What Did You Do To Prep This Week

You may remember, several months ago, when I mentioned relocating to another area mainly because of new neighbours that bought the property about 200 yards from mine. They have been a pain in my rear-end, with loud “music” blasting up into the night, screaming and hollering, ATV’s racing to the end of the road and turning about 75 yards from my place.

And to top it off after they moved in one of my dogs was shot (on my land) my fence cut and some of my tools stolen. No, they have not been an asset as neighbours should be – it’s impossible to have respect for others when you have none for yourself…

The good news is, I’ve found a new place and will be closing the deal Monday – it’s 5.46 acres of level land on a hilltop overlooking the area below. There is an old mobile home still on the property that will have to be removed (it’s in too bad of a shape to savage), luckily, I’ve had several people ask about moving it for me. They want to scrap it for the metal and copper wiring, but I may do that myself…:-D

The property is surrounded by forest and is only about one mile from the border of the Big South Fork national forest so hunting and foraging opportunities should be plentiful.

Moving will be a lot of work but I think it will be worth it – I’ll have more room for projects and self-sufficiency with 5.46 acres. Granted, my 2 acres was plenty but now I have room for more goats LOL.  

Looking over the hill from the property if you look closely you can see the gravel road that locates 150 yards away.

View looking east - if you don't know the place is there you will pass it by without noticing as I did.


Road going past the property - it's about one mile long and forms a loop that exits into another back road. Four homes are on this road.


Besides finding another home, this week I ordered several books (and a movie) including – The Laurel’s Kitchen Bread Book: A Guide to Whole-Grain Breadmaking, A Garden Supper Tonight, Herbal Antibiotics: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria (Storey Medicinal Herb Guide), Tracking–Signs of Man, Signs of Hope: A Systematic Approach to the Art and Science of Tracking Humans and a movie They Live.

What did you do to prep this week? Come on, don’t be shy let us know in the comments below…


  1. grannyj says:

    MD – congrats on the new place. Yeah, do a stealth operation on moving – make sure the noxious neighbors don’t know where you are going-

    lessee – canning (got the LDS canner) 300 lbs of rice and various beans. Made a bean soup mix. Also nuther 25 lbs of oats –

    Still purging the barn and organizing all the tools – feels good to see progress!

    Have to enlarge my chicken house pronto – using the exisiting shed, cleared it out and need to level dirt , put down plastic and then pavers (so I can “wash” it out). My setting hen hatched some little peeps! I saw two, but she’s setting on a few more, so I have next years flock – I love the little buggers – the big ‘uns and the littles. lol

    I notice higher prices, smaller cans, and see the news on the prices. I keep thinking of moving – used to feel safe here, but am regularly followed by police – as in – a very unusual car – think ROBOCOP – gun turret on top, fully armored, and totally blacked out windows. It was turning left as I passed and immediately it turned right and followed me. Unfortunately, I have found that I now live in one of the highest heroin trafficking routes in the US (it pays to make friends with the LE officers you meet in your ER)> Time to go. The question is where?

    I still have to work….sigh BTW I’m more worried about the LE folks (in some cases – long story) around here than I am the druggies!

    Have a good week all.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Come to California. Here’s why. This state has great weather, a long growing season and a wide variety of terrain and temperature, making it ideal for growing all kinds of foods and for raising all kinds of farm animals. Besides, if we can make California the conservative place it used to be, then we can have much more clout across the country and return sanity to Washington, DC. Unlike that other prepper who tells everybody to move to The American Redoubt (where the growing season is about 3 seconds and the snow so deep that it takes a snowcat to get to and from town), I urge LMI to move to this state and take it back from the commies and illegals. Sure, prices are high and so are most of the people, but we can change that. Move to California – it’s the only place to be when the grid is down, the ZS trolls are prowling around, and it’s as far from DC as you can get without swimming.

      • Nor Cal Ray says:

        Lint Picker, had to laugh “Sure, prices are high and so are most of the people”. I tend to agree with you. This is the land of Fruits and Nuts. You are right though we can take it back if LMI’s were to move here en mass. Every time I think about moving out of state I can’t think of anyplace where we ca find the weather we have here.

        • mountain lady says:

          I actually had to LOL at that one. I know where I live, being high for most people is normal. As for the weather, it has been a really strange year. Fire in the woodstove 2 weeks ago and 1oo degrees this week. Wonder what happened to Spring? We actually used 2 years worth of wood this year, so you know what we will be doing in our spare time.

      • Lint Picker, I agree, encourage everyone to move to CA with you. especially all the yankees, illegals, liberals etc. from here in NC. once they all do, there will be plenty of cheap land for me to buy here. please keep me informed of your progress. I will owe you one. thanks

        • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

          jwall, if you have any losers living in your state, it’s only because they haven’t got the brains to figure out how to get here. In which casse, you can keep ’em. Thanks anyhow.

      • AZ Rookie Prepper says:

        L.P., I really enjoyed my time in Monterey, spent two years there while in the military. Nothing wrong with California that getting rid of the commies, illegals and ZS trolls wouldnt solve. You really have 3 states there, California, L.A., and S.F. Too bad L.A. and S.F. wont secede.

      • Schatzie Ohio says:

        We are originally from Mexifornia and have no desire to move back there. We tell everyone that Yosemite is a great place to visit and everyone should do it at least once in their lifetime. We loved backpacking in the back country of Yosemite but that is the only thing that we miss about not living there.

      • nancy (Northwest) says:

        After spending 25 of my working years in California, there are many things I like about the state–and the weather is at the top. However, the politics….. Then there is the water problem, but I have that here.

        Like your idea of changing the state.

  2. This week I read Light’s Out, and ordered “The Sprouter’s Cookbook for Fast Kitchen Crops” by Marjorie Blanchard. Whereas this Sprouts book does briefly teach one the simple art of growing any kind of seed or grain sprouts, more importantly, it tells you how to dry & grind them and then utilize them in recipes such as breads, casseroles, soups, etc. Mine cost ~ $4.50 shipping included from Amazon. Published in 1975

  3. Congrats on your new land deal. The move will no doubt be a lot of work, but I am sure that you can handle it and you will be much better off once you are all settled.

    For me, I spent the day with a brush hog, clearing the brambles from our six acres. I found some water in the creek and will now have to build a small bridge over that area. The good news is that I have now cleared out space all around the perimeter, with a few cross trails. Getting closer to being able to go camping on the land, and then one day we can begin building the log cabin.

    We restocked the pantry with supplies consumed, weeded the garden, maintained the lawn, and kept up with the news of the crumbling economy.

  4. My chest freezer finally gave up the ghost last month. My husband and I got it when my MIL passed several years ago. The freezer was probably 20- 25 years old so I guess you can’t expect appliances to last forever. I wanted to replace it because with 4 kids the extra freezer space comes in handy. I found an Imperial Upright Commercial Freezer on craigslist for $200. Hopefully, I got a good deal. I researched the price of new freezers at Lowes this week. The prices at Lowes started at $400 and only went up from there. The freezer seems to work fine and I already moved some food into it.

    One of the reasons I wanted another freezer was to have a way to put up food. I joined a community garden earlier this year and the veggies are really starting to come in. Last time I worked we brought home plums, squash, zucchini. white potatoes, and red potatoes. I didn’t want to take more food than we could eat in a week but now I can freeze the excess. I don’t have a canner or dehydrator.

