What did you do to prep this week?

Well, folks, here we are again,  another week of prepping under our prepper belts and what did you do with the past week prep wise?

I hope you didn’t set on your butt and do nothing or worse completely stop prepping because of the results of an election… That’s the definition of false hope, because as I’ve said before we are too far past the tipping point to bring the economy or the country back to center.

Either you prep for what is coming or you and your family will be forced to face the hardship of your inaction. We are being set up for a crash anyone who has been paying attention knows that our economy is doomed no matter who is president.

Which could be Why So Many Among The “Elite” are Building Luxury Bunkers

Do they know something that the rest of us do not? There are tens of millions of ordinary Americans that are feeling really good about the future now that Donald Trump has won the election, but meanwhile the elite are feverishly constructing luxury bunkers at a pace unlike anything we have ever seen before. So why are so many among the elite preparing for an imminent “apocalypse” when tens of millions of other Americans are anticipating a new era of peace and prosperity? Are they smarter than most of the rest of us, or are they simply being paranoid?

But I digress… what did I do to prep this week?

Bought these little solar powered motion activated lights at Walmart in the as seen on TV section. So far they seem to work good and at only $12 each are a bargain. They are priced even lower on Amazon.com!

Received and mounted the Holosun HS503GU Circle Micro Red Dot Sight on my Cold M4

Dreamed about finding time to go fishing at the lake.

I also added some food items and aluminum foil and a few other things that I’d rather not disclose here.

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


  1. Hummingbird says:

    Not many preps for the last few weeks. Everyone wanted to come here for Christmas last Saturday and that was fun. Had a spud gun tournament, put several of the younger kids on a horse for their first ride & got to see nieces and nephews I hadn’t seen in several years.
    I was gifted the ingredients & recipe to make insect repellent from the beauty berry bush.
    It snowed here yesterday and is just about melted. I really dislike cold weather and look forward to March.
    Removed all the motion activated night lights that DH needed and am practicing moving around in the dark. I pulled a Ruger 9m out of the safe to shoot and like the 15 round capacity. Been practicing one hand and off hand shooting.
    Best wishes & healing thoughts to all for a better year.

    • OhioPrepper says:


      I pulled a Ruger 9m out of the safe to shoot and like the 15 round capacity.

      Which Ruger 9mm?
      I have both the P89DC and the P95PR and love both of them. With my vision issue I mostly point shoot and both of those duns run like an extension of my arm. If BTW you have one of those, there is an aftermarket 18 round magazine available.

      • Jesse Mathewson says:

        Before ruger did what s&w did and pulled in with the feds on new legislation against gun owners…I loved the P series, bulky but reliable and relatively accurate

        • OhioPrepper says:

          My first 9mm was the P89DC and I’m pretty good point shooting it, probably because I’ve run thousands of rounds through it since 1990 when I purchased it. I agree that Bill Ruger kind of screwed us; but, he and other manufacturers were kind of caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place, and the firearms are still accurate workhorses.
          OTOH, I made a small fortune in my IRA on Ruger stock back when things were first getting crazy after TDL took the office. I purchased 1000 shares in the mid $40’s and sold out a few months later in the mid $60’s. That was around the time concealed carry was catching on and the LCP and LCR were selling like hotcakes. Ruger stock made an increase of $8.00 (about 20%) in one day, when they announced they were no longer taking orders until they worked through an almost $1,000,000,000 backlog.
          They also make some other fine firearms. I have a single six (with both cylinders), a Blackhawk in .357 magnum (I used to use for deer hunting), a Mark II (with bull barrel) and a 10/22, now in a bull pup stock with both 30 round banana and 50 round drum magazines. They are all fun to shoot.

          • Jesse Mathewson says:

            I love the P series, and my daughter and wife love their sr22s 🙂 I have a duramtic high standard and walther p22 🙂

            • Hummingbird says:

              I am curious. Do you & family feel skill with 22s has helped skills with larger calibers?

              • When I was farming I carried a 9 shot .22 revolver in my pickup. Sometimes before going in from the barn I would target practice with soda cans. I got to where I could set up 6 on a board and hold one in my hand. I could knock off all 6, throw the one in the air and hit it twice without reloading. A .22 revolver has little recoil and repeatedly pulling the double acting trigger trains your finger to release enough to reset it.

                This muscle memory carries over to when I shoot a semi-auto pistol.

              • Jesse Mathewson says:

                Absolutely muscle memory. Proper grip, press trigger etc

                • Jesse Mathewson says:

                  If you can shoot a .22lr accurately and properly, you can shoot anything. Understanding that by the time you react with recoil the bullet has already left. So first shot will be where you want it regrdless size

              • OhioPrepper says:


                Do you & family feel skill with 22s has helped skills with larger calibers?

                It absolutely can. We generally start all new students with 22 rimfire because it is easy to shoot with little recoil and the bullet is fast enough to be accurate even at distance.
                After taking a proper stance and grip always perform the following.
                1. Sight control (proper alignment)
                2. Hold control (keeping that alignment with a good firm; but, not tense grip.)
                3. Breath Control (that tiny pause in breathing just before you break the shot)
                4. Trigger control (Squeeze the trigger until the shot breaks, then gently release to the triggers reset point)
                5. Follow through (keep the sight alignment long enough for the bullet to exit the muzzle)
                These five fundamentals should be performed with EVERY shot for every firearm type and cartridge.

          • OP, I have 3 rugers. Does that mean I am supporting you? Lol a 10/22, mini 14 and a model 77 in 30-06.

            • OhioPrepper says:

              Thor 1,
              You’re not supporting me per. se. since it’s been a few years ago. I purchased 1000 shares of Ruger around $42 and sold it a few months later @ $67, so the tax deferred profit is sitting in an IRA to use as needed in the future.
              I had a mini-14 stainless ranch rifle I sold when I got my first real AR and now I have only a single six (twin cylinders), a 10/22 in an aftermarket bull pup stock, a Mark II (bull barrel) and the P89DC & P95PR.
              So I guess I’m down to only 5 Rugers.

        • Right is RIGHT-wrong is WRONG says:

          Hey Jesse I am a little slow on the uptake about Ruger and S&W pulling in with the Feds. on legislation against gun owners. Could you please expand on this comment.

          • Jesse Mathewson says:

            Both companies stood behind the brady bill sadly – not overtly but covertly using funds. Likely to hang on to any mil/le contracts

      • Hummingbird says:

        P89DC and am liking it a lot. When point shooting I’m still a tad to the right when I speed it up, but improving and better with the Ruger than the Sig.
        The weight was tiring at first, but now I think I could handle 3 more rounds, so will look into that. Thanks.
        Your mention of vision issue brings up another scenario, what if I lose my glasses, so will practice without them.

        • OhioPrepper says:

          I still need to get in a little more practice with the P95PR; but, it is essentially the identical gun to the P89-DC, and has the same form an fit and the only functional difference is the decocker safety vs. just the decocker. The magazines are interchangeable.
          Some of the cast aluminum has been replaced with polymer making it about 5 ounces lighter which makes it a bit easier to carry. You wouldn’t even notice those extra 3 rounds which add perhaps 1.5 oz back to the weight.
          I had a FNP9 that I’ve sold and have shot sig and M&P and so far the P89 and P95 have been the best guns for point shooting, at least for me.
          On pulling to the right, that happens, possibly because your pulling the trigger instead of squeezing it (assuming your right handed) and that can change the aimpoint to the right ever so slightly without notice. We use a technique called BSA (Balance of Speed and Accuracy) were you start slowly with aimed or point shooting, and build up the speed, dropping back if the accuracy starts to fall off. Back to the basics always seems to work.
          The Picatinny rail under the barrel is nice also for a light or a laser.
          The only problem I have with either of these guns for carry, is finding a decent holster. I prefer a paddle holster made from Kydex and have been looking to some local folks who can make one custom for the guns.
          I have a good holster for the 380 I normally carry as well as a J-Frame I sometimes carry (stainless 640 with a crimson trace); but, I really want the extra power and capacity of one of my P series if I can only find a holster.
          As for point shooting without glasses, that kind of thing can happen to anyone. Even with good vision at twilight, you lose a lot of contrast and detail; but, you can still make out gross target silhouette and hit center mass with practice. Nobody is using a spotting scope to call the X ring on the kind of encounters we’re practicing for.

  2. Tractorgirl says:

    This has been a disastrous week…first of my father in laws s funeral was Wednesday …arrived home and our house had been broken into and our gun safe was turned on its back and pried open…several guns were taken …our bedroom was totally tossed..every drawer gone thru and tossed on the floor…bed upended..bathroom and walk in closet ransacked as well….silver..hand guns AR…jewelry and my sanity. Gone….make sure you arm your security systems..update to cameras to record…even get the fancy ones that call your cell phone…nothing was sacred to the scum that robbed us…this is the Warning…get as much security as you can…..I am still recovering from the trauma..and not much rattles me..I am having a hard time focusing and getting things back together…

    • tractorgirl,
      Chills covered my body as I read this. I would think someone who knew you were going to be gone is the culprit, friend or neighbor would be my first guess. I hope the person is caught for your sanity sake, although I am sure this trauma will last a while. So sorry.

      • Axelsteve says:

        When my friends dad and later mom passed away I was in there home as security while they were at the service. Each time There was a knock on the door and stranger left after I came to the door.

      • Jesse Mathewson says:

        As sad as it is, likely someone you know, what family wasnt at the funeral?

        1. They knew where the good stuff was.
        2. They knew exactly when too hit.

        • Axelsteve says:

          they read the papers for when and likely just got lucky on what they found

          • OhioPrepper says:

            Two of the classes I teach are Personal Protection in the Home and Refuse to be a victim. One of the topics we cover in both classes are your advertised away times.
            Telling someone untrustworthy, posting on social media, or giving too much information in your telephone voicemail or answering machine message that you are going on or already on vacation, or allowing the mail or newspapers to pile up while you are gone, are indications to the burglar that no one is home. Likewise, if anyone knows you are attending a funeral they would also know that the home could be vacant. In this case the decedent could be just a friend who attends your church or local club or organization, and someone knowing that could watch your home from a distance and wait for you to leave. I’ve been asked a few times to house sit for friends who were attending funerals. In these cases nothing happened; but, better safe than sorry.

            • Jesse Mathewson says:

              Another reason to network, eg., I have friends /family non genetic – who stay at the house while I am away and never advertise my absences. Additionally, my local neighbors rely on me to formulate local neighbor watches etc., as a result generally either fear or trust me and are extremely alert.

