What did you do to prep this week?

What did you do to prep this week? Yes that is the question, but first I would like to give a big, loud shout-out to Kelli M, Linda S, Josh B, Donna S, Jana M and  Linda C for their generous donation and show of support for this blog and what we are doing here. Thank you very much. If you to would like to show your support by making a monetary donation you can do that here.

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

I bought this light at Walmart, it's rechargeable and can be recharged by by plugging it into a wall socket, or with the adapter I can charge it by plugging it into my trucks 12 volt outlet or with my solar panels. Did I mention that it's bright... 1000 lumens bright...

I bought this light at Walmart, it’s rechargeable and can be recharged by by plugging it into a wall socket, or with the adapter I can charge it by plugging it into my trucks 12 volt outlet or with my solar panels. Did I mention that it’s bright… 1000 lumens bright…

Ozark Trail LED Rechargeable Tactical Flashlight.

Ozark Trail LED Rechargeable Tactical Flashlight.

Bought some seeds for storage (yes I know most of those shown are hybrid seed).

Bought some seeds for storage (yes I know most of those shown are hybrid seed).

12 pack of 3 volt lithium batteries.

12 pack of 3 volt lithium batteries.

Ibuprofen.

Ibuprofen.

Added 250 rounds of .45 ACP...

Added 250 rounds of .45 ACP…

Put back a spare Nikon Prostaff Rimfire .22 LR Rifle scope. This is my #1 recommended optic sight for .22 caliber rifles. Ever one of my .22's are topped with this type of scope.

Put back a spare Nikon Prostaff Rimfire .22 LR Rifle scope. This is my #1 recommended optic sight for .22 caliber rifles. Everyone of my .22’s are topped with this type of scope.

And a new Glock folding shovel.

And a new Glock folding shovel.

I also planted summer squash and mulched around my tomato and pepper plants.

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

 

Comments

  1. Bought more canned meat products to replace those donated to the PO food drive. Replaced the peanut butter I’ve been eating. Man! I love that stuff. Bought dog food and chick food, etc. I’ve got to store several bags of chicken food in metal cans that are rodent proof. It will have to be stored in the barn, I’m out of room in the house. tomorrow I’ve got more food to organize and put away. What I have sure won’t last long when we have to live on it. Oh well, it is more than 99% have, right.

    • That’s right,, no matter how much further you want to get in your preps,, just think how much further along you are than most of the population!

      I store my opened bags of horse and chicken feed in sturdy garbage cans in the barn, rodents have never gotten into the bags. And I know we still have the dirty little buggers because even though we use the rat pellets I still sweep up droppings!

  2. mindful patriot says:

    Greetings, Pack!

    This week was a pivotal time personally. While on a field trip, my fifth grader purchased a copy of the Declaration of Independence for my Mother’s Day gift. An amazing discussion followed.
    Later in the week, this son had an in-class debate concerning the history of the Trail of Tears and forced Indian removal. Another amazing discussion. To start it off he asked, “Mom, what do you think of the forced relocation . . .” My reply: “Two words, son, is all you need to know.” He looked at me quizzically and I simply said, “Tyrannical government.” He repeated it and asked for further explanation.

    Later, I began pondering how we do not live in the freedom that I learned as a school girl. We supposedly have the right to free speech, yet, I hesitate to say (or write) what I’m really thinking, because I would rather not have any three-letter govt agencies poking around my house (forced entry, at midnight, under the guise of serving a warrant, etc.). I think I am fairly harmless to national security, but I have no doubt they could fabricate something out of nothing, or outright lie, and remove my fairly peaceful existence.

    While these thoughts were rolling around the cranial mass, I read a devotion on a warning to the rich. Now, I live modestly, and below my means, but I feel rich because all of my needs and the needs of my family are met. There is a certain contentment that I deeply value. I budget carefully, and set aside provisions for ‘the days of famine’.

    Here is the exact paragraph, and I know it is long, but I think you will get a better idea if I quote directly:
    “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37). As we consider the biblical warnings about wealth and its effect on our relationship with God, we would do well to ask ourselves the same question today. We may not consider ourselves rich but we are living in a time that offers a higher standard of living than has ever been available to the common people. Are we rich? Have the luxuries of the world become too important to us? May we consider carefully what the Spirit is telling us today.

    It reaffirmed my decision to live the way that I do- under budget, modestly, and enjoy each moment of relative “freedom”. I am mindful of the impact my actions have on the community at large.

    It stopped indiscriminate spending (enjoying an unnecessary snack just because I can) and refocused my efforts on the eternal, and according to my values. Which leads to this week’s preps . . .

    I toughened up and sat for a couple of hours in the dentist’s chair. While I am thankful for the technology to fix my teeth, it was not pleasant, plus I’m pretty sure nitrous gives me brain damage (lol, I was pretty stupid afterward). In a SHTF scenario long-term, I would’ve just pulled the dumb thing out. (and maybe died from infection, who knows)

    I began walking to work in an effort to save fuel (which saves $), as well as to give the body more exercise.

