….or as I refer to it ‘lemon-d-lite’. Ordered herbal books for myself and a friend so we can being the learning process, received the medical supplies, water filtration parts ordered. Then trying to teach newbies the art of shopping for food storage etc without breaking the budget via email an phone when I have time, and learning that sleep is now set to an alarm clock.
    Self reliance is not just food it also encompasses adaptation to life changes around you at the drop of hat.
    Hope all are doing well, and putting up supplies as the putin-in-tate, is going to make our lives even more unstable.

    • worrisome says:

      Wow Becky, the load is heavy and it sounds like you are accepting it willingly and with grace. Hope your husband gets better soon. The fact that you are getting as much done as you are is amazing! Hang in there girl!

  34. Dog Log says:

    Received an instructors belt, and a holster to fit my P345PR. 🙂
    Also have been to the grocery almost every night this week buying canned veggies, fruit, and meat. Also beans, rice, flour, and bottled water. We also bought a shelf to put the stuff on in our basement. Also went to pharmacy chain and have bought five bottles of Sambucol syrup, and three boxes of the tablets. Told my wife about it, she was sick with fever, sore throat, and stopped up sinuses. She tried it and was better by next day! Highly recommend!
    My wife is fully on board now, I have been telling her things I read on here,and how everyone generously shares to help teach newcomers like me. Thank You to everyone here, and to MD for this awesome blog. I think all of you would make good neighbors, and friends. It’s people like you that have made this a great nation. I still have hope.
    Now if I can talk my wife into that Mini-14! 🙂

  35. Spent the week continuing to declutter, and we’re making good headway. 30 years in one place just allows too much crap to pile up, but at this point sorting and tossing is easier than moving. For anyone interested in an investment, the folks who make the Bankers Boxes should have a great quarter, just based on the number of boxes we’re buying, LOL.
    Temperatures got into the low 50’s and I was able to check on the bees, and unfortunately, nothing wintered over this year. I suspect the 20 below zero (actual) and the 40 below zero (wind-chill) didn’t help that at all.
    We have the chicken coop and fenced area all measured and have a list of materials we’ll need to convert back to chickens from dogs. Also have 6 chicks ordered for the trial year. Baby steps.

  36. Overhill says:

    Not much this week, really. Decided to sample two of the stored Mountain House meals. They were all right. Reminded me of the chow we had back in those long-ago, western hiking trips with the Boy Scouts. … Like Uncle Charlie, above, I too added some more 7.62 x 39 mm. … Rotated some “Sta-bil-ized” gas into some vehicles, bought more and “Sta-bil-ized” that as well, which I do monthly here. … As usual, did a lot of reading. … Finally looking like spring outside. At last.

  37. Hi everyone
    Another week went by, I feel time go by fast…I always look forward to this part of the blog, what did u do for prep this week. I pick up so many value added tips and ideas.
    So, what did I do this week;
    -added 50 lb of rice to long term storage.
    -added another 25 mixed canes of shelf food.
    -bought a new rechargeable LED lantern lamp.
    -3 gallon of bleach and 1gallon of vinegar
    Received my first 55 gallon water storage barrel from augason farms, for more water storage.

    My weekly question to the pack :), can I keep this barrel of water in my garage again I live in Arizona gets pretty hot in the summer time, can I add some treatment? Should I replace the water every x year…I’m start to run out of space inside so I hope that I can do this .

    Bless you all

    • Hiplains says:

      Max, if your water is from a source that is chlorinated,you don’t have to add anything. Everything I have read says best to change out your water every 6 to 12 months especially if it goes through temperature changes.

    • Hi Max, We keep a 55 in our carport in Honolulu so not so hot as you get, and out of the direct sunlight, but just in case, I covered it with two black garden trash bags to minimize sunlight and keep the barrel clean.

      As I recall I added 3 tablespoons of fresh Clorox (chlorine bleach loses potency over a year or so- it still works, but as it ages you need more). I also got a drinking water quality hose, like motor home people use, from Amazon to fill it.

      In a garage you should be fine if you filled it with municipal water. A little bleach, a lot of dark. Sniff it next year: if you can’t smell the chlorine, you might replace the water or at least add fresh bleach. I’d probably switch it out and use more bleach than the first time, but if you have enough chlorine to kill the bugs, they’re gone. If new ones can’t get in, you should be fine.

      You can get water treatment drops though Amazon, but so far as I can tell from the specs provided, they consist of nothing at all but chlorine laundry bleach in the same concentration as the bleach you use in the clothes washer. At about 15 bucks per ounce. If you consider them, check out the one star comments before buying, then decide for yourself.

      We have some commercially bottled water fountain 5 gallon plastic jugs from Home Depot. I opened one that was 5 years old and it was fine. Kept it in the dark the whole time.

      • Hi Penrod.

        Thank you so much for your respond to my water question. I like the suggestion to pull a black trash back over the barrel.
        I also have lots of the 5 gallon jugs that I keep inside behind so great to hear that it will last.

        Thank u again and good bless

  38. DesertDiva says:

    Wanted to pass this along. If my memory serves me correctly, I did get this off another web site and not here. If this is a duplicate post, please excuse me.

