What Did You Do To Prep This Week



1x1.trans What Did You Do To Prep This WeekThe past two weeks have been hectic, I’ve worked eight nine hours a day burning copies of my “ITEOTWAWKI – And I feel Fine” survival cd and filling orders – a lot of orders. The first week saw over 400 orders with over 600 orders total, I did not know if I should laugh or pull my hair out.

All orders have been shipped so everyone should be getting their CD’s sometime next week. If you have received yours please let me know what you think of it in the comments below… So far the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.

On another note, my book “Dirt Cheap Survival Retreat” will be available from Paladin Press this coming Tuesday. I’m so excited, my book published by a major publisher – thank you all. I could not have done it without your support and the book is dedicated to you.

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

  1. Sighted in all my rifles (I do this once every six months)
  2. Cleaned all my guns (I do this once a month and every time I shoot
  3. Tried several new recipes from Peggy Layton’s book Cookin’ With Beans & Rice
  4. Getting my gear ready for the spring Turkey season
  5. Put back several bottles of Vodka, Jack Daniels and Tequila (for barter of course)

What did you do to prep this week?

Comments

  1. Not much this week. 100 rounds of .40 S&W, 100 rounds of 9mm and 40 more of 7.62×39; 12 cans assorted vegetables from ALDI; 40 pages left of Lucifer’s Hammer; topped off both cars gasoline at $3.19/gallon (ouch).

    Bob

    • Luddite Jean says:

      It’s £1.26 per litre here – about $10 per gallon! Ouch, ouch, ouch….

      • $6.50 cdn gal here its $1.20litre in Ontario

      • Richard Muszynski says:

        greetings. here in the good ol’ USof A we will be up that high soon. they are already talking about the high price of killing civilians is getting to be. and are going to increase the taxes on petroleum and tobacco again. Can’t you go back to using the producer gas that they used in the U.K. during world war 2? or is it illegal where you are now since there wouldn’t be any tax on it?

  2. Watchin’ my seed sprout. Let me tell you it ain’t like those nature programs with time elapse camera’s. Slow, slow, slow. All the tomato seeds came up. So guess that is 100 per cent for them. The peppers are trying to drive me nuts, no show so far.
    Put the cute little green house together. It is small and kinda flimsy, but what can you expect for foreign made stuff. As soon as it warms up on the back porch will transfer the seedlings into it. Hey! Cute is going to work for a little while.
    Bought a case of Chili Beans. Let me tell you if they are as potent as a can I ate the beginning of the week, I won’t have a bit of a problem keeping the zombies at bay. I am not going to mention the brand ever again, so it can be my secret weapon.
    Other than that been slow on prepping. I think it’s called a stand still.

  3. I found a store that sells coffee in bulk on the web. I ordered a 50 lbs bag of French roasted beans. I have been looking for a good old fashion hand coffee grinder for a good price, still have not found one I like though. I also found a place that sells beans in bulk and picked up 25 lbs of white beans. Got most of my rice put into 5 gallon buckets with mylar bags and oxygen absorbers and put them away. I have been working on equipment reviews for most of the week so I didn’t get as much done as I wanted to. Oh the price we pay for writing a blog and trying to prep at the same time.

    • Can you tell me where you found the coffee beans? I’ve been looking, and prices are out of sight. You can send me an email, please.

    • Candy from Nebraska says:

      BadVooDooDaddy,
      Were on the web did you find the bulk coffee? Could you please send a link.

    • nancy (Northwest) says:

      BadVooDooDaddy, how do you plan to store your coffee beans? thx

  4. Speaking of sighting in rifles, I have a question. My son picked up a .22 rifle cheap, but the rear sight is bent. He hasn’t been able to find a gunsmith locally (I don’t think he’s looking too hard) & wants to take a hammer and/or welding torch to it. Neither of us knows anything about working with metal.

    If he does this, could he damage the gun? If the chances are he will, I’ll join the hunt for a gunsmith.

    God bless,
    Bonnie
    Opportunity Farm
    Eastern WA

    • Bonnie,

      It would best to buy a replacement sight – what type of rifle is it?

      • Annie Nonymous says:

        I have to agree… taking hammer and torch to a rifle, while field expedient, could make the sight or even the rifle unusable, depending on what type. The LEAST he has to do is remove the old sight and, if he can’t find (or make) a replacement, straighten it OFF THE GUN, reassemble it and sight it back in.

        Seriously, this is NOT a hard project, but one that needs a little bit of metalworking knowledge as well as some gunsmithing savvy… but taking a torch and hammer to the breech area of a firearm is, well… not recommended!!!

      • Maybe put a scope on it . With my eyes I need a scope these days and it is a simple project.I would get a scope with a 1 inch tube though.The 1 inch tube(or the metric disco equivelent) gets you out of the bb gun 22 class toy scopes and gets into a nice scope class.you can scope a 22 well under the 100 dollar range if you look around. Steve

      • On sighting in then cleaning rifles MD the cleaning will make it less accurate till it gets some rounds through it. American Rifleman had an article some months back about it. After heavy firing clean it but once u have it sighted in clean it then put a couple of high quality rounds ( noncorrosive primers or powder) on target and put it up.

        • ReadyinTx,

          The rifles are already “broken in” I just like to put some rounds through all of them every few months to make sure my sights are still on center.

    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      I would not attept that (a) unless it is removed from the weapon and (b) you are willing to go ahead and get a replacement part if you do mess it up.
      As MD asked what type of rifle is it? There are evry few that replacements can’t be bought.

      • LOL – I knew there had to be a good reason or 2 for my gut feeling! It’s a Marlin 60. The sight is loose at the back. He’s decided to glue it – don’t know how long that will last. But at least he won’t damage the rifle. :~)

        Even with the long part attached to the barrel straight, the sticking-up part still looks a bit off to me. (I’m real good with these technical terms!)

        If we can’t find a gunsmith here (I’ll help him look) I’ll take the rifle with me next time I go to Spokane. Funny thing is, I met a gunsmith some months back, but he doesn’t advertise & I don’t remember his name. I do remember where he lives, so I could just drop in on him.

        Thanks everyone, for saving the life of a rifle!

        God bless,
        Bonnie
        Opportunity Farm
        Eastern WA

        • Bonnie! The marlin 60 is a great rifle! Keep it ,it will serve you well.just buy alot of ammo for it and learn to shoot it. You can find some videos on youtube and other sites on how to mantaine them.I own to marlin 60`s and they are great guns.I have a tubefed model that holds 18 and a magazine fed model 700 that is a variation of the 60 sold through big 5 chainstores in the early 90`s. Good luck with it . Steve

    • Check Gun Parts Corp for replacement sight… http://www.gunpartscorp.com/ There are very few parts that they don’t have, and if something is out of stock be patient and check again in a few weeks.

  5. First of all, MD you are awesome!! From a get-down survival-guy to corporate-style survivalist author — way to go! lol Seriously, kudos for your successes! Second of all, that book cover is fantastic and conveys “the message” beautifully. I am budgeting for the CD and book now.

    This week, we got our Mini-14 and have the brass and bullets all on order. This gun will be interesting to say the least!

    Winter-kale is starting to grow again (under tunnels) so we’re eating fresh kale once again. I added some more food into storage and also had a delivery of some dehydrated items in #10 cans. I also stocked up on some ingredients for summer canning: more sugar (for jams), salt, some more gallons of vinegar (for pickling) and 2 boxes of a dozen pint jars. I’m surprised the price hasn’t gone up yet on canning jars. I also put in an order for more wheat, buckwheat groats, and navy beans to store long-term. I found name-brand toothbrushes on sale so scooped up a half-dozen of those. Gotta have clean teeth and healthy gums but if no brushes are around, an eastern dogwood twig gnashed at a tip will substitute as a brush.

    Yesterday after seeing 3 price hikes on gas in 2 days, we decided it was time to fill up the truck and some add’l gas cans. We’re broke now! Sheesh.

    We reviewed phone numbers, emergency contact info, and got new printouts for the carry-along notebook. Got a copy of “Bug Out” to read then add to our bag along with our topo maps and a road map.

    The greenhouse is officially ‘open’ here and it’s time to start growing more food!

    Noticed the grocery shelves in some “zones” are empty. People have realized it is less expensive to buy diced tomatoes for salads instead of fresh greenhouse-grown maters now. I hope this means more people are watching, doing the math….

    • Lynn,

      Thank you – but I’m still the same guy with the same size head on my shoulders. Hold off on the CD for a few days because I plan to put it back on sale.

    • Lynn,

      Checked your blog – very nice. You and your husband seem well quite well organized and appreciate how neat & tidy you have things set-up.

      • Yes, I agree you have a very nice site, I will poke around some more in it soon.
        Q. Is this a traditional farm or a Permaculture set up or a combination of both?
        Virginia’s northern Shenandoah Valley, is a very nice place, you would feel right at home where I live and moving to this summer part time and this winter full time.
        cheers and thanks

        • Wilderness, Thanks for visiting. I’ve been on the property 24 years and a few acres around the house was blank so I jumped on the chance. Yes, there was some intentional long-term ‘permaculture’ designed into the landscape early on. I have some pages written about that. I love gardening. We don’t have a farm, just a homestead — always a new project somewhere.

      • Steve, Thanks but don’t be fooled! Neat and tidy comes and goes. Like everyone here knows, life always throws a curve to keep it interesting. When that happens, all hello breaks loose! That’s why we’re preparing for ‘whatever’! :-)

    • Thanks for the idea about the tomatoes, I never would have thought of that. Great solution for taco toppings too. I was just complaining today to a stranger in the produce dept about the awful looking tomatoes. The grape tomatoes were $4.48.

    • Yeah, LynnS- very cool site. We’ve just started onions in our “urban homestead”, and its pretty exciting that the shoots are coming up.

      S’pose that’s the easy part.Your farm looks a bit more, uhm, involved than our garden.

      As for preps- building more pantry shelving, and taking a break to check out Survivalist. Grabbed a box of 30-30 rounds for my rifle. Did the onion thing on Monday, and installing steel door re-inforcers on the house. Oh, and am warming my sour dough starter.

      It’s a bit of experiment, but we’ll see how the bread compares to when we use Fleischmans.

      Oh, and took out some elk jerky from the freezer. But, that’s just because I was hungry. Technically, I suppose that was de-prepping ;0)

      • Phinny, Tiny steps first — if you’re starting bottom up, enjoy the process and grow what you can when you can. Crazy that the little green shoots can be such a happy event, huh? De-prepping….funny!

        • My own winter Kale and Greens are starting to grow again in my cold hoop house under their second cover, and I like you am quite excited at the idea of having fresh greens in the house again. I did a fair amount of wintersowning of different veggies this year and am hoping that they will do as well as promised. Still a bit to early to start seeds here unless going in the greenhouse, our last frost date is not till the end of May.

          • Are you ladies growing Kale outside under snow, in those hoop greenhouse things, or am I misunderstanding? Would hoop greenhouses work? It gets to about minus thirty here (farmgal knows this), so I guess we’re more root-cellar types this far north.

            • Hi Phinny

              I start the kale in the early fall by sept at the latest, in a cold frame/covered inside the hoop house and let it get a good start, I typical pick and eat half of it from Oct till Dec and then as you know it starts to get really cold, and I leave it alone from Dec to Feb because it has no active growth at that time here, but by march, its starting to show signs of new growth and I will be able to harvest from March/April/May out of this.

              At the same time, I winter sow on a prepared bed under a cold frame in the hoop house kale seed, and it will be up this coming month and will be ready to start picking an use when the one’s plants last fall are played out.. hope that help make sense for what I am doing..

              It really makes a huge difference in how far you can extend the garden/harvest on both sides of the typical growing season.

            • Phinny, I thought about your onion sprout comment today when I spotted an overwintered onion that I obviously didn’t get last fall. There it was, with 3 inch shoots, so I was excited all over again.

              On winter gardening, I agree with farmgal but our temps may not be as cold here. If we have a mild winter condition, what is under plastic will grow. Last year, after the 4-feet of snow (the blizzard), we had very early growth and were eating Kale once we could get back into the tunnels. Kinda hard to tunnel into a tunnel….LOL This year, since our tunnels collapsed with the weight of all of that snow, we opted for home-made plastic tents (upside-down V shapes). I call it “garden camp” since it looks like the Civil War encampments in the back. Same concept as tunnels but we used 2x4s instead of PVC piping.

              Having some tunnels or some ability to pre-heat the soil will extend the garden season at both ends of Winter. Cold frames also provide a growing boost — same concept. You also might want to read the Eliot Coleman books — he lives in Maine and it’s amazing to see what has been accomplished in that climate!

          • Farmgal, isn’t it great to finally FEEL that Spring is soon to arrive?! I spent most of today sowing some early seeds in the garden and the greenhouse. I’m in Zone 6b/7a and our soil temp is above 40. I put out a short row of snow peas today, also Pac Choi and 1 variety of Butterhead lettuce. Got some of that overwintering too. If the temps go down, I’ll use some Remay or plastic covering to keep the soil warm.

            If your overwintered crops are still alive, they’ll be growing like crazy before you know it. This is only my 2nd year with winter gardening and I’m convinced. Have you read the Eliot Coleman books on the subject? If you’re in a cold area, you might want to check into what he has done (he’s in Maine).

            Here’s hoping we have a great garden year!

            • Hi Lynn

              I do have his books and I agree, its amazing what he can do in his zone, I am up in canada, Zone 5 but I have some good micro climates on the farm, but I have to admit that I did a little garden drool at your soil temp, we are still quite frozen up here yet if you are outside of the double layers hoop house.. but I can indeed see signs that spring is on the way.

              I will second that.. cheers to a amazing gardening year and all the work and joy that comes with it.

            • Looks like its supposed to be -47 tomorrow.

              Sheesh…

            • In 6 months, when we’re sweating like mad-hatters down here in 100-degree weather, you can remind us of the lower 80s and how wonderful your summer is! :-)

  6. Luddite Jean says:

    It seems to have been a week of book-buying for me. I bought some WW2 reprints from Amazon, “Sew and Save”, “Make Do and Mend” and “We’ll Eat Again”.

    Just today, I found another book in a charity shop sale, a BBC publication of Geoff Hamilton’s “Complete Gardening Course”.

    In the food line, I bought several 4-packs of tuna, which were on offer at £2.69 for 4 x 185g.

    I received my order from Approved Food (the sellers of short-dated and out-of-date items) and so far I’ve tried the army surplus corned beef a year out of date), which is very nice indeed, and flapjack mix, which was OK, but a bit sweet, and the flapjacks were a bit thin. Next time I make it, I’ll add extra oats, and perhaps some nuts. I don’t usually use kits – but I may buy some more, as the kits are cheaper than the ingredients. The best buy was 16 packs of 12 chicken stock cubes (i.e. 192 cubes) for 99p! In a few minutes time I’ll be trying the suet pastry mix.

    I really need to find some uses for red wine vinegar, as I ordered 2.5 litres @just 49p, and they sent 5 litres!

    MD, the CD was great, and I’m still looking through it. Well worth the money, and thank you for taking the trouble to send it ‘over the big pond’.

    • Red wine vinegar plus a little oil & salt & pepper makes a great light salad dressing. You can also add a bit to black beans for flavor.

    • I replenished my red wine vinegar this week too. I use it for several things including a quick pasta sauce.
      Put the following in a blender or food processor.
      28 oz tomatoes – drained
      1 tb olive oil
      1 ts red wine vinegar
      2 garlic cloves (I run mine through a press)
      1 ts salt
      1 ts oregano
      1/4 ts pepper

      Just blend. No need to cook.This makes great sauce for pizza or any kind of pasta. Last night I threw in some left over sausage and 2 tb of cheese and then used it for baked ziti.

  7. Diesel 4.09 a gal. here. Don’t have to do much guessing to figure out what state I am in.
    Finally received all my seeds and will start planting them as soon as we get done with these winter storms. This is a weird winter in S. Cal.

    Added 5 cases of # 10 cans to my long term storage. 4 of wheat, rice and beans from the LDS and 1 case of freeze dried meat from Honeyville. You can’t believe how fast both of them shipped. I had them withing a few days. And free shipping from LDS too. I wonder what is going on with everyone else and their 6 to 8 weeks shipping times?

    • Ridge Runner says:

      Judith,

      Can you post a link for the LDS store if they have one?

      Many thanks..

