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…

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  1. Brad in South FL says:

    Took a 3 day vacation with he wife so I took it as an opportunity to review the equipment in my trunk box. Replaced the food that was outdated(not much) reorganized it, changed out some batteries in flash lights. I also decided on an additional bag of “bug out clothing” for me and the wife. as an addition to my stuff already in the box. Earth tone stuff and good walking shoes/boots. I also added for the drive (only a 2 hour drive) a few extra 17 round mags for my glock 26 for a total of 4 17 round mags and the 15 round stick in the gun and several bianchi stripper clips for my model 37 .38 as my back up. Felt pretty comfortable with what I had, but would have felt better with a long gun in the car, the wife vetoed that one(sucker here)! It was a great mini-vacation, I felt prepared. But will always remember Mr. Murphy is hanging around!

    Be safe all!

    • Brad, took a weeks vacation this week too… at the beach, 1hr away with wife and child. I didn’t ask and brough my hungarian AMD (ak-47) a ammo can of ammo, BOB, concealed carry pistol (springfield XD), magazines, etc. I left the rifle in the trunk the whole week. its a folder and takes up little room. my wife made comments, but I just told her I was a big boy and I do what I want. we can’t all marry female preppers!

  2. Beautiful place M.D. That’s wonderful news! Very happy for you!

    Well this week started out with me misplacing both my pairs of scissors. So, I decided buying new cutting implements was in order.
    I added to my supplies
    1 pair of Professional 9″ Game and Bird Poultry Shears
    1 pair of Kitchen Shears
    1 pair of Rubis Sauro Toe Nail Clippers

    To my pantry I added
    3 cases of soup
    1 case of stewed tomatos
    1 case of tomato paste

    To my long term storage
    1 mixed case of Quinoioa and Spelt

    Picked and froze green beans . Not much of a yield this year. Everything looks beautiful but just isn’t producing much. The weather went from cooler to extremely hot and the blasted wind has been like a blow torch in the afternoons. I hate to see my next water bill.
    How is everyone elses garden doing?
    1 pair of Fiskars Razor Edge Scissors
    2 pair of Fiskars reg. Scissors

    • Ha Ha Ha, how did the scissors get down at the bottom. Computers are so much fun.

      • riverrider says:

        darn thats something else to put on the list. check one thing off, add six more things….

        • I have numerous pairs of scissors from Harbor Freight for something like $1 each and have been rather surprised with the quality for the money spent. Part of the problem is that they are so knife like that I always seem to pick up another spare on each visit to H.F., but the upside is that I’ll likely never run out of scissors.

        • JP in MT says:

          That’s what I like about this blog…just when I think I’ve at least got my “stuff to buy” list set, somebody comes up with something I forgot!

    • robert in mid michigan says:

      way to cool to start the season and went from 50s to 90s in a coupledays. peas are still producing but i havnt got my beans in yet will start that this weekend. weather sucks for gardening.

      • Until this week we’ve been in a horrible drought. Not good for our garden or for the farmers crops. Just adding to the food woes of this fine nation.

    • Hunker-Down says:


      The heirloom pepper plants we started from seed have been in the garden for 4-5 weeks AND are still 1 1/2 inches high. Good thing we bought plants from the garden store, but wont be able to save the seeds for next year. Rabbits are enjoying the beans.

    • Most of you must be in the south…weather has been very strange. We got an early start, corn was 4′ high and got flattened by a microburst of wind (like the crop circles in England). Had to tie each baby up in a choke hold. Hope I can save them. Produce is coming in slowly, lots of foliage but short on the production (trying to cut it back a bit and force the crop) never tried that before, but have nothing to lose. Tomatos are good, lettuces, radishs, beets…but the carrots aren’t producing (lots of tops ..no tap root) so someone tell me what I’m doing wrong.

      • AZ Rookie Prepper says:

        I’m interested too in plant problems, I’ve tried all kinds of root crops and not one has been successful. Anyone got ideas?

      • Thanks for the updates everybody. I don’t think any of us are doing anything wrong. Its the weather in my opinion.

        Tricia ,
        on the carrots my DH believes in bio intensive gardening and that if you plant root veggies on a leaf day you get all leaves.
        And vice a versa. Who knows? It may be true.

  3. I received my books on herbal medicine. I also got John hills book on Colloidal Silver and its uses in medicine. I also got his book called Beyond 72 hours. Along with those books I also received The US Army Map Reading and navigation handbook. I also picked up a crusader cup cook kit from SurvivalGearBags.com. It is the coolest cook kit ever.

  4. Anonymous says:

    If you don’t mind me asking how much did you pay for the new place?

    • Anonymous,


      • riverrider says:

        dang, great deal! i’m looking for a fallback location in case we get burned out, or radiated. prices are still high here even w/ the lousy economy. i don’t understand it. what happened to supply and demand economics?

        • riverrider,
          I think supply and demand economics is still in place, but there are some changes in the demand part. The demand for homes in the city is stable to lower, while the supply is huge, with the current inventory estimates of 3 years or more. Country land from 2 acres to perhaps 20 is now a commodity that more and more folks are looking for. The roughly $3200/acre MD paid is reasonable for the small acreage, and plots that size (5-10 acres) around here are typically $5-6K/acre. There is also a lot of interest by companies and wealthy folks in farmland. When they re-appraised our place the homestead with its 8 acres actually had the real estate taxes lowered by perhaps 15% while the tax on the farmland (in production) went up by about 20%. Folks with (and without) money are looking for hard assets, and when it comes to land, they just aren’t making any more of it (except perhaps in Japan and Hawaii).

        • Riverrider — Go SW, in the mountains.

          • riverrider says:

            lynn, yes i’ve been looking out there, north of I81 mostly. found a few places that weren’t bad but just as i was going to look in person, uncle sugar robbed our pension fund for cash to pay the bills til the debt limit increase. they promise to pay it back but you know what government promises are worth. so, i’m in a holding pattern until that washes out. frankly, i don’t see it tuning out good. if they don’t get it together up there, i’ll lose my pension, social security and nation guard retirement too. 30 years will be for nothing. thats why i been laying in the preps, like there’s no tomorrow, and paid off everything. least we’ll eat under our own roof.

            • Riverrider, Our life plans changed too and like you, don’t trust the government enough to bank on any empty-promises. Our best investment is in ourselves. That pathetic return on savings, the capital gains taxes and risks involved with the Market keep us plugging away at our own system, not a cash-based one since it’s not if TSHTF but when.

      • The Prepper says:

        MD — how did you find the property? Can you recommend any real estate websites?

        • The Prepper,

          I bought the land from an Individual seller. There is a whole chapter in my book “Dirt Cheap Survival Retreat” on how to find land.

    • MD – Just a thought, but after you salvage and/or sell off everything you don’t need from the trailer, think about the trailer frame as a steel support beam for the roof of an underground shelter. The steel beams are strong, cheap (free), and virtually indestructible. Add a layer of concrete / dirt, and it’ll be tornado proof, radiation proof, and bullet proof. Just an idea…

      Also, since it already had people living on it, does it already have a well and electric?

      • Jumbo,

        No a bad idea – thanks…

        • You can also use the trailer frame to build one of those mobile tiny houses that are becoming popular now. Could use as a “mother-in-law” cottage, too.

          I have gotten where I don’t throw ANYTHING away, especially if it’s glass or metal. Paranoid about the future? You betcha!

      • Evan in Alberta says:

        Great idea…i have a mobile with full lengh addition and only saw the trailer part as garbage..and not worth salvaging..those steel girders underneath would cost alot if i had to buy them..they are 54 feet long and thick..now i see how i could possibly use them for the floor etc..thankyou so much for the idea..i had not thought of it.well done!

    • The land we just bought was about $3200/acre also.

      Homes are going down in value. However, land is holding it’s value. The land we bought we consider both an investment, a retreat in case we need it and also a possible empty nester homesite.

      After we’d already closed on the land the realtor told us that he has many clients who are doing just what we did. Purchasing land as an investment – no one trusts the govt or the stock market anymore. (P.S. the Chinese are buying lots of our land right now and so are hedge fund managers – with all that activity it will surely go up in price.)

      • Earth Girl says:

        We bought 10 acres in 1995 as an investment. Financial advisers thought we were crazy, but we planted trees, built a barn and made some other improvements. We’ve had 15 years of enjoyment on it as our own private campground and now we are building an empty nest homesite. So you have a sound plan.

  5. riverrider says:

    congrats md! glad to see i’m not the only one with sorry neighbors:) bad news for you though..no matter where you move, unless its on a thousand acres, some yahoo will move in and ruin your serenity… preps this week… picking up a ruger mk2 today, filled the lp, gas and deisel cans that i’ve been neglecting, built a shooting table, got new skids on the bug out truck, ordered a neat little solar charger from harbor, got about a months worth of mre’s, 500 9mm, 500 45, ordered better oil lamps from lehmans, and fire extiguishers for each of the vehicles, got a bunch of chem lights for short term outages and the car kits, finished the tile work for the wood stove install. now, when i took my truck in for service, it was running okay,but not great. i normally do my own work but i wanted to switch it over to amsoil in all the fluids. i had just changed a new air filter a couple months ago. well, the field mice had gotten inside the air box and built a nest that almost no air could get through. no wonder it wasn’t running right. never thought to check it after recently changing it. checked my other vehicles and one of them had a nest too. i put hardware cloth over all the intakes. maybe we should add “check vehicles for mice” to our monthly checklist. what if you need to bug out and the mice have chewed your bov to shreds? happy prepping folks.

    • Checking the cars and trucks for damage is a good idea riverrider. Those pesky little packrats are a real hazard here in the desert, especially if you park outside.

    • riverrider,

      The way the property is positioned no one could move close – an advantage to being on top of the hill. Take the high ground…

      • riverrider says:

        yeah md, take the high ground. the army beat that out of me. bad place to be in mig29 country ,but the best place to be in prepperland. i even built my house slightly down off the summit. its called the military crest. supposedly artillery will overshoot you or hit the hilltop in front instead of on you. of course i realize now there’s not likely to be artillery in the area..i know, too much info….sorry:)

        • The main point of the military crest (vs. the actual or topographical crest) is that it allows an observer to get the widest view of the terrain below, without being silhouetted against the sky by being the highest point. This is the most desirable place for an observation post. From a survival comfort standpoint the actual crest generally is more windy (great if you’re placing windmills) and the base of the hill tends to be cold and perhaps wet (both cold air and water sink). So when you see those old farmhouses halfway up the hill, or in some seemingly odd place, keep in mind that those old farts from 100 years ago understood terrain, wind patterns, and flood plains, and were generally pretty picky when intelligently selecting a place for their homesteads.

          • riverrider says:

            op, thats true about the observer but we use the reverse military crest for defensive positions due to the arch of artillery. very hard to hit the reverse slope, plus its harder for an enemy to observe your defense construction. i never liked it because if they did a frontal attack, once they achieved the hilltop , they had the high ground. of course they would be tired, cut up but air and arty and silhoetted themselves. still, never liked getting shot at from above…. below either… i don’t like getting shot at at all.

            • riverrider,
              I wasn’t meaning to contradict you, but merely to provide an additional definition that seemed more appropriate to MD’s situation, since I hope artillery fire is not in his future, unless of course it’s outgoing – LOL.
              As for getting shot at, they say that there’s nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at and missed. An experience I have thus far and hope to continue to avoid.

          • axelsteve says:

            In some counties in California they do not building on a hilltop to keep the skyline covered with trees.I can see there point but usally if they wore a hat it would cover it.Steve

            • riverrider says:

              op, exciting? not me. they just REALLY piss me off, especially if rules of engagement prevent me from returning fire. some adrenaline junkies i know get excited by it. guess we each deal with possible death in our own way. i know when i see the d-day footage, i just can’t fathom what balls it took to hit that beach. musta been the size of jupiter. i consider myself a comparatively brave person, but i’d have crapped my pants on d-day. oh, and no offense taken. old habit die hard in my case:) take care my friend.

      • Hunker-Down says:

        You have a beautiful layout, and it looks great for security.

        So, if your goats don’t beller too loud, can we move in next to you? We’ll be quiet….promise.

    • axelsteve says:

      Another thing damage from mice is never covered under a auto warranty. I have seen new cars with mice damage and it is customer pay.Kill off the mice. Steve

      • riverrider says:

        hard to do steve, they are field mice. the field isn’t on my property so i can’t plow it or poison it. i put bait in the one truck that they got inside of and that seems to be working. i have to find the place they got in tho and rivet some hardware cloth over it or something. more afraid of them chewing the wires or lines and causing real damage. if that happens, its war. can you say homemade napalm:) “honestly officer, i don’t know how that field caught fire”

      • Better kill the mice now, the FDA just banned the poison that kills them. Stock up before its gone……

  6. Congrats. It would lead to all out war if someone had shot my dog. It’s best you leave the cretons to their own demise.

    • Sharon,

      I was never 100% sure they were the ones that did it – let’s say 95% sure.

