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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Comments

  1. MD – I hope the prognosis for your father is better.

    Finally got rid of my rotten cold that hung on for 3 weeks, but now that I can breathe again the weather isn’t cooperating – it’s hovering around 10F most days and we got more snow this week. Really glad I had lots of jars of ready made food as many days we were too sick to cook.
    Potted up my tomato and sweet pepper seedlings, all the spring and fall bulbs I recently bought, and started a pile of bee meadow seeds. Still watching more gardening videos for any tips I can use and I found a dandy – using electric fence wire for my grape, blackberry and raspberry fencing. Wire is strong, galvanized, and cheap. Just waiting for a sale on the wire in half mile spools which we know we can almost use up. And I finally figured out why my onions never grow large. That alone is worth a fortune to me. Plus, I’ve now figured out how to properly prune all my berry bushes. Trees are a breeze, but the berries always stumped me before.
    Picked up more fine cotton handkerchiefs for 25c ea, 2 boxes of 100 latex gloves for $4/box, a pile of rubber palm workgloves for $1.67 ea. Got more flannelette for winter boxer shorts for DS. I cut down some large flannelette sheets and hemmed them for large hankies. They’re way softer on the nose than tissues.
    Hope to make more progress in the coming weeks now that I’m feeling better. DGD is also much better and eating but her poor dad, a long distance trucker, had to go to work with the same wretched cold.

    • Gloria—glad you are feeling better. So….what did you learn about why your onions weren’t doing good?

      • Seems I was planting them too deep for a start – they just need to sit deep enough to just cover the roots, not the bulbs. And when they get older, to pull away the soil from the bulbs so they’re sitting on top of the soil level. Another is to feed them every 2nd week with fish fertilizer because onions should be treated as a top grower green needing lots of nitrogen, not a root grower needing potassium. Though the plant does need some potassium, it’s not as crucial as nitrogen for top growth – the more leaves you have, the bigger the bulbs.

      • Jesse Mathewson says:

        Gloria, you are good, 🙂 how did you get it in so dang quick 🙂

        Love that you are mixing up types of gloves smart!

        I have thick woolies, thin wools, some mechanix and several pairs of the cotton browns

  2. Jesse Mathewson says:

    Picked up a Mas49/56 last week, it is a century arms convert, and contrary to popular internutz chatter, with a small amount of work, this is a truely sweet very accurate and superbly reliable firearm.

    Total after all fixes/ and with 4 magazines (no converted mags) under $450 –

    Replaced spring with original, added rubber buttstock, used dremel and buffed the chamber polished it mirror bright, removed grenade launcher and replaced with an adjustable gas block, (I built) helps to know guns! 300 rounds in and zero issues, first cleaning scheduled for 500 round mark. Just to prove it works, going out again this Sunday will update.

    Completed intermediate distance (300-700 yard) ar- used palmetto state armory upper/lower etc., mounted a 4-12× bushnell bdc, and am putting 10 round 2 inch groups at 300 yards currently. Will step it out a bit this sunday as well. Total spent on package, $549- review upcoming.

    Was gifted/traded a canik tp9sa – brand new, will be putting 500 rounds of german nato ball and 200 rounds of gold dot 124 le through it as well. (Review will be coming, after all a very nice, very well put together handgun for under $350 most places with holster, 2 18 round magazines and cleaning kit…a no brainer for low budget prepping in my opinion!

    Have been testing indestructibelt (amazon through our hosts link) black “leather” belt, classy looking, extremely strong (hung from it and im not a lightweight) towed a 14′ steel frame motorcycle trailer with it alone. Etc. Again review upcoming but. In advance, WOE just wow and for right at $45-50 why not? Its stronger than any tactical belt I have ever had, and better looking than way more expensive dress belts even after towing and using it quite severly.

    Lets see. Oh, started canning last week, tons of fun,

    And have been bicycling, up too 5 miles without issues, this is huge given spine issues.

    Quite happy

  3. I’m first again !!! Lol

    • Nope.

      • Are you sure???

        • G, i think the Russians hacked you. Lol

        • Based on the time stamp, Thor 1 beat Gloria by 8 minutes; but, neither had much substance to their posts, so I assume they didn’t get much done this past week, LOL.

          • OP & Gloria, the rules clearly state under article 7, if post isn’t actually posted on the initial day of posting, the person defaults and the person who was first wins. Lol

            • JP in MT says:

              Thor 1:

              However, in Section 8 it clearly states that to be in consideration the comment must contain content applicable to the title of the post.

              Going into moderation does not count against the commentator.

              So, Gloria wins!

              • JP, doesn’t section 8 mean crazy ???

                • JP in MT says:

                  Well……

                  • JP, I just talked to a 9th district judge and he said Gloria’s post is blocked. Lol

                    9 is bigger than 8 so Nanananana !!! Lol

                    • Where is the giant raspberry emoticon when I need one?

                    • JP in MT says:

                      Thor 1:

                      And another case of the 9th to be struck down!

                    • JP, this system is so corrupt. If its good for America and the American people, the left doesn’t want it. I think one day they will have H311 to pay.

                      On a lighter note, OP voted for me. Lol

                    • Gloria, no raspberries here, it might spread your cold. Lol

                • It sure does Thor. 🙂

                  • Hey……

                    • Gloria & Thor 1,
                      I did initially state this:

                      Based on the time stamp, Thor 1 beat Gloria by 8 minutes; but, neither had much substance to their posts, so I assume they didn’t get much done this past week, LOL.

                      However, with all of the arguing I decided on a recount and here are the numbers, copied directly from the posts:
                      Gloria says:
                      March 17, 2017 at 4:48 pm
                      Thor 1 says:
                      March 17, 2017 at 4:51 pm
                      I’m first again !!! Lol
                      Gloria says:
                      March 17, 2017 at 4:59 pm
                      Nope.
                      So it looks like Gloria wins by 3 minutes, with her following correction “Nope” coming in 8 minutes after Thor 1 which was the basis for my initial mistaken comment.

                • Thor 1,

                  JP, doesn’t section 8 mean crazy ???

                  No actually it’s the designation for low income subsidized housing; but, all that aside, I think posting comments appropriate to the intent of the article title and then mitigated by the time stamp is the fair and correct way to do it.
                  If you want to cite the rule that says otherwise, then perhaps you could post a link to the appropriate section for our perusal.

            • cgbascom says:

              Thor 1
              You poor thing. Just keep telling yourself that you are first no matter what. Eventually you will be, “no matter what.”

              • cm, don’t make me throw my tablet on the floor and throw a tantrum or I will wear purple tomorrow. Lol

          • Jesse Mathewson says:

            Actually, when boss gets back and approves all the lost posts…I beat them both by several minutes 😉 with a full post. 🙂

    • MD, laughter helps with pain and health. Make your Dad laugh as much as possible, it will make you feel better too!
      I lost my Dad seven years ago,just one year later I lost my first son. I miss them both terribly, but know that God had other plans for them. Someday I will join them and we will all laugh together again. I am sorry for what you are going through as my Dad also had throat, lung and prostate cancer. He was the toughest man I ever knew, but also had a heart of gold. While I was in the hospital with Dad and Mom the doctor said his kidneys were shutting down and he had to have dialysis so I offered to give him one of my kidneys. My Mom said to Dad, see what kind of son you have,but what I didn’t know at the time was the Dr. said he wouldn’t survive another operation. He did have a smile on his face from my offer that I will never forget.

      That said my preps for the week.
      Covered some of the plants with the hope of keeping the blossoms from being damaged

      Puppy was tilling the garden again such a help. Been running him outside he loves playing fetch, its good exercise for me too. I threw a ball and it went under a big Christmas type tree and he jumped in and got it. The second time I threw it towards the tree, he ran faster and kept it from going in. Smart puppy. Lol

      Bought water.
      Bought canned meats.
      Bought extra dog food. (Don’t want to run out, the horse needs to eat) Lol

      Went to the range with the Mrs after stranger danger last week and shot the Glock 9mm and Taurus 38.
      Cleaned & oiled the 12ga & loaded 00 buck in it.
      Sharpened some knives.

      Hit the gym and heavy bag. Got to keep skills up hard times are coming.

      All we can do is our best and let God handle the rest.

      • BlueJeanedLady says:

        Thor & all,
        Thor, speaking of your very young, very smart GSD growing pup you noted,

        I threw a ball and it went under a big Christmas type tree and he jumped in and got it. The second time I threw it towards the tree, he ran faster and kept it from going in. Smart puppy. Lol

        Crazy funny how smart the four legged canine kids can be at learning how to conquer & master a task successfully. Isn’t it?!!?

        At one time I had two giant OE Mastiffs, both young adult dogs but one a few years older & a little faster & normally more agile than the younger one and the younger one being a bit “thicker” and less aware of his size (think bull in a china closet) yet still a bit less heavy than the elder – – – Yet, they were equally competitive in a friendly manner and both were in prime physical health at the time.

        DH would play “fetch” with both fur kids using one of those name-brand, “Jolly Ball” type ball toys (we used the size made for horses – almost the size of a basketball with a small handle – for the Gentle Giant Olympic style Doggie Games) and since the big fur boys were never good at taking turns, they would always both try to get a head start on each other as they each tried to reach the same thrown ball before the other one did for the bulk of the Good Boy praise bragging rights. 🙂

        One afternoon, the older one figured out that “Dad” was trying to fake-out the two dogs as to what direction the ball would be thrown so soon the older dog rather quickly took up a side position ahead, to the right and at about a 45 degree angle from the younger one before the grand toss was released so I grinned to myself. (I could see those wheels in that big dog’s brain turning as he maneuvered into his new starting position. It was so easy for me to “read” my Mastiff’s body language. Ha!)

        So, DH wound up the next pitch making it look like it would head straight in front of him but after the younger dog headed out before the actual throw & followed the expected trajectory of the straight forward throw, the older dog paused just long enough to seemingly note & realize the ball was headed to “Dad’s” left as “Dad” tossed it – and the elder dog correctly calculated that the ball should land directly in front of the younger dog’s location – but far to the left of the then running, younger – as the elder took off in a gallop, perpendicularly, slightly after the younger one headed straight forward. (Smart boy, my eldest fur boy was, indeed!)

        However – – – BOOM! POW! HOLY BATMAN! The two giant dogs, both running at full throttle, T-bone crashed into each other at about the half way point. The younger one’s head & thicker chest collided into the older one’s left rib cage and they both dropped to the ground. (Seriously, they both just dropped and I jump up and ran towards both of them in a near panic.)

        They had both literally knocked the wind out of each other and laid where they dropped for a few seconds or so. As “Mom” (me) ran to the scene of the accident fearing the worst for her “babies” the younger one (who hit the other with his head & chest) got up, shook it off, and carried on to retrieve the big rubber ball. The older one (the one that got hit in the rib cage) did raise his head soon, got up somewhat shaken, and slowly walked back to a favored lawn lounging area, not caring who won the fetch round as he – the older boy – seemed to be calling a time out for this period of play. DH, “Dad” was initially concerned also and approach the scene of the crash quickly, too, but he was laughing much more than I was even imagining about continuing to grin – – – MY “babies” were hurt! – – – HIS “big fur boys” were just acting like “boys” act. Ha, ha, ha! – – – After a brief physical exam of both fur boys (making sure no bones were broken on either dog) the “Games” were canceled by the humans for the day so we all soon headed in for supper time prep. 🙂

        Longer story shortened, every single “Jolly Ball” fetch game after that the older dog would still usually try to get a positioning advantage beyond the younger dog like he did the day of The Great Jolly Ball Incident but after that I could always detect a few side-eye glances from the elder towards the younger dog before the elder started the chase as he quickly scanned & evaluated his personal, situational advantages! (Do I hear at least some applause for my oldest dog boy’s then newly learned, “situational awareness” techniques? We can learn for the canines, can’t we! Ha, ha!)

        Funniest part was that – and not nearly so dramatic as the first time it happened – the once youngest dog learned a similar lesson once we brought home a “little”, newer, younger, OEM fur brother. Soon after the newest, now youngest one, neared the physical size of his nearest aged fur brother’s own giant size and as they were both near top physical form for each of their ages then, too, a similar – but not quite as alarming – incident occurred. This time – as two giant dogs hit & tumbled in the grass after accidentally body slamming each other – wasn’t quite as frightening for “Mom” as I’d seen it all before! And all ended well that time, too. 🙂 Go figure!

        Crazy funny how smart the four legged canine kids can be at learning how to conquer & master a task successfully. Isn’t it?!!? Take care, all. Stay smart & stay safe and keep the darn four legged kids as safe as possible, just cuz! 🙂

        • Thor 1 &

          BlueJeanedLady,
          One of my kid sisters keeps and raises Border Collies, which according to the doggy IQ list are at the top of the heap. Your mastiffs don’t even make the top 10; but, they are still not stupid animals. We’ve always liked Labrador retrievers that sit at #7, at least in part because I never wanted a dog that is smarter or at least as smart as I am, and has all day to do nothing but think about mischief. Here BTW is the list.
          1. Border collie
          2. Standard Poodle
          3. German Shepherd
          4. Golden Retriever
          5. Doberman Pinscher
          6. Shetland Sheepdog
          7. Labrador Retriever
          8. Papillon
          9. Rottweiler
          10. Australian Cattle Dog

          An interesting story about one of my sister’s border collie’s occurred when she was stationed on Oahu, Hawaii. Her rented home was only 30-50 yards from the beach, and her dog loved to play Frisbee on the beach with anyone that would play. One day she came home from work and noticed not only that the dog was gone; but, that a chair had been pushed over near the window and the screen torn out of the window. She went down to the beach to find her pup playing Frisbee with some kids that happened to be there that day. The dog had not only moved the chair and torn out the screen; but, went and retrieved the Frisbee before heading out to the beach to find a playmate.
          These critters are amazing and truly enrich our lives; however, at this point in time we are currently without a dog; but, do have indoor cats and a small herd of outside barn cats along with a goat, a horse, and chickens.

          • BlueJeanedLady says:

            Ohio Prepper and all – all smiles on my end . . .

            It’s almost – yes it’s actually funny, OP, but DH & I often talk about the Rodney Dangerfield aspect of “No Respect” as it often / applies happens with the Old English Mastiffs! 🙂 We simply boil it down to a misunderstanding / non Mastiff, pet-parenting aspect so we’re fine with all so called claims that they are not as bright as other breeds as we surely know better! Ha, ha, ha!

            My sister, too, once had a pure bred Border Collie as well as a half breed, step sibling, Border Collie. Yes, yes, yes both were very wise & loving family dogs . . . yet still a bit ridiculous at expending unnecessary energy at whim. Ha! You’ll never encounter a happy Old English Mastiff willing to expend unnecessary energy! There’s some smarts in that simple attitude, at least, don’t ya think! 🙂

            An Old English Mastiff will never expend unnecessary energy as long as he/she doesn’t need / want to do so. Ha, ha, ha! The OEM’s often have to be coaxed to even go out side and play and seldom do so without a point / purpose / plan in mind! In a nutshell, they are simply not as eager to do your bidding as they expect you to do their bidding, first, before considering how much energy they should consider expending for a desired outcome! Ha, ha, ha!

