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. 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.

    .

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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….

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. riverrider says:

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

  10. 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?

      • PrepperLabGirl says:

        Linda
        It was Sow True Seeds. They were offering about 20 different varieties at 50% off.

  11. 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.

      • Thank you. I do take time for myself from time to time… but you are right. I should schedule more.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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

    • LittleAnniePrepper says:

      You and me both on the butter. I keep telling my husband we need to get another freezer!

  18. 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.

  19. MD:

    I like the category change to the other site.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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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