    I went to Wal-mart last night and bought a binder and a whole bunch of page protectors. I’m trying to get started with the couponing and realized that I needed to be organized . I put each coupon insert in a page protector along with the weekly ads from the places where I shop the most. There are lots of websites that tell you about this week’s best deals at a given store. A good coupon website for the southeast is http://www.southernsavers.com

    That’s all for this week. Money is tight and I really have to think and prioritize about where I will spend my money. My next priority is to buy several different types of dry beans in bulk plus a pressure cooker. I’ll have to do it a little at a time. I feel so impatient but I’ve only been prepping for a year and have learned quite a bit in that time.


    • Judy(another one) says:

      Trafal, start hitting the flea markets and garage sells for that canner. When you get it take the lid to the county extension agent to have the dial gauge tested if it has one. The gauges can be off and you will want to know that to make sure your pressure is correct. Nobody wants to make their family sick! Large stock pots will work for water bath canners (jellies, fruit, tomatoes, and pickles) just put a rack in the bottom or a towel to keep the jars from resting on the bottom.

      After using some of the round dehydrators without temperature adjustments we finally got an Excalibur dehydrator. We would have been money ahead if we had bought one in the first place.

      Have fun canning!

      Oh, and Lint Picker I found a use for some of those 65 jars of raspberry jam I had stock-piled. Jelly filled cookies and jelly roll sponge cake! LOL

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        Hey, you never sent me any of that jam. I thought we had a deal, Judy. OK, you can send me some jelly roll cake instead, that’ll do. 🙂 I’m still willing to send you a roll of TP.

    • Impatient huh! Well let me tell you that feeling does not abate. I am a relative newbie to actual prepping (4 years) and I am still impatient.
      But the wonderful thing is you can see progress.
      Money is always the factor. I have so many wants and one of them is money.
      But your doing good.

  5. robert in mid michigan says:

    kind of a wierd week for me had my sons open house for school graduation sat. lot of work and money out but it turned out well seen family and friends that i havnt scene in years.

    two interesting things happened this week to me.

    1. i was cleaning out the car and i found two plastic 1 gallon storage containers still in store bag. brought them in the house and asked the wife what was up. she answered with i only bought two but i thought they would be good for storing some of your preps and i got them at the dollar store. i told her they would work great for a lot of things my only problem is you only bouoght two. so we went back i planned on buying all they had left i got a dozen more so i got 14 1 gallon screw on lid containers but the wife is getting behind me on this and that is worth far more.

    the second one was at work with a guy who had just had a family reunion of some type and he was talking about his wierd tin foil hat uncle from arizona who believed the world was going to end, a full bore prepper. over about half an hour he came to his own conclusion that his uncle may be crazy but storing food might be a good idea. at that point i started talking to him because he was talking about buying flour for long term storage. the first thing i did was show him this site, then gave him the wheat is better than flour for storage and we looked at long term storage options. i think he may have turned the corner, i hope he has here in michigan thier isnt a whole lot of hope for things getting much better.

    as far as actuall preps worked in the garden when it wasnt raining

    2 #10 cans of baked beans
    14 1 gallon storage containers
    2 months vitamins
    ordered the wheat grinder from augeson farms through sams club. i want the wondermill jr. but the way things are going want a descent grinder in hand in case something goes bad fast around here. better something than nothing.

    ordered 10 5 gal mylar bags

    god bless and good luck all

  6. As a brand new gardener,I would like to share a lesson I learned this morning. My truck is loaded and idling. I did one more small chore befor I left for the road. I picked the ripe veggies from my garden and brought them to my elderly neighbor. On my way next door u began seeing double and experiencing alot of pain in my eyes. I’ve since learned that it is unwise to pick jalopenos,then rub your eyes to remove sweat. Just thought I’d share that very important Piece of information with my fellow preppers. Ok I’m off for three weeks of misery. Y’all hold the fort down. Brad

    • AZ rookie prepper says:

      Bctruck, I think anyone who has grown any hot peppers has learned that same lesson LOL….I know I have (maybe more than once)…guess I’m a slow learner. Hope your road trip is ok.

    • Bctruck,
      Another suggestion is to never spray yourself in the face with your own pepper spray – LOL.

      • templar knight says:

        Hahaha….you reminded me of something I did one time, OP. I was checking to see if my wife’s pepper spray was still working, and just about the time I sprayed a gust of wind hit, and bam….right in my face. I cried and sneezed, and cried some more, and sneezed some more…..well, you get the picture. I can just see Brad now.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Brad, may the road rise up to meet you. ….and may the smokies be at the donut shop. Have a safe trip.

    • robert in mid michigan says:

      keep the rubber side down, be safe glad i gave up the trucking life 10 years ago. local yocal now.

      • GAdixiedarlin says:

        BCtrucker….I learned the “hot pepper” lesson the first time I made homemade pepper jelly & salsa. After picking, cutting and prepping ANY hot peppers…keep your hands away from your face. I couldn’t wear my contacts for three days….therefore, I couldn’t leave the house (can’t drive without my contacts)….really sucked, but haven’t done that since and that was several years ago……………… have a safe trip!

  7. Old Hlbilly says:

    Congratulations on seizing the high ground Mr. Creekmore. I am happy that you were able to find a place still in the same general area you are familiar with. That should prove an additional plus when SHTF….knowing your general surroundings. Might I suggest that, if possible, you create a section on your blog where you can post a photo journal showing the progress of your relocation and setting up of your new place? I know it would mean more work on your part but I think it would be very inspirational and informative to others considering how resourceful you are. Thanks again for the best survival blog on the net.

  8. I am a single, 65 year old woman. At present I rent a large house on an acre and 1/2 and have 10 chickens and rabbits (I’ve lost count since the last litter). I have small, square foot gardens and attempt to live as self-sufficiently as possible, not very successfully. I am limited in my efforts by close neighbors. I would gladly live much simpler but have no way of purchasing land and a dwelling. Any suggestions? Please help – I tire of worrying each month about the bills!!

    • I hope M.D. answers, would be good for me to hear what he has to say. I would like to fenagle a place for security and for my family when I am gone.
      I believe in miracles and I know that it is near, but the human part of me can’t figure it out.

    • Gayle,

      There is a whole chapter in my book on finding land – that is why I’ve pushed the travel trailer living concept, it can be done for very little money and puts a roof over your head instantly.
      You would be amazed at the money you can save living this way and that money can be put toward building a bigger home, if that is what you want.

      Another thing, you have to have realistic expectations, if you want a 40 acre homestead with a woodlot, pastureland, fishpond, spring, barn and 2000 square foot home with utilities, paid for now. Well, it’s probably not going to happen.

      To have more space, without debt you’ll have to make sacrifices, you may have to live without power from the utility company, you may have to live in a much smaller space than you’re used to at least until you save enough to improve upon your living conditions.

      It’s not as bad as it seems, trust me – you get used to it. Just think of the money you could save if you had no rent or house payments and no utility bills. It won’t take long until you can have what you are looking for and it could be paid for in cash.

      If you’re interested in this then buy my book – it has everything you need to get it done. If you would rather build a small cabin go to this site and buy his book Simple Solar Homesteading. Good luck.

      • Maybe some of you older people should try getting together and buying a place. Communal living arrangements with other preppers could be the answer. No one else out there is going to take care of us that is for sure.

        • I have always wondered why more old people don’t get together. You can starve on 800.00 mo. or live with 2 others and get by rather well on 2400.00 mo by pooling your resources. Some must have the means to buy the property yet are lonely. Everybody needs to quit being so stubborn.

          • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

            Judith, can I come live with you and your husband? We could pool our money. I can show you how to snare rabbits and stuff with those snares you were going to order from Buckshot’s website. How about it? I can get down there by next week if you just say the word.

          • mountain lady says:

            Judith, I have often wondered about that, too. I even wonder why single mothers don’t do the same thing. I know it crossed my mind a long time ago.

          • In all seriousness Lint, if i was a widow or widower like so many are I would seriously consider doing just that. I hate it that so many old people are suffering. It would never work with the ones that have family but there must be a lot of people like myself that never had children.
            Sooner or later you have to live like that in a nursing home so why not before you have to go to one?

          • nancy (Northwest) says:

            Interesting idea, Judith. At 70, single and no children, I have often wondered how I would manage with no help regardless how much I prep.

  9. Cliff in Douglasville says:

    We had a major yard sale yesterday. Got rid of a ton of stuff that we had some sort of emotional attachment to and just kept piling up all over. In the cold light of day we couldn’t really remember why we were holding on to the stuff. Now I have an entire semi-finished 10×10 room in the basement to move a lot of preps to. Now when the garage door goes up the whole neighborhood won’t be treated to the site of my food shelves. The only thing that didn’t see and wasn’t actually looked at was my Ham radio station. I’m in hearing aids now and everyone sounds too strange to the radio to talk to and I can hear some of the more high pitched Morse signals but I thought for sure that would go. I guess I can always put it away and pull it out if all the coms go down. I’m liking having extra space, now to go out and get my grain mill and a few thousand pounds of grain and more beans and rice.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Cliff, it’s great to get rid of useless stuff, isn’t it? Congrats. Have fun filling that new-found space with useful stuff.

  10. MotherEarth says:

    Congratulations MD…very nice. My DH inherited his dad’s place in VA, its a side of a mountain and at the top you are in TN. The down side there is no house (a couple of barns) orchard, etc like we have here. My question to you is…will you be giving up much in the way of established fruit trees, outbuildings when you move and do you think its an important consideration? Not accounting for bad neigbors of course.

    I also bought a case of half gallon canning jars on impulse, but now glad I did. Already using them for corn meal and bread crumbs to keep the bugs out. Also picked up another canning recipe book on preserves at a discount. And my new favorite toy is the jar sealer for the Food Saver! I can now store my dehydrated foods sealed. Best $9.99 I’ve spent in a long time.

    The garden is coming along very nicely, especially since we had to plant it during monsoon season here in OH. Expect to starting canning in a couple of weeks. I am going to can as much as possible, food prices and availability to getting scary!

    Best of luck to everyone!

  11. STL Grandma says:

    Congrats, MD on the land! I’m green.

    I got a little more done this week. I was able to get a lot of fresh produce at a good price and I spent the week drying it and preparing dinner in a bag mylar bags. I also lucked into veggie seeds at 10 cents a pak while looking for flowerpots. The $8.00 a pot prices for retail pots just shocked me, so I waiting for yard sales this Saturday to get four pots for 50 cents each, each one with a fancy glaze and interesting look while the retail pots I’d looked at were plain clay.

    My lone little Tomato plant gave me my first two tomatos, this week. I am just admiring them in all their plump ripeness today.. they are lunch tomorrow. I also added four red hot pepper plants and four green pepper plants – so.. we’ll see how well this works, too!

    I found three antique kerosine lamps for $5.00 each at a yard sale that made me very happy. Today, it’s off to the grocery story to refil what we’ve eated and buy a little extra.

  12. Canada alert:
    awesome deals at Canadian Tire right now.
    Picked up 4 battery maintainer solar panels for only $9 each, normal price is $24 per.
    12 re-chargable 19 led worklight, small and porty for veh, camping and as emergency usage.
    12-110v small slimline power converter for only $24 from $35 so another deal there.
    Picked up an old military strecher to use as a bed at the property for only $8 in army surplus they wanted $80 so I don did good on the prepping things I wanted today!

    • Kate in GA says:

      I love Canadian Tire! I had to spend quite a bit of time in Canada last year because of work. They have the best deals – I wish they were in the US, it’s a long drive from GA!

    • rob in Ontario says:

      Wilderness— if your near Lindsay– stop in at “Whites of Lindsay” its on corner of Russel st and Lindsay st south– they carry some odd ball stuff you might like ammo- foot wear – clothing– damn I just talked myself into a trip over this week

  13. Florence Nightingale says:

    WOW–what a beautiful place M.D.the trees are magnificent and view looks awesome.Have u considered building a monolithic dome??No I dont sell them,but they are basically concrete igloos that are fire resistent,withstand 200 mph winds,and are low in utility costs.How are your taxes?? We hope you keep all of us informed of how the move goes and we are wishing you the very best in this new chapter of your life… I went to L.D.S. cannery and purchased#10 cans of food someone had canned the nite before and was allowed to buy 12 cans.Rice,oatmeal,potatoe flakes,and carrots.I also got some mylar bags and oxygen absorbers for a future project.Wisdom is to enjoy life in the now while preparing for the future….

  14. Papabear says:

    Nice piece of land M.D. Makes me want to move farther out in the country.

    The past 4-5 weeks have been tied up with family and the primary job. Didn’t have time to do much of anything. So much of this week has been catching up. I sure have missed reading all of your comments.

    Did find an odd size pallet. It fits nicely in a space in the garage, beneath a table. Now a few more things can get stored off the concrete floor. Also picked up some supplements (turmeric, ginger, slow release magnesium, zinc). Trying to focus on areas where the preps are weak.

  15. Looks like a great place and I’m sure it will be good to get away from bad neighbors. Lots of garden work going on here. Finally pick up a new hot water heater and some more electrical supplies. Some day we’ll have it all hooked up. Soon I pray! Got some much needed medical supplies for our kits. Dehydrated cherries, strawberries and picked up some more canning jars. It just never ends does it?

  16. Congratulations on the new property. Very happy for you. I am sorry to read that your decision to move was based partly on having inconsiderate neighbors.

    I’m curious, did you also buy the mineral rights to the land? I am not a land owner, one day hopefully, and was just wondering.

    Glad to also hear about the books you will be writing for Paladin Press. Looking forward to reading them.

    No real prepping this week for me and my family.

    Hope things continue to go well for you and everyone else who reads this blog.


  17. going off grid in tn says:

    I won an action at my company an ended up with 2 500gl storage tanks and 8 units of industrial shelving got it all for less than $200. Cleaned firearm collection, and took inventory of all supplys. Got a friend that has some castiron cookware he’s wanting to sell so going to look at it this week . Stay ready and God bless.

  18. Looks like a really great place-and yep, when it comes to land, bigger is definitely better! 🙂 This week I finally cleared out a closet in an extra room and started getting serious about our emergency prep. On top of that, I signed up for an herbal medicine course. It’s a start!

  19. Bad Karma says:

    congratulations M. D. on your new land.

  20. I am new to comment but not new to this site.I have been a lurker for about a year now (finally getting up enough nerve to comment). MD congrats on the new place, and thanks for this awesome website I have read the weekly preps every week and it has given me great ideas(just wish it could give me the energy to do some of it).

    I’m a single mother raising two children (I have three but the oldest just got married and moved to Hawaii). I try to prep the best that i can with the money that I have. I just pick up a little every time i go grocery shopping and its coming around.This week I got some herbs from a local amish store and some dehydrated peas ,I also picked up some more rice,and some canned goods.

