What did you do to prep this week?

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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.



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?


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  1. Mary in Texas says:

    Squash, zucchini, tomatoes, green beans are all blooming. The chard planted last fall and frozen down to the roots is growing like crazy and providing us with some fresh food from the garden. The potatoes and onions are about ready to harvest–we’re having a few of each as we need the starch or seasonings. Herbs in pots are also doing well–having parsley with the new potatoes.

  2. Another not-busy week. Talked with a client about doing more steady photography work for them, working out some details, but the job won’t start up for another couple months probably.
    Spent the week waiting for the weather to cooperate so I can transplant out the tomatoes and peppers. Think it’s finally going to behave today. Did some weeding and need to do a bit of thinning. Carrots are coming up well, as are the seed onions I planted.
    Library book sale today along with farrier and all the gardening. This should keep me busy!
    Mainly added the usual to the stash – some beans, canned goods, and other sundries. Also some medical items.
    One thing to think about for everyone is picking up some sort of mechanical seeder if you’re planning on ever expanding your garden much beyond a small backyard one. If you ever really need to plant a LOT of beans, your back will thank you for buying a seeder. Things like this are often overlooked and can be useful now as well as when SHTF.

    • Baby catcher says:

      That is on my list. My garden is almost a quarter acre, 14 raised beds and some open space for the big crops, and after seeding I am wiped….thanks for reminding me to get one….

      • As I contemplated my “big bed” this spring … I knew I needed to go to a seeder for some stuff. Just too much pain on the back to do beans and corn by hand.

        • I am kinda OCD or anal about planting seeds – I lay out a tape measure next to the trough I make then plant just so many inches apart, depending on the plant variety.

      • Baby catcher,
        We picked up one of these, used about 20 years ago and it has been great. Once it’s set up and adjusted, it basically does everything required to plant the seeds properly. You simply till the soil, and then walk behind the unit pushing it. I think they’re around the $100.00 price range now, and I think we only paid $10-15, but even the new price is probably well wirth the cost.

        • I like it. It’s going on my wish list.

        • What’s you’re experience using this for small seeds like lettuce? Does it work well with smaller seeds like this?

          • tommy2rs says:

            Depends on the seed plates you have. I bought the complete set when I got mine and it seeds tiny seeds as well as it does the big ones.

          • Although I have the plates for lettuce and radishes, we typically sow these by hand. The unit, BTW, is very similar to the commercial multi row seed drills used for large scale farming.

        • Baby catcher says:

          Thanks! I think I will get one! 🙂

          • IndianaAli says:

            We have had one of these for years…works great, mostly use for corn and beans but have done beats, peas, etc over the years too. We bought ours new years ago and then picked up one at an auction super cheap… I guess no one knew what it was or they were just too lazy to plant a garden… lucky find.

    • Allright I'm Awake says:

      About seed planters… saw this youtube the other day and it looked good and you can’t get much cheaper.

      all it takes is a piece of pvc pipe. cool.

  3. Bctruck says:

    Picked up a U.S. Army Special Forces medical Handbook (ST 31-91B) for $1.00 at a yardsale. Traded 250 rounds of 9MM for a mosin nagant. Shot it yesterday with the only 4 rounds i could find. It shoots but I couldnt zero because iI just shot in the woods to make sure it was in working ordewr. Now I’ll refinish the stock and order a spam can of 7.62x54R for it. Got 2 incredible flashlights through Amazon made by Cree. They use 1 AA battery and they are the brightest little lights ive ever had that come in such a small handy package. Ill include an amazon link,but be sure to go through M.D.s link if you decide to purchase one .

    • Great to hear from you BCtruck! Nice score on the Mosin-Nagant. My oldest has one and he really likes it. He’s been able to find 7.62x54R locally at a mom& pop sporting goods store.

      • Just Brad says:

        Such a deal for the 9mm ammo getting a Mosin, hell, i need you to barter for me! I have 2 91/30’s and love them! Easy to shoot and the ammo used to be really cheap! Figured if I ever have to arm some neighbors or friends. Not to mention fun to shoot!

      • and the 9mm was bought back in 2006 before prices went nuts.

        • Hey bctruck

          I bought my first pistol, it’s 9mm. I really don’t have a baseline of what 9mm ammo is supposed to be, also I’m in Canada so pricing is always a bit different.

          I’m seeing 15.95 to about 20 bucks for a box of 50. Is that in line or is that expensive?

          • JP in MT says:


            In not bc but I’ll give you my 2 cents>

            9mm FMJ (for practice) here runs about $15/50. 9mm JHP (for defense) runs about $25/50. I’m starting to see some price reductions heading for $22/50 for JHP, but they are not common.

    • JP in MT says:


      When looking for 7.62x54R ammo, if you can find it with a silver bar in the middle of the can and a circled “10” printed on it, get that. It is silver tipped, steel core. The most accurate type bulk manufactured for the 7.62x54R. It is usually the same price as most vendors don’t read Cyrillic either.

    • tommy2rs says:

      Those are good flashlights, I’ve got several and have been using (and dropping) them for over a year now. They just keep on keeping on.

      • I have afew thattake a special battery that must be recharged. i like the flashlights but that is a weakness. I really like the fact that these take standard batteries.

        • tommy2rs says:

          I was using standard AA but switched to the rechargeable AA’s without any loss of power or problems. Batteries seem to last a good long time for me in these little puppies.

    • axelsteve says:

      My son has a mosin 38 or 44. Forget it is the carbine though.A very good make my day rifle.Not for the noise and recoile sensative. It will do a good job of sending a bullet downrange and a good size one at that. They are a very good prep to have.

      • Someone told me the 7.62 was bordering on artillery.

        • axelsteve says:

          Part of the problem with the mosin is the petite butplate on them that transers recoile to a smaller area. If I had a mosin I think that I would put an aftermarket stock on it.The purist be dambed it is your rifle.

          • JP in MT says:


            My personal MN (model 38 carbine) is getting both a aftermarket stock and a Timney trigger. The other(s) are for my oldest Grandson (6’2″ @ 13) and as loaners. I figure the skinny steal butt plate is there to teach them to buy their own stuff!

            • axelsteve says:

              JP in MT Good thinking on your part! Timney makes a great trigger,I had one on my 03a3. From what I understand about the mosin is that many 44`s are just arsenal refreshed 38`s. I think that is what my son has a 38 with a 44 stock.

              • JP in MT says:


                No practical experience with this but I heard that if you take the bayonet off a 44 they just don’t shoot right. I’d like to pick up another 38, but I missed the last one I saw and it was $100 more than I paid for mine.

                I also want to find someone who can make me a turn-down bolt so I can put a conventional scope mount on one. There was a guy on ebay but he sold out. I just don’t like the idea of cutting off the bolt handle and screwing on a new one.

                If I could I’d just like to buy a couple so they would be ready for “future acquisitions”.

        • bctruck, your shoulder will thank you if you put a recoil butt pad on the Mosin. I tried someone’s Mosin carbine and had to go looking for my shoulder in the next county back after that.

          Nice flat trajectory on that ammo. For a big fat powerful round, you can’t beat the price.

    • O.K.,

      Here is a question for all of you gun guys. (Yes girls, you’re included in this)… As far as firearms are concerned, I’m covered. I had every specific firearm in the gun safe until that last tragic boat accident. I’m looking for a hunting rifle. I’m kind of leaning towards the Mosin. I used to have an Enfield Mark IV. It was original and not sporterized and was F’n heavy. Not to mention, it kicked like a mule.

      Since I do not hunt on a regular basis, I’m looking for a good rile that I could use should the need arise. Any recommendations?

      • JP in MT says:


        I’d pick a caliber that is common to your area: 270, 30-06, or 308. Quality hunting ammo can still be had, and in quantity, for under $20/20. And under normal times, even in you small town general store.

        Mossberg and Savage have some very nice, lesser expensive models. I’d get one with the Accu-trigger or whatever they are calling it for that company. It gives you a great trigger feel. I’d also look at something I could keep the “iron” or fixed sights on.

        I have had 2 Savages, and model 11 Hog Hunter and a 10 FCM in the Scout configuration. The 11 is heavy but designed for a suppressor, iron sights, and a scope. The 10 is lighter, has iron sights, and uses a pistol scope for longer range shooting. Both would make good “game gitters” and should be available on the used market.

        270, 30-06, and 308 will reliably take game out to 200/300 yards if you do your part. I’d recommend staying away from magnums, 7mm and 300, as they are usually heavier, give you a false sense that you can shoot farther, and ammo is more expensive. They are also LOUD!

        Personally I prefer the Remington 700 series rifles, but as they go for $700-800+ each, you can get more value out of the newer Savage/Mossberg’s.


        • What are you (in your opinion) hunting for?

        • axelsteve says:

          Marlin makes a nice centerfire bolt gun called the xl7. It comes in 25.06, 270 and 30.06. Good rifle nice trigger

      • Sirius,
        What game are you hunting. Here in Ohio forinstance, the largest game is whitetail deer, and no rifles are allowed. Varmints such as groundhog and coyote OTOH may be shot with nearly any firearm. The game laws where you plan to hunt and the game you’re after should at least guide your selection.

        • OP,

          I’m thinking hunting if the grocery stores close their doors. If that happens, I don’t think I’m going to need to worry about licenses. The only game in my local area would be deer, mountain lion, coyote, and the occasional black bear. I used to have a .223 caliber weapon before the boat accident. It didn’t have any scopes, so I was only working with iron sights. I can’t imagine taking a shot of more than 200 yards given my eyesight

          So, I guess I’m asking, if I had to buy a hunting rifle before the next boating accident, what would be the best, inexpensive, good rifle to buy?

          • For big game like that and at less than 200 yards, for cheap but good you’ll probably want either a Mosin or maybe an SKS. Or perhaps an AK-47.

            SKSAK (7.62×39) ammo has a decently flat trajectory up to 200 yards and then it drops off pretty fast after that. Has more oomph at that range than .223 (bullet weighs almost 3x more). I wouldn’t like trying to use it past 250 yards though, because the comeups are huge.

            Consider that .223 was designed to wound rather than kill soldiers. The idea being that they’d need two guys to carry them off the battlefield and so you’d get 3 guys off the battlefield by shooting one of them and it’s more humane (I guess) that way. Except the result was probably people shooting more rounds. But if you’re hunting big varmints you want to kill. Pissed off bears are no fun. So you really want something bigger than .223.

            If you want to be really sure of the stopping power then get a Mosin. But if you’re worried about the rifle being heavy they are heavier than the SKS. I think my SKS weighs maybe 9 or 10 lbs. The Mosin is longer. You might save some weight by getting a tactical stock for the SKS.

            If you want to use SKS ammo but don’t want all that weight in the rifle get an AK-47. It’s not very hunting-y but who cares. Of course with a full magazine it might come out the same weight. You can find accurate AK’s. Their reputation for inaccuracy is mostly due to people getting really beat up used AK’s.

            An AK can go a long time without cleaning. My SKS needs to be cleaned about every 300 rounds or it starts FTE. The ammo for the Mosin is (I think) corrosive so if that’s the case you’ll want to clean it right away.

            Lastly, putting a scope on an SKS is problematic. There is no good place to stick one. Putting it on the receiver cover is the usual deal but that vibrates too much and will go out of zero. You can stick a scope on a Mosin or AK no problem.

    • alden whitenack says:

      Yes, I bought 3 of the Cree -1 AA battery flaslights thru Amazon, the are excellent, so I ordered 6 more- 6/$20.00 is a great deal and they work great.

    • BC,
      I have one of those flashlights in my pocket as I write this. I also have a 400 lumen version that is identical except for the light output. I’m not sure that they are made byCree since mine have the Ultrafire logo and name on them; however, the LED assembly is, and that’s the heart of just about any modern LED flashlight.
      I also have the following lights, one by Cree and the other using a Cree LED module.
      As you stated, anyone ordering these or anything else from Amazon should use MD’s link to help support this site.

  4. JP in MT says:

    This week went quick for us. We attended a business conference as vendors; picked up a few supplies while we were there and out of town. Added 35 new toothbrush’s and 25 lip balms to our stocks (give a ways from other vendors).

    Picked up a little ammo while we were out. I found 5 bricks of 22 LR ammo on the counter at one store. They told me it was Olympic grade Match ammo. I asked if it had GPS guidance in it. It was $199.99/500!

    Our food orders came in, well mostly. I had to call EE and ask them to reship a bucket of Quick Oats as everything said they sent 4 but only 3 arrived. I even looked at the tracking number. It was generated but nothing in the system. They were great and I got the notice that it is in-route. They also have FD Bacon Bits on sale; had to try that!

    O bought a bottle of Otis Carbon Remover to try. The worst thing about cleaning an AR is the carbon build up in and around the gas system. We’ll see how this works and report back.

    Happy Mother’s Day to all! I took my DW to the gun show last weekend and we bought her present. She has liked the Ruger SR-22 since one followed me home on show, so she now has one too. They had a special package with 3 mags in it, for less than the regular store price, so we actually saved another $32 for another spare mag. (Anybody know when you have too many mags for a weapon?)

    I used my new Microsoft Surface at this show, the first thing it did was update to Windows 8.1. I was having enough issues with 8.0. Now it locks up and is VERY slow. Glad it is only a traveling/backup computer!

    I haven’t gotten much news in this week (no TV or radio) but I assume we are not at war with China, Russia, Iran, or N. Korea yet; Holder and Obama still have their jobs, Hillary still wants to be president, spending is still out of control, inflation is really starting to show up, and 22 LR ammo is still very hard to get. So, I guess we’ll still keep preppin’!

    • $199.99/500? I suppose they need the money to support that crack habit.

      • JP are you sure it was $199.99/500 ? Do you think they know something we aren’t aware of? That makes me nervous you know 12 guage is being bought by the feds now too.