            There’s also a myth that OEM’s are hard to train. UNTRUE! Yes, they can be stubborn, but they really want to please you if they consider you worthyof their intentions! 🙂 What do you (as a pet parent / family member) need to do to make them feel worthy of your intentions? Treat them like very favored family members now & forever! Treat them like very favored family members now & forever and from the get go and they’ll follow / protect / act the loving civilized & loving relative (only expending excess energy as needed) forever and ever, Amen! 🙂

            Yes they can be loudly & territorial verbal but that’s certainly not a bad thing. Our OEM’s barked at strangers walking by routinely as young dogs but they all quickly learned to recognize neighbors that lived near by and halted the rude barking within a few months of finally (before scaring the newer neighbors almost irrevocably) actually recognizing & appreciating such fondly. 🙂

            One of my funniest Mastiff stories is about a postman that – to us humans – which was once upon a time a rather routine character that walked our neighborhood and loved our cats & dogs, yet he seemed to disappear years later as we humans didn’t know a routine postal worker well in the later & more recent years as we had a hard time recognizing a “regular” guy after the mid 1990’s. And sometimes it is / was a gal we didn’t recognize, either. (Too many shift changes, temps stepping in, route changes as should have been expected, etc., via the local post office as we once assumed / finally learned it to be true that we really didn’t have a single, routine postman for our neighborhood mail delivery – at all – anymore. We seem to be a dreaded “walking route” these days that too many postal workers (as we’ve been told) don’t really want to assume as a “regular walking route”. Oh well, so it’s gone & goes.

            It all rather changed gradually, in our own human eyes but we finally realized it could be weeks between seeing the once-upon-a-time “regular” postman and not uncommon – at all – that a substitute would take over the walking route for a few weeks or months as there often seemed nothing very routine or familiar with our neighborhood mail delivery service person after that time.

            Sometimes the ones (postal carriers) we actually recognized and knew best were absent from our area neighborhood for weeks &/or forever and other times we thought there might be a newly assigned “regular” that we didn’t yet know. Sad to say our community is now bigger than we’d like and often we know not any well these days but so it eventually went and has gone.

            One day – many years ago as this random postal delivery practice had begun occurring & ongoing at the time – I was out in the fenced back yard with the Mastiff’s one morning as the guy in the postal uniform walked by. To my great surprise the Mastiffs ran towards the fence – – – without barking, (they usually even barked at friends, at least initially, so I was shocked they didn’t bark at what I imagined to be a random postal worker passing by) – – – As the postman greeted them each with a doggie biscuit, scratched their heads and smiled as I approached him and gathered my mail he had to deliver, I acknowledged that the dogs must really like him as they didn’t bark and he kindly replied,

            “This isn’t my normal route but I take it on several times a year and these big dogs once frightened me a bit, but as soon as I started giving them a doggie biscuit each time I walked by they’ve been as sweet as punch and I’m glad to give them each a head scratch as they stand up to greet me while leaning on the fence when I pass by.”

            Well . . . are those very smart dogs or not, I ask?! Then again, I still wonder . . . at times! Ha, ha! 🙂

            Yes, yes, yes our lives are all indeed enhanced with the delightful antics of our much loved pets! Now go pet your own as I make that little Boston we inherited from my in-laws quit barking at blowing grass & leaves and give him a head scratch &/or treat or two, just cuz! 🙂

            • BlueJeanedLady,
              I wasn’t disrespecting your Mastiffs, just reporting what I found with Google although I already knew the ranking of Border Collies and Labs from previous experience.

              • BlueJeanedLady says:

                OhioPrepper – Absolutely no problem as I wasn’t even imagining you were disrespecting my massive, Mastiff babies! It’s just been a long standing joke (the “No respect” comment) between DH & I as we’ve had several family / friends / co-workers that thought we were certifiably crazy for raising / living with such giant dogs – UNTIL – they met them face to face! THEN – they all “got it!” 🙂 ~BJL~

        • BL & OP, both great stories,Lol,its so interesting to see animals (reason) which they said was the difference between them and man.
          I would like to know how they arrived at the rating for dogs IQ though. I mean each dog is different so if you got an average dog and an Einstein dog , at the end of the day you have just rated the dog and not the breed.

          I have an interesting new trick I taught puppy but I will wait till next week to share it. Lol
          Stay tuned to : Days Of Puppy Excursions

          Don’t miss an episode or you will have withdraws. Lol

    • OP, you can’t take your vote back after you already voted.

      That’s not how this works. Kits not how any of this works.

      Lol

  4. patientmomma says:

    M.D. I glad your dad is at home; everyone copes better at home. My prayers are with you and your family.

    Another busy week on the farmstead; learning some new things and learning how to do better on other things. Got a few extra pounds of prepper stables, extra cans of the usual plus salt and more spices.

    Since the weather was accommodating, we harvested the second hog. I borrowed an animal (hanging) scale but it only goes to 350 pds. I think this hog was a bit more than 350 because when we weighed the processed meat with a package scale and it added up to 300 pds of pork. This second hog was smaller than the first so I’m guessing we got at least 340 pds of pork from the first hog, rather than the 200+ pds I guestimated. I spent $1050 feeding them non-GMO feed; no antibiotics, and they roamed free on ½ acre of natural raw land (no chemicals). Using zaycon’s pork prices, I figure I came out $1500 ahead of the game plus I know it is good and healthy. I have spines simmering in the big stew pot now and for the next couple of days, for bone broth. I dehydrated some chewies for the dogs so they are happy wolves now.

    While buying replacement saw blades I spoke with a lady about harvesting hogs. She and her husband wanted to do their own but since they both have part-time jobs they are taking their hogs to a processor, who is charging them $100/per200 pds of hog; but he is wrapping the pork in freezer paper.

    One of the five-week old bunnies had a gooie eye so I put some terramycin in it and it solved the problem. Last of the bun buns (babies) were born on Monday night. Since mom delivered them on the cold wire floor I gathered them all up and took them inside to the warming basket for a couple of hours. I put more straw in the wood birthing box, put a towel over the straw, tossed in as much of mom’s fur as I could gather over the towel and put the 13 babies inside a piece of fleece material to protect them. Tuesday night we had a cold front come down with 23°F temps so I moved the new mom and her babies in to a portable cage on the sun porch till the temps get back to normal. As of today, babies are ok but momma rabbit is peeing pink; she doesn’t appear to have any other problems and she is nursing her babies. Any advice from the rabbit growers in the pack?

    I ordered some more freezer paper and freezer tape as I still have 9 rabbits to harvest. I went thru most of a 300’ roll of freezer paper wrapping the second hog harvest. Normally I would can the rabbit meat but I just don’t have time right now.

    Next week I’ll be out of commission for a couple of days for a medical issue so went and got a pedicure so my farmers feet wouldn’t scare the nurses! Had my toes painted sparkly light blue!! Ha Ha!!

    Have a good week! My prayers for those of you in need of comfort and peace.

    • American Pacrat says:

      Patientmomma
      “Sparkly blue toe nail polish” in my minds eye I can see them. Cute..lol got to love your sense of humor.
      If you are going in for a procedure they may have you remove it for health safety. They will want you germ free as possible.

      I do not have an answer on the bunny passing pink urine, but that tells me of a possible leakage somewhere in her body, possible kidneys. You may have ask a vet that question.

      • BlueJeanedLady says:

        To Patientmomma & American Pacrat & all,

        Speaking of pretty blue sparkly toenail polish . . . (Ha, ha, ha – I can imagine how cute it looks, too.)

        I had a major surgery many years ago (it was a birth defect concerning my aorta that wasn’t discovered until a few months before my 20th birthday but needed immediate attention). Even as it was decades ago I also went into the hospital, awaiting surgery wearing nail polish & toenail polish (although it was long before anyone besides myself ever painted my finger or toe nails – no professional mani /pedi for me back-in-the-day, just the evening before spent manicuring & painting my own nails – oh how some times can change, ha, ha!) not wanting to appear at the hospital with unattractive toes or fingers as I went through & hopefully awoke from such surgery and then having to accept visitors while trying not to look like a sickly young woman who couldn’t even make her nails look nice. 🙂 It just seemed the right thing to do at the time & made me feel better & more in control as I actually knew nothing was in my control at the time. What else can I say but that’s they way I went and there I was? 🙂

        However, first thing one member of the nursing staff did, way back in time, pre-op (many of the older female nurses – and all the nurses were female at the time – that tended to me earlier weren’t very friendly to me for acting so vane using nail polish &/or for being such a curious young lady asking too many questions, back in the day) was to come in, introduce her first name then (like the older nurses before her) checked my nails, looking at my feet and hands and to my surprise started vanquishing any residue of nail polish without even telling what (or why) she was doing such. (I was sure one of the older nurses told her to remove such as she entered with all the necessary cotton balls and nail polish remover and sat down to do her job quickly.) I was more that a tad irritated (also simply frightened – overall – just due to the seriousness of the surgery itself) and demanded this younger nurse tell me why she was looking at my nails when I was having a heart related surgery. She softened quickly, (unlike several other nurses) and answered a few related questions but still insisted it was necessary to remove all nail polish and that I should comply.

        I didn’t argue that it was inappropriate &/or unacceptable at the time but I did, indeed, question such as I was cheap enough at the time to not waste a good self-mani / pedi nor risk looking “sick” after the surgery. (Oh to be such a cocky teen again! Ha!) That one nice young woman, a female nurse not so much older than me at the time, was a bit taken back by my questions before I’d let her do so but she kindly explained that they – the medical & surgical staff – wanted my nails absent of polish so the nurses & doctors could press these extremities to check on my blood circulation during and after the surgery.

        Once this new-to-me most considerate woman showed me how easy it could be to check such by nearly pressing on a finger or toe nail (using her own unpainted finger nails as an example) to see if it turned pinkish or not – and how that might indicate my circulation was okay – it made sense to me so I hushed with my complaints and realized she might know what she was talking about And, And, And that was a giant leap for my young & know-it-all self at the time! So it went!

        The day after I was released from the hospital and returned home to my parents’ home for a blessedly brief recovery period, a wonderful & attentive friend came over and re-painted / polished all my nails so I felt better suited for visitors (and all remained well as the surgery was 100% corrective and I came out of it just fine in the long haul) so all went & ended well, regardless of the lost painted nails.

        All said, perhaps patientmomma, your procedure might not require as much attention to detail as my surgery did or even as much as American Pacrat suggested if it might be merely a germ-freer option for a simpler & safer procedure in your own best interest – – –

        Just wanted to let you know that if the medical staff quickly removes your most recent pedicure polish it might be best just to get that sparkly blue polish reapplied afterwards and not give a diddly darn if your feet (in your opinion only, I’m sure) look badly without such in your eyes, anyway . . . Just noting / saying so in case you don’t get a friendly nurse / medical assistant understanding or caring about your own feelings about nail polish intentions, who might act rudely &/or abruptly without thinking to kindly explain! It happens. 🙂

        Best wishes for a successful (and hopefully with worry free results & little time needed for recovery) procedure, patientmomma. Do take care and stay safe & smart, pretty blue sparkly painted toenails, or not! 🙂

        • patientmomma says:

          Great story!! I think it depends on the seriousness of the surgery and this is not serious. This is just a quick in and out battery change so no big deal. One toe wasn’t dry when I put my boots back on so they have a polish-free toe to look at at pinch! Plus, I don’t polish my nails – Totally useless endeavor on a farmstead.

          • patientmomma,

            I think it depends on the seriousness of the surgery and this is not serious. This is just a quick in and out battery change so no big deal.

            By battery change I assume you’re talking a pacemaker or AICD, in which case it’s not all that inconvenient and generally safe; but, it is still surgery under anesthesia. Also, they don’t change the battery; but, the entire device, although they call it that, I think so as not to have to explain details to the patient. I had mine placed in 2007 and changed at battery EOL in 2012. They replaced it again in 2015 since after the stroke it was determined that I needed a different version with more functions, so they did it one more time. The new one is supposed to have a battery life of 8-10 years and so far we’re doing OK, since the last device check still read at 7 ½ years left, and as long as I get it changed before then, I’ll be fine. The hardest part of the procedure you’re having is the after care, keeping things dry in the shower for a few days; but, my three times all worked out OK and I suspect you’ll be fine also.

            Plus, I don’t polish my nails – Totally useless endeavor on a farmstead.

            The DW polishes her nails with light polish; but, she uses the fake plastic nails, since her real nails have always been kind of soft and brittle. The nails she uses and puts on herself are the really expensive ones she gets at the Dollar General LOL, so I don’t really mind that indulgence.

            • patientmomma says:

              Ohio Prepper; I have been battery operated for over 30 years so it’s no big deal for me. I could tell you some really funny stories that have occurred over time. The new gadgets get smaller, more powerful, last longer and get easier to monitor every year. My husband called me the energizer bunny! Maybe that’s why I raise rabbits! Ha Ha Ha!!

              • patientmomma,

                I have been battery operated for over 30 years

                So are you battery operated or just battery assisted. Until July of 2016 I was only battery assisted; but, I had A/V node ablation and I’m now fully dependent on this gadget.
                In about a week I’m going for an evaluation for changing my anti coagulant and if that works out, in about two months we’ll be having a new device added that uses no batteries and will eventually allow me to be free and clear of anticoagulants that played at least some part in my stroke 2+ years ago.
                I’ll still have the Atrial Fibrillation; but no more medications for it.
                It really is a wonderful time to be alive, despite all of the world’s problems and issues.

    • Almost There says:

      PM,
      I’m not a bunny expert, nor do I play one on TV, but it sounds like a UTI or bladder infection. Is she still eating? Maybe there are antibiotics you could give her. Do they eat garlic?

      • patientmomma says:

        Did some more research about pink bunny pee… Most of the time it is not blood or a UTI but comes from extra calcium in the diet; and it is not harmful. I am guilty of spoiling my bunny mommas with fresh organic veges in addition to their usual pellets. So I need to get back to basics and give her less kale and carrots.

        • Almost There says:

          PM,
          That is good to know it’s not something to worry about. What would we do without computers… 🙁

          • Almost There,

            What would we do without computers

            We would do what I did as a kid and even in college learning to design and program computers, go to the library with a notebook, a stack of index cards, and a handful of dimes, to photocopy the few pages we didn’t want to transcribe by hand.
            Now, here at the homestead along with the internet we have 8 computers and two laser printers that will also photocopy. Just roughin’ it, LOL.

      • Anonamo Also says:

        … besides infection…Something else to consider is her vitamin K too low? Does she get a food that has sufficient vitamin K, or get greens of some sort for it’s natural production.. Key point, she is loosing blood,check with a vet!

  5. Tractorgirl says:

    Wow..you two are so funny……ok first of all I am so heartbroken that your father received a bad report….Cancer is such a horrible situation…I will keep you and your family in my daily thoughts…..my preps are very few..as my husband and I are on vacation…we are keeping our eyes open for any situations that might need our attention…I am watching the news to keep up with the world events….scary out there..praying that Tillerson can keep us from bombing anybody…peace out….

    • Chickenchick says:

      Ugh, I hope he can too. Not feeling warm and fuzzy about North Korea. My son is stationed in Japan.

      • Prepared Grammy says:

        Yes, NK has me concerned too. Their leader is crazy.

        • Prepared Grammy,

          Yes, NK has me concerned too. Their leader is crazy.

          North Korea’s leadership comes from an entire bloodline of crazies.

          • They’re also a bunch of chestthumpers who want to appear wonderful to their people without actually cutting their own throats. They did this a couple of years ago, threatening to set off their nuclear device and nothing happened. I believe they have only a few compared to the US who have a considerable supply.

            • Right on point Gloria. This has been NK’s pattern at least since Bush 1. Bluster and threaten until they get a lot of stuff in return for their ephemeral promise to be good. Repeat the same pattern in a couple of years. Clinton even gave them two nuclear reactors, which they now use to make plutonium, in contravention of their promise and Clinton’s assurances. Tillerson is the first secstate to threaten them in return. His predecessors all seemed to think China is a responsible actor and would restrain NK. Tillerson seems to know China has no interest in restraining NK.

