What did you do to prep this week?

Before we start with this weeks “what did you do to prep” I would like to first thank Paul B, La Petite A and Mike C for their generous donations this week via PayPal. Thank you so very much – it is greatly appreciated and helps a lot…

If you don’t use PayPal there is another way that you can help out and that is to bookmark this link and use it as your entry point every time you shop Amazon.com.

On another note, there have been several people sending entries for our non-fiction writing contest, that have sent the same entry to survivalblog.com apparently hoping no one would notice and that they would somehow win one or both contests. That folks is a big no-no as far as I’m concerned, if you send an article for the contest here and send it to another blog it will be deleted from my files and you will be disqualified. ūüôĀ

Please read the contest rules before entering… Thank you. :yes:

Speaking of SurvivalBlog.com¬†(great blog btw) a computer savvy reader sent me an email a few days ago with a comparison of “The Survivalist Blog dot Net” and “SurvivalBlog.com”, it seems that he had been looking and comparing the Alexa rankings for both blogs using the Alexa Toolbar and wanted to know why “SurvivalBlog.com” has a ranking of 25,348 and “The Survivalist Blog dot Net” a ranking of 71,020 (according to Alexa the lower the number the more traffic a site gets – anything under 100,000 is very good).

One reason for the difference in Alexa rank could be that SurvivalBlog.com receives more direct traffic from readers with the Alexa Toolbar installed (Alexa only counts visits from folks with the toolbar installed. Another reason could be that a large percentage of my readers, read The Survivalist Blog dot Net via their Email or RSS subscriptions (over 9,200 of them) and never actually visit the blog site.

But to be honest,¬† it doesn’t matter – what matters is that folks are interested in providing for their survival and that of their families now and after a disaster. And I think both The Survivalist Blog dot Net and SurvivalBlog.com have a lot to offer toward meeting that end. Over the years more than a few readers of both blogs have tried to make it a¬†competition between the two, I think that, that way of thinking is silly.

I am not in competition with¬†SurvivalBlog.com (or any other site) and look at them (SurvivalBlog.com and JWR) as an ally, after all the more people we can reach and help prepare the better off that we will all be when TSHT¬†and that my friends is a good thing. ūüėÄ

Anyway, now let me see here, what did I do to prep this week ?:-)

  • Done more work on my new survival library / blogging area. I’ll post some pics next week…
  • Worked my garden area and turned my compost pile…
  • Did a mind map to look for weak areas in my preps…
  • Bought two 25 pound bags of pinto beans…
  • And ordered this book and this one

What did you do to prep this week?

Comments

  1. Soggy Prepper says:

    Glenn: Do we have a chance at turning the country around‚Ķor is it too late? If your interested, it’s free to watch, very good one too. I so agree.

    http://www.glennbeck.com/2012/05/01/glenn-do-we-have-a-chance-at-turning-the-country-around-or-is-it-too-late/

    It’s a 17 minute spiel pretty much summarizing the state of the nation (HUGE reasons why I prep all set in a concise string), followed by who and why we win in the end. ~*Yes, God* ~

  2. Bam Bam says:

    Okay guys, you have to read this article. Scientists have discovered a fungus that kills a fungus that causes ants to become zombies–infected ants march mindlessly to their deaths.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/05/02/151890185/zombie-ants-and-the-fungus-that-saves-them?ft=1&f=1001

    • alikaat says:

      Holy moley- that is definitely the coolest thing I’ve seen today. Those images are likely to lodge irreparably in my brain. Now, when folk around here talk about zombies, I’m going to see those ants!
      Very cool.

    • Hunker-Down says:

      Bam Bam,

      The last scene from The Walking Dead seems to go down the same tract. Cant wait!

      • Bam Bam says:

        Hunker-Down,

        I know. The zombie ant thing is just too cool. I was thinking: if it could happen to ants it could happen to human beings.

