What Did You Do To Prep This Week

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Okay, lets see what did I do to prep this week…

Finished reading “Lights Out” by David Crawford – Lights Out is a great book and I suggest everyone who likes fiction read it. No, I’m not going to give away the storyline here because I don’t want to spoil the book for those who haven’t read it yet, but I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Seasoned all my cast iron cookware,  added more turmeric powder to the spice rack – turmeric has been used for over 2,500 years in India and boasts numberous health benefits including the prevention of certain cancers and inflammation. You can buy turmeric in supplement form but I prefer to add the powder to my food as I’m preparing it.

Been looking at a used Ruger Mini-14 GB I don’t need it, but the price is low enough that I could resell it for a profit, if I decided not to keep it. The Mini-14 is a good little carbine it’s stronger and can take more abuse than the AR-15 but it isn’t as accurate.

Built another chicken-wire fish trap (another idea for a future blog post) these traps are great for putting meat on the table and are easy to hide from anyone passing by including the Game Warden LOL.

Last weeks “What did you do to prep this week” received over 300 comments as far as I can remember this is the most comments we’ve had on any single post to date – lets see if we can break that record again this week.

What did you do to prep this week? Let us know in the comments below…


  1. highdesertlivin says:

    Well simba talked about the gas shortage , resulting in possible elec. shortages in New Mexico . I had to leave home ( my prepped home ) to take care nof my mother who had paSSed , My wife called telling me about the situation . Suddenly she appreciated that I had kerosene lamps ,fuel , wood stove fuel ,ect . I told her that if any thing went down I would go home . Then my parents in the event of the balloon going up in my absence . So in seattle I was looking at what I had on My person that could travel through airline security. .To live and make it to my family . At least I had a plan , and a fleace vest ,fleace jacket , a carhart arctic gear jacket , hat gloves , 500. cash oz and a tenth of gold ,knive 2lighters , some calories , and a headlamp.Im home now but made me think ……I had some stuff , and a plan . Iwould have made it home.Oh case of peached , Case of tuna, some candy., good luck

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Sorry about your mom’s passing. I bet your wife was scared without you, but you had the house prepped, so she must have really appreciated all your earlier prepping efforts when the storm arrived. Good work, highdesertlivin.

      Did your wife tell you if there were any areas in your preps that could use some work? Just wondering if the storm was a good “dress researsal” for the real deal.

  2. Ridge Runner says:

    First off, thank you M.D. and everyone for your thought provoking posts. This weekly column is highly motivational.

    Sat down with my wife this week and had a long talk about survival in general and our plans specifically. It’s so vital that everyone in the family be on the same page in this regard. I am grateful for how supportive Cathy has been with all the recent preparations I’ve been making. I’m trying to keep things gradual and within reason, but there does seem to be a renewed sense of urgency and it does get expensive. The dog will probably just follow the food and then continue ruling our lives from behind the scenes as usual. Also spoke with one of our neighbors about his family’s preparedness status. Turns out he’s also one of us “crazed survivalist types” which is comforting.

    – Peanut butter
    – Spices
    – Trauma bandages
    – Surgical tape
    – Tooth brushes
    – Freeze dried coffee (not great but the buzz is the same)
    – New strings for the banjo (good defensive weapon)

    – 30 gal closed head steel drums – http://m.globalindustrial.com/m/
    – pressure canners – http://www.allamericancanner.com/

    Everybody have a good week…

    • AZ rookie prepper says:

      You might save a good bit of money on drums if you go to your local feed store and pick up 30 or 55 gallon plastic used drums, depends on what you want to use them for. These are food grade plastic drums used for syrup etc and with a little clean up can hold water just fine. Much cheaper, I picked mine up for $12 each (I think, anyway, much cheaper than the prices for new). A lot of feed stores sell them so that horse/cattle owners can cut them in half lengthwise to use as feeders/waterers. If you have a cola bottling plant nearby, same story, they might sell you some inexpensively. Ensure whatever you get was used for food products and not something else, such as industrial chemicals…

      • Ridge Runner says:

        Thanks AZ but I need steel. Planning to store a small amount of gasoline for the genset. Was reading some regs about above ground fuel storage and anything 55 gal or more and you start getting into all kinds of regulations and potential inspections. Primarily concerned with doing anything which might nullify my fire insurance. Did some shopping around and most places that advertise 30 gal drums are out. Wonder why? 😉

        • AZ rookie prepper says:

          Ridge Runner, might try some out of the box thinking if no 30 gln drums available. How about used gas tanks from a car junk yard? Probably not very nice looking, but would hold the fuel. Might not work with the fire insurance too, just an idea. Would the regulations cover “capacity” or “actual” amounts of fuel stored? Could use 55 gln drums with only 30 glns fuel each. My backup is my RV fuel tank (75 glns) with a gennie built in. Short term use only because if the SHTF, will only get me to the point of everyone else being out of fuel too. Best of luck finding your drums, let us all know how you make out.

          • Sheri (Indiana) says:

            AZ – I was actually wanting to get a fuel storage unit that I could bury. I know I would have to get a pump system of some sort due to gravity, but I don’t want it out in the open. Have you ever known anyone to bury the car gas tank? I’m sure I will have to check the local laws but I thought I would ask while the subject was here. Much appreciated 🙂

            • AZ rookie prepper says:

              Sheri (Indiana), Dont think I would bury a car gas tank, they are not designed for that. I could easily see rust and condensation problems with burying a car fuel tank. For a permanent gas storage solution, I would look to a farm implement supply company, or storage tank company. Go with the best quality you can afford. My earlier comments were sort of “wandering through the maze of potential solutions” type thinking. Burying a tank to hold your fuel is fine, but consider other issues, if it leaks, will that contaminate your drinking water supply? Damage nearby food crops? I have wrestled with some of these same issues too, my final answer….a bicycle. 🙂 I have nothing against auto’s, drive an F-250, just have some currently unsolved prob’s with fuel storage.

        • OhioPrepper says:

          The regulation must be local or state. I have a 125 gallon on farm tank on a pedestal tall enough to gravity feed the fuel, there have been no issues. It is however outside, freestanding and not parked up next to the house.

          • I think there is a federal law that requires all direct burial liquid fuel tanks to be double walled, specially designed tanks so that no fuel leaks into the ground. It’s not like the old days when you just burried a 550 gal tank and went about your business. Underground burial is generally a good thing because the temperature is more or less stable year round if you put about 3 or 4 feet of dirt over it, depending on location.

    • Inetesting nickname… I knew a guy from Illinois that used to go by that. Even had rdgrunr on his license plates.

      • Ridge Runner says:

        Actually my first name is Ridge, and sorry not from Illinois. Well… not sorry this time of year.

    • Are you saying that banjo is a good defensive weapon because your playing is so frightful? You’ll just stand on your porch and strum out Chicken In The Straw, and the zombies will run screaming? : )

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        Um, isn’t it TURKEY in the Straw? But, hey, if Chicken works better for you, then who am I to judge? LOL 🙂

      • Ridge Runner says:

        Ever pick up a banjo? Darn things weigh about 30 lbs. There’s a joke about banjos (one of many) which goes:

        Q: “Why do most folks take an instant dislike to banjo music?”
        A: “Saves time in the long run.”

        They also make people nervous in a river setting.

        • AZ rookie prepper says:

          Ridge Runner, thanks for the humor. Made my day better.

        • OhioPrepper says:

          Sent this to a friend who plays banjo and he replied with another:

          What do you say to a banjo player with an attractive woman on his arm?

          Nice tatto!

          • nobodyssister says:

            What do you say to a banjo player in a three-piece suit?

            “Will the defendant please rise?”

  3. Luddite Jean says:

    Bought a Blue Point multitool from eBay – very nice quality. The local supermarket was clearing out bread mixes for 54p so I bought the lot. Stocked up on fresh chicken for the freezer as the food place was warning that prices will go up next week due to a doubling in the price of chicken feed.

    Got another piece of silver from eBay at a good price.

    I bought a a stack of 29p seed packets. Radishes, spring onions, spinach, aubergines, ridge cucumbers, tomatoes, nasturtiums (pretty flowers AND good to eat), courgettes, pumpkins, lettuce, lots of herbs (culinary ones), mustard cress, and some bigger packets (49p) with various beans and peas.

    Very busy, so other purchases were just replacing items in my store.

  4. SrvivlSally says:

    Did not get a lot done this week as I have been on the road a bit. Last night I watched a video entitled Islam Rising and it was a good one. It is not for children to see because there were a few spots where a female was shot, won’t say where on her person, a man was beheaded, all in the name of their god. Would have been a bit disturbing had I not had the stomach. Going to give it to a friend and then send it off to my sister as we have just recently introduced her to what is going on with this group that intends to dominate the entire planet. One of the individuals from over there said something to the effect that they have done this before and are going to do it again. Kind of reminds me of Lucifer and when he offered up all of the kingdoms of the world to Jesus, providing he would bow down and worship him. There was a lot of interesting information on the video and was worth watching. Those people are not messing around and they do not have good intentions toward the world. I know I will be working on trying to survive what may well come soon.

    • Indeed! Just remember, self-defense includes profiling.

      • I politely, yet strongly disagree. There are–as with any organized religion–many fanatic Islamic fundamentalists. These individuals are violent and guided by delusional (or politically manipulative) leaders. However, most of the Muslim world disagrees with these relative few.

        I know many American Muslims who are just as outraged by Islamic terrorism as any other citizen of any religious orientation.

        Of course, profiling is used in self-defense (or at least caution) everyday, myself included. We are all likely to suspect the older man with a cane much less than the teenager with baggy pants, chains, and extremely dilated pupils. But to base profiling on religion or even appearance of religious affiliation is very much the wrong approach.

        Remember, many Christians have based their horrible acts on their religious convictions as well (David Koresh, Ron and Dan Lafferty, Ku Klux Klan, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_convicted_religious_leaders). It is up to us as individuals to know where we stand amidst all the propaganda swirling around us, and to think critically for ourselves.

        I do not mean to offend anyone but do feel the need to express this opinion. If we’re going to call ourselves ‘good guys,’ then we must actually be ‘good guys’ and this means being fair.

        • Tigerlily says:

          I completely agree, Simba. My best friend’s children are the result of her marriage to a man from the middle east and as a result they have not always been treated well. Her oldest was around 7 or 8 when 911 happened and he was drug into the bathroom at school by a group of other children and beaten severely because “his people” did that. The boy is a Catholic. Don’t judge based on appearance because you may miss out on some great people because of it.

        • Simb, I appreciate your comments but disagree completely. Our property is fenced, gated, and well marked. My property, my rules. What some call religion, I call a cult and my belief is based on quite a bit of research and now, current events. “Fair” doesn’t enter into the picture whatsoever if the SHTF. I’ll leave it at that.

          • I simply believe that your approach is a bit overgeneralized. My enemies are those who directly mean me harm. No more. No less. My enemiese are definitely not those who simply physically resemble those who mean me harm. My experience has taught me that such people are even likely to be my friends. Now, I don’t blindly trust anyone, but I won’t blindly ostracize them either. Like food stores, defense weapons, gardening skills, building skills, power and gas supply, tools, etc., a neighbor/friend can also mean the difference between life or death in a survival situation and I won’t eliminate someone from that possibility because of no more than their religious affiliation. Like I said, simply my opinion.


