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Okay, now let’s get to it… what did I do to prep this week…

This week was a good one… I started construction on some 4×4 foot raised beds (if you plan on doing this type of gardening get a copy of Square Foot Gardening: How To Grow Healthy Organic Vegetables The Easy Way).

This week I also received my Renogy Firefly 20W Generator and my Humless 1.3 kWh solar kit is schedualed to be delivered on Monday.

Well, folks, that’s it for me this week… what about you… what did you do to prep this week? Looking forward to reading your comments below.

Comments

  1. Hey ya’ll,
    Loving the new header and the wolf pack seal.
    I have a new “hide a weapon in plain sight” decorator item, which I love! I no longer have to remember to fetch a handgun from the safe when I get home and put it back before I leave. It is such a small thing, but when you work full time and have an injured husband, two college kids, and your mom in house to take care of, those little time savings really make a difference.
    Starting a new inventory of food preps as my college son has moved much of it around and I am no longer sure exactly what I have of some food items! He was trying to help, sigh. Still plenty of food, but I am afraid some favorite items are getting low.
    Does anyone have a source for canned Italian green beans? I know I am rapidly running through my stores of this item and cannot find them anywhere!
    If it all goes to hell, I was planning on lots of those beans with foraged greens, dehydrated onions and canned bacon, and in the meantime they are my favorite quick veggie.
    Take care.

    • I tried my first two can from Save A Lot 2 days ago. Seasoned them with some left over ham pieces and the usual, and they were as good as the name brand Allen’s we have here in KY. Just look for Italian Green Beans at discount stores. The lady I worked with as we ate lunch together thought they were my canned ones….good luck!!

    • Almost There says:

      Not sure if you have a Kroger, but that is where they have them here, and Allens and Delmonte are the brand. Seeing them on WM’s website, along with a couple f other brands.

    • Patti,
      I see them at a store called Warehouse Discount Groceries (WDG) where I live. Since I love any green bean, I never buy them over another. I like them fine and eat Italian green beans, just have no preference. I think Allen’s is the brand, not sure.

    • Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I am on it. Lol

  2. Those are righteous awesome preps, MD.

    Picked up 100 rounds of Wolf .223 from Cabelas at 4.99/box/20. I know this stuff isn’t the best, but my modified Bushmaster M4/A3 digest it with no problems al all. Cheap range ammo and for barter. I reload and at .25rd I can hardly duplicate that. Of course I usually load premium bullets for serious use.

    Bought 2-30rd Hexamgs for 4.50 each and 2-597 10rd .22 mags for 4.50 each. Smokin deals this weekend at keepshooting.com.

    Bought 2-1 week food supply kits from Augason farms at about 18.00/each.
    Bought 8 baking sodas, yeast packets, bisquick mix, and 3 brown sugar at WalMart to shore up the baking supplies.

    Went to the range as the weather in SE WI is awesome for February ( mid 50’s ) and tried to wring out the new Remington R51 pistol. Unfortunately Remington admitted that some pistols were shipped with magazine springs that are far to powerful. This jacks the round up so hard against the slide that one cannot pull it fully rearward to chamber a round. They sent me 2 replacement mags right away, but they had the same issue! Sheesh. So I clipped a coil off the mag spring, and it would fire and work with only 6 rds ( 7rd mag ). This is still not good. I love the pistol; points awesome, alloy frame, very flat. Low bore axis allows less recoil. But these mags are driving me nuts. Word of caution to the pack if they want one. I will get it sorted out.

    Lit off a Romanian Tokarev in 7.62x25mm for the first time. Worked flawlessly. For 225.00 bucks you can’t go wrong. Although that caliber is hard sometimes to get. But they really whiz out of there for sure.

    God bless all Pack and their families. Keep on prepping because things can go to ” hell in a hand basket ” very quickly.

    • B61, is the 223 steel case???

      • Thor

        Yes it is. That is why it is cheap, friend. CTD did an extensive testing of steel cased and brass cased ammo awhile back. 25,000 Rd’s out of 4 Bushmaster rifles. Although the brass cased stuff outperformed in terms of FTF and FTE, it was such a low percentage. Something like 20 rds or so had issues. AMerican Eagle ammo disk the best, with pert near zero ammo related malfunctions. The Russki stuff is dirty though, powder is not as nice as good old USA stuff.

