What did you do to prep this week?

Before we get started with today’s segment, I would like to thank Sandra O, Tonya V, Linda S, Jeff H, Victoria S, Nanci Q, and Linda C for their generous donations via Paypal this week. Thank each of you, your support for the blog is greatly appreciated by me and every member of the pack.

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

Planted this plum tree...

Planted this plum tree…

Installed this "gun rack" on my ATV...

Installed this “gun rack” on my ATV…

Bought another Magpul 20 round magazine for my Smith & Wesson MP 10 .308 win...

Bought another Magpul 20 round magazine for my Smith & Wesson MP 10 .308 win…

Bought this garden tiller...

Bought this garden tiller…

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

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  1. Schatzie Ohio says:

    Bought a small Sony AM/FM radio and some Elderberries off of MD’s Amazon Link. Bought a Stanley Stainless Camp Cooker from Walmart for $14.97. And lastly the husband bought a Ruger Mark 3 22/45 for target use.

  2. Last weekend we were away visiting the stepdaughter, so no easy internet access.
    In the last two weeks we got the WonderMill and the chicken from the contest. Both look excellent.
    We bought 3 more fruit trees – cherries this time – to plant. That makes six new fruit trees for the yard this year.
    Replanted most of my tomato seedlings, burying the stems deep to help encourage deep root systems. Peppers look good. Now if it only looked like it was going to ever be warm enough to plant the things!
    Garlic survived the winter. Chives are thriving. Going to plant some kale plants I bought and see how they do.
    While we were away last weekend we stopped at the LDS storehouse in Indianapolis and bought 75 pounds of beans, 35 pounds of dehydrated onions and 25 pounds of dehydrated carrots to add to the stash. Soup is on sale this week at Kroger, so will be stocking up a bit on that.
    Bought a hand-powered pasta press last weekend – so we can make our own pasta as well as rice paper for eggrolls. This will be handy even if SHTF never hits, as finding rice paper in a small town in the Midwest is tricky. Especially decent rice paper. I adore the little fried Vietnamese eggrolls and haven’t been able to get them around here.
    Keeping an eye on the Ebola thing – did add some more gloves and surgical masks to the stash.
    Totally unrelated to prepping (or was it?) but saw Captain America: Winter Soldier last night. Very interesting to see the underlying message that freedom isn’t free and that safety isn’t freedom. Wonder if it’ll stick in people’s brains…

    • Mary in GA says:

      Congratulations on winning the contest Victoria! I’m glad you’re getting your prizes too. I’ve wanted to get a pasta press for awhile, may have to go ahead and find one.

      • We found ours at Williams Sonoma, mainly because my foodie spouse wanted to test the weight and feel of the press before he bought it. Otherwise, we’d have bought online.

        • Mary in GA says:

          I may have to make a trip to the dreaded mall and look at them at Williams Sonoma. I tend to avoid malls at all costs, but occasionally make an exception.

          • I’m with you Mary, DH and I go to the mall once a year at Christmas time to do ‘fancy’ shopping and enjoy the decorations

      • Mary,

        If you have an Asian market near you, try there. I got mine NIB for 5 dollars at a local one. It even came with a plastic dumpling press that I’ll never use.

        • Mary in GA says:

          Thanks Sirius, there are a couple of Asian markets around my area.

          • And if you make the dreaded trip to Atlanta, there’s always the Buford Highway Farmer’s Market. The ex and his imported wife go there periodically to get food she knows. The daughter says that food (and beer) is really cheap there.

            • Mary in GA says:

              No GA Red, don’t wish Atlanta on me, LOL! I had to go to Charleston today and maneuver through downtown/college area traffic at noon. Missed my turn and had to drive 7 blocks at a turtle’s pace to turn around. 🙁 I do enjoy going to Atlanta occasionally though!

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      Victoria S.
      Congrats on the contest!
      I am also looking at pasta machines – manual of course. What make and model did you decide on? What forms of pasta does it make, just flat or does it cut too?

    • Petticoat Prepper says:

      Congrats on winning the contest! You’ll love the WonderMill.

      I have a pasta machine, an Atlas. It’s manual, rolls the pasta (5 settings) and I’ve one cutting set that cuts fettuccini and spaghetti. There are other cutters but I’ve never bough any more. I do have a ravioli rolling pin to use with the pasta that I roll out.

      I’ve had mine for close to 30 years. It’s one of the best kitchen tools I’ve bought. I’ve not tried the rice paper (large population here so many stores for those types of food items) but I have done egg noodles cut as fettuccini then hand cut into smaller sections.

      I’ve used it quite a bit and it’s held up well. Have fun with yours!

    • mom of three says:

      Good on Captain America, we are going to see it today at a matinee.

  3. Death Merchant says:

    On April 1st, I attended the Pro 2nd Amendment Rally in Albany NY. I stood with my other fellow New Yorkers and we denounced the Unsafe Act along with Cuomo’s other ridiculous ideas/comments he has made. It was an awesome turnout, with an estimated 3000 people attending. Got to listen to a cool band play, Madison Rising. Met some new folks and enjoyed a beautiful day outside. Got to see several NY Sheriffs speak. Donald Trump also spoke and his helicopter flew by the crowd as he left. All in all it was a good day and I was more than glad to show my support for this country, our freedom and liberty, and our God given 2nd Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

    If you ever get the opportunity to attend a Pro Firearms Rally, I highly recommend it. Not only are you supporting Liberty, but you also meet a lot of great people.

    We may have some absurd gun laws up here in NY. But we’re not going to stop fighting until they are overturned and the liberal extremists are kicked out of office.

    To echo the voice of those at the rally, “We will not comply.”

    • Chicken little says:


      Good to hear about the rally. Curious, did any news channels cover it? I am stuck in MASSHOLE ! My husband and I were going to put our house up for sale last spring. We were talking one night and I said we need to pray about this. I asked God to give me a sign. Please make it obvious so a dummy would know. Next morning my daughter told me she was pregnant with our 1st grandchild. So we are staying to be with her and our grandson. Elderly parents near by and all relatives both sides of family.
      I will go to a rally if there is one around here. Would be therapeutic to talk to other liberty loving people. Thanks for sharing your experience.

      • axelsteve says:

        Chicken Little. I hope that the grandchild is good news.I do not know how old your daughter is. Our sons are 23 and 26 and the youngest has a wonderful girlfriend. If she got pregnant we would be happy.

      • Death Merchant says:

        Some news stations and local media covered it, but it was barely mentioned. I think the only reason why places covered it was because Donald Trump showed up.

        @Wasp, I definitely feel NYC and lower NY should get axed from the rest of the state. Tired of all these liberals dictating things for the entire rest of the state. They only make up a small portion of our vast state.

      • pjwilly says:

        I am also from Mass try Northeast shooters its a good forum has alot of good info. Also I think I hit the wrong button and reported your comment by accident.

    • Petticoat Prepper says:

      I’ve been to several rally’s here and it is wonderful to find oneself NOT alone. They’ve been very patriotic and up beat. Plus I find it helpful to find a public voice to off set the loud other side that has had the stage for so long. I think it important for the general population to “see” what we look like.

    • The NRA National Convention is in Indianapolis at the end of the month, and looks like it will plenty interesting for anyone close enough to attend. Free for members, and if you are not a member you can join on the spot.

      IIRC there are over 640 vendors and a lot of collectors’ displays. Check the NRA website for more info.

      If you are a gun person and don’t belong to one of the gun rights groups, I hope you’ll reconsider: These people are working to protect us. Despite the losses in some states this year, there have been more victories, and they need more support.

    • an idea has been posited that the city should make a district of columbia type enclave and the rest of the state should be a separate entity.
      what do you think, death merchant

    • Owl Creek Observer says:

      Here in Illinois, sometime in early spring, we have Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day. Buses converge on the state capitol and attendees march several blocks from the Convention Center to the capitol building. Marchers usually number between three and five thousand and all of them drop by the offices of their representatives to respectively make their views known. We like to think that this event helped convince lawmakers (the sane ones from outside Chicago) that concealed carry was a good idea starting this year. Of course it didn’t hurt that federal courts kept slapping down the gun banners in this state.

      • We sure hope Illinois gets its act together. We are tired of breaking state laws every time we go see our grandchildren. Perfectly legal till we get to the state line.

        • Per Hiero Desteen says:

          Bad for tourism, too. 38 states honor my concealed carry license, and those are the only ones I visit. Illinois and New York are among the 11 states plus DC that doesn’t. I haven’t been to either in years even though I have close family in Carbondale, Il., and would like to see Niagara Falls before I die.

  4. Mary in GA says:

    Not much this week, I’ve been busy with so many other things. I did pick up a few more chickens to add to the flock. I’m going to add a few more fruit trees this week and get some seeds started indoors to plant after Good Friday. Last night we watched Goodbye World, the new movie about TSHTF. We were able to watch it on Comcast on demand. Not great, but pretty good, most of the people were clueless, so it gave a perspective on what to expect, though most on here already know that anyway! Hope everyone has a great week!

  5. Well lets see, I put away 20 lb.s rice, 12 lb.s dry milk, 12 jars Hershey chocolate spread, and I got one of my Mosin Nagants back from the shop, It looks good but if you think you can use your stripper clips to load your sadly mistaken, I installed a M.N. buttstock pouch for 2-5 round strippers, So with the scope, mount, and bolt and pouch my exepenses came to $500.00 overall worth it? I don’t know I could have done better I think, Till next time.

    • Hope you like you Mosin Nagant. My oldest son has one and he really enjoys shooting it. Certainly putting $500 into and gun is worth it if you like the gun!I’ve got an aold Tokarev pistol that I’ve got about $420 in and I love this pistol. Hope you enjoy your Mosin.

  6. hvaczach says:

    Mornin all, Well its been a pretty good week all told we received bad news that a local grocery store will be closing, good people but I understand when enough is enough. Bought a reflex sight for the DPMS its a sight mark sure shot reviws seemed good online, I don’t have the money right now for eotech and this at least makes it shootable. Thawed out 18 pounds of corned beef yesterday I have 20 lbs of spuds that need attention soon time to make some hash! Hoping to get 18 quarts but if its only 15 so be it. The weather is finally turning around which is exciting need to contact my source on started plants and see when we should get started thinking potatoes in the next few weeks. That’s about it here good week all.

  7. Finished taxes – ugh! Thank goodness for turbotax, as it was our first year for “farm” taxes. The seeds I ordered came in, and the snow has melted off of one bed so I think I can plant carrots. Otherwise, started cooking and dehydrating the 50 lb of short grain brown rice I bought. I plan on filling one or more 5 gallon buckets with the dehydrated cooked rice. I really like the brown, and that seems to be the only way to keep it (outside of the freezer, and if the SHTF I don’t think I could get it all cooked before it went rancid).

    • Jeanne
      I purchased ‘wild rice’ the first main ingredient was brown rice. If I cooked this and then dehydrated it, do you think it would be a food item that would go beyond the 6 month time line? I normally do not put this type of food product, but we all need a little something to spice food up.

      • jeanne, thanks for precooking and drying idea. have 20 lbs. brown rice but no way to preserve it. didn’t know it could be done!

      • Yes, it may very well last forever, as long as it stays dry. I found some rehydrating instructions online. The hiking and camping folks seem to do this a lot. I only had issues trying to get “a single layer” of cooked rice on the leather sheets. I did the best I could, then dry it at 125, and when it seems dry, turn it over and break up whatever I can.some of the rice will still seem gummy and wet, so I just crank the timer over and keep going. Haven’t had any issues, since the rice grains are so small.

        • Jeanne;
          Thank you for this information. Guess I will be opening those bags up and cooking rice in the next couple of days.
          I just did asparagus that I did not have time to prepare, I will use this in a soup base.

    • Desert Fox says:


      Please explain how much to cook the rice and do you dry it in the oven or a dehydrator…never thought of doing that! Thanks.

      • Just cook the rice as you normally do. When it’s done, just spread it out on the dehydrator trays (I picked up some plastic mesh sheets in the needlework department of Hobby Lobby, fit my trays perfectly without any trimming) then you dehydrate, breaking apart clumps, until the grains are hard and crumbly. Rehydrate by using equal parts rice and water. Consult a box of “instant” or minute rice for cooking details. I keep some made because brown rice taks so long to cook in relation to regular white rice and it’s better for you. I pitch a handful in soups right at the end of cooking, or earlier if the soup needs thickening.

  8. Rob in Ontario says:

    nothing done this week but watching the ebola and other news

    • hvaczach says:

      Yeah that’s not looking good WHO is pretty sure they have three cases in Mali now and Sierra Leone has suspected cases 86 dead already and hundreds more just waiting to die.

    • Per Hiero Desteen says:

      Did you hear how the Canadian case came out? The stuff is spreading all over Africa, and it’s just a matter of time before it gets here.

    • Jersey Drifter says:

      Yes on keeping an eye on the ebola outbreak in Africa. I have been checking the web daily for updates and numbers.

  9. Morning Pack,
    Got a lot of stay at home things accomplished vs out shopping/buying preps. This is my on-call week at work (once every two months isn’t bad) I don’t have to go in,,, it’s the same job only I do it from the couch in my PJs. So I try to stick around the house.

    Got all the garden seeds started in seed pods, some from new packs DH p/u at HD others,,,most were dried from last years garden. We have always had good luck with them sprouting. Can’t believe the weatherman is talking about a freezeendof this week. Will plant out side afterEaster.

    Bought a Texas Haynet, it fits over round bales of hay forcing the horses to take smaller bites and not waste so much. We usually go through a round bale a week, I’ll be curious to see if,, and how much a difference it will make.

    Almost have DH convinced a wood stove is the way to go, but he still insists on getting an estimate for propane, he still always doesn’t see the big picture. Wood will always be redly available,, not so with propane.

    It looks like we are going to be in for a bumpy ride Pack!

    • hvaczach says:

      I get the propane idea a little too though, during summer month’s it’s cheap, it never goes bad, You can store it in containers ranging from 20 pounders to 1000 gallon tanks, it’s multi useful as you can get cutting torches, grills, stoves, generators, and even vehicles to run on it, it’s more portable and requires less time and calories to stack etc. I know no matter how much you store it isn’t a never ending supply but it is very versatile fuel.

      • Very good arguments, I may need to look into propane a little closer. Local co puts in 120 gal tank and fil is 80%, do you know if I have a larger tank (500-1000gal) away from the house and buy when I can and when it’s at the summer low, is there some way to transfer from storage tank to daily use tank?

        • R-Me
          In answering your question on filling a smaller tank most likely, but you will need to take a class in how to fill a tank. Call your local propane dealer, an ask them if they know when the next class will be taught. If you know the deliver person, ask them where they received their training.

        • Encourager says:

          R-Me, that is a very good question. I, also, would like to know how to transfer between tanks. What is the risk doing this? Wolfies????

          • hvaczach says:

            To my knowledge assuming you have no leaks and no open flame about and you don’t over fill nothing to worry about. In reality when the bulk truck show’s up and fills your house tank that’s all they are doing, filling a small tank from a great big one. Mind you I am an HVAC guy not an lp distributor but logically if you are not leaking it is not dangerous.

          • Many RV parks do it everyday. They require a license in Texas but private citizens do not. Your state may vary.

        • hvaczach says:

          You can set ups to fill grill tanks (20lb cylinders) right off a 500 gallon main tank. It is not really difficult to do my suggestion would be have a tank (20 lb) filled commercially and if you have an accurate scale weigh it. Then anytime you intend on filling from a large tank never exceed that weight and you should never overfill. you can also purchase 30 pound camper tanks that I know can feed a gas range for everybit of 45 days even with feeding a family of five. The big thing about propane is you need room for expansion that is why you never fill above 80%.

        • I think they aren’t allowed to ever fill more than 80% for safety reasons. We’re adding a second one this year, and DH wants to make it so that if one goes low we turn it off and turn the other one on manually, so we know if one is bad. We’ll see what the gas co. says. We learned this past winter that it doesn’t matter how much you are willing to pay, they won’t come fill you if there are others who have a lower amount in the tank – so every dingbat that tried to ride out the winter without spending the money to fill up went ahead of us in line.

          • hvaczach says:

            Yes the room for expansion is the safty reason all lp tanks have an over pressure pop off to make sure the tank doesn’t rupture, but also the equipment can’t burn liquid propane so the expansion room gives it a chance and a place to vaporize so it can be burned. On a side note they use medical grade propane as a refrigerant in Europe I believe it is called R-290.

        • axelsteve says:

          A friend of mine used to fill bbq type tanks from his home tank. He fabbed up a hose to do it though.

          • hvaczach says:

            My fil has done this for years, you can buy all the part’s at an ace hardware here not sure about other places.

        • Momma Mc says:

          You can fill from a bulk tank to the smaller ones with the correct adapter. Like someone else here said, you also have to take the class.