      • axelsteve says:

        I would have started a target shooting program about 9 am for a solid month to wake up the tweeker scum when they are trying to sleep. Steve

        • HeyMickey59 says:

          Steve, I think 7 am is more like it…..Oh, I’d put up a temp henhouse close to the property line and put in a few roosters, too.!:)

          • axelsteve says:

            Good idea Mickey.Anything to piss of tweeks I like especially when it is by doing something legal. Another bad thing about tweeks is they contaminate the area if they are making drugs.They can rent a house and make it unlivable because of the chemicals used to make the drugs.Tweeks suck. Steve

  7. MD. Congrat’s on the land. Lovely area!

    It’s been a few weeks since my last visit in here. We’ve been busy, but it doesn’t seem that I’ve added much to our preps. I’ve been doing plenty of reading, though.

    – Always watching and reading about world events.
    – Shopping around for healthcare insurance.
    – Purchased a copy of “Country Wisdom Almanac” via Amazon. Great stuff for a suburbanite, like me – all of it broken down by season.
    – Added bottled water to our cars.
    – Oil change for DW’s car. Mine is next. Did some general preventative maintenance on both.
    – Enjoyed what I call a “half-ass campout” with the family two weeks ago. We bring out some of our gear (food, drinks, camp stove, grill, etc.), find a shady spot in a big park, set-up camp for 8-10 hours during the day, and hang-out with the family. The kids love because they run around in the woods and play in the creek all day.
    – DW, DD, and I went over the gear we carry in the cars. They were surprised and pleased to discover that I included a supply of feminine hygiene products in the “toiletries zone” of the bags in both cars.
    – Vacumm-packed several packs of graham crackers.

    That’s about it. Thanks to everyone for sharing. Enjoy the weekend and have a good week. Peace!

    • Bama Becca says:

      Mark, those “feminine hygiene products” can also double as bandages. They are also more absorbent than regular bandages. I got that tip from an LDS friend of mine. 😉

      • Thanks for the note, Becca… Yeah, I was aware of that, though DW wasn’t at the time. Taking a few moments to go through the gear made for a nice little education session for all of us.

  8. Some friends of ours showed up last evening with their tiller for us to use/keep until they need it. And a new hybrid grill for the husband, a gift from them to us. Wow.
    We tilled the garden where to squash had been, I have more started in buckets to transplant later along with cukes.
    I dehydrated green peppers, jalapenios, zucchini (last of that planting) and then put three trays of sliced tomatoes in the dehydrater.
    I also took cuttings off 4 tomato plants and am propagating them to plant in the newer tilled area.
    With the tiller we can now more easily expand the garden as needed. I am so thrilled and thankful for friends and God’s provision.
    I am on the look out for peppermint plants to plant where the a/c drips by the water spigot. Seems like an ideal spot for it.
    I now can get a herb garden going. I would like to make that a raised bed deal, dont know if hubby will go for that. He always says, you never now when we will move again. Oh well, at least I got a garden this year.

    We too are on the look out for a piece of land 2-5 acres.

    • Debbieo, how do you do that with tomatoes? I hadn’t heard of that before. Do you root them or something?

      • Judith,
        Its easy to propagate tomatoes. Just cut off the top of the growing part about 8 inches. down. Trim all side shoots to about 1/8 inch of main stem. Poke em in a pot of growing mix and water. The top little bunch of leaves you left might die but its busy making roots. You dont have to have rooting compound or anything. Doing this you could thereothetically have the same tomato plant forever.

    • Debbie, Watch out for the mint. It grows, literally, like a weed. We put ours in a “contained” area & it has still quadrupled in size in just 4 short weeks. Buy your land fast, everyone else is looking for it too. But don’t settle on less than what you want — it took us over a year to find the perfect piece.

      • Thanks Debbieo, I will have to try that.
        I think you can say that about all herbs. My catnip and feverfew are growing everywhere there is water.

  9. that is an awesome place MD. the view is spectacular. how far will you be moving from the place you are now? how long will it take you to get moved? will you sell the old place?if you do,be sure and sell it to someone that would be just like the people that moved in beside you. i tell my neighbors if they give me any grief about me bringing my semi to my house,ill rent this house out thru the HUD program and move somewhere i can park my truck without a bunch of B.S.
    i did very little in the way of prepping. its been so ungodly hot here that the thought of going outside would make me shudder in fear and go take a nap.i did take river riders idea about using solar garden lights to charge AA batteries,and run with it. i have a video of my latest project. if anyone cares to see it, ill post a link at the end of my rambling,,,,,,,,,prepare for rambling,,,,,,,,,,, my wife and i have gotten into the frugal side of prepping as of late and maneged to cut our electricity consumption literally in half,and this being the hottest weather i can remember having this early in the summer season. we did several things,the most effective being not using the 4 ton central ac unit to cool the house and using two window units. we spend the majority of our time at home either outside or in our sunroom. i put a small window unit in the sunroom and cool it during the day. during the night i cool the bedroom with another window unit. we turn off our hot water heater and turn it on for about an hour a day. this gives us more than enough hot water for two showers and a load of dishes.im shutting my computer off completly when im done with it. i used to leave it on the entire 3 weeks we where home and had no idea how much juice it pulled even on sleep mode. i dont have a kill-a watt meter but intend to get one next time i get home (3 weeks)we managed to get our KWH consumption down to 300 during the 21 days we where home. our last two bills where $64 and $88 respectively ,and that was before we became obsessive about it.well i wont bore you with this anymore. im pretty excited about the differance we made with no suffering whatsoever,just major changes in our habits. here is the link to my last project till i get home in 3 weeks.

    • bctruck,

      I’m still in the same state just in a better part of it. I should be moved in within a couple of months. I’m going to keep my old place and make it into a shooting range LOL. I can shoot safely into the hillside but all the noises should be interesting to those neighbors who’ve kept me up so many times late into the night with the rap “music” and ATV traffic. It’s sad when you live several hundred yards apart and they are still so loud. When I first moved out here it was great then they showed up…

      • a gun range! now thats a great idea! better yet,how bout an after hours gun range thats only open from midnight to six am.? well good luck with the move and im happy for you. if i was close to your area,id be over there with my pickup and my trailer and help you move.

      • Hunker-Down says:

        Start shooting at sunup. If you don’t have a machine-gun; bring firecrackers. They’ll think a whole platoon moved in next to them. How about some trip-wires just inside your property?
        Maybe your ex-neighbors will go to bed earlier. Not that you care anymore.

        • riverrider says:

          you know, i’m starting to see that preppers might have some pent up hostility issues:)

      • MD, you need to seriously consider using a Potato Gun with some of that pig pile. I know YOU get my drift and with a few rounds of fun-&-swine with that Potato Gun, those crappy neighbors would realize just how crappy some of that bad neighboring can become. lol

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      A few days ago, Brad, I watched all your vids. They are done very well and the how-to vids are great. You have a nice place.

      • wow,thanks lint! thats a nice thing to say. if i could do life all over,there is no way i would buy a house this size. i own the property across the street and im thinking of building a very small one bedroom house over there and selling this.i need to do it in the next two or three years because right now we dont have building codes or contractor requirements to build your own house on your own lot. plus ,,,,,,,,im getting older and doing that kind of work by myself is getting a little harder.

    • riverrider says:

      bc, hehehehe! man, i’d hate to see what you can do with a home made mortar! can you say “anti-aircraft artillery” 🙂

      • thanks again for the heads up on that. i charged 4 completly dead AA,s and put them in a little battery powered 6 inch flourecsent light i got at walmart. that light worked for 5 hours solid. with new rechargeables i think i could get 8 hours out of it.

  10. Auntie_Em says:

    MD..—wow. what a great location and scenery. In that area—you will also have plenty of annual precipitation in case you want to do any gardening. How long did it take for you to find this property? What were your search criteria?
    If I could sell my urban house—I would be buying buying rural property faster than you could say, “Prepper”. And it would be someplace where annual precip was conducive to gardening and raising critters (chickens, rabbits, goats.) Sigh…annual precip is a big deal when you live in the desert…
    What did I do to prep this week? Made “to do” lists and “still need to buy” lists. Downloaded/printed vital, useful info from the internet like what to do if there is a nuke situation…other preparedness info.etc.

    • Auntie_Em,

      Yes, the soil is much better than where I am now and the utilities are already in place but I’m not sure if I will be hooking up or not…

  11. Huckleberry says:

    Nice job on the property MD. It looks pretty secluded for five acres. We have ten acres, but can see our neighbors, more-so during the winter. Why only five acres though? I’ve found 50-60 acre plots selling for only 3x that. I dunno, I feel like we don’t have enough and our hope/plan/dream is to get 40-60 acres, the biggest reason being seclusion. The 10 acres we have now just doesn’t seem like enough to please us. Don’t get me wrong, we are happy and have one of the best neighbors in the world, but we’d love to be more secluded. Any thoughts on this?

    As far as prep, I’ve been trolling this site for a while. I’ve had several talks with the wife this week and have gotten her on board with setting aside money each week or month for preps/survival kits/etc. It’ll be a slow process, but we could probably survive on our property as it is for quite a while with what we have. Anyhow, I did order your TEOTWAWKI CD. That’s officially our first purchase towards it all. Of course, we already have ten chickens and a good size garden. I’m also getting a battery charger for our vehicles, mostly for our big truck that is seldom driven (but is the only thing that can go to the back part of our property or handle snow/towing). I feel that the charger will be useful as long as it’s not a bug-out situation. I’m also planning on getting a machete. It would be primarily for making trails to walk with the dogs on the back of our property. Any thoughts on a good machete? Does anyone view this as an essential item, maybe even for bugging out?

    I’ll leave it at that for now, don’t want to get too carried away. I appreciate the site and the community that seems to exist here. Congrats again on the property and very sorry to hear about your dog and the larceny. Good luck on the move.

    • Huckleberry, I don’t know how to link youtube, but they have a video demonstration of the Busse NMFBM ultimate machete that you might be interested in.

      • Somebody on here can’t remember who likes Cold Steel knives. They have an awesome 2 handed machete for only 30.00.

        • axelsteve says:

          I have a cold steel knife and I really like it. I like there products.I want to get a couple of more moras though. Steve

    • I did a fair amount of research in my equipment intensive prepping stage..winner: Cold Steel Kukri Machete. You can chop wood, etc besides trailblazing. It is of reasonable quality for the price.

      • Huckleberry says:


        Was there a particular model that you chose? Do you have the one or two-handed machete?


        Thanks for the info. The Busse is an awesome blade, but is a little out of my price range.

        • I highly recommend Cold Steel Products.
          there are three basic types of steel that they use, and variations on a few of those as well. Even the basic type of steel is much better than most other companies use. Their high end steel like the San Mai III is very hard to beat!
          My personal fav, are the Kukri’s, much safer to use than a small hatchet, and more versatile as well.
          Hatchets look nice but are dangerous especially in the winter.
          They have lots of machete types, pick the style you want, and use it for a very long time.
          I have been using blades since I was about 5 yrs old, learning about blades since I was about 12-13 yrs old, Cold Steel Ranks high in a lot of peoples books.

    • Huckleberry,

      I can see one off in the distance several hundred yards away if I look hard enough. One thing we need to keep in mind probably aren’t going to find the perfect place. In many cases we can only do the best we can and work with what we have.

      • Huckleberry says:

        I have to say, it looks like you made out as well as you could for only getting five acres. And I completely understand your thoughts. Our ten acres is in the country, but with a normal house and a big ol’ price tag. We had a plan to buy 40-60 acres at the end of the year, but I lost the opportunity I had for supplemental income. If it comes back, we’ll shoot for it again. We can survive here, but we’re not off the power grid. Maybe one day.

    • I have a couple Cold Steel Latin Machetes that me and my friends use to help clear fence lines of cactus.
      I got them off of amazon for about $20 each a few years ago. I would recommend using a grinder on them to sharpen them up because they come a little dull for me- not for most normal people though.

    • AZ rookie prepper says:

      Huckleberry, you’ll find that as you prep, all kinds of hand tools will find themselves on your list to obtain. Try to get the best you can afford as cheap tools give you what you pay for. Best of luck with your preps.

  12. Goldfinger says:

    Congratulations on the new property. Looks great!

    I bought a sample pack of long term storage soups from efoods. They look delicious, although I haven’t tested them yet. They come really well packed though.

    Then I heard from a security contractor in the middle east that recommended these Bridgford pouches. They are sort of like a tactical “hot pocket”, lol. The way he explains it was that when your blasting down the road at 100 mph in a caravan with one hand on your weapon and the other with a radio, its hard to make yourself a sandwich…he said they’ve tried everything but its always a mess, so they discovered this product, which can be ripped open, requires NO heating, and supposedly tastes pretty good and can be eaten 1 handed. I thought they would make a nice addition to my kit. At $4 a pop, its best to just buy a case, but I opted for a few of each to see which ones I liked best. I got a few of the bacon cheddar sandwich, the pepperoni sandwich, the Italian soy marinara sandwich, and the honey bbq chicken sandwich.

    I also got a CREE flashlight, which is sweet, for only $8 on ebay.

    And, I got a Radsticker, a personal radiation detector. Some sites sell them for as much as $25. I got mine for only $3 on Amazon. The situation in Japan prompted that purchase..

  13. MD, maybe its about time you build a Cabin or some other kind of house on your new property. my mind would have cracked from the space confinements and temperature extremes you face. nice looking property. does the new property have better soil conditions compared to the old and good water source? are you going to try and sell the old?

    • jwall,

      I’m thinking about a 16 X 18 with a sleeping loft. Soil is better and it has bigger trees.