    DH purchased an old Chevy truck. Pretty sweet. It even has a name!

    DH also replaced the brake pads on my vehicle for Mother’s Day. Pretty sweet x 2.

    Planted onion bulbs I was gifted with in a box in the kitchen window. They are growing already!

    And- one of the more fun items this week- I received two pairs of smartwool hiking socks which I learned about here, and thoroughly enjoyed trying them out. True to their promise, my feet were less sweaty and more cushioned. Will be ordering more for myself as well as for my children.

    Received work clothes including shoes that I am breaking in at home.

    Attended my sons track meet. My thrower did not do as well as he would have liked, but my runner beat his personal best record in the mile as well as the two mile. It is inspiring and motivating, I consider his ability to run fast and far a skill useful to his future survival. Also, while waiting for my son’s events, I mentally ran through scenarios- away from home with lots of high school kids and a few parents, EMP occurs but no one knows why cell phones and ipads stop working, busses do not start, electric lines burn up in the air, minor explosions where bigger computers are around town, now what? Where would they all stay? What would they eat? How would they return home? How to keep them all safe and not panicked in that type of situation? Shoot, they’re in good shape so hiking home would not be a problem, but would they stay together as a group? Would their parents try to come for them? Would school officials (coaches, principles, etc) listen to me? Would some coaches’ ego get in the way?

    Stay safe, Pack.

    • Millie in KY says:

      Mindful Patriot, best post of the week!

    • Hunker-Down says:

      In your school EMP scenario, what if the teachers insisted that the children stay inside the school? You may want to consider if you instruct your children to disobey and run home if it an EMP event. OTOH, if it is a nuclear event, you may want to instruct them to disobey and stay at the school for 2 days if the teachers want to lock up the place and go home.

      • MP,
        You do have to begin to teach your children that there is a time to disobey teachers and do what Mom has prepared you to do.
        My son was homeschooled until last couple of years of high school. We received a letter from the principal to let us know that in the event of a problem, our child would be kept at school and he would be safer there than if he were at home. Right. Sure he would.
        I showed my son the letter and started the conversation about the many ways public school was dangerous. He said, “Mom, settle down. You did your job, I know when it is time to leave school without permission, and I will do it. Don’t worry.”
        It was a good thing to hear.

        • mindful patriot says:

          Thank you, Hunker-Down and Patti, for the thoughtful advice. It had not occurred to me (since I am there for the meets) that disobey/obey would even be an issue. What an oversight on my part! Thank you both for drawing my attention to that aspect, as one of my sons likes to ride home with the team, but the other usually rides home with me. Meaning- I leave before the team does to head home. If an event happened at that time, he would be on the bus miles behind me.

  3. Let’s see – I paid off one credit card. Next week, I will make a significant dent in a second one. I spent the remainder of the week trying to not stress out about the youngest DD moving home from college and significantly disrupting our space. We’ve gotten used to it being just the two of us. We started putting up string for the green beans to climb on, but I ran out of string – will have to remember it the next time I’m at the store. I bought 44 lbs of cat food and added an extra can of chicken to the rotation – I buy 2 every time I use one. I now have 17 cans. Every little bit helps. More rice and an extra box of salt.

    Will continue praying for those who need it. I mostly need prayers for sanity and peace within my family. Thanks in advance.

    Also, Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and if you still have your’s, give her a great big hug.

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      Paying off a credit card is a wonderful survival thing and a great thing to do to make life so much better, good job, I bet you have a smile on your face every time you think about it.

      Debt is such an evil things that turns us into slaves. I have a few family members that are seriously in debt that all they do is work to pay other people money.

      they have a high standard of living as they have lots of toys to play with. But they also have a low quality of life as all they do is work almost every wakening moment to pay for those toys. A new auto every 2-years, all the latest electronic toys and 3-trips to Vegas every year are not worth it in my opinion.

      Tomorrow I’m going over my parents house and taking them out to eat and then coming back to spend the afternoon sitting outside with family. But one family member will not be there (he never is) as he’s working all day to pay debt. It’s sad that he chooses to live such a miserable life.

      .

      • I am definitely thrilled about paying off the card. We have struggled for years to handle our finances better. We have learned many things the hard way.

        • GA Red,
          But you did learn. Congrats on paying off that card. One step closer to the finish line.

          • Thanks Patti – we still struggle with them, but we are definitely getting better. IF I have to use one to order something online, I try to make sure I have the cash on hand to make an immediate card payment.

      • Chuck,
        I think you hit the nail on the head. Too many people confuse Standard of Living with Quality of life. If I have that 80 inch flat screen and you only have the 55 inch, it really doesn’t make my life any better than yours, and if I think that it does, then I have some psychological issues to work out.

