What Did You Do To Prep This Week

Before we start today, I would like to thank C Farley and   Benjamin R for their donations this week – thank you. While I greatly appreciate your support, please be sure you can afford to do so before contributing, I don’t want anyone putting themselves out to help me.

Since releasing my survival CD this past Sunday, I’ve been swamped with over 400 orders so far and they’re still coming in at a rate of several per hour. I’m working as hard as I can to get every order out as fast as possible, but since I can only burn around 50 a day it may be a couple of days before I can get your order in the mail.

Remember, Feb 202011 (tomorrow) the price of the CD will go to $29.95 and you’ll need to order it today to take advantage of the discounted price. If you’ve received your CD please let me know what you thought of it. 

Now, let’s see what did I do to prep this week…

  • Bartered for a Bushmaster AR-15
  • Built a light weight folding wire box trap (look for post in a few days)
  • Turned the soil in my garden to get it ready for planting in spring
  • Added three cans of coffee to the pantry
  • Bought two 25 round boxes of 12 gauge #6 shot
  • Ordered a copy of Pocket Ref by Thomas J. Glover
  • Ordered a copy of Boston on Surviving Y2K – I know Y2K is over but, the book still has some good information that is applicable to prepping for other disasters.

What did you do to prep this week

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M.D. Creekmore is the owner and editor of TheSurvivalistBlog.net. He is the author of four prepper related books and is regarded as one of the nations top survival and emergency preparedness experts. Read more about him here.


  1. M.D. your success is our success. Very happy for you. You seem like a great guy and I am sure everyone here wishes they knew you in person.

    Brother, this has been a most trying week. Every which way but loose.
    So many things went wrong all at once I fee like I was hit by a train.
    Naturally my prepping suffered for it. Did manage to fill the truck with Diesel at 3.85 a gal.
    Received a big order of azomite for the garden.
    Received some of the special seed starting mix so I can start my tomatoes.
    Traded some scratch to my neighbor for eggs.
    Added a half dozen cookbooks of one kind ofr another to my collection.
    Added lots of cocoa and sugar. Brownies don’t you know. Can’t live without them.

  2. Amateur Gardener says:

    Ordered a food storage bucket from Emergency Essentials, for the bags of pinto beans already purchased. Bought a Buck 119 Special for my bug-out bag, awesome looking knife, sheath too. I appreciate good tools! My veggie garden is weed-free and my Swiss Chard is doing well. Headed out today to buy some tomato plants – after reading about soaring tomato prices.

    • OhioPrepper says:

      Weed free garden? I’m a little jealous, since we can’t even plant for about another 6 weeks.

  3. I started seed, tomato, cucumber and bell peppers.
    My daughter has searched the thrift stores for canning jars and has found over 80 for me. I figure they were about about 3 dollars a dozen more or less. She has been fantastic.
    Let’s give a round of applause to her.
    She got me a small green house for 20 dollars. It is not meant to last for years. But seems that it might hold up for a little while with care. The plastic cover even has a zipper closure on it. The zipper was probaably what made it cost the 20 dollars. But anyway it will give me a way of starting stuff when the need arises. Hey, the thing is cute (and service-able), so I can go for cute.
    MD I love your site. I absolutely love this segment. I love the people that put their ideas and all in the comments. AH! Heck I’ll admit it, it is the highlight of my week.

  4. Christine R says:

    First time posting. Love your blog, so useful! Thanks to all those who allowed me to lurk and learn. I’m 61 and a longtime prepper due to a rough life which taught me to always be prepared for something/anything/nothing. Although I am now disabled, I still (and especially now) try to remain prepared. This week I filed for my tax return and a medication refund to get more money to spend on preps (or more medications since I keep at least 6 months to a year of my prescription meds in storage)! I renewed my subscription to Countryside magazine and went supercoupon shopping at Walgreens where I got stocked up on OTC meds, vitamins, soup, soaps and toiletries. AND walked away with $27.00 in register rewards for next shopping trip. I’ve been watching the Backyard Food Production video that I purchased last week and reading The Walk by Lee Goldberg. I received the Emergency Essentials FD food order (two cases), some clothes I ordered online (more long sleeves to avoid UV rays from solar flares 🙂 my Seed Savers garden seeds, my Heirloom Organics homesteaders seed vault, and a case of asst canned crackers from MRE Depot. Thanks for all your great ideas. Will post again,too!

  5. I finally found 2-10lb bags of coffee beans this week. It took so looking just to find coffee still in the bean form. Made a knife sheath and an new axe sheath. Big berkey finally came in the mail also picked up a new three day assault pack.

  6. Thanks to folks here for inspiring me, I finished cleaning and re-organizing a large wall-unit for food storage and kitchen equipment not used on a regular basis. There is extra space screaming, “Fill me!” and I’m happy to do so.

    We also opened up the greenhouse and hooked the propane up for auxiliary heat — time to start sowing seeds! Worked an area of one veggie garden getting ready to plant some early Spring greens.

    We found a Mini14 and it’s on the way. I added quite a bit of food this past week, too: 20lb sugar, another 50lb of rice, 10lb rolled oats, 2 cases of canned fruits, 12 more cans of tuna in water, and 6 10# cans arrived. And as prepared as we seem to always think we are, the ole PC finally died so we had to replace the unit. (Did I say I realllly don’t like Win7?)

  7. First, I would like to ask for prayers for my nephew and his wife and child in Bahrain. Nephew is serving in the Navy 5th fleet. He is trying to get his family out of Bahrain now. It’s so completely out of control there.
    This week to prep: tilled the garden, grew some sprouts (1st time), (they taste like grass), bought 20 pounds of ground beef, 25 pound of sugar, 250 pounds of wheat, beans, flour, milk and various other products from beprepared.com.
    Tried to convince my family again to start stockin up. It appears to them that I have 2 heads. Purchased 10 cans of chicken, 10 cans tuna, more spagetti sauce, 2.5 gallons of canola oil, soap, toilet paper, kleenex and other vaious small items.
    Read more stuff on the net about Islam and scared the crap out of myself.
    It’s amazing that I go to bed thinking “survival”, then wake up in the morning telling myself I’m crazy for all that I’m doing and that everything will be okay, then I turn on the news or the internet, and once again, I’m in “survival” mode.
    Stay safe everyone………

    • Morlock Mommy says:

      There are different kinds of seeds to sprout. Try some others. Mung beans taste kind of nutty when sprouted, Alfalfa REALLY tastes like grass. Oats taste kind of malty, especially if you toast the sprouts. (well, duh, since that’s what malt is.) Soy sprouts taste a lot like lettuce.

    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      We will pray, everyone here in the Guard left this week too.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Cathy, I’m praying for your nephew and his family. I pray for all our military men and women. And our country. God bless.

    • Cathy, as the mom of a soldier who just returned from Iraq #3, I know exactly how you feel. The lump is back in my throat, it’s hard to breath, and the tears are at the ready as I read where your nephew is. I will keep him and his little family, and you in my prayers. My knees are getting quite used to hitting the floor.

    • The brainwashing wore off... says:

      Cathy, I am a Navy mom myself w/ one of my sons serving on the USS G Washington. We had some tense days recently with N. Korea’s sabre rattling. Prayers going out to your nephew and family for a quick and safe return.

      This week I dehydrated 2 lbs broccoli, stored away some of my past purchases in Food Saver bags, organized my prepper information in binders by topic, bought 12 # sugar, 5 # corn meal, 2 Dak hams and canned roast beef. Planted some okra and tomato seeds in egg cartons. Can’t hardly wait for outside planting, but must follow the time honored tradition of no planting till Good Friday (to avoid late season frosts). Looked for creative ways to reuse candle jars- hate to waste them, but really not good for food storage. Stumbled upon a suggestion to create firestarter with leftover candle wax and dryer lint poured into egg cartons. Have two more chapters to read of “The Unthinkable”. Bought 2 10×12 tarps from Lowes to assist with gathering water in case of SHTF ( and hid them from DH so they stay clean till needed!)

    • AZ rookie prepper says:

      Cathy, as a retired army guy myself, know what you are going through with your nephew and his family, hope they get out of there safely and quickly. Prayers are said daily for all in harms way.

    • I too will be praying for our service men and women. Take care Cathy.
      For preps this week I canned 52 pints and 17 quarts of bacon. Starting Monday we will be canning pork butt. Estimate about 96 quarts of that.
      Have you heard of Michael Bunkers new book that will hit Amazon on March 4th? Its called Surviving Off Grid. He has asked all who are interested to order it from Amazon on March 4th even if it become available before then because of some rating thing Amazon does.

      • Cathy, prayers to you and yours.

        Debbieo, when you can your bacon, do you wrap it in brown paper as suggested on Patrice’s and Enola’s site? Or do you do something different? I’ve been trying to stock up on bacon…’cuz I love it….and try to pick some up when it’s buy one/get one. It’s gotten VERY expensive lately. I want to can the bacon, but still have to get brown paper. If you do something different, I’d love to hear….Thx.

    • blindshooter says:

      God speed to your Nephew and family.

    • Rhonda Sue says:

      We will pray for your nephew and his family.I can only imagine the ‘panic’ he must feel for his wife and child.

  8. Spent the last couple nights after work skimming off sod to extend the length and width of the garden this Spring. Third year in a row at making the garden a little bigger. Too early and wet to till but a couple of warm days has melted the snow and made the sod soft enough to skim off the ground. Hope to be planting peas by mid-March. We have really, really, really been enjoying our own canned veggies, applesauce, jellies and jams, salsa, frozen corn, peas, carrots and frozen cabbage rolls in various dishes over the course of the cold winter. Looking to put up a little bit more of everything this coming season. At our ACE Hardware (love this store) I picked up 8 packs of Ball lids for canning (just in case there is a run on them, one never knows), 3 bottles of Morbloom fertilizer and 4 motion activated floodlights that I will be swopping out with the 4 traditional floodlights at the rear of our property. Lots of 10 for $10 deals right now at many of the local groceries and dollar stores. Hope to hit a sale or two tomorrow morning.

    Speaking of coffee, have you seen the price of it when it’s NOT ON SALE? SHEEEESH!

    • AZ rookie prepper says:

      Jim Murphy, I think we’ve only seen the beginning of the prices going up on all foods, especially semi-luxury items like coffee. When you combine the drought in russia, drought in china, drought in brazil, extra heavy snow/rain in north US and Canada, hard freezes in Florida and mexico, huge influx of fiat money, beginnings of heavy political upheavals throughout te mideast/islamic countries (oil for fertilizer and transportation), when the price of wheat has gone up 78% in the last year, other commodities going up too…..it sure makes that garden planning seem a little more important doesnt it?

  9. Congratulations MD, on the success of your CD. I wish I could order one for myself, but if I had $20 right now I would use it for groceries. What did I do to prep this week? Well, we have been eating our preps, so I have been trying out a lot of bean recipes and bread recipes. Yesterday was black bean veggie burgers on homemade buns- yum! Today will be homemade falafel and hummus in homemade pocket pitas, with lentil sprouts and rice.
    Also, I scored some free baby onion plants and a green pepper plant, which I planted. (It is planting time here in Tampa, FL).
    I had a job interview on Thursday… waiting to hear back.
    I found out that baking bread is very time consuming. Today I will try to bake enough for the week. Tomorrow I will try to relax. Monday I will hit the pavement again, in search of gainful employment. : ) Wish me luck!

    • Oh, break a leg, Christine! Hoping you get that job. In the mean time, excellent job learning to use those preps well. Good Luck.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Christine, I’m keeping my fingers crossed…hoping you get that job. If not, there will be a better one coming along soon. Keep the faith!

    • AZ rookie prepper says:

      Christine, I too am sending my best wishes for success on the the job search. Chin up and keep off the skyline.

    • Ridge Runner says:

      Good luck Christine. I know the market is tough here in Florida. That’s how my wife and I ended up working in the parks. It’s part time/seasonal, but it keeps groceries on the table.

    • Christine,
      Isnt it wonderful that you do have some preps in place? I dont really call what I do prepping because its just a life style to us. It helps us and others when times get tough too. In the last 7 years my husband has been out of work twice for six month periods. It was sure nice to have a full pantry.

    • Rhonda Sue says:

      Just dont give up…keep on keepin’ on!!

  10. I have a generator to power some household items when the grid is down. I live in a very small town so restoring power here over the bigger towns is usually lowest on the list of priorities for the power company. My generator is big enough to keep fridge and freezer and a few lights going but not big enough to provide a means of heat. I have a wood stove that will be installed by the time next winter rolls around but it’s not enough to get heat to the bedrooms. So this week I found two propane heaters on crags list for 25 bucks. I called the while I was headed to Shreveport because I didn’t want to miss out in this deal. One will heat the bedroom and the other is a single element that will keep the bathroom warm in the event the power is interrupted. The other thing I do is buy a dozen guns of varying calibers at a police auction. I’ve repaired and refinished all but two that im waiting on parts for. I’ll sell them at the next gunshow and this will give me the money to buy the next two guns I want. (glock 17and melted sub 2000) that’s all

    • Hey BC,

      I finally tried out my glock 23 and it was amazing. Recoil very smooth (though it started to get sharp with 180 gr bullets). Fed reliable about 150 rounds. Will be doing a lot more shooting soon. I did not find the new grip texture uncomfortable. I love the mag catch reversal since I’m left-handed. I have a keltec sub 2000 in .40 s&w but I’m thinking I want to sell it because it is uncomfortable for left handed shooting (consistent powder peppering in the face from extraction port). I can shoot it right handed but eh… Also, I prefer the 23 to the 22 and the 23 mags are not long enough to seat in the sub 2k. I’m thinking I would use the money to replace it with an sks. Ordered an extended slide release for my glock 23. Hope you enjoy your glock too!

  11. Typos typos typos !!!! That a keltec sub 2000

  12. Annie Nonymous says:

    Got a pair of firesteels. these are amazing tools – with the right tinder/fuel, they work remarkably well.

    Engaged in some “tool” maintenance… gotta do it yearly lest your “tools” fail to function when it becomes a life or death matter. Including “refills” for said equipment.

    Also started practicing a lot more opsec. looking at properties – one bugout retreat is nice, but options are always better. Been loading more library on the iPad – nice having a portable version of your library you can carry with you that doesn’t take up crates and weight. and looking at websites – finding ya gotta use some common sense, some of them are pure schlock, and give bad info.

    • AZ rookie prepper says:

      Annie Nonymous….love that name. Thanks for the reminder on tool maintenance. Now I know what I can do while I’m sorta lame….can sit and repair/maintain tools. Thanks for the idea.

  13. Good move ordering Thomas Glover’s Reference Guide. Almost everything you ever needed to know in one book. I’ve had one for over 20 years. I need to see if he has a newer version out.

  14. MD, in reference to your CD. I assume you aren’t sending any sort of order confirmation? I ordered the first day and paid by PayPal. I’m not worried about it but was wondering if you got the order. PayPal confirmed it on my end.

  15. Ridge Runner says:

    – Stored 30 gal of stabilized gasoline in drum.
    – Paid off the credit cards.
    – Ordered no-rust storage bag for the AR

    How do you like the Bushmaster, M.D.? I have one of their A3M4’s. I like it a lot. Good company. Great customer service. Next “toy” will be optics. Saving my sheckles.

    • Ridge Runner,
      Just shot it about an hour ago very accurate.

      • AZ rookie prepper says:

        M.D. and Ridge Runner, how would you compare those firearms to the Colt LE6920? Thats my b. rifle of choice, shoots very accurately and doesnt get very dirty in the chamber/bolt area.

        • AZ rookie prepper,

          Over the past 10 years I’ve owned two AR’s – the mentioned Bushmaster and an Olympic Arms, both were / are very accurate and reliable. I have not owned the Colt LE6920 but Colt makes an excellent product and I’m sure yours will serve you well. I would be proud to own it.