              In our little 3 block section, we havent seen police in over a year…they simply dont get called, weve had one instance of mail theft and one vandalism. I caught the vandal and clarified the reasons that they should avoid our neighborhood… the vandal stated i was a rascist and “why dnt you call the cops” too which I responded (with almost all neighbots watching…)

              I dont call the cops… (i refuse to even dignify ridiculousness of race in these circumstances)

              I said, I deal with the problem and than call them- so please leave (in command voice)

              Too which the neighbors watching applauded further solidifying my unfortunate position as “that guy you don’t frank with”

              Tis the unspoken agreement of the community we live in, what you do is your business. But mess with our street/community, and you get all of us

    • PrepperDoc says:

      Wow….sorry to hear that.

      What kind of safe were they able to get into??? I finally broke down and got one that I think would take a torch to get into…..

      • Jesse Mathewson says:

        Prepper Doc a simple battery powered grinder gets through safes…avoid the doors, go through back, side or bottom

        • PrepperDoc says:

          Jesse, can you explain that a little more? I can understand grining a small hole….but how to get a big enough one that you can get anthing OUT? My safe(s) are bolted to either the wall or the floor. Some are rinkydink ( and hold commmensurate guns) and some are fairly good ones rated for > 1 hour of fire.

          • Jesse Mathewson says:

            Max quarter inch steel for the vast majority of home safes under 10k – and not generally hardened- so cutting it / like a door- the fire resistant part is 1/2 to/too (uggg) 3/4 drywall –

            My FIL is a master locksmith amazing dude!

            • Chuck Findlay says:

              Just looked, my safe is 1.5 inches of (I assume ) concrete, that would be some serious and time consuming grinding.

              I know it took everything my brother and I had in us to get it up the stairs. And that was with a rest stop every 3 steps and the door off.

              He told me I’m on my own when I move the next time…

    • TG, sorry for your loss.

      The robbery sounds like someone knew you were going to the funeral. The scum!!!

    • Tractorgirl

      My sympathies to you. TAKE HEED someone was or is watching you. I know from experience. 3 years ago I had to be out of town for a funeral overnight. When we got home next day, the front of my building ..cement block. had a gaping hole in it from a big vehicles bumper. They took over 500,000 rounds of ammo and completely cleaned out my reloading room. That was a lifetime of reloading, buying and puting back ammo for over 40 yrs. I figure at today’s prices I lost over 175,000 dollars. Insurance. Only paid to fix building.

      Funny how there was a huge gun show that weekend leads than 25 miles away. That took several people and a huge vehicle to pull off. I live in the country virtually secluded, and very few people knew what was there…..

      Local state and ATF investigated for months…never recovered anything.

      I hate to add to your concerns but to think they are not still watching you……beware.

    • Jesse Mathewson says:

      If you advertised the funeral, basically and sadly its an open invitation. Regardless security they would have done it.

      Side note, dont put “vote for” or “I like” stickers on your vehicles either.

      Good luck with the claims, hope you had extra insurance for firearms. 🙁

    • Almost There says:

      Hi TG,

      I am sorry to hear about your FIL and the robbery. I know how you feel even though I didn’t have as much stolen. They came during the day, I easily could have been home. It’s been about 10 years ago and another living situation. They tried to kick in the front door, but it had a steel plate in the frame. So they went to the back of the house and threw a brick in a window and climbed thru. Stole expensive tools, a couple of guns, and my jewelry. Insurance paid, but had no rider in the jewelry, so it was a flat amount. There was an alarm on the doors, but no motion detector. Besides, they were in there and out, so the police say, in five minutes, so even if the alarm had went off, they wouldn’t have gotten there in time to catch them. They were stealing another day and the police caught them and found the tools that had been stolen and they were returned. Guns and jewelry not recovered.

      You feel violated, and unsafe in your own home. Scum is what this type of person-people is-are. I hope they catch the scum bags and if they try to sell them to a pawn shop, hopefully they will get caught. Where I live, the pawn shop has to wait 30 days before they can sell in the event it is stolen property.

      • OhioPrepper says:

        Almost There,

        They came during the day, I easily could have been home.

        I suspect I’m not alone when I say I hopefully would have been home
        Another Bad day at black rock.
        Sheepdog 1, wolves zero.
        I had my home burgled about 40 years ago. I was away at the local Y teaching a well advertised (as in our names listed as instructors) self defense for women class with another instructor. When we entered the house and saw the back window pried up and broken, we immediately did a quick search of the house to no avail. Wish the thieves would have still been there, cause they would have had their career stopped short.
        I was missing a guitar and a banjo that were never recovered and no one was ever caught. The most problematic thing about the incident was when I would later be looking for something and could not find it, only wondering if it was yet one more thing stolen, and way to late for another insurance claim.

    • Always Forward says:

      So sorry. Hope they catch them. Check the pawn shops around the area. All the best in recovering from the trauma.

    • Tractorgirl,
      My DM lives in south TX and most people have someone stay in the house just for that reason. They just read the obits, it is easy to get an address.

    • Babycatcher says:

      So sorry you went thru that. We didn’t put an obituary in the paper til.two weeks after the death(which is when the memorial service occurred). We also had someone in the house to guard it, and the house was mostly empty. All valuables were disbursed to heirs. I am sorry you are going thru this.

    • Hummingbird says:

      I am so sorry and I understand the trauma you feel as it happened to me too.

      • Tractorgirl says:

        Thanks to all…we had someone at the fatherin laws house but not ours,,..we think they got spooked because there were so many things they didn’t get to…yes a family member who dislikes us greatly did come to mind….those guns are probably long gone and all the ammo with never be recovered…we had a Liberty safe..they pried to door off and the posts on top broken as well..they knew what they were doing for sure…now I have all the clean up and organizing…new security system on order..cameras and all the bells…husband already ordered a new custom safe…any suggestions on securing the safe…and or a new suggestion for all my costume jewelry that I have sentimental attachment….such as my wedding jewelry (now gone)…sad..thanks again for your advise and comments..

        • Tractorgirl says:

          They upended the safe and stood on the door to pri it off…they took mostly handguns and ammo

          • West of the Big Chicken says:

            Hate your lost, FIL and possessions. Prayers.

            In the future, only a suggestion, if safe door is right handed open, place in left corner, bolt to floor and wall. Left hand open, reverse. Cannot be pried open. Can still be cut into with right equipment. These people would be pros, nothing you can do about them.

            Brother’s house broke into, police said they would be back to clean out house, I mentioned to boss I was house sitting, he asked what I would do and I replied, “Stop the Invasion.”

            I am known as the idiot crazy employee.

        • Jesse Mathewson says:

          Youve responded well, I just hope you can get some back 🙁

    • Encourager says:

      Tractorgirl , there have been numerous homes broken into during a funeral around here; I think the thieves call the funeral home to find out exact times, etc. We had a neighbor watch our home during my MIL funeral. We do have a security gate but I am sure it would only slow down a determined person. We also alter our times of leaving to run errands, etc so we set no pattern up.

      My heart goes out to you; praying for peace for you and your family. Dirty rotten scummy people who do this kind of thing!

  3. Contrarian says:

    Picked some ammo. Did an informal inventory of supplies.

    Now the bad part. A rodent got into some of the stored food. Have to check the other areas. Hopefully the damage is limited.

    • Jesse Mathewson says:

      We had a run of mice recently, took care of em with our rat terrier (highly recommend the breed, easy to train, extremely intelligent and amazingly good catching mice/etc., just keep em from your chickens)

      Use M.D.s link, but this is an awesome live trap, and will work for quail and dove

      Rat Trap – Medium Animal Humane Live Cage Atomic Barbie

  4. Solani, BC Canada says:

    Was very happy that I’d gone with D to town the other day and saw that Walmart had just stacked the “not so happy veggies” in the $ 1.00 rack! YAAAY!!! 6 big bags (5 in each bag) of bell peppers, several bags of onions of varying types, as well as other veggies, including 2 bunches of asparagus, that definitely didn’t look happy but I know that if you cut the ends off and stick them in water overnight, they’re almost back to “perfect” again. 🙂 I *GRABBED* all I wanted, before anyone else could… *grin* Campbell’s soup cans were on sale for .67 cents so I bought a lid of 24 mushroom soups. Bought a few boxes of big lids for my canning jars as well as spices, fresh garlic and ginger. Canned 10 quarts of my favorite onion and bell pepper pickles. Not that I was running low on them but I can’t resist buying when it’s that cheap! Next stop was our buddy the butcher and picked up enough “scraps” and bones to fill the back of D’s Explorer. Still need to take care of that but thankfully it’s cold enough outside that it will stay frozen until I have time to deal with it all.

    Really need to start canning meat since our 4 big deep freezers are full and the 5th one is getting there… Did a HUGE job this summer cleaning out all the meats and stuff that were way beyond “best before date”. By the time I was done what was left filled 2,5 of the freezers. Anyhow, now our freezers are up to date and everything is in vacuum-seal bags, just need to re-arrange stuff in the freezers so I know where everything is. My goal is to have beef in one freezer, pork in another, wild game in the third etc… And the one inside, a mix of everything and then re-fill the one inside with whatever when it gets low. Not looking forward to it since I’m not very tall and I have to stand on something to be able to reach the bottom of the freezers. I keep getting the mental image of me falling head first into the darn things/coffins and the lids shutting over me!! 😛 Add to that it’s -25 C outside and all bundled up I look like the Michelin-man and am about as mobile as him too! Think I’ll deal with the freezer we have inside the house first and then have D bring more stuff in… LOL

    I’ve had people asking me why I’m rendering beef and pork fat, mostly beef. There are quite a few reasons why I want to have a large supply of rendered and canned fat. Both as a fat supply for cooking as well as making more pemmican, also I would be able to use it for making soap as well as a light source and since along with the meat scraps we get, there are large amounts of fat so, it just makes sense using everything I can, including bone marrow. I’m also canning butter when I can get my hands on butter when it’s on sale. Butter prices here in Canada are outrageous. Almost $4.00 a pound and that is the cheapest Walmart brand. Have a friend that has connections with the Mennonite’s in this area and apparently they are willing to sell, so we’ll see how much that would cost and what else they might have to sell.