    Hope evryone has a great week.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Welcome to MD”s blog. We’re glad you stopped lurking and decided to post a comment. Don’t hold back. 🙂

    • hi! this is a great website and everyone here offers great insight.

      • Dita,
        Welcome! So many new faces in the last couple of weeks.
        Still trying to keep everybody straight.

  21. Maji-Tx says:

    Such a beautiful piece of land! Congratulations to you. Hope this will be a better place for you.

    Still dehydrating. Did buy some okra ($1 a bag) to add with the few that have already grown on my plants. Had the throw some out, but made a nice mess of okra to store. Local store is having a sale and I 3 loaves of bread for $1. Still working on those 60 lbs of onions (I did buy me some goggles to wear so that I wouldn’t cry about it so much).
    Canned a couple of quarts of pickles and tomatoes….dehydrated the rest.

    Still working on my herbs. Making salves this week for arthritis and a multi-purpose one for cuts/abrasions. Trying to get everything ready for next weekend. #1Son and family coming to load up what I have ready and take to my parents for storage…hope the storm cellar is big enough. I bought 10 black 55 gal. barrels for $6 each to go along with the 6 blue 55 gal barrels I already sent out there. Thought the black would do good for solar water heater. My dad will use the rest of them to hold sand-blasting sand or other stuff for his forge or other toys he has accumulated.

    Went through BOB and redid/replaced what needed to be done.
    Bought the Reader’s Digest Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs

    Another project I have been working on are the baby bags. I have extra cloth diapers in one with ointment, etc. In another I have extra bottles, baby spoons, baby items (med) and some free samples of formula I had to say I was pregnant for…hey, I had three boys in a year and twenty days…24 years ago. In another bag, I have baby quilts, blankets, etc. and some baby books. These will go into storage as well.

    Have a blessed week everyone!

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      You LIED to get free samples of baby formula? Now that’s what I call serious about prepping. I don’t normally advocate lying, but in this case – good job! LOL

      • Maji-Tx says:

        Free samples are free samples. They will eventually expire, but I will use them for grandbabies before that. Whatever works in this day. If a situation were to develop, I would have formula for any baby that comes along…worth the lie in this case I wouldn’t lie for somethig for myself, but babies are different….:)

  22. JP in MT says:

    Worked another Gun Show. Sold some stuff that was extra, bought a pocket 22 auto and an S$W M&P 15-22.
    Hit the Thrift stores and got some more cake & pie tins and some insulated food trays (probably old prison issue).
    Rosauer’s in Bozeman has gotten in a bunch of Aguason Farms #10 canned goods at significantly less than on-line prices so we picked up 14 cans of various stuff (no vegies though). I hope they continue to carry them. The Missoula store only got a one-time issue.

  23. JP in MT says:

    Great looking property! We have a group that is looking to do a buy on something and put in slots for our trailers with a central cabin. Just started looking. Probably do a trust to keep ownership simpler.

  24. Em in GA says:

    Thanks for the welcome! I’ve learned a lot from reading everyones comments You’re right GA Mom the heat this summer has been unreal. I’ve been neglecting the garden, covering multiple deks at work, and it really makes a difference when I don’t water as often as I should. I’ve also been fighting the deer. I’ve got to get a fence around the garden or I won’t get anyhing out of it.

    • Nuttbush54 says:

      Welcome Em from another GA person. I live about an hour north of Macon, what general vicinity are you? And talking about the heat, a distant family member who lived in FL said it was hotter here than FL when she was visiting recently.

      • Em in GA says:

        I live about an hour east of Atlanta. I’m in a neighborhood but seem to have a lot of wild life, coyotes, foxes, deer, armadillos, snakes (ick, ick, ick), possums. I water the outside cat and due to the drought seems like everything comes to visit

    • Kate in GA says:


      No need to let your garden suffer because you don’t have a fence. You (well, a male member of your family/friend) can do what the indians did to keep the deer away. If you are near neighbors, do it at night so you don’t get arrested.

      Can’t help with the watering though. It always seems that some part of our state is in a drought.

      • Em in GA says:

        Yep, I have neighbors Love the couple on one side, he cuts my grassfor me in exchange for fresh baked bread and jams The other side moved one night and left their pets in garage. I now have 2 cats and an 80lb chocolate lab. My cats can’t figure out what that thing is.

        Good idea, think I’ll talk to my brother about the deer.

  25. Annie Nonymous says:

    Congratulations on the new homestead MD! More land is ALWAYS a good thing, just too bad to hear the new neighbors turned out to be trouble, but then again had they been mice then you would only have a 2 acre spread, not 5 and a 2 acre artillery, er, shooting range and mine-planting practice ground… Always wonder how people like that would expect to become part of a community after SHTF and they done went and pissed off the neighbors – problem is, you get an element like that, they would always be a risk and a liability. (Plus, you can substantially increase the goat flock!!)

    As for preps this week… finally replaced my back up G.O.O.D. vehicle (which wasn’t much good, considering it was an 80’s luxury sedan, tho losing it was like losing a family member) with something a little more offroad-capable, affordable, and most importanty, new (nothing like being the only owner, you KNOW what abuse your auto has had heaped upon it!). Next is a factory repair manual for the car (I want to know how to fix it if it breaks rather than trusting an unknown 3rd party… also I want the knowledge to bypass the electronic brain crud in case of, well, you know…) , as well as chains or spyder-spikes or whatnot for winter (sounds silly but I like that option better than separate winter tires)… and a goodly set of repair spares because, well, you never know when that starter or water pump or serpentine belt may decide to fail.

    Got some 30-30 ammo for the game rifle… not sure of its value as a defense arm, but I know it will take small to medum game, and the rounds are relatively cheap.

    Also planted a pair of Fig Trees… one of them took off surprisingly well, the other decided it wasn’t up to the challenges of being raised in our climate, but the survivor even looks like it will throw a little fruit this year, and likely a bunch next year . Have decided that while I love our back yard all landscapey and stuff, I could do a heck of a garden (and keep some of the pathways and stuff) and get better use out of the space. I know it’s late for this year, but it’s better to start late than not at all! Any good ideas for late season veggies?

    • robert in mid michigan says:

      30-30 as a defense weapon is a good choice in my opinion. what it hit rarely stands back up. nice thing about large rounds they make large holes.

  26. The brainwashing wore off... says:

    M.D. nice job on finding the new homestead. It looks wonderful- may your new home be all you wish it to be.

    Our own land search continues. DH and I took Friday off to visit a potential site upstate, but no luck. Our property hunting has been limited since DH’s time is occupied with dealing with ailing father, carrying him to drs. appts. and being there when he is scared or not feeling well.

    Preps have been light, but did make a visit to the state farmer’s market. I have never seen so many watermelons- too bad they don’t store well, they were everywhere! Bought some extra sweet corn since that was in abundance as well, used the Foodsaver and put away several bags in the freezer. Food co-op this week provided us with an abundance of eggplant which I dehydrated. My own garden is slowly coming along, okra is coming in. I had no idea how quickly okra buds mature- from a small bud to a woody mess in 48 hrs! Cherry tomatoes are now coming in as well. Let’s see- corn, tomatoes and okra. Succotash anyone?