      • Consider 16 x 16 or 16 x 20. You may make fewer cuts out of 4 x 8 material and framing construction should go faster.

        • Judy,
          I’m impressed that a woman knows enough about framing and construction to understand the efficiencies of using standard dimension lumber. Not meant as a slam to all women, but it’s just my experience that many women neither know nor care about such things.
          Very impressive & cool

          • Sheri (IN) says:

            OP – I gutted and remodeled my house by myself and my favorite reply to people when I talk about doing electrical is from Mr. Mom…”220, 221, whatever it takes.” I love seeing their reaction!
            I’m with you Judy. Everything I build I base it on a 4×8 piece of plywood. Keep it simple…
            As far as preps, it’s been a slow week. Traveled to the West coast and I just got back today. Sleep pattern all screwed up. Woke up at 3 am every day…that would be 6 am EST which is when I wake up for work. That damn time change kicked my ass!
            I did add a portable charcoal grill, and a Rock River AR 15 with 2 30 round clips and about 250 rounds of ammo.
            And I delivered my sports car to its new owner 🙂
            Found out while I was out of town that my son will be getting some athletic scholarship $$ next year. Every little bit helps. With that and the car getting sold, I want to add some bigger items to my list. Working on the list this week.

            Nice layout MD. Bad neighbors suck! Been there, done that.

            Everyone stay safe and alert!

            • Repair Mama says:

              GO GIRLS!! I love to see women that can do their own work. Using these dimensions makes very little waste!! cost too much to waste.
              The trusses should be cheaper when smaller too. I was looking into truss prices and sizes a few years ago when we were planning an addition to the shop, and a few feet can make a BIG differance on price.

            • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

              Did you drive down into California like you had thought about doing? If so, what did you see? The extreme northern end of California is quite beautiful.

            • Sheri,
              Folks like you and Judy make me smile. Now if I could only get my wife to do the same. She’s a great gal, and can follow directions pretty well when I need help, but just doesn’t have that woodworking gene.
              Rock River BTW makes a fine firearm, congratulations on your acquisition; however, the instructor in me has to remind you that they are 30 round magazines, not clips. It’s a common Hollywood driven mistake.

            • sheri (IN) says:

              Lint / OP – I don’t have the reply option to either of your posts, so I replied to my own….
              Lint – I didn’t have the time to go down south. We ended up at the far western coast. What a view! My son’s schedule was pretty tight. He did good by the way. He ended up 9th…considering a lot of these kids would be going on to the Olympic tryouts, we were pretty happy.
              OP – I apologize for the rookie mistake on the “magazine”. Believe me it has nothing to do with Hollywood…not a big fan 🙂
              That’s why I come here. I’m always learning. Keep me straight 😀

            • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

              Sheri, congrats to your son for finishing that well! Glad you got to see the coast. Next time come on down to CA, it really is a beautiful state if you avoid the urban areas.

      • blindshooter says:

        In my old age I’ve decided no more stairs for me. When I get away from the house I’m in now that’s the one thing that will be avoided. I like the idea of more house under the same size roof but climbing steps when you are old or get a hurt leg sucks. If I ever get a chance to build again it will be on a slab and maybe even handicap friendly or a design that can be converted easily. Masonry walls and metal roof, well close or even under the slab. Sorry, I get carried away dreaming.

  14. Nice property and congrats. I didn’t do much this week. I bought a couple of baseball bats one small metal one and a wooden one 1.99 each, a caged light extension cord thing, a glass pitcher ($3.99) for tea or lemonade (plastics are known carigens) and another glass chopping jar ($1.99). I bought a few more books studying the fall of rome what would it have looked like if hitler one, and the rise and fall of empires throughout history. Kids make it really hard to read

    My biggest prep this week would be buying powder milk and making chocolate powdered milk for the kids and getting all 3 kids to drink it. My pickiest child says she likes it alot. My normally non-picky child doesn’t like it if he sees me make it but does like it after it is cooled and served in shot glasses (I got to rinse their mouths out with water)

    Good luck with your new property. It was time for you to upgrade anyway 🙂

  15. rob in Ontario says:

    Congrats MD— I think you should hold a moving away party and like Hank Jr says` ìnvite all your rowdy freinds over“ I agree with someone above said about getting your new shelter done soon my cottage is on a concrete floating slap – and four walls nice little place allows you to move around and not blow over in the wind — this week I picked up my Mossberg 500 persauder– in matt black – 9 shot — thats all for this week

  16. First Congrats M.D. on your new land.

    Prepwise, it was a good week overall, the local stores had some great loss leaders, so picked up a dozen jars of Peanut butter, A dozen Jugs of bleach, a Dozen Jugs of laundry Soap, and A dozen bottles of Dawn dish soap. They had case lots of 48 battery’s on for an amazing by, so got two cases of all sizes, Got a second hand crank am/fm with flashlight set. I got some extra’s to add to the medical box from Walmart today and then found shirts on for a dollar, so got all four of them.

    On the farm front, Barb Wire on sale, so picked up two more thousand foot rolls, got a new book on how to prune, well anything you can prune in the garden., picked up a couple extra wet stones, a couple dozen seed packets as they went on sale at half price on things I know are good for a couple years if sealed up proper.

    Been a busy week in the garden, been canning and drying different things that are ready but the heavy one has been the strawberries, and the elderflowers, saw the lowest gas prices we have seen in close to year in our area, on the other hand am in shock of the rising costs of canning products, everything has gone up between 50% to 200 % compared to the same things bought last year.

    Wishing everyone a great weekend!

    • farmgal,

      Thanks a bunch…

    • riverrider says:

      farmgal, i’ve been reading on some blogs that bleach fades and turns to water after six months or so. not sure how accurrate the info is but you might want to look into it b4 you stock too much. they say store dry chlorine pool shock. not familiar with that at all. just a heads up to you. take care.

      • Hi RiverRider

        Thanks for the heads up, I will do some research into it, I use alot! of it around the farm and house, so I rotate it though fairly fast, but when I was in the artic, I would bring in a year’s supply at a time and never had issues with it going off in that time frame of a year to year an half but never kept it longer then that without working though it. I will look into the Dry Chlorine as well.. Thanks Again.

        • Prepared bottled bleach does fade over time and the time is influenced the same as most foods. Heat and light are the enemies, so if it is stored in a cool and dark place it will last longer. Most bleach comes in opaque plastic bottles, but when I was much younger it came in dark brown glass bottles, for the same reason good beer does. Light and heat are the enemies. Long term however, making your own with powdered calcium hypochlorite is a more reliable method.

      • I’ve heard store dry calcium hypochlorite bleach – I’ve heard it was what pool shock was made of but that is not the case.

        25 pounds is supposedly just $100 and it will make hundreds of thousands of gallons of water. And it takes way less storage space than bottled bleach.

        It’s on my list of prep items to store but storing it is very tricky – it can ruin food & corrode metal items.

        riverrider. Bleach does “fade” over time but I think it takes a few years.

        • Kate in GA says:

          Try going to the grocery store and ask for their used plastic buckets. (I get mine from Publix’s here in GA.) Plastic bucket and plastic top with a rubber seal. If the thing wears out – go back to the store and ask for a new one!

          I have one now that is waiting for me to buy the dry bleach. I can’t seem to find only calcium hypochlorite bleach. Everything I see has extra fillers in it. I have tried every pool/spa store in my area.

          GA Mom or anyone, is there a source for this stuff that I am missing? Thank you in advance for the help!

      • Twigenberry (Eastern Iowa) says:

        Here are a couple of web sites that might answer questions about bleach and pool shock.

        This article talks about the shelf life of bleach.

        This link is to the EPA page about methods of water disinfection during an emergency. Calcium hypochlorite, the active ingredient in pool shock, is listed under chemical treatments.

        If my understanding is correct on the use of pool shock for making a stock chlorine solution, the calcium hypochlorite has to be the only active ingredient listed on the package. The other ingredients are inert binders to keep the product in granule form. If I am wrong in my understandings, interpretations of information, or information, please feel free to correct and inform me.

    • Another powdered disinfectant/bleach is known as sodium dichloroisocyanurate dihydrate. It’s one of the compounds in the product I use to disinfect dairy equipment. It’s also used to disinfect water in 3rd world countries and the residual sodium cyanurate has been somewhat tested. Decide for yourself. Here are a few links to research this compound further:



  17. Replaced the hand pump water filter in the b.o.b. with a lighter and smaller $10 straw type filter that is good for 50 gallons.
    Removed a towel and a pair of jeans trying to make it a bit lighter.

    Learning more about container gardening. I have some that are mostly filled with a peat dirt mixture with more dirt than peat. With all the rains they are not doing too well. However, I have a couple that I filled with only peat (ran out of the dirt mix while filling them up) and they are doing great as they don’t retain much moisture. So I think a mix of soils is good to have, next year if there is no rain the results will likely be the opposite.

    I would expect to see some type of shotgun shack built instead of a trailer, did you see the video about the family who had one built, about 320 sq. ft. with a shed type unit next to it for their home business.

    I would probably prefer ~600 to 1000 sq. ft. myself, but the most attractive part, it was cheaper than buying a mobile home, a new one anyway.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Clark, I’m curious about your straw-type water filter. Will it remove cysts down to 1 micron in size? It might remove the particulates, but will it remove the protozoan & bacterium cysts? Those things are what can make a person mighty sick from water that appears clean.

  18. axelsteve says:

    M.D. You may want to reconsider the trailer.It may be time and resources efficent ti just have someone haul it away.Those people generaly specialize in scrapping trailers.I would just insist that they hual it off and not scrap it on your property. Steve

  19. blindshooter says:

    Hope your move goes well, I’m spending most of my free time getting ready to go myself. I found out last night it will be at least a couple more months before it all starts to happen. Looking forward to it and dreading it at the same time.

    I did find some of the stretch bandages and some cleaning supplies at a discount store. I buy most of my clothes at goodwill and lately its getting harder to find things that fit me and are not worn thin, I guess more people are poor and not donating as much plus more customers competing for less. I will have to break down and shop for clothes in big box stores as bad as I hate it. Like BCTRUCK I put a small window AC in the bed room and turn the whole house unit up to 90 during the week since I’m gone most of the day working anyway. Just turn on the window unit when I go to bed, it pulls less than five amps and cools the small room easily. I hope it saves some on the power bill.

    We had some nasty storms just miss this week, trees on houses and chicken houses destroyed just a couple miles down the road so I went and helped some neighbors clean up a while this morning, what a hot nasty mess! Now my back is killing me, maybe I’ll take it easy this afternoon. I need to research safes, the place I’m going to won’t have the built in hiding spot my current place has. Anybody have advice? My friends tell me the one thing they did wrong was not buying one big enough.

    Hope everyone had a good week!

    • blindshooter,

      Good luck my friend – looks like we both have a lot of work ahead of us.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Your friends are right – get a bigger safe than you originally planned for. Make sure you spend the money necessary to get a good quality safe. A cheap one is like no safe at all. I like the Browning safes, but there are other good ones available. I suggest you look at the bottom of any safe you are considering before making a purchase. The bottom of the safe is usually the most vulnerable to break-ins. And the door should be at least an inch thick steel, with at least 4 deadbolts going into the frame.

    • AZ rookie prepper says:

      blindshooter, I would agree with Lintpicker, bigger is better on the safe. Can use the extra space for important documents, cash, coins, silver/gold, ammo, weapon mags, etc.

      • I agree, but a word of caution. Filling a large safe with guns, ammo, precious (heavy) metals is a double edged sword. The heavier the safe and it’s contents, the harder it is to move it (as in steal it); however make sure that the floor is reinforced well enough to support the load, or you may have the safe relocate itself to a lower floor, all by itself. Once you have a “safe” place to put things, you’ll be amazed at how much you’ll deem valuable enough to be placed into the safe.

        • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

          Quite true, OP, the floor must be considered. My house is built on a concrete slab, so weight was not a big concern for me. However, it should be a concern for anybody living in a mobile home, an upstates apartment, or a home on a traditional perimeter foundation. If any of these apply, then getting two smaller safes would be a better bet.

          • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

            Um, that should say, “….an upSTAIRS apartment….” DUH!!!

          • axelsteve says:

            If you have a house with a perimeter foundation all you need to do is put a extra joist or 2 where you plan on putting the safe or box in the area with some wood blocking for the floor to handle the weight. That is what they used to do for pianos and stuff. Steve

            • This works well for simple heavy things like pianos; but, a safe is potentially another issue. Blocking the floor to hold a 1000 pound piano or a 1000 pound safe works OK, but then when you fill the safe with another 1000 pounds of guns, ammo, and other gear you have a potential issue. Another simple way I’ve seen this done is to expand on axelsteves suggestion, is building a platform (essentially another floor) to spread the weight out over a large area of the room. A 6’ x 6’ platform made from 2×6’s spaced on 12” centers with blocking between the “joists” will spread the 6 square feet or so of a safe over an area of 36 square feet, and bring more underlying floor joists into the support picture.

        • AZ rookie prepper says:

          OP, I too agree, floor must be considered. I also live in a house with a concrete slab floor, so never considered “where” blindshooter might be putting his safe. Good catch.