    I’ve put up 3 gallon jars of water-glassed eggs. D did what he calls one of his “science projects” last year. He’s always got some science project going. He wanted to see how long eggs would keep fresh using the water glass method. Last month we cracked open the last one in the batch he had made a year ago, smelled it, it smelled like an egg, fried it, it held together nicely and still smelled like an egg while frying. Will admit that I was fully prepared to spit it out when I tasted the fried egg but… It tasted just like an egg should taste and it had been in the water glass jar sitting on the floor next to the fridge for a whole year. So yes, water glassing eggs definitely works! 🙂

    I took down the 2 sheets of plywood D had put up to cover the entrances to the crawlspace’s upstairs the other day and ventured into those spaces (entire length of the house on both sides) armed with a flashlight and a duster to attack cobwebs… I nearly cried when I saw what all is in there. Actually almost just backed out of there and said H*LL NO!! Sweet sweet D, I really do love you but… Both sides are stacked with canned jars of only God knows what, dated back to his first wife that passed away about 20 yrs. ago. Knowing that D doesn’t want to throw anything away, I’m guessing wife #2 just put everything in there and had D put up the plywood and out of sight, out of mind… *sigh* Oh well… On the up side, I guess I won’t have to buy canning jars for awhile, just a lot of lids and seals… I am consciously NOT even trying to think about the job of the multiple trips carrying them all down and out to empty them, preferably downwind somewhere…

    I put the plywood back up and will deal with it come spring, unless I get motivated… Must admit, there are times when I’m actually feeling a bit overwhelmed with everything… I’m not a quitter though! I’ll might “gripe” a little, or go for a walk, find a “safe spot” and shed a few tears if needed and go at it again!

    All the old meat I cleaned out of the freezers this past summer was a welcome and much appreciated treat to our carnivores out here. Made sure “our lone mama wolf” (Freya) got enough for her and her 3 growing pups due to someone shot her in the rear when they’d shot and killed the rest of her pack, which resulted in her not being able to hunt… 🙁 She’s always been a “good girl” and not crossed any boundaries, quite the opposite actually, especially now that her pups are grown up. They somehow manage to keep the neighboring pack of 11 wolves away from our territory. Could have something to do with that they are all big, healthy and at least twice the size of the wolves in the other pack? Who knows… Mama Freya is completely healed now and doesn’t look like she has any lingering problems, what we can see at least… We are fully aware that the 4 wolves we have out here are WOLVES and not “tame dogs”. Have never attempted to pet or go near any of them, even if I do enjoy “singing” with them early morning and night. I’ll either chime in when I hear them howling or, I’ll start the howling session and they’ll chime in. 🙂 They do keep their distance, even if it’s only the other side of the field, or just within the forest line around the yard our house is on. Kind of makes you jump at first when you look up straight into the eyes of a wolf… I’ve however never felt stalked or threatened by them, it’s not like they’re trying to hide and/or sneak up on us. They’re just laying/sitting there quietly watching and when you do make eye contact, they’ll (Mostly Freya) cock their head to the side and then bounce up, do the classic “dog” play invite, head down on the ground between their paws, butt in the air and then playfully bounce away. Really trying to figure them out but then I guess they’re trying to figure us out as well. They’ve never bothered D’s dog when she’s been out with us or out on her own. However, I do believe they know who’s feeding them… But yes, I am armed when I’m out and about and never let my guard down… A wild animal is and always will be a wild animal. However, mutual respect does go a long way, be it one of the wolves or any of the many bears out here.

    Anyhow, getting way off track! 😉

    I’ve put up a few adds where I’m searching for another big container, don’t care if it’s banged up and got dents in it, as long as it’s reasonably whole and not rusted through. Have had a few responses but they’ve all been newer containers and way to much $$$ for my budget.

    My job for today is to go searching through the various buildings out here for material to make the frame for my drying racks/screens. Guess I better get to it before it gets to dark to see what’s out there. Definitely don’t feel like tripping over the skunk or making him/her feel cornered. Got a feeling D would make me sleep in the doghouse until he could stand the smell of me again… *big grin*

    • I would at least keep a couple of dishtowels around the freezer and throw one oven each ends near the lid so I would not be trapped. I am not sure those can be opened from the inside! All that food is a nightmare. Can you get someone to help you with a handoff of food as you take it out and down? If your husband won’t throw things out, I am quite sure you can find anything you need. Don’t use window screens to put food onto. Funny post.

    • Almost There says:


      Maybe you need to get some of those Boy Scouts (can’t remember if you are in Canada or not) up there in the Spring to help bring those down AND get the lids off!!! Wonder how many badges they could get out of the deal. Fix them a good meal and a few sweet treats and they’d probably be happy as a lark. Once they open them, I would put them in buckets of water and soap to get a good rinse going and make them easier to clean for their real scrub down. A toilet brush or 2 might be in order to scrub them out.

      Always enjoy reading your posts. You have some interesting go-ins on up there.

      • Solani, BC Canada says:

        Linda W & Almost There,

        I found lots of useful things during my “scavenger hunt”. 🙂 Opted to go with 1×1 inch wood for the frames I’m using for the racks to hang above the wood-heater to dry the meat for the pemmican. Secured the corners with these little metal corner thingies (whatever they’re called) and also an extra piece of wood on the bottom side of the corners so the screws don’t go all the way through and have me risk scraping my hands on them. That also made them more stable so, I guess that choice was a win-win situation. I am using metal window screen on those racks as I need to have the air flow both from under and above. Just need to make sure meat juice doesn’t drip down on the heater. If it does, I’ll try how it works with parchment paper between the meat and the screen. Would definitely help with the cleaning of the screens. I guess this will be my “science project”. 🙂

        Also found more canning jars, EMPTY ones YAAAY…. LOL I found 2 canners, need to check them out to see if they are functional. On the other hand, I’d really like to buy a new one that lets me know the precise pressure inside of the canner and from what I can see, seems easier for a newbie canner to use… I also found 4 Dutch ovens, complete with lids. One of them is a huge one that has legs on it. Asked D the history of them and he told me that 2 of them came across the country in his ancestors covered wagons. COOL! Will make sure I take extra care with those. Well, I’ll do that will all of them, but the 2 family ones feel extra special. Wish they could talk, what stories they could tell!!

        Yes, I have really found out that I can find just about ANYTHING out here and I haven’t even gone through a fraction of the stuff in the various buildings out here. I have no problem at all dealing with all of those “treasures”, what really gets to me and has me quite overwhelmed at times is that it’s not just D’s stuff I have to deal with. I’m also dealing with both previous wives’ belongings, which at times makes me feel like I’m walking not just on eggshells but barefoot on glass shards. Don’t want to upset D and bring back hurtful memories for him but… I’m VERY grateful that my sister-in-law came up from Mississippi this past summer and spent a month out here helping me with the bulk of those items. She was an enormous help dealing with those. She’s a wonderful woman! When she understood how I felt about it, she took over and just said, D can get however P’eed off at me as he wants to, I’m his sister and he’ll get over it! Still find stuff everyday but it now feels more manageable somehow.

        Yes, I do place towels around the edges of the freezers that are outside, just in case the lids would come down. Only freezer that really worries me it wouldn’t open if I would fall into it, is the largest freezer that’s in what D calls the boathouse. (previous owner 30+ yrs. ago built a boat in it, therefor the name stuck) That freezer has a hasp on it and I’ve checked to see what that darn hasp does if the lid comes down hard enough and sometimes the latch does catch, so I put a bolt in the loop where you can put a lock through, but it still catches on the edge of the loop. I do love the fact that everything now is in vacuum-seal bags but at the same time, it’s a PITA when you try to dig a hole to get to something further down, those slippery bags won’t stay put and create an avalanche!! *grrrr*

        Yes, I’m in Canada.
        I asked D about the idea of checking to see if there is a Boy-Scout group around here that I could ask for help with carrying down all the old canned jars. He wasn’t all that thrilled with that idea. He doesn’t like strangers out here. Something I can relate to since I’m not crazy about people either. Asked him if he would help me getting the jars down and out but he didn’t seem all that thrilled about that either. His solution was to just leave the jars where they are and buy new jars… Ehhh… NOOO! The short time I was in the crawlspaces I did see that some of the seals on the jars had rusted through and the mice had been cleaning out what they could… Got enough mice in the house as it is!! Don’t need to have a mouse smorgasbord upstairs. Especially since I’m storing quite a lot of our supplies up there. I’ve placed sticky-traps all around the house and catch on average 6-7 mice a week. Which makes the lady that works with wildlife rescue in our area very happy, since I “remove” the mice from the sticky-traps (so I can re-use the traps) and put them in “my gas-chamber”. She’s been buying dead mice from the pet store at $3.00 a mouse. Now she gets them for free and basically has an unlimited source of food for her injured owls and such.

        D didn’t believe me when I told him that there were so many mice in the house. I have above average hearing and told him I can HEAR the mice when they’re running across the carpet in the bedroom at night. He told me that no one can hear mice run on carpet… HA!! Riiiight… Changed his mind when I’d put the traps out and immediately started catching the little rodents in the bedroom! Have previously used the “catch’em alive” traps but for some reason, the little fur-balls have found out they can escape from those. There’s no escaping a sticky-trap! Still need to be careful with the traps since our mini weasel (Smudge, he has a gray streak down his back) also manages to get in the house every now and then and I definitely don’t want to catch him in one of the traps. Smudge is a mobile mousetrap and semi-tame. Totally crazy! I can watch him for hours, as he always manages to make me laugh. As soon as he hears that we’re outside, he comes BOUNCING like a mini maniac and follows us everywhere, popping up here, there and everywhere. He does get fed when he shows up, so that most likely keeps him following us around. I also get a giggle when Smudge manages to find a way inside the house and D’s “fierce” dog Roxy (a red healer) nearly jumps out of her skin and runs for cover… Yeah, I’m evil… LOL

        I hope I haven’t bored ya’ll with my long and sometimes sidetracked and off-topic posts. Please feel free to skip over them.

        I do have a weird and at times very raw and dark sense of humor but I do believe that it’s my ability to laugh at my own “eff-ups” that keeps me alive and kicking. I can be dead serious when the situation demands it but with all that has happened over the years, I’d be dead if I couldn’t get to the point where I can joke about it. I also believe that in a survival situation you need to take it seriously but… you also need to be able to have a sense of humor, however strange it might be. I believe those moments are important and crucial to survival as well.