    This is off topic, but I’ve noticed an increase in reports of crime. I’m hearing more and more reports of thuggery and assaults perpetrated by roving groups of violent “youths”. They are brazen and unafraid to just take whatever they want- God help you if you get in their way. Locally, a young man was attacked and stomped at the ATM and has so far required brain and reconstructive surgery. Also theft is at an all time high. Heat pumps are being taken from property that has been listed for sale, even while people still live there! My sister reported a couple of guys in a van roaming the woods near her home looking for “floor cleaning ” work. These guys were brazen enough to come down a private drive in the middle of no where, looking for “work”. They also visited another family member several miles away, who also lives in a very rural setting set far back in the woods. No doubt casing their next “jobs”.

    Be vigilant out there. And keep prepping.

    • Papabear says:

      Can I insert a comment about the watermelons? Cut it into even size chunks and put it in the dehydrator. The result is a very sweet tasting morsel, almost like candy. Don’t eat too much because it will absorb water in your stomach and expand.

  27. Maybe you should post a pic of those neighbors so maybe they could get whats coming to them. Shit bags like that make all our lives difficult. Im just saying.
    Oh, and They Live was a GREAT flick!

  28. bulldogbeau says:

    I picked up some board games, classics! Something to entertain now and when the grid is down. I also picked up 6 more 1lb propane tanks for heater and/or stoves. I picked up recently five 12 pack double rolls of T.P. that were on sale at Kroger. Also took advantage of Krogers 10 cans for $10 deals. Some Honey Honey and good ol’ peanut butter.

    Wife, buddy and I did some shooting and broke in the wife’s S&W MP22. Fun gun and light weight rifle for her! I was suprised at how accurate the iron sights and weapon was. Conditioned the weapon before, during and after with Militech 1 which I highly recommend for any gun available to civilians. I used in Iraq and Afghanistan and never had a weapon malfunction with my M4!

    “Train Hard”

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Thanks for your service to our country, beau. Did you let your wife shoot her new gun, or did you and your buddy do all the target practice with it? LOL

      • BullDogBeau says:

        I must say my buddy and I did our fair share but Mrs. Beau loves to shoot so she made sure she got in there lol. Thank you for your appreciation.

  29. Sandyra says:

    Wow – such a cool-looking place! Very happy for you – I think you’ll be happier away from your weird neighbors.

    • Btw, another good book on man-tracking (stories about it that is) is “Case Files of the Tracker” by Tom Brown Jr. I knew people with him on some of these tracking cases – tracking the tiger in the Pine Barrens in NJ in particular. So much didn’t appear in the newspapers. (So what else is new?)

    • One of the things I did was that I picked up a Preparacord bracelet and belt from survivorgeek.com. The belt unravels to 65 ft of paracord – nice! Very good quality stuff. I got mine in olive, but there are other colors. They have a rifle sling, too, made out of paracord. Very nice people there, too.

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        Sandyra, you can watch Youtube videos and learn how to make your own paracord belts, bracelets, slings, etc. I’ve made a couple of bracelets and a metal detector sling by watching videos. It’s lots of fun to make your own gear accessories, so give it a try. Buy some paracord (7-strand, 550# tensil strength is great stuff) and make yourself some things. You’ll learn a new skill and you will have some presents to give your friends and family.

  30. mountain lady says:

    M.D., looks like “Paradise Found”, for you, and I am so happy for you. I realize you have a lot of work ahead of you, but it looks like a wonderful place to live. Congratulations.

    As for prepping this week, no purchases, but making progress with getting everything organized.

  31. Congratulations on the new property, MD. We didn’t do a whole lot of preps this week, just worked on fixing up our motor home some more. It was a repo from one of our kids and they’d kind of trashed it. It’s going to be very nice when we’re finished fixing it. Really needed some TLC.

  32. It does look like a beautiful place. Congratulations. We’re somewhat isolated from our neighbors but they are great neighbors and we all respect each others’ privacy.

    Bough 3 shelving units(I got my way) and reorganized my preps to make things much easier to find. Purchased a new book written by a fellow Massachusettsian entitled “Just in Case.” Worth it for the recipes using food storage alone. Plan on going grocery shopping today to replace used items and tomorrow will put up fencing to support my fast growing grean beans and peas. Keeping a close eye on national and international happenings.

  33. Plant Lady says:

    Congrats on the new place! Before you get rid of the old mobile home, look at it hard and think “barn”…somewhere to put chickens, rabbits or dairy goats and store their food or other supplies you may want to keep under cover. Good OPSEC to keep it around…the shabbier-looking the better…someone sneaking a peek will think “nothing worth stealing here”. And it will keep a lot of the “yuppies” from moving next door and raising your taxes (hehe).

    Don’t forget about auctions to get some great gear at awesome prices! But do your research first on pricing – cause its easy to get carried away! Yesterday I scored a 15.5 qt. All American pressure canner for $17.50 (retail new $225-$288), a 4 qt. Dazey butter churn for $75 (yippee!) and a two-man saw for $7.50. Last month at an Amish auction I jumped right up and down and squealed when I won the bid on a big, sturdy old fruit crusher and press for $200…because to get a new one (not nearly as well made or sturdy, or as large) would have cost me at least $650. I was just thrilled, since I had planted 13 fruit trees last year and I have another 20 to go in the ground next weekend (to add to the 10 old apple trees and 5 old cherry trees already here)! At another Amish auction I got a Singer treadle sewing machine with every attachment and the original owners manual for $110 – the lady was sewing with it so everyone could see it worked perfectly! Was delighted when I got home and researched it on the internet…that model runs about $800…and that was with no guarantee that they would work!

    • Plant Lady,

      I am green with envy over you Preppers that live near the Amish. You get so many neat things from them.

      • Plant Lady says:

        Judith: There are just a couple small populations around here…but reassuring to have them near. They are about the only ones who really know how to be self-sufficient anymore…and if you treat them with respect they will return the favour.

    • Plant Lady,
      Most of the Amish I know are in OH & PA. Are you by chance in one of those places?

      • Plant Lady says:

        Ohio Prepper,
        Nope, we are just north of you, in the “mitten” state. But my granny was from Circleville/New Straitsville, in your state. We just have a few Amish up this way – you are lucky to be surrounded by their main populations in PA and IN, and their large group in SE Ohio. I am searching for someone in our nearest community to come install our new WONDERFUL Amish-built wood cookstove (the big Kitchen Queen). Gosh, I love that stove, even though its not hooked up yet. Of all our preps, that is by far the most important. Will heat our home and future barn, can cook and bake our food and with the 24 gal. hot water reservoir will heat all the water we need. The oven is large enough to bake 8 loaves of bread at a time! But first we have to figure out how to beef up the floor structure (the stove weighs 850 lbs.) and replace the vinyl flooring with ceramic tile. Was really glad to be fairly close to the mfg. in Indiana, because shipping on 850 lbs. isn’t cheap!

        • Plant Lady,
          I had never heard it called the “mitten” state. We learn something new every day. We are pretty lucky to have Amish in our local area and a large enclave in north central eastern Ohio, which gives us good things like Lehman’s and the Ashery Country store. Those make great day trips.
          BTW, I am already coveting your stove. I’m sure DW would not be interested, even though we heated completely with wood for three years when we first moved into this house. Actually, maybe that’s the reason she wouldn’t be interested, LOL. It is a lot of work.