        Bottom line- I prep both ammo types when I see deals, and reload heavier bullets for long range shooting/varmint control/urban sniper use.

        • B61, I wouldn’t use that in my ARs unless it was TEOTWAWKI. I have some wolf in 7.62×39 for the AK or SKS though but those are like a hammer not a scalpel. Lol

          • Jesse Mathewson says:

            Again, steel cased is perfectly fine…however, each to their own- I only stockpile IMI or GGG 55grn larte amounts milspec for ar/ with small stash (over 1k under 100k of 62 grn Winchester ZQ3315)
            7.62×39 is golden tiger for major stock/ and small amounts of silver bear/sft pnt
            9×19 – speer lawman large amounts
            Speer gold dot 115/124 lesser – even lesser amounts critical DUTY 135grn
            22lr aguila and ely only
            9×18 critical defense and ppu
            7 5×55 swiss / ppu/ swiss milsurp

            Now for pure plinking…I have non expensive steel etc., it works and if you have firearms that cant handle it you may need different firearms.

          • Jesse Mathewson says:

            Again, steel cased is perfectly fine…however, each to their own- I only stockpile IMI or GGG 55grn larte amounts milspec for ar/ with small stash (over 1k under 100k of 62 grn Winchester ZQ3315)
            7.62×39 is golden tiger for major stock/ and small amounts of silver bear/sft pnt
            9×19 – speer lawman large amounts
            Speer gold dot 115/124 lesser – even lesser amounts critical DUTY 135grn
            22lr aguila and ely only
            9×18 critical defense and ppu
            7 5×55 swiss / ppu/ swiss milsurp

            Now for pure plinking…I have non expensive steel etc., it works and if you have firearms that cant handle it you may need different firearms.

            As for ak not being scalpels…I have two AKs that shoot true moa at 100 yards. Times have changed.

            So have firearms, 1911s are pretty and its nice to have m1as and m14s

            But I get the distinct feeling I am one of the youngest here and I am 40… (with major spine issues and over 20 years active in certain very interesting areas)

            I often wonder how people older than myself or with infirmities can assume they will be able to do anything with their extremely heavy, or honestly outdated firearms/gear.

            How many of us do a national guard approach and take 3 days with just out get home bag to ensure it is correct for us?
            How many of us walk home from work every so often. Or have actually planned and completed a “bugout” versus theorizing?

            • Jesse

              True on the AK; I also have 2 of them and maybe they don’t shoot MOA, but 2-3 inches. Good enough, considering most deadly encounters are fairly close affairs.

              Speaking to your age comment yes it does get tougher as one gets older. I am 62 now, and arthritis is creeping in a bit. As to the BOB thing, last year I wanted to see how I would do carrying my pack at 38 lbs. I left the house and walked a 10 mile route, not flat but up hills and down, although mostly sidewalks and paths. Took just over 3 hours, and the last 2 mile were really tough. I made a goal of not sitting down once and resting, and made it but whew! What this taught me is to bug out with no vehicle is not to be desired, and avoided if at all possible.

            • Jessie,
              You make a good point. I try to keep these issues in mind as I prep. I am 52. I have walked home with my BOB and it is not difficult. At my age, you need to spend a little more on gear to save your back. My pack fits me well, it is tailored to my short stature, it is ultralight, and is filled only with what I can carry a much longer distance than home from work. I make the best of it with lightweight backpack gear and
              summer weight sleep setup as I live in So Cal.
              Also, at my age, many of my dad’s fire arms are no longer suitable for Mom and I (she lives with us) to use, but we have layed in plenty of lighter weight options to use as we age.
              We do our best and let God worry about the rest!
              Take care.

              • Jesse Mathewson says:

                Bwh/Patti – thank you for the well thought out responses it is a good thing to know and consider. Personally I cannot walk far, however, can bicycle a good distance

            • Jesse,
              Walking to the car or twice as far in the other direction to feed my chicken take a toll on my back. I will go nowhere on foot. Sitting in an electric cart hurts me so I can barely get out of the cart and drive home. Yes, I have thought about this, and I know my limitations. If I had a gun and a need to use it, I would. Hopefully, it is a light gun. I’m surprised you can ride a bike. I have not been on one in ages, but I know from the pain in back and knees that I cannot.

              • Jesse Mathewson says:

                I have another 2-3 years before even the bike wont be an option. 🙂

                I try but, as you know Linda, degenerative means, degenerative – there is no cure, no fix. Possible trials and yes,I am and have been applying and trying.

