What did you do you prep this week?

Good morning folks.

I hope that everyone is doing well today, and that you have a bunch of preps and information to share with the rest of use in the comments below. If you’ve never commented here before that’s not problem – there is always the first time, and we would love for you to take the next step and join the conversation and community by posting a comment.

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Okay, before we start with this weeks “what did you do to prep this week” blog segment, I would like to thank Randy V for his generous donation this week via snail mail. Thank you for the support my friend.

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Okay, let’s see now… what did I do to prep this week?

With spring just around the corner all I’ve thought about is gardening, layout, soil, PH, sun, what to plant, how much, compost, mulch, weeds… It’s keeping me up at night, folks the gardening bug has bit hard and I can’t wait to start growing something…

Oh… the smell of compost in the morning. That’s the stuff…

Build these four raised bed garden frames. Will finish with setting these up next week.

Build these four raised bed garden frames. Will finish with setting these up next week.

Cleared brush from the corner of my property. My new barn will go here.

Cleared brush from the corner of my property. My new barn will go here. Note my driveway in the background.

Bonus pic: Chickens at play...

Bonus pic: Chickens at play…

“Mini Sentry” .22 caliber trip wire alarm. You can watch the video here.

“Mini Sentry” .22 caliber trip wire alarm. You can watch the video here.

What did you do to prep this week… come on don’t be shy…

Comments

  1. moonstone says:

    Got some really great buys!10 boxes medical gauze,75cents ea at Menards.3stainless steel mixing bowls$1.00ea thrift store.2boxes borax detergent booster $2.50 ea. 8 packages york peppermint patties reg 9.99 for 2.00 each.Love my patties! Ant /roach spray,can you believe it,37cents each!All at K-mart.Have an Amish store couple of miles ,some of the stuff is dated or damaged.I always read date and stay away from damaged cans.8 bottlesBragg vinegar 50cents ea. dated 2017 ,8 lg cans albacore tuna $1.00ea,dated 2015,8lg jars minced meat for pies$1.00ea.Also powdered milk,freeze dried strawberries,dehydrated potato assortment from Ready Store.Keep prepping pack,May God give us the means to be able to do so and the wisdom to do so.

    • axelsteve says:

      Not much this week. A relative offered to sell me a 22 rifle. I do not have the money now.He told that he could hold it for me, he wants to get a marlin 30-30. I hope it works out it is a savage tube feed semi. I forget the model number.

    • ladyhawthorne says:

      Check your tuna, there has been a recall this week on Chicken of the Sea and Bumble Bee.

      • Recently read on FDA website…Tuna has very high mercury levels.
        May wish to consider canned salmon. Much healthier and the lowest on mercury. Great for the heart. I use canned salmon in recipes calling for canned tuna. My family likes it better than tuna.
        Just a FYI

  2. Grannytraveler says:

    Totally broke now as our boxer Anna had to have a c-section. We kept waiting to see when she would deliver (taking temp, etc) but nothing was happening. Took her into the vet and was told she had been in labor for 3 days w/o contractions. They tried “pit” (forgot the real name) trying to get the contractions going but no luck. Told us the 4 puppies were dead but that she needed the c-section. I said go ahead and the docs were amazed that 2 of the puppies survived-the biggest one and the runt. If that wasn’t bad enough, a day later the momma laid on the runt and suffocated it. I heard my son yelling, ran upstairs and he was holding the little limp baby. It’s mouth was open and little tongue lolling out. I took it from him, the body was still warm and believe it or not, started giving it mouth to mouth. After about a minute it’s little lungs expanded a bit. That was all the encouragement I needed so I kept it up. After 5 minutes of puffing it started breathing on its own and moving. She seems to be doing fine now. We are supplementing her feeding and she is a lot stronger-up to 11 oz while her big sister is 18 oz. As of today they are 3 days old.

    As far as prepping goes, I am stocking up on canned goods currently whenever I can find them on sale. Have started my tomato plants and planted a nectarine tree and an asian pear tree. They were bare root trees marked down to $6 so I decided to go for it. The nectarine is leafing out but nothing yet from the pear. Have also started my seeds.

    • WYO Ryder says:

      WAY TO GO GRANNY!! 🙂
      (but sorry to hear about the other pups…)
      Done that for foals too.

    • Granny Traveler,

      Wow. I think you should name that puppy “Angel” if it’s a female and “Lucky” if it’s a male.

    • JeffintheWest says:

      You rock Granny! I’ve heard of that before (a friend of mine had a pet fall into a swimming pool and drown and he performed “mouth to snout” resuscitation on it (his word choice, not mine) and saved the dog. But still, it’s not the first thing most people think to do!

  3. Sw't Tater says:

    Brenda, I would like to know where you can find to add 3 times the storage in a trailer..mine is a 720 sq ft model.
    ….. I also have gardening fever, temp in the 70’s yesterday and today, and our lows 45 and higher. It will change soon, so y’all don’t have to be jealous.Our wild pear tree is producing us a pretty flowering, but needs a pollinator at the very least.Has always had very small hard fruits(it volunteered from where Grandma threw out her scraps, 20 yrs ago.) The dogwoods are not budding yet, but the red buds have…spring is not quite here, but coming.
    ….Did get a start on the raised bed,3x20ft. but did not get it finished /prior committment. Will keep it on the list..
    … Have about 25 Oregon Spring tomatoes up in planting tray, and a two peppers, seed were packed for last year…glad I wasn’t depending on those peppers.
    …. Worked on other items on to-do list…mostly cleaning, organizing
    I don’t feel bad, but have a huge deep bruise on back of my lower leg,no excessive heat, Homan’s sign is negative.but I am staying off feet and leg on a heating pad, took ASA, for blood thinning.Unable to contact Dr. I was able to work two hours yesterday..just a little more $ to help a bit. Got a few fresh veggies, some of which are slated for dehydration. (bruise wasn’t sore yesterday)
    … I did rotate some water this week,+ added 10 gallons. This is hardest, since we do not use/buy any juices /rare soda’s. I rely on milk containers that are bleached, vinegar, and food grade (found) containers.
    ….read and searched re: desired herbals/foods and methods to obtain the best results..from each one considered.
    …. have a plan, DH on board, ..to a point. Wants some different items, and that’s not a bad thing. …..
    I am not a catholic, but also glad that the new leader of that religion will be conservative in values.
    ….To all newbies and lurkers a hearty welcome here. Glad to have you learning as we learn.. Take care all..Keep on keeping on!

    • Sw’t Tater,

      Be careful using milk jugs for water containers. They tend to get brittle with age and split along the seams.

      • Sw't Tater says:

        I’ll just have to rotate them, and take them out of service..3/4 of my jugs are milk, it’s the only fluid we buy in a re-useable jug, besides vinegar and bleach.

        • I get 2 to 3 years in the light and have some 4 year old jugs in the dark. I just rotate filtered tap water every 6 months and toss milk jugs when they start to crack.

        • JeffintheWest says:

          Sometimes our local supermarket sells organic or raw milk in glass containers. If you don’t mind eating the refund for the bottle, you can find some pretty nice (heavy duty) bottles that way, though you need to make sure you store them someplace where they’ll find it hard to fall down and break! We use plastic tubs with bubble wrap if they are going to be sitting a while….

    • Sw’t Tater,
      The kitchen and living rooms were originally open to each other. We added a partial wall so that we could add upper cabinets and we had an outside door that was closed up and will be using that space for a pantry and like I said the kitchen was poorly laid out. I love to watch certain shows about small spaces and how to create more storage. I am always on the lookout for ideas.

  4. Got some plants in the ground, expanded my garden to 30×90, got a meat processing saw on layoway, chickens in the coop, did some searching for Nubian goats found a guy who wants to sell 5 for 600 all in all a good week

  5. Indiana joe says:

    Pretty much just worked on the barrel stove. Got it done today and will have the inaugural fire tomorrow to burn off the oil. Can’t wait!! Also picked up to bottles of lamp oil and a new lamp. Thats it. Happy prepping!!

    • I'm A Pret Kat says:

      I’d love to know how you made a barrel stove. My S.O. and I talk about it all the time.

      • Indiana joe says:

        I got the kit from menards on clearance for 17 bucks. It came with the door the flue and the legs..all cast iron. But no instructions!! I got the barrel from my neighbor for free as he works with machine equipment and that’s how they get their hydronic oil. I have an older barrel from a car repair shop that was full of antifreeze, but it is a bit rusty and wanted something newer. Once you get the kit however it is pretty self explanatory, just trace out the holes to cut and screw holes for the bolts. I just used a jigsaw with a metal cut blade. The whole project took about an hour. I had a little trouble lighting it for the first time. The fire has to be hot enough to burn off the oil inside. I used lamp oil to get a good flame and burnt a hickory log. It smoked at first but ended burning for 8 hours. There are some good vids on YouTube…search how to make a barrel stove. Weather here sucks as it is 60 one day and 20 the next. I will light for the second time this weekend. They say if you don’t like the weather in Indiana wait 10min and it will change. Have a feeling winter isn’t quite over yet.

  6. Pineslayer says:

    Did some minor repairs on the Deuce, scrounged more free materials (Lumber, tools, piping, and some cool 12V fire alarms from schools), and shared my sourdough starter and recipe with new friends. Good week.

  7. Read this article on guns and pot. The main argument is this: Washington State and Colorado passed laws legalizing pot. Such laws are contrary to federal law. Obama elected not to enforce the federal law. Many southern states are passing or have passed laws making it illegal to assist in any federal gun grab or gun registry. Question to Obama: Will our respect our guns laws like you respect their pot laws?

    http://cnsnews.com/blog/gregory-gwyn-williams-jr/growing-number-states-eye-bills-defy-federal-gun-laws

    • JeffintheWest says:

      Not likely — pot can help keep the proles calm and under control; guns, on the other hand….

  8. Bought a 1980 Toyota Tercel, with a manual transmission and only 67,100 original miles on it. It’s carbureted and the electronics are almost non-existent, so it should live through an EMP. It has sat for a long time, so needs belts and hoses and even though it still has great tread, there are cracks in the sidewalls, so new tires, and we are registering it in Oregon in both our names instead of CA. It will be my little Oregon/California commuter.