  3. Bam Bam says:

    Attn: Publix Shoppers

    There are some exceptional sales this week:

    Chock Full of Nuts Coffee (big can): $7.99 ($4 off)
    Uncle Ben’s Rice, 5 lb. bag, BOGO
    Ham, almost half price
    Ragu spag. sauce: BOGO
    Hotdogs: BOGO (just okay sale)
    Oscar Myer lunch meat: BOGO

  4. TomFish says:

    BPA in cans

    Are you all thinking about this? I am. And my organic-leaning wife if freaking out.

    What to do?

    • Prepper RN says:

      BPA in high acid foods is the worse especially with tomatos. It has the highest amount of BPA leached into them according to studies..Del Monte has most of their fruits in BPA free cans, especiallyt the #10 cans at Costco. Best to buy frozen fruits/veggies and dehydrate, or fresh and then can your own. Buy spagetti sauces in glas jars only. BPA is testing in 83% of those tested. BAD!

  5. BamaBecca says:

    I think (I hope) I diverted disaster today in my food storage. I went out to the shed to get some potatoes, happened to glance @ one of the glue boards I have out there to catch critters and found WEEVILS on the glue board. I haven’t been storing in mylar or anything (shame) and have my beans, rice, grits and oatmeal stored in plastic totes in their original packaging. (I know, I know). Was trying to wait til I went back to work to go to the expense of anything better.

    Anyway, I started moving some things around so I could get the totes out to inspect and found weevils in the potatoes I just bought a few weeks ago. I’ve never heard of them getting into potatoes. Had to throw out almost 20 lbs of red potatoes. Then I checked my totes, removing and inspecting each package, but could not find anything that was infested. Once I had removed everything from the totes, I found 7 or 8 weevils per tote in the bottom.

    Now, I know most would have thrown it all away and started over, but I have WAY too much money invested and can’t afford to replace what I’ve bought any time soon, so I put it all in the freezer and will leave it there for a few days. Then I plan to empty each package 1 by 1 to be sure I didn’t miss anything and put them in the jars I had set aside for canning. Hate to tie up those jars, but oh well.

    I also didn’t find any bugs on my shelving, which was surprising. I cleaned them good anyway with straight vinegar, then sprinkled bay leaves all over them. (Should have done this months ago!) I’ll keep a very close eye on everything for the next few weeks to make sure I don’t find any more.

    One question for you all. After putting the oatmeal in the freezer, should I run it thru the dehydrator before dry packing it?

    This has definately been a lesson well-learned….and for anyone who doesn’t keep a close eye on their food storage, please start doing so. I’m just blessed that everything wasn’t totally ruined!

    • MtWoman says:

      BamaBecca…so sorry for your stash troubles. But it sounds like you may be able to save some. This is making me plan another round of inspection for mine. Sorry it happened to you, but thanks for sharing so that we can all think about it. Especially this Summer, here in N Texas….the bugs are bad and going to get worse…they say. Time to take measures….

    • Bam Bam says:

      Becca,

      I have the vast majority of my food storage in #10 cans. It’s a bit more expensive that way but if I am going to invest in food I might as well invest a little more to keep it safe from bugs.

      • Wow, that is wonderful that you JUST caught it in time! We are occasionally troubled by pantry moths (that come in on infested food) and I HATE having to go through everything. I don’t know about dehydrating the oats before dry packing, so I can’t help there. Thanks for the reminder.

      • BamaBecca says:

        I have a few things in #10 cans, but not much…mainly eggs, milk powder, margarine powder, shortening powder. It was cheaper to build up several months worth of meals by couponing and hitting the sales than it was to buy #10 cans in the beginning. I plan to add more of them as funds allow. But my main objective was to get enough for 3 or 4 months before buying for longer term storage.

        I hadn’t realized that the LDS had oxygen absorbers so cheap! I’m thinking that I may go with 2 Liter drink bottles/oxygen absorbers for my beans and rice for the time being instead of using my canning jars. Not exactly the best option since I read somewhere that plastic will allow moisture to leach through, but better than what I WAS doing.