          The other safety concern besides the obvioud no smoking, is that you need HEAVY gloves and safety glasses. Propane will frostbite your skin immediately if you get a leak or a “spew” while connecting or disconnecting the small tank and OSHA requires eye protection as well. I’m not sure why the eye protection, but we have to wear them once we hit the property at work anyway, so we always do. Heavy leather welding gauntlets or a neoprene covered gauntlet is what we use. We fill 30 lb bottles from a 10,000 gallon tank for our forklifts. It’s part of the forklift training to be able to fill and change your own tanks.

          I’ve seen the burns on folks that didn’t wear the gloves….not pretty.

          • hvaczach says:

            having first hand had refrigerant burns (R-22 boils at roughly negative 40 c) it is quite painful I have found a good set of mechanics gloves will suffice but it will blister bare skin faster than you can move your hand.

        • Mary in GA says:

          R-Me, we have a wood stove and propane heat at our farm. I’m thinking it’s a 250 gal. tank and it’s away from the house, maybe 50 or 60 ft. We use Barnes.

  10. The weather was better for most of this week, However starting Thursday night and all day yesterday we had rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow. Maybe 3 inches of the heavy wet stuff. The weather folks say that far northern Wisconsin and the UP by Lake Superior got almost a foot. Today is supposed to in the 40’s and 50’s Sunday. I hope this is it for the Winter That Won’t Quit.

    For Preps I ordered a bunch of dehydrated Veggies from EE. Should be here on Monday. I bought another magazine for my new 10/22. Picked up 1200 rnds of 7.62X39 for $200. They are older than I would like but test fired ok. Broke for the rest of the month..

    • Surviving in Ky says:

      Carl, Were did you get the 7.62X39?

      • A local acquientace who is getting older is reducing his inventory to help his financial position. He bought a pile of Chinese cases about 10 years ago. He kept them well stored for that time. I was just in the right place at the right time when he mentioned he was willing to part with them. It was pure luck.

        • hvaczach says:

          On that note an old boy who I have done work for in times past, and made him some meals after his wife passed, is always on the prowl he said if he runs across any .22lr he is gonna buy it up for me and I can pay him back.

  11. Some of the tools I had to order to fix my truck came in, still waiting on some of the parts, did pick up for free a couple of folding tables, 4 coolers and cases plastic cups, I will be changing out my BOB and car/truck bags for the warm season. It is a good time to rotate the disposable items in these kits too. with the truck down that was all I could manage this week.

    • riverrider says:

      thanks for the reminder! will be pulling most of the snivel gear from my bags today. that’ll lighten the load considerably.

  12. Tactical G-Ma says:

    Hey, cubbies! Hope everyone is well and happy!

    MD, good preps. Really like the rider rack on your atv. I really like that it’s in front.

    As for moi,

    Finished and mailed with payment the 2013 federal income tax. I get sick every year. We barely get by but make just a tiny bit more than the destitute. But I’m not about to let them use my money thru the year. Also, got the first taste of the cuts to Medicare. We are now learning the fine art of juggling insurance.

    This week I purchased the 8 qt dutch oven on legs for cooking with coals, the lid lifter and stand and accessories. Bought more charcoal and filled the motorhome with gasoline and LP. That wasa killer. Found out one of my 20# tanks is out of date. Another thing to replace. And the 12vdc battery charger bit the dust so it had to be replaced.

    Ordered and received paperbacks:
    Nuclear War Survival Skills latest edition – Kearny
    Emergency War Surgery – DOD

    Bought Kindle books:
    Essential Oils for Beginners – Harding
    Essential Oils – Richardson

    Watched “Goodbye World” on cable last night. It was funny and sad and gave a glimpse at how fast mental health goes down the toilet! Also, demonstrated what happens when someone leaves your group knowing what you have. Thought it was pertinent to this week’s Conflicted Tuesday.

    I am moving around more and continue to regain my strength. And Carl, stay warm dude.

    Does everyone know that there’s a Preppers Expo in May near Gatlinburg, TN?

    Take care. Love you guys and you and yours are in my prayers!

    • Take the 20# tank to a local Blue Rhino or whichever tank swap program is in your area. Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, HD they don’t look at the dates when they swap. I have even gotten them to take tanks with the old valves (just cleaned up the tanks and sprayed them with a $1 can of cheap white spray paint). For about $19 you will have a tank within date.

    • hvaczach says:

      If you havn’t ever used one you are gonna love the dutchy! We camp a lot so I cook almost anything imaginable in them, lasagna, meat loaf, biscuits you name it they are amazing. I have three but then again I probly have a sickness!

      • Buckwheat says:

        I have been eyeing a book at EE named Just Dutch It! it is on sale this month. It is hard to find but seems be a favorite for DOven users.

        • hvaczach says:

          I have a few DO cook books but the really neat thing is once you figure out your charcoal to temp ratio’s it really is just like using a regular oven you can cook just about anything.

          • Tactical G-Ma says:

            Thks all for the tips. DH used to cook with one years ago but like all else have to get back in practice!

            • hvaczach says:

              When yopu get the shipping wax scrubbed off find some good old fashioned lard coat the whole thing and set over a camp fire the cast is pourous and will let the fat soak in and back on after a few times of that it will like Teflon you can fry an over easy egg ( I use the lids for this often) and they wont stick when it is good and seasoned.

              • hvaczach says:

                Bake not back!

                • Crisco works just as well, and you can do it in an oven. Just put aluminum foil down on the bottom. Open your windows, because it’s gonna smoke.

                  Not arguing Zach, just another alternative.

                  • “Open your windows, because it’s gonna smoke.” Amen on that, which is why I’ve always used an outdoor fire, although I’ve seasoned a few cast iron skillets in the oven.

      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        I thought the Lodge DO was already seasoned so must go back and re-read the manual. Would love to hear everyone’s favorite DO recipe!

        Thanks for the LP tank tip.
        I’ve never used the swap LP tank system because I worry about the safety of some tanks. At least if I buy it new, I know where it’s been and how it’s been treated.

    • Mary in GA says:

      “Goodbye World” was scary, the girl who left really got them in a mess with their neighbors! I always season my cast iron in the oven. I rub it down with Crisco and bake it for a long time on about 250 degrees. I’ve read other sites say you can bake it much higher for shorter times, but I do it the way my Grandma did. It’s always worked for me!

      • Thanks for the tips on the cast iron. I have been heating mine on the stove until it smokes, then I stick it in the oven to cool. It seems to work OK for everything but the lids. I’ve heated it in the oven before and everyone in the house complained about the smell.

    • Brearbear says:

      Hi Tactical G-Ma and pack!

      As a nomad…i know not where i am GOING this coming summer season! 🙂
      …time to chill…for next few weeks or so… to have a think about it.
      Winter work season is done for me…


      I am at present somewhere in foothills country near mountains.
      Weather is warming up here…i have been making paths thru about 3′ snow…still can get chilly though…
      …am camped right beside a beautiful creek that is starting to thaw!
      ..been living full time around the bbq pit this last few weeks…slowly…daily carving out a camp.
      …2days ago heard first birds… geese heading north…
      …saw my first fly…(NOT looking forward to them OR moskies)!
      …and the first lady bug of the year!!! 🙂
      Almost daily hear the coyotes…(no wolves yet)…
      Its BEAR season soon 🙂

      …eating great on my new cast iron cookware!

      I bought a nice sturdy folding fire grill…

      I have 2 cast iron ‘Woods’-dutch ovens…(one oven fits inside the other including lids)!…

      …and a normal sized cast iron fry pan…and a small little baby guffer…!

      What is awesome is my little sized oven lid fits over my big fry pan!
      I also have a tripod for hanging my ovens above fire!

      Does anyone have advice…i am thinking of buying a couple of cast iron pots and lids…is it worth it?

      (i still have all my M.S.R. Light weight stainless steel cookware)…
      Been doing a lot of charcoal cooking…bbq pit next to the bonfire..
      (i love skewer cooking)..
      Working on a better out door kitchen system. (gotta animal-proof things).

      Me happy camper! 🙂

      @Tactical G-Ma…good on ya for getting N.W.S.S-Kearny
      …i just printed up hard copies… upgraded my tools…etc. New large pick/shovel/big pry-bar etc…

      …and…i finally got a small hand sized pick! Yay! Plus now have 2folding shovels…

      As for the essential oils….my mom once gave me a essential oil (plug-in)… glass vaporizer/mister thingy…of course i broke it…im a big galoot and am rough on things…I love lavender oil.



      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        Sounds like you are living the life! If you are in the foothills, do you mean near Rushmore?
        That is beautiful country.
        You’ve got your outdoor kitchen well under way!
        I always loved cooking with cast iron. One skillet is dedicated to nothing but cornbread and it never stuck. The good things are that they last forever and can go from stove top to oven to directly into the fire and has awesome heat distribution. And make a pretty awesome weapon! It is my first choice for base camp. The problem is that it’s heavy so not good for a hike or bug-out-bag. Love it for outdoor kitchen but must protect against moisture and rust. I have some copper clad stainless steel with brass handles and just plain stainless steel. All are good and lighter in weight. Not big on aluminum cause certain foods react to aluminum changing color.
        I am interested in essential oils because of thieves oil and oil of cloves and the medicinal properties of oils along with syrups and tinctures. I’m really a beginner except for what I grew up with. I grow so many herbs, I should learn to make some of this stuff.
        Thanks for the encouragement! Keep preppin!

        • Brearbear says:

          Tactical G-Ma

          No im in foothills near mountains in Alberta Canada..
          Have been working Nor’Eastern B.C./North Alberta…
          by North West Territories border. Rockies kind of divide the Provinces. Mountains are close by. The two Provinces are huge!

          Work is all over the place…move around a lot.
          Never been to States except border towns…

          Will check the thieves/clove oil…

          I came across somewhere that in WW1 some doctor had a bad burn on arm and dunked arm into pail of oil of lavender
          And helped heal…?

          I am just a beginner too.


          And check out Alive Magazine for some good reads…

          • Tactical G-Ma says:

            Western Canada is awesome. Altho I’ve not spent time there I have visited WA to the south and lived in AK.
            2 reasons I would not want to live there – snow and mosquitoes. Actually, that’s moose-skeeters! Ha ha! Bet it’s great especially this time of year. I will check out Alive and the lavender oil!

            • Seriously!

              You two are giving me a stiffie talking about cookware. I learned to cook with aluminum foil on a campfire. Everything else that comes after that is gravy. And yes, I can do gravy with aluminum foil. This is why I love this blog…ya never know what is gonna catch your interest.

              I love you guys.

              • Tactical G-Ma says:

                When I learned outdoor cooking, I don’t remember having aluminum foil! Haha! But seriously, I’ve made a few meals in foil and en papillote – especially fish! Yum!

  13. riverrider says:

    m.d., nice week! how do you like that .308? my buddy is looking at buying one. did i miss your review on it,lol?…. i bought a handful of the shiny stuff. went by the local surplus/tac shop and picked up a few things like molle pouches for my vest and a sparkie fire starter for my keyring, several pair of gloves(gloves sure have gotten expensive), an o.d. hat. hit chinamart for camping/ghb supplies: a 5×7 wp tarp, a stanley cook pot with lid(mostly for the lid that fits the cup in the bottom of my water bottle pouch, keeps crap out of the cup when outdoors.) also some fishing gear, and some little plastic bottles which were NOT worth a darn,leaked. finally got my combat/patrol web gear put together in a way i can live with. will be testing it out this w/e to be sure it works out. TEST YOUR PREPS folks. test that 30 degree sleeping bag, test putting up shelters, test carrying your stuff, test your water plan, test that fancy new doodad you bought 3 years ago. oh yeah, cook outdoors. you’ll be amazed how much crap flies into you pot from the wind/trees. TEST! sic semper tyrannis

    • riverrider,

      It’s an awesome shooter and I like it a lot and would be excellent at ridding an area of zombies lol, but if he is wanting a 308 for hunting I would go with a Remington Model 7. Had one of those and it was great – I have another one ordered (Remington Model 7) that will probably be in next weeks preps…

      • axelsteve says:

        Do they still make the 7? They seem to change model numbers around every now and then.My stepdad has a 760 Game master pump in 30/06 and I think it is the 750 now.The semi auto was the 742 and I forget what that is now.

        • hvaczach says:

          The 742 became the 7600 and I am not even sure they are still making it. I own a 7600 in 30-06 good little gun I killed a coyote this year at 250-300 and filled deer tags with it magazines are cumbersome to change but accurate enough for the deer shots I am willing to take.

      • riverrider says:

        cool, he has plenty of hunting guns so i think this one is for zombies. he lives too close to the fsa. he’s finally seeing the writing on the wall.

        • RR / and others,,,I have a HK91,,,doubles a few times,,4 times before I stopped,,,it is a Century model,,,any suggestions?

          • riverrider says:

            double feeds or double fires?

            • sorry for not explaining more,,,double fires,,,,did not jam,,,,fired ok after each double fire,,,,,my first HK(! so I thought I was doing something wrong,,after the fourth time figured I better quite and find out what was going on….

              • riverrider says:

                yeah, get it back to the dealer/century. the trigger,hammer,sear,disconnect interaction is defective. frankly century is not known for their quality control.

          • Hi Lee TX, If it’s double firing, I’d get to to a gunsmith or back to the factory ASAP.

            If the feds or staties ever want your rear for something, they would drool at the chance of taking you down for a gun which was firing more than one shot per trigger pull. It does not matter at all to them that it was a defective mechanism rather than an illegal conversion: They do not care. You can’t win that court battle cheaply enough to come out ahead, and you may not win at all.

            They do not care: All they want to do is screw you.

            Besides, it’s dangerous in it’s own right, and is unlikely to better instead of worse on it’s own.

            • thanks RR and Penrod,,,,yea, I knew somethig bad was going on,,dangit,,,,I am thinking about dropping a new trigger group in it,,that would fix it right?? found on line, Robert”s I belive for $35,,,,,I bought the rifle, mags, bayonet, nice bag,,for $600, I believe there is room for a small fix…

              • I’m not a gunsmith, Lee Tx, but that seems right. Something wrong with the disconnector, so if that is part of the HK91 trigger group (I don’t know), you should be OK. You need to do a little research on that aspect.

                However, whatever you do, it is critical that you destroy or dispose of the defective parts. There are no circumstances in which you want to be caught with parts which even arguably (and they WILL argue) can convert your weapon to fire more than one shot per trigger pull.

                Should they want your butt in prison for a decade or two? No. Do they want your butt in prison for a decade or two? You bet they do. It would advance their careers. They do not care at all about destroying your life. Protecting your self legally is your responsibility. You need to fix that stupid defect or may possibly pay a big price.

                Squeaky clean is the way to go. Spending time in the pokey because some official takes a dislike to your attitude will not improve your ability to protect yourself or your family.

              • Lee TX I have 91s the trigger group that I have seen will not work (cheaper than dirt) they have flanges that extend beyond the frame and trigger guard, I would send it back.

            • axelsteve says:

              My son had a sks that would go full auto at times.It would be good when it was clean. I think something was a bit worn out in it. My dad had a mi carbine that did the same thing.

              • Axelsteve,

                From what you said, it sounds like your son got an SKS from someone who tried to convert it to full-auto and failed. Then got scared and sold it.

                Converting an SKS to full-auto isn’t hard, it takes some skill with a file, and a lot of time. It is TOTALLY illegal to do.

                My totally unsolicited ;opinion is for me to say that you tell your son to sell it to one of those law enforcement buy back programs and use the money to get a functioning SKS,

                That said… I’d love to find out how to turn an M1 carbine into an M2… just for information sake.

                • Tactical G-Ma says:

                  I just got to add my 2 cents worth from the female perspective.
                  1. I love, love, love my M&P-15. I like the way the M&P-10 feels but since I already have a 30-06 decided that money needed to go elsewhere.
                  2. Re: auto vs. Semi-auto. A conversion would not be illegal if there was no government. BUT even if you have tons and tons of ammo, in a SHTF situation, one still has a finite amount of bullets. I believe a one shot one kill philosophy is best for me. I remember when shooting fully auto I hit more sky than flesh. I don’t think given the chance I would want a full auto.
                  Just saying.

                  • TGM,

                    I’m not arguing with you. Full auto is either for fools who can’t shoot or for soldiers preparing an ambush or those soldiers who are caught in an ambush. Whichever way you are going to play it, someone is going to die if you go full-auto. Unfortunately, it’s either going to be your buddy or you.

                    I agree with you. Pick your target, know where your round is going to go… and hope you can go home at the end of the day.

                    My curiosity about wanting to know how to convert an M1 into an M2 is purely scientific. I love knowledge. It doesn’t mean I’m going to use it.

      • JP in MT says:

        I really like the Model 7 too. My only complaint isn’t with the rifle. I like to use dual dovetail mounts on my hunting rifles (less moving parts). Nobody makes them for the 7. So I’ve stuck with the 700 (longer action/more metal).

