What did you do to prep this week?

I’m sorry that I forgot to post the “what did you do to prep this week” first thing this morning. I’ve had a lot going on as you probably know, but here we go – better late than never as they say.

My dad is home and knows the outcome of his terminal cancer diagnosis and to be honest, right now he is taking the news better than I would have. The best that we can hope for besides a miracle, is that the duration and eventual death will be as painless for him as possible.

Please keep praying that that will be the case with him and this awful illness.

In the near future, I will be posting a few articles on health and cancer prevention. From my research, a combination of diet, supplementation and medical screening are the most effective means of beating this curse on humanity that we call cancer.

Thank God that there will be no cancer nor pain in heaven.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any prepping done this week with everything that’s been going on but plan to get back to it and have some good stuff to report next Friday. I have several projects in the planning stage, I just have to find the money and time to get it all done.

But I’m sure that you all did a lot of prepping this week and we would love to hear about it in the comments below – what did you do to prep this week?

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  1. Marilyn Parmelee says:

    Praying for your dad and for you and the family. This week I bought a food dehydrator and order a 72 hour freeze dried kit.

  2. We had a new grocery store open in town–Aldi’s. They claim to save folks half the cost on their weekly groceries over other grocery stores, including Walmart. I felt like I was traveling back in time to like 1984 in terms of prices. And the produce looked really good. This is my new grocery store, for sure.

    We had a freeze so we had to cover the garden. We’ve had temperatures in the 80s for the past few weeks so the return of winter was a shock to my system. It is back in the 80s today and all is well.

    • Almost There says:

      Bam Bam,

      Where have you been? We missed you. Missed your picture… 🙂

      Aldi’s is great. They have special of the week on produce and that is when I stock up on things. Quinoa and BPA free bottled water is a good price too.

      • Almost There,
        How is it packaged and where do they usually have it. I hadn’t noticed; but, it’s worth looking on our next trip there.

        • Almost There says:


          It’s usually near the pasta. It comes in a bag, not sure of the ounces. I don’t have a bag to look at at the moment, but I think it’s the Simply Nature brand, I think it’s also Organic and comes in the white and red. They also have flax seed that’s usually near the nut section, if you are interested in that.

          • Almost There,
            Thanks & Thanks. We’ll have to check out both.

            • Tractorgirl says:

              Aldo is giving Whole Foods a challenge…Aldi is now carrying Organic produce and they have many organic products now…I have not checked out all the new but I plan to soon.

              • Encourager says:

                Wish the Aldi’s near us had organic produce! It must just be certain stores.

                • Encourager,
                  My problem with organic foods, is that there seems to be a lot of confusion over what it means, or more importantly, who certifies it as organic. While some are actually certified and marked as USDA organic, I see that term thrown around too much, and quite often even the not certified organic food test as good as those that are. I guess what we grow here is organic by the common definitions; but, the reason we grow it is more for cost, quantity, and flavor.
                  BTW, I was watching a farm bureau show a few days ago and they mentioned an easy to make weed killer. You combine vinegar, Epson salts, and liquid dish soap and spray it directly on the weeds. Chemically this makes a lot of sense and I feel dumb for not thinking of it myself.

                  • Jesse Mathewson says:

                    I agree again with OP, organic btw, by definition simply means grown outside of a test tube and can include test tubes essentially all living matter from bacteria through whales are organic regardless genetic manipulation – by default. Eg., I avoid like the plague the modern hipster stores and wally world…choosing local farmers markets and programs that rescue headed for landfill almost too ripe produce…makes for great canning supplies- locally two programs every weekend, 60lbs for $10 the type varies but its a deal.no.matter how you cut it…and it adds a dozen or so quarts of veggies of all types to the canning assembly line and home “foodbank” weekly 🙂 saves a bit for certain- after jar cost…spending $300+ less a month on groceries…:)

                  • Encourager says:

                    OP, my idea of ‘organic’ is healthy produce or food that is grown naturally without chemicals, either pesticides or herbicides or fertilizers. There are many organic or natural pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers that can be used. Oh, and NOT GMO plants or stuff that has lots of soy. It does not have to be labeled organic; if a farmer tells me he uses no chemical or artificial ingredients to raise that food, and I trust him/her – that is good enough for me. Organic certification costs a fortune and is not necessary for me to buy stuff. BTW, I extend these rules to any meat I buy. NO GMO grains, no soy and I prefer pasture raised meat. Buying local is the way to go as far as I am concerned.

                    One of my concerns is our depleted soils. ‘Farmers’ who add chemicals to the soil so the plant will grow, without growing cover crops, adding manures, or natural additives such as lime, wood ashes, etc raise very vitamin/mineral depleted crops. If we take care of the soil, we will be rewarded with healthy food.

                    • Encourager,
                      I hear anecdotal stories of depleted soil; but, around here I simply don’t see any. Every farmer I know uses cover crops that are plowed under, and the local dairy farmer that shares my lane for his cow barn cleans it out often and spreads the manure on his fields. When the DW cleans the boat and horse stalls, she dumps the debris on to that same pile of cow manure and it also get spread onto those same fields. We also have an egg farm in the area and all of that debris is composted and spread on local fields. Perhaps some areas with large corporate farms have processes that deplete; but, I don’t see it at all around here.

                    • One of our neighbors near BOL has horses and an unending supply of compost material! We usually compost a large pile for a year and spread it on the gardens in the autumn, tilling it in next spring. Our soil becomes richer by the year.

                • Almost There says:

                  At my Aldi’s, it’s on the end “cap” facing the cheese and meat coolers.

                  • Encourager says:

                    Thanks, Almost There. I have asked in our local Aldi for the organic section and was told the few organic items they have are mixed in with the non-organic stuff and I would just have to hunt for it. Maybe they are just too far down on the list for change to happen. If I drive 20 minutes north, there is a humongous Aldi distribution center.

                    • Almost There says:

                      I think that is how ours started. Now, they get enough in to have its own section I guess. You are lucky you have a distribution center close by, if you are able to shop there as well.

        • Almost There says:

          Just lost my post… UGH!!!

          OP, it’s near the pasta section in my store. It comes in a bag, I believe the brand is Simply Nature, Organic, they have the white and red. They also have flax seed, golden and brown near the nut section if you are interested in that.

          • Almost There,
            Actually you didn’t lose it. It just floated around in the cloud for a while before landing, LOL.
            It did make me turn my had for a moment when I was hearing Déjà vu all over again.

            • Chuck Findlay says:

              The local Meijer stores sell Quinoa made by “Bob’s Red Mill” brand.

              It’s in the organic (meaning more expensive) isle.

              • Chuck,
                “Bob’s Red Mill”?
                I need to take another look since our local Big Lots carries “Bob’s Red Mill”. and Bear Creek at a good discount.

                • Big Lots has had the best prices on Bob’s Red Mill for me too. I’ve seen the Bear Creek products but most of them can’t be eaten by those in our household. Bob’s has lots of gluten free products – Bear Creek not so much.

                  • GA Red,
                    Gluten isn’t a problem here; but, most of the Bear Creek is rather high in sodium. I think their potato based meals, like cheesy potato soup are gluten free; but, not being an issue with us, I haven’t really checked.

                    • I have purchased a couple of the Bear Creek items that are gluten free but as I’m now past 50, I’m learning that the extra sodium isn’t always my friend. I figure I’ll have to mix in some real potatoes to reduce the overall salt content.

                    • GA Red,
                      Yep, the same here and once they’re all used up we’ll probably not purchase too many more. I purchased some of the 72 hour food supplies from Food 4 patriots and from My Patriot Supply and they are not much different than the Bear Creek mixes. One of the things we hope to do this summer with the Freeze Dryer and Dehydrator is to prepare some of our own mixes without all of the sodium and with no Soy, since my DD is mildly allergic to soy protein. Freeze dried and sealed in Mylar with an O2 absorber should allow us to put away a lot of inexpensive long term meals that would again only need water for rehydration.

        • I get mine from Costco, often in a very large bag, maybe 15 lbs or so.

    • Bam Bam,
      Aldi’s has been around this area for 25 or more years and we do the bulk of our grocery shopping there. The only issues are that you need a quarter (which you get back) to get a shopping cart; but, then they also have no carts running around the parking lot and denting vehicles, AND you need to bring your own bags or purchase them.
      Their prices as you know are great, and we most often even purchase bread there (along with Dollar Tree), since it’s great stuff. We get all of our bottled water there, and occasionally get their Danish pastries, with the Caramel Nut being my favorite. The DW uses their lactose free milk and ice cream and we purchase a lot of canned vegetables, generally by the 12 can flat, although as of late their butter beans have turned out to be a little pithy and gritty. They have a great black forest ham that quite often goes on sale.
      If you go to their website, you can sign up for email advertisements which let you know what’s on sale and sometimes has coupons.
      They also quite often have other non food items at great prices, and 8 of our heavy duty wire rack shelving units came from there, and if they hold true to form, they’ll be having some of those again soon. We paid $40 for them vs. $80-90 at the big box stores for the same units.
      They are no fly by night newbie to the industry and their name is an abbreviation for Albrecht Distributors, a large German company with the first store opening in 1961 in Germany, making ALDI the first discounter in the world. In the U.S. they are headquartered in Batavia, Illinois.
      And yes, we love them too.

      • my four sons says:

        We have 2 Aldi inn the biggest city close to us. We shop a lot at Costco for the pricing. The Fruit quality at Costco is usually second to none and the cheapest milk I have ever seen. My DW and I were using a spectacular system we devised for planning and shopping a monthly menu. We set up 10 day blocks (figuring produce was only good for so many days) And did a weekend trip of the bulk of the grocery shopping then the other trips were just for vegetables and Bread and anything we unexpectedly ran out of. We have allowed ourselves to get away from it, I need to dust it back off we figured it saved us at least a couple hundred a month and eliminnated the whats for supper arguments.

        • patientmomma says:

          Once a month I drive an hour to get to the closest ALDI. I watch their weekly ads and if they have something on sale that is important to me I’ll make the one hour drive again, their prices beat everyone else.

          • patientmomma,
            We have them about 15 miles south and 35 miles north west of here. The one to the south is within spitting distance of Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Meijer, and Kroger. Also the local hospital, primary care doctor and dentist are in the same relative location. Close enough to be relatively convenient; but, far enough to be generally safe and unaffected by city folk; however many of those city folk are involved in 4H, FFA, and other rural and farm organizations, so it’s mostly a whole different attitude than many places.

            • patientmomma says:

              Ohio Prepper, sounds like you have the perfect location! Enjoy.

              • patientmomma,

                sounds like you have the perfect location! Enjoy.

                I think I do and we try to enjoy as much as possible. When we moved into the house as a rental back in 1984 I knew there would be a lot of work on the house; but, I fell in love with the location with the creek running through the west side of the property and the old post & beam / mortis & tenon barns. We’re far enough out of town to not be affected by them and close enough to be able to easily shop for most necessities. We live several hundred feet off of a main (two lane) truck route, so both the state and county hit it hard in the winter.
                There was already a functional chicken coop that we used for many years as shelter for our two dogs, after placing a fence around the paddock area. We buried the fenced about 18 inches in the ground to prevent the dogs from digging out; but, when I added a hot wire on top, the combination of the wire and the buried fence has also worked relatively well for raccoons.
                My only wish at this time if one could be granted would to be 20 years younger and in better health, since I think youth is too often wasted on the young, myself included in some areas.