            • That is obama hasn’t had the codes hacked or given them away to his Muslim thug brothers

              • Moe,

                That is obama hasn’t had the codes hacked or given them away to his Muslim thug brothers

                I’m not sure which codes you’re talking about; but, there are no codes (like PIN numbers) that allow launch of our systems. The codes contained in the “football” are a set of challenge authentication codes that allow the national command authority, who can launch, to verify the authenticity of the person placing the order, as in POTUS. After that, there are still several more layers of protocol and codes to effect an actual launch.

            • Gloria,

              I believe they have only a few compared to the US who have a considerable supply.

              While this is true, I’m not sure of your point, since any exchange involving these weapons would be globally devastating.
              Also, keep in mind that the North has artillery that could easily hit Seoul, the South Korean capital, devastating the only democratic republic in the region and potentially starting another Korean war.
              As for the Chinese, if they crack down too hard on the North and cause even more issues, they are likely to have a refugee problem on their southern border that makes the middle east pale by comparison.

              • And Gloria,
                The problem is not just their nuclear weapons; but, their advances in the development of rocketry, since each test they have been performing are getting better and demonstrates them to be well on their way to a working ICBM with capabilities to reach Europe or the west coast of the U.S., where detonation of a single weapon would be devastating.

                • You missed my point – chest thumpers. The NK’s are hardly likely to release anything nuclear because they know it would cause a release of them by other countries just itching to get rid of NK. They’re too much into looking wonderful to actually do anything regardless of how advanced their weapons are.

              • Zulu 3-6 says:

                Well, the Chinese keep the NORKS under control to the extent that China is not affected. If the little freak in charge of NK tries to do something that will hurt China, they will crack down as hard as they feel necessary. Unlike us, the Chinese will have no moral problems taking care of any such refugee issue using extreme measures.

                As long as China feels NK is just talking s***, they won’t get too excited or involved. Doing s**** is another matter – unless it is a net positive for China.

                • Zulu 3-6,

                  Doing s**** is another matter – unless it is a net positive for China.

                  I agree; but, does anyone really know what the Chinese leadership thinks is a net positive? I sure hope so; but, I’m not all that calmed by the thought of those potential outcomes.

                  • Billy T. says:

                    China is very much into “face”. Anything which distresses or casts US in a bad light, is something they will like, so long as it isn’t costly to China.

                  • I think an example of a net positive for China would be the NORKS shooting test missiles into the Sea of Japan. It gets Japan, S. Korea, and the US all wound up, and if no action is taken (i.e. shootdowns), it makes those countries look weak.

                    However, the little fat freak in NK is not stable, and he is liable to think he can get away with more. Whereas the Chinese leadership is smart and mentally stable enough to draw a big bright line between shooting unarmed test missiles into empty ocean, and actually launching nuclear armed missiles, that doesn’t mean the NK leadership does.

          • my four sons says:

            True enough but this Fat little toad is so nuts even crazy people say he is a little CooCoo! I really hope I am wrong but there is only 2 ways it ends with North Korea either a Military Coup over throws him and the Generals for their own peoples sake seek reunification with the South. Or we are going to have to do it militarily at some point. It would be short but incredibly costly campaign. Particularly for the South Koreans Soul would be decimated by artillery alone and if he got a Nuc-tipped rocket into the South God only knows how many casualties there could be. Unfortunately 8 years of president “Head in the Sand” allowed the North to be in a dangerous position we held all the Trump cards in 2008 now they hold 1 very dangerous 1 and if he feels his power is threatened Kim will unfortunately play it.

            • Zulu 3-6 & my four sons,
              Also keep in mind that this toady, the original TDL has provent his ability to make and use WMD. These are not my words; but, the words of U.S. defense officials when he had his half brother assassinated using Vx nerve agent in a public airport. Had that stuff spread it could have killed many other civilians; but, more importantly, it shows he has that nasty chemical and probably other agents in his stockpile, meaning a loose cannon with the whole WMD triad (NBC) available.

    • <Tractor Gal
      I've been thinking about you since your home breakin. HOW ARE YOU DOING?I feel like you aare a neighbor and want to hear from you.I wish you cheer and a good year.

      • Tractorgirl says:

        Thanks BeBe…..I haven’t posted for sometime…the robbery was an event I will never get out f my mind….no recoveries ..no suspects….our county had over 14 robberies in the month of January…some funeral related and some just druggies trying to take things to sell…got one guy but wasn’t involved in ours…frustrating…..I have had a very difficult time getting organized afterward….I want to hide everything but that isn’t possible…insurance took care of most all the costs of replacement but we can never get back a few sentimental items…..just have to move on….

  6. Chickenchick says:

    I planted berry bushes, strawberries, and potatoes. The chickens are going strong and we are getting at least a half dozen eggs a day. We have three new calves! All boys, but that’s ok.
    For medical preps I bought four glass thermometers and several packages of vet wrap I found on clearance at Atwood’s.
    DH and I are getting quotes to build a metal house on our property. It will be a great upgrade from the cabin we are in now!

  7. Possession date for the new farm came and went on March 10 with the old owners not signing the papers. They say they want to sell but seem to have trouble getting their act together. If we ever do get possession, it will mean acquiring a beautiful post and beam house, 40 acres of fruit farm with apples, raspberries, asparagus, Saskatoons, cherries, and acres of strawberry plants. There is also a huge shop full of wood, barn, back hoe, tractor, a couple of lawn tractors and lots and lots and lots of tools.
    Part of me is excited about having access to so much that can be shared. The kids and I don’t intend to live in the house but to maintain our homestead about 10 miles away. I think we would be far less of a target if we aren’t living at the new place.
    The plan is to take stuff to farmer’s markets and to eventually sell garden shares. Bought a freeze-dryer for home use but also to preserve the extra fruit and veggies so we can sell it through the winter.

    • B,

      Bought a freeze-dryer for home use but also to preserve the extra fruit and veggies so we can sell it through the winter.

      We have the same thoughts here for our Freeze dryer. Make it pay for itself, at least a little.

      • Billy T. says:

        I just can’t justify the cost of a freeze dryer. Perhaps the cost will come down in the next couple years and I will be able to rationalize it! If I’m still around!

        • Billy T,
          I’ve been drooling over the freeze dryer for quite a while; but, it was just out of site @ $3500; until we ended up with significant extra income over the last 18 months and for about the next 6, and Harvest Right made a really good offer @ $2200 including shipping of that heavy thing on a pallet for their standard (medium sized) analog refurbished with full warranty, and threw in a pulse sealer, 100 Mylar bags, and 100 oxygen absorbers, so it was time.

  8. Finished watching a two hour Front Sight video in prep for a two day shooting class I’ll be taking there. Shall watch it again at least once before class starts. I’m looking forward to the class and scoping out their shop as well. The $250 membership includes a $250 credit at their store, so might as well take advantage while I’m there.

    • Penrod:

      I think we have found a place to get together. I have a Front Site membership, although we probably won’t go until next year.

      I have a friend there now for 2 months, camping and shooting.

      • Hi JP. Sounds like a possibility. I’ve been a member for about three years, and only now getting there for the first time. Making it a stand alone trip is too expensive because of airfare, so this has to be in conjunction with something else. This time it worked, and DW will spend a couple days lounging around the motel pool while I do the student thing.

  9. Local gunstore had a table of “stuff” the owner wanted to get rid of, just make an offer. Got the following for $127:
    A 6 shot .45 Long Colt with one birdshot and 5 Crit Defense Rounds
    (6) M1A mags, all labeled in original packaging labeled M14
    (8) H&K brand G3 mags in original packaging
    (20) 7.62×51 FMJ rounds
    (2) AK-47 mags full of brass Russian hollow points

  10. tommy2rs says:

    One The Boss’ uncles gave me his wood lathe ( his son didn’t want it, go figure) and the tools for it as due to health problems he can’t use it anymore. Got it installed in my shop down in the pole barn. Now comes the fun part, learning to use without losing any fingers. He is also giving The Boss his African Grey so she’ll be spending time over there getting the bird used to her in familiar surroundings as well as learning his little idiosycrasies. Plus I get to rearrange the house for having a bird again but he’s a cool little dude so it’s all good. Now if I could just talk her uncle into a deal for his AyA 20 gauge double. That thing is a real beauty, as graceful as a swan. Lol…but that’s not happening. Finished my second woodsman apothecary bag. Got another 120 tea lights and 6 boxes of arnicare tablets. They’re sublingual arnica pills, work pretty good for their intended uses.

    Found some inventory/database software I’m looking at called Dralos. The company touts it as preparedness software for families. It’s only $40.00 but only for windows which is holding me back. I like the encryption aspect and the ability to make the data portable plus the ease of use for docs, pics, expiration dates on food and meds and other things. But only windows is a real drawback that and the fact that apparently it’s so new there are no reviews I can find and no evidence that the encryption has been audited by a third party. Still for only $40.00 bucks I’ll probably get it and be a beta tester.

    • JP in MT says:

      tommy2rs:

      Great score on the lathe. I would have had to pass due to lack of room, or mooched space from a friend (again).

    • Almost There says:

      T2R,

      If you ever get proficient with the lathe, I would like to hire you to make me a kraut tamper. I have the pattern and pics. It can be made from a couple of different woods.

      • Babycatcher says:

        I have a lathe, am relatively proficient, and plan on making a tamper myself. Ask MD for my email, if you can’t wait for Tommy.( hope you don’t mind, Tommy.) I have done bowls, pens, pepper mill and several other types of turnings. But if you want to wait, that’s ok too. We are still working on the house.

        • Almost There says:

          BC,

          I will ask for your e-mail and maybe Tommy would like the pattern as well when he gets ready. I will send the pics and measurements and the type of wood used for the one I would like. It’s a relatively simple pattern and the local guy that makes them hurt his back and hasn’t made any in a while so I could purchase one. No hurry. Thanks BC.

          • Babycatcher says:

            Sure thing. I have a 4 gallon crock, so was planning on making one for myself anyway. I have a Delta Midi Lathe, which is small enough to be compact, but large enough to turn table legs and bed posts. And small enough for bowls and other small turnings.

        • Babycatcher,
          Back a while ago I had a Shopsmith that contained among other things a very versatile lathe. When you mentioned bowls, it brought back memories of some of the nicest work I ever did with it. By gluing together several types and colors of wood to start, you can turn out some pieces that are gorgeous. Thanks for stimulating the memories.

          • Babycatcher says:

            I’ve done some pens like that- I call them patchwork pens. They sell like hot Cakes! Have you seen the segmented work some turners are doing? It’s awesome!

        • tommy2rs says:

          Lol…no worries here Babycatcher, anyone waiting on me to get good with any kind of woodworking will have a long wait. I’m great with metal, wood not so much. I’m just hoping my BIL can teach me enough (before he tears his hair out….lol) to make a few bowls from burls that I have out in my woods and some fancy (well fancy to me anyway) things for the new deck we need.

          • The DH used to work in the machine shop and says he’s find with metals but hates working with wood – just doesn’t have the same tolerances. Well, he’s not awful with wood – he did finish our basement and did a great job with all the wood.

            • Babycatcher says:

              It’s funny- hubby and I are like that- he’s great with metals; turned door latches and finials for the flag pole, but I’m better with wood. It takes a really light touch, especially finials for the bird house ornaments.

    • tommy2rs,
      Good haul on the woodworking equipment.

      He is also giving The Boss his African Grey

      Those are very smart birds with cognitive abilities about that of a chimpanzee or dolphin. My DD does cognitive research with them at Harvard and those little birdies are dang smart and adaptive. The ones she works with can identify a bunch of colors and shapes and one of them when presented with its first almond, called it a cork nut without any prompting. You’re in for some fun; although their bite can leave a pretty good mark.

      • tommy2rs says:

        So smarter than the regressive left and most if not all politicians….lol. Bite can’t be any worse the double yellow amazon The Boss used to have. She could punch right through the meaty part of the web between thumb and forefinger with ease. She got real cantankerous and startled easy when we did any cage work towards the end of her life.

        • City Susan says:

          T2R
          Can I ask how old the double yellow amazon was? I have one that is in his late 20s and a blue fronted that is well into his 60s. My late fiance left them to me when he passed away, along with detailed histories and keeping instructions. I also have an African Grey.

          • tommy2rs says:

            The Boss had her 43 years and the lady that she came from had her for 30 some odd years plus there were two owners before that so while we’re are not completely sure we think she was somewhere in her 80’s maybe even 90’s. That’s where the bird vet pegged her as well but even he said it’s hard to be sure.

            We know the Grey is twenty as The Boss’ uncle got him at one year old from the guy that hand raised him. We also know that he’ll outlive us by a long shot.

          • City Susan,

            I also have an African Grey.

            My DD tells me that an African Grey can live well into their 40’s; but, like any critters including humans, can succumb to various illnesses and diseases; but, part of her job is seeing that the birds are well cared for as well as doing cognitive research. Other than the occasional welt on her hand or arm, I think she really enjoys what she is doing.

      • patientmomma says:

        My friend has an African Gray who has a larger vocabulary than most teenagers and some adults. The bird puts words together in short sentences and has context knowledge. It knows the difference between morning and night, in the morning the bird says “good morning”, at night it says “good night”, it says bye-see you later when people leave the house, it even tells the dogs “time to go poop”. It know all the names of the dogs, cats and hedgehog and gives them commands. When that bird gets on a roll it is amazing the things it says.

        • City Susan says:

          Patientmomma
          I can attest to the memory and context of African Greys. I took Nikki to visit her ‘daddy’ where he was getting chemo. I’d make a big deal of it telling her “Let’s go visit daddy.”. I did this for 3-4 months before he died (unexpectedly, they had said the tumors were shrinking). Six months later, she was on my shoulder as I was cleaning the sink and she said out of a clear blue sky: “Let’s go see daddy” IN HIS VOICE. He had never said that.

          • Jesse Mathewson says:

            While I do raise chickens and hope to raise quail as well, for food sources/ I and family are not huge bird people, this being said. African Greys and true Ravens are amazingly intelligent and can communicate with intent…makes you wonder ya know 🙂

            • Jesse,

              African Greys and true Ravens are amazingly intelligent and can communicate with intent…makes you wonder ya know

              Simple enough, Evolution IMHO.

              • Jesse Mathewson says:

                OP agreed however, I would suspect more than a few of the lay persons around may be offended by the very mention of such a thing as “evolution”. 😉

                • Jesse,
                  Perhaps, and I’m sure the macro evolution vs. creation may continue to be debated; but, micro evolution is a proven scientific fact, and the reason we have incurable strains of tuberculosis and antibiotic resistant strains of numerous bacteria.
                  From an engineering perspective evolution even makes sense if the creator is an all powerful entity (i.e. GOD).
                  My perspective is that of god the baker. We don’t make a cake; but, we bake it, meaning that if we place all of the correct ingredients together (eggs, oil, flour, sugar, flavoring) in the correct amounts, place it in the correct environment (400° oven) for the correct time, 30-35 minutes, we always get a cake out at the end of the process.
                  It seems to me that an omniscient, omnipotent entity would do something similar for creating a universe full of life. In this case the environment is the early universe and the time is rather long; but, to a timeless entity, those times would be no different than the time we encounter waiting on that cake. This is of course just IMHO.

  11. Bought items this week include 50 pounds of oat bran, 25 pounds rolled oats, 25 pounds barley flour, 6 pounds wheat flour.

