What did you do to prep this week?

Before we start with this weeks “What did you do to prep this week” blog segment, I would like to thank John F for his support and generous donation via PayPal. Thank you John – you are very much appreciated. :handshake:

Also, I would like to ask for some restraint when posting comments – please avoid personal attacks and name calling of other posters, it is rude, uncalled for, accomplishes nothing and makes us all look bad. The last thing we want is to look like a bunch of sniveling ten-year olds. We are better than that…

And another matter that I feel needs addressing, also taking place in the comments section of the blog, that being the repeated mention and bashing of fellow blogger James Wesley Rawles. The bulk of the comments seem to have one purpose and that is to stir up trouble and controversy among readers of both blogs and possibly Rawles and myself.

One reader sent me an email, to let me know how mad that I should be, because as he said; “Rawles mentioned the Cumberland Plateau area of Tennessee as a retreat location while obviously, referring to Joel M. Skousen’s recent post on The Survivlist Blog for his information, but instead of linking to that post directly he links to some forum with little helpful information. I don’t think he likes you very much.”

Listen, it is his blog and he can link to anyone (or not link as he sees fit) I’m not in competition with him, his blog or any other site. I just want to share information that will help others survive. So, please let’s exert our efforts to that end and leave Rawles alone… Thank you.

Okay, now let me see what did I do to prep this week?

Over to you – what did you do to prep this week… ?:-)

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  1. I guess my prepping this last week was just reading about what the Wolf Pack is up to. And, that takes quite a bit of time with all the fine wolves here reporting. I’m just tired, but hope to get back in gear this week. I did buy a flashlight for my sister-in-law that lost her electricity last week and had only ONE flashlight to her name and the batteries are dying! Obviously not a prepper!! She is recently widowed and I have been widowed 4 years, so I think I can gently lead her to being more prepped. We had ice this last week, so need to definitely be prepped for being stuck at home for several days. I, personally, think I have enough for 6 months except for water and I need to rectify that pdq. I do have enough water for a couple of weeks.
    Hope all are doing well. God’s blessings to you all.

    • Jarhead 03 says:

      Copperhead, even reading and getting ideas is form of prep. Did your sister live here in southern California? Some had a few hours many in my area went 40 to 48 hours and as much as a week or two.

      • Copperhead says:

        Jarhead 03
        I did do tons of reading…love this blog for information!

        We live in Texas!! She was only out for a few hours, but that can be a long time with no light after dark. Unfortunately, there are still some here that live for the day not for the future. I am so thankful that my DD and SIL are on board. It makes it much easier for me to be able to share and save some things together.
        I am putting extra aside for family or beloved friends that just do not get it, but I preserve OPSEC, so they don’t know they are being prepared for.

        • Jarhead 03 says:

          Copperhead, there are plenty of flashlights and lanterns that will turn on easily and the simple touch/press lights that require AA batteries and can be mounted anywhere. I keep them in the mounted in the closets and hallway.

  2. Been trying to stay off line and not watch news…ignorance is bliss around the holidays. Finished my girls Christmas presents: adult sized sleeping bags even though they are only 4 and 2, matching fleece throw blanket, and matching mini lanterns. The idea is to get them to like the outdoors as much as I do, and in my opinion it will make them better survivalists.
    – case of canned pumpkin from walmart at $1 per lg can
    – 2 lg bottles vanilla extract at $1.99
    – 10 cans soup at $1
    – 8lb of unsalted butter to freeze at $1.99
    – 4lbs Cali. walnuts
    – 10lbs of flour to round out my years supply
    If it wasn’t for the eggs, I could definitely say I have enough ingredients to make a years worth of chocolate chip cookies!!

    Anyone in the pack have experience with guinea fowl?

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      We had a little discussion about guinea fowl on last week’s WDYDTPTW. I forget how far down the thread you’d have to go to find it, though.

      From what I remember, guinea fowl are noisy, but make good watch fowl (like watch dog). They are a bit chewy if you eat them, but you can eat them and their eggs. And I remembered seeing them at all the old homesteads around here when I was a kid. They seemed to be quite popular with the oldtimers because they ate the bad bugs, snails, slugs, and ticks and because they were noisy when somebody arrived. Sorry, not much help.

      • And guinea are good at killing snakes! I had a friend in So Cal on the desert that kept them expressly for keep the rattle snake population down.

    • Thank you Lint and Worrisome! I’ll check last week’s post, it seriously takes me hours to read through everyones comments, so I haven’t been as diligent about going back through lately.

      Deer ticks have become a serious issue at my parents location, and my mom even contracted limes disease this summer. I think I’ve convinced them we have to at least try guinea. Oh the adventures to come!