        • blindshooter says:

          Pretty sure it will be on cement, the house is old and low so I don’t want to crawl under it unless I have to. The maker I’m checking out now will do custom mods like number and size of holes for lag bolts, interior layout etc. I will have an alarm and it will have it’s own zone so I can leave it on even it the rest of the system is not. Might even build a separate system just for it alone, I’m handy with things like that. I did see one safe that’s built round and they make it look like a hot water heater even pipes connecting it to the wall, thought that was a neat way to hide one.

  20. charlie says:

    Looks like a fine place M.D. Congrats! How far is it from your current location?

    Re-using parts of the old mobile home is a good idea but if you decide against it you need to know that scrap metal is sky high right now.
    #1 steel is bringing around $.14 a pound in this area.

  21. Hi everyone! Finally, a weekend I can sit and read instead of catching up on chores.

    M.D. – THEY SHOT YOUR DOG!!?? Is s/he ok? WTF? And they still have their body parts attached in the appropriate places? Sheesh. Congrats on the new place. It looks gorgeous.

    What I did for prep this week. Well, actually, I started 2 weeks ago. We’ve lived in this house for 15 years. You would not BELIEVE the loose change we have around here. I’ve been gathering it up every time I go to the grocery store and shoving it thru one of those coin machines. Guess what. Two weeks, $500. That’s not even half the coins we’ve got. It’s in the safe, which was the very first prepping buy I made. Probably sounds silly, but believe me, the idea of having $1000-$1500 (or more) in cash in a safe place we can just grab in a hurry is a load off my mind.

    I would appreciate some guidance from the crew here. I would like to get s PORTABLE, lightweight sewing machine, preferably battery-operated. I just want something for small jobs. Surprisingly, such things are actually available. I found this one for example:


    Does anyone have any experience with these or recommendations?

  22. Atwood’s has the half gallon jars that use the wide mouth lids for $12.99 for 6 of them. I picked up several to “put up” my new herbs and teas. I ordered more mylar bags and oxygen absorbers from the LDS warehouse to hold the pasta that I keep buying at Wally World while it is still $1 a pound. I had not been out to check on my tomatoes for several days for various reasons and was very upset to see that they had melted in this awful heat we have been having. It took several minutes for me to realize that those were the roma tomatoes that I had planted. Thank goodness Insanity Is Only A State Of Mind.

  23. Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

    MD, congrats on the new property. I hope you find peace and tranquility there.

    There was a minor earthquake here last night, which made me realize I need to find a way to secure my tall pieces of furniture to the walls – like the bookcases and the display cabinet. Also, I need to install some childproof latches on the kitchen cupboards so all my food preps don’t fall out if the shaker exceeds about 6.0 on the Richter Scale. It’s not like I’ve never experienced an earthquake before, I have felt lots of them – some pretty big ones – but I guess I never really thought about how much I could lose now that I’ve got all my food stored away. So, this afternoon I’ll be working on the latches for the cabinets so they can’t fly open in a quake.

    Ordered 2 cases of Kirk’s Original hand soap – that’s a total of 96 bars of soap. Found out the price will be going up in August, so wanted to have plenty on hand. This is the only hand soap that doesn’t smell like a whore house in December (not that I would know).

    Tomato plants and zucchini plants are growing like weeds – that’s a good thing. They have a few blossoms, but no fruit yet. I guess I am too impatient because I can’t wait to eat a sun-ripened ‘mater right from my own plant.

    Last year I bought a cap light on the spur of the moment. When it arrived in the mail, I didn’t really know what I would do with it or why I bought it – sometimes I buy things and don’t have an immediate use for them. Anyhow, this light fits onto the wide mouth Nalgene bottles that I have. It screws on like a regular cap, but it has a 4-LED solar-charged light in it with an on/off switch. The purpose of the cap is to provide light where ever you have your Nalgene bottle, sort of like a portable, rechargeable night light. Well, my Nalgene bottles are colored – one is green and one is orange, so the light was cool looking, but not very useful. Found out the cap will fit (sort of) on a pickle relish jar I saved. Now the cap and the jar act as my nightlight – it’s very useful now. The light stays lit for several hours on one over-night charge. I put the jar & cap in the windowsill during the day, and use it as my bedside lamp at night. It saves energy and money. I can’t read a book with it, but it’s good for reading my notebook or for seeing where I’m going in the house after dark. It’s like a modern candlestick. Innovation, friends, is a beautiful thing.

    Happy prepping to all. God bless America.

    • Vienna (Soggy prepper!) says:

      Pffft! Bought soap! After the incredibly EASY recipe for cold pressed goat milk soap last week!?! LoL Altho with all my soap conditioning down stairs in the “man cave” my husband has mentioned something similar about all the smells! I think it smells pretty. 🙂

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        Vienna (soggie prepper), I was thinking about that soap recipe of yours (with additions from LynnS) as I was filling out the Kirk’s order form. Sorry, but I just can’t be spending all that time making soap when I need time to sharpen my knives or go to town to buy another flashlight. You gotta get your priorities straight, right??? 🙂

    • i hope this isnt to crude,however ive heard from a guy that knows a guy,that a whorehouse in december is alot better smelling than said house of ill repute in august! im just saying,,,,,,,,,,,or in yankee talk,,,,,,”fuggettabowtit”

  24. MD – Congrats on your new land and future home — you took a negative situation and made a positive outcome for yourself. You can never have too much land!

    For the most part, food and security are the continued focus around here. I’m hearing and reading more about crime and theft across the US and wonder if others see an escalation in the crime rate (or if it’s news sensationalism).

    The never ending weeding has resumed after another week of rain. Tomato, cucumber, potatoes, and squash are looking very good so far. We mulched most of Garden #2 (where the paste tomatoes, broccoli, and most green beans are). Planted the last of the celery in a semi-shaded area, hoping for late summer fresh celery. Harvesting garlic now, depending on the variety. Modified deer fencing is working so far.

    Rotated 10 pounds macaroni out of storage and into kitchen pantry as it was time to replenish. Then I froze 3 large casserole dishes of macaroni & cheese for easy summer meals. Finished making a nice Feta cheese round (for fresh eating). Made whipped butter, ice cream, Chevre. Vacuum sealed several more meals prepared in bags ahead of time.

    Foraged bushels of chickweed, sorrel, and purslane but it’s not like I had to look for it since it grows well alongside the garden veggies. Harvesting eggs, milk, garlic, onions, Chinese cabbage, Chard, lettuce, snow peas (new), kale (volunteer plants), and a number of herbs for seasonings. I am working up a new ‘concoction’ of herbs and oils as a mosquito/fly repellant.

    Going to learn more about fermenting foods. We have 5 large crocks and I tested them all for lead (all are safe). I figure it’s time to learn more about all ways of food preservation.

    Got a Tamworth piglet to fatten. Named her “Michelle”. If we’re good to her, maybe she’ll get as big as the other Michelle….

    Inflation shock hit us: We learned the 16-foot metal panels jumped up 90% in price since April and since we couldn’t believe it, asked for a price check. Now, at $50/panel, we won’t buy any more to have on hand — we’ll get wire and DIY fencing.

    No shopping this week but I have a running list of items to buy, including more pectin, canning lids, and cases of canning jars just to have on hand. I sure hope Farmgal’s prices are only up where she is, not here.

    Still researching solar motion detector lights. Still accessing online info to print and add to binders. In fact, I found several more articles here!

    Discovered a BBC series on YouTube called “Victorian Farm” posted by zodiacza. Anyone interested in farming and home-based life in the late 1800s might want to check the series out. Here’s the first one:
    (There’s another series called “Edwardian Farm” too. )

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Your comment about Michelle is just too funny. Laughed my rear off, well not really, but you know what I mean.

      • yep, i had to laugh at that one. hope if you get a male you name him “barry”. to funny!!!

        • BC, I’ve been wanting a jackass for quite some time. Got the name picked out, of course: “Barry”.

          Don’t doubt me on this….our Golden that died was “Effin”. Should have heard the whoop-ups at the vets calling out his name. 🙂

          • i can hear the vet now,,,, lynn sure has a nice effin dog! yupper,that could make for alot of funny innuendos.i saw effin on your blog by the way. what a pretty golden. a very happy face. i dont get people sometimes but anyone who doesnt believe that dogs have expressions havent been watching. i subbed your blog.. nice place. i miss my joe. a world champion show dog (dog pound special of questionable lineage) we had him 14 years,

            • Thanks, Brad. I know you and others here ‘get it’. Lots of dog people on here — where would we be without that unconditional devotion of our dogs? Yeah, he was the dog of my lifetime and earned his FN-name from attitude, tricks, and just general nonsense. lol Our other Golden is somewhat depressed without his best buddy and we’ll probably get another dog sooner than we are emotionally ready for one because we have to consider our other dog’s needs, too. Gonna check the SPCA and rescue sites for the next one.

          • rob in Ontario says:

            Lynn sorry about your dog- I have 2 goldens here— I too got a pup (Guinness) only 2 days after having to put Molson my male down — Brandy is Molsons daughter — she has since come around but has never been the same –I’m so glad all are so different personalitlies

            • Vienna (Soggy prepper!) says:

              We had to put my black lab down 2 mondays ago. Very difficult. I understand about the “left behind” dog tho. We still have her son, big yellow lab 7 yrs, I honestly believe he’s depressed. We’re getting a German Shepherd baby tho in 2 more weeks. Prepping is slow because of the cost of the new pup. Yes from a breeder, apologies to all those that get upset I’m not getting it from a shelter. (our cats were strays, we do our small part). Hubby said with a Shepherd he’d prefer the breeding to be pure. Dunno how much that actually matters, I believe the training is the key. I can’t replace my girl, but we’ve discovered we are definitely a two dog household. Kids say I just need something else to boss around… 🙂

            • Thanks for the condolences, Rob in Ontario. You’ve got yourself a wonderful naming convention going at your place. Aren’t Goldens a great breed? But even outside of the breed, dogs really have their own personalities. Cats, too, despite that quasi indifferent way they have. Always love the George Carlin bit on dogs and cats. heh heh

          • Mominem says:

            LynnS, we have a cat named Beer. My husband went to the vet to pick her up after a surgery. The announcement was “We need Beer at the front desk, please”. Everyone burst out laughing! My DH just hung his head.

            • Vienna, It’s sad to hear what you had to go through, having to choose that with an outdoor cat about 20 years ago. I’m sorry for your loss. We are considering a Shepherd so I’ll be anxious to hear of your experiences. Getting a dog that has the breeding for guarding is an excellent preparation tactic. Maybe you’re not adding food to storage, but you’re ratcheting up security.

              We have looked into rescue dogs but have been very turned off by the extreme qualification process. I have no interest in providing strangers with personal “references”. As to whether or not I can care for an animal, I feel they should pay for a background check if they so desire one. Til they make that precise commitment, they should back off and be grateful for applicants who want to ‘rescue’ a dog. Like you, we’ll go to a breeder or try the SPCA which isn’t so rigid.

              Pls keep us up to date with your new dog.

    • Please drop a note on the canning supplies, I would like to know if its my area or everywhere. Had a chuckle on the piglet name, my current one is Miss Piggy.

      Are you drying your pigweed? or eating it fresh?

      • Farmgal, will do. I haven’t checked the stores for about a month but saw that they upped the case prices by about 8% in mid-Spring. I was buying cases all Winter and we have extra, but I’m willing to stock more. Better to buy what we need instead of letting the government absorb our dollars through inflationary destruction.

        Doncha love those Muppets? Today I taught my 4 year old granddaughter how to snort like a piggy. She was quite taken by Michelle. Told her it was named after Michelle Obama and she knows our sentiments so when Daddy came to get her, he heard the full story about how we don’t like Obama. Like he didn’t know. lol

        I’ve dried some foraged greens, but mostly they’re eaten fresh either in a casserole, salad, or stir fry. And we share with the critters around here.

      • Repair Mama says:

        I purchase canning jars at 2 different locations here, and they are 9.99 for quarts, 8.99 pints, and 7.99 for the little jelly jars. When I purchased the first batch for this year, I thought i was gonna pass out! I hope they dont go up more. I am also interested in seeing if this is just in our area.

        • AZ Rookie Prepper says:

          Repair Mama, those canning jar prices look about average for around southern Arizona too.

        • Candy in Nebraska says:

          Quart jars here are $8.50
          Pints $7.50
          Jellly jars 6.99

    • Hunker-Down says:

      Try fermenting potatoes, the Russians do it all the time.

    • lynns ,when you decide on a solar light would you pm me at my channel? thats my next electricity saving move, to replace my outside security lights with something solar.im leaving for my 3 weeks tommorrow and wont have much time to surf for info on them. if youd share what you learn i would be most greatful.Brad

      • Will do, Brad. Read your post on cutting back on The Juice. Last year, we added a timer to our hot water tank and immediately saw savings. It was remarkable! We only turn the tank on for a few hours a day but since the tank holds so much water, we have never run out of hot water.

        • Repair Mama says:

          Another idea is the Tankless water heater, I have purchased an electric model for the shop. You only use electric for it when the hot water tap is open and you are not paying electric for just heating 40 gal tank when you are not using it. The only drawback I can see on a prepper standpoint is not having 40 gals of water stored in the tank. Maybe install the tankless heater and leave the traditional water heater in place and have the tankless water heater feed out of the water tank so you will still have the water stored. just turn the power off of the traditional tank.
          I am happy with mine.