          • Thor

            I have to say that I have found Silver Bear zinc plated .223 to be the best of the steel cased stuff. Cleaner and shot 2 inches out of my Palmetto State Armory upper at 100 yds. Of course my pre-loaded mags all have Federal or PMC X-Tac brass cased in them.

            Just saying if you see deals on steel, grab it every now and then. Barter or practice, it works.

            But hey, you’ll just use your mighty hammer made of a dead neutron star. ( or whatever ) to slay your marauding bands, right? LOL.

            • B61, Hammers work sometimes, other times scalpels. Knowing what to use and when, priceless. Lol
              Hey, what do you think of the new 7mm-300wm ??? Scalpel or hammer ???
              I just don’t like steel in my firearms. Its one thing when the government supplies this, another when its your personal arms. JMHO

              • Thor 1

                Did not hear of it frankly? I own a Ruger scout rifle in 300WSM. Nice light rifle, scout scope set up. Fast into action and can keep both eyes open with the long eye relief. 300 WSM cartridge takes a lot of powder, 59-61 grains! Not good for personal defense IMHO. Large muzzle blast and flash. Now this 7mm-300 may be slightly less emphatic than 300WSM. Strictly a pre SHTF hunting round.

                You thinking of getting into one? Let me know what gun and all that. Curious. Thanks.

  3. I love the wolves!
    Scored some free hardwood firewood for BOL. A few winter nights worth. It’s still green, but should cure over one Phoenix summer and be ready for autumn, 2018. Thankfully, our woodshed is full of ready to burn wood and we have open stacks in the BOL backyard as well.
    Reloaded shotgun shells.
    Put relatives on the plane going back to Pennsylvania and Turks & Caicos, so free now to spend more time on prepping!

    Prayers for the wolfpack, the Trumpster and the nation.

  4. Anonamo Also says:

    Just a few things this week.
    …We still continue to work on health issues and are making progress. We began to make and use filtered and structured water this week. We do not have a problem but needed to set up our filtering system to verify how and give it a “test drive”. ….Structured water is water that has been highly oxygenated and one way is to put cleaned marbles in a funnel, with a straw thru it to get air thru.. and pour water from two pitchers back and forth several times. It is supposed to help with negating all kinds of disease processes by putting extra oxygen into the body. Bread made with structured water rises more. It makes it taste sweeter. Since water is our primary drink.. and it costs next to nothing we are trying it.
    … I planted a few rescued and sprouting potatoes in a big bin. ….We have continued working on the new place trying to get it ready for habitation. worked this week on removing baptistry which we will use to raise our own fish… had to move some of a load bearing wall and open up wall,a nd made some frames for two more windows. … gathered cooked and consumed a pot of sorrel, first of the season the forcythia is blooming, don’t have any azelias, allergic. continue to work on plans for the critters, and the grow areas, and lists for next purchases, trying to prioritize., …. too early to plant here. no windows= no sunshine.. so working to correct that.
    General cleaning behind the carpenter and cook
    …and protecting our little dogs from the coyotes that are everywhere in this area. when the trains come thru, one knows how many there are, and how close. I am sure they are doing so well because of our deer population

    • Anonamo Also,
      Back before we had our R/O system we used a distiller, and the water it produced tasted what I would call flat, not that water has any particular taste anyway. We would simply pour water back and forth between two pitchers to aerate it, and it lost that flat taste. Evidently we were making structured water and didn’t know it. If it can enhance bread, then it’s well worth looking at.
      Thanks.