            • Chuck Findlay says:

              Wal-Mart, Meijer, Dollar Tree, The Good Will, Aldi, Kroger and most important “China One” are 6 or 7-min away and all with 1/2 mile of each other.

    • Sarah Querry says:

      I just bought a DUTCH OVEN CAST IRON “FOR” 17.82$ CHEAP what do you expect AT WALMART! DAMN they were out of the tripod I would have got that too! I am very cheap WISH I could have got one for free off “CRAIGSLIST” WALMART IS CLOSE!

      • Sarah,
        Check out Harbor Freight. I got one of the tripod ones there for less than $20.00. If you don’t have one close, they’re online also.

    • BlueJeanedLady says:

      Hey Bam Bam! I’m not so sure Aldi’s is less than half price on routine shopping needs but they do have some very good values if you look for them and keep up with their weekly sales. We have one nearby and specifically (IMHO) their produce is almost always less expensive & of better quality than the other chain grocery stores in the area. We’re a bit spoiled, however, as my favorite place for produce purchases (and they sell seeds & bedding plants each spring, too) is a locally owned venue that seems to cater to locally grown items and apparently have some good connections with distant areas for seasonal crops not normally available in our area, too. Enjoy getting to know how your local Aldi’s operates, Bam Bam and good luck with finding the values at Aldi’s that work best for you & yours! ~BJL~

    • Penny Pincher says:

      I love Aldi’s! One time about 5 years ago I did a price comparison on staples (flour, peanuts, trash bags, eggs, etc) and discovered they were cheapest. I compared Kroger, Wal-Mart, Save A Lot, and Aldi. Wal-Mart came out highest. Save A Lot was generally 10 cents higher per item, but it was a lot closer to my house so I saved trips to Aldi for when I was going to buy a lot, rather than one thing I needed now.

  3. Doing the final preps on the raised beds. Waiting for the drip system items I ordered from Drip Works and will hopefully start installing in all the raised beds this weekend. I suspect having a consistent moisture level will greatly improve production. Now that the long term forecast looks like a steady temperature increase, I’ll replant the Kale, Lettuce, Beets, and Radishes. Still a few more weeks to go before transplanting all the indoor crops.

    The comm shack power supply failed! Started pumping out 31.6 VDC vice 12 VDC and fried my Kenwood TM-V71A dual band and my remote antenna tuner. The Yeasu FTDX 1200 survived. The local Kenwood repair shop already repaired it. As for the remote antenna tuner mounted on the 43’ vertical, I’ll just go back to using the old manual tuner I have in the shack. I never really liked the way the remote tuner operated and it often tripped offline. Since I’ll be working on the antenna, I’ll take the opportunity to install 28 more 36’ ground radials, but will have to staple them in place so I can roll them back up when not in use. (Half of them will stretch across the neighbor’s lawn.)

    Although I installed a new power supply in the comm shack (not made by MFJ this time), this event has helped me finally decide to build my back-up power supply. I plan to use four Gel Cell car batteries with a trickle charger to keep them charged and I’ll encase them and mount on a four wheel wagon for mobility. Eventually, I’ll acquire some suitable solar panels I can use to provide the charge.

    The vintage 1973 Kenwood TS-520S I have started to have some issues with transmit power so I ordered 3 new driver tubes and another matched set of “final” tubes. I installed a new driver tube last night and am back to full power out. Even though I have a full set of modern radio equipment packed away in a hardened case, I suspect the old tube radio’s will be very handy to have around “Post-EMP”. Besides, I enjoy using this radio to the newer equipment.

    Received the insulated Stainless Steel French Press I ordered from Brookstone. No better way to make coffee when the power goes out!

    The Sauerkraut is still fermenting nicely. I’ll move the crock to a slightly cooler location in a few days where it will sit for another 3-4 weeks. If the German Fermenting Crock works as well as I hope, I’ll order a few more so I can maintain a constant fermenting batch of veggies, pickles, etc. There are all sorts of good looking recipes out there.

    The youngest son will be here next week on leave, so we’ll be scouting in the local Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for hog sign (No hunting allowed between 08 March through 01 April) It’s a relatively small area (approximately 4 square miles), but does hold a small hog population…and it’s less than 10 miles from home. No rifles allowed in the WMA either, so I finally have the excuse to purchase a shotgun. Need to make the sausage before the kraut is ready!

    And finally, I did it….submitted my retirement request! If approved, on 01 September 2017 I’ll be free to head for the hills and get on with living as a civilian after 39 years and 9 months of having the privilege of serving in the Navy. It’s been quite a ride that I’d gladly do all over again, but it’s time to move on and let younger, more capable souls take over.

    • Almost There says:


      Congratulations on the retirement. I can only imagine how you will feel after that much time in one “job”. Hopefully, you will have that hog before your kraut is done and you retire. 🙂

      Which press did you order (ounces?). How many quarts/gallons is your crock?

      Do you already have your “hills” location picked out?

      • Billy T. says:

        Congratulations Mustang! I have been retired from the AF since 87 and seldom have it in my dreams now. Still, I occasionally have a dream involving “stuff”. May your retirement be dreamless! At night anyway.

        • Billy T,

          Thanks. Looking forward to it. Since “m basically flying a desk and unable to go down range anymore (put out to pasture), I’m more than ready. As for the dreams…haven’t really experiences any but the wife insists I have PTSD. Got 14 holes and TBI while in Iraq, but it was a small price to pay considering 13 of my guys died and another 27 lost at least one leg or arm. I have no doubt I have changed considerably, but need to push on.

          • Mustang:
            Sorry for jumping in here but I am going to side with your wife. Thank you for your service and I am sorry about the loss of the men serving with you.

      • Almost There,

        Got the 36 oz press. It’s good for about 3-4 good cups of coffee.
        I believe the crock is 10 Liters. I used four good sized cab ages to fill the crock. Had to press really hard to get the weights in on top before adding a little brine. It’s a good thing the wife does not have a good sense of smell (has Parkinson’s) because the gasses bleeding out of the crock are not especially pleasant. I’ll move the crock into the garage later today where it’s typically around 60-65 degrees.
        As far as out ‘Final Resting Place”, haven’t put a whole lot of effort into searching, but I’m currently looking at western North Carolina close to the Tennessee boarder. Similar to where we grew up in western Massachusetts, but without the weather extremes. As soon as I get the official word that my retirement date is approve, I’ll go full tilt with my searching. I have 13 acres of waterfront property in Freeport Maine I just put on the market. I hope to use the money from that sale to buy a nice parcel on water (stream or lake) somewhere in the mountains.

        • Almost There says:


          That sounds like a lot of kraut! What did you use to press the cabbage down? Maybe the kraut tamper BC is going to make for me and her would also work for you. I believe it would be long enough.

          Sorry to her about your wife’s Parkinson’s. My mom had it, along with mini strokes. Was not a good combination.

          Sounds like you have your ducks in a row. I hope your property sells quickly so you can start looking for something else. I think it’s a good time to sell before the bottom falls outs. East TN is nice, lots of hills and hollers, as well as western NC. Virginia is also nice. Lots to choose from. We’d love to have you in TN.

    • Always Forward says:

      Big changes, but you sound ready. Congrats. You will really make tracks with your preps then.

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      Although I installed a new power supply in the comm shack (not made by MFJ this time)

      A ham friend says MFJ stands for “Mother Fu***ng Junk.”

      • Chuck,
        I’ve also heard:
        Mighty Fine Junk
        Mississippi’s finest junk
        Some of their equipment is OK; but, others seem to fit the junk category.
        It’s always good to read the reviews and talk to friends who have tried things out first.

      • Chuck,

        I hear that before. Also “Made From Junk”….fitting based on the quality of some of their produces…and service.

        • Chuck Findlay says:

          Never bought one but I always wanted an antenna analyzer to tune all the antennas I made.

          I know MFJ makes them, but I really hate buying junk and I don’t know if anything MFJ makes is any good.

          As far as the tube tester comments below, I had a friend that use to work at Radio Shack and we use to try to burn up their tubes by over ranging the filament voltage on the tester. Radio Shack tubes were pretty hard to burn out, a 6 and 12-volt tube could take 5-min of 90 volts and still not burn out. Every other brand of tube would burn out before you got to 50-volts.

          • Chuck,
            My dad had a tube tester and some other equipment. I have all of the equipment except that tester and I’m hoping it’s still around somewhere back in the old home in PA. Hope springs eternal.
            As for antenna analyzers, MFJ makes some decent ones and there are Chinese knockoffs; but, this is the one I’m in process of building. One of my local ham friends has already built it and it looks pretty good. My biggest issue with my vision problems is that a lot of this equipment has too small of a display size, so this DIY project will allow me to drive a larger display, and since it’s mostly open source, I can add new features if I’d like to.
            K6BEZ Antenna Analyzer Project
            I think the total cost is around $40.00

    • Axelsteve says:

      I can remember when Thrifty had a tube tester machine at thier store.

      • Axelsteve,
        I’m not sure what Thrifty is; but, growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, just about every drugstore had a tube tester and sold tubes, along with bread, milk, and of course, prescription medications. Back then most everything had user serviceable parts if the user had a little skill and was willing to brave the high voltages.
        Today I know basically two kinds of people. Those who are willing to try and fix everything often with the help of skilled friends AND those who call for help for doing nearly everything other than changing a light bulb.
        I tend to hang with the DIY crowd and have been that way my whole life, since being raised that way, I didn’t know any better and I’m basically a cheapskate.

        • Jesse Mathewson says:

          OP/ agreed again, 🙂 well said

        • I don’t mind tinkering but leave serious projects to pros, I leave the DIY stuff to medical stuff, longtime emt/medic/CorpsMAN, can’t help it lol.

        • Chuck Findlay says:

          I still have 2 tube testers, and a 2 tube caddies full of good new-old stock.
          Some of them are somewhat rare like the 1Ls (have 3 of these.)

          • Chuck,
            Those ‘1’ tubes are indeed rare and old, especially as NOS. A friend is rebuilding one of the original WW II backpack Walkie talkies and picked up some of those, also NOS at Fair Radio sales in Lima. I still have quite a few NOS like some 6146 finals, and a few like the 4-250’s with 1K filament hours and no plate hours; plus, a ton of other tested good pulls from acorn style to 7 & 9 pin miniatures and octal stuff. They are part of my Junque category, meaning not really good enough to use in anything immediately; but, too good to throw away.
            And I wonder why I feel like things are a bit cluttered, Hmmm.