        • Please don’t stop, I find your life stories very entertaining. Some of us do not get around much and live dull lives. My wife works with disabled children so conversations about her work are kind of depressing.

        • Jesse Mathewson says:

          Solani/ Love your approach!

        • OhioPrepper says:


          I hope I haven’t bored ya’ll with my long and sometimes sidetracked and off-topic posts. Please feel free to skip over them.

          Interesting stories can be fun now and then. Don’t we all spend good money for books to inform and entertain? That being said, entertain away.

          I also believe that in a survival situation you need to take it seriously but… you also need to be able to have a sense of humor, however strange it might be

          Absolutely!! Rhetorically, the best way to get over stubbing your toe is to laugh at the thing you kicked and should have either been picked up or you should have seen.

        • Anonamo Also says:

          Thank you for your stories and trials.
          I can relate to the former wife things. I married a man who had been married for 30+ years and lost her suddenly. After I dealt with her ashes being on the counter… the rest was a peice of cake.
          an idea for getting the jars down… If you have 3 or 4 two gallon buckets, take those to the area where the jars are, and fill them, what ever you can manage, will probaby be 9-12 jars at a time unless they are pints. take them to the entrance and have someone receive them… Every one you get cleaned now is one more jar that you have to secure something in.
          Another thing you could use is a plastic bin you could partially load and slide to the entrance… just be careful not to load either too heavy, and do not try to take them down a stairway alone, unless it is a proper stairway. It is too easy to mis-judge weight and balance.

        • Solani

          Don’t stop. I’m enjoying your stories very much. You’re right. What is the use of prepping for the future, if you are unable to laugh about the past and present. There would be no joy in prepping. Maybe that’s the trouble with the ‘snowflakes.’ No joy in their lives, nothing to look forward to.

        • Solani,
          You have a real treasure trove! It’s good your sil helps buffer you from the “wrath of D!” I an understand how you can hear mice running across the carpet. How do you gas the mice?

          I certainly would not leave the jars up there! Carrying down jars could be dangerous and tedious. Can you use a tote bag to carry four jars at a time until you get them all to a level where you won’t fall? Maybe you could set a goal of so many jars each day to keep you fresh while you are bringing things down. Getting tired makes us get clumsy or careless and hurt ourselves.

          I do agree about not having strangers in the house. Maybe his sister could come back and help. People have commented on the huge amount of food I have. I offhandedly tell them I just need to get rid of it since it is obviously the result of my buying too many bargains. So, often I will offer them a few items. Usually, I ask if their dog will eat some of the older cans of food. These people are usually someone who has helped me a bit. I really try to limit who comes in the house for any reason.

          If your weasel gets into a sticky trap, it won’t get hurt and will probably be able to free itself easily.

          Even in a survival situation that is serious and calls for seriousness, there should still be room for levity.

          • Solani, BC Canada says:


            How do you gas the mice?

            I pinch them by the scruff of their neck so they can’t bite me, remove them from the sticky-trap and place them in a catch’em alive trap, shut the lid and place the whole trap with mouse in a plastic bag. Next step is a 5 second ether/starting fluid spray into the plastic bag, close bag and it’s lights out for the mouse.

            I do agree about not having strangers in the house. Maybe his sister could come back and help. People have commented on the huge amount of food I have.

            Yes, that is the main reason D doesn’t want strangers out here. No need to advertise that you’ve got a stockpile of foods and other items. Me, I mostly just don’t like people period… lol But I agree with not advertising what you’ve got…

            I do wish my SIL could come back up for a visit at least. D and his sister hadn’t seen each other for 20 yrs. prior to her coming up here past summer. I’d even like to take it a step further and want her move up here but she has her kids and family down south, so I can understand that she wants to be near them. However, they all know that if things start to get really nasty, we’ve got more than enough room for all of them out here. But, they are also prepper minded folk, so I think they’d opt to stay where they are, or all move out to my SIL’s place which is more off the beaten path. Would love to have them all here though and know that D REALLY would love it since the only family he has is his sister and her children since he has no children of his own.

            In regards to the old full jars upstairs. I think I’ll go with the idea of bringing up a couple of big sturdy buckets, open all the windows upstairs and empty the contents of the jars into the buckets and then CAREFULLY carry the buckets downstairs and out. Stairway is a real stairway but a tad steep, so I’m always careful when walking down it. Add to that D’s dog is an ankle-biter, being the Healer she is. She has however learned that if she bites my heals/feet, I bite her back… I will not take that kind of behavior from any dog!

            I’m used to the big hardheaded Mountain guard-dogs and have never taken any BS from them either. D’s got Roxy spoiled rotten. She’s a sweet dog but she’s has D VERY well-trained… lol D has asked me if I want a dog of my own and yes, I really would but… I feel it would be very difficult and unfair towards a new dog/pup having a whole different set of rules compared to the other dog being allowed to more or less do whatever she wants…
            Also, I know it would create arguments/fights between me and D if he’d interfere with my way of raising/training my dog… So, nope, no new dog. At least not yet…

            • Jesse Mathewson says:

              I have regular neighborhood bbqs, however, I have my preps in locked areas – and never advertise them except to family (most of whom are not blood, I dont sady cannot trust most of my blood)

    • Solani or anyone,
      I read about the process of water glassing for eggs. The site said to put the eggs small end down in a gallon jar or quart. The next instruction was confusing–do not let the eggs touch and to stack them after the first layer.

      If the eggs are stacked, how can you make sure the eggs don’t touch. Even one layer thick, it would be difficult to keep eggs from touch since they have roly poly ends. Can anyone explain this contradiction?

      • OhioPrepper says:

        I’ve read about using sodium silica (water glass) for storing eggs; but, I’ve never tried it, so I’d be interest in anything people have to say here also.

      • Linda; A quart jar is basically worthless. Too small. Depending on how many eggs you want to store, a gallon or larger is needed. Glass, not plastic. And with a good lid.

        ONLY farm fresh eggs can be used. Do NOT wash eggs…..except for chicken poop and then very carefully wipe it off. When eggs are laid, they come out with a protective coating. Store bought eggs have been washed so cannot be water glassed.

        I have never worried about which end is up or down when I put them in the water glass. I just make sure they are thoroughly covered. I have never heard of not letting eggs touch. I have water glassed eggs for years when I can get farm fresh eggs. None have gone bad from touching. I do insist on clean hands or wearing gloves (surgical) when I pull a couple out of jar. Dirty hands contaminate water.

        Water glassed eggs can last for many months. In fact eggs can last several months without refrigeration if your storage area is cool enough. When in doubt, do the water test. If the egg floats…it has most likely gone bad.

        • Izzy,
          Thanks. Eggs not touching seemed impossible to me. How about a half gallon or gallon jar? I would use Ball. What is the best place to get the stuff to put into the water? I think I would use bottled water instead of faucet water.

          • Go with the gallon jar. You have to account for the water glass taking up space as well as the eggs.

            Tap/bottle water doesn’t work plain. You need sodium silicate. Lehman’s carries the one for water glassing eggs. https://www.lehmans.com/product/water-glass-liquid-sodium-silicate

            It is a bit pricey when you first start out, but it lasts a long time. I have also used the same water glass at least a couple of times before changing with no harm.

            • Izzy,
              I meant water to put the sodium silicate into. Yes, I knew plain water would not work. I will check out the link. My next thought was if I could use the water more than once. Plus, I will never have a dozen fresh eggs to treat since there is just me and I don’t keep more than four, maybe six hens. Can I just put in a few eggs each day until the jar is full? In a glut of eggs, I would only get about a dozen extra each week. Maybe more, but never enough fresh eggs to fill a gallon jar. I suppose that I now need to buy a gallon jar. I gave away four pickle jars last fall!

              This interest me because I am out of eggs from my one hen. I miss eggs even though I buy them from the store in the winter. I just refuse to eat one not from my hens. Thanks for the information.

              • If you have decent tap water, they yes, you can use it. My water is so bad, I won’t even give it to my cats.

                I would wait till you get at least 1o-12 eggs stored up, then put them in the water glassing jar. You simply temporarily store eggs in a bowl with a towel over it in a cool place. I suppose you could add a few at a time, but then you won’t really know which are the oldest if they shift.

                NO, a gallon jar is not too big. I use a 2 gal jar. I can easily get 2 dozen eggs in it. Water glassed eggs can last 4-5 months.

                Btw: Selling your fresh eggs when you have a glut can make you some pin money. People will pay $4.00 a dozen for fresh eggs.

              • OhioPrepper says:

                You must eat a lot of eggs.
                We’re down to only 4 girls right now and after a bit of time off for molting, we’re back to 3-4 eggs per day and with just the DW and I they build up rather quickly.
                I have frozen some and plan to try both dehydration and freeze drying soon!!.

                • Anoanamo Also says:

                  Country Vet swears by using hydrated lime method, (from you tube 6 ways to preserve eggs) has some that are 2 years and 100%…just FYI . freeze drying would be my second choice. have done the dehydrated and they are ok for cooking but i was not impressed with the taste when rehydrated.. I fully cooked, with no oils, diced with spatula and dehydrated, then put in food processor and ground to size of cornmeal. 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp water=1 med egg. they did beat no eggs and i have a few pints put back. Dehydrated, i can put about 2 dozen in a pint. with oxy absorber.

      • Solani, BC Canada says:

        LindaW & Everyone

        This is how D does his water glassed eggs.

        First off, he only uses unfertilized eggs (no rooster present in the hen-house) Don’t wash the eggs, just wipe them off with a dry cloth if they are dirty. The eggs are naturally covered with some sort of protective layer which needs to remain on the egg to help seal it from air, water, etc… We use gallon pickle jars. Carefully place the eggs in the jar, it doesn’t matter if the eggs are touching each other. I’ve never heard of that.

        Mix water glass // Sodium Silicate and distilled water. For one full gallon jar of eggs take 1 cup water glass and 9 cups distilled water. Mix the water solution before you pour it into/onto the eggs in the jar. The water glass mixture needs to cover the eggs by at least 1 inch. Put the lid on the jar and tighten it. We have our jars on the floor between the fridge and the outer wall and is quite cool there. Use clean rubber gloves when you take an egg out, the water glass is slimy and also you need to make sure the water glass solution is as sterile as possible. Rinse the egg with water before cracking open. Water glass is not poisonous but it’s darn slimy and you’re likely to loose the egg on the floor if you don’t rinse it off first. When I use the water glassed eggs in baking, I crack each egg in a glass first just to make sure I don’t get a bad one in the batch and have to through it all out. Only difference I’ve found when it comes to the water glassed eggs, is that the yolks are more fragile.