          • You’re right, Repair Mama, and had we not purchased a new hot water tank just 2 years before we unplugged quite a bit, we would have considered doing that. I think another advantage to having tankless hot water has to do with the problems with hard water deposits on the core element.

  25. Congrats on your new property MD! We joined you this week. We (along with 2 more folks) bought a nice 32 acre piece about 1 hour from any decent sized town and about 2 1/2 hours from a medium sized town.

    It has a working well, septic, (old mobile home removed a few years ago), 2 spring fed stocked ponds, 1/3 woods, 2/3 pasture, persimmon & plum trees and it does have an old rickety barn. We found abundant supplies of fat lighter out there today. Our teenage son is considering gathering it & selling it. Also while out there today we saw 4 deer.

    Other than buying land, our preps this week included: Crisco, olive oil, beenie weenies, tang, gum (gotta have fresh breath), 2 jars pickles, 8 cans mandarin oranges, 8 bottles shampoo and I ordered 1000 feet of paracord and a paracord bracelet for my daughters bug out bag.

    My Mom bought each of our family members something pretty cool. They are called Quick Cooler Cooling Neck Wraps. You soak them in water for 5 minutes, they swell up & stay pretty cool (not a/c cool, but still cool) for about 24 hours.

    Have a great week everyone!!!

    • We are thinking about putting FEMA trailor on the land. You can get them here in the South for song. Anyone have any experience with those?

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        Most of the FEMA trailers I see for sale on the government website are pieces of crap. The former occupants trash them. Be very careful when you buy one, make sure the wiring is still intact and all the appliances work.

        • i second that! i went and looked at several. i was apalled at the way the people who where occupants and caretakers, completely trashed them. water damage on the floor was a common problem in the ones i looked at. for the same amount of money you could buy a well built older travel trailer and not have the headaches.

      • riverrider says:

        ditto to what lint said. knew a guy that got a job repairing them when they first collected them up and brought about 3000 to ft. pickett. he quit because they were so nasty they had to wear hazmat suit to clean them. the pest control guys on base said they were infested w/ bugs and some super termites. they were working like crazy to make sure none of them got out into the local populations. some tho were never even lived in. the dealers get the best ones tho. they might be paying folks off to let them know or something. i know i looked at one that looked unused and they told me it wasn’t ready for sale yet. rode by in a couple days and it was gone. for my money, id buy one used local and check it out well. just my 2 cent, taxes got the rest.

      • We bought a FEMA handicap trailer for our teenage daughters to live in next to our 5th wheel. Just be sure to walk all around, look in every nook and cranny, make sure the floor is solid, check the ceiling, look all along the floor for water damage, check every appliance. We like ours but we have had to replace nearly every appliance except the stove. The freezer works but the fridge lets food get moldy. Just check them over well, there are some nice ones out there. Dont let anyone tell you they are about out because every Tom Dick and Harry have them for sale here in south Texas.
        Do your home work, check them over well, dont take the salemans word for anything and you will do fine.

        • Oh and make sure if it has a slide that it works properly. We had to find another unit because when they replaced the floor they messed it up so the slide wouldnt go in and out. The one we got is better because you crank it out instead of shoving it.

          I forgot to mention also that hubby and I started taking our iodine. What with Nebraska, Fukushima and all. I did a test on my arm and I was deficient in it anyway, so I needed to begin taking it. I thought it would taste nasty but we just put 3 drops in a small glass of water and chug it, no big deal.
          This week we are taking it once a day, Monday we will go to twice a day. It takes three months sometimes to get saturated so I figured we better get started.
          Now if I can get the teenagers who are invincible to take theirs.

        • hi debbieo. when you say south texas, do you mean corpus ,san antonio,victoria?or rio grande ,mcallen brownsville, laredo, dell rio, eagle pass, south texas? Brad

      • Thanks for the advice everyone. We need it for an occasional weekend fun trip to the land or a shtf retreat emergency site.

        We will definitely look at them closely if we buy – I knew we’d be replacing the appliances. Couldn’t see re-using them – ick. We would also replace the mattresses – double ick.

        It’s is a shame that the folks who took the free trailers (from us the taxpayers) trashed them. That is sickening and frankly disrespectful to those of us who had to pay taxes to pay for them.

        What has America become? The land of the Entitled & Selfish?

      • FEMA has records of their trailer’s have been assigned. Any disaster victim getting assistance with a FEMA trailer is tracked and records are kept. Getting FEMA to divulge the info may be problematic but like a vehicle, the trailer whereabouts/assignment is tracked and a maintenance record could be obtained. Don’t let them tell you they don’t keep track. They do.

        I would be mostly concerned with electrical wiring, the composition wood hidden behind the decorative facades, and ANY past exposure to water since it would create mold. Remember trailers have not only created major health issues due to the excessive toxicity with formaldehyde, but with molds.

        Hope this helps….

  26. Well I cheated and waited till today to do prep shopping. Hope it still counts. My daughter had heard that the grain for pasta was going to be almost nil so if you want pasta’s better get at it.
    So guess what, I went on a pasta run.
    The regular grocery had one brand for $.79 a 1lb bag.
    2 elbow
    2 spagetti
    2 shell
    they had another brand on sale for $.99 cents so even though it was 12oz got 6 egg noodles. (4.5 lbs all total)
    2—1lb bags of macaroni salad roni’s, they were not on sale.
    Well got a few other things brown and confectionary sugar. Stood and handled some plastic bags of C&H sugar. amazed that now their sugar is in 4lb’r’s.
    got more paper plates and kitchen matches and another box of salt.
    Well that is about it not much but glad I got it. Will try to do better next time.
    Congrats on the land. Do indeed hope it turns out to be a piece of heaven on earth.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      I was watching a business report a few days ago and a CEO for some big food company was saying the same thing – wheat is going to be much higher in price due to shortages around the world. Stock up now, while you can.

      • riverrider says:

        lint, the american farm report said just the opposite this a.m. they are worried it’ll drop the prices. all the floods tho, you’d think it would be shortages of everything grain related. they said next year might be bad because some of the prep for the winter wheat crops is held up by the floods. hard to know what to think. i don’t worry too much about it. i do the beans and rice thing n call it done.

        • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

          Yeah, the reports are often contradictory. I figure somebody somewherer (Washington,DC!) doesn’t want us to know the truth. Like you, I’m more into the rice and beans than the wheat. I bought some wheat earlier this month, but just to have on hand – I’ll eat rice over bread any day.

          • Well I love meat, tater’s, bread, and lots of beans. Not necessarily in that order. I am not a rice nor noodle fan. But when it comes to being hungry they will do the trick. Besides I don’t own a pair of leather boots to boil.
            As far as those reports go doesn’t matter. Food is going to go up no matter what. So hedge your bets now.
            And due to the flooding there is going to be a lot of stuff that is going to be in short supply and/or more costly.
            It’s seems when you are out shopping that the prices have gone up only pennies, but pennies turn into nickels, then dimes, till it is dollars.
            Last year at this time I was still able to buy what was needed for the week or two weeks and my allotted preps. Now when I go to the store I buy my preps as the main purchases and food for a few meals that don’t need my preps.
            Boy how things have changed.

            • One new thing I noticed they cut the size on. As I was getting ready to make sloppy joes I saw they cut the can of tomato paste to 6oz. May not be in all brands so I will have to check next time.

          • riverrider says:

            you know, now that i think about it, they pulled that crap last year and we bought into it hook line and sinker. everybody scrambled to stock up, at higher prices. they are wagging the dog as they say.

      • It is better to use the old noodle and figure that, if farmland is flooded from the NW to the SW and some areas in between that there will eventually be shortages of everything. One must take into consideration where they live and what crops are grown there -and can grow there. I live in Alaska, and so there will be no wheat growing or rice growing. Beans, maybe -if it is a good summer. However, really good summers are in short supply lately. I’ve stocked up rice, flour, and beans and canned meats like tuna, chicken, turkey, etc. Also canned chili and ravioliu which kinda have meat in them. Here, SPAM at Costco is $17.99 for 6 cans! And I noticed on Friday that now they are placing the SPAM on the main aisle endcaps. Lots of folks must be prepping big time. Yes, we can hunt for moose and caribou and even bear, but hunting seasons are short and regulations are cumbersome and very strict. So buy while you still have cash, and buy what is not available in your part of the country.

        • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

          Good advice, anon. Buy what you can’t get locally and then learn to grow what you can grow in your area.

        • Repair Mama says:

          I saw a report in the Fox News about Durham Wheat (pasta makings) and they said that the crop had flooded. Pasta is gonna go up, Sooooo this may be a thing to pick up while we can still get it for about $1 lb. I agree with Anon,
          if we stock up now, we will have to worry less about that particular staple. I’m gonna get much more and then call it done. My local grocery has spaghetti for .89 per box 1lb, and elbow mac for 1.49 for 2lb box. guess it is time to do some more shopping.

  27. md-congrats on the new property. it is a great feeling to feel secure on your own property. we are finally closing on our home in florida. it’s been on the market for a year. the garden had a second breath of wind with the last rain we had so hopefully we will be able to continue canning veggies.
    i agree with sharon, if anyone ever hurt any of my cats, dogs, deer etc. it would be world war 3.

    • pam s, did you get to the festival in emerson? i live down near minden.

      • no, i did not get to go but, i really wanted to. how was it? i go through minden when i go back to florida. i have a twin sister that lives in pensacola so i go down to visit several times a year. have a good weekend.

        • i wasnt able to go eather. i had to return to work a couple days earlier than expected and i had to drop everything and get my truck loaded back up with clothes and food for me and the doggies.

        • next tme you go to fla,im sure you go to jackson,down 49 to hattiesburg,98 to mobile.right?well before the ala line is a town in miss called lucedale.on the left headed east on 98 is a BP truckstop. they make the biggest,juiciest burgers,made with love by an old black lady that calls every body baby or hon. i love that place.in my travels of over 33 years in every town in every state ,there is not a better or bigger burger. dammit!!!!! i drooled on myself!

          • That drooling comment cracked me up. I think you should consider writing about your travels across the country .

          • bctruck—i go through lucedale before i get to mobile. i’ll have to look for the BP. i’m planning on going back for a visit at the end of summer so i’ll be sure and stop for a burger. my sister is about 15 min from the beach. it usually takes me about 7 hours to drive, so lucedale would be a good stopover for a bite to eat. thank you for the idea.

            • Hi Pam, If you turn onto Highway 63 south just past Lucedale, you can go straight down 4 lanes to Interstate 10 and not have to deal with Mobile traffic and Highway 65S in Mobile.

            • nancy– thanks for the info. i think i would rather wash windows for an entire month than drive through mobile. i tend to drive at night and have gotten lost trying to get out of downtown mobile.

  28. blindshooter says:

    Lint, the corn is drying up here but the wheat crop came off great. My neighbors said the wheat sold better than it has in a long time. Most are saying the corn won’t make enough to pay the harvest costs.

    Everything is higher because our money is worth a lot less. I think it will get a lot worse sooner than most think.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Blindshooter, I had heard earlier in the year that the cost of corn will be going up due to demand, including ethanol. But it was this month I heard about the wheat prices increasing. I do agree, the value of the dollar is going down so everything will necessarily have to go up in price.

      I was at the local hardware store today and an 18-count box of SOS pads that was $2.99 in March is now $4.19 at the same store. Talk about sticker shock. LOL

  29. Schatzie Ohio says:

    Congrats on the new homestead. The frame of the old mobile could be used for a barn.

    Bought 16 bags of soil for the new raised bed. Picked peas,strawberries and black raspberries. Bought another box of large bandaids. Pressure canned 3 pints of sausage crumbles. Bought some packages of cream cheese to try out canning.

    We just got back from the shooting range. More practice with the revolvers. Daughter in law likes the husband’s Taurus 357. The grandson really likes the Henry lever action rifle we got him.

  30. gary in bama says:

    Congragulations on the new place M.D. enjoy the week because the move is going to work your A$@ off :} . Oh if that junk trailer isnt where you want yours let it sit. Those steel beams would make great runner beams for a cabin.And think on this copper and aluminum are going up in price so its a poor mans silver .Enjoy but plan your move so its done quick once started otherwise those niebors you have will tote off over nite last thing to move should be you and a shotgun to the new place. goodluck. my prepps this week stocked my teardrop for a 3 day trip in the woods me and the wife NO KIDS checking the springs yaknow

  31. Enjoy the peace of your new place. Bad neighbors are just the worst thing. We had ones that actually burnt down a neighbors barn, shot another’s cow, stole from everyone anything not nailed down. So grateful they moved away. New owners interested in gardening, have milk cow, are EMT’s and active on the volunteer fire dept. Everyone else on our road is actually retired like us!!

    Had about 1/2 ” of rain…pretty exciting! Have been rotating the soaker hoses on the most important crops like beans and potatoes. Picking enough tomatoes to can now. Started cole crops for fall planting. Noticed that the Concord grapes are really getting fat so will plan on doing alot of juice this year.

    Got 25 qts. saurkraut done up and planning on some freezer clearing out/canning with the arrival of our new All-American double decker canner. Joins the old one that is 40+ years old!