            • Jesse Mathewson says:

              With those I would most definitely be working inside a faraday cage, that would be tragic to lose em to even a transformer short/ such beauty-

              • Jesse,
                Vacuum tubes are highly unlikely to be lost to an EMP or anything else with a few exceptions.
                1. They do wear out over time as the cathode/filament/heater degrades and the emissivity gets weak so it no longer emits electrons.
                2. You drop one and break the glass.
                3. You maintain a higher than normal operating current for a substantial amount of time.
                On #3 I’ve seen the plates on power diodes in a power supply or the plates of a beam tetrode, beam pentode, or triode final amplifier glow cherry red due to high VSWR, and recover with no ill effects.
                One of my favorite destructive things to do as a kid was to build a power supply with a dual diode (6AL5) that was meant for detecting weak signals in AM & FM. I would build a real power supply and then short the outputs, first to see the plates glow red and then to see the fireworks as the electrodes disintegrated on the inside.
                Vacuum tube radio equipment is virtually EMP proof; however, they need an order of magnitude or more power to operate. For instance the High power triode in the final amplifier stage of the SB200 linear amplifier I built years ago uses 6 volts at 4 amps (24 watts) just for the filament, and the high voltages even at lower currents use more power and generate more heat than the solid state devices. So there is always a tradeoff.

        • Me too! Some of my fondest memories are of teen years building simple transmitters and wending my way through construction of my first 5 tube superhet receiver! Power supplies, final amps, drivers, modulators — ahh those were the days!

          • By the way, I still have a Hallicrafters tube receiver!

            • Billy T,

              By the way, I still have a Hallicrafters tube receiver!

              I still have an old Philco and may be getting my old Heathkit gear back. I gave it to a friend who wanted it; but, has done nothing with it.

          • Billy T,

            wending my way through construction of my first 5 tube superhet receiver!

            Let see, from memory:
            35W4 rectifier (straight from the 117 VAC)
            12BE6 & 12BA6 455 KHz IF amplifiers
            12AV6 detector
            50C5 Audio output amplifier through a transformer.
            I think these are close if my memory is holding out. Built my first at 16 and others later, winding my own coils for shortwave, etc.
            Prior to that I had built power supplies & a super regenerative receiver, can you hear the squeal?
            Back then the components were large enough to hold and be seen without magnification, and for years most of my components came from disassembled hulks of old TV chassis’s. Gone are the days.

    • BlueJeanedLady says:

      Hello Mustang! May I respectfully offer a tiny bit of advice using any kind of new drip irrigation system? (I am also taking a big leap here assuming we are both talking about the same thing! Ha!)

      Our own gardening drip irrigation system is home-made using PVC pipes and “drip” & garden hose attachments and my DH rather smartly red-necked (and I use that term proudly) / designed, modified & installed such several years back. We do have to take it apart, thoroughly drain each late autumn and store in the garage before the winter freezes hit but it’s easy enough to take apart, store and put back together each spring and can be easily added onto if & when we expand a gardening area so we are pretty much very happy with such.

      However, my tip that I wanted to share? The trick for us was in finally realizing we didn’t need to use it for more than five minutes with a slow garden hose flow a day – usually just after sunset – during the growing season – and when it wasn’t raining – to allow for adequate water needs for most of the plants. (Yes, we nearly drown all of our gardening plants that first year. Ha, ha!) We also found that watering in the mornings wasn’t as efficient as too much water would evaporate as the sun got higher in the sky. Of course I’m not offering any scientific evidence – just sharing a bit of real life experience that you might find interesting &/or useful!

      Now – – – your system surely may vary as I’m not at all familiar with commercial drip systems in the least, but did want to throw that little tidbit of info your way for your consideration as you try this new venture for your own needs. The good news is that any type of drip system (IMHO) should help save on total water usage – – – the bad news is that it might take a learning curve of a season or so to figure out exactly how much water your garden, in your location, and with or without routine rainfall, really needs from your drip system on a daily basis! 🙂

      Best of luck and good wishes with this new plan / project & I sincerely hope this little tidbit of info might be useful for you & yours. Keep taking care and stay safe & smart.

      • BlueJeanedLady,
        Thanks for the info. It’s all a guessing game at this point. All I know is that the raised beds dry out within a day and I think it has a gig impact on the plants ability to produce. I’ll test the moisture content daily to see what is needed and ensure it’s not too moist. Don’t want the garlic to rot!!!!

        • Mustang,
          As an engineer this looks like a challenge to solve with some inexpensive technology. Moisture sensing and valve/pump control is pretty easy. Perhaps it’s something I need to look at for use here, and then maybe another article next fall, As it tirns out I hang with an odd group of back to the land engineering types, and a good friend already did this kind of thing for his chicken coop to keep from getting up early. As engineers we never solve an easy problem when a computer will do the trick, LOL.
          GaryCooper chicken coop door controller

          • The hubby says that engineers have a hard time knowing when to stop engineering and just make a product. I’ve always figured if there is a better way to do something and engineer will find it.

            • GA Red,

              he hubby says that engineers have a hard time knowing when to stop engineering and just make a product

              That can be true for new engineers working for large companies; but, when you’ve gotten some experience or run your own company, you quickly find that there reaches a point of limited return for each tweak. The biggest thing I’ve seen with engineers is that in general we don’t like paperwork, including documentation and manuals.

              I’ve always figured if there is a better way to do something and engineer will find it.

              I’d like to think so. Why open a chicken coop door early in the morning, when you can have automation do it for you. That’s a real labor (and sleep) saving device.

  4. Florida Preppergal says:

    Well here it is folks I lost some of my tomatoes they came up from last year but they were really looking great then the cold snap, so not so good. I have my greenhouse up and have my roma’s started also peppers and some paste tomatoes all started growing really well. We put a water line by the greenhouse today so it will be easier to water the plants. I also canned some wheat berries. My cabbage are ready to make sauerkraut if I can get a good receipe. Also MD my prayers are with you and your family at this time and I also pray for his peace and comfort. Praying for the pack also.

  5. Billy T. says:

    It seems the website keeps deleting my membership. I’ll type in a response to someone or a comment on someone else post and then find it gone and I have to re-enter my name and email! Don’t know what’s wrong.

    • Billy T,
      What you’re talking about isn’t a membership as much as your browser settings. What browser are you using?
      I use Mozilla Firefox and the entered fields get saved and filled back in without a problem. This has nothing to do with the website and is strictly your web browser and its settings.

      • Thanks OP. I’m using Explorer. Perhaps needs an update. I just changed over to a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and have been diddling around with things on it.

    • Almost There says:

      Billy T,

      It’s the Russians!

  6. Austinelaine says:

    Corned beef on sale this week. Got 12 quarts of corned beef hash canned. One of the few meats I like canned.

    • Almost There says:


      Do you raw pack the corned beef?

      • Austinelaine says:

        Almost There: yes. I put cubed raw potatoes in the bottom of the jar, some diced onion on top and cubed raw corned beef on top. I used hot water to one inch. I don’t dry pack, but some people do. Really good!

        • Austinelaine,

          I used hot water to one inch

          By hot water I assume when you fill the jar for canning. You are pressure canning this, right?

          • Austinelaine says:

            Yes pressure can! I fill the jars to 1 inch headspace with hot water. Actually just a little less because the meat will give off liquid. I process quarts for 90 minutes at 10 lbs pressure. I don’t put the spice packet in the jar. I’ve opened a jar over 2 years old I canned and still delicious!

        • Almost There says:

          Thanks… 🙂 How long to process? Dried onion or raw? Assuming the potatoes, meat and onions go for the same time, or process for whatever takes the longest? Sounds delicious… I have a bunch of chicken and ham done, but no beef or turkey as of yet.

        • Chuck Findlay says:

          Are you pressure canning it?

        • Almost There says:

          Headed to Aldi’s to see if they still have corned beef on sale for $2.49… And of course see if they have come cabbage, potatoes and carrots… Looking to use some quart jars and process all at once if possible. Thanks Austinelaine, you made me hungry.

  7. MD- You and your Dad are in my prayers. If possible get Hospice
    involved.They are wonderful and pain management is excellent and support for your Dad and you and family.(physical,mental spiritual) Its all covered by Medicare .(Team of nurses, social worker,Chaplain-Dr- if wanted are available)
    Tell your Dad whatever you need to NOW -share feelings while you can. Even if a patient slips into a coma or appears to not be too coherent from the pain meds- they still can hear what is said to them.We had hospice for my Mom and years later for my Dad.(They both died from cancer) I used to work for hospice .With a support hug and prayers, Lightning

  8. So sorry to hear about your Dad..Just went through the same thing with my husband. Cancer of the lungs & liver. He passed in Nov. I pray one day there will be a cure for this horrible disease. Prayers for your Father & your family..

  9. Hey MD – I’m very sorry to hear about your Dad and will pray for him. My folks are in their mid seventies now so I believe it’s just a matter of time. But you said it right – no cancer or any other illness in Heaven. I lost my daughter at 17 in a stupid car accident – 13 years ago March 29. Our Faith is what drives us to believe that we will be reunited one day with our loved ones. So, worst case, know this is all temporary. My wife lost her Mom 2 years ago. Just as she was starting her treatment, I had researched and found these two links concerning Cancer treatment/prevention that I hope might help you –
    Naturally avoid and eliminate cancer in 2015 and beyond
    Top 8 Foods and Herbs for Healing Cancer

    I’m sorry brother. I really have not figured out how God works when it comes to miracles or choosing to save one ever another. Perhaps we’re not meant to know and that’s ok too. I feel you tho.. We ALL go through this.. Keep your Faith..

  10. PrepperNanna says:

    So very sorry to hear about your dad’s cancer. sending prayers your way. my mom had stage 3 colon cancer and took chemo. she is now cancer free 1 year later. I love Aldi’s. actually went there today. they had eggs for .77 a doz and butter for $1.79 a pound. also 3 bell peppers for .69. they always have jalapenos for .39. I stock up when they run sales like this. I will dehydrate the bell peppers and make jalapeno jelly. I also buy the fresh mushrooms and dehydrate them. I try to grow my own mushrooms most of the time. they also had blueberry plants for $5.99. I might pick up a couple and see how they do in containers. we grew blueberries for several years but they died off last year for some reason. our asparagus is looking good. just hope we dont get a freeze . started some kale. my 11 yr old grand daughter loves it right out of the garden. wish the other grandkids would eat it also LOL. ordered a couple of 72 hr kits on sale from Food4patriots. they have great tasting food.God Bless and keep prepping

  11. Chuck Findlay says:

    A few weeks ago I bought a lock pick set off Amazon for $12.00.

    I only started playing with it 2-days ago and with only an hour practice I have opened several pad locks, both the front door and rear door locks on the house.

    I bought 4 old padlocks at a flea market today (only 1 had the key) and so far I have opened 3 of them in under 20 seconds each.

    I got the set because I need to unlock vacant apartments every so often when a renter moves out. They are not supposed to change the locks without giving the land lord a key. But they do it anyway and never give them a key.

    I would change them if I lived in apartments and not give the land lord a key as it’s a good opsec thing to do.

    It’s scary to see how easy it is to open a door and padlock so easily.

    As a new prep and a big priority I’m researching what locks are hard to pick. There are anti-bump locks, but even these are easy to pic.

    Look on U-Tube and it will scare you to see how fast a lock can be opened.

    • Chuck,
      I also have a set of lock picks and while I haven’t played in a while, it is very easy to open many locks. Keep in mind however, that in Ohio under the correct (or incorrect) circumstances, just possessing them can be a crime, since they can legally be construed as burglary tools.