    I collected the empty salsa jars from my niece and gave her more salsa, chutney and jam as a trade to keep getting wheat and corn at harvest time. She runs the farm and does not have much extra time to put up goods.

    I finished another quilt, once the weather warms up, quilting time takes a back seat to gardening.
    I planted kale, potatoes and spinach outdoors and am babying basil which was started indoors.
    Obtained a 3 month old kitten. Hoping she will be a good mouser. Lots of energy and a good disposition so far.
    Will continue to pray for Mr. Creekmore’s father. I have lost too many to cancer. Praying for a cure.

  12. Red tower says:

    Still making and selling heavy duty potholders. The profits i dont put into more supplies go for preps. saving for a good water filter. DH is looking for different work. Got written up for “being able to work alone.” No kidding. That’s a quote. They didnt think it was normal for someone to be able to work alone. He should have asked for help. Even though he was the only one on schedule, and hes a line cook and it was a very slow night (6 customers). That used to be considered an asset. the world’s gone screwy. So he’s looking for a job where men are men, not so worried about being alone they need a safe place or someone to help team lift 20 lbs.
    Ok. DOne ranting.
    Picked up more canned goods from the bargain bin. Got my car running (YAY!) It wasn’t the tranny. When DH got underneath finally, we found a crack in a line. Replaced the hose and all is well. Needs a tune up, but she runs otherwise.
    Started rereading my gardening books. Familiarity helps the memory. Planning a greenhouse. My plans, this time. DH is a great mechanic and handyman, but carpenter he is not. I am, though, so after I let him try his own way, and get frustrated, now it’s my turn. 🙂
    I have sworn off boughten snacks. While i had reduced my snack consumption to just a few a month, now all my favorites have the words “made with genetically engineered products.” So, I’m done with em. I’ll make my own, and hopefully my baking products aren’t also genetically engineered.
    That’s all this week. Hope all are well, and prayers for those who arent.
    Keep the faith and be prepared.

    • Red tower – re snacks. I used to buy them from time to time but hadn’t for a while. I bought some 2 weeks ago and immediately started having tummy troubles among other problems. Tried a different snack and had similar discomfort so now I’m totally off purchased snacks. Same with going out to restaurants – the gmo food items they use and cooked with gmo oils gives my system a lot of grief. It’s strictly home grown and cooked food for us now.

    • team lift 20 pounds. That’s funny. LOL

    • Being able to work alone isn’t normal?? Well, darn, I should have been locked up years ago! When you are employed as the librarian in a small town you work alone all the time….and if you can’t lift 20 lbs. by yourself you will be in trouble with boxes of books. Actually, I think the thing about being written up ” because of being able to work alone” simply means the bosses don’t trust anyone enough to have them work alone and always want everyone to be watched. I’d be looking for another place to work too. I always said my library board could trust me or fire me, but don’t be micro managing every step of the way.

      • BlueJeanedLady says:

        Red Tower, LR & others,
        From Red Tower,

        DH is looking for different work. Got written up for “being able to work alone.” No kidding. That’s a quote. They didnt think it was normal for someone to be able to work alone. He should have asked for help. Even though he was the only one on schedule, and hes a line cook and it was a very slow night (6 customers). That used to be considered an asset. the world’s gone screwy.

        and from LR,

        Being able to work alone isn’t normal?? Well, darn, I should have been locked up years ago!

        I concur, 100% with both of your observations / exclamations!

        The world’s gone screwy and upside down & backwards, Red Tower, LR and all. It’s all a big mess these days.

        Blessedly, (I can now say in hindsight of which your husband, Red Tower and you, LR can also do someday) I nearly got called out for similar causes a couple of decades ago and uncharacteristically for me as I only lightly fought back at the time.

        Admittedly I lucked out back then but these days (since I’ve wised up and have long since resigned from that particular workplace) I’m relatively certain the newer administration(s) in the same workplace, two or three since I’ve quit, would now-a-days ban me from continued service today – just because they could. ?!?!?

        I once worked as a department head for a small city (not small town, small city) library and only paid for 40 hours per week with a staff of 19 whose department had to be fully staffed a total of 75 hours per week in my department alone (seven total departments, four not needing more than one on staff – if that- over 40 hours per week) & my staff was on three different skill / pay levels, (more than the other major two departments that needed to be staffed over 40 hours per week with some full time, some half time, and in my situation, nearly half as part time student – high school/ early college aged – help and all department heads also without a departmental assistant head to help) so I willingly & constantly shifted my own schedule around trying to actively supervise many in my department who often were scheduled the odd hours I was not necessarily required to do be present.

        Actually, at the time, the odd scheduling wasn’t that bad for me as my husband was also working odd and varying shifts in his own professional career so it rather worked out okay – – – for my personal flexibility needs and gave me a chance to create many training examples for my staff (as they were each equally scheduled on the off – evenings / weekends – schedules that I was not then required to work but as I often, willing showed up to help them learn & practice the ropes as other department heads often did not for as many weeks as I did) while still being able to adjust with/to my husband’s schedule often, all of which he had less control than I did with mine. UNTIL…

        Other department heads with fewer staff members, most didn’t need to staff such more than 40 hours per week for an entity that was needed to be partially, publicly staffed 75 hours per week of which my staff was – as a few (not in my department) folks started complaining that my staff had more flexibility than theirs did (huh?). Each department head was in charge of scheduling / staffing their own departments within an annual budget so it seemed I was eventually criticized from some other department heads visa-vie their staffs as most 40 hour a week employees for being more creative with scheduling as my staff than they were within their departments – – – as I was still staying within or less than my annual budget allowed – – – while others in other departments moaned and groaned they couldn’t manage within budget …

        Or, that some of their staff members (the ones that didn’t have to work beyond 8-5, M-F most with annual sick time & vacation time didn’t know what it was like to work beyond 8-5, M-F (huh?) so it was eventually& apparently assumed it was inconsiderate for me to expect my staff to do so routinely (as if I had an option) 75 + hours a week, 7 days a week. And, eventually a weaker supervisor got ballsy while paying attention to those few leading some of the whiny complaints so my efforts were ultimately questioned as unduly challenging for THEIR departmental staffs & departmental needs. UGH! But so such went even as all claimed they really liked me! (I think most really did like & appreciate me, but none were willing to stand up for me when push came to shove. Ain’t that often the story of life? Ha, ha!)

        Long story short – I began to realize I was beginning to be penalized by certain supervisors for creating a more productive and more varied skill level department than those department heads with smaller numbers of staff members with less varied skill levels and with less hours necessary to assign for full coverage could handle even as I was reportedly “loved” and “admired” by all. Good grief. It’s a wonder my head didn’t explode before I finally decided to get out of there with my unblemished job reviews / evaluations yet once I saw the once reasonable library staff civilization I once thrived upon crumbling quickly, I finally decided to leave for good. Best move I ever made, at an appropriate time in space, during my lifetime.

        The good, better, best news is that, over the years, I’ve received several letters from former employees once under my immediate supervision – once upon a time full & part time staffers who have told me in clear terms how much they appreciated the work ethic I insisted upon instilling in them as they worked under my direction as teenagers & mostly young 20 – 30 something adults (no discrimination against older folks, had a few on staff, but the younger ones were usually more willing to be hired and to work more varied schedules of which I was required to hire) and how my concepts helped them each develop wonderfully with their own career goals in mind, so I’m really good to go with, simply those kind notes of gratitude these days! 🙂

        Longer story much shortened, I’m taking those individual & private messages as they were apparently intended and am extremely grateful for such a grand opportunity, forever and ever, Amen. 🙂

  13. JP in MT says:

    ACTIVITIES:

    Continued on the sorting, re-count, re-stack, re-label process of our LT storage.
    Put up 6 cases of pasta into 5 gallon buckets.
    Dehydrated food – Potatoes: 4 pints; green beans: 3 pints; sweet corn: 2 pints

    Stopped to the surplus stores going South again. Picked up some ammo, small medical bottles, and P-38/51’s.

    SUPPLIES:

    Monopoly Game free stuff to date: aluminum foil (25’), salt, bread, pasta, avocado, can of corn, sour cream, humus, aspirin (plus 3 free donuts!)

    For the homestead: P-38 & P-51 can openers

    Medical: small clear and brown bottles

    Media:

    Home-prepped food: Dehydrated potato shreds, green beans, sweet corn

    Sale/warehouse food: Mac & Cheese (store brand) ($.33/box), Mac & Cheese, Kraft ($.42/box)

    Ammo: 38 Spec shot-shells #4 shot, 22 Mag Hornady 45 gr FTX

    • JP in MT says:

      I spent the week in Utah with an old friend. He’s a cancer survivor, and it is only him and his dog. Last night, before I even got home they were out for a walk. The dog took off, like normal, chasing something. As of an hour and a-half ago, he had not returned. I am praying that he is just interested an my friend finds him.

      My buddy has reported poachers that got caught lately. I hope it was not some revenge issue. I pray they are reunited.

  14. ladyhawthorne says:

    I finally spent the $20 and bought a thumb/wrist brace. I sprained my thumb a couple weeks ago and it is not getting better. Whatever holds the thumb in place got stretched out and the thumb will bend backwards now if I am not careful. I have a bad knee that did the same thing a few years back. After only 2 days in the brace it already is doing so much better. I’m counting it as a prep since it will last for years.

    The wild cottontail bunny has doubled in size and is eating more greens than formula so I think I should be able to release him this next week.

    I got my bush beans planted today and I’m trying some pole beans. I used an inoculator bacteria for beans to see if it makes any difference in yields. The sad remaining peach tree is in bloom. I had borers 2 years ago and I lost one tree. Blackberries are blooming as well. Dad’s pear tree bloomed but we had a frost and all the blooms dropped, its not very old so we would not have gotten much fruit anyway.

    I have tried several times to get bluebonnets to grow, from seed and from plants. I gave up. This year we have 2 that popped up that I guess the birds or the wind planted. So finally have bluebonnets in this TX garden.

    I potted up the tomatoes, collard & pumpkin that I started in Jiffy pellets. Those do amazingly well for me. It will soon be time to plant out, maybe this coming week as frost this late would be a rare thing.

    • ladyhawthorne says:

      UPDATE: I released the bunny this morning to go live his wild life.

      • Almost There says:

        Go bunny…

      • ladyhawthorne,
        I don’t want to rain on your parade; but, keep in mind that rabbits are prey animals, and that statistically hand raised and released critters often don’t know how to cope in the wild and get eaten by both animal predators and potentially by human hunters, in season of course.

    • Stretching backwards is not normal. That sounds like a ligament issue. Maybe if you can afford it you should get it looked at. The thumb and index finger is where your gripping comes from and you definitely will need to be able to grip

  15. Surviving in Ky says:

    MD, Prayers for your father. I will pray for the miracle. As for prepping, I have been working on upgrading and standardizing certain firearms. I have always enjoyed hunting and shooting but never selling. Lol I have come to realize it would be hard to keep up with several different calibers in a shtf situation. I started a couple of years ago with standardizing calibers and keeping at least 2 weapons of the same caliber. I am struggling with 9mm versus .45 however, .223 versus 30/06 or .308. Since I enjoy hunting as well as shooting in general, it has been difficult to cull anything. I have decided to part with a M1A due to the weight. It is great for long range with a bi-pod but that’s about it. Anything over 300 yards around here is rare. I have shot it out to 700 yards with good effect but it isn’t practical as a home defense or bug out weapon. Guess I could just use as barter though. That may be it, then i don’t have to struggle with a decision. Lol
    Keep Prepping and stay safe pack!

    • Axelsteve says:

      the M1a might be good as part of a survival group. It may be heavy for you though it may be great for a son or grandson or trusted friend. I like the push of a 45 over the snap of a 40 though the lighter recoil of a 9mm is nice when I feel like making some noise with rapid fire of a 9mm. The capacity of a 9mm is not that big of a deal living in komradfornia. I wish that I would have bought a Browning hi power several years ago. Don`t cut yourself short through standardizing.

      • Jesse Mathewson says:

        It is my opinion based in ballistic reality, solid 9mm sd ammunition, preferably gold dot in 124grn not even plus p trounces .45acp, sadly, the .45 is becoming outdated –

        However, as axel mentioned if you live in communist land, the choice is yours as magazine capacity is severely limited.

        However, take into consideration, .45 costs twice to three times as much as 9mm.

        Jesse

        • Jesse,
          I carry either 9mm or 380 auto, which is actually 9mm (both are (355 caliber) and is alternatively call 9mm short. Kurz, or Corto; but, whatever you carry and use for defense there are several skills that give you an advantage every time. The actual muzzle energy is not all that important; but, here are the basic numbers as I understand them. The cartridge is followed by the average muzzle energy in foot pounds.
          45 – 350
          9mm luger – 385-500
          .380 auto – 200

          However, as axel mentioned if you live in communist land, the choice is yours as magazine capacity is severely limited.

          So here is where the two important skills come in.
          1. Be able to consistently place multiple rounds to center mass
          2. Be able to consistently do both tactical and emergency magazine changes quickly even in the dark or with a blindfold.
          When you can do these two things from muscle memory, then little details like cartridge type and magazine capacity make little difference.

          • Jesse Mathewson says:

            Agreed – fully OP/

            Btw, 9×19 and 9×18 myself

            I believe there are 27 different 9mm cartridges, had a 9×21 for a bit, quite old school- 🙂

            • Jesse,
              People often confuse cartridge and caliber in these discussions / arguments; but, at least for caliber the differences are slight.
              9mm Luger or Parabellum or 9×19 as well as 9mm kurz/ corto / short are nominally .355 while the 38 special is .357 as is the .357 magnum and these are only 2 1000ths of an inch different.
              On the .380 I carry a combination of Hornady Critical Defense and Lawman frangible.
              In the end the skills I mentioned are the key as are skills in any subject.
              In our Hunter Education classes we pass around a 5.56 and a .22 rimfire dummy round to show the students that though these are different cartridges, they are both .22 caliber.

              • Jesse Mathewson says:

                Wise idea, I almost always start a class with between and hour or three of just getting to know ones firearm…amazing how many people have no real idea how to dissasemble one let alone operate it properly. (And caliber lol) oh yeah 🙁

    • SiK, with the pistol why compromise, go with a Glock and conversion kits.
      The rifles are a tossup. Pro’s and Con’s for all. Although, with the 556 in an AR platform you could also do caliber
      conversions.

      • Jesse Mathewson says:

        Thor1 conversion kits are generally not fully reliable, nice however, monetarily for 200 more just get a pistol in a different caliber. Have never seen a conversion kit for any firearm that functioned at even 90% which is the bare minimum threshhold for myself personally. That being said, I can source well priced solid reliable firearms for individuals here. As I am sure OP can if anyone is interested.

        I regularly trade and barter etc., and have extensive networks around the states.

        Currently testing the canik tp9sa – at 335 a heck of a deal.

        • Jesse,
          Back when I still had my AR’s I had a CMMG .22 conversion kit with Black-Dog magazines that worked flawlessly. I’ve not run any other conversions; but, I can see why they might be problematic.

  16. Goatlover says:

    Very sorry to hear about your dad’s diagnosis. We’re all just passing through this life on the way to eternity. Being spiritually ready to leave is the most important thing we can prep for!

    My spring garden is taking shape, with tomatoes in bloom and green bean plants growing well. Herbs will be planted tomorrow, along with 8 jalapeño plants I picked up today at Lowes. I harvested seeds this week from the mixed salad lettuces that I let bolt a month or so ago. The bolted mustard greens will be ready for seed harvesting very soon, too.