  4. Hello the pack,
    Preps this week-
    5 miles each morning; will have to improve on the time
    Learned to make mozzarella cheese
    Swiss army knife (lots of tools; real; from auction $6)
    4 more cases of water
    Pair of jump boots from military surplus
    Mathews bow & accessories- always liked archery
    Added 6 planters -going to grow sweet potatoes on balcony
    Stanley cooler and thermos combo from flea market
    Brick of 22s and 300 7.62s (ouch on the $)
    1 dozen half pint jars from thrift store
    Received some herb plants from one of the Amish ladies-will make space in the miniscule backyard for herb garden
    5 magnifying glasses and nice exacto set from auction
    Worked in garden -looking good thus far
    Finished classes for permit
    Went through camping equipment in preparation for few planned trips
    Guys at the rod & gun club that were so nice last week invited me back-I can sign in again as a guest until I decide if I want to join
    Tried two new bread recipes -irish soda and sourdough

    Thats about it – be safe everyone

  5. Lab girl, welcome. Planted one 4×4 raised bed with carrots and a 3×3 raised bed with radishes. Prepared a second 4×4 for planting perhaps Monday and still have another 4×4 to prepare as well as some pots to get ready.

  6. Patriot Farmer says:

    I planted a 12′ x 12′ area with sun flowers this week. I hope to start planting my main garden in a week or so. I am still going to the gym and spending time on the archery range.

  7. madison says:

    I did one of the most important things I`ve done in terms of prepping. I got my mom on board! I told her that I`m prepping for a personal shtf. we had a small one a couple yrs ago when she threw her back out and couldn’t afford to stay home from work. we`re planning to get a chest or something to keep prepping supplies in that has a lock on it. I need to look at walmart, but I haven’t gotten the chance. if I can get us enough food and water to last us a week, that’s one week she could stay home from work if something happened.

    • JP in MT says:

      madison:

      Good for you! It will make things easier for you for sure with your mom on board. Way to get her to see that tomorrow will not be the same as yesterday.

    • madison
      I am so happy to hear your mom is letting you have some supplies.
      May I suggest before you spend a lot of money on a trunk at WM, you might want to check out yard sales with your mom. It could be a family search something to share with her. Just a thought.

    • madison,
      Congratulations and kudos on your tactic.

    • Baby catcher says:

      You are one smart cookie! Maybe check Craigslist first, to see if someone is getting rid of something you need. We never go to Walmart anymore…

      • Good idea….the free section of Craigslist has some amazing stuff in my area.

    • Yay. Finding something that they can personally relate to really helps people get on board with prepping. Keep up the good work.

    • Hunker-Down says:

      Check if there is a local “Trash Nothing” group in your area. Folks either give away things or post a request for something they want. We signed up for 3 different local groups.
      http://trashnothing.com/

    • Madison,
      I am so proud of you. You have kept trying, putting back what you can and never giving up. Getting your mom on board is awesome progress. Way to go, girl!

  8. We got our strip garden partially planted. By tomorrow after the rain stops we’ll have 6 tomato plants and 2 hot pepper plants. DH has vetoed all my choices for more. So I’m going to make two huge planters into my herb garden. Sometimes you just have to START.

    • IndianaAli says:

      You may be able to sneak in some vegetables, lettuce, herbs, cabbage, bush type plants in with any flower beds if you have them.. A way to add more vegs without actually planting a dedicated veg garden if DH objects to that.

    • Linda, check out using your kitchen scraps to plant. Onions, lettuce, celery can regrow, if planted. I have planted some celery a couple of months ago, grew enough stalks to cut for bloody Mary’s Easter morning. Have done onions for a couple of years. Ginger, sprouting potatoes. And when your peppers come in, pickle them up and next winter, he will be saying we need to plant more. My DH always wants to plant waaay too much for me to handle garden and kitchen wise!

      • Linda,
        I am re growing celery right now. It seems to help if you put the base in water until it sprouts and then plant it. Good luck.

  9. Chuck Findlay says:

    I don’t know if it’s really prepping, but I bought a lot of Milwaukee M12 cordless tools and batteries to do work. My handyman work pays for prepping so I guess you could call it prepping. And while I have a $600.00 hole in my wallet, I have tools that are top quality and will last a long time. I bought a drill / impact driver combo, hacksaw, small Sawsall and an extra larger battery.

    I love playing with my new toys. And my other junk Porter Cable tool bit the dust so I needed them. Honest I did need them….

    .

    • axelsteve says:

      Chuck Findlay. Good idea on the Milwaukee tools. Auto techs are changing to battery operated over air these days. You need to recharge the electric however they are getting rid of the air hoses. Makes for a safer cleaner shop.

  10. Lauri no e says:

    Encourager and RR,

    Missed both of your post but please know you are in my prayers.