      • Chuck Findlay says:

        Keep in mind however, that in Ohio under the correct (or incorrect) circumstances, just possessing them can be a crime, since they can legally be construed as burglary tools.

        OP how much is enough????

        There is a ban on children books from more than 25 years ago, have one and it’s a crime.

        Collecting rain water is illegal in some areas.

        Protecting your life without government permission to do so can be illegal. As in putting a gun in your pocket unless they say you can.

        Most places you can’t burn trash.

        In Ohio it’s illegal to have a hidden compartment in your auto. Just owning an auto with a compartment (that the previous owner may have put in) will get you in trouble.

        Signing a check for my 89 year old dad is not helping a parent I love, it’s forgery.

        Ride a bicycle without a helmet and it’s illegal in many places.

        Federal law prohibits any action that defaces U.S. currency, if you wash it and it becomes unreadable (leave it in your pocket, and wash your pants), it’s illegal. Need to start a fire in the wild you are committing a crime if you burn a dollar bill to start a fire to warm up to save your life. Normally they don’t bring you up on charges, but none the less it’s illegal to do.

        Any show you’re (streaming) watching online for free is illegal.

        The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act says faking your name online is a crime. So most of us here not using our real names are doing so illegally.

        If you live in the US and go to another country and access your work e-mail you committed a crime unless you have a work visa.

        If you walk across the street in the middle of the block, you are a criminal.

        It’s illegal to sing Happy Birthday in public, as It’s copyrighted.

        I get tired of government that makes every day things illegal every time they get together and pass new laws. And every time a government body gets together that’s just what they do. Pass laws and take freedom away.

        At what point do we become men again and stop being wimps?

        So NO I’m not too worried about a lock pick set I don’t plan on using to steal peoples things and they are buried in with lots of boring tools in the back of my van.

        • The Happy Birthday song is now “public domain” Warner/Chappell is in big doo doo over charging royalties which are not lawful.

          The CFAA was written and passed over hackers. However, prosecutorial discretion has really made it a mockery. A person can change their name by “usage”. Not all states allow this, but it is a simple procedure to change your name any way. Names on this site are not illegal. The owner has not made any requirements to provide real names. Where the problems come in is when people change their names to avoid certain issues and/or commit fraud. One can also use a moniker on the internet for security reasons as long as they do not intend to deceive people.

          • Izzy,

            One can also use a moniker on the internet for security reasons as long as they do not intend to deceive people.

            Yep, once again it comes down to intent vs. simple privacy and security.
            I finally have my website back up and running; but, I did have to verify myself and that my registered email was real, so there are at least still a few checks to thwart fraud; however, people who commit fraud always seem to have amazing imaginations on the next scam, so we all need to be aware and think things through.

        • Jesse Mathewson says:

          Chuck, and OP,

          First knowing OP he is simply making others aware and to be careful. I agree Chuck, I miss real men and women, thankfully know a few 🙂 as for freedom, its an individual thing, no government can give or grant it. I take my freedom as long as my actions dont harm others…or brazenly “break their laws” well…eh –

          Ill do what is necessary to ensure my family is safe, secure and free.

        • Encourager says:

          Chuck Findlay.

          In Ohio it’s illegal to have a hidden compartment in your auto. Just owning an auto with a compartment (that the previous owner may have put in) will get you in trouble.

          How about the 2009 Dodge Journey with all its hidden storage in the seats? That could be considered a hidden compartment, right?

          • JP in MT says:

            I have a 2006 Dodge truck. There is a compartment under the center seat in the front. It was a secret to me until I was cleaning it up a year after I bought it. Then I found a company that makes a locking insert to turn it into secure storage.

          • Encourager,
            If you can find the description or photos / illustrations for the compartment in the company supplied user’s manual, then it is by definition not hidden.
            What Chuck is talking about are those put in to transport or smuggle contraband, also keeping in mind that the Toledo area where Chuck lives, is very close to an international border, and although the emphasis seems to always be on the southern border, much goes on in the north also, often by boat on the lakes.

    • Almost There says:

      Hi Chuck,

      I have no doubt many locks are easy to pick. When I was getting a lock for my storage unit, Master brand have one that was better than others in regards to how easy it could be picked. Supposedly, only those that are legally allowed to have those sets are supposed to have them. We all know how that goes. But, I do believe if someone is caught by LEO with one, they can get in trouble. Again, “getting caught” are the words of the day. As far as apartments go, the apt complex has to have a key for random inspections and bug control.

      Maybe someone on this forum that is or was a LEO would know what the “rules” are for being caught with these. What type of proof is needed to prove one is “legally” allowed to have a set. Seem logical to have a set for “personal” use.

      • Almost There,

        Maybe someone on this forum that is or was a LEO would know what the “rules” are for being caught with these. What type of proof is needed to prove one is “legally” allowed to have a set. Seem logical to have a set for “personal” use.

        I’m not a LEO; but, I have a friend who is a locksmith and tells me there is no license for a locksmith in Ohio; but, that being said, also told me:
        Don’t get caught carrying lock picks when committing and getting arrested for a felony.
        Also, this is for Ohio and your area may have different standards you’ll need to check.

      • Almost There,
        I was a licensed locksmith in California for several years and a Federal LEO for 23. I have lock picks of all types. What determines (at least in California) is the INTENT that the tool is being used for. Lets face it, a screw driver, a hammer, vice grips, wire cutters, bolt cutters, etc. can all be “considered” burglary tools. It’s an officer discretion call and depends on the totality of the circumstances. All of those tools I mentioned have legitimate purposes, however, unless INTENT can be established, then they are not burglary tools. The intent I’m talking about is intent to commit a crime, misdemeanor or felony with the tools.

        For instance, a tow truck driver with a slim-jim probably has no intent to steal a car. Some random guy leading the police on a high speed chase, with a ski mask, hoodie, and a slim-jim will probably get an added charge of possession of burglary tools.

        Make no mistake, NONE of this is meant as legal advise. I am not a lawyer. It is only meant as an explanation. If you want to know what your local laws are, research them or contact a local criminal defense attorney.

      • Lock picks are legal to own. But, you can only use them on a lock(s) you own. Or, if one of your kids gets locked out of their home, with their permission you could use a lock pick.

        I went through a period of locking myself out of my vehicle. I bought a jigger pick and always had it with me. It cost me a LOT less money than the locksmiths.

        • Izzy,

          I went through a period of locking myself out of my vehicle. I bought a jigger pick and always had it with me. It cost me a LOT less money than the locksmiths.

          Your statement reminded me of a story told to me by my locksmith friend back when he had his own company. He was doing so much work for the county that they hired him to do general maintenance and service all of the county locks.
          In any case, he mentioned getting a call late one evening from a woman at the local Wal-Mart who had locked herself out of her vehicle. When he got there, she was standing helpless and couldn’t get into her vehicle because her keyfob had stopped working and wouldn’t unlock the car. He rook the keyfob and the attached keys and unlocked the car for her, and then told her that before she left she should go back into the Wal-Mart and purchase a new battery for her keyfob. It took the same CR2032 coin cell that most of them take.
          He BTW charged her $20.00 for his time and loss of sleep.

          • BlueJeanedLady says:

            Ha! OhioPrepper. Great story!

            One of my nieces (still an older teen at the time) had a similar breakdown (her key Fob battery had died, also) and nearly went into a full blown & rather obnoxious panic in her parents’ driveway. Her dad basically saved the day as he explained that was why there was a key on the Fob key chain (although both parents had told her so at least a dozen times before – – – but so I digress).

            A year or two later she found a flat tire (still a teen but 19 years old at that time) on her car in her folks’ driveway. Instead of panicking at that time she simply pulled out the jack & the spare and changed the tire, herself. Her folks watched proudly from inside the house and let her do so while mentally noting she was doing so safely and later showered her with praises for taking charge of the event – all by herself.

            Still later, a year or so later, as she was driving her car which was hit by another car on a slower MPH side street (not her fault) and the front end of her car was damaged significantly. (Only the cars were hurt – the people involved were just fine so that was the good news.)

            Thinking her liability insurance (it was an older car but the parents had mostly paid for such insurance & repairs to that point in time, often reminding her that the parental benefits would run out, soon as she continued to age) would completely pay for the repairs so the gal didn’t seem too concerned about such initially . . . Until this particular point in time, after obtaining a few devastating repair estimates, learning a bit about liability only insurance, then realizing that since she was now an “official adult” (over 18 & nearer to age 21) and being told (once again) that her parents wouldn’t be fully helping with repair cost estimates, the otherwise lovely young lady broke down in a flood of tears and a in a bit of a fit in fury one evening.

            “It’s just not fair!” she wailed. “The accident wasn’t my fault.” (Of course we can all relate from like-minded, younger and even older realized, real life experiences. It does really suck when it’s not our own faults yet we must fork out the cash for repairs / replacements of most any item subjected to stranger misdeeds.) None-the-less she had been told she would need to begin paying for her own insurance / repairs soon (before this) and that her parents were done financing any cars on her behalf so she was mostly on her own. Although both parents would soon after often lend her their own vehicles – as schedules allowed – for the young gal to get to and from her work place it soon became evident to the young lady that a lot of her vehicular freedom (for the fun stuff) was now completely lost if she couldn’t come up with a plan to repair or replace her own vehicle.

            Finally her mom responded kindly, “Honey, name one of your parents, your aunts & uncles, grandparents or teachers that ever said ‘life was fair?’ ” (Of course she couldn’t name a single one.)

            “Well, nobody ever said so,” she initially responded, “but I really didn’t think they were talking about me!” she then sobbed. (Oh haven’t we all been there, at least once! Ha, ha!)

            In all honesty her folks gave her more almost-full-fledged-adult-aged financial help than my own folks gave me or my sister at near ages but at the time, my heart wept for my youngest niece, just a bit – – – and I lived (thankfully) too far away to lend her one of my own vehicles so wasn’t much I could help her do except remind her she was now old enough to begin taking care of herself and could do so well on her own, if she put her mind to it!

            Long story shortened, she’s nearly 21 years old these days and quite a decent & responsible young lady. She’s going to college full time and working nearly full time, living with roommates in a small (and affordable) apartment and has advanced in her fast food work place quickly as a capable shift supervisor, not too mention doing well in her college course work, and now mostly jokes about her past “it’s so unfair” woes -at least as far as cars go! 🙂 Whew! That one sure worked out nicely, didn’t it!

            I think that particular lovely niece of mine will do well and couldn’t be more proud of her ability to master such a seemingly challenging (in her mind, in her time at least) learning curve – – – Most unlike the obviously adult lady you knew about in the above mention story, OhioPrepper, that called and paid a locksmith to explain to her how to use a vehicle key attached to a keyFOB and probably quickly forgot such & never realized how ignorantly she acted as a full-fledged-adult in the first place! Ugh! 🙂

            Sometimes ya’ just have to figure that some won’t EVER learn . . . but sometimes you gotta be thankful than some can & will EVENTUALLY learn! Thanks so much for the funny story, OP! Good for the locksmith, your friend in your story, for at least charging that apparently very ditsy adult lady for his own, valuable time! 🙂

        • Chuck Findlay says:

          There is a U-Tube video that shows how to make an electric pic gun out of a $3.00 Wal Mart electric tooth brush.