        • Well, the Feds do use 12 gauge so they have to purchase sometimes.

          • Hi Daisy Yes they use about everything nowadays you have any info on how much they ordered? and did you hear how much they destroyed 1 billion dollars worth! Why, It was to (they said) old it could have been sold! Oh well our tax dollars at work!

            • The destruction just makes me cringe! But I do know they actually inspect for serviceability. I imagine the stuff being bulk destroyed is the stuff that’s been sitting around untended for years since the war started. Just gets dangerous when it’s not properly handled for so long. Not sure how much 12 gauge is being purchased but I doubt it will be enough to make a dent in supply. It’s used by the Feds but not in the quantities like 5.56 and such are.

              • Bwhntr59 says:


                I have Israeli .308 ammo from 1980 and the stuff all goes off just fine, never a misfire. So if one just keeps it stored dry, like I have in ammo cans, I have heard the shelf life is almost indefinite. I also reload and have powder that dats back to early 80’s and that also goes off with astounding regularity. The key is DRY storage.

                • JP in MT says:


                  I’ve got some British stuff that came in cans and still shoots good. You are right about storage.

                  I have a friend that is still shooting Korea War issue 30-06 from CMP.

                  • Bwhntr59 says:


                    Hope he cleans his barrel right away with that .30-06 from that era. It was mostly corrosive I believe.

                    Did Montana have a hard winter like we did in Wisconsin? I can’t recall if you guys got a lot of snow and really cold.

                    • JP in MT says:

                      Not sure I would call it hard, but just as Spring started, we got snow. But I usually get snowed on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, so no surprise.

                • Bwhntr59,
                  Modern cartridge ammunition has not been around long enough to establish a storage life metric. In the late 90’s I shot DCM/CMP .30-06 that pre WW II and it worked fine. Cool and dry storage is the key.

                • Yeah, I’ve seen some swampy, rusted out stuff because of neglect. Makes me sad. I keep mine nice and dry.

                • In the 50’s I had a 30 40 Craig and found some military ammo with 08 on the cartriege. Never hada mis-fire

            • k. fields says:

              Ronald, that USA Today headline that all the alternate news blogs picked up and repeated about the Pentagon setting out to destroy $1b in ammunition was pretty much bull sh_t. The “reporter” got hold of a GAO report and basically made up his own conclusions based on not actually taking the time to read the whole document. It was actually about the reasonability (or lack there of ) of creating a new central ammunition management service that “may” cut down on future waste. The ammo in question was mostly heavy ordinance and missiles that failed inspection and could no longer be safely used, refitted or surplused. No one was talking about destroying small arms ammo that was still serviceable.

        • JP in MT says:


          Yep, I’m sure. Like I said it was specialy ammo. They had regular Remington 22 LR for $4.99/50. They still had that when I left too. I refuse to support artificial price inflation with my dollars.

    • Ive shot the SR-22. It is the most accurate little .22 pistol ive shot since shooting a berreta target pistol.

    • JP in MT says:

      Today is our “May Fair”; a home improvement/small business expo. There were a lot more small businesses there this year (which I think is good). Picked up a few “free-be’s” too. Bought one of those black 50′ retracting hoses; they seem better make than the green ones.

    • JP,

      Odd that you say Hilary still wants to be president. The way I see it, the only way she will ever be elected is off the back of her cheating husband whom she could not come to terms with because it was politically incorrect. I know she’s a lawyer and so is Bill. De Facto that makes them manipulative scum. The only reason she would want to be President is because of the power. Woe be to us all if that ever happens.

      I’m not against a woman President. Personally I wish Condoleza would run. At least she showed some ethics when she resigned her job. I got the impression that she couldn’t work for the retarded misogynist anymore.

      • JP in MT says:


        Getting elected and wanting the office can be two different things. I do agree that SHE worries me, with that kind of power. In my opinion she is not open enough to ideas she doesn’t see as hers, and if vindictive. Old joke being that the only people who fear her as much as her enemies are friends she no longer finds useful.

        During my life, I have been forced to look at people different because of “externals”. I have personally found that it’s the “internals” that make or break the person, especially as a leader. If you are focused internally, you will have problems. If you are focused on how to empower others, accept responsibility for the failures, and give credit for the successes, you will be wildly successful. You just might not be popular with the other “power grabbers”.

        • JP,

          There is more wisdom in your last paragraph than you realize I don’t know what else to say, other than “Well Said, Sir!”

      • Rider of Rohan says:

        I’m not against a woman POTUS myself as I doubt any white man will be able to gain enough support to do the things it will take to straighten out the mess we are in. Probably not a woman either, but it would be easier.

        The problem with Hillary is that she belongs in the camp of the globalists. After the Gulf War in which the US came out the clear winner, the elder Bush was ready to usher in the New World Order. However, a large problem presented itself. What he and others thought would be an easy chore didn’t pan out. The Islamic problem, the main thing that stands in the way of the globalists, wasn’t solved. The Islamists continued to attack targets all over the world, and especially the US. The embassy attacks in Kenya and Tanzania killed hundreds of people during the Clinton Presidency, the attack on the USS Cole added to the the problem. When Bush, Jr. came to office we all know what happened at the WTC in NYC. Boom.

        At this point, a number of Democrats decided to use the Muslim Brotherhood as a way to control the Islamists, not caring that the MB was the inspiration for the resurgence in Sunni terrorism, and Muslim supremacy. The MB called for the reintroduction of the Islamic Caliphate soon after its inception in 1928.

        The globalists decided that the only way they could succeed was to support the MB, and they proceeded to cut a deal with the devil. The globalists would agree to support the MB’s goals, but the MB must rein in its terrorists. The MB said they couldn’t control the terrorists unless they controlled the countries they terrorists operated within. So now you have the reasoning for the MB takeover of Egypt, etc., and O’s support. The attack on the embassy in Benghazi should be seen in this light, which is the only way it makes sense. It could not come to light that the US was helping MB terrorists in Syria by selling them sophisticated weapons. The MB wants Assad out, and the weapons were the payoff to the MB. There are other factions involved that make this even more complicated, but the globalist’s interest is for Syria to fall into the hands of the MB as a payoff.

        Hillary and her globalist allies(O included) are helping the MB gain power, the MB will maintain control of the loose cannons, and both will have their own little kingdoms, or spheres of influence and control if you will. Bill Clinton had already made that kind of deal with China, hence you now see why the plans for our MIRVed missiles were given to China along with knowledge of how to built smaller but more powerful warheads to tip these missiles. China has also been given our stealth technology, and plans for advanced fighters.

        Now back to Hillary. She wants to be the first woman President, that’s a given. But she has been subjected to things a woman would not put up with had she any honor, dignity or integrity. Any normal woman would have kicked Bill’s arse out of their house and bankrupted that pile of excrement. So, you see, she has other plans that take precedent over honor, and that’s power. If she gets in, which I think is likely, expect more of the same of what we are now going through. The US is nothing to them, and they wish to turn us into a giant corpse for the globalist cabal to feed and grow on. They still haven’t figured out that the MB will turn on them like a snake if it ever gains power, and would grind them into dust.

        Gosh, I got a little carried away, but that’s how I see it.

        • Jersey Drifter says:

          WOW RR.
          Never thought of it that way. But it does make sense, what you say, when you look at the events that have taken place in that light. Sure opens ones eyes. And scary to boot.
          Hope I don’t run out of time, and can still stack it high.

        • RoR,
          I think your perspective is pretty much on the money; however, I think the progressives (or as Glenn Beck calls them, patient communists) may have inadvertently overstepped the mark by getting TDL elected. John McCain would have continued down the same path; but, at a slower pace. TDL OTOH has actually re-awakened the silent majority, and they are no longer remaining silent. It used to be that you elected a representative and then went back to your job and life, and quite often did not pay attention as the congress critters slowly screwed all of us while lying and smiling. I think that era is now over, because enough people are finally waking up and most will never sleep silently again. One other thing that even the progressives didn’t see in TDL, which should have been obvious, is that he was / is part of the Chicago machine, traditionally one of the most corrupt and lawless political machines in the country. Ignore and flaunt the laws, and your buddy, the shameless attorney general will only selectively prosecute. I really believe that the chickens will be coming home to roost; but, this November will really tell the story.

          • Rider of Rohan says:

            Doubtful. The voting fraud teams have already been dispatched to places like Minnesota, where Al Frankenstein was declared the winner in a Senate race that was rife with fraud. Yes, the polls all show the Rs taking back the Senate, the facts on the ground will be different. The Rs will come up short. I pray I have to eat crow on this one, not that the Rs are that much better, but they won’t take our guns, at least.

        • tommy2rs says:

          “I’m not against a woman POTUS myself ”

          Haven’t we had one for the last 6 years?

          • Tommy,

            There is a huge difference between a woman and an ineffective male.

            • Worrisome says:

              Thanks Sirius was about to hand tommy his head for comparing the ineffective pos to me … A successful and ethical woman!

            • Rider of Rohan says:

              In tommy’s defense, I believe he is referring to Valerie Jarrett, the person many say is really in control. Thus, the reason for her 24/7/365 SS protection.

        • axelsteve says:

          I think that maybe after tdl it may be foolish to try to run another alterative canadate.I do not think that they will let a minority or woman run for a while.

      • SoCalPrepper says:

        Whoa there! I’m not manipulative scum!

        Signed, SoCalPrepper, Esq.

        • Rider of Rohan says:

          There is always an exception to the rule! You are one of those. Be proud, but don’t show it. LOL.

  5. Nt a lot this week . 30 lbs of ground beef . Chard planted in the garden . The potatoes are growing nicely . I am adding more dirt to that bed every other day. Fresh strawberries have started coming in. Well that’s about it for me.

    • The hubby is trying to design the perfect method for growing strawberries without losing them to birds before he will grow any. He has grown them in the past and the birds had tasty food. I’ve been waiting about three years now.

      • GA Red,
        One of the classic ways to do this with different kinds of fruit is to plant an early variety (for the critters) and a late variety (for the humans) . You make a small sacrifice for the birds who eventually move on to other foods as the season progresses.

        • OP – that sounds quite reasonable. There’s lots of bird food in our yard – they even like the cat food in the carport. Maybe that will help deter them from eating my good stuff.

      • SoCalPrepper says:

        Unfortunately, bird netting is the only thing that’s ever worked for me. You can find it on Amazon.

      • GA Red,

        My mom planted strawberries in our front yard when I was growing up. The first three years, we had some of the sweetest, juiciest strawberries you could ever imagine. After year three, they just disappeared. It turns out, it wasn’t birds. It was the blond haired kid down the street. I remember chasing him off the front yard with a hockey stick. The little F’er was too fast for me. I think he’s a State senator now. Go figure.

      • Bam Bam says:

        GA Red,

        My dad built an interesting strawberry bed designed to keep the birds out. I thought it was pretty nifty. It was a raised bed with a cover about six inches above the plants. The cover was a frame the same size as the bed covered with chicken wire. You had to open the top to pick the strawberries. The birds (and squirrels) couldn’t get to the fruit.

        • That sounds similar to what the DH wants to make, but he wants to put it on the edge of our patio which is about 4 ft up with no rail. That way he can weed and tend to the strawberry plants without bending over or squatting down.

  6. Well I put back 4 large jars peanut butter, 30 bars irish spring soap, 10 gal.s stabilized gasoline, an order of garden seeds from Seeds for survival thanks Rider of Rohan for pointing out that most of your seed banks don’t include beans!, 2 books How too survive TEOTWAWKI by James Rawles and surviving the economic collapse by Fernando Aguirre but I noticed something both of them quoted Mel Tappan mostly favorably , F.A. didn’t like it Mels wife came from money (big deal), 2 knives, 2 permanent matches well I guess that’s all, To all you wolfie mothers wish you A HAPPY MOTHERS DAY.

    • I like Tappans’s books. Even when I disagree with what he said, he made me think about the subject. That’s better than reading someone and never saying anything but “Yep. You’re so right. So right. Yep.” just like a journalist at a Democrat convention.

      • LOL your so right. M.T. did it right the first time and his books are classics I gave my copy of T.O.S. to my nephew tape and all.

      • JP in MT says:


        As with most authors who are giving advise, you need to treat it like a buffet. Take what you like, maybe try something different, and understand it’s just that one person’s opinion.

        I really like the Browning Hi-Power, just can’t shoot one for very long without modifying it. The webbing of my hand between the thumb and index finger “balls” up and catches on the underside of the slide. For a self defense situation – okay. For extended use – not so much.

        • I love my Hi-power. I shot it for probably three hours and the only issues I had were from loading the magazines. The DH and I keep telling people that guns are very personal/individual – what works for me may not work for you. We each have to find what works best for us.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      “Survival Guns” by Mel Tappan was the prepper’s bible back in the day. But, my gosh, one would need a fortune to buy all the different guns he recommended. And he hated the Browning Hi-Power for some reason I can’t remember. How could anyone hate the Hi-Power?

      • axelsteve says:

        Maybe cause it is 9 mm.

      • Hey Rider of Rohan I think the reason was that it was a 9 mm. which was an “underpowered” cartridge in its hardball configuration , I’m sure hollow points help but what happens when hollow points are gone? Our cops here in K.C. (and everywhere I guess) had’em and they (and everywhere I guess) switched to .40 cal. because of poor performance. By the way thanks again I’ll check my orders more closely from now on! (P.S. I think Tappan on survival was the survivalists bible back in the day!)

        • P.P.S. I have one of his gun prepping outfits and yes it is large, but they are fun to have around!( but no 9 mm I wonder why).

          • axelsteve says:

            I guess back when M Tappen wrote the book 9mm was a underpowered type of round that he was not fond of.