    I’m also considering moving my residency to Oregon. I’m now spending more time there with my BF than I am in CA, however, he has applied for jobs down here, and one that he is very well qualified for seems to be his dream job. I’ll continue to pay the mortgage and my sons and grandsons will continue to live here and take care of my critters until we figure out what we are going to do.

    I took a beginning bee keeping class today and bought my beehive and tools. I’m really excited and found someone who treats their bees like pets, I think he’s the guy I want to learn from.

    We have most of the new garden/orchard fenced. It is 68′ by 100′ and I’m really excited. I probably won’t have the garden in full production this year, because it has to be terraced, but I’m excited about doing it all. At the bottom, where I probably won’t be able to get to this year, I’m going to be planting buckwheat, as a treat for my bees.

    Right now, I have asparagus and strawberries to plant, which are perennials, so will be in permanent beds. I’ll be painting my beehive light green and place it among the fruit trees so that they get afternoon shade, however, my bees don’t arrive until May.

    There will eventually be a small shed for the rototiller and potting benches, and a shallow pond (for the bees), and a garden bench under the big Madrone tree, so I can sit out there and enjoy it all.

    I will be making long rows along the fence as well, and plant against the fence things like sunflowers and hollyhock (I have a bunch of volunteers that I need to transplant out of the beds in the front yard), some space for the climbers as well. There is lots of room in this garden, so planning out the winding paths, and planting beds.

    My BF also spent a lot of time with me and my sons, showing what needed to be done to make the place more secure. So we are doing some clearing, and going to put a short fence for about an acre around the house, and I’ve ordered a bunch of hedge type rosebushes to grow into and cover the barbed wire fence. The type I ordered is known for producing rose hips, so they will also be a great source of vitamin C. Eventually, we’ll also transplant some of the millions of blackberries that grow wild on my property to make a blackberry fence around the outer perimeter of the entire property.

    That’s mostly it. I need to buy more food, actually a lot more food, but the car, bee hive and garden fencing have been taking up my prep money. Hopefully next month I’ll be able to get back on track and keep my poor terrified neighbors awake at night, knowing I’m buying more food. 🙂

    • Sw't Tater says:

      Sounds like a good plan..and now you have some help..! i am happy for you.

    • Hi Michele,
      Your plan sounds lovely and practical. I can picture it in my mind’s eye. What kind of rosebushes did you get.? I am interested in fences with natural functional barriers added, blackberries, rosebushes, etc.

      • I got Rosa Rugosa roses. This is what it says about them.

        The Rosa Rugosa Rose produces hundreds of beautiful blooms, and is also nature’s richest source of Vitamin C! Lovely, crimson-pink, single and semi-double roses are produced by the hundreds each June, and then continue to re-bloom intermittently until frost. Planted 2′ apart, Rosa Rugosa roses make an ideal rose fence, growing about 6′ high. Makes a hedge so strong and thick, animals, children and trespassers can’t get through.

        They are 24 for $35.49 at:
        http://www.directgardening.com/detail.asp?ProductID=6661&nav=ros

        • Thank you so much for the reply and link! Got to get the fence built and then add the rose bushes!! Oo-oo-oh, I can just see them and then rose hip tea!

    • Love the idea of using blackberries as a natural fence. We are planting forsynthia along the front fence line because the county sprays for mosquitos and I do not want that poison in my garden which happens to be in the front yard.
      A natural gas pipeline divides my property in half. We have the buildings away from the road and the garden area close to the road. I have been thinking about what to do around the rest of our place, but where the pipline is we are limited on what we can do. There are lots of wild blackberries that I could transplant around the edges. SIL lives next door but I have woods behind me and on the other side. Ideas anyone?

      • Brenda;
        If it is gardening items you would like to put in close to, but not on the pipe line. I might have an idea for you. I saw in M/Earth or Countryside where they used cattle panels to frame out garden areas for their climbing plants. At the base they had wooden frames and/or brick blocks that made up the planting beds. It would be an arbor over the pipeline but yet you would be able to reclaim your growing space. If cattle panels are not workable for you, you can use pvc pipe that is very bendable and hook them together to make a loop. You will need to secure them to the beds an to each other light weight netting can be attached to this frame for beans, cucumbers, snow peas any thing that is a climber but light weight due to the type of netting.

    • axelsteve says:

      Michele The tercels are good little cars.When getting tires have the c.v. shafts inspected to see if they need replacement.The boots split on them and you loose the grease and they go to heck 0ver time. You can also get the boots replaced and the joints relubed if needed.

  9. Out on a mission trip pre-lim run for the church today so just getting around to my posting (209 comments rights now):

    Had a pretty productive week for picking up preps:

    Actions:
    Maint. On DW’s car

    Equipment:
    Misc Manual Kitchen tools at Thrift Store
    8”x 2” dia candle in jar: 2
    Knife Sharpening Oil: 2
    package of 16 tea candles (fire starters)
    $125 in parts for my new truck (for $0)
    Books (3 prep fiction, 2 non)
    Strike-Anywhere matches: 3 boxes
    Cassette to MP3 player/converter

    Trade Items:
    Shave cream/gel: 3
    Disposable lighters: 15
    Liquor, fifths: 3
    Liquor, pints: 1

    Medical:
    Stock up on Meds (almost @ 3 mo. Spare)
    Alcohol, pints: 3
    Petroleum Jelly: 2
    Dental Floss/picks: 2 (60 count)
    Travel toothbrush w/tooth paste: 1

    Food(s):
    Canned strawberries: 6
    Spices: 20
    Bear Creek soup mix: 10
    Coffee Singles: 1 box
    Imitation Vanella: 1 bottle
    Hot Cocoa, singles: 300

    PM’s/Financial:
    Selling excess equipment for cash
    5 ounces of silver

    Guns & Stuff:

    Reloading:
    Handgun powder: 2 lbs
    308 cal, 150 gr bullets: 1 box (100), 1 box (50)
    308 cal, 130 gr bullets: 1 box (100)

    Ammo:
    308 150 gr FMJ: 50 rounds
    20 ga, #4 shot: 50 rounds
    20 ga, slugs: 35 rounds

    Checked out our “new” exchange at the AF Base north of here. Absolutely nothing special; nothing that I can’t get off post for the same or less. Even the Class 6 store is part of the PX; selection is half of what it was in the old facility.

    • In the last week I was only able to find 22 LR in one store, and these were Eley MAtch ammo for $19.99 for 50 rounds. And even then there was only 4 boxes on the shelf. I found some bullets for reloading 308/30-06 and 30-30. I walked in to a local gun shop and found their powder shipment had just come in, so I was able to get the other 2 pounds for my current project. Cabela’s had very little in reloading, a fair amount of ammo (except 45 ACP, 9mm, and 223), but no 22 LR. I couldn’t even find the place where it would have going, lots of empty shelf space. Except for AR’s, there were plenty of guns, but I’d check ammo availability before I’d buy one. If I had to buy a hunting rifle right now, a 270 is the way to go up here.

      • axelsteve says:

        Jp I have seen some boxes of 270 sitting in the display at our wallyworld for a decent price. I used to have a 270 and liked it, it was a fn mauser bolt gun. Wish that I had it now .

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      I gotta stop reading your posts, JR. The last one I read cost me over $500 dollars and a silent wife for a day or so. Then again….

      Haha…just kidding, but you are pretty inspiring when it comes to prepping.

  10. I started the week in the Emergency Room. My elderly Mom became ill with a virus and I knew I needed to get on top of things so she wouldn’t get dehydrated. She was given an IV and some meds and sent home. The silver lining to this cloud was that I got to practice caring for someone with an infectious disease using proper protocols. I tried to handle things as if we were in a Grid down situation. This was a good learning experience.

  11. This week:
    1. Bought a dwarf santa rosa plum and a japanese persimmon tree. Last week bought a Methley plum and a brown turkey fig.
    2. Worked on picking up rocks, and branches from our to be garden. We have very very rocky soil. May have to rethink to raised beds.
    3. Teaching daughter to cook, blackberry cobbler and persimmon pudding.
    4. A new friend came over today and taught my daughter how to spin yarn on a spiinning wheel and a spinning spindle- lots of fun.
    M.D.
    Your chicken coop looks like it is entirely enclosed on top, is it? The rocks look like a good idea too to keep our critters. My daughter’s piano teacher dug the fencing down 8 inches into the ground, entirely enclosed the pen, put extra small fencing on the coop to keep the raccoons from strangling the chickens,and the snakes from slithering through and a padlock. She has had every type of critter try to get her chickens; copperheads, raccoons, cats, hawks, foxes.

    • I have chickens and a backyard adjacent to a forest. When I buit my coop I thought about digging the fencing down underground but decided it would be too much work. Instead, I placed patio paving stones around the perimiter of the coop and run. It prevents animals from being able to dig under the fencing. So far (over a year later) no animal has gotten in. I see evidence of the occasional attempt, but they quickly give up when they hit the pavers.

      This week I set up electric poultry netting so that my chickens have a larger, protected outdoor area to run around in. I hooked the netting up to a solar-powered fence charger, and so far the system is working very well. 3000 volts of protection!

      The chickens love the freedom, and I don’t have to worry about them being harmed by ground animals (they also have plenty of bushes and brush to protect them from hawks).

  12. Not much this week as we had required repairs to the RV (our primary residence)
    The other night we ate from our storage. A can of pulled pork, Added BBQ sauce. Was pretty good. Finished the leftovers two nights later.
    Today I did pick up a couple of cans of Cranberrys at .60 cents off, each and added that to our stores.
    This week I did something for the first time. Started the hiring process for a new employee. Narrowed 61 applicants down to 3 for interviews. Interesting experience.

  13. AZ Rookie Prepper says:

    Hi to all in the pack, M.D., I sure enjoy watching your chicken photos. I am still behind on getting my coop built. Here’s what I did this week – I traded a duplicate cook book for about 40 pds of rabbit poop for the garden, tilled that in. Got 2 of 4 holes dug for fruit trees that I’ll plant. Picked up some more strawberry plants, will put into half barrel planters next weekend. Went searching for ammo, no joy there. Otherwise just worked and enjoyed being with the family. Hope all are well, prayers to those that need em. Keep prepping folks, feels like times getting short.