  5. The trace mineral boron is a micronutrient with diverse and vitally important roles in metabolism that render it necessary for plant, animal, and human health, and as recent research suggests, possibly for the evolution of life on Earth. As the current article shows, boron has been proven to be an important trace mineral because it (1) is essential for the growth and maintenance of bone; (2) greatly improves wound healing; (3) beneficially impacts the body’s use of estrogen, testosterone, and vitamin D; (4) boosts magnesium absorption; (5) reduces levels of inflammatory biomarkers, such as high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α); (6) raises levels of antioxidant enzymes, such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, and glutathione peroxidase; (7) protects against pesticide-induced oxidative stress and heavy-metal toxicity; (8) improves the brains electrical activity, cognitive performance, and short-term memory for elders; (9) influences the formation and activity of key biomolecules, such as S-adenosyl methionine (SAM-e) and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+)); (10) has demonstrated preventive and therapeutic effects in a number of cancers, such as prostate, cervical, and lung cancers, and multiple and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; and (11) may help ameliorate the adverse effects of traditional chemotherapeutic agents. In none of the numerous studies conducted to date, however, do boron’s beneficial effects appear at intakes > 3 mg/d. No estimated average requirements (EARs) or dietary reference intakes (DRIs) have been set for boron-only an upper intake level (UL) of 20 mg/d for individuals aged ≥ 18 y. The absence of studies showing harm in conjunction with the substantial number of articles showing benefits support the consideration of boron supplementation of 3 mg/d for any individual who is consuming a diet lacking in fruits and vegetables or who is at risk for or has osteopenia; osteoporosis; osteoarthritis (OA); or breast, prostate, or lung cancer.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26770156

    https://www.earthclinic.com/borax-remedy-for-arthritis.html

    • Anonamo Also says:

      …and standard Borax is pure . already have seen this data, but have not tried any of it yet..
      … also look up the one on Baking Soda, along with how to use it. Indications and directions for each indication…
      …DITTO : cayenne pepper
      WE need to look up info, assimilate, print and put in handy dandy notebook for reference, stock. In event of medical care these have potential to save lives.

    • Jesse Mathewson says:

      Because yall love wiki…

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_nuclear_weapons_tests

      This is just USA testing- add in russian testing, french, british etc…

      Well over 5000 nuclear devices detonated…

      And yet one plant…lmao

      • Jesse, I don’t know where you got that count.

        Also, Wikipedia can be modified. Someone named Wolbo modified it a day ago. Lol

        A lot of detonations were contained underground. The difference between the nuclear power plant and a detonation is the detonation is controlled, the radioactive leak is getting worse and is contaminating the ocean and tainting food sources. I am just glad I don’t live on the west coast. Lol

        • Jesse Mathewson says:

          Thor1

          Would you like a list of evidence? The last 4 times I did it, well, honestly it was ignored.

          I can appreciate some paranoia, but honestly, im not quite a fan of the alex jones camp.

          • Jesse, why are you defending the polluting of Mother Earth ???
            The Truth is the Truth no matter who is the messenger. Alex isn’t always right, but at least he tries to get info out regardless of what the government thinks.

            • Thor 1,
              I don’t think anyone is defending it; but, the Fukushima Daiichi event that occurred nearly 6 years ago is reality, and I thought the discussion here was whether or not the aftermath and fissionable products from that event were hazardous to us here in the U.S. I think Jesse was making the comparison of previous events that were of a much larger scale (from the Trinity explosion and after) and that we should all keep the Fukushima event in perspective, and not get overly paranoid.
              Right now I think those in northern California downstream of the Oroville dam on the Feather River are in much more peril, than perhaps eating a pacific ocean harvested fish.

            • Jesse Mathewson says:

              I defend nothing, merely hope people get truth.

              An untrained soldier is useless as a combat anything.
              The same is easily said regarding junk facts in support of emotional theories.

              Use facts, evidence and reality.

              Dont use lies, partial truths and barely heres or theres to rile people up.

              But what do I know…we already know I plan on raping and pillaging everyone…thanks to false propagandizing and intentional misinterpretation of prior statements.

              I take issue with lies. Using false information is lying.

              Honor/integrity/facts – these are all that matter to me.

          • Thor 1,

            I am just glad I don’t live on the west coast. Lol

            It’s a big ocean and I think too many do not understand the physics and are letting their “feel” and “believe” out way their “think”
            Radiation is something of which we need to be aware, and in certain circumstances be concerned; but, even before the nuclear age we had radiation sources impacting us, and since the bombs have added to the background radiation, we need to perhaps be more aware; but, not paranoid.

            • OP, not paranoid, just cautious. Fools rush in where brave men fear to tread…….

              • Jesse Mathewson says:

                Context, that poem actually references angels not brave men. Additionally. Remember the other part of that poem, which was in effect talking about critical thinking.

                The fool is the individual who does not gather/study real FACTS before making statements.

