What did you do to prep this week?

Before we get started with this weeks “what did you do to prep this week” I would like to say thank you and give a shout-out to Mr. Bill D for his support of this blog via a snail main donation, I would also like to thank Angela M, Vanessa M, and Charles P for their support via PayPal.

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

Unfortunately, I did not get a whole lot of prepping done this week – I spent most of the week (about 80 hours) setting up my new news site The Daily Collapse Report – Documenting the Collapse into Anarchy..

The site is offering news from a number of sources all in one place with my personal commentary and perspective, with the main thrust being the physical, economic and moral decay of our once great country. My goal is to make it a one stop destination for preppers, where they can quickly find the news that’s important to them.

All with my unique commentary and  political slant.

So far the site is off to a great start, the hard part is getting other sites to mention and recommend the site to their readers (a lot of site owners are afraid to link out because they are afraid of someone taking their readers), and to building a large readership, my goal is an average of 50,000 unique visits per day.

Please tell your friends and contacts…

Now what else do I do to prep this week…

Dug up about 100 pounds of potatoes from my garden, put a fresh coat of paint on my 18 x 25 foot storage building, and bought 20 cans of vegetable soup and 15 of peaches.

Well that’s it for me this week – I hope to have more to report next week, but now it’s your turn – what did you do to prep this week?

Comments

  1. Still recovering from whatever sinus crap I acquired. Did get some food for the stash and more soap and canning lids. Garden is .. eh. Haven’t been working much in it due to being sick.
    Mother reached the point where we had to get something to prevent her getting up against doctor’s orders. This is something I’ve been trying to avoid for a long time, but she just refuses to see that she can’t walk safely without assistance. She thinks her doctor’s orders are “silly” and keeps trying to get up. Did make me think that if you have older persons you are prepping for (or even just in general) … that some sort of thought to this need should be done.
    Our pistol league is between sessions – so not been shooting much. Have been trying to stockpile up some more ammo.
    Hit the local fabric store for some sales – got the sewing machine out and took it in to be tuned up last week. We’re going to a renaissance fair in October (yay vacation from mom!) and I need a new costume. Also picking up some patterns for basic clothes such as pajamas, robes, simple dresses and pants, etc. Don’t forget baby clothes patterns either!
    As part of the gearing up for sewing I also went through the boxes of sewing supplies from the last move. Lots of thread. Lots of sewing machine needles. Need some more hand needles and pins. Plenty of buttons. More zippers and Velcro need to be stocked. Also hook and eyes and snaps.
    Off to the farmer’s market in a few. Next weekend is the big library book sale – I volunteered to help set up the books on Saturday – and then I’ll be busy both days buying. Probably need to find some more bookshelves soon…

    • Victoria,

      Please check out the Strong Women series. The author, Miriam Nelson, is a researcher from Tuffs University. She showed that with some very simple exercises older people can often regain mobility. I don’t know if this applies in your mother’s case. But back in the 1980s she took a group of convalescent patients, started them on balance exercises and strength training and all of them improved their mobility and balance. Some threw away their canes.

      • Thanks Bam Bam,
        Just ordered a copy for mom. She is 70 years young, and getting enough exercise is something I have to push her to do.

      • The problem isn’t muscle tone totally (although that has some bearing) … it’s that mother has lost all sense of balance through nerve loss in her legs and her eyes from diabetes. She cannot tell where her legs are going when she walks – and cannot balance herself because she’s lost so much eyesight. Even with muscles, she’d still have the problems of not being able to balance safely.

    • plantlady says:

      Oh, I feel for you! I spent 6 yrs caring for my bipolar-with-alzheimers MIL (88 yrs old) and my 95 yr old grandfather. The bright spot was when MIL could no longer try to get up and walk…before that we literally had to have an eye on her every moment. And even then she had a bad fall onto a coffeetable…broke all right ribs and punctured the pleura…11 days in the hospital then 3 months in rehab/nursing home. We were right at the point of installing vehicle seat belts on their chairs when we found out about chair alarms. Some have a pad you place on any chair seat, and when their bottom leaves the pad the alarm sounds. Some have a little clip you attach to their clothing…those aren’t so good. But the best and simplest thing is to get a low chair (as a present…hint-hint) she can’t get out of without assistance. It is so hard for them to lose the simplest daily functions and maintain their dignity. As a gift, with no mention of failing abilities, it will be more readily accepted. And by the time they realize Its a trap, they are less likely to whine about a gift (hehe). And then they can blame their inability to safely raise on the chair (since they refuse to accept anything is wrong with them). Works like a charm. You help them out of the chair and since you are right there and going their way, you might as well walk with them (NOT help them-hehe). I became the master of verbal misdirection during our eldercare years. For instance, the 5 days of respite care (where hospice would pay for 5 day in a nursing home so we had a literal sanity-saving respite) became “Senior Summer Camp…to give HER a little break from us”. The adult day care center was the senior center where she volunteered to help lonely old people. You have to be creative…and you may feel bad at first cause its sort of like lying…but it will make your life SO much easier!!!
      And a huge help was the baby monitor (known as the intercom), which allows you to be out of sight but still be able to monitor their safety. Ours saved my sanity – allowed me to get outside before she awoke or during naps to tend my critters and garden a bit…and just escape momentarily. I will pray for you. Hang in there – eldercare isn’t pretty and is the stressful thing you will ever do – but it is survivable. And once your caregiver days are over and the trauma wears off, you will realize a great sense of satisfaction and have gained vast reserves of patience. Eldercare takes a lot of patience.
      Oh, and the pad-style chair alarm can be moved to the bed or you can get a separate one…then if one fails you have a spare. With the chair/bed alarms and baby monitor, you can at least be in a different room or even outside and know if they need assistance.
      Good luck!

      • Have the chair/bed alarm. She’s started to use it to “call” us … instead of the intercom. She just ignores it when it goes off and keeps trying to stand or trying to walk. And I’m afraid we won’t make it in there in time. If she’d quit trying to walk/stand up, we could let her be “mobile” in the wheelchair – the house is built with extra wide doorways and no carpets for her care … but she just thinks she can walk and won’t listen to her doctor’s orders… ARGH! I will survive it. I just cannot put her in a home – it would be “easier” on me, but they’d sedate her and that’d just kill her. And I can’t do the whole “out of sight out of mind” thing. Nor can I deprive her of her cats and her own space.

  2. Picked up an abused and neglected garden tractor that I’ve been slowly putting back into good usable condition. I’ll be looking for a 3 point hitch and a tiller now. Performed a home brew cure on an egg bound chicken and it was a success and she is back to laying normal again. Now,I’m putting some serious thought into doing a video I’m going to call,truck tool box EDC. I try to envision the scenarios I may encounter in my truck and away from home. I’m also considering all the years I’ve had a truck and been in various situations and didn’t have a particular tool that would have helped in that situation. I wonder if that would make a good article? Have a great week y’all.

    • I’d forward that article to both my trucker sons.

    • Your video was quite the learning experience for me yesterday. We’ve had chickens for over five years now and I have never run into that situation. Is it very common?
      I’m a nurse and do a lot of the care for our horses,, but I have never given much thought to the chickens. I’ll have to get a chicken care book.
      You didn’t show it in the video, was the egg misshapen or just too large for her to pass?

      • I actually took my camera out to show the egg,it was much larger than any I’ve seen them lay before,plus it had a white discoloration to it (they lay brown eggs) Not to mention that it had mineral oil on it. When I came back to edit that footage in, I didn’t have it on my camera. I either deleted the wrong clip or I didnt press record.

    • BC:

      Sounds good. Looking forward to it.

    • Would love an article on tool. Mine are spread in several areas. I have tools from my late father, husband, and the ones I have bought. Would love a discusssion on sorting, organizing, and prioritizing. My father had several 10 inch to 15 inch planes that I want to refurbish but not sure how. Replacement in today’s market they run at least $200. I like planes; work well without electricity.

    • BC,
      Your tools article would be welcome. Always looking for new ideas; especially, when coming from someone who’s actually doing things and not just talking about them
      As we’re trying to organize 30 years worth of clutter, one of the things I did in the past few weeks was to buy some new tool boxes from Home Depot. Four rather nice ones for around $40.00 and on a gift card at that. Just collecting and organizing all of my tools has been eye opening. More duplicates than I care to count, and even some odd (but useful) tools I’d forgotten I had. Almost like Christmas morning just in the decluttering.

  3. Finn Mahone says:

    Had a so so week. All of my squash plants and 95% of my cucumber plants developed a fungus on the leafs. The squash plants produced tons of flowers but not one squash. The cucumber plants produced small round cucumbers. So I wound up yanking all those plants out and composting them.

    I sold my 10 gauge shotgun and all my ammo for it so I can pay some bills. I’m going to miss that gun. Took some nice deer with it but 10 gauge buck shot is impossible to find around here.

    On the up side I was offered a job working at a local hospital almost doubling the pay I was making at my last job. This is a God send to us.

    • Congrats on the higher paying job!!!

    • Finn,

      FYI – it isn’t a good idea to compost anything with a fungus on it. Plants with fungus on them should go into the trash.

      If you didn’t get any pollination from bees, next year try pollinating yourself. I do it all the time! It is easy, quick and only requires a small paint brush.

    • You are the second person who told me their squash bloomed but they didn’t produce. Mine has been the same way. Bees you think? I have seen so few bees. I’m planning to get set up with two hives in the spring.

      • Finn Mahone says:

        All of our plants have been loaded with bees this year.

        You know I actually didn’t throw those fungus plants in my compost. I forgot I threw them somewhere else

    • Yeah! Now that’s a raise. Congrats!

    • axelsteve says:

      Congrads on the job!.I bet that 10 gaug had a stiff kick.

      • axelsteve says:

        My part of norther cal had a 6.1 quake last night. It was centered in American Canynon which is in Napa county. it is south eastish of Napa.I guess it was Robins last joke on the area he had a ranch in Napa.

  4. Made 7 pints jelly from some juice we had cooked out back in May, and made 3 pints of peppersauce out of our jalapeno, habanero, and banana peppers we’ve picked the past week. Hot don’t even describe these habaneros.

    Have also been working on my BOWL-A supplies, with tylenol, emitrol, lotrimin, and 2 respirators. I also ordered some Tyvek suits and coveralls. We have a window of opportunity right now, better buy some supplies. A wave of college students from these infected countries are hitting the US as we speak, it is entirely possible for an outbreak in any university or college. Every one has students from 1 or more of the infected countries.

    Watching the Ferguson mess this week also reminded me to take Canyonman’s advice and invest some more money. Done and done, canyonman, I have at least a thousand reasons to thank you for that sound advice. That’s about it for me, everyone stay safe and prep on. The iceberg looms in the distance, the USS Obama just lit another boiler in an effort to gain some more speed. And threw the steering to the wind.

    • Canyonman says:

      Brother Wolfman, delighted to hear that you and yours are 1,000 squeezes safer. :)

      • Dang, I forgot to use our new code word.

        I also wanted to note that the U.S. reaction to an outbreak of BOWL-A will look much like what happened in DRC. The WHO denied Thursday that it was BOWL-A. WHO said that the 70 people in recent weeks died from haemorrhagic gastroenteritis. A independent lab confirmed it was Ebola.

        I think authorities will continue to lie to the people until it is too late. Look at the fact that if you want to know how readily BOWL-A is spread you have to go to a footnote of a footnote on a CDC page.

        • Hi Bam Bam,
          I read a Reuters story this morning on the Congo outbreak, and again, an astonishing number of health care workers were among the dead. For some reason, the protocols for handling this disease are not working.

          • A WHO researcher from Senegal working in Sierra Leone has contracted the disease. WHO personnel have access to the best protective equipment. My best guess is that BOWL-A is far more contagious than authorities are letting on. My suspicion is fomite transmission. And that the virus is heartier than previously thought. So they are getting it from the decontamination area.

            • I don’t know if you remember, Bam Bam, but I linked a story a while back that speculated whether this virus was as easy to kill with bleach as previous manifestations, given the number of deaths in health care workers. I wondered whether vinegar or peroxide might work better. Some research shows vinegar kills flu virus, I’m not sure if any research has ever been done on BOWL-A and vinegar. If so, I couldn’t find it. What are your thoughts? (I’m stocking a lot of vinegar and bleach)

              • Wolfman,

                I remember. I stock both bleach and vinegar, and would alternate between the two (with a good washing with soap in between). Check out this article on fomite transmission. I suspect this is what is happening.

                http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/blogs/freakonomics/pdf/FeiedAntimicrobialSurfaces.pdf

                • Wow, very interesting article. And yes, I have no doubt you are right on the fomite transmission of the virus.

                  • Wolfman,

                    Here’s a quote from the CDC.

                    Quote
                    Pathogenesis

                    Ebola virus enters the patient through mucous membranes, breaks in the skin, or parenterally and infects many cell types, including monocytes, macrophages, dendritic cells, endothelial cells, fibroblasts, hepatocytes, adrenal cortical cells and epithelial cells. The incubation period may be related to the infection route (i.e., 6 days for injection versus 10 days for contact). Ebola virus migrates from the initial infection site to regional lymph nodes and subsequently to the liver, spleen and adrenal gland. Although not infected by Ebola virus, lymphocytes undergo apoptosis resulting in decreased lymphocyte counts. Hepatocellular necrosis occurs and is associated with dysregulation of clotting factors and subsequent coagulopathy. Adrenocortical necrosis also can be found and is associated with hypotension and impaired steroid synthesis. Ebola virus appears to trigger a release of pro-inflammatory cytokines with subsequent vascular leak and impairment of clotting ultimately resulting in multi-organ failure and shock.

                    End Quote

                    This and the link above suggests the reason so many health care workers are getting BOWL-A is because they lack full face respirators. With BOWL-A it takes only a single particle to start an infection. I now think the N-95 masks and goggles are insufficient. Doctors and nurses are dying because the WHO and CDC hasn’t upgraded its minimum protocol.

    • Wolfman,

      There are reports out that there are two (possibly three) cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Two of the cases are the Sudanese strain. The third is a hybrid between the Sudanese and the Zaire strain.

      We do know that the strain circulating in West Africa right now is only 97 percent identical to the Zaire strain and represents a new clad.

      I wonder if the Sudanese-Zaire strain is an ancestor of the strain behind the current outbreak in West Africa. It had to swap genes somewhere.

      What do you think?

      • Bam Bam, I linked a story further down in the thread about the confirmation of the BOWL-A virus in the Congo. I’m was leaning toward a completely new outbreak, but the way this new strain is spreading just makes me believe this outbreak is related to the one in W. Africa. If not, think about the implications if both these strains start cycling through people in the same areas. Apparently authorities have known something for quite a while, but have been trying to hide the facts. The longer this thing goes on, the more likely it will develop into something worse….much worse. And Lord, it seems about as bad as something can be right now, but I know what it could do. This is the nightmare scenario the Jaax’s feared the most.

  5. Happy Camper says:

    Sold my house ! It sold way faster than I anticipated. So it’s a bit if a rush to pack etc. I’ve had a cleaner in helping me which is great. The new owners will take possession about mid September, at that point I will move into the camper and stay local until the school holiday period is over.
    Camper is almost ready to depart for my big trip, I will be leaving the first week in October. All the lights are switched to LEDs, security lighting installed, battery topping up well from the solar panel, personal items and food items added. I’m ready to be able to go off grid, this makes me feel safe. I will be the most happy person in the world in a bug out situation !!!
    I’ve even got a motorised jockey wheel to guide it by hand.

  6. Dug up my potatoes, 45 lbs. Canned 60 pints of corn, 24 pints of green beans, dehydrated celery and will put garlic in to dehydrate today (outside). Finishing 2 quilts for grandkids. Packed 44 lbs organic wheatberries into mylar. Reorganizing some storage shelves. Bought rolls of fencing on sale to install against rabbits and cats that dig my raised beds.

    • I really really need to store fencing. In times of no law enforcement,I will have to go to greater lengths to keep folks out and off my property and away from my veggies and chickens.

      • bctruck
        The best tactical fencing is barb wire rolled out with the loops left in place and not straightened out. I keep several rolls around our place in case we need it, as it can wicked when it grabs a hold of you.

        • riverrider says:

          and the cheaper japanese wire works the best in this case. very springy and the smaller diameter barbs are sharp. like walking into a souped up briar patch.

        • I have a 3 foot, 3 rail fence that I built around the dead end circle in front of my house. I would do this now,but the Boss lady wont hear of it. I want to screw T-posts to the wood fence posts and add 3 strands of barbed wire around the top of the wood fence. She said it would look like a concentration camp. I have no problem with that,but I dont always win.

        • Where did (do) you buy it?

          • Carl
            If you are referring to the barbed wire, any ranch supply store will have it on hand. It comes in a 1/4 acre roll, and you can have two, three, or four barbs on your roll just depends on what you are wanting to keep in or out of your place.

      • BC, I did buy extra to store (at 40% off) because normally I wouldn’t have any fencing on hand.

        Forgot to mention I also bought a Mora Buschcraft knife and Swedish-made wool fingerless gloves (our winters can be brutal).

        • Love those mora,s. I have two. One for my wife and one I keep in my GHB.

          • They are very nice, aren’t they. I got the slightly thicker blade. Very impressed with the quality for only $29 Cdn. Am looking for a small sharpening stone to keep with it. Not sure if the Speedy Sharp is good for it.