    • Judith:

      I’ve gone to the website and downloaded the form. There are no stores in my state. Where do you send the order form, if you want to order online?

      Thanks.
      Joyce

  8. Waiting on a Big Berkey water filter. Ordered two MURS hand held radios to fill out our communications. Ordered M D s CD. Read blogs.
    Found another use for one of my scanners which was tuning into the Space Shuttle conversations prior to lift off(watched it eight miles away)
    Paid down more on land purchased three years ago. Will pay off remaining amount in two weeks and family will be totally debt free.
    Learned how to make beef jerkey.

  9. Trying to organise our canned goods better. Bought 10 gal of kerosene. The price jumped from $4.00 per gal to $4.70 per gal. But the man at the oil company knows me and charged me $4.00 this time. Going to Costco and check out things there and see how much a membership is. Trying to watch very closley on where our money goes since we are on UI.

    • I also found some canned goods at $.96 at Wal Mart and picked up a few to add to food storage.
      Does anyone know if Costco or another store sells canned food in #10 cans? I’m in north Jersey. Thanks

      • Larry,
        i believe costco sells Thrive brand #10 cans. But i haven’t been there in awhile to know if they still do.

        • Thanks for the info jae. I just found out that I have a friend who has a Costco membership card. Maybe I can talk my friend into going there so I can do a recon and perhaps buy some things.

  10. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    Worked on my land navigation using a topographical map. It’s been a while and it was good to refresh the skills and make sure “I still had it”. My coworker who with me brought a GPS and I showed him how to use it but then discussed the reasons why skills are needed reading maps over the sensitive electronic device. What was funny and drove the point home was about 2 miles in, his batteries died even though he had just put them in!
    Read “The Walk”. It was very good
    I have switched from drawn range cards to digital photographs. I have taken them with our camera from each window and doorway and am working on placing the pertinent data on them. I think this will help at night or for anyone who has not actually looked, not just seen but actually looked at the area, which is the purpose of the range card anyway.
    My son has recovered from knee surgery enough to resume PT with pops, I hate running alone. I got him enrolled in the Glock Armor Course for his birthday. http://www.suarezinternational.com/tech.html
    I had a coworker come from left field and begin discussing the state of the world and preparing. He said he thought I could make it but wanted to know for how long. My answer surprised him being neither rambo long nor sheepled short and we began discussing preps. I am now “guiding” him. We will see how serious he is. Several folks at work are starting the beginning phases of panic with the decline of the American middle class. It has been the key factor in every place I have been in that went south across the pond.
    Mylar bagged 4lbs of free rock salt I got given to me. It will go in the next bucket of supplies. Bought another bucket and 2lbs powdered milk to do later.
    On the anti prep side I discovered that Cree Flashlights are much like cats and do not enjoy washing machine rides:(

  11. MD,

    Very nice & clean cover to your book – well done! Any idea what the price will be?

    Have you checked into a service that burns CD’s? May be worth the extra expense to save you time & wear and tear- just a thought.

  12. shotzeedog says:

    2 weeks ago I tried to get the husband to fill up the gas cans – finally Monday he filled them up at 3.10 gallon. After looking and considering the volcano stove for a very long time (10years or so) I finally decided to take the plunge and I ordered one. That was enough damage for this week.

  13. Well I am still unemployed, so still broke. However, I did manage some experiments:
    1.) More bread recipes. My boys love it. They tell me to never buy store bread again. (Hah- when I get a job, I will not have time to bake bread from scratch.)
    2.) I read an article about hydroponic lettuce- decided to give it a try, since I already had the seeds, and a perfect tub to grow it in. I just had to buy some water-soluble fertilizer. I am waiting for the seeds to sprout in my south window- I will let you know how it turns out.
    3.) Caught some beautiful Redfish in the Gulf. Cooked them in my homemade solar oven. Totally Free Dinner, and practicing skills besides!!!

    • Christine, that is a lot of really useful things accomplished.
      Nice going.

    • Since you are experimenting with bread receipies, give this one a try. It was developed by Clive McCay in the 1930s while he was at Cornell University. It was published in the 1980s in Mother Earth News. I liked it so much I got the bread book from his widow. A typical web search will not show the origional receipe, only people’s modifications of it. My modification is to reduce the salt.

      McCay learned on animal tests that given an unlimited supply of this bread, butter and water the subject could survive and thrive. A background story on McCay can be found here: http://www.soyinfocenter.com/pdf/136/McCa.pdf

      Here is the origional receipe:

      Basic Cornell “White” Bread Recipe

      PLACE in a large mixing bowl, and LET STAND:
      3 cups warm water (105-115 degrees F)
      2 packages or 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
      2 tablespoons honey or brown sugar
      4 tsp salt
      2 tablespoons salad oil

      MEASURE and STIR together:
      6 cups unbleached flour
      3 tablespoons wheat germ
      1/2 cup soy flour
      3/4 cup nonfat dry milk

      STIR the liquids and ADD while stirring:
      1/2 to 3/4 the flour mixture

      BEAT vigorously by hand, or with electric mixer
      ADD remainder of flour mixture

      WORK and MIX flour in thoroughly and vigorously 5 minutes. At first the dough will be sticky.

      TURN dough onto floured board and KNEAD using 1 to 3 cups more flour, as needed, to make the

      dough smooth

      PLACE in an oiled bowl. Grease the top of dough lightly and cover

      LET RISE in a warm place until double in size, about 1 hour (fingerprint remains when dough

      has risen enough). If the room is cold, place bowl in another bowl of hot water.

      PUNCH dough down, fold over edges and turn upside down to rise another 20 minutes, or until

      double again.

      TURN onto board, and divide dough into 3 portons. Fold each into the center to make smooth,

      tight balls. Cover and let stand 10 minutes on the board while you oil the baking pans.

      SHAPE into 3 loaves or 2 loaves and a pan of rolls.

      PLACE shaped dough in oiled pans. Loaf pans should be about 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches in

      size

      LET RISE in pans until double in size, about 45 minutes

      BAKE in a moderate oven, 350F, for 50 to 60 minutes (about 30 minutes for rolls). If the

      loaves begin to brown in 15 or 20 minutes, reduce the temperature. Bread is done if it sounds

      hollow when tapped

      REMOVE bread from the pans and put on a rack or cloth to cool. Brush with oil if a thin,

      tender crust is desired. Let cool completely before wrapping and storing or freezing.

      The Cornell dough refrigerates well. It can be stored in a covered container in the cold

      before it is formed. When ready to use, punch it down, shape it, place in baking pan, let

      rise to double in a warm place and bake as usual. Or shape it before it goes into the

      refrigerator, place in baking pan, grease the top of the dough and cover with plastic so it

      won’t dry out. While it is stored in the cold, it will gradually rise. When ready to use, let

      it stand in a warm room 15 or 20 minutes, then bake as usual.

  14. Annie Nonymous says:

    Lessee….

    Added to the “ballistic wampum” stash. Try to do that weekly.

    Been looking at grain grinders – and been trying my hand at baking, using commercial flour. One of the things I’ve put off for years wanting to do… I mean, sure, everyone talks about hard red wheat, but if I don’t know how to grind it or use it, I may as well store junk silver to eat, yes?

    Been spending time in education as well. While I’m not a fan of “read in a book and be able to do it”, I picked up a couple books on Gunsmithing – since we don’t have a good class situation around here to learn this, AND it seems like a good thing to know… (plus, it gave me insight on another question here – pretty cool). After all, if oour society *does* drop back a hundred and fifty or so years… and no one knows how to work on firearms… what are they other than pretty wall decorations when they break? (I know, it’s not a “traditionally feminine thing” to do, but it looks… fun!) Spent the better part of an afternoon dressing up the firing pin of a pistol (that was rough, looked it had been turned on a rotisserie! And this, a factory job!!) and it went from ridgey and rough to glass smooth… (And yeah, I also have a bent sight I have to fix, and another (front) to restake. Fun stuff!!)

    Got the old treadle sewing machine running and tuned up (finally!!), and while it’s not laying down the prettiest stitches yet, it is FUNCTIONAL – did some test runs on Canvas, some old jeans, and hemmed a skirt to much success! It’s a LOT more satisfying having one’s musclework accomplish something rather than let an electric motor do the job for you!

    Finally… dirt. Am looking at where our greenhouse is going up in the next few months, and also clearing out where our summer garden is going. Fun weekend project. Also, looking at, um… “vacation and hunting” property in the styx… found a couple possibles… need to take a trip up to look at them one of these days. But yeah… while I feel like I’m getting a late start compared to some of y’all… it’s better than not starting at all!!!

  15. AZ rookie prepper says:

    Not much prepping done this week, still recovering from minor foot surgery. Did some more reading on raising chickens. Obtained “Alas Babylon”, and a book on pickling vegetables, but havent started reading yet. Got some compost and vermiculite mixed into some of my gardening area. Purchased a few more boxes of canning lids and some more canned vegetables. Ordered some more wheat berrys. Studied a lot of different sites on the economy, sure doesnt look good. Kept an eye on the news out of the middle east, that too doesnt look good. Really liked the review on “How much time is left…”, helps keep me motivated. Thanks M.D.

    • Rhonda Sue says:

      I hope your surgery went well,AZ,and you are up and gittin’ after it soon.

      • AZ rookie prepper says:

        Thanks Rhonda Sue. I’m walkin, slowly, wearing shoes finally, but its “tender”….does that make me a “tender foot”? Sorry for the bad pun.
        I see I forgot to mention I got some of my garden seeds “started”, hope to put them into the ground last part of April here in “warm” Arizona (snowed a couple of nights ago). Gonna plant maters, taters, green beans, asian long beans, cukes, bell/jalapeno/anaheim peppers, sweet peas, and various herbs. Another plant I’m gonna see how it does is called “perilla” ( a weed in some states). Koreans use it as a “wrapper” around rice, a part of the mint family. I’ve eaten it and like it a lot, make kimchi from it. A great site for learning how to make kimchi (long term stored pickled spicy vegetables) is http://www.maangchi.com that lady has quite a few different types of kimchi on there.

  16. booze is an excellent barter good. Probably better then money sometime soon. Even people who do not drink will accept it because it is a liquid asset.Lat night I bought 10 gallons of kerosine For my monitor heater , ouch!! It was 4.99 a gallon. That took a big bite from my prepping budget this week. I am trying to get an extended mag release and a scope mount for my 10/22 this weekend. My wife has to go over the bills first though. As for now I need to get dressed and install the new rear hub and bearing asassembly for my carolla. it has 2003000 plus miles on it, it was time to go .Steve

    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      Liquor could be used for barter but it has the same concerns as guns/ammo. That it might come back to harm you. If I was down and out and someone gave me some liquor and I got drunk and wanted more or something else I might have bad thoughts as I didnt have anything to lose anyway and there is no real law anymore and I’m 215 lbs of pure 10ft tall bulletproof bada.. and so on. This is just my opinion though

      • Matt. I am 288 lbs I may not be a badass but I am not a earringed quiche eating pansy iether. haha Steve

  17. Candy from Nebraska says:

    This week I ordered 75- p38′s I run a baitshop so I figured put 10 in there see if I can sell them and give the rest out for presents and to stash for myself. Cost was $16.50 for them. Canned up more chili, ham n beans, and getting ready to can up some more turkey. Found carrots on sale 2# for $1.49 so I will be dehydrating 4# today. Also ordered my seeds from various sellers and a large survival pkg to store.Ordered 2 books should be in the next week or so.

    • Until I kept reading I thought you meant walther p38s. LOL. I think both kinds of p38s are really cool.

      • Candy from Nebraska says:

        I’m just looking for any type of can opener that works. bought several for the kitchen now and none of them will work right and end up being thrown against the wall..lol Least I know p-38s work.

        • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

          Candy, have you tried the larger P-51 can openers? They’re bigger and open a can faster. I prefer them over the smaller P-38s. Many multitools and Swiss army knives have can openers on them – they work pretty well with a little practice.

          • I had to google P-38 & 51 to find out what you were talking about!
            Candy – is this for a BOB or camping or at home? I’m not planning on going anywhere (unless there’s a forest fire) so just regular can openers work for me. Husband bought me a new one for Christmas – a Zyliss. It’s easy on arthritic hands.

            God bless,
            Bonnie
            Opportunity Farm
            Eastern WA

            • Candy From Nebraska says:

              I am buying the p-38 for everything, bob, camping and my kitchen. The p-51s my hubby says feels tinny to him and that they might bend so he said the 38s. The regular can openers I think my kids play with the dogs or something cause they never seem to work after a month or so, and i’m tired of spending $10 to $15 on a can opener..

    • AZ rookie prepper says:

      I keep a P-51 on my keychain, have several stashed in various other locations (car, BOB, kitchen, etc). Used them many times for a field expedient screwdriver, can opener, package opener, cant have too many of them. For the price, cant beat em.

  18. Tomthetinker says:

    MD: Took the “Creekmore” library to work and backed it up on a thumb drive. Got it home here and yaaaaaaazoo fella! My order for the book goes in on tuesday afternoon.

    Question: MD. I took my own advise and your motivation and cashed in my mason jar junk silver. I came out $84 and change short for the new AR upper. Golly… I ordered it anyways.

    Preps: One CD copy of the “Creekmore library”. One thumb drive back up of the afore mentioned library. Two cases.. on a coupon.. of Progesso Chicken Soup. 72 rolls of TP. 2000 rds of 22, 40 rds of 3030, 100 rds of 45acp, 20 rds of 300 win mag and it took three of my stops friday to get it…. (the ammo). 50lbs of salt at tractor supply. grabbed a ‘leatherman’ tool on sale for mommasans trunk bag. 40 doses of otc..s. Quart bags for the food saver. 40 gal. of gas at $3.06 (thursday) it’s $3.39 today at costco. A ‘filler’ hose to go from the slop sink to the 90gal. barrels when the need arises.
    Patching a sewing, denims, work shirts. Surfing and hitting the blogs to do connect the dots. The Chicago Comm Ex. and New York Merc… WSJ commodities page are … interesting this week. More and more of the PM blogs are talking about the number of contracts for gold and silver delievery, PM funds, and PM-IRAs -V- the tonnage available to fill them.
    Oh…….. 1/2 case of potato vodka & 1/2 case of Scotch whisky… Thanks Voodoo….

    Hey MD! Is the head in your picture ‘photoshopped’ on or’er… ? Congradulations…… when…. is the book signing?

  19. The brainwashing wore off... says:

    This was an interesting week. Started off with the power going off for 3 hrs. Realized we also had no phone service, as our corded phone had died and I’d not replaced, so purchased a cheap replacement phone. Also picked up a duel fuel Coleman camp stove (works with either unleaded gas or camp fuel AND MADE IN THE USA!). Also picked up a 5 gal gas container, TP, a few more packs of seeds, a case of canned veggies, and other pantry items. Put up another batch of jerky. Received my rain barrel I ordered. Scheduled a dental checkup for next week. Talked to a family member who finally gets it and is on board with prepping. The events in the middle east have finally grabbed people’s attention, I think. So far gas is up .25/gall since Wednesday. I heard on TV news that for every $10 increase in the per barrel price, the per gallon price will increase .25/gallon. All I can say is keep your vehicle tanks full if you can.

    The longer days and warmer temps where we live are making me anxious for spring. So far having pretty good luck with the 3 for $1 seeds I bought from Dollar Gen. Conditioning the seedlings by leaving them outside for a few hrs each day. Tried testing the percentage of seeds that actually sprouted and appeared to be about 80% success rate.

    Hope everyone has a productive and safe week.

    • A Made-in-the-USA Coleman? Do they have a Made-in-the-USA line, still? That would somewhat restore my faith in Coleman- we grew up with them, and I still have an American made mini-lantern that I love. Made the mistake of buying a Coleman from Wal-Mart, and threw it away after one trip.

  20. Congrats on the book! I’m looking forward to getting my CD’s in the mail.

    This week was my big grocery shopping week. We order through a food co-op once a month. Added 30 pounds of beans (25 lentil and 5 white), 25 pounds of rice, 5 pounds of powdered milk (Rbgh-free) and a case of coconut milk along with a few regular order items. The grocery store had many good things on sale including ketchup, honey, sugar and tuna so I bought numerous of each of those.