            • Rider of Rohan says:

              Yeah, now that I’ve given it further thought, he didn’t like the 9mm round at all, and he hated the magazine disconnect on the Hi-Power. He was a proponent of the big bore handgun. I like them myself, and after seeing a .44 magnum take down a small tree in the distance upon firing it the first time, I had to have one. I still have it, it’s the M-29 that Dirty Harry made famous.

              • “I know what you’re thinking, punk. You’re thinking “did he fire six shots or only five?” Now to tell you the truth I forgot myself in all this excitement. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and will blow you head clean off, you’ve gotta ask yourself a question: “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, punk? “

              • I’ve got one also! In stainless steel a 629 its a closet queen I guess it lives there, 5 inch barrel recrowned to 10 degrees,action job, tritium sights, trigger job 3 1/2 lb. pull, packmeyer grips, magna ported, sweet gun I aught to shoot it more- you know whats sitting on the table now? a stock mdl 1917 S/W .45 auto with bone grips and 3 spare clips, There just isn’t any accounting for taste!

                • Rider of Rohan says:

                  You have fine taste, Ronald. Very elegant set of Smiths you have there. I bet that’s the first time anybody ever called a M-29 .44 magnum elegant. Cause elegant it ain’t. Now I have a Kimber that looks elegant, but don’t let it’s looks fool you, it’s a .45 acp.

              • Bam Bam says:

                There’s a “Dirty Harry” gun that you can rent for $10 at the local gun range. I am trying to get up the confidence to try it out. I am intimidated by the anticipated recoil.

                • Rider of Rohan says:

                  The recoil is not as much an issue to me as the muzzle blast. Here’s my suggestion. Ask if they will let you shoot a .44 special cartridge in the magnum. It’s similar to shooting a .38 special in a .357 magnum. It has much less recoil and muzzle blast. Then work your way up to the .44 magnum. It’s fun.

                • Papabear says:

                  Bam Bam,
                  If you use the 180gr 44 mag rounds the recoil is lower. The 240gr can be painful.

        • Hi Ronald,

          ” I think Tappan on survival was the survivalists bible back in the day!”

          I think it was, tho his “Survival Guns” was the one which I scribbled in the most.

          A lot of the specifics are dated today, but the concepts are good for stimulating thought.

          Without going back to check, I think the idea that he disliked the 9mm because of the ammo available at the time is probably right. He was an advocate for small pocket pistols, but in a full sized handgun was pretty clear he preferred bigger than 9mm. He also liked air rifles for pest control, so he wasn’t blind to the small stuff.

          Maybe that dislike of 9mm isn’t so outdated: I haven’t seen any 9mm or .45ACP hollow points of any kind in ages. In that sense we are back to 1980ish ammo, tho I suppose hi capacity magazines help make up for it.

          Still, all the reports I’ve seen say that at least for routine crimes today, guns which are used to stop the crimes are fired only 10% of the time, and of the 10%, many of the bad guys escaped unwounded, so caliber doesn’t really matter all that much. It’s having some kind of gun which makes the difference in over 90% of the times.

          Of course, if I was in a serious social situation, I would prefer a belt fed full auto 4 gauge…

          • Jesus that’s big! 1/4 pound of shot at once, and full auto to boot! I want one!

            • I’ve once or twice seen 19th century 4 bore black powder rifles, and looking down the barrel of those things is like looking down the wrong end of a pair of binoculars. They would put a quarter pound slug right through a Cape Buffalo.

              Possibly someone in the Prepper Community who is handy with gunsmithing is missing out on a market niche…

            • I’ve got a question for the Pack I’ve got an AK 47 that no-one seems to have any info on its a FEG Hungarian bottem folder serial no 19xx in mint condition, doe’s anyone know anything? I’ve had it for about 25 years.

              • Paul in CO says:

                Very nice AK version. not many imported back then compared. to the chinese versions. Use standard. AK mags etc.
                Better quality underfold stpck than most. Milspec qualoty on semiauto imports from that era. Any particular questions or concernd?

                • Thank You for responding my wooden fore/hand grips are very nice, the finish is excellent, the bolt is highly polished, the magazines do not have the spine like normal mags do (7 mags) It came with a bayonet wire cutter. I bought it +/- 25 years ago and I was wondering what it was worth now?

                  • Paul in CO says:

                    They definitely fall in the preban collectible category. They were pricey back when imported. WAG at maybe $2500 to $3000? I’d check gun list and armslist to see what current asking prices ate, if any are even available. If it was mine I hang on to it, be really hard to replace and much better quality than anything available for the last 10 years or so. I had a really nice collection_ from that era as I had a gunshop and specialized in paramilitary arms (Minuteman Arms ). Kick myself everytime time I think selling them all at the height of the Bush assault gun ban

                    • Wow I guess I’ll keep it, What really hurts is it has 4 others that I keep, by different manufacturers but it’ll be safe. Thank you very much!

        • You can actually drill holes in bullets if you want hollow points. (at least I read that you could. I’ve never tried it.) Or you could cast your own boolits and reload.

          IMHO they’re not that much better than FMJ anyway. Better to buy the FMJ and get more ammo.

        • loclyokel says:

          It just amazes me how so many of the police departments can/have cite(d) “poor performance” of the round they are shooting and NEVER hit the target they were aiming at. As an example multiple HUNDREDS of rounds shot at a perp I think in NY who was firing a wheel-gun, and the guy actually had time to re-load the wheel-gun because the cops couldn’t make an accurate hit. They finaly killed the guy, holes in legs, arms, etc., I think he just bled out instead of dying from the trauma inflicted from accurate rounds to major organs! Yeah, I know I wasn’t there but hundreds of rounds downrange & the perp is still returning fire? B.S. training is what that is.

  7. Not much this week. Been focusing for the last couple of weeks on getting my real estate career up and going! I guess having a good steady income could be considered a prep for the future.
    was able to go out and shoot my new Glock 19 and my oldest took his 1911 out with us. Nice having a place to shoot that is reasonably close by. Maybe me and my DW can go out this afternoon and shoot some more since she got cancelled for her shift this morning.
    That’s all for me this week. What did you do?

  8. JP in MT says:

    We are having computer issues today. My 1st try got ate!

    We went to a business conference this week as a vendor and picked up a few “free-bee’s” for the stores. Like 35 toothbrushes and 25 lip balms. Plus I was using my Windows Surface. The first thing it did was update to Windows 8.1, then started locking up and going VERY slow.

    While we were out we did manage to pick up a little ammo. They had 22 LR on the counter, 5 bricks! It was Olympic grade Match ammo @ $199.99/500! I asked if it was GPS guided at that price. (It’s still there, too!)

    We had out orders of food stuffs come in and was short a bucket from EE. Called them and they were very nice and as confused as I was. Tracking numbers were there, but FedEx had no record of that box! I already got confirmation of the replacement being shipped. They also have FD Bacon Bits on sale, so had to get some of those!

    Augason Farms foods are also available on line from Wal-Mart.com at very good prices. To us it is free shipping to the door.

    I picked up a bottle of Otis o12-C Carbon Remover. The worst part of cleaning an AR is the carbon buildup in and around the gas system. I’ll send the pack a report after I test it.

    Happy Mother’s Day to all! We stopped at the gun show last weekend and my DW got a Ruger SR-22 w3 mags for less than the local stores were carrying it. She really like the one that followed my home 6 months ago, so now she has her own! Plus with mags for this rare and going for $32 locally, that made the deal even better.

    We didn’t get to listen to the news on radio or TV this week so I assume we are not yet at war with China, Russia, Iran, or North Korea; that Holder is still in office; Hillary still wants Berry’s job; we’re still spending money at an unsustainable rate; the Federal Government has overstepped its bounds; inflation is climbing and being more apparent to everyone….. Guess we still need to keep preppin’!

  9. Donna in MN says:

    My ground finally thawed! I think it’s spring, kinda….
    Going to prepare the ground today to plant next week. Finally!!!!!

    • patientmomma says:

      You northern folks are an independent hardy bunch! MN is such a lovely place, but it is sooooo cold!

      • patientmomma,

        I’ll trade you for some of that cold. We had over 100 degree temps last week. They killed my avocado seedlings. They were three years old and almost two feet high. We’re gonna get over 100 degrees again this coming week. And we’re in a real drought this time. Not just a media hyped one.

        I’ll give you my address if you can ship me some of that cold. 😉

        • Sirius – I have two avocados. One is at least 3-5 years old. The other I pulled from the compost bin with roots and stuck in a pot. I will have to keep them in pots and bring them inside in the winter. At the rate I’m going, I’ll have to build a greenhouse for my trees.

    • Granny W says:

      I am in southern MN/we have mud here after 5 inches of rain in the past 3 weeks. It just won’t warm up. Sure hope I can get the garden planting done soon & that things can catch up when the weather gets warm & sunny! Trying to farm the fields is not much fun this year either/my son and others are struggling to get the crops planted–very little done yet.

  10. Morning everyone,
    Got back on track after last week’s flooding issue. It might have been a semi-good thing since it made me clean out some clutter & do some organizing in the basement.
    The night we had flooding, we ate some of the pre-packaged food. I’ve bought different brands (Mountain House & Wise) and it was interesting to taste the difference between them. You also really need to read the labels, we thought we were trying the same thing, but one said ‘chicken flavored’ teriyaki, which I checked when we noticed there was no chicken in the meal. Also noticeable were the different ways to cook them. So I re-inventoried my meals and will be choosier in the future when purchasing. This led me to do some research this on the ‘meals in a jar’ concept where you put the freeze dried foods together in a mason jar with an oxygen absorber. I like the concept so I ordered some freeze dried veggies to make them. Hopefully they’ll be here this week & I can report back on making them

    • Andi
      Nice information on those prepackaged foods. Let us know how you do on the mason jar meals you make up yourself.

    • Andi,

      So, what did you come up with re: the freeze dried food? Also, how did your homemade stuff turn out? Tell me about the recipes.. good and bad. I can’t wait to hear.

  11. Baby catcher says:

    In three days, I’ve planted silver queen corn, birdhouse gourds, pole beans, black turtle beans, black eyed peas, dill, cucumbers, three kinds od squash, potatoes( wanted to get the out earlier but it would rain every other day),red, white and yellow onions, sunflowers, cosmos and more lettuces…still not finished. Have more dukes and beans, tomatoes and peppers to put in. I love spring! 😉

  12. Just Brad says:

    I am a flashlight geek, in FL can’t have enough good ones when hurricane season comes around. Might have to grab one of those ozark lights. I just ordered 4 of those Cree lights! Thanks all!

  13. I’ve been eyeing up those glock shovels for a while now. Can you give us a review as far as the durability of those. Thanks and stay prepared!!!

    • C.J.,

      I’ve not had time to use it yet, but it feels like a good product for a folding shovel… The weakest part on any folding shovel is the lock up and a shovel like the COLDSTEEL Special Forces Shovel, with a Hardwood Handle is going to be stronger, but the folding shovel had an advantage of being more compact.

      • rjarena says:

        I keep a folding shovel in both cars, and I also have a collapsing aluminium snow shovel that I keep in the ca/truck year round, the pointed shovels are better for digging, but don’t hold much, the snow shovel is great to remove a lot of loose debris quickly.

  14. tommy2rs says:

    Started having problems with two of my 250 gallon propane tanks, gasket leaks and found where one of the connector nuts had cracked and was seeping gas. They came with the place when we bought it and it turns out one tank was older than me. Geriatric propane tanks, not a good thing….lol. While we have other tanks we decided to go ahead and replace these two. Anyway, we traded them in on a newer 500 gallon tank which came with all new gauges and fittings and was cheaper than replacing both heads and all the connectors for the rube goldberg connection system on the old tanks.

  15. Schatzie Ohio says:

    I was late in starting my seeds so only about half of them are up now.

    Today is the Post Office Food Drive so I left a couple of bags of food out by the mail box for pick up.

    Found a wound care kit at Walmart that has Celox powder in it for $8.97 that I put in the first aid kit.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Thanks for the reminder on the food drive. My rural carrier had already been through, so I took mine to the Post Office. Our local food bank is 75% supplied by this one drive, so it’s important.

      • JP in MT says:

        Yeah, we set out food for the drive today too. Of course it’s starting to SNOW! Between them and the DD/GS’s we don’t usually have too much that goes past it’s “best if used by” date.

      • Our food bank is also heavily supported by this mail carriers food drive and the big Alabama – Auburn football game food drive in November. I set out a box of non-perishables today. Fortunately, Jerry, our mailcarrier, picked it up before the rain.

    • You guys actually have a Federally sponsored food drive? That they will pick up at your mail box?

      I live in Southern California where whales, African babies, trees,
      Smelt, and various other insects get more media time than hungry humans. Why TF! didn’t I hear about this food drive?

      O.K. Deep Breath….

      I guess the only thing to say is I love the State, but I hate the people.

      • Rider of Rohan says:

        Despite the fact that we are constantly being maligned in the media for being heartless and hating the poor, we conservative/libertarian types are usually the ones manning the food preparation lines at the Homeless Shelter, which is also sponsored by area churches. The libs talk a good game. Not all libs are like this, but most don’t want to get their hands dirty, or do the busy work. They like the credit.

      • Sirius, it’s always the second Saturday in May. You can leave nonperishables by your mailbox or take them to the post office. My local P.O. has a large collection box in the lobby. This is also the time of year I go through my food stocks and clear out the cans expiring in a few months and then replenish.