            • LOL….Simba, my “approach” is based on several factors, one being that I live in the country. There are no “911” responders out here, so it’s me or it’s an intruder. Anyone on my property has knowingly hopped the fence and trespassed. What reason would anyone be on my property except for poaching, theft, or assault? I have been robbed at gunpoint in DC and was with 5 others. Our home was robbed a few years ago while everyone was away (daytime). I’ll never be a victim again so third time’s a charm. Being into a survival mode means that you are mentally prepared as well as physically prepared for any potential danger. It takes training and conditioning to get to this point. Looks to me like there are some here who aren’t at the point where they will protect and defend — it’s your life, your choice. Here, I’m locked and loaded. An intruder has only one intention and I’m not stopping to ask. I am at the ready.

        • really? if most muslims are against the violence of the radicals why are they not loudly speaking out against them?if they are a majority they will drown out the radicals….no,i believe the so-called non-radicals are not bothered much by the violence of the radicals.i have never had a problem speaking out against people like tim mcveigh who use christianity to justify their actions…

          • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

            Right on, don. The “moderate” muslims don’t say a word against their radical brethren. Why is that? Because they love America so much? Not hardly. Sorry Simba, but lack of profiling could get you killed.

            We all profile to some extent in some situations. It is common sense and human nature to do so.

            And as far as being “the good guys,” does that mean we have to allow radicals to kill us? I don’t think so.

          • @Lynn: Everything described above has nothing to do with profiling, so I don’t understand. You fence your property, you have defenses ready, and any unreasonable trespassers are highly suspect. Of course. I’m locked and loaded as well. I know about watching my back. Brutal violence was almost the norm at my high school, kids with broken jaws, fights, attacks, etc. But perpetrators came in all shapes, colors, sizes, family backgrounds, and religions. I made it out in one piece without drawing a single instance of violence in which I was personally involved simply by being alert and diplomatic. Now, in grad school, I walk home from school in my small rural town (though riddled with drug traffick and thugs) as late as 3:00 am on occasion and most definitely am more alert than when walking around town during the day. The people at night aren’t usually clean, move slow, and are generally creepy. Is this profiling? Yes. But to say that anyone belonging to a group of several hundred million can be counted on to be violent is absurd.

            Social and cultural psychological research has shown that there are more differences between people of the same culture than between cultures themselves. Every group has its assholes and its saints. Holding an entire population responsible for a few people’s horrible acts and opinions is unjust and could end up costing you a friend as well.

            I know many Muslims personally who I would have never even known they were Muslim if they hadn’t told me. You know, there are White, American, Western-dressed citizens who are Muslim as well. Would you recognize them by profiling?

            @Don: I know many Muslims who speak out to defend their peaceful religion from the reputation sparked by the few radicals. Remember, Islam has no where near the population numbers in America as Christianity and if you want to hear them you won’t be able to turn on any major news channel on any day.

            I sincerely hope you all never make the mistake of trusting a criminal because they are well-dressed, White, upper midde-class and Christian. For me, everyone must earn my trust, regardless of group affiliation.

            I would also like to say that this discussion inspired me to visit Lynn’s blog site at which I found a very useful step-by-step video on storing food in mylar bags which I’ve never done before. I already knew the process was simple enough, but seeing it done with everything laid out plain and simple was very helpful. Thanks.

            • Simba, Glad you found the Mylar video helpful (don’t know who the YouTuber was but I found the video to be fairly well presented). On security, your assessment is correct — we have tried to secure our place and it doesn’t involve profiling. My original comment was more of a cynical one (but a true one). You wrote, “But perpetrators came in all shapes, colors, sizes, family backgrounds, and religions.” Spot on, but a desperate druggie, completely unpredictable and wild, should be a top concern. No amount of diplomacy will work. Of course people know that Muslim converts come in all shapes and sizes, but when the majority of Muslims originate from the MidEast, profiling is fairly easy to do and I have no issue with making a pre-determined assessment (nor should TSA/DHS). To say that Muslims are to be trusted, I will continue to disagree. There has been no substantiation to prove the cult is trustworthy. The social and cultural research you mention is of no merit from where I sit (no sources, studies, or specifics). The issues that Muslims have created with their presence in Western nations is problematic, though. Just yesterday, England’s PM spoke of the failure of Muslims assimilating in England. Only 2 months ago, German’s PM publicly decried the same problem with Muslims not assimilating in Germany. While these political statements may appear to be controversial, these political leaders evidently have statistical information to prove that the Muslim culture is creating problems in their countries. The reality is that the Muslim population does not want to assimilate in the Western nations — they push their culture and cult onto other nations, plotting the subtle and eventual takeover of religious-based societies with their Sharia law and their Muslim cult. This subversive tactic does indicate Muslims are the enemy of the State.

            • Luddite Jean says:

              Simba, I know many Muslims personally who say they are anti the ‘extremists’ because of the effect it has on them.

              Not because it’s wrong. Not because it’s against what is commanded in the Koran (which it’s not). Not because of the misery it brings.

              No, because it affects them. Muslims seem to be able to turn anything into victimhood.

          • OhioPrepper says:

            To be fair about this you must acknowledge that Timothy McVeigh did not have supporter who would hunt you down a kill you for opposing him. I suspect that is part of the issue and further suspect that it’s the issues of some publishers whistling in the dark about this subject. Many on the left are naïve, but I suspect than many are also cowards.

            • actually, i would not admit there are not radical christians out there who will not hunt you down and kill you because you disagree with them.for example,they think it is perfectly ok to murder abortion doctors even though what those doctors do is illegal,if immoral.i will reiterate,if the “moderate” muslims do not speak out against the radicals then they are just as bad in my eyes.but really, what can i expect from a religion founded by a man who was a child molester and robber of caravans…to say nothing of a man who murdered people who refused to convert by force.say what you will about crusaders etc. who perverted christianity to do what they did…they were not the founders of the religion.

            • templar knight says:

              And that is the real point here, Ohio Prepper. Timothy McVeigh was a nut, pure and simple, and was seen as such. And to get the facts straight, he never claimed to be a Christian, or to be acting on behalf of Christians. And no Christian I know or heard of approved his actions.

              Meanwhile, the facts of the matter are these. Christians do not have their religious leaders(the Pope, Billy Graham) telling them to go out and commit violent jihad.

              The Imams, and especially the most influential one at a university in Egypt, has recently issued an opinion that offensive jihad is to be used against the West and her people, thereby obsolving the murderers from punishment in Muslim lands. It reminds me of the Muslim conquests of the 7th C. Yes, the war against Christians that preceded the Crusades by several hundred years, including the conquest of the Holy Land, all of No. Africa, Spain and much of the Byzantine Empire, all Christian lands devastated long before the Crusades were ever thought of.

              It seems that most in this country are totally ignorant of our history. This is just more evidence of the dumbing down of Americans, and I’m not surprised given the poor performance of our public schools.

              This political correctness we have to endure will destroy us. Granny has to be strip searched while the flying imams are rewarded in the thousands of dollars for scaring the crap out of people. Really, I’m sick of it.

            • OhioPrepper says:

              templar knight ,
              I concur. My point was that those who do speak out against the violence or Islam itself are targeted, and in some cases killed. A good example is Salman Rushdie, whose book The Satanic Verses had in either in hiding or with a security detail for years. You must not only have the will to speak out, but also the bravery to do so, in the potential face of violence. Too many sheep and not enough sheepdogs, but I sense that this is slowly changing.
              As for the history of interactions with Islam, see the video link in my post below. It’s less than 2 minutes long and sums it all up pretty well.

            • OhioPrepper says:

              I’m not sure I know what made him a “child molester “. Can you elighten me?
              As for the mirder of infidels (any non-muslim) I understand that point.

        • Lorenzo Poe says:

          There you go. They are all listed. Every Christian radical. Not enough bytes to list all mussleman radicals

    • axelsteve says:

      I remember Satan being called beeazelbub(or something like that) And that word translated to king of the dungheap.That is what satan and his system is. Steve

      • I agree with Simba, but I certainly don’t fault LynnS for her views. Radicalism is fueled by circumstance – the poorer, the hungrier, the more desperate people get, the more they’re going to listen to the guy telling them who they can blame for their plight – whether it be Mubarak, the U.S., the Jews – all of the above – that’s the message a lot in the middle east are getting. That being said, I’m not going to peg every person I see who appears to be of arabic or persian descent as someone who wants to behead me, but I’m not going to vacation in the middle east any time soon either.

        • Luddite Jean says:

          I’m sorry, Zack, but in the case of Islam, radicalism is fuelled by the Koran. Bin Laden, the underpants bomber and many others were actually very wealthy.

          Islam is NOT a religion, it’s a complete ideology, and its whole basis is that there will be peace when the whole world follows Islam – including conversions at the point of a sword. THAT is what Islamic leaders are working towards. Mohammed was not a great religious leader, he was a warlord, a paedophile, a rapist and a robber and Muslims are taught to follow him as the ‘perfect man’.

          Islam is so all-controlling, there are rules for every tiny facet of life, right down to toilet behaviour (not allowed to talk, mustn’t sit down, not use TP, not face Mecca and more). In the morning you must expel satan from your nose. Want to leave Islam? You can, but the penalty is death. There are even rules for behaviour in foreign lands – you might want to Google ‘taqqiya’ and ‘kitman’ to get an idea of why your Muslim neighbours are so nice. Your neighbours may even be genuinely nice people, but when push comes to shove, they are Muslims first, and the best you can hope for is that they won’t actively act against you. Even if they don’t like it, they will not aid you if their leaders have told them otherwise. There is far, far more than I can ever go into in one comment, but I’ve been studying Islam for some four years now – and it ain’t pretty.

          The last category are the ones who aren’t really Muslim, but call themselves so because they were born Muslim – a sort of secular Muslim. I have Persian acquaintances who fall into this category. Notably they call themselves ‘Persian’, not ‘Iranian’. These are the good guys – but if forced, you can bet your bottom dollar most will not be on your side.

          • You’ve got it right, Sister! And if Americans don’t begin to understand Sharia Law, it may be implemented across our Nation, just as they have been planning for it to.

          • AZ rookie prepper says:

            Have to agree with Luddite Jean. Be very cautious about trusting muslims beyond a certain point. Just as you would be careful with other “types” of people, we humans categorize and file away information about others for all kinds of reasons, its the motive behind those categorizations that make the difference. Add in emotions, and certain “categories” get the short shrift. There is a huge difference between “hate” and “caution” when dealing with others. Hate takes you down some bad paths….caution keeps your butt alive when its a TEOTWAWKI scenario. I’ve met and worked with many muslims during my 20+ years in the army, and its my job to “assess” people, leave it at that. Other than the (very few) “secular” muslims, practising muslims have their bread buttered differently than we do, take that for what its worth when choosing to include them or not in your planning.

          • OhioPrepper says:

            Luddite Jean,
            Being a generally nice guy, who likes to give the benefit of doubt to people I don’t know, would like to disagree with you; however, I too have studied this philosophy, and you are unfortunately CORRECT.
            There is a gentleman named Lt. Colonel West who was commanding troops in Iraq. He had several of his men snatched, and an interrogator was trying to find out the location from a captured insurgent. Getting nowhere, Col West entered the room and fired a shot, informing the man that the next would not miss. He gained the required information, sent a team to get his men back, and then filed a report with his chain of command. He retired and ran for congress in Florida. The Tea Party republican was elected easily. I site all of this information as in introduction to the enclosed link to a short video of Col West who knows a lot more about the subject than I. It is worth watching. BTW, if Col West ever shows up in my neck of the woods, my friends and I have agreed that his money is no good. The drinks are on us , for a real stand up guy.