    • Thor 1,
      Your URLs are interesting; but, contain no information of any concern, at least to me.
      Your first link discusses Tritiated water, where the hydrogen is replaced with tritium. This can also be called super heavy water, with normal heavy water having the hydrogen replaced with deuterium. The oceans naturally contain some heavy water, and as long as they don’t release billions of gallons of the Tritiated water into the ocean, your concern about evaporation from the ocean is unfounded. The first article was talking about heavy concentrations of it at the plant site in Japan.
      Your second link discusses particulates that are in the individual raindrops, and has little or nothing to do with Fukushima and also mentions those normal fission products from naturally occurring radioactive elements like Radon being of no real concern.
      It gets back to naturally occurring radiation in the environment, like that Granite counter top many have and live with.
      I have a friend here locally that is moving into a new (to him) old homestead, and one of the tests they are performing is for radon, which is as naturally occurring as the water from his well.
      We all live with radiation every day; although most of it is non-ionizing and generally of no real concern.

      • OP, its getting worse. Eventually…….

      • OhioPrepper; The links Thor 1 posted are excellent articles….especially for people who don’t squat about this stuff.

        I posted earlier on this topic and it went to a 404 error. Suffice to say, I was required to go through NRC schooling, including fire fighting training. I guar-an-damn-tee you, there is a LOT the Edison people and the federal govt. haven’t made public.

        I do not believe nuclear power plants are worth the money or the eons of risks they carry. Half the time most of them are offline anyway.

        • Additionally, if people knew how much spent fuel is buried in their states, they would go ballistic. Ten’s and 10’s of million tons were shipped out to unsuspecting states and unsuspecting citizens.

          If those spent fuels depots are ever disturbed (as in opened up) , those areas will be a living nightmare.

        • Izzy, thanks, and that’s not even to mention an EMP event, which has been termed not if but when. Our government has finally started a fix for the grid system, but will it be too late???

          • You’re welcome Thor 1. Our govt. should be fixing the grids instead of sending money overseas. I wouldn’t bet on anything being fixed as it needs to be before an EMP.

      • OP,
        I respectfully say you are wrong about radon! I would no more discount the deleterious effects of radon than I would of the deleterious effects of cigarette smoking on the health of smokers, second-hand smoke breathers, or third hand smoke effects.

        Just because radiation has always been happening does not mean we should not be concerned. With some things it is the cumulative effect that harms, not the individual times of exposure.

        I have a chemist friend who works for the Dept of Defense or Army, not sure. He travels with his lab in a van and stands by while areas of military installations are dug up. He tests whatever they dig, looking for anything toxic, including radiation.

        • Jesse Mathewson says:

          What is radiation?

          Waves of energy in a variety of forms, lengths and strengths. All radiation is originally naturally occurring, including uranium etc.,
          Radon is natural radiation.
          Cancer affects as many nonsmokers as it does smokers.

          The reality is, while your friend is testing, it does not mean that by default what he is testing is proven to be harmful etc.,

          By the way, do you know what the top two most dangerous chemicals/ elements are?

          Oxygen – one of the most caustic gases known, and yet we must have it too live.
          Dihydrogen Monoxide – water, and yet again we must have it too live.

          There is a reason I personally avoid naturalnews, alex jones and similar…they bank, literally million a year based on fear mongering from outright lies or very vague truths

          • I was a disaster control team chief in Strategic Air Command back in the 1960s and received quite a bit of education on topic. I am not a bit concerned about any radiological effects on ocean fish or on the atmosphere anywhere except perhaps very close to the Fukishima plant. The intensity of radiation decreases as a function of the square of the distance from the emitter. For example, the radiation at a distance of 10 feet is 100 times less than that at 1 foot and the distance at 100 feet is 10,000 times less. So, your best defense against radiation is distance. Most dangerous is ingestion of a radiation emitter, for example inhaling dust from a nuclear explosion is deadly. Also, most byproducts of a nuclear explosion are radioactive for only an extremely short time, half life is measured in seconds. So, to sum it up, Fukishima was not an explosion and your best defenses against radiation are distance and time. Due to the volume of the oceans, your probability of ingesting a piece of fish affected in any way by Fukishima is probably less than being struck by lightening on 100 separate occasions! We have many much greater worries.

            • Billy T,
              Great description.

              The intensity of radiation decreases as a function of the square of the distance from the emitter.

              We call this the Inverse Square law, and it is applicable to all forms of radiation whether nuclear, radio, or heat, since all are basically the same physical phenomenon with different frequencies of operation. Within the visible spectrum, we call these physical phenomenon Colors.