    • mountaingypsy says:

      Gloria, (and everyone, who is gardening/canning etc.) Wow, I am impressed. Truly, where do you get the energy? I assume you are younger, I used to be able to do some of that. I planned on a small garden this year, for the first time in years, didn’t work out. I sure wanted some fresh tomatoes and squash. I hate store bought, even the organic. Growing season here is short, and critters get into gardens, unless you build a high fence, besides not allowed to water out of our own well! The state has to sell the water elsewhere I guess….disgusting.

      • I’m 65 and have always kept up my vitamins and healthy food intake. At this age I have to force myself to do regular exercises to stay limber (creek, crunch, snap lol) Fell off a high ladder 3 years ago and broke my heel. Doc inserted pins in my ankle, which have since come out, but I must pace my work or the ankle becomes painful, even with orthotics. My ankle is now my weather barometer lol.

        Bummer on the well situation. Can you save ‘start up’ water from the house? Eg like when you run the tap a bit to get either proper hot or cold water? Amazing how much you can save of that ‘waste’ time. Keep jugs handy. Then water late in the eve when your neighbours are likely in bed.

        • mountaingypsy says:

          Gloria, You are just a tad older, am more impressed. I hate to exercise. Sorry about your fall. I guess I am well medically, just lack energy, which is my own fault. Vits are great, specially the B’s, Vit. C and D. Just carrying some weight. We are not supposed to save any water, runoff from roof, containers….none, if caught, fined. I do save water in milk jugs. But not too handy to water a garden! I plan a small container one on the deck, next year. We can order and buy large water containers to be brought by truck to use, like off grid use. But that is quite annoying to buy water, for outside, when we have a well! I am sure there are ways around, just have not explored. I hate wasting that running water, waiting for hot or cold. Need to do better with that. That would be ‘great’ late at nite with night vision or head lamp, watering. ha! The large critters here would be another issue!

  7. Schatzie Ohio says:

    Was able to harvest my first whopper of a tomato from the seeds that I bought from Jackie Clay. It weighs in at 2.77 pounds. There are several more that are ripening up too. I guess I will make salsa with it and the Jalapenos that I picked last week. Today I will harvest the Yukon Gold potatoes. The damn deer ate the celery down to the ground.

    Bought a can of pepper spray.

    Not much but every little bit helps.

  8. Nebraska Woman says:

    I think I should get the patience award for the year. I took 4 ladies in their 90’s to see a college friend…2 hours in the car with 4 back seat drivers. Keep smiling!
    I loaded up on LED lighting, found a great sale on bacon (had to slip that in) and may have found property I like. I also got the printer out and made hard copies of blogs that are useful. I keep them in a binder by subject.
    I found some hand tools with no electricity needed at a garage sale. I do not know the names, but one drills holes, another shaves wood, and another mows yards. There was also a blade sharpener (I already have a stone for knives) but this one handles larger jobs. Of course I pulled into the garage and unloaded for op sec reasons. My garage is so stored that nothing, absolutely nothing can be seen and boxes are labeled books, Christmas decorations, etc.
    That’s all Pack. I pray for our future.

    • Bacon??????? Do tell!!! Love the older tools. Is the drill a strange “C” shape? It might be a brace and bit type of drill.

      • Nebraska Woman says:

        Yes, it is shaped in a C. I thought it was a driller because the bottom looks like a corkscrew…Hey! Just thought of another use for the thing instead of breaking the bottle open!

    • On you tool that mows, is it a push mower or a sickle type? If it is a push mower, how do you sharpen them?

      • Nebraska Woman says:

        Push mower. The roller blades can be separated, and I will use the stone to sharpen. My uncle used to have an apparatus to sharpen his blades that was electric. As I am moving away from electricity, I an trying to do things by hand.

        • Nebraska Woman says:

          I need to stop pushing the comment button too soon!
          I also have a scythe-like cutter that is in the shape of a rake. This does the job admirably; I used it instead of a trimmer on the acreage.

        • I don’t know anything about push mowers and I have one in storage (most of everything is there right now). It was my great grandfather’s and I know it needs sharpening and replacement rubber for the wheels too. I could use some information about what to do and how to do it. Even if I can’t do it until sometime in the winter/spring I can at least have the parts and pieces ready to fix/take care of it. Any help would be appreciated. I also found two very small hand scythes. They are both about 12 maybe 15 inches. Again its a matter of sharpening and oiling. I don’t know where they came from, I found them in the garage. Practical things I need to learn how to do for myself. This would also make a nice winter project for me. Suggestions, information would be appreciated. Thanks

          • Babycatcher says:

            That type of mower is known as a Reel mower, cuts well just like a scissors. The Brace is the C curved drilling tool, and there are usually bits that fit them and the tool that is like a scythe sounds like it’s a wheat cradle…or a grass whip, which is much smaller….can you post a pic? We have tools that were my husbands grandfathers tools, from the late 1800’s. They still work well. Some had to be sharpened, but the quality is far superior than most anything bought today…

            • I have nothing to take a picture with, sorry :( If I recall correctly the blades on the mower are square rods that have a curve to them. I think. It’s wooden and the length of wood between the mower and the handles has been replaced. I can say that with certainty as it does not match the rest of the wood and has a bit of advertising on it. I do remember great grandpa mowing his yard with this. I’m thinking as the size of the of the scythe tools (two of them) they could be grass whips. They are about 12″ to 15″ at the largest, one is all metal and the other has a wooden handle. The handles don’t stick up or out, they are flat almost parallel or on the same plane as the blade. If that makes any sense to you. Its hard to describe things I don’t have in front of me. Any information is appreciated. Thank you.

        • My father had a tool for sharpening blades on push mowers and scythes. You pulled it over the blade a few times and they were sharp as new. Unfortunately, it disappeared with a lot of his tools when he passed away. I’m still looking for a replacement. If I find one I will post where it can be found.

  9. TR from CA says:

    Good morning everyone. MD your new website rocks. I spent two hours on it last night. Not much this week. I went to a seed saving class. I learned quite a bit. Worked on plans for my side business for the local farmers market. All proceeds will go to more preps. Finished the purge of the house. Now I need to organize the garage for a sale in the next few weeks. Last thing we did was finish the back to school preps. DS and DW (she teaches) head back to school next week.That’s it for me. Take care. Be safe.

  10. This week I battled bedbugs. There is nothing like bugs to make you want to bug out.

    I cleaned every piece of fabric in the house pretty much, gave away 1/3 of my clothes so far, and had the exterminator over. That took up just about every spare moment I had and both my days off.

    My roommate temporarily moved out and made some drama with the tenants. Turns out the bulk of the infestation was in her room, I had a couple bugs, and the tenants had none. I think she will move back in. I am not happy about the drama.

    I’m going to get rid of half my remaining clothes today. It will make room for more ammo! (gotta look on the bright side of life). Tomorrow I am getting rid of several boxes of books.

    In other news I have a small tax problem but I think I got it resolved. At least I hope so. I was told to email something to the tax examiner who was on my case and then she never replied to me. I hope they don’t pretend I didn’t respond to them. I emailed again and made it request a receipt.

    I inquired about an AK someone wanted to sell me months back. We’ll see if he still has it for sale. It had a folding stock which I thought was cool.

    I guess that’s it for me this week.

    • PP
      Make sure it is from the person who sent you the notice, there has been a rash of scams where they pretend to be from the IRS, or other business asking for your personal information. They have tracked it down to convicts in Georgia and they have scammed several people out West. It is not isolated to the west coast, be very very careful….call them. Verify it was from them before you give any information. JFYI

      • Not to worry. I got a notice from the state tax people and called them back and was given the email address by the agent I called on the phone. It had the proper .gov on it and I typed it in (didn’t cut and paste).

        I accidentally neglected to file a certain state tax form for 4 years (didn’t know I had to) and it’s a defunct business anyway, so I lost my sales tax number in the process. I now can’t shop at Restaurant Depot any more, but there is an Asian supermarket nearby that sells bulk rice. I guess I have enough beans for now anyway.

      • axelsteve says:

        I never give information over the phone to anyone that called me period. They can say all they want over the phone. If they want ask for it by mail or send a agent over.

        • I called them off a notice I got in the mail. The phone tree (enter the extension of your party etc.) sounded legit because I’ve called those guys before while doing someone else’s books. And, being a bookkeeper I realized I should have filed that form as soon as I saw the notice. Duh. Anyway, I guess I could google the phone number just to make triple sure, but I’m pretty sure it was legit.

  11. The realtor wants to take inside pictures of the house – so now I have to find places to hide everything. Can’t have pictures of supplies on the web. Will be picking up tuna later this afternoon so canning commences on that. Will also be doing crabapple jelly, applesauce, dried apples, etc in order to get those items off the deck before she comes.

    Went to our new dollar store and picked up duct tape, tarps and lightbulbs. Printed off a bunch of information on seasoning mixes, it included a couple of salad dressing mixes and a recipe for white sauce (a way to make cream of mushroom soup without the can). And now I’m off to help with a dehydration workshop – I get to talk sanitation and jerky (just not at the same time).

    • Where did you get the information on seasoning mixes?

      • Jennifer at Are We Crazy Or What has a long list of DIY spice mixes:
        http://arewecrazyorwhat.net/diy-spice-mixes-herb-tips/

        Yours don’t have to be exactly the same, these are just general ideas of what are usually included and the general proportions.

      • J
        You might find these at Amazon or used book stores, maybe thrift stores might have this book. “More Make A Mix Cookery” by Eliason, I have the older addition, but have seen a more current book.
        These mixes could be frozen or put into jars vacuum sealed, or gather the ingredients and make it fresh as you need it.

      • J – Sorry I didn’t realize you had a question on my comment. Some other places to look are heavenlyhomemaker.com,
        thehumbledhomemaker.com, wholenewmom.com, thenourishinghome.com, stacymakessense.com. You should be able to google homemade mixes and come up with a lot more sites.

    • You could get some barrels to use as end tables, and put supplies in them. You could get a cedar chest and put things in it and use it as a coffee table. You could also get those blanket boxes that go under the bed, and wrap supplies in a blanket so all they see is the blanket if they actually peek under the bed. You could put things in cardboard boxes and label them something else (Aunt Myrtle’s cookbooks, taxes, whatever)

  12. Well, I can finally say the tomatoes are done for the season. Got home from work yesterday and DH was skinning a bucket full, enough for me to can six more quarts (and for DH to make his wonderful spagetti sauce,, can you guess what we are having for dinner tonight?)

    DH ordered peeps from our local feed store, ten altogether and they will arrive in three weeks. This is the first time we are getting peeps so late in the summer. Once they are big enough to come out of the warmer I dont worry about using the heat lamp for the winter, I’ll have to see how things go this year and if we are going to have a cold winter like last year. DH built new nesting boxes and we want torero the coop before the peeps arrive so the girls only have to deal with one new stressor at a time.

    With the new shelves built in the bedroom, I’ve organized the small items on the top shelf, tooth paste and brushes, deodorant, hair care now all have their own,,, labeled,, boxes. DH held up a stick of deodorant (1of25) and announced “The world might end, but we won’t stink”,,,,make fun of me now, but if I can barter that deo for something he wants later on,, who’s the Huckleberry then!!!

    • Mary in GA says:

      We have a lot in common, I have tons of soap, shampoo and deodorant too. Like you, come what may, I don’t want me or the folks around me stinking!

    • mountaingypsy says:

      If there are any green tomatoes left on the vines, sometimes you can put them in a paper bag to ripen. They are not quite as good, but still homegrown, or can be used to cook. Also, southerners make ‘green fried tomatoes’, corn meal/flour, fry!!

      • Green tomatoes make excellent pickle relish also.

        • mountaingypsy says:

          KS Judy, I assume the KS means Kansas? (born there)Makes me hungry, with all the homegrown vegetables, and canning everyone is talking about. The green tomato relish sounds good. Has anyone made zucchini relish, from the over-abundance? Of course, zuc bread! For unusual or recipes not found in modern cookbooks, ya’ll probably know one can find a canning or relish or pickle recipe using various fruit or vegets, to not waste, in older cookbooks. My family did watermelon pickles. I have made cactus jelly, and wild plum jelly.

          • Yes KS means Kansas.

            I dislike summer squash so I don’t plant or buy it. I also don’t eat fried okra or cantaloupe which comes from that overabundance you were talking about that happened when I was a kid. Mom-n-Dad had a VERY productive garden one year in those items. We had them every day until the freezer was empty of them and it took a year.

            I have real time experience in appetite fatigue! After 50 years I still would rather go hungry than eat them. Which is why I harp on the subject when folks get to thinking if they store the Mormon Four they have their food pantry under control.

            • mountaingypsy says:

              KS, When gardens do too good, we get tired of the same ole same! I think canning tomatoes did it for me. I could not stand the smell or mess, and it was months before I could eat any canned ones. Zucchini grew way too fast one year, as I did not know better, and planted too many seeds, so some grew to at least a foot long and big around! But fried anything seems to be the favorite way to eat a lot of vegets.

      • mountaingypsy,
        This northerner grew up in western PA and deep fried green tomatoes, along with onion rings and hushpuppies were a real treat in late summer or early fall. Makes my mouth water thinking about it.

        • mountaingypsy says:

          Ohio, I guess I did not realize that the green tomatoes or hushpuppies were popular up there! ha! I have been hungry for days for all these goodies, that I have not had in years. I don’t deep fry like years ago, and no garden either. I really miss the fresh produce, and fried okra, zucchini…..

  13. riverrider says:

    i got nothin. students coming back, working six and seven days a week. should be good for preps when the checks come in. some part time job, eh? i’m not complaining though, need to replenish the coffers and restock the prep cabinet. during these tight times the dw has decimated the stockpile of handsoap, detergent, dawn, toothpaste and cleaners. going to cost a good bit to restock. i did make my monthly order of shiny stuff. its really starting to add up. keep up the good work folks. sic semper tyrannis, III

  14. Light week for us. Since we started the “garden” late we just got our 1st tomato. Last year our “first fruits” we 2 carrots that were 1″ long and a tomato that was smaller than a dime. At least the first one is larger this year. Weather has been stormy in the evening, raining during the day. Not common for August for us.

    We spent time working on the BOV/Trailer team this last week, inventory and sort supplies, replace what was needed, repair what was broken.

    Bought some large speed loader pouches for mt S&W TRR 8, and 8 shot 357. It uses the 8 round “moon” clips which ended up fitting great in the pouch. Picked up another Mora knife, 2 x 24″ plastic tool box w/mini boxes (we use these in the BOV/Trailer for specific type of items, they stack and can be set outside). After a couple of recommendations found a copy of “The Coming Plague” for the DW. Also added a 5 packof BiC lighters, a package of BurnJel, and a can of 22 cal pellets.

    Food wise: 10 lbs of hamburger, 6 packages of hard candy, and 40 servings of instant oatmeal.

    My “most expensive” item was something I just “trippede” over. Our 2nd car is 13 years old with 168,000 miles. Runds good but I’m having trouble getting in/out with my back issues. At the DW’s office w=they occasionally sell some of their vehicles. We were talking about a mini van, easier to use for shows and for me to get in/out, and they were selling one. So I upgraded to a 2006 mini van with 15,000 less miles on it. It is in great shape, so I’m happy. Got the “thumbs up” from my mechanic. Says it should have another 150,000+ miles in it.

    Last weekend everyone here was speculating on what the Pres was going to do, coming back off his vacation. Now that he is back golfing, I’m still not sure what he got done. Except maybe again put our military at risk for apparent political gain.

    Keep Preppin”.

  15. Pretty light on prepping this week.

    I did note that opera may be an important and too little appreciated survival tool in mountain lion country. In any case, a hiker in Colorado was confronted with a mountain lion which seemed to be stalking her. She waved a branch, but that didn’t work. Finally, she sang opera to it. Not too surprising, the cat departed. It may also work with rampaging teenagers: If the cop in Ferguson had just belted out an aria, Mike Brown might never have made the news.

    Here: http://www.outdoorhub.com/news/2014/08/08/colorado-hiker-sings-opera-calm-stalking-mountain-lion/

    I replaced three light switches, which was kind of a pain as we have 60+ year old wiring which isn’t color coded. Finally found instructions and then it worked fine. Not sure if that is a prep or not, but at least the lights go on and off when needed and the house is less likely to burn down.

    I planted a dragon fruit cactus several months ago and it has finally borne a couple dragon fruit. They have been duly picked this week and turned out to be excellent. Unlike the ones I have bought at the swap meet, which have light gray innards with tiny brown seeds, these had screaming magenta meat with seed.

    If you aren’t familiar with dragon fruit, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitaya Or Google image search “dragon fruit”. They are pretty wild.

    Friday evening a big brush fire got going upwind of a big ridge development on the Waianai Mountain Range several miles west of us. We are in no danger, but apparently the ridge community was evacuating, for smoke if nothing else. I wonder how many people were ready to bug out.

    • Opera makes me want to run away too!

    • Canyonman says:

      Yeah, heard about that. No witnesses, right? :) I’ve got a box of 12-gauge that says she’s making the morning show rounds, singing opera.

      I don’t even take my dog outside without carrying a firearm. I will never understand people who think that because there’s a trail, or a sign, it must be a “civilized” area. We have had mountain lions and bears on our deck and right outside the house. Not at the same time, of course.

      • My 30-06 sings bass at the “mountain lion” Opera House. I don’t put up with any large predators around my place. I have grandkids who are little and play outside. Can’t afford to take any chances.

        • Canyonman says:

          I can dig it. I’ve run a few off, and I have neighbors who have lost dogs and small livestock. But I rather enjoy living where the wild things are. Keeps the flatlanders from getting too cozy when they hike by in their Birkenstocks and Land’s End shorts.