    Both mulberry trees are putting out berries…I’ll have red fingers in the near future and a freezer shelf full of frozen berries! There’s another 74 bananas ripening on my dining room table that will need canning…they came from a single stalk off of one of my plants. I separated 6 banana “pups” this week and planted them along my canal. Developing this little self sufficiency farm over the past 8 years is really paying off these days. About half of what I eat comes from what I produce…milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs, vegetables, and fruit. To me, self-sufficiency is the ultimate prep! Blessings to the Pack…

    • You have done a lot in 8 years!
      I have berries on the 2 dwarf black mulberries that have only been in the ground a couple of years. The berries sure look small however. I have never even tasted a mulberry so it will be an adventure.

      • Labgirl,
        It will be a while until our mulberries are ready; but, only then if we can beat the birds, horse, and other critters that also like them. We have numerous trees on the property and the berries are a nice treat to all involved, LOL.
        Our horse and goat love the leaves and I suspect you’ll love the fruit that is sweet; but, a little tart.

  17. Hey,laughter helps with pain and health. Make your Dad laugh as much as possible, it will make you feel better too!
    I lost my Dad seven years ago,just one year later I lost my first son. I miss them both terribly, but know that God had other plans for them. Someday I will join them and we will all laugh together again. I am sorry for what you are going through as my Dad also had throat, lung and prostate cancer. He was the toughest man I ever knew, but also had a heart of gold. While I was in the hospital with Dad and Mom the doctor said his kidneys were shutting down and he had to have dialysis so I offered to give him one of my kidneys. My Mom said to Dad, see what kind of son you have,but what I didn’t know at the time was the Dr. said he wouldn’t survive another operation. He did have a smile on his face from my offer that I will never forget.

    That said my preps for the week.
    Covered some of the plants with the hope of keeping the blossoms from being damaged

    Puppy was tilling the garden again such a help. Been running him outside he loves playing fetch, its good exercise for me too. I threw a ball and it went under a big Christmas type tree and he jumped in and got it. The second time I threw it towards the tree, he ran faster and kept it from going in. Smart puppy. Lol

    Bought water.
    Bought canned meats.
    Bought extra dog food. (Don’t want to run out, the horse needs to eat) Lol

    Went to the range with the Mrs after stranger danger last week and shot the Glock 9mm and Taurus 38.
    Cleaned & oiled the 12ga & loaded 00 buck in it.
    Sharpened some knives.

    Hit the gym and heavy bag. Got to keep skills up hard times are coming.

    All we can do is our best and let God handle the rest.

    • “after stranger danger ”

      Stranger, danger?

      • Izzy, copied from last weeks post:
        Found out I got the perfect GSD. Had stranger danger at the house as a would be criminal came to the door. Puppy is only 5 months old but the Mrs. said he acted like a full grown GS. Hair standing up,barking& growling,showing teeth. She had her CC 357 behind her back. There are motion detectors inside & outside,cameras,an alarm system,an alarm system sign outside and almost always someone here plus the dogs. Not a very smart criminal. Lol He is lucky he is still breathing with all body parts still attached. Lol

  18. MD, I am sorry about your father. I know you live out in the country, but do look into a hospice near you. They have home nurse visiting also, (not just residence in a facility) and ease the process of getting enough pain meds to keep him comfortable when the time comes. They can also get you supplies you will need, and can help in other ways. I’m an eldercare person and have seen how wonderful they can be.
    He’s in my prayers, as are you.

  19. mom of three says:

    Went to Fred Meyers, spent $ 20.00 on $40.00 worth . 4 dial hand soap, 4 shampoos, 2 hair gel, 1 box popcorn, 4 boxes of pasta. Safeway, was $42.00 I had several free items 2 bagels, salt, bogo on Gatorade, 3 packages of TP, 6 more bottles of shampoo, sour cream, and 4 yogurts 1 gallon of milk, all coupons. I stopped at cash and carry, around $18.00 on1 bottle of bleach, 100 paper coffee cups, and lids 2 quarts of creamer, I spent about $80.00. Been doing yard clean up but the rain is non stop, hubby bought a fan for our truck, it’s died so $89.00 and a couple of hours 4 bolts, and it will be fixed hopefully, this is it for a while. Waiting on my insurance check from my accident in October, I’m going to use part of it to fix any little things on the Surburban, yes I’ll reinburse hubby, for the fan:) .
    M.D. you are correct there will be no more sorrow, no more dying, no more crying, when we all get to Heaven . Take care everyone and have a blessed weekend..

  20. Zulu 3-6 says:

    Did my grocery shopping as usual and added to the stash, also as usual. Other than the pantry stuff, prepping was slow this week. I did buy a hard case for my shooting glasses and ordered a new weather radio (solar, battery, crank powered, AM/FM, etc ).

    It was my son’s 19th birthday this week. As a gift I bought him some electronic shooting ear muffs, shooting glasses, and hard cases for both. Hopefully, he’ll be able to try them out on Saturday at the range. I also gave him one of my older range bags that I don’t use anymore. We’re going to shoot our shotguns and my HK-91. Me, to keep my hand in, and a training session for him.

    I spent time thinking about where and what I was doing on my 19th birthday. I was a PFC in the Marine Corps and temporarily stationed at Naha, Okinawa (my permanent base was at Iwakuni, Japan). Unknown to us at the time, we were about to be sent to Vietnam in one of those “hurry-up-get-there-and-start-shooting-bad-guys” moves the Corps is famous for. 19 was an interesting, eventful, and educational year for me. Most of it I would do again if I could, some of it not so much, part of it not at all. I was in a good unit, a famous unit, and had excellent NCOs and officers.

    Also had a talk with my son today about “stuff.” He mentioned that he isn’t too thrilled about being 19 as adulthood isn’t what it appeared to be when he was younger. My response was “Sucks, huh?” He fully agreed with that assessment.

    We also changed out the fore-end of his Rem 870 from the factory wooden one to a Magpul aftermarket. Already have a Choate stock and a 7-round magazine extension on it. We went over admin and tactical loading and unloading again with him using dummy rounds. I think he’ll do just fine at the range tomorrow.

    Rambled a little bit, I guess. I’ve also been thinking about MD and his father and hope all goes as well as it can under the circumstances. I lost my father suddenly, shortly after I went into the Marine Corps. At the risk of sounding gauche, I wish I had some time with my father if I knew he was going to die soon. Take advantage of your time MD.

    • Z36, a hand crank/solar AM/FM/SW radio is a must for prepper,put it in a Faraday cage because I fear we will soon face an EMP attack.
      Hope you and your son enjoy the day at the range.

  21. South of the Big Chicken says:

    MD,
    Sorry about your father, please remember, family first, everything else secondary.

    The blog will survive. Take care of Dad.

  22. Prepared Grammy says:

    I am praying for your dad and the rest of your family. I look forward to your posts on cancer prevention. If we don’t have our health, it doesn’t matter how much other stuff we have, and cancer has taken too many wonderful people. I pray for the miracle your dad needs. If this isn’t God’s will, I pray for comfort and very little pain and suffering. That was the prayer I had for my dad. He passed quickly, and the really bad days were very few. I know he is cured of cancer and is walking on streets of gold. He’ll never be sick again.

    This Week:

    -Added to the stockpile: 2 boxes of wound seal; antimicrobial silver wound gel; bought a new wool coat for 89% off; lots of plastic plates, cups, and forks; bottled water; granola bars; salt; dry soup mixes;

    -Received things I ordered: new mirrors for the truck,

    -The seedlings are doing well, except the peppers. The germination rate has been poor. I’m not good at starting peppers, but I won’t give up.

    -Picked up three complete hive kits from an Amish man who builds the best ones I’ve seen. On the way back home, we ate at a wonderful Amish restaurant in the middle of a field in the middle of nowhere.

    -The goats are REALLY eating. They should kid the middle of April. I can’t wait! I’m looking forward to having milk again, and I’m going to make a lot of cheese.

    -The chickens are laying well, and they may be helping in the educational process. The junior high science teacher I work with was asking me for advice on what units she should teach to finish the school year. I suggested she borrow the kindergarten teacher’s incubator, and hatch eggs. My chickens will provide the fertilized eggs. She took me up on the offer. I think it’s always a good idea to teach kids in a hands-on way. I can’t wait to see how much the kids learn, and I’ll get more chicks in the process.

    -We went truck shopping. Some salespeople really like their trucks, and I think they want to keep them.

    Best wishes to all.

    • That’s funny about the trucks. They even want to keep their used trucks from what I have seen.

      • Prepared Grammy says:

        Definitely. The used one at one dealership was the same price as a new one an hour away. Go figure.

        • Prepared Grammy:
          Pepper seeds always take a lot longer to come out than other seeds. Just when you are ready to give up, they sprout.

          • Prepared Grammy says:

            I sure hope so. I’ve only had one sprout so far. If my family’s dependent on me in the future for our food needs, we may be short on peppers. However, I don’t give up on things that are important to me. My husband and kids have heard me say “never give up” more times than they can count.

  23. No prepping for me this week. I woke up Wed. morning with a sore throat. By nightfall I had a croupy cough, runny nose. very sore throat and the shakes. I wasn’t cold, just shaky. I was sick Thursday and Friday. Was feeling slightly better today, but now my husband has it, whatever it is!

  24. Almost There says:

    Hello Pack,

    Another crazy weather week here in TN. lows in 20’s, tonight cold rain tonight, high’s in the 50’s this weekend, and some sunshine. Yeah.

    Been pretty tired all week since TN observes daylight savings time. UGH! Maybe I can catch up this weekend.

    Purchased light my fire Swedish steel fire, 2 lbs Calcium hypochlorite, water proof match holder, Tupperware “whip” that goes in my manual Power Chef.

    DT – bar soap, bath fizzes, triple antibiotic, paper pots for seed starts, potting dirt, shower gel

    Thrift stores – hand towels, cotton pillow cases and sheets, SS strainer that fits inside another pot to make something like pasta, material, new flannel sheet set (made in Portugal, my favorite place to be from for linens, high quality and soft), gravity circulated ice water for a wrap, long sleeve shirts, lined jogging pants and fuzzy pullover. Good stuff getting harder to find, no hospital type blankets or medical supplies.

    Dentist trip got the pearly whites polished.

    Prayers for our host and his family, for those pack members with spoken and unspoken requests, for DT as he continues to push through the minutia and for America.

  25. I am not so sure of what I got done this week. However, I am feeling much better after the uti last fall and the sinus illness for which I am still taking an antibiotic.

    I did put lots of sugar–confectioners, dark brown sugar, and regular sugar– in a bucket with gamma seal Is it okay to leave them in their original containers or will the food grade bucket off gas into my sugar? Do you think the brown sugar will affect the taste of confectioner’s sugar. I can put them sugar in freezer bags.

    J from my nice neighbor came and spent thirty minutes cleaning out a bin. I just cannot pick up things over and over, even a few sheets of paper. So, I sorted stuff after she left and now have only paper to sort. Paper is going to be the death of me! I need to sort into categories and file and throw out the rest. Of course I do!

    My very nice friend has taken in two more orphans (guys) and their huge DOG, and he has five cats that are house cats. I am stunned he is helping more people. J said she likes coming here because there are just so many guys!

    I have a plan to finally get all the wisteria pulled across the lawn and out. The job will be piece work. I will pay for each runner pulled the whole length of the runner. J can easily pull up a dozen or more an hour. The job pays $1 for each runner. And, it can be done as they pop up this summer.

    My friend from B’ham said he has tripped on the vines when he cut the grass. He only fell once and that was not when he was mowing. He has hip problems, so I never expected him to pull these out.

    Next Wed., I have ortho appt after the MRI. My left arm is practically useless if I do any little thing. My head is still killing me in one place, right where I hit. Well, I was told by OP that I am too pessimistic. I am not sure how.

    My plan to get things done is to make videos from the messy state to the finished clean up and put it on a you tube channel. Is that stupid? I think it will keep me accountable and interest J in helping me. She is excited about showing me how to use my new iPhone which I cannot find at the moment.

    I got a few things from Harbor Freight.

    I sorted a huge cardboard box of meds (otc and prescriptions), some still stapled in their paper bags. Walmart has some bins that can be latched and best of all have a gasket. I put all the med stuff in their. There are black ones and clear. Black is better because no one can see what is in it. One day, I will sort meds by prescription type and then by date so I can use oldest first. Box is Ziploc Weather Shield box. about $10.

    All the supplies– seeds, pellets, and such– for germinating seeds are in place, ready to start. I germinate seeds in the car. It works. Nothing goes into the ground, just in buckets. On you tube someone grew cabbage in buckets, one cabbage to the bucket. I am not sure that growing cabbages that way is worth the trouble except for not using pesticides.

    Speaking of cabbage, a head is $0.69, so I am going to buy many and dehydrate some. I will make cole slaw and freeze it in jars for later.

    I only bought milk and bananas this week–milk $1.99; bananas $0.29/lb.

    • Babycatcher says:

      Can you freeze cole slaw? That’s new to me. 🙂

      • Babycatcher,

        Can you freeze cole slaw? That’s new to me.

        You can freeze anything to preserve it; however, the issue most often comes down to the texture of the food when you thaw it out to use it. Some things resemble the original and other things can get a little bit mushy.

      • Babycatcher,
        I wrote to Ask Jackie of Backwoods Home Magazine. I asked can it be frozen and still remail crisp afterwards. My question and their response was published in the magazine two years ago. They assured me and their readership that it could successfully be frozen and still have the same texture when thawed.

        I will buy cabbage and make cole slaw on Sunday. I will open one jar after three full days and open another a week later. The results will be interesting and will be promptly reported.

        • Almost There says:

          LindaW,

          Was reading up on it a little after BC asked the question. One thing not to do is freeze it with mayo on it. I suppose if I were to freeze it, I would put all the seasonings on after it was unthawed, but I did find a few recipes where they added the vinegar and other things to it and froze it all together. Reports were that it was good. Will be anxious to hear what you find out.

          • Linda & Almost There,
            I’ve never frozen Cole Slaw; but, I really like the stuff, so this is something I’ll also be trying.
            I have however, canned red cabbage in a water bath using a pickling recipe with vinegar, sugar, and salt and it was good and still relatively crisp. The best of this I ever did was almost an accident, since I had both red cabbage and beets ready to can; but, not enough left for a run of each, so I mixed them and canned them together. One of the tastiest spur of the moment concoctions I’ve ever prepared.

      • yes there is a recipe for freezer slaw and it is very goog

        • Prepared Grammy says:

          A close friend of mine makes freezer slaw every year. I’m not sure how she makes it, but it’s great.

  26. Axelsteve says:

    I am sorry to hear about the ilnes on the forum. I pray that people can cope with the tough situations. I bought 300 rounds of 22 lr and dinked with my bov. Don`t give up packies!

  27. When you state:

    I just have to find the money and time to get it all done.

    All I can say is that on that subject we are all evidently in the same boat.
    Also wishing the best for your dad and like most of us I don’t know what to say except you’ll both be in our thoughts and prayers.
    This week we did and acquired the following:
    1. Continued decluttering of the summer kitchen area in the back of the house.
    2. Received $25 in Home Depot gift cards as a spiff from our credit card points. This gets our collection up to $400.00 that will be used for new exterior doors next month.
    3. A gallon of white cider vinegar
    4. The neighboring farmer who uses our driveway and for whom we provide power and water to one of his barns had a dumpster set on the edge of our property. We both get to use it, although he wants nothing from us in return. Having good relationships with neighbors continues to be paramount even now; but, hopefully these will carry on in a potentially problematic future.
    5. The OXO Good grips can opener that was ordered on March 1 never arrived; nor, did Amazon tracking show it arriving, so we’re getting a refund after purchasing another Swing Away locally this past week.