  11. prepbkk says:

    AA, D and 9 volt batteries. Comfort medicines snd remedies (ENO, hydration salts, bug bite sprays, antibiotic cream, antiseptic, saline, sinus reeflll

  12. k. fields says:

    Got some additional rain here last week, which is good, but I’m ready for it to stop for about the next 5 months now so my schedules can get back to normal. If climate change means I’ll start getting late spring/summer rains, I need to be making some crop and pasture changes, which I really don’t want to do at this point of my life. 😉
    Besides the messy drizzles though, everything here has been just great. Now that the milk production is back on track, I’ve started replacing some of the cheeses that were consumed this past spring and once again started using fresh butter for everything – so nice.
    Got a new citizen here on the homestead, a second mule. She had been kept at a local stable pretty much as a pet and when her owner passed away, she was willed to me. We already have a relationship as I have used her a number of times as a pack animal when my mule and I have gone camping, so it was pretty much old home week when she arrived – no “new guy” problems at all. I guess now I can bug out in style if the need ever arises!
    First farmers market in my area was last Wednesday and the turn-out was really great – both in terms of buyers and sellers. The local school project had a beautiful display as their production has really taken off since redoing much of their garden space last fall and winter. Being an educational nonprofit, they got a good period of free labor from the Conservation Corps and the kids in the Corps got a good bit of practical gardening knowledge so it worked out well for everyone with the local schools getting loads of fresh vegetables cheaply for the student lunches. It would be nice if, at some point, the projects could be expanded so that all the food the schools use could be produced locally.

  13. Fauxcus says:

    FINALLY, closed on the BOL this Wednesday. Been camping in the partly-demo’d 100 year old house since then. Getting the feel of the place and testing things out. No plumbing in the place, so we are hiking a few hundred yards uphill to the spring, enjoying solar showers al fresco, and using a potty bucket.
    I’m here with my 71 year old mom and 20 year old daughter and Maggie, the 10 year old Westie. Best. Mother’s. Day. Ever!
    DD shot a gun for the first time this week. Met a great neighbor, a true local, with a world of experience, a dry wit, who found us a little amusing. I hope that will be a good and lasting relationship! Happy Mothers Day to all, especially those who really miss someone.

    • mindful patriot says:

      Congrats on the BOL!!

      Am with you in spirit as it sounds amazing. A spring (!) . . . if only

      Enjoy your mother, especially today 🙂 and best wishes.

    • riverrider says:

      there’s something …liberating..about taking a shower outdoors isn’t it?

  14. This week I wrangled with not being able to post comments here! But it wasn’t MD’s fault, he swears 🙂 I’ve temporarily fixed it by linking to my blog’s mirror site instead of the main blog. (it’s just a WordPress import of the Blogger one) but I’m also now trying another browser called Comodo.

    I’m trying out Comodo since Mozilla did the lefty censorship thing and fired its CEO for donating $1K to a pro-family political group ten years ago. Comodo is Chrome based and has a lot of privacy built in. I can’t see most ads on websites with it. So if I want to see ads I’ll use something else.

    Aside from the geeky stuff, I continued to work on my house. I’m almost done with the exterior. Now that I’m not spreading sheet plastic all over the yard I finally did a lot of weeding this week. My corn is around 3 inches high and some of my taters came up. The turnips have sprouted and I can see baby lettuce too. The sunchokes that I thought I’d decimated by overharvesting last year are still there, recovering. I don’t think it’s possible to completely eradicate sunchokes but I found out it’s possible to have a crappy harvest after digging most of them up and not replanting but leaving it to the bits I left behind and then having tomatoes in that patch the next year. That’s OK I still have 8 quarts of pickled sunchokes to eat.

    I planted marigolds from the seeds I saved from dwarf marigolds last year, but they didn’t germinate. Perhaps it’s a case of sterile seeds from a hybrid. Next!

    There are a lot of volunteer tomatoes coming up, but I fear they might all be the white currant kind – those have 5/8″ sweet yellow fruit that doesn’t keep too well and drops the day after it’s ripe. It’s kind of a PITA to harvest but at least it’s prolific. The best use besides salads for this tomato is to either freeze them or juice them and use the juice for things. The frozen ones are pretty tasty as a snack.

    I harvested some aster flowers while I weeded because I read they’ve got sedative properties. The leaves went into a soup.

    Happy Mothers Day! Call your mom.

  15. IndianaAli says:

    Just a question for all of our canners out there… figured if I had a canning question the “pack” would have an answer. My DIL was gifted an old All American pressure canner from her stepfather, it was his mother’s who passed recently. I have never used this brand before, only Presto canner. I noticed there is no rubber ring on this, only the turn down valves. Does it require a rubber seal? Also there is a pressure gauge and no weights just a little “valve type thing” that flips up. Is this like a weight and does it flip up when the correct pressure is reached? or is it the pressure release valve to allow the pressure to drop after canning. Hope my questions are understandable, any help/info is appreciated.