            • Anonamo Also says:

              Then those poor fools in California who discount the effects of fukashima and the radiation piouring from the bottomless reactors need to be praying for continual lightening storms! there is also radioactive iodine being palced in the natural gas that is being used in europe… so don’t worry about NATURAL radon but you better be concerned about weaponized radiation and radiation leaks from all these power plants that is not being neutralized but being stored at some “deep underground cavity, near you without your consent or knowledge”… maybe like the salt mines? really what does salt do to steel barrels? perhaps someone who knows all, can explain?… would it not rust them? how long to eat thru one, a few years? Better be thinking about the pollution we are doing to the nation and the world. Look at the fault lines… what sits on almost every one? a Nuclear Power plant? How is that for great design? Wake up ! Smell the coffee. NO one is talking RADON! the post started about radiation dangers!

          • Jesse,
            If one were to look for the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) which does exist for Dihydrogen Monoxide, also known as DIHYDROGEN OXIDE or HYDRIC ACID and read it without knowing the background and chemistry, it could actually freak you out. I’ve sent to to some folks over the years who were quite upset that this chemical is so readily available, especially when you see the damage and deaths it causes each year.

            • Jesse Mathewson says:

              OP, especially considering the vast quantities readily available to anyone. I know some states have attempted regulation and other states like California import vast amounts from Arizona, Colorado, Oregon and Washington state…

              Its just amazing how many do not realize the danger

              • Jesse,
                I’ve been talking with Sirius who lives out in CA and he mentions that even with all of the rainfall and flooding they’re getting, they will still end up in a drought when it’s all over, since it seems to be more important to have water for the Delta Smelt, than the people.

                • Jesse Mathewson says:

                  I as well as many westerners tire of California, they drain our rivers and water, use imminent domain and DC to steal more water from Arizona, Oregon, Washington state and others.

                  Why cant they use the billions they waste on frivolity and build de-salinators?

                  Honestly, the Western states really do not like California nor do we generally get along with Californians…as it seems they always being their ridiculous politics with them. (See recent case in Utah, Californian transplant attempted to ban firearms in a public place/museum OF FIREARMS lol)

        • Linda,

          I respectfully say you are wrong about radon! I would no more discount the deleterious effects of radon than I would of the deleterious effects of cigarette smoking

          Perhaps you can tell me where I discounted the effects. I simply stated that we live with and have lived with non-ionizing radiation for most of human kinds existence, and that we have learned to deal with it. One can either understand the sources and effects or fear them. I don’t fear them.

  6. Sorry that post was meant as reply to Jessie much earlier in comments.

  7. Jesse Mathewson says:

    To all here, and I mean all preppers –

    if you are ever in arizona and need a BOL for any reason I want you to consider my place and local tribe as extended tribe for you. I have grown to appreciate and in fact enjoy the back and forth exchange of ideas and information and believe most to be extended tribe in a way.

    jesse dot mathewson at hotmail dot com I will give you an address and contact number, this includes your loved ones. It is important to me that you have a place should the need arise.

    • American Pacrat says:

      Jesse M
      Thank you for the offer. I personally doubt dh & I would be in AZ again as he is limited on traveling. It is the kindness you have shown here that is appreciated hopefully by all.

    • I have a cousin who lives in AZ.

      • Jesse Mathewson says:

        AP and Linda, I spend much of my time passing out 90% wool blankets/tarp and survival kits with information to some of the areas homeless, and yes, by sight alone I can tell if they are drug abusers (I dont help those) or not. I have been close to the streets before, and the reality is…these men and women already live what we claim to train for 🙂 so may as well connect now right?

      • my wife has a aunt in AZ.

      • Jesse Mathewson says:

        Just drop me a line any time. 🙂

    • Jesse

      That is a very generous offer, sir! I have kin in AZ, Phoenix area. They are not prepped like you are though. Thanks again for the offer.

      Curious on your greatest challenge. I would think water supply is one. For me in the north it is surviving winter with no power or natural gas/electric. Water is no issue in my locale.

      • Jesse Mathewson says:

        Water is not as big an issue for myself and those I travel about with. While indeed there is less visibly, it is still here. Pays to traipse about and find springs etc., that most folk simply dont go too anymore. 🙂

        • Jesse Mathewson says:

          On the water note. So far it is still “legal” to cache rainwater in az. Most of us use large containers raised and save it for dry season watering of plants. I also always have a minimum of 220 gallons of potable water and with filtration the rainwater will also work. So between 5 and 15k gallons stored.