  14. Schametti says:

    Hey Guys!! 😀 Sorry I’m a day late again.. I’ve been out of town, staying with family the last week, so needless to say I didn’t do much in the way of prepping.

    I have spent almost three hundred dollars this week on ammunition.. *Wince* I didn’t really WANT to spend that much on ammunition, but like I’ve been saying the last couple weeks, I really think we needed to flush out our stash a little bit, before I no longer have the chance. I know it’s terribly conspiracy theory of me, lol.. but I really think that the government is doing their best to buy up the bulk of the ammunition out there, so whatever I can get my hands on right now, I’m getting it. So we boughr several boxes of 9 mm and .45 cal, in both target range bullets, and personal protection hollow points. We still don’t have.. “enough” but …everything we add is more than we had. 🙂

    I went to the range this week, with my husband, and aunt and uncle. My aunt is the one who’s been giving me such a hard time lately about ‘hoarding’ supplies.. but thankfully, since her husband is an air force chief, and expert marksman, she’s a-okay with guns.. despite never having shot one. Well we changed that for her this week. It was great to get back to the range to shoot.. since it’s only my fourth time. I’m so pleased with myself that even though I’m new to guns, and shooting, I’ve got quite the eye for it. My Uncle nicknamed me Deadeye this week, haha.. I had to google it, but I was pleased with the title.

    I got to shoot my Uncle’s 357 Magnum Revolver that he inherited from his father when he passed away.. and Oh.. My.. Gosh.. what a weapon. I think I felt the shockwaves in my toes, lol. My family didn’t think I would shoot it, since it was such a powerhouse weapon, but I ain’t skerred, lol.. It was awesome. I think I actually giggled when it rocked the ether. It was fatastic.

    I bought two blueberry bushes this week. I’m so excited. A brunswick dwarf, and.. another one. Shoot, I’ve forgotten what it’s called already, I’ll have to go look. But they’re both dwarf varieties, and I don’t know a THING about blueberry bushes, but I know everyone says plant plant plant.. so I’m all about taking my first nose dive into gardening this spring.

    My seedlings are all doing pretty great. Radishes and Beef Steak Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Green Onions.. Etc. I just got some new variety of strawberry.. Everbearing Quinault. I don’t even know what that means, lol.. but these are the weirdest things I’ve ever seen. I planted them inside tonight.. they were little root heavy, viny, dirt bullbous octopus like things, and kind of frightening, but we’ll see what comes from them. I’ve got them in two long trough like planters, across my dining room table, since it’s still thirty degrees outside. *Sigh*

    This week I WILL finish my barrel planters, if it kills me.. lol.. I will put aside all other painting/beading/Crafting hobbies, and work on my prepping.

    I sampled a few things in my prepping pantry this week too. I know, I know, people keep saying stock what you eat, but I totally didn’t do that. O:) So this week I’ve been “trying” things to see what I think about them. Slowly. Since I don’t want to go through things faster than I can restock them. I tried spam for the first time this week… Interesting stuff, but not terrible with a little mustard. I now know I need to add mustard and crackers to my pantry. Mountain House Stroganoff is amazing!! And the ice cream sandwiches are too cool for a treat! 🙂

    That’s pretty much it for me this week. I hope there’s at least SOMEONE left here at the end of the weekend to read me.. I promise not to be late next week. 🙂 Much Love from here.. ~ Amy.

    • worrisome says:

      Mountain House Spaghetti is pretty tasty as well. As long as you have some parmesian cheese around. Sometimes when I am way too tired in the evenings, that is my go to for a quick and easy dinner.

    • riverrider says:

      s, you can stock the noodle, meat and condiments way cheaper than the mountain house, and make your own. that also gives you flexibility to make other stuff with it. noodles from emergency essentials, longterm canned meats from keystone or provident pantry. sour cream powder and other ingredients from ee or other shops. i know they are quick and easy, but we don’t stock a single can of just-add-water meals. we started with rice, beans, and wheat in bulk, then all the things that make them yummy. then branched out into pastas, veggies etc and the meats. freeze dried meats are way too expensive, use keystone or provident, and of coarse spam and dak ham. better yet can your own:) we love reading your posts!! keep up the good work.

      • SCPrepperPoppa says:

        Amy,
        Missed your post last week! You get more done in a week than I do in a month, of course I’m on the “wrong side” of 50! LOL!
        Shootings lots of fun isn’t it?
        Michael

        • Schametti says:

          Michael, awww. I didn’t think anyone would even NOTICE me not being here to post last week, you’re so sweet. 🙂 And don’t you know.. fifty is the new thirty! So you’re only as old as you feel. (If you’re anything like me, even though I’m only thirty-five, I feel fifty, haha. Oi). And yessss, the range is a blast. I feel very accomplished when I go to practice, and a little less leery around guns every time. I know that I should always treat them with respect, but I want to be comfortable around them at the same time.

          I’m stil lgetting a TON of grief from friends and family. One of my aunts have started telling everyone that I’ve joined a militia, and doesn’t mention that she’s kidding. Gosh, maybe she’s not. ?? My best friend of five years has decided we’re no longer compatible because of my new… hobbies, and won’t even speak to me. My husband lost one of HIS old best friends, because he thinks we’ll be shooting up the local schools soon, and hiding toddlers in underground bunkers. *Rolls Eyes* It was easy for me to dismiss the stupid opinions of stupid people, and not worry too much about it, but when it’s people you formerly loved and respected that turn on you.. Wow, it’s a real eye opener, and a little heart-breaking at times. But there’s no going back for me. I’m holding my head up high, and proud of my choices, and I sleep well at night. (Well, at least when I’m not making mental notes of what I still need to prep next anyway, lol).

      • Schametti says:

        That is very smart, RR! I have a little base of freeze dried, just add water meals because when I first started, that seemed easiest. I… like easy, lol. BUT, the longer I’m around, the more I learn, and the more I learn the more confidence I glean, and the more confidence I glean, the more I think, hey.. maybe I CAN do this myself. So maybe I will ADD some homemade meals to my purchased meals, and see how I do! Thanks for the idea, AND the encouragement. 🙂

    • Everbearing means that the strawberries will produce a few berries at a time, all summer long. You will get quite a few in spring, then again in fall. In the summer when it is hot, each plant will only make a few berries at a time.

      If you want to make jam or such, you will need June Bearing strawberries. Those plants will produce tons in June and then nothing else until next June.

      I don’t like strawberry jam so I have everbearing plants. Sometimes I wished I would get more at one time (like when i need them for a special dessert) but overall I am very pleased with the everbearing plants. I get a perfect amount for smoothies each morning.

      If you like the idea of everbearing, you can just keep increasing the number of plants you have until you get to the harvest amounts you want. Then you will continue to get that amount all summer long!

      Most people don’t understand this about strawberries, they LOVE calcium. Bonemeal is perfect when you plant the new strawberry plant. Crushed TUMS will work for years two and three.
      Unfortunately, strawberries don’t last forever – you will get three or four years tops out of each plant so new strawberries are needed each year. I try to replant 1/3 of the patch each year. (I grow my replacement strawberries from seed – it’s cheaper.)

      Let me know if you have any questions about your new strawberries!

      • Schametti says:

        Kate, amazing info, thank you. It didn’t even occur to me to put tums in my strawberries dirt. I love learning new things, lol. Where do I get bonemeal? I shall have to google that and get some soon, before I get my strawberries in their ‘final resting place’ – aka my container barrels this spring.

        I have about.. Hmmm…. twenty, maybe.. alpine and wonder berry (?) strawberry plants, from seeds.. in my table top kitchen nursery at the moment. OMG THEY TAKE FOREVER to germinate. And several didn’t come up at all. I have the most strawberries, because I think these were the plant I was most excited about starting. Anyway.. the Everbearing Quinault were the most recent aqcuisition I came across in the garden section, and had to have them. I keep thinking, that the more plants, and TYPES of plants I have, the better my chances are of finding SOMEthing that I’m decent at growing, and not coming away from this experience a failure. I’m definitely giving it my best shot.

        It’s like the two blueberry bushes I bought this week.. (looked the other one up, in the kitchen, besides the Brunswick, I have a Top Hat), I don’t know a thing about them either, so I have a lot to learn before it gets warmer, and they go outside. A friend just told me they like coffee grounds, so I better start accumulating those soon too, so they don’t go… hungry? :/ lol.

        I DO have one question that I keep meaning to look up, and haven’t managed too yet. Worms. I’ll be setting three rainwater barrel containers.. a 55 gallon drum, and two thirty gallon drums, and two smaller ones for the dwarf blueberry bushes.. and since they won’t be in the regular ground, should I collect a few earthworms FROM my yard, and put them in the pots? Would they help aerate the soil? Do I need them? How many? I need to research worms, but it’s furthur down on my googling list.. I have sooooo much to learn. *Groan* I don’t know how I’ll fit it all inside my head, haha.

        Thanks so much Kate!!

        • No, you really don’t need worms in the pots. To aerate the soil, use perlite instead. It comes in good quality potting soil or you can buy it separately and add it to the soil you are using. It will also help insulate the roots from the temp fluctuations they will get in a pot.

          May I ask why you are putting everything in pots? Are you renting your home? If so, then the pots are a great idea. Just make sure not to overcrowd the plant or you won’t get any fruit. If they are babies and you won’t get any fruit for a few years anyway, you have the flexibility to use a somewhat smaller pot and repot later. Be sure the pots drain very well or you could drown the plants. Also, be mindful of the fact that you must provide the all the nutrients the plants need if you are putting them in pots. That means the correct amounts at the correct times. Unfortunately, you can’t put it all in at once and call it good for a year.

          Strawberries do take a very long time to germinate. You also mentioned that some didn’t germinate. Are you watering them on the top of the soil? You may have washed the seeds away. If you are using peat pots, water from the bottom. If you are using newspaper pots, you can’t water from the bottom because the newspaper can’t handle it. Try watering with a dropper so you don’t loose the seeds.

          This procedures is beneficial for all small seeds like strawberries. (The one that comes to mind for me is tobacco.)

          Ask away if you have more questions. I read the WDYDTPTW every week. However sometimes if I am busy, I just scan the comments so put my name somewhere in your comment if you have a specific question for me. That way I will be sure to see it!