        • axelsteve says:

          I think that my stepdad has a model 7. It is in 222 and he has had it since the 60`s. I forget since I have not seen it since the late 70`s.

        • Per Hiero Desteen says:

          JP, to me the barrel on the Model 7 is too thin. It gets pretty hot after a few shots, I wonder if accuracy might be affected. For a short gun I have a Mohawk in .308.

          • JP in MT says:


            You are correct, but for a hunting gun, one that you are going to pack more than shoot……lighter can be a blessing.

            • hvaczach says:

              Amen bull barrels look cool, and help accuracy but after humping one up and down the black hills for a day my friend quickly traded back to his 22-250 with a standard barrel for the second day.

              • Per Hiero Desteen says:

                Hey, Zach, I did a little checking and realized I have the Model 600, not the Mohawk. It has an 18″ barrel that is the same thickness as a regular M700. The shortness makes it real handy, and it’s my favorite deer hunting rifle. It’s much lighter than the bull barrels, and I’ve carried this thing all over Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. And even Wyoming one time on a mule deer hunt.

      • I just got a Mossberg MVP patrol rifle in .308 , really like it, hunting with a small magazine, but can put on any Magpul .308 when needed. Not overly pricey . Sold a Remington 700 in .308 to buy this one, wanted mag fed for convenience and extra capacity.

        • axelsteve says:

          A 308 would be a good hog/ deer rifle in my area. Deer are small and the hogs can get big.A 243 would also work well I would think. At least for the deer.

    • Surviving in Ky says:

      Good job on the GHB items. I need to go through mine and rearrange it as well. Got a life straw to put in mine. Need to work on down sizing as I don’t usually stray far from home. The one I currently have is the backpack variety and I’m going to switch to a shoulder pack shortly. Stocked up on medical kit this last go around, will probably do it next month. Take care River.

  14. I’ve been busy in the garden, planted 25 strawberry bare root plants, and large pots of basil, sage, & lavender to go with the ones I had of spinach, lettuce and radishes.

    The rosemary I thought had died is coming back to life. The tomatoes & beets are growing, still have some more tomatoes and peppers to plant out.

    The lilacs are in bloom, the first I have had since 1981 as they won’t grow in Houston. They smell heavenly. Also got to see a hummingbird moth that was visiting some, pretty cool.

    Today I am putting a spigot on the rain barrel as we may get rain tonight or tomorrow…if it doesn’t go north of us again. Please pray for rain as we have had less than 1/2 inch this year.

    • Lauri no e says:


      I grew up in Pasadena, (ugh) moved away in 82 still have my family and friends in near by cities.

  15. Goatlover says:

    I purchased and planted two peace trees that are supposed to do well here in the extreme south. Ordered more Mylar Bags and O2 absorbers as I was running low. Planted, planted, and planted some more in the spring garden….beans, tomatoes, and peppers mostly. Right now I am canning Italian sausage that was made from the two hogs I raised….house smells great and I’m sure it will be tasty in some pasta sauce down the road. Stack it high, folks, we’re gonna need it.

    • Goatlover says:

      Make that PEACH TREES!!!!

      • Encourager says:

        Goatlover, darn! I was going to ask where you bought Peace trees – I would have bought a bunch and sent them to Putin…

        • Our head honcho LEO is sponsoring a Peace Lilly/gun swap this week end,,, I bet I could get a lot of guns for a Peace Tree
          (my tax dollars at work)

          • Encourager says:

            They had one in the capitol (Lansing) last summer. My ds and his friends showed up with cash, bought rifles, shotguns and other long guns from those waiting in line. Paid them cash. They laughed all the way home.

    • Bam Bam says:

      My peace tree has set fruit. If I can keep the birds away this year, I will have peaces. 🙂

      • JP in MT says:

        Goatlover and Bam Bam:

        What’s a peace tree?

        • Bam Bam says:

          It’s a typo–“peach tree”.

          • I want some peace trees regardless of how we spell it. They are so tasty. The hubby won’t let me order or plant anything else permanent until we figure out where.

            Question for those who know – were my pear tress supposed to bloom before they started putting on leaves?

      • One of my cousins could not say peaches when he was little, he always called them ‘peaces’.

  16. JP in MT says:

    This was a good week for us. I get 3 important (for us) things added to our preps.

    First was my DW’s carbine. A 9mm Kel-Tec Sub2000 tht uses Beretta mags like her primary sidearm. I’ve seem Glock and S&W ones, but this is only the 4th Beretta and the first for a price I was willing to pay. I got it off GunBroker.com

    Second was while shopping the “going out of business” sale at the JC Penney here, I found 3 pair of 9 1/2 4E shoes on sale. FInding 3 pair of this size, that I can wear, in the same store is rare. Finging them on sale has never happened for me before. Usually quality shoes cost me $65/pair. I got all 3 for under $100.

    Third, we paid off the BOV Thursday! Two years ago we had everything paid off, then we had a sever reversal with out small business. We stopped the hemorrhaging last year, hopefully this year will get things paid off.

    We also took advantage of some sales to increase our food reserves. The best one was the case lot sale where we were able to Ramen noodles for $.15/pkg (yea, regular price used to be $.10/pkg). Costco had some FD on sale so we added fruit, vegetables, and tomato powder. Gravy mixes and corn bread muffin mix were on sale again, so added some of that.

    Red Feather canned butter is on sale at EE for $5.36 (I think) if you order between 6 and 23. It’s good stuff if you haven’t tried it and regularly $7.00/can.

    Added a little ammo to the shelves, and mags for the AR and Beretta’s. Botach Tactical had a 10% off sale last weekend and I got 30’s for the Beretta for $27 and Mag Puls for the AR for under $10. (This week the AR mags went up.) Plus the accessory parts for the DW’s carbine; they are being installed as we speak.

    Got the dehydrator going with sale frozen vegetables and chicken. Watch the package sizes as a lot of 1 pounders are now 12 oz.

    The earthquakes around the eastern “Ring of Fire” are interesting. There are a few reports that they might be linked. All I can hear is Simon and Garfunkel “Slip Slindin’ Away”. So….another reason to keep prepping. Like we really needed another reason!

    • JP in MT says:

      Oh, I also had an M1A Scout follow me home and momma said I could keep it!

      • Good going on everything, JP, I’m jealous of the Scout.

        • JP in MT says:


          You (I) can thank the Russians for the Scout. I’ve wanted one for a long time, the price was cheaper than I’ve seen in 4 years, and I had some “found” money. With the international situation, coupled with the domestic one, it was time. Besides, Montana has BIG poodles!

      • All I ever get is stray dogs, congrats on your find!

      • axelsteve says:

        JP in MT Do those M!A rifles have a cutout so you can use stripper clips? I have not seen one in so long that I forget. That is one feature on the o3 springfield that I used to love.

        • JP in MT says:

          The “cut out” for the stripper clips is mounted on the rear of the receiver. If you put on a conventional scope mount it has to be removed. The Scout has a forward mount that will soon have a Burris 2-7x pistol scope on it.

          • axelsteve says:

            JP in MT Yep I put a k4 scope on my o3 a3 and I knew they stripper clip feature was gone since it was covered up. They did not have scout scopes back then. The magazine cutoff was another interisting feature of the o3.

      • Good for you! Wish my gun purchases were as good!

    • riverrider says:

      jp, nice haul. which accessories for the keltec if you don’t mind telling? bc truck n i have that model. were the 30’s beretta factory or aftermarket? i need 3 or so myself n factory runs 40 bucks around here….i need to plus up on accessories all around. its tuff though since i work with an ffl holder all day. so many homeless guns out there, i have to remind myself all day that i can’t save them all, lol.

      • JP in MT says:

        Kel-Tec Accessories:

        Quad front rail
        Green fiber front sight
        folding fore grip
        Compact Pistol light.
        Red/green dot scope with QR riser (gun won’t fold if it is permanent)

        I’m still working on where to locate the stud for a single point sling.

        The magazines are factory, regularly $30 at Botach Tactical.

        (I used to work in a “sports shop”. The owner commented that I took home more stuff than he did. I reminded him that I was only working for my “toy” budget.)

        • riverrider says:

          lol, yeah but i’m working for more than toys, for now. thanks, those are a good group of add-ons there. you probly like your guns all spiffy, but i used a loop of 550 cord thru the slots in the forearm as a hookup for a sling. i use those old army “sling, accessory, hooked ends, o.d.” as slings so i detach them when needed. i use them on pouches n things as well. you could install a section of generic rail on the side to hook a swivel too. botach, forgot about them, i got pmags from them cheap way back.thanks.

          • JP in MT says:


            Main reason is a have a very nice single point sling without a home.

            Botach is my go-to place now that I’m not arguing with their IT department. I’m such a regular that I get a general weekend 10% off code. I’ll post it on the Friday Misc in the future.

            • Per Hiero Desteen says:

              Brownell’s is my go-to place, I’ve never heard of Botach. Where is that located?

              • JP in MT says:


                L A as in California. The are primarily for LEO and Government equipment, parts, etc. But they have free shipping with no minimum. So you can buy a single AR mag for example. Usually their prices are at least competitive, mags usually lower, but they don’t carry stuff for all models (like factory Ruger pistol mags). I like Blackhawk holsters, MagPul mags, and Beretta & Glock pistol mags and this is usually the cheapest place to get those. Especially with the cost of shipping.

                • Per Hiero Desteen says:

                  Oh, ok. I don’t do business with any companies in CA when I have another option. This is my personal choice, I’m not calling for a boycott. I don’t buy Chinese, either, if I can help it. Maybe that’s why I don’t have any money. Oh, well.

                • JP,
                  I’ve been dealing with Botach Tactical for several years and have always been satisfied. Another place I deal with is DSG Arms, who will occasionally run specials on 30-round Magpul AR-15 mags at $99.95 for 10. I’ve taken them up on this deal 4 different times; however, several of those times I was splitting the order with some other gun guys, but I have my share in the stockpile.
                  Also, good find on the SUb2K. One if these is on my list, eventually.

    • JP,I have a video of how to mount a single point sling adapter to a keltec sub2k. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdAgBT9oN0Y

    • Bugjuice says:

      Hey JP
      Where is the EE up there, we have one down here??

  17. Pretty quiet this week. Did a lot of reading: “Extinction Point” by Paul Antony Jones and “Candles” by Ron Brown on expedient candles.

    Am now working on the novel “Surviving Abe” by J.Z. O’Brien, about several people’s experiences in the storm of the century, with infrastructure being hacked by genocidal enviromentalists determined to bring down the world population to ‘sustainable’ levels…2 billion or so. It’s good so far, written by someone who seems to know something about meteorology.

    The AA to D battery adapters arrived, but haven’t tried them yet.

    I ordered a number of things from Amazon for our Mainland BOL/Camping supplies. I hope it will remain nothing but camping gear (and mostly unused at that!), but nice to have: QuickClot bandages, Water Jel Burn Dressing (4″X16″), an Ambient Weather WR-111B Emergency Solar Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Radio, and 2 of the 4″ Israeli Battle Dressing Bandages.

    We also added two months of cat food to the stock.

    • JP in MT says:


      I just finished “77 Days in September” which I found a little so-so. I’m now on “Lightning Fall” (discussed previously) which I am enjoying immensely.

      • I liked “Lightning Fall” a lot, and am finding “Surviving Abe” right up there. I’m about 65% of the way through it, and while I wouldn’t say there are many prepping tips, it is very well done. One of the characters is a very low key prepper with a decent supply of emergency supplies in her vehicle, and they sure come in handy when the snow hits unexpectedly.

        I enjoyed “77 Days”, but the characters really were slow learners. You’d think that after the husband had been violently attacked once, that the next time several guys with clearly hostile intentions approached he would pull his rifle out and tell them to stand back instead of thinking well maybe I shouldn’t provoke them with my gun but instead open a dialog about their wants, and needs, and hopes, and aspirations in life.

        The wife’s blaming herself for the sexual predator’s assault was pretty bad, but there were hints of unresolved childhood abuse, so I can easily imagine that reaction as real. A very sad reaction, but a lot of victims of abuse get trained by the abuser to react that way.

        • Black Rose says:

          I kept reading about people reading Surviving Abe so I read it today. I liked the book but I want to know more about what happens next. Is there a part 2

  18. Well im living what i prep this weekend. Thursday night we had some bad weather come through and tore up the power infrastructure for a whole electric co-op.We wont have grid power till tuesday keep us in your prayers

    • JP in MT says:


      Isn’t it nice to know you have at least mitigated your situation? Good time to test out what you have and make a new list of what you need.

  19. patientmomma says:

    Got some chicken feed, angle irons, straw and some blackberry starts. The usual 100 pds of dog food, Ridex for the septic tank, and various can goods. Received an order of emergency and replacement BOB items. Stopped by Tractor Supply to get the last of the puppy shots and pick up some more dewormer for the outside animals. Duluth Trading had boots on sale so I ordered some everyday comfy boots. Finally bit the bullet and ordered satellite internet service for the farm; araaagh! It is so expensive; that’s what I get for living out in the middle of nowhere!

    I’ll be getting the garden started this week; going to put in the corn for the 3 sisters plan and get the other early veges planted. Zaycon order of 93% lean hamburger due in this week! Will be busy canning and dehydrating it in between planting seeds.

    Oh my gosh, I just came back from Sam’s and prices are going thru the roof. Last week 2 pds of cheese was $10.28 and today, 1 week later the same cheese was 11.98!
    Off to the farm for a week. Keep prepping and God bless you!

    • Kat's Tale says:

      No insult intended, but your post made me smile. It was the blackberry starts. I am always amazed when someone plants them on purpose. The state where I live they are considered a noxious weed. We have of course the wild mountain blackberries. The himalayan was introduced about a century ago and has thrived & flourished. To the point that it has taken over farm land, river & creek banks. Just about everywhere you can think of. It chokes out native plants & grasses. Millions of dollars have been spent trying to eradicate them. On our ranch we have worked with the state college trying to get rid of them. We use everything in our arsenal. Burning, plowing under or mowing, & spraying. We have been able to reclaim grass land & creek banks. Planting native willows back along the creeks. But it is an ever on going battle.
      I will have to say that they make great barriers to keep undesirables out. Works better than barbed or razor wire.
      Good luck in growing them and enjoy the wonderful jams & pies you can make out of them. I had a great recipe for a cordial. Lost it somewhere along the way.

      • Encourager says:

        Kat’s Tale, I imagine it is a never ending job as the birds are pretty good at “planting” the seeds, along with a fertilizer boost…

      • patientmomma says:

        Yep, I know they are quick spreaders! The fruit will be a plus but I am starting just 2 for barrier plants along the perimeter to hinder unwanted 2 and 4 legged guests.

  20. Petticoat Prepper says:

    Hi Pack!
    Having actually participated “in” verses just “reading” last week’s WDYDTPTW, I was inspired to DO something “normal” not just hold up in the house. Thus I did a bit of coupon shopping. I saved $33.75 on sale prices(with coupons) for TP and laundry soap which gave me $15 in store gift cards for free that I then used to buy 6 tubes of tooth paste and 3 packs of 75 count dental floss on a stick . I also picked up more toothbrushes with coupons paying $.49 each. I’m watching for a deal on mouthwash.

    I also re-stocked my sweet treats from the Easter candy sales. I know after the holiday is a good price but I had coupons and with the deal running I felt I was getting a better savings with the coupons instead of waiting for later. I can easily make it to Halloween candy now! Yes, I’m also watching for a good sale on chips but that’s generally summer time.

    Found a ‘roll back’ at Wally-world on coffee and with my coupons picked up several bags of one of my favorites for $3.38 each. Haven’t managed to replace that stock pile yet but at least I’m not looking at such an empty space! STBX did quite a bit of damage to the Armageddon Pantry before leaving, not that I begrudge him any of it; I just wish he’d not cleaned out some of the sections!
    I was so happy about all my prepping and couponing, that I made cheeses (ricotta and mozzarella), fresh pasta and finally lasagna; which I took a portion of to a neighbor who just had knee surgery.

    Looked through my garden seeds and while I think I’m going to have to move before the end of summer I did realize I could get a bit of garden in and harvested. So I’ll be planting some this next week, weather permitting.

    Sadly, I’ve lost all my bees. I don’t know if my STBX sprayed them with poison before leaving or if the cold did them in but all 4 colonies have died. Knowing I’ll be forced to move I decided to wait to replace them although I’ve cleaned up part of the hives and will hopefully get the remaining done this next week and I’m hoping a swarm will find my apiary and call it home. Then I’ll move bees just don’t want to buy any and move them. But free bees….I’ll move those!