    Pa was happy to get a new uncapping tank for his honey. His was a used purchase some 40 years ago, too. Along with his extractor which we just replaced with a new stainless steel one. This years’ extracting should be more enjoyable with new equipment! UPS driver says we have to stop buying so much heavy stuff….he always wants to check out what’s doing here. He and his dad are big preppers,too. DEE

    • Every time I see this about the neighbors from hell, I wonder how any of us will survive TEOTWAKI unless we become even worse than they are and go on the offensive against them. It seems to me like if people are destroying what is yours then it is time for them to dissapear in the night.

      • riverrider says:

        judith, this goes back to what i said in a previous post…they didn’t get the butt whippin when they needed it. now they think they own us. i think they’ll get theirs soon after the shtf, when there are no lawyers for them to run to crying…you know, i fear for what it’ll be like, but one thing i won’t miss is lawyers.

  32. Twigenberry (Eastern Iowa) says:

    Congratulations M.D! We all know you deserve it.

    Been a little distracted from preps this week. The call of the motorcycle has been far too tempting when combined with some really nice weather…

    …And back to reality. Lucky for my preps that there has also been rain and wind to break up that temptation a little. Packed 16lb dry milk, 25lb millet, and 25lb amaranth in mylar with oxy absorbers. Picked up another dozen five gal buckets and lids from Sams Club bakery. Dried mixed veg, corn, and hashbrowns from freezer. Ordered books on practical knots and homestead blacksmith basics for DH.

    Pulled out the steam juicer to aid in making an assortment of syrups. Canned pints of peach vanilla, spiced apple, mixed berry, blueberry, and strawberry so far. Still have strawberry rhubarb, rhubarb orange, and spiced peach to go.

    Very happy with the progress in the garden. Lots of weeding this week. Carrots and beets have better tops on them than I have ever had before. Tomatoes all have flowers and at least half have little fruits already. Need to fill in gaps in corn rows and finish planting cucumbers and summer squash. Harvested radishes and green onions. Stupid broccoli and cauliflower that I had to replant three times went to seed. Grrrrr.

    Everybody have a good week and keep prepping!

  33. Lake Lili says:

    Been a busy week although preps were fewer than I’d like. Took Monkey (now 6!) to the kids hospital in the Big Smoke for a series of procedures… one hopes that the doctors will resolve the issue before the downtown core of the Big Smoke becomes to dangerous to access… I have been very impressed with the Beaver program (boy scouts for the 5-7 set). In the past few months, they have had Search & Rescue, the fire department, St. John’s Ambulance, and a forager in to talk about dangerous plants in our region. For the end of season banquet, the kids were given binoculars, emergency flashlights, a medical first aid kit, a glass/bowl/plate and a backpack. This came with detailed instructions for how to put together a 72-hour kit! I was really impressed. Hopefully at least a few of the parents will take a look and put a plan into action. Put up two 22kg bags of flour.

    • It sounds like you’re child has been blessed with engaging and active scout leaders. That’s great to hear. And, what NICE gifts to receive at the banquet!

    • Sounds like those troop leaders are doing an amazing job, and that your son came away with not only a good time but also the idea that others besides mom thinks preparing is awesome.

      Hope the different things going on at the hosptial went as well as can be!

    • rob in Ontario says:

      I want to join Beavers too sounds like fun

      • rob in Ontario says:

        Lake Lili- hope they get your little one all fixed up– I know I was in big smoke hospital when a kid they did wonders for me

        • Lake Lili says:

          Our big smoke hospital is one of the best in the world and I daily thank God for the skill and compassion of the doctors and nurses. We have had fantastic care.

          • rob in Ontario says:

            Lake Lili you are referring to Sick Kid’s ? I was paralized when I was younger had to re learn to walk and talk again — I remember how they helped me

  34. Lake Lili says:

    MD forgot to say Congrats on your new home!

    God’s blessing rest upon your house
    And all who dwell within;
    May all who enter, too, be blessed,
    Traveler, friend, or kin.

  35. Hunker-Down says:

    What a wacky week.
    Packed 8 Mylar bags each with 4 cups of white rice. We place them in the freezer for 3 days, but there is only room for a batch of 4 bags, so it will take a while to get through the 50# bag of rice.
    Purchased 2 lbs. of Oat Groats for use in a thermos for cooking a breakfast without using our propane gas. Vacuum sealed 4 pints of brown sugar to flavor our breakfast oats.
    Picked 14 pounds of strawberries ($18). The dirt where those things grow is too low; I wish it were waist high, would be easier on the back. We loaded a batch into the dehydrator.
    We made 18 half pints of strawberry jelly. Wow, it takes a lot of water to sterilize jars and to cook the filled jars. If the grid was down and we had to filter the water it would be a much harder job. If heating the water occurred over a wood or charcoal fire it would be a major task. The lesson we learned is that we don’t have storage containers large enough to handle the volume of water to be able to store it for reuse. I think we need to have at least one 20 gallon container (or 4 five’s) for drinking water then move it to a container for cooking, then to one for washing.
    We just had 4 inches of rain in 2 days and the sump pump cycled on every 15 seconds. Thursday the electric was off from 7:30 to 8:45. We panicked. The basement sump pump was off. We had just finished putting up the jelly and were exhausted. I started bailing with a pot from the kitchen and a 5 gallon bucket. My wife pulled all the basement electrical appliance plugs out of the receptacles. I carried ‘junk’ out of the basement as fast as I could, and the buckets of water, expecting the power to return in a minute or two. So, as it began to get dark I started looking for our 100 hour candles and had no idea which box they were in since boxes were carried to the first floor in random order. What a rookie mistake. We need to figure out a labeling system for the boxes in such a way that OPSEC is not violated so an outsider can walk past wherever they are stored without becoming aware that our house is the place to hold up (or attack) if TSHTF occurs. Do you have any ideas?

    After being pooped out from making the jelly before the power went out, I must have run up and down stairs enough times to do a 5K run. I felt like; “this must be like ranger school elimination week”.
    We cleaned up the water with a wet/dry vac and I found a new use for the dehydrator; wet shoes! Grossed out the wife.

    Drooling over the purchase of a Mossberg 12G, maybe I can sell a couple of flashlights to raise cash.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      You’re looking for suggestions for labeling your boxed-up gear without making the contents known to others, right? OK, here’s an idea right off the top of my pointy head:

      We preppers store 3 broad categories of stuff: Beans, Bullets, Bandaids so that’s where I’d start. I’d draw a picture of a bean, a bullet, or a bandaid – art skill isn’t necessary since these things are easy to draw. From there, put in a second defining symbol like a candle. So, for example, your Beans box would have an outline of a bean and then also a candle. Meaning, this is the cooking box with some candles inside. Unless somebody is a prepper, they wouldn’t guess what the symbols mean, but even a small kid will know if s/he has been around prepping.

      Think of it as modern hieroglyphics.

      • The hierogliphics idea is a good one but to further throw off others I would do this in smaller print and then lable with non generic terms like old photos, baby books, or something no one will want once things happen.

    • Hunker-Down,
      You said in part, “We need to figure out a labeling system for the boxes . . . Do you have any ideas?”
      Actually there is a rather simple way to do this inventory management task with a 2 or 3 letter code. A 2 letter code allows labeling of up to 676 boxes and a 3 letter code allows labeling of up to 17576 boxes, so one of these should work for you. You simply label the boxes with 2 (or 3) large handwritten (printed) letters like “AA”. Then you have a computer spreadsheet or a simple notebook with the combinations AA through ZZ (or as few as required) listed in it, with the contents described. Additionally you could list the location of the box (e.g., basement, pantry, garage, barn, etc) if you needed this information. Using a spreadsheet would allow you to search for an item in the computer to locate it quickly, and you could periodically print out the sheets (no more than 26 of them or 13 double sided) with each sheet labeled with the 1st letter. I use what is essentially this method for my non-food items. This also allows you to reuse boxes without scratching out the labels and relabeling them. One other thing this does is gives you a list of items that you can periodically peruse and remind yourself what you have. Otherwise, if you’re like me, you may see a deal on an item and try to remember if you already have one of them, or open a random box and be pleasantly surprised at what you find inside. A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but as you get older it just seems to happen – LOL.
      Just my $0.02 worth.

      • Repair Mama says:


        I think that you have too much time on your hands! hahah
        Spreadsheets? Love the idea. It would work along with the little drawings so you wont have to run to the computer when looking for something.

        • Spreadsheet or a notebook. I prefer typing and the laser printer to writing and later trying to decipher my own handwriting.

          • Hunker-Down says:

            Yes, without the spell checker in the computer and my handwriting, I would have no idea what was written. I change the spelling of words depending on what hour of the day it is.

      • Hunker-Down says:

        O.P.I like your plan especially because I to have opened a box and am surprised what is in it. But what I’m looking for is never in that box.
        I think I’ll make a spreadsheet with the following columns:
        1).Box code (written on the box, not on the top since they are interchangeable).
        2). Location of the box.
        3). Item Description
        4). Container type (helps to determine if repacking for longer shelf life is necessary).
        5). Weight of the item (package size).
        6). Quantity on hand (gets reduced as we use it).
        7). Mfg. expiration date.
        8).Purchase date.
        9). Expiration date (depending on how we repackaged it; glass jar, Mylar bag, vacuum seal or duct tape (LOL)).
        10). comments (such as: “don’t buy this crap again”.

        We already use a spreadsheet with the above EXCEPT the information to be listed in columns 1 and 2. It’s interesting how a mini crisis (sump pump) can highlight the holes in ones plans.
        A physical crisis can be upon us in an instant.

    • rob in Ontario says:

      I got mine for $395 here in Canada — what would it be in US anyone? for 12 ga Mossberg- 9 shot Persauder

  36. Good neighbors are hard to find. Being a good neighbor is a good start but certainly not a guarantee they will reciprocate. Hope your new digs give you what you are needing.

    Been following your blog for years. Keep up the fight. Drive on.

  37. Em in GA says:

    This is the fist time I’ve posted on a blog but have been reading this one for a couple of months. This week I ordered two Berkey kits for plastic buckets, 100 lbs rice and 100 lbs beans. I also finally purchased an AR15, had to save up for it. I started prepping less than a year ago but see the handwriting on the wall. So far I’ve managed a country living grain mill, 300 lbs beans, 300 lbs rice, 300 lbs wheat and various can goods The state of the economy is really scary.

    • Em in GA,

      Welcome to the blog – we are all friends here, don’t be shy…

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Em in GA, welcome aboard.

      • Welcome Em in GA.
        You are right about the state of the economy. Did you see Bernanke this week? Talk about a deer in the headlights. What a clueless idiot. What part of its not working doesn’t he get?

    • Welcome fellow Georgian! Enjoying the HEAT this summer? Wow!

    • Maji-Tx says:

      Welcome Em! I am new, too. Great place to be and such nice people. Looks like you are well on your way.

    • Repair Mama says:

      Welcome Ya’ll ,, Hope you enjoy being one of the family here.
      I’m with you on the state of things around here. I see the writing too and have ramped up as much as the $$ will allow.
      Hope you enjoy this place as much as I do.
      Happy Prepping

  38. re: wheat shortage

    Yeah, I saw it – it’s durum wheat grown mostly in North Dakota and Canada. Canada’s stores are down 40%. The piece was on Cavuto

    Here’s the video


    • Here are two sites that are part of my home tabs.
      A local agricultural coop which shows current and future grain prices. This is not a government estimate, but the actual prices the farmers buy & sell for.
      And this one that shows the daily metals prices, from copper & zinc to gold and silver.

      • AZ rookie prepper says:

        Great links OP. Thanks.

        • AZ,
          You’re welcome. The only problem with having these sites pop up every time I open the browser, is that you see inflation right before your eyes, and sometimes it’s a little disheartening to see some grain prices more than double in less than a year. These higher prices help the farmer a little bit, but you must remember that the farmer buys the same commodities (food, gas, etc) that we all do, plus seed, fertilizer, etc. to run the farm and all of that is climbing in price also.

          • AZ Rookie Prepper says:

            O.P., the small farmer has definetly taken some rough treatment lately, corporate farms, not so much. Still, it isnt easy on any of us. The inflation is disheartening, but that is why we do what we do….prep. Keep the chin up compadre. Hope for the best.

          • Hunker-Down says:

            Sugar is 3.15 a pound in the grocery store. $36 for 50 pounds at Sam’s Club.
            After buying bulk rice, beans and sugar I think the grocery store is the MOST expensive place to buy food.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Pamela, thanks for the link. Actually, that’s not the same TV show I saw, but close enough. The show I watched had a CEO of a food company and he didn’t specify a shortage in Durham Wheat, he just said Wheat – not a specific variety. And as BlindShooter said earlier, the falling value of the dollar will make everything seem for expensive anyhow. It’s a double whammie.

  39. AZ rookie prepper says:

    M.D., congrats on the new property. Looks like a sweet spot. Hope your internet access is as good as you have now, would hate to lose continuity with your blog.
    My preps this week were somewhat limited. Spent time in the garden, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, green beans and long beans are all coming long, some blossoms but no edibles yet. Some orders were delivered, got a case of oatmeal, a bucket of wheat and a bucket of beans in. Two new tires for the truck. Some additions to the larder. Did notice that sugar had gone up 23 cents for 4 lbs in the last week. Other products going up too.
    Did some research into my article that I’ll type up and send you hopefully tomorrow for your reader’s writing contest. Looks like the big fire here is mostly contained and staying up in the mountains, but its a long time until the summer rains hit and another fire could pop up easily. Everyone keep your fingers crossed…

  40. mrsgreg2002 says:

    A friend came over for some target practice and taught dh and I how to shoot. I am more excited than ever about getting a gun or 2 and then stocking up on ammo. We shot a 9mm Beretta, a .38 special, and 12 gauge shot gun (dh did, my shoulder had been hurting all week and I didn’t want to take a chance w/ the kick). First time either of us ever shot anything. I think actually shooting the gun helped dh realize that it would be helpful for protection, so it won’t be much more to convince him that at least a shotgun in the house would be beneficial.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Yes, a shotgun is considered a good home defense gun. However, one experience shooting a gun is not enough. Please do try to get more practice in at the shooting range.