          • Schametti says:

            Hey Kate! 🙂 Gah, I KNEW I asked you about the worms somewhere, but then couldn’t find it, So I just asked you again above somewhere, just nevermind that one now, lol.

            I’m not renting my home, I own it, and I have a large back yard. I’m doing the containers this year, since it’s my very first attempt at growing anything green, and in case I didnt like it, failed miserably, or bit off more than I could chew, I wanted something that was easier on me.. and easier to remove if it all went south.

            The strawberries are split up into different groups.. I have several in a small tin pot that came as a starter set from Lowe’s, and they’re not doing too bad.. still tiny though, and they’re a month old or better. The ones that didn’t germinate at all though, were in a bottom self waterer starter from burpee, so I know I didn’t wash the seeds away. I’m not sure what happened, but literally not ONE of them produced. It was strange, and a little discouraging.

            The plants should have a decent enough chance in the containers though, if it ever gets warm enough to put them in there. They are rainwater barrels, (a 55 gallon, and two 30’s), and there are pockets cut out and stretched around the sides.. and when I finish them, there will be a pvc pipe down the middle for watering throughout, and drain holes on the bottom to get rid of excess water.

    • JP in MT says:

      Schametti:

      Quite a week, congrats.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Amy, I know you and I are related somehow. The first time I shot a .44 magnum a small tree fell in the distance. The only thing I could think was I got to have me one of these. And although that was years ago, I still love my big bore handguns, .44 mag., .45 acp, and .357 magnums.

      And I love reading your posts, as it gets me excited reading about someone new getting started prepping, along with the fact that you have all these great people here to keep you from making all those mistakes I made. Have a great week.

      • Schametti says:

        Aww RoR, hehe.. maybe we are kindred spirits!! :):):) And I am sooooo grateful for the people here. I know that there are countless mistakes that I would have made, in my initial preps if it wasn’t for the people here. I’m SO GLAD I was told about this blog in my first couple weeks of prepping, so I can learn the right way from the beginning. I love it here.

    • Sw't Tater says:

      There are whole cook books on cooking with spam, look up several and make copies…chances are, if you like the ingredients, it will be good with spam..
      Some ideas to get you started… it’s good BBQ’d, it can be sliced, dipped in egg, coated with flour and black pepper, and browned with flour. and can be served with gravy and eggs for breakfast, anytime. I buy several brands of such meats, they are all a little different, if you are using them in recipe, the fake ones generally work as well for my family…we do prefer spam.
      The more you use your stretcher items, the more money you will have for preps. Mustard is one condiment that has a very long shelf life, so stock it well and with as much variety. Learn to make Ketchup from tomato sauce, paste…Learn to make mayo, from eggs white, oil..etc…

  15. k. fields says:

    First big news here is my milk cow dropped her calf this week – about 2 weeks early.
    Second big news is that she dropped a Jersey bull!!

    While I was gone last summer, there was somehow a mix-up because she should have been bred to an Angus for the off-spring to be raised for meat. I think because I had bred her with a Jersey the year before in the hopes of getting a replacement milk producer (which I did), somehow that confused things, but mother and son are doing fine.

    The question now is, do I raise the Jersey bull as a bull?
    I attempted keeping one of these bulls years ago and the thing almost killed me a couple of times, but it would be good to have him if things turned really bad and the quick shipping of A.I. straws were to become a thing of the past. And I’m more experienced now than I was then, but on the other hand, I was quicker then than I am now.

    Anybody currently keeping a Jersey bull? Let me know what you guys think of the pros and cons..

    • riverrider says:

      k, i raised herfords in my youth. but we shy’d away from jersey bulls, they’re mean! only one meaner is a charlais. neighbor raised jerseys for dairy. i didn’t stray into their pature more than once. if you steer him, he’ll be much better behaved, and edible. jm2c.

      • k. fields says:

        Yeah, I’m well aware of the temperament of a Jersey bull having tried keeping one years ago, but, if things really did go really south, having that bull could be a god-sent – without a bull, no more milk, creme, butter or cheese.
        Was kind of pondering last night – how ’bout if I redo the fencing to make a sort of “pasture moat” around the central part of my place and let that be the bull’s home? He would probably stop most people from wandering in … or at least he’d give plenty of warning if someone tried.

        • riverrider says:

          lol, yeah but i can see you running for the door like a scalded dog every time you come home, LOL!! seriously, if you have to ask us, get rid of him or eat him. then get a better tempered bull. i hear gernseys are docile, but no experience with them. i never trusted any angus either. they seem wild to me. thats why i like herefords. you can look the ol herf bull in the eye and tell his intensions. that said, i nearly got stomped by one when i was 3 and crawled under the fence. naw, i won’t none too smart back then 😉

          • k. fields says:

            Yeah, it’d surly get the blood pumping every morning! – figured I could share that fantasy with you without it being taken seriously.
            I probably will castrate him but the idea that someday down the road I’d no longer be able to produce a true Jersey heifer if mine becomes sick or injured is kind of eating on me.
            Never would have given thought to keeping a Jersey bull if this one hadn’t come on the scene, but since he has …

        • Backwoods Prepper says:

          I seen a sign the other day for your gate it read: You better hope you can make it across the field in 8 seconds becase the bull can do it in 9.

        • Sw't Tater says:

          Be very hands on, If you are going to keep it for a bull, make a pet out of it…as well. Good guard dog!talk about hiding in plain sight!

    • Copperhead says:

      k. fields,
      We didn’t have Jerseys when I grew up, but the neighbors did. The bull was meaner than a junk yard dog. I know it was probably a rare happening, but one killed the farmer when I was in grade school. Maybe selling him or making him a steer would be better. Don’t mean to be a downer, just stating what happened. They are cute little buggers when small. 🙂

      • k. fields says:

        copperhead, they are incredibly mean – no doubt about that. When I had one before, one day he came through a fence and slammed me into (and almost through) the barn wall. If I hadn’t been thin and his horns large, I wouldn’t be here today. I’m reminded of that every day when I look in a full-length mirror and see the strange lump on my left side where the broken ribs didn’t heal correctly.
        Normally I wouldn’t even consider it but for some reason a small voice in the back of my head is telling me I should – but that voice occasionally says some pretty dumb things so that’s way I’m asking for other opinions. Thanks for yours and yes – he’s just adorable right now …

    • k. fields;
      I have to concur with the others about him becoming a steer, better to band him now while his still very small(you will need assistance). We have Blackballies (Hereford/Angus X) like all breeds you get lucky with the babies. Now we have the mom, daughter & son, son was supposed to have been banded, but unfortunately not all parts were there for the banding. So we left him as a bull, since he had no other calves to play with he & I bonded. You can scratch his forehead and ears, he likes to lick my hand. His personality comes from his mom, his dad was another story, I would NOT go into the pasture with him there. First bull I have rented that I felt that way about, an told the supplier(friend)about it. I think he sold him and replaced with a better dis-positioned bull.
      Just a note to the wise, if your cow had a Jersey, it was because a bull jumped the fence during the breeding. If A/I they used the wrong sperm.

      • k. fields says:

        becky,
        Thanks for the post. Yes, the A.I. order got mixed up – I normally breed to Angus but the previous year (2011) I was breeding to get a replacement for my milk cow so I bred Jersey. Last summer I took a long vacation and wasn’t home during the breeding time, so somehow my prior year straw order was simply repeated instead of reverting back to Angus. My fault entirely for not leaving clear instructions. I didn’t think to check the paperwork when I returned home last fall so this Jersey was a surprise.
        I agree I need to make the decision very soon, I usually castrate between 2-3 months on the crosses but a Jersey bull is a whole different kind of critter. Wish I could kid myself into believing that if I treat him like a pet he’ll grow up sweet, but luckily I’m not quite that naive.

  16. Canned 6 qts of chicken yesterday! Used the rawpack method. Looks like it turned out right! Just learning the canning process. Really enjoying it.

  17. Did find the local Walmart is now stocking Keystone Ground beef (28 oz) picked up 6, picked up a couple Sterite foot lockers, and 2 dozen cans of sweet corn, so all in all not a lot, but another small step

  18. peanut_gallery says:

    Local store had albacore tuna $1 a can. Bought the maximum allowed. Freeze dried blueberries finally came in. Still need to order more freeze dried veggies to round out my supplies.

  19. So here’s the thing: I’m a lurker. Yeah, okay, I posted once about storing brown sugar…I can’t help it, it’s the microbiologist in me. Being a twenty something, I just can’t imagine what I could offer to all of you that have so much experience! But here I sit, the house is clean, the dogs are fed, and the corned beef and cabbage are cooking away (Happy St. Pat’s Day!). So I thought, today is the day…I will post.

    I first saw “the light” in August of last year. Prepping really isn’t a stretch for me. The daughter of a military man and business owner, the daughter of a mother who grew up poor and never let that go, and the wife of an avid hunter and outdoorsman…hunting, guns, and filling the pantry are just part of who we are. But as a young professional working in a VERY liberal city (thank goodness I don’t live there!), I don’t have a network of like minded people – so THANK YOU for being my network, even if I was only lurking.

    So since August (when I saw the light) we’ve purchased a retreat, a few buckets of wise food, a few seed vaults, about 6 months of canned and dried goods, and set up “go” bags for myself, my husband, and both of the dogs. This week, however, we made the big decision to put a building on our land in the woods. So we ordered it and now we’re taking the steps to make sure it is everything we may need someday (heat, storage, sanitary, etc). Oh yeah, and I made a sourdough starter thanks to the recent post.

    Goal for next week: purchase antibiotics for all of the fishies in my family! Any advice is welcome!

    Again, thanks for being my “imaginary friends” and all of the direction provided here.

    • riverrider says:

      welcome in from the shadows :), if you go to youtube and punch in patriotnurse, there are some great vids on ab selection and other concerns, like the fact that dry form ab’s last ten years or more in good storage. ordered a building? what kind of building, if you don’t mind me asking?

      • Thanks for the response, I’ll be looking into AB purchase and storage this week.

        We purchased a timber frame, steel exterior building. It’s a custom ordered, build-it-yourself kit. We’re considering a DIY geothermal setup (we’re in the northwoods – and this is our even more up north place), but that seems like a huge undertaking!