          • Canyonman says:

            p.s. The Rocky Mountain Brown Bear, in a group of four, can be put to flight by yelling, “Honey, get the camera!” No lie.

          • Hi Canyonman: Now don’t go bad mouthing flatlanders: any mountain lion can tell you they are sustainable, organic, and locally sourced.

            Lots slower than a deer, too.

            • Canyonman says:

              LOL! Well, I do love a good repurposing, and I’m a strongly vocal proponent of scooping the sludge from the shallow end of the gene pool. Reminds me of the old joke, two guys getting chased by a bear … “I don’t have to outrun the bear, I just have to outrun YOU!” :)

      • Yep,those bear & lions use the same trails to commute as we do.

        • Actually, they were using them first. Then we started using them, since they were convenient and already broken in, and finally we paved a lot of them to connect the country.

        • There was a reason that people killed off the large predators in the areas they inhabited. It’s called survival. Because when your cows, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, etc., are wiped out by these predators, you and yours starve.

          • Canyonman says:

            Just ask a T-Rex, next time you see one.

            • I wondered what that thing was. Oh, well, it’s too late to ask him now, sucker should have left my cows alone. But, on the plus side, I don’t have to compost for any worms for the foreseeable future.

              • Canyonman says:

                What my sainted granny would refer to as, “a mess o’vittles”. Provided one could/can eat dinosaur meat. …

          • mountaingypsy says:

            But, if too many predators or others are killed off, the balance of nature will let you know. For example, in the mid-west, the rabbit hunts, killed off so many that were eating crops, that the coyotes then went after the calves and sheep as their food source was gone. Then if the coyotes were killing too many cattle, coyote hunts went nuts and hung the dead ones on fences. This also applies to the farmers/plowing the mid-west, drought and bad practices, caused the ‘dust bowl’. My dad/grandparents were there, talked about it. Mountain lions and bears unfortunately have their place in nature. Man just gets in their territory and then the problems begin. Russian thistle or tumbleweeds were brought in the wheat years ago…..If any of you have not dealt with them, bad news.

    • Black Rose says:

      What growing zone did you plant the dragon fruit in ? And do you have to bring in over winter ? I want to get one

      • Hi Black Rose, we are on Oahu. I never looked up our zone before, but looks like 12b on the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone map (and that is what the Zip Code response is.). Extreme minimum temp between 1976 and 2005 was 55-60. If not, we are 13a, 60-65.

        We definitely don’t bring plants in!

        • PS: I read that they fruit better in the company of others, so I bought another one yesterday and will plant it in the next few days. Gotta make a frame first as they like to climb. Lots of videos on YouTube.

    • Ha, I was trained to sing opera. When I start singing like that my cat runs into another room! But then, she’s also afraid of trash bags… I have found survival uses for singing though: if I hum it makes me less nervous at the dentist and keeps me from whimpering. Also the buzzing in my head from singing in head voice sort of gives me a natural buzz.

  16. Black Rose says:

    I really like your new site, it is easy to navigate and there is a lot of info. I however miss the Monday Wednesday Friday misc. reports because I really likes to read other readers views on the days news stories

  17. I added the following to my stores: 70 Silver Quarters, 100 Silver Dimes, 2 Boxes Contractor 42 gallon garbage bags (24 per box; 3 mil), 2 20lb bags of Kingsford charcoal and 10 Carnation Instant breakfasts.

    I also got the new Oregon blade and chain on my chainsaw. It cuts fantastic. Took down 3 smaller trees to help my garden and a part of dead tree so that it did not fall onto my daughter’s car.

  18. ladyhawthorne says:

    We are still hitting 100 every day here but the tomato plants which are as high as the house are finally starting to produce, looks like we will have a nice fall crop. I picked my 1st watermelon (got a late start due to seeds not germinating) and though it could have spent a few more days in the garden, it is delicious! Have several more good sized ones growing and more new ones coming on the vines. Still no okra though the plants are beautiful.

    Everyone is talking about potato harvests but I am getting ready to plant a fall crop of them, hope we get a decent haul, it’s my first time to plant potatoes.

    Selling on Ebay has been doing fairly well. Made another trip to a charity shop on their 1/2 off week and found some good items to resell.

    The big thing was I bought a homemade entertainment unit that is huge for $40. After using 2 cans of bug killer on it and leaving it outside (yuck roaches!) I think we finally got them all. Dragged it into the garage, added wheels to the bottom, reinforced with screws (it was mostly put together with a nail gun-badly) and am painting it. Now I will have something to store ebay stuff and boxes in as well as other assorted stuff that doesn’t fit in my room.

    Dad has switched from OJ which comes in the milk type jugs to Gatorade so I’m saving the bottles to store extra water in, yay!

    • I get all tingly when I hear other people repurposing endeavors. Good save on the entertainment center.

    • axelsteve says:

      I have been saving water in 2 liter pop bottles. Not a bunch of water per bottle but it is very portable. You can lash a couple to your pack and it does not way much that way.

    • We are also planting a fall crop of potatoes. Red pontiacs. This will be our first try too. Maybe we can compare notes. Finally getting them in the ground today. If I get anything I’ll be shocked but lessons learned, right?

  19. mom of three says:

    Our Fred Meyer’s, had another re grand opening.
    I was able to get 2 bottle’s of asprin, 2 tubes toothpaste,
    4 cans of tuna, 1 big can chicken. That was the extra to put away. We spent $105.00 on groceries, with coupons it was good I have not gone shopping for 6 week’s. I canned 27 jars of peaches, 6 jars of peach pie filling, 9 jars of tomotillo salsa.
    I also canned 14 jars of tomato salsa, with enough tomatos to can 4 extra jars of tomatos for sauces. Yum yum.

    • mom of three
      I recall correctly we were discussing the price of butter. I checked the local C & C price on line. Good thing I was setting down in the chair……..$4.19 lb. I understand the cost of fed and production of products, but I think I was taken through the brier patch at those prices. If Costco still has it at 4lbs@10.59 or 10.99, that in today’s market is a bargain. If you like honey, I would like to make a suggestion pick up some now, prices in our area are going up, which will eventually get to all the states.

      • mom of three says:

        I will check Costco, soon we live close to the Canadian boarder so our prices are higher then anywhere else. The last time we went in July, it was $11.99 for the four pack. I really don’t like going it’s so busy along with Walmart, it’s a mess but I know hubby, will want to go soon. I’ll let you know soon.

      • LittleAnniePrepper says:

        Yikes on the price of Butter! Ours has gone up to $3.49 a pound and I’m rationing out what we’ve got left to make it to the next sale. If there ever is one. I bought some like year for $1.88 a pound and snuck a bunch extra into the freezer. I’m so glad I did now. We’ve only got a few pounds left. Great sadness…

        • Spoke with a meat dept manager in the last few weeks. He expects dairy to have a big price jump in the next few months. For whatever reason a lot of dairy animals got sent to slaughter. When things catch up prices will jump.

        • Little Annie Prepper;
          Just read what susyq said about the dairy animals going to slaughter.
          Guess there goes the sales at Halloween and Thanksgiving for butter. Of course by that time $3.00 & up will sound like a bargain to us.

  20. Jumped into the world of reloading. Bought a press kit with accessories, and started learning. Have already loaded and fired some 9mm’s. Without mishap! Must have done it right! Looking forward to saving some money, after initial investment. :)

    • axelsteve says:

      Jrread. Good to hear about the reloading. You may even want to just pick up some dies for a common caliber that you may not own. Deprime them and clean the cases then sell them. You can pick up range brass and figure out what is popular but you may not use.You may even prime the clean cases and sell them that way for even more money.

      • axelsteve,
        Great idea! We just joined a gun club recently, and there’s usually brass everywhere! Any suggestions on going prices? :))
        thanx,
        Jrread

        • axelsteve says:

          Not a clue! I live in Komradfornia so prices local to me may not be based on reality.

          • Oh my! I’m sorry to hear that! But I can relate!
            I live in Illanoy! :) One of the worst. Last to get CCW! More places that you can’t carry than you can. But I guess we need to be grateful just to have it. What ever happened to the 2nd Amend….., eh?

            • Hi Jrread, “What ever happened to the 2nd Amend….., eh?”

              Our elected servants in the legislatures, and the judges, realized that nothing needed to happen to any part of the Constitution. They just came up with a new concept: The Living Constitution. It means whatever they want it to mean.

              For example: “shall not be infringed” obviously means “of course we can make it a felony.”

  21. We hit the Framers Market early this morning and the dehydrator is running full tilt. The last of the firewood is cut and stacked. We broke down and ordered a 6-8 size chicken coop that will come next week so we can get all set up for the spring and another new adventure. The fall garden is coming up nicely with carrots, beets and radish’s. The fridge that came with the house is dying a slow death so we bit the bullet an ordered a new one, that one hurt! MD love the new news site! Praying for you all and our country.

  22. M.D. while the new website is nice i miss the news bites here on this site.
    Ok, this week . canned butter ,sour cream and tomato sauce . Ordered a barrel of sugar. Should be in next week. a beekeeper friend has a connection . If my math is right should be around .30 a pound plus a free food grade drum. building a horseradish bed today.
    Giving a presentation on GHBs this Tuesday night to a homesteaders group . Someone else will be doing one on BOBs .

  23. Mother Earth says:

    Hello everyone, I finally am working full time and it may be permanent. The bad part is I’m knee deep in garden produce! I blanched and cut the corn off 300 hundred ears, two five gal buckets of tomatoes and 7 qts of green beans last week and have two 5 gal buckets this morning to process. This is known as happily complaining! More green beans tomorrow and I’ll probably roast 3 or 4 spaghetti squash and freeze. Also have a ton of peppers so hot sauce this week sometime.

    My biggest prep though was buying a old motorhome with few miles in great condition for its age. Paid half price for what they are selling for too. I don’t plan on bugging out as I have a good set up here but we have a lot of land that’s very remote about 5 hours south so if Ebola or such comes to the US in a big way, I have a back up plan now. I’ve already spent a lot buying supplies for it. And everyone thinks I’m just buying for trips! Ha!

    • Mother Earth,
      You bragging or complaining? Wish I had your problems, LOL.

      • Mother Earth says:

        OhioPrepper, not bragging as I consider the garden a blessing, more overwhelmed right now. I did give away a wheel barrel full of corn as I believe that if I am blessed with an abundance, I should share.

    • mountaingypsy says:

      Mother Earth, Wow, another busy lady, with canning. I am starving reading about all the fresh garden produce.
      Wondered if you would give a few details about the motorhome? Like the type or size. Glad you got a bargain! My husband and I have a travel trailer, but keep thinking about something else. Part travel and prepping. Our area prone to fires if not some major issue happens. Scary part is the chance of EMP would shut down all motorhomes. Storage in one is smart way to have most everything ready to go.

      • Mother Earth says:

        Mountaingypsy, it’s a 87 coachman, 30 feet I believe. Nothing digital, mostly manual so I’m hoping an emp would not affect it. My goal is to buy a solar panel so I don’t have to use the generator. I’ve got some freeze dried food and plan to buy more as it’s light weight. Storing in tubs in the basement for now, but easily loaded too.

        • mountaingypsy says:

          ME, Thanks. Good size. I bet the décor is vintage. I was in that business for years. So, I am nuts about even a trailer being somewhat fixed! dumb. But playing up the vintage is fun and popular. Of course, the prep stuff comes first. I hear that any vehicles or most from the 80’s may be OK with an EMP. Solar would be great. I assume you have researched or will, the diff. types? Some can be set on the ground and directed or of course mounted. I think there may be a place to buy solar, that is slightly dented, but works, like appliances. We have freeze dried also, need to sample some!

          • Mother Earth says:

            Mountaingypsy, it is very vintage brown and the furniture is not worn or stained. I’ve just started researching solar for rv’s so I’ve got a way to go on that. First I have to learn how to use everything being this is my first rv. And with working and the garden, I haven’t had a lot of spare time.

            • mountaingypsy says:

              ME, Sounds like fun! Glad it is not stained or soiled. If you can or want to play up the vintage theme, should be easy to find ‘cheap’ goodies. No orange? That is supposed to be back….FYI, there are tons of sites on RV living and stuff you need to do for repair, upkeep and setup. The real people that travel will be the best info, not dealers/salesmen! Most feel like a family and are glad to give advice, as RVers. Also books. There are also women’s RV clubs if you are single, that can help and where to go for repairs if needed. Solar research will get you the best deal, and then a matter of learning what amount of electric is needed to work different appliances that comes from the solar. That is where one can learn more prep and off grid usage or living, the old simpler methods. Like no micro wave! Or campfire cooking and not dependence on propane or electric. And like they say here, practice or short trips, unless you have a setup at your place. Just talking, depending on your goals. Have fun!

    • axelsteve says:

      Good opsec Mother earth. I wanna retire and travel in my new motorhome.

      • mountaingypsy says:

        Downsizing, no mortgage, freedom, travel, new friends…..We need a RV prepper place, safe, secure, the right people…..lots of RVers, wonder if any are banded for this purpose, mobile, stealth, fun….like a circle of wagons on the prairie….

  24. Well, I finally have something worthy of posting! If anyone is in the North Georgia area, my ward is having an Emergency Preparedness Fair on September 6th. We are even going to have taste testing of food storage recipes! I am in charge of the displays on food storage, gardening, canning and alternative cooking fuels! I am very excited! If you would like to know the address, please email me from my blog and I will send it to you. It isn’t at my local church, it is at another LDS church building. There will also be classes on canning, how to gather a year’s supply of food (including strategies on how to pay for it) and alternative cooking methods!

    In addition, we will have information on 72 hour kits (BOBs), emergency car kits, financial preparation and spiritual preparations. All are welcomed if you are in the area!

    • Kate,
      GA is much too hot for me; and I wishfolks like you lived closer this direction. Good luck with your Emergency Preparedness Fair. Sounds luck fun, if a little hard work.
      BTW, the link to your blog (whispersfromelizabeth) appears to not be working, at least from here.

      • Doesn’t work for me, either.

        • There is a tool called whois that can give you information about a domain and it doesn’t even show whispersfromelizabeth.com as a valid / registered domain.

          • Update. It now shows it as a valid domain; but, the site still doesn’t work.

            • My fault! I keyed it in the website field incorrectly! It ‘should’ work from this post.

              Ohio Prepper,

              It is funny how different people feel about the regional weather. I personally find it too cold in GA!! We keep looking for some land in TN but every time I go there, my only remembrance of the place is it’s too cold!

              I would go to Florida but I don’t want to live in a Purple state. Texas and AZ don’t have any water. That leaves Mississippi and LA. (Don’t want to live in Alabama.) I think both states are beautiful! My problem is, I am still not sure where I want to live when I grow up!

    • mountaingypsy says:

      Kate, Wish this fair was not so far away! Congrats in participating and teaching others. Preps should be about teaching and community to me as well as personal. If they had those preparedness fairs all over, that would help more people faster and publicly! Hope that idea spreads elsewhere! Does anyone here know if their area has the ‘civil defense’ preparedness like years ago? I think some areas have them, but not publicized as they should be. They give the control or preps for emergencies to the local area and out of the hands of FEMA. Local volunteers I think are there and not the govnt. I have not read up on this, but a book some of you may have read, by Mike Maybee is all about community support in a crisis. I don’t recall the title. As we all know, in a huge crisis in the US, there is just not enough help ever coming, so local and personal is so important as well as being far away from large cities.

    • Kate, I’ll be in N. GA on the 6th. Tried to click on your name to pull up blog. Will try it another way. Sure hope we can stop by.

      • Linda,

        I am sorry I keyed the web address in the website field incorrectly! It should be working from this post now!

        Send me an email and I will be happy to get you the address.

  25. I stocked up on more BOWL-A supplies–mostly N-95 respirators and gloves. We stocked up on another four cases of soup. The potential cases in New Mexico and Sacramento, Calif., tested negative.

    We hope to make another run to Sams Club this week. I have to admit that I bought some fru-fru at The Body Shop. They are having a 40 percent off sale. So I ordered a couple of things and then informed my dh that he bought me my birthday present. My birthday is not till October. LOL

    I got reminded this week that tea tree oil is an essential prep. I am usually very good about foot care but I’ve been so busy at work I let things slide. I had to dig out an infected in-grown nail in my big toe. Without proper supplies (tea tree oil and epson salt) an infected toenail could lead to problems.

    My $29 printer went ka-put this week. So we ordered a new one. I also ordered my dh two new pairs of running shoes. He wears a 12 4E so it’s hard to find anything locally.

    I miss the daily miscellany on this site.

    • mindful patriot says:

      Thank you for the update on the potential cases of E as I had not heard for sure.

      Appreciate the info! God bless

    • Bam Bam, Have you tried Manuka oil? I like the smell better and it is said Manuka Oil has higher antibacterial and antifungal activity than Tea Tree Oil. I do keep both on hand however.

      • Storm,

        I have been wanting to try Manuka oil but haven’t found a source. Where do you get it from?

        • The Essential Oil Company dot com is where I get mine. I have friends that work there, but I am sure you may get it else where. Mountain Rose Herbs has it as well but it is too costly there.

  26. Finally finished my emergency solar generator finished, 6 large panels with 40 amp battery control charging 9 deep cycle batteries and a 2000 watt inverter. will run a large fridge and freezer. Finished the rainwater catchment system, (900 gallons), also adding to the garden using 20 earthboxes with automatic watering system (really saves on water). Have 600+ gallons of drinking water storage. Am now in pretty good shape in case of a disaster.