          Electric pic guns are $100.00 and up.

    • Chuck,
      In my experience, Schlage locks are fairly good. Say away from the consumer grade Schlage’s that you would get at a big box store for around $20. Instead, go to a locksmith shop and get a locksmith grade Schlage. They are made with tighter tolerances and are therefore harder to pick. The consumer grade ones are easy to break too. They are made out of cast aluminum. The locksmith grade ones aren’t. They do cost upwards of $150 each but hey, you get what you pay for.

      Sargent locks are older and at first glance seem harder to pick. You just need a special tool to disengage the pin at the back of the cylinder. After that, they are as easy as Kwikset locks to pick.

      For non-pickability, go with a Medeco. They are not pick proof, but you could spend weeks working on one. Not only are they made at very tight tolerances, but in addition to having to get the shear line perfect, you also have to get the vertical twist on each one of the pins correct. Frankly, it’s just easier to drill the lock out than pick it.

      If you want to know how to defeat a warded master lock, send me an email. Just click on my name. I don’t want to put that kind of information out in the open.

      Hope this helps with your research and saves you some time.

      • Jesse Mathewson says:

        ^^^ agreed, my FIL is a master locksmith and master gardener, I have learned much from him, and agree that money spent on good locks is worth it- that being said, rarely do thieves enter using regular methods, if you plan on investing in better locks, also get a solid fiberglass door countersunk into the foundation/ surrounding walls/ I enjoy living in a house made of 1.5′ thick adobe walls- steel frames and offset hardened hinges add to the security – something as inexpensive as a simple drop down bar across the door also helps- and dont forget the windows, depending on where we are, (renting currently / one house owned but selling soon) it also comes down to what the rental agency (individual or otherwise) will allow, I add 7-10 mil 3m window coverings to both sides of glass and always get permission, while extolling the added benefit to the landlord, whom I have found generally are okay with the idea as it adds value in the end. The window coverings themselves add to the security when done correctly. Having personally tested it these coverings prevent simple snatch and grabs and are strong enough to prevent forced entry in many cases

        • Jesse Mathewson says:

          Picking a lock in seconds is testament to both a person’s ability and a locks inability to function properly. Though I have when needed used a simple straight cut key to do a bump and turn approach when needed.

          • Jesse,
            I’ve popped wafer tumbler locks on desks with just a couple of paper clips in seconds. Never without the person whose desk it was standing right there (they forgot their keys)… I do have integrity.

            Never forget, a lock’s only purpose is to keep honest people honest. If someone wants in, they will get in. That’s why I believe whole heartedly in “Defense in Depth”. I know you’re former military so you know what I’m talking about. For those that don’t, if someone gets past my lock, then they will have to get past my dog. If they manage to do that, then they need to get past me. All I can say is good luck with that. They might succeed, but I guarantee they will be having a very bad day when it’s over.

            • Jesse Mathewson says:

              Not former mil., unable to serve due to grade IV spondolysthesis at 12- I did try, they kept turning me away, so I contracted a bit and did some volunteer time training second tour vets-

              Congenital and continuing – went grade V in 2006/7 now I use everything learned and help others.

              I do however, understand and utilize concentric defensible positioning – the houses we have all must be brick or adobe- and landlords have always allowed/encouraged addition of stronger doors / steel storm doors- etc., sooo 🙂

  12. Chloe in Maine says:

    MD, prayers and blessings, peace and comfort to your father, yourself and family.

  13. T.M.R.s Grandma says:

    I have inside locks on my doors and window’s. So if I’m home and they want in they’ll have to work at it.
    I bought some Alcohol and 3% Peroxide in 6oz. spray bottles. at the $ store. Made in the USA. Also some noodles and dry cheese for dry pack at WinCo. Bought some dry yeast in bulk, does anyone know if it will “keep it’s charge” dry packed with an oxygen absorber? I kind of looked on You tube but didn’t see anything.
    M.D. sending prayers your way during this hard time, been there.

    • T.M.R.s Grandma,
      I’ve had yeast still be good years after the expiration, but I kept it in the freezer. I don’t know if dry, with an O2 absorber will do it. It’s kind of like seeds… you don’t want to remove the oxygen. Give it a shot and let us know.

      • Sirius & all,
        I agree with Sirius on this issue. Yeast is a living creature and completely starving them of oxygen could be harmful. We tend to buy it in either the glass jar or the packets for short term storage and use; but, have had some of the foil wrapped vacuum sealed bricks kept in both the freezer and refrigerator that seem to do well. Personally, for long term I would suggest a sourdough starter that you can keep feeding and propagating, although you might be able to do the same with yeast and that might actually be worth looking into.

    • American Pacrat says:

      T.M.R.’s Grandma & Sirius
      In regards to the yeast being placing it in the freezer, mentioned that to one of the employees at the flour mill. She said it is better off being in the fridge for the longevity than the freezer.
      It will be awhile before I get back to the store, but will ask about using O2 absorbents for long term storage.

      • I have always stored yeast in the refrigerator. Since I don’t use it very often, it can be in there a long time. Sometimes, it will take a little more than a recipe calls for but it usually still works.

        • Encourager says:

          I have always stored yeast in the freezer with absolutely no problems. In fact, I divide up a block of Saf bread yeast and use my Food Saver in quantities that will fill my small Red Star yeast jar. I am currently using yeast that I froze 5 years ago and it bubbles up every time.

  14. Lady Arwen Wilson says:

    I got over $200 in long-term food storage and 8 day emergency food pail

  15. MD, Don”t let your dad give up too fast. Look into Health Science Institute or HSI. 2 protocols I can think of that brought people back from stage 4 are C26 and H86. His doctor may have no idea of them, big pharma keeps them hidden. There’s no surgery, chemo or radiation. The last two just make things worse. There’s another a German doctor found during WWII I remember it was simple, I’m not sure maybe it was an oxygen protocol.

    • Anonamo Also says:

      MD ,
      So sorry you both are going down this road. We will continue to keep you both in prayer.
      Having a loved one sick is a very hard thing to watch, especially when one feels helpless to make any difference. My parents were down for 24+months. They did not have cancer, but i have been watching new research with interest. The statistics is if you don’t have it someone you love will…and I do not want to be a willing victim.I have been researching what I can do now to prevent, by looking at the things that are said to cause, feed and reverse the disease process.
      I’ve heard that BEETS and Carrots are very highly anti-carcinogenic. ..and best JUICED raw…large amounts each 4-5 lbs of organic carrots and beets was used by some people with good results. Lomatium and Carnivora are anti cancer substances. (I have no beneficial contract with any company)
      Very low sugar diet is extremely critical as sugar feeds cancer… all kinds of sugar….Some forms of cancer are fungal, when use anti-fungals they decrease., this made sense to me because sugar feeds all kinds of yeast and it becomes worse when breads and sugars are consumed.
      .. Read these in a report from some Dr’s report…I get several… someone already mentioned HSI, Mercola, Sears are 2 more..
      Another thing is to increase oxygenation… this can be done with structured water at NO cost except the cost of a funnel, a drinking straw and marbles(enough to fill filter), and clean filtered water. fill funnel with marbles, and add a straw thru to the bottom so i can draw air from one pitcher to another .. when water is poured thru back and forth from pitcher to pitcher thru the filter it gains oxygen molecules. water should be poured back and forth several times… we use 7, a complete number. … I use for different problem, but would increase oxygenation…I have extreme anemia and poor tolerance to iron supplements, after I have begun to use the structured water I am craving ice less( a symptom of anemia that seems related to my oxygenation) I stopped using structured water for 2 days and ice cravings returned…
      There are plenty of home things that can be done to slow and reverse cancer, if sick one and family are able to do research and fight the process. Some people have used baking soda for prostate cancer . Protocols are on line.
      Graviola works well for lung cancer. one of former posters utilized it for stage 4 lung cancer for neighbor, and it is cheap… 6$ a month. went from stage 4 to cancer free in 6 months.
      I had both of my parents down at one time and eventually transitioned to Hospice for both of them on the same day . It was a horrible day, but would have done it sooner rather than later , if I had it to do over again. It saved us my parents a lot of care.Avalon was the company in our area. They were fantastic.
      Once all is said and done… Hospice is the way to go with home care, if one is at home and unable to go to Doctors appts. They usually get meds every 2 weeks… do not allow anyone to know about medications that is not completely trustworthy… if in doubt about any person coming into the house..hide the remainder of meds so they are not immediately visible…
      and all kinds of personal physical and emotional supports, special diet needs, special beds,underpads and diapers if needed, body wash shampoo, any dressing needs, Nursing support, consistent care on a schedule…

      • Almost There says:


        It’s odd that you mention “structured” water and using marbles and pouring back and forth to put oxygen in the water… I have some pure white, stone, balls. I don’t know what attracted me to them, all I know is that they were neat looking. I was told they were used in the Victorian times to “filter” the water. I am wondering now if what was actually happening was that they were putting oxygen back into the water or maybe they did filter the water by running though many of them. They were found in the dirt at a Victorian home. I have a whole bunch of them. I don’t know what stone they are, but they are VERY cold and VERY dense. Has anyone ever heard of this?

  16. What did I do, well actually it was what did my son do this week.
    OK, the theory behind this build is the understanding that ‘if’ we have to bug out to a BOL then there will not be stacks of natural things we need to hand straight off.
    My son bought a new twin burner and grill and butchered his old amp head box to make it into a go-kitchen.
    He has stocked it for 8 people although there are 12 in our group that will RV together but we assume money is where the mouth is and the others have stuff to bring also.
    We all agreed that a bug out will be a massive upheaval and that we need a kit that can come straight out the back of the LR3 and be used to quickly feed and hydrate the group while the area is being scouted for danger and useful stuff.
    I know gas is finite but this tool is a psychological tool to settle the group quickly in their new ‘SHTF’ location.
    As this kitchen box is portable it can be squared away fast if the BOL is compromised and we have to relocate to a secondary BOL.
    Also been getting my grand kids hyped up about this years prepper camp, I never did the write up about the 2016 camp I said I would.
    Last year 300 of us Brits got together for the camp and it heartened me that so many different people all see the signs and pull in the same direction, I can’t think of a better group of people for my grand kids to be around to learn and be self reliant and survive.

    MD, I’m not a christian but I do hope that the Aesir & Vanir I call upon show you favour in your father’s troubles.


    • Jesse Mathewson says:

      Bri, email me jesse at mathewson dot hotmail dot com

      Freyja, Clan Gunn

    • Welcome back Bri. How was your trip? Did you find any potential places? I was thinking about you and the issue with guns in Britain. I hope some of the preppers there have become gun smiths. You are going to need weapons as the Muslim situation worsens. I am thoroughly heart sick at what Britain has become.

      • I am thoroughly heart sick at what Britain has become.

        I have UK friends who grow food in allotments and they’ve had endless and senseless damage with yobs smashing everything in sight, stomping on food, stealing tools, and one poor chap had his chickens doused in gasoline and set on fire… alive. Truly sickening how depraved people have become and my friends are seriously rethinking whether or not it’s worth growing their own food. Perhaps that was the real point of all the damage – to discourage self reliance.

        • ooops, got the quotes thing wrong.