    Also, I’ve discovered a new interesting show on of all places, The Weather Channel. It’s called “So you think you would survive?” and presents survival scenarios like tornados, floods, fires, etc. and then gives you a list of options to see if you would survive. After listing the options they wait a while, often going to commercial, and then give you the correct answer. On the few I’ve watched so far I’m doing rather well; but, even if you answer incorrectly, you then get to see the real answer and learn why you were wrong. Learning from mistakes on a show like this is easier and safer then in real life; but, just as valuable.

    • Hey OP, I watch that show occasionally. It’s pretty good, and what I have discovered is that you can’t rule out good common sense. Makes me feel good that I get survive most of the senarios.

      • Jean,

        Makes me feel good that I get survive most of the senarios.

        Indeed it does. What this does is to actually tune our inner OODA loop, and if we ever encounter these situations in real life, might just keep us calm enough for that common sense to kick in again. I just looked and there are 3 of them waiting on the DVR that I’ll most likely watch tomorrow.

        • Almost There says:

          OP-Jean,

          What day and time does it come on?

          • Almost There,
            “So you think you would survive?” is on 16 different times in the next week. Early Saturday morning (like 1:00 AM), Sunday afternoon, and Monday evenings. Since it’s the Weather Channel I think they run shows like this and “3 Scientists Walk into a Bar” as fillers when there’s no significant weather to report.
            Might be best to just search for it every few days on your satellite receiver and note the time or set it to record.

            • OP, they also had “Fat Guys in the Woods”
              3 overweight guys wood go in the woods and survive after being taught by a survivalist.

              The all come out hungry after foraging and eating bugs. Lol I hope it doesn’t come to that!

            • Almost There says:

              OP,

              Since you have DISH as well, checking DISH channel 214 “WEATH”, I’m not seeing it today at all. I don’t have a DVR, so my search is only good for that day I think. Not seeing it today in the search either. Maybe I have the wrong channel.

              Noticing “Dead of Winter: The Donner Party” coming on at 1am Monday morning. It’s about their trek westward from IL to CA in the years 1846-47, and I believe this is where there was cannibalism going on. Talk about mind control to be mentally prepared to have to do that just to survive…

              • Almost There,
                No, you have the correct channel #214; but as I recall those early or non-DVR models I started with back in 1996 do only get and keep about 24-72 hours worth of the guide, due to limited memory.
                The next upcoming episodes of “So you think you would survive?” comes on next Saturday morning @ 1:00 AM (as in very late Friday night into the early Saturday, LOL) with others coming on the following Sunday afternoon.
                I’ve set up to record the Donner party movie, and yes that was one of the remembrances of that Donner party ordeal. Another more modern version of that type of thing was as follows from Wikipedia:

                Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 was a chartered flight carrying 45 people, including a rugby union team, their friends, family and associates, that crashed in the Andes on 13 October 1972, in an incident known as the Andes flight disaster and, in the Hispanic world and South America, as the Miracle of the Andes.

                Out of this came some rather interesting if a bit tasteless bumper stickers and T-shirts that simply stated:
                Rugby Players Eat Their Dead
                BTW, even without a DVR, you can program the receiver to automatically record on a VCR if you have one. We did this for years until the first DVR units were available.

                • Almost There says:

                  Thanks OP, Guess I won’t be watching the survival show this go round. Maybe the following Sunday. I don’t think I have a VCR anymore. Trying to pear down all the “stuff”…. Gotta lighten my load. 🙂

                  • Jesse Mathewson says:

                    You can set up a computer to stream cable/and record as well, – networks your devices nicely – just a thought…

                    However, not having had network tv of any kind in over a decade…im gonna guess im not missing anything with the rise of crap “reality” tv. These days 😉

                    • Almost There says:

                      Jesse,
                      This evening, my download speed is down to 42kbps… Which it should be 10mbps…. Horrible. I have DISH checking into it. At that rate, the show would be over… I could barely get my antivirus downloaded… They are scratching their head at this one. Already had the service guy out here once, and he is scheduled to come back Friday morning… During the day, it’s better. At night, worse than horrible. Plus, I have plenty of other things to do… 🙂 There’s only a few shows I do watch.

                    • Almost There,
                      Are you getting your Internet through DISH also? I was not impressed with their plans and their data caps, although I have been a TV subscriber for about 20 years. We are in the middle of changing to their Flex pack to save some cash, since a lot of the things we get now are never watched.

                      I started with dialup modems first @ 1200-2400 or 23K on special network connections I used to access the internet back in the 1980’s before the Web was created. We then upgraded to dialup @ 52k-55K bps back in the early 1990s, then to satellite with Direecway, now Hughes net that worked well enough. I still have a dish and modem for that system should someone wants to play. I then got a faster connection via a wireless @ 3 Mbps in the early 2000’s, and eventually that was paired with a 1.5M bps DSL I could share with a special router.
                      We now use a 5 Mbps DSL. It’s taken about 20 years to go from 1200 bps dialup to 5 Mbps; but, according to the last Telco tech that was here, Centurylink as well as othercarriers are going to be part of an effort to roll out broadband to the rural areas, so it could be coming soon. I have a friend who lives in a town 20 miles from here and not quite as remote as I am, that just had fiber run to his area, giving him 20-30 Mbps.

                      Jesse,
                      What Almost There has is not cable; but, a rather controlled satellite receiver, that only has limited programmability, and only outputs HDMI or composite audio/video, so using a computer for recording would require either an HDMI or composite input converter and an infrared receiver, along with software to run the whole mess. It’s easy enough perhaps for you and I; but, a lot of folks don’t have the tech savvy to get all of this set up and working.
                      Actually a Roku box or Roku stick would do the trick as well as a Firestick or Chromecast stick; but, that requires a pretty decent internet speed. I have all of the components to put together a MythTv (mythtv.org) box; but for the moment, the software is still a bit incomplete, and I don’t have the time to piece it together and convince the DW to go through all of the current incantations to use it.
                      It is however getting better, since out here in the hinterlands they once had no electricity or telephone, and those are common things now.
                      We all just need a dose of paitience.

                  • Almost There; Have you thought about “Roku”? My daughter gave me Roku for Christmas and I LOVE it. There are so many (hundreds & hundreds) of free sites. The only thing I pay for is Netflix…..$10 a month.

                    • Izzy & Almost There,
                      I forgot to mention Kodi. Their page lists the details as:

                      Kodi is available as a native application for Android, Linux, Mac OS X, iOS, and Windows operating systems, running on most common processor architectures. A small overview of the features can be found on our about page. For each platform, we offer a stable and development release(s). For normal users we recommend installing the stable releases.

  28. safeway continues to be good to me – love all the freebies. picked up more cat food and personal care produces. last week i worked a very early job at a local store and discovered a great clearance on shoes so picked up 2 pair of shoes and a pair of hiking boots for $17 total. had an echo today the results should be to my dr monday. this should serve as a base line since we are trying to determine the underlying cause of a heart murmur.

  29. Let’s try this again as my first post got lost in space .
    No a lot done this week as I pulled a muscle in my back last Saturday . I did find and ordered a 300 watt kitchenaid mixer . Next will be to order spare parts for it . Also ordered another 100 watt solar pane! . That makes 600 watts this year.

    • patientmomma says:

      Fixit, my post is still in outer space, so I guess I better follow your lead and repost.

    • Almost There says:

      Fixit,

      Hope your back feels better soon.

    • tuckerhollow says:

      Don’t worry about ordering parts for your mixer I have had a Kitchen Aid for over 40 years and it gets used 3-4 times a week and is still going strong , I usually use it and the dough hook for bread and cinnamon rolls twice a week and throw in a cake and a batch of cookies it gets a workout. Hope you have as much luck with yours as I have.

      • Fixit,
        I agree with tuckerhollow. These mixers are work horses and we even use the meat grinder and grain mill and it just keeps going. They are a bit of an expensive investment; but, in this case you really do get what you pay for – Quality.

        • Op,Tuckerhollow and patienmomma
          While I understand kitchenaid quality this unit is used and I don’t know the history of this unit . I personally have never have to change a firing pin in my rifles but I still keep a spare . It is very much the same philosophy or outlook on life .

          • Fixit,

            It is very much the same philosophy or outlook on life .

            That is not a bad philosophy at all. Along those same lines, the first thing I do when I acquire a new or new to me item, is the find a pdf of the manual and tuck it away. I have an Equipment directory on my main computer, and under there are directories for each category, then brand, and then all of the manuals for items of that brand. This has meant over the years that I can always find a manual when I need it, even if the original paper manual has gotten misplaced or accidentally tossed, which does sometimes happen.

        • Prepared Grammy says:

          The meat grinder on mine really gets a workout during deer season. I bought mine, refurbished from the factory, twenty years ago. I use it a lot, and I’ve never had any problems with it.

          • I have a KitchenAid mixer and have wanted the meat grinder for it but can only find them with plastic housings. Any suggestions on where I can find a metal one that will work with it?

            • Jesse Mathewson says:

              I second reds question, best metal hand grinder? Anyone?

              • Jesse – not my actual question. I want a meat grinder attachment for my KitchenAid that does not have a plastic housing.

                • Almost There says:

                  GA Red,

                  Chef’s Choice is an all metal one that fits the KA.

                  Jesse,
                  Here is a site for the best electric meat grinders. They are an independent company and buy their own product to test with. KA is not one of them, so it depends on how much and what one is grinding to know which one will work best.

                  http://bestreviews.com/best-meat-grinders

                  For manual meat grinders…. I would think bone would be hard to grind… but see there are many to choose from when I did a search.

                  Hope this helps.

                  • Jesse Mathewson says:

                    OP, any suggestions for both meat and grain HAND powered grinders outside of stones (which I actually have several small through large motar and pestles ) would be greatly appreciated as I do not have and do want

                  • Thanks Almost There! I was lucky enough to inherit one of the hand crank meat grinders from my step-mother. I believe it’s still in the original box. Also, I have a meat grinder set and juicer for my old 1950s Sunbeam MixMaster, but the mixer requires constant repair which is why the DH bought a Pro Series KitchenAid for me.

              • Jesse,

                best metal hand grinder? Anyone?

                That’s pretty much a loaded question that I’ll answer if you can answer “Best firearm for shooting bullets?” LOL
                Since I’ve only used a few that I’ve owned for decades and I don’t know of anyone who has tried them all, your best bet would be to find reviews and get opinions of others. Not trying to be coy here; but, best is at best someone’s opinion, and we know about opinions, right?

                • Jesse,
                  Ok, looks like I was confused. We seem to have switched to meat grinders instead of grain grinder / mills.

                  • Jesse Mathewson says:

                    Which would you suggest as good starting points, simply hasn’t been an area I ever looked at…I know right!

                    • Jesse,
                      We’re rather comfortable with the meat grinder attachment for our Kitchenaid mixer; but, then we only grind a little at a time as needed.
                      A quick Google search for “hand meat grinder” shows a variety of them that look like the one I used as a kid in the $20-40 range; but, you would have to check the reviews. It would also depend on how much and how often you’ll be grinding.

              • Prepared Grammy says:

                I have the one that belonged to my grandma, and it’s still going strong. It only runs out of power when I get tired. 🙂

                • Prepared Grammy,

                  I have the one that belonged to my grandma

                  Could you post any brand or model markings on it? I still remember my moms from 50+ years ago; but, I suspect it’s long gone.

  30. Dear M.D.
    I am sorry to hear of your father’s cancer and will pray diligently that God will take special care with His compassion for those He loves.

  31. MD, I am keeping your father, you and your family in my thoughts.
    To your money and time to do preps, I would like to add energy. That gets harder to find as I age.
    The only bought preps were to get some repair stuff at Home Depot for my drip irrigation and my chicken tractors. I am working on splicing the drip lines so that it will drip into each hole in my cinder block raised beds. That is a lot of splicing!
    Also, for the chicken tractors, I am replacing the plastic tablecloths used to block wind and rain with plastic corrugated roofing. Looks way better and will last.
    I have been mostly focusing on garden preps. Planted seeds inside in my seed starter set-up. Planted beans, dill and Vietnamese mint outside. Did more weeding. Cut volunteer trees out of my row of blueberry bushes. This is an annual cutting of oaks, pines, privit and camphor, darn birds sitting in my bushes and pooping out seeds.
    I had to buy my tomato and pepper seeds as I didn’t get started early enough this year. They are in holding in front of my patio doors waiting for warmer weather as we had a couple of nights of almost freezes this past week. I hope to plant them this weekend. I had to cover all my citrus trees as they already had new leaf growth and even some blooms. Mild winter, late freeze. It happens.
    Everyone stay safe and well.

    • labgirl,
      After a rain the privets pop right out of the ground. If I keep trimming them, the trunks get larger and pulling is useless. Maybe someone stronger with a pair or pliers or better grip and more muscles could get older ones out.

  32. patientmomma says:

    Can’t mention host’s name or post goes into NK air space; if the original post shows up, forgive my duplication. I’m glad your dad is at home; everyone copes better at home. I know this is a difficult time for you. My prayers are with you and your family.

    Another busy week on the farmstead; learning some new things and learning how to do better on other things.

    Since the weather was accommodating, we harvested the second hog. I borrowed an animal (hanging) scale but it only went to 350 pds. I think this hog was a bit more than 350 because when we weighed the processed meat with a package scale and it added up to 300 pds of pork. This second hog was smaller than the first so I’m guessing we got at least 340 pds of pork from the first hog, rather than the 200+ pds I guestimated. I spent $1050 feeding them non-GMO feed; no antibiotics, and they roamed free on ½ acre of natural raw land (no chemicals). Using zaycon’s pork prices, I figure I came out $1500 ahead of the game plus I know it is good and healthy. I have spines simmering in the big stew pot now and for the next couple of days, for bone broth. I dehydrated some pork parts for dog chewies, so they are happy wolves now.

    While buying replacement saw blades I spoke with a lady about harvesting hogs. She and her husband wanted to do their own but since they both have part-time jobs they are taking their hogs to a processor, who is charging them $100/per200 pds of hog; but he is wrapping the pork in freezer paper. Seems a bit high to me, so I’ll keep doing my own although the product is not as pretty as a professional does.

    One of the five-week old bunnies had a gooie eye so I put some terramycin in it and it solved the problem. Last of the bun buns (babies) were born on Monday night. Since mom delivered them on the cold wire floor I gathered them all up and took them inside to the warming basket for a couple of hours. I put more straw in the wood birthing box, put a towel over the straw, tossed in as much of mom’s fur as I could gather over the towel and put the 13 babies inside a piece of fleece material to protect them. Tuesday night we had a cold front come down with 23°F temps so I moved the new mom and her babies in to a portable cage on the sun porch till the temps get back to normal. As of today, lost three babies but she is nursing the remaining ones.

    I went thru most of a 300’ roll of freezer paper wrapping the second hog harvest. I ordered more freezer paper and freezer tape as I still have 9 rabbits to harvest. Normally I would can the rabbit meat but I just don’t have time right now.

    Have a good week! My prayers for those of you in need of comfort and peace.