    • Ali, go to the allamerican website and download the manual for that model of canner. It should give all the info you need and do take it to your county extension office to check the gauge. Lucky girl to get one of those!

      • IndianaAli says:

        Thanks Shai… I guess I should have thought about websites…. as a daughter of a friend of mine always tells her… Mom you think you are on the information superhighway but actually you are sitting at the side of the road…LOL…pretty much describes me at times. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

    • The all American does not have a rubber gasket, it is metal to metal and you lubricate it with a very small amount of oil.
      Mine is new, and I have a pressure gauge, and a round weight that sits on a vent on the top. Sounds like you have the old style discussed here:
      http://www.homesteadingtoday.com/country-homemaking/preserving-harvest/356200-all-american-pressure-canner-question.html
      Happy canning! Love my all American.

    • Dunno but you could google All American canners and see if they have a phone number to call for support.

  16. UrbanCityGirl says:

    My freezer is finally full (of meat) and maybe I will finally take the plunge into canning meat in the near future, although gardening is my top priority since the weather finally is getting nicer.

    The coop is progressing and we may have it finished this weekend, except for adding some final details which are mostly aesthetic.

    Planted the grape vine last week but it’s gotten beat up by the cold nights. Waiting to see if it will hang in there,

    Several cool weather seedlings popped up which pleases me. We have a cold snap coming thru next week so it could be awhile before I get the seedling jungle of tomatoes, jalapeños, bell peppers, out of my kitchen.

    I’m getting a little overwhelmed with my projects, mostly it’s the space they are consuming and the mental chaos. (Chicks in the house, seedlings all over the kitchen, coop project pieces in the yard).

    I’m enjoying myself but I’m a minimalist, OCD cleaning freak and it’s a constant juggle. I like to be organized. This feeling has really put the possibility of living in chaos in the forefront of my mind and working on ways to accommodate my emotional struggles with organization if/when we could be living in a catastrophe.

    I think working on these emotional things now is good for me so that I am better prepared and not unnecessarily overwhelmed with the “little” stuff.

    • Ozarkana says:

      UrbanCityGirl,
      I know. Isn’t it so frustrating when there are loads of projects to get done and you can’t finish one until you finish another one? Unfinished projects has been one of my main areas of disorganization. There is just so much that needs to be done; and, it seems like the weeks are just flying past.

      I have started trying to just enjoy the process instead of pushing toward the end and frustrating over the chaos. Maybe if we keep a sort of prepping progress journal and write a note every once in a while on the actual progress and even take a few photos along the way, it would be more comforting and enjoyable than trying to fight it.

      It might even lead to a few “how to”articles for other Wolfies to read. At the least, it would be a reminder how NOT to do it the next time.

      • UrbanCityGirl says:

        Ozakana,

        It’s funny you mention to enjoy the process. One thing that I’ve been doing is taking notes and photos of the chicken coop DH is building and I’m painting. The photos are tracking our progress and it is enlightening. Now, just to get all the leftover hardware cloth, siding, plywood, etc out of the yard and stored away (he isn’t great at cleanup during a project). I also have 4 water barrels, hosing, etc laying around to get the rain catchment up.

        Weather is not cooperating, first it was snow, now it’s rain almost daily.

  17. Hi Wolfpack, I’ve been lurking and learning here for a long time. This is my first post. Wonderful bunch of people here. Lots of knowledge and informed opinions. For preps, I bought a 5500W Generac generator from a pawn shop. Got it for $250. Also working on getting a 250 gallon propane tank in place, moving it by hand. Not much of a poster, but love reading y’all’s.
    Chili

  18. Hunker-Down says:

    HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!!

    Dudes; call your mom.

  19. Really loving the new tractor – I can push in fence posts, move big rocks, make big piles of stuff, move big piles of stuff, attach the utility trailer and take all the kids with me, attach the bush mower and make trails and SO much more.

    Said good bye to my niece who has been staying with me for 4 months. Learned lots about how people with mental health issues and cognitive delays can affect even a person’s most basic plans and how they modify the emotional direction of the family. After this experience, I feel that understanding this concept and having a well thought out plan to deal with potential issues could mean the difference between sink or swim in a survival situation. OPSEC is totally different when the police need to be involved in your life for the protection of your family from your family!

    Happy Mother’s Day to all who do a mom’s job!