        • Ridge Runner says:

          Sorry never owned a Colt either, but as I’m sure you know they are a very reputable firearms company. I’m sure anything they make is quality. One thing I like about the AR is how easy it is to field strip and service, and parts are readily available. And as M.D. says, it’s a very accurate weapon even with iron sights.

        • blindshooter says:

          The Colt AR’s in general are great. My only snag is the different pin sizes they use to hold the upper and lower together. (I guess they still use them, have not checked newer built ones) I used more BM uppers and lowers than any others and had no problems with them.
          You can get pins to fit colt parts to the regular or small pin uppers and lowers but the ones I’ve seen look kind of funky.
          I’ve had a love/hate for AR types for a long time, the newer heavier bullets and barrels with faster twist have made me more of a fan than not.
          Also, in my experience they will run dirty far longer than reputation says they will. I helped coach a JR high power team and some of the young ones just would not clean them like they should have. A couple of them went at least two seasons with only a wipe down of the bolt and a little lube. And one of these boys went from expert to high master in one season with a filthy rifle, I always wondered if I could get away with not cleaning but the ritual of cleaning after a match or range session had been beat into me early on.
          Keep some spare parts if you don’t have a backup gun. A set of gas rings, firing pin and extractor/spring/rubber for the bolt. I kept a complete bolt that had been checked for headspace and tested in the gun I was using. This is a very easy weapon to get spares for so I would stock up on all the small stuff while you can. I’m not an expert on this rifle but I have fired many thousands of rounds in competition with them, both in service and match rifle configurations and even built several myself(and they worked!).
          Sorry I get so wordy on this subject, it was a long time hobby for me when my bones did not hurt so much and I could see a little better. Getting old sucks.

          • AZ rookie prepper says:

            M.D., Ridge Runner and blindshooter, thanks for the feedback. One of the reasons I chose the le6920 is it uses a piston instead of gas blowback to cycle the bolt, doesnt put all the gas/dirt back onto the bolt. Just hope the piston doesnt go south on me. Waiting on tax return, will take your suggestions on spare parts to heart and get those ordered.

          • Nor Cal Ray says:

            Getting old may suck but it sure beats the alternative.

  16. This week, it’s the “something” I didn’t do that I counted towards being more prepared:

    I saw a money saving idea, I think it was here, to use a timer on a water heater. I’m not certain, but I think perhaps that is a bad idea, a timer sounded good on the surface, but…

    I read somewhere once that it was a good idea to turn the heat up on your water heater to kill bacteria and make the environment not so bacteria friendly,… to inhibit growth.

    If you used a timer to only run the water heater for short periods of time I think it would promote bacterial growth (sort of like an opened bottle of water on the counter top) something made all the worse if the water supply is not up to par as civilization crumbles.
    An instant water heater might be the better way to go?
    Just a thought.

    Also, I encouraged others to consider strategically defaulting on their upside down mortgage so maybe more of the People around me will have an increased chance of being capable of becoming more prepared, thus improving my odds.

    It’s not-so-funny how warped People’s thinking is when it comes to making a businesslike decision such as walking away from your mortgage to possibly be able to improve your chances of survival. I hope People take the time out to read the links in this blog post and consider what’s best for themselves:

    “The mortgage is a legal contract, not a moral promise.”


    • Stardusthill says:

      Clark, been using a timer on my hot water heater for 20 years. Prime time 4 to 9 AM and 4 to 12 PM. I am still here and I wish the damn thing would quit so I could switch over to propane. Very seriously thinking about tankless. Bosch Aqua Star looks good. Gardening time is here. Do what you can do to supplement your preps. Tomatoes as many as you can grow and put up. For the ease of growing them the price has been and will remain rediculous. My preps this week are working on things I can grow and preserve to go with my basics.

      • Luddite Jean says:

        If you’re going for tankless, be aware that the units are only designed to last 4-5 years. The Bosch is a bit better at 10 years, but it’s still a bit outlay for such a short life.

        I wish I could go back to a tank!

    • OhioPrepper says:

      I actually did read this earlier; however, a blog whose slogan is “Resisting tyranny one word at a time” tends to be a little thin on credibility.
      As for a contract being a legal instrument and not a moral one, you are correct, and if the bank decides to take legal action against you, then I guess that would be alright with you. Of course you could always declare bankruptcy, another legal action for those with no morals. I hope for your sake that you don’t end up doing business with someone who thinks screwing you is just a business decision, but since it’s only a legal instrument and no morals are involved . . . .

      • Tomthetinker says:

        What You said OP!….. self respect, moral right, …honor… would seem to be in short supply if I decided to simply opt out of a contract with anyone… for anything. This sort of route tends to take an eraser to another term we all use…… trust.

        • OhioPrepper says:

          Met with some LDS friends Friday night and this very topic came up. They are working several days a week at the local Bishops Storehouse. I didn’t know it, but the storehouse we can all go to buy bulk items is essentially only an outlet store for the real mission of the storehouse, which acts as a large food pantry. Individual help for LDS members to help them back on their feet in hard times, and something more akin to wholesale support of local food pantries and (non-LDS) church food programs. The discussion turned to helping needy people, like those folks along the road with the “will work for food” signs, and how many of them are really needy vs. lazy scammers. Too many people have decided that being deceitful is OK, as long as they benefit from it. The result is that we all become jaded and skeptical in our attitudes and may end up helping no one, perhaps because the government will do it.

        • Tomthethinker,

          Someone went to Clark’s morality bank and withdrew self respect, honor, trust, integrity & closed that account permanently.

          It’s funny when guys like Clark find themselves in quicksand they will only use a shovel in the attempt to get themselves out only to eventually find themselves sunk ….

      • “don’t end up doing business with someone who thinks screwing you is just a business decision”

        Uh, that would be the banks and the whole process of homebuying today.

        By trying to shame People by reinforcing the scam of home-owership for those who are upside down and bought on bad terms you are making things worse for the People.

        People have to do what’s best for them.

        There is Nothing immoral about opting out of a contract if you do so according to the terms of the contract… no matter what the reason is.

  17. Stardusthill says:

    I’m no rush for the cds. Get to me when you can.

  18. shotzeedog says:

    Just finished pressure canning 7 pints of pintos. Bought a case of 1/2 gallon canning jars, 2 – 3 packs of strike anywhere matches, and a pair of heavy duty rubber gloves. Also bought 2 – 100 pack of paper plates.
    Trying to get the husband to fill the gas cans while the price is still fairly low from what it is problably going to be soon ($4).

    • AZ rookie prepper says:

      shotzeedog, I’m curious on your pinto beans you canned…did you add anything to them? Ham? spices? I’ve never canned dried beans, do you prep them like you were going to eat them and then can them?

      • shotzeedog says:

        Hey AZ r.p. I added a little chopped leftover Honeybaked ham that I had in the freezer from Christmas and chicken stock but no other seasonings. I put 2/3 cup of dry washed beans (not soaked) into my hot clean pint jars added the ham and filled the jars to 1 inch of head space with boiling stock. Capped them off and pressure canned them a 10 pounds for 75 minutes.

        • AZ rookie prepper says:

          shotzeedog, thanks for the info, my mouth is watering already. I’m always trying to learn new/improved ways of doing things, and for some reason, that bean canning just really got my attention. I’m going to try that next weekend I think.

          • If you want just canned beans, wash and fill jar half full. Add 1/2 tsp. of salt (or don’t) fill with hot water (half inch short of jar threads) process just like low acid vegetables. Done.

            Spice them as you like with tomatoes, onion or herbs (Oregano and sage taste bitter with pressure cooking, add them After opening) if you like. But if you add ANY meat you must process them at meat settings and time.

            • AZ rookie prepper says:

              Thanks Barb, appreciate the ideas. Beans and onions are a great combo. Any problem adding some brown sugar in your opinion?

  19. Did not do any prepping this week. Took a day off from work and spent the money on my non-prepper wife. It was our 30th anniversary this week.

  20. Tomthetinker says:

    “This Week” by Tomthetinker. I got MDs CD in the mail. My CD/DVD drive took a dump. 240lbs. of charcoal, 4oo’ of 1/8″ cordage, the last 100 doses of Amoxicilian I can get for now. Used one Bought two at costco today, Had ADCO arms build a two stage AR upper for me. Walmart was out of stock on common Cal. pistol and rifle ammo. 30lbs of popcorn completed my ‘corn’ buckets. 1lb of majormain,man mon, min? 56Oz. of canned beef. Inventoried the pile on the pallets, stacked it all nice and neat up off the floor……. Gawd I have more in there than I thought….. Finished “Lights Out”, finished “The Walk” Blogged and surfed till the wee hours of the morn and used up my black printer cart already. Today, Saturday, I did some dot connecting while out with Mommasan. No short stocking at the stores with the exception of walmart. Woodville Surplus is rather….. thin on inventory. Got the big bean pot on the stove right now doing a rec i pie on etrernal soap. Two cups of 16 bean mix, one cup of rice, one can of chopped tomato, one can of Mexican corn, on can of whole new potatos, one Dak canned ham, and one cup of couscous when I take it off the stove. Wish me luck and no hurried trips to the big porcelin phone…..

    • Tomthetinker,

      Sorry to hear about your CD drive – hope you get it fixed soon so you can get a look at all the information on it.

    • do a web search for “fish mox” you might also want to check out
      Fish flex and fish cycline. Your pet fish can get all of this stuff he wants.

      • Tomthetinker says:

        Fish Meds…. no problem there. My current stock of meds is outta the Kroger pharm, current, legal and vac packed. call me lucky. Should we see a bad turn of events coming…. we should be so lucky…. the tropical fish store and the tractor supply could stock anyones med needs.

  21. OhioPrepper says:

    Met with some LDS friends last evening to looks at their equipment and preps. They’re working for the next year or so at the local Bishops Storehouse, so next week we’ll be spending some money there. Other than that, all I’ve been doing is taking inventory of food & medications, and putting together a list for restocking.

  22. Canned 15 pints of corned beef. Bought 50 lbs. of sugar. I home can fruits, so sugar is a must. Found an ancient book in an elderly friend’s library “Grandma’s Recipes”. It has soaps, toothpaste, lotions, stain removers, polishes, flower scented rinses for laundry or hair, tons of lovely stuff. I just have to interpret some of the old names and measurements, and be sure some of these ingredients are actually safe. White lead paste is one I’m sure to leave out, and the Belledonna drops to make your eyes glitter is another to skip.

  23. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    Finally mylar bucketed everything I had been collecting over the past few weeks.
    Bought a backpackers Gasone Bounce Megas Gas Stove, it seems a lot of parks are not allowing open fires anymore http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CT9HMM/ref=oss_product.
    Went on an early spring hike with GMHB to upkeep skills and try some new equipment, to include the stove, with a coworker in the mountainsearlier today.
    Watched 1/2 “the road” the worlds most depressing post SHTF movie ever.
    I ordered an aquamire drinking straw as a backup to the backup.
    Even though I have read them I downloaded “Lights Out” availible at http://www.mediafire.com/?3udnyhm2zrl as a PDF file and Alas Babylon at http://www.4shared.com/get/BzHNRe9h/Pat_Frank_-_Alas_Babylon.html;jsessionid=7185DFFC3ACA98B90DC7CED178042D91.dc285
    Bought some 9mm, split it between stuff to shoot and stuff to store.Then my son and I went handgun shooting and worked on bullseye (a switch from the normal action shooting), onehand, weakhand and seated from a table shooting both strong and weak hand.
    Attended some refresher training on First Aid, CPR and Self Defense Techniques. All in all it was a busy week.

    • Mountain lady says:

      Thank you for the link to Alas, Babylon. I read Lights Out about a year ago and have wanted to read this, so will start tonight.

      I have been thinking a lot about OPSEC lately. I have been trying to get some friends in the next town to get some food on hand for awhile. Now I wonder if I should have even brought up the subject, as I don’t think they took my advice, but may now think that I am doing it, which I am. Should I just keep my mouth shut from now on, since I fear it is getting close and there is no way I can feed that many people.

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        I think we live in adjoining counties, although I may be wrong. Does your county have an area know as Cobb? My county has a town with the word “Fort” in it. Does that ring any bells?

        I have stopped telling my friends (and even my family members) about my preps because I found out they are all telling other people. This isn’t good! As times become more stressful, I think these breaches in my OpSec could come back to bite me in the butt. Loose lips sink ships.

        • Lintpicker. I live fairly close to a area known as cob.I do not want to bragg however I know where a fort is. Steve

          • Lint picker, now even I figured out where you are. We will be moving soon about 12 hours away from where we now live. Husband and I just had a talk about keeping mum about where and how we live.

            • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

              Doggone it Debbio! So can I expect you and your husband to be knocking on my door someday soon to say “hi” and talk about prepping? LOL You’d be welcome.

          • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

            ROFLOL, bingo!!!!

            • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

              axelsteve, that “ROFLOL, bingo!!!” is for you. Don’t know why/how I posted it so far from your comment.

      • Matt in Oklahoma says:

        I have similar feelings after trying to bring folks around. I don’t use the end of the world approach, which I’m still not convinced of myself, but still am rejected most of the time. Like you said you wonder if you have compromised yourself and how bad, because all I hear is “I’m coming to your house”. I think that my basic personal and religious beliefs is what causes me to try and extend out to people and then later sometimesI regret it.
        However I regret it more when folks die because of something I didn’t tell them and should have. I experienced that as a Soldier and still live daily with guilt because I should have done more but failed. It wasnt on pupose it just was something I should have covered but hadn’t got around to due to time constraints.
        It’s not only for me a fear of not being able to feed everyone but being able to take them out if they dont leave. Peoples basic needs, such as hunger, will cause craziness as I have seen across the pond. The mental toll will be, well I’m not sure how hard because I’ve never taken out anyone I knew. I can’t imagine it will be good. I have no doubt that it will happen and I will do as needed but the days after are not gonna be a cakewalk. Sometimes them that go quick are better off I think.
        For me it’s a mental quagmire that I am constantly battling within myself and I pray alot about it but I have no answers.

        • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

          I haer you, Matt. I also struggle with “to tell or not to tell.” I think I will try a whole new approach. Instead of telling people I’m storing food, gear, etc. I think I will just happen to mention the increasing number of online blogs about prepping/survival and the increase in magazine and newspaper articles about it. Plus, the recent mention of possible EMP attacks on the USA as shown on Fox News. And the real estate ads that offer survival retreat locations for sale. Then I’ll casually say that maybe being better prepared for emergencies is the smart thing to do. Since almost everyone I know lives in CA and we have earttquakes, floods, fires, mud slides, and even a tidal wave once, most people are aware of potential problems, although most don’t plan for them.

          IOW, it won’t be about me and what I”m doing. Instead, it will be about what other people are doing across the country. That way I can get the message out there and leave it up to them to prep or not, without divulging my own plans. In the meantime, I’m storing some extra food and tools for friends and family, although I’m running out of space and the cost is starting to hurt. Oh well, better to have the cost hurt than to have the hurt of hunger.

          • Nor Cal Ray says:

            Lint Picker even mentioning all the online blogs and survival real estate sites seems like a bad idea to me as it gives the people the idea you are into prepping also or why would you know about these things. I think it would be better not to mention anything about it at all. Let them come to you.\ first before talking about these types of things.
            In a couple weeks I have to go to Eukea to call on a couple of customers, if you would like to meet for coffee or breakfast on my way up I would be happy to meet you. I do have to go thru your town on the way.

            • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

              Sure, just let me know where and when and I’ll be there. Cool!

            • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

              NCR, You could be right. It’s just hard NOT to nudge people into prepping because I worry about them. I’d like to find a way to get them to at least think about it, but coming right out and telling them that they should is not working at all. And in fact, it backfires and they rat me out to their friends without realizing they may be jeapardizing my stores (or me) by doing so. It just doesn’t occur to them that prepping is vital and that squealing on me is dangerous.