  33. my four sons says:

    M.D. sorry to hear about your dad, cancer is a curse on humanity.
    The wife and I have decided to sell off our old camper and look for one that more suites our needs. I do not like the idea of extra debt but camping is one activity that my family all enjoy doing together and it is an invaluable teaching resource for my kids. We at first were looking used however the market for bunk houses is so big where we are that 5 years old with serious repair issues are only saving a few thousand dollars over new it is insane! Our search continues.
    I picked up few staple items from costco this week but not really for the long term but at least 6 months worth of syrup and pancake mix and Cholula which in our house is an absolute staple. We have been eating well off the hog we had butchered I need to lay hands on half a beef and we woud be set for a long time.
    I have been doing phone interviews looking for techs in the Chicago area (one of the new job responsibilities) and it amazes how few people I interview have a clue about what they are talking about. Advertise for a tradesmen you should know the basics of the trades you say you are a professional in! And proof read your resume for crying out loud spelling and grammar issues wont even get you a phone call as far as I am concerned. I am no English major but it is a resume clean it up if you are looking for work.
    God bless pack hve a good week.

    • azrealityprepper says:

      Cholula IS a staple !!! As is Sriracha and Gephardts chili powder and Sambal Extra Pedas (Indonesian hot sauce found at the asian specialty market). Spice prepping is important too as bland foods get boring real quickly.

    • American Pacrat says:

      my four sons
      You may have to broaden your search area parameters to find what you are looking for in a camper. Try the states that surround your home base.
      When we were looking I searched in AZ, NV, ID, OR, & WA. No, we did not buy at that time we were pricing trying to decide what could work for us.
      Good luck with your search

      • my four sons says:

        Thanks American Pacrat, we have looked at a few online sights going 200 miles out and it still is few options and high prices unless you buy one that is essentially “hailed out”. We are not against buying new if we get exactly what we want for a price we can swallow. We are patient folk and are trying to work a couple dealers against each other so we shall see.

    • my four sons,
      People do not realize that their inattention to details of spelling and grammar is seen as a general disregard to work ethic. While a person may be excellent in their chosen trade and lousy in grammar and spelling, there is no excuse in not asking for help to correct all deficits. However, there are some people who are so full of pride they will not accept help when offered. Or, they are too prideful to ask for help. Not asking for help is a definite problem on the job when an individual just keeps plugging along, doing the job wrong.

      I have had many people point out they are not being hired for their grammar and spelling ability. Some people don’t get it and employers don’t want that type person.

      • Linda,
        At the risk of sometimes being called the grammar Nazi, I absolutely agree with your assessment. Back when you and I and a lot of the pack were doing our resumes and papers on the old typewriter using a dictionary and thesaurus, there could have been a little reason for some of those issues; but, today, I don’t know anyone who still pecks out their work on an old Remington or IBM, generally using some type of word processing software that always has at least spell check built in and most often has grammar checking. I use both Microsoft Word and several open source programs and they all work rather well, although sometimes the grammar corrections suggested by Word make no sense and have to be overridden.

        • my four sons says:

          I agree with both of you I am not a grammar Nazi in point of fact virtually every term paper I have written I have been criticized for grammar errors. However when it comes to a document as important as a Resume I proof it myself after spell check and Grammar check have gone thru it. Then ask someone else read it at least once also. Plus these people are being sent to us by an agency so I question how thorough they are as well. And being stubborn and overly pride full are not necessarily attributes in a job that requires working with the public. especially people who do not know as much about your subject matter as you do but whom you may still have to answer to in some capacity. It does not matter how awesome an HVAC Tech you are if I am going to get 5 phone calls a week from Facilities Administrators telling me how arrogant and inattentive you are. Plus if you have to write up condition reports I need them to be professional enough no one assumes a third grader wrote it or they won’t take me seriously.

  34. M&p core 9mm suppressor ready ☺

  35. MasterSergeantUASF says:

    Planted 11,000 square feet guerilla garden. Traded 150 rounds of 9mm for two 60-gallon compost tumblers that were very well engineered. Bought 60 sandbags to fill and beef up defensive perimeter wall. Traded for six 5-gallon food grade buckets to fill with salt, sugar, flour, spices, etc. Still awaiting soil sample results from K-State Ag so I can get my garden started. Planting season began last week. Bought indoor grow lights to get all my veggies and herbs started in the basement. Waiting for the sheriff to show up and make sure all my herbs are legal, LOL. On the lookout for a tiller that I can attach to my garden tractor to get my soil turned over and prepared, otherwise, will have to hire it done or do it with a shovel and I know my tired old back won’t be enjoying that. DW went to the Dr. for a cold/flu that simply will not cease and desist. Been sick for three months. Talked him into getting a double prescription of antibiotics to save in reserve. Also convinced the kids to invest in a much larger camping trailer JIC that have to live in it for an extended period. A fews years back they decided they need brand new as opposed to gently used but the model they could afford is so small it could fit inside my 30-footer. Lastly, picked up 81 Fire-logs on clearance at Wm, they can provide warmth for 3-hours at a time.

    • Sarge,eat garlic water with ginger and honey. Don’t trust the antibiotics too much.
      Wow, you still got a lot done while sick.

  36. azrealityprepper says:

    M.D., more prayers for you and your father and your family. Many of us have been through similar situations and it is not easy but with prayer and lots of communication your family will get through it too. Do spend as much time with your dad as possible now.
    As for preps, the DW and I purchased some precious metal for stashing away. Got some more items for the long term pantry, don’t forget to use coupons ! Still waiting on materials to get our 45 year roof installed. Keep prepping pack, the world is not any less crazy.

  37. MasterSergeantUASF says:

    DW just had me order 2 musical recorders plus sheet music from Star Wars, Disney, and Harry Potter for around the campfire entertainment after the SHTF. Never occurred to me how important keeping the mind entertained is.

    • I had a short article on the importance of music a while back. We are firm believers in music in some form as part of our preps.

  38. Target practice with long and short guns. Got more ammo. Finally bit the bullet and ordered a case of Yoder’s Bacon. I believe post teotwawki the hardest diet items will be fat and protein — bacon fills both. I will continue to can meat, but bacon is gooood!

    • I keep a stock of that bacon on hand, I love it! Who wants to face life without bacon?

    • Billy T,
      We’re out of it at the moment; but, we’ve gone through more than a case of Yoder’s bacon over the years, and it’s good stuff, and on the list to get more shortly. Life without bacon would only be, well… just barely surviving, LOL.

  39. Went to the “new” dentist for the first time. I am done driving 3 ½ hours each way to continue to go to our “old” dentist. He was an excellent dentist, but it took the entire day, & wasted a lot of gas.

    We bought a new dryer, because ours finally died. It is almost 40 years old. We paid $479, the sale price, for the Maytag model we bought. Free delivery because we saw the ad for it online before we went. $25 to haul away the old one. $2.98 off from my SYWR card points from Kmart (didn’t realize I could use those at Sears!), but the taxes & the required new vent kit brought the total up to $587.82 – – over $100 more altogether. Thank heavens we have the funds. We put it on Discover, to get the cashback bonus points, which we always apply to the bill, so that will pay a little more of it. We were blessed so many ways on this. It held out until I only had one more quilt to dry. I had started early, so the sun was still out with a light breeze. The young man next door who smokes was at work, so he did not get second hand smoke all over it. The dryer was on sale, & we got free delivery ($70).

    Pruned more of the yellow rose back. Continued to dig out one tree tub full of grass, roots & weeds from the growing beds every day.

    Stouffer’s had family sized lasagna on sale, along with their other frozen meals, so I picked up a few. DH likes the lasagna, & by the time I buy the cheese, it is just as cheap to buy the meal when it is on sale. I also picked up a couple of chicken & rice casseroles & a cheese manicotti. When I am in Washington state helping our daughter, they are easy meals for DH, & they are better for him than fast food. Since they were on sale, it was a good time to stock the freezer for him.

    Planted 4 Seasons lettuce among the seedlings already in the garden. Put up the pea fence. I used two short veggie ladders, & the metal supports I saved from 2 political signs, which I turned sideways & secured to the veggie ladders with twist-ties. I also planted some heirloom pimento seeds. They are old seeds, but if they will sprout, they are very nice, thick-walled pimentos that dehydrate beautifully. If they sprout, I will cover them with a cloche until mid-May.

  40. Babycatcher says:

    Got started outside reseeding the pasture. Our shallow shale soil eroded big time, so am shoveling up the dirt that moved, sowing grass seed then replacing the soil. Also repairing one couch cushion, so we can sell the couch. Found a coordinating fabric at Joanne’s, and will make the center seat cushion cover, and two arm rest covers. That should do it. Son is coming over today to install a hitch on our “new to us” car. Inventorying the canned goods before garden season starts in earnest. Prayers for your family MD, and for those in the pack.

  41. Dancy Simpson says:

    Wishing you peace in these difficult time.

  42. So sorry to hear about your dad, I shall keep him and your family in my prayers. I love this newsletter and enjoy each and every one. Thank you for providing it.
    On to preps….
    Been in search of land for weeks now, thought we had 10 acres but decided that it was just not what we were looking for. Found another that looks more promising. 49 acres closer to our target acreage. I already has 14 acres in hay and a large barn. Looking to build off grid so the spring is going to be handy. Other than hiking miles of hillsides for the past few weeks looking at land, not a lot of things to prep. I do, however, participate in my podcast weekly challenges and this week was to gain preps cheaply or free. So this weeks visits to my fav…dunkin donuts netted me a large bags of single serve sugar, ketchup, mustard and mayo. Plus since I work in construction the brand new shutters and outlets were a score and some recycled materials will also help out. We are also picking up 2 275 gallon food grade water containers… we’re gonna need em.

    • Almost There says:

      DJ,
      I bet there are lots of good things that can be had at a construction site. Good luck finding your land.

  43. Sorry to hear about your dad it’s always tough. I was once told by a coroner that everyone has a form of cancer. I know a friend of my hubby’s was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreatitis, he was sent home to take care of his affairs. He went to the Bahamas to see a doc that used your own immune system to build you back up. Last month this type of therapy was written up. 25 years later. He survived went back to GW hospital and baffled all the doctors. One never knows .

    • Jeanne,

      I was once told by a coroner that everyone has a form of cancer

      If by that, your friend meant that our sells are cloning and mutating all of the time, and some of those mutations become malignant and start reproducing without any control, then that’s probably true; but, it’s nothing to worry about and just the normal process of life. We can however, make this worse by bad habits in our diet or environment, since we know that certain chemicals, radiation, etc. can cause those mutations to occur more frequently and more likely to produce malignant cells.
      It’s interesting that the same genetic analysis and modification we all hail for stopping cancer, somehow scares some people when used to make food crops more viable, and able to feed more people with less variability due to weather or drought / flood conditions.

  44. Cancer sucks – you and your dad are definitely in my prayers. My dad had colon cancer and prostate cancer that migrated to his bones. My sister has been treated for breast cancer that’s now seemingly gone. Because breast cancer and colon cancer have genetic linkage, I got the genetic testing done to see if I had any of the markers. Thankfully, I have none so it appears that any cancer I get will be from environmental factors, not my family.

    As for prepping, I ordered and received 3 72-hour emergency kits that I found for close to half price. I also ordered 3 sets of wire shelving that I sent to my daughter that were at a really great price – she can sure squeal like a girl when she gets something she’s excited about – she will now have a place for her canning supplies. And as of yesterday, we were down to 1 credit card and the house payment. Hoping to have that last credit card paid off in the next month.

    Last week’s update was short, but we’ve done quite a bit in our yard this winter. First, we had the great granddaddy sweet gum tree taken down in our back yard sending home several pick-up truck loads with the future son-in-law. After that, we had four more trees in the back yard and two large sweet gums removed from the front yard – and they took the rest of the other tree from the back yard. The back yard trees will now allow enough sunlight that our apple trees might grow and our garden area will be a lot happier. The front yard tree removal will make the hubby much happier by reducing his fall/winter work load. He hates sweet gum balls and has only had to remove probably 2 dozen since the trees were removed from the front yard.

    Something that’s sorta prepping – the hubby ordered new wheels and tires for his car today. The new wheels will allow for a wider tire on the rear which will give better traction – I call that a safety enhancement. The new tires were needed because it’s time and his are nearly bald. We also got two new tires for the youngest daughter’s car week before last and took the oldest daughter’s car for service when she was out of town for Valentine’s day. Yes, our daughters are little spoiled but they also do a lot of “adulating” on their own – especially the one that got the shelving (she’s a teacher).

    Well, gotta run. Prayers going out for all who need them.

  45. MD prayers are going up for your daddy. I lost both my parents one to lung cancer the other to heart disease. It is tough losing your dad. I knew the day I left mom and dad’s house I wouldn’t be seeing my daddy anymore this side of heaven. Spend all the time you can with him. Tell him you are proud of him and tell him you are glad you are his son. Dads need that confirmation from their sons. Talk to him and record your conversations on tape. I did with my dad and I got his voice on tape and history of him as a little kid and his dad. It will help thru the tough times when they step out of their tired worn out shells and into the new glorified bodies awaiting him. It will help to be able to hear his voice. It has me

  46. I will say this, about 3 or 4 years ago when my doctor told me I had colon cancer, it hit me like a Mack truck. I had always heard that when you are told something like that, its like a Mack truck hitting you and they were right. It is good your dad is taking it good, I really hope and pray that someway he can pull thru this.

    • In late 2015, when I heard the word “cancer,” I felt slammed to the ground. I could not safely drive myself to appointments. Even now, with the cancer removed and complete hysterectomy, I cannot drive to the follow-up appointments 50 miles away.

      I know my friend who drives me must think it is strange I can drive that far to all other appointments. But, it just messes with my mind, even this far past. Last week, I drove and could barely stand using my arm to drive to have it checked out. I really needed someone to drive me, but I was mentally okay with it, just not mentally okay with driving to check out cancer.

      Thankfully, my friend understands the problem since he has to drive from the city to get me and return to the same city as my appointment and then take me home and drive back again to his home in the city. If you lost track, that is four trips of 50 miles each.

      I do all my other driving to appointments, except the ones that require sedation.

  47. Two weeks ago I pushed over the last big oak tree in my yard. I had to rig a come along with heavy logging chains that I just used for the other large tree close to my home. While I did get it dropped all that chain pulling strained a muscle in my back so for the next week I couldn’t bend over enough to tie my boots. Thursday it finally eased up and I could get back to work. My son-in-laws brother got most of the limbs cut to length so now I have about 500 short logs to inoculate with mushroom plugs. I got 3000 plugs, should be enough. Plenty of log stacking in my future.

    I still have 16 oak trees in my yard so my wife wanted a leaf bagger to go on my mower to start making compost. Parts of my mower deck needed to attach it had rusted off but the new wire welder I just got from Harbor Freight was just the thing to rebuild it. I plan on using the welder to fabricate a hitch and implements to cultivate my large garden spot after I get it fenced in.

    The wife keeps promising to help but with the nursing shortage they have her working five 12 hour shifts a week. The money is nice but she is getting tired. If you are an LPN or RN looking for work northeast Florida is the place to go.

    • There is an old adage about the mighty oak trees. If you sit with your back against one, it will give you strength and peace.

  48. I decided it was time to start upping my supplies with medical supplies. I purchased 4 sets of casting material, a blood pressure cusp that doesn’t need batteries, a new stethoscope, and 2 new sets of surgical tools.

    Food wise, I found a sale on Campbell soups @ 79 cents a can and I loaded up, a few more spices and some muffin mixes for 50 cents each. I also picked a dozen sets of scarves/gloves/hats for 50 cents. Good to have extra to barter.

    Prayers for the Wolf Pack. Extra specials for our Alpha Wolf and his family. May we all see miracles forthcoming.