    • Kippler;
      Like MSgt, I would also like to know where you found this kit.
      Just remember we all like to share the knowledge we have acquired over time, that is how we learn. I tell my DN and sister that they need to learn as much from me as possible. I will not always be here for them to learn nor for me to teach, now is the time to be sponge.

      • Thank you all for the great feedback, I’m reading it and sucking it all up like a sponge!

        We purchased the kit from a home improvement store here in the Midwest. I think you can get them from Home Depot or Lowe’s as well. Here’s how it works: You go to the store and sit at a computer kiosk, you work through the virtual building process by choosing every component (size, materials, truss design, color, post type, etc) and the computer spits out a building plan that you take to the building clerk. They will order all of your items, blue prints arrive in the mail, and a couple weeks later all of the building supplies are delivered to the building site. My husband is a genius when it comes to working with his hands and creating something out of nothing (also a master dumpster diver!) so he’s really excited…me, on the other hand? I’ll be minding the children of our help, and keeping the men fed!

    • Klipper,

      I think it’s great that we have 20 somethings posting here. We have all learned a great deal from each other and I imagine everyone here feels the same as I do–we have an obligation to pass along that knowledge.

      So post, ask questions, express frustrations and accomplishments. I am sure you have your own niche where you can speak with authority–e.g., if your husband hunts, you more than likely have some knowledge about how to put up game meat. That’s something I’ve never done.

      • Bam Bam-

        Thank so much, there are a few posters (okay, okay…there’s dozens) that I read religiously…and you’re one of them!

    • Sw't Tater says:

      Klipper,
      You’ve made a great start.
      Keep on reading and learning.
      When you place building, it will become a target for theft.
      Consider making cache’s for part of supplies, small ones are easier to hide, but can also be easily lost…also cooler for medications and boom things. Lots of ideas for making tubes, buckets and etc serve your needs.

      • I’ve thought about this theft issue. Fortunately, my husband and my father are very security concious.

        I’m glad you mentioned the cooler, I’m thinking of digging one in before we get too far in the building process.

  20. Greetings Pack!
    This week was spent stocking up on some extra food, and supplies, I was even able to find some 22LR ammo ,250 rounds, at a local gun shop. Recieved a couple of orders from Amazon and Full Belly Insurance.
    Books:
    Paracord 202 by Todd Mikkelsen,
    US Army Improvised Munitions,
    Contact:A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival by Max Velocity,
    How to Survive the End of the World… by James Wesley Rawles,
    The Four Season Farm Cookbook by Eliot Coleman/Barbara Damrosch
    Stuff:
    US Field Surgery Kit
    Otis Elite Gun Cleaning Kit
    Tagua Gunleather IWB holster for my Walther P22
    Blades USA 6′ tapered bo staff
    Cold Steel Assegai long handle spear
    Cold Steel Spike Hawk tomahawk
    various buckles, rings, carabiners, etc for paracord projects
    20 100′ lengths of multiple colors of paracord
    We’ve also been helping to clean and organize my grandmothers place. She passed away 2 weeks ago at home of an apparent stroke. Marion had been in declining health both physically and mentally for a few years. At 86 she lived the way she wanted, in her own home with family, friends,neighbors, and pets. My mom had moved in to help her out so she will be staying there. Marion was old school, spending a third of her life without electricity or indoor plumbing growing up in the coal region of PA.No nonsence, hard working, always ready to help someone that needed it, with lots of stories about it all.
    Hope I stick around as long to bug my great great grandkids.
    Have a safe and happy week!

    • Grumpy Vermonter says:

      Hey Big D, I posted yesterday, but am still trying to read the comments posted before me and saw that your grandmom passed. May she rest in peace – sounds like she was a good lady! It’s good to live the way you want – I pray we can all do the same for many years to come.

      • Grumpy Vermonter,
        Thanks, we are sad shes gone but happy she got to be here to see all her great great grandkids…wow I feel old now! Listening to her stories made you appreciate what you had.

  21. Bought a bigger lockable box for my 9mm, a large lockable ammo box, and a can of CLP. Counting down the days for next acquisition. Perhaps a twin for little “Alice;” nothing like an heir and a spare. Almost done reading Guns, Firearms and Weapons Guide Book for Americans by Tyler Dillon. For shame on me, hiding in the bathroom to read such things. (Gotta email that guy re proofread B4 publish.)

    So busy on the workfront, no time to get much else done. Haven’t even finished my seed orders. Would love to get some lumber bought, painted, & put together for improved garden. Too bad the dh’s first sell-off item was his trailer. Dum. Can’t bring in major dirt & compost acquisitions now. Grumble, grumble.

  22. FreeRangePagan says:

    Good morning!!
    Prepping this week was stocking up on some corned beef, replaced canned veggies, getting some more canning jars, dehydrated and powdered 18 eggs and put up four more liters of water.

    That’s about it. Slow and steady, right?

    • Grumpy Vermonter says:

      FreeRange, Is there a preferred way to dehydrate eggs? I never tried it, but have a dehydrator. Thanks!

  23. Shot the G-2 again with better results than the last time, gonna blame the accuracy issue’s on the casted leg. Bought two 40 oz containers of “OLDE FASHIONED OATS” and wanna try and find some bread recipe’s etc using them. Bought 100 rounds of 30-06 and tried like hell to find .22 long rifle with no success. Bought 50 RDS of 9mm to replace what I shot up. Did some organizing of the gun room and some spring cleaning.

  24. Been away for a quick visit to my sister and bil. Looks like everyone has been busy as usual.
    Built two 4’x12′ raised beds for my sister, she had a couple 4’x4′ beds last year and wants to raise more this year. Got onions and potatoes planted for them and the beds ready for what ever else they want to plant. Bil wanted to put in four more since they had room for them, his family had a big garden when he was young but talked him out of it since sister teaches full time and is workin online for her masters and his lazy retired ass just sits in front of the tv watching old westerns all day, he can’t even tie his own shoes much less work the two beds I just built.

    I also fixed their fence in places and every leaky facuet in the house and replace the rotted base under her kitchen sink. Had a good visit other wise.

    Now if the 70 degree weather I had yesterday will return some time soon I can get started on my own garden. Must have had some sleet last night becuause is saw piles on it on the ground under the downspouts from the rain this morining. Oh well since it is a nice cold rainy day I guess I will finish my taxes and do some laundry!!!!

  25. Millie in KY says:

    Hi, everyone and welcom to the new members!
    It’s been a rough month. I won’t dwell on it but some of you know I lost my job and am seeking another one. I applied at a local university and got a hopeful reply from them. Prayers, please? I tragically lost three of my dogs, a four year old in whelp, no idea why, the elderly nearly 18 year old who was tired and told me it was time to go. Then an 11 year old who had been having minor problems for a while and we just discovered that she had diabetes. We were unable to control it and we tried everything and two kinds of insulin. We let her go be at peace on Friday. It’s been really rough.
    So preps have been small. I got the last of my seed orders in, I went ahead and ordered a lot of heirloom things but will plant more traditional things this year and a few fun heirloom things. My litlte greenhouse is perking the plants away and I even have onions coming up. I’m such a city girl…I had no idea you got onions from seed. I knew you could plant the tiny bulbs and get onions. But…never thought about where the tiny bulbs come from! 🙂 When I was a kid, also clueless, I had no idea that you “made” mayonnaise. I thought it was ground out of a mayonnaise plant or something. Seriously. 🙂
    DH has begun the big bookcase for the books in the second bedroom. Once that is in and painted I can go through my books and decide what to keep and what to put in the big yard sale. Once the books are organized, I have several dandy wire type of free standing shelves that I bought at Lowe’s about a year ago. I’ll be putting those in that room for more storage space for food.
    I will get my first unemployment check on Tuesday. It has to go to the house payment and I still have a lot of food in the regular pantry, plus some frozen meat. So we are all right for now.
    I found a new church to go to, very small, local and filled with strong conservatives, so am hopeful about having someone to depend on when SHTF. I believe it will be soon. I am filled with worry about do I take the bit of money out of the bank for preps (something valuable and something we need) or do I leave it in there to cover house payments, etc (making it possibly worthless if SHTF). Does anyone else worry about this?
    I do have some good news, another of my girls is pregnant and huge. She has at least 10-12 pups in her, about double the size for her breed. We go in this week for a c section. Will everyone please say a prayer for Tabi’s safety and that of her babies? I would appreciate it so much. I’ve been through too much tragedy this last month. It destroys me every time I lose one of my beloved dogs….
    A positive piece of good information, my niece is moving back in with my sister, along with her husband and the baby. My sis is not well, elderly (she would kill me if she knew I said that) and still working. and by herself. So having someone in the home to help her and keep an eye on her has been a big relief for me. She is about 12 hours away so not like I could run down and get her if SHTF, although I’d probably try.
    Thanks everyone, for listening. I learn from reading what you all do, think “oh we need some of that” or “I must remember how to do that thing”. I did find the article I referenced a couple of weeks ago about making recipes, taking one thing from column A, add two from column b, etc. I will type it up and post it next week and hope that it will be of help to everyone.
    Have a good week everyone and I’ll report on Tabi next time we meet. Thank you all and God Bless you all!

    • HI Milli, Keep the faith, and keep loving Tabi. The others are at the Rainbow Bridge; how can there be a Heaven without our beloved critters? Hope Tabi whelps easily and the pups are healthy and strong. Hoping also the job prospects improve & the outcome is good. Keep doing what you do, that’s good stuff. There will be an opportunity later to do more — no matter what happens or when it happens. Take care of you and yours. That will suffice.

      • I'm A Pret Kat says:

        If my recently lost mini poodle isn’t waiting for me in Heaven, I’m not going.

    • Ms K in Mo says:

      Yes Millie, I worry too about the $ in the bank. I guess it depends on what you have. We’ve been thu some tough times in the last few months also. All I can tell you is make sure you have enough to pay the bills and do a little prepping on the side. I like to think of the “everything in moderation” idea. I save a few bucks when I can, buy a few extra preps when I can but pay the bills first. Making the house payment is first priority. Without the house/property, we are screwed.