      • Water is indeed a high priority for us, as it is for everyone. Contrary to the belief of some, Arizona is not all arid! Our BOL in mountains is less than a mile from a naturally occurring lake. We also have our own well, with water rising to a level 30 feet below surface. Also, we have gutters and barrels for catchment. Worst case, we can ferry water from the lake. So, the well on commercial power can be lost to lack of power. We have two generators, so can power the well pump without commercial power – that’s one. Water catchment is two. Bringing water out of the well with a bucket is three. Ferrying water from the lake is four.

    • Almost There says:

      Jesse,

      That is an incredible and unselfish offer. I am very appreciative of the offer. I do travel out west some, mostly to Colorado, but there may be a time when I would need to leave TN and knowing there is a place for me to go, is comforting. Thank You.

      • Jesse Mathewson says:

        Heck, honestly, its selfish…I would gain seasoned preppers right?

        • Jesse Mathewson says:

          I truly think a better prepared tribe/community of preppers that get along or can contribute is one of the chief ways to overcome any significant difficulty

  8. Didn’t get much done this week. Added to a few preps, trying to get ready for planting season. I was late last year due toalltherain, and then it turned hot & humid. My tomatoes loved it, but not me so much!
    Went to my BOL Thursday. Visited some friends in a remote part of the state, had a very good time playing Minecraft with a wonderful 9 year old (also got my Girl Scout cookie order).
    Resting today.

  9. Greyhawk1970 says:

    Hello there Wolfpack I have not been able to do much prepping since I drive a truck over the road. I try to read quite a bit to learn any new tidbits I can.

    DW at home is working at getting the garden up and running at our new place. This will be the first year for this plot so we are hoping things go well. The weather in TX has been good so we are keeping our fingers crossed.

  10. here in the mid part pf the country, we are worried about bugs. No hard winter to kill them.I think we should watch this very carefully. And hope our gardens will do all right.I am dyhrated some large packages of veggies just to be safe.It’s been a strange winter.!

  11. Made the drive back from The Sunshine State this week along a different route. Quite a few of the state and US highways are in very good condition and some are divided with higher posted limits yet don’t have the masses found on the Interstate system. something to keep in mind in case a Bug Out is needed.
    Used prep skills while at my Dad’s. Made a cake from an outdated pineapple flavored cake mix (BB 2015) and added cocoa powder (BB2007) and had rave reviews. Also opened up some Swiss Cheese, in original shrink wrap with a use by date of March 2016. Thought once it hit the air might go bad so used up quickly. Added water to his storage.
    Bought a canning/preserving book.
    It could be very difficult to travel long distances in the future. Hope to keep making connections.

    • Almost There says:

      Moe,

      Good for you taking different routes. I did that when I came back from FL. I keep imaging along the route, what if something happened here, in my current location, how would I handle the event. Making connections is important.

      • AT:
        Watching the traffic jams in Northern California makes me wonder if they have alternate routes. The Fl-Ga highway(19) is a good alternative to I-75. The old highway between Selma and Montgomery wasn’t bad either, and I loved both 400 in Oklahoma and 287 in Texas. For the most part all were 4 lanes which helped if passing was needed.

        • Almost There says:

          Moe,

          Just now re-reading…. I meant “imagining”… UGH!

          Thank you for the info. I will definitely check it out.

        • Moe,
          Northern Cali has no traffic issues…you must be speaking of SF? Or SAC? area? that is not what we call North Cali…
          anything below Oroville is still considered Central Cali to us North Staters….LOL
          SF is Definitely NOT North state, as much as they deem, or want it to be.

          North state is Counties such as Butte, Tehama, Shasta, Trinity, Lake, Glenn
          Just sayin. 😉

          • TechQN:
            Thanks for the enlightenment. My few visits to the state have been to L.A. or points South. I will have to put the counties you list on my wish list of places to visit. Growing up I lived in very populated areas, but as an adult I have found small town life preferable. My definition of a small town is population under 10,000. The area where I live has many county seats that size or smaller.

      • Almost There,

        I keep imaging along the route, what if something happened here

        What you are doing is real time situational awareness, and it’s something we should all be doing at some level, all of the time. Good for you!!!