              So, I am stuck in limbo and will probably think on this for quite awhile longer, until it seems the poop is almost hitting the fan and then try again.

          • SurvivalistWoman says:

            I have to agree that even mentioning these things will alert most people of your prepping. I have found that its best to keep my mouth shut, as I have family who have told their friends about my prepping and none of them are doing anything. My kids say we’ll just come home if anything happens. Kinda pushes my buttons knowing I taught them all to be self sufficient and yet they don’t do it. Loose lips sinks ships is bothering me because that is so true. I read Lights Out this week and it is a good read and will get you to think outside the box. It is possibly the most realistic book on the subject that I have read so far.I too want to help everyone I can but know I want be able to, which is kinda out of character for me and would cause me great stress in a SHTF senario. I do thank MD for starting this blog and everyone sharing as it does help knowing there are like minded individuals out there we can talk with and share with without giving too much info out. I come from a military family and know of the horrors of other countries and what people do when they are at their wits end, I do pray our country never sees these types of horrors.

        • AZ rookie prepper says:

          Matt in Ok, I too wonder about opsec and telling anyone anything about prepping. Last year made the mistake of posting some photos of harvested vegetables from my garden on FB, had several folks I barely know ask where I live…never replied. I too understand about the “do I, dont I” quandery from my years in th service (army dog). Just remember, sometimes circumstances occur that cause bad things to happen to good people, and that is not your fault. We try our best, plan for what we can, hope that we’ve done enough, and trust in the infinites plan for us all.

    • OhioPrepper says:

      Thanks for the Alas Babylon link. I read it about 20 years ago, and still have a tattered copy of the hardback, but a pdf is always welcome. Thanks again.

    • Matt, the links are much appreciated!

  24. I bought onion sets and seed potatoes, and some baby rhubarb plants; and a big thing of toilet paper. I’ll buy TP every couple of weeks until I have maybe 6 to 10 of these TP packs. I’m about halfway to having a years worth of food, but now I want to focus on canned meat and vegetables cause I have enough beans. 80# of beans = toot! Also priced a 5-gal. water thermos but it was over $20, so I’ll think of something else.

    • TP is something Americans aren’t willing to live without, but it has its drawbacks in storage. It’s a fire hazard, makes wonderful rodent bedding, and gets bugs. Consider a generous collection of inexpensive washcloths to launder just like diapers. I got 6 doz. at Kmart for 2.99 a doz. Cut them in half (since a whole one is bigger than normally needed) quick lock stitched the cut side. Gives me 12 doz. for $15! Have a diaper pail for discrete keeping until they are washed and sanitized to use again.

      • Permanent TP. Super Idea! Thanks!

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        Eeeeeuuuuwwwww. Not that you asked me, but I’m sticking with the TP, phone books, and magazines. If I run out of those things, I’m going to keel over dead anyhow from the stench around me.

        • SurvivalistWoman says:

          Awww those beans don’t have to equal toot, all you have to do is add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to them while cooking to relieve or stop the gas. Compliments of my great grandmother !

          • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

            Ah, but the toots could be a good defensive weapon if anybody tries to attack me. Until that time, though, I’ll remember your (and your grandmother’s) baking soda in the beans trick. 🙂

      • Used flannel bed linens can be cut to size and used as TP in a dire situation. As you said, launder like cloth diapers: pre-soak in a solution of hydrogen peroxide with water (or bleach) for sanitation. Then wash and then line dry for repeat usage. Have the cloth TP ‘ready’ and added to other stored items.

  25. templar knight says:

    The snow and cold are gone, it feels like spring, and I’ve had a busy week. I went to a garage sale this morning and got the first 4 books in the Firefox series, 100 rds. of 5.56 green-tipped ammo, and 2 old ammo boxes. I also found a pair of work boots that had never been worn, and got them for almost nothing.

    I also bought 60 lbs. of sugar, more canned tuna, and coffee, all of it on sale. Gas still at $2.96 a gal, so I filled up the pickup, and added 10 gal to storage, stabilized of course. I burned several gallons of stabilized gas last week when I had to run the generator.

    It seems to me that things are deteriorating everywhere, so I just ordered a new Rock River AR-15 and 500 rds. of ammo. It’s time to get your house in order, folks.

  26. Got some plants started for the garden.
    Bought a few packs of Mountain House here in town.
    Bought a solar charger for our batteries.
    Hubby got a scope for rifle.
    Bought a few more medium term storage items (red wine vinegar, girl products, dog food, canned fruit & veggies).

    That’s it for this week.

    I did find out that my in-laws have 6 months of food stored now. Some friends of ours told us this week that they are rapidly stocking up. My efforts to get them to prepare paid off ! Yea! (I guess I can thank the economy too, it’s crappy performace along with food inflation has them scared to death)

  27. Any update with the release of your book ????

  28. Week before payday so a pretty quiet week as far as spending.

    I did cash in some swagbucks and was able to get a new ‘camping’ coffee pot. We actually use this kind of pot for our everyday coffee. The new one is a 12 cup which is about double the size of our old one. It just arrived yesterday so this morning was the first use and it seems great.

    Picked up 5- 5 gallon buckets that a friend who works in a bakery saved for me. Next week I plan to fill up a few of them.

    I was able to order MD’s CD’s (I like the sound of that) this morning using money from ebay sales. I’m very excited to receive them and happy that I was able to order while the sale is still on.

    I have a question about corn. I have read that people stock popcorn to use as both popcorn and for grinding. Does the popcorn work as well as dent corn for grinding? Is the taste the same?

    • My grinder says not to grind popcorn in it. It is the family grain mill.

    • Dent kernels are better for processing into flour. That doesn’t mean that the popcorn cannot be used, but the flour might end up being more coarse.

    • Popcorn is specially bred and processed to do that “pop”. Regular corn does it poorly, if at all. It has an extra tough and glassy outer shell. This shell is particularly hard to grind and takes more cooking or soaking to soften. Regular Dent or flint corn is hard enough to grind, but popcorn is harder. Since popcorn is sweet corn it does taste sweeter than the others, but most store-bought corn meal, polenta, masa, etc. is dent corn. I store buckets of Dent corn, myself.

  29. sheeple_no_more says:

    Made arrangements to go to LDS with friends next Saturday. Planing on picking up about 400 lbs of long term items. Made contact and I am negotiating for a Winchester 30-06 with a scope for my first budget rifles. Today I broke schedule and drive to the Jersey shore for the polar bear plunge. Jumped in the ocean with my kids. Yea.. it was 40 degree water and the air was 42 but sometimes ya gotta go for it. Monday pick up food grade buckets from our local baker.

    • sheeple – lol – did ya come out looking like a prune? shivering just thinking about it – gotta have the nice sauna first…

  30. On Monday I bought 12 bags of valentine candy for $1.00– and got 3 for free! One had a $1 coupon on it and 2 of them ‘rang up’ wrong so I got them for free!! Hershey Kisses can be used for peanut butter cookies… Will do the same after Easter. Wondering if I can seal these candies in their wrappers in jars. Anybody know? I got my taxes e-filed last night and cant wait for my return– Buying a pressure canner and water filter with it. Been watching the Wisconsin protests-getting kinda scary. Looking for another place to live-hoping I can find something rural. Candy from Nebraska– what part of NE are you from? I live right outside of Omaha.

    • Hi kathleen,
      I picked up loads of wrapped chocolate candy after Halloween and put them into quart jars and sealed them with the vacuum sealer. I poked a couple of pin holes in each one so the air can be sucked out. Then came the Christmas candy and the Valentine’s candy; and, next will be the Easter candy. As much as I love chocolate, I would not recommend trying to vacuum pack the soft centered ones. I really can not find a nice word to describe what the chocolate covered cherries looked like when the vacuum sealer got finished with them. Somewhere between a science experiment and a really rough looking road kill seems to be the best I can do.

    • When I get candy on sale, I leave it in the original packaging and I wrap it in clear packing tape- the kind that says “for mailing and storage”. I have done this also with some big blocks of Hershey’s that I got on sale. I don’t know yet how this will work out long term, but I couldn’t think of what else to do with it. I keep it in a cool, dry, dark place and hope for the best.

      • OhioPrepper says:

        Over time the chocolate may get a little white and chalky, but it’s still edible. You can melt it in a double boiler and pour back into molds and get it back to nearly perfect condition. Unfortunately, chocolate doesn’t seem to last long enough to get chalky around here LOL.

  31. Rev.Chance says:

    I finished the camo paint and handles for my battery box and mounted the solar panel. Turned out primitive and functional. I won’t have a duty cycle battery purchased for about two weeks. I balance my budget better than the Federal Government. Added ten more dollars to my small bill stash in the ready room. I sterilized and filled three more two liter bottles of water. My Wife bought a whole lot of pepsi from Fred’s about a year ago and they gave her the Pepsi racks to take home. They are great for maximizing space with water storage. Not more than four high though.
    I have a question… I have had the same bunch of hens for 1.5 years. They are well lit year round but have stopped laying eggs altogether. Is it the weather or are my chickens ready for the stove?
    Bless all of you!!!

    • Rev Chance, If you’ve supplemented “daylight” with a light and the weather hasn’t changed too drastically cold, I would venture a guess that your hens are moulting. The normal routine for layers is a moult at around 18 months of age. I don’t know the age of your hens but if you notice feathers around the hen house or their ranging area, they’re moulting. Another easy to spot change is if the hens have less than rosy-red combs and wattles. If they’re moulting, the process takes about a month, then you’ll get eggs again. Second time around, eggs will be larger and not as often. Hope this helps!

  32. AZ rookie prepper says:

    Preps for this week were a little thin, had some foot surgery done and not getting around too well right now. Will be better soon and then I get to go back to work. Did recieve your CD and have been going through it, LOTS of stuff there to ponder. Before I had my surgery, I did obtain some more storage pantry items, 4 pds sugar, cans of soup and dried soup mixes, 20 pds rice, several cans tuna and several cans of sardines, and also fueled up the truck. Diesel is getting close to $4 a gln here. Ordered some wheat berrys and freeze dried strawberries. Hired one of my co-workers kids to come over and mix in some compost in part of my garden area. Hope to do some seed starting tomorrow if I can stay on my feet long enough. Thoughts and prayers go to all our armed forces and others serving overseas.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Here’s hoping your foot heals quickly. Been there myself in years past, it’s a real drag.

      • AZ rookie prepper says:

        Thanks Lint Picker. Been draggin my heels about this surgery for some time….finally did it. After healing, should be able to get around a lot better, so in the long run, probably worth it.

  33. Rhinehart Fox says:

    Got a case of 7.62×54 and (2) food grade buckets to a fellow prepper. I bought 50# of hard red wheat and transfered to buckets. Confirmed my enrollment in a tactical carbine course next month. Also started doing P90X again. (Did it last year until biking season). Doin’ okay for turning 56 next month. Gardening? We just got 4″ of snow today. I’ll be thru the 90 day challenge before I have to pick up a hoe!

  34. Husband signed us up for concealed weapon class next weekend.
    I got ammo and holster for my carry piece for Valentines’ Day 😉
    DH readied the turkey shed ready and they’re now outside.
    Dental checkup for me, bag of goodies from dentist in my car get home bag.
    Lettuce, spinach and a bit of asparagus from the garden this week. Bought more tomato plants at the feed store, want to try dehydrating Romas.

    • AZ rookie prepper says:

      Sunny, I tried dehydrating roma’s last fall. Did ok, but would have been better if I has sliced thinly instead of trying chunks. I froze the “dried” chunks so preserved ok. Came out very sweet and tasty.

  35. Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

    First, the bad news. I mailed payment to MD for his CD, then about 5 days later the envelope came back to me. Seems I transposed the ZIP Code and so it came back to my return address. Thank goodness I had the return address on that envelope!!!! Sooooo., I will mail it out again on Monday, with the right ZIP code this time, MD. Hope I can still count on that lower price. If not, let me know before Monday so I can get the right amount to you. Either price, seems like a good deal to me.

    Now, for the good news. My taxes are done and refunds are due! Got plans for the money, including new tires for the old SUV.

    Inventoried my winter clothes since now is a good time to buy winter clothing. The stores, both online and brick & mortar, are having sales on winter clothes as Spring is right around the corner. So after the inventory, found out I’m pretty well set and don’t need anything right now. That’s always good news.

    Then I cut and taped and glued and cut some more until I had some homemade canned food dispensers for the pantry. Finding good, tough cardboard isn’t as easy as it used to be, but I had enough boxes on hand to make what I needed. Now the green beans have a box that stores 24 cans and uses space more efficiently, plus the cans roll down when the front one is removed. Same for the carrots, tomato sauce, soups, olives, and canned apricots. Will make more this coming week – something constructive to do in the evenings.

    The good weather left and the rain and snow came back, so that was good news for my new water storage container. Got about 10 gallons in it now, which will be used on the newly sprouting veggies in their container garden. Had to move the little plants out of the weather, but they seemed to hold their own well enough.

    Bought some powdered iced tea mix and powdered Gatorade while on sale. Their “best by dates” were nearing expiration, but that doesn’t bother me one bit. They will be good for now and this summer, plus they cover the taste of treated water should it ever come to that.

    The best news of all was returning to the hardware/lumber store that is closing its doors near here. Bought some 2x4s and cedar shingles at 70% off and some galvanized nails at 90% off!!! Will use some of these materials to build another chicken tractor for my friend who owns a ranch. He said his hens didn’t like the first one, but he has just trapped some quail and they will take to it after a couple of days’ imprisonment. I hope he’s legal!

    I’d like to also chime in and say how much I enjoy this blog and all that MD offers here. Plus, the great group of people who post here make it something very special. Thanks, everybody. Take care and God bless you all.

    • I would love to have instructions on how you built the dispensers for your canned goods. I’ve got plans to build a large wooden shelving unit for them but have to wait to have the money to buy all the materials for it, so a temporary cardboard one would be great! My email is tigerlily7795 at yahoo dot com if you wouldn’t mind sending me an explanation of it.

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        Well, Tigerlily, I would not send an email to many people I don’t know, for OpSec reasons, but I am taking a chance with you because I trust you will NEVER divulge my email address to ANYBODY. With that in mind, you should check your email inbox and see what I’ve sent you. I hope it makes sense, it’s kind of a hard thing to explain by way of text. It’s more a show and tell thing.

        • I fully understand the need for OPSEC so don’t worry. Your info will not get passed on to anybody else. I forwarded the email from one of my accounts to another and took all your info out and then deleted the original, so now I don’t even have your info, just the plans. Thanks!

      • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2009/02/16/build-your-own-can-rotating-rack/

        Try this site for instructions for one. If the link doesn’t work, it’s over at Foodstoragemadeeasy.net. These gals have a cute site and great recipes.

    • When I read your post about making the can dispensers it rang a bell. I saw a link to plans to make your own cardboard can holders awhile back on the foodstoragemadeeasy website

      Here is the link-

      http://www.foodstoragemadeeasy.net is an awesome website especially for those like me who are trying to establish their food storage

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        Barb & Trafal, thank you for the links to that website. I can’t believe I reinvented the wheel. LOL Those plans are more sophisticated than mine, but it’s the same idea. Sheesh, I wasted a lot of time doing all the calculations, etc. – they were already done! Oh well.

        I’ll be looking that site over, it appears very useful. Thanks again.

        • foodstoragemadeeasy.net is one of my favorite websites. You can sign up for bi- weekly emails for what they call babysteps. Every two weeks you get an email with a list of tasks . Could be a long term food to buy, a new skill to learn, reminder to check your 72 hour kit, etc.
          Lint Picker- I’m guessing you probably don’t need such a list but for others it might be a real help. My favorite feature of the website is called Shelf Stable Saturdays. They feature a new recipe every Saturday that can be made from foods that you keep in your long term food storage. That’s been real helpful to me because I wondered about meals you could actually cook if a trip to the store was not possible for whatever reason. Some recent recipes have included Chicken garden Stew, Peanut butter bread, and Tuna Noodle Casserole.