    While this has not been my best week ever of prepping, I feel a bit more normal since filing for the big D, thanks in part to last week’s WDYDTPTW and all you cubbies. I’m hoping to hang onto this feeling, it’s been a long and grueling 7 months prefaced by 6 months of discovery and trying to decide if I should stay or go. So thanks again MD for providing this meeting place! My first thought this morning was ‘yippee it’s WDYDTPTW’ not my normal black cloud of all my STBX has done.

    • Bam Bam says:


      Why do you buy laundry soap? You can make 20 gallons of laundry soap for $10. To make 20 gallons of laundry soap all you need is a box of borax, a box of washing soda, four bars fels naptha and for bars of regular bath soap.

      • RJArena says:

        I have been doing this for a couple of years myself, I do have to stock up on the ingredients, my local Wally world never has all of them in stock at the same time, they do stock them together on the same shelf, which does make it easier. how do you grind up your soap bars? I use a hand crank cheese grader(bought one at a dollar store years ago, very cheap).

        • Bam Bam says:


          I use a salad shooter. It takes 20 seconds to grate a bar of soap. The salad shooter paid for itself after the first batch of laundry soap.

          • RJArena says:

            Now I have to convince my wife that I need this! I will wait until the hand crank breaks, although it works well and has lasted a long time. The funny thing about prepping is the more you do, the more you find out you have to do.

          • Petticoat Prepper says:

            I actually have the ingredients for a batch but a friend talked me out of making it due to having to grate the bar soap…guess I’ll be watching for a salad shooter! Great (pun, pun) idea! Feel stupid for not having thought of something along those lines.

            • My wife made a batch of laundry detergent a couple of months ago. It is so inexpensive that it is almost free. Clothes are as clean as ever, don’t smell and the colors are great. As they say just do it!

          • Nancy V. says:

            Never thought of using a salad shooter for grinding soap bars. Brilliant! Thanks 🙂

            • sw't tater says:

              I cut my soap in pieces with a knife then put them in a food processor with a bit of the other dry ingredients.a cup of borax with a cup of soap slices, grind until they are like cornmeal and repeat. time to mix a batch completely, maybe 5 min.

      • Bam Bam – I’ve been reading about your laundry soap for quite some time. Do you make it as dry or liquid?

    • PP,

      Glad you’re feeling better after filing your papers. Make sure you document everything your STBX has taken that was community property for your attorney. Also document damages like the bees for him also. You may not be able to prove it, but your attorney can use it as a bargaining chip.

      As dirty as this guy is fighting you, don’t make it easy for him. You don’t have to sink to his level, just make it harder for him to try and take advantage of you.

      It will be over soon and then you’ll realize just how wonderful it is to live without all that drama. Hang in there.

      • Petticoat Prepper says:

        Thanks Sirius,

        I am already grateful that much of his drama is gone. I ‘ve been documenting, 32.5 lbs of paper and counting! Found a FB quote that I really like:

        Knowing when to walk away is Wisdom,
        Being able to is Courage.
        Walking away with Grace and your head held high is Dignity.

        Don’t want him to continue to take advantage but I’m definitely trying for Grace and Dignity. Still looking for that light at the end of the tunnel. 🙂

    • PP – having been through the big D, I know it can be a great weight lifted when you finally make the decision. As everyone has said, document everything. You are in my prayers.

      • Petticoat Prepper says:

        Thanks GA Red,

        Prayers are appreciated! I am documenting like crazy my attorney says I’ve done a good job. I would just like to get through this so I can re-group. It’s difficult to not be able to make plans! Again, thanks for all the prayers!

  21. Per Hiero Desteen says:

    Power’s out where I’m at, so we’re running everything off a generator. I just bought this genny less than a month ago, and I’m pretty proud of myself. $500 for a generator(8000 wts.) that will run my whole house -A/C. Just turn it off at the circuit breaker, plug the genny in.

    Ordered some food through EE last night, bought some other items as well, like a sprayer, but mostly looking at what everyone else did. No money.

    • PHD,
      That’s what I like most about this segment each Saturday. By reading what every else has accomplished it let’s me see where my preps are lacking or a better more economical way to do something. Where the ‘good buys’ are and what stores to stay away from.

    • good luck sounds like me. We wont have power till tomorrow afternoon now

      • Per Hiero Desteen says:

        Yay, my power came back on. But I did get to try out my new(it’s used), to me, generator. Worked pretty good, but I had a neighbor tell me I should put in a transfer switch. Much safer, I know.

        • JP in MT says:


          Additionally, I’d build a “dog house” around it. If the neighborhood is out of power for a long time you may want it stealthier. Congrats on the timing of your purchase.

          • To quiet down and redirect the noise from the house, I altered the exhaust system as follows. I had a 2″ to 2″ exhaust adapter welded to the factory muffler over the existing exit portal. I got a 20 foot piece of flexable 2″ exhaust pipe. I took a section about 5′ and clamped it with muffler clamps to the 2″ adapter and then to an inexpensive S-10 muffler( $25.00) then clamped the remaining 15′ feet of flexable pipe to the Muffler. This greatly reduces the db’s . It cost me a total of less that $50.00 total. I can run the end of the flex pipe out into the pasture.

            • Tactical G-Ma says:

              Somebody could make some real money building and selling genny silencers to preppers!

        • The DH has ours set up so that you shut off the main to the breaker box then plug the genny into the dryer outlet. After that, it powers the whole house and doesn’t feed back through the lines to the rest of the neighborhood.

  22. Okiebama says:

    Got my dehydrator finally! I can’t put back anything because the kids keep eating it!! I’d rather them eat that than cosmic brownies though.

    I am going to try a couple of plants this year. Tomato, bell pepper, and green beans. That is all the stuff I can plant due to the sun and local laws against front yard gardens. Wish me luck as I have killed bamboo and aloe.

    I added 25 lbs of flour and sugar as well. I need to get back on the couponning to plug some holes.

  23. Started a class in fly fishing. Years since I’ve done any fishing so it should be interesting. Ordered a new wheelbarrow type – 4 wheels and a dump mechanism – should make for easier weed patrol and carting things around – it’s supposed to hold 500 pounds.

  24. axelsteve says:

    I did not get much done this week. I put some food away for later.I found 2 big trucker chains on the side of the freeway they where brand new minus some road rash . I could have gotten several more but it was a hazardous thing to do and I could have gotten in trouble since I was on the clock. I found another local source to get ammo. It was expensive as heck though. They wanted 18 dollars for a box of 50 stingers. 30/30 was 33 dollars for a box of 20. I do not plan on buying there unless I am in a pinch.

  25. H. Nelson says:

    I got a smokin’ deal on 22 LR… So I picked up 7000 rounds.

    • axelsteve says:

      That is always good to hear H Nelson!!

    • JP in MT says:

      H. Nelson:

      Was that a private sale or from a retail outlet?

      • H. Nelson says:

        I work for a company that is into wholesale. This particular company sells guns, ammo, camping gear, hunting equipment, medical supplies, freeze dried food, gardening equipment and fertilizer, fishing gear. We don’t normally sell to the general public. Either you’re a dealer or another business. Employees can buy at a nice discount whatever the company sells.

        This batch is a partial fill of an order that’s been backordered since 2012. It was unexpected, because my order for a case of 12 GA 00 buck and a case of 3″ slugs was filled at the same time.

  26. mom of three says:

    I have been dehydrating peas, carrots, strawberries, all on sale.
    I did some coupon shopping, Albertsons had their box tops for education sale going on . I got four boxes of cereal, four gummy snacks, two unbleached flour. I also had 8 coupons to save me $3.00 more and 25 box tops, for our school. I bought three more big
    candles, .99 each from Salvation Army. Been getting cheese making stuff together, two boxes of junket rennet tablets, citric acid, found two brand new bags of cheese cloth, at Value Village. Now I need a good thermometer, I will get at our local fishing, hunting store. Hubby, will be happy see what is new in the hunting department. I have enjoyed having 7 days off with three more days off before I head back to work. We had spring break, this week and the donut shop, closes down when we have spring break. Everyone heads to warmer climates, and business dwindles down.
    Prayers to everyone take care and keep busy .

  27. axelsteve says:

    I had Jury duty yesterday. Not a hardcore prep but I am done for the year now.I did not have to serve I guess they settled out of court.

  28. -added pepper spray, food, & a few other items to our Get Home Bags.
    -rec’d some non GMO seeds
    -added to our food stores
    -worked on an article on civil disobedience.

    I was going to order another Katadyn Combi water filter, untill I saw the price had more than doubled in the last 16 months. May have to wait another month to order it.

  29. Good Morning Pack:
    First thing on this bright sunshine filled day. Db’s AML blasts dropped again, an on the other side of the mountain where they are out of the rain filled Seattle area. Hubby was released from the wound physician, now it is a matter of time. Learning to swallow again so the specialist can due his next surgery sometime in the late summer/fall.
    Now for the food stuff, I have been putting up the 50lb bags of wheat berries that we purchased awhile back. Discovered that I had purchased pearl barley that I totally forgot about, put that up along with another bag of whole white rice. Bought 3 sheets for the fruit roll ups along Excalibur dehydrator cook book.
    Rain has stopped so I need to spray the weeds, and get ready for summer. Have a great weekend.

    • Encourager says:

      Becky, make sure after you have packaged up the wheat berries, that they live in your freezer for about 2 weeks. That will kill and bugs/eggs in the berries.

      • Encourager says:

        kill ANY bugs/eggs….sorry!

        • Encourager;
          I vacuum sealed the berries in food saver bags. I totally forgot to put them in the freezer, thank you for the reminder. I can still do it as I have not put the 02 absorbers into the buckets.

  30. Well I picked up a case of crushed pineapple ,a case of mushrooms , canned so butter canned 15 pints of beef and got 2 lbs of whole mustard seed. Now it’s time to unload and spread the contents of the back of the truck as I got a load of horse hockey last night on the way home.

  31. Paylie Roberts says:

    Oh my gosh! Has it been a week already??? I’m still catching up on reading comments from last week!

  32. Ooo… nice tiller, MD!!!! (now I have tiller envy…)

    This week we managed to get the pintos, peas, okra, and corn transferred from the mini greenhouse to the garden. Fingers crossed – the rabbits have left them alone so far. Tomorrow we will get the watermelons ad spinach transferred as well as a few other things that are really popping up. I am realizing one of my seed sources isn’t as viable as I thought because very few of the seeds bought from the vender have come up yet. I’m thinking that I will give it another week then contact them to discuss the issue.

    We also transferred the chicks to the coop/run but they aren’t venturing out of the coop too much yet…. bath tub to big run isn’t for the faint of heart apparently lol. They are settling into their new digs nicely and are growing well.

    That’s pretty much it, for us this week… I worked a lot this past week so I wasn’t able to get much done other than make lists. Plus all of our extra money is going into savings since I don’t work during the summer and we still have to pay bills..

    Hope y’all have a great week!

    • Shandi, how old were your chicks when you put them outside? Just got a flock of chicks yesterday and they’re in the bathroom. Right now it’s hunky-dory but I can tell it will get old pretty quickly. ha ha ha

      • Oh yeah, it did get very old very quickly… they were 4 weeks old (at least we had had them for 4 weeks) when we put them out… they haven’t really left the coop yet, so they are still in transition.

  33. I ordered a 55-gallon water barrel and two additional 7-gallon water containers. This brings up our water storage to 125 gallons—not including the cases of bottled water we keep stocked. I am now feeling a lot more comfortable about our water preps.

    I received an order from China Mart for a several large bags of cat food and some OTC meds. The free shipping on orders over $50 at China Mart beats Amazon Prime. I am letting my subscription there expire—especially since I read about the class action lawsuit against Amazon. They advertise free two day shipping with Amazon Prime. But then they charge prime customers more than they charge non-Prime customers to recoup the cost of shipping.

    I put in another order from J.M. Bullion.

    We made a run to Sam’s Club—8 lbs. salt, 5 lbs. honey, two bottles lemon juice, a case of bleach and a case of vinegar. We restocked bacon, ham and hotdogs. I have been loading up on meat because I think the prices will go through the roof as we head toward summer. I have 80 lbs. of hamburger coming in from Zaycon this week. I had to cook up a turkey we’ve had in the freezer for a while now to make room for the hamburger. So we had Thanksgiving in April.

    • Encourager says:

      We went to our local store yesterday and needed bacon. The price has gone up to $6.99 for 12 ounces!!! I can live without bacon. I did buy some at the meat counter; they had thick cut bacon for $4.99 #. I just needed 1/2 # to make german potato salad.

      • Encourager;
        I finally gave up trying to purchase bacon via Zaycon, they are not delivering anywhere close to us. So this what I did for bacon.
        Do you have a Cash and Carry in your area, you can look them up on the internet. You do set up an account where they send you the monthly specials notice. No membership required, no checks or debit cards, only cash or credit cards. I purchased a bacon from them under the name of CHEF’S, it was $3.30lb(off sale $3.50). I purchased 6lbs to see if we would eat it, was delicious and not overly salty. The best thing it did not have all those preservatives that you see on the bacon at the market. Like all stores you have to watch your prices, it is like Costco, but this is for designed for restaurants but they will sell to the general public. I have purchased frozen raspberries, blackberries, marionberries there, along with their frozen veges(dehydrating) Only wish they carried huckleberries. Hopes this help on the bacon and other products for a less.

        • Encourager says:

          Thanks for the info, Becky! Cubbies rock!!

        • Rocketmama says:

          Speaking of bacon…I watched this video on Youtube today and will DEFINITELY be trying it. Thought I’d pass it along for all other bacon lovers out there. Brown sugar and black pepper…yummmmm

      • Bam Bam says:


        We get 3 lbs. for $10 at Sam’s club.

    • BamBam;
      You made my mouth water, I love turkey anytime of the year.

    • We often had turkey for Easter dinner, so don’t feel bad about the Turkey in April.

  34. Grannytraveler says:

    I had a lot of plans for this week (off for spring break) but nothing seems to have gotten accomplished. I have been cooking a lot of pasta dishes as I am trying to rotate out my older pasta. I probably have enough pasta to live on it alone for 6 months for my entire family eating it 2x a day. LOL. Boring!!! Anyway, haven’t put any weight on yet.

    My son received some worrisome news after his last cat scan. His nodes are enlarged and so is his spleen. Going in for a PET scan if the insurance will cover it. If it is back then they are looking at stem cell transplant. Hopefully one of his siblings will be a match. Trying to get him to put on weight but nothing seems to work. He is 6’6″ and weighs 184#.

    Keeping my eye on the Ebola thing. I just keep flashing back to the movie Contagion and how quickly things can spread. I pray everyone has a productive and safe week.

    • Kat's Tale says:

      Hope everything is ok with your son. My son was on the donor registry in 2000. Sadly he didn’t match the person he went on for. But by 2004 he had matched complete strangers perfectly twice. The matches were closer than siblings. He ended up donating twice to one person and once to the other. My point is that if your son’s siblings don’t match there may be someone out there who does.
      I myself am on the registry. However I am battling health issues that would prevent me from donating if I were called. I hope to over come them soon. As I would be heart broken if I matched someone & weren’t able to help them. I am also nearing the age limit on the registry, which saddens me.
      It is really easy to get on the registry. It used to take a blood sample. Now I hear it just takes a mouth swab. Look up the Marrow registry on line if you are interested in adding your name to the list.
      It used to be that there were shortages of certain ethnic groups on the registry. Native Americans, Asians, Hispanics, and Blacks. (I am sorry here if I was politically incorrect with any of these titles. But this registry spans the world I believe.)
      May God bless your son and all his family. I will put him in my prayers.

      • Per Hiero Desteen says:

        You are doing a good deed, trying to save someone’s life, and you feel the need to apologize for not getting some titles right? We live in a messed-up country and world. In any event, thank you for what you’re doing.

    • Shades of Green says:

      The stem cells can be taken from your son ( the sick one ) and possibly used. They separate the blood and clean up what they need and replace it back into the same person now. This helps stop “rejection” because it is from the same person. I know this because my son has been very sick and this is still on the table to be done to him. They explained the whole process to us.

  35. Let’s see, we got 2 pear trees given to us and they were planted the next day. Picked up 7 chicks, will get more next week. Got the shed cleaned out to use for the coop. Got the goats dewormed, DH is working on building a small barn for them. The weeds got tall enough that I had to start mowing this week. 🙂 It looks like the last frost killed back my fig tree that was starting to leaf out. 🙁

    Ordered some books from Amazon using MD’s link of course; Raising Goats Naturally, When there is no Doctor, Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs, and vol 8 of 299 Days.

    After last weeks post I looked at the seeds I have and realized that I need corn and winter squash seeds, so I placed an order with Seed Savers for Golden Bantam corn, Waltham Butternut squash, Amish paste tomatoes and the herb stevia.

    I discovered that the guy who has been helping us with the goats and he is the one who gave us the pear trees has been doing this in part because he is the one who has been driving us crazy (over the years) with the late night coon hunts that usually ended up in the woods right behind our old house. He appreciates that we never complained about it and he figures that he owes us. 🙂

    i just read over this list, no wonder I am tired! I did not realize that we did so much and I know that I missed something. I always do.