            • Iowa Oscar says:

              Thanks OhioPrepper for the link. This is a man to watch, learn from and support.
              This is a real hot button topic to me. I don’t want to sound like I’m piling on, but I don’t understand why I’m constantly being told (usually by left leaning main stream media types) that the vast majority of Muslims are peace loving, gentle individuals, that mean me no harm. That it is only a few radical individuals that are causing all the trouble. Why is it so inconceivable that the vast majority actually believe in the idea of total Islamic domination. That for more than 1000 years this has been the goal of not only the radical leaders but the silent majority too. That when the time is of their choosing, they will again strive to battle the “infidels” and achieve supremecy.
              When OBL first tried to take down the Towers, he tried from the basement, learned from that mistake, figured out how to make it happen and came back and succeeded. He planned, bided his time and won that battle by stealth. I wonder if the past failures throughout history taught the current leadership the course to success. Stealth and deception.
              The times we live in will someday be history. There’s a little voice in my head that keeps telling me only future generations will know for certain the true intentions of Islam. But I fear for freedom loving people around the world that the Muslim ideology will betray us.

            • OP – My mom lives in Florida and was not aware of Col. West until I brought him to her attention. She is very involved with politics and works the polls during every election (she doesn’t live in his district) She followed him and started pushing for him, donating to his campaign, etc. She made me aware of his video a few days ago. The man is AMAZING! He is a true American and he knows his stuff. He is definitely one to watch.
              JEAN, you could not be more on the bullseye. I too have done some homework. There is no way out of this religion except for death. There was a case in New Jersey where an American judge allowed Sharia Law to rule over American Law. One case at a time is all they want. One turns into 2, 2 turns into 3 and so forth.
              The planning for 9/11 started on February 27th, 1993. The day after they failed to bring down the towers on the first try. This religion is very patient. They will wait years to accomplish what they set out to do. We are just allowing it to happen. Very scary.

          • Very well said, Jean.

            All I would add would be the mention of group obligations vs individual obligations and how they change based on the situation–one mujaheed fulfills the obligation of a community until is-lam is in power and then the obligation converts to the individual.

            I’d also mention the concept of that-which-abrogates and that-which-is-abrogated. Sneaky SOBs can quote their book any way they please, but it is the violent parts that take precedence.

            Robert Spencer has a short but complete description titled Islam 101 on his website, Jihadwatch.org.

            Jean, I am greatly pained by what multiculturalism and the ensuing onslaught of decidedly un-British immigrants have done to one of the greatest nations in the world’s history. Stay safe.

      • its 3:00 am. im passing thru the city of compton ca. i roll up to a stop light just as it turns red. on the corner are several young ,black,men with thier pants around the middle of thier butt and flashing gang signs. i quickly put it in gear and roll thru the red light without stopping. have i just profiled? you bet your ass im a profiler. if you havent been robbed at gunpoint,then you dont know the fear of wondering weather your wallet is enough to make them go away.when you have two lives you are responsible for, not to mention cargo that you have to pass intense government scrutiny in order to haul,if your not a profiler than you are a fool. profiling is realism,not racism.,,,,,,over

        • I don’t necessarily consider what you described as racial profiling since you would be basing much of that scenario on the clothing they were wearing and the gang signs, not to mention the location and the time of night. I have a feeling that if you were to pull up to a corner in a reputable business district and the exact same gentlemen were standing on the corner with neat haircuts, business suits and ties, carrying briefcases and talking on their cell phones you would be perfectly comfortable with them. What you described is just using some good old fashioned common sense to protect yourself!

        • Teenageprepper says:

          I agree. Simply put people don’t like being profiled, and I try not to judge people. (because that’s Gods job) But at the same time I am a little more on edge when I’m walking through the gritty parts of town. It’s just instict. Scan a room and recognize possible treats or running a red light because of the people around you. It’s self preservation kicking in.

          • You can judge people all you care to. The point of “judge not, lest ye…” is that your judgements will be used to judge you. You can’t think rationally without judging or making decisions.

            It’s the idea that you are responsible for your judgements and will be called to task for them in the future that you might want to consider.

            You owe nobody a moral blank check. Trust and respect must be earned or they are worthless. You must take the fair measure of all you are presented with in life to act rationally. This includes people and all the relevant data you can obtain about them. Calling legitimate observations “profiling” is an intellectual cheap shot. It aims to obviate guilt through ignorance and cannot withstand logical analysis.

            Logic and the Bible agree on this point: judge and be judged in turn with your judgements as evidence for or against you. Make sound judgements and you will be backed by strong evidence of your character.

            I’m tired of the moral abdication that comes with the refusal to call something what it is. A is A.


      • OP,I would say a “man” who has sex with children as young as 8 0r 9 is the definition of child molester….I didn’t specify murdering only non-muslims,doubtless there were muslims running caravans and he was a raider of caravans…

        • OhioPrepper says:

          If true, I would concur 🙁

          • In the Qu’ran, supported by the Ahadith, and used to justify forced marriages of prepubescent girls to old men throughout the Dar-al Islam, is a description of Mohammed’s marriage to Aaliyah when she was six, consummated at the age of nine. Mohammed was in his 50’s at this time.

            In Islam, Mohammed is held to be the perfect example for all men to follow. Thus we have murder, rape, thievery, fraud and deceit held as virtue throughout the muslim world.

    • AZ rookie prepper says:

      Another good book on the subject is “Islam Unveiled”. Should open eyes to the dangers.
      I’ve also worked with many Europeans who have seen their countries over-run with muslim immigrants, their lifestyles totally changed, their laws subverted, etc. The europeans are not happy about this.
      Wikipeda says there are between 1.2 and 1.6 billion muslims in the world. If only one percent of the lower number were “radicals”, that would mean 12,000,000 radicals….hardly a “few”.
      Of course, “profiling” also should include those that have other nefarious purposes, so keep you eyes open, stay off the skyline, keep safe.

    • emptynester says:

      I saw that video too with a local group in my area, and it is frightening. Their history has a very bloody past, and if folks don’t start getting together on some of these important issues we will surely suffer greatly for it.

  5. sheeple_no_more says:

    Built FIFO storage from canracks. com. Came out nice. Purchased several books for our library. The encyclopedia of county living. The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse. Dinner in a jar. Bought more pantry supplies. A small bible.
    Made contact with several preppers in my area. We are looking into make group purchases on supplies. Working on making a written plan and schedule.

  6. My attention was focused on my choice of weapons and ammo this past week. The turmoil in the Middle East sparked the thought in the back of my head that maybe I oughta stash a few more rounds of ammo while available & affordable. I also rechecked my ‘field repair kit’ for my AR type weaopon & decided to order a few more extractors, springs, o-rings, etc… I chose to order a new bolt as well, along with a couple firing pins, magazine catches and breakdown pins. I spent less than $100 and gained a tremendous peace of mind. Short of wrapping the barrel around a tree, I am now able to keep this weapon functional on the move. Lastly, I rotated out my emergency rations. I am a big fan of the Mainstay Emergency Food Bars & I keep 20 of them in my ‘go-to-hell’ bag. They have a decent shelf life of 5 yrs but I rotate mine out every January/February. The old ones I crumble up and feed to the critters roaming around the snowbanks. That’s what I managed to accomplish this week…. you?

  7. I purchased a couple of 20lb. propane tanks for my propane powered generator that I bought about a month ago. It is capable of 3000 running watts and big enough to run a heater and my CPAP machine plus a little more like some lights, etc. I’m in the market for a 100lb. (aprox). propane tank as well. I also purchased a few mags for my Glock mod. 22 and mod. 19. The .40 cal mags are used (like new) at a price of 12.95 each. The 9mm mags are new and are going for 19.99 each while they last. I haven’t listed the sources because I’m not sure that I can. I’ll be glad to if I don’t violate any rules.

    • MOFreedom says:

      Around here in MO we had a 1000 gallon tank for propane delivered for the lease price of $64 per year for the house and a 250 gallon one for only an extra $12.64 per year. Only approximately 60% is actually usable as you can only fill them to 80% (unless it is very cold and then you can push them to 85%), and you are not supposed to use the last 20%. So a 250 gallon tank x 60% is actually 150 gallons of usable propane while a 1000 gallon has about 600 gallons usable. Propane weighs 4.24 pounds per gallon, so a 250 gallon propane tank will hold about 636 pounds and a 1000 gallon tank will hold about of 2544 usable pounds.

      Our company will deliver for free if you order 200 gallons or more and the current price is $1.89 per gallon. You can get different sizes like 125, 250, 320, 500, and 1000 gallon tanks and they are pretty reasonable to lease. I looked into buying a 1000 tank and it was $2800 delivered. I can lease one a LONG time to make up that difference.

      Check to see what it really costs to fill up a tank. We are paying $.45 cents per pound and they deliver it. If you have wrestled 100 pound propane tanks you can appreciate that! Can you get your 100 pound tank filled for $45.00?

      A typical BBQ type tank used to be 20 pounds, and now are either 15 or 17 pounds of actual propane. It costs $21 to get them exchanged here so that works out to $1.40 per pound if they put 15 pounds in it, or $1.24 per pound if they fill it with 17 pounds. It adds up quickly.

      We can heat and cook in our home and warm the shop for a full year, it’s paid for, and we don’t have the normal price increases throughout the winter months as we try to fill up when it is less expensive in the summer.

      I suggest you consider inquiring about leasing a tank. It’s like prepaid heat just sitting there looking at you and has a shelf life of many, many, many years.

      [email protected]

      • OhioPrepper says:

        I don’t know why you can’t use the last 20% of the tank. I have a pair of 1000 gallon tanks I purchased about 10 and 8 years ago (two purchases about 2 years apart) and we typically run one tank completely empty at which point the other tank starts providing fuel. My wife calls all of the propane vendors in the area in the June timeframe, and we generally get a pretty good price, typically purchasing around 1200 gallons. Neither the vendor who supplied and installed the tanks, nor any of the vendors who fill them, have ever said anything about running the tanks dry. I don’t know why this would be any different than the 20 Pound tanks for the BBQ. I don’t trade them in or refill them until they’ve also run dry.
        BTW, having a year’s supply of propane (under normal use) or a 2+ year supply (if we’re running in austerity mode) gives you a really good feeling. It’s one of the few large preps I didn’t have to justify to my wife.

        • OhioPrepper, many thanks for the energy look up on last week’s post ! Excellent source to learn what our energy sources are. Considering the solar panels needed for a self-sufficient electric car the weight alone would squash the little thing! I couldn’t track down the comments we had running but wanted to thank you.

      • MOFreedom, that is a lot of info. I knew that it was required to leave some space in the tank for expansion in the case of autos, but I never thought about it in other types of tanks. It does sound like a much better deal to get a large tank on a lease. It would pay for me to get a gas log set-up for my fireplace as well. Would I be able to fill up my jeep once I get it converted using that large tank? Can you tell me how long propane will last? I’ve heard from 15 years to forever. Thanks for the help.