    One of my girls is signed up for a hunter’s safety course that starts next week. She is excited about it. She hunted on a waiver that our state offers this past year and did very good (one shot, one animal brought home). She and my husband are planning for this year’s hunts and I hear lot’s of talk about elk :-)

  21. First I enjoy your site!!

    This week, my purchase of PrepareWise food arrived. 240 servings to complement the rest of the food in storage pantry. It feels good to have one and a half months of food for my family that is good for 20 plus years. I will add to it as I can.

    I also came across 48 cheap LED flashlights with batteries for the perfect price, nothing! Going to stick those in my storage areas as well.

    Last week I added a Remington 870 shotgun to my arsenal. 18 inch barrel, 6 + 1 capacity. I got to shoot it my local range and am very pleased with it. It is nice to have a little extra protection in the house.

  22. Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

    Well, the weather turned bad so the young veggie sproutlings took a hit. I don’t know that they will recover, but I’ll try to help them.

    The folks at the thrift store came through and I got the rest of the solid wood furniture pieces that I requested several weeks ago. Now I have a couple of wooden wingback chairs and a coffee table and end table of solid oak. The livingroom furniture is now a mixed bag, but all very solid and should work well to harden the front of the house if need be. Thank you Staci & Gene if you are reading this!

    Sold my gas-powered tools. Used the money to buy a hoe, hedge trimmers, long-reach pruners, a pruning saw, and another rake.
    Bought 1 bucket of pavement patch
    Bought 1 bucket of concrete patch
    Made some bird feeders – habituate them now, might have to eat them later.
    Bought rice, salt, sugar, honey, baking soda, and cider vinegar
    Made a roof gutter cleaner out of Sch. 40 pipe and a scrub brush.
    Made some burial tubes for caching. Now I need to determine what to put into them and where to bury them – not on my own turf.
    Collected another few gallons of rain water/snow for watering my veggie plants, if they grow this summer.
    Stored another 6 liters of tap water
    Watched some YouTube videos about making cold packs and rehydration drinks at home.
    Inventoried my gear and made a short list of what’s still needed.
    Increased the insulation around the outdoor water pipes just in time for the artic blast.
    Got my sister onboard the prepping bandwagon, actually Libya did that.
    Reorganized my bookshelves so all the survival-related and home maintenance books are in the same area. Didn’t realize how many I had until they were grouped together.

    Happy prepping to one and all.

  23. Well, my o2 absorbers, silica gel dessicants, and mylar bags arrived in the mail. Going to start filling em and sealing em with rice and beans. Bought a few cans of chili, rubber mallet, plastic funnels.

    Bought 100 rds of 40 s&w, 20 12 ga slugs, 15 rds buckshot (I stumbled across a small gunshow in town!). There’s also going to be a big gunshow next weekend I plan on attending in Albuquerque. Looking to stock ammo. Maybe trade a gun.

    Bad news: I threw a rod in my truck. I thought I just needed to replace the fuel filter until I noticed a piston rod sticking out the bottom/side of the engine block. It’s an old 87 toyota pickup 4×4, 4-cyl, carborated, standard. Just as recent as a couple months ago it was pulling its weight in some serious offroading. I think many parts are still good. Don’t think I have the time or money to go about replacing the engine. Do you guys think $500 would be too much to ask for it at a junkyard? Too little?

    I was looking at this grain mill on emergency essentials as a gift for my girlfriend http://beprepared.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_FP%20M100_A_name_E_Hand%20Grain%20Mill . Does anyone have experience with it? It has good reviews on their website. Any insight would be appreciated.

    Hope everyone is doing well.

    • A little FYI – those “Hot Hands” hand warmers make an excellent oxygen obsorber for your Mylar bags in the 5 gallon buckets. You need only 1 hand warmer per bucket & they cost less than a dollar each & readily available at most stores that sell camping items. I’ve seen them at WalMart as well.

      • Matt in Oklahoma says:

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

        • OhioPrepper says:

          Matt,
          You ask “really your going to put metal flakes in with your food to remove oxygen”, and my answer is yes. If you use the standard commercial “food grade” O2 absorbers, you are putting a packet with metal flakes (powdered iron) in your food. If you use the air activated hand warmer you are doing the same thing. I personally use commercial O2 absorbers, because they’re less expensive than the hand warmers for most tasks; however, when I break open a pack of the absorbers and place the ones I won’t be using right away in a large glass jar with a tight lid, I will often place a hand warmer in the jar to quickly remove all of the O2 and save the absorbers from being damaged (as in used up). This is all just basic chemistry utilizing the exothermic oxidation of iron. In the case of the hand warmer there is some activated carbon to speed the reaction and produce perceptible heat.

          • OhioPrepper says:

            I have one additional follow-up point. Matt is absolutely correct on the plastic vs. Mylar question. Plastic like a Foodsaver bag that is properly evacuated and sealed is fine for short term storage, or even longer term storage in the freezer, but I could not find anywhere online that would give a definitive answer. Mylar OTOH is made of layered material including aluminum and is impervious to air. This is one place where I would not cut corners, especially if you’re shooting for 20-30 year storage life.

            • One thing I might add is OhioPrepper is a Mormon (or at least assumed from an earlier post) and they are absolute experts with long term food storage. The church has encouraged all of its members to store food for many decades & believe they have made it a science & perfected the process far better than most.

              Not to mention when it comes to genealogical research (at least in America), they have the best data available in the country.

              Correct me if I’m wrong OP ~

            • OhioPrepper says:

              Steve,
              I would concur that the LDS church has a lot of expertise in food storage and preparation and are the go to folks for genealogy, and although I have numerous Mormon friends, I myself am not a Mormon, nor do I have any imminent plans to become one.

            • Ohio, not LDS? Your wisdom speaks volumes.

              :-)

            • OhioPrepper says:

              Steve,
              Let’s not confuse wisdom & knowledge. I’ve been doing this prepping thing for decades, but I’m not Solomon. I’m just another guy who learns much from this blog an all of you.

            • Ohio,

              Experience begets knowledge which, ultimately begets wisdom.

              It is refreshing to hear someone like you (like most here) willing to learn new things and apply new information when appropriate & logical.

              What I have found, especially in business, is that sometimes people want to hang onto the past because it seems convenient or they are fearful to grow past that which they have determined is a truth even when new & valid information is presented, contrary to their steadfast belief(s).

              To me, flexibility & relative humility (I believe goes hand in hand) is a cornerstone to survival. When we reduce or compromise either of those components, we begin to dismantle our effectiveness and the ability to survive in “dire” circumstances and one becomes run by anxiety & fear.

              BTW, I am unclear – are you saying that hand warmers & the commercial oxygen absorbers are of similar composition? That had been my understand based upon some research.

          • Matt in Oklahoma says:

            I know I’m preaching but oh well, it’s Sunday anyway so here we go.
            I agree with you on the metal being in the “standard commercial “food grade” O2 absorbers” so let me clarify. The same super secret special case guy I watched on youcanpostanythingtube actually put a hand warmer and iron metal flakes on top of his rice. Then sealed it. Ta Da 15yrs and rust on rice.
            mm mmm another “expert” is born!
            I just don’t see taking shortcuts. To me it’s funny folks will buy the best whiz bang ammo(they will most likely never shoot anyone with), micro chip the wonder diesel truck (that is allowed to run the same speed as everyone else and isn’t even equiped with a trailer hitch), spend an extra hundred on a name”max…..” backpack (and never use it, I know I’m out on the trails and have yet to see one in this State actually being used) but won’t spend a couple of dollars on something they “should” eventually ingest when it is rotated or used post event.
            Your body is not as important as the jones’ atttidue? I’m pleading with you guys to use the right stuff so you will live and not get you or someone else you love sick.
            I know the canners on here won’t take shortcuts because of what will happen so why is happening on dry store food?

            I’m done so blast away or do whatever, we may just have to disagree. I won’t post anymore on it.

            • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

              Actually, I agree with you Matt. I won’t use hand warmers except for warming my hands (or feet) and I won’t use oxygen absorbers to heat my hands (or feed). Maybe they are interchangeable and maybe they aren’t – I’m not willing to take that risk when it isn’t necessary.

              Use the right tool for the job, as my dad always said.

            • OhioPrepper says:

              Matt,
              One final thing. It seems I may have missed something in this whole conversation. You stated, “super secret special case guy I watched on youcanpostanythingtube actually put a hand warmer and iron metal flakes on top of his rice”. And this is where I missed something. When you mentioned metal flakes in the food, I thought you were being rhetorical since the hand warmers contain powdered iron, as do the O2 absorbers. If however there’s a video on YouTube that shows dumping loose metal flakes into your food, then I apologize for the misunderstanding, and would agree that it’s a very bad idea.
              I also would not use hand warmers in lieu of standard O2 absorbers unless it was a short term stop gap situation. Although they both chemically work the same, and neither one will hurt your food, there is one very significant difference. The hand warmers contain ingredients to allow them to absorb large quantities of O2 quickly, which causes them to become warm. The stock O2 absorbers oxidize at a much slower rate, and although technically heat up, the amount of heat is imperceptible. Packing a long term storage item with a hand warmer will work short term, but could quickly lose any long term viability. Saving perhaps $0.50 packing a $20.00 bucket of grain is a fool’s errand.
              In short, the only places I have used hand warmers (other than for heat) are for quick & short term uses. I will place one in the jar containing my extra absorbers to quickly displace the O2 and protect the absorbers, and I have used them in 35 and 50 gallon drums, after filling the drums with properly packaged and sealed Mylar bags.
              Making your own absorbers from powdered iron and salt may be a useful thing to know many years after TEOTWAWKI, but as long as commercial products are available, I’ll be using them

            • Matt,

              I guess what you are saying is, like most things, as something ages it breaks down & looses its effectiveness to perform as originally designed & that residual or leftover effect can become harmful to us.

              If so, I wholeheartedly agree – I think it’s part of the entropic process that we cannot circumvent ….

    • Christine R says:

      Simba, this was the first grain mill my sister and I bought when we started mega prepping before Y2K. I have never had to use mine, but my sis, who has a 10 acre homestead and bakes her own artisan bread daily, used it for years until I finally bought her the Country Living Grain Mill for her birthday last Aug. It is a lot of work, but works fine until you can get something better.

      • Thanks Christine.

        I think I’m on board with the right-tool-for-the-job folks–at least on this topic (I’ve definitely used impromptu tools when laboring). I just feel that food is something to do according to methods that are known to work instead of experimenting too heavily. Had S already HTF and I could only get my hands on hand warmers would I use them? Absolutely. But while I can, I might as well use 02 absorbers meant for food. Also, they’re not that expensive for what they are in bulk methinks.

        Thanks everyone for your input.

  24. The unrest this week totally freaked me out so I did quite a bit.

    I took inventory of our cash on hand and feel that we are in good shape to weather any short term bank closings.

    Bought lots of soap, laundry detergent, bandaids/medical supplies, bigger sized underwear & t-shirts for my growing son, tp, toothbrushes, floss, tampons, shampoo, generic Listerine-type mouthwash, oragel, cloth diapers & pins (for barter or future grandkids or even cleaning cloths some day), bleach.

    We have way more than a year of food but I still added some – oil, vinegar, worch sauce, canned veggies, flour, BBQ Sauce, canned soup, spaghetti sauce, pasta, bottled water, salt, peanut butter & ketchup. (got $100 worth of groceries for $55 at Publix by shopping only sale & buy one get one free items)

    Added 1500 rounds of ammo – various types.

    My oddest purchase this week was a very cheap plunger. I read that if you have no electricity you can use a plunger to agitate clothes in a wash basin and they come out pretty clean without drying out your hands. So, I bought one. We didn’t want to use our toilet plunger on our laundry. Yuck!

    Good luck with your preps everyone. I believe we are close to real trouble in some of the bigger cities that harbor criminal types and welfare types. Food inflation and rising gas prices are gonna get them first.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      GA Mom, this YouTube video will show you the basics for a plunger wash bucket. Notice that he’s replaced the original plunger handle with a longer one – to avoid backaches.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfsimwIKr3g

      I haven’t made one yet, but I’m planning to do so soon and give it a try.

      • Thanks for this video! I’ve bookmarked it & will add to honey-do list. It’s a great thing even to use now for filthy rags & shop towels. I always hate putting those things in the washer.

    • The plunger is a good add! I’m looking also for one of those big mop wringer things to wring out the clothes to help them dry faster.

      • Sylvia. You can get a huge yellow wringer from Sams. We picked one up at a yard sale years ago. Great idea to use for clothes in a no dryer situation!

    • Luddite Jean says:

      The plunger idea sounds like the way I helped my mother wash clothes as a child. The clothes were put in a big copper tub with water and soap, then the tub was heated from underneath. I got to stand on a stool and agitate the clothes with a ‘posher’, which was a copper sphere with holes on the end of a strong wooden pole.

      After that, the clothes were lifted out with giant wooden tongs, rinsed, then put through a mangle to squeeze out the water. That was a cold, cold job in winter, as it had to be done outside.

      • You are lucky you’ve got experience! Some of us only know what we’ve read & seen. It is harder to duplicate and things will be tougher for us.

    • When the kids were small our washer broke. We didn’t have money to buy another one. We put clothes and detergent in the bathtub and tromped around on them like we were mashing grapes. Drain, rinse, tromp some more,drain. Then we twisted them as well as we could and dried them. Fun and aerobic exercise as well.

    • The toilet plunger does work but they don’t hold up. Emergency Essentials and probably Lehman’s carry plungers that really work and do hold up well.

    • I actually use a breathing mobile washer to agitate my wash in the rinse water. Its made especially to wash clothes. I was outside in my old maytag wringer washer and dry on the line. Here is the link to the mobile washer. It works great by the way. This winter I washed the clothes in the tub with it when it was too cold to wash outside.
      http://www.breathingwasher.com/

  25. SrvivlSally says:

    I have to wait until April to put in an order for your book but from your photo…looks good. Prepared to rebuild some raised garden beds. Checked my walking onions patch and they are good. Preparing to buy an oil heater on Tuesday because the switch has worn out on mine. Boy, is it cold in my bedroom but thankfully I have a fleece blanket and thick sleeping bag. Glad I still have a heat source that I can warm my clothes by before wearing them…brrrrrrrrrrrr! Planning to get a few survival buckets ready for my brother because he never thinks about survival or hard times. He has always had a home or a place to live less having been homeless for just a few months when he was in his early adult years. He has rarely ever gone without a meal and he knows little about what is going on in our country. Other than what his local news relates, he is not an avid watcher of such programs nor surfs the net because he does not own or have access to a computer. I have been hearing that our president wants the Fairness Doctrine back. If that thing ever goes through then the government will have the right and will likely go in and take 2/3′s of everyone’s gardens, 2/3′s of their food supplies and 2/3′s of everything else to give to others. You will be allowed ONLY 30 days worth of anything BUT NO MORE THAN THAT and to resist or get caught with anything that is concealed will mean you go to jail and/or are fined but if the authorities see a serious enough offense or make up one that sounds and looks good you could be sent before a firing squad just like they do in other lands. Planning to get a pair of tennis shoes, 1 pair of jeans, a few shirts and some other garments from our local Wal Mart in a few days because I only have one pair of jeans without holes and rips-they are for shopping and all-, the shoe’s rubber has begun to pull apart-that’s the way it goes when you buy cheap stuff-and I have been putting off buying certain things because of the bed bug situation across the nation and I don’t want to pack any of those little buggers home with me. I already have problems with fire ants in my walls this year, the kind who’s defense packs a serious wallop, and to have a bed bug problem would make life a living hail. I am going to take a trash bag with me, put the clothes and shoes in it before I set them inside my truck and wash everything immediately when I get home. I have been using the cold, snowy conditions to use my hobo stove and keep my skills fresh without dressing down for the weather. Two days ago, as I went to start up the little one a continual but very light COOOOLD wind blew in and it was difficult to keep a pile of magnesium from travelling everywhere. I dug out a little area for the stove but still found that I had to block the wind with my body and jacket which helped. It took four or so minutes to get fire but the wind kept taking the spark but I succeeded. I love adverse conditions because it really tests my skills and keeps me up-to-date on weather patterns and what they are capable of doing. I used both a swedish and a block style starter and they did fairly well. When I finished making fire outside in the snow I went up on the porch where it is dryer and there is full wind blockage. The starters took off much more quickly and I was without worry that the shavings were going to span out. I have been praying that our friends have water right now because, when I last heard, their water had frozen up but a short melt came and they collected all they could. It has been several weeks since I have heard from them and I hope that they have been surviving. They never mentioned bringing in any snow, melting it near a heat source and packing the holding containers in straw or other insulating materials inside their home or outbuilding(s) to try to keep it from freezing up good. I cleared a path with the 4×4 to get to the highway and the home. Used a flat ended shovel head to drag and clear snow throughout the yard where necessary. Checked to see if the kerosene had not been stolen. I met up with a coon the other night, we stood about 4 feet from one another, crunching coming from the young coons mouth. As usual, it was showdown time. I spoke, it ran down the steps. I spoke, it took off and stopped six feet away with front left paw still in the air, eyes locked onto me. I spoke, it immediately took off and ran like a locomotive. When I checked the pet’s food, it had taken in only a few pieces. They just love to push the envelope but don’t want to kill any because they would make a future meal when there is nothing to eat. While others are hoping the stores will fill up soon, me and my relatives will be sitting down to coon pot pie, coon ca-bob, bar-b-qooned ribs, roast coon and spuds, coon on the cob, coon burgers, coon and beans, cooneroni pizza, coon sausage and eggs, coon patties with cheese, coon chowder, ground coon meat balls and spaghetti, coon n’ cheese bake, coon tarts, coon corn dogs, coon jerky and coon strips and jo’s. I recently found some good recipes for squirrel but I would rather go for coon because there would be less hunting and far more meat on one of them and when there are two or more mouths that need fed the choice is obvious. When the time comes I will follow the trails and find the food.