    • Tractorgirl says:

      I also buy discounted head gear whenever possible..I just say they are for the grandkids…but I don’t have that many grandchildren..lol..I also need to up my medical/first aid kits….tornado season is nearing..I am also going to clean out our basement under stairway area for a good shelter….does anyone else have a better area in a basement that could be used….we have two storage rooms but lots of stuff that could fly and knock us out..well maybe just me since my husband is a storm chaser is is rarely home when a tornado watch or warning is going on…lol storms don’t make me crazy so I just watch and listen and he’d down to the basement when it is red in our area…

    • Izzy,
      You are smart to work on the med kit. Mine is pretty extensive and some of the items are very useful now while we still have medical care. It is really empowering. I think everyone should try to have a way to test blood pressure.
      You also might check into the Dr Mom otoscope and a pulse oximeter. Both are really useful, especially if you have allergies and asthma in the family.
      I hope to get to a Patriot Nurse class in the near future.
      Take care.

      • Patti; I do have the pulse oximeter. Don’t have an otoscope though. I did buy a hand help oxygen unit last summer since I have to be on oxygen now. Hopefully when my solor panels get installed, it will be enough to run my concentrator.

        You might check with your ambulance company and/or your local hospital for classes. I live in a small town, but about once a year the FD and ambulance people conduct a free day long seminar on emergency medicine above and beyond the CPR classes. Usually they have at least 1 doc and 1 nurse present.

        • Izzy, we are at BOL right now. I am now on full time oxygen when we are here (6000 feet). I installed solar last year. It is fully up and running and is sufficient capacity to run my concentrator – an IMOGEN one. However, I was thinking last evening there is no backup. Remember, one is none, so we are going to purchase a second unit. DW is resisting me shopping for a used unit, but the cost of those things new is $2000+. Pulmonary Fibrosis sucks! I’m afraid I will be an early casualty after shtf.

    • Izzy, medical kits are great. I have to admit, I like the battery blood pressure better. Although daughter has the manual type. She is an RN. I have a minor/battle field surgical kit.

      • Thor; I have the battery type as well. But, without power and no way to possibly get more batteries, I decided to get the manual one also.

        The best field medical book I have found is the one the U.S. Army has. It is small, but very thorough. It even has drawings for doing surgeries. Well worth the money.

        I don’t think realize, in the worst case scenario, how important medical supplies over and above band aids and gauge bandages are. Like Patti mentioned the PO. They aren’t expensive, per se, but they give one valuable information. One item at a time. 🙂

  49. My preps this week included getting more seeds started for the garden. Tomatoes and peppers are up, poppies and scotch broom peeked out, cole crops are doing well. Next will be herbs such as basil and fennel to get started.

    Have come down with an awful cold, so motivation is lacking today.

  50. MD,
    I am so sorry about your Dad’s diagnosis. Lantana is right, Michele’s graviola could really be worth a try for your dad. You might try emailing her to see if there is any more she could add.
    I guess at this point we are praying for a miracle, but they still happen sometimes, friend, so let’s keep praying. He could at least get a little more good time than you expect.
    Try to stay rested yourself, this trial will take a toll. Can up some pints of ready meals or put something in the crockpot. That way you have a quick hearty meal ready to go when you realize you can’t remember the last time you ate. Lay in something fresh that is full of vitamin c to stoke your immune system.
    Please never apologize for putting your family ahead of this blog. We love you and appreciate you and we will wait patiently for you to get to us, lol.
    We had court again. My husband’s injury needs surgery, private insurance won’t approve the surgery as it is work related, workers comp won’t approve the surgery, so we were in court to try to force some treatment and discovered the doctor hasn’t completed the needed paperwork eight weeks after the injury. Sheesh. Thank God we can live off what I make. Hopefully he won’t lose the use of his leg before they deal with the problem. I hate attorneys, but we may end up with one.
    As a result, my preps this week were things I could accomplish in a short amount of time like shiny stuff and chicken feed.
    We also had some plumbing repairs we had to make and the 2001 Ford needed some maintenance.
    Prayers for all who need them. Take care.

  51. 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.

  52. 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,
        Quinoa?
        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:

          OP,

          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.

                    • Encourager says:

                      OP, there are numerous farmers around here that alternate planting corn or soybeans. I have never seen them dump manure on those fields nor plant cover crops…which IMHO, is what they should do. I do see them spray RoundUp and Nitrogen. And it is sandy soil to boot. Oh, and I have been told the seeds are GMO…

                    • Jesse Mathewson says:

                      Encourager, larger commercial farmers are paid subsidies to plant certain crops/ways etc., sadly this means just like government funded “think tanks” that you wont get what you want.

                • Almost There says:

                  Encourager,
                  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:

                      Encourager,
                      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:

      VERY LOVELY SUNDAY MORNING FROM SEATTLE “DRY”
      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.

  53. 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:

      Mustang,

      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:

          Mustang,

          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
        OR
        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.

            • Morning from Seattle I have a friend that says when “EMF” hits the fan all the other radios and everything would quit working this sold sparkgap transmitter he built it’s funny it works and his radio he showed how I built a little radio to go with it and he had lesson $100 into it he told me that when everything else fails it would work

              • Sarah Querry,

                says when “EMF” hits

                First of all it’s EMP, so wither you spelled it wrong or he got it wrong is unimportant; it is incorrect, along with a lot of other information in your post.
                I don’t know your friends background; but, as an EE, I was lucky enough to get my initial training from 1969-1973, which was right at the transition from vacuum tubes to solid state electronics so I learned both, and have designed with both. Prior to college from about 1961-1969 I was already building tube type electronic equipment.
                The spark gap transmitter, which is a version of the Tesla coil of the type I built as a kid, was actually in use in the early 1900’s and was the type of transmitter used for sending the SOS from the Titanic; but, a receiver that can receive and discern that wideband noise signal used to send Morse code and more importantly, an operator that can hear and decode the Morse in that noise, is extremely rare in todays world. When hearing that signal all you hear is a white noise hiss and not the tone most picture when they think about Morse code in places such as the movies, and deciphering that hiss from the background hiss is a very practiced skill that most current hams don’t even know how to do.
                Quite honestly, many modern electronics not connected to grid power or a long antenna will also most likely survive; but, it still comes down to the major thing that all preppers should remember – Skill is King.
                Unless you and he are practicing in earnest with that equipment, it will be useless when you really need it. Also, nearly all tube type equipment will survive an EMP, with the problem there being the same as the problem for other activitiess – enough power available to run the equipment.

        • 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,

            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.

            • Some of those TV transformers were pretty hefty. You could get input powers well over 100W! I have spare tubes for the Hallicrafters, and lots of other odds and ends. Of course I had to re-cap it.

              • Billy T,

                Of course I had to re-cap it.

                I have an original Philco 41-290 that I listened to as a kid and it too is ready to be recapped. Yet one more summer project, LOL.

                • Billy T,

                  Some of those TV transformers were pretty hefty

                  I have a good story about a lesson learned that took more than 10 years involving one of those hefty transformers.
                  I was about 10 or 12 years old and had been working with tube circuits and high voltages enough to respect them, and I understood enough about transformers and coil ratios to know basically how they worked.
                  I had one with a 110 bolt input and 12.6 center tap plus 450 volts output, and wanted to play with it. I hooked a neon bulb across the 450 volt windings, and connected and reconnected a 9 volt battery across the 12.6 volt winding to see the bulb blink, which it did; however, I occasionally got a nasty schock from that thing, seemingly out of nowhere. I then connected 2 long pieces of wire to the 12.6 volt winding to make sure I wasn’t near the high voltage, and still got the shock.
                  About 10 years later in a college course we learned about the concept of collapsing magnetic fields and Dv/Dt, which means that the voltage induced by the collapsing field, is directly proportional to the speed of the collapse, which when switching off the 9 volts across the big hunk of iron is nearly immediate, and generates a very high voltage spike back on the 12.6 volt winding. An Ah Ha moment that only took 10 years to happen.

    • 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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!

  56. 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:

      Austinelaine,

      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.

          • Austinelaine says:

            Everything raw!

          • Austinelaine says:

            Potatoes on the bottom, onion on top corned beef on top of onion. All raw.

            • Almost There says:

              Getting web server down…

              Thanks a bunch. 🙂

            • Hi again from Seattle everybody’s always talking about food but I think the ” “butt wipe” everyone needs it!

              i got four cases I got from Sam’s club probably cheap but you always need that and other hygiene stuff but really comes in handy that’s it

              • Sarah; You are right of course. TP is an essential. Like you, I have a LOT of TP in my attic. I bet many forget about this hand item.

                On the left hand side of this site, there is a list on various things to store including hygiene items.

                • Jesse Mathewson says:

                  Also as another person mentioned, 1.5 gallon pump garden sprayer…works as a “duvet” 🙂

                  • American Pacrat says:

                    Jesse M
                    That sounds great until you are hit with ice cold water…burr…could not pass that up.
                    LOL

                  • jesse,
                    dost thou mean ‘bidet’?
                    useful in water-down situation for old, ill or disabled.

                    • Jesse Mathewson says:

                      Yes, tis a camping bidet…really actually a pleasure on longer trips…of course I also use 15 gallons of water in solar showers for 7 day trips/ 4 people – allotted 3 minutes to rinse off daily, or can be saved for every third day and indulgently enjoying 9 minutes…

                    • Jesse & wasp,
                      The duvet can also be handy; just not for that particular function.

                • I just checked and we’re down to a little more than 50 rolls on hand, so it’s time to add a few more packs of 20 to the list. While I sometimes have to dicker wit the DW on quantities of some things like sugar, since I don’t think we ever have quite enough, TP is the one item even she never argues about.

        • 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.

  57. 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

  58. 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..

  59. 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
    http://www.naturalnews.com/048159_healing_cancer_natural_remedies_toxins.html
    Top 8 Foods and Herbs for Healing Cancer
    http://www.healingthebody.ca/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..

  60. 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

  61. 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 🙂

              • Chuck Findlay says:

                Jesse you were / are better off not have serving in the military.

                They seem to be about conformity / lack of individual thinking and action then you or I am. Never been (other then allegiance to family and the X took that away) a pack animal as far as mindset.

                Not being derogatory to military people, just an observation of people (many family members) I know and the mindset.

                • Jesse Mathewson says:

                  Chuck, I didnt want to say it, however, you are quite right. Its been quite easy for me comparatively to break the social bonds of “voting/flag worship and much more” that I simply dont see a benefit in any longer. (Not that it isnt good for others)

                  I have also been able to as a result of interaction and training with and teaching mil/le learn and adapt ideas taught to better fit situations versus needing a set sop-

                  So yes, I agree, I am better for it 🙂

                  • Once upon a time men were forced into military service. While many were savvy enough to avoid this many, like me, did not. This created a tempering effect, something missing with an all volunteer military. We see this with today’s militarized police, ex-military and soldier wannabees pretending they are Seal Team Six.

              • Jesse – the DH has Spondolysthesis (we call it spondilo) and has a hard time being on his feet for long. His is apparently congenital but didn’t give him problems until he was carrying a TV down the stairs and almost fell. Catching himself caused the initial slippage and his back has never been the same.

                • Jesse Mathewson says:

                  Red, mine was aggravated to grade IV early on by an interesting car incident…(passenger van) and yep, it took slipping to stage V to stop me with many things…walking is virtually impossible past at most a mile- legs literally freeze up- and pain well, your DH understands I am certain 🙂

                  Bicycling yay! I can do 10-15 miles before needing a solid rest and thats with a full cart attached (carries 250lbs give or take)

    • chuck,
      when you find the least pickable locks will you list them on this site, please? thanks.

  62. Chloe in Maine says:

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

  63. 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.

  64. Lady Arwen Wilson says:

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

  65. 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:

        AA,

        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?

  66. 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.

    Bri

    • 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

                • 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.

                      Bri

                    • 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:

                      Izzy:

                      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,
                      Bri

                    • 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 🙂

                    • Izzy,
                      I’m not making a mockery of anything; but, just pointing out what is obvious to many of us, and wondering why other seem so oblivious. Our own Chicago has some of the mostr restrictive firearms control laws in the nation; but, also has amazingly high shooting rates.
                      Jan. 1, 2016 – Dec. 31, 2016 – 4,368 shooting victims or an average of 364 per month
                      Jan. 1, 2017 – March 22, 2017: – 657 shooting victims or about 242 per month so far.
                      It most often takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun; but, some just won’t see the logic, especially when they have security paid by others.

                    • Bri,
                      I hope you know I wasn’t mocking you; but to be truthful, sometimes pointing out the obvious has a cathartic effect. It’s amazing that those in power just don’t get it; once again while they have security paid at least in part by those they disrespect.

                    • Jesse Mathewson says:

                      OP/ they know, very much on same wavelength brother!

                  • OP, had to reply here as I could not find the ‘reply’ to the last post you wrote about the terror attack.
                    I totally understand you was not mocking but just speaking the truth of things.
                    Intersestingly, I’m now watching our politicos and police changing the narrative around to guarding the ‘communities’ against right wing reprisals lol.
                    To answer your question, the one which I totally understood the logic behind asking, NO, I don’t feel safe now. That said, I do not fear the Mohamadean either.
                    I wish the politicos would read that arse-wipe book called the Qur’an as they would see that it is a violent call to arms and that it’s the Muslims way or death.
                    I recently watched a Paul Watson video of a gathering of the ‘moderate’ Muslims discussing the issue of punishment of homosexuals. The hands raised by almost 100 % of those few hundred at the meeting showed they totally agreed with the punishment of death for homos.
                    The rules of the Qur’an were held as the word of god and one must therefore posit that so is the call to conquer or kill the unbeliever !
                    Surah 9 of the Qur’an is all you need to read to understand there ain’t no such creature as a moderate Muslim and that we must rid ourselves of them.

                    • Jesse Mathewson says:

                      Bri- have found all abrahamic religions to have similar language…but than you know this.¿

  67. 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 🙂

  68. 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:

      al,

      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.

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. 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:

              OP:

              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???

      Lol

      Long live Bill Murray !!!

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

    http://freedomoutpost.com/global-famine-begins-un-announces-that-the-worst-food-crisis-since-world-war-ii/

    • 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.

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

    https://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Excalibur-Flour-Mill-No-27887-37934879.html

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

  74. 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…

  75. 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.

            • OP, I disagree. As a real estate broker of many years, the testimony and protection of account servicing is well worth the minimal cost involved. It protects both buyer and seller and is highly regarded by the courts as a disinterested third party.

              • Billy T,
                Disagreement noted. I can only go by what I did as both a purchaser and seller of a property on land contract. It was BTW the same property and I had no issues; however, for me it is a moot point, since I’ll be doing no additional buying or selling of real estate in my lifetime.
                I’ve also BTW been told by tax professionals that I should seek help, and the only time I did, they made a mistake and I had to tell them were to look to correct that mistake. I had drawn out some money from my IRA ($7500) and used the money to fully fund an HSA. It was a taxable event with an equal corresponding tax deductable event, and I had to point that out to one of the staff at the CPA firm that was doing my taxes.
                I guess all I’m saying is that as preppers hopefully with a DIY attitude, there are a lot of things we can do for ourselves if we’re willing to take on the task and learn everything required to perform the task correctly.

        • 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

  76. 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.

  77. Sorry about my bad typing I ment to say ” toilet paper ” everyone needs it I have four cases of it from Sam’s club ! My damn brain does not work well

    • Sarah; Don’t worry about typos. We have all made them and I am bad at leaving out connective words all the darn time. And….I do read ‘typonese’. 🙂

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