  16. rjarena says:

    Not much this wee, picked up more can goods on sale, stocked up pine oil, water, pt,tp, found 20+ ratchet straps that I thought were thrown out after the last move, can’t have enough of those,cleaned out the garage, re-organized my tools into project groups(plumbing repair,electrical repair, etc)picked up for free(always the best price) a new heavy weight 10 x 15 oiled canvas tarp. Never know when that will come in handy.
    Went through my wife’s eye glass repair equipment( she is an optician), we have several pair of back up glasses, we are going to order lenses(we get them at a good discount) in what we guess will be future prescription needs, in ruff blanks, we can cut them down to fit spare frames we have.
    We also have a small stock pile of good safety glasses and sun wear, could be used as trade goods, also repairing glasses may be a useful trade skill after the SHTF.

    • Hi rjarena, “also repairing glasses may be a useful trade skill ”

      My guess is that it would be a great trade skill: When people’s glasses break, they HAVE to repair them.

      I keep my most recently replaced ones in my truck, and take them with me on trips as I need them for driving. Nothing like breaking the primaries on a trip and having no spares.

      • I need mine for reading so I don’t always have them on my nose. Each year when I get a new pair the old ones go in my desk at work. I would be useless if I ever got to work anddidnt have my glasses w/me.
        Then thenext oldest ones go in my GHB in the Jeep.

        Each year all the pairs get moved to their new spot, and the oldest goes in the eye glass donation bin.

        • JP in MT says:

          I need mine for distance. I usually have them on my head for close work. I used to buy variable lenses @ $465/pr) for shooting. Turned out I had to look over the lens to see the front sight, so…….

          I went with Zenni glasses for my everyday wear. $35/pr shipped. Due to my issues with glare, I get them with 10% yellow tint. Now I can get 4 pairs when my prescription changes for 1/3 what I got one pair for.

          Each comes with a hard case. So there are now extra’s in the BOV, the regular travel bag, and the travel trailer!

          • JP,
            I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 12. I tried contacts when I was in my early 20’s but wound up with conjunctivitis. I have no idea why that means “eye infection” but anyway.

            It turns out that during daylight, without my glasses I’m practically blind. However, during nighttime, I see better without them. Go figure.

            Zenni huh? I’ll have to go check them out. At the rate I go through glasses that might actually save me enough to go get a 6-pack. Thanks!

            • It is an infection (that’s the ,,itis,,,part) of the outer layer of your eye,, the conjunctiva
              It also turns your inner eye lid red but I guess they decided to limit it to Conjunctivitis !

  17. Jersey Drifter says:

    Not much this week. Bought some parts to repair a “tool” that is about 60 yrs. old that was not working as well as it should. It worked but I wasn’t happy with it. Now I just need time to swap out the parts.

  18. Tactical G-Ma says:

    Hey Cubbies! Hope all are well and happy!

    Again, my deepest sympathies go out to Encourager and the passing of her father.

    MD, Good preps. I like that flaslight. I’ll have to check it out. I have about 1,000 flashlights, only surpassed by the number of knives! It’s a sickness! 🙂

    This week studying how to make essential oils, types of distillation kits on the market, and uses of essential oils.
    Purchased some essential oils after researching manufacturers. Hope to attend presentations during upcoming trade show.
    Purchased a couple disposable IV kits, some otc cough syrup, a pen light for my keychain, bought pvc and built the pvc feeders for the chicken coop, worked in the garden, and just maintaining the rest.

    My love and prayers to all. Keep prepping and practicing!

    • Tactical G-Ma,

      It is a sickness but I say better to spend on flashlights and knives than booze lol.

      • axelsteve says:

        Another good thing about flashlights is so far the courts do not require you to go to flashlights anonomous meetings if you get cought with an open one in your car.

      • M.D. We gotta have vodka for the tinctures!! Come on now, be realistic! Planted all these medicinal herbs, must have a way to dispense!

      • Encourager says:

        You sure your handle isn’t Lint Picker, M.D. ???? lol

    • JP in MT says:

      I first read “disposable TV kits”…. LOL when I reread it!

    • Petticoat Prepper says:

      I sure would appreciate it if you’d let me know what you think about the essential oil distillation kits. I’ve been looking at this stuff recently and think once the dust settles in my life I’m going to get going on making my own oils.

      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        I haven’t distilled any yet. But I have made certain observations.
        I don’t like the idea of using glass and unless I’m going to sell it, a $500 still is out of the question. I’ve seen some video and read articles about homemade kits. I need to learn more about standards and methods of testing viscosity and purity. But I think a stainless steel stew pot can be easily be converted and then I will work out a means of fabricating a condenser. Or there is a still made in China that is more reasonably priced. I just hate buying anything made there.

        • Petticoat Prepper says:

          Tactical G-Ma,

          I am thinking about building my own ‘still’ but am banging my head on the wall for a condenser too. I really think there’s a way to make it work from home stuff. I would love to be able to make my own essential oils!

    • Happy Camper says:

      Hi TGM, I have two distillers which I’ve tried distilling almost everything. To make pure essential oils is extremely difficult.
      The oil yield is roughly 2% of the dried weight and it’s fiddly to get the oil off the hydrosol.
      It’s a skill to learn, but my call is to buy your oils in bulk now and store them well. I make and hobby sell, soap, perfume, candles, balms and I keep it organic and handmade. It’s far more time and cost effective to buy the oils by the kg.
      I use to buy through ‘the organic witch’ in the US (before the AU $ exchange rate dropped), her products and prices were top notch.
      Now I buy through ‘new directions’ in Sydney Australia.
      Whilst most oils are made in India, Asia areas, be careful ordering online through the manufacturer websites: I’ve been scammed two out of two times with getting send terrible quality product.
      I buy my lavender for $120 a kg, sell off half in small quantities and recoup the purchase cost then have 500g to use for my product making.
      Oils are usually traded by weight not volume.

    • Encourager says:

      Thank you TGM. Finally got all the arrangements done. A memorial service at his church then a military Air Force funeral at the Memorial Wall in Prescott where his ashes will join my Mother’s.

      Apparently Dad listened to my DH when they had a heart-to-heart talk sitting outside the laundromat while I was inside doing his laundry. He never had a will and said ‘you kids will have to fight over what is left’. DH said please don’t do that to my wife. So, unknown to anyone in the family, Dad had his estate put into a Trust. I am still laughing at how upset my sister was about that, after the bank froze his accounts and she couldn’t access them. Every penny will go through the attorney assigned to the Trust then when everything is paid up, he will divide what is left into four equal parts and mail us all a check.

      Good on Dad!!! And good on my dear husband. I am blessed.

      • Your hubby and your dad did do well. It’s bad enough to deal with the death of a family member, but to deal with unnecessary fighting and bickering afterward is awful and can split a family forever.

      • Encourager
        I am so sorry that I missed the posting of your dad passing away.

        Your dh deserves a hug. He did for your dad what we did for my step-dad.

  19. Petticoat Prepper says:

    Good Morning MD and Pack,

    This week has been mostly cleaning and packing the gift of canning jars. I’ve been washing by hand so I can check the jar tops and have found a few that are chipped. Normally I’d keep them for storing things in but knowing I’ve a move in my future and even though it really chapped my hide…I tossed them out. I’ve made it through about half of them. I have found more treasures of older jars that I won’t use for canning and have added those to my ‘blue’ section. Lots of old mayo glass jars and I’m struggling with keeping or letting go of those. Like the glass, hate the plastic for storage.

    I’ve finished reading Strategic Relocation and must say there’s quite a bit of food for thought. Depending on my footing when I land from the D I’ve more ideas of where I may move to. All just depends on the D.

    Got a manual pump for my 55 gallon barrels. The water’s been in there a couple of years so I figure I’ll water the garden (a really small one this year) with the water stored there. I also ordered the Herbal antivirus and antibiotic books. Rotated out some food closing in on the expired date for a local food drive.

    I also mixed up a Mittleider short term weekly fertilizer and while I didn’t plant according to that plan as I didn’t have the book yet, I am trying out the feeding/trimming/training this year. Second feeding will be Monday and I have to say I am seeing much better growth in the plants.

    The last prep for me this week was spending time with my dad. He’s fighting a losing battle with cancer so I’m prepping for being without him. Mom left a few years ago and he’s looking forward to seeing her again.

    • mom of three says:

      Im sorry to hear about that. I’ll be praying for you, take care.

    • PP
      In response to the mayo jars, do not toss them out. You can use those for food storage with your vacuum seal machine. Anything you would put in mason jars you can use the mayo jar and save the others for canning. If you are worried about breakage, find old socks that have holes in them or lost socks from pairs. Use the sock as a slip cover to protect them jar from breaking.
      Hugs from our household, know what you are going through on your father.

      • Good idea on putting socks over the jars to keep them from clanging together and breaking. I’ve been doing that with all my vacuum sealed jars.

      • Petticoat Prepper says:

        I like the idea of socks! Guess I’ll have to see if my STBX took all the holey ones with him or if they’re still here.

        • PP
          He most likely left them to be a royal pain in your arse!
          But you can put one on over him…….wow….do they make a sock that big?? 🙂
          Hope that gave you a smile. Did not realize what I had typed until I read it again.

    • PP,

      I’ve been following your divorce struggles for a few months now. Arrghh!!! It reminds me of mine.

      Right now… this is the worst it’s going to get. It seems like the finalization of all that BS is the worst, but no, going through all of the stuff is the worst.

      I can remember throwing away 20 years of my life and watching the dumpster picking illegal Mexicans foaming at the mouth over the stuff I threw away… While I was still filling up the dumpster.

      It gets better honey! It really does.

      Throw it all away. Start again. Believe in yourself.

      Platitudes… I know. But they persist for a reason..

      • Petticoat Prepper says:


        Yeah, I’m starting to think I should just pack up my truly loved stuff and have a giant garage sale for the rest. After almost 30 years of marriage there’s lots and lots of ‘stuff’. I am looking forward to starting anew.

        Never give up, never surrender!

    • Encourager says:

      Petticoat Prepper, Praying for you and your Dad. I just lost my Dad; knew the time was getting close, but you are never prepared for it. He was 91 years young and still pretty sharp most of the time.

  20. I picked up some PMs and added a bezel to a 2014 silver Panda coin so my DW can wear it on a chain.

    Now I’m off tot he swap meet to look for stuff.

  21. patientmomma says:

    Hello Everyone! This week was crazy, but I managed to get a little done. Got the usual 120 pds of dog food, plus 20 pds of small bites for the little dogs. Gave 3 more dogs a summer cut and dewormed the cat. Last week I got some chicks and this week I got some ducks. They are a laugh a minute!

    The barn seems to be collecting big bees, maybe carpenter bees. They don’t seem to be vicious so we’re going to try to leave them alone because they are good pollinators for the garden. Food prices are scary! Hope everybody’s gardens so very well this summer.

    Filled up all the gas cans and picked up some OTC meds and vitamins. Got 30 bars of Irish Spring soap at big box store. Going to try shredding it for the garden to keep the critters away.

    Got my capsule machine out and made some food grade DE capsules for the dogs. Put in an order for bulk herbs. Picking up a Zaycon order on Monday so I’ll be canning next week. Fighting with Verizon because I can’t get a signal at my farm.

    Read a very scary blog article during the week about the IMF and currency failures and resets. It was by Brandon Smith on Alt-Market .com. Who knows when or how the economy is going to fail, so I just keep prepping as much as I can afford.

    Have a safe and healthy week!

    • If you do have carpenter bees,they will bore holes in wood beams and support structures about 1/2 inch in diameter. They do a lot of invisible damage to structures and you dont realize it until theyve made the beams useless. you can keep them from coming back by cramming steel wool in their holes as you locate them.

      • Mother Earth says:

        OMG…thank you for the steel wool suggestion, BC, those stupid bees are driving me crazy!

        • Petticoat Prepper says:

          You can also give them a ‘box’ with the holes already in them so they have a place and hopefully leave the barn alone. Just look up mason bee boxes.

      • patientmomma says:

        Thank you for telling us about the damage the bees can do….steelwool, I’ll get a bunch and start stuffing if I can get to the holes. I didn’t realize they would bore holes so deep!

    • rjarena says:

      Carpenter bees look like bumble bees with out the stripe, and their telltale sign is perfectly round hole about 1/2″ in diameter that makes a sharp 90 degree turn. If you see these holes kill the bees, they can do great damage! you can spray boric acid solution in the holes, wait a week or so then caulk them up, so other critters don’t use that hole.

      • rjarena says:

        Yes, i\I know I am replying to my own post, but I wanted to add a tip on a great prep item, that I mentioned above, boric acid. it is a cheap and extremely safe pesticide, as well as a fire retardant, it is used to treat blown in insulation for both properties. The best part beside it working so well is that it can be purchased almost anywhere and in pure form(99%pure). It works wet or dry, and has a long shelf life.

        • rjarena
          Where did you purchase your boric acid? Was it a garden outlet or a grocery store? Thanks

          • Baby catcher says:

            I’m not rjarena, but I get my boric acid from the low budget stores, like Family Dollar, Dollar General, like that….it’s almost a quart of powder and lasts a loooong time. If you put it behind cabinets, in the pantry, anywhere little critters can hide,it will kill them all. I also use it in the garage to get rid of spiders..

            • Baby catcher;
              Thank you.
              I knew someone would have the answer for me.

            • Encourager says:

              Can you use the boric acid outside sprinkled on ant hills? We have lost our lawn on one whole side of the house to ants. Hill after hill after hill. We have sandy soil. The hills are not huge, but there are SO many of them. I want something safe as our dog runs around out there.

              • Encourager
                I use yeast that is no longer useful for baking. I sprinkle it around the nest-gathering area. They pick it up feed it to the larvae, and ingest it themselves. NO more ants. Thank you for the reminder, I have a group undermining the driveway. So a sprinkle a day keeps the critters away. 🙂

                • I have bees boring into the ground around my azaleas. Will this method work for them as well. I don’t want to do anything that will spread harm like chemical sprays, but I need to get to the area without being stung. I can’t tell if they are honey bees or something else. They do not look like yellow jackets but they are about the same size.