  5. Great day today!! been hammering on learning for my ham technician license!! passed the technician license and the general license test!! that’s about it for me for the last 2 weeks!!
    keep on prepping!!

    • bill w,

      Congrats! You should have your call sign within a week or so.

      • 5-10 days Zulu!! thanks for the congrats!!

        • PrepperDoc says:

          That is GREAT NEWS. Congratulations — to pass the General at the same time is qhite a good job. I wish you well on getting a station going. I’ve written quite a bit about that, if you google PrepperDoc you’ll find several articles.

          The little Baofeng $25 VHF/UHF rigs are not the most sensitive receivers onthe block, but they do work for getting started. If you have a ham near you to help you with HF, it is areal hoot!! A simple resonant diople and you’ll be hearing amazing things.

          • prepper doc I have my basic ham shack set up I have a icom-880h dualband radio set up as a base station and a yaesu ft-990 for my hf setup for the other base coverage with a 80-10 m dipole ant!

          • believe me it was a shit show as always with me!! first I was told I passed the tech then offered the general test thought I passed both I did really well with the general . as I was getting in my truck and phoning my wife with the good news I saw the vec waving to me!!I went back to hear him say I missed the tech by one point!! bummer but they let me do the tech test again so I got both today!! he said that has never happened before!! leave it to me to set it worked out!!
            got my general class so that’s all that’s counts!! drove 60 miles to get my license!! glad

    • Almost There says:

      Congrats bill w.

  6. Limabulldog94 says:

    Hola! (that is almost the whole of my Spanish vocab so yeah about that) Today we scouted out a sewing table for DW’s new sewing machine she got for Christmas. (I’m a great hubby and get what she wants!) Also we got a new Lodge 12 inch cast iron that i am current seasoning. Can’t wait to start using it! We have some smaller ones but don’t use them regularly. Added a few foods and pew pews to the pantry. Other than that staying warm in Texas! God Bless.

  7. I have been getting ready for tax season to start. Since many of my customers have fees withheld from their refund checks and they qualify for eitc and the gov will not be releasing their refunds until after Feb 15th, I will not be getting paid until the end of Feb. That is going to suck!
    Last week I forgot to mention that we picked up a new steel door to replace the back door. The frame was slightly damaged so we got it for $178 instead of the $356 original price. It has a window with the built in shade. We made sure that the door and shade works.
    DH also got a wood heater dirt cheap for his shop. He has still got to buy the flue and the heat resistant sheetrock for the back wall, right now it is bare studs with insulation so no big deal.

  8. 11 more days !!! Lol

  9. A NATO plane was playing chicken with a Russian airliner in Russian airspace. Obama needs to STOP putting American lives at risk for political reasons.

  10. Overwatch says:

    Illustrative of the human condition: Yesterday we had a snow storm. Over a foot fell on my area of SE Mass. I had to pick up one item at the grocery store that I had overlooked. The lines were 8-10 patrons deep, the lot full. I felt like I was going through the evacuation of Saigon.
    Absolute Charlie Foxtrot. Yet another reason to be prepared.

    Earlier this week, I grabbed another salt water fishing pole and some heavier tackle. Spring will be here before we know it. I also bought some motor oil on sale which came with free filters. DW grabbed extra groceries, having found Progresso’s Macaroni and Bean (pasta e fagioli) soup for $1.25/can. We both had fond memories of this soup as children but neither of us had ever mentioned it. After my DS and I dig out the driveway, guess what’s for lunch.
    Also bought a steel ammo can of 5.56 mm for $174.00, a box of 250 rounds of.40, and a box of .357 Sig.

  11. 100 rounds of 9mm, plus coffee for rotation. 12# rice for which DP raised a fit. Wonder if he will figure it out if he reads Koppel’s Lights Out that I gave him for Christmas.

    • Mari, 9 mm is a great handgun round. Focus on rifle or shotgun rounds. Long guns are much more effective.

    • OhioPrepper says:


      Wonder if he will figure it out if he reads Koppel’s Lights Out that I gave him for Christmas.

      So Kopple has a Lights Out also.
      I’ve read the original from the 90’s by David Crawford that I still have as a pdf. This started as a shareware novel back in the 1990’s like Rawles Patriots and has been downloaded over 3,000,000 times.
      As for your DP, I wish you luck. We come to this journey by different routes. Some are just aware by their nature; some obtain information like a book that opens their eyes, and others have to have a TEOTWAWKI event happen to them personally. I wish you well on that book doing the trick.

  12. Encourager says:

    Just caught a bit of 60 Minutes. They had a segment on the new military drones…that think, that communicate with each other and that can fly in formations of 100 or more. They are small – probably 8-10 inches across. They sound like a swarm of insects. They gave me the chills and a feeling of dread. Yes, they could be used for good – seeking out terrorists or a lost child but yet… I cannot help wondering how they could be turned and be used on us Americans in times of trouble.

    The other segment I caught was about “Planet 9” – a new planet that is out beyond Pluto and from all the clues they are following, a big planet as many objects are being drawn into its gravitational force and are orbiting around it.

    • PrepperDoc says:

      Yes, I saw the same thing and my response to my wife was that it is time for us to buy another shotgun.

      • 12 Ga drone shot. Lol

      • OhioPrepper says:

        If you saw the segment, those little things were small and quick so a shotgun might not be all that effective. I think it is also technically illegal to shoot a gun or a laser at an aircraft, so if you’re going to be illegal anyway, I think high powered broad spectrum RF could overwhelm the receiver input stages on them, and if they can’t communicate and coordinate, they can swarm. That being said I suspect at least some would kill themselves when their formation falls apart.
        BTW, I found your other book, and as soon as I can get time to get the newest windows version of Kindle with text to speech going, I’ll be getting both of them. That being said, perhaps you could now contact me via email and maybe work out an HF schedule, since I work stations in your vicinity with ease, given the right propagation. BTW, nice 2×1. I’ve been Extra class for more than a decade and haven’t seen any that I like well enough to change, plus my current call has a attribution in Rawles Patriots that’s good to keep around.

    • Jesse Mathewson says:

      Here on the border we already have over a dozen predator drones being used for… “keeping it secure” eg., keeping us in and watching us- they run them from black tower, a research project/facility on ft Huachuca – they have additional hubs being used to train and run drone operators, but it is all centralized through black tower on ft Huachuca – things its important too knw.

  13. PrepperDoc says:

    The EMP book has now sold 182 copies!!
    I’m ecstatic of course. All kinds of people are learning about EMP and how to protect fairly easily from it. (If you do the work)

    It appears that I don’t get paid until an entire month in arrears, so nothing to send to the host here until after the end of the month….

    The NEW BOOK (which for opsec reasons I can’t give much detaills about here….) has now sold 7 copies. I’ve now pointed it out on a couple of blogs in the amateur radio emergency groups / winlink / bpq communities. I’ve now ordered 75 copies myself to give away to educate and encourage people and possibly stimulate more demand. If I get to go to hamfests, I can potentially sell or even give away copies there — particularly if I find a vendor whose product really relates to emergency service and I want to support the vendor. Copies are cheaper than I could photocopy them for….and much much nicer.

    If you have a skill / knowledge….this is a very very cool thing to do. Maybe I should write a post about how to do it easily?

    • Prepper Doc,
      Information on the process would be great! Please do!

      • OhioPrepper says:


        Information on the process would be great! Please do!

        I think he did. It’s in his book.

        • OhioPrepper says:

          Unless you meant the process for publishing. Sorry if I hit the SUBMIT botton too quickly.
          In that case I would however wholly agree.

          • OP,
            Your response puzzled me until I read this comment. Yes, publishing was the process to which I referred. It seems that the way to buy his book is pretty much a secret to which he offers no clues…lol.

    • Prepperdoc,

      OK, it took a little bit (I guess I’m not the sharpest tool in the box), but I found your new book. So, now you’ve sold eight. 🙂

  14. 10 more days !!!

  15. MD, nice AR,who is the manufacturer of the lower?

    Is that an old pic of the lake ? Looks to enticing for kayaking or canoeing and fishing. I can’t wait to pull out the kayak this year and fish with my wife or her Dad.

    • Thor 1,

      AR is a Colt. Lake pic was taken a couple of days before I posted it here.

      • I have a Colt too. Match grade H-Bar 2. Match grade trigger, barrel. I left the A2 stock on it just feels comfortable. I have a magpul stock and an ergo grip but haven’t put them on yet. It does have a Harris bipod though. Your lake ? I was wondering due to snow how frozen it might be….. It might have frozen fish in it now. Lol

  16. Tractor Girl
    It makes me sick that there are people like the ones that raided your home. I know no words can ease the ppain. Hope they catch them. Just remember you are surrounded by the Love of Wolf Pack.The numbness is over, now it’s anger and make you want to get even.Don’t, they will get theirs some time,never enough punisment, There still good people in this world!

    • Tractorgirl says:

      Thank you Be Be….I am not made or vengeful ..I am having a type of PST….I can’t focus ..concentrate..I have lost some of my balance..I try to clean up and organize the stuff they tossed all over but can’t seem to get it pulled together..I am trying to give myself a week to settle down and then get busy..if not I will go to dr or someone with knowledge of this…..maybe someone out there can give me an essential oils recipe for such events….I do feel like all your thoughts are with me and it warms my heart…thanks to all..

      • Jesse Mathewson says:


        Remember the positives, you and yours were not hurt. Things were taken, and you should be upset, get upset, that is both natural and right. However, remember, the positive is you know you and yours who live there are and were safe.

        Additionally, if I may, your loved one who passed, is still with you. Memories, positive and negative as well as actions taken mean you reflect them in your life and actions.