        • Gloria,
          While this smashing food and killing critters thing may be reported more often, it is not a new phenomenon. When I was in college (1969-1973) I hung around with a few local high school girls from the neighborhood and got to know one of their moms rather well. She (the mom) lived in a small house with a smallish yard; but, made the absolute best of that yard, [planting a large section (70%?) with a nice vegetable garden. One day I stopped by to visit and she was heartbroken and took me into her carefully tended garden to show me some large lovely pumpkins and watermelon that had simply been smashed in place by some local neighborhood hoodlums. You would think maybe they would steal a watermelon and take it home to eat; and, simply smashing it was senseless; but, I see so much in today’s world that is senseless and thoughtless, and all we can do is shake our heads, wonder why, and get on with our own lives. Humanity in general seems to be headed down a long slide into oblivion, and although I fear for our youth, I’m well beyond being able to substantially affect it, except for my little part of voting and teaching.

        • How sad, Gloria. Totally senseless and in Britain they cannot have a gun to protect themselves if it came right down to that. I just do not understand that kind of mindset. What kind of person destroys and kills just because they can? Makes about as much sense as rioting and burning down your own neighborhood because the police or someone did something you disagreed with. Some people call them animals, but that is wrong. Animals are far more noble and honest and caring. Sub human monsters is more like it. At 73 I am at the downside of my life. I probably won’t be around in the time it takes to bring this world to its senses. But I am sad for the little children who are living in these times. Unlike us old folks, they have no memory of what it was like to live in the middle of the last century where people cared for each other (at least most of the time). So sad.

        • Jesse Mathewson says:

          Gloria, throughout history. You will see that the larger a government becomes the more this becomes “normal”

          • Jesse, Gloria, & all,

            the larger a government becomes the more this becomes “normal”

            Indeed it has, and it makes you wonder if the folks in Europe were either ignorant, stupid, or got hoodwinked. When you look at this country that started with independent states who joined a federation, only to see that federation grow larger and try to run everything from DC, you wonder how the European countries thought joining the E.U. federation could turn out any differently, with the only real difference being Brussels instead of DC.

            • Jesse Mathewson says:

              OP, our nation began its decline with the first socialist, Lincoln…it hasnt stopped since. 🙁

              Federal government was always the intent of the Hamiltonian Federalists however was fought tooth and nail by the Jeffersonians of the time…hence the absence of several preeminent signatures on said holy paper, (the constitution)

              • Thanks for the welcome back.
                As for the young idiots, I don’t tend to have that much bother from them. I don’t wish to sound like I’m blowing my own trumpet but I think the local idiot youth’s parents may just have said to stay away from that grey haired 54 year old as he was bad news when he was a few years younger 😉 Or it my be that my giant of a son is a chip off his dad’s shoulder and he don’t stand for any poo from the local youth gangs.
                Where our country went wrong is that we took for granted the lies of the state as truths in an era before the www was around to give us info on what the reality of things really were. Case of point, we lost our right to easily own firearms on the back of, what I now personally believe, two false flag mass shootings in 1985 & 1986.
                The truth is our ill informed people took the bait hook, line and sinker that the government were doing this to ‘protect’ us.
                It is the way of socialist governments to disarm the people so one hurdle of standing revolt is removed from the relentless march of total submission to the greater death of patriotism.
                You across the pond from me see the same thing being engineered against your freedoms.
                One great curse to being awake is that you see the trail within the different political parties that root them all into the same cause, I’m afraid that this world has been sold to a single agenda that enslaves the many while enriching only the few.
                But what of us survivalists ? We stand at the forefront of an awakening, you have given your leaders a message that patriotism is not dead by a long shot, we in the UK have said we don’t want to be ruled by a body that is a covert commie body. The socialists in Holland tried to hide the truth by saying the failure of Geert Wilders was a halting of the rise of Nationalism, they failed to take a moment from being smug to ponder the massive gain the Willders got and the shrinking numbers their own socialist party suffered. I suspect France will see a massive rise in patriotic nationalism but the lying socialist will revel in its shrinking victory numbers.
                Times are very interesting and to be alive and watching the death of that socialist evil empire is an honour.
                Back to guns, I have 2 cousins who shoots, one class 2 shotgun only and one a class 1 rifle. My friend and fellow survivalist holds class 2 & 1 and has the ability to sign people off so the police see they meet the needs to hold a firearms certificate. The same friend says are draconian gun laws are getting even tighter. It now follows that unless you own a small farm size property you wont stand a chance of the police agreeing that you have a need for a gun of any kind above an air gun.
                I have a crossbow that will take-down easily at 150 feet and that is always within easy reach.
                If I had the money I’d go across the pond, become an American and stand along side you good people to defend a country that at least has some rights left to defend.


                • Bri; With enough knowledge and the right equipment, people in Britain could make their own handguns. However, it does bring another problem…people who snitch. You would have to have a very close knit group you could REALLY trust. There are ways and then there are ways. I do know a few Brits that still have handguns, but they sure keep their mouths shut. 🙂

                  Sell everything and move on over to America Bri. I know, easier said than done. With your sword making skill, you could probably make some good money in America.

                  My cousin and I crunched numbers back in 1990 to see what it would cost me to move back to England. Between state quarantine, renting a live aboard boat and shipping…..YIKES. The gun laws put me off as well. In retrospect, I am glad I didn’t. I would be in the gaol ALL the time. I just couldn’t keep my mouth shut….especially about the London mayor.

                  I think people are getting fed up with all the govt. chicanery. It is only a matter of time when all hell breaks loose.

                  • Jesse Mathewson says:

                    Snitches get ditches…not stitches 🙂

                    Lastly, be free, even if it means sometimes disobeying morally false “laws” by extremely bad governments (muricas is bad. Very bad, just good at hiding it)

                    • Jesse Mathewson says:

                      I am ashamed I was once paid to teach the same feds that now track people like us.

                      Of course, I make up for it by saving others through generally free instruction. If it makes it seem more real, I could charge what I charged the gov, $2400 a week per person…:)

                      Your call.

                      Pay board and travel, regardless location, charge what you want to recoupe costs ill teach it for free- surveillance / counter-surveillance and a variety of electronic and gray man applications. And yes, I was a contracted civilian instructor 🙂 loved Raleigh/Durham and some other great places around that way.

                  • Izzy,
                    I did have a site on my PC that gave diy plans for guns but just to have those on a device here in England is criminal. As I am very good with metal and have a very well stocked workshop it would have been simple to construct an auto 9mm, the problem would have been ammo and the scum that no doubt would be the dregs of society likely to have any. You are right though, it’s amazing what you can make out of high pressure pipe and a grease gun spring 🙂

                • Bri,

                  we lost our right to easily own firearms on the back of, what I now personally believe, two false flag mass shootings in 1985 & 1986.

                  While that may have been the seminal moment, that no gun culture goes back hundreds of years when your lords owned large tracts of property and controlled everything on that property including hunting.
                  Also keep in mind, that from a U.S. perspective, the first shots in our revolution and subsequent independence from the UK, was an attempt at gun control. Those British regular troops were headed to Lexington and Concord to confiscate the powder and shot, and in essence helped start the revolution.

                  • OP, aye, the common law whereby the common man could hunt freely was crushed by William the B after 1066, just one elite after another since then tightening their grip in my opinion. Funny enough it was 1986 when I last was able to walk into a gun shop and walk out with a 50 box of 12 gauge shells where I use to shoot in Wales. Walked in, asked the woman for what I wanted and paid her, now it’s all different if you are not known by the gun shop. I even asked our local shop about 20 gauge as the recoil ain’t as bad for my neck and got a lecture from him lol. OP, if you took a look at what passes for a man in England you’d be hard pressed to hold out for any hope for an uprising of patriots in the face of draconian laws imposed. You got one lot that protest the ingress of the Mohamadeans but can’t march unless they have got 3/4 out their head on booze, the other lot lean toward failed National Socialist uniforms but with little idea of what is a patriot in the first place. The system has got real good at playing one off against the other, all patriotic groups have been treated to the divide and conquer tactics. The only bloke that unified the people across the divide was Farage and he was treated to death threats with the police doing absolutely nothing to aid him. At least the good folk back at the time of the American Revolution had the good sense to hold onto their guns before the PTB got to taking them. As a side, growing up I was not allowed to have a gun in my house, my mother was from Belfast and took a dim view of guns. She would however have seen the need to own one these days !

                    • Bri,
                      What passes here in the U.S. has also been slowly scaled back to the metrosexual, and dividing into identity groups played against each other is also common; but, there are still some of us who act like men, and are proud of it, even when we’re called insensitive, racist, etc. I’ve always thought of these terms as the last attempt of the people who had already lost the argument, and this is why I think President Trump scares so many people. Whatever you think of him, he doesn’t go for the PC crap and his mention of “fake news” most upsets those who are supplying it. Journalism in our country hasn’t been fair and honest in decades; but, social media, and the proliferation of news and blog sites like this one help fill a void.
                      I saw an interview with Nigel Farage on fox news and he had some enlightening thoughts on the E.U. and the U.S., primarily because we at our core want to be a sovereign country, under our own control, as I think now does the UK after brexit; but, TPTB in the E.U. want to stop such heresy.
                      As for firearms, I received my first .22 bolt action rifle for Christmas when I was 12 years old (1963), and purchased my first handgun and a second rifle/shotgun combo the year I graduated from college and finally had a little money (1973). Recently as I get older and cannot as easily handle the recoil, the shotguns have been pulled back to 20 gauge and .410 caliber; but, I continue to use numerous handguns, including several for deer hunting.
                      Watching the Senate discussing legal philosophy with SCOTUS nominee Neal Gorsuch today shows that some old folks like senator Feinstein from California still haven’t given up on gun control; but, at least for the moment, we seem to have beaten them back and be holding our own.
                      Another one of you Brits that came here to cause trouble; but, I think is now back in the UK is Piers Morgan, who was a host of “Piers Morgan Tonight” on CNN, and who openly advocated for stronger gun control laws in our country, where he was only visiting. What chutzpa.

                    • Here’s the link to the article from above: Nigel Farage: European Union Is Terrified of Donald Trump

                  • Jesse Mathewson says:

                    Do remember. It was british citizens rebelling against british cops and soldiers…hmm, there is a reason modern murica will never have a successful revolution – too much undeserved respect for uniforms and badges…just saying 😉

                    • I know exactly what you are saying Jesse,
                      Police everywhere become foot soldiers of the elite class, god I do sound like a commie with my constant use of ‘elites’, Even here in the UK the ‘public servants’ that are the police seem to be wearing more military clothing and armour while it continues to be hard to get them to respond to crimes that were once their main role to police. I took part in a dem0 in my own town of 170 000 population against a mosque being built due to there being no need for a large mosque in an area where the Muslim demographic made it well over the realistic size that would be needed. There must have been 50 of us that marched and spoke to locals about the mosque and we were met with mainly people who agreed we didn’t need another mosque. The police turned up in tactical gear and kettled us in so we could not move. Our local politicians were all over the Muslims showing how much they loved them and the concept of multi-culturalism, the local press could not write about it without painting all who marched as ‘Far Right’ and none of them would answer questions as to why they chose dirty tactics and would not qualify their need to employ such when we kept within the law.
                      I think that at the end of the day we humble folk are being used by the very few at the top. I’d go as far as to say it was the same when those British settlers rose up against Britain and kicked the red coats arse.