    • Grumpy Vermonter says:

      Millie, <> for you! Dam it hurts to lose those furry kids, doesn’t it 🙁 Definitely saying prayers for your Tabi, your family and you! So glad you found a local conservative church – no such animal around me up here in Lib’ville. It is good to find community, especially that kind of community if it’s a good fit for you. As for the bank, keep an eye on what the E.U. is doing in Greece (Cyprus is in the news about their bank accounts). I’m sure our government is contemplating the same thing, wouldn’t surprise me a bit.

  26. Divergal (S Fla) says:

    Ho Wolfpack!

    Its been a crazy couple of weeks with Spring Cleaning, pantry rotation, and gardening.

    Have been going through all the closets and have a boatload of stuff to go – I may go with the BamBam method and get myself an ebay account. Normally I would take it all to goodwill but thats good prepping money I could be making so….

    Got some blackberry and Blueberry bushes that are supposed to do well in South Florida. They were a little on the expensive side so I got 3 of each and figured I would give them a shot. Have more flats of seeds going than I know where Im going to put but Ill figure out something. Have also been trying to figure out what the little yellow bugs are on my brocolli, The Neem isnt getting rid of them so this week Im off to get some insecticidal soap unless someone here has other ideas.

    Bought 20 lbs brown rice, 20 lbs of quinoa (Has anyone stored this for long term? and how?) and assorted canned goods.

    Went through the stockpile and took canned goods expiring in the next few months to the food bank.

    Thats it for me.

    Happy Prepping!

    DG

    • Try dawn dish washing liquid 1 part Dawn to 3 parts water, and spray your plants. If it can stop a deer from eating the leaves off of roses, it might work on your plants.
      A lady taught me to put old banana’s or just the peels at the bottom of your plants, trees, roses. As the plants consumes the peel/banana it provides a food that stops rust on roses/aphids. I saw a difference when I gave it to my fruit trees. I am going to use my Ninja to puree the peels for my garden this year.
      If your tomatoe plants produce great leaves last year an no fruit put a baby aspirin at the bottom of the roots when you put your plants out this year, friend passed that great advice on to us.

    • Can you describe the yellow bugs? Without knowing what they look like, my best guess is aphids. Aphids come in many colors, shapes and sizes.

      Do you have any lady bugs in your garden? They will eat a lot of aphids. If you don’t have any, consider adding some flowers. Good bugs are attracted by flowers, the bad bugs are attracted by the veggies in the garden. Adding lots of compost at the end of the garden year will also help to control bugs next year. Also, if the winter temperatures go below freezing, turn the soil over once or twice during the winter. This will get rid of a lot of bugs that decided to set up home in your garden soil. If it doesn’t freeze in winter where you live, you can solarize them out.

      Don’t spray Seven or any other chemical to get rid of the bugs. Do you really want to eat that stuff? Shoot them off the plant with a blast of water from the garden hose. And besides, Seven isn’t sustainable if the world ends. Learn to use natural or homemade sprays when needed. What will you do two or more years into TEOTW when the Seven runs out?

      I will be happy to give you a permanent solution if you can give me an idea of what the bugs look like. How big are they? How many legs do that have? Do they fly? Do they crawl fast or slow? Where are they on the plants? What do the plant leaves look like?

      • Oops! I didn’t notice that you were from South Florida! You can solarize your soil to keep your soil bug and disease free.

        • Kate,

          I read somewhere that if you keep adding compost and cow manure to your beds, you don’t have to turn over the soil–that the worms will do it for you. What do you think about the no till theory? Does it work? (This will be the second year–so I don’t know how it will turn out.)

          • Bam Bam,

            The worms won’t do it to the extent that it is needed. Did the article you read say to just spread the compost on top of the soil and not to mix it in?

            The soil is turned over for a few reasons. 1. To turn under any weeds to kill them (you can even do this with weeds that have gone to seed – when the seeds are 4 to 6 inches under they won’t germinate. However, this is a double edged sword – they will germinate when they are brought to the top again the year after.)
            2. To help bring overwintering bugs to the top of the soil so the freezing temps will kill them. (That goes for diseases too!)
            3. To loosen and aerate the soil. For example, you will need to loosen and aerate the soil when you pull up the plants at the end of the growing season. Un-clump (is that a word?) the roots of the old plant you just pulled up so next season the new plants have access to that soil.
            4. To mix in new compost. The compost works best when it is incorporated into the existing soil. Let me give you an example, let say you have a disease problem or a bug problem. Doesn’t matter what kind. Compost contains lots of good bacteria that helps to kill the bugs and diseases. You won’t maximize the benefit of the compost if you don’t incorporate it into all of the soil the plant uses. Some bugs hibernate in the soil 4 -6 inches down. The compost won’t get to them to do its work if its sitting on the top of the soil. It will take the worms years to move it all.

            You don’t need a lot of effort here (some, but not a lot). A few shovels worth in the heavy root area from last years plants is really all that is needed. Then the worms can do the rest. And lots of compost encourages the worms to party in your garden.

            • Kate,

              Thank you for the response. What you say makes sense. When I read the Square Foot Gardening book I assumed “no till” meant “no turning over the soil”. Thank you for correcting this misconception.

              • Cheyenne says:

                Bam Bam, That reminds me of my first canning experience. My new mother-in-law, (who never thought my little boy and I were good enough for her son because I had been married before), and sister- in- laws all talked about cold packing. I was so proud of my first dz canned green beans that I sealed and put in the refrigerator to cold pack. I felt very silly and upset when they spoiled.

          • No-till gardening works great if you do it right. I didn’t till at all when I started my beds. And I haven’t tilled in the three years since. I started with hard dirt and I now have wonderful deep, brown, rich earth with (literally) earthworms in just about every handful.

            I used Mel Bartholemew’s recepie (from his book Square-Foot Gardening) to make the initial “dirt” for my raised beds. It’s made up of compost, peat moss, and vermiculite. I mixed it and mounded it up into beds. Then, I mulched heavily and planted into it (push away the mulch to plant seeds directly). The mulch prevents most weeds from coming up, and those few that do grow are easy to pull up (because their roots are in the mulch, not soil).

            Over the years I’ve continued to add compost, mulch, and organic fertillizers (mainly from my chickens). Not overly disturbing the bed means that earthworms, fungi, and soil bacteria are free to do their work…they “till” for you and immensely benefit the plants. Their activites turned my “not good” original dirt into good, fertile earth.

            Tilling makes you feel good (who doesn’t like the look of a freshly tilled garden space) but it’s bad long-term and ends up generating more work in the end (kills/disturbs soil organisms, compacts the earth, results in poor subsoil drainage, more weeds, ect). It’s like popping a zit…you really WANT to, and it gives instant gratification, but it’s not healthy for ya. Tilling intially to start a garden might be OK (though I’d personally just be patient and use the “lasagna garden” method). But I don’t think it’s healthy to continue using it year after year.

            My no-till beds are now much deeper and healthier than they were origionally, even taking into account the amendments I’ve added over the years. Using nature’s own mechanisms to create fertile soil is really the way to go, in my opinion.

            • JS,

              I am not talking about tilling with a machine. You can actually do harm to the overall health of the soil (if you have clay soil like me) when you till with a machine. It it like gardening in a bowl. The water hits the compacted dirt below the area tilled and just sits there – the plants can drown before they ever yield a single piece of fruit.

              I mix all my new compost in by hand. However, I will agree to disagree on your interpretation of all the bad things that can happen when you mix in your new compost. If it was as bad as all that, our ancestors would have starved to death because of poor crop yields and we would not be here now.

              I am familiar Mel Bartholemew’s work and I agree with it. However, I just believe (for my soil) it is better to mix the new compost in a bit before you leave it for the winter (or plant in it in the summer).

              The idea of layering on new compost and mulch is similar to ‘lasagna’ gardening (IMHO).

              To each his own, I tend to mix mine in some before I leave it. But what do I know, I’ve only been a Master Gardner for over 20 years.

              • JeffintheWest says:

                Just a little snarky there, Kate. If JS’s system works, who’s to say it’s wrong? Likewise, if what you’re doing is working for you, more power to ya! To each his own. I don’t think JS was attacking you, just that for JS, no-till gardening is really working out — and that’s awesome.

                • JeffintheWest,

                  Kate is a certified Master Gardener–that’s why I asked for her input here. It was the book Square Foot Gardening that I got the “no till” idea from. But what Kate says makes perfect sense–you do have to mix in the compost and manure. No till does not mean no mixing of the soil.

                  • JeffintheWest says:

                    Yeah, I got that from her response — and I think that’s great. But I never said anything about mixing or not mixing the soil in my response. I just didn’t think it was necessary for her to ram her chops so hard in poor JS’ face. He’s trying hard and sharing the benefit of his experience, not belittling anyone else, so IMHO doesn’t deserve to get slapped quite so hard in return. She could, for instance have gently pointed out that even in a “no-till” method, you still need to do some soil mixing, just to make sure the environment in the soil is uniform and let it go at that, right?

                    • Jeff,

                      Okay–sorry. I didn’t read that into the tone of her comment. It’s so hard to gauge the tone of someone’s comment. You never really know if someone is giving a pointed response or if someone is being terse because they are simply tired.

                    • No snarkyness intended. I haven’t slept in 3 days. That is why the posts have been at such weird hours.

                      That must have been my “Bronx’ coming through. Sometimes my husband has to remind me to put it back in my pocket.

                    • JeffintheWest says:

                      Kate — sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling well. I’ll pray you get a full night’s sleep soon.

                      v/r
                      Jeff

      • Black rosé says:

        Snails, can someone tell me a good nontoxic way to get then under control? I heard marigolds helped so I planted 6 around my newly planted eggplant. Today the marigolds and half the egg plant were gone. I also bought 2 chickens hoping they would eat the snails, they did not. I hate snails

        • Sw't Tater says:

          ….snails,Put out beer in low saucers, or put salt around outside of beds, it melts them..

          • NO salt! You will make any ground sterile.

            Diatomaceous earth will work, also. I heard that sandpaper and crumpled foil will deter snails. Yes, I have heard beer works.

        • It sounds to me that your garden is too wet. Dry it out a bit and the snails will leave. How much Sun does the garden get? How much are you watering?

          Swt Tater is correct that the snails are attracted to the beer. It really works! Although, it is a short term solution. You can use it while you are trying to dry out the garden so new ones won’t come to take their place.