    Prayers to all.

    • I don’t remember who but someone mentioned camo tp last week and I just seen some on http://www.ltdcommodities.com/ under the category of bath. It is expensive though $6.95 for 3 rolls.

      Also one of my dwarf orange trees finally bloomed a couple of weeks ago and we now have little oranges growing! I am so excited! 🙂

      • mindful patriot says:

        Thanks for the tip, Brenda! Six and a half dollars gets 3 rolls of camo tp!!

        Who has the camera? I think I owe someone a video . . .

        • Ozarkana says:

          Just put the video up on you tube, mindful patriot. That way, we can all “enjoy” it.

          • Ozarkana says:

            Oops! That didn’t sound very nice. Lest anyone gets the wrong idea—The video with the camo TP should also involve yelling and running through the woods. Well, dang!!! That doesn’t make it sound any better, does it ?

            • mindful patriot says:

              Well, you and I both knew what we were talking about!

              If I lived near ANY trees, and had a camera…

              • I knew what ya’ll were talking about–and that’s funny.

                • Ozarkana says:

                  Bam Bam,
                  I have always freely admitted to being “a bit warped”. It is just easier and saves a lot of time denying it.

                  • Ozarkana,
                    I have had people tell me that I am a little crazy. I just smile and tell them that you have to be a little crazy to live in this world these days! 🙂

                    • I’ve always taken it as a complement for someone to tell me I’m crazy. All it means to me is that I don’t conform to the norm.

  36. MD – what do you think of that Smith MP 10? I have a RRA LAR8 and FAL (both share same mags), but was looking to add a 3rd 308 BR – JIC. Saw the Smith and it looks promising – reviews are good on it. While it is a little less $$, Id have to get the SR mags so that would eliminate the costs savings.. Thanks

    • Rick,

      I’ve not had any problems with it after 500+ rounds, accuracy is good, I can average less than 2 inch groups at 100 yards most of the time but I’m sure it is capable of even better with the right ammo and a shooting vice. The controls are great and set up for both right and left handed shooters…

  37. Bought 300 rounds of 223, 100 rounds 00buck. I rearranged and organized the man cave. Stoed 5 more gallons of gas and bought and Mylar bagged some noodles

  38. Encourager says:

    Odd week. Low on energy so did a lot of reading. I copied out the list of a few weeks ago and have gotten most from the library. Some I couldn’t get through; most were okay, none were outstanding. I prefer fiction that teaches me something – that weaves how-to-dos into the plot. Oh, well!

    Had to buy a battery for the van this week as it was dead, dead, dead. It sat unused all winter, as it was snowbound! Found out it was the original from 2005 so I guess can’t complain. Also had to replace the 12V battery charger that died and need to still get a gel battery for the whole house generator.

    Dh is out splitting and stacking the hickory wood from the big one we had to take down last year. He also found quite a few old wood working hand tools on Ebay that he bought. Good preps!

    Went to the big D hoping to buy some non-Teflon cooking pans at a restaurant supply store only to find it was out of business. Wasn’t a completely wasted trip as we decided to go to the Detroit Institute of Art while in town. We also stopped at a leather place and bought a skin to make sharp tool covers and a woodworking store for supplies. Ate at a good Chinese restaurant on the way home so it actually turned out to be a rather productive, pleasant day.

    The tulip leaves are peaking through the dirt. Most of the snow has melted except along the north side of the tree rows. I did find some snowdrops blooming! So there is hope this incredibly rough winter is finally letting go.

    Received tomato and pepper seeds in the mail and will start them this weekend. A local grocery had buy 10 for $10 and get the 11th free and let you mix and match to come up with the 10 items. So got some huge, beautiful red peppers. Think I will haul up the dehydrator and dry them. QUESTION: do I have to blanch them first???

    • JP in MT says:


      I only use my pickup during the summer months. Late Spring thru Early Fall. To replace the batteries (it’s a diesel) is VERY expensive. Amazon (and others) have a 1.8W solar panel with the regulator incorporated and multiple connectors. I have one is the truck now for 3 years and it has never failed to start right up. I plug it into the 12 VDC accessory port (the cigarette lighter may not work without the key in the ignition). My DW has one in her car as there is some kind of low amperage leak in the system and the battery would go dead after sitting for 3 days. One year now and no problem.

      I also put these on my 4-wheeler, travel trailer, and motorcycle as they sit for months and will kill the battery. At about $20 each, they are definitely worth it and cheaper than an AC unit.

    • Peppers don’t have to be blanched first. Just wash, slice (or dice) and dehydrate. I seed mine before drying.

      • Hi suzy q, When I saw “Peppers don’t have to be blanched first. Just wash, slice (or dice) and dehydrate”, I thought it said “Preppers” and it sounded like the voice of experience.

        Never can tell in this crowd 🙂

        I was about to ask for your recipe.

        • Hunker-Down says:

          Freudian slip on your part??? Honestly, how many Preppers have you blanched? 🙂

          • About the same number I haves sliced, diced, and dehydrated, Hunker-Down, but you never know in this crowd. That commercially freeze dried bacon is soooo expensive and preppers are soooo thrifty.

    • Encourager
      Susy q answered the question. Don’t forget to rotate your dehydrating racks through the process. Oh darn, reminded me I have peppers in the fridge to do also. Thanks for the brain shaker :-).

    • I got a porcelain skillet at Walmart and it works great. I’d like a thicker bottomed one but this will do until then.
      I heard the Art Institute might close so I’m glad you got to go. I went many years ago when I was in HS and an exhibition of paintings from Russia came. Loved the time we spent there that day.

    • sw't tater says:

      yes, blanch or roast…I like them better roasted and peeled.roast over open flame from gas burner is ideal.

  39. Big Bear says:

    Morning all, I started on aanother of my TO-DO projects: Premade chicken and rabbit coops and hutches. Gonna get all of the sections made ahead of time and then, when needed, will just have to bolt them together and put them in place. I am also going to have to figure out how to provide some heat for them as it gets very cold here. I’ve got an idea about how to do it using a combination of solar and gen power ……….. will have to think on it for a bit!

    We went through our root cellar and verified quantities. Bought four 50# bags of dry dog food. Got the Power Panel stored in the Faraday cage. Ordered a used 2013 PDR (Physicians Desk Reference) to replace our outdated one. New ones are pricey but there are like new used ones available at a reasonable price. Amazon sells them. This is a very good reference book to have. If you come across prescription drugs while scavenging after the SHTF this book will tell you what they are, normal dosage, etc. They also have PDR’s for herbal medicines. Not a lot of work this week but steady progress

  40. RJArena says:

    I also picked up some more cheap .223, and bottled water. Found a good supplier for 55 gal. water containers, I am building a storage rack for them in the cellar.

  41. RJArena says:

    I have lucked into several thousand 3.5 oz. plastic cups, anyone have a good prepper use for them? I might trade them to camping friends of my for something else, but I would hate to give them up if they have a great use I am blind to……

    • JP in MT says:


      Not sure about a “special use’ for them except seed starters.

      I saw a box in my lane of the freeway one day. Turned out to be a case of 16 oz Styrofoam cups! I’m still using them.

    • madison says:

      you could save them and if the SHTF you can poke holes in the bottom to filter water, then boil the water with a fire.

      • JP in MT says:

        About boiling.

        We have a town here in Montana that had it’s (one and only) water line cut, accidentally, while another company was digging. They fixed the line last Thursday. Today’s paper said that the water was still not safe to drink. They stated that boiling would NOT make it safe.

        Talk about a SHTF event with no notice!

        • I feel your pain! We just had a week of no water to drink due to e coli. We could use it if boiled, so it wasn’t as bad as your situation, but it still made us refer back to the two years we lived up in the woods with no electricity or running water when we were hippies in the 70’s. It was more fun the first time!

    • Jello shots. Mucho jello shots for the end of the world party!

    • tommy2rs says:

      Be good for dispensing homemade meds like elderberry syrup or individual doses of tinctures (in whatever liquid like tea or warm water) to sick individuals, eliminating cross contamination.

      use them to set out premeasured aromatics, spices and herbs when cooking so you can just dump and stir. Especially handy when stir frying over a rocket stove.

      I also use them to hold small screws, nuts, bolts, washers and other small parts when working on anything from guns to electronics.

      Paperclip a few together for a light diffuser for led lighting (like from a solar yard light) during power outages

  42. mindful patriot says:

    Good Day, Pack!

    This week, I ordered Cytokine herb mixture, received a mini shopping cart to be used in my new job to make it a bit easier/faster,purchased a couple new pairs of work gloves for my boys, and ordered Yoder’s hotdogs & Frontier water straws on sale from CampingSurvival.

    Also, made the decision to not pursue the purchase of the fortress- too many reasons to list here. Instead, am planning to purchase the empty lot next door and turn it into a garden/orchard. I really liked the vid MD posted for us about the lady who wanted to see how much food she could grow. It inspired me to begin to formulate a plan for the lot next door.

    EE has some good group specials for when payday rolls around.
    Need to get some info on how to build an underground root cellar…

  43. Hunker-Down says:

    Well, I guess this is a prep, in case we need to eat the lawn.

    The DW found this nontoxic weed killer;

    [ 1/2 gallon of Apple Cider Vinegar
    1/4 c table salt
    1/2 tsp Dawn liquid dish soap

    Mix above ingredients in a spray bottle.
    Spray weeds thoroughly.

    1/2 gallon for around $6.40
    Works better than Round Up – kills weeds on 1st application.

    The Dawn dish soap strips the weed of its protective oils so the vinegar can work with deadly force. Safe for use in yards used by children and pets!! ]

    If we need to harvest and eat dandelions, we can if we don’t use the typical weed killers and use this instead. HOWEVER, I wonder if several applications on the yard with that much salt is a problem for grass or flowers?

    New banana fungus, no grass for cattle plus the killer winter on Northern ranges, the hog Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus and no water for vegetable growers make dandelions and purslane move up the food chain.

  44. I purchased my very first pistol – A Ruger SR9.

    • JP in MT says:

      I really liked mine. Especially after I had the magazine safety removed. It did loose out the our Beretta clones. But I still have a SR9c as a concealed carry and a SR45.

      • Is it hard to remove the magazine safety?

        I was going for the Beretta clone but they had sold the last one when I went to the store today. They had a great deal on the SR9, $479 and I really liked the ambidextrous everything (I’m a lefty).

        • JP in MT says:

          I had it done, but is a “button” that sticks out, readily removable.

          The SR9 feels like it has a smaller grip diameter from all the other 17 round 9mm’s. The SR9c has a grip adapter that goes on the magazine to use the 17 rounders versus the compact 10 rounders.

          BTW, if you find a source for discounted factory magazines, sing out.

          • Unfortunately, I’m Canadian. We’re not allowed to have the 17 round magazines up here, and generally gun parts flow from manufacturer to dealer to consumer with not much going across the border for consumers on either side.

            I’ll let you know what I do find though. What’s the price threshold? How much is cheap to you to let you know where to try? The store I bought the gun from was selling extra mags for $40 a piece.

            • JP in MT says:


              Thanks. I think I’ll stock a few when the price drops down to the $25 range for factory mags. I can get Glocks for that and Beretta’s for $18.

        • hvaczach says:

          My best friend has a SR-9 and loves it, I have shot a few they seem to be a really solid pistol, and a savings from new glocks or springfeilds at least in my neck of the woods.

    • Per Hiero Desteen says:

      My son loves his, and prefers it over my Glocks. He’s still going to get a Glock anyway. I ain’t getting any younger and I want my kids to get their inheritance while I’m young enough to see them get to use it.

      • hvaczach says:

        Are you looking to adopt!

        • Per Hiero Desteen says:

          I ain’t saying yes, and I ain’t saying no. I have two grown sons, so I do have 2 vacant bedrooms and an extra bathroom now.

    • axelsteve says:

      Mike Good choice! Ruger tends to make good guns and the 9mm can be a good round with the right load.

      • hvaczach says:

        For a factory load I have found the Hornady Critical Duty to be a descent round not cheap about a buck a bang but the few I have test fired really tore things up.

  45. Added the following to my stock pile: 2 2g food grade buckets,1 3.5g food grade bucket, Pump N Seal with extra seals, 2.38lb Thrive Eggs Whole, 2.50lb Thrive Ham TVP, 2.14lb Thrive Chicken TVP, 2.4lb Thrive Bacon TVP, 2.53lb Thrive Beef TVP,
    .35lb Thrive Broccoli, and 1 9 LED flashlight from Harbor Freight (Free).

    Attended a class on off the grid cooking skills.

  46. How do you dehydrate froz zen vegetables./// Have a freezer full and need the space. I have two garden ways, just need to know.

    • Mary,
      Spread frozen veggies evenly on the dehydrator trays. No need to thaw.
      Dehydrate until crisp…usually 16-18 hours, sometimes longer depending on humidity. You can’t over dry.
      Have a thermostat on your dehydrator…set temp at 110 to
      115 degrees….dehydrate low and slow.

      Vacumn seal veggies or use mylar bags using oxygen absorbers.

      • JP in MT says:

        Lyn & Mary:

        We vacuum seal our dehydrated vegi’s in Mason jars and the FoodSaver. Works for us.

    • mom of three says:

      Just put them on the racks, it takes about 5 to 6 hour’s to dehydrate them. Even though mine says don’t rotate, I do at least once. I just did peas, carrots, today I’m doing strawberries, and a tray of peas.

    • Hunker-Down says:

      There are several good tutorials at dehydrate2store. I think the author hasn’t added any in several months.
      I learned a lot form her.


  47. Happy Camper says:

    I’ve ordered from Ebay the Encyclopedia of Country Living, can’t wait to get it ! I have downloaded the ‘LDS preparedness Manual’ and ‘Where There Is No Doctor’. I’m going to read through them and print off the pages I feel will be useful.
    Have been playing nurse to a sick Bull Terrier, she spent one night at the vet which cost me $540, the amoxicillin she was sent home with wasn’t helping, so I started giving her colloidal silver at 2ml per hour. Needless to say silver is magic and my Bully is now better.
    I’ve been continuing with culling items I have and listing on ebay, I’ve been researching and praying about how to treat material posessions. I have realised that unknowingly we all become tied to items, I’ve decided that unless an item has survival value then it goes. (Except for my GHD hair straightener and fav shoes)
    My ebay income for preps went on the dogs vet bill so thankfully I’ve got a heap more stuff to lost and sell.
    Oh and a proud moment for me, my children miss 18 and mr 19 went camping with a few friends, on their way home they washed the car and refueled it, then after they pulled up the driveway they immediately unpacked the camp gear and washed the camp kitchen stuff, then finally they got themselves sorted out. Wow I’m so proud, normally they have to be yelled at for at least a week before they unpack and sort the camp stuff.

    • Where can you get colloidial silver?

      • Mike, do a search on this site and put in collidial silver generator. Someone post directions last year I think to build one using batteries and some simple things from radio shack. Only other thing you need is some silver.

      • Buckwheat says:

        I saw some online at Costco on sale this weekend.

      • sw't tater says:

        pure colloids.com

      • You might want to do a search on “colloidial silver.” From what I’ve read, it does have some medicinal value, but too much can a person very, very sick. Best used in moderation.

    • Congrats with the children. It is a big step when you don’t have to tell them to do something 100 times then have a screaming fit to get them to do it. The youngest asked me to move something off the washing machine yesterday then made some comment later that I didn’t do it. I reminded her of all the times I’ve asked her to unload the dishwasher and she didn’t do it. She didn’t have much to say after that. She also insisted on giving me (another) hug before she drove back to school. She’s been my most emotionally trying child so I take the baby steps as I get them.

  48. Kat's Tale says:

    Hi all,
    I am inspired by all your preps. I was feeling sort of lacking this week, but inventoried what I had done this week and it wasn’t half bad.
    I ordered & received a new stock of Elderberries and star anise for cough syrup. Gosh it seems like the bugs just keep going around. In our area little kids and 30 somethings seem to be getting hit the hardest.
    We also came to the big decision to go ahead with our house building project. Interest rates and construction costs are just going to go up, so we might as well get it done. Worked with the contractor to stream line a few ideas and basically cut out none essential items. I stood firm on a few things that will make this house more off the grid friendly. Lucky for me our contractor has built off grid homes before , in some pretty remote areas. He has some great ideas and has really put my mind to rest.
    So I guess you could say we are getting prepared to break ground the first week in May.
    Also spent time with my daughter going over summer projects we do together.
    May God bless and keep each of you this week.