  36. Mental Matt says:

    Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve been on vacation. I purchased 15 packs of the St. Dalfour salmon and veggies, and 10 packs of the beans and corn from them to. The company is vitacost and I heard about it from this site. (Thanx to who posted it, I forgot who it was). The reviews were pretty good, I’ll let you know when I try them. I’m looking to buy either a 12 ga. remington 870, or a Mossburg. Not sure which I want. My department uses Remington. Feel free to give me any comments, thanx again and God Bless

    • templar knight says:

      Matt, I’ve had a Remington M-870 12 ga. for over 25 years, and I have absolutely no complaints. I’ve used it to duck hunt, goose hunt, squirrel hunt, dove hunt and quail hunt, and never even one malfunction of any sort.

      I added a magazine extension and bought an 18 in. barrel for defense, and have the 26 in. barrel that originally came on the gun for hunting. Everything is exceedingly easy to change out without any tools, except for the chokes, and you get a choke tool with the gun. Really, I cannot recommend this shotgun enough. It’s great.

      I’ve also heard people speak highly of the Mossburg, but I have no first hand knowledge of it.

    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      I’ve owned both types over the past 25 years and still do. The remington is heavier but less likely to get the “rattle”‘ in it later in life. The aluminum receiver on the mossberg cause the slide rails to rattle after extended use. It doesnt hurt function at all though. The mossbergs safety is in a better place and more natural and faster. If you wish to add shot extensions the remington will allow that whereas the design of the mossberg doesnt. Both are very “trickable” with a vast array of toys for them.
      Both are good weapons and you will not go wrong.

  37. Do you mean what did someone do to prepare for a survival situation? If so, well, let me see:

    I bought 1,000 rounds of 9mm ammo

    Talked my son into buying 1,000 rounds of 5.56×45 ammo

    Bought a couple of ammo cans

    Checked my meager survival food stock, made notes on items to add

    Checked on my gas masks and filters

    started shopping for seeds for my garden

    All the best,
    Glenn B

  38. Oh yeah, I picked up ten pre-ban (necessary in NYS) 30 rd. AK magazines

  39. This week seemed like it went by in a flash. I did add a few preps this week.
    1- Bought 90 lbs of wheat. I bought a wheat grinder about 3 months and have really enjoyed learning how to grind my own wheat. I’m still using the bread machine to actually make the bread but I want to learn how to totally make it from scratch. My kids are really enjoying the bread for the most part. I still haven’t found the ideal recipe for sandwich bread yet but they love some of my most adventuresome recipes. One of their favorites is Pizza bread with pepperoni and cheddar cheese. I am going to make some of that tomorrow to serve with some leftover corn chowder.
    2- I added another 5 gallons to my water storage. Now stands at 65 gallons and my goal is to keep 100 gallons stored and rotated.
    3- My mom very generously sent me some money for my birthday. I debated about what to spend it on but finally decided books. I got
    Making the Best of Basics
    Encyclopedia of Country Living
    Cookin with Home Storage
    Where there is no Doctor
    Where there is no Dentist
    The Ball Complete Guide to Home Preserving
    It will take me quite a while to work my way through these books but I’m looking forward to it. I’m currently reading Lucifer’s Hammer as recommended on this site. Most reviews I read said the book starts out a little slow as the characters are introduced and I’m finding that to be true.
    4- I need to lose quite a bit of weight- sad but true. Finally got motivated to watch my food and exercise more. Lost 5 1/2 lbs this week.
    Events seem to be moving rapidly. I found myself turning into the news channels more than usual just to see what is happening. Lots of news this week and little of it good.

    • OhioPrepper says:

      We sometimes use our bread machine to do half of the work. I don’t know if your machine will do it, but ours can be stopped just before the baking starts. This means the machine will do all of the mixing, rising, & kneading for you, at which point you remove the dough and bake it in the oven in traditional bread pans. Just another possibility.

      • Yes, I had thought that a good option would be to have the bread machine do the mixing and kneading. I do have a question ,though. I have a Breadman bread machine. It has a dough cycle which I use all the time for pizza dough. The dough cycle runs 90 minutes. If I used the dough cycle would I have to –
        1 – do a punch down and allow bread to rise and then place in bread pan or
        2-punch down dough and immediately place in bread pans and allow the bread to rise in the pans and then bake.
        Does that make sense? Just trying to think about what steps are necessary . I am total beginner at bread making.

    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      Trafal you keep up the good work on the weight loss and working out! It’s a tough battle but a worthy cause.

    • We started making almost all of our bread about a year and a half ago. It is so good! It was hard for us to find a sandwich bread substitute too. Now I make 2 loaves of sourdough each week and 2 of an egg/yeast bread. We use those for everything and don’t miss the regular sandwich bread.
      Your pizza bread sounds yummy!
      Congrats on the weight loss.

    • Trafal, “The Encyclopedia of Country Living” is a great book. In the bread section, try the recipe called “Virginia’s White Bread”. It is excellent for sandwich bread, hamburger buns, etc.

  40. Lint – have you checked out the canorganizer.com site? If it’s hard to find the right cardboard – they’ve done all the work – all you have to do is fold them on the pre-scored lines and roll the cans in. I bought some last year instead of making my own – love em!

    What did I do to prep this week?

    Read MD’s blog and all of your posts – great stuff
    ordered MD’s CD within the last hour just in time! Thanks MD
    more canned goods
    signed up for an all day univ ext series of classes – seed starting, composting, worms, etc – should be quite interesting – 2 weeks from now – love learning
    inventoried pantry and updated spreadsheet organized pantry as well
    gathered eggs
    made arrangements to put a freezer in at sons – locking garage – went out to my freezer this morning – deader than a doornail. At least it’s been cold enuff to keep the fishheads (sons bait) from stinking. Outta there in the am – to the dump – new freezer on the list – dont know if this one can be repaired
    ordered vacuum sealer bags
    got seeds organized for starting
    made lists for the cannery (wheat, oats, etc) and the restaurant supply store – I get barley, split peas, garbanzos, lentils, popcorn, couscous there – things I can’t get at the cannery
    25 lbs of carrots for dehydrating, some broccoli and cauliflower as well

    Payday this week so will up the preps – get taxes done – amongst other things.

    Md thanks for all you do – all, stay safe and alert

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Grannyj, thanks for the suggestion, but a couple of weeks ago I looked at that website and that’s what gave me the idea! Why buy them if I can make them? If I run out of cardboard, might have to break down and actually pay for some. 🙂

      • Lint – laffin – I’m too lazy to do all that cutting and measuring, so I bought em. need cardboard? got some rofl

  41. Reorganized and reinventoried food stores. Need to input into a spreadsheet and get a real number for where we’re at. Has to be north of 6 months, but I’ll know soon.

    Put up three solar charged motion detecting LED security lights. Need to pick up a couple more.

    Fixed the tiller- Mr. Mouse ate the ignition wire so I had to buy a new magneto. Picked up some ammo, chicken wire for garden fence and a box of long heavy duty deck screws to reinforce the entry door strike plates.

    Free chest freezer I got last week doesn’t cool, and it’s not something I can fix so it’s getting picked up by a shop that donates them after fixing them.

    More PT, of course. Got new sneakers, too.

    More to do, but one step at a time.

  42. Was out of country so didn’t do a whole lot, though I did manage to pick up what seems to be a pretty decent hand coffee bean grinder and a big bag of beans. Went to Sams and picked up 50lbs of rice and several cans of chicken and a couple of propane tanks – need to get them filled this week.

  43. Nothing too exciting here. I did find a good deal on tuna and bought extra canned goods as usual.

    I’m envious of everyone starting on their gardens already; we’ve got another 18″ of snow forecast for tomorrow.

  44. I picked up a copy of One Second After and read that all in one day. Wow, what a read! I couldn’t put it down.

    I answered an ad on freecycle to get a tv to replace ours that went out and the tv I got was a bust since it didn’t work either, but on the plus side, the lady was cleaning out her garage and gave me a dehydrator and a small portable grill that uses the little propane tanks. I got them both for free, so that was definitely the right price!

    Thanks so much, MD, for the blog a few weeks back about using coupons to buy our preps. You really got me started on it and my trip to the store today got me $248 worth of groceries for $137 for a total savings of 45%. I had never even tried it until reading your post. You will have saved my family a small fortune by the end of this year.

    I also took a trip to our local flea market in search of an old grain grinder and couldn’t find one. The had tons of meat grinders to choose from, but I want one for my wheat first so I’m still keeping my eye out for one.

    The last thing I did was find a source for some good local honey. Not sure how good of a price I’m getting it for as all I have to compare it to is the crappy stuff they sell in small containers at the grocery, but this sells for $2.99 a pound, so I bought a pound and a half for this week (all that I could fit in their container) and plan on getting more next week.

    • OhioPrepper says:

      I attended a beginner’s beekeeping class last weekend, and price was one of the questions. For raw or filtered (but not pasteurized) honey, the price in central Ohio runs about $1.50 / lb in large wholesale quantities (55 gallon drum of about 660 lbs). Retail honey runs from about $6.00 / lb in small quantities to around $3.00 / lb in larger (1 Gallon) quantities. Your $2.99 per pound sounds like a very fair price. Hopefully, by this time next year I’ll have some firsthand experience with the bees and the pricing.

  45. We managed to restore order in our basement, scored some free shelving material and got rid of unwanted items. Husband had a complete physical, I’m good but did renew my eyedrop script(those darn allergies from living in the woods) and made arrangements to get a tentanus shot this coming week as I’m way overdue.
    Tying up loose ends, more couponing and getting free samples, too, hitting the sales and joined Sam’s Club. Planning to buy more bulk items from there in the beginning of March to add to our stores and have ordered more food grade storage buckets for this.

  46. It was a slow week here, I got a couple cases of pasta, 50 pds of Rice, 20 pds of oatmeal, 50 pds of lime, had one of my seed orders come in, checked and did a bit of work on my one cold frame that was damaged though winter, when though winter veggies in storage and checked them all over for spoilage. Picked up a new case of jars and lids for Maple Syrup season, sap will be starting to run soon.

    In the process of setting up my old fashion manure run hot beds for early spring planting in our area.

  47. Luddite Jean says:

    I put in a first order with Approved Food, who are a UK company who sell out-of-date or close-to-date foods, cleaning materials and toiletries. The list was enormous, and I only spent £30 including delivery!

    It includes things like army surplus corned beef @ 75p per can, 2.5 litres of red wine vinegar @ £1.49, jars of jam @ 50p, 3.5kg of suet pastry mix @ £1.50 and tomato & noodle soup (dried) @ 5p per packet.

    Long as the list was, it was only a trial order, and I’ll report back next week what the goods were like.

    Went for a foraging walk yesterday and picked sorrel, wild onion tops, dandelion, goose grass and nettles.

    link to photos: http://i54.tinypic.com/nyv6zc.jpg & http://i54.tinypic.com/dcx4kp.jpg

    And I made a Persian dish called kuku with it – it’s looks a bit like a dog’s dinner, but tastes lovely!

    photo: http://i51.tinypic.com/24ngtxf.jpg

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Thanks for the photos. Looked like you found lots of good forage greens. The kuku – not liking it so much.

    • AZ rookie prepper says:

      Luddite Jean, I have to agree with Lint Picker, great photos, looks like some tasty greens…but the kuku doesnt look too appealing.

      • Luddite Jean says:

        It tasted a lot better than it looked! I probably won’t make it again, but I had a load of eggs to use up.

  48. Tomthetinker says:

    Sunday….. I suppose I feel like a bear would, climbing outta it’s winter hole….. stiff, outta shape, bad breath. Tooth brush, rinse, Gander Mountain for ammo that walmart is out of ( one box of each cal. and ga. I stock ), Chucky Cheese with the ‘grandkids’, home to P90X-lean up in the attic. MD… this place does motivate!

  49. Added some accessories to my Mossberg .270, A better recoil pad and a bipod. For the money a very accurate and long range gun! Bought some canned meats and fish, the Dak hams and some generic canned salmon, chicken and different flavors or rice and beans. Found some good pricing on turkey loads for my 20 gauge boomer, 3 inch magnums have many uses for a scatter gun.Also working on some op/sec with some family and friends. I feel now is the time for gathering trusted people to defend what little we will have from the hoard. From the advents occurring in Wisconsin I feel the polarization of our nation is getting worse, a sign of the impending struggles ahead. Thanks M.D. and all the posters on this site for sharing knowledge and wisdom!

    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      Cane them 3″ mag turkey loads in #5s are what we use in the 20 for “home defense loads”. We keep heavier stuff, #3 buck and slugs, on the sidesaddle but those loads really go thru the sheetrock whereas the turkey stuff slows down after the first hits.

  50. Ridge Runner says:

    Any of y’all ever tried canned butter? It’s very good. I bought some years ago in the Canary Islands while provisioning for an Atlantic Crossing. Still manufactured by the same folks:


    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Thanks for the recommendation. I heard from another person on another blog that Red Feather is good canned butter. I haven’t ordered any…yet. Right now, I’ve got a few sticks of butter in the freezer. Learned to do that from right here on this blog. Lots of valuable info to be found here!

      • Hey Lint, I have tried the Red Feather Butter and it has this Chef’s seal of approval. Pure butter, in a can, what more can you ask for?

        • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

          Do you work for them, Tony? 🙂 Is it real butter or clarified butter (ghee)? I would like to try it if it’s the real deal. Kind of expensive to have it shipped all the way here, though. Might have to learn to do without.

          Thanks for seconding Ridge Runner’s recommendation.

          • Nope, I do not work for them. I just don’t have a problem giving props for products when they deliver what they say they can. =)

            It is real butter, not clarified. Ingredients listed on the can are: pasteurized cream, salt.

            Yeah, it is kind of expensive, but if you ever have the opportunity to get your hands on some, at least you know you will have a good quality product on hand. I am fortunate that http://www.healthyharvest.com is right across the river, and they sell the stuff for $5.99 a can.

            • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

              Sure, I understand. I give profs where due, too. I like Spam Singles and don’t care who knows it. :)))

              Do you know if the same company make canned cheese? I’d like to get both canned butter and canned cheese. Ordering both from the same place at the same time would be convenient and cheaper shipping.

    • We’ve got a case of it. We haven’t opened it but everything I read about it said it tastes great. We store it in one of our refrigerators to make sure it lasts for a good long time.

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        Did you order it directly from the company or from a USA vendor? I might have to get me some for sure now. Thank you, GA Mom

        • Lint Picker

          I used a vendor. http://www.internet-grocer.net/butter.htm

          A case = 24 cans for $139. It’s about $6 per can with shipping. 1 can = 3 sticks of butter.

          It seems like its gone up in price just a little bit since I ordered. You should check around just to make sure this is the very best price.

          • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

            Thanks. $6.00 per can is pretty standard, I think. I am going to order some soon, now that it’s got such good reveiws here.

            Can’t say it enough, the people here rock and MD is the top rocker.

  51. This week I finished reading “Lights Out”. Loved the book, hated the ending. Ordered MD’s CD and watching the mail for that. Bought some more canned goods, pasta and baking supplies. Found some dehydrated egg whites to try. Hope to buy a dehydrator next week when the taxes come in. Got a few old cookbooks, One on New Orleans cooking from 1976, the other the cover is missing so I don’t know the title but it is from Vermont and it is handwritten. Will be fun to go through the recipes. Got a box of warped candles to make firestarters. Good luck, Christine on your job search.