  3. Carl in W.V. says:

    I got my christmas bonus friday. I took one of the guy’s that works for me to the local gun show. I have been prepping for about two years and I got him on board about a year ago. Any way I had a Kel-Tec SU16c chambered in .223 it was cheap and takes ar/m4/m16 Magazines. So my worker has a SU16b and he wants a SU16c like mine with the chromed lined barrel. We take his to the gun show and trade it for a DPMS Panther arms AR I gave 200 boot and traded him my SU16c for it, what a deal. I was so happy I had to sit on my hands to keep from waving at everybody. just kidding but I was happy.

  4. Wolf Pack:
    I just got the paracord wrist bracelets for Nor Cal Ray and was looking at the buckle. It would be a good place to put a black wolf paw on a white circle. I’ve done some plastic modeling in the past and a decal would not be hard to make with all the new software now.
    Will keep you posted if I can make this work.

    • JP,

      I emailed MD a drawing of a wolf paw print. (My dh is a trained artist.)

      MD–any chance you could email JP the image? I will email it to you again so you don’t have to look for it. (JP, that is if you want to use it.)

  5. Gayle:
    Sounds like a plan. Somewhere I have the software to transfer an image to the special paper for decals. I get the image and we’ll give it a shot.

    • Okay. I’ve emailed it to M.D. and asked him to forward it to you.

      • Gayle; Got it. May get put off. Grandson #1 (11 yo) has sinus infection that is dissolving the bone under his left eye. Surgery is 10 am tomorrow. Must put 1st things first.

        • My prayers are with your GS for a successful surgery and a quick recovery.

        • That is a scary situation with your grandson, I will pray for a speedy recovery.

        • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

          Prayers for the full recovery of your grandson, JP. Never knew a sinus infection could do that, geez.

          • Lint, Nuttbush, Copperhead, et al.:
            Thanks for the prayers and good thoughts. GS is doing good. They were able to got through his nose and fix everything so no other invasions. He’s due to be released either today or tomorrow because they are waiting for the stuff to grow to make sure they have him on the right antibiotics. Although he’s 11 yo, he’s 5’4″ with size 11+ feet! So he’s a big boy. He’s taking it pretty well. I’m under the weather so I didn’t go up to the hospital (it’s full of sick people, don’t cha know) but they are at my house 5 days a week anyway so the rest of his recovery will be here.

  6. We finally got a Food Saver vacuum sealer. The Amazon deal couldn’t be passed up. We got this model for $55.00 off the original price with the extra bag kit.

    We also eliminated a portion of our group that have not been participating. Due to this we now have our other group members (just family) willing to be more participatory.

    We added to our food and water storage in a big way..our usual canned goods and water, and thanks to BIL, 35 more MRE’s. Of course, there was more ammo added to the store.

    In my small “Single Mother” counseling group, I found out (while stepping out to the potty and coming back in unexpected) that three of my SM’s are preppers and we have begun to talk about our prepping. We all agreed to work together in a smaller group to share ideas, and support one another’s families in our efforts.

    Would love to know how my prepper friends have used the Food Saver to preserve sugar and flour. Let me know what you have accomplished and how we need to do this the right way for long-term.

    Peace out!

    • Hunker-Down says:


      We put sugar and powdered milk in mason jars because they tend to pick up odors if exposed to other foods while on the shelf for a long time. We add 2-3 small desiccant silica gel packets to absorb moisture and then we use the Food Saver vacuum attachment to remove the air.

      We don’t try to store flour because the shelf life is only about 5 years, compared to wheat at 30 years. So we stock the shelves with wheat and grind it to make flower.

    • Bandurasbox, I bought a Foodsaver this time last year and really love having it. As far as the sugar, I don’t use the Foodsaver for it, I keep the bag of sugar in it’s original bag (mostly I buy the 25 lb. bags at Walmart, cheaper per pound) and place them in mylar bags, seal them up, and put them in food grade buckets. I don’t use O2 absorbers on sugar, will turn it into a brick. I have sealed brown sugar and confectioner’s sugar with the Foodsaver in their original bags and these are stored in Rubbermaid totes. I only have about 8 lbs of brown sugar and 3 lbs of confectioners stored because I also store molasses and you can make brown sugar with it and regular sugar.

      Flour: I use the 11 inch rolls and make a big bag and place the whole bag of flour in the foodsaver bag and suck it down as much as it will go. These go in my big freezer and right now I have about 45 lbs of various types of flour (regular, bread and pancake mix) stored like this. Freezing the flour will make it last longer and kill off any eggs that might be in the flour. I also have 475 lbs. of white wheat stored in mylar and buckets along with a grain mill for longer term storage. The flour is rotated out on a more frequent basis.