                  • GA Red,
                    Most bees are not ground boring insects; however, their unrelated brethren (yellow jackets, hornets, wasps) often are. My recommendation would be to use a specific chemical insecticide Carbaryl usually sold under the brand name Sevin. It is a safe chemical when used properly in small quantities. Assuming you can see the bore holes in the ground; go out at night and pile a little pile of Sevin on each hole. The insects will bore right through it; but, will drag much of it into the nest, killing everything. I have used this chemical and this technique off and on for years. I’ve not tried it with boric acid; but, that might work, keeping in mind that boric acid and other “organic” pesticides like nicotine are all chemicals, which may have side effects, if misused.

                  • Encourager says:

                    These are not bees. They are yellow jackets. They can have various stripes and even be more black than yellow. My dh was attacked when he went over their nest riding on the lawn mower.

                    • OP and Encourager – thanks for the tips. Until this year, the hubby thought they were honey bees. He says they look different from what has been around before – their bodies (round part) seem to be solid black and shiny, but the head/upper body have yellow and are fuzzy. I can’t cut the grass in the front yard right now – my main source of mulch for the garden. My brother is highly allergic to all bee stings and the last time I was stung by a single hornet (I sat on it), the back of my leg swelled and was red for over a month. I won’t get too close to them but they do seem to be somewhat docile for now. I’ll see if we have any Sevin in the shed. I know I have some Diatomacious Earth – that might work if it doesn’t rain. Thanks again! I’ll try to keep y’all posted.

                    • GA Red,
                      The trick for most bees and wasps and their kin, is to do what you need to do after dark. They generally all hunker down and go relatively dormant then, so sprinkling Sevin, D.E., or other things would be safest to place at that time.

                    • OP – we have definitely noticed that with these bees – they don’t like the cool weather we are having today either. I have been thinking about cutting grass at night, but I don’t think the neighbors would be too thrilled. I’ll try to do something this weekend. Thanks again for the tips!

        • patientmomma says:

          thanks for the tip! I’ll try to find the boric acid.

          • k. fields says:

            Depending on what you’re treating, the commercial borate based products such as Boracare may work better for you as they contain a carrier that allows the borate to penetrate the wood surface. One of the problems with using plain boric acid is that once dry, it simply falls away, leaving the wood unprotected.
            But that said, no borate based product will work well for preventing carpenter bee damage as an insect must ingest the boric acid to be affected. Carpenter bees don’t actually eat the wood like termites, they simply tear it away to build their tunnel nests. Coating the wood with paint or stain or as a temporary measure, a citrus based product will discourage them from ruining your beams and hopefully get them back outside where they belong.
            Carpenter bees are great pollinators and will hardly ever sting, so do your best to just get them relocated.

      • The DH plays tennis with the carpenter bees. There is also a contraption made with a couple of plastic bottles that is supposed to attract and capture them. We have one but I think we need more.

  22. Finally ordered my All American Pressure Canner today. Got the 15 1/2 quart. Can’t wait to try it! Will be a couple more months though.

    Looks like my garden is doing ok. BF sent me photos finally. Taters, carrots, and onions are still kicking. Some are growing funny though. The one surviving lettuce plant from the cold frost is about 6′ tall. Looks like an alien christmas tree. No pictures but he tells me there are 6-7 lemons on our new little lemon tree.

    Oh BTW, Amazon has regular mouth, 1/2 pint canning jars for 6.99 for 12!! They are limiting everyone to 3 packs. Boooooo…..

    Put in an order for bulk canning lids and bands.

    Ordered and/or received some new/used books. the Vegetable Gardener’s Container Bible, Rodale’s Vegetable Garden Problem Solver, Rosemary Gladstone’s Medicinal Herbs, and The Complete Medicinal Herbal by Penelope Ody.

    I saw a kickstarter for a new solar panel over on treehugger.com. Thinking about kicking in to get one of the mobile panels.

  23. riverrider says:

    hi all. not much here. family n such. i received the lowers i ordered earlier. ordered some ghee and fruit combo from ee. received some shiny stuff. learned some new skills repairing civy guns. going to get some river therapy sun/mon. btw, there will be a small uprising of sorts this weekend in utah, and folks in alb. new mexico have had enough of their heavy handed leos as well. i see gadsen flags at every turn. the sheeple are becoming the sheepdogs. sic semper tyrannis, III.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Good to hear from you, riverrider. Glad things have settled down. I didn’t get to make my trip this week, DD got sick with a cold, so we put it off till next week. She made 4 As, 2 Bs this semester, so I’ll probably have to stop on the way in LR at one of the malls and let her pick something out.

      I saw where the FBI is moving on the Bundy Ranch supporters, and has begun a criminal investigation. Anyone who had a gun or had a gun aimed in the general direction will likely be arrested and charged with a criminal offense. The Empire Strikes Back.

    • JP in MT says:

      We were getting all set to test out the camping preps early this year. Got snow instead. I was really looking forward to the quiet too.

  24. Brearbear says:

    Good on ya for the trade B.C.!
    i bought a Mosin Nagant last week…
    i love it.
    Thanks JP in MT…
    for the info on M.N. ammo!

    …been practicing with my cold steel throwing knife
    a bit…going to buy 5 more…

    also been practicing tomohawk/knife fighting a bit more lately…
    i have a cold steel trench hawk (added wire and hockey tape to the handle)…and have my trusted K-bar knife.

    i am extremely interested in Krav Maga…
    (Isreali self defense)…

    still on my work out schedule…

    practice practice practice!…UGH!

    • I have a friend that teaches krav maga. She’s a tiny little thing but tough!

    • Brearbear,

      The martial arts I studied as a kid were Kung Fu. Granted, it’s Chinese, and it’s flowery, and dance like. The style I (I hate to say chose because it was the only one available) mastered was Choy Li Fut. I know that means absolutely nothing. Look at Jackie Chan and Jet Li. Their styles are close. Ahem… anyway…

      As I get older and find that my knees and elbows and hands don’t work as well as they used to… Krav Maga continues to look like a more practical application of fighting. When I was in the military, I had the opportunity to spar with some Israeli soldiers. I was able to defeat them with the Kung Fu techniques I learned as a teenager. It was all about keeping them away. Those kids could wipe my ass all over the floor today. But those techniques, today, could make me a valuable fighter.

      Study Krav Maga, learn it.

      Just my .02

  25. Good Morning Pack
    MD, thank you for posting the small article on the medical tape I did. My apologies I forgot to tell the wolfies to purchase through your sight. It on the first draft, but missed it when I sent it to you.
    I actually went shopping for items…ah, yes! Costco had a coupon booklet that I had items I could use for the household.
    3 boxes of vacuum seal bags
    1 unit containing 8 boxes shredded dehydrated breakfast potatoes
    1 unit of Kraft Mac& cheese
    1 bag each of walnuts and pecans
    Did price comparison on beef at Costco vs another store, the other was less expensive but it is for restaurants so I am looking at bulk purchases.

    Received my order from Lehman’s metal canning lids. The lady at the post office did not know you could use the lids for vacuum sealing food in the jars. Gave her a quick synopsis of how to use them. Received Mylar bags & O2 absorbers. That is about it, for this week.
    Have a wonderful Mother’s Day for those MOM’s out there. I have outside chores awaiting me, until next Saturday, have a great weekend.

  26. We had some much needed rain this week over a 2 day period, yeah! Then Dad kept getting me involved in helping him with his projects so mine are behind.

    I got a door built for one side of the compost bin. Hit up Goodwill on a whim the day I took the car for servicing and found 2 short file cabinets! Have been wanting some to turn into planters for Mom’s succulents. I want to create a wall of sorts to help block the wind through the patio. It gets pretty strong out here in central TX and blows the chairs around. The file cabinets will get the drawers removed and will lay on their backs. I plan to bolt them together long ways, then I can create a planter bin inside about 8″ deep, spray paint it and it’s ready for planting. I got both for $10.

    The garden is soso. Most all the tomatoes I started from seed died but a couple are hanging in there. I did buy some more at the garden center along with a cuke and 2 bell peppers. So far so good. I am going to redo my beans as they look really bad. I’ve amended the soil, will be putting in a soaker hose and my plan is to put down a layer of straw, add a piece of lattice cut to size and then plant the beans in the holes of the lattice. That seems to be working for the watermelon to keep the neighbor’s cats from digging everything up.

    Today I am moving all the free wood into the shed for storage, we have to keep the yard looking tidy or the committee complains—the committee the folks did not know about until after they bought the house. Hate those stupid things.

    • I thought covenants and HOAs were supposed to be disclosed before buying a house. Hmmmm… We bought an older home where the convenants were not renewed, intentionally. I despise HOAs.

      • We have lived in two homes that were part of a HOA ,, the first time I had no idea what it was,, and it was disclosed at closing. I dont like anyone telling me what I can do with my own property,, unless they want to make the mortgage payments.
        Seven yrs ago we moved to a rural area and bought the subdivision!!
        We bought 27 acres from a builder whose big plans went south and found out at the County Courthouse we now owned Pine Ridge Acres! Needless to say, we never had any intention to sub divide,, but DH and I still joke that we are the King and Queen of our HOA.

        I know why the builders plans fell through,, we are the ‘small’ home owners here,, all around is is farms and wooded land much larger than ours. Now one would want to live here,,, except us,,, and I like it that way!

        • good idea about the lattice protection against cats. thanks

        • I wish we could do that. So much of N Ga is riddled with small subdivisions next to farms. I’d love to put some of the farms back together.

  27. worrisome says:

    Not much news this week in prepping other than sorting some more, packing some more and stacking things in different piles depending upon where they are going. I found some flashlights I had misplaced in my kitchen flood (nice). I have a truck load of stuff heading up to the bol in the morning with the boys. They are here helping with some yard work and fixing a couple of minor things.

    I had what I think is my last wine and appetizer neighborhood get together last night. I missed my little old couple from the across the street as they were very popular with us all.

    Spent a day with my Navy Grandson who is now home on leave. So so good to see him here on familiar grounds. We were all sitting around a firepit the other night with lots of his friends. The conversation turned to the state of our nation and I am glad to report to you that the future is not all lost. Not with this group anyway. Very clear headed group of about 25 young people. They know they have huge tasks ahead of them…………..and they are surprisingly well informed and know when they are being lied to. Was proud to be included in the group. Several heading for law degrees, 2 going to college to be engineers, 5 looking for a future in computers in one form or another. One is already in law enforcement. One is going into his father’s construction business. Not a dead beat in the group.

    River Rider, I have no idea what happened to you and yours, I have missed many entries in the blog lately, but you and your wife are in my prayers…..May God Bless you and hold you tight in his arms.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Hi worrisome,
      You are the busy one. Are you meeting yourself coming and going these days? It seems so. With the house sold, are you officially leaving California now as your state of residence? That would have to be a very difficult decision in some ways, I know. I can’t see myself leaving Texas, but I know I must. There are too many people here now, and it is being flooded with people who have no loyalty to Texas or the US. It’s just sad for me to see. I am taking a trip up into No. Arkansas next week for fishing and looking for land. I will also look again in Oklahoma in the near future. I’m so glad you have your situation settled. It went so well that it seems like it must be God’s will for you. Take care.

      • worrisome says:

        Yep R of R, I AM meeting myself! I thought retirement meant I could sit and drink tea and read a book! I thank God everyday for all the help I get and that I am wanted somewhere and can continue to be a contributor. As for the moving, it is overwhelming despite the prior planning.

        Leaving California, I think California left me. I have been here all my life but I am not proud of the directions it has taken. However, I think in most cases, staying and getting stubborn and participating in local government should be the way to go because all this “stuff” is going to be all over the US going forward. Not sure we are going to be able to outrun it in any event. Unfortunately, in my case, this home would be too big and too exposed to be of much security in a bad situation, if I happened to be here alone. And so the move to a more sustainable place with people that love me. I am blessed in that regard.

        Good look on the search for a place…………you will know it when you see it.

      • Northern Arkansas welcomes you. The original Arkies are born survivors. Been here since 1980. Unfortunately, we also have a lot of influx of people who will have difficulty making it in bad times. I do not know north central Arkansas, but NW Arkansas is good to stay south of Springdale south/southeast into Boston Mountains.

      • hawkeyes says:


        I left TX about 12 years ago. No jobs at that time. Was laid-off twice. Moved to the Pacific NW. Now, with the stupid people here voting in a card-carrying socialist to the seattle council (lower case on purpose), trying to make all decent roads toll roads, and waiting four days to start helping the people in the Oso mudslide. Need I say more?

        Texas is getting filled up with loosers, freee-loaders, and those with no morals from places they can’t scam the local government out of everything they want. The Edwards Aquifer is drying up, the average water level in almost all of the lakes is down, some places lakes are dried up. Then there is lakes like Possum Kingdom that the non-Texan county politicians are trying to sell to developers, out-of-state developers, to bring in more bums from wherever.

        Anyway…..my sites are in Arkansas too. The Okla taxes are getting out of hand, Missouri has been getting a bit strange in things going on there, and those in Louisiana are a bit leary of those moving into their state. And I don’t blame them! So, I’m looking at the White River, Bull Shoals, northern hill country, maybe as far as south as the Hot Springs area. Possibly right down the middle somewheres.

        My great grandpa made some of the best ‘shine in the state. Worked in trucks too! See if I can resurrect his formula. LOL

        Good hunting!


        • Rider of Rohan says:

          Here’s where I’m looking: Mountain View, Mountain Home, Ozark, Mt. Ida, & Mena.