      • The 410 is a nice little shotgun and won’t hurt your shoulder if you use it correctly.

      • Not only should you get more practice. Defensive shotgun is a skill that must be learned and then practiced. If your intent is for protection, then find some training beyond standing around and shooting at clay targets. Check with a local gun club or the NRA.

        • mrsgreg2002 says:

          Naturally it would be my intention to get more practice 🙂 I don’t intend on being foolish with guns. There’s a good gun range close by and I am going to look into the cost of membership there. My dh is a Yankee 😉 who had kind of skewed view of gun ownership, so my biggest goal was to get him to see that guns are not bad. That with proper training they could be really useful, and so we could take that next step together. I don’t want to do this prepping w/0 him, I don’t want to emmasculate him, by just doing all of this on my own. I want him to want to learn how to protect our family while learning how to myself. I want to be a team that can depend on each other in a pinch. 🙂

          • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

            Your husband’s a Yankee and you married him anyway?? LOL Well, sounds like you have a good plan and we don’t need to worry about you. Carry on.

            • Repair Mama says:

              I was a Yankee to! My DH used to kidd at me and say “Keep the south beautiful, but a yankee on the bus” I asked him one day for my bus ticket, and he laughed at me and said that he had bought me a truck, so no bus ticket! lala hahah.
              I have been down here for almost 20 yrs, so I am offiically a transplant. Also can bake biscuits and make gooooooodddddd gravy!

            • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

              Well, I guess technically I’m a Yankee because California entered the Union as a “free state” in 1850. However, I had ancestors from both sides of the war, so I consider myself an interested bystander. LOL

    • JP in MT says:

      LimbSaver makes THE BEST recoil pad I’ve ever used. I put a Knoxx recoil reducing/adjustable length stock and a LimbSaver on my Mossberg. Not cheap (about $150 total but my wife is short (hense the need for the adjustable stock) and boy deid it make a difference!

  41. Candy in Nebraska says:

    Went and got the last 10 blankets from the rummage house only paid $9 for the 10, lady said they were the last so she was cutting us a deal. 20 blankets in all. Found a roll a way cot for $5 as well. Now see how many we actually have after the kids and grandkids get here in Auguest..lol
    Dehydrated a bunch of kale, turnip leaves and chard. I got the first cherry off our trees. Now the fight will be one for the rest.
    Went into Walmart and got 25 buckets various sizes for $21, the gal said she wasn’t going to count them all. Fine by me that saved us $4, im not going to complain.
    Daughters soon MIL got alot of free plants from where she works part time in the summer and sent a bunch for my daughter. So we spent the day planting flowers for the arbor for the wedding in Auguest. That saved us a bunch. Finally found a wedding dress for her for $25 it still had the origional price tag of $139.99 never was worn. So we are closer to being done with the wedding costs..lol if it ever ends.
    Moved the chickens and made a larger pen for them. They sure seem to like it. I have one hen that thinks if she goes out her small door that she has to be let ing thru the big door. She wont go in at night till you open the big door.

  42. I forgot I also got a 2 blueberry bushes (but looking up how to make sure they produce fruit I need to now get peat moss and sand and something lime.) I got more plates (since my kids do sucha great job at breaking them) and they are actually stoneware and can be used in the oven which I think is pretty cool for them being $3.

    • axelsteve says:

      Hi Lint! I did not feel any earthquakes,I am glad that you are ok.You know how earthquakes are so dangerous sucking people underground and all.(that is what people from the midwest and south think) Take care buddy Steve

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        Hi Steve, my favorite dumb earthquake story is when I hear somebody from back East say that California will have a major earthquake someday and the state will fall into the ocean, I roll my eyes and walk away. I have a friend in Louisiana (not on this forum) who keeps telling me that he “senses” CA is going to have a major quake soon. I ask him what his definition of “soon” is, he never answers. I tell him that I presume he’s trying to forewarn me, but what does he expect me to do? Should I move out of state based on his premonition or should I cower under the bed until “soon” rolls around?? ROFLOL. I know he means well, but what a dopey thing to keep telling me.

        This is an interesting map, for those of us living in CA. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqscanv/

        Have a safe week, Steve.

  43. templar knight says:

    MD, congratulations on your new property. It looks pretty nice to me, and I like the fact that you have a commanding view. It sure gives you a tactical advantage. I also have taken a look at some small homes that are being built that are called Katrina Cottages. They look pretty neat, small one bedroom shotgun-style houses that are hurricane resistant. Go to http://www.katrinacotteges.com and look at some of the plans and photos. Very neat concept. I’m thinking about buying one for rental use.

    bctruck, Lint and I want to see a photo of you in the Million Tiller Parade. And a report on the Purplehull Pea Festival.

    For prepping this week, I bought 2(two) 25-rd magazines for my new 10-22. I also bought 20 cans of tuna, a flat of Vienna sausage, 10 cans of spam, 10 lbs. of black beans, and 5 lbs. of pasta.

    • Didn’t make it Templar knight. I had to go back to work a little early. I’ll probably make the magnolia festival.

    • Templar Knight — Gotta be careful with this type of “sustainable” housing. All the right buzzwords told me that the Katrina Cottages were part of the Progressive’s thrust to push the UN’s Agenda 21 through ICLEI (‘International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives’ ). It is….follow the money trail. This smart growth/global warming agenda is via “LEEDs compliance”, Congress for the New Urbanism, and “social responsibility” and will bring total government-control and even higher taxes and more government waste to the neighborhood near you.

      • templar knight says:

        Thank you, LynnS. Believe me, the last thing I would want to do would be to support those people in any way or manner. It’s amazing how knowledgable the people on this blog are. Thanks again, Lynn.

        • templar, there is a website/blog somewhere on “small homes” and it’s basically a pictorial of places that people have built. The homes are under 1K sq ft and some are made by regular folks, others were hired out. Maybe someone has the link. Like you understand, the practicality of smaller-is-better is great for so many reasons, but who wants to be under more zoning and covenants?! Yuck.

      • mountain lady says:

        LynnS, our poor little county here is NorCal just passed a County Plan for the 2030, based on the UN Agenda 21. I sure hope they never get to implement it. I lived in a city for 20 years and I don’t ever want to live in a cage again. I prefer to Live Free or Die. Yes, would get out of here if I could, but at my age, I don’t have another move in me.

        • Templar and Mountain Lady:

          Interesting about that 2030 target date….it’s here in the state of Virginia, too. It is said that many of the county Board of Supervisors have been sold on this ideology without understanding the true agenda and what this really means. It’s up to all of us to “educate” those who live among us and represent us on our local levels. Here, the Board is being seriously challenged but they’re up to no good with the farming community. You see, part of this is to allow farmers to sell off development rights from future times and they get cash up front. They also get significant tax breaks (more than they already have), plus subsidies. It’s essentially going to give farmers more of that free money. Bah!

          Our comprehensive plan has sections that have literally been lifted straight from the UN’s report on Agenda 21. When challenged with this, they deny my claim. At Board meetings, they have denied accepting money from ICLEI but some of the Tea Party folks have copies of their cancelled checks to prove otherwise. In our case, they are blatantly misrepresenting themselves and are in collusion. Not sure about other states. Be forewarned though….it’s here, it’s legislated, and it’s part of the NWO.

          Agenda 21 sounds like some wacko conspiracy but it is an actual plan with an enormous assault on personal liberty and property rights. This is a good overview article:

          Here is the UN link…straight from their own site:

          Stay vigilant!

          • BamaBecca says:

            OMG, this is the first I have heard of UN Agenda 21, and after spending the past few hours researching it online, it scares the daylights out of me! If this is implemented across our country won’t it make all of our attempts to prep useless? Buying property only to have it taken away from you? This brings to mind a passage in the Bible that says that even the mountains won’t be able to hide you.

            The problem with trying to inform our neighbors, family, etc about this plan is that most of them will think you are nuts. It amazes me how many people in this country are just going about their own business and not seeing the writing on the wall. And I have been just as guilty of sticking my head in the sand…. Talk about TEOTWAWKI…….takes on a WHOLE new meaning for me.

            Scary, scary stuff!

            • BamaBecca, If you talk to people about Agenda 21, make certain that you state that this is a plan coming from the United Nations and it’s being quietly brought in through Counties across America. There are plenty of facts as you’ve discovered so let the facts speak.

              Congrats for doing some sleuthing and learning more. I’d say you’ve already gotten your head out of the sand, so keep the momentum up! Write to your Congressman and make your statement! The Feds have more than enough of our tax dollars and our land!

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      TK, I don’t think anybody here went to the Tiller Parade or the Purplehull Pea Festival. All that hype and no follow-through. You and I will have to go next year and report on it. I know my tiller is a little rusty, but I think it will work if I pull on it long enough.

      • LMBO, Lint!!

        That’s what all the guys say!

      • templar knight says:

        Lint, I thought you said you didn’t have a tiller. Oh…..not that kind of tiller! That gives a whole new meaning to “million tiller parade”, now doesn’t it, but I’m in, Lint! But Emerson, Arkansas, ain’t NYC, so remember that.

        • lint they have a tiller parade every year in san fran. im sure they would be happy for you to attend.be sure to wear a rainbow t-shirt. you can trust meeeeee!!!

          • templar knight says:

            Lint, have you heard the one about the guy fishing in the mud puddle? A passerby stops and says, ” Are you catching anything in that mud puddle?” The fisherman stops and thinks for a minute, ” No, but it sure is convenient.”

            • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

              LOL. How true!

              No, I had not heard that one, but it will be part of my new standup comedy routine. 😉

            • templar knight says:

              Yep, it’s kinda like that “Tiller Parade” in SF that bctruck referred to; it would be convenient, but you wouldn’t likely catch anything other than some tiny crabs. Or some hell for being a conservative. Funny how intolerant those people are who demand tolerance from others. As with everything liberal, it’s always a one way street.

            • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

              TK, you are so right. I spent the day with a liberal friend and all I heard was how people should do this and people should do that and if people would only comply. I said COMPLY?? Then I asked,
              “IF the liberals cared about people as they claim they do, why not allow people the opportunity to choose the types of food they eat or the types of cars they drive, etc?” And this liberal friend of mine could only say (I’m not kidding): “Because I know what’s best for people.” And therein lies the crux of the liberal mentality – they really do think they know what’s best for the rest of us. All I could do was shake my head and tell myself I need to find new friends. LOL

    • Repair Mama says:

      Hey, sounds like you also need to include a home cholesterol testing kit, 81mg asprine, and some lipitor to the stock pile lol.
      just kidding, Good idea to get the tuna before they start packing “Glow in the dark tuna” This is on my list, I have some, but gonna get more.
      looks like a good week!
      happy prepping

  44. Now that I am living in my Truck/Camper, I can just move if I do not like the neighbours, turn key and move.. LOL
    Hopefully your new place is more peaceful and safe.

    Bought some things at the Army Surplus as the Flee Market, also bought a Kukri Knife from the knife fellow, it is full tang, with a wooden handle, good quality carbon steel for only $35 he gave me a great returning customer rate. I ordered another two of them for my buddy and one for in reserve. Now I have the Kukri Knife and the Kukri Machete.

    Worked some more on the Camper and am making it to the gym every 2 days or more! With they Tai Chi and the new diet/lifestyle plan, I am amazed at how good I feel, how much energy I have now.

  45. Congratulations on the new property, looks great.

    Not much in the way of preps this week, a case of bottled water for when electric goes out for short time (it goes out here every time it rains for an hour or so) and some extra granola bars, nuts and mayo.

    Relocated a rat snake that was in my nest box. Scared the crap out of me, nearly grabbed him while reaching in for eggs. He’d already swallowed one egg and was eyeballing another. DH took him for a ride a let him go about a mile away.

    DH scheduled back surgery for July so prep fund will be going towards deductibles and loss of income for the next couple months.

  46. Nor Cal Ray says:

    Not much in the way of purchases this week. Mostly worked in the garden this week. Had our 2nd harvest of Turnip greens this week along with first harvest of Spinach. Picked more Cilantro and Basil. Tomato plants have lots of blooms and even some green tomatos. Hard to resist picking the green tomatos and frying them up. Yum. Afraid wife and daughter wouldn’t like them though. Grape vine is growing like a weed and starting to bloom. Peas and beans have all started forming and Broccoli is amost ready to harvest.
    As for purchases this week got 2 more cases of 35ct. Arrowhead spring water. 16.9oz size. Been rotating out water supply and buying new. Rcvd email from Bishops Warehouse that order be ready to pick up Wednesday.