  49. I think you mean plum tree. what brand of rototiller did you get and do you like it. I have a front tine and I am getting too old to wrestle with it every year ,so I am looking for a new rear tine model, thanks I like your website

    • Dan,

      I had prunes on my mind lol, one thing about this blog if you have even the slightest brain fart, typo or misspelled word someone somewhere will notice it, so at least I know folks are reading and paying very close attention, and that’s a good thing.
      The tiller is a “Yard Machine” from Walmart and I don’t know if I like it or not yet. I have not had time to put it to work…

      • Ah, the Pack continues to be alert.

      • MD,
        I was going to ask the same question. From the photo it looks a lot like one of the smaller Troy Build machines, and at least ergonomically looks like it should perform similarly with the rear tines.

    • The DH insisted on buying a tiller he could pull with the riding mower. He said that he’s too old to get beat up by the walk-behind models and always hated it when he did use one. It’s been really great.

      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        GA Red
        I can empathize with your DH. I have a big rear till walk-behind. Wish I could trade it for something smaller. I do great on the straight aways but turns tend to kick my butt. I certainly can’t manhandle it.

  50. madison says:

    I cant think of anything I did to prep this week…. but I`m sharing my preps with someone else. my mentor is really worried about these 2 little boys that have no electricity or running water at their house. I told her I`ll help them out as best I can. I took a little food out of my storage area and stuffed them inside an empty tissue box, then I cut small holes on the sides of the box, and made a handle for it. not all of it was from the pile, though. I might take some noodles out of the pantry and give those to them since we always have lots of them.
    I want to write a blog on here about dealing with a family that doesn’t support my prepping habits and now discouraged im getting. I think I have to email MD about it.

    • JP in MT says:


      I’m just a bit older, and have pretty well been an outcast, based upon my ideas, for a number of years. If they were alive now, the would be mocking me, even with the current situation nationally and internationally.

      I prepped anyway. I read and learned when I couldn’t stockpile. At 36 I married a wonderful woman who didn’t think I was completely crazy. As more and more of the events I anticipated came to be, she moved along side. At 42 we finally had a place and actually started “Conventional Prepping”.

      Don’t give up hope. There are many that agree that you are on the right track. This group has really lifted my spirits over the years.

      I hope to live a long life of modern luxury, leaving my children and grandchildren to go “What was he thinking and what are we going to do with all this ….. stuff ….” I’m afraid that I’m not wrong. I don’t know what will happen, but we can’t thrive under the current conditions.

      Please share your thoughts and concerns. You never know who you will be helping. It will also help you focus on what is important to you.

    • Madison,

      It’s tough to prep at your age and single and living in someone else’s house and don’t make a lot of money. I’m sure all of is have been in that position at one time or another in our lives.

      When I was a teenager, I was in the Boy Scouts, so camping gear was something that was reasonable for me to have. I couldn’t afford freeze dried food so I taught myself how to do wondrous things with pasta, stews, and casseroles. I focused on skills more than supplies.

      You don’t have to become a girl scout or an explorer to learn these things. Get a book and practice. A lot of the scouts in my troop didn’t know how to do them either so we learned together. For instance, learning how to sharpen a blade, how to start a fire with and without matches, knots and splices, building things out of wood and rope AKA pioneering, learning what the edible plants in your area are… The list goes on and on.

      Learning skills is just as if not more important than putting things up. If you are in a position where you can’t put things up without torquing the family…. Well skill building is still prepping. Not to mention it will make you that much more self sufficient. Don’t overlook things like learning how to budget and how to reconcile a checkbook, meal planning, home sanitation, and meal preparation. I’ll bet if you started doing the meals a couple times a week, cleaning the kitchens and bathrooms every now and then, the family woul LOVE their darling prepper.

      Build your skills and camouflage it from them. Make it a game. It worked for me. I even turned out to be a much better cook than my parents.

      Hang in there.

    • Per Hiero Desteen says:

      Don’t worry about it, Madison. Just about everyone but my oldest son thinks I’m crazy for prepping. But they sure did enjoy having electricity during this 2 day power outage because of a new(to me) generator. I didn’t hear any complaints about my prepping then. Just prep on and don’t worry about the naysayers. They will always be here trying to hold you back.

    • hvaczach says:

      Don’t get discouraged, almost every major success story though-out history the trail is strewn with difficulties, failures, and nay-sayers. As Sirius stated the skills are more important than the stuff-knowledge can never be taken away from you. Often forgotten prepper skills that people don’t think about are simple things that pass as hobbies, learn to sew, or crochet, my wife as a young woman learned to quilt these are invaluable skills in tough times. If you have the space for it start a small garden hard for anyone to argue with a fresh tomato.

    • Madison,

      Write up your article and email it to M.D. And at your age, things can only get better. It won’t be long and you will be on your own in your own place.

    • “really worried about these 2 little boys that have no electricity or running water at their house”
      lol Children were raised without electricity or running water for 1000s of years & did just fine. For previous generations, “running water” meant running to the well outside to get the water. Give your mentor a book about a generation that grew up w/out modern convenciences.

  51. Tom The Tinker says:

    Rotated wet preps out of basement. Picked up the Estwing ‘dry-wall’ axe, belt sanded a rough edge and used my Ken Onion to hone it. Found a garage sale cooler that ‘fits’ my trunk GHB for camouflage in the car. EE for seed bank, storm matchs, Red Feather and Datrex 3600 bars for the GHBs.

    Meet up on the Maumee River
    July 12th. breakfast > …….. ?
    Farnsworth Metro Park at Roush DeBoeu
    South of Waterville, Ohio. on the Anthony Wayne Trail.
    Grills, bike and hike trail, full heads. On the river at the rapids.
    Conversation, ideas, LMIs, possibilities.
    No Camo please BYO preps. Dogs/bunnage/charcoal/bean pot supplied.

    RSVP to [email protected]

  52. Patriot Farmer says:

    I added two cases of assorted soups to the shelves, 100 rds of .223, 6 crossbow bolts and I turned my compost pile and added a few wheel barrow loads to the garden and worked them into the soil. I also had half of my roof replaced and one side worth of siding replaced, (wind damage). I also spent time at the range re-sighting my rifles.

    MD I’ve been thinking about purchasing a semi-auto 308 rifle. I have narrowed my choice to the M&P 308 or the M1A1 SOCOM or Squad/Scout. I see that you have an M&P, how would you rate it to the M1A1?

    • Patriot Farmer,

      Either one would be great – personally, I think that the M&P 10 has better placed controls (safety and mag release) but that depends on the individual shooter. If possible go get a hands on look at both to see which one you like “the feel of” best.

      • Patriot Farmer says:

        Thanks MD. I hope to shoot both of them soon.

      • SoCalPrepper says:

        We’ve also been toying with the idea of the M&P 10 – I really like the weight and feel of it. Of course, it is probably because I love my M&P 15! We’ve also looked at the LWRCi .308, but that one is super expensive and much heavier!

  53. Overhill says:

    Not much this week because on Monday the clutch went out on the primary vehicle, a pickup truck. It’s in the shop. Not sweating it, though, as the cash is in the appropriate emergency fund for such problems. I could go on and on about the importance of having fully-funded emergency funds … but I would just be channeling the teachings of M.D.’s fellow Tennessean, Dave Ramsey, about getting out of debt and staying out debt. … Two different groups of snowbird relatives stopped by on their way home from their winter abodes in the South. Other, minor preps included some more non-perishable foods for the larder. Three or four months of grub stored away, now. Doing some bigtime spring cleaning. … Getting close to putting in the garden!

    • axelsteve says:

      I listen to Dave Ramsy from time to time and I enjoy his show. The mid stream media hates him though.

  54. moonstone says:

    I did quite a few things this week. Im excited about my essential oils I received this week. I bought a kit of 9 different medical grade oils with a diffuser, book on uses for each oil.and some extra bonuses. I am really wanting to learn how to use oils in place of medicine. Bought 6 Lifestraws for backup to my Berky ,also got 2 Berky filters.Received a large order from The Ready Store.bought 3 seven gallon water blocks. I am using well water, our water is really soft and good tasting. How many drops of chlorine per 7 gal. container do I need? Stocked up on vitamins and other supplements. I want to be sure I have lots of Osteo Biflex because it really zaps my arthritis in my hands and knees.Had some dental work done and took care of all my yearly Dr. appointments. I feel like there is so much more to do and so little time. Stay safe Pak and may God bless us all as we strive to survive!

    • Started building the greenhouse today.
      1. Took an hour to snow blow a spot 20 x 12,
      2. Made a frame with 2 – 8′ and 2 – 12′ pressure treated 4 x 4’s.
      3. Made an arch with 4 16′ long wire fencing panels

      Tomorrow, I’ll make the frame for the window and door and then cover it with plastic on Monday. Less than $200 to build – love it!

      This week, I started 4 flats of seeds and wished the snow would hurry up and melt.


      • Urbancitygirl says:

        Love your greenhouse idea. We have a small yard, but it may look into doing something similar, but much smaller next year.

    • Hi moonstone,

      The American Red Cross site says this about well water: “If the water you are using comes from a well or
      water source that is not treated with chlorine, add two drops
      of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to each
      gallon of water.”

      You should use fresh chlorine bleach as it breaks down over the course of a year. As it breaks down it will still work, but you have to use more. Once your water is sterilized though, it should be fine so long as bacteria can’t get into it, and you keep it in the dark.

      More here, on water and food storage:


  55. Urbancitygirl says:

    Finalizing coop decision and placement now that most of the snow/ice has melted. What a difference a week makes!

    My tomato seeds have sprouted on my windowsill.

    Replaced all the bulbs in the house with led bulbs today, well except the basement-that will be another paycheck. This is part of my plan for reducing electric usage for more efficient use of our generator in power outages and also to eventually use some solar energy. I’ve pinned several sites on solar energy on Pinterest. The articles here are well timed also.

    Smokers (for meat) are starting to get my attention. I’m intrigued by another cooking method.

    3 buckets of 25 lbs each of rice were put in Mylar w/oxygen obsorber. Almost have a yrs worth of dish soap. I met my 1 yr goal on homemade laundry soap.

    We are inching closer to a full year supply of food/cooking/cleaning/hygiene. But we are weak on water storage and heating fuel. We have some, but nowhere near a years worth for heating and only 180 gal of water. No well (city lot), a small lake is about a mile by foot and it would be unsafe to travel to. We have water catchment and filters though.

    • Encourager says:

      Urbancitygirl, rice also should go into the freezer for two weeks to kill any bugs and eggs in it.

      • Urbancitygirl says:

        Encourager, I got a freezer in January and was so happy to be able to purchase larger bags of rice to freeze before putting them in long term storage. So much easier than rotating small bags thru the fridge/freezer.

        • Encourager says:

          We love our freezer! Unfortunately, it is stuffed with brown rice (goes rancid too fast to keep in buckets), and lots of veggies, some meats. We are looking for another freezer to store 1/2 of a pig and 1/2 of a steer. And I want to raise meat chickens this spring…will have to shoehorn them in the main freezer…

          • Encourager, we have 2 freezers – one for meat and one for vegetables/fruit/bread. Freezer organization can be challenging – I have found that using banana boxes works great – I try to make sure that the contents in the bottom box are the same as the contents in the top box. This way, all the shredded zucchini doesn’t end up in the bottom box only to be found 3 years later!

          • Urbancitygirl says:

            I’ve been trying to find better deals on hamburger and not having luck. In my first marriage we got 1/2 cow/beef but I really hated the taste of the meat. Don’t recall if it was grain fed or what (not sure I’d have known what it really meant at the time anyway) but I do know I thought the meat was “bad” and tossed much of it.

            I want to try it again, but nervous. I also wonder if grinding my own hamburger meat is worth it. Would it be any cheaper.

            I love and crave beef but DH will only eat it as ground beef, otherwise he’s strictly a chicken eater.

            • Encourager says:

              Urbancitygirl, one time our friend, a local beef farmer had an older cow that wouldn’t breed so he butchered it and had it all made into hamburger. It had an off taste and we hated it. He took all 30# of it back. Said the dogs didn’t care! His meat is always 100% guaranteed.

              Find a local beef farmer and explain to him the off beef you got and ask to buy a couple of pounds. They always have some in their own freezers.

              It is a shame to grind the entire quarter up as you lose all the roasts and steaks! Maybe your beef farmer will cut you a deal for just hamburger.

              We have a farmer’s market about an hour away where many of the vendors specialize in meat. There is one just for lamb, one just for chicken and other poultry, one for pork and one for beef. The beef farmer at that market has wonderful beef – entirely grass fed and he grows his own hay for winter feed. His cows are Scottish Highlander cattle. I buy bones from him for bone broth and have had some steaks, roasts and ground. All of it was excellent but very expensive. You can buy just one package of whatever if you want.

              The problem with buying ground beef in a grocery store, that if they do not grind their own from cows they purchased, the ground beef could come from 5 or more different countries and is ground and mixed together. It is usually the poorer quality beef that is ground up.

              Sorry this reply was so long!!

              • Urbancitygirl says:

                Encourager, thank you for the information. I have a refreshed vigor now for my hunt. With spring coming around, I will hit a few different farmers markets and try to get a few pkgs only for a taste test at home.

  56. Fauxcus says:

    My offer was was accepted on the BOL! Hoping to close in about two weeks. Looking for work in that area, and will make the move sooner, if at all possible. Started on my chicken tractor and got my garden seeds started.

  57. Week 6- now have a GHB and a BOB -and a place to bugout to when SHTF DB#3 and SIL were open to my prepping and thought it would work if I have to go-I go there.
    Bought a solar shower-figured if I’m going to use river water to bathe it’s going to be warm river water.
    Worked in the garden-onions beets carrots turnips radishes and broccoli in the second bed-had some leftover copper tubing so I ringed the beds
    Hit the flea markets, thrift stores and an auction-picked up 7 boxes of candles, 300 each plastic forks, knives, and spoons a cooler bag on wheels and a real old fashioned can opener for less than a twenty
    Still learning how to bake bread from scratch-it’s delicious work but somebody has to do it
    Stocked some more food preps mostly Bob’s Mills and canned fruits and veggies-bought matzo to help with cracker addiction – shelf life of over a year
    My town is offering 55 gallon drums for rain barrels so I reserved 2 -will need to figure out how to frame s rack b/c back yard is tiny
    Mapped out locations within 3 miles of all cattail and wild blackberries that I know
    Working on the toolkit and emergency car kit will have to upgrade my first aid kit next week as well.
    Working on my binders-daresay that is the most fun.
    Thanks for all the suggestions and tips last week and this week-be safe and take care.
    Made a deal with an Amish lady I am friendly with-she is going to teach me how to make butter, cheeses, sour cream and yogurt I am trading her one of my old quilts for the lessons
    Need to order my pressure CANNER this month but since I mailed off thr check to the IRS it will have to wait until next payday

  58. Purchased 5-30round 5.45x39mm magazines for my AR along with another 750 rounds of 5.45x39mm (non-corrosive).

  59. I really didn’t do anything this week as I was out of town for a few days but JoJo, my beautiful bride, tackled the our storage area and made better use of our space. We have a 42 foot 5th wheel toy hauler. It has a 14 foot garage area we use for storage and as a man cave. She started by taking apart our plastic shelves and with the use of a small saw instead of 5 shelves there are now 8 and almost no wasted space, Items that do not require climate control were moved out into a single axle covered trailer we have. Much of the previously shelved items were boxed and labeled. Care was taken in regards to best use by dates. She also added another shelf to a kitchen cabinet that we really needed.
    It is a world of difference.

  60. Purchased 40lbs Diatomaceous Earth, food grade, from local feed and seed store….$22.00
    Inventoried all my preps, after adding DE to bottom of all storage
    buckets and plastic containers.
    Spread DE around area where food items are stored. Should eliminate any bugs and hopefully any mice.
    Several vacumn sealed bags needed to be resealed. Tried using mylar bags, sealing home iron. No luck. Any suggestions on purchasing a mylar sealer ?

    Thats all for last week….

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      I use my curling iron but I know someone who uses a handheld mylar bag sealer from Amazon.

      • mindful patriot says:

        only woman I know with a tactical curling iron…
        you prepper you

    • Lyn
      I purchased a curling iron for the hair but the blades are flat, that has a multitude of heat settings. I found it at B*g L*t$ for $20.00, figured if it did not seal the bags, oh well, I would give it to someone who could use it.

    • I use an iron and wrap the Mylar bag over the edge of a metal level. BC Truck did a you tube teaching video. After watching the video it was easy to do.

    • hvaczach says:

      I have just been using my food saver and I do a double or a triple seal layer. I don’t try to vac them just add O2 absorbers and seal so far seems to work well.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      Where did you find food grade DE @ 40# for $22?

      • Urbancitygirl says:

        Tactical gma,

        I’m not Lyn but DH and I picked up a 40 lb bag of DE today at Tractor supply for $19.99. Food grade. The bag is paper, so I’m thinking of transferring to a bucket with lid to keep it dry.

        • Tactical G-Ma says:

          Thanks. I will get a bag next time instead of the gallon container!