  20. Thrift shop finds: 1972 copy of the Ball Blue Book for a dollar, the price on the cover is fifty cents. How to fix anything from Readers Digest after a discussion here a while back and a backpackers cookbook. Also found a pepper grinder with metal grinder in it for 3 bucks.
    Picked up a case each of half gallon and half pint jars. Inventoried jar lids and need to add in more small lids.
    Also inventoried prescription meds. Have tons of prednisone and tramadol. Need to find a way to stock more of the main med I take for my RA. Doc only renews it monthly after bloodwork results come in. Appt with rheumatologist on Tuesday. Thinking maybe she might go three months if I do the insurance mail order pharmacy. We’ve talked about “zombie apocalypse” before….
    Got a nice little stack of fire brick set aside to make a rocket stove if needed. Was watching old movie the other day, “The Good Earth” about Chinese peasants before the Mao days and saw that a rocket stove that used twigs was the main cooking and heat method. Grabbed my copy of the book and paged thru it. Lots of clear descriptions on farming and other things people don’t know about anymore.
    Half an inch of rain Thursday and Friday helped garden immensely. Was having to water daily up to then. More rain due tomorrow and Tuesday.
    Meyers lemon and key lime trees are blooming, and peppers and tomatoes are starting to put on fruit. Hopefully expected temp drop will help prolong the fruit setting. Have 4 cherry type varieties which produce all summer regardless of the heat, and planning for mega production for the fall. Oh, and the Ghost pepper plant is starting to bloom, so it’s heading to the back yard to avoid cross pollination with the other peppers. Elderberries are blooming, but something is finding the blossoms tasty. Haven’t been able to catch whatever it is, so making some pepper spray to hopefully deter that nasty critter. I am going to harvest some of the blossoms for elderflower tincture.
    Sweet onions are coming in, so cranking up the dehydrator today to refill the spice cabinet. I am fining that my own dried herbs are far outclassing anything bought at the store. Especially garlic and onions. Need to trim back oregano, lemon balm and tarragon this week, so those harvests will be dried and vacuum sealed in pint jars. Italian parsley is starting to bolt already, so it’s getting a mega hair cut too.
    Well, off to check garden and make some headway on weed eating the beggars lice plants before they go to seed..
    Happy Mothers day to everyone!

    • Petticoat Prepper says:

      How about telling the Doc that your “toddler” niece, nephew, grandkid, neighbor (take your pick), got ahold of your RA meds and flushed it down the toilet? Would that get you a second round?

      • I do have a three yr old DGD….. Hmm, sneaky but subtle. I like it!

        • Petticoat Prepper says:

          Yeah, better than a boating accident…..

          • Tactical G-Ma says:

            PP
            That was such a traumatic day. The water was rough and it was windy. We just went out for a 3-hour tour! Rust in peace.

            By the way, I have some classic assets tucked away. My concern is that my homeowners insurance will not cover unless I add serial numbers. I hate telling any org. what I have collected here and there, same with jewelry etc. I worry that it may be a way for Big Bro to have access to me precious. Am I paranoid without reason?

            • JP in MT says:

              TGMa:

              Your not paranoid if there’s a reason.

              I understand your concern. I have to face similar concerns I my insurance agency’s office has 2 known liberals in it. I now keep the information they have access to at a minimum.

            • Tactical G-Ma,
              If you are an NRA member, they offer “Arms Care” insurance for those classic assets without lists or serial numbers. You should of course have that information to provide in case of loss, but I understand your concern. Also, in the case of theft, you will need to provide that information to local law enforcement.

            • Tactical G-Ma
              On your homeowners insurance if you check that special area you are told covers those specialty items…..up to $XXX.00 dollars. That is for the whole shebang, not for each item. If you did not lose them in the boating accident and you were able to save 5 of 15 and then later on they were stolen, burnt. You would only receive the $XXX.oo for all 5, not there true value unless you had each of them appraised, scheduled to the policy(extra $$ charged for the coverage).
              Learned that when the house went up in the fires of 04, lost my collection of antique guns I inherited. Yes , I was just a bit peeved.
              Jewelry has to be appraised to be listed. A suggestion, depending on how many pieces you have in the home. Have a small grab and go safe to dump your precious into it.
              It is ok to be paranoid…..they can now go into your safety deposit boxes under the new banking laws. That is why we closed ours down, it only held paperwork but that was not the point.

          • Tactical G-Ma says:

            If there is no expectation of privacy with insurance companies, what better way for a government to take control of assets or know what’s in people’s homes, things of value, such as guns and jewelry?

            • That’s also a good reason to video tape everything in your house. My inlaws lost everything almost 20 years ago in a fire. DH was upset about the loss of assets. My mother died in a fire when I was 14. I got it, his mom and dad were alive, thanks to DH rescuing them. When his dad did pass a few years later, he understood then. If you have your family, then nothing else matters. Just warn the firefighters about any ammo and volatile chemicals when they show up.

          • Although, I would say the entire bottle was dumped in the toilet and it leaked… Next month though. Got a renewal on Xanax and nuvigil (free with coupon from manufacturer and major reduction on subsequent renewals) this trip, but also ended up with new X-ray orders for my back.

    • Oh, forgot to mention dewberry harvest is on. Weed eating back the beggars lice revealed mucho ripe berries. Almost have enough for a batch of jam.
      Should also dig up some roots to dry for tea. Can’t recall what it’s good for tho…passion flower vines coming in as well.