          • hawkeyes says:

            Some of my great grandpa’s best customers were in them Ozark ‘hills’. That part of this here country falls right in line with the description that South Korea uses: Land of the Morning Calm. In the mornings you can hear the silence of that calmness that is deafening. In the winter you can see the steam rising from the hot springs that dot that part of the country. Listen carefully and you can hear a woodpeckers pecking echoing off the hills. Things grow so fast in the Arkansas soil that you have to pick the crop you just planted 100 ft ago. Most streams, especially the White river, are so clear that the only way you know you just filled a bottle is the weight. The summers are nice and toasty…..the reason they make cold beer, and they’s enough spring fed streams to keep it that way. The winters are cold enough to justify hot-toddies made with granpa’s hooch.

            Now, IMHO, the Ouachita River are a place that I think you’ll really like. I would stay away from the Lake Ouachita area….too damn many city-slickers have found it. But, look around……there should be some areas that aren’t inundated with “wall-street-dollars”. Don’t put Hope, El Dorado, Camden, and Magnolia off your list. They’re a bit south of your looking area, but there’s a lot of “nice” down there.

            If you’re really looking for a ‘GOOD” (get outta Dodge) place……..let me put it this a-way…..my g-g-pa ran shine in Arkansas until he died. That was somewhere around 1961. The ATF never found him or his still. Directions to his place included “turn off the paved road”. If you a-looking for “off-grid”, stop lookin’.

            Damn. The more I think about this…..I might just beat ya there.


            • Rider of Rohan says:

              Thanks for the advice, hawkeyes. I live in NE Texas adjacent to SW Arkansas, so I am very familiar with the oil patch area as we call it, Magnolia, El Dorado, and Camden. And Hope as well. My grandparents owned land in the Three Creeks area of Union County near El Dorado, and I still have an interest in a family farm there. It is my present BOL. Problem is some of the family is not trustworthy.

              My desire is to get in the Ouachita or Ozark mountains. In the Ouachita Mountains I’m going to look at the area from Mt. Ida to Y City, then just north of Mena in the Waldron area. I also liked the Mt. View, Mt. Home area until I found out last night there is a state prison at Calico Rock, which is right between the two and within 20 miles of each one. That threw a cold rag on that. I don’t want to be anywhere near a prison, as the prisoners will be turned out to fend for themselves. I can well imagine how that will turn out when 1000+ criminals are turned loose in a small community. Bad. So I’ll go back and look at property a little further west of Mountain Home. I might see you there one day, who knows?

              • hawkeyes says:

                That area surrounded by I-30, 270, and 59 is one of those places you can really get lost in. And not really care.

                Be lookin’ fer ya, Rider. Just look fer an old fart with a walking stick, camo pack, and a s..t-eatin’ grin on his face!


    • riverrider says:

      thank you worrisome. we are doing okay.

    • Worrisome,

      Did you just say that you sat around a camp fire with family members and talked to each other?

      I’m pulling my hair out because my mother called and left a message that I left “my receiver” over at her house. O.K. take a breath. Let me explain. I had to go over to mom’s house because she couldn’t get her cable working. I tried to talk her though it on the phone. Long story short… the cable company is charging her for services not rendered.

      After I left, she called me up. Apparently she found the other remote control for her “other” TV and she think that is a “receiver” and thinks that it is mine and wants me to take it out of her house.

      She was angry when she left the message.

      Did you just say you were around a campfire? Smiling? Laughing?

      Enjoy it! I would call you sweetheart, but that would be presumptuous. You are within about 10 years of my age and I am so jealous of the campfire thing. Neither one of my parents even knows how to start a fire let alone how to laugh next to one.

      It gives me comfort knowing that at least one person out there can smile and have fun.

      Enjoy it Worrisome, you deserve it.

      • worrisome says:

        Sirius, I am blessed with a great family. Yes, we sat around a fire pit in a back yard in Napa with multiple generations present. We carried on great conversations ranging from stupid stuff I did, my daughters did, to what the grandkids did. We drank wine, ate smores, I had my hand held by my Navy grandson who is unembarrassed about loving his grandma. We also tried to solve the world’s problems. We shared this campfire with all of the Navy grandson’s friends……….I was impressed about the fact that all of them would rather be around a humble firepit than being out somewhere getting into trouble, etc.

        I do know how to start a fire, not that I needed to in this group 🙂

        I am sorry tho about your mom……….she is missing so much………I know as we all age, we can get frustrated with things we don’t understand, thus her reaction to the remote?

        • Encourager says:

          I can relate Sirius. We got a call from my MIL because her TV was broke. We went over and found she was trying to turn it on with the phone… The next week when we were over to visit , the phone rang and she put the TV remote to her ear…’hello? hello? this phone is broke!’ I had sores where I bit my cheeks to keep from laughing. Poor Mom. Dementia is awful for the entire family.

  28. Rider of Rohan says:

    The climate disruption folks, formally the global warming folks, and later the climate change folks, have now placed our area in the drought category, even though we are up on rainfall for the year, and just received over 4 in. the past two days. One wonders whether any gov’t statistic, even the most mundane, is accurate any more. These power-hungry weasels are using anything to justify their takeover of everything.

    Back to objective reality, the garden at the in-laws is looking great, beans and squash going to be ready before you know it. Tomatoes are not quite where they should be, too much rain and a little cold snap, I think put them a little behind. Peas are now peeping through, can’t wait for those. Getting my hands dirty feels good.

    Bought 4 bottles of elderberry syrup, cotton balls, cotton swabs, rubbing alcohol, 2 gal. of bleach, 4 gal. of vinegar, softsoap, purel, large container of dawn, 5- 20 count 33 gal. garbage bags, 90 ct. kitchen trash bags, and 2 cases of paper towels. Also added a few sale items I found at the grocery store, including my favorite canned peas, Trappey’s black-eyed peas with jalapenos. Best canned peas evah!

    Have a great week, Pack.

    • JP in MT says:


      I was rereading your comment on the new term “climate disruption”. Makes me wonder if these people think that climate is not supposed to change over time (lack of history/geology lessons) or if they change the way they say it others will think they are smarter.

      I’ve been preaching the same thing, warning people of possible impending problems for the last 15-20 years. Many, including family, now seem to think I might be on to something, as they predictions are slowly coming true. I just hope they have taken the hint and done something.

      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        RoR, JP, et.al.

        Change is a certainty. The Earth, the cosmos, mankind, vegetation, disease, absolutely everything is changing. Man has an impact on the Earth but that is part of change. All of a sudden the White House having an increased interest in climate change has a multi-faceted reason. It paints the DEMs as being concerned with the world. It also brings in the money from the environmentalists for the mid-term elections. And it distracts from other critical and unethical practices within this administration. I think the POTUS and Pals are full of crap and care about the environment about as much as they care about the national debt. But that’s my opinion for what its worth.

        • Rider of Rohan says:

          You’re certainly right on all of this Tactical G-Ma, but the PTB are also using the climate change nonsense as an excuse to take over everyone’s water, land use, etc. in an attempt to eliminate private property. It’s scary to me that people will not be able to raise livestock, have gardens, burn firewood, or do anything that has commonly been done on private property for hundreds of years here in the US.

          I fully understand a chicken farm can’t be in the middle of Times Square. But, that couldn’t happen anyway, because the owners of the property have the right to use it the way they want. My point is that the owners of property should also have the same rights when it comes to planting a garden. Rural people don’t mean a thing to these creeps in DC right now, particularly the Democrat-Communist Party. Don’t ever forget what Stalin did to the small farmers of the Ukraine in the 1920-30s. Genocide that was covered up and abetted by the NYTs. I wouldn’t put it past the gang in charge now to do the same thing here is the US if they could. Remember, Bill Ayers, the Obama friend and sponsor, once told an FBI informant that 20-30 million conservatives would need to be eliminated or sent to concentration camps.

          Here’s the story on the Ukraine genocide if you’re interested.


          • RoR,
            What Stalin did to the small farmers of the Ukraine was to first disarm them. I don’t see that happening here, although the progressives will keep trying.

    • ROR,

      Take it from a guy who has been hearing about life debilitating drought since he was seven years old.

      I’m still here.

      California has been in a drought since Jerry Brown was the Governor the first time in the 70’s.

      Until you are cutting holes in your backyard to make solar stills, you are not in a drought. And don’t let the media tell you any different!

      • axelsteve says:

        I re3member the so called drought of the 70`s. Truckers could not get a thermos of coffee filled in Marin county. That was taking water out of the county. Many truckers were angry about that.

    • read link at gorge’s grouse that the epa has declared dry ditches to be ‘navigable’ so they can harrass farmers about manure spreading among other things.

  29. mom of three says:

    We were in the beautiful state of California, last week. We were in the northern part of the state. We shopped at the Olive Pit, to get an order for friend’s, as we looked around the shop, they had olive leave tincture, for 11.95, for those who were interested. They have a Web sight Olive Pit.com. We also stopped at a prepper store, we picked up two aquamira, water filter. The man we were talking too also told me to help keep the filter, cleaner longer to put some cheese cloth at the end to keep bigger particular out. I just did regular grocery shopping, until next week when I have my days off. Happy mother’s day ladies.

    • worrisome says:

      mom of three……..I like the Olive Pit as well. It is out of my way but I manage to make it there at least once a year. And yes there are several prepper stores in that area. It used to be bigger and had a few more lines that they carried, but they downsized back when the economy got tougher. Stay safe!

      • worrisome & mom of three
        You were in the southern part of the neighborhood when you stopped off at the Olive Pit……ok… way….. way south of us. In Red Bluff out near the airport is a new preppers store it is run by retired military and their spouses. If I was given the correct name it is Survival Country.

        • mom of three says:

          I’ll check that out the next time we are there, I have been through Red Bluff, nice area. We have friend’s who live in Butte County, and Chico, it was good weather, love going to the Serria Nevada Brewery, good food, the beer is not bad either 🙂 .

  30. Wild Weasel says:

    Picked up a PMag and 2 20 round steel mags for the ole AR, a brand new Military issue compass (have to learn how to use it) and New Surefire helmet light with Molle adapter for $30. Pretty good deal since the lights sell for $160. I work for a local LGS and bought a broken 44 special cheap, factory sent me parts to repair and know have a perfectly good revolver. Also guy brought in a broken .22 didn’t want to spend the money to fix gave it to me sourcing out the parts and have about $60 in the rifle so all in all pretty good week.

  31. Big Bear says:

    Howdy all! We had a small (12′ x 8′) shed built onto the end of our wood and tractor shed. Our garage was full with so much “stuff” that I couldn’t get the vehicles inside. Now we’ll be able to store snow tires, fishing and camping gear, and other goodies. This summer I’m going to build a chicken coop that is mostly inside the garage so I needed to free up some wall space. More on the coop later. I’ve got the chicken water (rabbits too) freezer prevention system all designed and almost all of the parts have arrived. I’ll post my system design info in a month or two (once it’s assembled and checked out). I think those of you living in colder areas with chickens and/or rabbits will be interested in this.

    Anyway, our plan is to have the new shed serve double duty in the future (post SHTF). If needed, it can be easily converted to a goat shed. The goats will have a covered 16’x10′ area adjoining the shed that is enclosed with a fence. Additional fencing will give them access to a forested area where they can browse. I’m in an area that has covenants on the property but after the SHTF covenants won’t matter. Plan now …….. benefits later!

    Happy Mothers day to those of you that qualify as Moms!

  32. Millie in KY says:

    I took this week off for several reasons and got a lot done. I set turkey eggs in the incubator last week, 14 of them, checked them, 10, maybe 11 are developing! These are white miniatures, developed for commercial farming but fell from favor at some point and nearly became extinct. Toms 14 lbs, hens 10 lbs, they wanted to market a smaller turkey. Plans for a turkey house are in the works. More when they hatch.
    1 giant size of peanut butter and two smaller ones, and a few extra grocery items. I planted peppers and tomatoes and onions but onions have to be replanted as a dog got on the pots and trampled them all. Three baby goats were vaccinated and disbudded, at this point I will keep them and sell of 2-3 older does. 4 baby chicks were hatched, also.

    • patientmomma says:

      What is a good book to learn about raising goats for milk and cheese?

      • Millie in KY says:

        I haven’t tried to make cheese yet, that is on the list of want to learn stuff. The book I really liked and chose to buy is this one (be sure and go thru Amazon so MD makes a bit of money on it: http://www.amazon.com/200-Easy-Homemade-Cheese-Recipes/dp/0778804658/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1399767583&sr=1-1&keywords=200+easy+homemade+cheese+recipes
        Seems to be easy to follow directions and they explain stuff! Sometimes people assume that the reader knows things when you don’t…
        As far as a goat book, there are lots of them but all are different. I would recommend instead going to http://fiascofarm.com/goats/ which is one of the best sites and very complete!
        We had only three kids this year, all very nice quality so I opted to not sell them at all. My one buck was not well. Seems that the rut really wears them out, he was only about 6 years old, I think. The other buck got the girls bred and lovely quality and I do have the first buck’s daughters. I have two bucks but will keep this little guy, very pleased with him and bottle raising him so he will be ultra tame. This means I have to sell two of my older does and have to make a decision on that. I have two purebred nubian girls that I have tried to get pregnant but my mini nubian boys just…can’t…quite….reach. So this year I will seek a good quality boy to put with them and try one more time. Nice tame girls, good udders and great teats, a real shame that it hasn’t worked for me as I hoped it would. I have disbudded the kids and gave them all their shots but have to work thru the herd for the CD &T vaccinations very soon. Always something around here!