        • OhioPrepper says:

          The reason propane tanks can be filled to only 80% or 85% of their liquid capacity in winter is twofold. When heated, the liquid propane expands, so you do not want to exceed the tank ratings, or you may vent liquid propane through the release valve. The other reason is that propane tanks require a vapor space, essentially the area above the liquid where it converts to vapor, since propane is stored as a liquid and delivered to your appliances as a gas. Winter in this case implies cold weather, for less expansion and would not include hot climates such as AZ or TX.
          You would need to check for the proper fittings to fill your jeep, but it should be possible. There is a fitting and valve assembly for at least the 1000 gallon tanks to allow filling of the 20 pound utility tanks you would use on your BBQ grill.
          As for propane shelf life, I was told by numerous suppliers that it is the life of the tank. As long as your tank does not develop a leak, the liquid propane will be usable indefinitely.

        • One thing to verify, here we can only get our propane tank filled by the vendor we lease it from. It’s illegal for any other vendor to fill it. Of course, since they bought out the only competition it doesn’t matter anymore.

          • OhioPrepper says:

            That’s why I purchased mine. If your only option is an extra dollar a gallon, even the modest use of say 500 gallons per year will pay back quickly. Also, when calling around to the various vendors in mid-summer and ordering a bulk fill (in our case > 1000 gallons) you tend to find suppliers who will compete for your business. Saving even a nickel on 1000 gallons is $50.00 and the saving adds up pretty quick. We’ve been doing this long enough that we sometimes get calls from the suppliers with their latest prices.
            If you live in farm country, the 1000 gallon tanks use for anhydrous ammonia fertilizer are the same as the propane tanks. Occasionally a company will have the baffle in the tank break loose, which means that they can no longer be used to haul anhydrous, but are perfectly fine for a stationary propane tank. These sometimes come available on the market. It can’t hurt to call around.

      • MOFreedom, do yourself a favor and start looking for a deal on some tanks you can own. We had a situation here this year with one propane gas company. A local company sold out about 2 years ago to a big national outfit. Suddenly this year the national outfit (still using the local guys name) raised their prices to $1.00 or more above the competition. Yes I said one dollar or more. They are selling gas at about $3.70 a gallon.
        The people who have leased tanks can not change suppliers because all the other local suppliers are out of tanks and they are prohibited by law from filling the other companies tanks.

        It’s so bad that the former owner of the company went on TV to tell folks he no longer owned or had anything to do with the company and he was ashamed that his family name was still associated with them. People contacted the state attorney general who told them that Propane Gas is NOT a regulated commodity and he can’t do anything about it. The TV stations went to the gas company and were told they’d sell their gas for what they wanted to sell if for and if folks didn’t like it they could go elsewhere. Of course they can’t go elsewhere because they can’t get a tank.

  8. Timely post on the Mini-14 (we decided to get one earlier this week), so I appreciate the comments. Bought 1500 bullets for the PPCs….long shelf life, gotta love that. Not so much in the food department, just a dozen more cans of tuna, some cans of tomatoes, 5 lbs more honey, 2 lbs more cocoa. Finished up plans on the goat shed and firmed up delivery of 2 milkers and hopefully 2 doelings for late March.

  9. I passed my ham radio test to upgrade my license to General. Had planned to take the Extra test as well but decided against it… not sure I was ready to pass it on the first try, so I’ll wait until next month.

    The new HF radio came last week and I had set it up on the kitchen table to learn how it works. The office room is a bit of a mess and will need a little rearranging to fit a radio corner in. My wife was a little fussy about it at first. Then when we were watching the news about Egypt and the report about about the internet and phones being shut down she turned to me and said “that radio is part of our preps, right? I mean, if that happened here we’d be able to use it for news and to communicate…?”

    Smart woman, my wife.

    Other than that, we’re getting our seed orders ready to go out this week. The ground here in ID is still frozen solid and we won’t be able to get any real gardening in for another 3 weeks or so. sigh.

    • OhioPrepper says:

      Congrats on the upgrade. With a little studying you won’t have any problems with Extra class. Remember that the example question pool is available online, and that will help you prepare for the next upgrade. Good Luck.

      • Thanks OP. I’ve been trying practice exams online but my performance isn’t consistent enough on the Extra yet. I can wait a month 😉

    • Horace… I’ve had my Tech-class license for over 20 years and this post is prompting me to upgrade to General class. Thank you!

    • Ridge Runner says:

      Congrats on the upgrade. General is as far as I went. Gets you into the HF bands. Ham radio is one thing my wife doesn’t fuss about. She’s a ham too. I felt the same way after the thing in Egypt. Went outside and started looking at trees for stringing up wire antennas.

  10. Stockpiled shotgun ammo from Walmart. They will no longer stock certain Winchester light recoil loads so I picked up what was left. About 7 boxes. (It was payday). Also stocked up on rifled slugs and 00-buckshot. I recently purchased a Mossberg 590A1 and had run alot of my stock ammo though it in training runs. Love a Mossberg.
    Also built up some canned supplies. Checked my water storage.
    Got the EVAC vehicle (98 suburban) to the shop for a check up and tires roatated and balanced. Topped off both my vehicles with gas.
    My regular ride just cost me 1800$ in repairs, so it’s gona put a damper on spending for awhile.

    I also am waiting to finish my taxes so I know how much I’m in for before any more major purchases.

    Meanwhile I’ll stock a little here and there and follow your blog, as well as continuing survival /homestead research.

    Thanks for your blog MD. great stuff. Great people.

    • Rhonda Sue says:

      We made a big Sams run.Got canned veggies….canned milk…rice,50lbs….lots of different things.Including a big case of tp…..and several buckets of laundry soap.We also picked up some beef and chicken to can.Gonna start that this afternoon.I am running out of space here in our little house.I am thinking about putting the tp in a metal trash can with a tight lid and stickin’ it in our barely there attic…Lol!I think that will protect it from mice.Also got a huge bag of dog food.Our Molly is like a child to us…so we prep for her too.She is a good sized dog,American Bulldog.I hope she learns quickly to watch over this house,she is just a pup right now.Our Chi-dog is a good little alert dog.Shes old , toothless and half blind..but has good hearing.I really do believe everyone needs at least one big gaurd dog in these days and times.Next week I am planning on measuring at least two of our windows and having plywood cut to fit.Would love some burglar bars but they just are not in our budget yet.I love this blog and learn so much from you,M.D….And all the others that comment on here.Thank you to all here!Stay warm everyone!

  11. Well here is a question for my future prep of the week, month or year. I am not tecnically inclined at all. I get concepts up to a point and then it is out the window for me.
    I would like some “solar power for dummies” information.
    I am interested in solar power generators. I have found that they want you to do some math about amps and watts. Yeah! right. I only do math when I have to balance my checking and that is ify.
    I have been stimyed by the male mentallity of not telling you exactly what you can run on said systems and for how long. (Yes, I do get the idea if the Sun don’t shine, nothing happens)
    1. Need to know the best system for the least amount of money.
    a. Most watts for panels needed
    b. etc. best batteries
    2.Need to know the most simple setup. Just setup and use system.
    3. Need to know what it will run and for how long.
    a. medium size chest freezer. (I will be thinking of two purchases so this
    is all I will have on the one.
    b. One to run a small refrigerator in the house. One of those that you can also run from a cigarette lighter in a vehicle. And I think they make a slightly larger one. So consider that in the thinking on this. Oh and maybe a microwave.
    Also need to know if I needed to what other things could be run if needed on the systems.
    Also need some information on fireplaces. Have lived in this house for 12 years and have had the TV in fromt of the fireplace. Have no idea if anyone used it prior to that time. (Besides the original owners for heat in the 1920’s)How can I tell if it needs cleaning? So give me some pointer’s. I plan on using it to learn to cook in the open. I will be trying a brick hobo stove in it (less wood to worry about). Plus want to use it for dutch oven cooking. I really don’t plan on big heat the house type fires. I am going to use my gas heat as long as I can. Yes, I will have it cleaned for safety and the just in case factor, but want to know how you can tell if it needs to be cleaned. And Can I Do It MySELF???

    • Ellen,
      While I am not too knowledgable on the subject of fireplaces and chimeny works myself, I had an uncle who ran his own chimeny sweep busisness for a time. I ‘assisted’ (handed him tools) when he cleaned my parents chimeny. I can tell you that there seemed to be alot of specialized tools and it was a very dirty job. I would recommend that you pay a professional to do the job at least the first time. They will inspect as they clean it and tell you if there is any damage. I think to do otherwise would be inviting disaster.

    • MOFreedom says:

      All of your questions and more have already been answered here:


      It is a really neat forum all about solar, wind, and microhydro produced energy. I have had all of my questions answered there, and I had Lots of them! Panels can be had for as little as 98 cents per watt if you shop around, BUT they may not be the best for your application. The over $2 per watt may be better for what you are trying to do. The best prices (But NOT customer service) are at http://www.sunelec.com that I know of.

      Good Luck!

      [email protected]

    • OhioPrepper says:

      WOW. This is quite a list of questions. First of all, the Amp & Watts question is not a Male question, it’s an engineering question, and to get the correct answers, you have to know the system details (e.g., what you need to run & how often). My recommendation would be to find a device called a Kill-A-Watt (See http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Kill-A-Watt for examples). They are available for somewhere around $20.00. You plug the unit into an outlet and plug another device (like a refrigerator, freezer etc.) into it. Leave the system set up for at least 7-10 days. It measures a lot of things like VA and Power factor that you can ignore for the moment. The two important numbers you would record are the running time (in hours & minutes) and the Kilowatts used. From these two numbers the person quoting you the system can have a good idea about your power requirements. I actually have one connected to a new heater that’s in our bathroom. I have profiled every appliance in the house, except for things like blenders, hand mixers, etc. This will keep you from doing calculations, but still provide the solar system supplier with the data they will need to engineer your system.

      As for the chimney that hasn’t been used in at least 12 years. You can purchase the rods and brushes to do it yourself. I do my own every year or two. If I were you however, I would assume that it needs cleaned and hire a professional company to do the work. They can evaluate the condition of the chimney, provide you with a quote for repairs if needed, and clean it if required. Once it’s all functional, you can clean it yourself with the right tools. As for the fires you burn in it. Whether you’re trying to heat the house, cook, or simply take the chill off of the room, the chimney needs to be in the same working condition.

    • axelsteve says:

      Ellen. Personaly I would have the chimney inspected by a pro. I have the brush to clean the flu in my woodstove however, since you do not know what shape it is in have it checked.maybe have it rechecked every 5 years if you can sweep it yourself. I sweep my flu every year witch may be excessive on how much I burn but it keeps the misses happy so it is cheap peace and quiet. Steve

    • Ellen, I am the same way. Maybe M.D. can do a article on solar generators. I wonder about them everytime I see that ad on T.V.

      You can bet your chimney has or had bird nests in it. I would get a chimney sweep to do it because they also do a safety check to make sure it won’t start your house on fire.

    • sheeple_no_more says:

      Please for your own safety have a professional do it. I am a contractor and have had to come in after chimney fires to repair and sometimes rebuild what it left. They will not only clean it but inspect it to make sure the lining is safe.

    • Ridge Runner says:

      Ohms Law:
      Amps x Volts = Watts

      The rest is simple math.