          • Urbancitygirl says:

            I had the gallon container in the cart when DH stumbled into a clerk and he mentioned using it to rid his garage siding of bees and shepherded us over to the large bags a few aisles over near the horse supplies.

            • Encourager says:

              Are they honey bees? If so, contact a local apiary as they will usually come out and take the bees.

              • Urbancitygirl says:

                I should have clarified,the clerk mentioned using the DE for bees, not my DH.

      • Feed stores carry food grade DE.

        • No Way
          Yes, most feed stores carry food grade DE. My Tractor
          Supply was out…went to another feed store…in a city.

          Good luck

  61. moonstone says:

    Penrod,Thanks for the info. I had read the amount sometime ago but had kinda forgot. I will write it down this time. The website was very helpful. I love learning to better prepare. My DH is not so into this so I do most of it on my own. Thanks again.

    • You’re very welcome, moonstone. Glad to help!

      PS: Ready.gov is also useful. try here for water:


      If you have trouble convincing family members that prepping is useful, you might suggest that both the federal government and the American Red Cross strongly urge us to prep. Who are we to ignore the Federal Government or the Red Cross????? 🙂

  62. Jersey Drifter says:

    Slow week for me. Finished transplanting tomato and pepper plants into larger peat moss pots. I figure I have at least 5 weeks at the earliest before they go out. Also transplanted basil and parsley, trying to give them a head start. Put up another 5 lbs. of dry lentils. Also ordered 3 cans of red feather butter and some popcorn. I didn’t want to order too much butter without giving it a try on bread, toast, potatoes, steamed veggies, and cooking.

    Also been thinking real hard about getting a reloading press. 6.5mm Japanese ammo is real hard to find and somewhat high priced if you can find it. But I have been able to find brass. Also would like to reload .38 colt long. So that fact plus reloading common stuff ( well again if you can find it and not be gouged in the price ) makes me ready to pull the trigger ( pun ) on a purchase.

    • JP in MT says:


      Do you have a revolver that fires original 38 Long Colt or the newer stuff? The original used a .375″ bullet that was larger than the case (similar to 41 Long Colt).

      • Jersey Drifter says:

        It’s an old one. Was my grandfathers, now my dad’s and he is 89. I don’t plan on shooting it before first having someone with knowledge check it out. But my grandfather had .38 specials with it, gun is marked if I remember correctly 38 long colt. I did some looking around on web sites to find date of manufacture, but I can’t find the paper work I had. Only would shoot it to make sure it worked, or in a home break in. And that would not be my go to gun.

  63. A good friend gave me a great deal on 223 reloads, I just had to buy the tips and powder. The reloads look better than the new stuff that I’ve been buying. I have another friend that has a private range and he gives me all of the brass. Traded the brass for the reloads. I set up my second rain water collection system, with 3 more barrels. I also bought 500 rounds of 22lr from another friend that gives me a call when he gets orders in at his shop. I’ll pick up another 10 barrels on Monday. I’m starting my garden barrel business to cover the costs of my preps, and pay off a credit card bill (besides the mortgage, it’s all I have left to pay off). The same friends that gives me the brass goes to numerous prepper meetings throughout the state. I’ve struck up a deal with him to sell them at the meetings, and he gets a piece of the action. I’ll be selling them for less than half the price of places that sell them on-line. Tomorrow I’ll put up a net to cover my gardens. Birds and squirrels had been driving me insane lately. In the winter I’ll take off the netting and replace it with plastic so I can have a full 12 months of growing my veggies.

  64. Had my ’94 station wagon in the shop. It needed lots of maintenance and repairs. However I feel the $1000 was well worth it as now it is tuned and drives like a dream. Next I am doing maintenance on my teeth. My knee decided it too, needs overhauling so have an orthopedist’s appointment to determine the source of the pain. I want to get everything fixed, repaired and replaced before summer — just in case. This week my preps have been in the organizing and inventorying category. I am working on a double garage filled with materials I use to make Love Gifts for the homeless and abused plus about 500 seniors in various programs that just need a reminder they are special and still have value. I also get to come up with several hundred “somethings” for women and youth camps and events each year too. I was blessed with after Christmas sales where I spent $300 buying 25 cents super-clearance items — some valued at $20. Unfortunately, the bounty overflowed my storage area so I bit the bullet and forced myself to rearrange. I still have the basement to put in order and get all my personal preps better organized. However, it helps to know the ministry part of my life can continue for years in a crisis situation. That’s when people will REALLY need a little TLC and encouragement.

    • axelsteve says:

      Linda. these days 1000 dollars does not go very far with auto repair and maintenance unfortunatly.

  65. Texanadian says:

    sold my tractor, ouch, got the asking price, people just left with my pool table, ouch, more stuff sold during the week. The prep to move back to Canada continues but it hurts seeing this stuff go. The garden is doing fine. Don’t let the SHTF for a few more months please. Let me get resettled. 🙂

  66. Rooikat says:

    Let’s see…
    I obtained a copy of “The Siege of Firebase Gloria’, one of the best war films in all of recorded history.
    I also took part in the ‘let’s learn how to store beans, then eat them, after we learn how to cook them’ project, which was a success. Nobody died.

  67. Surviving in Ky says:

    Hello MD and Pack, Nice MP 10 and rototiller MD! Made several orders this week to round out some areas of preps. Ordered Strategic Relocation and the Secure Home from Infowars.
    Ordered the following:
    50 assorted sutures and suture instruments
    2 skin staplers
    2 staple removers
    1 clothes snips
    24 piece military style field medical kit
    2 life straws
    Tactical Triad Gun Cleaning kit
    Latest book from Joe Nobody
    Did some work around the homestead now that the weather has finally broke. I have so much to do it is almost overwhelming. Worked on the shed somemore yesterday and will probably do more today or clean thr garage, not sure. Both need work! Hope everyone is doing well and as always stay safe MD and Pack. God Bless.

  68. Added 2 more essential oils to my slow growing stock. Got eucalyptus and citronella. Also picked up guar gum so when I finally get around to using my grain mill for the non-wheat flours I’ll have it on hand. Both cars got oil changes this week. Went to a natural food store looking for something for my arthritis, I have it all over and some days it’s really rough in the morning. Talked to a lady there who recommended Curamin. Trying a small bottle to see if it helps, nothing else has done much yet. Nice thing is it has a money back guarantee so if it doesn’t work I’m not out anything! I’ll put that money back into preps. Hoping it works.

    Added some more canning jars. Going to vacuum seal some rice that I have in the freezer today. Will put spaghetti squash in the dehydrator today. I think that’s it aside from reading this blog and learning from y’all!

  69. Received my cytokine herb mixture yesterday and will make the tincture shortly. That’s it for this week.

  70. Lets see, I got some practice with hubby’s AR. For some reason I was a bit intimidated by it, but really it is alot smoother then the handguns. Stocked up on canning jars from Amazon..they had pints on sale. Weeded the garden, peas and doing well as is the spinach and kale, healed off the taters to go in the ground. bought a variety pkg of essential oils for making vapor rub, insect repellant etc.. Hubby took down 7 trees that had grown up tall enough to shade the garden area…he got it stacked and ready to season for next year.

  71. TN-Sioux says:

    Florida Gal has changed her name since the big move North! This was a great week and we accomplished a lot of things around the place. As I sat finishing our taxes opened mouthed looking at the amount we had to fork out my phone rang. It was the gun shop informing us our new Smith & Wesson Governor was ready for pick-up. We laughed all the way to the shop about the timing of that call. Picked up our Zaycon ham and ground beef order, pressure canning tomorrow, Garden plot is tilled and worked in some leaves and compost. Starting to cut wood for next season and built a larger compost bin. Rainey days we paint inside and when the sun is out we hit the property and garden. Be blessed this week and thanks to all the contributors who have taught me so much about this lifestyle.

    • Hunker-Down says:


      That’s a tremendous life style change from scuba diving to cutting firewood. Sounds like you like the new life!

      • TN-Sioux says:

        Would not trade this for anything, sure wish we could have started younger but 60’s are the new 30’s right?

        • Encourager says:

          I will keep repeating that…60’s are the new 30’s…60’s are the new 30’s…60’s are the new 30’s…60’s are the new 30’s…

  72. Garden got tilled for the first time, now DH (his idea, but not gonna argue..) wants to get a dump trailer full of organic compost to till in. Yay! Already located the compost, and I think the trailer holds 4 yards…yay! Temps to be in 40’s several nights this week, so will wait until next weekend for the actual planting. Wow, normally I try to get the garden started around valentines day, but now it’s almost Easter. Oh, well.
    Found another citrus tree for a grat price, lime this time, and want a clementine, will get that one if any are left later this week.
    Actually started to put away the long sleeved shirts, sweaters and hoodies until yesterday. Will hold off on that another week or so as well. I have a couple of those plastic zip up coverings that bedding sets come in to put the sweaters in, will toss a couple of pieces of cedar wood in with em and they’ll get shelved in the cedar closet gun room.
    Speaking of gun room, need to get DH to inventory the ammo, quick visual yesterday tells me there is a lot of .45, but not near enough .223 or rounds for the hunting rifles. Also need more .22 but who doesn’t.
    We’ve got the use of a large tractor and shredder for a while while a friend finds a new property. DH swears he’s going to mix the horse manure and cedar chip pile to let it compost. Need to get a bucket full in the actual compost pile and some turning to be done.
    Stocked up up on a couple of cans of black olives each of whole and sliced. Planning on doing that until prices go up again on them, as well as some other canned items that I can’t grow right now.
    I have decided that I am going to add 5 cases of pints and 5 or 6 cases of half pint jars to my stash. I think I can then really focus on jar lids and getting those Tattlers.
    I’m also gathering up my flash drives and making sure I have double backups on the important computer files, like pics and documents. And the all important music, audiobooks and movie files as well.
    Been visiting some of the digital stuff that library card gives me access to. Some decent stuff listed, but not much selection. Need to figure out if this allows me access to some of the state university libraries, as well as the state’s. UT and A&M have extensive libraries on many things, now Baylor has been around longer, the library there was a fun place to go in high school…and I did so make an A on that paper my senior year. What gave me a passion for Arthurian legend!! Want to be able to find some old herbal books.
    Annnnywaaaayyy……hope you guys up north get some sun soon, really hard to believe snow is still falling up that way! Temps here is Texas just above the 50 degree mark at midafternoon. At least it did rain some this morning.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      Good preps! If you have ever been to a renaissance fair it’s like stepping back in time. Bet you would really like that!

      • TGma, I would LOVE to go to one, but need someone to go with me that would enjoy it as well. One of my best friends in the frigid lands of Indiana loves them as well, but we can never get together when one is on. I even have a box full of patterns for costumes and other references on that type of garb. We used to have a real forge in the neighborhood that made knives and swords. Not sure if they’re still there, they used to have open house every now and then. Hm need to check. I have an idea that a blacksmith could help me with. Want to put together a rotisserie spit for the fire pit, along with various hangers for pots, etc.

    • Per Hiero Desteen says:

      Temps where I’m at haven’t budged from the mid-40s with rain all day long. Rain is good, but the temps are terrible for this time of year. Ready for this neverending winter to be over, but not ready for 90 degree weather yet. That’s what usually happens when we have late springs. Early summers. I’m gonna shut up before I jinx us all.

      • supposed to be hot again this summer.

        • Per Hiero Desteen says:

          Actually, we had a cool summer last year compared to normal, or at least my weather station said so. The gov’t station 30 miles away right beside an asphalt road said otherwise. I wonder why.

    • k. fields says:

      Shai – I’d recommend not mixing the horse manure and cedar chip pile to let it compost, the cedar will take way too long to break down.
      Instead, use the cedar as mulch/pathways for about 3 years THEN pick it up to compost.

      • Thats not a problem, K, as the chip pile is about 4 years old. Just need to get the manure cooking to kill off all the grains and other seeds. And just found a horehound plant growing by the horse pens. Huh. Would have never known if people around here hadnt opened my eyes to the wealth beneath our feet! Plantain going to seed, been harvesting leaves and drying them to add to the medicinal stores, and the passion flower vines are coming up again. Also need to get out and cut some of the shepards purse as well.

    • Shai,
      You should be able to get into the universities’ online libraries too.

  73. TimeHasCome says:

    We bought 48 cans (13 oz.) Chilly on sale at 88 cents each . If we don’t eat it in a couple of years my two big dogs will.
    Just found this blog , great stuff.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      Welcome to the pack! Hope you’ll give us a little intro without blowing OPSEC. Was that chilli with or without beans. That much with beans could effect the Ozone! 🙂

      • TimeHasCome says:

        New to Prepping , very concerned about the US economy . It seems to be getting worse by the day , or is it just me being more aware?. Thank you Tactical G-Ma for the invite to write a few words . I love getting the tips you folks have to offer .
        The chilly I bought has meat and beans and my two large German Shepard’s love the stuff. The male is still a pup at 9 months old , you cannot fill him up.

      • TN-Sioux says:

        Welcome you will be so blessed by the folks here and all their collective knowledge.

    • Encourager says:

      Welcome TimeHasCome. Ditto TGMa’s comments! BTW, better be careful if that chili has beans…TDL is trying to get a bill through to tax the methane cows produce. Next step will be dogs and us…just sayin’.

    • Nsaneprepper says:

      We bought chili for Y2K that we didn’t finish until 2009 and it was perfectly fine so don’t give up on it after just two years…BTW WELCOME!!!

  74. Nice work & acquisitions there, MD.

    Not much by me for many many many weeks except a bit of lurking and short comments. The dp’s mother finally passed away. The build-up and the aftermath were a mess, to say the least. And now he’s on a mission (since he’s retired and no longer has a mom to go spend his days with) to get into mischief, such trashing a lot of my stuff. I caught him before he got rid of all (and I mean all) of my books. At least I found my missing “The Devil’s Advocate” by Taylor Caldwell, which is a real gem. However, I can’t find my best herb book.

    The dp’s mission in cleaning (?) the house includes (he thinks) eliminating all preps. Got that? All preps = food, batteries, solar chargers, etc. According to him, emergencies never happen, I’m a disturbed hoarder, Armageddon-type things won’t happen, my books are useless, only 3 days of fresh food allowed, only a week’s worth of frozen food (no bulk packs), any supposed hobbies are worthless, because I like the outdoors we must not be compatible, he doesn’t eat beans, etc. Oh yeah, I knew this was coming, and yes, I’ve been poking at TN info for when he throws me out. For someone who makes it a point to always tell me how smart he is, he sure is pretty stupid. Vengeance was swift. The tarp over his riding mower was full of holes including a giant hole over the seat. Gee, no ready replacement as he had gotten rid of just about everything of his that looked like a tool or a tarp when he retired. Do I have a couple of tarps? Yes, of course. Did I offer one? No! But I did suggest that he go buy one before tomorrow at which point we’ll have 3 days of rain. He still hasn’t done it. Wait’ll he discovers that I have tarps. Hee hee, I bad. Well, he didn’t ask so I didn’t tell.

    On a better note, I did buy 2 more pairs of hiking laces for my boots. I read a few books, i.e. The Yellowstone Conundrum. That’s a scary book involving the Yellowstone caldera, numerous dams and rivers, and nuke plants. Well, my daddy told me never live at or below water level. And one look at the nuke plant site map on the web is enough to think about daddy’s other good words from his AF days — tuck head firmly thru legs and kiss butt goodbye.

    And on another possible better note, the dp is trashing a lot of his stuff from basement shelves. Perhaps when he sees what I really have, at least some of it will be “allowed” to stay.

    • Urbancitygirl says:

      What does do stand for?

    • get a storage place and move it ALL.
      you know what’s coming and he may actually be a bit disturbed. it never gets better.
      get out while the getting is good.

      what is ‘dp’ ?

      • He is more than a little disturbed…oh Mari you will definitely be in my prayers. Please watch out for yourself.
        What are your options? I am not even sure what to pray for…except your safety and maybe? the dp joining his beloved mother in the hereafter? He could find peace there from his demons. Take care, friend.

    • Encourager says:

      Mari, I am worried for your safety. Please be very, very careful! Share what is going on with someone – it wouldn’t be a bad idea to let the police know what is going on…just so they have it on record in case anything happens, which I sure pray it doesn’t.

      • Oh, he’s not dangerous to me. The worst he would do to me is throw me out. No, I have few options as I’m working disabled. Obamacare would likely mean my death. In NJ, if I lost my job and Cobra ran out, my Obamacare would just about match what my take-home pay is right now. Doctors don’t take Medicaid, so that’s worthless. And disability is about a 2-year waiting time. Rock? Hard place?

        Danger to himself? Well, my arm(s) are always always always locked up.