          • Plant Lady says:

            Wow, I can’t even imagine any person facing the coming hard times not making a good airtight wood cookstove their first priority…unless they don’t have a safe place to sustain themselves set up. 30 years ago when we bought this place from my grandparents, we joked that “hey, if worse comes to worst, at least we can live off this piece of land”…little did we know at the time that it would likely come to that. We have 24 acres, with all but about 4.5 acres wooded, so for us – even now – it would be silly NOT to heat (and cook and heat water) with wood. We currently have a little Vermont Castings catalytic stove. We figure the cookstove will pay for itself in 1.4 years in propane savings and last a few generations…and the peace of mind knowing that we will be able to stay warm, cook/bake/can/dehydrate/brood chicks and heat water with perpetual fuel (that God renews) we already have on site is absolutely priceless! Plus, the $2,000+/year we save on propane goes right into essentials – Berkey water filter, Country Living Grain Mill, chicken coop, dairy goats, Squeezo strainer, pasta machine, food storage, etc. And yes, it is work harvesting and prepping the wood for use…but everyone better get used to that real quick! I will tell you – I sleep SO much better at night knowing we have it here! Its a serious money-saver now…and a life-saver later…what more could you ask from a piece of metal? (hehe)

    • BamaBecca says:

      wow, I wish I’d read this b4 going yard saleing this w/e! LOL I found a treadle sewing machine at a flea market for $50. It had been converted to work with electricity, but my dad said it wouldn’t be hard to convert it back to foot power. If its still there next week, I may get it after all……IF I can figure out where to put it when I get home! LOL

      • BamaBecca ,
        If you find any specifics on converting it back to foot power, please post. My wife has an old treadle model with the treadle removed and replaced with a small motor and belt. Even though we now have a rather expensive do almost anything sewing machine, we’ve hung on to that old one because you never know when you’ll need it.

  34. Tomthetinker says:

    What did I do to Prep this week: Skill sets. I Just got home…. form ‘Gun Camp’… Knee deep in brass all week end, my hands are sore as h – – l, but my trigger control and lock out are so very much refined and improved. Had the Armorer pin a tritium dot on the end of my LCR and it works so well it feels like cheating. Worked out so well I had the Armorer ‘overhall’ my Sp101 as well Nice Night firing exercises, force on force, live fire houses, constant instruction and imput from an instructor ratio of 1 on 1, and hours upon hours of fire and movement drills. Earned the ‘Smoken Hot’ award for the fastest reload with a speed strip. My ego runneth over. A lot of good people. A lot of good conversation and a certain knowledge that in reality…’with training’ your are in fact well armed with a 5 round revolver and can in fact solve.. ‘nearly’ all .. social .. issues so armed. let the arguments begin.

    • TomtheTinker,
      Congrats on the award! Sounds like you are equipped to train others. Do you do any of that?

    • riverrider says:

      tom, no arguements here. i’ve always said you don’t need a 454 racegun to defend your self. folks get brainwashed by hollywood. 97% of gunfights are within 7 yards. of those 90% are within seven feet!!! many are touching their assailant when they pull the trigger.

      • One other thing to remember besides the fact that most fights are close-up and personal is that dirt bags tend to run in packs. Therefore, continued situational awareness (aka, scan and asses) after an encounter need to be a habit as well drilled as the shooting itself.

    • Sounds like you had a great time. I had a friend who was at TDI last year and spent more on ammo than on the course, but I suspect there isn’t a much better way to vacation on a weekend.
      BTW, anything that gives you the edge in a fight is not cheating, it’s just smart.

    • blindshooter says:

      No argument from me, I like wheel guns but just prefer autos. I shot IPSC in the early ninety’s and the revolver guys really impressed me. One thing I never saw was a revolver shooter clearing a stovepipe:^)

      Nope, no argument here just jealousy because I won’t there with you.

    • robert in mid michigan says:

      two things i learned a long time ago about close combat thier are only two types the quick and the dead, in a knife fight you are going to get cut so shoot the bastard.

      reminds me of getting ready to deploy back when reagan was president. bullets and training were cheap but damn was it fun. lol.

      need to get back into something like that has been 25 years my tactical skills are a little rusty.

  35. Nuttbush54 says:

    Boy, is this week’s “what did you do..” post smoking or what?
    Preps this week were:
    received order from EE on Friday (they shipped this in record time!) that had carrots, bananas, potatoes, honey wheat bread mix, medium size vinyl gloves and emt shears; at various stores I bought 2 visine, 1 ace bandage, 5 antibacterial hand soaps, a dental temporary cementing kit, 8 packs of 60 watt light bulbs, 4 five gallon buckets, a pack of large pink erasers, a pack of pencil-top erasers, 1 case quart size large mouth ball jars, 2 mayos, 4 pork and beans, 3 beef stews, 2 pickle relish, 2 salad dressings, store brand shortening, bananas and strawberries. When I got the strawberries home, I dehydrated some, froze some and ate some! The kitchen smelled yummy while they were dehydrating and I added them to the blackberries I dehydrated last week. Today the bananas are ripe enough to dry. My DH surprised me last week when we were browsing the local sporting goods store and he picked up a magnesium fire starter, that makes 2 we have, and I bought some packs of strike anywhere matches to add to my canister of matches. Then he went home an ordered a 8 inch and 10 inch AMERICAN made skillet since our other small one was not enough. I give him credit, the man works overtime looking for USA made products and just hates it when everything seems to be China made. We also received the sprouter kit and mung beans he ordered and now we have a nice crop of alfalfa and bean sprouts in the fridge.

    He seems to be coming around to the realization that the preps I have been making are a good thing. When I go to the store, I let him know about the price hikes and he has noticed it as well in the ammo.

    Wow, I didn’t think I had done that much but seeing it written down makes me realize how much it was. Now, to the bananas and the dehydrator.

    • riverrider says:

      great job, that wouldn’t be nutbush, va. would it? that was my adopted home for a long time and all my nutbush buds are in iraq right now.

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        rr, when you talk to your buddies, please let them know we have not forgotten them. Thank YOU for your service, and I thank them as well.

        • riverrider says:

          thanks lint, chatted with one this a.m….they are getting hit almost everyday now. media never mentions it. iranians sent professional soldiers in to teach the local yahoos how to hit us better. its expected to get a lot worse as the drawdown gets closer. some of my buds (more like brothers) thought this one would be easier as things were quiet in iraq at the time. i knew better. frankly i just told my bud,the company c.o., to make plans on how to get out if the gov strands them there. you think of our forces as invinceable but without support from outside those guys are sitting ducks. i know my bud can get them out if anybody can….and to think i was a sgt when he got in and now he’s a commander. my little boy’s all growed up.:)

      • Nuttbush54 says:

        riverrider, no it isn’t nutbush, va., actually the name is a nickname that my spouse had for YEARS and it has kind of stuck. Where in VA is that, we had a family member who was Navy that used to live in Va. Beach and we have traveled up there some visiting and also vacationing on Civil War battleground visits. I’m in GA. I hope your friends in Iraq are okay, if they are military, I appreciate their service to this country.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Nuttbush, I can relate to your husband’s desire to buy American. It’s not easy, but it’s usually worth it. I find lots of Made in America stuff at yard sales at older homes. They might need a little spit ‘n polish, but they sure are better than the junk in the stores.

      • That’s exactly what I do lint. I’m a big time junk store/yard Salerno. I’m always on the lookout for good older USA made tools or equipment. I have several braces that are old craftsmanship. I have several real YANKEE drivers. I love old American craftsmanship.