  52. I spent all day Friday cleaning my guns. Thursday I cut 2 loads of firewood, and also put up some more rice.

  53. MD have been trying all morning between my tablet, pc and pda but i must still being doing something wrong just the same. I have been trying to buy a copy of your cd but onlt place i have found anything that resembles a payment link was last Sundays blog and it has 39.99 crossed out and 29.99 clear print. Am afraid I will miss out on your sale but I still wish for a copy please, email me if you have to as to how I can order your cd.

  54. i bought sleeping bags, packs & a 20 gauge shotgun w/ various ammo.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      20 gauge is great for most women. With various size shot, you will do well. What make?

    • That is sweet Melissa! Kinda making a reference to an old Almen brothers song. 20 guage is a good gun. Steve

    • Rhonda Sue says:

      melissa………..YOU ARE ONE LUCKY GIRL……a 20 gauge is on my list.Just waiting till I run across a few extra bucks.Very good choice.

  55. last week, got my seeds in. ordered some DE & activated charcoal. been reading up on wild edible/medicinal plants & am amazed @ how many i already knew. also picked up a bunch of misc stuff…. tarps, gas cans, water cans, camp fuel, rope, hatchet, hand saw, etc. & tons of bulk food. feeling pretty accomplished 🙂

  56. Very interested in the wire box trap write up

  57. Mountain lady says:

    Lint: The name Cobb is not familiar. I am one big county away from the county that hits the NV border, almost a straight line from the angle where Lake Tahoe sits. Starts with a “Y”. Not much here but trees, rocks and clay soil.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Oh, thanks ML, I thought you were closer to the coast. Was hoping you and your husband would like to meet at a coffee shop for a cup of whatever and talk preps. But you and I are a far piece apart.

      • Mountain lady says:

        I, too, wish we lived closer to you. We have a lot in common, and could have a lot of good talks.

        Downloaded Alas, Babylon yesterday afternoon, just finished it. Reminded me of the movie “The Day After”. Was probably written in that timeframe.

  58. Picked up 40lbs of white rice ($19.98 at my local Canned Food Outlet), a 45lb bucket of soft white wheat, a 45lb bucket of pinto beans, a 12lb bucket of organic alfalfa honey.

    I also did a test of the Mainstay 2400 calorie pack over a period of two days. My results? Not enough calories to sustain someone physically active in a survival situation. The vendor even states you should eat 2 bars at 400 calories each if in a seaborne survival situation. Shoot…..you would burn more calories than that just combating the motion of the ocean.

    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      Tony, thats awesome that you did a test! Way to many just rely on what they “think”.

      • Matt-

        It was nowhere near enough. The average person is going to require 2000 calories per day just to maintain with minimal physical activity.

        1200 calories a day with minimal activity and I felt sick. Maybe if you were to eat an entire pack in one day, it might be enough. Add in all of the physical activity one might expect in a survival situation and you will be passing out before noon.

        The way I look at it is this, you don’t buy a gun and stick it in the closet for when the time comes. You need to practice with it. Same thing with your rations. How many people buy wheat, with no way to grind it? =)

      • Yeah, great idea.

        Another thing that we can all do, while times are still good enough is this…

        The next time that we grab a bag of potato chips, or some peanuts, or whatever, just put a couple of handfuls in a small bowl. When it’s gone, it’s gone, and that is your snack.

        How would that help? Simple – in a post SHTF world, just like the native americans, we’ll be able to forage from the land (about a bowl full of whatever) and then if we are lucky, we’ll knock out some game and have dinner.

        We really don’t need a lot and can run much leaner than we are used to consuming.

        Staying active and eating less, that’s really the secret behind any diet. In fact, I was going to start a business once, it was going to be called the “Post Card Diet” – the premise was simple, people send in $5.00 and we send them a post-card, it says, “Eat Less – Move More”. – Anything else is just silly post-commonsense consumerism. So, I digress.

        This week? I cleaned up the garage, organized the tools, took stock of a decreasing inventory (consuming some older grub before deciding what else to purchase for stock). The winter is almost over here, so we’re planning the garden now.

    • Hi Tony.. I am a “survival food tester” of sorts too.. Weird hobby huh? When I was a kid, I used to sample C Rats from my Granddad’s buddy in the Guard – they got a kick out of me actually eating them. I am working on a plan to make and stock Pemmican – Look it up.. It’s classic – no it’s ancient ..Highly nutritious , tasty and satisfying. Not a bunch of no good sugar and flour – like most “survival food”.. Since I went primal in everyday eating (Meat, fat and vege only – minimal to no flour and sugar or starch) I have had to re-build my food supply preps. Pemmican is part of my new plan.

      • Scout – there are a lot of different recipies for Pemmican, but I can tell you that the Grand Portage, Minnesota, and across through Rainy River district of Ontario, was vital to the early fur trade because of the wild rice and berry crops which increased the nutrition and taste of the Pemmican. Maple sugar was also the sweetner of choice. Traditionally within the fur trade it was buffalo meat that was used (the Hudson Bay Company’s attempts to control the sale of buffalo meat resulted in the Pemmican Wars in 1814). Which protein have you found to work best?

        • I make mine with Sheep meat, I have made it with different kinds of meat but this is the one I like the most, used to use mainly saskatoon berries/moose in Western Canada and mainly elderberries/Mutton here in the eastern part of canada, Used Bearberry and Boo meat when I was in the Iqaluit, Nunavut area, as that was what I could get locally.

          Interested to see what you like to use

        • I have only used deer so far.. Will try beef this year. blueberries and honey too.

      • nancy (Northwest) says:

        Scout, I had to rethink my food stores also. (Keeping the grains for dire emergency and/or charity.) Will look into pemmican. The one Lake Lili describes sounds good! Otherwise, I have gone freeze dried and canned.

  59. sheeple_no_more says:

    off tropic but it came up in weekly prepping. What are you doing for acquiring and storing Meds? My family has no current needs (thank the lord) but I would prefer to be prepared and other than basic first aid stuff we don’t have anything.
    Can you suggest sources and what to store.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Check out “The Patriot Nurse” on YouTube. She has suggestions for meds. And her other videos are pretty good, too. Apparently most meds stay good even after the “use by date.”

      Her meds vid will explain which antibiotics to get and she has a few vids on the well-stocked first aid kit.

      Somebody here recommended her YT channel a week or two ago, and it is a good one. My thanks to whomever that was here.

    • We took the advice of the Patriot Nurse & ordered four bottles of different antibiotics from the site she references. I figure that each illness would require 1/3 of a bottle so we have 12 rounds of treatment. We will order more in 3-6 months (to have a fresher stock).

      We also have a good friend who is a doc & he’s written us a few presciptions that we have filled. We could get more from him but we don’t want to abuse the friendship.

      I also wrote down all the true expiration dates she suggests as well as what each antibiotic is used to treat and the dosage. I keep that paper with the antibiotics.

      The antibiotics are for fish so we’ll only use them if there are no other options (shtf!) but it sure is nice to know we have them. And, I think they are the exact same stuff we take from the doc.

      We store them in the refrigerator in a zip lock.

      We also have a bottle of Vetericyn Equine Wound & Infection Liquid – you can get it online or at an animal supply store (We got it at Tractor Supply). We plan on getting another bottle or 2 – it’s pretty expensive.

    • Also make sure you’ve got cold & flu medication (for symptoms), advil/tylenol, snake bite kit, betadine, set of crutches, butterfly enclosures, etc.

      We’ve got a good bit of chapstick. We don’t have enough sunscreen. We also plan to get a suture kit or a staple gun. I’d like some sort of numbing substance that we can inject for stitches – I think I’ll check out Tractor Supply again for that – they have syringes & everything. I do need to watch patriot nurses videos again & write up a full list.

    • http://www.alldaychemist.com is reliable, but you have to be aware the Amoxicillin or whatever antibiotic you order may be confiscated by customs. The shipments usually get through though. Big Pharma and AMA hate the idea that we can get something as simple as antibiotics without paying an arm and a leg at some Drs. office. What cracks me up is all the Drs. where I am at are Indian anyway. This Co. is in India.

    • templar knight says:

      Try armageddonmedicine.net sheeple. This web site is the best I’ve ever seen on the subject, and there are also dentists who regularly post. An overall exceptional blog, IMHO.

    • Thanks for mentioning Patriot Nurse again. I’ve wanted to check her video’s but forgot her name. She’s in the “Favorites” now.

    • Go through Amazon and search for these: Ciprofloxacin, Amoxicillin, Doxycycline, Ampicillin, Zithromax, Cephalexin, Tetracycline. If the SHTF, the fish in your fish tank may live to thank you for their preps.

    • Saline solution for cleaning injured eyes – we use contact lens saline solution
      Anti-diarrheal medicine – Immodium
      Rehydrating solution – Pedialyte, but I’m looking for a recipe if that runs out
      These are things that came up recently at our home, but I hadn’t prepped for them. The eye injury especially took us by surprise. Now we have two bottles of saline solution.

  60. I just realized something as I was reading through the comments. Taking an inventory of the supplies, trying to figure out what we consume in a month is prepping! Duh! I know, I’m a little slow on the uptake!

    I’m trying to get a handle on what we have so I can fill in the holes.

  61. LarryMoReady says:

    I am just wondering if we spend much to much time convincing each other of the importance of being prepared and maybe more time should be spent on teaching others how to prepare with the basics to get the ball rolling by doing. There seems to be the talkers and the doers in every crowd and I think that the talkers talk a good story of how they did things in the past and the doers just do without much time convincing others of why things are done. The blend of talking and doing is important for things to really progress in the right direction. I propose that some of us talk about helping others with the basics needs to start out working towards survival in general,like dealing with water, food, and shelter. If I was someone new to this forum I would want to know of all the concerns and actions to gather, store or test water for its use. Can all of you here explain your own way of dealing with water and it protection against other non-disaster preparers just taking it when things go very wrong out here? Where do you get your water during hard times? How safe is the water that you get? Do you let others in your network or neighborhood know that you have large storages of water? Glass or plastic bottles? All of the things that concerned you with such a basic item as water can be addressed. This would be so useful and empowering to the beginners just starting out here in our increasingly more complex world of unpredictability. The Art of Water and all of it’s nuances would be the best start. Thank You Guys and Gals. Lar

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Water storage, filtration, and purification have been covered quite a bit. But if somebody needs a few reminders, here’s a couple previous blog posts to get started.



      As for my own water storage, I would never use glass containers. They are too apt to break and then you’ve got a potentially dangerous mess as well as loss of water. Plastic bottles, juice bottles, clear soda bottles, water jugs, and 5-gallon water cans are best IMHO. For larger quantities, there are 55 gallon drums as well as above or below ground tanks. That’s for potable water. For irrigation, there’s pond water, rain catchment (harvesting), streams, etc.

      For current OpSec, I’m not telling others how much I have or where I keep it. I will tell those who meet my set of criteria when SHTF.

      Or maybe I totally misunderstood your comments??

    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      LarryMoReady easy enough, just ask, and I mean anyone just ask whatever you want to know, I will answer anything I’m capable of and sit queitly on everything I dont know, which is alot. Perhaps my answers will help, perhaps not but I will always try.

      “Can all of you here explain your own way of dealing with water and it protection against other non-disaster preparers just taking it when things go very wrong out here?”
      I have water stored both in and outside of the house. My plan is to move the large drums inside post SHTF or into the storm cellar both easier protected under my range carded fields of fire.

      “Where do you get your water during hard times?”
      I have a deer cart and 5 gl containers and several prior reconned water sources within a mile to replenish if I’m unable to use the well. My son and I have practiced movement and cover during hunts after getting a deer and transpoting it back to camp and are very good at the communications nessesary, we have even killed a second deer while transporting the 1st. The water would be filtered after returning home and placed in the large barrels. I have done topo maps of my area and marked the best locations so if something happens to me it is availible to the family in a “what to do in each situation survial binder”. The locations were determined by water depth during droughts and ease of access while maintaining concealment and proximity. Most collection would be at night for security.

      “How safe is the water that you get?”
      Totally unsafe and must be strained, boiled, filtered, treated or all the above depending where it came from and how much has died recently around the sources. Any water you get Post Event should be treated as such IMHO. It only takes one screw up for your world to crash!

      “Do you let others in your network or neighborhood know that you have large storages of water?”
      I don’t advertise however over the last few years, where I did live, I helped my neighbor, when we lost power for 3 days, by transporting water to them and this year when the temps hit sub zero I took care of my landlords horses with water stored in the house which blew their mind so there have been a few caculated breaches of OPSEC.

      “Glass or plastic bottles?”
      Glass breaks, earthquakes, bugouts etc. However Plastic weakens as it ages and will burst too. My choice is plastic but everyone will need to make up their own mind and there is no wrong answer IMHO. Perhaps a mixture is you are unsure.

    • I have 350 gallons stored in Barrels. Plus my neighbor has a swimming pool. I have several different kinds of filters. Plus I am fairly near a river. Another neighbor has an old grandfathered well and I have scoped out the big water tanks in my area.
      I am not worried about testing water. Between filtering, boiling and additives I feel I have it pretty well covered.
      As far as neighborhood goes, it probably would pay to keep a fairly low profile.

    • AZ rookie prepper says:

      The Art of Water – I keep 4 x 55 gallon drums full, poured in a generous amount of bleach (unscented, pure bleach) roughly 1 quart bleach per drum. Also have 75 gallons stored in my RV water tank, also treated with bleach. Have a Berkey water filter, and resources to boil water too. Have another 110 gallon capacity in a rain harvesting system (gutters from the roof). Currently empty due to prolonged drought here in AZ. Could fill those from a hose with enough warning. Also keep several cases of bottled water on hand, have several 5 gallon jugs of tap water on hand, and have about half dozen 2 liter soda bottles full of tap water. Have scoped out the neighborhood and know where there are several swimming pools, could use that in an emergency, but will ask first before just taking water. Nearest spring is several miles away and nearest river is almost 10 miles away. If I have to go on the public dole for water, have a cart that could be used to haul several jugs. Only my prepping partner locally knows of my storage. He has a hot tub full of water, plus an additional 55 gallon drum. We obtained the drums used from our local feed store for $30 each, they were formerly used for soda syrup. Also have on hand pool shock that could be used to treat water, but have not tried that yet.

      • LarryMoReady says:

        how will you remove the bleach to drink the water. boiling or reverse osmosis?
        thanks for your knowledge. Lar

        • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

          LMR, You don’t remove the bleach. You don’t use that much in the first place.

          Everything you’ll need to know is on MD’s new CD. You could order a copy and then read all about survival at your leisure.

        • AZ rookie prepper says:

          Like Lint Picker said, you dont remove the bleach. It was tap water to start with, and 1 quart of bleach in 55 gallons of water wont hurt you. I would probably run it through my Berkey water filter, or could boil it if need be, but that isnt really necessary, can drink as is.

          • There is no need to add liquid household chlorine bleach to tap water before storage as this water has already been treated by the water utility company. In this case all you need to do is fill the bottles to the top and tightly screw on the cap.

            • AZ rookie prepper says:

              M.D. You are absolutely correct on the non-need for bleach for tap water. I do use the bleach in my 55 gln drums in case I didnt get all the crud out of them before filling up, although they seem clean. Same story on the RV water tank, the RV sits out in the weather and over time, nasty stuff can grow in the tank if it isnt treated. Smaller containers I rotate the water and dont use bleach. Thanks for the reminder.

            • Matt in Oklahoma says:

              On the cholrine added to the water. True IF you trust your source. We have had incidents in my State especially in smaller towns with ecoli and other bad buggies in the water. I am overly paranoid I guess but my luck has never been that good either LOL

          • OhioPrepper says:

            Growing up we had city chlorinated water and we kept tropical fish. You could buy tablets to treat the water, or just plan ahead a little. Place 2 gallons in a 10 qt bucket and let it sit for 24-36 hours. The chlorine will outgas from the water all on its own. You can cover the container with an air permeable cover like cheesecloth or a well used (e.g., getting a little thin) towel. You can do this in pretty much any container (e.g., 5 gallon pail) as long as you leave enough headspace above the water for the chlorine to leech out.
            Since I’ve been using well water for more than 30 years I don’t worry about chlorine (or fluorine) in my water, and hadn’t thought of treating tap water for tropical fish in a long time. Brings back some good memories.