    • ozhillbilly says:

      Cphoto, thinking about making a solar generator from scratch. I’m handy so know I can do it. Any advise and/or cautions are greatly appreciated.

    • Grannytraveler says:

      I am so jealous! That is my goal. Hopefully can get started in a couple of months when I have a little more in funds. Where did you get your panels? Some people have been recommending Harbor Freight. Any suggestions?

    • I would love to read or see more about your automated watering system. I have a shallow well that I would like to incorporate an automated watering system into,but the water I pull up is so heavily mixed with sand that im afraid it will plug up any of the systems im able to drfeam up. Im looking for a solution for that. If I let the water stand,it eventually settles,but I woulde have to clean the settled sand out on a regular basis. gears are still turning.

      • BC, have you checked to see if the pipes are sitting too low on the well bottom? This is the usual reason for drawing up sand and sediment. Occasionally the pipes need to be pulled out and shortened a bit to accommodate natural settling. There should be about 10 ft of clearance between the current well bottom and the bottom of your draw pipes. You’ll likely need to tie a brick to the pipe bottom (if it’s flexible) to hold it down.

      • Try Earth box .com. We have 20 earth boxes at present and they have been very productive. (we live in the desert), we use the
        earth box water system and it works very well. Check it out. The plants are watered from the bottom. You could adapt it to your well water by using an elevated tank and running your water into the tank and let the sand settle, take the water out above the sand. The tubes for the water system are small and would clog from the sand.

      • bctruck
        Gloria is correct your pump is to close to the bottom of the well. It should be at least 10 feet up from the bottom, when the unit(pump)engages it does not stir the bottom sediment up and into your water lines.
        Hopefully I will have the article ready to send to MD on setting up water tanks sometime this week. Tried sending it to a friend for her analysis but it failed to transfer. Back to the drawing board.

  27. Dh & I went to Ace for canning jars, they were having a sale so I added to my stash. One can never have toooo many canning jars, especially now that I have the All American Canner to put to good use.
    Doing my best to stay out of town and grocery stores. Ordered more hay for the girls(2cows1heifer), it will be delivered today.

    Did price comparison shopping for a neighbor who wants to stock up on meat. I took the store ad she usually shops at, used it to price compare our bulk meat sellers in the area. Showed her what was on sale for a reasonable price she could purchase now. Then next week we would do the same thing until she had enough meat put up. Otherwise she would have wasted money buying what she thought was a good price.
    Trying to catch up on canning, items for storage, &inventory.
    Have a good weekend.

  28. Country Vet says:

    Good job on the new website. MD That is a major prep that will be of benefit to all. Just have to train myself to check it now.
    Not a whole lot this week. Started seedlings of Bright Lights chard, broccoli and cabbage for the fall garden. Sprayed tomatoes and bellpeppers with seaweed emulsion to help them thru the last of the hot weather. A few of the tomatoes are trying to set again. Have to dig potatoes tomorrow. Still fighting the cut ants. Batling possums, racoons and skunks- all of the sudden they are trying to overrun us. Did discover that possums like chocolate and marshmallows. Have been trying to catch the mother coon and any other 10-12wk “kids” left. They are not taking cat food, mackeral, etc, so resorted to the old marshmallows with chocolate and have now caught 2 possums that we did not even know we had. I know that we have 2 skunks that we hvae glimpsed also- got my duck eggs last night that were for breakfast this am- I am really mad now. So sad, all those we have caught have come down with a serious case of lead poisoning.
    Still much too hot here to put anything in the ground for a fall garden.
    Keep up the good work everyone! Time is short.

    • Country Vet,

      Thank you. It’s best to bookmark it so it’s easy to find whenever you want and just of the morning and evening because it’s updated as news comes in.

      • Country Vet says:

        Just be sure to do it very early in the am so it has time to dry before the sun gets hot and burns the wet leaves. Also you want as long as possible “wet contact time. “

  29. Patriot Farmer says:

    Not much in the way of preps this week. I’ve been harvesting the garden and giving away a lot of my produce to friends and neighbors. My canning shelves and freezer are full and what little space I have left is going for canned tomatoes in a couple of weeks. I attended a civil war re-enactment and spent several hours watching the blacksmith making tools, and another then to another area watching knife makers. Highly skilled artists. Way past any skill level I could have, but very interesting.

  30. Well not as much as I would. Like , did can five quarts of chicken soup along with three pints of xtra broth. That was only about a quarter if the backs and necks from last weeks butchering. Will try and get some jam made tomorrow. Applied for a new job waiting to hear on a interview. The wife is picking up tons of extra hours but we both start class again next week so sure to slow down.

  31. not much. I had a part of my closet cleared and I could put my preps in there. I found some bubble wrap for if I start canning. I have no idea how i`ll can without a pressure canner.
    one of my really close friends is sick. she got into some poison ivy and went to the hospital. her immune system is too weak to fight it off so shes on pain killers and steroids. im really worried about her. does anyone know anything about this?

    • If you get it in your bloodstream you need steroids. I got it in a cut when I was a kid. It’s nasty. Will pray for your friend.

    • Madison,
      Some foods can be done with a water bath canner which is just a big pot with a lid and a rack at the bottom. I have even heard of people using a towel in the bottom instead of a rack in a pinch. Check out this article by Jackie Clay. http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles/clay53.html
      There are also some great articles about water bath canning on this site. Check them out.
      So sorry for your friend. Prayers for her complete recovery.
      Take care.

    • UrbanCityGirl says:

      Madison,
      There are two canning methods. Water bath and pressure canning. Tomatoes are water bath canned for instance. Water bath canning is a much cheaper method and good place to start.

    • Madison,
      You can water bath can any food that has a pH < 4.6 (acidic) which includes many fruits and some vegetables like beets, cabbage, etc. if you pickle them. Non acidic veegetables like vorn anf grrn brans and all meats, must be pressure canned; but, you can get started without the pressure canner.

    • UrbanCityGirl,
      It depends on the variety of tomato. You need a pH lower than 4.6 (acdic) and some tomatoes are close to that, so adding a bit of lemon juice or vinegar can do the trick.

  32. My patty pans got mosaic and now my acorn squash have powdery mildew. I may get a couple fruit tho. The cukes have been going nuts, and ditto with summer squash. I planted potatoes late, so I avoided the beetles everyone else got, but I haven’t harvested any yet. My beans are starting to take off, but I’m getting nervous that the weather won’t stay warm (warm-ish, I guess since it really hasn’t been warm all summer). I have tomatoes, but they aren’t turning red yet. This week I canned 24 half pints of relish, 3 qts of dill pickles, 10 pints of squash, and a dozen pints of spaghetti sauce with meat. Our average first frost is between 21 and 30 Sep, so we’re in a race to get ready for winter. I live in a log house, and I still have caulking and staining to do – we haven’t had enough dry days in succession before now.

    • Country Vet says:

      Jeanne-
      Try spraying the squash with hdrogen peroxide (straight from botttle). You might still salvage it. Spray all surfaces. Do it right before dark. Repeast again in a few days. Works great on powdery mildew (as well as other fungal diseases). I always spray after a storm also.
      Works well well to keep problems at bay on tomatoes also.

      • Mother Earth says:

        Wow Country Vet, wish I had known this earlier this summer, I lost all my vines to mildew. The spray I bought did nothing.

      • I’ll do that tomorrow! (Too dark now). Thanks for the input. I kind of think that all the bugs and garden ailments I had this year were training for when I have a bigger garden!

  33. This a question for the gun gentlemen & ladies on this site.
    What is a lower part of an AR 15? (thank you)

    • Canyonman says:

      If you’re familiar with how an AR15 looks, just google “AR15 lower”, then click IMAGES, and you’ll exactly what it is. Much easier than explaining it. Are you in the market?

      • Canyonman & JP in MT
        No, it is listed as part of a raffle. Was not sure exactly what it entailed. So, I thought why not ask you guys. Not anything I would want, I would rather have the gift cards for the sports ware houses.

    • Becky:

      The short answer: the part with the trigger, pistol grip, holds the magazine, and stock attached to the back.

    • Thomas The Tinker says:

      The ‘lower’ is the basic building block of an AR. Stripped or not, if you can take one home for the price of a raffle ticket or under $200.oo… nice! Anyone with even a stripped lower can build any AR system they care to. Piece at a time…. spring here, pin there, grip, stocks & sights………. Ya may not have the $$ now but a spring kits wont’ break ya… piece at a time.

  34. patientmomma says:

    Hello Everyone! We have enjoyed a long spring but it is finally summer in Tennessee; temperatures have been in the high 90s with heat index of over 105! Now we are slowing down outside work and retreating into the air conditioning. Sometime in the last few weeks I hurt my shoulder carrying heavy boxes. X-rays show I tore a tendon in my shoulder; so doctor gave me a cortisone shot and ordered physical therapy. I was lucky that only 1 of the 4 tendons was torn, so Dr thinks it will heal on its own over the next couple of months. I don’t think I can stand 3 weeks of physical therapy; once I learn the exercises I think I will stop as I don’t need a therapist to watch me do exercises.

    Last week we picked about 35-40 pds of pears and every night after work, I pressure cooked a pot full for about 15 minutes. They came out soft and the skins slid off and I picked the cores out with a folk. I used my immersion blender and pureed everything together. Highly nutritious! The juice is wonderful and seems it doesn’t last long enough to freeze any! I took a jar of pears to the office to my diabetic friends and they loved it; only pure natural pear sauce. Did 3 more batches but added cinnamon and cloves to some jars. Next week it will be preserves, jams and pie filling.

    Started some more tomato base and will process into pasta sauce, salsa, chili and leave some as cube tomatoes. I did a lot of little chores around the kitchen, filling the S&P bottles, vacuum sealing rice, sugar, and beans in food safer bags. Picked some corn and put it up in jars; picked some kudzu, dehydrated it and ground it into powder form (thank you southern forager). Harvested a couple of pumpkins and will process this weekend.

    Today is dog med day! Flea/tick/heartworm applications along with some DE. The 5 little dogs have to be clipped again, their ears cleaned and toe nails clipped. My 2 pd teacup poodle HATES to be groomed; we’ve been thrown out of 3 groomers and the 4th on said they would charge me double because it takes one person to hold him while another grooms him! So he is groomed at home, 5 minutes at a time! The 65 pd black labs are so much easier!! The cat needs deworming and some DE. The big dogs get ears and eyes cleaned and a teeth and paw check.

    My prayers go out for those of you who need healing and peace in your life (isn’t that all of us?).

    • UrbanCityGirl says:

      Patientmomma,

      I have torn tendons in my wrist/arm, then strained them in my leg and shoulder. Moved on to tennis elbow. All this in the past 3 years so finally looked into what or how I was doing this. Turns out that my asthma meds, singulair, has a side affect that weakens tendons. I am in mid forties and strong and had been on the meds for 10 years and so I stopped taking it in March. I am so much stronger now. Just wanted to share.

      Also, therapy really helped and so did chiropractor. And ice, ice, ice baby. I really cringe from ice, but my DH was quite insistent. And it made the biggest single difference.

    • Southern Forager says:

      Hi Patientmomma! Sound like we did much the same things this week. We love pear sauce! We make orange pear sauce which I can’t get enough of. I cook the pears in the juice and zest of two oranges before blending and add a teaspoon of nutmeg. It’s a great combination.

      Sorry to hear about your shoulder. Hope it feels better soon!

  35. Can anyone suggest a good butcher kit? I am at the age where “manhandling” a piece of meat is getting difficult and I constantly feel like I don’t have the right knife.
    Thanks ya’ll!

  36. ozhillbilly says:

    Hi Pack. About finished with my weapons purchases buying a Mossberg 930 SPX this week. Also found 550 rounds of .22 caliber ammo. Acquiring some tactical training and food preps are next on the list. The garden is going full blast and that’s been keeping me busy so that’s about it. Oh, almost forgot . . . took a short first aide class on cleaning and suturing wounds. Basic stuff but good to know.

    • Thomas The Tinker says:

      OZhillbilly….. Nice piece the Mossy. Caution! Some basic low base birdshot rounds (Wal-Mart specials etc.) will not cycle the 930 %100 of the time. Make ya think ya have an extraction or ramp problem. YOUDON”T! Its just the low load ammo. Stock a load with the extra grammage powder load and you will love this gun. I learned this the hard way… added a “Limb Saver” and both my Mossy and 1187 run allllll the time.

  37. Worrisome says:

    Other than reacting to having a potential Ebola case on the other side of the mountain, didn’t get much done.

    Costco trip, more of flour, sugar, rice, coffee, butter, alcohol, peroxide, pain meds, canned peaches, canned four bean salad. Bar towels. Also stocked up on water filters for the fridge, well houses, pur and zero water containers…Boys added some ammo to their stocks. Bil got all the equipment he needs for the jobs he is working moved up here and locked up the yard in Lincoln for now. Brought up a trailer load of fencing materials, some corrugated metal panels, and a number of tools.

    Got in an amazon order for a case of dog flea dip and shampoos, along with some sulphur soap and sulphur cream….in case of scabies exposure. due to all the illegal alien surge…also got some lice treatment stuff and sent some of that to all my families with school age kids.

    BC, tried to use f/b to ask you the name of the water filters you use in your Berkey water filter, but I think I didn’t do it right…

    Obama’s returning to the White House to meet with everyone last weekend is kind of still a mystery…one strange bird that one is.

    Up for this week, a few more minor maintenance issues with my old SUV, doing some canning and dehydrating, running the slow cooker to develop some quick and easy freezer meals. Biggest change to my life since the move so far? A lot more cooking and washing the cars myself. Can’t stand a dirty car, and it is about 40 miles to the nearest car wash.

  38. I haven’t done a whole lot , I’ve messed with my shotgun shells , made fire starter kits ,and I am putting togather fishing kits. The knee is keeping in a chair – YEAH I SITTING , NOT : [ – they wont do a mri for another week on it, workmans comp yeah. So I’m doing small chores, and the Cub gets to do the big ones.

  39. RR ditto on that

  40. I forgot to add, I had to boil some water since our water had to be cut off. After I did that, I still saw dirt in it. I’m not sure if I didn’t boil it long enough or what.

    • The dirt probably wont hurt you Madison but if it bothers you next time filter the water before you boil it. Clean cotton handkerchief or a coffee filter will work.

    • Madison, you could use the water having to be cut off as a way to show your family why its a good idea to have some things put by “just in case”. This could be a learning tool to help nudge their brains along in the direction you want them to go. Such as “If we had some bottled water and such stashed away for emergencies – like this one – we wouldn’t have to boil water to drink, cook or clean with.” I’m sure you have a better way to approach your family and get the point across to them. I will say it took over 10 years and Hurricane Katrina to get my sister agreeing that it was a good idea. Then it only took about 5 more years after that for my Mom to agree that having extra for emergencies would be a good thing. Sometimes it takes time and I usually talk about the weather events or the car that slammed into the fire hydrant and disrupted water for one week as reasons to have some emergency supplies on hand. Good luck.

      • I really like that. the only thing is she might think that we would have full control over the water and it would only be off for an hr or so. no one but me thinks something long-term could happen. it would take something like katrina to make them actually want to put some stuff away for that. I think ill try to use some of those to get them on board.

        • Good luck! Use the daily life disruptions as the examples. Severe weather = power outage = flashlights or oil lamps. Coleman stove/grill = can cook food with no power.

          • thanks. my mom actually bought a lamp for when the power goes out, and we keep candles and matches around. I dont like the lamp though, because it makes me ears ring. I like to use the power going out as an excuse to go out to eat!

            • Going out to eat is great, we did that with a side trip to Target for flashlights/lanterns. Power was back on when we got home. But, if its a doozy of a storm, power’s going to be out all over and eating out won’t be an option. Like tonight we have a tornado watch until 11pm. I don’t know where you are, but, point to the earthquake in CA if you live anywhere near a fault line. You are just being prepared in case of power outages, earthquakes, water main breakage (we get that in the winter), tornado events, hurricanes, “normal” natural disaster events. Whatever is the common weather related or natural disaster type event in your area use that to good effect.

              We took Ma to the State Fair today, the State Council on Disability was handing out red Go Bags with three lists on one side. In the bag was a Emergency Plan for People with Disabilities Folder with forms for you to fill out and a spiral bound book with more detailed information. On Page 1 of the spiral bound book in all caps and standing out from the rest of the page is the following YOYO Always remember, at least initially, You’re On Your Own.

              On the cover it quotes ” To be better prepared as a nation, we all must do our part to plan for disasters. Individuals with or without disabilities, can decrease the impact of a disaster by taking steps to prepare BEFORE an event occurs.” National Organization on Disability (NOD).

              So, if the state and national organizations on disability are working to get everyone disabled or not prepared before an emergency, it might also be a tool you can use to nudge your family. Just a thought. Keep working at it, chip away a little resistance bit by bit. It is a long and tedious process but worth it in the end.

              In the meantime, do what you can do to take care of you and your family. Every little bit counts.

              • mountaingypsy says:

                Great to hear that more areas are getting in the prepared mood and helping teach the community what steps to take. The Red Cross/FEMA/govt. help just can not be there if we have a major crisis. We all refer to Katrina as a wake up. The GA lady also mentioned her county was teaching. I had asked if there are still ‘civil defense’ groups in communities to help and serve and have supplies immediately in an emergency? Or if any volunteers are trying to get a few members together? These are not prepper groups as such. Also, the ISIS issue, could be coming here to the US. How to prep for that???