  36. Repair Mama says:

    M.D. That view is “just like home” Beautiful! May the Lord bless your land, and your life in your new home.

    Barn build from old trailer is a good idea. My friend did one for her horses and for tack and hay. it was really neat.

    For prepping this week. bought 8 cases of canned food, 2 cases of jars, checked with meat department on the next sale date of beef to can, (they said not to expect one for awhile, but manager might make me a deal if I buy enough), 4 boxes of tater flakes , 4 scalloped taters, more sugar, chocolate chips, baby wipes, extra papertowles and tp, 4 toothpaste, ( they were free after the store up rewards! yeah! Limit 4 though) 4 flats of bottled water, flea foggers and flea spray, bug repellant, another bag of canning salt, and 5 pickle relish $1 ea.

    Put up storm door on back of house (freebie) had to move handle and hinges cause it opened in wrong direction. Cleaned up garage and made room for storage that heat wont hurt. I had a bunch of stylerfoam pieces stored in boxes in the garage and put them between the rafters in the attic to supplement the insulation for the area over the kitchen. there is some insulation up there, but it is not much. I added extra insulation over top of it too. just a little at a time as I can afford to. it might help with the heating and cooling bills too.
    Sorted and collected some copper for recycle (use $$ on preps). got leman’s catologe in mail this week and they have some super cool stuff! pricy though. got some ideas on candle holders to make from junk that will work for me though.
    That is about it for this week. Did make some dinner with home canned beef and DH and family loved it. Told him how much I enjoy canning and he told me that he was glad I like to do it. He is planning more meals from canned meat cause it is so good that I now have a blank check on canning now!!!! I have been telling him about grocery prices everytime I get food and rant about the higher prices so he will let me get more stuff to put in pantry when I can get a good sale.
    I hope this is the beginning of him coming around to my way of thinking soon. I hate all of the hiding of food,and running the food saver when he isn’t home.. I have the oxygen absorbers and 1 gal mylar bags hid too. I have even hid dry beans,milk,and other stuff in the cedar chest under the blankets. it is now full. I am thinking of flipping son’s box springs and storing stuff in there. plywood on top and putting matress back in place. No one will find it there!!!
    Sorry post is sooo long.
    Take care everyone and Happy Prepping!

  37. Bellamotives says:

    Wow, looks like a lot of people have been busy! Had to scroll through pages of comments- that makes me so happy! This weekend was our first chance to use our sun oven & the brownies were amazing. I’ve been pulling out slow cooker full meal recipes to try for the holiday weekend now! Finally been able to sit down & read the Red Cross’ pet 1st aid books which makes me feel better about bugging out to the family farm since we’ve got a lot of critters up there! Our garden is growing too, I’m impatiently waiting for the potatoes to mature 😉 Glad everyone is keeping busy & prepping!!

  38. Christine says:

    MD, congrats on the new land- it looks beautiful; and nice high vantage point too.
    Prepping, not much lately. Money is tight, so I have been reading a lot and making a lot of lists.
    I did manage to put away a little more food preps: rice, beans , canned vegetables. As long as I am adding to my preps instead of using them up, I consider it a great week.

  39. charliebuck says:

    M.D,they sound like a bunch of derelicts,maybe meth-heads.You should shoot them all or maybe burn the place to the ground.Just a thought.

  40. Auntie_Em says:

    O/T comments, here. But did anyone see that National Geographic special last night about those 4 families of preppers? The title of the program was “Doomsday Preppers”. Two of the families who were interviewed live in the Phz,AZ area, one in Utah and one in the Carolinas. Very interesting show.

    • templar knight says:

      I didn’t see it, but I intended to. I got busy doing something else and completely forgot about it. Dangit!

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      I wanted to watch it, but don’t have The National Geographic Channel. I think it might end up on Youtube one of these days.

        • templar knight says:

          Thanks for the link, OP. I just got through watching the entire program, and it was pretty good. After seeing what these guys have done, however, I think I had better redouble my efforts.

        • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

          OP, thanks for providing the link. You are da man! That was a very interesting series of videos. I learned one thing: I need to do more work to get ready.

          The young family in AZ with the talapia pond in their pool, that would never be allowed around here. They’d need all kinds of permits and even then if the neighbors complained, it would be the end of their covered fish pond.

          The woman with the kids who were doing the target practice at the indoor range, they had a good supply of food, but bringing those pallets in at night would only draw more attention, not less.

          The 2 couples with the ranch/farm in South Carolina (?) had a great set-up. I sure would like to get some of those tripwires. And the wood-burning pickup was too cool. Man, I”d sure like to be 20 years younger and able to build a place like that.

          The older guy with the underground retreat, that was really nice but I wonder what happens when he can’t get out of town to get to his retreat. I don’t think those grandkids can walk all that way carrying their BOBs. He needs to make that place his permenant home and his current home should be his vacation spot.

          Well, it’s good to know there are more and more people waking up to self-reliance. It’s about time!

          Keep on preppin’ friends, it’s later than we think.

          • Amen on the 20 years younger.
            For the trip wire alarm, just look for the personal alarms that are sold for warning off attackers. They typically have a pin and ring, and when you pull the pin a loud piercing noise goes off until you re-insert the pin. You would need a waterproof one or waterproof yourself with some plastic, and tie the pin to a trip line made of mono-filament. I’ve seen these as cheap as $3 at Wal-Mart or Big Lots or somewhere like that.

            On a side note, I teach a class called Refuse to be a victim, and one of the tricks I picked up from that class for women using these alarms, is to firmly attach it to your purse and hook the pin to your body. If someone snatches the purse, they end up carrying a loud screaming purse with no way to stop it short of finding the device and tearing it loose, all while trying to get away unnoticed.

        • nancy (Northwest) says:

          Thanks for the link, OP. I don’t have TV service and hoped NatGeo would post it on their website. Didn’t even think to check Youtube.

          I agree with the OPSEC comments. Lisa Bedford is pretty public. I have seen her a couple times before.

          Interesting piece. Wish I had the space and climate control for a huge storage space like they all had. Wouldn’t that be great. But make do with what I have.

          Have a good week, all.

    • I watched it, and it was reasonably well done, but there were actually 5 families in 4 locations. The North Carolina location had a group of two families working together. Two of the families were a little over the top in that one of the Phoenix families were preparing for “The coronal mass ejection” in 2012, like he’s expecting the big one. The Utah family were preparing for a Nuclear Event. These two came off a little bit eccentric in their reason for prepping, but not in their actions. The other families were doing general prepping and seemed more concerned with something like an economic collapse. The two families working together in North Carolina had a very nice and well thought out setup, and one of the guys stated that if the economic system collapsed and the grid went down, he would get up and feed the chickens like normal. My only criticism would be the use of the family names which if they were real surnames, kind of blows their OPSEC. All in all I thought it was rather well done, and not the typical survivalist hack we’ve seen so many times. I think enough folks are prepping that the entire idea is becoming less quirky and more mainstream.

      • Auntie_Em says:

        Yes, it was well done. I think one reason nat-geo chose these families is because of their diverse reasons for prepping. I don’t think a coronal mass if going to be the big kahuna event that HTF, but even so, the guy and his family in PHX had some very creative solutions to living off grid in an urban area. But I think they are sitting ducks due to the breach of OPSEC.
        It would be great to have a set up like that group in North Carolina.