  12. Stardusthill says:

    Just ordered another 5lbs coffee beans and 5lbs peppercorns. I divide this up in 1lb packages, vacuum seal and freeze. Have been ordering non-hybrid seeds on sale from different places to prepare for Spring and Summer garden. Planning on a large garden for the first time in a while. The seeds hopefully will make me more self sustaining. Have my basic storage pretty well intact. Just me, but I have two girls who don’t have a clue. I will provide for them and when things get bad I hope I have the time to teach them what they need to know to survive and thrive. The price of food , fuel and everyday living is rising. The time to prepare is now. Whatever you can do will make things easier.

  13. I guess I should have intoduced my self earlier. I’m located in LA, but was born in MS and came to be here through 21 years in the Air Force.
    I’ve been following this blog for a couple of years I guess. I began preparing for the hard times back in 1994 when Bill Clinton decided he tell me what firearms I needed and which ones I didn’t. Of course there were many other warnings from his administration that kept me focused. I moved to the country in 1999 and have been stocking up on guns and ammo ever since. It is only recently that I have been focusing on food storage and being more self sufficient. My oldest brother who lives in MS has always had a garden and hunted. Deer are a nuisance where he lives. I can pick his brain when I need to. He doesn’t consider himself a prepper or survivalist because that is just the way we were raised. I have gained a lot of knowledge here and I appreciate everyone for sharing what they know.
    One project that I am contemplating is the switch to propane power for my 1982 Jeep Wagoneer. I like propane for its storage abilitiy. It doesn’t gum up no matter how long it stays in the tank and my Wagoneer doesn’t get much use. If anyone has done such a conversion I’d appreciate any help or ideas you may be able to provide.
    And a special thanks to you MD for doing all that you do.


    • PHS,

      Thank you.

    • axelsteve says:

      I doubt that changing over to propane would be a problem. If you have the small Cherokee maybe but if you have a grand Cherokee it should be a snap. Relativly. Some kits even make it so you can swith to gas or lpg gas. Propane is also kinda a poormans fuel injection setup, you can run it when the vehicle is upside down and the propane does not care.I know 4 wheeleres who run propane for that reason. I would do a google search or something like that. Steve

    • barksdale? im near mnden.

    • AZ rookie prepper says:

      A few years ago AZ actually paid a “rebate” for RV’ers to convert their RV’s to “dual” fuel usage, regular gasoline or propane. Am sure that kits are out there that would let you convert your rig.

  14. Stephanie says:

    Hearing about days-long power outages in other parts of the US helped my husband to be more accepting of preparing. We purchased a Coleman propane stove and two fuel canisters, tent repair kit, extra toilet paper and diapers at excellent prices (stacked store coupons with manufacturer coupons), and lots of canned meat and vegetables. We’re planning to do some camping this spring to practice adjusting to different conditions and cooking outdoors.

  15. More PT, upper the weight again. Getting there. Should be able to carry IWB w/o new pants soon.

    Kept budget tight–gun show next weekend.

    Made a run to Sam’s Club and Aldi, lots of canned food. Canned a flat of chicken thighs into four quart jars. Downloaded all three original manuals for the old gennie I picked up.

    Networked with a few folks–getting some resources arranged to help each other out.

    Teaching a friend how to build alcohol stoves while watching the superbowl tonight. Good times.

    Way to go, MD. I’m proud to be a part of your blog and happy to see it grow so quickly.

  16. Thank you everyone for the replies on solar and chimney stuff. Sure do apperciate it. There is a chimney guy in a town close will try to get in touch with him.
    My question’s on the solar are complicated to me, but my conveying it to someone else get’s lost in translation. But don’t worry will figger it out.
    Okay nothing to do with prepping and I know I shouldn’t use this spot for it but I have to do some bragging on my son. He is a truck driver and was trying to get out of Texas superbowl area before the traffic got bad. He stopped at this very small town, say about 500, to eat. He said of couse it being Sunday it was busy and this one waitress was overloaded with bussing the tables plus all the other things that go along with the job. I guess the manager came out and called her a vile name (really bad) and it flu all over my son. He jumped the slimey snake and told him that he had no call to talk to her like that. That she was doing the best she could considering. And he told the guy she had better be working there when he came back through. He said he was so mad he can’t remember all he told him.
    One of the old customers asked my son what had happened and he told him, the old man told my son good for him for sticking up for her.
    The cashier said she couldn’t wait to get home and tell her husband what happened. I bet the customers will help spread the news,too.
    I bet the whole town knows by now.
    When I told my daughter about it she said, If he goes back through there they will probably throw him a parade.
    I am so proud of him.

    • Rhonda Sue says:

      Sounds like a ‘true’ man to me…That condition seems to have skipped over alot of the younger generation.Good for him!You have a right to be proud!

    • Tell that waitress to carry a tape recorder. Next time your son rolls through that town she should own that place.
      There’s no reason a woman should put up with ANY man treating her that way, nonetheless an employer. The only reason a man gets that way is people let him. If the first woman he did that to had put his lights out with a skillet to the head, he’d have learned his manners. Mark my words, any women and children he has at home are treated worse.

    • The brainwashing wore off... says:

      We need more men like that. Too many metrosexual, politically correct girly men in this country. Long live chivalry and gentlemen!

  17. Harvested my indoor lettuce crop. The yields are low compared to the power required to run the lights. The experience seems to have been worthwhile though, tasty too. Still having problems with white flies. Heard on the radio others had problems with them last year too and the experts said to consider it a fluke and next year there will likely be no problems with them. I doubt that for some reason.

    After reading this thread I realized maybe I should have bought a couple of the leg traps I saw go for close to nothing at an auction last year.

    I bought a couple of useful books for 88 Cents at the Thrift Store. Noticed prices of some other things seemed Up. I may stop going to that store until after yard sale season kicks in, hopefully there will be some lower prices then.

    • I have had an over abundance of white flies one year and none the next. But I normally get a vegi-safe spray for them. Organic is good, but I’d rather not loose a whole crop to something that may very well show up every single year, and starve. “Plant one for the bugs, one for the critters, and one for yourself” is an old saying, but I don’t have the space, energy or time for that. I start with the small guns in insecticides where I can, but have nothing against getting out the 50 cal when nothing else works.

    • I’ve gotten white fly in my greenhouse and to attract them I make a ‘trap’. Use yellow paper that is swiped with honey and hang around the plants, place on small sticks in the pots, etc. The white fly will go to the yellow and get stuck in the honey. This home-made ‘trap’ is similar to Tanglefoot, a product you can buy. Tanglefoot is supposed to be pesticide free but I’m not sure. I found the homemade ‘trap’ works for me.

  18. Christine says:

    I could not fit prep purchases into my budget this week, but I did rotate and re-organize my food stores. I did a bit of reading and educating myself. Keeping an eye on Egypt. I am going to watch the nurse videos and take notes.
    Still looking for a job.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      What type of work? I just this morning heard Lowe’s is hiring people. I think they’ll be looking for sales associates.

      • Christine says:

        Thanks, Lint. I will go check out my Lowe’s. I haven’t had a sales job since I was a teenager, but i am willing to do whatever it takes. I cannot get by on minimum wage, as I am a single mom of two teenagers, I am the sole breadwinner. I have been a laboratory technician in the dental industry for over 20 years, and I don’t really know how to do much else. Unfortunately those jobs are drying up as labs close because of the economy, and as the technology becomes more and more automated. I used to make a very decent living and now I am just trying to keep the roof over our heads.
        Sorry for rambling; this is TMI and more than you asked. I do feel a little better for dumping, lol.

  19. I didn’t buy a thing this week, but I did a big inventory of where I am and have decided I feel pretty comfortable at the moment. Still thinking a 4-10 shotgun and another 22 plus a new airgun will happen this year sometime. Spending a lot of time cleaning up my office and finances and simplifying where ever I can. Wish I was younger as despite preperation, I will be a dependent somewhere.

    • Jim Murphy says:

      I still have my 410 from when I was a teenager hunting squirrels
      and rabbits. A great little gun for small game. Thought of selling it many times over the years but I’m glad I kept it.

      We all wish we were a little younger…. but we keep on going.

  20. wanda4089 says:

    Just went to Harbor Freight today and purchased a 45 Watt Solar Kit that came with solar lights, charger and panels, you need a battery and inverter but it was a great deal with a coupon I had for $179.00. Purchased 2 more lg packs of tp, and 2 large laundry soap plus 28 more bars of hand soap. Tomorrow start dehydrating potatoes again. Planning a trip to LDS Storehouse next weekend. Their prices have jumped but at still a great deal. Hope all is well with the rest of the preppers out there.

  21. The brainwashing wore off... says:

    Not a whole lot of purchases other than dessicants, TP and paper goods. Received my heirloom seeds I’d ordered and picked up a bag of seed starter at Dollar Gen yesterday. Between the home office and our pantry , I seriously need to get organized! Have to be honest, sometimes I feel so overwhelmed with the whole prepping thing. I had to take a break this weekend. Got out and hiked with hubby to clear the head and reenergize.

    Read an article on how to make soap using rendered animal fat, rainwater and hardwood ashes. Started reading “Lights Out”, ordered “Alas, Babylon” and “Self-Sufficiency: A Complete Guide to Baking, Carpentry, Crafts, Organic Gardening, Preserving Your Harvest, Raising Animals, and More! (Back to Basics Guides) ” by Abigail Gehring, which came highly recommended from a fellow prepper. Researching water purification systems, desalination is a must. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • nancy (Northwest) says:

      Both books are good. (I have read Alas, Babylon several times. Time to read Lights Out again.)

    • Speaking of dessicants, does anyone know if dessicant packs can be dried and re-used. I’m assuming that once they are exposed to the air for a few hours (depending on humidity) they
      have absorbed all the moisture they can handle. Is it possible that placing them in a warm oven or a food dehydrator will bring them back to a useful condition?

      I have access to a steady supply of the things from packaging but if they can’t be re-used there is no need to keep them. I wonder if there is a way to test them?

      • OhioPrepper says:

        The answer is yes. Desiccant can be dried out in a low oven or your dehydrator. Google drying desiccant for lots of instructions. As for the moisture content, some desiccant has a color marker in it that IIRC turns blue when moist and clear when dry. Also, make sure the desiccant and its packaging is food grade.

        • Thanks OhioPrepper.

          My desiccant packs come from a hospital laboratory and were packed with sterile equipment and chemicals used in testing. I’ll have to check them all out. My gut feeling is they would be food grade but I’ll make sure. You know I do “Google” searches several times a day but never thought about doing a search about desicant packs. strange.

          • OhioPrepper says:

            Anything that comes in chemicals that are edible, such as medications should be OK. Since most desiccants are silica gel based, they should be OK, but if packed with equipment that outgases (usually plastics) then they may have absorbed not only the water, but also the contaminants.
            You need to be aware of the packaging when you dry them. For instance, I have many small desiccants that come from my medications, vitamins, supplements, etc. They are OK to use, but many contain the desiccant in a little plastic cylinder,s so I need to be careful how much heat I use to dry them.

          • AZ rookie prepper says:

            Charlie, Be careful of your dessicants. If packed with chemicals in particular, they could be cross contaminated from those chemicals which would then be in contact with the food you put the dessicant packets into. Best to use only food grade dessicant packs that you personally pulled from other food products or purchase new, food grade dessicant packets. Not sure about the dessicant packets used with sterile instruments, but, I would much rather be safe than sorry when a few cents payment now save much sorrow and cost later.