  21. Padawan Prepper says:

    Long time reader, first time poster! I’ve taken waaaay too long to decide to start posting. Firstly, Thank you M.D Creekmore for this website and the knowledge you share with those of us with similar interests and concerns. Thank you, Wolfpack for all the specialty interests each of you bring to the table! I have learned allot from you all in this past year.

    A little about me, I’m a 46 y/o male with wife and 10 y/o daughter. I am an emergency medicine physician and have been prepping for about 18 months now. I think I have a fairly good supply of food (9 months) and weaponry but am lacking a reliable water supply. I just purchased a 1800 watt solar generator that I got in this week. I look forward to becoming more active now that I have “finally” made the leap!

    • Welcome, Dr. Padawan. Will be glad to have your input on our medical preps, and hopefully heads up on medical things in the wind! We’ve all sorts.

    • Papabear says:

      Welcome Doc Padawan

    • YAY! Welcome.

    • Nine months is great, Padawan Prepper. That puts your family about 8 months and 3 weeks ahead of most people. I may be stereotyping, but I suspect you have an adequate supply of bandaids, too. Keep it up.

      Water: Bleach, filters, storage? Swimming pools in the neighborhood? Pond? We count on a bit of each. It needn’t be all one thing.

      And Welcome!

    • mindful patriot says:

      Padawan, welcome!

    • Padawan Prepper
      Welcome to the sight.
      You will enjoy the caring and sharing that goes on with the members.

    • UrbanCityGirl says:

      Medical input would be grateful Padawan. Much concerned about flu, viruses, pandemic. Happy to see you here. Keep posting!

  22. Papabear says:

    Been slow here the past few weeks. Did add to personal hygiene supplies. Got some shoes BOGO.

    Got a nice financial blessing that will help to knock down some outstanding bills. Another blessing was the 1.5 inches rain this week.

    The wife has 1 more chemo treatment. All the times preaching at her on nutrition that she never listened to… . Well now she is being cooperative. She isn’t eating well so getting her to supplement is essential.

    Prayers for all of you. Especially the Moms.

  23. Kat's Tale says:

    Hello everyone,
    Just got time to stop & read the posts from yesterday. Busy week at work, a pulmonary test on Thursday. Plus DH & I have been cleaning up trees & brush on the new home site so the excavation guy can come start the pad for the house.
    Did get a chance to pick up a flat of fresh strawberries from a local grower. Made a batch of jam and ate the rest. OMG they were so good.
    While I was in town for the Dr. I picked up some canned goods on sale. Also picked up some extra spools of thread for denim and a couple of patterns for my grand-daughters new skirts & sun dresses. I have kept every pattern I ever used and could make clothing for any age. Just need some more practice on my treadle machine.
    My DH bought me a new Stihl power saw for Mothers day. As we don’t have kids together he said it was for being such a good mom to our dogs.
    I used it both yesterday & today limbing trees and am pleased with how well it worked. I am still very much out of shape and my arms are feeling it.
    While I was out there it made me wonder how many women know how to use a power saw. I am sure with this group it is quite a few. My Dad taught both my sister & I. I am not an expert but with the right size saw I am not to bad. My youngest daughter works with my DH and he taught her how to use one, as her own dad wouldn’t do it. She is pretty handy with a splitting maul too.
    It’s important for women to be at least somewhat familiar with the operation of all sorts of power equipment. Un-fortunetly it’s not easy to find a place to learn how to use a chain saw with a knowledgeable instructor. It’s kind of like learning to fire a gun, learning the wrong way can get you or someone else killed or hurt. Unlike gun ranges, there is no equivalent for chain saws.
    Just my thoughts here on a Sunday night.
    God bless you all and have a great week.

    • UrbanCityGirl says:

      Kat’s Tale, you are so correct about how necessary it is for women getting used to using tools. My DH has been introducing me to tools and I’m finding it quite fun. My own (prev marriage) grown daughters don’t use them and now I see it’s a shame. Though one is showing interest when she happens to stop over when we are working on something.

      I’d be hard pressed to know everything in DH workshop if something were to happen to him before my training is complete.

      • Kat's Tale says:

        UrbanCityGirl
        I was lucky where I grew up that I had a ranch to run on. Although it took my grandpa a while to realize that it was to his benefit for us girls to learn how to do things like the boys did.
        Both my mom & aunt were/are do it yourself gals. Everything from painting the house standing in the bucket of the tractor instead of the ladder, to recovering their own furniture.
        I learned at a young age that we took care of our animals with love & respect but that ultimately they were destined for the table.
        My grandpa was in charge of teaching me to shoot. Mom & grandma were in charge of teaching me house hold chores. i.e. canning, cooking and how to clean a house and how to garden. My aunt & gram taught me how to sew.
        Dad worked a lot away from home. But when he was home he worked with his hands and taught me a bout power tools. From him I learned about building a room from hammering nails to how to put on dry wall mud.
        Later on I drove truck with Dad. After that we worked the ranch together. He is the kind of teacher that shows ya once and then sets you out on your own to learn. I practiced his theory with my own kids. If you broke something ,he’d always ask you if you did it working, learning how to use something. Or were you screwing off when you broke it? He never gets mad if you were trying your best. He’d fix what ever it was you broke. You just had to help.
        I must say that I know how to do a lot of things. BUT I AM NOT AN EXPERT AT ANYTHING! I am still learning all the time.
        I intimidated my ex with my ways. He was a timid creature and I think I threatened his manhood with all that I could do.
        My DH thinks it’s awesome that I came with my own power tools as well as my own guns AND my own horse trailer.