        • k. fields says:

          Black rosé,
          Although I’ve never had the problem of chickens refusing to eat snails, I’ve found I do have to “train” my chickens to eat slugs by first cutting the slugs into small chunks and feeding them by hand. After a few days of the slug pieces offered getting larger and larger, the hens will start searching out live slugs for themselves.
          Maybe your 2 chickens just need a bit of that type of encouragement.

        • Black Rose,
          I used crushed eggshells around my plants, the snails will not go over them. I save my eggshells year round and when I plant in the spring I simply crush them and put them all around the plants.
          I also use the “lasagna” gardening method and love it. I also have the heavy clay soil that GA (I live in N GA) is so well known for and lots of big rocks. Raised beds are the only way to go here. I have converted several people in my area to the raised beds once they see my garden and I tell them how I do it. I just layer in new compost in every year and mulch once the plants are in. I am not a master gardener but I know what works for me. To each their own.

        • JeffintheWest says:

          Here’s a weird one (that actually works). They make this “copper tape” stuff, that you can use to set up a little barrier around the plants you need to protect. You can get it in major feed stores, or, oddly enough, in hobby stores (where apparently it is used to make certain types of jewelry). Try to get the “biggest” size you can (the ones in the feed stores that carry them come in sizes up to three inches across!). I understand it also works well for slugs. Apparently it has something to do with not feeling good to crawl across for the critters that leave slime trails.

          • JeffintheWest says:

            Oh, I should probably point out that Kate is right — at best the copper tape is a short term solution while you get your garden to the right amount of wetness so you don’t have to worry about it any more.

    • ladyhawthorne says:

      I had skinny orange bugs one year and I used the vacuum cleaner to suck them up!

      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        Lol! Ladyhawthorne, I hate vacuuming my house so sure in heck am not going to vacuum my garden. Besides, if DH was to catch me doing that he’d have me committed for sure!

      • ladyhawthorne,

        Now that is a new one to me!

      • Ladyhawthorne,
        I love that idea. I had squash bugs really bad one year and that would have been a great solution. I would then take the bugs to feed my chickens with. Haha take that bugs!!! lol

    • Sw't Tater says:

      Brown rice…I don’t store because the shelf life is much shorter than white rice. make sure you store it in a very cool space… but I would think dry canning, after freezing for 5 days, allowing to come to room temp. I put white rice in freezer, freeze for five days, remove allow to come to rm temp.To put in buckets I place in food safe bags and put oxygen absorbers in. You can also use dry ice in bucket ..instead of o2 absorbers. Put lid on tightly, label.( place label inside, with basic rice recipe).Put two wraps of duck tape around the top of the lid to assure the seal. A five gallon bucket should hold about 30- 35 lbs.
      If you are going to sprout the quiona, to use, I am not sure, but freezing it should mimic winter freeze. If you are going to use it for grain, bread, cereal etc, do it like the rice. for 20lbs, one of those small bakery buckets should do well, they hold about 15 lbs sugar or flour..a recycled gallon wine bottle would do fantastically for a decanter.(so should hold about that much grain.)and it holds 7 lbs of rice. They have lids with plastic liner, so seal well…and a small o2 absorber will go in neck of bottle.When I use these I place moisture absorbers in them from my medications…just give them a quick 10 seconds to nix the moisture.they are samf for meds, so safe for foodstorage, just make sure they are not leaking, and strain them out as you pour out your food.

      • Divergal (S Fla) says:

        Thanks for all the comments, especially about the gardening 🙂 – im trying the dawn detergent method with my mysterious yellow bugs today. Hoping for the best.

        Im also just going to pack up the quinoa the same way I do rice, mylar and O2 absorbers. I didn’t get it for sprouting, Its all part of my new food storage plan since my mom had her heart attacks a few months ago and Ive had to do some revamping.

        Happy Prepping All!
        DG

  27. Prepping got a boost from Costco this week. We have been focusing some on the short term food storage.

    Preps:
    40 pack of AA batteries
    360 ct. disposable forks, knives, spoons
    Two pack of toothpaste
    Two large containers of hand sanitizer
    Multiple cans of black beans in different sizes
    Bunch of jars and bottles of sofrito and Goya mojo
    External holsters for the Glock and Taurus

  28. I know that this is off topic, but the upper Midwest will being going through a blizzard the next couple of days. (MN,SD,ND,WS).

    For those who live down south, think of a Tropical Storm (winds 35-50 mph) with snow blowing so bad you can’t see 10 feet in front of you.
    Wind chill factors -30 to -40’s ?

    Prayers would be great!

  29. FarmerKin says:

    Hello all,

    Spring is in the air. I’ve been busy sprouting seeds and have gotten a few things out in the garden now. Also bought 3 Papaya trees to try my hand at. I read up on them and they are supposed to give fruit the same year you plant, so thought that was a pretty good deal. Bought a fire pit on sale at Lowe’s for $69. I figure this could be useful if the need to cook outside arises. Also got a nice pair of two-way radios at Target that were marked down from $71 to $49. I’ve been wanting to get a pair for some time now so the mark-down was all I needed to make the move.

    Question for the pack. I have a feral cat in my neighborhood that has decided that my raised bed garden makes a nice litter box. I bought some foot tall fencing to put around it but that didn’t discourage him. Also tried sprinkling Cheyenne pepper around the perimeter, but that only worked for one night. Anyone got any other ideas? I may have to call Animal Control to see if they will come trap him. Didn’t really want to have to do this, because cats are good for keeping other critters away, but I just can’t have him digging up my garden. There’s a whole acre here that he can do his business on, but no he chooses my garden.

    Thank you, and stay safe.

    • FamerKin,
      Had same problem 2 years ago. Only the cats were doing their business right outside the front entrance. All we wanted the cats away from the front yard, An acre is a lot of territory to protect.
      Figured out that those darned cats wouldn’t go where there was pine straw or a thick covering of dead leaves but were digging into the bare spots on the lawn. We tried everything and the cayenne pepper did work, Bought 5 poiunds of pepper and then mixed up as needed 1 part pepper to 2 parts flour and spread it with a fine wire sieve. Through trial and error discovered that if the pepper mixture was applied in a 3 or 4 foot wide barrier I had success. Took about a month. Now the offending cats come up to our fence line and detour around. If I see evidence of cat digging I put out another application. I still have 2 pounds of pepper left. Cats do not like cayenne pepper. The only other alternative was to remove the cats and I did not want to do that to someones pet.

      • FarmerKin says:

        Eagle, thanks for the reply. I only made a very narrow sprinkling, maybe 4 or 5 inches wide. I’ll try the 3 or 4 foot wide barrier and see if that does it. Thank you!

      • I use a motion-detecting sprinkler to deter deer, and they work every bit as good on cats and dogs. Harmless, but it really sends ’em running.

        • JeffintheWest says:

          THAT’s freaking clever. I never thought of that. Any advice on how to rig one up (where to put the motion detector for the best effect, for example)? Depending on the sensitivity of the motion detector, it might work pretty well on birds and squirrels going after your vegetables too (at least in a small plot) — then, if you can train your cat/dog to work with the sprinkler and catch them unawares when they are running…. 😉

    • tommy2rs says:

      We feed a small herd of feral cats here to keep varmints down and they love fresh turned earth for their version of litter boxes. I use citrus peels and orange oil to keep them out of potted plants and away from the garden. For added incentive, the garden is far enough away from the house I can plink ’em from the deck with the bb gun without hurting them while providing negative feedback for their ill mannered behavior….lol.

      Last spring I tried turning a small plot and left it bare but for a planting of catnip in the center. The cats seemed to use it instead of trekking out to the garden so I’ll be doing it again in the next week or so

      • FarmerKin says:

        T2Rs, LOL. Very clever idea with the catnip. Hopefully the wider path of Cheyenne pepper will work, if not I may give your idea a try. Thank you.

        • Every winter, I keep a 40 bag of play sand in a 5 gal bucket on the porch to use for the very rare ice we have here. Every spring, I use the sand to fill in little divots in the St Augustine grass. The cats thought I had randomly placed litter boxes for them. So, I sprinkle the sand with red pepper. It has worked for several years. I put red pepper in flower beds or anyplace I do not want cats digging! I didn’t want to kill the neighbor’s cats, so this is cheap and works.

          • I'm A Pret Kat says:

            I had cats using my raised beds, too. I put chicken wire down and let the plants grow up thru it. Cats didn’t seem to like the feel of the chicken wire on their feet as they tried to dig in the soil.

  30. Rabid Conservative says:

    Big week. Received the Sulfa Allergy Antibiotic Survival Pack I ordered from Northwest Medical Preparedness (https://www.antibioticsforsurvival.com/) and the TA-312/PT Telephone I bought off EBay. Now I have two of these phones, so I also bought 1/2 Kilometer of WD-1 phone wire on E-Bay to connect them up when I need to (I’m a former Army Signal Officer, so I know a bit about these). I also received the 26″ barrel for my Remington 887 tactical shotgun, so I can change it into a hunting weapon if I need to. Bought a Powerpot thermoelectric generator and 50+ packs of heirloom vegetable, fruit, and herb seeds. So, added to preps in pretty much every category (food, medical, communications, weapons, and power).

  31. Ms K in Mo says:

    All I managed to get done this week (prepper wise) is get the 2 liter bottle of pop that we drank filled with water and put with the rest. Been kind of slacking for the last couple weeks since I bought a S&W Bodyguard and a few boxes of ammo for it last week. That put quite a dent in my prepper allowance for a while. My next major purchase will be a food saver. I cant wait! I did learn how to make sourdough bread. I made the starter last week and made 4 loaves of bread today. It is delicious especially with my butter that I canned a few months ago.

  32. Buuurr in Ohio says:

    SAR training over here again. Good people. Good dogs. Good woods. Good times.

  33. Orwellian States says:

    1. Purchased 4 apple trees to put out this week.
    2. Ordered some parts for my “new” Ford 8N tractor.
    3. Found and purchased 80 rounds of .223.
    4. Purchased some lumber and in the process of making some small raised beds next to the garden (for asparagus, rhubarb, etc.),
    5.Added more items to food storage.
    After a nasty, wet winter in East TN we will be re-rocking our drive. I figure about 5 large loads for a half mile – the drive really washed and turned to mud this year.