            • Thanks guys. I was in a hurry when I replied before and the correct words wouldn’t come to mind. Actually these packs I have come in boxes containing test trips, reagents and the like. The products are in containers and the desicant packs are typically in the larger box that holds the containers. They are the same kind of dessicant packs you would find inside a box of over the counter meds where the meds were in a blister pack and a dessicant is in the box along with the blister pack card. I went to the manufactures web site and they are FDA approved. I’ll ask a few more questions about exactly what they are packed with because I don’t work in the lab and don’t see them come out of the packaging.

  22. I ordered some 999 Silver ingots from eBay to make Colloidal Silver as my antibiotic. Those with/using Hydrogen Peroxide need to remember to keep it dark and cool (in the fridge is excellent) otherwise it deteriorates.
    Got a 20kg bag of salt. General stockup on pantry cans.
    I wish we could get a variety of weapons as easy as you guys can.
    Thanks MD for inspiring us aall.

    in Oz.

  23. on vacation this past week; Cherry Grove was wet and cold. Took the brother inlaw shooting and picked up some extra boots. The range in Myrtle Beach is down to two lanes after a suicide last year. Found out there’s a range in Murrells Inlet. I’ll check it out this fall. Back to the grind Monday! ya’ll take care in the ice and cold. It ain’t fun getting busted up.

  24. Posted on last weeks prep but today begins a new week.
    Moved additional firewood from farm to house for expected cold front coming our way rest of week. Was inspired after several posts on here to purchase a Berkey water unit. Also purchased a hiking ” Neo Air Pad” after
    my twenty year old Thermarest expired on last weekends hiking trip.
    Learned on this overnight hike that alot of people will have difficulty handling the load to bug out due to health constraints. One reason I stay in shape. Came up on someone practicing today with a slingshot. Strange but true.I have one but never have practiced. So I asked to learn and now have another skil set. All tasks completed prior to the Superbowl kickoff.

  25. highdesertlivin says:

    Thanks for the sentiment lint picker. Actually havent asked wife about shortcomings . But thinking about it 2200 + miles away gave me clear insight . Took possesion of 25 ,Lb.s organic of green lentils, quiniaw (checking spelling) correction quinoa ,and pintos . Gamma seals on the way . Wife says store more water ( she had to fill 5 gal jugs ) . Saw some posts on chimney stuff . Im a chimney sweep /contractor for solid fuel combustion systems . I reccommend a wood stove for all preppers , iff your kids are cold you can burn the neibors fence , and cook . Win win situation . Be safe

  26. My darling husband has decided not to question or roll his eyes at my prep purchases! 🙂

    New England has seen some record amounts of snow this year for January & for “winter weather prepping” I bought a pair of snow shoes (just in case – had never worn them before) & a snow/ski pants item (hadn’t had one since I was a kid). My husband is great about letting me purchase whatever I feel we should have for the home (since I’m quite frugal) but was a little unsure about these 2 items.

    This week he said he’d never doubt me again! The snow/ski pants kept me warm/dry while chiseling out the mailbox from the 5-6′ snowbank, digging a path to allow the oil delivery person to keep us stocked & let me to march to the back of the house to knock icicles off the gutters ~with the pool vacuum pole (I didn’t think to get a roof rake so I had to improvise). My husband wanted to help but kept sinking without snowshoes. (Maybe I should get him a pair too LOL).

    It was our own little “situation” and we were prepared! Trust me – I can’t wait for temps above freezing for a few days but am happy we were able to get through it on our own.

    M.D. – Thanks so much for this great blog ~ I’ve learned so much from you & all the contributors.

  27. Longhuntre says:

    Well i stocked up on all the great sale itens that were all advertused and on sale for the Super Bowl!!! Yeah Super Bowl sales

  28. Jim Murphy says:

    I put up 2 cases of bottled water as we are beginning to rotate our
    stock of water. Downloaded some Chunky soup coupons from their website from my computer at home and from work (with permission)
    and purchased 16 cans of Chunky Sirloin Burger soup for $14.00.
    That’s less than a buck a can and everyone in the family agrees on that flavor.

    Noticing an over abundence of critters around our area. We’re seeing foxes and coyotes wandering around in the middle of the day during the weekends. When I was growing up, the foxes were trapped for their fur. They were very cunning and I never actually saw one until it was trapped. Now you see them all over the place. Anyone know what fox furs are selling for in Ohio on average?

    Coyotes were never around here. They have slowly moved in over the years. People use our area to dump unwanted pets from time to time. We have had a few explosions in stray cat populations over the years. Since the coyotes and foxes have shown up, I am not noticing near as many strays wandering around.

    • AZ rookie prepper says:

      Jim, A long time friend of mine in MO has noticed many more “critters” around too, some of which have not been seen in his vicinity in over 100 years (bear, mountain lion, bobcat). He is a trapper but fur prices have been so low for quite a few years that he says its hardly worth it. “Farmed” furs are where a lot of companies are purchasing for their products these days too. Add to that, trapping requires WORK, much of it outdoors and involves getting dirty and cold….and many of our young people dont really know what that is….if it isnt an “instant gratification” comfortable type job, they want nothing to do with it. Similar story for hunting, many young people today dont hunt or want to, its “easier” to play a “hunting” game on the computer. Sad commentary on (some of) our youth.

  29. This weekend I took a course in Land Navigation at the local Orienteering club. I have wanted, and needed, to learn how to use a topographical map to navigate, just in case I have to reach my retreat on foot rather than by car. It not the best option for getting to my retreat but I would rather be skilled and prepared for that senario.

    My local grocery store had a deal that I could get name brand canned vegetables(49 cents each) cheaper than the strore brand (69 cents each). I bought a case of mixed vegetables and a case of canned tomatoes for soups and several cans of each family members favorite vegetables, well at least me and the wifes favs and what vegetables I can get the kid to eat.

    • OhioPrepper says:

      Land Nav is another great skill to have. I stress topo maps and map reading and compasses in my Hunter Education classes; but, unfortunately, many people have gotten so comfortable with their GPS units, that a map and compass is considered antiquated. The only thing I can do is ask them how well a GPS works with dead batteries and tell them that my compass always works without batteries.

  30. I’m ashamed to admit that I did nothing to prep last week. This blog is definitely a big kick in my pants. My life is so full and busy that my prepping seems to consist of mainly reading blogs about prepping. This has got to stop. I have to be more proactive. My husband not not support my prepping “hobby”. He thinks I’ve become obsessed since discovering the prepping subculture last summer. I was initially drawn into this due to concerns about the Deepwater disaster. But that’s another story.

    Bottom- I’m in my 40’s with 4 kids ages 3-12. My oldest has cerebral palsy and is mentally and physcially handicapped. My work part-time and homeschool 2 of the children as well as laundry, cleaning, meals etc. There are never enough hours in the day. I have to prioritize and do something every week even if it is something small. My family NEEDS me to do this and if I don’t do it then nothing will be done.

    My goal this week is to work on filling up some stackable 5 gallon water boxes. My goal is to have 100 gallons of water stored so it is available if needed.
    Thanks- MD. This is a great blog.


    • Trafal,

      Just glad to help my friend – the more people that prepare now thae better off we will all be now and when it hits the fan.

    • Best of luck with your husband. My wife is lukewarm to prepping and tends to run hot-and-cold on it sometimes. I just keep it from becoming an argument and apply subtle pressure.

      Yes, it slows down the prep rate, but I’m prepping for her and my three daughters whether they want me to or not. Without them I really don’t have too much motivation, as they are my world.

      Regarding the water: watch the stack height and remember you’ll need to rotate them for freshness.

      If you think the DH could benefit from a man-to-man talk, you can reach me through the meetup page under Lyon County, KS.

    • Rhonda Sue says:

      I know the situation you are in. Hang there,Trafal.You can be the tree everyone shelters under while they give thanks for your foresight.

    • AZ rookie prepper says:

      Trafal, the longest journey begins with the first step. Even a little at a time adds up. You would be surprised how a little here, a little there will accumulate to something that will help if needed. My wife too was a little hesitant about my prepping, but when we needed it, she came on board quite a bit more enthusiasticly. Keep the chin up.

      • Thanks so much for the encouraging comments. It is nice to get positive feedback that lets me know that what I am doing has value.

        elt2jv-My husband doesn’t dispute the validity of my reasons for prepping. He just says that I could never do enough to make a real difference. I going to just keep on keeping on…..KWIM?

  31. PATTON**** says:

    Went to Restaurant Depot this week. Picked up some meats in bulk, a large log of Velveeta Cheese (which needs no refridge until opened), a case of table salt for long term storage. Looked for a large bag of yellow popcorn for long-term stores, but no luck, they discountinued carrying it. Also picked up some spice. Also went to local supermarket and picked up canned goods and Knoor dried side dishes on sale for larder. Picked up some large capacity (4-30 round and 3 20-round) magazines for rifle.

    • Rhonda Sue says:

      Patton….We get our popcorn in 50lb bags at Sams Club.We have to package it for long term tho,of course.Its a good quality.Grinds fine and the taste is terrific.

      • AZ rookie prepper says:

        Patton and Rhonda Sue, I’ve seen both your comments and other folks comments at other times on purchasing popcorn, and I am super curious, why is it you buy popcorn instead of regular dried corn? How is it used? Are you saving it to use as popcorn or for other purposes? My brain is whirling with possibilities but really want to know your thinking on this. I love popcorn as a popped treat and make my own cinnamon popcorn and cheese popcorn at times…just have an itchin to know if it can be re-purposed too.

        • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

          In case nobody else comes back to answer your question, I’ll give it a go. I believe they use the popcorn for making corn meal. They grind the popcorn, then use it for making corn bread, corn muffins, etc.

        • Rhonda Sue says:

          AZ…….I used to use the dent corn.Never knew any better until a friend turned me on to the popcorn.There really is a big difference in the texture and the taste.I grind it and use it just like you would use any other cornmeal.Try it…you will see and taste the difference.Bonus……ALWAYS we have popcorn for the grands when they visit.

          • AZ rookie prepper says:

            Rhonda Sue and Lint Picker, thanks for the info. I’ve got to get my mind thinking of “duel purpose” foods and usage. Just because its labeled “popcorn”, I should remember first it IS “corn”….I learn so much here. Again, thank you for the help.

      • Tomthetinker says:

        Rhonda Sue: How dense… or.. how may buckets did that popcorn fill? 100# of wheat or rice pack 3. I thought dent corn would be simple but surfing in here tells me to many fungi, etc come with it to make it a good idea. So.. popcorn is it.

        • Rhonda Sue says:

          Tomthethinker……I buy the 50lb bags at Sams.I get the buckets free of charge from a bakery.The buckets are close to 5 gallons I do believe.I use mylar bags and oxygen absorbers to pack them for long term.The bucket in the kitchen pantry gets rotated out with the long term stuff.Am I making any sense?I have never had a problem with mold of any kind.Of course this family goes thru alot of cornmeal.I use 2 buckets per 50lb bag.Doesnt fill them up all the way.Like I said I am not sure of the size of the bucket.I like the popcorn.It just seems to make a better ground meal.I used to buy the dent corn.Used the last of it a few months back.Hope that helps some.