    • OhioPrepper says:

      SrvivlSally,
      How did you get from the Fairness Doctrine to confiscation of food and firing squads? I think you’re seriously mixing your metaphors here.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Bar B-Cooned ribs! That’s hilarious. I’ve never tried coon, although I’ve eaten gray squirrel. Gotta say I prefer venison.

      The Fairness Doctrine is a concern to me, too, but I think it refers to “fairness” in the broadcast industry, not food. Although I’ve never read the bill so I don’t know all the details.

      It would be too expensive and complicated for any government to confiscate food from homes unless it was the military on the march and they commandeered foodstuffs for their troops. Seems that if the government were to take food for redistribution, their best bet would be to go to the warehouses and take what’s there. Or go to the source (like General Mills) and take it. But who knows with this current admin? Nothing they do surprises me anymore.

  26. Had Knee surgery last week. Then went in to another Dr. to see about another surgery on a different body part. Pulled a broken tooth because I cant afford to go to a Dentist. Helped a friend sort through a trunk of old stashed ammo. Tried to file my taxes on the Free system. I have had (0) read zero income this year. The website said I didnt make enought to quallify for the Free E-File tax program. Have to go get real paper forms. Sorted through a lot of my meds and back up meds. Figure I am at a 60 day backup supply. Put them into my BOB. Washed all of the reusable elastic bandages and put into med kit in the BOB. Planing to change out my gun cleaning kit in the bob for a snake type system. (3) days after surgery I taped and rapped up my leg/knee and went for a 1 mile slow walk with my Trucks GHB. Was only able to cover the distance because I had a strong pain killer that kicked in. In a true SHTF situation with my BOB on, I might have been able to cover 3 to 5 miles in 10 to 12 hrs. People better stay unhurt and real healthy when TSHTF.

  27. simba. 500 for a used engine is plenty.I bought my son a truck like yours but it is a 86. It should be a 22 r/e motor. They are plentaful comon motor. Just call/ look around you will be able to find one. My son found a good one for less then200 bucks. Steve

  28. Getting ready to tap some trees. I found some reproduction taps this year styled after the ones used in the 20′s, way way better looking than the plastic stuff or stamped steel, these are cast alu. should last for ever.
    Pure maple syrup is like liquid gold arround here. Its about 20 bucks a litre (translation Quart) :) in the store. Makes great gifts too. Going to put up some maple suger as well.
    Can’t lay any block for the house anyways until the snow is gone.
    Play safe everyone :)

    • OhioPrepper says:

      Catfish,
      First of all, at least in my opinion there is no better sweetener than maple syrup. There is also no better candy than maple sugar candy. In short, I’m a little jealous and will have to make do with honey. Another source for the aluminum sugar taps is Lehman’s (http://www.lehmans.com). I planted sugar maples on the property about 10 years ago, but I’m not sure they’re large enough to be of any value yet. Hopefully we’ll tap them at least once before I die.

      • Ohio Prepper
        I assume you are in Ohio by your name, I’ve been over to Put in Bay a few times but not to the main land yet. Neat caves on the island to tour.

        Depending where you live If you ask arround the farm areas i’d bet you could find a friendly farmer that would let you tap a few trees in his back 40 one weekend if you share the syrup with him. One good weekend and you could probaly get a couple gallons for each of you.

        I spent about 3 years shopping for the homestead property before I bought it. I finaly found one that met each and every one of the items on my long must have and want list. I was very very lucky to find it. Some day I should post that list.

        Its over (just) 10 acres total and about 80% of that is maple. All smiles here. :)

        • Its tapping season here as well and I am very excited about getting busy to make my years supply of Maple syrup, I decided to do more this year , planning on hopefully making a extra dozen quart jars.

          I agree, while I do have my own tree’s, I have a friend down the road with just over a hundred acres of mostly sugar trees and he lets me tap as many as I want, and our barter is that I alter his little boy kids and lambs as he does not feel comforatable doing so.

        • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

          I’d been interested in your list of needs and wants for your farm property. Would you be willing to write a guest article for this blog? I bet MD would be willing to post it sometime.

          • I’m not the best writer and this work week is the long one 5 12 hr shifts but I could type up the list and post it in the next little while but heres a few points to start.

            The land was just raw forrest when I got it.
            It was the lay of the land so to speak that sold me on this one.
            Min 10 ac
            Price reasonable for the area ($30,000)
            Placement with in the wider area I live, who neighbours were and how close.
            South exposure over most of the lot
            small pond on site. (needs to be mucked out though)
            River just down road which isolates me from the rest of the world by a single lane bridge on my dead end road
            min 10 mile walk in any other direction through bush to another road. (there is so little traffic I love it, some days no cars pass my place)
            If I could just get the house finished I would be happy.

            • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

              Catfish, thanks for listing your criteria. A one-lane bridge to get to retreat property has always been on my wish list.

            • Sounds wonderful, Catfish. Good luck finishing the house.

    • Richard Muszynski says:

      greetings. i used to use the old fashioned maple sap taps that i would hang gallon milk cartons, plastic, on. wind would often simply blow the milk jugs off the taps and good bye to the sap they contained. this year going plastic with food grade plastic tubing running down to the snow where i will have 2 1/2 gallon containers buried in the snow to collect the sap. here they use plastic taps and run plastic tubing from tree tap to tree tap. then on the end of the line they put in a holding tank with a vacuum pump on it to get the sap to flow right down the tube and into the tank. getting old so will stick with the viking plastic sled and the snow shoes for now. that is if this winter ever ends. just had another snow storm yesterday. and it is snowing now and 10 degrees.

  29. I watched the circus going on down in Madison. Pretty sad all around.

    We are looking for a BOV since our previous truck Diesel engine is seriously broke. Thinking about a Chevy Astro Van. Maybe not so BOV like but affordable.

    Otherwise just waiting for this winter to get over with..

  30. went to TSC and got a friskers hacket for $20 picked up some seeds- worked on clearing more shelf space in the basement for cans and other food- picked up 2 rolls of duct tape for $2.99 down from $5.99- send my paper work in for gun licence- can’t wait to get back out hunting- waiting for my copy of Bugging out to arraive at Chapters

  31. The Prepper says:

    I spent most of the week cleaning up items and putting them on eBay. We’ve made a few grand selling stuff we don’t use, and there is still more stuff to get rid of. As far as preps, got 1000 rounds of #8 shot and 2000 rounds of XM193 to stash away. Also got a hand grain mill, and we are going to pick up some red hard wheat at the store this week and try to turn it into bread. That should be fun. :)

  32. Went to “town” (2 hours 1 way) this week, usual truck load of supplies when you only go to town every 6 to 8 weeks. Bought a case of those little solar lights at H. Depot 3.88 each they work well and last a long time. Hatched out 30 baby chicks for the neighbor. Pickled 8 dozen eggs. Powdered 14 dozen more eggs. Added to woodpile rather than subtract. Filled in gaps in the fish med dept. Received the book “The Way of Herbs” looks good, so far.

    • I have those solar lights in my window on the inside.
      I played arround with them and put a switch on a few so the light doesn’t come on unless I switch it on. Keeps the battery charged all the time though good for a back up battery charger.

      Also I noticed most of the cheap ones come with a double A or Tripple A NiCad battery. On a few I switched out the NiCad batteries which were about 1200- 1500 milli amp hours to some good name brand Ni Mh ones that are 2300 Milli Amp hours. Those ones last all night now. With a solar power homestead miles to the nearest street light it will be nice when nature calls at 4 am it is nice not to stub your toe. :)

  33. SoDak Prepper says:

    I have been looking for slings for my rifles but they are pretty spendy when its $20 for a single leather sling. instead i weaved slings out of 550 paracord, i looked on youtube for various styles. i think i did pretty good, $5 for 50 ft of paracod vs 20 for a leather sling. and if i get in a bind i have plenty of paracord if i need it

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Several months ago I made a 550 paracord sling for my metal detector. After making it, which took quite some time because of the length, I nearly broke my arm patting myself on the back.

  34. The other day as I was sweeping the snow off of the sidewalk, my broom broke. I then realized on most ‘lists’ that I have looked at I haven’t seen a broom listed. If we don’t have electricity for the vauum… So now on my list of needs I have added brooms. This week I went to the dollar store with $20 and bought disposable razors(10- $1) baby wipes, and 2 small milk crates. The crates hold 6- 16 oz. pop bottles(for water) Planning on going back to get more of these before they run out of them.
    M. D.—- I went through some of your archives and read that you have a ‘corona landers mill’ grinder. Where did you get it? I went online and couldn’t find it, then got a virus and had to do a scan. Thanks!
    I also printed more things for my ‘survival book’. Now off to clean out a basement room and put shelves in and start stocking them. Have a good week everybody!

    • Kathleen, Amazon has one for 24.99.

      • Thank you Judith- I found a Country Living Grain Mill on line for $395- way over my budget! So will look on Amazon.
        M.D.– I re-read my post and hope you did not misunderstand the ‘thanks’- it was for the information and NOT the virus. So Sorry!

  35. Productive week for us, the unrest in the Middle East has been very motivating. Ordered and received MD’s CD (will pop in my laptop as soon as I’m done here), 6 rolls of bags for the Foodsaver, 2 jars freeze dried coffee (for emergency use only), Bogos at grocery store added to pantry. DH topped off all our gas cans, ordered a new hive of bees. Completed our CW class today and all is left is the application.

  36. OhioPrepper says:

    This week’s preps were a little on the small side, received the MDCD and copied it to my self-reliance directory and backup storage. I also received my Serengeti High-Intensity Tactical LED Flashlights, which for the price are amazing little lights. Plan to head to the LDS Storehouse next week & will report back then.

  37. Ordered all this years seeds and the last of the fruit plants I need. Ordered more chickens, wood stove parts, and 100# of DE. Made a trip up to Lehman’s, bought out their stock of Tattler lids, and found lots of other nifty stuff I needed. Did all necessary repairs on the 4×4. Decided to kick caffeine and am currently going through the withdrawl headache–which sucks. Snow is finally over here, so we’re starting to get back into working on the farm preps. If only the ground would dry out faster so I can get the potatoes in. I’m hoping to have everything finished by June, since the S looks like it is getting much closer to HTF.
    Gas at $3.52, up .25 in one week.

  38. Downloaded the fourteen PDF files you have posted on the site and started reading and learning. Such a wide range of topics and vital info if you wanna keep your ass out of a bind. Many thanks M.D., and thanks for all you and your readers do to get the knowledge out!

  39. Bought two cases of Grape Ola, grape seed oil. Finished canning the bacon and pork butt. Yeah. Began compiling a document with information about essential oils and their uses because I use quite a few essential oils and cant always remember what wors for what. Husband backed up computer files on a usb hard drive.

  40. New boots for the entire outfit (can’t have enough treads), another boost in the larder contents, new slings for rifles.

  41. Nor Cal Ray says:

    Went to Bishops Storehouse and picked up 25lbs White Wheat, 25 lbs. Red Wheat, 50 lbs. Rice, 50 lbs. Quick Oats, 2 #10 cans Wheat, 2 #10 Cans Rice, 1 #10 Can Pinto Beans, 1 #10 Can Quick Oats, 1 #10 Can Powered Fruit Drink Mix.
    Traded a fishing rod for (11) 10rd Packages of Barnes Hollow Point .50 cal. saboted rds ranging from 180 grn. to 300 grn to use in a Traditions Black Powder Rifle.
    Picked up 5 more rolls of nickles. have been noticing more and more older coins in my rolls of pennies and nickles. Have the local station attendant saving halves and silver dollars for me and more of them are turning out to be silver or 40% silver.

  42. blindshooter says:

    Another week looking at reducing my pile of stuff to make my move go better when it finally happens. Also spending a lot of time with my sister cleaning up my late Fathers things. Broke a molar Thursday, called my dentist and had it fixed by lunch Friday( think that would happen with no grid or fuel to travel with?). Tried to sell a NMC AR upper at a show today, no luck, seems everybody wants cheap flat tops. Did get a new gun belt, seems that my old one has shrunk up so bad it won’t go around me. Think I’ll keep the old one for hard times coming, it may get longer again….

    Hard to put away preps when your looking at having to move soon. I just wish I had a firm timeline so I could make better plans.

    MD, I enjoyed reading here this week. Hope your lady is coping with her loss OK, I’ve been a little lost the last week without my Dad to look after.

    • blindshooter,

      It has been bad but she is getting a little better each day as you will – it just takes time I will pray for you.

      • blindshooter says:

        Thanks for your thoughts and prayers, if not for prayer, family and friends I don’t where I’d be today. I fear we are headed for times that will make my current troubles look like good times.

        Thanks again to you and your great readers, not a week goes by that I don’t learn something useful here.

        • Thanks blind shooter, I don’t laugh as much as i should but i thought that remark about the gun belt was really funny.
          I wondered what was wrong with mine. Now I know.

  43. More rice, pasta, pasta sauce, canned soup and tp. Filled up all the vehicles at $3.05 a few days ago. Woke up to $3.45/gal this morning. I’m currently in Iowa. Had an exciting trip. About an hour outside my destination, my transmission went out doing 70 on the highway. Let’s just say it’s been a long day. I thanked GOD the rest of the trip that I had 650 miles left on my 36,000 mile warranty. Enjoying an extended weekend in Cedar Falls :) Did realize that there isn’t much you can do to prep for something like this. Had my bag, but left my spare transmission at home :) Also started reading Lights Out. So far so good. Take care everyone. We’re at the tipping point and it could go either way…

  44. Quiet week as we’ve all been down with a bug. Finished clearing out the cedar closet and took two truck loads of “beyond use in my grandparents day” items to the recycling depot at the dump and another truck load of “perhaps someone else might enjoy this 1980s prom dress (yes it was mine)” to the Sally Ann. Worked hard on the homeschooling and Monkey read his first book! Nothing I prep can compare to watching that lightbulb go off.

  45. Amateur Gardener says:

    Got abit of overtime in at work these past two weeks, stashed the extra cash in my bug out bag. Bought more bulk grains; extra bottles of shampoo that were on sale, also rolls of paper towels on sale. Looking forward to your book MD.

  46. templar knight says:

    Been out of town having fun, so I didn’t get too much done this week. I went to see my son and his wife, and we ended up getting several bags of mayhaws near a place called Moro Bay. They were not fresh, but frozen from last year. Thanks, bctruck, for reminding me of a treat I used to enjoy as a kid. I’m sorry you had to cut down your mayhaw trees. They make the best jelly ever.

    My son gave me 65 lbs. of sugar left over from reworking a brine well. I have no idea why they use sugar when drilling oil and brine wells, but I was excited about getting the free sugar.

    I also bought some insulated overalls I found for half-price at the sporting goods store, and 5 gal. of kerosene. That’s about it.