    • Buuurr in Ohio says:

      Hi, Orwellian. Sorry to hear about the drive. If I could some advice in how to prevent this in future would be this. Weeping tile from Lowes or Home Depot. You can get it pre-done now. They have the pipe with the stone in a bag all around the thing and they are about 8-16 feet long from what I saw Saturday. If I were you I would note the areas that washed and had major furrows and channels caused by the water and put the weeping tile there to allow for the easy drainage of water. If it is a muddy type of area I always find it best to allow the water a quick escape before it can do any damage rather then fight the issue. If it is all muddy and a shifting type of dirt you will never beat it short of digging down four feet and putting in thousands of dollars worth of stone.

      Anyways… I would do the weeping tile or even shale stacking if those type of rocks are available to you for quick water evacuation. I would then cover it all with the heavier grade of gravel ( 2 inch should be good and won’t move easily under water pressure) and then I would go with a lighter gravel on stop of that with maybe a road gravel later on in the year depending on how the project turned out.

      I hope I was of help to you. Washouts on ones property are a pain in the rear for sure, I know.

      • Buuurr in Ohio says:

        Wow… sorry about the grammar… Internet Explorer 10 has an auto correct feature and clearly it needs to stay out of my business 😉

      • Orwellian States says:

        My brother-in-law has a backhoe and lives o the next ridge. We are in the mountains and the drive is a winding hill-side. We’ve added several culverts and some ditching. It has simply been a wet winter with a LOT of rain. The work never stops, but spring is almost here. Thanks for the advice.

        • Buuurr in Ohio says:

          Ah… nothing you can really do about that except fix it. My grandfather has a cabin in Northern Canada. We used to put a huge culvert under the bridge where this small stream used to cut through the property. It would ice up or send a log ramming into the works of it every spring melt… all we could do was watch and fix later. Oh well. Good luck.

  34. As M.D. says, I don’t want to have to bug out if i don’t have to. I do have several bug out spots, one is easier to get to than the other.

    I’ve never had a decent go bag but camping survival.com I got one and put together a ready to go, go/bug out bag, pictures here if anyone wants to see and most of all provide constructive criticism: http://www.rednecksurvivalist.com/index.php/entry/campingsurvival-com-bug-out-bag-review

  35. Considering taking a CCR course this weekend

    • Hi Michele,
      Hoping that you would post again. Thanks for the info on the rose hedge.
      You mentioned that you had fenced in your 70 x 100 garden. What did you use? Is it deer proof? We have lots of deer and I do not want to do all this hard work to feed the deer.

      You also mentioned that you had fenced in an acre around your house with barbed wire fence? and then roses on the inside of the fence?

      We are trying to make our location more secure against all
      types.too. Where were you going to put the blackberry bushes?
      Thanks,
      Hannah

  36. Grumpy Vermonter says:

    Wow, so many comments this week – that’s wonderful! Thanks so much to everyone for freely sharing all this valuable information. For prepping this past week, hubby got some 9mm ammo for me, some snap caps for me to practice with, some .22 LR for my upcoming practice at the range and got himself a new item with which he is very happy, but has yet to try out. I’ve been watching Patriot Nurse’s youtube videos and am learning a lot about the medical end of all this. We have some things already on hand,but now have a list of things to tick off for rounding it all out. I’ve got 12 gallon jugs planted with garden veggies sitting out there with about 3″ of snow frozen over and around them, with much more to come tonight thru Wednesday. We live in a 780 sq trailer in a state owned park, so have to really think about how to prep without a lot of weight. I will be dehydrating a LOT come harvest time. The park manager, who isn’t onsite (too good for that, bless her), isn’t keen on people having gardens, but am adding some boxes similar to what M.D. has going in on our front patch of scrubby grass and weeds. Will be a decided improvement, and if she squawks, I can tell her it’s no different than a kiddie pool, except prettier. I can always move them with us, reseed the areas and there you go.
    Have been really studying Kentucky and Tenn. and am a bit concerned about the possible location of a big FEMA camp right smack in the middle of Kentucky. Anyone in the area heard about this? Wrote/called Texas and Kentucky senators again to ask them to keep fighting for those of us who have hopeless cases as our “representatives”. I am SO ashamed of Leahy – what a dirtbag, career politician he is. Am considering starting a local group to fight the creep of Agenda 21 policies here in my area in the form of “wilderness reclamation”, “school excellence” and “water protection”. Yeah, riiiiight. I am not at all politically correct when mad, so am not sure I’m a good person to do this, but don’t see anyone else doing it so maybe…. Am asking God’s direction for this one! Speaking of God, as part of my preps I also began attending a Skype’d prayer meeting through the Tea Party command center online with a lady in Wisconsin. We were the only two who showed up this past Tuesday, but we prayed for America and our family members who aren’t yet aware of what’s really going on in our country. Felt good to do something – and when you’re feeling helpless, who else can help more than the Father?
    Shopped my favorite thrift store and found some great pots to use for gardening and some big, clear “ice buckets” that I’m going to repurpose into coverings over plants that might need frost protection this fall. I ordered more seeds and researched growing information and seed saving information as well. That took a chunk of time… and I have to admit to purchasing some flower seeds, as I do love flowers as well. For really inexpensive seeds, I love The Sample Seed shop in upstate New York. She’s on Facebook and online web store. She always includes extra seeds as well. Don’t know her personally, but do love her seed prices!
    Am getting ready to set up Ebay shop for also clearing out extras to fund purchase of that little woodstove I posted about way back. Our dependence on kero/propane worries me, not to mention how expensive it all is getting. Bought extra canned tomato sauce on sale, pasta and some mixes as well to stash away. I have been mentally re-designing our trailer and we could make our “master” bedroom into a storage room if we move our bed into our living area. I spent a good deal of time this past week coming up with the idea of building a platform of sorts on which we’d have our computer table, a bench and something to hold our printer and computer-related items. Underneath the platform would be our bed, on rollers. The idea is to roll our bed out at night and back in in the am. This would free up our biggest bedroom to be a storage room for food and medical/household supplies. I can begin building the platform as soon as we can buy the supplies needed. Then after the bed is out of our bedroom, we need to figure out some way to shore up our frame underneath. We have the lenghtwise-running joists and the trailer frame is bowing down a bit on either side, lengthwise. I would love to sell this one and start over, but finances won’t allow. So we have to block it up and replace that awful pressboard passing for floor with plywood and then I can do the storage in here. (NOTE: If anyone here in the pack knows how to effectively shore up trailer frames that have the lengthwise joists instead of the better widthwise ones, I’d love to hear from you!!! )
    If we were to sell in the future, it would still be able to be a bedroom, since I’ll be using freestanding shelving. If I were to tie anything to these walls and we had a quake, the shelves would likely take these flimsy walls right down with them!
    Also spent this past week trying to gently get my sister to awake. She’s all involved with a few of the family dramas going on and doesn’t think she has time to deal with anything else. I’m trying to get her to stock up on things “just in case”. It’s frightening to think how little I have when I think of trying to feed all four of us! Gotta prep more. Have a safe week everyone, thank God for all of you.

  37. This last weekend I built a wood frame for a square foot garden, this will be the first year I try this type of gardening. I bought a 50 gal water barrel with spout and filled it up. I also made a $20 brick rocket stove to experiment with but the winds got to crazy to bother with testing it this weekend, maybe later this week we will see how it works.

  38. worrisome says:

    I am a fan of an author named CJ Box. He just released a book called Breaking Point. These books are called “Jo Pickett Novels” and follow a fish and game dude in Wyoming. He has many misadventures back in the woods and he is usually wrestling with his conscience as regards right, wrong, and what his government job expects of him. This latest book however is taking a somewhat political turn as regards Federal Over Reach and specifically regarding the EPA and their abuses. This story is based upon the true story of a family by the name of Sackett in Idaho. There has recently been another couple affected by the disease of EPA abuse/misuse of the law in New Mexico………..sued the the EPA using the Clean Water Act, never mind the fact that they are 25 miles from any running water……..but I digress.

    In the back of the book is an interesting statistical chart which I am going to put in compliments of Mr. Box and the National Wilderness Institute.

    Federal Landownership (Top 12 States)

    State Total Sq. Miles % Owned by Fed Gov
    Nevada 61,548 87.6
    Utah 35723 68
    Alaska 244627 67
    Idaho 34520 65.2
    Oregon 34084 55.5
    California 49842 49.9
    Wyoming 30902 49.7
    Ariz 32228 44.3
    Colorado 25851 38.9
    New Mex 28143 36.25
    Wash 13984 32.8
    Montana 29718 31.8

    Is there any wonder in your mind now why it is so hard to find a good bug out location that you can afford in the west?????

  39. I finally got my garden rebuilt and expanded. I used a decking plastic wood for the beds. It’s quite heavy and should last a long time. I also evpanded,it from 234 square feet to 360 square feet. I have better access noe with a better layout and spacing. You can see it on my blog, gardenforyourlife.blogspot.com

  40. Will have to seriously review my preps after the severe storm that hit us last night. Of course being right in the middle of a kitchen reno does not help! Been without power since 6pm Monday and as of right now still no power 10:30am Tues. We did not have enough gas for the generator to last the night. Thank goodness it was not terribly cold.

  41. I went ahead and added 10 cans of tuna, 3 24-pack cases of water, 4 pounds of beans and 5 pounds of rice, another 6 cans of veggies, 2 12 pack cases of ramen noodles, 5 more boxes of cereal, 2 pounds of oatmeal, 3L of olive oil and 4 more pounds of sugar. I tossed out all expired can goods and getting ready to give away things close to expiring that I’m not likely to use.

    I officially have my pantry stuffed and 5 cabinets stuffed with food. As well as the refrigerator and freezer stuffed. We likely have 2 months of food on hand and 9 days of water on hand. I need to reorganize and find more room for food storage.

    Starting college come Summer, fully enrolled, about to retest and pass the algebra section. Debating on a Costco or Sam’s membership to buy bulk already properly stored beans and rice long term storage since beans is a foreign food here. Also debating on donating extra blankets or storing them in case I need to barter.

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