                • mountaingypsy,
                  Civil Defense as an organization was disbanded many years ago and replaced with local County Emergency Management Agencies. You need to check your county; but, our county runs EMA as a volunteer organization, similar to a VFD. You might also check and see if CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training is available in your area.
                  As for ISIS or any terrorist type activity, I think the best prep is what you’re already doing. BOB, GHBs, Concealed Carry and constantly being alert (Situational Awareness) are probably your best bets. I would also avoid large cities like NYC, DC, Chicago, etc., and large gatherings of people like concerts or sporting activities. In my case, these all come easy, because I’ve always liked people and likewise always hated crowds. Even with these steps, being in the wrong place at the wrong time can catch up with you, and the equipment, attitudes, and skills will be what get you through it. Also keep in mind that the probability of being harmed in a terrorist activity is less than driving your car around during daily activities. So basically, be prepared and don’t sweat it.

                  • mountaingypsy says:

                    Ohio, Thanks for explaining the Civil Defense being replaced with the Emergency Management. I do know there are those agencies around. Just need to find out how equipped they are. I assume most people do not even think about it, assuming FEMA or some govt. team will come to the rescue. I will look into it. I have read a lot about ISIS or ISIL and even the news is talking about them. Part of their members are American, British and others, with pass ports, who can travel freely, and may just do damage here and there, but not a troops assault. The insidious attacks are what is so scary and impossible to warn us against. One novel I read, was about those tactics, except it was cyber attacks, then highways, then buildings etc. but by China. As usual it seems that when our military are assigned to train and provide weapons to anyone, it later gets into the hands of ‘new’ terrorists, who are well trained and knowledgeable to go against us and others. They never learn, but is likely part of some ‘plan’. I also avoid cities, large groups. It will be sad if some huge group at a sports event or any other, thousands in one neat place are attacked by the enemy. These guys are after everyone but their own.

                    • mountaingypsy – look into the CERT program. where I live we are trained in light search and rescue, basic first aid, and that sort of thing. We have received additional training in traffic flagging and some in crowd/traffic control. CERT is under the local fire chief’s direction and we trained to do certain things until trained and professional help arrives. It will still be up to everyone to themselves as much as possible. While many of the CERT group I know have a CCL not everyone does and it isn’t required that we get one. Each CERT individual is encouraged to improve the kit they receive after they have been approved.

                      The town I live in has a preparedness group that is actively working on getting grants in order to get supplies. The town is only about 2,900 people but with the surrounding areas could be a few thousand more. No one group can stock enough supplies to help that many people. I live in an area that should a natural disaster occur we could be without outside help for months and without the electrical grid for years. It is almost impossible to get some people to listen to reason about the need for each of us to be prepared as much as possible.

                    • mountaingypsy,
                      The county EMA is loosely affiliated with FEMA, with Federal EMA at the top, State EMA in the middle, and County (or Parish) EMA at the local level. Our group is rather well equipped, and our director (the only full time paid staff) is the liason to other county agencies (other county EMA, Fire, Police, Sheriff, Health Department, etc). We often work support activities with local fire, especially the VFD which are numerous in our county. There is generally a lot of training available to members, and the connection to other agencies can give you insight into what’s going on in the background by knowing what these agencies are planning for different scenarios, many of which we are involved in. While no plan, even when tested in mock drills, generally survives intact when hitting the real emergency, I see the hard work and sincerity of the individuals, making me more comfortable, and allowing me to ignore the rumors one often hears about what the government is doing in the background. A few facts can often make you see things clearly.

        • AZ Camper says:

          We had to replace the faucet on our shower because of a constant drip…the plumber had trouble removing the old one, so It turned into a much bigger job, leaving us with the water turned off to the house for the whole day.
          I was able to wash my hands at the kitchen sink using a soda 2 liter bottle of tap water I had in the pantry. I was able to use the toilet and flush it by pouring water from another 2 liter bottle I had stored in the upstairs closet next to the bathroom. This is a prime example of preparing for the unexpected that I am sure your family could appreciate.

          • Hi J and AZ Camper. Yep: The short term problems are far and away the most common, but it is nice to be prepared for them. When we got hit with a small earthquake in 2006 we decided to use the 14 hour blackout which resulted as a test of our hurricane supplies.

            Everything was fine: we had water, food, a Coleman stove. What we discovered though was that since we were planning only for hurricanes, we did not stock water. We only had empty collapsible jugs and a tub liner because hurricanes give a couple days warning. Earthquakes don’t. So we started storing water too.

            Subtle difference between prepping for hurricanes and earthquakes. So now we are prepped for both.

          • AZ Camper,
            Sounds like the first plumbing I ever did as a teenager helping out a neighbor. Simple washer replacement on an outside faucet; except, it didn’t have a washer to replace. Simple enough to replace the faucet, since you simply unscrew it and put on another. That’s when I found out that nothing in plumbing is simple. A pipe wrench slipped when removing the faucet and the pipe twisted off inside the wall. It went downhill from there; but, we did finally get everything back working over the next 8 hours or so.
            Even as a teenager, I took that as lesson learned, and the plumbing I’ve done since, my entire first fixer upper house and nearly all of our current home, I spent a little extra money and put drainable shutoff valves in all hot and cold water lines to each plumbed device. They skip this step when building most homes; by, I find the added expense is well worth the potential future hassle.

  41. OldSoldat says:

    Got all my essential oils restocked. Wild Oregano, Lavender, Tea Tree, Clove and Eucalyptus mainly.

    Practiced with my sling shot and bought 200 rounds of 9mm ammo. Looking to have about 2000 rounds per weapon once I can get around to replacing them after the unfortunate boating accident.

    Been expeditiously emptying my bank accounts of fiat to have cash on hand and to convert to PMs as JP Morgan, et al continues to suppress Au and Ag to maintain dollar strength…fun to watch (and sad). Received a 100 oz. silver bar of .999 quality from JM Bullion weighing in at 6.25 troy lbs. Amazing beauty but ain’t worshiping. Wealth preservation and all that is highly recommended in these weird times where the world is in backwardation.

    • OldSoldat, you could not pay me to get into a boat with a prepper. Wouldn’t shower within a hundred yards of one. I wouldn’t even accept a glass of water from one. It just isn’t healthy.

      • axelsteve says:

        Penrod. Nope preppers and water do not go well together.I almost drowned taking a shower before church today.

        • Hi axelsteve, I expect three assault rifles, two trench guns, and a Glock washed down the drain, too.

          Preppers and water just do not get along well. If you see the two together, RUN!

  42. OldSoldat says:

    Moreover, MD I like the site as we frequent the same purveyors of doom and gloom. I love the Drudge style but it would be great to have a setup more aligned to, say, dollar collapse where all the economic issues are in one area, the police state hating in another and I kind of enjoy there own Ron Paul area. :-)

    • OldSoldat says:

      *their* You’ll see after moderation.

    • That’s actually a good tip…

      • OldSoldat says:

        You seem “actually” surprised. LOL

        I was responsible for a 6 million dollar for the Dept. of the Army Inspector’s General budget back in the 90’s. I ain’t completely dumb. Aside, my office was totally destroyed on 9/11 …if you believe that really happened.

        • OldSoldat says:

          *6 million dollar budget* meant to say. Dumb small machines today. Anyway, your site looks really great and you seem to be a man of fair intelligence so I’m sure this will be a daily goto. Wishing you monetize the hard work you’ve labored on. Seriously.

        • None of us are surprised you are smart. ;)

  43. Bought 1,000 of Brown Bear 7.62×29 HP and 1,000 rounds of 9MM FMJ for general purposes and 50 rounds of Corbon 150 gr.7.62×39 for deer. Since I lost all my muscle years ago, it hard to move those 1,000 round boxes around. Also bought some Augason Farms supplies (low sodium).

  44. Canyonman says:

    It was a busy week. Got to enjoy watching the Poser-in-Chief golf a lot. It’s not that he’s detached, or aloof, or really enjoys golf – it’s just that he doesn’t have a clue what to do. When the libocrat media starts ripping into him, it’s a good sign.

    What else … Oh yeah, helped a few friends find and dig out some trolls. Always fun.

    Got some great news from the DW. “We’re out of room.” We’re not, of course, but a particular thing we’ve been working on, in a particular area, full of particular items, is full. Just have to get more things to put in that area for those items.

    Turns out my financial preparedness may be closer than I could ever have hoped for. We received a letter from Springleaf Financial Services, who apparently has “90+ YEARS IN BUSINESS”, that we can borrow $4,250 for just $153.94 per month. That’s 42 months at 25.48% APR. You read that right, just 25.48%.

    I’m pretty sure I can find a guy named Guido who would give me a better rate.

    Other than our 3% mortgage, we have no debt, and for THAT one, I am truly thankful.

    We made three supply runs this week, stocking up. Getting ready for a big firewood extravaganza a few days from now – clearing some land and getting enough wood for three families for the whole winter (at least).

    And finally (posted elsewhere), as winner of this month’s Speak & Spell essay contest, I received my order from Lucky Gunner. Great folks, a real pleasure to deal with.

    Since I don’t own any guns, and because they’re very very bad and kill people and stuff, I got ten camouflaged Snuggies, some thermal socks, a new thermos, a satin Hello Kitty jacket, and the ten-bottle set of massage oils.

    • Hi canyonman, I am ever so relieved that you understand how bad guns are. One never knows.

      I hope, though, that you don’t neglect your stock of tactical survival bananas.

      Since we have a goodish supply, I didn’t get any at the swap meet this morning, but I did lay in a small supply of tactical kale.

      • Canyonman says:

        I was going to write an entire article on this, but in brief, we have found a way to weave together the peels from seven TSBs, and convert them into a fashionable and waterproof shemagh. Once they turn black, they can be worn for nocturnal ops in inclement weather.

        • Excellent, Canyonman, and I want to be the first to encourage you to write a fully illustrated and footnoted Field Manual for the production of banana shemaghs.

          I note from a quick Google search that “Banana fiber has a good luster and banana cloths have a good drape. Banana fiber cloths are very noble, fashionable, environment friendly and healthy….banana fiber clothing is very cool.”

          Sounds ideal for a Tactical Survival Shemagh, and this is much like a mountain lion’s opinion of a flatlander. Replace “banana” with “flatlander” and you’ll get the gist.

          Possibly you could combine the two fibers for a superior textile product with a substantial cross-species market.

          More here: http://www.swicofil.com/products/010banana.html

          • Canyonman says:

            Yes indeed, it has endless uses and it is incumbent upon us to spread the word regarding this oft-overlooked survival item. Admittedly, they’re a bit hard to cultivate in many climates. Once the succulent potassium-rich yumminess has been sucked outta there, and a sufficient quantity of banana peels harvested and Tactical Survival Banana Shemaghs (TSBS) created, one can then move on to the Tactical Survival Banana Hammock (TSBH).

            • Canyonman “they’re a bit hard to cultivate in many climates.”

              Well, yes, some do need to invest in a tactical survival greenhouse for the production of banana fiber. While it is true that doing so may attract a DEA tank through your front door, accompanied by DEA helicopters firing missiles through your roof, while DEA commandoes terminate Fido and your house cats, this would be a small price to pay for fiber self-sufficiency.

              Of course, you might also spend the rest of your life in jail awaiting trial for interfering with our servants’ desire to rid America of the scourge of whatever our servants want to rid America of in order to earn their paychecks. Wasting their time with banana plantations is clearly an indictable offense.

              • Canyonman says:

                Gotta have my post-SHTF fiber, so I’m in and on board.

                And we haven’t even BEGUN to discuss the countless merits of the Tactical Survival Kumquat. In pairs, they’re known as the TSK TSK.

    • HEheheheheheheh!!!! You kill me man!!! Im waiting for lucky gunner to start selling pink camo. Im so there. Im glad we feel alike about guns. Why would any thinking person need one? what are they afraid of? The world is safer now than its ever been,in fact,I just bought a house in detroit for 6 bucks.Plan on moving in soon.

      • Canyonman says:

        Good for you!! Detroit is definitely the place to be, a vibrant and thriving metropolis with a long history of stellar governance. As soon as we get our high-rise condo in Miami sold, we’re heading up there ourselves, where it’s much safer. Then me and my two other Chinese lesbian roommates will never have to worry about gun ownership or clean water or stuff like that.

        • Canyonman & BC
          You guys crack me up…..had to read this to the dh. He smiled as it is hard for him to laugh. Thank you ;-)

        • Canyonman & BC:

          Between the 2 of you…

          Be careful when pressing one’s tongue that hard into one’s cheek that it does not penetrate.

          • Canyonman says:

            Thanks folks, we’ll be here all week, try the veal and don’t forget to tip your waitress.

            Tryin’ to keep it light amidst too much bad news. As for the actual topic of the thread, we just finished putting up another 100 gallons of good ol’ Rocky Mountain water, so very sorry for those of you in the hot/dry climes. We had some mighty bad forest fires the last two years, but this year it’s been a virtual paradise with cool temps and LOTS of rain. Could see our breath the last two mornings – winter is coming, and I intend for my woodshed to be bulging at the seams within three weeks.

            p.s. Buy more ammo, and water, and Ramen.

            • Thinking of forest fires, the one we can see on the next mountain range is still smoldering. It was started by two kids (ages unannounced but sound pretty young) playing with a lighter they found. The good news: The father has publicly identified himself and apologized to the community. Apparently he called in the fire dept when he found out about it. So, good for him for taking responsibility.

    • grandma bear says:

      Love the last paragraph! You forgot the cd’s with kumbyya on them WE think the same way!

  45. Got my 98 pickup inspected and registered for another year. It’s low mileage 78K and we don’t need payments so we will keep it for a while longer. Picked up a 20 oz bottle of olive oil at Big Lots for $4. Replaced the one we took out of the freezer last weekend. Also got a 10 oz can of chicken and 1 of turkey @ 1.70 each. 2 cans of country style sausage gravy @.70 each. All had best buy dates of 2015.
    Noticed BL is increasing the size of of its food section although a lot of what they have we don’t eat.
    Plan for the worse and Pray for the best.

  46. Once again not much. Mostly organizing and inventorying.
    We had some flash flooding yesterday and I got my Explorer to do some things I never thought it would.

    40 rounds of 7.62×39
    About a dozen airtight plastic containers of various sizes.
    Found a 1.25 gallon gas can on the side of the rode filled it and added stabilizer.

  47. Schametti says:

    Hey Guys. :)

    I just got back from two weeks at my aunt’s house. (Which consequently.. was ten minutes away from Ferguson, Missouri, so I’m sure you can imagine a Prepper’s stress the entire time we were there, fretting over how far the havock they spread would be, lol). You know, even though my Aunt continues to give me a hard time about me becoming a prepper, despite the jovial ribbing, she is a great companion in helping me learn things that I’ve been putting off for awhile.

    This week.. I water bath canned my first five jars of pickles, from cucumbers out of my own garden. They turned out amazing, and I learned a lot. For starters.. never try canning if you don’t have the proper equipment. We were trying to get the HOT jars out of the pot.. and we didn’t have the tongs or the basket, and the water was trying to bubble over, so I was ladleing it out into another pot, and my aunt picked up the ladle full of boiling water, and didn’t realize there was still water in it, and she flung it at me… >.< Ow Ow Ow. I was really lucky that I didn't come away with some serious burns, but after a couple hours, it wasn't even red.

    SINCE then, we've picked up tongs, a drying rack, a basket, etc.. so I'm relieved that our NEXT attempt won't be quite so dangerous to my life, haha. AND in a couple days I'll be meeting with my other aunt, who has my Grama's old canning equipment, so we'll be doubly prepared for the job. :) Hopefully this will be just the beginning, and I'll finally be able to get over my irrational fears of canning.

    I picked up a couple yards of flannel while I was out of town as well, and my Aunt let me borrow her super sewing matching, and after a couple lessons, and several UN-stitching with a seam ripper, lol… I was able to get the hang of it, and made a couple dozen double lined, cloth toilet paper pieces for Doomsday. I figure if I make a couple yards worth, every time I'm there.. I won't have to worry SO much about running out of toilet paper when things get tough.

    The last week, since I've been home, I've been working hard in my garden.. harvesting the masses of tomatoes, kale, beans, cucumbers, peppers, herbs.. etc and popping them on to the dehydrators. My TWO dehydrators haven't gotten a moment to breathe in days.. but the soup mix combination jars are piling up nicely, and I feel really great knowing that one day, when the super markets aren't stocked, my pantry will be, and I can almost taste the bountiful stew my family will be filling their bellies with. It keeps me going when it's hard, or I'm tired, or not feeling well.. because I know that I depend on me to get ready for the day when other people will depend on me to survive.

    Financially, I've been on lockdown, so I haven't been able to BUY a lot for prepping. I haven't been anywhere fun or DONE anything fun.. in about five years, so I've decided to tag along with my aunt and uncle in December, to their time share in Florida, and we're going to go to Disney World, and Universal Studios for twelve days, and four days of driving time there and back. I figure, since they're already paying for the gas, and the timeshare, all hubby and I have to pay for would be the tickets, and our food, so it might be the cheapest vacation we'd be able to take for quite some time, and it could be our last real opportunity to "get away" ..and I could really use it.

    From Amazon I bought a couple more books for my grid-down entertainment library. A. American's Going Home, Forsaking Home, Surviving Home, and Escaping Home. I heard they were pretty awesome. Ideally, I'd like to be able to get them on audiobook, because I heard the narrator makes them even better.. but I'm listening to the insanely long Outlander Series, and only on book three, so in case I run out of time, I wanted to have them in hard copy first.