    • If you got sugar from treating a brine well and mayhaws then I got a pretty good idea what part of the world you where in big your ever in the Shreveport vicinity drop me a line,I’d live to meet for coffee. Brad

  47. OhioPrepper says:

    ALL,
    Sunday February 27, 2011 up until midnight (EST) or they run out https://1saleaday.com has an interesting little survival tool as follows:
    $1 + Free Shipping! Multi-Purpose 11-in-1 Stainless Steel Pocket Survival Tool!
    This is a legit site I bisit daily. They sometimes have great items.

  48. Let’s see ~ the CD arrived (TY so much M.D. ~ you’re the best!)

    Picked up 2 pairs of winter boots and 7 over-sized heavy/thick sweatshirts at a super clearance sale (& had a 30% off coupon); got 3 boxes of J&J gauze on clearance for 3.75/box which had a $3.00 coupon stuck on the box so .75 each; added to my binder of ‘good-to-know’ info if I can’t access the net; added a couple of toothpastes (free after sale/promotion); found the manual knife sharpener & picked up a bread maker for $5 at a local auction (works great!).

    Overall was just a bit of this/that but it makes me feel so much better to have it.

    • How is your binder organized? Do you have one big binder or several small ones for different topics? What topics do you include? I have started printing off things to keep and put them in a regular folder, but now it is too much and I need to get serious about organizing it in a logical way. Thanks for any help you can give.

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        I have a survival binder, too. Just one binder, so I can grab it and go. It’s organized into 9 general categories and then under each of those categories it is further refined. Color coded tabs help.

        Category I – Food (“Beans”)
        a-Inventory List
        b-Storage/Shelf Life & Canning
        c-Recipes
        d-Gardening & Composting
        e-Miscellaneous Food Information

        Category II – Personal Protection (“Bullets”)
        a-Personal Protection Devices (PPD) Inventory
        b-Maintenance
        c-Ammo Info
        d-House Hardening
        e-Exterior Hardening
        f-Misc. Personal Protection Information

        Category III – Medical (“Bandaids”)
        a-First Aid & Medicine Inventory
        b-Medication Storage/Shelf Life
        c-First Aid Practices & Procedures
        d-Illness Symptoms & Diagnosis
        e-Illness Treatments
        f-Personal Medical Information – Meds, Allergies, etc.
        g-Miscellaneous Medical Information

        Category IV – Water
        a-Inventory of Purification Products & H2O Quantities
        b-Storage Information
        c-Purification Procedures
        d-Off-site Water Sources Map
        f-Miscellaneous Information

        Category V – Tools
        a-Inventory List
        b-Maintenance & Warranties
        c-Miscellaneous Information

        Category VI – Shelter
        a-Inventory List
        b-Maintenance & Warranties
        c-Miscellaneous Information

        Category VII – Bugging Out, Bugging In, Getting Home
        a-Bugout Bag Inventory
        b-Get Out Of Dodge/Get Me Home Bag Inventory
        c-EveryDay Carry Inventory
        d-Vehicle Maintenance & Inventory
        f-Miscellaneous Information

        Category VIII – Documents (copies)
        a-Birth Certificate
        b-Driver’s License
        c-Deed
        d-Insurance
        e-Vehicle Registration
        f-Household Inventory – Photos
        g-Credit card & Bank Account Numbers
        i-Contact Information – phone numbers, meet-up locations
        j-Miscellaneous Information

        Category IX – Everything Else

  49. G’day M.D, and all
    Virgin commenter, Virgin Prepper here. From the land down under.
    Stumbled across your website about a week and half ago, enjoying it very much, i like the interaction between people, like a little community of support.. so much information, so little time in the day.
    my week included catching up as much as i could on your blog posts, well the ones that stood out to me :) from that i decided Carpe Diem.
    *Dug out a patch of lawn in the backyard, in prep for a vegie patch, have been reading up that i should give it a fortnight to condition the soil, that’ll give me time to acquire seed/seedlings to put in.
    *went through my supplies of camping/hiking gear, and arranged it in a somewhat organised form. at least i know where they all are now. :P
    *went through pantry organised all my tinned food (want to migrate to long term storage, but that’ll have to wait till i start my new job) which is tomorrow… main thing is, i am acquiring knowledge to do it first.
    That is all this weekend..
    Kind regards to you all
    J.

    • Welcome Mexicola. Love your country, sorry for all the flooding and everything this year. Hope to hear more from you and what is happening in your “land down under”

      • Welcome!!!Dont be afraid to ask your questions here ever…MD and some of the others have the wisdom and knowledge about almost everything.

  50. Ridge Runner says:

    Glad to hear the CD sales are going so well, M.D. and look forward to the book upon its release.

    Had a slow week as well. Getting more nervous watching all the unraveling in the middle east. [Fear=Lack of Preparedness] I only hope time will allow.

    - Put up 40 lbs of all purpose flour in mylar bag and bucket
    - Bought a couple of gals of white vinegar
    - Went to the range and shot the Glock. Haven’t shot for awhile. Either my sights are way off, or I’m pulling nearly every shot low and left. (suspect the former)
    - Priced Berkey filters

    Have a good week everyone.

    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      @Ridge Runner
      Low and Left shooting is normally caused by the following tightening fingers, jerking or slapping the trigger, too little trigger finger or dropping the head looking over the sights. I hope this helps.
      Flour usually doesn’t last that long, thats alot of flour

      • Christine R says:

        Matt, I’ve used flour after 10 years and though it may be “flat” for baking, it can still be used for gravy, thickening, filler and unleavened breads like tortillas. Worked fine for pancakes, too with a little extra dash of baking powder. Mine wasn’t buggy or foul smelling either. If it’s packed well enough and stays dry, should be okay.

        • The brainwashing wore off... says:

          Thanks Christine R, for clarification on how long stored flour will last. I am not a big bread eater, but do love pancakes and down south we also eat “hoe cakes” which are made from cornmeal and flour. At this point, I will be storing flour and meal in mylar buckets with my O2 absorbers. I freeze the flour and meal for at least 24 hrs before storing which, from what I have read, kills any bugs.

      • The Mormon “LDS” food expiration guidelines say that flour will last 10 years if property stored. Either in mylar bag or #10 can with an oxygen absorber.

      • Ridge Runner says:

        Thanks Matt. I suspected as much. Now for a wrinkle: Does this apply to a lefty?

        • Matt in Oklahoma says:

          @Ridgerunner, no the wrinkle throws me so my answer will change:
          It is probably going to be to much trigger finger, tightening grip as you are pulling the trigger or dropping the head. These are my best swags without seeing you shoot. hope it helps

          • OhioPrepper says:

            Ridgerunner,
            Do a search for “shooting correction target” and you’ll get a lot of links to images like this one: http://www.scribd.com/doc/27422118/Pistol-Correction-Chart . Assuming a correct center hold on target, this will give you some suggestions as to the problem. As Matt states however, these are only guesses without seeing you shoot and being able to eveluate all of the dynamics involved.

          • Matt in Oklahoma says:

            @Ridgerunner the other suggestion I have is to have someone balance an empty case on the slide or barrel then have you dry fire the EMPTY weapon at a SAFE target and see what is going on.
            Practice till the case balances and you can retain your aiming point.
            This is good with any type of weapon. It makes you focus on the basics and concentrate. About once a year I have to do it to force myself back to the basics because I get in a rush. I also do it with myself and kids before the deer hunts.

            • OhioPrepper says:

              You can also use a coin balanced on or just behind the front sight. It’s called the penny drill. You should be able to fire the gun without the penny falling onto the ground.
              Another is to use a technique called ball & dummy, where you allow someone to load the magazine with both live and dummy rounds so you can’t anticipate. When you squeeze the shot off on a dummy, nothing on the gun should move. If the barrel does move from a flinch or other pull, it should be noticeable and correctable.

    • Ridge Runner says:

      Thanks for the feedback all.

      Flour is packed in a sealed mylar bag with oxygen absorbers and silica gel packs in a 6 gal bucket with a gamma lid stored in cool, dark spot. Hopefully it’ll last a while.

  51. Alex (Canada) says:

    Bought myself a nice pair of army boots, some camo clothes and a couple of air filters, whole thing cost me about $100. Does anyone know where I can get a good gas mask?

    • Define “mask”. Are you looking for a full face mask or a half mask? Amazon.com is alway a decent place to start – the reviews there are a nice was to gauge need vs. want. A quick google search of “chemical mask” popped-up a whole slew of choices.

    • Richard Muszynski says:

      greetings. best deal now on gas masks is the Finnish gas mask that comes with 60 m/m filter. you need to get a 60 to 40 m/m filter adaptor, canadian, to be able to take NATO gas mask cartridges. I got 20 of the cartridges from Cheaper Than Dirt for about $20 the Finnish masks are going for $9.99 plus postage from Sportsmans Guide. the Finnish masks are brand new and the NATO filters they can be converted to are the best bet i’ve found.

    • Which part of Canada? There is a store at the bottom of the Oshawa Whitby Border that sells the Military Gas Masks, also there is a large Camping/Mil store in Kitchener. In BC and Manitoba there are also very large stores that sell them.
      I checked the only two Canadian Online store that I know and neither sell them. Give “The Army Store 416-759-8038 a call” He might be able to help you out.

      • Alex (Canada) says:

        Thank you all a lot, There is an army surplus store that sells them in Toronto but they are absolute garbage. I do not suggest you buy them from there.

  52. The Other Ellen says:

    This week I got cases of my favorite vegetables to put into the pantry. Still have to do inventory, so I guess that’s this week’s project.
    Tried some wonderful canned beef and plan to stock up the next time I’m in Findley.
    Received M.D.’s CD and backed up onto a flash drive. Thanks, M.D.
    Got caught up on all the winter heating bills. That pretty much blew the budget, but next year I won’t have a teenager living with me, so the cost will be much less.
    Took said teenager with me shopping and stocked up on all the things she’s willing to eat. (She just came to live with me in January, and graduates high school in June… I don’t have time to fix her eating habits.)
    That pretty much sums up this week. Next week? Taking the teen to the dentist. And ordering M.D.’s book.

  53. Well, Lets see this week, I got to a farm sale and came home with a box of six hand crank steel meat grinders plus different size plates, I already have a couple in the house but figure they can be either replacement parts if needed or bater items.

    We added to the split wood pile this week as we are prepping to start our maple season here, and I like to do some over a wood fire, it give it a different flavor then when I do it on the propane stove.

    Target Practise this week, Butchered a few chickens and processed them, picked Cottonwood buds and started making green salve. Did a little fence repair work, Made firestarters out of dryer lint.

    Ordered two more apple trees, four more nut trees this week, can anyone recommend a really good nut oil press? for basic home use

    • Boy, there’s nothing much worse than showing up at a farm sale only moments after someone walks out with a box of grinders that they didn’t really need. ;^)

      Might want to check up on hoarding versus preparing.

      LOL, just yanking your chain, but there’s a bit of truth to it.

      • MoPrepper

        If anyone else had wanted the box of them, I would not have gotten them at the first 2 bucks offered and its yours :)

        But truthfully, I was not after the grinders so much as I was the different size grinding plates but it was take it all for the one thing you do in fact want.

        Yank away.. my DH said the same thing to me but he sure likes to eat the different food I use those grinders to help make.

        • Richard Muszynski says:

          greetings. hoarding? hell if we weren’t hoarding when we stock up then what would one call it?

          • gathering up basics for future meals. Steve

          • Right now there is no SHTF situation, so this is not hoarding. Everybody can find these things if they want to. If TSHTF and you start grabbing everything you can, from a position of little is available, then that is hoarding. We prep now so we don’t have to hoard when things get rough.

        • I concede. You win.

          ;^)

          • I was just reading about hoarding versus prepping on several different prepper blogs. They seem to think that if you are organized and keep things to a minimum you are not hoarding. If you have a lot of outdated items you have a problem. Who is to say. I say minimum isn’t going to do you any good if the SHTF and you have a lot of people depending on you to eat.

            • Richard Muszynski says:

              greetings. Minimum doesn’t mean much as far as how long it will last. and we have no idea what the future will bring or how long it will last. so get as much as you can. and the outdated? who is the judge of that? something like the new paint they come out with and immediately tell you it is good for 20 years, but haven’t had it for that long to find out how long it will last. if your cans do have pinholes in them or your canning jars lids aren’t sealed then not good. if they are still sealed and you worry about vitamen loss then take a vitamin pill with them. I do know that beans don’t last very long in storage. turn stale. but if I pressure can them then they will last edible as long as the canning jars stay sealed.

    • Farmgal, I am interested in the cottonwood bud green salve.
      Have not heard of that before and I have lots of cottonwoods.
      Would you please let us know how you do that?
      Also I have poplars, are they the same for the salve?
      Thanks, Judith

      • Hi Judith

        I am looking for the Eastern cottonwood tree, you might know the salve or oil as Balm of Gilead?

        The Buds are used in ointments and skin treatments to reduce pain and inflammation, and to ease rheumatic pain. Salicin, a major constituent of this sap, is a painkiller, while bisabolol in the oil reduces inflammation and is antimicrobial.

        Side Effects: If you are sensitive to aspirin, you should not use Balm of Gilead, Recommended for external use only.

        You want to pick locally in feb, might be earlier in your neck of the woods, whatever time of the year is going to have the nice big full buds before the leaves come out.

        As you know the tree’s get quite tall, so lots of folks recommend that you wait for after a good wind storm and look for downed branches to get your buds off them.

        They are sticky so if you pick by hand, be aware you will end up with the sap on you, most folks pick with gloves but I just wash up personally.

        Into a clean glass jar with the buds, and cover with oil, I use olive oil, the best quality I have as I will be using it for a salve but any good oil would work provided its liquid at room temp, I only fill the jar half full of buds but 3/4 full of oil, the buds will swell for the first while, keep a close eye on it in your dark cool cupboard, you might need to add more oil, if any buds are uncovered, they tend to go moldy, some will float at the beginning just give them a stir and they will sink, don’t cover with a lid as the water needs to come out of the buds.

        Some folks like to cover with cheese cloth, can if you want.. if you are cold processing, you need a min of six weeks, at that point some folks will cover and let sit for up to a year.

        Personally, I then take it out and strain it though layers of cheese cloth, you can use the oil as is or you can make a salve out of it by mixing it with bee’s wax, if you want a soft salve, I would recommend 4 parts oil to 1 part bee’ was, if you want a firmer salve (more like bag balm) I perfer 3 parts to 1 part.

        Once heated and mixed together you can pour into little salve jars and will keep at least a year (might keep more but I have never had it stay around long enough)

        The eastern cottonwood is a member of the poplar family but its my understanding that its not switchable, and I have looked at popular’s buds and they don’t have the same sticky soft filled resin in them that the cottonwood does.

        Hope that helps answer your question.

        • CrazyFarmGirl (Texas) says:

          Wonderful! That you for the details. We had a lot of wind during the night so maybe I will be in luck. Our cottonwood is 50 years old so wind is my only hope.

        • Thanks Farmgal for that really valuable info. I have no idea what kind of cottonwoods these are but will try to identify.

  54. Dean in Michigan says:

    Nothing unfortunately.

    Since I haven’t been out on the town in quite some time, I decided to go see a few friends at the nightclub. I can take this as a reminder of what a waste of time and money. The whole reason I’ve not been out in awhile.

    I can only imagine what I could have added to my prep’s with the $100 I blew through last night.

    Such is life……..and back on track next week.

    • Enough rice to keep you alive for a year for starters. Sam’s club has Riceland rice in 50# bags for $19.97

    • Dean. Don`t feel bad some times people forget that life is living.Do no isolate yourself. Unless they are lowlifes or something. Steve

  55. M.D. My copy came yesterday but I haven’t had time to check it out.
    I don’t want to start on it until I have a block of time to do it justice.
    I’ll let you know what I think at a later date. Thanks for producing it and working so hard to get it copied and out to everyone.