            • Sodium Bisulfite will bind with chlorine and remove it from water, not a method to use for guessing. Get a test kit, it can be as simple as a pool kit to check free chlorine and Ph. The simplest method for removing Cl2 from water is areation, bubbler or pouring back and forth from glass to glass. Again a test for Cl2 content is cheap and easy to use.

    • I would suggest getting the book “Dare to Prepare” by Holly Deyo. It’s worth the money. http://www.standeyo.com

    • We have a 1,500 gallon rainwater catchement system. The 1,100 gallon tank is not hidden from viewers who would drive by on the road we live on. This tank was only purchased last summer as a way to collect any possible rainwater from our roof (last summer’s drought taught us that we needed more water for our gardens). We do not consider this water drinkable without thorough treatments (it would be a last resort for us). With such a mass of water, we can store it year-round as long as the release-valve is protected from the freezing. Not hidden, most people around here would assume it’s a livestock water tank, not a rainwater tank. Regardless, a fencing screen to hide this beast is one of our projects for this year.

      Stored drinking water is inside — individual-size bottles, gallon jugs, and 5 gallon water dispenser jugs.

    • It doesn’t take long lurking on this site to realize that a question asked will be answered many times over. I’m not going to set up a booth at the mall, but anyone who seems receptive I will discuss prepping with. In the anonymity of on-line sites I will tell you what I have, and how I’ve done it. You may compare it to others opinions and come to your own conclusions.

      We’re willing to help anyone who’s willing to learn. We won’t do it for ya though.

    • OhioPrepper says:

      Living in a rural setting has its downside, like providing your own maintenance for water (pump, filters, softener, R/O system) and waste, primarily flipping the leech bed valve and getting the septic tank pumped every 5 years or so. All in all though I suspect the long term cost is less than folks with city supplied water, who in most places pay for the water and then pay for the sewage treatment based on the water usage.
      The big upside is control. I have a spare pump stored in one of the barns, and I’ve changed pumps before, because they do eventually wear out, or become the perfect grounding point for a lightning strike. Our well water is very good quality, and we soften it primarily for bathing and laundry, using the R/O system to provide great drinking & cooking water. In a pinch we could do without the extras, but since they are both non-electric, they will keep going as long as we have salt and water pressure. Basically, as long as I have a functional generator and fuel, we will have potable water. The problem with this scenario is that you can only run the pump while the generator is running, and you’ll eventually run out of fuel; therefore, some storage is required. In a grid down situation you run the generator and the pump and fill all of your storage containers. Additionally, when we have the rare power outage, it isn’t all that advantageous to drag out the generator and hook things up for what may be less than an hour, or only a few hours. So here are the storage containers we use.
      Water on hand at all times:
      10 – 5 gallon buckets with lids. This provides us with flush water and water for the animals if power is unavailable. We keep these full at all times, rotating them 2 or 3 times a year.
      2 liter and 1 gallon plastic jugs, stored in the chest freezer. The number of these in storage varies based on the available room. The frozen water keeps indefinitely, and having a large mass of ice in the freezer kelps keep it colder for longer in a grid down situation.
      Additional storage capacity when required.
      A water Bob, which allows you to store 100 gallons in your bathtub.
      Finally, the 50 gallon blue drums and the stock tank in the barn which would be filled while the generator is running. The more we can store, the less often we need to run the generator, and the longer the fuel will last.

  62. I ordered your CD among other things. This week I am learning to shoot an m16. I have shot basic rifles and bb guns and the like, but never anything like this so it should be interesting at the very least.

  63. Rhonda Sue says:

    Well…not much this week.We have out of town company,so been busy with them.Oldest daughter added a few cans of soup to our larder.Ordered and recieved MD’S CD……havent had a chance to look at it yet what with all this going on but I will soon.I am sure its gonna be great….cant wait.

    • Rhonda Sue,

      Please let me know what you think of the CD – it took me over a year to put it together.

      • Rhonda Sue says:

        I looked at some of it tonight and I am really impressed with it,MD………I cant imagine the time and research it took.You did a great gathering all the info for us.I didnt see anything missing that I needed. As my little grandson would say..’Yu da man’….Hes only 4yrs old and heard that somewhere. Its like a one stop Shopping mall….everything we need in one place.Very handy. Thank you from this lady in Texas.

  64. MD,

    Sounds exciting to have over 400 orders for your CD – great job!

  65. SrvivlSally says:

    Well, this week I watched two interesting videos with someone. The first was “Islam Rising, Warning to the West” by Geert Wilders and the second, entitled, “Homegrown Jihad, The Terrorist Camps Around U.S.” Both were very good films and they help viewers to understand the severity and urgency of the situation, as a whole, within our land. I learned that the camps’ members are practicing martial arts so I am now glad that I know how to at least defend myself against those types of fighters. Before the videos arrived and we watched them I had began brushing up on using escrima sticks to defend myself with and now that I have seen the footage of what the camps’ members are doing I am glad that I am. The part that I did not like much is that they were using putty with wire and casting it into a large dirt pool as they watched the water shoot up several feet into the air. Having recently heard over the television that alky-kada recently told the deetroidt, Michikun muzlimbs to act is cause for me to be on guard. Not long ago, a muzlimb woman fully clothed in her uglified black, she-hide and we-hope she does not have something under there, dress and her man were giving my mother stares as they passed her in our Wal Mart’s parking lot and another time, several days later, they were there again but this time the woman saw me and would not take her eyes off of me. Could it have been that I made direct eye contact with her and she knows that her man would love nothing more than to slice and dice my k-neck?…don’t know, but I wish they would go back to their own country and stay out of mine. I think they may have taken up residence in our local community to set up one of those camps and train others from our area but only time will tell…or will it?

    • Seriously?
      It seems like a lot of calories being wasted keeping the hatred burning towards someone that you don’t even know.

    • The brainwashing wore off... says:

      Well said, SrvivSally!

      At the risk of sounding xenophobic ( and I really don’t care if I do) they do not belong here. Their values are not our values, i.e. the original Judeo-Christian values this country was founded upon. They hate us and would just as soon see us dead. You just have to ask yourself “why are they here?”, if we are so clearly infidels and demons according to their beliefs? What would possess them to want to live amongst us? After all, we allow our women to walk unshrouded , to live and work among men (!), and be involved in society. Why would they choose to live amongst us, if not to transform our country into another theocracy?

      I know some may feel these comments are “too harsh” or may disagree. But if we are to discuss prepping, isn’t one of our foremost duties to learn and discuss what possible and legitimate risks we face?

      Radical islam is a distinct threat to this country and there has been no outcry from so called “moderate” muslims. I suspect the term “moderate muslim” may be a misnomer, or may be in direct conflict to the quran.

      If you are not already familiar with her, I’d suggest my fellow bloggers read about Bridgette Gabriel’s experiences in Lebanon.

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        The BW Wore Off – I’m absolutely on the same page as you are. They come here to destroy our country from within. Even the so-called “moderate muslims” don’t do a dang thing to suppress their radical brethren. They are not willing to assimilate and they want us all to die or convert. Ain’t gonna happen on my watch.

  66. I expired the introductory price today to give me time to catch up with all the orders – I plan to put it back on sale in a few weeks.

    • M.D,please let me know when you have more,as I need to purchase one ASAP.Thanks brother,Be Safe and God Bless You.Stay Low and Watch your Back. Dave

  67. I finally got out to the free gun range in town and tested out my new glock 23. I found it awesome. For .40 s&w I would recommend a 155 or 165 grain bullet, not the 180 grain – recoil is noticeably sharper with 180. However, overall recoil was very good. I’m assuming this has a lot to do with Glock’s gen 4 dual recoil spring. Fired around 150 rounds through the gun with no malfunctions. Will be putting it to the test more in weeks to come. Hopefully I can find time to practice shooting at least once a week.

    The 18.25″ barrel for my win 1300 arrived yesterday.

    Ordered several mylar bags (I got quart size ones so that I don’t have to open a huge bag for meals). I also ordered some silica gel dessicants for ammo storage and other supplies which need a dry environment.

    I bought a sterilite locking trunk to keep my on-the-move (truck) survival gear in. Bought a set of nutdrivers and a rubber mallet.

    I cleaned all my guns thoroughly this week.

    Question: most O2 absorbers I’ve found online come in single bags of 100+ absorbers. All of which I will not likely use at once. What is a good way to keep the absorbers after opening the original package so they do not absorb O2 until you need them?

    Also, for anyone who reloads ammo, what do people think of the lee handloader? I’m still a student and live on a pretty meager budget. Wondering about this as an affordable reloader until I can get something more efficient down the line. As far as reloading goes I am an extreme novice. No experience whatsoever except for a friend who reloads and will walk me through the process.


    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      They have smaller packs on the oxy absorbers.

      I wait to bucket/bag my stuff until I get enough food to use everything. I have not had real good results trying to reseal the absorbers. Some worked and some didnt.

      The Lee will do you fine as a starter. It will be slow but as you learn and progress you may want to move up into the progresives. Loading is fun and gives me a great sense of pride that I created that. I started with a Lee and now a gazillion rds of 50 calibers later I’m using a Dillon. If you need to do real accurate you will need a single stage and if you ever have a place like retreat or BOV I would mount the Lee there as a backup IMHO.

      • Thanks Matt!

        Yeah, I really want to get into a more efficient press but I feel like I’ll learn more by going the rough route first. Also, I’m still at a relatively nomadic period of my life (i.e. grad student) and try to keep most of my preps fairly mobile.

    • Open the O2 at the last possible moment. Quickly re-seal them an a container that is not air permeable (zip locks won’t do). I use a canning jar, the smallest possible that the leftover packets will fit into. They will suck the lid down tight. Some people use their vacuum sealing machines. (foodsaver) The bags for these are non-permeable (air can’t eventually pass through them.)

      • OhioPrepper says:

        You can use the Foodsaver to vacuum seal the lids on the jars. Also, you can put in a sacrificial fast acting O2 absorber in the form of those little hand warmers. They absorb O2 exactly like the absorbers, but they’re design to do it faster and generate heat in the process.

        • If you use a foodsaver, do you have to have the O2 absorbers also? Can I take cereals, pasta and grains and put them in foodsaver bags? I don’t know a lot about long term storage yet. Getting a foodsaver and a dehydrator next week.

          • Buy the plastic storage containers for the Foodsaver for items that could get crushed (cereal, etc), and for food that could poke through the bags (uncooked rice). They work really well. Make sure the Foodsaver you buy has the attachment for sealing the containers. There is a similar attachment for sealing canning lids onto jars. I would also recommend the bags instead of the rolls. We have had some seams open up on the rolls, but never on the bags.
            We absolutely love our Foodsaver. When we open food that has been stored this way it tastes really fresh.
            I dehydrate fruits, put them in Foodsaver bags and keep in the freezer. We pull them out when camping, hiking, etc. I keep them in the freezer to extend their storage life.
            Have fun with your new toys.

    • That’s how I started, and allthough I have a turret press for 45acp I plan on getting one for my new 45. Stick to loads that come with the kit, same powder and bullet weight. Once you have a few boxes reloaded you’ll want a dial caliper, or maybe the electronic one from harbor freight. [case length, OAL, etc.] Get a good mallot I like the plastic one with shot inside deadens recoil from striking the case to resize and is easier on the hand. My next step was a scale, a beam balance, but digitals are much cheaper now than back then. I still have a Classic Field Loader for most of my guns and keep one for 357 in a BOB as I have a levergun and revolver that go with that pack. In my experiance it is the cheapest way to get started, and produces a good reload, slow but a good grounding in the basics of how to reload.

      • OhioPrepper says:

        I’ve been using a progressive press for years along with a non-digital dial caliper and a beam balance. We’re putting on an NRA reloading course at my gun club next month, and in our instructor prep meeting last night I was amazed at the components people are using. There are digital dial calipers and accurate digital scales for under $50.00. When I bought my beam balance the scales were more like $350.00. One of the guys involved with the class is a Hornady rep and said that load cell in the scales do wear out, so you need to replace the scales about every 5 years of heavy use. At $30-50 that’s not a bad thing.
        As a good basis for reloading I highly recommend the “NRA Guide to Reloading” available directly from the NRA website at http://materials.nrahq.org under the Certified Instructor Training Materials section. Here’s a direct link to the book and description: http://materials.nrahq.org/go/product.aspx?productid=EF%2013527 where it’s available for $8.00 plus S&H. You’ll need to create an account. It looks like the same book appears to be available on Amazon for about $10. This book along with the loading books from Speer and Hornady are a comprehensive library for reloading.

  68. Nor Cal Ray says:

    First of all I would like to thank you M.D. for all you do. I hope all is well with your girlfriend and her family and you. You are her strength right now. God Bless you.
    What with my anniversary last Friday, Valentines on Monday nand my wifes B.D. yesterday it was a kind of short of funds but did manage to get 2 lbs of yeast, 3 boxes of 20 ga. 2 3/4″ slugs for wifes shotgun, 2 rolls of nickels, and an 8 qt. pressure cooker to go along with the 16 qt. already have. Took some CPR training offered thru my regular job and read Bug Out by Scott Williams.
    Thanks everyone for all your posts as they are very helpful to me as well as all of the lurkers out there. (of which I was one until about a month ago.

    • Nor Cal Ray,

      Thank you – she is doing better, but it has been tough on her.

    • Ray…..is there something about the nickels I should know.There another mention of them on a forum I frequent.Come on…..clue an old lady in…lol.I hate being in the dark!

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        Rhonda Sue, I’m not Ray but I’ll try to answer your question. There is a clause in some piece of legislation (I don’t remember if it’s the budget, the health care, or just which one since there are so many now) that allows the federal government to change the content of our coins at any time they feel the “need” to do so. Right now, the price of copper and nickel – the two major components of the US Nickel – are well above the face value of nickels. IOW, it costs the US government (you and me, as taxpayers) more than 7.5 cents to make each nickel (5 cents) in just the metals used. So each nickel minted is a losing proposition. IF the government switches from making nickels out of copper and nickel, and goes into making them from stainless steel, for example, then the value of each copper/nickel nickel is bound to increase. Currently, melting nickels is illegal, but that could change someday and that would make them highly desirable. If they become highly desirable, they would quickly disapppear from general circulation just as silver coins disappeared from circulation in the mid-1960s when they were replaced by the clad coinage we use today. This is Gresham’s Law – you can look it up on Wikipedia for details.

        Bottom line: some of us are acquiring nickels as a form of savings account. Of course, it may take decades before they are worth even twice their current value. Who knows? It’s always a game of speculation in the world today. LOL

        • Rhonda Sue says:

          Thank you,Lint!

        • Is it any nickel, Lint, or only pre-1965?

          • OhioPrepper says:

            All current nickels. There’s been a discussion of changing the composition, but that hasn’t happened yet, and when it does I suspect you’ll very quickly & loudly hear about it here.

          • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

            OP is right, any nickels for now. They are 75% copper and 25% nickel. And, no, I don’t have those figures reversed. LOL :))

        • OhioPrepper says:

          Lint Picker,
          There is no specific clause in any recent legislation. The US Mint is tasked with coining money and they select the composition they have deemed to be the best trading off cost and durability. There is no conspiracy or anything here. Nickels are made of 75% copper and 25% nickel. During WW II (1942-1945) they were made of 56% copper, 35% silver, and 9% manganese containing no nickel at all. The change was made due to either a shortage of materials, or the strategic use of materials for the war effort. For more details see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nickel_(United_States_coin).
          Pennies likewise have had different compositions of copper, tin, and zinc and in 1943 were zinc coated steel for the same reasons. Details on pennies can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny_(United_States_coin)
          The good thing about collecting a common coin is that in any case, they’ll still be worth a nickel to everyone, where unloading ammunition or even Silver bars and rounds may be a little harder.