    Does anyone else actually plan, like me.. in "in case I run out of time," mode? …..lol. Sometimes I feel like a real nut. But I truly believe that ANY day could be the last normal day we have for awhile. It's always in the back on my mind, and influences most decisions in my day to day life..

    I had to buy a new year's worth of my eye contacts, (which usually lasts me a year and a half, so at least there's that, and I can not fret about having to garden in the rain with glasses in the apocolypse if it happens in the next eighteen months. :)

    Annnnnnd aside from that.. a few cans of meat, and a couple cases of Ball jars are about the only other thing I've done the last two weeks. I hope that everyone is doing well.. and are hanging in there. Much Love, ~A.

    • Hey girl,
      “In case I run out of time mode” has been my normal for a couple years, so don’t be too hard on yourself!
      Still trying to find a piece of dirt with water access that I can afford within a few hours drive of so cal. Seems impossible, particularly on a small budget!
      Good job on the canning. It gets easier every time you do it. Take care.

      • Schametti says:

        Hey Patti.. :):) I know how you feel. My home is paid for, BUT it’s in a subdivision outside of a city, and sometimes I think very hard about fleeing to a country spot with a well, but it just isn’t in the budget or the cards, so I’m trying to have faith that the place I’m in.. will be ok. Here’s hoping though, I guess. :( I hope you get yours though!!! Gl!

    • Glad to see you back, I always enjoy your posts
      MIL taught me how to can last summer, and now I can everything. She taught me on beans and tomatoes,, now I can soups,stews, all veggies, chopped meat, chicken,, you name it!
      You’ll be a pro in no time.

      • Schametti says:

        Hey R-Me. :)

        I am abso-terrified of canning MEAT. OMG, the very thought of eating two year old, spoiled meat and getting sick off it in Doomsday makes me scared to even attempt it… lol. Maybe irrational, but so very real.

        I’m hoping to be able to branch out in to sauces and soups, and veggies though…… Is it possible to do those things with just a water bath canning, or do you have to do the whole pressure canning nine yards thing??

        One baby step at a time though.. I’m trying. :)

        • Schmetti:

          We can meat( beef) about every third year… it is delicious and easy for a quick meal. Id like to try chicken next. We always water bath canned it as well even though Ive since been told that’s a NO NO. We did buy an All American pressure canner this year so from now on we will be using that.

          Lisa

        • Schametti: Sorry – ALL low acid foods need to be canned in a pressure canner. Low acid foods are vegetables and meats, figs, Asian pears. Tomatoes are border line on the acidity so they can be canned either in the pressure canner or in a boiling water canner. If they are canned in the boiling water canner you need to add some lemon juice to bring up the acidity. Figs and Asian pears can also have their acidity level brought up by adding lemon juice. The lemon juice needs to be store bought as it has a standard acid level.

          Get a good canning book (Ball, Georgia So Easy to Preserve, USDA – these have tested directions) and then practice pressure canning with say tomatoes until you are comfortable with the pressure canner or find someone who pressure cans and tell them you would like to learn. Most people who can won’t think anything about “why” you want to learn, they will be happy that someone else wants to do it.

    • Schametti, I’d be interested in your aunts take on the goings on in Ferguson. The one and only time I’ve been to St. Louis I crossed the river into E. St. Louis and saw a 30 ft. fence running along the interstate with poles that had telephones every 100 ft. or so. When I stopped in Belleville, Il., to get gas, I asked a guy about those telephones. He said it was in case you broke down on the interstate. You had a chance of living if you could get to one of those telephones. He didn’t know what I was packing in my glove box, so it didn’t apply to me. But I saw his point.

      • mountaingypsy says:

        WM, I assume a lot of us would be curious about Ferguson, first hand and not mediatized. (new word) It is asinine that the simple basic truth has not be told, way too many various stories. The kid’s body, regardless, should have been covered. I can’t understand why the media rushes to report, without proof or facts, every story. I think too many cops are out of line. (am only using this word, not derogatorily, just short) I have never had trouble with one. The news has shown several cases lately of total murder, on film. I hope they never try to harm my family or my pets…..We still don’t know if the cop was hurt.
        But I have read several accounts of history in that area, back to the slave trial of Dred Scott. There has been racial problems for years, like many towns, that don’t make the news. I guess the story must be more dramatic and gristly. Don’t know how ya’ll feel, just commenting, but one would think, the race balance of cops and public officials sould better match the community, and would help remove some of the problems and unjust happenings. I don’t care where in the US, if the race balance is off, trouble happens, whether people realize it or not. I was not raised to be biased, just because. I obviously understand, if ones family is harmed, by a particular group, hate evolves. I am lucky from that standpoint. But the ones, of any race, who travel to riot and burn or cause trouble, regardless of race, need arresting. The military equipment was so overdone, when no one was particularly doing damage, then the cops let many businesses burn. Like several vets have said, they did not even have that much gear overseas in war! As usual, our govt. has created much of the community problems, for years, with their brilliant laws, along with the racists, bigots, haters. All races participate in the problem, but I must say, whites promote this everywhere, acting so superior, and this is quite obvious in the mid-east. The ISIS issue is getting too scary. I have lived in various states, and depending on the area, one group or another is judged and treated unfairly, I have witnessed this. But the police state has been ramping up since 911, not in the last few years. I hope none of ya’ll has had your home or any friends/family, door torn off, home raided, pets killed, elderly or kids hurt? We, the people need to be aware, and be ready. Obviously, Ferguson and many other places have met up with those police/weapons, even Boston. People are mad.

        • I have completed a little research on the Ferguson incident, and the police/minority imbalance is partially predicated on the fact that Ferguson went from an 80% white majority to a 75% black majority in just a few short years. When any place has racial demographics that change that rapidly, the police force is going to be out of whack simply because the police department doesn’t get that much turnover that fast. Another problem is finding young black men who want to become cops. Many have criminal records, many don’t want to be associated with the police, and the brightest black people are just like white people, they want something that pays better money with less danger involved. And who can blame them?

          So far as the incident itself is concerned, I 100% agree with you that the body should not have been left laying in the street for 4 hrs. That was disrespectful, and on top of that stupid. I would have liked to have heard the entire story before I made a judgment, but IMO the police fumbled the ball from the start. They should have taken photos of the officer if he were in fact injured and published them immediately. As for the looting, etc., I’ve heard most of that was from outsiders who have a political or racial agenda. The media pushed the story, the truth was the first casualty, and now we may never know. But, IMO, the police are too quick to use deadly force. Where was his Taser? That is a question that needs to be answered, and if he had it on him…..then, it won’t turn out well for the officer.

          I’ll be honest and tell you that I moved away from a community very similar to Ferguson(it was changing from majority white to majority black). I had a lawn mower stolen, my home broken into, and my family was scared. We moved to a rural area in a rural state with a tiny black population. It’s sad to say that our country is more polarized along racial lines than I have ever seen it in my lifetime, but the safety of my family comes before anything. And it was also a prepping decision as it got me away from a large metropolitan area into a rural setting with no major cities within 150 miles.

          As for the militarization of the police, we have discussed that problem many times here on this forum, and no one I know thinks it’s good. However, idiots in Ferguson looting, burning, attacking innocent people, etc., have justified to many a heavily-armored police.

          • mountaingypsy says:

            Agree with you Mr. WM (aka, Windy), just teasing, great commenter! Any community that is out of balance racially is due to have problems. I am glad that you and many here do not appear to be raciest, so this can be discussed. The cops just add way more to any unrest, specially with all their new toys, and arrogance, in a “Barney Fife” and/or KKK community. Good grief, the ‘troops’ were brought out, and not even a riot from the marchers at that point. I was too young for the Vietnam marches and 60’s stuff. That was not handled worth a crap either. Also, yes, black men seem to be in trouble more, are less educated, have no jobs, but they are also stopped more, arrested more for anything. Next step, is to get a conviction by a mostly white jury/judge. Prison is now a for profit industry, so the more black men or other races, prisoners pay well to the industry, and as a felon, they can never vote! Part of the plan. I know people usually bring things on themselves, but if you are targeted, you loose rights, and without a good lawyer, no hope. Some white bullies town’s prey on whites too, remember “Walking Tall”? The drug war also was convenient to make profits, pretending to fight that industry! So much was paid out to ‘fight’ all these wars, so many other things could have used that money for good. It all plays together.
            Also, FYI and all, the cop, Page, that the small clip of a video, on his raciest comments, this was from a speech in April, at ‘Oath keepers’! Heard the whole speech, was blatant, but had nothing to do with the Ferguson issue. He is ex military and very pro constitution, and will not stand for any person in his face, like ISIS or the bad guys. Interesting video, he sounds very military minded…..

      • Schametti says:

        My Aunt and Uncle aren’t quite sure what to make of the Ferguson issue, I’m afraid. They’re just hoping it doesn’t spread to their area, which is oh so painfully close to their backyard. I will say though… my entire family, when visiting them.. are under DIRECT orders to never, ever, under ANY circumstances.. get off the exit in to East St. Louis. o.O Ever…. lol.

        • axelsteve says:

          I was thinking that since tdl has a nobel peace prize that he would be able to stop the riots with just a phone call. Him being in touch with his african heritage and all.

        • mountaingypsy says:

          Hope they stay safe. There are many US places, bad neighborhoods, to NEVER enter, depending on your race. Some of their own people are terrified in their own community, sad. I can’t imagine being frightened in my own house, every day. So many people here and overseas, have to live that way. Hope some day, a lot of this can be remedied a bit, so more can trust and get along.

    • mountaingypsy says:

      Schametti, Just a note, I have read and have all 4 A. American books, loved them! Great story and characters, well written, and things to learn of course on survival. Survival tips as such are easier when in novel style to me. I have to have prep novels! Rawels novels are good too, but a bit more military tactics and details, but good. First ever prep book, for me was ‘One Second After’. If that book did not affect a reader, then they have a problem! One second is all it takes to change ones life forever. I would love if it was made into a movie…..

      • Schametti says:

        Heya Mt. Gypsy. :)

        One Second After was MY first prepper book too!! I love love loved it. And it hit me hard. I thought about it, and the characters for months and months after. It’s definitely a story that stays with you. I bought a hard copy of it too, for my grid down entertainment library too, even though MOST of the books in it, I’m keeping UN-read, so I have something to keep from getting bored in the night hours..

        I have bought the first EIGHT books in the Glen Tate; 299 Days series, and have the ninth one in my amazon cart, waiting for payday. I refuse to read them until all ten are released.

        I also bought and read Agenda 21, which I consider a prepping warning kind of book, though not like the rest.

        So the A. American books are next on my list. :) I love books though. I need a bigger budget, a bigger house, and more room, or I’d have even more than I do now..

        • mountaingypsy says:

          Hey, Schametti, Nice to hear back from you. I am a confirmed ‘bookaholic’. Since reading “One Second After’, I realized more about the mounting problems in the US and the book was what started the preps! I was somewhat familiar with the NC area the story took place in. And one second changes ones life forever. A lot of people think novels are just so much fiction. But as we know, much is to be learned and remembered from most novels. I don’t like the text book type books much. Anyhow, I can not store books, like you! Such self control, ha. The moment I get one I must read, to all hours, can’t put a good one down. I have a pretty good library of read ones. But reading so many, back to back, I need to reread them. I have not gotten into the Kendal books yet. I like the paper. I wonder if these novels can be found at yard sales yet, or used book stores? Amazon is expensive. Lots of food or lots of books…..I have not read the books you mentioned. I am also a magazine nut, but have dropped the subs. for this stuff. Another author that is great is Joe Nobody, in the ‘holding their own’ series. I have 5 of them. He also wrote “Apocalypse Drift”. “Lights Out” is another by Crawford. I am amazed just how many novels on survival are available! good grief. Agenda 21 stuff is available on a lot of sites and ties into the Bilderberg stuff and New World Order. All a wild, bad plan for humanity by ‘the’ powers, going back to 30’s or 40’s, scary. Too much is creeping up on us by subtle rules, POA’s, restrictions….Yes, I agree on the bigger space for books, and more budget, ha. I had to cut back for months. The one now ordered is WWIV by EA Lake. Someone here referred it. It is about a regular guy facing the crisis, and not a Rambo/ex military/MacGyver type! Most people, will be just regular folks, and unprepared. I wish, unless there are some, a book about women or a mom facing the challenges alone or the lead. I think a lot of us, at least have common sense as we run households and jobs!! A lot of survival, will ramp up skills some of us already have. Hope we visit, again.

          • Hi mountain gypsy, there are several books either entirely about or featuring women/Moms., The ones I have read tend to be uneven in quality, but I don’t think I would nix any of them. They are all pretty cheap on Kindle At least they were when I got them. It can be hard to quickly figure out which one is which, so I won’t review them.

            Apocalypse Mom by Elizabeth L. Jones.

            Apocalypse Road Trip, also by Elizabeth L. Jones

            Dark Tides, by you guessed it, Elizabeth L Jones.

            The McLane Apocalypse by Kate Morris. I think this is #1 in a series, but don’t remember for sure. I remember enjoying it.

            When the Ashes Fall, by Jacqueline Druga. I thought this was better than many, about a Mom w/ two kids in their car going through a tunnel when the city gets nuked. They have to walk home. Bad trip.

            If you plug these into Amazon you should also get a list of suggestions for similar. Most will likely be generic post-apocalypse fiction, but some should be with female leads.

            • mountaingypsy says:

              Thanks so much! I prefer referrals here, than buying blindly, as there are so many. I read that “one Second After” has a sequel coming. He also wrote about ISIS, only on Kendal. He was quoted as saying that even he had to take breaks writing it, as it is tooo real and upset himself with details based on what they are doing overseas. Only strong stomachs should read. A lot of articles and the media lately saying, ISIS are likely to come here, bad news.

              • Hi mountaingypsy, I hope you enjoy any of them.

                Another book with a sequel on the way is
                “Lightning Fall: A Novel of Disaster” by Bill Quick. It was very well written- he’s a professional- and one of the major characters is a woman at home with her kids in the Midwest. She has to deal with the aftermath of an EMP attack with her kids in tow. I think it is up there with ‘One Second After’, but covers the events from the perspectives of several major characters around the country, rather than from that of a single person, single location.

                • mountaingypsy says:

                  Penrod, Thanks again! I can’t wait to look into all your suggestions. As they are predicting a bad winter, I can have reading material! I am just thrilled to know there are books with main female characters. I plan to reread “One Second After” again too. I guess I just think of the women pioneers that came west and had to defend their home place and kids and take care of everything, if the men were away hunting or fighting. The real preppers to me. Happy reading everyone!

                  • Hi mountaingypsy, “I just think of the women pioneers that came west and had to defend their home place and kids ”

                    I read my great-great-grandmother’s obituary some time back. She, her Dr. husband, and kids arrived in NY from England at the beginning of winter and headed upstate in the snow. 1840s, I think it was.

                    According to the obit she must have come from a family with money, because it said that she had never baked a loaf of bread nor taken care of her own children.

                    Well, they trekked through the snow, found an abandoned cabin, and she had to cut up all the family’s blankets to chink the logs, while the men were out hunting deer and bear. It sounded like one lousy way to greet the New World, but she managed, and so did the rest of the family.

                    Imagine going from having cooks and nannies to cutting up your last blanket. She made it tho.

                    • mountaingypsy says:

                      Penrod, Loved your story, and it is so great that you had that obit. to read, and have a feeling for her story! I will now have to tell you about my grandmother, dad’s mom. She died when I was a preteen, and was ill, so I did not get to know her and ask the questions that I would love to know now. I just know a few things told by my dad, and wish I had asked him stories, now too late, (not a story teller or talker much). My grandmother and her sister traveled from WA as teens, single, no brothers or male family to KS to homestead for the land offered, in the late 1800’s. They had a sod dugout, had to live there for a certain time for some years to get the land. Each sister got 160 acres. They did not even have the right to vote! I am so proud that they were that tough, and had no husband at that time, so they did it! I wish I knew ‘how’ they lived, who hunted, or cooked or was the bossier, any narrow escapes. They later married and kept the land, until my siblings and I needed to sell it in 2009. It was 7 miles from a town that still is not much of one. I see them as the real preppers/pioneers/strong women! My gran died at 85 and my great aunt at 99!!She taught my mom gardening and canning etc., passed to me. I have been to the land several times, rolling prairie, desolate. I feel the that tough spirit, they lived ‘off grid’, there was no grid!! ha.

                    • That is a great story. People can adapt to new and terrible conditions if they have right mindset, and make the best of things.

              • Schametti says:

                Whoo! I hadn’t heard that One Second After was getting a sequel, but that would be amaaazing.

                I also think Agenda 21 needs a sequel.

                I hear you, (Mt. Gypsy), food stocked or books is a definite issue for me too, which is why I have a year’s worth of food, and a meager handful of unread books waiting for me. Maybe.. three dozen so far. I hide them from myself, so I’m not tempted, and keep my IPod crammed full of audiobooks, otherwise I might crack, lol.