  56. Received MD’s CD this week. I was unable to use it on the laptop because the hole in the center of the CD wouldn’t fit around the disk in the center of the CD ROM drive, but it did fit in the big computer upstairs. Thanks, MD! This is great! Read through two chapters and hope to start my long term storage this week as the tax money came in. I made a good connection at a a local bakery and she said I could have all the plastic containers I want. I have to order some mylar bags. Do I really need a tefflon coated iron to seal them? Anyone in New England want to mentor me? I do much better with “watch and learn” instruction, than “read and figure it out”. My Mother-In-Law said she will buy me a foodsaver for my birthday next month. Didn’t want to wait that long but if it will save me some $$, then I will wait.
    Experimented with my bread machine again. Hubby said the texture is too thick for his taste. Any recommendations on what to use rather than straight bread flour which it calls for? Possibly a mixture of two kinds? I’m just trying to make a basic white bread as he is pretty picky.
    Went through my coin jar and pulled out the important ones. Ordered prescription meds online. Hubby got a broken tooth fixed. Reread “Lights Out” again as I enjoyed it so much the first time. After reading the comment about the mop wringer, realized that I have one in the basement. Catfish, I would love to see your homestead requirements list. Take care, everyone.

    • Hi,
      With the bread being thick and heavy, you could try more or better yeast, or more water. When you have a perfect bread dough, it looks like fresh playdough-not sticky and soft to to the touch.
      Disregard the recipe amount for water-it is just a starting point and what you want is the right consistency. If you really want light and fluffy, then you will want more of a sticky dough. You ALWAYS have to check your dough, even in a breadmaker, because of humidity, dry air, etc, the dough can be different from day to day with the exact same ingredients. So after the breadmaker has mixed it all together, check it. If it is a gooey blob on the bottom and not making a round dough ball, add some flour.
      If it is so hard that the motor is whining, or the dough is not mixed enough to make a ball, add a little water until it does. You always want a ball of dough for yeast bread, the softer the ball, the softer the bread. The harder the dough ball, the harder and thicker the bread. Have fun!

      • Thanks Theresa. I’ll try more water next time.

      • Hi Barbara,

        We get a coarse-grain flour, but it requires quite a bit more kneading. My wife (or I, depending on whose up first) hand knead, and it only takes about 25 minutes, usually Sunday morning before church. I heard that the bread machines do an awesome kneading job, but the zen of hand-kneading is quite nice, as well.

        You definitely want a softer dough, and make sure your yeast is good. We normally use the Fleishmann stuff (which is usually okay) but have just started using… uhm… starter.

        Just in case the Fleishmann factory gets turned into a tank factory (okay, just kidding about that ;0) )

        Not quite sure how the bread maker deals with yeast, but we test it by prepping it with honey in warm water, and basically watching to see if it froths up. If it does (a bubbly, foam that protrudes beyond the rim of the cup) then its good. We add that, and the bread should be fluffy.

        I’ve also noticed a trend where my wife’s bread tends to be very delicious, while mine tends to be (as she puts it kindly) … “I like the bread dense. It seems hardier.”

        • A starter-convert.

          Just took the bread out of the oven, and this is the first one that I’ve baked with ‘Steve’ ( the name I’ve given my starter, since it is a living organism residing in a canning jar on top of the oven ).

          I’m throwing away the store-bought yeast. A starter is definitely the way to go.

          Good luck, Lint Picker and Barbara!!

          (and now, after all this bread making talk, I’m going to go lift some weights and donate some of the copious amounts of hair that is on my chest ;0)

        • Thanks, Phinny. The yeast I bought was new. I’ve never tested it – just gone by the expiration date. The bread machine has you just add all the ingredients and then put the yeast in a well in the center.

        • Saw all of the comments on making bread and use the following recipe which doesn’t require kneading. The bread comes out fantastic just like a bakery. It uses very little yeast, and is pretty flexible about using bread flour, rye flour, wheat flour or even sourdough starter. If you have a dutch oven then your all set. It takes longer to rise, 18 hours, but doesn’t require me to work the dough to get a consistent product. So give it a try, you’ll enjoy it as much as I do….. follow the link and you’ll find the article.

          http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/dining/081mrex.html

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Barbara, I’ve just started making my own bread and wonder if you have been sifting your flour before adding it to the bread
      machine? It didn’t take me long to realize there is a big difference between sifted and unsifted flour as far as the density of the bread. Sifted is fluffy and light – unsifted is dense and chewy.

  57. Went by Sams Club and picked up an additional 50# bag of rice and a 4 lb box of Idahoan brand instant mashed potatoes. They are cheap, have a long shelf life and are supposed to be really good. This box is to test. If they are really good I’ll get more for my preps.

    Worked in my garden a bit more. My red and white onions are up but my shallots haven’t broken through yet. I had a few more red onion sets left so I made up another row and planted them. If they all grow I’ll have plenty of onions this year.

    For the new preppers that might be reading this you can make a lot of progress on your food preps (in terms of long term survival) by concentrating on rice, beans, pasta noodles, flour, salt and sugar. Your dollars go a long way on that stuff. Then watch the sales for deals on canned goods that you are going to use anyway. Buy extra, put them up
    then use them as they get close to their expiration date but make sure to replace them before you use them. If you watch the buy one get on free sales you can replace the can you use with two new cans. Every time you buy any food stuffs look at several items on the shelf and select the one with the latest expiration date.

    As long as you have rice, flour, salt and sugar you can get by. Now days we are all used to eating a lot of meat and a little bit of starch but when the shtf we’ll need to get back to the way we did it when I was a small child. Eat a lot of carbs and veggies and use the meat sparingly.

    • the Idahoan instant potato’s work up great. I tend to like my instant potato’s on the dryer side so I add a little less water. Then if they are dryer than I want can add more milk. But they work up as good as the potato buds did.
      I am really happy with them.
      And the taste is great too.

      • Ellen I tried the Idahoan potatoes tonight. Not bad at all. I won’t go so far as to say they are as good as really good home made but they would pass as average home made and no one would know the difference. For the price they are hard to beat!

        • AZ rookie prepper says:

          I like the Idahoan potatoes too. Sometimes I’ll throw in a little garlic, grind some good black pepper over them, make it my meal.

          • The Other Ellen says:

            They are pretty good, and (for those of us who need it) almost all the flavors are gluten-free. That’s kind of difficult to find in anything instant, so they are a part of my regular diet as well as a large part of my food storage.

  58. I’m sorry to say that I’d didn’t get jack squat done this week – other than read the various blogs and webpages (which I’ve made a daily habit of).

    Life – it does get in the way sometimes. Oh well, need to do better next week.

  59. Christine R says:

    Preps this week included
    my son getting his new belly holster for the Glock
    filed tax returns
    conferenced with atty re: foreclosure strategy
    finished reading “The Walk” and “Recollections of a Handcart Pioneer of 1860: A Woman’s Life on the Mormon Frontier”
    ordered summer cotton clothes
    ordered 2 case baking combo from Emergency Essentials (Feb budget)
    ordered 1 case FD salmon and volcano stove from Emerg Ess (Mar budget)
    got my first chix eggs of the year (a MONTH late!) stupid weather
    added more canned and boxed goods to food storage from coupons
    added more OTC meds, toiletries, paper goods to storage from coupons
    That’s about it since it was two of my kids birthdays and being adults, they like cash.
    My sister went to her local grainery to get animal feed and ordered 1500 lbs wheat, but they were out of and could not get corn or barley. The guy said he could order them with cash up front (a LOT of it), but there was no guarantees of getting any. When asked he said that there was a shortage of corn due to it being used for ethanol and a shortage of barley due to failed crops. Also, her husband went to town to get tomatoes as their storage tomatoes had run out end of December, but the stores were out and the price quoted on the empty shelves was $5.98 a lb for regular vine tomatoes and romas were only a little cheaper. (stupid weather) Guess we have a little lesson in eating seasonally here in ID for a bit. They still have a lot of cabbage, carrots, potatoes and onions in the pump house (temp root cellar). Time to start some seeds.
    Happy prepping next week! First week of meteorological spring!

  60. Not much again this week.

    Replaced the burned out fog lamps in one of the vehicles – much easier to do with a fully stocked auto-parts store.

    Watching the gasoline prices inch upwards, well, if an inch can be considered $.22 at a time.

    Resisted the urge to eat out on two occasions – opting instead for home cooked meals.

    Worked a lot at my job, got a promotion to project manager. More duties, same money – so I guess the definition of “promotion” has changed a bit.

    Getting ready to go down to the larder and reorganize a few shelves.

  61. Lorenzo Poe says:

    Planted two new pecan trees, two muscadine vines, a pomeranate bush.
    Turned the compost, sold 12 dozen eggs at the farmers market.
    Picked a dozen satsumas and a small bag of comquats, to guage how well the are holding up with the cold.
    Today will finish cleaning the garden and the hen house. Will segregate the buffs and save the eggs to hatch.

  62. Mountain lady says:

    Thanks for all the good ideas this week. I did not buy anything this week, and won’t until I get my SS check next month. Lint, I, too, will now reorganize all my book for easy access. I buy books like other people buy clothes and shoes. It took two days to find the books on beekeeping for a friend who has the means to get into this. Of course, she will share her honey with me. I am also going to re-arrange some things in the dining area to allow for a table large enough to hold my two dehydrators. I am planning to start dehydrating fresh carrotts and frozen veggies again. I feel time is running short and don’t want to wait until I can grow my own. Thanks again, and happy prepping.

  63. colorado gal says:

    me & my son been sick as a dog. figure maybe i need to stock up on cold/flu meds ie: nyquil,dayquil,sudafed etc….

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      CO Gal, there is a bad flu bug going around this year yet nobody in the news or the government has mentioned it. All the panic & hype about the H1N1 flu last winter yet nothing horrific happened. This winter the flu is nasty and nobody in the media says anything about it. Weird!

      Don’t forget the Mucinex.

      • Richard Muszynski says:

        greetings. there is a good chance that the people who got it were the ones that got the flu shots last summer. is on the net that the people who got the shots for measels when they were children are now coming down with adult measels that are a heck of a lot dangerous then the childhood version was. and the only ones coming down with it are those that got the shots. fun isn’t it? sort of like playing russian roulette with a semi-auto pistol.

      • I volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps and we did a lot of Flu Clinics in November/ December. I haven’t heard much about people getting the flu around here this winter, but I do know there have been some measles outbreaks in Boston. Didn’t realize the people who had childhood shots were the ones getting it. Now I can’t remember, did I have the measles when I was a child? I know I had the chickenpox. When did they start inoculating for MMR?

  64. Richard Muszynski says:

    greetings. was just on the web at ebay checking the going price for junk silver. hell i could live a long time on what i could buy for what they want for a single ounce of silver. average over $30! that kind of money one can get a nice size bag of rice and a liter bottle of Nac Mam and go for at least 6 months if one could take out a squirrel or such on occasion for variety. I did that one winter out in a cabin in the woods and came out in the spring looking like i was a survivor at one of the german concenttration camps. but I was alive. even though I swear you could see my spine from the front. for $30 now at wal mart one can get near 2 bricks, that is 1,000 rounds of .22 long rifle hollow points. be a few dollars short since they are getting $18.95 for them a brick of 500 now. that can translate to one hell of a lot of food if you have a good rifle. I do.

    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      @Richard Muszynski
      agreed food and lead over silver for sure. Rice and 22s is hard to beat for the cheap way. Think I’ll take Head Country over the Nac Mam though:) !

      • Richard Muszynski says:

        greetings. nac mam takes a while to get used to. something like scotch whisky does. I find the Chinese soy is good. not watered down like the American brands like Kikoman. Pearl river is usually pretty good and only a couple of bucks a half liter.

  65. finished outfitting my new Glock 22 with a holster and mag pouch and another magazine. Also got dies and started loading for it so I would have plenty of ammo to train with. also did vehicle maintanance and some other minor things.

  66. Stardusthill says:

    A friend got me two clean 55 gallon drums that I started to fill with treated fuel. 4 more gallons of kerosene. All I could do.

  67. bought 100 rounds of 22 lr and a bit of food to stash for later.Bought 10 gallons of kerosine for the heater and yesterday I found where to get it a buck a gallon cheaper.I also found a place that sells propane 2 bucks a gallon cheaper than I used to get. So things are looking up. i was invited to a party last night and I met a guy that may be a future hog hunting partner and he is kinda prepping inclined.He has 4000 rounds of 30/06. I guess he is a prepper in some ways. I will keep in touch with him. Steve

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      How do you hunt hogs? Do you hunt with a rifle, pistol, archery gear, or a knife? I worked with a guy who hunted them with his Texas toothpick. He said the dogs kept the hog busy so he could slip in between the slashing teeth and tusks and stick the hog in the neck. Seemed like a dicey way to get pork chops. :))

      • Richard Muszynski says:

        greetings. i used to belong to a group of hunters in Alabama that was run by a retired Air Force Officer. they hunted deer and pigs with spears, which is legal in Alabama. as is I understand year around deer hunting in sections of the state.

      • Shoot with a rifle. No need to kill myselfe for some susauges. Steve

        • When I was a kid, my older cousins used to hunt wild pig.
          Very dangerous business that. They used dogs also and I am pretty sure they used either a 30-30 or a 30-06. I don’t think they had anything else but a shotgun.
          Memories, that was back when you could drive from Denver to McCook and see the antelope herds jumping the fences.
          Also the corn flattened by 6 inches of hail.

  68. What I did in the last week or so

    Came to the conclusion that Prepping should include what you do not know as well!
    Let me explain a bit here;
    The skills you sort of remember and the ones that when you are honest about with yourself you need to learn or re-learn in order to survive! No excuses, work on this gain knowledge to help in any future possible.

    Mine are as follows;
    Skinning, gutting, prepping game kills and fish prepping
    Preparing the hides for use in what every fashion that may be needed for them
    Stone carving, need way more info
    Flint knapping and primitive skills knapping for general uses
    Re-learning the annual declination to tune compasses to find true and magnetic North
    Re-learning basic carving skills that I have lost to go to the place where I want to be in my Carving ability.

    Prepping this past week, ups and downs..
    + Went on a 8 km hike into the woods to the property that I will be sharing and living on with some other people this will be a prepping/survivalist/permaculture set up. Awesome place, remote secluded though will be very difficult with lots of work to make it a permaculture set up to produce more than we need though. Good Challenge.
    + Saw and followed cougar tracks for over 60’ and took photos of them, all great, showing the tail drag as well, perfect. – my cameras flash drive failed … lost everything on it, including other prepping work that I had photographed L
    + Worked on learning how expedient lamps could be made, different uses and models as well as what works and what does not work in terms of wicks and the lack of availability of finding wicks in our big box department store days.
    + Working on expedient wicks, from paper towel and natural fibre cord that words great to shoe laces and other material that do not work at all
    + Downloaded some info on Rocket Stoves for heating and cooking, will explore that more, also trying to figure out how to make one for portable winter camping.
    + Learning more on permaculture, how it was used in the past and how to use and adapt it more into my future as well.
    + P-38 & 51 can openers – p51 is the Canadian Mil or US Mil Cold weather can openers
    Showed some people around here as I still have 2 left over from my CDN Mil days, they work much better and faster
    + Found two Canadian suppliers of Knives, all kinds of knives, so now will have a cheaper means of getting some better knives and swords again for prepping. (all mine, over 75+ knives and 15+ swords gotten rid of by one of my exes along with all my prepping stuff, camping and military gear with the odd small exception)
    + Will be ordering a KUKRI MACHETE w/ SHEATH (not the machete as I have two others now)
    + Will be ordering a Cold Steel Ninja Sword and sheath, or the two handed sword machete. Why, they are very handy, can be used as a machete in a pinch or alternate, are light, and very capable in my hands. Last and fist line of defence.
    + Bought a Buck folding locking blade on sale at Canadian Tire for only $9.95 on sale from the normal $28 price….sweet !
    + Two weeks ago bought a handy Mtech Xtreme USA 440C steel, folding locking blade as well it fits my hand perfectly and is designed for wood working as well with its, handy thumb rest on the top of the blade.
    = That finishes off the locking, utility knives that I needed, now I have about 8 in total so some for survival/camping some for general work, all good.
    + Bought another stainless steel pot for my bug out bag, cooking, cleaning, misc useage
    + Bought some quick release straps for my back pack and day pack to make them easier and more comfortable to carry (sloped shoulders need these)

    • Wilderness- your in Ontario- I’m just north of you up the #115- would like to chat more with you if possible

  69. Went to place an order with Emergency Essentials tonight and 18 out of 28 items were on back order. What’s up with that?

    • Try Honeyville Farms for food. I have never run into a back order situation.

      But I expect that will become commonplace soon – everywhere.