      • I have read that the popcorn is too hard to grind and rough on the grinders and that’s why we should go with corn instead.

        Apparently popcorn has a very hard shell as compared to regular corn.

        You haven’t had any trouble with it?

  32. mindyinds says:

    As always, I am so impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of the bloggers on this site, very inspiring for me to get off my tush! This week I read Alas, Babylon as recommended here; had read it as a teenager in the 1960’s and am encouraging my teenager to read it now. Also ordered 6 large jars of Vit. C powder which my hubby and I both take regularly for specific conditions, Puritan’s Pride. The rolling blackouts last week shook me up a bit – Central Texas is not used to days on end of temperatures in the teens. Am renewing my campaign to have a little wood-burning stove installed. Went through my front pantry: whatever had a use-by date in 2011 that I know we probably won’t eat went to the local food pantry.

    Trafal, you’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  33. Crazy Joe says:

    Am taking over , hopefully , as moderator of a website called
    ” GREENHOUSE ” . My first BA degree is ” Grounds / Nursery Management – including greenhouse operations ” . I was introduced to Alibris.com about 2 months ago . I was able to find a 158 dollar college text book on Greenhouse Operations and Management for 2 dollars . 2 weeks ago I ordered it , it came 3 days ago and am now reading it in preparation of a post that I will write next week . I haev always preached to gardeners that having a cold frame or greenhouse is the heart of a garden . It can put the home gardener way ahead on not only planting time but in having more seeds germinate / survive thus more crops thus more food . I have not read much of this stuff since college . I have been doing it for myself these past 30 years but on a web page I felt I needed to brush up on some more technical stuff in case someone smart asks me a question ! ! ! ! OH GEE I better get my own cold frame back up . That will be next weeks prep if no snow .
    Crazy Joe in South Jersey

  34. Hang in there Trafal (and everybody else). I have a spouse who is “luke warm” to the “prepping” concept. Fortunately, I have a history of being different and sometimes “spot on” as it relates to human nature. We also have a child with special needs and I understand some of the unique challenges managing that situation can entail. However, keep “grinding and moving forward”. You are a hero to your family (even though they may not mention enough, if at all). Every movement forward will give you and yours more peace of mind and security to survive whatever we all have to manage in the future. Best of luck to us all!

  35. Mountain lady says:

    Did not do much purchasing, but did get two cases of canning jars and rings at the local thrift store for $2.50. Could not pass that one up. I also prepared my order to Seed Savers. Will mail it after I get my SS check in my account. It is starting to cool a bit. Still in the 60s, but calling for rain Sat. night. I sure hope we get some more good rain for this rainy season. Hope to do more later in the week.

  36. Mountain lady says:

    M D, I think you may get up to 400 this week. I found it amazing at how fast this blog has been growing. It is good to see more and more people realizing that we may not have much time left to prepare.

  37. templar knight says:

    It is an inspiration to see the people who are prepping here who have special needs children, and are not complaining, but leading the way when it comes to prepping and preparing their families for difficult times. Maybe it’s because you have been through difficult times, I don’t know, but yall sure make me feel mighty small when I start feeling sorry for myself.

    I tip my hat to you, and wish you all the best, but I have a feeling that it is your character that keeps you going, and you won’t need any good wishes from me. But thanks, anyway. It’s funny how you can find what you least expect when and where you aren’t looking for it.

  38. Sorry for not putting these comments in the correct portion of this thread but the list is getting to long to dig through so I’ll place them all here at the end.

    There have been several canning questions lately. I’d highly recommend anyone with questions on canning to join the Yahoo Group Canning2. The list owner/moderator is a friend of mine. They do a great job and you can trust anything you read there. Just remember it is a canning list. There are some preppers on it but some who are not as well.

    I believe the Muslim faith also has ritualistic mutilation of female childrens genitals. Seems they don’t like for their ladies to enjoy sex.
    That is from memory and if I’m wrong about it I apologize in advance.

    I saw a video once on You tube done by a woman who was a convert from the Muslim faith/life. She laid out in great detail how they first send peaceful folks into an area and have them to get along and make friends. Then they send a few more. Once they reach a certain % of the population they start to politely request accomidations for their faith. Then they bring in a few more and when they reach another population goal they start to make more, less polite requests. Then when they get to an even larger percentage they start to demand concessions. It is all carefully planned and scripted. The “nice” ones that came first continue their role as friendly folks. It’s the later ones that cause trouble. All by design. I wish I could find that video again but haven’t been able to. Maybe it was pulled down.

    Lastly, thanks for the suggestion of using pop corn. I’ve been wanting to put back some corn for grinding but was worried about buying feed corn that might have mold in it.

    • The policy of infiltration you describe is called Da’wah. It also includes the stratified teaching of the Qu’ran–restricting the quotations, sermons and outward behavior to the abrogated (nullified) sections of the text.

      Stratification seduces new recruits and the unfamiliar. Later comes the revelation of the ninth Sura and the policy of abrogation that replaces the flowery, tolerant and peaceful portions of Islam with bloodthirsty filth.

      You also mention what has come to be known as FGM, female genital mutilation. It usually includes removal of all external female genitalia, though it varies by ethnicity and region. It is a universal tenet enshrined in the Qu’ran.

      We are talking about an all encompassing ideology that covers all aspects of life and directs all efforts towards world domination. It cannot be legitimately compared with any other philosophy. Cultural equivalency fails dramatically in the presence of an overwhelming difference between Islam and all other philosophies.

      Regarding above comments, please defer to Luddite Jean on this one. She lives in the UK, where she can plainly see the effects of Da’wah and the subsequent failure of multiculturalism.

      Please also see the news article linked on the Drudge Report with mandatory classes in Arabic language and culture in a Dallas-Fort Worth school district. Look at who funded it.

      Last, regarding corn storage: realize that straight ground corn is not particularly nutritious compared to nixtamalized corn. Does anyone or has anyone on this site had any experience grinding nixtamal? I have heard that it will clog Corona mills when wet and I haven’t yet found a ready description of processing except use of either a food processor or manual stones.

      • OhioPrepper says:

        I’ve heard of this being used prior to cooking and eating the corn, but can it be processed this way and then dried and stored? I grew up eating hominy, and I know hominy grits (dried and ground hominy) seem to be almost a staple food in the southern US.

      • Hunker-Down says:

        Can you name a country in the history of this planet, with a majority of Muslims where Sharia Law is absent?

    • I posted a question above for the folks grinding pop corn. Everything I’ve read says that it is too hard to grind. Many grinder manuals recommend against grinding popcorn.

      I have also heard that popcorn has a higher moisture content than regular corn (makes sense – so it can pop). That can make it go rancid faster and/or have mold problems.

      I read that if you are going to store it, you should dry it out before you put it in buckets. Dry it in a dehydrator or in a low temp oven. By doing that however, it may not pop, you should do it if you want to grind it – but again, make sure your grinder can handle it.

      Here’s a good link. http://www.ifood.tv/blog/how-to-dry-popcorn-for-long-term-storage

      Here is an exerpt from it. “Popcorns must be protected from moisture in order to avoid significant fungal and microbial activity. Hence, store them at 14.5% moisture so that it doesn’t affect its popping volume too. Dry them 13.5-12.5% for long-term storage.”

      • Rhonda Sue says:

        Thanks for the info,GA MOM,I am going to contiue doing it this way.I have a friend that is LDS…and she has been storing popcorn for about 28 years and has never had a problem with it.I called her and relayed the info you posted to her and she said she opened a can of popcorn just yesterday that had a year date of 1989 and it was fine.There is so much conflicting info around its really hard to know what to do.Thank you for takin’ the time to look up the info for us.That is one of the things I really enjoy about this blog,so many caring and helpful people.For me…its still popcorn.

        • No problem. For super long storage I’d be a bit worried but for short or medium term its probably OK. I’d be much happier using this for grinding corn than the bulk stuff I bought at the feed store lol!

          • Tomthetinker says:

            I have done some reading on the net and for the most part the story on ‘dent’ corn is that it requiers far more prep to use than ‘pop’ corn. Dent seems to harbor far more fungi and assorted bugs than pop. On the whole of what I have read and asked of the bean and grain farmers here in ohio…. the corn I bucket will be of the ‘pop’ variety…. good luck out there.

            • Rhonda Sue says:

              I think you will like it….You really need to try it now and become used to grinding it for use now before hard times hit.I use it all time…rotate..rotate!

  39. This is the most useful prepping video I’ve seen lately!


    • OhioPrepper says:

      Interesting video, but it’s really not a secret. Back in the 1990’s we used to make our own with powdered iron and finely ground (non-iodized) salt. Looking at the size of commercial ones we use today, what we did back then was way overkill, but in this case it’s cheap and overkill is good.

    • The brainwashing wore off... says:

      Thanks for sharing Charlie! I found it quite interesting that instant hand warmers contain the same ingredients and operate on the same principal as O2 absorbers. Cheaper too, when you only need a small quantity of absorbers.

  40. Denise in Northern Ireland says:

    Well this week has been very challenging, as you know my husband was attacked a few months ago. While his wounds have recovered, unfortunately his mental health has not. My husband is 65 and it has really taken its toll on him being attacked in our home and last saturday
    he had a nervous breakdown. So for the next few weeks our prepping will be on hold. I will let you know how things go.


    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      So very sorry to learn of your husband’s continuing problems. It is a shame that he will suffer far longer than the perpetrator ever will, even if caught. My prayers go out to you and your husband. Stay strong, stay safe, and God bless.

    • man thats terrible! who would attack someone 65? im really sorry that happened to your husband and hope the mental pain heals soon.

      • OhioPrepper says:

        “who would attack someone 65?” In simple terms, a coward. Afraid to attack someone younger or obviously more menacing. People like this will eventually pick on the wrong person, get the thrashing they deserve, and spend some jail time; although probably not enough.

    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      Sorry to hear that. Hopefully he will regain his confidence soon. Tell him we are all pulling for him. Don’t let the Bas…. win!

    • Rhonda Sue says:

      I guess I missed the post informing us of this…sorry.What a terrible thing for the two of you to deal with.I hope he gets to feelin’ better soon.While he is recovering..physically and mentally…you need to take care of yourself as well….get lots of rest…if possible and eat right.I hope the both of you have family to rally around you .Take care ,Denise.

    • Denise – I am so very sorry to read about your husband facing still more trials. I hope that with care and some peace he will make a full and speedy recovery. I hope also that you are getting the support you need.

    • templar knight says:


      I am so sorry. I will miss your prepping reports from across the pond, so I hope you won’t be gone too long. In any event, you and your husband will be in our thoughts and prayers here at MD’s blog. God Bless!

    • Mountain lady says:

      Denise, you and your husband will be in my thoughts and prayers. Hope you will be back soon. You will be missed.

    • I just saw your post on revisiting this weeks wdydtp.
      Really sorry to hear that. I know all of us will keep you in our prayers.

  41. For those of us who might have or have been tempted to post pictures of our preps or retreat using a cell phone camera or some modern digital cameras please watch this video.