                Along with “entertainment” type books though, I’ve also bought several dozen helpful books that I haven’t necessarily read yet, but will want to have when and if something ever happens.. Books on gardening, canning, hunting, medicines, medical procedures, composting, sprouting, vermiculture, traps and snares, etc etc etc. Fun stuff.. ahh the life and times of a Prepper. ;)

                • mountaingypsy says:

                  Schametti, You are so funny and so like me and my book addiction, ha! I prefer to have books or notes, in case computers go out. I still do not know how you can save/hide your books, but you are more busy than me. I have a bad habit of reading until late in the night or next morning. I also have tons of ‘other’ books I have collected. Many on gardening, cookbooks, medical, herbs, and prep books, not novels, then a lot of collectible books showing items from 1940’s on. I used to have a junk/antique/collectible place, so collected many books to identify glassware etc and to price. I also did fabric and décor, so have tons of decorating books, and mosaics, and yard landscaping…..Between us, we could have a library! then there are magazines……Wonder how many paperbacks will fit in a BOB, ha….

        • Schametti:

          I finished the 9th book a week or so in the 299 Days series. Book 10 must be an epilog-type wrap up because the story line sure seemed complete. I told the DW that she could go ahead and start (should take her 9 days to get through 9 books).

    • Schametti;
      I was going to call the Pack sheriff & posse to find out where you vanished.
      Happy to hear you are learning water bath canning and sewing. Like all things it takes time to learn, but once you get “it”, you will be doing the happy dance. Another skill learned to add to your listed of ‘I did it’-yahoo. Oh, by the way missed your posting.

      • mountaingypsy says:

        I only did tomatoes, putting in hot jars, not the bath way. We ordered a pressure cooker, to do some new things. It is not like the one my mom used, seals and steams differently.
        Sewing is my specialty/passion, wish I was close to anyone here to teach and help. I had my own business for years, in décor and doing the custom sewing myself and for some designers. Also taught some. Ladies were so pleased to learn the professional way, and do items for their home, for free (labor). A few husbands mocked their wives ability to sew, like a valance, which angered me, so I of course made a point to help the ladies do a perfect job to prove themselves!! Ha! Also did some clothes, not good pay, and not as fun as the home stuff, but to sew and fix things is a great art and necessity.

      • Schametti says:

        Aw haha, Hey Becky. You know I never disappear for long. :) I missed posting too though, and you guys.

        I hear you on the skills under the belt though. I’m also filled with such a sense of accomplishment when I learn something new to help me survive come Doomsday. And if she never comes, well.. I know more than I did, and that can’t be bad.

    • I’ve made quite a few ‘butt wipes’ for my family as well. Brown flannelette is ideal – no need to bleach lol. Have dedicated white washcloths for ‘pee wipes’. Also made quite a few flannelette feminine napkins for daughter. I used a pattern with extended ‘wings’. Got all fabrics on sales. Now looking for lidded holding cannisters so they can all soak when they need to be used.

      • Schametti says:

        Haha yay. I’m glad I’m not the only one thinking about the reuseable toilet paper front. It might not be the glamorous side to prepping… (is there one?? lol), but I definitely think it’ll be worthwhile, even.. essential. Great idea on the lidded canisters, I probably ought to add that to my “list” as well, thanks for the idea. :)

  48. Just came back from a yard sale – picked up an old treadle sewing machine at a yard sale – they were asking $200 but I offered $60 and they agreed. The treadle part is 100% fine but the machine is having an oily bath right now in an attempt to un-seize it. Can’t wait to add it to my other non-electric preps like the grain mill, laundry wringer and other cool things that I hope I only get to use for fun.

    Cheers
    B

  49. Too hot, too dry, too exhausted by both to get much done. Debating about whether or not to replant “summer” style garden, tomatoes, etc. Dogs have started to shed their summer coats already, about a month-6 weeks earlier than normal. Horses haven’t started their winter coats yet, yes, I did so check! Going to watch weather carefully this fall, seeing some trees beginning to go into dormancy. Normally November for this particular variety, but it could just be the drought. Breaks my heart to see my red oaks wilting so terribly. Hope we get some rain soon..
    Next door neighbor told me she found some bobcat scat near her chicken coop, explains the strange “yeowling” but gruffer than kittycats we’ve been hearing.

    • Anyway, did find a AA battery back up that actually works with my phone, iPod and iPad on clearance at Lowes, stocked up on the small flood lightbulbs as they all decided to burn out over the course of the last couple of weeks. Vacuumed some tea bags into jars… More jar lids, etc. ugh, news sucks, took a chunk out of my big toe making contact with the corner of a kitchen drawer (don’t ask, I’d have to have visual aids to show how the toenail broke and dug out the flesh… Lets just say I did save the magnifying glass as it was flying towards the floor.. Last week the finger now the toe..) I am going to go take a shower and climb into bed.

      • Hi Shai, we have some of the “Rayovac 7-Hour Power Back Up for iPhones, Android, and Micro-USB Mobile Phones” from Amazon and like them a lot. As long as we have AA batteries, we have communications, Kindles, and iPads.

        You can also get adapters to convert AAA to AA applications.

    • Country Vet says:

      Shai
      I share your concerns about an early winter (and potentially BAD winter). We have trees that are dropping leaves as well, including fig and apple trees that I know have gotten adequate water. Also, we have suddenly been invaded by varmits trying to get to our chickens and ducks- about a month early. I am closely watching the mud swallows to see when they leave. DH and I just discussed concerns about coming winter and ways to provide emmergency heat to citrus and avocado trees if needed if power is down. Also supplmental heating for house.

      • Country Vet:

        Ive been watching signs of Fall and Winter and I think they are coming fast. Most of our hummingbirds seem to have disappeared, the acorns are dropping fast from the oaks, the squirrels have been hiding nuts for about a month, and the rose hips came super early. Trees have lost there bright glossy green leaves and they are turning a more dusty green. Farmers Almanac is saying a super cold winter. Im glad we have lots of firewood even if the majority still has to be split.

        Lisa

  50. UrbanCityGirl says:

    Seems I am having a week of the “tired and worn out” illness. Someone in my circle must be sick because though I very rarely get sick myself, I will get worn down. So I have tried to squeeze in a little more rest this week, ie. lightened my workload a bit.

    Today DH and I discussed many of the world issues and problems we could encounter. And although we feel we have been on a steady roll with prepping, we just aren’t certain where to focus our time, funds and energy right now. Too concerned with world affairs. We are questioning our (my) prepping priorities.

    We wanted to add solar energy to our preps this summer but starting to think maybe we should put more money into food/water instead. We have worked very hard to be well rounded in most categories. We have 1 year to feed ourselves, and a garden for produce and chickens for eggs. But is that going to cut it if kids arrive?? We realize it Depends on the emergency and what they can supply themselves.

    So….. On and on it goes. Gonna take more time with my inventory this coming week and go over the details with DH next weekend.

    Meantime, gathering much from the garden all of a sudden. I found a recipe for rhubarb bread and we loved it. We don’t like rhubarb pie and I added the plants to our garden 2 yrs as they are perennials so I am happy to find a recipe to incorporate finally.

    I am trying dearly to use all of the produce we grow and not let any go to waste. And, it really does take meal planning, and coordination of time and energy to preserve, as well as keeping a close eye on what is ripening. I am paying close attn to the calories provided from the garden and what things I should plant more of for next year.

    We picked up some silver eagles and a few 1oz bars to add to our stash.

    I hope this coming week finds things quieting down and the rest of the summer as well. But my gut suspects things are just heating up.

    • LittleAnniePrepper says:

      Rhubarb bread? Oh, yum…… My grandma always made rhubarb cobbler. I’ve thought about planting some. Now I’m certainly going to try it! Thanks so much.

      • UrbanCityGirl says:

        The bread was really good. I started planting edible perennials and being that I am not a good cook – though I am getting better at cooking from scratch; I was so pleased to have a recipe that turned out well the first time around.

        I will be freezing some rhubarb for winter bread. And I may try a rhubarb crunch recipe I found.

        Today I shredded and froze 2c servings of zucchini for winter breads and adding to spaghetti and such.

        Yesterday I listed herb prices at the store, and quite excited about my savings in dehydrating my own herbs.

  51. Chuck Findlay says:

    Didn’t do too much, but I did pick up a “Sawyer Mini Water Filter” at Wally-World for $20.00. It filters 100,000 gallons of water, filters down to .1 micron and is adaptable to many situations.

    100,000 gallons is a lot of water, if I use it for one-gallon a day, every day it will last something like 273-years of clean water.

    It adapts to pop and water bottles. All you do is fill a bottle with bad water, screw it onto the bottle, turn it upside down and squeeze. I’m going to turn it into a drip filter (gravity) so I can just fill the top compartment and let it do it’s thing without me there. This is how a Berkey filter works.

    While I would not trade my Katadyn Pocket Filter for this one, it’s nice to have spare filters and at only $20.00 I plan on getting several for family.

    Here is the link and U-Tube link for it. Wally-World has it in the camping section.

    http://www.paddlinglight.com/reviews/sawyer-mini-water-filter-review/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUsdx0UC2uU

    And a search of U-Tube has lots of reviews of it.

    .

  52. Let’s see had my 93 Accord stolen while I was at work yesterday…along with my pistol under the seat and my cider press in the trunk I was gonna be using soon. Really ticked me off…..anyways canned 35 quarts of green beans. Bought 100 rounds of Barnes VOR-TX .223. And a 20 of the same 300 win mag. Bought a case of #10 cans of sliced black olives for recanning.

    • That is awful. So sorry.

    • Canyonman says:

      THAT SUCKS.

    • I’m so glad you mentioned the #10 can of olives. When you re-can, do they get soft? I’ve thought about doing this but have no experience. Sure would appreciate your sharing how you do it. I love olives and use bunches of the sliced ones. There are a lot of #10 cans that are significantly lower than the costs of their counterparts per ounce. Do you know if you can re-can nacho cheese sauce?

    • axelsteve says:

      I hope that you get your car back and the pistol still under the seat.

  53. Short list this week, unless prepping the classroom for the new school year counts? Canned 9 pints of peaches, purchased a tube of triple antibiotic, and one of anti-itch cream, 2 lbs of black beans, 5 cans of fruit, 4 lbs of sugar, a couple jars of spices, and a huge bottle of Dawn, dh picked up some more arrows for his bow. We also paid off 3 debts this week.

  54. Finally getting a few minutes to report the last few weeks. Got the yearly summer propane fill (1460 gallons) at $1.36.9. Last summer was $1.18.9 so it’s up a little. FInished the eletric fence around the chicken coop area. Hopefully it will keep out critters like racoons, that I can’t seem to otherwise dispose of quickly enough. Picked up a working CB radio at a hamfest today for $5.00. For that price it will be added to the backup equipment in the radio shack. Working for a living funds my lifestyle; however, lately it hasn’t given me a lot of time to prep, so that’s the good and bad of it. Someday I actually plan to retire, LOL.

  55. It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted. We have plenty of food stored so we are focusing on other things at our farm. We sat down and made a list of the things that simply MUST get done at our retreat.

    In the last month we have bought some silver & gold, 2 rain barrels & more TP. We’ve line up a handyman to build an insulated house around our well & hand pump, put gutters on our cabin & the bunk house for the rain barrel and help us put up an 8 foot fence around our orchard & a sizeable garden plot.

    On our to do list over the next six months:
    300 gallon water tank that we elevate on a platform
    Manure for fenced garden
    Ordering some Mason bees later this Fall when they are ready
    Use some landscape timbers to build boxes around fruit trees & put mulch around them all
    Store more dog & fish food
    Buy a chicken coop & fence in an area for future inhabitants

    Much, much more, you are never done!!! Take care all and God Bless America!

  56. Babycatcher says:

    Finally got unpacked from the Huntsville Hamfest! Sold three pens and hubby sold some extra equipment he had. I love that Hamfest! Put up 11 3/4 quarts of spaghetti sauce the night we got back, and have another 5 gallons of clean tomatoes waiting I the fridge til after church. Only got outside to weedeat once this week, the garden paths are too weedy! It’s been hot! I finally got all the makings for some homemade laundry detergent…now, to get wire to make colloidal silver, fish antibiotics, and some lead baubles, and I will be happy….

  57. Thisall H says:

    Hi Pack

    Nothing done for me as I’ve been travelling or rather trying to. I’m stuck on Libya where I’ve been working for the last year. I was ment to leave any time befor the 10th but due to the unrest they’ve delayed and delayed. They finally put a convoy together travelling the 400 miles north to where we would be able to catch flights out on Wednesday. So after two days of cross contry travel we ended up near Misrata ready for a flight to Ciaro early yhe next morning only to find that all flight’s where cancelled to Eygpt and Tunisia. I’m sat in temporary accommodation but have a place on chartered flight to Malta tomorrow morning all being well.

    Moral of the story.
    Don’t leave it to late to bug out.

  58. k. fields says:

    Only thing new going on here this past week was freshening one of the milch cows to get her ready to go off to her new home. She delivered easily this past spring and has been producing well ever since so she’ll be a good addition to a friend’s homestead. It’ll be nice to be back to dealing with only one milk producer here again.

    Still encased in the fog except for one day this past week – and it ended up being the day I go into town for the farmer’s market so I really didn’t get a chance to enjoy it. September is coming soon though so clear days should return then. Water supplies are still doing fine but I’m sure hoping this winter brings more rain than the last 2 did.

  59. riverrider says:

    for those interested, palmettostatearms has pmags for 8.99 today. no affiliation.

  60. PrepperLabGirl says:

    Took another trunk load to Salvation Army as I am still trying to clear out my son’s room. That will be my pantry if I ever get finished!
    Dehydrated some hops and long beans and vacuum packed them in jars with my Food Saver.
    Garden success is that I planted another garden bed of long beans and they are up.
    Garden failure is that some 4-legged critter got all of my grapes, stripped the vines bare when I wasn’t paying attention. Will have to do the petroleum jelly and red pepper on the trunks and post supports again next year. That worked the year after it happened before but there must be a new group of critters that I will have to train!
    Also, thought that I had planted Seminole pumpkins (which I love) but what I have growing is a big old green-striped cushaw (not my favorite). Somebody didn’t label the saved seeds correctly. Oh, that would be me!
    One of my favorite seed companies had a 50% off sale so I ordered some seeds.
    Also got some seeds off of E-Bay on some things I want to try and a Galangal plant and a Katuk plant.
    Heat warnings for this weekend so stayed inside, except to throw some food and water to the ‘ henployees’. Printing out stuff for my folders and cleaning. Stay cool everyone.

    • I love cushaw. My FIL was given some seeds years ago. Sure wish I had saved them. Can you share where you got the 50% off seeds?

  61. Preps for us included harvesting our sweet corn and preparing to take a trip to Mom and Dad. Try to visit them quarterly but distance away is greater than six hours. They are in their 80’s and it is difficult for them to get around. Dad does not drive anymore by choice.
    Mom has the itinerary for us as she wants help canning peaches and beans. Love to hang out and help them when I can. One day they will not be here. Mother is depression era and saves aluminum foil, ziploc bags, and even repurposes left overs. Dad said she can squeeze the silver out of a nickel. It makes him crazy sometimes but after 54 years of marriage together, he is used to it. They have the Mormon closet stocked full but don’t have any extra prescriptions. I still worry if they have enough. I am bringing her home made butter, fresh corn on the cob, and meat chickens we harvested last month for her freezer. Mom scorred some canning lids on sale and stocked some up for me. Very grateful. Tuesday is their anniversary (54). What a milestone. We’ll get three days with them before I have to go back to work so it’ll be a good quick trip. Last one until spring due to work schedule.
    Washed and waxed our motorcycles preparing to put the babies to bed soon. I just can’t handle the cold on the bike anymore. Didn’t even make a trip out this summer because of all the meat chickens we raised to add to our food stores. The price of groceries is scaring me. Sister is on disability and doesn’t get enough to eat so have been spending time stocking her food stores too. She “helps” as she is able.
    It is hard sometimes being the “designated” strong one in the family. I pray alot and try to live up to the expectations I have placed upon myself to be the best person I can be for myself and others who depend upon me. I get tired. Well, enough of that, time to get the chores done … Only 10 more years till retirement…..

    God Bless You Pack

    • IndianaAli says:

      Mrs B. I understand perfectly about being the “strong one”… seems I was born old… can’t remember when I wasn’t responsible.. sometimes we put more pressure on ourselves than we need to though.. make sure to take time for yourself occasionally… even if you have to schedule it. Take care, I’m sure God will bless you for all that you have done.

  62. worrisome says:

    Plans change on a dime out here in the west. DD #1 lives in Napa, everyone is fine. Their home is about 5 years old, and it did NOT have fasteners on the kitchen cupboard doors, nor were several bookcases and china cabinets fastened to the walls…….she is going to need new glasses, dishes, maybe a couple of new television sets and such…….tis a mess in Napa this morning. We are in route to go help out…………..Could be worse……….it could have been a bigger earthquake………….So far one friend went to the hospital for stitches in his head………a bookcase fell over on him.

    This one was messy, but the town has pretty much been retrofitted so we are going to find fallen facades, a lot of stuff is going to be on the floor, but not much in the way of collapsed buildings.

    It was a pretty shallow quake so they shake more.

    This pretty much sets the tone for my upcoming week :)

    • We all need to be prepared for quakes. I live in Georgia and don’t have anything fastened to walls because, of course, we don’t get quakes. Duh! There are fault lines everywhere! Even us preppers can stick our heads in the sand.

      • Worrisome says:

        They were always going to get to putting fasteners on. The china cabinet was more problematic due to its location vs studs to drill it into. But in their pantry? All the shelves had lips on the bottom edges, and braces across the front. Nothing prep related fell out of place there is no peach and pickle stew to clean up…that was a sticky mess I was not interested in cleaning up.