    • I ordered some wheat etc., from Emergency Essentials a few weeks ago and it was all backordered, however it all shipped out Friday. They must have just got their stock back up and it doesn’t show on the web site yet. I think all of these companies are just inundated with orders. Lots of scared people out there now.

  70. Prepping should include what you do not know as well!
    Let me explain a bit here;
    The skills you sort of remember and the ones that when you are honest about with yourself you need to learn or re-learn in order to survive! No excuses, work on this gain knowledge to help in any future possible.

    Mine are as follows;
    Skinning, gutting, prepping game kills and fish prepping
    Preparing the hides for use in what every fashion that may be needed for them
    Stone carving, need way more info
    Flint knapping and primitive skills knapping for general uses
    Re-learning the annual declination to tune compasses to find true and magnetic North
    Re-learning basic carving skills that I have lost to go to the place where I want to be in my Carving ability.

    Prepping this past week, ups and downs..
    + Went on a 8 km hike into the woods to the property that I will be sharing and living on with some other people this will be a prepping/survivalist/permaculture set up. Awesome place, remote secluded though will be very difficult with lots of work to make it a permaculture set up to produce more than we need though. Good Challenge.
    + Saw and followed cougar tracks for over 60’ and took photos of them, all great, showing the tail drag as well, perfect. – my cameras flash drive failed … lost everything on it, including other prepping work that I had photographed L
    + Worked on learning how expedient lamps could be made, different uses and models as well as what works and what does not work in terms of wicks and the lack of availability of finding wicks in our big box department store days.
    + Working on expedient wicks, from paper towel and natural fibre cord that words great to shoe laces and other material that do not work at all
    + Downloaded some info on Rocket Stoves for heating and cooking, will explore that more, also trying to figure out how to make one for portable winter camping.
    + Learning more on permaculture, how it was used in the past and how to use and adapt it more into my future as well.
    + P-38 & 51 can openers – p51 is the Canadian Mil or US Mil Cold weather can openers
    Showed some people around here as I still have 2 left over from my CDN Mil days, they work much better and faster
    + Found two Canadian suppliers of Knives, all kinds of knives, so now will have a cheaper means of getting some better knives and swords again for prepping. (all mine, over 75+ knives and 15+ swords gotten rid of by one of my exes along with all my prepping stuff, camping and military gear with the odd small exception)
    + Will be ordering a KUKRI MACHETE w/ SHEATH (not the machete as I have two others now)
    + Will be ordering a Cold Steel Ninja Sword and sheath, or the two handed sword machete. Why, they are very handy, can be used as a machete in a pinch or alternate, are light, and very capable in my hands. Last and fist line of defence.
    + Bought a Buck folding locking blade on sale at Canadian Tire for only $9.95 on sale from the normal $28 price….sweet !
    + Two weeks ago bought a handy Mtech Xtreme USA 440C steel, folding locking blade as well it fits my hand perfectly and is designed for wood working as well with its, handy thumb rest on the top of the blade.
    = That finishes off the locking, utility knives that I needed, now I have about 8 in total so some for survival/camping some for general work, all good.
    + Bought another stainless steel pot for my bug out bag, cooking, cleaning, misc useage
    + Bought some quick release straps for my back pack and day pack to make them easier and more comfortable to carry (sloped shoulders need these)

  71. This week was a mixed bag. I got some stuff done but not as much as I wanted
    1. I added another 15 gallons to my water supply. Now stands at 80 gallons. I would like to eventually store and rotate 100 gallons.
    2. This was the non- mortgage paycheck so I had a little extra to spend. I really stocked up at the grocery store. I went to Aldi’s and hit the sales at Krogers- spaghetti sauce, tortillas,cheddar cheese, bread, green beans,jelly, shampoo, red wine vinegar, stewed tomatoes. I have a chest freezer out in the garage so I have a place to freeze extra food, Also, I am turning my son’s walk-in closet into a pantry. He has the only walk- in closet in the house it’s a relatively small closet but a wonderful place to store food as my kitchen does not have a pantry. I can put my son’s clothes in his dresser.
    3. I experimented with using my bread maker to mix the bread dough and then allowing the bread to do the 2nd rise on its own before baking in the oven. The good- bread tasted good even my husband commented on it and he is picky about bread. The bad- it was about the sorriest looking loaf of bread that you have ever seen :) I just need to do some more experimenting. A shout out to the person who suggested the Virginia’s white bread recipe from the Encyclopedia of Country Living. Directions were clear and easy to follow. I think I know where I made my mistakes.
    4. Husband got a low flush toilet for free on Craigslist. He will install at a later date. We moved back in December and immediately saw a rise in our water bill. At our old house he had switched all the toilets to the low flush variety and it really makes a difference when you get the bill.
    5. I saved the best for last- I MET ANOTHER PREPPER. Finally- I have felt so isolated for such a long time well, actually, not that long since I only found out what a prepper is last May :) Anyway, this is another mom I have known for awhile through my homeschool group. I figured out she was a prepper when she mentioned that she was forcing her teen age son to take a master gardening class with her because” we all need to know how to survive”. Turns out we have a lot in common . She was able to give me 2 leads on community gardens in this area. I have never ever grown one thing. I’m hoping to get hooked up with a community garden, Figure I’ll learn a lot and keep from wasting mucho time and money. Hopefully, that will work out. Will report back next week.

  72. Doug in Arkansas says:

    Received TEOTWAWKI CD and loaded it onto my hard drive. I was amazed at how many military manuals are included and all the other relevant material. Good job!

    I went to Harbor Freight Tools last night and bought a gambrel and hoist for field dressing deer, goats, and similar. Also got a 45W solar panel set to begin setting up a system to supply electricity after TSHTF. Spent this afternoon at a local gun and knife show. Found wife a possible pistol – if I can find a laser for it.

    We’re gettin’ there, slowly.

  73. Well…

    -Kept up with this blog along with a few others. Also watching world events.

    - Received my copy of the “Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine” from Amazon. EXCELLENT resource.

    - Downloaded MD’s Top 14 Survival Downloads along with other important PDF’s; burned it all to a disk. Sorry that I couldn’t get your CD, MD… Just wasn’t in the budget this month.

    - Viewed many of Patriot Nurse’s videos on YouTube. Great stuff!

    - Added a few more downloads to my Grab-n-Go binder.

    - Added more canned items to the pantry. Bottled another 2-liter of water.

    - Scored a free Dietz “Junior” lantern earlier this evening.

    Question for those in the know. I plan to pick-up a few boxes of powdered milk this week. Is there a special way this stuff should be stored, or will it be comfy in the original box?

    Thanks to everyone for sharing! I’m truly grateful for the knowledge I pick-up in here each week!

    • OhioPrepper says:

      On the milk it depends on how long you plan to store it. In any case it should be kept in the ubiquitous cool & dry place. Boxed powdered milk (which is usually also in a heavy internal plastic bag) should be good for 12-18 months or even more if you keep it in a freezer. The main thing that goes bad over time are the fats, so low-fat or non-fat milk will keep the longest.
      Non-fat milk in #10 cans with O2 absorbers is rated at 30 years.
      Without you being more specific, these are reasonable numbers. Hope this helps.

  74. I decided my immune system just wasn’t getting enough of a workout so I searched high and low for for an infection that would really test it, not some pansy 24 hour bug but a hearty infection that would last a few days – and thankfully I found strep throat – it was great – chills, sweats – a fever that nearly drove me to the hospital, but thanks to a fist full of ibuprofen and a lot of clear fluids, that didn’t happen. Feeling better, but I did manage to order some grain, steel cut oats and beans. Went to sams and got 50lbs of rice and several cans of chicken. Picked up a little ruger 10/22. Worked on organizing the garage and house – trying to simplify our lives and cut loose of the junk and habits that has been weighing us down.

    • Oh, I’m sorry for you. I had it 2-3 weeks ago. It was AWFUL. Yes, fistfulls of ibuprofen or tylenol was the only way to get through it. I was in bed for 4 days. Very unlike me.

      I’ve had strep before and it’s always been bad but this strain going around is the worst I’ve ever seen. My first antibiotic didn’t work – they switched me to a different one 3 days into it.

      Make sure when you prep you have a good variety of antibiotics. These bugs are becoming quite resistant. :(

      • Thanks GA Mom – I was surprised at how hard this bug hit me – I’ve never had a fever like this last for so many days, plus I had shakes and sweats, which I never have – it was just a very stout string. But it seems to be responding well to the antibiotic so that’s good.

        And I agree, resistance is becoming a serious issues with no real answer waiting in the wings. Definitely need to start stocking up – thankfully I’m in a position where that’s not a problem.

  75. MD, I recieved the CD. It is really great. I took time to download ideas that I thought I might need and placed them in a notebook. Just in case the grid goes or internet is taken over I at least will have them to use. Besides that, when I get a few moments I can read over some and get the ideas in mind when the time comes to use them.

    There is sure a lot of good stuff on it, I don’t know how you have had time to gather all the good information, but I am thankful you were willing to share it. I can see why it would take a long time to copy that many CDs!

    Looking forward to getting your new book, also.

    • survival pack,

      Thank you and glad you liked the CD – it took over a year to put it all together as my own use, then I thought it would be a good idea to share it.

  76. Biggest accomplishment in prepping this week? Finally getting the husband on board in a tangible way (not just researching gasifiers, lol).
    He did all this….
    Filled up the truck at 3.29 per gallon…ouch
    1000 rounds for the rifle
    And the best thing…he bought me a gun…Mossberg pump-action 12 gauge “The Persuader”…now I can play like the bad-ass chicks in the movies :) plus 100 rounds for it.

    My list…
    written inventory of food storage
    picked up more canned goods, rice, and pintos
    got back to work at mom’s greenhouse…the cold veggies went to the greenhouse, bulk seed packaged up, small pack seed displays set up, and made some bucks!

    Now to start this week’s work!

    Peace to ya’ll!

  77. Where is the best place to get Heirloom seeds? Once I open the container, how do I reseal what I don’t use? I know I read not to use an oxygen absorber.

    • There are several advertisers on this blog (in the sidebar) that offer heirloom seeds. The seeds will remain viable for several years after opening if kept dry and cool, depending on the current age and condition of the seeds.

    • AZ rookie prepper says:

      As M.D. said, keep dry, cool, and dark, should be no problem using the seeds for several years. I have used seeds that are over 5 years old and had great success (particularly asian long beans, those things are prolific).

  78. Being on only a very part time job right now, I was only able to pick up 3 Military Handkerchief for my survival kit to use as a water filtering system. And some snare wire.

  79. colorado gal says:

    honeyville farms has no eggs. all out of stock & has been for a few months now. FEMA (& other gov agencies, i’m sure) are buying everything up. they’re expecting something big. some say they are going to make something big happen. most likely the New Madrid fault is gonna go….

  80. colorado gal says:

    I just purchased a butt load of heirloom seeds from rareseeds.com
    i am very happy w/ them :)

  81. colorado gal says:

    How does one get ahold of antibiotics, w/out being brutally sick & having to go to the doc to get them??

    • A lot of folks take The Patriot Nurse’s suggestion. Watch her video carefully – some wording pops up that will tell you exactly what to do.

      This video is specifically about anti-biotics, the best ones, where to get them, etc. She has another that talks about medication expiration dates – apparently many of them last YEARS beyond the stated expiration date.

      http://www.youtube.com/user/ThePatriotNurse#p/u/24/DOfthwm_v3E

      If you have time you should watch all of her videos. Worth a few hours of time.

  82. Went shooting, bought a holster for my Glock 17 and found the bolt buffer in my Marlin mod 60 is broken. Of course, that part’s on backorder…

    Made bread with wheat I milled in my CLM. Awesome. Best bread ever.

    Ordered a freezer as the freebie I got is busted.

    Small gains in food storage, but planning for more buys soon.

    • axelsteve says:

      el2jv. Thank you for reminding me of the buffer on my 2 marlins,and my 10/22. I need to order some spares so I will have them . It is better to have unused xtras then be caught without. Steve

  83. I spent two days at the range learning how to shoot and partially disassemble/clean an m16. we ran out of time.

    I haven’t had the time to sit and flip through all the stuff on your CD yet.

  84. nancy (Northwest) says:

    Bought a few things this week:

    Canned salmon
    #10 can of powdered milk, now have a case of #10 cans
    1# propane bottles
    more frozen vegetables to dehydrate

    The salmon and propane were limited (6 & 4) so I may go back tomorrow and get more.

    Started going thru MDs CD, lots of good info. Thanks MD!

  85. Can anyone tell me their experience with the life expectancy of powdered eggs? I bought some 1.5 years ago and keep them in my basement ,which has pretty consistent temperature of
    75 degrees.

  86. OhioPrepper says:

    Lehmans Flooded
    For those of you who have dealt with Lehmans either directly or by mail order, the recent flooding here in Ohio has taken a toll on them.
    http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=10&f=17&t=644409

  87. I just located two grinders that were in my junk room. They are the kind that clamp on a table. One says Universal 3 on it and is about 10 inches and the other says Climax 50 and is about 8 inches. It also says LF &C New Britain CT on the handle of the smaller one. I think the bigger one was my grandmothers. No idea where the other came from. There are two extra attachments in the bag but I don’t know which one they go to. My question is can I use these to grind grain? I think I remember my grandmother using it with meat. And if I can use it, what do you recommend I use to clean it up?

  88. nancy (Northwest) says:

    Just ordered MDs book. (Monday, February 28, 2:50pm PDT) $12 plus shipping.

  89. I finally got my coffee beans in. Now I just need to break them down into smaller amounts and seal them off into mylar bags. Still looking for a good quality hand crank coffee grinder though. I have one of the electric ones but want one for if the power is off. If anyone knows where I can pick one up for a decent price please let me know. I also got one of the shelving units done in my storage room now it just needs paint. Kind of a slow week for me.

  90. Productive week, picked up a spare propane bottle, working up to have 5 on hand. Got 8 LBS of salt, 6 lbs of noodles and a bulk canister of Chicken bouillon cubes and hauled home an additonal case of Diced Tomatoes. Applied for a concealed weapons permit, downloaded and filled in the C&R application, funny, can’t use the finger prints from my concealed weapons permit for my C&R license, they told me it’s a state versus federal thing, but I suspect it’s about money, so it will cost me additional money and time, no wonder our governments are broke. Added new compost to my garden area, started my seeds inside and got two extra cases of water on the cheap…

    Have been thinking about plumbing two 55 gallon (blue) water storage barrels into my house water supply so in the case of hurricane, flood, or other disaster, I can isolate the barrels from the city water and have fresh water for use. Any ideas about water storage would be appreciated.

    • OhioPrepper says:

      The easiest way (IMO) would be in line with a check valve and a bypass loop. This would allow you to keep the barrels full with incoming fresh water with no backflow to the system, and allow you to isolate them for cleaning or draining. You would also probably want a drain tap on the bottom of each for periodic draining like your hot water tank. In my case with a well, you simply add additional pressure tanks and a check valve back to the pump. This is a relatively easy DUY project.

  91. The Sun-Cooker Guy says:

    What did I do to prep this week?

    i inventoried all my ammo, re-wired my mobile HF antenna, installed a CB in my 4X4, & collected approx. 20 pounds of kindling for my Rocket Stove.

  92. axelsteve says:

    Today I went to the dollar store and bought a few things. 1 lb of black beans. 8 double a batteries. 3 pairs of earplugs. 4 smoked hotdogs. not bad 5 dollars and some change. I could have spent alot more but I just needed a few things today. te dollarstore can be a good resource. Steve

  93. Rhonda Sue says:

    I really havent done much this week except up our water supply.But next week will be another story…lol.Spent alot of time going thru the ‘md.cd’.The files on raising rabbits are going to be helpful to me this spring.Hubby is gonna get us a hutch built.Oh yeah…I almost forgot.We passed a house that was having some major landscaping work done this afternoon.They had cut done a huge tree..my hubby took one look and said..Firewood…We pulled over and talked to the people and they said we could have all we can haul off!!Got two truckloads today.Going back tomorrow for two more!Yea!!Here in West Texas firewood is expensive.This will help alot.

  94. Appraiser says:

    This week I have purchased a new Compound bow and some reclaimed arrows from a student of mine. I coach archery. I also order a new string for one of my other bows. When the bullets run out you have got to have a back up plan. Rocks will not cut it. I also am working on sling shots as a last ditch method of hunting. Patience is the key for things that do not send projectiles down range at fast speeds. You have to wait for the animal to get close enough so that you can be accurate and be successful and yet you have to be still enough so as not to scare them away. I am about mid way through completing my grab and go fanny packs for the family. They are fanny packs that are set up as a basic survival kit with just the basics. They are an addition to the main gear that they will carry. So far a good week for me.