        There is positive in all this doesnt mean you cannot embrace the rage you feel at the perpatrators of said deviance against you. Or the loss you feel with loved one being physically gone. All very natural and good feelings, I guess what I am saying is, dont avoid the feelings. Let them out, (carefully use a punching bag or such) but dont bottle them up. That will only promote further ptsd

        I know ptsd intimately and disagree with the current veterans affairs approach embrace your emotions and remember they exist to protect you

        • Solani, BC Canada says:

          Jesse M & Tractorgirl,
          YES, I very much agree with Jesse about PTSD rage/anger. Having lifelong PTSD myself from childhood abuse and more up through the years, it is very important to “blow off steam”, preferably in a safe environment both to oneself and others. Don’t bottle it up, it will just fester, grow and further clog up the emotional drainage system, meaning other stuff that happens, even if it’s just little things after will get stuck on top of the previous crap/trauma and create stress that might not have bothered you at all if it would have been able to flow through the “drain”. It’s OK to feel angry, hurt, sad when sh*t happens. Try to deal with it as soon as you can as it will only get more difficult to process and rid yourself of the aftermath the longer you let it fester.
          Punching bag is a very good idea! I’ve always lived in very rural areas and have punched many tree’s, screamed my brains out (without having to worry about anyone hearing me) kicked, thrown pine-cones and rocks. It’s also OK to cry. Lavender oil could sooth and also help you sleep as well. Perhaps check and see if there is any type of trauma group which you could join and talk, talk, talk… Stay safe and I’m so sorry for what you are going through right now.

      • Wolfies; Get out your formula notes please. I need a homeopathic remedy for psoriasis ….on scalp. A friend of mine has this malady and it is driving her nuts. I told her to use olive oil on head at night and also use tea tree oil behind her ears.

        Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

        • So sorry, I put this post in wrong spot. (:

        • Solani, BC Canada says:

          I make a salve out of of Marigold, cold pressed virgin olive-oil and bee’s wax. I’ll halfway dry the marigold flowers and some of the leaves, crush them slightly and put in a jar, add olive-oil to cover the marigold and let sit for about 3 weeks, shaking carefully every other day. (avoid direct sunlight) After 3 weeks, strain the olive-oil/Marigold. Melt bee’s wax in a double boiler. Pour the melted bee’s wax into a tempered glass or ceramic bowl and while constantly stirring, drizzle the olive/Marigold-oil into the melted wax. Pour oil into wax until it is halfway to the consistency you wish to have your salve. The wax mix will thicken more when it cools. If it turns out it’s to solid, put it back in the double boiler, melt (don’t let the bee’s wax boil at any point) and add more olive/marigold-oil. Personally, I also add vitamin E oil to my salve. This salve is good for all kinds of skin conditions, rashes, burns, babies butts, cow/goat teat’s etc.

          If used on head, I’d most likely just use the marigold/olive-oil and dab it on, as the salve could be problematic to get down to the scalp through hair? Regardless, always test salve/oil on non-affected skin first, to ensure there are no allergic reactions.

          • Thank you so much Solani. I will have to make this as my friend probably wouldn’t….argh. But, I think I will also try it on my skin as it is terribly, terribly dry.

            • Solani, BC Canada says:

              You’re welcome. 😉 You can find various variations of recipes for the Marigold salve on the Internet if you google it but, this is the one I’ve used for years. The salve I made this fall was for some reason not as “potent” as the ones I’ve previously made in Sweden. Not sure why. Could be the plant/flowers itself? I’m used to the single petal flowers but couldn’t find any seeds or baby plants for them over here, so I had to go with the big multiple petal layer flowers. Not sure what the difference is but this year, I’m going to ask my daughter in Sweden to send me a few pouches of the single petal flower seeds.

              I also have very dry skin, strangely enough mostly on the right side of my body and use this salve (a thinner version) for that too. Mostly on my arms and my feet. Also works great on dogs paws/pads both when dry and cracked skin but also to protect them from cold/ice and if you live somewhere they put salt on the road. Use a thicker (more bee’s wax) for dogs paw pads and make sure paws are completely dry before applying. I also use it on “new tattoo’s” and since my oldest daughter is a tattoo artist, let’s just say I have quite a few… 😉

      • Tractorgirl; It is okay to think vengeful thoughts and be angry as all get out. In fact, it is cathartic.

        When trauma first hits, we automatically go into a “denial system”. Some more severe than others. Denial systems are put in place to give us time to recover. You not wanting to clean up after the mess the burglars left is part of the denial system….and they are a subconscious. Not dealing with the issue(s) is all part and parcel of DS’s and PTSD.

        When I was still in private practice, I would have clients tell me they didn’t want to be angry. They just wouldn’t let go. So, I created a little rag doll I called the “Dammit Doll”. I told my clients to pretend it was the object of their trauma…usually an ex, Beat the tar out of on your counter, sofa or wherever. It will get the juices flowing to release pent up (subliminal) anger.

        The sooner you right your home, the quicker you will heal. The memory will live on, but physically you will start to do better. The fact that your home was invaded…where you sleep is unsettling. This type of trauma takes time to get over because our safety zone has been violated. Physical activity DOES help.

        I hope you have told the cops who you suspect. Even if you have no proof. I would also be checking local pawn shops, thrift stores, gun shops and Ebay.

        In the meantime, might I suggest you try ‘Valerian” for nerves. It acts as a calming agent, but without any drug side effects. I will certainly be praying for you Tractorgirl. Prayers are powerful medicine. 🙂

        • Anonamo Also says:

          Tractor girl and Izzy, FYI! Be careful with the Valerian, ESPecially,… if you have never taken it, and if you are sensitive to medication amounts…ie, if the amount of drugs you use,… are on the low end to obtain effectiveness, (to show what I mean..example 81 mg of asprin 3x a week will make me spill blood in urine, thins my blood too much, and I use half dose of weakest pain pill, should I be presribed one for tooth extraction etc.).. the first time I took Valerian..I did nto know this and I slept for 28 hours. on standard over the counter, ONE capsule. It is also in sleepy time extra tea and is available at china mart. I tolerate that amount ok…

          • OhioPrepper says:

            Anonamo Also,
            Sleepy Time?
            I”ve always preferred Morning Thunder myself.

            • Anonamo Also says:

              Yes, I don’t drink it because I like it, I drink it for the effect….on the nights I just can’t turn off and need to rest, have early appt.. a single teabag/cup mixed with peppermint will knock me off into dreamland and I have no bad effects..ie.. with no grogginess.. but valerian by it’self knocks me out for more than a day… “Throat Coat” is another one we use for sore throat, I mix mine with peppermint…don’t care for the taste, but it works well.
              My DH likes Morning Thunder and Pau DeArco tea’s
              I like the cinnamon apple and holiday spice ones, the tangerine-orange teas…

              • OhioPrepper says:

                Anonamo Also,

                don’t drink it because I like it, I drink it for the effect

                Same with me on the Morning Thunder, between the caffeine and the mate it the pick me up that generally doesn’t let you down.

          • Solani, BC Canada says:

            Tractorgirl, Izzy & Everyone,
            Yes, be very careful with Valerian and also St. Johns Worth,(sp?) especially if you are also on any chemical based anti-depressant/mood-stabilizer. Combined they CAN create total havoc. The Valerian will change how you’re body/liver takes up everything from OTC pain meds. as well as Opioids, natural or the chemical variations, benzo’s and mood-stabilizers that go through your liver.

            My system is on the complete opposite side of the scale of Anonamo Also’s, meaning I am a ultra rapid metabolizer. I have a mutation on the genes in my liver that causes various meds (quite a few of them) to basically just pass through with little or no effect at all. Which is at times a PITA but still preferable to risking death with just the normal prescribed dose of whatever… I have chronic back pain and the levels I’ve been taking of the synthetic opiods are high enough to outright kill someone. Was told by a doctor/biologist that Valerian could help me as it slows down the genes in the liver, which would give it more time to be able to take up the opioids and distribute them to wherever they needed to go, instead of just flushing them through my system. That didn’t work on me either.

            I don’t get the benefit of the pain meds or the “high” that goes with these types of medications, which in some ways really bums me out, since now that I’ve moved here to Canada, I’ve been weening myself off of them and get the withdrawal, now that’s just not fair!! LOL If you don’t get the “benefits” you really shouldn’t have to deal with the withdrawal symptoms either! *grrrr*
            Have now nearly phased out the opioids/Tramadol from 600mg per day, down to now 100mg. and will keep on until I’m totally off them. Not feeling much difference in the pain department. Basically only taking the 650mg OTC Acetaminophen now and have raised the natural vitamins/minerals I take with added Cats Claw, which works both as a immune-booster, mood stabilizer, muscle relaxer and more. Tried the medical marijuana but don’t like the “high”, same as I don’t like the drunk feeling from alcohol, that is if I even get drunk since alcohol also more or less just goes straight through me. I’m a very expensive date if and when someone has wanted to take me out to the bar… LOL I don’t like ANY substance that effects and slows down my ability to think. Been trying to find a good source that sells the medical marijuana oil that doesn’t have THC in it but the ones I’ve found so far, are out of my price range.

            But yes, be very careful when trying out Valerian. I’d go with the Valerian tea (weak cup) first and see what reaction you’d get.

            • Anonamo Also says:

              If kratom is legal there(not legal everywhere) try it., it works for some people.. gives energy boost, and helps with severest pain. canabis oil (if you can use legally) has also been effective for some people, even taken rectally , produces no mental side effects…. l also would try tumeric, ginger….and other inflammatories… you did not say what type of pain., as in bone, nerve location… swansons has a homeopathic nerve pain and a fibromyalgia formula. both of these “take the edge off ” of severe nerve pain/according to DH,.also have arthritic formula.. they are by Dr Barbara Hendel.
              Tylenol/acetaminophen does not touch any pain on me. Does nothing.
              I used herbs for Lyme arthritis and problems with cold fronts has not afffected me as bad as last year.am not supposed to take NSAIDS due to gastric issue. I have tramadol rx/portion that is 3 years old, so use infrequently.. but use one 50 mg ultram with 200-400mg ibuprophen and a prevacid 30mg( to protect my stomach.).. Its been more than a month since i had to use this combo… the tramadol will extend and enhance the ibuprophen’s pain relieving benefits. If pain is severe this could be safely used as often as the tramadol by it’s self..( but i’d only take the prevacid one time a day)

    • Tractorgirl says:

      Bebe..i think you are from my state…..would love to connect but not give everyone my local….maybe you could let the boss know and he could email me your location…..

  17. I am not able to see the comments posted before January 7. I am so happy my banana and papaya made it through the freeze. The leaves got killed but the fruit and stalks look fine. We are back in the 70s tomorrow. I don’t see how you folks up north can deal with cold weather. I need to research how to stop condensation from forming on the insides of my windows. It was 28 degrees outside and 68 degrees inside without the heat on.

    • OhioPrepper says:

      Bam Bam,

      I don’t see how you folks up north can deal with cold weather.