  12. Having trouble posting this week. Posts either duplicate without intent or error message appears saying duplicate post even though original not posted. Input appreciated.

  13. Just tried to say I got errors and got an error trying to post. Let’s see if this goes through.

  14. Ronald Beal says:

    Mr. Creekmore- Ron Beal here. I have written a possible editorial per our earlier conversations. I have lost the conversations we had, and need an email to send to you. On regular ‘comments’I do not see where I might attach a word doc.

    Thanks..
    Ron beal

  15. Third time attempting to post this….maybe a charm? The hog hunting saga continues…..checked the game camera I mounted at the Hog Bait site and found plenty of hog activity. The post hole bait sites were completely devoured with the hogs rooting them all the way to the bottom and leaving big depressions about two feet deep. So, I added a few bait sites on Friday to keep them occupied, then spent 5 hours Saturday night to no avail. I guess they haven’t found the bait yet, so I’ll give it another try Wednesday night.
    – Completed stocking all the slots in my Thrive Life FIFO Pantry Storage system and ordered a few more tracks so I can add more, smaller cans.
    – Planted Kale in the raised beds and also started the remaining veggie seeds indoors. Hopefully the weather will continue to improve over the next 2-3 weeks and then I’ll transfer all plants to the garden.
    – Bought the book “Salumi: The Craft of Italian Dry Curing”.
    – Picked up more meds of various types to add to the stocks. This is probably the weakest area of my preps, but likely will turn out to be the most important.
    – Ordered another 50 lbs. of Kosher Salt.
    – Picked up all sorts of bulk canned food and 12 lbs. of black beans from Sams.
    – Canned 18 pints of Ham and Pea Soup.
    – Used 30 gallons of my stored fuel to fill the truck and then refilled the cans with fresh gas and added more STA-BIL. I try to rotate all my fuel preps every 4-6 months to keep it fresh.
    – Looking for a good old fashioned meat grinder for my sausage making (If I ever get my hog).

    • Mustang
      I watch a daily vlog and this week there was a you tube on butchering a pig. If you are interested, here is the link.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLj6-wkp5Mc&feature=youtu.be

      • Thanks Labgirl! Pretty good video. I’ve watched a few others and have studied a few books as well. I familiar with deer, so I hope I’ll be able to do a proper job on a wild hog. Check back on this Fridays post as I hope to be able to tell everyone I actually got a hog. Too bad we can’t post PICs.

        • If you can butcher a deer, you can do a hog, no problem! Good luck with your hunting. In my experience, persistence pays off. Lord knows I’ve hunted plenty of times without success. On one occasion, I think I may have heard some elk hunkered down behind a big bush snickering at me as I left for home on the last night of the hunt! 🙂

          • Billy T,

            If you can butcher a deer, you can do a hog, no problem!

            I would also add rabbit, squirrel and cow to that list. It’s really all just a matter of size, and while my beef or pork cuts may not be the correct cut of a trained butcher, it will all be good meat for the pot, grill, or oven.

            Good luck with your hunting. In my experience, persistence pays off. Lord knows I’ve hunted plenty of times without success.

            Amen on that. It’s also BTW why it’s called hunting and not shopping, LOL, and something we stress in our hunter education classes to the new young hunters, who might otherwise be a bit disappointed.

  16. Penny Pincher says:

    Hi Pack!
    OK, this week I bought more accessories for my Raspberry Pi, and flashed a copy of Kali for it. I’m going to learn something about its OSINT tools. Got my wireless hub reactivated, which was a 2 hour fiasco with Asian tech support.

    I also got a free TV and swapped it for some other technology for a group project. Heh, heh.

    The tactical training website I was working on is done finally. We might have a commercial client already. I still want to do some SEO and keyword grooming but it’s up. Now my time is freed up for more demands.

    In the physical world, I started working out daily a few days ago rather than a couple times a week. Got annual doctors visit done. Waiting for lab results. Went to the range the other day, which was satisfying. My marksmanship is still OK, but I could use some more brushup with weapons handling before we take the client to the range. I don’t have much opportunity to do this while living on the road but maybe I’ll get some dry fire practice in tonight.

    Well I’ve managed to fritter away my day here. At least I got my hub working. Stay frosty folks, it’s going to be a long hot summer.

  17. Encourager says:

    Awww! So happy to see the wolf back in the header. Thanks, M.D.!!!

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