      • OhioPrepper says:

        Rhonda Sue,
        You buy what you can afford. Gold is good, but probably 1/10 OZ is more useful in a post SHF situation. Silver is more affordable. It’s been said that Silver is the poor man’s Gold, and that Nickels are the poorer mans Silver. Keep in mind that you can’t eat any of these, so sufficient Beans, Bullets, and Band-Aids should be acquired first.

  69. Becomes the Bear says:

    Long time lurker, few time poster but here goes…

    I went to a coin auction and stocked up on some junk silver coins. Silver hit $32.66 on Friday but I was able to get some at about $25/ounce. No one seemed very interested so I got as much as I wanted along with one other bidder. I also stopped at the bank and stocked up on some nickels and pennies. Now I gotta go through the pennies to separate out the 1982 and after. I actually found 2 Indian head pennies and a lot of Wheat pennies in the last batch. I keep the pre-1982 pennies as they are 95% copper and worth about 3 cents. The 1982 pennies are a mix. You can weigh them to separate out the copper and the zinc ones. The post-1982 are 97.5% zinc with copper flashing and they go back to the bank. The ladies at the bank don’t mind as long as I keep them supplied with chocolate! BTW, the best way to keep chocolate is to wrap it air tight and freeze it.

    Then I needed something to keep them in along with my rifles. It just so happened that there was a sale on gun safes at a dealer nearby. Talked the wife into stopping by for a look-see and we ended up getting one- delivery included. No use breaking something that I need on my body.

    I ordered MD’s CD and it arrived yesterday. Took a look at the contents today. What a ton of useful information! It’s going to take quite awhile to go through all of it. NICE JOB!

    Picked up a couple of plastic rain barrels for water storage and two more metal drums for storage of diesel fuel for the tractor.

    We also went to Border’s store closing sale and stocked up on some survival and putting food by kind of books that I have had my eyes on.

    I am green with envy of all of you folks getting your gardens ready. My square foot garden is still covered with snow and more is predicted tonight and tomorrow night. Will it never be spring???

    Last but not least, I finished figuring out my taxes and filed my returns with the IRS. Thank goodness that is over with! I HATE that chore!

    Good luck on the job searches and keep on preppin’.

    • nancy (Northwest) says:

      I have been wondering about spring, also. Snow flurries forecast for four days of the next week, but no accumulation. Guess that is something.

    • Nickels again? I need to know….

      • templar knight says:

        Rhonda Sue,

        The contents(nickel and copper) of a regular nickel are now worth 7.5 cents. Many people are now buying nickels and storing them with the anticipation of making additional monies on them above face value(.05).

        This method has been highly recommended on a blog I shall not name. Personally, I think you should spend your money on preps, meaning beans, bullets and band aids. However, if you have plenty of time, space and money, and you need a hobby, why not, I suppose. But nickels are heavy, take up needed space, and would require a lot of time and effort. I would recommend buying pre-1965 silver coins over nickels myself, and ammo over both. I think .22 cal ammo will be one of the best investments, and I would rather have an ammo box full of them as opposed to nickels. Just my 2 cents. LOL.

        • Becomes the Bear says:

          A lot of blogs are talking about saving nickels not just the one who shall remain nameless. I just don’t want to end up kicking myself for not stocking up like happened when silver disappeared in ’65, although I was too young back then to know what was going on. 🙂 If nothing happens to the price, so be it but I still will have a couple of hundred dollars in an emergency to fall back on. I also go through them looking for mis-strikes/errors and for the war time silver nickels that are now worth $1.91. I agree on the food and ammo first. Lots more important things on the list! Check those 2 cents, they may be Indian heads!

          • templar knight says:

            Hahaha, Bear, I think you have something there on the 2 cents. Bear, I’m not criticizing those who have the time and space to store nickels. Heck, it’s guaranteed that you will make money, and I know many folks who could have benefited from saving the old silver coins but didn’t, and some of them are kicking themselves in the pants.

            I just want people to store what they really need before buying nickels, and not to get sidetracked. It’s obvious you have your stuff together, so more power and more money to you, my friend. Good luck.

        • Rhonda Sue says:

          Thank you,templar knight!Gonna have to talk to my hubby about this,lol……he prob already knows……he reads more than I do.

    • Becomes the Bear,
      Funny you should mention indian head pennies. When times get tough, people cash in or spend old money they have been saving. I received a $1.00 silver certificate from 1953 in my change from a hardware store recently. I have also been noticing more wheat pennies in my change, too. In the late 70’s I worked Saturdays at a gas station during summer vacation from school, people would occasionally use silver certificates in several different denominations (1’s, 5’s & 10’s) and old coins (silver Franklin 1/2 dollars, pre-1964 Washington quarters, etc.) to make gas purchases.

      All those $2.00 bills from 1976 will probably start surfacing along with all the $1.00 coins they have been minting over the years, too.

      • Becomes the Bear says:

        Jim- I am seeing a lot more of that lately in the rolls that I get from the bank and from a local gas station (especially the gas station). I have never once gotten a silver certificate in change. I think that folks are getting down to the nitty gritty and raiding the last stashes for buying essentials. The checkout lady at the cafe at work keeps showing me the silver coins that she gets almost daily. She keeps them….. 🙁

        • Jim Murphy says:

          Becomes the Bear,
          I was a coin collector as a young man but as life and increased responsibilities came along, I stopped cold.
          Didn’t have a big budget, so I basically bought no gold coins at all. Bought some coins at a local flea market (liberty coins, buffalo nickels, indian heads cents, mercury dimes, peace dollars, morgan silver dollars, and the like), would buy rolls from the banks and go through them for more recent coin books. My brothers and I also liked to scavenge freshly disked farm fields for arrow heads. Once right after it was disked and the same field again after the first rain. Had a fantastic time doing both of those activities and still have everything I acquired in a box in the closet. I know I’ll never retire on the contents of the box, however
          I like to drag the box out every once in a while and go through it. Brings back so many good memories.

          • Becomes the Bear says:

            I love arrowhead hunting. There is something about holding a tool that an ancient human being made by hand hundreds or thousands of years ago. They were all survivalists and preppers back then.

            My wife and I go out a good bit still but it is getting harder to find good fields that are plowed still and owners who will grant permission to hunt. A box of chocolates works sometimes! Depending on what points you have, they may be very valuable. A good Clovis point is worth its weight in gold just about. Great memories…

            We are also moving into metal detecting now but not until the spring thaw. CAN’T WAIT!

            • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

              I’ve been a relic hunter all my life. Also got into metal detecting about 12 years ago. And I’ve been known to dig old dumps for bottles and other junk.

              Scavenging and prepping just seem to go together.

              Also used to collect coins until the house got burglarized — that quickly ended the coin collection and killed off my desire to have another one.

              Metal detecting is a lot of fun, but it’s also getting hard to find places to go. Too many people, too many laws.

            • Jim Murphy says:

              Becomes the Bear,
              Unfortunately, all the farming taking place in my area is “till less”. They no longer break the sod to plant corn or soybeans. I have 38 different pieces.
              Of those only 7 that are not chipped or broken.
              6 arrowheads that are just about perfect and 1 spearhead. No clovis points in the bunch. I too wonder, who made the piece, did they have a successful hunt that day, what were they shooting at and so forth.

          • Funny story, I had a forest ranger confiscate some arrowheads I left on a picnic table in a camp ground, When he came back the next day to warn me of taking things of cultural value from public lands, I knapped a few more for him, wouldn’t have been so bad if his partner could have kept a straight face.

  70. Tomthetinker says:

    Final preps for the week. Accountant called… taxes are done and we don’t owe Uncle Sugar anything. Dropped by Gander Mountain sporting goods and they are out of stock on common cal.? and yes 22 too? Picked up outter ware for Mommasan and I. Early this morning I picked up a 300 WinMag form a fella that ‘had to have the cash’. Scoped, laminate stock. got absolutly no use for it but now I own it? Will trade it off for a 20 or 24 inch flat top AR upper at the March gun show sense I got the two stage lower Friday. Found out that a full Cup of everything in a bean pot ( beans, veges x 3, smeet, rice, pasta makes enough for about 10 people…. I now have enough in the freezer for 8. See you all in here next week……… Tinker out

  71. My first What Did I Do to Prep Post — It’s a good way to wrap up my weekend I think.. Tonight’s responses are really informative too. Tractor Supply – 50% off of clearance – stocked up on work gloves, lighters, butane, a couple collapsible buckets (1.50 ea!!) Some jackets and shirts for the boys’ future sizes, and a hand-crank / solar charge LED Lantern – Pretty nice model I think. Saturday – Took the Scouts outdoors for some skills work for upcoming winter camping events. Tripod lashings, stalking games, 1/4 mile run for time, practiced tent pitching, showed em how to use backpacking stove and have a Mountain House dehydrated meal. They liked it! We usually cook old-school with raw ingredients / Dutch ovens..This was a fun and useful diversion. Took my youngest son (9YO) out to shoot his 22. That’s it.. Afer this, I’m starting to wonder if all I do is “prep”. Oh, and I spent 10 minutes watching a TV show tonight – and couldn’t stand it anymore and had to get up – I cleaned up the garage instead. Check out Tractor Supply Center big deals if you have one nearby !! No I don’t work there.

    • Rhonda Sue says:

      We really like the Tractor Suppy store.Its my Go-to place when I cant find what I need any closer to home.The closest one is an hour and half away.

  72. LarryMoReady says:

    The water information was absolutely great. Does anyone have any ideas on hand generator radios, lights, horns or recharging systems for batteries out there that are of good quality? Is there a bicycle generator system that will run an appliance of a sort or other things.
    A backup gas powered home generator would be nice if I could afford it but all the other things like water food and safety take the balk of funds for now.
    One last thing is Food needs. How do I keep dry and what types of food will last long enough to feed the family. Are there better types of food that will not spoil over months of time?

    • templar knight says:

      Larry, go to MD’s Home Page, look on the left side, scroll down through the categories until you see food. Click on food and you will find a wealth of information on all your questions, including some very good posts on water purification as well.

      It will take you awhile, but keep going until you find what you need. Most likely you will find multiple posts on each subject. MD also has a new CD that has all this info categorized if you would prefer that route, but he has also graciously provided the info for free to those who can’t afford it. And for doing this we should all thank him.

      Thank you, MD, you are a good man, and it’s people like you who are helping turn things around, whether we have a disaster or not. Living within your means, being happy with less, and enjoying the self-sufficient livestyle is improving this country no matter what happens in the future.

      • LarryMoReady says:

        Thanks Temlar for being patient with a new comer like myself.

        • templar knight says:

          It’s always a pleasure to welcome new preppers, and I think you will find the people who inhabit this blog to be the best in the World, both in prepping and willingness to help others new to prepping. And there is no such thing as a dumb question on this blog, as everyone knows what it is like to have to learn. And you will find the folks here knowledgable on just about everything.

    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      This will help you on the food IMHO.
      Rice, honey, beans, pasta, powdered milk, salt, sugar, oats, instant potatoes are good long term (20+yrs) cheap starters that require no extra equipment but all need water. So refer back to the water post also LOL
      Also these can be incorporated into your normal diet so no money is wasted and it is easily rotated over time.

  73. Let’s see…

    – Read this blog through the week and kept current on world events.

    – Reading and learning more about the Winchester Model 1600. Thanks to those that made mention of it a few weeks ago. I’m seriously looking to pick one up very soon.

    – Kept both vehicles topped-off with fuel. Also, did a little PM by checking and replacing some fluids, checking the tires, and vacuuming the air filters. Even though we’re seeing some unseasonable warming, I added a fleece blanket to my truck. Wifey’s car already has a blanket.

    – Filled a few more 2-liter bottles with water. After two weeks, we have about 16 liters… amazing how quickly things are coming together. I’ve been keeping a keen eye for 2 liter bottles at work.

    – Added some downloads to our grab-n-go binder. A few recipes, water purification info, and some shortwave radio literature.

    – For our 1st aid kit, I purchased a cheap copy of “A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine” via Amazon for a little over $4.00 (including the shipping – the book was only $0.49) – dealio! The free Prilosec samples also arrived and found a home in the kit.

    – We added more food to the pantry – mostly pasta, some canned vegetables, and cornbread mix. Clipped a few coupons last Sunday that enabled us to get three tubes of Colgate toothpaste for FREE. Bonus!

    It was a good week. Nice to see the sun, and the warm air really lifted our spirits. Thanks to everyone for sharing.

  74. The Prepper says:

    Busy week last week. Picked up a couple of bags of charcoal and another case of water. Also attended a vehicle defense and defensive carbine course over the weekend. Since it’s ammo month, I picked up 1000 rounds of 5.56 and 2000 rounds of #8 shot. Hoping to start shooting some clay targets in the coming weeks.

  75. Cleaned my ancient J.C Higgins 12 gauge Shotgun, bought a rocket stove and a case of freeze dried food and 25 lbs of beans at Honeyville farms. Picked up another bucket of Hard White Wheat at Costco, along with 50 lbs of salt and 25 lbs of sugar. started my income taxes, thankfully, it looks like my refund check will help my make a lot of progress on my prep supplies ‘wish list’, the more costly stuff I’ve been wanting, but couldn’t fit into our budget. I’m hoping to get a good, new shotgun, a Ruger 10-22, a trailer hitch and trailer, a basic solar power setup for the house, and a well pump that I could power by solar. Our garden is planted (Yay Arizona!) and we’re hoping to see sprouts any day. Speaking of sprouts, my wife sprouted beans and grains to add to our salads. She canned some turnips and cooked turnip greens for the first time. I love the bitter taste, but she’s not quite sold on it. It seems most days we make some kind of progress in our prepping. I’m sure glad my wife is fully on board with it. It’s given us a lot to talk about and work together on. It’s helped build our relationship too, as we feel we are working hard for our own future, not squandering our days chasing idle wants, and ‘keeping up with the Joneses’.

    Thanks for all the inspiration MD!

    • templar knight says:


      Add a little sugar to those turnip greens, and they will mostly lose the bitter taste. Or you can add mustard greens, which is what many Southerners do, sometimes having as much as 50% mustard greens mixed with the turnip greens. My mama used to do both these tricks for us when we were kids, and less accustomed to the bitter taste. One of these two methods(sugar is the likely one) will get your wife on board. Hopefully!

      • Thanks for the tip, TK. I passed it on to my wife. We aren’t growing any mustard greens, or at least not yet, so I guess we’ll try the sugar tip. It’s a shame to throw nice greens on the compost pile!


  76. Becomes the Bear says:

    Nickels are worth 7.2 cents melt value right now. You can’t melt them since that is illegal. But you can stock up on them. The gov’t can’t afford to keep stamping them out at a loss (if they were smart but that’s an oxymoron!). Eventually they will make the lowly nickel out of some other even more lowly metal which will drive up the value of the old nickel. This higher value will remove the current nickels from circulation since people will be collecting them. Better to collect them now when you don’t have to sort them out and you don’t have to pay a premium on them to anyone. Predictions are that the gov’t will start producing new pennies and nickels soon- maybe steel, maybe aluminum.

  77. Candy from Nebraska says:

    Well I now know I can cook for 8 adults and 5 children on a constant basis. Not something I enjoy doing by myself ever again but it can be done. I had 7 qts of left over to can and 4 lbs of sausage which everyone is munching on instead of me canning it up. Now to clean my small home after all the rugrats. Had fun overall, but I sure am glad that half of them can go home…lol

    • Rhonda Sue says:

      Good job,Candy! I also can up leftovers.My oldest son teases me all the time.I asked for more canning jars for my birthday last year….lol….its a running joke in my family.That whoosh and rattle is one of my fav sounds.