    • mountaingypsy says:

      Take care on the trip and when you get there. Aftershocks can happen awhile. Hope they are fine and did not loose much. I have no experience with earthquakes. My mom was in one as a child in Long Beach, CA. She never lost her fear of them. 3 families had to live in a garage awhile, as they lost everything, then the depression. Cabinets and shelves with glassware or possessions need to be attached. I have been within 1/2 mile of a tornado, no damage, and my husband was in 2 hurricanes. Forest fires, floods and mudslides are not cool either. And these are just mother nature….

    • axelsteve says:

      I felt the quake . Did not know what hapend, the dogs were spazing out though.

  63. Rob in Ontario says:

    Thanks everyone for the prayers and get well wishes, I’m almost back to my old goofy self , I was able to get out to yard sales the past 2 weekends , I got some hunting gear cheap ,a woman was selling her ex hubby’s stuff , to bad he was xxlarge in size -lol Picked up some .22 finally 444 rounds, also got some cleaning patches for rifles. picked up a old pressure cooker for $1 will look into how to use it , I also got several books this weekend one by Rebecca Brown MD , “Prepare for War”its of Good against evil. Bought some small canning bottles will dry some more canning later

  64. This week we spent a fortune on our drive to our property! Now we will be able to get there easier and actually do something! Of course our little cushion in our account is now gone which is a bit scary. We will have to work on rebuilding it ASAP.

    This week I also canned Autumn Olive Orange Jam and Pear Orange Sauce. Guess I have been in an orange mood. I bought 110 lbs of tomatoes for $24 at the farmers market and 30 lbs of potatoes for $9 which I will be canning this week. I also found dehydrated Lima beans half off this week which I will can when I run out of other things to can!

    Dollar General has their seeds on sale 90% off this week. Another blogger researched the seeds and found that they are not GMO. So I purchased over 100 packets for around $3.00. It’s nice insurance for a little bit of money.

    I bought a really cool shelf. Sam’s has a wonderful metal kitchen rack that each shelf holds 600 lbs if you do not use the wheels on it. The each shelf also has a nice polypropylene liner. It is perfect for holding canning jars and costs $99. Now I just need to figure out how to put it together!

    • Babycatcher says:

      I love those shelving units! We have several, but the one I have for my canned stuff is filling up quickly!

    • AZ Camper says:

      Please share the pear orange sauce recipe! I have some pears to work up and that sounds yummy!

    • Good night…to quote Si Roberson.

      That’s alot of food. Our farmer’s market has turned into quite a joke. Our local farmers aren’t selling to their regular customers, like me and their neighbors. Peas, butter beans, okra etc. They are taking the peas, shelling them and then putting them into quart bags. Shelled peas $12/quart. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. I wasn’t able to grow as much and thinking I had bought from these same farmers within walking distance of my house that I could reasonably buy most of what I needed. Butter beans I think were even higher. Lucky you still have farmers with produce to sell at reasonable prices. I will be growing plenty of my own next year.

  65. M.D., I forgot to mention that I found your new site this week and had already added it to my news checking routine. I did not know that was you! Very cool and congrats on a great site!

  66. NCPrepperGirl says:

    This is my first time posting, but I’ve been a reader for a while. Hello, everyone! I’m a twenty-year-old full-time college student living in the eastern part of the country. I got the prepping bug from my dad. Once upon a time I thought he was crazy, what with all the prepping and doomsday talk, but then I started to wake up and see that he might be on to something. I started helping him prep at home, which especially involved attempting to get my mom on board, but when I moved to college a couple of years ago I started prepping on my own. Ideally in a SHTF scenario, I would return home since my parents live in a secluded area way out of town on a river around lots of wildlife that could potentially be a great food source, but it’s a 45 minute drive from my apartment, which might not be realistic or very possible depending on the scenario. So I’ve been doing my best to have preparations ready at my own place in town in case I can’t get home. A big issue in my prepping is that I live in a small, 326 square foot studio apartment right on the edge of my campus. I don’t have a roommate, but since I live in a student apartment complex it’s not exactly the ideal location for prepping. Storage space is extremely limited so I have to be very creative when it comes to finding homes for my preps. And since I’m a college student, my budget is also relatively tight for preps, but I try to allocate $20-40 to buy extra food and supplies each week. This week I had a little extra money and managed to put away 5 gallons of water, 25 assorted canned goods, a few bars of soap, ten pounds of rice, three pounds of assorted beans, half a gallon of olive oil, a Swiss Army knife, various spices from the Dollar Tree, ten pounds of pasta, and some chocolate (which may or may not be eaten before it has time to be stored very long…oops!). My current project is working on a bug out bag, and I’m in search of recipes for rice and beans. I’m very new at cooking from scratch, but I’m trying to teach myself. Any tips would be greatly appreciated! Anyway, I look forward to getting to know the Pack more!

    • You and madison(another young lady who posts here) give me hope for this country, NCPrepperGirl. Both young ladies who are fully awake to our problems.

    • NCPrepperGirl,
      Here are just a few initial thoughts. Since you live so close to home, and have a dad who understands prepping, I would concentrate on short term survival at school, and put plans and money into a get home plan. How far are you in miles from home? Depending on the terrain, 45 minutes can mean a lot of things; but, I’m assuming not more than 40-50 miles. Keeping a few weeks supply of easily prepared food in the city, should get you through short term issues; and a good plan, complete with a proper GHB and transportation (perhaps a bicycle) would be a viable way to get home. Perhaps even having a rally point to meet dad part way there. Also, depending on where you live, you’ll need to account for potential weather and temperature conditions. Depending on the type of event, you may also want to consider communication from you to home. The cell system may or may not still work, and even if it doesn’t go down, events can sometimes overload the system and make it unusable. Perhaps you and your father could consider amateur radio. The test for the basic technician license isn’t all that hard, and the basic equipment is very inexpensive.
      Your proximity to home is an advantage. My DD is a 14 hour drive or a 2 hour flight, so she keeps food on hand in the dorm, and we keep a close eye on world events; but, sometimes you can’t cover everything as well as you’d like.
      Probably the most important thing in your situation is that you are aware of potential events and have at least some sort of plan. In any emergency, realizing what’s happening and acting or reacting is the important thing. Denial is the worst thing, and it looks like you’re beyond that.
      Good luck and keep on planning.

      • NCPrepperGirl says:

        Thank you so much for your suggestion! I’ll be talking with my dad about it. I think getting a good bike is a top priority, along with a good bug out/get home bag. He and I are currently working on finishing bug out bags for everyone in the immediate family. I’m still somewhat new to the idea of get home bags, so I’ve been researching what would be most beneficial to have that won’t be too hard to carry on a relatively long journey home.

        • NCPrepperGirl,
          One of the things about the journey is to actually travel the distance after you get the bike, and get in shape using it. One of the engineers I work with is an avid cyclist, and routinely travels 100+ miles in a day, for fun; so, I don’t think 50 miles or so is really as long a journey as it might initially be thought of. Taking that journey in normal times with no duress, will allow you to see if it can be done in 1 or 2 days (I suspect 1) and allow you to determine what the GHB should contain. Your GHB should then be repacked for the season, if you live where there are substantial seasons.

    • NCPrepperGirl, I had to smile when I read 1/2 gallon of olive oil. We don’t use that much in a year and it is all we cook with. You are doing very well but I would suggest trying to have a little bit of everything rather then a whole lot of a few things. Good luck.

      • NCPrepperGirl says:

        The olive oil was on sale, so I figured I might as well! :) It’s primarily what I use too, only occasionally replaced by coconut oil, so it’s always good to have around. Thanks for the suggestions!

        • Hi NCPrepperGirl, We use a lot of olive oil for two of us, so a half gallon doesn’t seem like a lot- that’s only a 2 liter bottle from CostCo. We use it for cooking, but also make our own Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Salad dressing, so a fair bit goes there.

          Olive oil does go rancid after a while of being open, so it might be worth while buying smaller bottles, even if it is more expensive per ounce. Only your experience can tell if you use it fast enough to prevent it from going unacceptable. And keeping it in a dark cabinet helps, too.

          If you’d like to try your own salad dressing, this is ours, passed on from my Mom. I pour the ingredients into an empty wine bottle and cork it. A funnel helps, especially with the garlic and pepper. Just put them in first and use the vinegar and oil to wash them down.

          Tom’s Mom’s InterGalactically Famous Balsamic Vinegar & Olive Oil Salad Dressing:

          -Olive oil & Balsamic vinegar, roughly equal portions, or adjust to taste.
          -Smushed or grated bulb of garlic, skins removed.
          -Fresh ground pepper.

          Use a funnel to pour it in, shake well before using.

          We use CostCo olive oil and their Kirkland brand Balsamic vinegar. Fancy is not needed here. It’s great on either lettuce or spinach salad.

    • Good going, NCPrepperGirl. You are way on the way. Maybe some more water and a camp stove would be reassuring, especially if your regular stove isn’t gas, but that is a great start. I also like OhioPrepper’s suggestions for a bike and communications.

      Can you store stuff under your bed? How about creating a ‘floor’ in a closet with cases of stuff, especially the stuff you don’t need often. I drove from Wisconsin to Arizona years ago in a 27 foot motor home, and the entire floor of the living space was covered with wooden cases of ammunition. We walked on ammo the whole way down. That might be considered eccentric in your current neighborhood, though…

      Recipe:

      “Pinto Beans with Mexican Style Seasonings”:

      2 cups of dried pinto beans, rinsed
      2 10 oz cans of diced tomatoes
      2 Portuguese sausages or 1/2 pound of bacon, sliced bite size (these are optional)
      1 yellow onion, chopped
      1 Tablespoon chili powder
      1 tablespoon ground cumin
      1&1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
      1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped (also optional)
      dried red pepper flakes to taste, also optional

      Directions:
      -Put the beans in a pot and cover with 3 inches of water. Soak for 10 hours or overnight. (This is actually optional. It is best to soak for at least a couple hours, but shortened or no soaking just extends cooking time a bit. I have done it. They do soak up water and expand, so soaking makes it easier to figure out how much to do the cooking with)

      -Drain the beans if you did soak them and put them in a soup pot. Just barely cover them with water. I use an 8 quart and that leaves plenty room for this quantity. You can 50% to this recipe with an 8 qt stock pot and still have plenty of room.

      -Add everything but the cilantro, bring to a boil, turn down heat and simmer for 3 hours.

      -Add the cilantro if you have it, and simmer one more hour.

      Eat it as soup, over rice, or with corn bread.

      You can also garnish with cut up fresh tomatoes, green peppers, fresh chopped onion, grated cheese, or pretty much whatever you have on hand.

      The only essential ingredients are the beans, chili powder, and cumin powder. Probably the canned tomatoes, too, but I haven’t tried it without.

      Beans are very forgiving creatures. You can abuse them all sorts of ways and they are at least edible and usually good.

      If you don’t have an electric rice cooker, they are wonderful. No need for the expensive ones, either. You just put the rice and water in, turn it on, and forget about it. No need to time it. You can mix white and brown rice, no problem. You can add raisins, nuts, or something similar. When it comes to rice, 127,000,000 Japanese know what they are talking about, and they all have rice cookers.

      • NCPrepperGirl says:

        Thanks for the suggestions and the recipe! I’m new at cooking in general, let alone cooking from scratch, but I definitely think it’s an important skill to have. I currently have all my water storage in the floor of my closet. I still have space underneath my bed to store containers though.

  67. I have been told that grd.beef should DOUBLE in price this winter. Better stock up now. I stocked up butter in November, wish I had got more

  68. Tactical G-Ma:

    You still with us?

    Everything okay or just busy?

    • LittleAnniePrepper says:

      Speaking of those we haven’t heard from in a while. Has anyone heard from our friend Michelle up in the northwest? I know they were looking for property. I figure she’s just busy as a one-armed paperhanger, but have been wondering how she’s doing.

  69. MD:

    I like the category change to the other site.

  70. Millie in KY says:

    This is my week to work 66 hours, just finishing up in the morning but wanted to ask a quick question. I have found a small generator, 99 Peak/800 Running watts, 2 hp (63 CC) gas generator, new for 99.00 at Harbor Freight. No idea what brand. What could this power and is it worth the money? Just looking for something to keep in the barn, handy. Could it power a circular saw? Drill? Maybe a fan or two? Thanks!

    • riverrider says:

      it will power lights, a fan, small stuff, maybe the drill, but power tools take more watts/amps than this gen will put out. if its the one i’m thinking of, it also is two cycle, meaning it needs the oil/gas mix like a power saw.

    • I have that little generator. When I bought it, I thought it would come in way handier than it has. Ive used it once so far to power a battery charge several hundred feet from an outlet. It worked,but I have tried running any power tools on it.

  71. HEADS-UP……Bam Bam, Wolfpack,

    Bowl-A has definitely either spread, or a new outbreak has occurred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Not good news either way. I had reported this suspected outbreak earlier in the week, but it is now confirmed, and likely much worse than what is being reported. http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ebola-virus-outbreak/new-outbreak-two-people-die-ebola-congo-n187921

    • Wolfman
      Thanks for the heads up………just made my day……not! Time for more N95 masks, gloves and dress down gowns.

  72. Chuck Findlay says:

    Ohm’s / Watt’s law (electronic laws pf power)

    says that at 120-volts an 800 watt generator puts out 6.6 Amps.

    My guess is that you need 12 to 15 amps to run a lot of power tools

    Using Watts law 15-amps is 1,800 Watts.

    So no a small generator like that would not run a lot.

    If you are looking for a 120-volt power source for emergency use there are several options.

    First is a regular generator.

    Second is a 12-volt to 120-volt AC inverter you can mount on your auto (under the hood?) and run the auto when you need power. I do this for my work as I am sometimes in homes without electricity. Or I need my electric chain saw far away from a power plug. I have a 4,000 Watt (2,000 constant) inverter and it runs any tool I have needed so far.

    The third way is expensive and so far (to my knowledge of them) doesn’t deliver the power needed for the money you put into them. It’s the Solar Generator. They are very expensive ($1,000 is average for a small one that will not do more then a $100.00 gasoline generator)and only work for a short time before then need a LONG time to recharge. And they are almost always sold with less solar panels then needed to recharge them very fast.

    I plan on making one of these as I am good with this stuff and have all the parts already sitting waiting for me to make it. But a commercial one is not practical yet. And I’m sure the commercial ones don’t have top-quality parts, no Morningstar MPPT controllers in them.

  73. I have two freezers. I grew up in the depression, and I’m not going to be hungry now!
    I think some people are in for a rude awakaning

    • Mary
      We have two freezers, two refrigerators because I hate to pass up a good sale for anything I know we might use or need. My folks grew up during the depression, and they passed their history onto me.

    • Mary, just a word of caution, have a back-up plan just in case you have a grid interruption. We lost an entire freezer of food when we went on vacation one year, and the compressor went out on the freezer. What a mess…a stinking mess…that was.

  74. A neighbour dropped off a rubbermaid bin stuffed tight with swiss chard, kale, lettuce and calendula flowers for drying. Traded three dozen eggs for the greens. Paid $60 for 2 ice cream pails of fresh organic raspberries! I have planted my own this year but they only produced a little bit so far.

    Yesterday, I bought a seized up/rusty 1924 singer treadle machine at a yard sale. After a few hours of hard work and lots of sewing machine oil, I now have a beautiful functioning machine. I’m looking forward to sewing historic costumes on it for my family. Also received my order of Tattler lids, wringer for washing clothes and a old fashioned manual rope making machine.

    The greenhouse is amazing (Youtube Texas Prepper). My plan is to build another one before winter so that I can plant early next year and have our own salad greens super early. The indoor aquaponic system is functioning but so far seems to be best at growing basil.

    Cheers
    B

  75. Prepping Preacher says:

    this has been a very busy week starting with the placement of my trailer on blocks at our BOL; the well pump delivers cold, fresh water via the hand-pump I bought and reconditioned; i purchsed an 8-lb maul for $3 this week as well as an extra handle for $10; I did some fam-firing of my 20ga shotgun and my pocket-carry 380… I discussed plans for clearing underbrush in the woods for shooting lanes with a shooting instructor friend of mine who helped with setting and leveling my trailer(for which he gladly received 20lbs of lead for his troubles) and he has offered his help with clearing the lanes by loaning me a sort of heavy-duty weed-whacker type one-man machine that operates like a mini bushhog; my wife and I are in the final set-up stage of the classroom we’ll be homeschooling 3 of our grkids in starting next week;

    pray for the best while prepping for the worst

    PP III to III

  76. Don’t worry. I never go anywhere, and I also can and I could can it on a charcoalgrill in a heart beat.. Remember I’m ol-time

  77. Antizombie says:

    Bought s used squeeze chute to work my cattle with on the compound. The guy was a master welder and made it from scratch copying a store bought one, bet he used aluminum in the floor and sides instead of wood. It’s gonna make it much safer to fly, worm, dehorn, and denut my calves and and doctor my cattle. I’m too old to bull fight anymore. Had to drag it an hour and 45 minutes back to the farm on tires that were put on in WWII. Made it, but one went flat 10 minutes after I got home! Herd up to 8 now so Ill always have meat and a few to sell from now on. Farming is fun!

    • Antizombie
      Nice catch, even if you had to haul it a long ways. We have a head gate for the what we have left on livestock. It has come
      in handy with them. We would band the bull calves not long after they were born to help with the shock factor.
      A whole lot better than roping, tossing to the ground and pouncing on them before they could get up and run over you. :-)

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