      I have also used the Foodsaver to prepare meat, fresh okra, nuts, cheese, bacon bits, pepperoni slices, etc for the freezer and have been very pleased at it keeping out the “freezer taste” or freezer burn. Unlike regular freezer bags, you don’t have the problem with ice crystals forming inside and messing up the food.

    • Jo (Georgia) says:

      keep an eye out on the online coupons there are coupons for those food saver bags just about every week these days.

  7. Completed a defensive shotgun class

    Read “Survivability For The Common Man” , by Dave Canterbury

    Reading “When Disaster Strikes” by Matthew Stein

    Gave the gift of prepping to the men that I am in a special ministry with at my church. I put together a small “survival kit” for each of them that included a good, fixed blade knife, flint/steel/magnesium fire striker/starter, some 550 para-cord and a small booklet from the movie “Courageous”. I also included Bible verses that pertained to the knife, cordage and fire starter. The gifts were a big hit.

  8. Candy in Nebraska says:

    Well we have managed to stock up a little this week.

    Went to Cash-wa and puchased in cash:
    Big box of damaged toilet paper for $10.00 enough to last us for a year.
    20 lbs of macaroni noodles
    2 lbs of powdered cheese
    2 lbs of yeast

    Wally world we got:
    2 cans of coffee
    20 lbs of hamburger just before the raised the prices again
    10 pkg of hot dogs
    10 boxes of mac n cheese

    Doller Store:
    6 cans of potted meat
    3 boxes quart size zip lock bags

    started cutting up rags to crochet rag rugs.
    almost done knitting a 2nd hat
    printed off more patterns for knitted caps, gloves and sweaters.
    coping recipes down for my daughters that they will be able to use to help them prep.

    have the turkey thawing to cook up and can. Going to have a supper make soup and can the rest. What ever is left after the girls strike that is.

    • Carl in W.V. says:

      I like to pat out my burgers and fry them till they are done, then add 3 cups of water to each frying pan. I have two extra large ones. When I fry up enough to fill 8 wide mouth quart jars, I can them in my pressure canner. Hambugers ready to eat anytime, drain some juice and fry till warm. Saved a ton of money on not having to throw away freezer burnt hamburger, or early saturday morning shooping spree at wally world for price reduced burger.

  9. It sure is funny reading the comments as email notifications, without the main post in sight! Saw one about: “recommend not sitting down, as one crawled up under me”. HAD to go see what the comment was in response to!! I guess I’m easily entertained!! 🙂

    • Haha, can’t remember what your quote was about except it’s probably connected to snakes. It took several minutes before I remembered that “we float the oil in ours. add water in the bottom to use up most of the space in the jar then pour the oil in on top” was probably about oil lamps and fire hazards.

      • Jo (Georgia) says:

        Mt Woman and Kelekona, Wow that was me in both cases I’m going to have to start being more specific in my responses!

  10. Jarhead 03 says:

    DaveNV/AZ if you see this can you let us know how your doing?

  11. Jo (Georgia) says:

    We had a pretty good week. Finally decided it was time to get a gun safe, fortuitous timing on our part since the store was having a model closeout sidewalk sale. Got a fantastic deal, and they will deliver it and “install” it. Acquired candy making as a skill and have now made fruit gelee out of all the fruit in the house. mmmm home made gummy bears….

    I’m working on making survival kits for friends for Christmas but these people aren’t on board with prepping so I’m kinda hiding useful stuff in packages of fun. Calling it “snowpocalyps survival kit” Its got home made chocolate syrup, and some brain teaser games in it for fun, then home made lip balm, hand warmers, and some small flashlights for the actual survival stuff so far. I’d love to hear suggestion from the pack on things to throw in.

    • Great idea, an ice breaker. Not knowing the budget, I really like the Fenix 1 flashlight for small kits. 1 AAA batt, led, throws some light for a good long time. They go for about $10 on eBay in lots of colors, I bought them for all the girls around here. A bic lighter and a repossessed Swiss Army Knife from eBay would be nice additions.

      • Jo (Georgia) says:

        I’ll check these out. I’m trying to make about 10 kits and keep it under $50 so the flash lights might be too expensive, but that doesn’t mean people wont start getting them for birthdays lol.

  12. Love your snowpocalypse kit idea–bet the recipients do too! How about adding one of those mylar blankets? Maybe a big baggie of sand for traction, if they get ice in their area? Some peppermints and teabags to soothe scratchy throats?

    • Jo (Georgia) says:

      I think I have a recipe for mints around here somewhere, and I like the tea idea I have some chamomile. I thought about rock salt I’m not sure how big a bag I would need to put in for it to be useful. We do get ice here, pretty bad actual but everything just shuts down when it happens. If I had more money I’d make the kit more serious and put a full bag of rock salt, and a shovel in each kit. Maybe next year!