    • CountryVet says:

      Be VERY careful. I strongly suspect this person has the potential to be dangerous! “Co-operate” and help by removing ALL of your “stuff” to a storage unit, telling you DP that you are donating to a “worthy cause ” (none more worthy than you- right?). Do it and do it now! This situation could turn violent in a heartbeat. Find someplace to go yourself and relocate yourself ASAP. Do NOT let this person know where you are going or wher you are stroing your “stuff.”
      Prayers are with you.

    • Mari, what everybody is saying is true!! Anytime an immediate family member passes, about 75% of the rest of the family goes bats*it insane. Watch out for yourself. And watch out for those other family members who will “rally” to support their own “blood”
      Be careful…. And don’t let him determine what you do!!

      • Goes? LOS. Personally, I think 90% of his family is whack-job left-wingers. Certainly little in the way of true life skills unless it’s what Obummer says.

        • Lol. Makes you wonder wtf you’re doing with him? I’ve been married so long now that I would be lost for a while without him…. But as always, land on my feet and keep going. Lots of people are still amazed we are still together, but he puts up with my eccentricity and I see thru his BS. I also keep the “secret” of him being terrified of mice, rats, etc. it’s not easy, but you will do what’s best for you, when you’re ready. Hang in there Mari!

    • Brearbear says:

      Ex never supported my prepping….
      I left her a huge stock of food etc…
      Left her well set up in every way i could financially etc.

      Only took just my truck/tools b.o.b./ gear…with me.

      She gave all the preps to a soup kitchen.(sayed she didnt have “room”!

      Single life is terrible…but its hard to find a good hearted Christian prepper woman!

      It sound scary for you Mari…get a storage facility.

      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        Neither you or she were in your right mind while going thru a split. What’s done is done and time to let it go. Look at the magazines, tv, etc. Women are supposed to be self-absorbed with acrylic fingernails and highlights in their hair. And men really appreciate the beauty but for most of us it means high-maintenance. Especially with husband, children, home, livestock, gardening, prepping, and frequently a job outside of the home, it’s just not sustainable.
        Being that you live a nomadic and rural type of life, I think a Christian dating service might be right up your alley. There are tons of women out there who want a partner to prep and grow with. You gotta take a step to first find female friends even far away who have the same interests. But I warn you, most prepping women want to be an equal not a subservient. 😉

        • Brearbear says:

          Tactical G-Ma

          Thank You for the advice…and warning!

          Im not caring for the opsec part of a dating site though!

          “Nomadic Christian Prepper man seeks…” ?…

          Feel im gonna be single awhile…i dont have a hard time finding a woman…
          its the Christian Nomadic Prepper part…

          Never had children…never been married. (raised lots of other peoples kids though)!

          And i am getting older.

          Next time..it must be done the Lords way…not living in sin.

          God Bless!

          * i am not sure you know which alive mag i meant: (there is an American alive also)…

          “alive is a Canadian natural health and wellness magazine”

  75. WthrMan says:

    We received our Berkey last week. Works great. We had some trees taken out so now we have lots of sun in the backyard. Looking forward to a vegetable garden with radishes, beets and tomatoes. Bought seeds.

  76. Another week of real estate courses for me. not much in the prepping category of life I did make a pot of beans a couple of weeks age and used one of the Dak Hams in it. The pintos were great over rice. This week I tried the Bacon flavored Spam. It was real y good on the breakfast tacos we made. Will probably make sandwiches out of the rest, a “SLT” instead of a “BLT.”
    Bought a little more PM’s and got the order in from JM Bullion that I bought using M.D.’s link. Now is a good time to buy both gold and silver.
    One more course and I’ll be finished with the educational requirements of the real estate licensing. I already have a broker that has said they will take me in and let me learn the business. I’m excited about starting a new chapter in my life.
    Still haven’t been able to close on the BOL land that my DW and I am buying, tittle issues and heirs down the line to deal with. Oh well, at least the seller is paying for all the title word for the deed.
    Nice gun M.D. I’ve been thinking about getting a .223 in and AR platform. My wife has a Remington R-15 and it sure shoots sweet. I’ll probable go the black gun route with mine and I’m thinking I just my build it myself. Been watching some YouTube videos on assembly and it doesn’t seem too complicated. I am a little familiar with them since I carried one in the Army back in the 80’s. And it seems like every time we go shooting, I end up cleaning my wife’s!
    Well that’s about it for me this week. Will be waiting on the gun show in two weeks to come to town and debating over whether or not to build up an AR. Keep prepping!

  77. Getting things ready for the arrival of new critters (chickens and bees). Tore down all of the hives in the bee yard and brought them into the work area for some cleaning and setup to be ready when the new bee packages arrive in mid May. Found a lot of dead ones, and it looks like there will be 30 or more pounds of honey to extract later this summer. While I hate losing any hive, more than 2 weeks of -10 to -20 temperatures (actual) and -15 to -40 wind-chill simply annihilated the hives this year. Setting up better stands with space for 6-8 hives, and building enough extra supers to hopefully catch some swarms, since free bees are nice.
    Had one medium size tree come down missing the propane grill and the window on the house, pretty much splitting the difference between them. I’m not sure if I could have felled the tree as cleanly. Sometimes lady luck just smiles on you.
    That’s all this past week, but as spring gets here and things hopefully start to dry out, this report should get busier by the week.

    • congrats on getting chickens! I sure do love my fresh eggs in the morning.

      • bc,
        I introduced a good friend and MAG member. to bees, and he also took up chickens. He supplied me with eggs for a few bags of feed, and now it’s time to try some on my own (they are BTW dang good eggs). He ordered the chicks which will be at his place in late April. He’ll keep them all together for 3-4 weeks and then I’ll move mine into the coop. There was a coop on the property that we fenced in for the dogs for nearly 15 years; but, they are now both gone, so it’s back to chickens. Just have to add some top fencing for flying predators, nest boxes and roosting area and we’re good to go. The DW grew up on the farm with chickens, but that was about 50 years ago, so it will be new for both of us.

      • axelsteve says:

        bctruck. Did you make that video of the eggs with bacon inside of them yet?

  78. Good morning all – the DH and I celebrated our anniversary on Saturday by spending some time in the mountains with one of our daughters. We managed to find a dirt road and spent over an hour driving along a ridge. Because there weren’t many leaves on the trees at that elevation yet, we had some awesome views. Lots of blackberry bushes along the road, so we know there will be plenty of bears up there later in the year. It was just a good day to be in the mountains. Besides, the yellow fog has hit the rest of the state – aka pollen – and I needed a break from it.

    Yesterday I did a Big Lots run and a Sam’s Club run:

    2 months of cat food
    2 cans of chicken
    36 rolls of toilet paper
    3 vegan pre-made meals for the youngest daughter (for lent)
    bottled water
    6 boxes gluten-free macaroni & cheese
    2 bottles Pink Bismuth (generic pepto)
    1 box Rice Chex
    Cat Litter
    1 can of coconut milk
    2 packages of shelf life rice milk
    1 pack of Mandarin Oranges
    1 box of Kind Bars (gluten-free granola bars)
    1 box of 3 Musketeers bars
    1 box of Hershey bars
    1 400ct bottle of baby Aspirin

    Milk and eggs that I don’t count for storage or long term use, but always on the grocery list. Everything is in my regular rotation but I always try to buy 2 when I need one or have an extra on the shelf, if I can afford it. Wow! It looks like I did more than I thought too.

    I’m still nursing some seedlings and have had some outside this past week. Hopefully, we’ll be able to till some more organic matter into the garden this coming weekend then start planting within the next couple of weeks.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      GA Red
      Congrats to you and DH. Sounds like a perfect weekend.

      DH and I love the mountains too. Next month we’ll have our excursion to the windy roads.

      Funny you mention the blackberries. Looks like we have a bumper crop this year. The blooms on the pears got to set this year so I hope we’ll have plenty to can this year.

      I have to spend Easter enjoying kids and grandkids then will plant afterward. Have a loose rabbit in the garden I have to deal with too.

      • Thanks T G-Ma! I love dirt roads. When we finally stopped after the dirt road, we all got out of the car. The hubby put his hand over his mouth and said, “You don’t want to see this.” I just replied, “Don’t look at my side either.” My car looked like it was going to need a new paint job. The blackberry bushes were really close to the road and I was trying to not bottom out in some places. Most of the scratches will just rub off with a good bath and the rest should buff out with a good waxing.

        If you ever see a dark blue BMW driving down a dirt road, it’s probably me. I will take my car almost anywhere. I get some funny looks but my car has taken me to some really beautiful places. My next car may have to ride a little higher though.

        • Tactical G-Ma says:

          GA Red
          My cuz has a rzr that he off-roads up on Lookout Mtn.
          My body wouldn’t take it now but it looks like so much fun sliding around in the red clay.
          I still have my on-off road 4-wheel drive vehicles! I can’t afford the maintenance on a BMW!
          And I would cry if I got one scratched!

          • The DH usually does the work on the BMW, otherwise I wouldn’t have it. Our neighbor and his wife also work for the local dealership, so we get a discount on parts and some free tips/advice. I let the youngest have my last one. The first incident was a mail box. The second incident (and the final) was another car. I really would like to do something bad to her driver’s ed teacher – he told her to drive on the right side of the lane instead of in the middle. I think the mail box cured her of that.

    • A couple of things to add in the realm of learning –

      We watched a program on the sniper attack on the electrical station in California and the vulnerability of the US power grid earlier in the week.

      Last night we watched “The Soviet Story” on Blaze TV. Very good program on the history of genocide in the Soviet Union.

  79. nick flandrey says:

    Still working on getting the rent house finished up.

    Won a 225 gallon tank in an auction. Picking it up today. Found a lid that almost fits the dutch oven I found. Oh well, I’ll keep looking….

    Still need to get my veggies in the ground.

    Ug, lots of work, not lots of time….

    keep plugging away I guess.


  80. SoCalPrepper says:

    Our new shed came and was installed last week. We have a bit of a weird setup – tiny house (720 square feet) with basement (about 250 square feet) and detached garage which leaks – so only my husband’s contractor stuff that can get damp can go in there. Once we remodel, it will be an amazing huge garage, but that’s a year off. SO – we got a Tuff Shed.

    This weekend we moved stuff from the basement to the shed that doesn’t need to be temperature controlled – family glassware, extra linens, business paperwork, bikes, things like that. Now my basement is totally decluttered and everything is on metal baking racks (NSF shelving) in labeled bins. It looks great, and now I know EXACTLY what is down there in my preps, so I can add to it!

    The shed looks great too, with the same shelving and matching bins.

  81. carlo n jacki says:

    we rarely join in on this great weekly update and bonding exercise, but we will do better in the future. lets see, we canned 20# of meat, strawberry preserves and blackberries. wonderful dh bought me a new hunting rifle, for our anniversary, we planted more chilis and upgraded our computer systems.

  82. Arlie Kelly says:

    A request to the wolf pack I normally stay in the back ground and try to keep a low foot print because of the Government Agency I retired from last year but this news from my wife’s Dr. Caused me to come out and ask the Wolf Pack to put my wife on their prayer list we found out today that they found a growth on a lymph knode in her neck that has involved her jaw and into her ear cannel that he stated was the big C we have been together for 35 years and I would be lost if something happened to her.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      Arlie, you and she are in our prayers. Keep us apprised of her condition.

    • Encourager says:

      Arlie Kelly, you and your wife are in my prayers. This is a wonderful praying group! I would also suggest you look up some of the herbal medicine posts. There was one about a certain herb that has a great impact on cancer. I cannot remember the name of it. Wolfies???? Can someone help here??

      • That herb is graviola and I think it is available on Amazon. Make a tea with it but do not drink more than 3 cups a day.

        • Encourager says:

          Just went to Amazon site – wow, there are so many different types – capsules, tinctures, tea bags, and different strengths.

          Which one??? Help!!

          • Encourager,
            I am going to try this one more time. Comment has not been posting, even emailed MD about it.

            Get the loose tea leaves. Use 3 to 4 leaves per cup of tea and do not drink more than 3 cups per day!

            • Encourager says:

              Thanks Brenda. I, also, have had trouble posting. I emailed MD and he said no one else has complained…so the problem must be at my end.

              I don’t think so.

              • I was really getting frustrated, it has only been that one day (so far). I could reply to other comments but when I tried to reply to yours it would just vanish.

    • Mike near ATL says:

      A friend of mine just went through a similar experience. Hang in there, be her rock and love her, brother. She’ll need you.

    • Prayers for you and your wife are in progress.

    • Arlie Kelly says:

      Thank you all from bottom of my heart.

    • Brearbear says:

      Arlie Kelly

      I am not sure where i read this…
      …also asking the packs input on this…


      The big c…cannot live in a high alkaline environment?
      (can get litmus?-paper at health food store…think put in mouth or pee on it…shows how alkaline your body is?…

      …also read somewhere…that it is a fungus?…

      If that is right…then anti-fungal herbs/diet…might help?…
      O.O.O.-(Oil Of Oregano)-is anti-fungal for example…
      ..maybe having a diffuser of essential oil running when sleeping and in house?

      Also…”maybe”…try the Master Cleanser diet…and other detoxifying approaches?

      I also suggest a naturopath/practitioner of holistic medicine.

      Hope this helps?

      God Bless!

      You and your dear love of your life are in my prayers!

    • Arlie Kelly,
      Get some loose tea leaves called graviola or also called soursop. You can get them from Amazon. Use 3 to 4 leaves to make a cup of tea. Drink no more than 3 cups of tea daily. You can drink this with any kind of traditional treatment. Got this info from a previous comment a few weeks ago. Please try as you really have nothing to lose. Prayers are with the both of you.

  83. Mike near ATL says:

    This week I started buying seed and supplies for my first-ever vegetable garden (I grew up with my parent’s garden in the 70’s but have never done one myself), I bought a few extra cans of food, gathered together the beginnings of a medical kit and I made a DIY water filter using a couple of Berkey SCCF-9 filter cartridges and 5 gallon buckets.
    Planning for a possible bug out but much more likely a bug IN.

    Appreciate this blog, getting new ideas almost daily!

    • Hi Mike! Just wondering if you’re native to the ATL area or a transplant? I’ve been in GA my whole life, but I’m still learning about gardening too. We had a real garden last year for the first time and did better than expected in some regards. I’m hoping this year isn’t quite as wet.

      • Mike near ATL says:

        Been here since 1988 but originally from southern IL. Yeah, I’m thinking maybe a bog garden would work better. Cattails are edible, ya know. 🙂

        • I live near an overgrown pond that has some mighty healthy cattails growing in it. The DH says the pond was nice when he was growing up and there were several other small lakes and ponds as you followed the creek back through the woods. Two of them were drained and now are subdivisions.

    • Mike,
      I am NW of ATL. With this being your first garden be careful to not make it too big! I know that I always want to plant more than what I have space or time for! 🙂 Just remember that whatever you plant you also need to preserve and that takes time. Good Luck with it!

  84. Mr. Bill says:

    Went down to spend a week with Mom, Arkansas weather really spoils a guy coming back to the north again. Brought Dad’s anvil back up with me, gonna set me up a nice little forge and have some fun playing at being a blacksmith.

  85. Big Bear says:

    Good morning everyone.
    I just got an email from a friend that has a link to a very interesting website: http://www.flightradar24.com/ I thought you all might be interested in it ………… As you are looking at the images on the site think about what would happen if there was a major EMP event. Here’s the text that that gives info on the site:

    This is absolutely real time.
    Have you ever wondered where that plane flying over head is going and what type of aircraft? Every day you see planes in the sky, sometimes very high, with or without con-trails. We often ask ourselves these questions: What type of plane, Airbus A320,330, Boeing 727, 747 or some other manufacturer.

    Where did it come from, where is it going, what altitude, what speed, what airline, etc.. Well, now you can see all this information
    Instantly on your laptop screen. I just watched the plane whose vapor trail I could see over head, on my laptop, and was blown away by all the information and also the view.

    You are also going to be totally blown away when you see how many aircraft are flying in your area. I can now see why an air traffic controller is one very, very busy person.

    Here is a note to help you get more out of your visit to this site.
    These are all the aircraft in the air right now. In the left hand
    column, there is a box called “planes”. The number in the box is the number of aircraft airborne. This view is what the various airport air traffic management people see for planning purposes.

    Some additional tricks:
    Drag the map to take you to the area you want to view. To view your region or town, you can zoom in by tapping with your
    Mouse. On the map you will see all the planes in the air. When you
    Click on a airplane, on the left screen you will get all the
    Information related to; airline, plane type, air speed, altitude in
    Real time that is re-calculated every 10 seconds. On some you can also click on view from the cockpit.



  86. Hi everyone! This week I bought a book I’ve been hearing a lot about: Where there is no doctor. I also bought and modified a police scanner with some pretty good decryption on it. The last thing I did was buy a couple targets for my shooting range. I use a Glock 20 for close range target practice. Does anyone know where I can get some good ammo and possibly an extended clip?

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