    I bought a case of the OvaEasy Egg crystals from Amazon in the middle of January. I just pulled it out and the Inspection Plant No. matches that on this list as well as the lot number. I am confused but plan on calling the help line tomorrow.

    http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-015-2014-release

    • JP in MT says:

      I got a recall letter from a place I ordered some of the OvaEasy eggs. Lot numbers are:

      B1913-B
      E2913-A

      I can email or call the sales company for a pre-paid return label.

      The reason for the recall, a voluntary one, is possible salmonella contaimination.

  39. seeuncourt says:

    Picked up 47 meat Bird chicks and 8 new laying hen chicks. Wired the shop with outlets and lights. Took a horseback riding lesson.

  40. Just found your wonderful site and was reading some of the comments,so what did I do to prep will something I already did do is add recharge-able batteries to my stash as well as a charger that I can plug into the cig. Lighter in my 86 ranger to recharge my apple. iPod and my phone.really helps to have those in case of a power outage.
    And will have to get a bigger notebook to add all the good ideas I am picking up.thanks

  41. Papabear says:

    Hi Folks,

    Not much here. Just not enough time this week to do anything.

    Repacked the GHB. The EDC had to move to a larger bag, then a few more things added. The wife was watching this and asking questions. She still thinks that I’m going overboard. Picked up 2 books to add to the library.

    Had a long talk with someone at work who was unconcerned about prepping. Now he is thinking seriously of how he would bug out if it had to be done.

  42. nick flandrey says:

    Hit a couple of good sales this weekend.

    At an estate sale I almost missed, I got a small coffee percolator, a small enamel coffee pot, and the milk steamer for camping. Score. Also got a Deitz oil lamp and bottle of oil, a large cast iron pot, some nice snap on mechanics tools, and a bunch of other (non-prep) stuff for $60 total.

    Picked up another CB radio for a dollar at a yard sale.

    Been working on the rent house, so haven’t got my plants in the ground. Only lost a couple to our latest freeze. I’m thinking about putting some grapes and blackberries in at the rent house as “landscaping.” I can show up around harvest time, and take my “toll.” Not really a prep, but good practice?

    Working on selling excess stuff and buying toys and metal.

    Bought some more bulk food at Costco. Ate some of my shelf stable “medium term” preps. I really like some of the indian pouch meals from our local asian market. They are a nice change of pace.

    Any finally a question. My google-fu is not up to this challenge. SOMEWHERE, someone in the prepping community posted a link to a survival library organized in 5 gal buckets. It was a “rebuild civilization” type post. I can’t find the link and would REALLY like to. Anyone bookmark it?

    Keep up the good works,

    nick

  43. Curley Bull says:

    Howdy Fellas,

    Over the past couple of years I’ve read/heard a lot about rotating drinking water every six months to a year. I’m no expert, and I welcome advice from experienced/knowledgeable folks.

    During the Y2K scare in 1999 after listening to a late night radio talk show, I started my own experiment. I took freshly empted 2 liter drink bottles, rinsed them with hot tap water, filled them with cool tap water, dated them and stored them in the bottom of a closet. At six months I poured myself a glass and drank it. I could tell no difference than when I put it in the closet. I repeated this 8oz taste test at 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, & 20 months with no change. About that time we moved and I left the water behind.

    Tomorrow I’ll get the 5gal GI water can that’s been behind the driver’s seat of my truck for about 2 ½ years now and do a taste test to see how well it has stored. I’ll let you know the results.

    Bull

  44. SOOOO nothing =) Enjoyed my free time out of school for the class-free week. I did work a lot, though, on my ECN-2060 History of economics science project. It’s a biography about Thorstein Veblen, 10 pages, nothing to rant about, but still, requires a lot of researching. That project counts for 20% so it’s a no-botch. Managed to get 96% on my 5-pages project on universal income, last semester, so I guess I can do good on this one. Writing is my forte, after all.

  45. Axelrod, I accidentally hit the wrong link and I apologize (I hit the report comment vs. reply). I wouldn’t let them search my car either, and I’ve taught my family the same. I had an incident in NJ, with a trooper, not someone I’d like to see in my profession. I had great interaction in PA state police.

  46. Encourager says:

    I have quit procrastinating about cleaning out our storage of food stuffs and am almost finished. Have printed out new inventory sheets. I need to get everything inventoried before next Monday when a huge food order (almost $400 worth) will be here. Our focus has changed as we are giving up modern day wheat and all GMO grain. We quit buying processed food off the shelf because of the GMO issue and the fact that most everything it seems comes from China!

    I ordered and received many dried herbs from Amazon, Starwest Botanicals and Mountain Rose herbs. I am still missing some from the list that was in the last herbal med article but am in better shape than before.