  13. Please. Never encourage anyone to go out when the roads are iced.

    • jo (Georgia ) says:

      Ron, they know better than to drive when there’s ice problem is usually the main road gets cleared but your driveway and side walk don’t. Last year the city plowed every one into their neighborhood and we were the onlyones with snow shovels. Its hilarious to watch the try to dig out with garden spades.

      • Dang, I don’t own a snow shovel. Maybe I should run out and buy one. Oh, wait. I live in Florida. It’s 78 degrees and sunny right now.

        • Jo (Georgia) says:

          Shovels are good for more than snow. Perhaps when the hurricane brings you a couple feet of mud you’ll want one 😉

  14. Home Depo’s website currently shows an in-store price of $3.28 for 50 lbs of Pavestone play sand, or about 6.5 cents a pound (plus the cost of a baggie).

    We usually get one big ice storm a year here, just enough to shut everything down, but not enough that people remember to have a bag of sand on hand. Even if a pound was only enough for the front walk, maybe it would nudge some of the recipients to go out and get a full bag.

    One more thought: if you have small jars from baby food or such, you could add a wick, a paper clip wick holder, some matches and instructions for a just-add-olive-oil oil lamp. To play up the ‘fun’ angle (with the appropriate recipients), the instructions could have a quip about ‘may also be used for romantic mood lighting.’

    • Jo (Georgia) says:

      The diy oil lamp is a good idea, and then they would learn something too. Somewhere around here I have instructions for a diy solar emergency radio, that might be fun too.

  15. Jo (Georgia) says:

    Lint, did you know Lowe’s has an entire line of flashlights called panther vision?

  16. Ron, you’re right that it’s not prudent to go out when the roads are iced.

    To clarify, I was thinking about a common situation in our area, which I think is about the same latitude as Jo’s. The roads and alleys tend to clear quickly just from evaporation and the sun, but not the driveways or front walks. For our typical conditions, the boost of traction/melting power from sand can make it safe enough to get out of the driveway or go to the mailbox.

    Jo, this gave me one other thought for a cute, inexpensive addition to your kit. How about a 3×5 index card (folded to fit in a wallet), with a list of impotant contacts numbers they can fill in (like Roadside Assistance, emergency contacts, local police etc.).

    The other side could have a reminder like “Common Sense: don’t leave home without it” in big letters in the center, and other sayings around it, like ‘look before you leap’, ‘measure twice, cut once’, ‘put on a sweater, I’m cold’.

    Maybe even ‘don’t eat yellow snow’, since it *is* a snowpocalypse kit. . . .

    • Jo (Georgia) says:

      I like this. And your right that’s about how our roads go. Maybe I should include a plastic scraper that would fit in a wallet for scraping windshields. Seems like maybe there should be a home kit and a car kit….

      • LOL, Jo, your kits could be an annual thing, with a new theme each year. Or maybe home kits for Christmas and car kits for birthdays, if these are folks you exchange birthday gifts with.

        Thanks for letting us help you brainstorm–it’s fun to imagine everyone opening their kit and pulling out things, almost like stocking stuffers. You are a thoughtful friend indeed.

        • Jo (Georgia) says:

          I intend for it to be an annual thing, they are all open to the idea of being prepared but most of them are not in positions where they feel threatened enough to actually go out and do something about it. Last year was a bit of an eye opener for some of them, I ended up with several people on my door step that offered to work for food cause they’d run out. I made them do the dishes and I made a big pot of hearty potato soup, then sent them all home with some left overs and a lot of reminders to stock their pantry’s better. BTW never seen people so excited to have chocolate or beer which we wouldn’t have shared had we not had plenty and had they not been friends. So admittedly part of this whole thing is to keep them from showing back up on my doorstep.

          Thank you for helping me brainstorm its really helpful. Maybe we could come up with specific kits for various disasters….

      • “Maybe I should include a plastic scraper that would fit in a wallet for scraping windshields.”

        If they’re trying to scrape a windshield, shouldn’t they already have one? Or do some states not laminate driver’s licenses? Actually, better to use the loyalty card of your local grocer’s if it’s sturdy enough.

        • jo (Georgia ) says:

          The ice here gets to thick, you could easily snap a credit card or drivers license in half. Think quarter inch or so, it gets thicker but then you just have to wait for it to melt.

  17. I am so excited. I have made arrangements for my sister (former cop) and I go to to the shooting range while she’s down for Christmas. I plan on getting some quality trigger time with my new 9 mm.

  18. Heads UP: Mountain House

    I just received an email from EE–they are having a 20 to 25 percent off sale on Mountain House foods.