      • BamaBecca says:

        *sighs* sure wish I could watch youtube vids…….I have blamed dialup and I can sit for ever waiting for a video to load and it just won’t…

        • BamaBecca,
          Don’t know exactly where you live or your circumstances, but even here in rural Ohio we now have DSL available from our telephone company for $14.95 per month. It’s only 768Kbps but that’s at least 15 times faster than your best possible dial-up connection. Might be worth looking into.

          • BamaBecca says:

            I’ve checked everything out pretty good OP and the best deal I could get was dialup for $24.95. That and satellite was the only 2 options available. I had Hughesnet before I moved to my new location to the tune of 80 bucks a mo, didnt want to do that again. We have a small local co here that offers wireless for rural areas, but they haven’t made it out this far yet. I’m keeping an eye on them. I checked into Verizon and it would work out here, but in order to get it w/o a contract would cost me about $300. I don’t do contracts anymore on ANYTHING. Even my cell is prepaid. That way , if I get in a bad financial bind again, I can shut it off w/o fear of being sued over a contract. Thanks for the “headsup” though. ;

            Everything we have is paid for except our new shed….and as soon as possible it will be paid for too.

            I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I don’t care if I have super nice things or not…..as long as I don’t owe for what I DO have. Wish I’d learned that lesson earlier in life, lol. I’d prob have a lot more than I do now. now….if I could just get my adult kids to listen, lol.

            • Understand on the rural internet issues. I moved from dial-up to satellite (DirecWay, now Hughes Net) which was expensive, but allowed me to work a few days a week from home making it worth the price. I now have wireless with a local small company. My Telco offers DSL which I am looking into as a backup for my wireless, again because I work from home and really need a solid always on connection.
              I would keep contacting that wireless company in your area and make sure they don’t forget that you’re interested. Good luck.

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        OP, there really is a young couple named Dennis & Danielle McClung living in Scottsdale, AZ. I guess they will have to move now. LOL I didn’t check the validity of the names of the other families.

        Why in the world would anybody give their real names and towns when they are preppers? That’s just plain dumb IMO.

        • Lint,
          I absolutely agree, but then again when the expert told some of these folks that they needed a lower profile, they blew it off. We all need to think out of the box, be somewhat flexible and learn that sometimes outside criticism is really meant to help.

          • Schatzie Ohio says:

            The other Az couple with the kids is thesurvivamom.com I guess she figures that she already has blown her cover so she tries to help others get prepared.

  41. Great site! I love that area! I added more FD items to my food storage. Now if I could just keep the kids out of the FD fruit… 🙂 …good thing I get such good prices!

  42. Just read on my home page (msn) about the price jump for pasta – durum wheat is in short supply – the Dakotas are flooding out the 44% of the crops they managed to plant, Canada has lost a lot of their durum crops (the other major supplier) due to rain – so you better get your pasta while you can! The short video also mentioned grapes rose 30% in April but wine cost is down. Hmmm…I say, buy the wine! lol – you can pickle yourself with it while waiting for prices to come down hee hee – Bacon is up, coffee rose 40%, and on and on. Seems overall prices have risen 66% – now it seems that months ago I saw it mentioned that they (government- commodities brokers) said prices would rise about 60% or more this year – do they know something about the weather (i.e. seeding the clouds for rain??????) my my something smells really rotten here.

    Anyway, do a search and check it out.

    Welcome to all the newbies – this is a great place, you will learn alot – nice folks here, and full of knowledge, helpfulness, and encouragement..

  43. This week?
    Bought 2-cases canned items, beans, chili, etc. Good for variety.
    Bought 200 9mm rounds.
    Prepped water storage units for capturing system.
    Made a LONG list of other stuff I need to do… prepping is a never ending job, but at some point there won’t be any more time to prepare. I hope I’m at least 90% ready.

  44. BamaBecca says:

    I am SO excited about my prepping this week!

    For the pantry, I found pork and beans 3 cans for a buck and got about 6 bucks worth, bought some of the Krusteaz bread mix (other brands were cheaper, but after reading MD’s post about shelf life, I got the more expensive brand.) Got 6 more lbs of various beans, 5 lbs of rice, found canned veggies for .59/can so I got 10 cans of those. Bought 10 boxes of Jiffy cornbread mix @ .53 per box (again, because of MD’s shelf life post). I really prefer to make my own cornbread, but I can make this with only water, so I got it. 6 lbs of macaroni and 3 lbs of spaghetti noodles, 5-25 cube jars of beef boullion for a dollar each, 4 boxes of off brand rice a roni for 50 cents a box and several cans of evaporated milk.

    I also did some price checking on other things I need but couldn’t afford this week……at least now I know what I’m looking for and what to expect price wise.

    I used to go in the store thinking about what to cook for the next week, now I go looking for and price checking for prep items! LOL

    This morning I went to a yard sale and I’m SO excited about my finds!

    As I mentioned before, I’ve been looking for a dehydrator. The one in Walmart was $42 bucks and I even put it in my buggy, then took it back out again, lol. SO glad I did because the first thing I laid my eyes on at the yard sale was….YES!!!…..a dehydrator! 2 bucks!!! can you believe it??? This is an American Harvest brand, hope it will be a good one. I also found a really good camo sleeping bag for $1, another flashlight that doubles as a lantern and has a carrying strap attached to it….for $1! 4 bucks and I probably got what would have amounted to about $100 if I’d bought it brand new.

    Now, I’ve gotta get started dehydrating stuff! 😀

    BTW, for the person who was asking about prices for canning jars, I found the Walmart brand 24 qt jars for $7.44. The Ball brand was almost 11 bucks for the same amount.

    I also found a military issue back pack w/frame at another yard sale that could have been used for a BOB, but i didnt buy it cuz he wanted $30 bucks for it. Still kicking my own butt, cuz I came home and did a search and found one just like it on ebay for $95!!! [email protected]…..oh well, at least now I know what they cost.

    Thanks MD and everyone for your awesome advice and this blog. I absolutely love it! 😉 Thanks for helping me get started prepping again! I should have never stopped!

    Hope everyone has a Happy and Safe Independence Day……celebrating the few freedoms we have left! 😉 Thank you to our military….you guys/gals are awesome!

    PS: After rereading before posting this, I want to add a tip that I found while prepping for Y2K years ago. I haven’t seen it here so far, so I wanted to contribute. When storing meal and flour….you can add bay leaves to your bucket and it is supposed to deter bugs. I had about 6 months worth of each stored in the buckets you get from Walmarts bakery…..and never got bugs in any of it.

  45. Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

    BamaBecca, great scores at the stores and at the yard sales. Seek and you shall find, as the saying goes. Keep looking, you’ll find a good backpack for a cheap price. Happy Independence Day!!!!

  46. just purchesased a new sewingkit for the bugout bag the one second sewingkit with the needle that lodes at the side like a carabiner should be much esser than the triditional needel espesaly for us puggyfingerd tipe,s the readplastic box is bigger than moust and could be ferter moodifyed by placeing a couple of 50ft piceses of 550 cord underneth the section that holds the sisors+plastic thimble[should be replaced with a metal one for durability,s sake] am thinking of ferther modifaction in tossing out the plastic shell that holds the bobins of thred and small tape messuer puting all in snackziplocks and thus creating space for moore thred ect.Have allso taken all instuctions and advertizing papers in the plastic buble it came in and cut to fit and glued to all iner and outer serfacsese in order to know what and how to use this kit in an emergancy plased in quart ziplock and is now in bob.one last thing be sure to check local stores before bying mail order idident and ended up paying moore.