    The rise in beef, chicken and other meats is shocking. It makes me wonder if I should get a few yearling beeves, fence off a field and raise them for the freezer. I am sure I could sell the extra beef. I would buy two, so they won’t be lonely. (I know, I know, they are going in the freezer so DON’T name them!!!) Dh not too happy with this plan…but we have new neighbors up front that have already raised a bunch of pigs for butcher; maybe I can talk them into helping out for some freezer beef. Neighbors don’t have the property without doing major work pulling out thorny Russian olive trees. Dh wants to do some traveling this summer (me too…)

    Dh had a tooth pulled. He had a root canal done on it two years ago, then a crown. The tooth cracked horizontally and there was no saving it. He already lost a tooth two teeth down from this one that cracked vertically right down the root. He had a ‘regeneration’ treatment in the socket so that in four months or so he can get an implant. He can’t get a bridge because the tooth in between the two pulled already has a bridge on it from the loss of the first tooth. So the implant is the only way to go. All this with no insurance.

    All this is prepping; can’t have teeth pulled easily if SHTF; I would not be able to do that for him, especially with no Novocaine. Can you buy Novocaine online???

    I started praying about his teeth cracking; he does not grind his teeth at all. I realized he rarely drinks milk so I have started him on calcium with Vit D. Hopefully, this will strengthen the teeth he has left. And he will drink milk!!! He just never thinks to do it.

    • Encourager says:

      Oh, I forgot! We are going to be taking a CERT class this coming weekend. Our oldest son will be coming, too. Then I mentioned it to two friends (who know we prep but they don’t…yet) and now they are coming.

      The class was limited to 12 people. Boy, has that changed. Now there are about 35 taking the class, they had to move it to a bigger facility.

      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        Encourager,
        Congrats on good week. Am excited you are doing CERT training. DH and I are scheduled for May 1- June 15. Are you also a ham? We are tech class and have finished skywarn. Were you the one talking about learning flags?

        But my primary reason for commenting is that you commented that you couldn’t extract DH’s tooth. That kinda stuff worries me. I may never have to do dental work but teotwawki would mean very little drilling and filling and a whole lot more pulling. I have “Where There is No Dentist” and temp fillings, dental tools and lidocaine .Antibiotics and an anesthetic will be good. Booze and ether were used in the old days. Guess I should put back a few gallons of original Listerine, hydrogen peroxide, and even camphor just for teeth. You know if you say you could never do something, you are likely to have to do it!

        • Clove oil used to be used for tooth pain. I think you can still buy it too.

        • Encourager says:

          TGM, I meant I doubt I could bring myself to pull his tooth or anyone else. But like you say, if you must, somehow you would be able to. Back in the days, people died from abscessed teeth. I also have that book.

          Where could we buy lidocaine? That would also be good if we had to stitch someone up!

          And no, I am not a ham (but am interested) and was not the one about the flags.

          I have looked and looked for a CERT class and tried to talk our local fire/emergency chief into having a class, to no avail. Now there are two classes offered, back to back, lol. (But they are an hour away). I am going to check into the one being held the week after ours, as I think it will be on other training, not just the first CERT training class.

          • Tactical G-Ma says:

            Enc,
            I just asked for a script cause it is topical. But it’s been a few years.

            Ask your pharmacist if there are some comparable OTC.

            Also I got into CERT because I wanted to help in our community. But, our EMA and DHS are combined. I want to be on the inside if stuff happens. I can always quit, and except for ham radio and ccl weapon, OPSEC is essential.

  47. I came across a couple of interesting articles that I thought some of the pack might like.

    First is an article in Mother Earth News about Roundup being the cause of gluten intolerance. The main ingredient is glyphosate herbicide which many farmers are using to dry their crops before harvest.

    Second is something going around on Facebook:

    Texas A&M Study call Obama 5th best President in America

    Obama rated 5th best President in our History:

    From a total of 44 Presidents, Obama has been rated as 5th best according to a study completed at Texas A&M University. The public relations office at A&M released this statement: “After only 5 years in office Americans have rated Obama the 5th best President in U.S. History.

    These are the results according to Texas A&M.

    1. Reagan and Lincoln tied for first.
    2. Seventeen presidents tied for second.
    3. Twenty three other presidents tied for third.
    4. Jimmy Carter came in fourth.
    5. Obama was fifth.

    • LOL on the 5th best president article! A perfect example of how numbers can be skewed to make things look better.

    • Encourager says:

      ROFLOL! When I first read that, I was incensed – until I read the last line. Does he get a reward???LOL I could think of a few rewards I would like to give him….

  48. Chris Clark says:

    After being a cop for almost 5 yrs before going back over seas, I read the article on the cop stuff.

    And have to say, that trying to be a “good cop” and just doing your job in a world full of cops trying to just screw everybody over is a very difficult job. If you walk a straight line and don’t play in the gray area of the law to “get people” you are often made fun of and often not trusted unless you are dirty.

    True not all cops are bad, but the laws are not for the people anymore and there are few and far between good cops.

    • Encourager says:

      Chris Clark, how very sad that if you are upright, honest, and trying to do right, that the evil screw-ups don’t ‘trust’ you.

      Thank you for your service.

  49. Curley Bull says:

    Bctruck,

    I recon you’ll be on your own over in that foreign land. Something here has changed and I need to be here. Sorry bout that . . .

    Bull