      Thicker blood, more layers) e.g. sweaters and hoodies
      I actually prefer cold (to a point) over heat. I can always layer up or throw the proverbial log on the fire, but for heat there’s only so much you can take off and have any additional relief.
      Actually it was 6 ° here yesterday most of the day, getting warmer all night, and now sitting at an almost balmy 34° and scheduled for 60+° with rain on Thursday.

      I need to research how to stop condensation from forming on the insides of my windows. It was 28 degrees outside and 68 degrees inside without the heat on.

      Basic physics again. High humidity as in lots of water vapor in the air and a cold object to chill the vapor and allow it to condense. Take a glass of a cold drink into your yard on a hot humid day and you see the same thing on the outside of the glass.
      The only solution is a dehumidifier or insulated windows, e.g. 2 or 3 pain) so the inside stays warmer and doesn’t invite condensation.

      • Almost There says:

        I still get condensation on the inside of my double pane windows when it’s cooler in the house than outside and humidity is in the 80’s. You’d think I have a meat locker going.

    • Bam Bam

      I’m glad your fruit made it through the freeze.

      OP is right, good insulated windows or a dehumidifier work the best for reducing condensation on windows. Sometimes a fan blowing warm air around the room will help.

      Right now it is 23 degrees where I am at in the UP. It was cloudy all day with a bit of sun right before sunset. The best thing was no wind. It was actually pleasant feeding and watering the animals. They even ventured outside their coop for a little while, today. They hate the wind more than I do.

    • BlueJeanedLady says:

      BamBam – – – You mentioned,

      I am not able to see the comments posted before January 7.

      If you scroll down to the last posted comment on this page, directly below that last comment and on the left side of your screen there will be a prompt that says “Older Comments.” Once you click on to that prompt you will see earlier posts (comments) from the current week’s regular WDYDTPTW column that were initially posted / printed before this page. As I understand, our site mastermind needed to limit the number of comments, per page, so this practice was started a few weeks (not sure of exact date) ago.

      This newer way to access older comments in the same week’s column (as I described above) works just dandy on my laptop and my desktop – but since I don’t normally view this site on my smart phone or tablet, I can’t say for certain if it appears exactly the same on those devices or not.

      Hope this little tidbit of info is helpful for you. Good Luck! 🙂

    • Solani, BC Canada says:

      I also prefer the cold. Like OhioPrepper wrote, you can always put more layers of clothes on. Living in Florida some years ago after previously living in a colder climate really did create problems since my blood was thicker. Had to eat extra baby aspirins daily to thin my blood, which created the opposite problem when I moved back to Sweden. Being here in Canada now the temperature when I got up at 4AM this morning was -24F Had to light the propane heater in the kitchen after I had re-loaded the wood heater in the front room. Need to get some kind of fan system rigged in the front room so the heat can circulate better. Other than that, what I feel is most important is to have appropriate clothing for where you live as well as extras. Feeling really sorry for those that live further south that aren’t used to the invading cold that seems to be a global thing right now and knowing that many don’t have heating sources. I can imagine that portable heaters in the stores sold out quite fast. One thing I did in my house in Sweden before I got my wood heater installed (it had only been used as a summer cabin previously) was when I went to bed, I had my kids, 2 extra thick duvets, all of my cats and 3 dogs (2 Great Pyrenees Mountain Dogs and one Siberian Husky mix) with us in the bedroom and the door shut. That kept the bedroom nice and cozy! 🙂
      I had double windows in my house that I could open to get between the glass. Come winter I’d place a layer of cotton between the glass (on the bottom) Place some dried flowers (just to pretty them up) and also salt and rice to absorb moisture. It worked to keep the fog from forming but when it would get really cold, there would be beautiful ice-crystal flower patterns between the windows. We have double pane glass sliding windows in the house here in Canada, no fog but have a thin ice layer on the bottom of the window glass inside.

      • OhioPrepper says:


        beautiful ice-crystal flower patterns between the windows

        Those BTW are called fractals and are ubiquitous in nature
        Good to see someone else using propane. It’s my favorite homestead fuel and the subject of the next article I’m working on.

        • Solani, BC Canada says:

          Yeah, now that you mention it I recognize the term fractals, the ubiquitous on the other hand is a new word for me so I’ll have to look it up… 🙂 Regardless, the ice-flower patterns are really beautiful and like snowflakes, no 2 are alike.

          Yes, we do use propane and have made sure we have a large amount stashed. Our kitchen stove/oven which is an older model is propane only, which I really like since when the power goes out, I don’t have to worry about an electric starting mechanism. Do have a small convection oven for when I just want to do something quick in the oven and an old microwave, mainly used to re-heat coffee. LOL Wood heater in the front room can also double as a stove if needed but, not an oven. Also have propane lights we use when the power goes out, which it does regularly… We try to keep our electricity down to a minimum both for financial reasons and that we’re at the end of the electrical grid and our fuse-box can’t handle to much without blowing a fuse. In the house we can run our LED lights, fridge, house freezer, computer, TV and microwave but add anything else, such as washer/dryer, convection oven, vacuum-cleaner etc. at the same time and the main (or whatever it’s called) will “blow”.

          Thankfully the outdoor freezers run on a separate fuse-box, which also powers D’s mechanic shop and can put out more electricity. We also have 5 generators that we have enough fuel stored for if/when SHTF to power the freezers for perhaps 6 months, which would hopefully give me enough time to can/preserve everything currently in the 5 freezers. I would however prefer getting most of it done before it reaches that point in time…

          I’d like to get into the solar panel system, as I know one day there most likely won’t be either propane, gas or diesel as fuel. But right now, money is very tight…

          • OhioPrepper says:

            Ubiquitous means essentially, found everywhere.
            Fractals make up those ice patterns, the pattern of the branches and leaves on plants, and even some areas like the nervous system of animals, from mice to people.
            On the propane I have capacity for about 2100 gallons (at 80% per tank) on site and plan to expand again this summer.

            Wood heater in the front room can also double as a stove if needed but, not an oven.

            If you get a cast iron Dutch oven and learn to use it sitting on that stove, you can do amazing things including lots of baking and roasting. I have three or four and lots of other cast iron that are years old, so I don’t know the best sources or prices; but, I’m pretty sure that the cast iron subgroup of the pack can give you more good ideas there.

            • Solani, BC Canada says:

              Aha! Thanks for helping me out with what Ubiquitous means. 🙂

              I have one cast iron Dutch oven in my pots & pans cupboard and on my last “scavenger hunt” while searching for material to build my drying screens I found 4 old cast iron Dutch ovens. Need to get D to climb the ladder to get to them as they are way up in the rafters of his shop. I might be a “dare-devil” in many ways but… I’m not crazy about heights if I can avoid them. Will do it if I have to but if I can find a way to get around it, I WILL… lol I do use the Dutch oven that’s in the house but haven’t tried baking in it. Have read some about it but not tried it yet. Will start researching on that topic more in-depth.

              I really have no idea how many propane tanks D has, they’re everywhere… lol When he finds tanks for sale at a good price, he’ll buy whatever he can get his hands on. Not sure about the rules/laws in the US in regards to propane tanks but here in Canada you can’t trade in older (outdated) tanks. Thankfully he knows how to renovate older tanks and also has a key-card at the local propane dealer, so we can fill our own tanks, which both keeps the cost down by not having to pay the fee for exchanging the tanks but also only paying for the ACTUAL amount filled in the tanks. We’ve found out here that even if you exchange a tank of whatever weight, you don’t get the actual amount of propane weight listed on the tanks, even though you’re still paying for it… Also, we don’t get any hassle in regards to the age of the tanks…

              Having had farm animals and the equipment needed for tending a farm we still have the big fuel tanks for diesel, gas etc. Just need the fuel truck to come out and fill them every now and then. We usually do that when the neighbors out here need to get theirs filled. Makes for a better price/deal that the truck only has to make one trip out here to fill us all up. 🙂 D also has some kind of preservative, can’t remember the name of it and he’s still sleeping, so I can’t ask him. But, it helps keep gas/fuel from going bad if we’d need it.
              He’s also kept all of the motor-oils etc. that he’s changed over the years, meaning there are MANY full oil drums which can be used if there’s nothing else to buy. Not sure how that works but I think it’s mainly the tractor he’s thinking about fuel-wise.

              • OhioPrepper says:

                If those Dutch ovens have lids with deep rims, you can cook amazing things with just a little charcoal. In the heat of the summer or when camping doing this makes a lot of sense.
                On the propane tanks, I suspect you’re talking about the smaller 20# units. While I have a few of those around, they are mostly for the BBQ grill, a little portable spot heating, and refilling the 1 pound canisters. I have a few of those that I find along the way and although the propane per gallon cost is more for the tank exchange, I can trade an older empty tank for a new full one and keep using the new one.
                my main propane supply comes from larger non moveable tanks that allow us to purchase a few thousand gallons of propane during the low price in midsummer, and run nearly everything the rest of the year.
                While adding stabilizer to gas and diesel helps, these fuels still have a limitation on use if not used up and replaced where propane has no limits on viability as long as the containers are kept sealed.
                The next article in progress has to do with the use of propane and I hope to be able to submit it in the next 3-4 weeks.
                As for that old motor oil, I’m not sure of all of the uses for it; but, I know a local company (farm equipment) that does the same thing. Once filtered it can be used for light lubrication tasks, and can be used to fuel a fuel oil heater, turning waste oil into a usable item.

      • Solani,
        I have seen fans that go on wood stoves to push heat beyond the stove. You just place it on the stove and the heat runs the fan. There is no need to plug it up.

        I would rather be cold. Actually, I prefer summer but like to be under the ac most of the time…lol. I hate all the clothes necessary for winter.

        • Solani, BC Canada says:

          Yeah, I’ve seen those fans too but I can’t place anything directly on top of the wood stove other than if I wanted to cook on it. Could perhaps put up a shelf on the wall above/behind the heater to place a fan on but I still don’t think it would help circulating the air throughout the first floor of the house. I have an idea going around in my head to make a hole in the backside of one of the living-room walls, which would be at the back entrance to the house and install a small fan similar to a bathroom fan that wouldn’t use much electricity to help circulate the air. Problem is, the layout of the house as it is now, doesn’t allow for circulation. A fan in the wall at the back entrance would however make circulation possible. Living-room where the wood stove is, is so hot I can’t stand sitting there in the evenings watching TV, even if I dress down to a tank-top and shorts… and the rest of the house is cold. My old house In Sweden has an open floor plan which the air can circulate freely throughout the rooms.