    • Nor Cal Ray says:

      By the way congratulations on the new place M.D Be very wary when you are moving. I think I would leave someone there that I could trust as I was moving to keep anyone from coming in and stealing your stuff while you are gone. Pictures of your progress would be great.
      Almost forgot went thru sheds and did an inventory. It’s amazing what you find that can be used for preps when you go thru everything.
      Started doing inventories on Excel. Wife set up a spreadsheet for me and it is working out very well.
      Made photo copies of all our credit & debit cards as well as driver licenses, s.s. cards, wife and daughters Green Cards, all of our passports, house papers etc. Put all in a fire & waterproof safe inside the fireproof gun safe.

  47. SrvivlSally says:

    Beautiful and perfect. If you want privacy and a nice little wind break, plant some trees, thick. If you have the right kind, they would be good for firewood. It is a relief to know that you will not have to undergo any more stress or pressure caused by your neighbors. The move will not be so bad because once there you should be able to feel like you are “at home”. This week, I put a small b.o.b. together, two pounds of dried corn in a heat-sealed bag, gathered some copies of a few interesting articles in regards to current events and then made a phone call to my sister notifying her that I will be sending all of that to her very soon. In 2004, I first began to introduce her to biblical prophecy and the need for prepping and my efforts are finally starting to pay off. It has been a slow process, more than a few years worth, but the ball has finally begun rolling. It was difficult at times but now everything has fallen into place. It will be interesting to hear her thoughts about all of the things that she finds inside the bag. She has never seen a magnesium block fire starter and it will be enjoyable to tell her how to use it and that she will have to watch out that wind does not blow away her shavings before she can get a fire going. She is going to be delighted. I am going to include a small water bottle and two cans of different sizes so that she can use one to heat things in and the other to use as a stove and surface for the other can to sit upon. I washed and cleaned the pickup and changed it’s oil. Took ten minutes from start to finish. I did not wait long enough for the block to cool because time would not permit it so I scorched my fingers some but did not come out with any burns or blisters. To combat the hot metal of the filter I used one of my red car rags to hold onto it. The garage that I made out of scraps and chicken wire a few years ago needed it’s door repaired because it was built using a 1″ x 2″ board which had recently cracked so I placed another board of the same thickness behind it, quickly pre-drilled some holes in the right places and added some screws. It is sturdy and I will get another year of use out of it. I refreshed, and replaced when moldy, cotton balls with a mixture of Boric Acid and apple juice to kill two types of Carpenter ants roaming the land. Depending upon how much I need, I might use 2 cups juice with 1 teaspoon Boric or 1 cup juice with 1/2 teaspoon Boric and distribute the thoroughly combined substance with one of my many deskjet printer cartridge syringes with blunt tipped needles which are ideal for getting into small cracks and allowing great aim. I put the cotton balls directly on the ground where I find a congregation of ants, saturate the balls and surround them with bricks, rocks or other heavy items to keep animals from disturbing anything. There are solid black ants and there are also some that have a black front and rear end with a deep red center. Those with red are very aggressive and to step anywhere near them will bring on immediate attack. On the other hand, the solid ants are more docile and will only drop from ceilings, into your mouth, kicking, scratching, biting and screaming their heads off as they go down your throat, never forgetting to leave a horrible-tasting trail behind as they head toward their destination of demise. I watched a full-grown rabbit in the yard as it headed off toward a nice fern-filled area, stopping for a brief moment to turn it’s head slightly so that it could size me up. I have since wondered if it had imagined it’s front teeth embedded deep into my calf muscle or it’s feet stomping me in the face. I looked over my very first issue of Popular Mechanics magazine and found it to be interesting. I tried to collect a lot of long Willow branches because I would like to make a Coracle boat without a seat but most of them are inaccessible for various reasons.

    • axelsteve says:

      Sally You do not need to run your motor til it is hot to change the oil. Just a minute or 2 to get the old oil flowing and circulating so it will drain better.I sometimes add a pint or so of atf to the oil before I change it because it has allot of detergents in it and it kinda thins the oil for a better drain.Don`t forget to lube the drive shaft and u joints if your truck has zerk fittings for them. Steve

  48. First of all, congratulations to MD on his new land purchase. It looks like a neat piece of property to grow on to.
    I thought my preps this week would be a little short, since I spent the bulk of the week back in PA for my mom’s memorial service. We opted for a memorial service (more like a wake) instead of a funeral, so we could celebrate her life. I saw old friends and cousins that I hadn’t seen in some cases for more than 30 years, and it was actually a more joyous occasion than I would have thought. Her presence is gone, but her memory still remains.
    Since all of our vehicles are serviceable, but rather old, we rented a vehicle for the trip back to PA, which made me completely rethink my Gar Kit/BOB/GHB and pack a minimal bag for the trip. As I was packing, my wife wondered why I was so concerned, since it was a brand new vehicle and only a 5 and a half hour trip. When I gave her that “look”, she went on about her business and allowed me to my own. The kit included both a rifle, several handguns, and enough ammunition to be useful. I also have concealed handgun licenses/permits valid in all of the states through which we were travelling and that made things a bit easier.
    On the way back home from PA to OH we stopped at the Cabelas store near Wheeling WV, and spent about an hour. The selection is huge; but I was not all that impressed with the prices. I did end up with a couple of dry boxes (large plastic ammo cans) some 5.56 mm ammo and some shotgun shells and slugs. Once home we started preparing for our garden, which is going in a little late (OK, a lot late) because of our spring monsoons and my mother’s passing away. Hopefully we’ll get the raised beds assembled and get some things planted yet this weekend.
    I topped off the week with a 2-gun (carbine & handgun) tactical low light shoot tonight (Saturday) at our gun club, which gave me a much needed break, and for all of my training tends to humble me and show me I need to train even more.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      OP, so glad that your mom’s memorial service gave you an opportunity to reacquaint with friends and family. Something good always comes out of something bad/sad.

      How could you only spend an hour in a Cabela’s store? I like them so much I could live in one! Those plastic ammo boxes are pretty good, especially when they go on sale. Last two I bought were $7.99 each. I wonder if we’re talking about the same boxes. LOL http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabelas-Dry-Storage-Ammunition-Box/740706.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch%2F%3FN%3D%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3Dammo%2Bbox%26Ntx%3Dmode%252Bmatchall%26WTz_l%3DHeader%253BSearch-All%2BProducts%26form_state%3DsearchForm%26recordsPerPage%3D80%26search%3Dammo%2Bbox&Ntt=ammo+box&WTz_l=Header%3BSearch-All+Products

      Yeah, the prices are high, but when their regularly stocked items go on sale they can sometimes be half off the regular price.

      • Lint,
        Yep, it’s the same box. The problem from my perspective is that the in store prices were not as good as their mail order prices in most cases. If the store was local & I could run to one when things go on sale it would be fine, but the only “local” stores in my area are each about 3 hours away in MI and WV.

        • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

          I went to the Cabela’s in Post Falls, ID last year and mentioned to one of the clerks there that their price for the ammo boxes was twice what it was online. They gave me the online price. You’ve got to speak up, OP.

    • riverrider says:

      op, my condolences on the passing of your mother. take care.

    • AZ Rookie Prepper says:

      O.P., very sorry to hear of your loss. Glad you could turn it toward a celebration of her life. Sad that she’s gone, but happy to remember the good parts.
      I think you’ll be happy with the raised garden beds, I know I sure am. Less bending over (makes you less susceptible to tiller attack).
      Curious what kind of carbine you use in your gun club shoots? I really love my M1 carbine, but my Colt LE6920 is even sweeter to shoot.

      • AZ,
        Our rules are for a magazine fed carbine and a service pistol. Most of the participants were using M4 variants and semi-auto pistols, but as long as it fits the criteria, you may use what you have. At least one guy has an AK and I have seen both M1 and 10/22 in the past. Most were shooting handguns in .40, .45, and 9mm, but one guy did run a leg of the training with a revolver. This is real world training so people can learn tactics and handling, but is also meant as a fun shoot. It is kept safe and informal and the basic outline may be seen here: http://ppcplusrggc.blogspot.com

        • AZ Rookie Prepper says:

          Thanks OP for the info. Looks like fun. Wish we had something like that here. The big event in this area is big bore long range shooting, with my eyes that is a no-go.

          • AZ,
            I understand on the eyes. We have a group at the club who do long range stuff also with service rifles (M! Garand, 03 Springfield, M1A, etc.) at 300 yards, and some sporting clays, and other events including a youth small-bore team. The club doesn’t specialize as much as provide a place for folks to shoot, within reason (and the range rules) most any firearm or event they would like to try. In truth, I’m rather lucky to have such a facility and group relatively nearby.

  49. Luddite Jean says:

    MD, congratulations on your property purchase – it looks really, really nice.

    Well, we finally finished the urgent deliveries for Glastonbury Festival, so I managed to do a bit of prepping this week.

    Seeds at the discount place are down to half price, so I bought some for next year. In the garden the Chinese Stir Fry Celery is looking really great, and I reckon I can pick some soon for use fresh. At the end of the season, I’ll pick what’s left, dehydrate and powder it. The tomatoes are doing well, but the peppers still look like freshly-planted seedlings, and the 8-ball courgettes (zuchini?) rotted before they grew. We’ve had a LOT of rain.

    The lettuces are fine, and the Land Cress has finally sprouted. The runner beans are good, but the flowers on the plants are a bit sparse. They’re planted in an area that was lawn last year, and there was a large leylandii nearby, so perhaps the soil is a bit tired.

    I had a surprise with my wild strawberries – I kept waiting for the fruit to ripen, and waiting…..and waiting… only to watch them go brown and rot before any red appeared. Then last week I tasted one which felt ripe, just to see how far away from ripening it was…. and got a shock when the taste of ripe pineapple sprinkled with lemon hit my tastebuds! It turns they’re a rare white variety (I still don’t know what) and they’d been ripening all along. When they’re just ripe, the lemon is the predominant taste, when very ripe, the pineapple comes to the fore.

    Here’s a pic: http://www.bedouin-trails.co.uk/images/wildstraw1.jpg

    They originally came from the grave of DH’s great-great-great uncle, in a neglected churchyard in Wales (I was graveyard surfing, as my hobby is family history).

    Other stuff: I found some pure, naturally dyed Norwegian wool in a charity shop @50p per hank. There’s not enough to make a pullover, but I will make some warm socks for the family. I also got some of those Tupperware cereal containers, which are great for kitchen store of dried beans, lentils etc.

    Finally, I spent £50 at Approved Food (netting me around £170 worth at retail prices) including some army surplus sauces and soups (which are excellent in taste and keeping quality, according to my army friends) and dried peas, beans, canned olives, catering size sweetcorn and fruit cans (which I will probably open and dry), noodles, a gallon of golden syrup, a gallon of teriyaki & ginger sauce (will use to flavour jerky), beef stock cubes, sachets of horseradish sauce and tartare sauce (100 for £1) some juices and some treats (how could I resist 24 Bounty bars for £4?). That should arrive sometime this week.

    • AZ rookie prepper says:

      Those strawberries would have surprised me too, glad you found out early enough to harvest some.

    • Thanks for the link to the blog. I enjoyed the photos, reading about your trips, and it was nice to finally see Bertha – I like her!

      • Luddite Jean says:

        Why thank you!

        • templar knight says:

          Love your camper, Jean. Do you ever see those roving bands of travelers, who are now a hot commodity on TLC, which is a Cable-TV Network over here in the US? These folks seem to be able to dodge the law over in Britain.

          A couple of months ago I read a story in one of the British newspapers that recounts an incident where a woman was arrested for using a shotgun while trying to protect herself against some of these traveling bands of gypsys. She was charged with a firearms crime. Do you know about that case?

  50. Luddite Jean says:

    One more thing – got me an air rifle (SMK 12, .22) now, if I can get permission, I can go get me some bunnies!

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Have you ever shot at bunnies before now? They can be wily little critters. Congrats on getting the rifle and good luck with getting the permission. Permission from whom?

      • Luddite Jean says:

        I haven’t shot at bunnies for a very long time, so I’m expecting a lot of misses.

        I need permission from the landowner to shoot in fields and such like.

        • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

          Ah, I thought maybe you needed permission from the queen or somebody like that. I understand that she owns all the mute swans in the UK, which makes me laugh since they can fly away if they want to.

        • templar knight says:

          Jean, I have a scope on my airgun, and it greatly improves my accuracy. I use it more than any other gun I have, and have dispatched numerous crows/ravens, squirrels, gophers and other pests. I haven’t shot any bunnies(we have cotten tails and swamp rabbits here in Arkansas), and haven’t needed to, as the foxes, hawks, and coyotes have really cut into their numbers here in No. Arkansas. I grew up in West Texas where we have jackrabbits, so these little rabbits here seem like midgets, anyway. Good luck with your bunny hunting.

  51. 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.

  52. 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

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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

  56. 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!

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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!

  61. 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.

  62. 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

  63. 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….

  64. 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.

  65. 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?

  66. 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.


  67. 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.

  68. 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!

  69. Bad Karma says:

    congratulations M. D. on your new land.

  70. 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.

  71. 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….:)

  72. 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.

  73. 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.

  74. 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.

  75. 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.

  76. 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.

  77. 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!

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

  83. 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.

  84. 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.

  85. 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.

  86. 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!

  87. 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!!

  88. 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.

  89. 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.

  90. 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.

  91. 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!

  92. 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..

  93. 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.

  94. 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.

  95. 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!!!!

  96. 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.

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