                    • Jesse Mathewson says:

                      Sadly, the time may be coming again for both sides of the pond

                    • Bri,

                      Our local politicians were all over the Muslims showing how much they loved them and the concept of multi-culturalism, the local press could not write about it without painting all who marched as ‘Far Right’

                      This happens here to some extent; but, to be blunt, I think it’s because they are afraid. While I do not recommend or encourage violence, if a group pickets you and calls you names, and another group has a track record of blowing you up while committing suicide, one group might get more respect (actually fear) than the other.
                      Do you all remember?
                      • On February 14, 1989, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the spiritual leader and revolutionary dictator of Iran, pronounced a fatwa (an Islamic legal judgment) against the British novelist Salman Rushdie. His crime was writing a book critical of Islam.
                      • When Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was stabbed to death in November 2004 for creating a film about the treatment of women in Islam.

                      I think that at the end of the day we humble folk are being used by the very few at the top. I’d go as far as to say it

                      It’s identity politics. If we define groups (black/white, rich/poor, progressives/conservative, etc) they hope we’ll spend our time blaming and fighting with each other and stop paying attention to them and what they are doing to us all.

                • Bri,
                  It’s good that the UK has banished most of the guns to keep you all safe. Now if they can just get rid of automobiles and knives, like the ones used just hours ago on the Westminster Bridge in London to run over another crowd and stab a few, until the attacker was, amazingly – Shot. Once again a good guy with a gun comes to the rescue. At least10 hurt and 2 dead per Fox News & Sky News.
                  Do you feel safer NOW?

                  • OP, my son works as a foreman on multi-million £ projects around that area of London. You can imagine I was glued to the news until I got him on his cell phone. Fortunately he has been on the outskirts of London on a project at his boss’s own home and the news was a massive relief.
                    Yes, I remember the fatwa on Rushdie and all the other examples of the religion of piss. Yes, yes, the irony of the good guy with a gun saving many who have no other option than to hope to be lucky is wonderful to think on, great point OP. PS, one of the police officers stabbed has died. I wonder why SKY news is only really showing liberal text messages on their news feed. I can’t stand liberal sheeple

                    • Bri; I am so glad your son is okay. I can only imagine your relief. I have been glued to my computer. BBC has done a decent job of reporting. At least 4 known dead now and 20 other injured. I am still waiting to hear from my cousin. I did place a call to the casualty bureau just to ease my mind a bit.

                  • Making a mockery of England while this tragedy is ongoing is insensitive and downright rude OP.

                    • JP in MT says:


                      It’s politically correctness and worry about possibly offending someone that put them in their current position. It’s not mockery if it is true.

                      I, for one, support his possition.

                    • Izzy, thanks for the thoughts about my son, I hope your cousin is also OK.
                      It bothers me not that OP says the obvious and I cuss our own leadership for their motives and restrictions on our personal safety. My family and I are not like the many fools in England, If I was I would not be here trying my best to prepare to defend mine first from what we know is coming. However, I thank you for your thoughts and worry about what should be said, thankfully I don’t need a safe space so words, especially true words, can’t hurt me. At the end of the day this forum has become a good place to be and I feel accepted here even though the constraints put upon my fellow British survivalists may make us seem a placid lot. Believe me, many, many of my closest friends are chomping at the bit to get started at pay back, many have been targeted by the anti-terrorist police just because they/we are patriots that have had enough. Now that’s the sad thing about the whole sorry state here.

                      Thanks again,

                    • Jesse Mathewson says:

                      Very true, btw, just like farmers and some irish, aussie ranchers etc., i for one wont advertise what i don’t give up 🙂

  17. MD, look into fresh crushed garlic, oregano oil for cancer treatment. I heard garlic can kill 12 different types of cancer and oregano oil is unsurpassed. Hemp oil for pain, but only in legal states. I wish I would have known some of these things years ago, but my Dad would have been totally against the hemp oil.

    The garlic/medicinal plants was on you tube:

    Serious Survivor site. Its an interesting site.

    Prayers to your Dad and family.

    • Almost There says:

      Frankincense essential oils is another one.

    • Anonamo Also says:

      Hemp oil can be used rectally for very good results on all kinds of abdominal cancers… but not legal in Tn last I knew…Cancer would be a qualifying diagnosis if medically prescribed., works extremely well for pain control.

      • Anonamo Also; You brought up a good point about the hemp. Hemp can be taken daily for overall good health.

        Now, what really ticks me off is the idiotic resistance to growing more hemp in America. There use to be massive fields of hemp in this country….especially during WWII when industrial hemp was being grown. Now, it is imported mostly from China….both industrial and food grade. However, the so called food grade is not recommended from China. Australia has the best hemp going and even China is now buying it from Aussieland. Canada also sells their hemp to America.

        I have purchased from CBD Oil. Frankly, I don’t give a rat’s backside if it is legal or not. I get so sick of the FDA and our govt. trying to regulate natural things that are beneficial. But then, big pharma has a cow when they don’t get big bucks for a new product so they work against it. Plus idiot politicians still want to cry foul because it is associated with Mary Jane. Dummies!

        • Jesse Mathewson says:

          Too much money in prohibition…this country shot itself Lincoln style decades ago…the body just hasnt realized it yet 🙁

      • Anonamo Also says:

        I’ve seen no one mention Vitamin D 3, it has been recently proven to be a very strong immune strengthener. Some of the Drs are recommending 10thousand i/u a day.

        • Anonamo; You have to be very careful with D-3. Or any of the D’s. What I have learned is….up to 800 IU’s is sufficient. UNLESS you have some disorder where your body is not absorbing it as it should be. I learned this through a gazillion blood tests over the past 10 months because the doctors have been REALLY watching my blood counts.

          • Jesse Mathewson says:

            Its important to remember, everyone reacts differently in all situations – sadly regardless belief there is no currently available miracle cure. Not saying the info isnt without merit, simply stating that our host may not need or want a bunch of fixes. I rarely tell others issues with myself, and when I do I try to help them.understand I am looking for moral and emotional support not necessarily medicinal advice.

            (Love your posts, and having chronic issues myself, always am looking for alternatives that may help) so please dont take this the wrong way. As always I consider you all extended tribe in a way. Thanks for reading and allowing my two.cents 🙂

  18. I’ll be thinking of you and your father as my wife has stage 4 brain cancer. she has had 2 surgies and has been though chemo and radiation and now we are in the process of bringing her home for home hospice. Good Luck and a lot of prayers

    • Almost There says:


      Very sorry to hear about your wife. I think everyone has been touched by cancer at some point in our lives. Prayers for you and your family in this difficult time.

    • patientmomma says:

      Al, Very sorry to hear about your wife’s illness. My prayers are with you and your wife and other family as you pass thru this very trying time.

    • Praying for you also. Cancer is the ultimate bully.

  19. JP in MT says:

    In the For What It’s Worth department:

    After tallking last week to a gunsmith about rebarrelling my 22-250, I found a twist-rate program on Berger Bullets site.

    I ran some numbers on my .223/5,56 rifle barrels. I have a bolt-gun with a 1-8″ and AR-15’s in 1-7″. If found that the 55 gr. M193 and the UltraMax 52 gr HP will work best in my bolt gun. The M193 and PPU 75 gr HP will be for the AR’s.

    I think 62 gr SS109 are good at distance and against armor, but the 55 gr’s do better against flesh and are cheaper.

    Your mileage my very.

    • JP, 75 gr. Is better out of a 1:7 twist. The 55gr & 62gr function well out of 1:8 or 1:9. JMHO.

      • Thor 1:

        That’s where I’m at. Next was what gives me the best bang for the buck. Accourding to the program, 1:7 works well with both 55 and 75, with the 75 being a little better, but they cost twice as much.

        • Jesse Mathewson says:

          Just something to consider, I use a 1:7 for my intermediate distance rifles, and heavier ammunition. However a solid 1:8 and even 1:9 will stabilize heavier rounds and allow you to shoot 50 grns on low end, again, however it all comes down too your particular barrel, ive had 1:7s that were not working well with anything and vice versa, so test your gun-

          I prefer a 1:8 twist with my ars in wylde as they tend to stabilize heavy loads up through 77 grains accurately and lighter loads.

          Just my two cents- ^^^ all above are correct, 🙂

          • Jesse Mathewson says:

            JP, I agree my home defense loads are either 62 grain zq3314 by winchester (amazing preformance from 10.5 inch barrel through 18 with 1:7 through 1:9 ) or (what almost always is in my sd carbines) 55grn IMI just hands down best round out there today as far as round to round performance and ability, 55grn does a terrific job of stopping rabid dogs very large hogs and two legged predators (unarmored) if you believe armored predators may be an issue, have a few mags of 62grn green tip it does wonders 😉

            Love your response btw. Just wanted to add a bit.

            • If I’m set up, and I know I will probably face an armored opponent, the AR10 with 150 gr black tips would be my preference. Just saying. But I need to get in a little better shape, it’s significantly heavier.

        • Axelsteve says:

          I kinda organized my toolbox and found out that I had more sockets then I thought I had. I am only missing a 14 mm deep and a few impacts . My son told me that he will look for some of my stuff at his house. I loan him tools so I know he has some of mine. I bought a craftsman 3/8 settbhat is metric and ase and a impact ase today. I also bought a new tool box that is kinda like a gun safe. I had to order it so I will get it in a couple of weeks. I bought it on sale. I saved a bunch of money on it.I also bought 300 rounds of 22 lr. Winchester super x in the red box. I also bought a bit of food for later.

  20. Prayers for the pack every night and extra prayers for your Dad, MD. I ordered my dehydrator this week, and two days later my computer died. Since I am still working and use it 6 to 8 hours a day, I was forced into buying a new one. I would rather have spent the money on prepper things, but a computer allows me to continue working and making money for prepper things. So I guess it is a toss up. I bought 6 gallons of white vinegar and hope to find corned beef on sale on Monday. I will toss it into the freezer until I have a day to try the great canning idea from Austinelaine. I wonder how it would be if I added a bit of carrots and some cabbage to the mix. My prepper purchases will be limited for about 6 weeks or so until the computer dent in the budget is filled. But I will have my eyes open for small stuff.

  21. JP in MT says:

    For the chocolate lovers:

    I found something new to me. Tootsie Rolls coated in a hard candy shell. I plan on adding these to our candy storage with the M&M’s; I think they will last and not get hard like regular Tootsie Rolls.

    • Encourager says:

      JP, well! You will just have to buy the extra large bag and every day test them. Let us know how long they last…. brohahaha!

    • JP,
      They have had these since I was a kid, except they were perched on the end of a stick. They were and still are called Tootsie Pops.

      • OP:

        True, but that candy coating is affected by time, it gets soft and gooey. I’m hoping these will be more like M&M’s.

        The Army puts M&M’s in their Sundry Packs (or did) because they are resistant to aging and melting, but they do pick up the taste and smell of the laundry soap in the box 🙁

        • JP – Having left unopened M&Ms in my car for months on end, I can tell you that they may be resistant to aging and melting but they tend to turn to a powdery substance.