          Yeah, I don’t like all the winter clothes either I’m a barefoot girl long after fall has set in. Most of all, I really hate socks, hats and scarfs!!!! My solution to the winter sock situation is I have tanned and sewed rabbit furs into socks with the furry side in. Nice, warm and snugly on my bare feet and also look good when folded over covering the outside of my big ugly thick waterproof knee-high winter-boots. 🙂 Thankfully my hair is long enough to wrap around my neck, so that solves the scarf situation! I use ear-muffs instead of a winter hat. Do have a winter hat though that I keep in one of my jacket pockets if I would need it… Mittens or gloves on the other hand are a must. As well as a jacket and insulated pants that can handle temperatures down to -40…

  18. I just thought I would pass on some info my great uncle told me to the fishermen in the group. He told me that the pioneers used to smoke carp.Of course it’s very important to clean it well.I tried some that he had smoked,and it was very good.I wish I watched him do it.

  19. Busy week….444 posts so far!

    Caned 7 qts of Turkey/beef chili, made eight chicken pot pies and froze/vacuum sealed and now smoking a couple 4 lb chickens. One with a brown sugar based rum and the other with lots of sage, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper. Using a Master built vertical smoker and having a heck of a time maintaining 275 degrees. Hope to have the trial run complete by 2130.

    Youngest son is coming home for a week and we’ll be going hog hunting. The smoker will be in demand,… hopefully. Also will get a chance to try dry curing some pork.

  20. 9 more days til NObama !!!

  21. 8 more days til Nobama !!!

    He has now given $10 billion dollars/gold to Iran.

    He also gave them enough nuclear material to make ten nuclear weapons.

    He has released more terrorist detainees.

    He is an enemy of the USA !!!

  22. OP,
    There was no more room to respond. I don’t store wheat. All my flour was in a freezer that died and was full of meat, so there was no way to save the flour. I am allergic to wheat. I figured out I could not tolerate whole wheat at all. My throat starts to close and Every inch of my body itches so violently that I had rather starve than eat anything with whole wheat. I have never stored wheat and it will be the last thing I store. It would only be for other people, but there is no one else here. Consequently, anything I eat with flour is limited to maybe two slices each day. Or, I will eat only one serving of pasta and no bread. Of course, putting chocolate with flour for cookies seems to be tolerable…lol.

    • Have you figured out deplorables yet?

      • Thor,
        That seems to be a response to my wheat comment. I am sure it is a joke, but I don’t get it. Not even the NOBama comment below, which looks like a punchline to the joke/question. Are you being mean to me?

        If people would put to whom the comment is for, it would make reading this blog easier.

        • OhioPrepper says:


          If people would put to whom the comment is for, it would make reading this blog easier.

          I do this all of the time and wholeheartedly concur.
          These threads can often get rather deep, and a hint like the addressee most often helps.

        • LW, why would I be mean to you ? I don’t even know you ? Last week you asked what a deplorable was so I said Hillary. She truly is deplorable but she called Conservatives/ Republicans deplorable. NObama is for the count down Lol

          7 more days til NOMObama !!! Lol

          • Thor 1,
            I was really just being silly when I asked if you were being mean to me. You know I don’t think she is deplorable. I thought her comment was really very stupid when she said it! At one time or another, I am appalled at things most politicians say.

  23. NObama Lol !!!!

  24. Watching the show shooter, very cool. He loaded a round that exploded in a snipers face that was threatening his wife. Lol

  25. I hope you preppers in Missouri are ready for the storm. Its supposed to have an inch of ice and heard the national guard has been activated with the governor declaring a state of emergency.

    • OhioPrepper says:

      Thor 1,
      My DW has a phone friend (kind of like an old pen pal) that she talks with quite often who lives in Missouri and she was told the same thing this afternoon by her friend. The friend has taken things home from work today to allow her to work from home for a few days. It sounds like it could get nasty, so all you MO pack members, stay frosty.

    • I am prepared as I can get Thor. I just pray I don’t lose power as my house is heated by electricity. I will call early AM for extra portable oxygen tanks. Hunker down.

      • Izzy, I hope you have a generator with another heat source. Good luck !!!

      • OhioPrepper says:

        Izzy ,
        Do you have any alternate ways to heat your home or at least portions of it?
        A Mr. Buddy heater and some 1 pound propane canisters are a good thing to keep on hand. So are Aladdin or Coleman mantle lamps. These lamps not only provide a lot of light; but, a significant amount of heat.
        A few candles or a can of Sterno sitting under a terra cotta flower pot can also generate a lot of heat. You just need to keep one edge of the pot lifted a little (like sitting on a pencil) to let air in the bottom. The drain hole acts as a chimney, and the pot will get hot and radiate heat into the room.

        • OhioPrepper; I have done the terra cotta pot thing. I will bring them up in the morning with a load of candles. And I will put blankets over my arch ways. Do the best I can. My hill will be virtually impassable even for emergency vehicles. Very, very steep.

          According to the map, the worst looks like it will be to the south of me. In 96 there was a bad ice storm here and power went and man did I have a mess. I was gone out of town and my pipes broke. Was not pretty.

  26. I just have to share this feel good story. God was definitely watching over man and dog. A true miracle.


  27. I heard that the protests/chaos against Trump may start as early as the 14th. What does everyone think about these idiots? They want to start violence !!!

    • I think these people are flaming idiots. If people had done when ObaMao was elected, we would all be classified as racists and just about every other expletive known to man.

    • Anonamo Also says:

      They have no care for the common man and you named the ones who will take money to be a target for ones who pay them to protest. I wonder how much they will pay the families of those who are killed because they were in not peaceful protest, but in riot. They will push for as much disorder as they can get by with. Only bullets STOP riots. When they enter a building and begin to tear it apart… being met with a set os several 20 guage shotguns will get them out again…and make the next group less eager to run inside and cause havoc.

      • OhioPrepper says:

        Anonamo Also,
        I think Thor 1 will agree with me when I say:, That’s why we go armed although generally not with a 20 gauge (not guage) shotgun.
        I only point this out because there are many who misdpell it and my reading software then pronounces it incorrectly.

        • Anonamo Also says:

          OP< my finger got out of sinc. on spelling.at least i did not skip letters and you could figure it out… just am not perfect today. (smile)
          When riots begin…my point is it will take something substantial to stop a WAVE of people..(..as in riots that are being promoted… The news stations are promoting violence.).. either in mass or throwing coctails( like was done in Ferggie… town… against the business owners, who lost their means to make a living.)
          If you are in a place that is having protest/riots you must make a choice…#1 Protect you and yours or #2 get -outta dodge .. .If you choose this one…make sure your insurance covers the business in full…and is updated.
          I am rural and do not have a business. Riots would not get on TV if started here… they'd have to walk too far.
          ALSO.. Did you see the report that tied the ships in port to the dollar not being accepted to refuel? think it was on goldfish report, with Kent dunn saw it this morning.. that made sense…wouldn't be the first time aboat was docked and unable to load/unload , do other business…etc. thoughts?

          • OhioPrepper says:

            Anonamo Also,

            my finger got out of sinc

            You of cource meant sync, LOL

            I am rural and do not have a business. Riots would not get on TV if started here… they’d have to walk too far.

            Same here. We did the GOOD thing decades ago and should danger come this way, they would have to deal with an entire armed rural neighborhood

        • OP, “misdpell ” Lol You misspelled misspell !!! Lol

          I left some links below about the Communists groups so everyone understands what we are dealing with. Lock and load !!!

    • Here are some links. We need to be ready if it goes hot !!!

      God bless the USA.




      • Anonamo Also says:

        On reports today, common sense show., among others….threats against americans in Mexico and US.they will not leave our our south american neighbors, if they don’t cooperate they will also be in danger… plans have been released and hamas and isis and other true deplorables will be in the mix. They believe Navy ships in port are in danger. date to start the invasion/ruckus is 18th.
        If you are near any border, or on any port…even inland remain vigilant.

        • Jesse Mathewson says:

          Not exactly the best news available. Living on the border I can give you direct knowledge if you like. Most of my Mexican family (yes wife is mexican/russian etc.,) and close friends (decades spent in Mexico and South/ Central America) I would suggest these are incomplete at best reports more than likely if true funded by as most terrorists are…our government.

          Case in point, pick a terror group that hasn’t had our/national (not individual) assistance in beginning and even continuing 🙂 just saying.

          • Anonamo Also says:

            I am not near the border….well away! Just where I grew up. I know not best news available, but when nobody else is reporting currently, and news of current conditions south of the border are repressed/ ignored…maybe some report of preverse PLANS will save someone’s life by helping them be more vigilant during these days.
            The plan is for civil unrest over the entire country. If people refuse to go to protest and refuse to be manipulated it will fail from that perspective. If people are vigilant and proactive to protect their lives and the lives of the ones they love, it will fail because of resistance.
            Of course, they are funded…someone(Soros) has been paying those protestors all over the country and running ads for 15- 22$ an hour(tho I have not seen recent reports)… the leopard does not change it’s spots..
            . http://www.bizpacreview.com/2016/11/13/staged-craigslist-ads-offer-1500-week-paid-anti-trump-protesters-411658
            Someone has rightly pointed out that each time socialism has taken over a country, the citizens have been disarmed. They have not managed that here yet. They have been chipping away and trying consisitently with all the false flags.

            • Jesse Mathewson says:

              The protestors are not near the border…;) they are in high profile areas. Even in tucson its rare. And most people ignore em. Lol, arizona is truly still very much the west, eg., FREE people who really for the most part dgaf about what others think or do, transplants here cause trouble but we generally end up running em off.

    • If you remember back in the early 1990s, during the Rodney King case verdict riots, the Korean business owners in LA armed themselves and formed a MAG around their neighborhood. No rioters bothered them after the first display of force.

      However, I think in some places (DC being a primary one), more than a simple display of force may be necessary. Unfortunately for the average law-abiding DC citizen, gun possession is restricted.

      • OhioPrepper says:

        Zulu 3-6,

        If you remember back in the early 1990s, during the Rodney King case verdict riots, the Korean business owners in LA armed themselves and formed a MAG around their neighborhood. No rioters bothered them after the first display of force.

        However, National Guard troops relieved some of them and those businesses later burned to the ground.
        You fight harder defending your own.

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