    • Thanks Charlie! Thats a little scary. Fortunately for those who know me… I have yet to figure out how to take a picture with my cell phone… slight technological incompetence…

  42. Tomthetinker says:

    MD: So…. If this is the ‘third’… most popular Blog regarding ‘preps’ and everything else we hash over in here. Why is it ya can’t enjoy the kind of interpersonal communications we have in.. ‘here’.. while visiting the other two? What am I missing? Ok everybody,… not you MD, tell me who and or what the other two blogs are…… Rawles, APN… ? I’m not trying to toot anybodies horn, reputation, credit score, blog or point of view. I gotta work all day and try to sleep part of the night….. so Do let me know what I have apparently missed if you would……….. well crappola…. it’s after 10:oo!

  43. highdesertlivin says:

    The amount of posts directed at undesirable religious sects Is preposterous , concidering how much damage , loss and death can be attributed to our true ruling party (bank of america , Aig ,ect ). Its time to look at the true threats , foreign & domestic ,I say the domestic fat cats have done more damage to this country than any other foreign threat . So bag the witch hunt and educate yourselves . Be safe

    • templar knight says:

      Pointing out the danger of creeping Islamism isn’t a witch hunt IMHO. More people need to be aware, not less. As for educating myself, I’m a TEA Party member, a fiscal conservative, a college graduate, a believer in the Constitution, a proponent of a much smaller, limited government, a rancher, a prepper, and a Christian. Not neccessarily in that order.

      As for the TBTF companies like AIG, they are made possible by, and are a creature of, Big Government.

  44. Tomthetinker says:

    Hey in here: Communications………. i.e. ham in the long run. CB in the short. I’m looking for imput form those of you that have already done what I plan to do for March. concensus on equip. CB signal amps etc. I want to run a 12 vdc system via 110vac12vdc inverter / solar 12vdc.
    In advance……. Thank You all

  45. OhioPrepper says:

    Nearly all amateur radio equipment and the CB’s that I have run on 12VDC. They’re basically designed to run mobile in a vehicle with a 12V electrical system, so the 12 bolts isn’t a problem. As to amplifiers for the CB’s, I don’t know if any are still around. They are technically illegal, and since CB radio is not the large fad it once was, I suspect the equipment isn’t as prolific as it once was. Rather than going for more power, go for the highest elevation you can and you’ll get better local coverage that way. A station with an antenna placed low running a lot of power is called an alligator, big mouth and little ears. Antenna height and lower power will give you additional distance, and allow you to hear those distant stations who can hearyou.
    Since they have removed the Morse code requirement for an amateur license it really isn’t that hard to get one. The code was always a big barrier to some folks. As for the tests, the questions for each class all come from individual test pools. The current pool questions are available here: http://www.arrl.org/question-pools. The classes of license available are Technician, General, & Extra, and I would highly recommend that you try to get the general as fast as you can. The technician class allows operation on most frequencies above 50 MHz, while the general class license opens up additional spectrum below 50 MHz Operations above 60 MHz are generally used for local comms, while below 50 MHz allows world wide communications. A frequency chart is available for download at: http://www.arrl.org/graphical-frequency-allocations. I prefer the color one. You will also note license classes of N (novice) and A (advanced) in the list. Although these classes are no longer offered, persons who already had these classes of license were able to keep them. As to equipment, that’s a big subject to respond to in a simple rely post.
    Hope this helps a little.

    • Tomthetinker says:

      Thank You Ohio. and speaking of Ohio….. and antenna Height… I live on the cookee sheet of north America….. I can get it on the roof….. 30′ hope it’s high enough….

      • OhioPrepper says:

        Ha, I live not far from the highest point in Ohio, if you think 1800 feet is high 🙂 It actually doesn’t matter where you live, since everything is with respect to you. The antenna height is usually measured as HAAT (Height Above Average Terrain), so the higher you can get it locally, the better. 30 feet isn’t much, but it’s better than 20. I can get up about 55 feet, and that gives coverage for perhaps a 15 mile radius on the 2 Meter (144-148 MHz) band. I still lose mobile stations if they take a dip on the roads, but otherwise the comms is pretty solid.

  46. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    I read alot of stuff where folks “replace or subsitute” things like handwarmers for oxy absorbers or cheaper zip lock plastic bags for mylar etc etc.
    Guys this is your food you or your loved ones are going to eat. Why skimp on already cheap items and chance what you are doing?
    Tell me one food, drug, or any manufacturer that puts hand warmers in their packaging. Why do you think that is knowing they will take the cheapest route possible? What food company stores their food in plastic for 20 years? They are in it for profit and do not take the shortcuts you all are doing because it’s NOT SAFE! I mean really your gonna put metal flakes in with your food to remove oxygen and store it? Yep metal thats what is needed after all the organic growing. WOW
    If you do not know what you are doing just buy it from someone who does. There are a ton of companies and people who have been doing this for 20+years and eat what they store.
    Off the soap box now, keep preparing but be smart and don’t be to mad at me I want you to be alive at the end.

    • AZ rookie prepper says:

      Matt in Ok, I agree. This is our lives we’re talking about. Be safe about storing your food, a few extra $ spent now will save a whole lot of grief and money down the road.

  47. Hi everyone.I just recieved an email with this link.One I think everyone should see…..http://www.eutimes.net/2011/01/obama-orders-military-to-prepare-for-spring-food-riots/

    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      Huh, there are a bunch of other Military folks on here. Anyone preparing and training and diverting resources to jump on other Americans?
      The world is scary enough already

      • templar knight says:

        Matt, my son is on active duty in Washington, D.C., and when I posed him this question a little while ago, he is not aware of any such preparations. I keep hearing these rumors, usually along the lines that the military is preparing for civil unrest.

        My son’s unit has not received any training of this sort. Does anyone else have relatives or friends who are now on active duty? Have they participated in any training of this sort?

        • Matt in Oklahoma says:

          Templar Knight this is exactly why I dropped out of the “survivalist” community and had a hard time coming around and opening up to blogging. It seems that there are an overabundance of “conspiracy” folks out there that accused me directly in person, during a meeting, of going to be the Soldier who was going to kick in the doors and go house to house taking guns away in the late 80s and early 90s. At the time I also served as a Reserve Police Officer in our small underfunded community, something I thought was honorable until those years, and it didn’t seem to help my case. That meeting ended in violence and ended me even talking to folks. I am retired now but nothing has changed. It pains me to think that someone believes that they raised their children to join the Military and attack American Citizens, the very ones we swore an oath to protect. Anyone ever wonder why the Egyption Army just sat around on the tank and did nothing? Because the Sons didn’t want to attack their Mothers and Fathers!
          Soldiers and LEOs are not the enemy everyone thinks they are. Conspiracy Theorist with no proof but large boogieman believing audiences are.
          Unfortunatley I have also heard this type of rhetoric in person again this week as well as this forum. It didn’t end well either. It appears I may need to leave again.

          • I live in an area where about 150,000 military personel are within a 30 mile radius. I’ve often wondered just what they would do in a shtf situation. Many of them live in my neighborhood. I like to think they will stand with “we the people”. Along that line of thinking, are any of you familiar with the “Oath Keepers” movement.


            These are military and police personel who have sworn an oath outside of their official capacity to defend and protect the constitution and NOT to take arms against citizens.

          • The problem is not that the U.S. military would fire on innocent countrymen most would not unless they have been mislead. The trouble is that they will go into battle mode because they have received orders to take down a dangerous domestic terrorist or someone they are told is threatening the country even if that person is only a survivalist who is stockpiling food and gear.

            “I’m an American fighting man and my duties are to protect it against all enemies, DOMESTIC and foreign…”.

            The question is who makes the decision as to who those domestic enemies are. Those in power are masters at demonizing those THEY don’t like.

            Here is a link to a forum with some interesting resonses http://www.wikilaw3k.org/forum/Military/US-Military-people-Would-you-open-fire-on-American-citizens-if-ordered-to-do-so-327019.htm

            • Matt in Oklahoma says:

              I know my oath and the enemy would be the one who turned on the people not the people. The people are the United States. There would be a split within for sure as there are liberal minds everywhere however we are no where near this. Domestic can be anyone including leadership gone rouge. My retirement has changed nothing, I will still defend if needed.

          • AZ rookie prepper says:

            Matt in Ok, I hope you dont “drop out” of this blog, I value your insights and like reading your input, particularly on the “wdydtptw” portion. I spent 20+ years in the army, retiring about 10 years ago and have since worked on an army base. I keep my ears to the “tracks” so to speak, and have heard nothing about regular army units training to kick in doors domestically. National Guard MP units on the other hand, part of their mission is to train for LE activities, such as riot control. This has been true for many many years, going back to the Vietnam war time. They were used extensively during the rodney king riots in California, mostly to back up the regular LEO there. Some regular units were activated and sent to CA too, but to do things like help process damage claims, translation support (amazing how many “americans” cannot speak english), man the radios, etc. Those active duty army units were not given weapons or ammo, no door kicking involved. Also, there is a very seriously taken law on the books called “posse comitatus”, that says regular military cannot be used to perform LE functions within the U.S. boundaries. One of the reasons that regular units are not easily used to protect the border against illegal aliens. I personally hope you will reconsider leaving our community.

          • Rhonda Sue says:

            Whew….sure didnt mean to step on anyones toes .i am sorry if I did.I have military in my family too.As matter a fact my hubby is retired Army.I just thought it was interestin’……..my boo-boo.

            • Rhonda Sue – I read the link and was interested but I do not know that source and don’t know their bias, however, that being said, I believe that the good thing about this blog is that these things are brought forward and discussed – especially if you are concerned about them. So, put it out there.

              In the case of this article there was a lot of general information and was really light on specifics and attribution, but the reality is that food prices are going up and things are going to get really scary in some parts of the world. Remember how much of Pakistan and Australia have been flooded out. Remember the droughts that have been hitting other countries and the military regimes that take food aid and then don’t distribute it… How our respective governments (I am a country north of you) are going to handle it is anyones guess but as food prices go up here at home and food stamps no longer cover the cost, things could get interesting.

      • OhioPrepper says:

        If you read the details, it discusses providing support for other countries. Some UN boondoggle I suspect.

    • AZ rookie prepper says:

      Rhonda Sue, I would read anything “skeptically” that indicates the US military is preparing for spring food riots. They are frankly speaking real busy already, not that they need another mission. I did a yahoo search after reading that article, and found some articles relating to various world leaders being concerned with food prices and potential trouble, I think we can all see that coming. Nothing specifically on the US military training to handle that. Additionally, I have been involved with the US army in one capacity or another for the last 30+ years, and have a pretty good handle on whats going on within…see my post to Matt in Oklahoma reference what I know locally. I am not saying it could never happen, but, taken in perspective, I think someone somewhere added 2+2 and came up with 1000.

      • Matt,

        “I know my oath and the enemy would be the one who turned on the people not the people.” My concern is with who makes the decision as to who has turned on the people will it be the grunt on the ground or some black suit in DC or the Pentagon.

        No doubt there would be many military people who would not fire even if under direct orders to do so, but many would especially if they were told that the target was a threat to be taken out.

  48. Lake Lili…….Yes,I thought it was interesting.

  49. Wooow… less than 100 comments!!… I have to take advantage of this and write my comment on your blog… ok… what should I write??… mmm, I don’t think my criminal history would help me gain your sympathy, uh?? haha… anyway, I just want you to know that I believe you’re a terrific blogger and writer… so, thanks for that.. now I know I’m not a robot. well, this comment is gettin’ too long to be read, so i’ll stop now…