          Also, a few years back (wait, more than 10 years ago), I did a term paper on the Hershey company. They actually developed a Hershey bar for use by U.S> military troops in desert conditions that was resistant to melting. If I remember right, it was the first Iraqi war. I always thought that was cool.

          • Jesse Mathewson says:

            I would avoid any chocolates made in usa…but that just me- want to talk about genetic manipulation etc., 🙂

            • I have noticed recently that Nestle actually admits on their labels that at least part of the ingredients are GMOs.

            • Ghiradelli chocolate is made in the U.S. and remains one of the finest chocolates in the world. Actually replacing Godiva as #1 when Godiva started having a large portion of their chocolates produced in Turkey.

              See’s Candy is also made in the U.S. and maintains very high standards despite being part of Berkshire Hathaway. You can actually watch See’s make their chocolates if you go to the right location.

              To the best of my knowledge, these 2 candy producers do not use paraffin wax and never have.

              • Izzy,

                See’s Candy is also made in the U.S. and maintains very high standards despite being part of Berkshire Hathaway.

                I’m not sure I follow the Berkshire Hathaway reference.
                It’s simply a large holding company run by Warren Buffet, and as I understand it, he generally doesn’t get involved with the day to day operations of his acquisitions, other than to sometimes provide investment cash for expansions and R&D>
                If you and I were to both hit a big lottery, pool our money, and then the OP & Izzy holding company purchased stock in companies that made us money, it would be no different.
                The only big money person I know that seems to have malicious intent is George Soros.

                • Berkshire Hathaway is a huge conglomerate. Buffet (CEO) is only one of 10 or so people who sit on the board of directors. Gates also sits on the board. But, with some of their holdings, they have made changes, but so far they haven’t messed with See’s Candy. That was my point.

                  ConAgra is another huge conglomerate. People don’t realize how much food is produced by them. But, Con Angra always seems to have their backsides in a ringer. I am very careful about not buying much with the CA company on the label.

                  I guess it boils down to, one really has to research what company is a subsidiary of another company and what they produce. There are only a handful of companies left that produce food items that are sole ownership. Which is really kind of sad in a way.

                  As for Soros, I best not get started on that ‘expletive’. I would be for an hour or more.

          • JP,
            When I was a preteen (Late 1950’s or early 1960’s), we had a guy who rented a house next to ours who was in the military, full time army national guard IIRC, and he would often share things from his rations with me. That’s when I was first introduced to Hershey’s tropical chocolate, which was the same or very similar to one of my current favorites, Special Dark, so I think this goes way back before Iraq in the early 1990’s.

            • Zulu 3-6 says:

              The US military had chocolate rations starting in 1937. They were called “D-Rations.”

            • JP in MT says:


              In our C-Rations there was a foil wrapped round chocolate bar, with nougat chunks I think. We called them John Wayne bars. They stood up pretty well to the year round temps in Germany.

    • JP, that wasn’t floating in the pool was it???


      Long live Bill Murray !!!

  22. Not sure what part of this I believe knowing the source, but it does make a good case for us preppers.


    • Izzy,
      One must however realize that nearly every famine in the modern age was created artificially as an act of war. Ethiopia was once fertile; but, the warring factions burned each other’s fields to starve out the enemy. Unfortunately, many civilians were caught in the dispute. And even food aid was stolen to be handed out to opposing forces, again leaving the civilian population to starve.
      This country still ships thousands of tons of grain to other countries every year, so I think we as a country will fair OK.

  23. Saw this and thought someone might want it.
    Excalibur Flour Mill


    Sitting at $21 as I post this and closing tomorrow .

  24. Metacomet says:

    MD, I’m praying for both you and your dad. I lost both of my parents when I was in my 30’s. It’s funny – no matter how old you are, no matter how accomplished you may be or how experienced at life you are, it seems like you are not truly on your own until you lose your parents. You have some valuable time now, I hope you can make peace with everything. Prayers…

  25. Penny Pincher says:

    Hi Pack!
    My roommate says she’s moving out (again). This time though, she’s actually packing. So I’m at a point of decision making. Replace the roommate, move out and get tenants for my apartment, or just do without the income while I sell the place?

    Just a little more fire under my butt, I guess. Also my cat has reportedly been meowing constantly when I’m not home. Now she won’t even have the roommate to meow to.

    Meanwhile, my new wifi dongle arrived and poof, the Pi with Kali was online, until I tried to alter the kernel to accommodate the tiny touchscreen I have… which is not supported after all by the PiTFT helper. Sigh. That touchscreen has been as useful as an ashtray on a motorcycle. Might go get another screen today. I will try to add other errands in that direction.

    Hopefully the handyman will fix my chimney today. He’s coming rather late in the day to get started on such a thing.

    I got a folding step stool bench thing for my van. It’s supposed to be for painting windows, or something. It doesn’t fit right and made it more crowded. So I think it’s coming out of there today.

    My BF found some property offered on land contract but it’s way out in the mountains too far from where we work. I am not sure I want to be that far out.

    Well, I guess that’s it for now. Maybe I’ll have tales of Pi success and fixed chimneys later.

    • Penny Pincher; If you can do without the income, do without the roommates. Just my opinion, but then I am a tad bitter about roommates.

      As for the poor kitty. It would be a good idea to get her a ‘friend’. Cats do much better (when left alone) if they have a companion. Trust me on this. I have had cats my whole life. I also did a study at Perdue U on cats comparing their CNS to humans, and their ability to understand human words.

      Good luck on your house sale Penny Pincher. Eventually, you will find the right piece of land. 🙂

      • Penny Pincher says:

        Every time my cat has seen another cat she has wanted to beat them up. I boarded another cat for a while and had to lock it in a room to keep them from fighting. When the owner of the cat came to get it, my cat attacked the owner the second she saw he was carrying that other cat. She is waaay jealous.

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      Be weary of land contracts, they are a minefield for the prospective buyer.

      • Penny Pincher says:

        Indeed! I’ve been burnt before, and would use a lawyer, a title agency, would check for utility liens/old bills and building orders, and would insist to record the LC.

        • And, engage an account servicing company to receive and disburse your payments. They keep excellent records!

          • Billy T,

            And, engage an account servicing company to receive and disburse your payments. They keep excellent records!

            I saw no need for that expense.
            I just paid early and kept all of the checks in a file. I also maintained the balance and interest and issued the seller a 1099 each year, just like a bank.
            My copy of the 1099 was used to claim the interest deduction on my taxes.
            One can keep excellent records with a little care. All of this BTW was before computers, spreadsheets, etc. were ubiquitous, so I did it all with paper ledgers.

        • Jesse Mathewson says:

          Arrrg, land contracts 😉 be safe for certain-

      • Chuck,
        I purchased and partially sold my first house on a land contract. The important things are a good title search, having an attorney go over the contracts and then filing it. I did my own title search and had an attorney draw up the contract along with some codicils I added, and then record it with the local county auditor. Cost me a few bucks; but, I had no real estate fees, which really made the difference.
        When I sold it, the couple purchasing it had no real down payment, so I took monthly payments on a land contract until they had enough equity to qualify for a bank loan (about 3 years). That way I had a down payment with interest, and finally helped the buyer get their loan, the proceeds of which paid off our current homestead.
        It can be done; but, get an attorney and do it with your eyes wide open.

        • Chuck Findlay says:

          I had a friend buy a home on land contract and 6-years into it he found the owner had a loan on it and defaulted. He lost the house and all the money he put into it. He was lower middle class (borderline poor) and could not easily afford a lawyer especially when he just lost the home and had to pump money into getting a new place to live.

          The thing is land contracts are appealing to people that don’t have good credit and are not too savvy so it lends itself to being scammed.

          • Chuck,
            In my case, I was renting the house for $150.00 per month and the owner, who had several properties was getting up in years and saw a good way to have some income without the maintenance. Our contract ended up costing me $182 per month vs. the $150 rent, and I was building equity, so everything worked out.
            I / we did however do a complete title search and get a lawyer to check the contrct and file it with the auditor.
            I kept track of the payments and interest and generated the proper 1099 each year and recall the old owner once saying he wished he had charged me more for the home ($15,500) and charged less interest (6%), since he thought he was paying too much in taxes. The contract was for 15 years and I paid it off in a little more than 10 years.
            Once again, when making any transactions involving expensive items or large sums of money, you need to go in with your eyes open, cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s.

    • Penny Pincher says:

      OK, update: I got the Pi with Kali working simply by purchasing the touch screen I had programmed it to run. Slapped it on and it works. Now to learn how to play with it and stay out of trouble… it’s for penetration testing, aka hacking 😀 so I’ll be hacking myself I guess.

      Kind of like you can only pick your own locks, as discussed above. You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose…

      The handyman didn’t find anything he could fix on the leak so I’ll be calling a real roofer. Argh, well at least I tried to do it cheap.

      Re. the recent paranoia: The middle eastern guy I thought was filming me is having marital problems. I have also noticed he clutches his cell phone a lot. Probably trying to digitally hang onto his love life. So never mind.

      Here comes a gubmint rant: Instead of the Trumped-up Russia Hack BS, I sure wish they would focus on actual threats, like whatever they found on Anthony Wiener’s laptop and the “Awan brothers” who penetrated Congress IT from the inside for several years thanks to Debbie Wasserman Schultz and then burglarized 20 offices before fleeing back to Pakistan.

      OTOH, would we want the Feebs to handle this right now, with such jokes as Comey and McCabe running it? This won’t get anywhere with the DoJ having voted 97% for Hilarious, either. Never mind the head, the body is rotten too.

      My two cents. /rant

      • Penny Pincher,
        I did some penetration testing on our own network for a job back in the 1990’s (remember 10BASE2); but, nothing compared to what that little Pi can do now.

        Kind of like you can only pick your own locks, as discussed above. You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose…

        And let’s not forget. When in puclic, you can prick your finger; but, you can’t finger your … well, LOL.

        “Awan brothers” who penetrated Congress IT from the inside for several years thanks to Debbie Wasserman Schultz

        It’s good to see that others like you are also paying attention to things like this, and BTW i think you have a spelling issue, because I’ve always thought it was Debbie WasserMoron Schultz

  26. Chuck Findlay says:

    I made a good haul at The Good Will Store today.

    I got 4 Amateur Radio antenna books (.50-cents each)

    1: All About Vertical Antennas

    2: The Amateur Radio Vertical Antenna Handbook

    3: Simple Low Cost Wire Antennas for Radio Amateurs

    4: Beam antenna Handbook.

    Lots of info for building antennas, enough to keep me busy for a while.

    PS: The woman at The Good Will says they are going to up the cost of books, paperback books are going to double to $1.00. $1.00 is not much unless you consider the price now of .50-cents and it’s double the price.

    I guess even at Thrift Stores things are going up in price.

    • Chuck,
      Nice haul Old Man.
      I think we need to travel to some larger adjacent towns to see what they have, since our only sort of local thrift store is Goodwill and it’s rather worthless for much of anything but clothing, furniture, and some junk electronics. Those books even for a buck is not a bad deal, since the theory behind the contents hasn’t changed in a century or more.
      73’s & hope to see you at your namesake hamfest in September.

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