        Good luck with your training. Make use of every resource you come across . A retired friend/neighbor, Youtube, even Lowes or other like stores offer how to classes if you live close enough to attend.
        One way to encourage you daughter might be to make up a tool box for her. Look at yard sale for good hand tools. She might be encouraged to learn how to use them if she has her own hammer & screw driver.
        Be careful though, it can cause her to do strange things like taking out a wall or pulling up a floor in her house. I know, cause I’ve done it myself.
        Nothing like sending the rest of the fam out to a ball game & having them come home to several layers of the kitchen floor in a pile out on the back porch. 🙂

        • UrbanCityGirl says:

          Kat, I loved reading about your childhood. How fun, educating and helpful for you!

          Mine was quite different, though could be interesting in a way. I grow up as an inner city child. My best friend and I watched rats the size of dogs come out of our dumpster in the alley (the city was quite delayed in collecting garbage). We regularly checked to see whose car was on cinder blocks and stripped of tires, etc at our corner. We played baseball and football in the street and ran thru fire hydrants in the summer. My parents paid little attention to what we were doing.

          I have street smarts and street fighting skills which were necessary as it was common to get attacked in school, on the way to school or after school. I’ve had school friends, raped, stabbed, shot.

          Police were our hall monitors. A gun was found in the trash when the police crashed thru the door of one of my classes. I was sitting next to the can and as pretty scared.

          Drugs were sold thru the windows at my schools, even elementary. We had parties in vacant homes.

          Students beat up many of my teachers growing up.

          I am strong, and independent. It made it tough to find an accommodating husband, but my retired army hubby handles me so well, with strength and humor.

          My kids were raised by a mom (me) who was over protective and made sure they went to good schools. Now, though, I wish they had some street smarts. We have been having a lot of conversations now.

        • UrbanCityGirl says:

          Kat, all my kids were given a toolbox by me – along with other items upon leaving for college. My youngest daughter recently helped a roommates parents , who showed up to move their daughter out for the summer without ANY tools. They had to take apart a bed, a table and other items. So daughter provided the tools for them to use.
          I was proud of her. She is the one showing an interest.

  24. Tactical G-Ma says:

    M.D.
    I found the American Survival Guide at the PX!

  25. Tactical G-Ma says:

    MD,
    The article was well written and concise. Start with what will keep you and yours alive for 1 month and build on it. Make a plan and gradually, as one is able, put back more and more.

    It was a good read! Congrats!

  26. Curley Bull says:

    Howdy Pack,

    First off, prayers forwarded for all in need of assistance from the Lord,

    Second, a hearty welcome to the “newbies”!

    Ran into a fell Friday wanting to sell a well-worn rifle and 1,500 rnds of 22LR for $125. Bought it and sold the rifle to someone else for $90. Not a bad day.

    Got my ole truck (2001) checked out the other day. All were shocked at how good of shape it was in for the age and mileage. The only thing found in need was the shocks need replacing. Another good day.

    Garden is coming together slowly. The days I feel good and am off, it seems to rain. No complaining here, we need the water. Late crop better than no crop.

    Working on a couple of projects;
    1. Still looking for the right kind of camper shell for my truck.
    2. Build dolly for Get Home Bag. I can pull 4X more than I can pack.

    Got in three new books on ammo loading and ordered two more. Ordered another set of dies. Someone earlier mentioned the S&W 1917 revolver chambered in 45acp; I have one and love it. With full moon clips it can be reloaded faster than with speed loaders and with practice faster than semi-auto. What I would love to find is a double action revolver chambered in 45LC (that’s my favorite).

    Be blessed and keep prepping,
    Bull

    PS: I may do an article on the GHB dolly and another one on “MY idea” of the perfect shelter.

  27. Not much as his highness the dp has announced that I’m not allowed to bring in any more “stuff” to hoard. LOL, plz note that he asked me for his shaving cream ’cause he didn’t see any in the hoard. Guess I had already decided not to hoard any more of HIS shaving cream. A hint of what happens when the store is closed.

    At one point, he thought he’d help me organize since I was at work and he had nothing better to do. So, soon I shall have to un-do the oatmeal in with the bath soap, getting cans off a shelf in direct sunlight, etc. Like the saying goes, there’s good help and there’s bad help.

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