  33. I managed to work 5 days this week 😉 yeah, I know, big deal, you think, but for a sub it is a big deal!

    This week we managed to:
    *order and receive 1 gallon mylar bags and O2 absorbers
    *bag up rice, beans, and pasta… I’m running an experiment to see if I did it right so I didn’t do too much in case I have to re-do my bags…
    *bought groceries and a few other things for the back pantry at a 1/2 off sale
    *added 2 cases of bottled water to my storage
    *rotated some things from the back pantry into the regular pantry since I bought replacements to be stored in mylar
    *added 6 canisters of Tang to the back pantry… kroger has them for $1 right now, so I’m stocking up!

    The garden is doing well, please keep your fingers crossed that it continues to do so…

    Y’all have a great week!

    • Question for those in the know…

      I am sealing rice, pasta, and beans in 1 gallon Mylar bags… in some cases the “poofyness” of the bags has diminished but I can tell there is still some trapped air inside… I am only planning on storing in Mylar for 1 year before rotating those things into the regular pantry and replacing them. Now… can I leave my bags a little “poofy” if I’m only planning on storing for a year, or should I re-elected my bags to ensure proper de-oxygenation?

      • hawkeyes says:

        This is probably going to tick a few people off, but I don’t care. I have had little luck with ‘oxygen absorbers’. I did a test on Oxygen Absorbers from five vendors. One worked. Four, 80%, failed. The one that worked actually caused a fairly decent vacuum in the test container,the other four did nothing.

        Retesting the four brands that failed, the quantity of absorbers were doubled, getting maybe 75% removal of oxygen with three of them. One brand never did do anything.

        If your mylar bags have ‘something’ in them vs. showing a vacuum, I would open them, remove the absorbers, replace them with twice the number the manufacturer says and re-seal.And hope that works.

        Personally, I have quit using mylar bags. Why? Once you open them to use some of the contents, it is not fun to try to re-seal with a good sealing. I now use a Food Saver, and the roll type material to make my own bags, and vacuum-seal food stuffs in as-needed quantities. i.e., 1,2,3-cups of flour; 1,2-cups of beans; 1 tbs & 1 cup of coffee, etc. This way I don’t expose all of the contents of one larger bag to air/moisture and can’t re-seal the container as good as it was before opening. It’s a little more expensive to do this but I have a better feeling about my stored food stuffs being useable longer. I also double seal the Food Saver bags, just in case.


        • Encourager says:

          I was able to find thicker bags to use with my Food Saver as the Food Saver brand were too thin for wheat berries and rice. The pointy ends poked through. I bought the thicker bags at Cabelas.

      • Sw't tater says:

        I use hot hands in my quarts and in my buckets.. one to a quart jar. 2 to a two gallon bucket, and three to a well-packed 5 gallon bucket.I pack my flour in two and five gallon buckets.I will use each one before it spoils. Coffee I store in original brick.or re-grind, put in rigid container, put in one hot hands and seal with duck tape;
        You might find that using what you are, but making extra effort to reduce the air in them.. plastic, watertight bags can be lowered into water, to force extra air out…a bit messy, but cheap.If all the air is out of them, you could leave them longer than one year and save the money on replacing them, just add to your supply.
        Just my thoughts. I would experiment with ways to reduce the poof, until I found that solution, I would continue to buy and rotate as needed by the dates on the original containers…When you reduce the air in that bag, you prevent oxidation and breakdown of that product.9 tho, fats will get rancid 0 generally extending the life by years.,

        • Tactical G-Ma says:

          Sw’t tater

          So many good uses for hot hands. I carry them year round in my GHB. I was watching, of all things, Wheel of Fortune, when Vanna admitted she tucked hot hands into the tops of her gowns under her arms because the studio is kept so cold. Nighttime outdoors even at 70°F can cause death from exposure. Chem hot packs and chem cold packs are a serious part of my preps.

  34. Finn Mahone says:

    Wow it’s been some time since I posted anything here. Lost my job 2 months ago and have fallen back onto my preps that I was able to put away. I was able to take some of my tax return and purchase more canned goods and paid some bills. I also planted some vegies in my yard. I hope that they will grow and am hopeful they will, since the neighbor cut down some trees in their yard. During my time home I have been able to do some yard clean up since the winter has broken. I have even been practicing a few different ways to make fire without using matches and lighter. I learned how to make char cloth and have been practicing unsuccessfully with it. I have also found that the round cotton pads ladies use for removing makeup work very well for fire making. They accept a spark very easily. A round cotton pad will burn for just about 35 seconds but if you put petroleum jelly on the pad it will burn for over 2 minutes. I also tested out my home made rocket stove. Discovered that I need to make a couple improvements to make it better to use. I have also been exercising more with all this extra time at home. I have also cut up by hand some firewood back in the yard. another good way to get some exercise. I’ve been practicing with my long bow too. Thinking of learning to make and use some snares for small critters like squirrels. Best of all imho is that I’m using my mind to think of how to make my preps better.

    • JP in MT says:


      Just another example of a SHTF event, one that was personal rather than regional/national. Glad you were willing to share it as there are many who don’t have their spouse on-board and this helps them get them there.

    • patientmomma says:

      I stuff dryer lint in empty TP and paper towel rolls along with some petroleum jelly at various spots. Store them in a metal can and use them in the wood stove.

      • Brearbear says:

        i humbly agree about collecting drier lint…
        as mych as you can…collect as much TINDER as ye can!

    • Finn,

      Good on you Mate! Keep working on learning how to “make fire”. Hug your wife and kiss her. She’s the only thing that is going to keep you sane during this time of stress.

      Leave the little critters alone… for now. Concentrate on your wife. You can make it through this.

      O.K. I know this is gratuitous … but… look at your wife’s boobs. Touch them, DO NOT GRAB THEM. Look at them, and smile.

      Feel better?

  35. Bam Bam says:

    Not a whole lot this week–my dh had to go to the foot doctor with calcified, infected sweat glands on his left foot. So I have been caring for him. I did get an order of Z-packs for my fishes. The local health food store has 25 percent off NOW Food products so I plan to go there this afternoon to pick up some essential oils. I am out of peppermint and tea tree, and I need to pick up lavender and eucalyptus–and maybe a few more.

    • JP in MT says:

      Bam Bam:

      Not sure what “calcified, infected sweat glands” of the foot are or look like, but is sure sounds painful! Good thing he’s got you to look after him. I have enough foot issues, sure don’t want that; any idea how to prevent it in others/what causes it?

      • Bam Bam says:


        Yep. Had he soaked his feet in epson salt and tea tree oil and then used Amish black drawing salve, he would have been fine. Here’s a link to the drawing salve–this stuff is excellent for drawing out splinters and minor infections.


        • Sw't tater says:

          For the times when you don’t have time to get an order in, there is a drawing salve available at W M , and some larger pharmacies, in the first aide section…it is called PRID, it is just under 5$ a container.you only will need to use a very small amount each time it is needed.
          also… For those who have read about the effects of Manuka honey, you can make a fake, but effective replacement via taking unprocessed, raw honey and adding tea tree oil to it, 3 oz honey to 15-20 drops of tea tree oil…

          • patientmomma says:

            thanks for the recipe!

          • Sw’t Tater,

            Remind me… Why is Manuka honey better than other honey?

            Forgive me. I’ve had a five day vacation where I’ve had to do absolutely nothing. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve done “absolutely nothing”.

            F**k I feel 10 years younger.

            • Sw't tater says:

              Manuka honey is made, by bees, from the pollen of the tea tree plant, … The tea tree plant is strongly anti-infective…

              • OK, so how do the bee keepers only let the bees gather pollen from the Tea Tree plants? Or do the bee keepers run a diagnostic check on the houey to see if it has “the qualities” its supposed to have?

                I’m not being as adversarial, I’m just curious. Unfortunately, being curious has ALWAYS gotten me in trouble.

                I would truley like to know.

                On another note, I know your Moringa seeds didn’t make it. I’ve got some still left. They’re yours if you want them. Let me know.

                • Sw't tater says:

                  It is my understanding that the bees are in an area of heavy growth of the “tea tree plant”, they are it’s pollinator.I went back and looked at the info, it is grown in New Zealand. On one of the islands to the north.
                  There is a factor, called the UMF,and the society that verifies the potency has that in the name. I will post the link I have at the bottom. they use to determine the healing potency of the Manuka honey. It costs about 50$ a quart, if I remember correctly.
                  There are many fakes out there that claim to have the healing power, but are not to the prescribed strength.So you must be careful to get the ones that have verifiable strength from a direct source or importer who has a direct line.
                  I was using my home made version in a pressure ulcer my Mom obtained while immobile in the intensive care unit , and it turned the wound to healing..It was having large amounts of exudate, because of contamination, due to it’s location.It stopped the excessive and odorus drainage..When using it, I found that dressings must be changed every 8 -12 hours. and use an absorbent pad, such as the always thins.generic versions of this pad work well. http://www.manukahoneyusa.com/ And yes I would like to try the Morninga again.I think you still have my e-mail…Thanks.

                • Sirius,
                  When you state, “Unfortunately, being curious has ALWAYS gotten me in trouble” I had to laugh, because I suffer the same problem.
                  As a beekeeper I looked into Manuka honey and found that it is only produced in New Zealand; however, producing it takes several things into consideration. Bees can forage up to a 2 mile radius from their hives, but if sufficient forage is closer, the they will use that first, so producing any kind of honey (Manuka, or buckwheat, or orange blossom) relies first on having a significant amount of the flowering plant in close proximity to the hives. Also, keeping the hive rather full of honey (as in not harvesting it) and swapping out any honey filled frames with base foundation when the flowering plant in question begins to bloom will help ensure that the newly produced honey is made mostly from the bloom in question. When the bloom completes, you remove the newly filled frame and replace them with the originals so the bees will continue to produce. Finally, in the case of Manuka, it must contain at least 70% Manuka pollen and is tested. According to a Wikipedia article I read on the matter, there seems to be a lot of counterfeit or diluted honey on the market, so I’m not sure how to tell what is real. This is also the case with a lot of store bought honey, which is why I recommend anyone who is serious about good honey, find a local producer (beekeeper) and buy it locally from the beekeeper or Apiary directly
                  Your question also brings up a point I often argue with people about honey sold as containing no GMO’s, etc. While I use no chemical pesticides with my bees, I cannot in all honestly claim that my honey is GMO or other buzzwords free. Since bees can forage for that 2 mile radius that amounts to an area of 12.5 square miles or a total of 8000 acres, most of which I don’t control, and can’t know what is being grown. Therefore, all I can claim for my honey is that it is pesticide free (from my perspective of raising the bees) and that it is local, raw, and undiluted.

          • Encourager says:

            That PRID is good stuff! Drew out a deep splinter that broke off as I was pulling it out. Put PRID on it overnight and the splinter was on the bandage in the morning.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      Bam Bam
      Since you have been into herbal meds for a while now, have you noticed a difference in the makers of essential oils? I am concerned that some infusions are being sold as essential oils. Have you made essential oil? Have you used thieves oil? Any words of wisdom as I am a novice with essential oils?

      • Mother Earth says:

        Not Bam Bam, however, my two cents. It’s the distillation process that can set pricing, meaning the more distilled, the cheaper. Some companies harvest plants from their native environments, whereas others plant more locally, which may be a quality issue and also if the plant is organically grown. It’s quite a murky area.

        For instance when you buy 100% vanilla and yet the label clearly states water in the ingredients…what?? I make my own now to avoid the mystery. I would encourage you to check out “Native American Nutritionals” as a essential oil source. I am not affiliated just comfortable with the company. Obviously Young Living and DoTerra are the “top” brands so I would encourage you to compare. Hope this helps!

        • Sw't tater says:

          I have also noticed a difference in the strength of essential oils I have purchased…oil of oregano, peppermint..especially. if it is too strong, you can always cut the strength with a little olive oil, but if it is too weak, not as effective as you might need it.

      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        Thanks Mother Earth. Will check it out!

      • Bam Bam says:

        Tactical G-Ma,

        I have not made my own essential oils. I have never purchased any of the higher end essential oils. I wait until my local place has NOW brand on sale at my local place. I tend to use essential oils for cosmetic purposes or for minor skin problems. If you are just getting started, two oils I would recommend are lavender and tea tree. I keep lavender on hand for burns. You would not believe how quickly lavender oil takes away pain and heals minor burns. If I were using essential oils for serious health concerns, I would order from Mountain Rose Herbs.

    • nwsenior says:

      Bam Bam,

      Where did you order the Z-pacs for fishes? Some one posted a site a couple months ago, but I couldn’t find later.


  36. Grannytraveler says:

    Not too much happening here. Just trying to organize and consolidate items to make more room. Didn’t keep up on my inventory so need to start over. We have some little tomatoes on the plants. Yay!!! Picked up some veggie seeds at the 99 Cent store 4/$1 that state on the packages that they are heirloom. I have had good luck in the past with the seeds I have bought there. At that price it is worth a try.

    Gave a brief talk at our church about how to start food storage on the cheap. Trying to get across to people that something is better than nothing.

    Had a brief scare the other night when all the power went off in about 1 square mile. We are in suburbia. It is amazing how dark it is without any light. Thankfully had lots of lanterns and flashlights at the ready. Could even continue reading. Lights were back on in about 1 hour and then they went off again later for another hour. No explanation. Probably just aging infrastructure. Lots of people out of their houses trying to figure out what had happened. Makes me a little worried for the summer. Might be looking at a lot of rolling brown/black outs. We’re already having temps in the triple digits.

    I hope everyone has a wonderful Mother’s Day.

  37. Arizona Reality Prepper says:

    Got big boy tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers, eggplant, long beans, cukes, pumpkin, okra, chayote squash, onions, garlic, chives, and green onions planted. Put nets over my grapes (gonna be a bumper crop hopefully). Have lots of flowers on my jujube trees. Now just need some cooperative weather…..Keep prepping folks.

    • AZ Camper says:

      I have had trouble growing tomatoes in AZ. Any tips you can share?