  95. Patriot Farmer says:

    I purchased several cases of can goods, paid off one credit card and purchased two Bushmaster AR-15s. I also added a dozen bolts for my crossbow and a dozen arrows.

  96. Lake Lili says:

    We tested our well yesterday. Timely as it turned out the following article appeared in today’s news about the possible/probable return of cholera. It is really important to know where your aquifer is and who else shares it.
    http://news.sympatico.cbc.ca/canada/climate_change_could_spark_cholera_return/206f6182

  97. templar knight says:

    Hahaha…that’s a pretty funny article, LakeLili. Actually, cholera has already reoccurred in the US courtesy of travel to and from Haiti. Legal and illegal aliens have brought cholera back into the US. And tuburculosis, malaria, lassa fever, aids, and several other maladies. Ain’t mutliculturalism great.

  98. Mother Earth says:

    Picked up more TP, canned goods and canning jars as I plan to can more this year than ever. Husband not on board, even complaining about too much “stuff” in the basement. My response…do you even look at the news?

  99. It has been a good week so far. Reviewed and updated bug out kit; Used a small amount of my stash of canned goods for the Iraq war vet neighbor across the street that needs a bit of help. Inventoried the pantry and identified a couple of items I need to add. Figured out the garden planting for this spring and summer and ordered seeds and plants. And have been paying close attention to all the news out of the middle east and thanking God I started making some preparations over the last couple of years. Going to pick up some more canning jars this week and several extra boxes of lids and rings. Thinking I will try to buy some more silver even tho the price is high….We will see.

    • dave vance says:

      Gail,Thank You and God Bless you for helping your neighbor,the Iraqi war vet.The government isn’t doing enough for these folks,so we have to.Be Safe,Dave.

  100. This week I packaged 50# of rice and 25# of beans into mylar bags, bought two cases of canned tomatoes, put up up 5 gallons of water and bought another 1100 rds of .22 LR.

    My wife also bought me 100 shells of 12 gauge for the new shotgun I bought last week telling me it didn’t make sense to have a gun and no ammo for it. She was so proud of what she had done that I didn’t have the heart to tell her that I had picked up 200 shells when I bought it.

    I didn’t do as much as I would like to prep this week but when you are on a budget you do what you can. Hopefully I will be able to do more next week.

  101. Annie Nonymous says:

    (1) Concentrating on Communications this week. Pulled our back-up transciever out of storage because our main unit went dead (OK, we killed it – the antenna shorted and the finals blew – lesson one, DOUBLE CHECK YOUR WORK!!) and got it all set up – only to find out it didn’t! Pretty scary reality check to realize your gear you trusted to be there was dead weight, so BOTH are going into the shop… with sheepish feelings!

    So… realizing that we were out on a limb, invested in a backup radio. ( I don’t like dropping names, let’s just say it’s made by “Company Y” and it’s a model 817). These are an All band (80m-44o MHZ ) 5 watt units that will transmit all modes – voice, CW, SSB… best of all, it’s self contained (batteries are IN the radio!) and it’s all about 1/2 the footprint of my iPad. We’re thinking about an amplifier, but for now… it’s superportable, supereasy to work, and reasonably priced. Ture, it’s VERY ow power – but in a pinch, it’s a soluton. People that have them swear by them – I’ll let you now how ours works out when it gets here.

    (2) Working on vehicles – a couple may end up staying behind, but our 2 GOOD vehicles are slowly getting a mechanical makeover. While they’re pretty healthy now, pretty good is not good enough.

    (3) Looking at a water filter. I know some deride “backpacking” filters, but I used one for years without a hitch, but got rid of it when I gave up backpacking for a while. I know, silly me. Anyway, I’m replacing it with the current issue of the one I had, made by a company that begins with a “K”… they’re spendy, but the last one was bulletproof, and the new ones are bult even better. And I know they work.

    finally – (4) Investments. Moving some of the fluid stuff (stocks etc) into harder stuff (metals, etc.)… NOt all of it, but enough for a hedge. Figure between the ickel rush and the way silver is going up, can’t do too bad. (Whod’a thought??)

    Gotta run… whatever you do, have fun!!
    Annie

    • OhioPrepper says:

      Annie Nonymous,
      What a great rig. This OM is a bit jealous. Add a little 100 watt all band amp and this could replace most of my shack.

      • Annie Nonymous says:

        Hi Ohio!
        We’re looking forward to getting it (or more like it getting here). Debating on whether to supplement it with a second radio (I worry about ending up with a bunch of gear!!) or one of those 100W amps from Japan. But yeah, I’m a little more than excited – Everything I read gives this unit high praise for what it is, and like you – it could well be the radio that makes my current shack obsolete ;)

        Plusses? It will give us a QRP solution that would be difficult to match – and the ability to commo between ourselves outside the “normally expected bugout channels” – CB, FRS/GMRS/ 2m-440/marine/airbands – with essentially a HF “HT”… people talk about opsec, but having been a radio nut, “fox-hunter”, and having worked as a dispatcher, it’s amazing what you can find out by listening on these bands… and how little security they really WILL have on these usual culprits.

        • OhioPrepper says:

          Annie Nonymous,
          Once the radio arrives you may want to look into the MARS or CAP mods for it. You generally have to be reasonably competent with a soldering iron, but these mods allow the rig to transmit virtually anywhere it can receive. Not something to use in normal times, but a good capability post SHF. I was in MARS for a little more than 15 years and the two rigs I used both worked fine out of band.

          • Annie Nonymous says:

            I did MARS for a while also… ;) I already have a pair of Yaesu HTs that are opened, and I can use it for anything from normal gabfests, er, “ragchews” on 2m/440 to our normal work freqs… Makes it nice having a normal sized radio over a belt anchor!! I also found out (accidentally) when I took a train trip recently and was listening to the conductors doing “train business” it works quite rather well on their band as well… I was an Icom nut for years, but Yaesu is slowly swallowing, er, stealing my heart! )giggles(

            While we’re on ham stuff (and speaking of anchors)… our neighbor had an old boat anchor 10-80 meter rig in his garage… turns out he’s held hs ticket for decades (I never knew) … my other half was helping him move some stuff out for dontation collection and asked him about it, out of curiosity… and he said, oh, it’s been sitting on that shelf there for 20 years… I don’t know if it still works but if you want it you can have it!

            (Annie got home from work, saw it on the coffee table, picks herself up off the floor at this point with a huge grin!)

            We got it hooked up, let it warm up for a good long time (love the glow of tubes), and tuned it up… successfully! FAR more sensitive than anything I’ve had solid state. Next will be the “smoke test” on the transmit end (it needs a mic – thinking of an old ribbon or something of equal coolness if we can find a good one cheap) and if it pans out (no reason it shouldn’t!) we have just gained a realtively high power DX machine, to contact friends and family far far away!!

            • OhioPrepper says:

              Annie Nonymous,
              I also still like the glow of old tubes. My first rigs were totally homebrew from old TVs. Then I saved my money and bought the Heathkit SB series (301, 401, and 200) which I used for a long time. I finally saved enough for a Kenwood TS-430 which is still my HF rig. I too have been heading toward Yaesu ever since buying a used HT and getting a good deal on some new 2600’s. To me the most impressive thing is the fact that they start with a block of cast aluminum and mount everything to that. Really rugged. BTW, if you’re in need, I was sorting through some old Junque a few months back and found out I still had a pair of 6146 still new in the boxes, but I no longer have radios that take them. Will probably eventually put them on eBay, when I get some free time :)
              73’s

  102. axelsteve says:

    I found some nice preps this week. I found a nice R E I sleepingbag and a ll bean downjacket on the side of the freeway. I also picked up a small mat.I guess they blew out of the back of a pickup truck. The bag needs to be dry cleaned and so does the jacket. They are worth spending the money to do it though. I bought some spagetti sauce at the dollar tree today.2 big cans for 2 dollars. just a lite l something to add to the larder. I need to change oil in car this weekend and rotate tires. I hope the weather is good. I change oil and rotate tires every 5000 miles on my carolla. I will try to sneak in some shooting and yard cleanup this weekend. Steve

  103. Christine R says:

    Hello, preppers!
    This week:
    I got several packets of asst sutures for the comprehensive grab and go first aid kit.
    Ordered extra wicks for my daughter’s oil lamps. (yes, I help others prep. It will help me out in the long run. )
    I ordered spare parts and plates for my sister’s grain mill. I get a free loaf of bread each week.
    Paid off two more credit cards, one to go. (Maxed them while waiting for disability)
    Ordered accessories for new Volcano Stove
    Ordered more cotton clothing for summer
    Hot water heater went out this week – had it fixed and ordered a solar shower for next time – basin baths just don’t cut it.
    Stocked up from caselot sale at local grocery
    Super coupon shopping got me some free and cheap OTC meds, paper products, bottled water, vitamins, toiletries and a few canned goods.
    Started chix on layer pellets and can let them out to free range for an hour or two a day if weather permits. Still slow on eggs though! My sis brought me a dozen so I wouldn’t have to buy any.
    Reading “What So Proudly We Hailed” by James Howard
    Hope your week was productive, too!

  104. Walt Lewis says:

    I started learning new, simple recipies that use the ingredients that I store. I also ordered berkey water filters to make a home made big berkey .

    I have a small water filter in my BOB but realized that for more than a week or so alone it would not cut the mustard!

  105. richard Muszynski says:

    greetings. in case you wonder the greetings is the first word on the old draft notification that you were the luck winner and report to induction on such and such a date to claim your prize. anyway. ordered a small stun gun for my survival medical kit for use on venomous insect, spider and snake bites. most people think it can’t work because big pharma didn’t market it and that is fine. world is too crowded anyway. ordered a 50 pound crossbow pistol at BuddyK on sale. little 5 inch quarrels on it that would make nice poison darts i believe or trank darts. take game without a sound. Planting our seeds for the plants that need a long germination and growing time before being put out in the cold cruel world. should be about 6 weeks to warmer weather here in the north. putting in a lot of tobacco this year for trade in case it becomes necessary to do such. have fun everyone. summer may come eventually.

  106. Texas Red Neck says:

    Hmmm- – - purchased a 1 man 2 woman tent– (read: 3 persons) Gotta have a sense of humor here! Checked prices on various items for stock at home. Went to Wal-Mart and United as well as Albertsons and even checked a salvage store that sells nothing except food items. Getting ready to purchase many items for the home stocks. It’ll be basic but it will be better than most around here!

    Went thru the check list of items needed and scrounged (purchases) some things from the “Thrift Stores” Amazing what one can find in these places.

    • richard Muszynski says:

      freetings. yard and garage sales also can have some fantastic buys at them. I got a Alladin lamp at one that needed a wick for 25 cents. at another got a nice 20 lb propane tank with a little rust on it and looking scroungy, but with the new 3 sided valve on it that makes it refillable for a dollar. will cost me about a buck to sand it, use a little metal putty on the rusted spot and i have a spare propane tank that new would be about $40.00 up here . Just have to look and know what you are looking at.

  107. Yeah, the 817 is a nice rig. I have friends in law enforcement that use it for wilderness search and rescue. I have the 857D

  108. prepped my ceramic water purifier buckets, received another 250 rds 12 ga buck, still looking at solar ovens , picked up the S&W 642 with laser for the wife, ordered weaver mount and laser for my Mossberg 500.

  109. info, small fish hooks, barb less, and 10 or 15 lb spider line can work as suture material when needed as well as fishing.

    we don’t have a retreat place , but i am concerned about the 5 million people that live south of me coming north looking for food and refuge.

  110. Worked the plan and have so far avoided having the lake in my house. If the wind doesn’t blow and waves don’t develop and the weather begins to clear and if the damn keeps dumping water, the plan will work. For a SHTF plan however? It isn’t good enough. If even bigger trouble were to happen as in the damn couldn’t dump the water, or there was one more big storm, or if the sewers fail, it IS SHTF and GOBAG time.

  111. Rich K7SZ says:

    This is my first posting to the group.

    I have been an avid survivalist/prepper for almost 50 years. You’d think in that amout of time I’d have my ducks lined up, but sadly, no. BUT, I’m gettin’ there!

    Our (my wife & me) overall approach is to use money wisely, do our homework before we purchase survival/prep supplies/articles, and keep an ultra-low profile. Our arsenal is complete….almost….I need to add a shotgun (traded my trusty Mossberg M-500 for a RCBS progressive press, brass tumbler, powder dribbler, powder scale, an assortment of dies, and misc reloading supplies).

    Every 2 wks I hit Wally-World and purchase (with cash) 100 rds of CCI .22 cal jacketed HP “Stinger” ammo. This is more expensive than most .22 rimfire ammo but it is the only round that feeds reliably in my AR-7 survival rifle. Anyone who’s owned one of these weapons knows exactly what I’m taking about! It takes high velocity (1640 fps) ammo to cycle the AR-7 action without causing a feed malfunction. Wally-world also has reasonable prices on .223 cal (5.56mm) ammo for our other weapons, so when money allows, I pick up 100 rds (five 20 rnd boxes) of .223.

    Along with the CCI ammo, I also pick up 5-6 Mountain House freeze dried meals (this is all that is readily available since FEMA has apparently glommed onto the majority of the canned freeze dried foods Mt. House produces….possibly they know something we don’t??) These bags are easiliy stored with our long-term food supplies.

    Our local Kroger store has two dozen 16.9 oz bottles of water for $2.99 per case, so I normally buy 3 cases every time we go shopping there. We have been drinking purified (distilled or via reverse osmosis) water since 1984. Our plans are to add either a Big Berkey or something similar in the near future. The bottled water is very easy to transport: not so the Big Berkey, in the event we have to relocate in a hurry.

    My wife and I are both ham radio operators so we have multiple radio sets that we use regularly. MFJ just sent me their new Model 8322 triple trunking scanning receiver for review. This handheld unit is quite impressive but the ONE thing we need here in NE Georgia is a scanner that can track digital trunked radio systems. Unfortunately the MFJ unit only handles analog trunking systems and, as far as I can deduce , this unit can not be upgraded to decode APCO P-25 digital trunked systems. Pity.

    As long as we are talking EmComm, last week we had some extremely severe weather in our area necessitating the call up of our local ARES unit. We had tornado watches/warnings for an extended period of time so this was a good time to unlimber our ARES portable radio gear and set up using improvised antennas and 100% battery power. Our primary ARES gear consists of a set of VX-3r mini-handhelds that we carry all the time, backed up by a set of FT-60r handhelds in our EDC “go-bags”. All have extra battery packs included. Our portable comm station consists of a Stanley wheeled tool box with two 20 A/Hr gelled electrolyte batteries, charger, CB radio, FRS radio, and IC-2027 dual-band V/UHF FM radio that will produce up to 50 watts RF output. We used this set along with our portable Diamond XR-50 dual-band antenna to check into the ARES net. Since we seldom get a real chance to use this gear, it was a good time to exercise this equipment and smooth out some rough edges.

    Recently I procured a Kenwood TS-7730 2M mobile. Since this unit is about 20 yrs old it does not have the CTCSS tone board installed to access our local repeaters. Therefore, I decided to turn this old 2M tansceiver into a digital modes radio. Toward that end I have mated the 7730 with the new MFJ TNC-X to add 2M packet radio to our EmComm kit. Future plans call for configuring a SignaLink interface with this radio (along with one of our mini-netbook computers) to handle WinLink, ARPS, along with other digital modes our local ARES group is experimenting with.

    While all this was obviously not done “last week” in fact this is an overview of things we’ve done in the last 3 weeks to improve our survivability in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. All one has to do is look at the current situations in Christchurc, New Zealand and Sendi, Japan to obtain a no-holds-barred look at what can happen to modern cities in modern societies.

    73 Rich K7SZ

    • OhioPrepper says:

      Rich,
      “ultra-low profile” and your amateur call don’t seem to me to go hand in hand LOL. BTW, I love the name of your city, suspect it’s a great topic of conversation. I too work locally with both ARES & RACES and volunteer with the county EMA. If things really go off the deep end, amateur radio will as you know be key.
      In any case, welcome aboard and take care about that OPSEC.