      • Rhonda Sue…I’m with you! I LOVE the sound of the pressure cooker saving my food for me.

        • Rhonda Sue says:

          Lol…….alot of people just wouldnt understand that.LindaG!!! To me that sound is right up there with ‘Baby giggles’ and ‘The door shutting behind pesky cousins that borrow and never return what they borrow’….lol.

          • HAHA…too funny!

            • Annie Nonymous says:

              I remember as a kid the joys of pressure cookers – the poor woman’s microwave >>giggles<<… Its one of the best pieces of equipment a woman (or a guy) could own… the good ones are geting hard to find, my mom had one with a 14 and 20 pound "rattlers" for the top… it's one of those things I look at 2nd hand stores for… you get a good one it's worth it's weight in silver coin…

  78. Mostly routine. Replaced outdated Micropur with a new order.

    For years now, I have maintained a chart of the items that need replacement in various kits and bags. The Micropur is one example of that. This chart includes batteries, medicines, and other such items with limited shelf lives. On the chart, I note the bag or kit, what the item is, the date it was last put in the bag or kit and the date of expiration. That way I don’t have to physically go through every bag and kit to check on these items. Also, it insures that these items are fresh…. just a suggestion.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      (W), Good idea! Being organized and knowing where everything is and if it’s up-to-date seems to me to be very important. It would be a real travesty to have something useful, forget where it is, then not have it at hand when needed. Or find out at the wrong time that the batteries don’t work.

      Think I’ll work on making my own chart this coming week. Thanks for the suggestion.

  79. Annie Nonymous says:

    Well, to add to the exploits, went out “tool testing” at the local “testing facility” >>grins<< … amazing how rusty things get (like skills – hint hint) when one doesn't practice regularly… yikes!! Also ordered a copy of the CD… thank you for putting together such an awesome collection, I can't wait to get it!

    What else? Oh yeah, was looking over some of my old supplies, realized that some were cached so well I couldn't find them (treasure hunt time)… While doing more adjustments and tests on the ham antenna, had the power too high when the antenna shorted (oops) and popped the finals (more oops) so now we get to do a quick lesson on emergency radio repairs. As you never know what may befall if and when SHTF it's good to have these kinds of resources available… and to know how to make field repairs to critical equiupment!

    Off to the treasure xhest, to aee what we can uncover!

    • OhioPrepper says:

      Annie Nonymous,
      What rig are you running? The old tube rigs with a pair of 6146’s have nearly bombproof finals. Most of the newer solid state radios will fold back the power on high SWR or shorted conditions. Actually new is relative, my nearly 30 YO TS-430 will fold back nicely, and it’s saved me on numerous occasions.

      • Annie Nonymous says:

        The good news is it did for a while (its an icom 756)… the bad news is (or was) the transmit button on the radio was pushed in with a high SWR due to the short… ug!. Even WITH the cooling fan going it wasn’t eniugh to keep the transistors cool… and pow!

        A friend had a yaesu… I don’t remember the model, with the dual tube finals… it wouldn’t work so (cringe) she got rid of it (she hadn’t used it in years) of course this was years ago, but still, looking back…

        we found a guy up in Washington who works on these beasts, so I figure it’s also a chance to have it gone thru… since it IS an older radio, it’s better to get it at 100% now…

        Speaking of radio stuff… we were talking about this last night… are there any good HF nets up and running?

        • OhioPrepper says:

          Annie Nonymous,
          Ouch. I guess even the best technology can be killed if abused enough 🙂 One of my first rigs many years ago was a Heathkit, with all tubes including heavy tube finals. Good radio, but it wasn’t meant to run in the mobile (12VDC) and tubes are real power hogs. The solid state stuff is really better, but perhaps not quite as robust as the old tubes.
          As for nets, locally we have the Ohio Single Sideband Net, which is primarily a traffic net. Assuming you’re not in Ohio, I suspect a little poking around would find something similar in your state or region.
          From the prepping perspective there’s the American Preparedness Radio Net (http://www.taprn.com/) which runs nets on 80 meters @ 3.818 MHz LSB. I’ve never checked in, but have listened a few times, so I can’t really vouch for them one way or another. For all of you non-hams on the list, you can tune in and listen on any good shortwave receiver.

          • Annie Nonymous says:

            TY!!! Once we get a workable radio going, I’ll check it our, thanks!!! (No, not in ohio… a little closer to the disaster in Christchurch than that… Reminds me, even if you’re not in Hawaii or California, you’re still subject to Earthquakes… remember the mighty Mississippi R. was relcated by one!) tho I have friends there… And if you’re IN the ring of fire area you NEED to remember it’s not an IF, it’s a when.

            (Please, if you’re so inclined, say a prayer for the Kiwis digging out… I have friends in the affected area, almost moved there as a kid, so it bit me hard… but please, if nothing else, remember mom nature has her own little tricks that can throw a wrench on your prep plans…)

            TY for the info!!!

  80. LarryMoReady says:

    I am asking all the people of this forum about something very important to a disaster survival situation:
    What is the thinest breathable camouflage material that you can get to make a long sleeve shirt and pants with four colors. The outside would have white velcro-able material that covers a green camo layer. The first layer would be a reversible white to underneath light tan woodsy color on the outer shell with the same procedure on the inside layer going from green camo to black on the underneath inside layer. Four different colors in one shirt and pants outfit. But there are only two actual layers which is the outside one layer and inside inner layer each with two of their own colors. I have repeated just to make things as clear as I can using this communicational approach. Thanks

    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      LarryMoReady I have never seen anything like that. I dont know that it would work with all that velcro in the real bush long term IMHO. The design seems short term but interesting.

      • LarryMoReady says:

        Yeah maybe it would be short term but hopefully short enough to keep me alive during pressing times. I think that the wick shirts might be a good material in the summer heat. My sports wick shirts work great when exercising inside or outside. Such a lite material would afford sun protection along with camouflage mainly. This is all cutting edge because I have not heard of anyone ever using air permeable camo clothing yet. Maybe there will be a trend that I put into action with this message by sparking the thought of such a thing. Who can I contact to see about the possibility of this being done or done already?

    • LarryMoReady,

      I’m thinking you could make your own out of either muslin (which is VERY breathable (and seethru)), but I don’t think it would have great durability. You might also want to consider parachute nylon, which would be a tad more durable (maybe). I still think you would have to locate the fabric, then sew the two colors together to get the ‘reversability’. Anyway, that’s the best I can come up with. Sorry

      • LarryMoReady says:

        Thanks LindaG. I will look into the materials that you have suggested and really wanted to get some that would be pre-colored. But now I am entertaining the thought of having a flat spray paint in many colors that I could just spray the background that I want to be hidden in. I just hope that the paint does not give my location out because of the smell from it’s freshness. I guess if I start out lightly spraying layers then there might be time enough to complete the job without giving my location away. Some other decoy smell might be a good thing to look into also. A strong smell of mothballs or rotten flesh might cover up the smell of paint. I just might place some mothballs 100 yards in six directions just to keep people at bay from really knowing the central location of my spot. Or keep some dead rats in a bag for just that occasion of concealment, to be open up at the right time to fume up the air around me.

  81. I really like all the information and cooperation found here. I have a lot to learn/relearn.

    Received MD’s latest disc, skimmed thru them (bought two). No offense MD…I scan and review all discs I receive. Tons of info there.
    Replaced door locks and added extra security devices. Reviewed supplies on hand, go bags and car kits.
    About two thirds thru “Written in Time”. Just started “Hawke’s Green Beret Survival Manual”.
    Been playing with new emergency radio ( KA500). Good reception so far but still haven’t validated the battery packs. It’s a bit smaller and lighter than I expected but then I suppose that may be a good thing.

  82. I cannot tell you how much your prayers mean to me regarding my nephew serving in Bahrain and his family. Their son is only 6 months old. Seriously, your kind words, thoughts and prayers touch my heart so much. Wife and son should be out of the middle east this week.

    Thank you MD for putting such a great web site together that allows such kind people to be connected.

  83. Stardusthill says:

    Spent the weekend filling vehicles with stored gas, refilling the emptys so they will be fresh. Bought 5 new cans and also filled and conditioned them. Bought 4 gallons of kerosene. Good on lubricants. Like money in the bank.

  84. I ordered a bunch of mylar bags and oxygen absorbers from Mylar Bags Direct.com.Anyone ever purchase anything from these folks? Prices seem good.

  85. Mountain lady says:

    Finally got to town today. Got 30 lbs of rice, two big bags of pinto beans, and 6 small bags of red kidney and some other white beans. Also got two large bags of dry cat food. Also picked up 5 more jars of dry roasted peanuts, good until end of next year at the dollar store. That is all I could do, but am thankful I could even do that. Gas is now all but 3.60/gal here in norcal.

  86. Added more 12 more boxes of cereal – took them out of their boxes and popped them into ziplock freezer bags – keeps the friendly visiting critters out and the product fresher. Not much point in using up the ozygen absorbers, cereal never lasts long… Also got a 12-flat of diced tomoatoes at $0.89 a tin and four pairs of gardening gloves.

    Have been going through linens and purchased replacements while cotton prices are still “reasonable”. Also picked up 6 new pillows. Hope to finish latest quilt tomorrow – one wool blanket between two layers of cotton batting and two cotton sheets. Not as gorgeous as what my grandmother could produce but warm as all get out. I hope to have three for each bed by Easter.

    The best was my son coming home from Sunday School with a first aid kit they had made so they would all be prepared. He put it right into his BOB.

    • OhioPrepper says:

      Lake Lili,
      still “reasonable” LOL, what an optimist.
      Another thing you can do for warmth, although I’d probably never sew this permanently, is a sandwich with a soft to the skin blanket (I personally don’t mind wool, but others get itchy. On top of that place a basic $3.00 Mylar space blanket, followed by a nice heavy wool blanket. Fasten these layers together with as many large safety pins that you deem sufficient. That extra heat reflective layer can make all of the difference.

    • nancy (Northwest) says:

      Lake Lili, I had planned to sandwich wool blankets into quilts, but hadn’t thought of using the cotton batting also. Good idea. Will try to find a source of cotton batting. Thanks! (Do you quilt or tie your quilts?)

      • Hi Nancy – I have just been tying these ones – too thick to quilt. I do quilt but it is so time consuming – I have never got the hang of machine quilting. I began sandwiching wool blankets because my sister is allergic to wool and the cotton surround resolves that issue.

  87. Have just been reading about the 6.3 earthquake in New Zealand. In addition to the clogged roads as they try to evacuate the city, and a seriously damaged hospital, there are comments about SUVs been commandered to act as ambulances… something else to keep in mind… To any of you with family down there our throughts and prayers are with you.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      It’s a real tragedy, and I can’t think about those folks without wandering when the same thing will happen here. It’s just a matter of time.

      Christ’s Church – odd that it was the city so badly damaged. Does this mean Satan is trying to tell us something?

      SUV’s are very versatile vehicles and I would hate to part with mine. The higher gas prices will lead many people to give up the comfort, safety, and usefulness of their SUV’s, but I’m holding onto mine for as long as possible. I can literally sleep in the back if need be (I’ve done it a few times).

      New Zealanders, may your sorrows turn into triumphs.

  88. What did I do this week to prep? This week I bought a food dehydrator, added 3 cases of coconut milk to my food storage supplies and ordered 30 pounds of hemp protein powder in 5 lb. containers.

  89. Mother Earth says:

    Didn’t do a lot this week, money is tight. Dehydrated 4 bunches of celery and ordered a grain mill. Already have one child “hinting” about coming back home to live for a couple of years. Talked to a couple of friends about storing some food with the economy shaky. All that got me is; they will come to my house if shtf happens. Lesson learned…will keep my mouth shut from now on.

    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      MotherEarth I hear ya if I get that “they will come to my house if shtf happens” I’m gonna scream. Actually too late I did and pretty much ended a “discussion” recently.

      • LarryMoReady says:

        An Indian story from long before writing, was that Mother Earth created Bear………..that was feared by man. Bear protects Mother Earth and you can find Bear in all of us who want Mother Earth to be protected from danger of the Valueless People. The Bear lives to protect for tomorrows followers that past generation after generation on the land of Mother Earth.
        One American Indian passes “The Cherokee Nation Story to All”.

      • Mountain lady says:

        I got the same reaction from my neighbors. Told them I could spare some rice and beans, but that is about it. No sure if that registered or not.

  90. Hello all new to the site and like what it has to offer.heres 2 cents.Put in a acre and a half pond last year, have a 24″ buy 30 ft brick well, 2″ and 4″wells.I think water is covered.But heres somthing most havnt thought about with wells no power most of the time means no water.check into well torpedos or as in my line of work ground water bailers offered at water sampling supply house, and standard poly bailing twine from tractor supply.bailers come in 2″ and 4″. hope this helps.

    • OhioPrepper says:

      Lehman’s carries the bailing buckets that are made to fit a well casing. Also, you can fit a hand pump on the well. Lehman’s also has these; but I suspect they’re available elsewhere also.

  91. Hello everyone! Great website. Tons of great information and a lot of kind, helpful people here. I’m a newbie and just getting started with food storage. Just purchased a food dehydrator. Can’t wait to get started dehydrating and storing. Thank you all for your great suggestions and ideas!

    MD, we received your CD today. It’s loaded with a wealth of information all at your fingertips. My husband and I can’t wait to get started.
    Thank you!

  92. Tomthetinker says:

    My prep loop for this coming Friday is going to be short. One Item I’d like to get done with is the CB radio. I am swamped with variations, models, better-bests, gawd is there one or two out there that will keep on ticking… so to speak… with out a book load of hooppala to read through? I’m not a wirehead. I need one….. solid unit that will be a home base station first… moved to my vehical.. second! Any suggestions, comments, shared wizdom or death threats will be of great help. To those with any……… Thank…You

  93. This week we did something that should have been taken care of a long time ago. We have prepped for quite some time now and have an abundance of the usual necessities (although I never think it is enough). This was not food storage, ammo or any of the usual things that we often do for prepping. I looked into the possible futures and realized that although we are both (Op3S42 and Op3SCO) relatively healthy in most ways, I (Op3S42) was in need of having some surgery to insure my best health and ability to survive in the event of any SHTF event. The surgery, elective in nature for the most part, with several weeks of recovery at home, will make a major difference in my ability to live an active and productive life as I always have until now. Doing something like this is not a small thing. Most people will think of their own bodies LAST. They will think of prepping as the usual food supplies, ability to get water, amount of ammo on hand, types of guns and such as their first lines of defense. For most people this is natural. But our way of thinking is that no amount of prepping ITEMS will help much if your BODY cannot handle the stress, strain, possible scenarios that can and will happen in a major SHTF event. The BODY needs to be maintained and repaired just like any other tool in your preps. Not to mention the almost unthinkable case that any true medical help, especially a major surgery, will or might become unavailable in such an event. As always, this is just our opinion, but something that I hope other people think about. Best of luck and wishes to all.

  94. axelsteve says:

    I got real lucky today. I was driving northbound on the freeway and I saw a few things on the side of the road.I picked up a ll bean down jacket. a R E I down mummy bag. and this rolled up pad.I am going to have the jacket and bag dry cleaned and save it for next year. The jacket is a big tight in the shoulders but my wife and 2 sons can wear it. These are real quality items and I am kinda stoked. I may not fit in the sleeping bag because I am kinda wide in the shoulders but it can be used by someone. Steve

  95. krealitygroup says:

    Well.. I purchased ammo for my nosin.
    Purchased 75 lbs of rice
    about 40lbs of pasta,
    printed out the lds list,
    Tested out a mossberg 88
    rearranged my shevling to fit everything.

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