      • Arizona Reality Prepper says:

        AZ Camper, Try roma’s and cherry tomatoes. The regular round types get worms real easily here in AZ, also blossom end rot. Use plenty of manure, plenty of water (sometimes we water twice a day, morning and evening), even use miracle gro soil. If you are in really hot areas like Phx or Yuma or Tucson, plant in an area that gets afternoon shade. We’ve done pretty well here with tomatoes. When it gets super hot, the plants wont flower, but earlier and later, they do real well.

        • AZ Camper says:

          Thanks. Blossom end rot was a problem. And that they won’t flower.
          Guess I will keep trying. Cherry tomatoes did fairly well, but I miss good ole beefsteaks, like I had back east growing up. I was told to stick to the quicker growing ones, like early girl. I will try Roma’s next. Thanks.

          • country vet says:

            Az camper
            Blossom end rot is a calcium deficiency. When planting tomatoes place a Whole egg in the bottom of the hole. It will add minerals as well as add sulfur. You can crush additional shells for insurance.
            Here in south Texas we have good luck with certain heirlooms.
            Belgian Giant, German strawberry, and German Johnson all produce huge tomatoes. Caspian Pink , Box Car Willie and Arkansas Travelers usually do well. While not a large tomato and it seems counterintuitive a variety called Cold Set will produce the first fruits and our experience hold thru the summer . We use the flat soaker hoses and mulch very heavily with shredded paper. The fine staple works best for tomatoes, beans, etc. the long for squash, melons, etc. I have trailed a large number of tomatoes. We have additional varieties that consistently produce for us as well. I am trying a new variety called Tropic this year.

            • Arizona Reality Prepper says:

              country vet, thanks for the info on the types of tomatoes you use there in s Texas. I would guess they should do ok here in AZ too. I use egg shells as compost here, didnt think to put the egg shell under the tomato plant, maybe I can do some side dressing with egg shells this summer. Good info !!!

        • Bam Bam says:


          Check out seaweed extract to get your tomatoes to bloom in temperatures over 90 degrees. When planting tomatoes, add a couple of Tums for each plant. Blossom end rot is caused by calcium deficiency.

          • Arizona Reality Prepper says:

            Bam Bam, thanks for the seaweed extract and Tums ideas. If I had engaged my brain, I would have thought of the Tums. I knew blossom end rot is caused by calcium deficiency, but did not put 2 + 2 together for a solution. Thank you so much for the fixit idea !!! That is why I really enjoy this blog, between MD’s ideas for simple, lo-cost prepping and the great ideas from other readers, I’ve improved my prep’s by leaps and bounds.

  38. Darrell says:

    A large milsurp molley back backpack, a stainless steel Coleman galley set and a Bushbox backpacking stove all through Amazon..now my BOB is complete with food and other items and ready to go hanging in my closet

  39. Not a lot this week. Working on cleanup and changes to the chicken coop since the little gals will be here in a few weeks.
    Continued work on the more permanent structures for the bee yard. Bees will be here next Wednesday.
    Other than my normal, working for a living job, that’s about it.

  40. Sold my last bundle of berry plants so now I can really focus on the garden. Bought 2 x 8’s to build 32″ square raised boxes to transplant potted fruit trees into my new orchard. I cannot dig holes that size in the gravel bed. Trees will do great there once transplanted with drip irrigation. Also working on inside of house as it is possible we will need more sleeping space when SHTF. I have been reading a lot on the economy and how it fits into the big world economy. The more I read, the more I see something like what happened in Argentina in 2001 but on a bigger scale. My job right now is to insure that I can supply food, etc. after the supplies run out. Ordered another book on winter gardening. Plan to build a hoop house plus use some old windows to build some cold frames. Take care all and all you ladies, Happy Mother’s Day.

  41. InterestedObserver2 says:

    Not much to report this week — mostly taken up with getting the new dog (Bodhi — pronounced “bodie” — is his name-o) used to us and the yard and orchard area. He’s working out really well, and is extremely well behaved and apparently pretty well trained; a real jackpot from the local animal shelter!

    Been keeping up the work in the orchard, and I’m proud to say that two of the trees are budding little apples now — in fact, so many that I’m going to need to go out and thin them pretty soon so they can grow up big and strong! 😉 Frankly, I wouldn’t have been surprised if we got very little or nothing at all this year, given how neglected the poor things were, but nature sure does have a way of bouncing back if given the opportunity! Plan to save some seeds from the good ones too so we can have a back up tree or two started if some of these don’t make it after all.

    Tree trimming around the area has gone really well, and the whole place is starting to look healthier and better maintained — but we have some HUGE burn piles accumulated, even after using leaves for mulch and what not. Thinking about renting a chipper and maybe just chipping some of the branches, but a lot of them are afflicted with fireblight and just need to be burned; otherwise they’ll infect everything else around here. Sure wish the previous owner had paid attention to that issue — gonna be fighting fireblight for years to come, I’m afraid.

    We’re starting to move on to our next major projects — getting the compost bin built, and getting the interior and exterior of the house painted and fixed up. We will be working on the electrical issues for the next week or two, before painting, since that requires some holes in the walls that we’ll then have to patch, spackle and paint. Then we have a deck to tear down, and some insulation to get fixed in the basement area. Then there is a TON of firewood to split and stack so it can dry. After all of that, we ought to be just about 70% winterized for next winter! 😉

    My SO started a rooting experiment with some rosebush cuttings in an attempt to see if she can propagate some rosebushes instead of buying them. Knowing how temperamental most roses can be, I really didn’t expect much, but be darned if she doesn’t have a couple of them starting to show roots! Which is good, because the one we transplanted after the guys doing the septic a month or so ago pulled it out isn’t making it….

    Other than that, just praying for all of you who need it or want it, and especially for Encourager and RoR during their times of trial; you guys deserve some good news soon. Also very glad to see that Becky is getting back into the swing of things — seems like a really good sign! 😉

  42. PrepperLabGirl says:

    Although I have been lurking for several months, this is my first time posting. The amount of prepping that you all do is awesome. Although I have always had a big garden, last year I started to realize that I was not prepared for anything really. My biggest prep last year was to move my son and his fiance (now his wife) out of my house and into a mobile home behind my house. Purchasing an older mobile home and setting it up ate up a huge amount of my savings. Now I am slowly cleaning my house and throwing away so I can make room for serious preps.
    Last weekend I finished planting my raised beds. Hoping to have some tomatoes that the stinkbugs don’t get! I had jury duty this past week and got picked for the grand jury. First time for that and the judge pulled my name out of his special hat to be foreman. My paranoia wonders if that was the only name in the hat! By the second day of hearing cases, I decided that a person really can’t get out of bed in the morning without breaking some kind of law. I did go to a nearby thrift store on a lunch break and found a 5-gal water container from Ozark Trail for $2. I have been researching rain water storage for what would suit my property best. No problem with rainfall. I could have filled a lake with what we have had the past couple of weeks!
    I also invested in Geoff Lawton’s online permaculture course and have been doing that at night.
    Well, one more day of grand jury, then back to work.
    Thanks to M.D. and everyone else for all the great ideas. My wish list is bigger every week!

    • Sw't tater says:

      Glad you are here, Keep on learning and doing…

    • Welcome, PrepperabGirl! That water container was a nice find.

    • mindful patriot says:

      Welcome plg, nice to have you!

    • Jersey Drifter says:

      Welcome. Glad you came out of the shadows. As you can tell from your lurking these past months, this is a GREAT place for getting info and for passing info on. Everyone helps each other, as it should be.

    • Papabear says:

      Welcome PrepperLabGirl

    • Petticoat Prepper says:

      Welcome to the Pack! Super glad you’ve posted this week. I’m going to be called next month (if I remember correctly from my deferment request) for jury duty. I’ve been on a couple of times and been called more than I can count! I got called for a murder trial but I think due to being self employed was released after watching the ‘death sentence’ movie. Whew!!!

      Sounds like your new dog is a good one. Great score on the water container. Anyways, welcome again!

  43. Didn’t post last week cause DH an I headed out early for some garage sales. He works nights so he doesn’t usually get up before noon but a local church had a sign up and sales like that are normally HUGE,,,, what a let down.

    Since we were out we thought we would drive around to find others and are glad we did. 2doz pint canning jars new, still in the box and a doz qt size all for $5! DH’s big find was a set of patio chair cushions nice and thick and comfy ,,$7 for the pair.
    This week I had a ‘rain check’ for boneless skinless chicken breasts that came in and I got 15 lbs. So tonight I’m using my pint jars to can chicken!

    Also received the summers supply of Advantic for all 4 pups,,,and am caught up on their three year rabies and have 6 months of heart worm meds,,, that
    took a big chunk of prepping cash! But they are my babies and I wouldn’t want to lose one of them to something avoidable.
    Get your preps in order,, I think we are in for a bumpy ride!

  44. Sw't tater says:

    Just a bit here and there but it all adds up. Packed some dried products up, beans and pasta’s. received order of frozen veggies, secured for short term. Usual care for all the members of the household, routine meds , supplements in on 2 month rotation. added some OTC pain meds, eye ointments, eye wash. Talked to a couple of friends re; thyroid protection..ie iodine supplements /betadyne patch to thigh..to saturate thyroid and protect from radioactive snow effects ..etc.

  45. Rider of Rohan says:

    One other thing I forgot to mention is that water and electricity rationing has now started in Venezuela, the country with the world’s largest supply of proven petroleum reserves. In the hundreds of billions of barrels. And a country that was rising economically until taken over by socialists. And speaking of Bill Ayers, according to a friend with Venezuelan relatives, he was invited to Venezuela in 2005 to advise Chavez on education reforms. Many American leftists such as Sean Penn have spent years in Venezuela, and are also responsible for a part of the ruin. And they want to do the same thing in the United States.

    Riches in natural resources doesn’t mean a thing if one doesn’t have an economic system that allows them to be used efficiently. They will be wasted, and the people will receive nothing for them, just like Venezuela. Only a ruling class of oligarchs will prosper. I’ll get off my soap box now.

    • Jersey Drifter says:

      You can stay on the soap box. I like what you have to say. And besides if you get off of it and I get on it…….well lets just say you will know how Pissed I am about the direction this country is going in, how OUR country is being destroyed. How my parents generation, the Greatest Generation, lifted up this nation. They went through the Depression, WWII, Korea, The Cold War, saw technology go from outhouse to indoor plumbing, ice box to refrigerators, from a tube radio to flat screen TV, and lets not forget cell phones. They saw us walk on the moon and medicine take huge leaps. They saw diseases cured and hips replaced.
      And now they sit back and shake their heads at what is happening.

      Ok, I will get off of the soap box. You should have not gotten off of it. Sorry.

  46. Overhill says:

    Not much prepping got done this week, unfortunately.

    My preps lately have focused on water – both storing it away and getting the means to filter/purify it. Reported here last Saturday about getting in the Just Water filter. This week I thought I would get another system and ordered a pocket Katadyn water filtration system for the BOB/GHB. I had been eyeing it for quite some time and finally decided to take the plunge. Pricy … but a nifty little piece of gear, it seems. Had to have it! It will be tried out in the field this summer.

    Also worked on the garden, my first one in years. The plan is to have a nice crop of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and carrots. We’ll see how it goes. … Looking into getting into canning, too, of course.

    Best regards to you all!

  47. Purchased a Armscorp M5 12 GA pump self defense rifle alson with a couple of Chines M53 Mosins in good shape and several varmint and hunting rifles.

  48. Millie in KY says:

    And I forgot, made a bunch of powdered laundry detergent. This recipe calls for 2 cups of borax, 2 of washing soda and one bar of Fels Naptha. And THANK YOU to whoever suggested the Salad shooter! I got a used one off of ebay (probably could have paid new for what I paid with shipping and the item) and ran it thru but the bits were a little large so just gathered them up and ran them through again. Worked perfectly. Gosh, I was so sick of grating those bars of soap!

    • Wow, I had a totally different idea of what a salad shooter did. I thought it was one of those hand-pumped centrifuges for getting water out of your lettuce.

      • Pp,
        I think you are thinking of a salad spinner. While I am on the subject, apparently a commercial salad spinner is great for off the grid laundry wringing, so keep your eyes open at the second hand shops, friends.

        • Petticoat Prepper says:

          Oooohhhhh…..good idea! I’ve one of those WonderWash spinner washers. They do a good job but the inner seal lid thing breaks. If you find one used just take the inner lid to a machine place and have them make a metal one and glue the gasket on…no more break. I’ve always hated wringing the stuff by hand. I’ll definitely be looking for a commercial salad spinner!

    • Millie,
      It was Bam Bam who suggested it. I got one off ebay as well and she was so right. Like 30 seconds to do a whole bar. I greatly prefer the homemade laundry soap, too, as I have all sorts of allergies.

    • Bam Bam says:


      You are welcome. The salad shooter makes it so easy to make laundry soap.

  49. This week I fenced in my garden to keep the chickens out and tilled it. Also bought more foundation for my beehives and ordered a four week supply of emergency food from Patriot Supply.

  50. Saying prayers for your dad and for you

  51. 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!

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. 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

  55. 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.

  56. 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.

  57. 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:


      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.

    • 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!

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. Lauri no e says:

    Encourager and RR,

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

  61. prepbkk says:

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

  62. 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.

  63. 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?

  64. 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.

  65. 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:
      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.

  66. 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:

      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:


        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.

  67. 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.

  68. Hunker-Down says:


    Dudes; call your mom.

  69. 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!

  70. 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:

            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:


              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.

  71. 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!

  72. 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.

  73. 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:

        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.

  74. Tactical G-Ma says:

    I found the American Survival Guide at the PX!

  75. Tactical G-Ma says:

    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!

  76. 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,

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

  77. 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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