        • BamaBecca says:

          Natalia, I dont think I’ve ever seen any pantry moths. I’d never heard of them until today when I was reading up on how to get rid of the weevils.

          And you’re very welcome…keep a close check on those investments! ūüėČ

        • I use 2-liter bottles to store oats, rice, barley,and powdered milk. Havn’t had any issues with moisture as of yet. Always keep in a cool dry place. Hopefully you can keep your jars for other things. Good luck!

    • bama…yes, you are blessed that you got to it in time…and I would have done the same, save it, rather than throw it out.

      I have only vac sealed or mylar bagged my rolled oats…no experience with freezing it…however, wouldn’t hurt to dehydrate it for a few hours – just to be sure.

      are you able to gather plastic soda pop bottles – watch the youtube video of how he vac seals items…no need for absorber – just some electrical tape, and vac seal tube connection, and a suction cap…hope this helps…cheers.

    • BamaBecca

      I was concerned about weevles too. I have been visiting a site by Kellene Bishop (doomsday preppers “Gourmet meals” lady). I addressed this issue with her and she suggested using diatomaceous earth. This stuff in all natural and is edible. Suposedly aids in digestion and will take care of weevles. I have ordered some for myself last week. Hopefully comes soon. You can find diatomaceous earth on her site here is where I ordered from Fivestarpreparedness.com.

      I was told that freezing things like flour, oats, noodles, rice only puts the weevles in hibernation. I have had issues with weevles myself and am hoping that this new method takes care of the issue. Also, all you need to do is sprinkle diatomaceous earth over the boxes when stored in buckets. You can do this even with the stuff that you think maybe infected. Hope that this helps. It is miserable thinking that your stocks may be in danger.

      • Bam Bam says:

        I was able to find diatomaceous earth at my local Ace Hardware.

      • conmaze says:

        If you use diatomaceous earth, please make sure it is FOOD GRADE and not the stuff for swimming pools (pool stuff is poison!)

  6. I forgot to send through a reminder yesterday about books, sorry!

    Here are today’s books though: http://preputilityvehicle.blogspot.ca/2012/05/books-available-may-3-2012.html

    In case any of yesterday’s are still free, here’s yesterday’s link: http://preputilityvehicle.blogspot.ca/2012/05/books-available-may-2-2012.html

    (MD, I will reply to your email soon; I’m kind of having a bad week, and am feeling pretty scattered! )

  7. Hunker-Down says:

    There is another great rant at Barnhardt.biz.

    The last paragraph has an overview of how fraudulent the unemployment rate is, and how TDL and buddies WILL get it below 8% before election day. We are being vaporized on the page where they count humans.

    Has anyone seen anything on the claim that our national election votes will be counted in Spain?

    • charliebuck says:

      Hunker Down,yes I had read a very convincing article about a company in Spain being awarded the job of counting the votes.Supposedly so there would be no bias or fraud involved………….
      I will attempt to find the article and repost it here if I do find it.Be Safe.

    • Soggy Prepper says:

      Yes. I’ve read a few articles on how our vote in November is being counted in Spain. Wouldn’t want to pay Americans to do that or anything. I’m Positive the vote won’t be tampered with out of the U.S.A. ~heavy sarc~

      I was wondering if that’s why Michelle (big ass) obummer was over there vacationing with one kid and friends. Butter them up with the near half a million they just spent. Could be “just a coincidence”, mmmhmmmmm.

      Of course she can’t go to the mooslim countries with Barry as he knows that would be bad since he was Raised as one in Indonesia. So, hey, Spain, why not. It’s good to be Queen.

      • Soggy Prepper says:

        I tried 4 times to post links. Just search engine votes counted in Spain in November and you’ll pull up a bunch of articles.

        • Indeed. Just Blogs saying exactly the same thing.
          If that is how we know define truth then go for it.

  8. Voting is controled by the 50 States. That claim is false. Life is screwed up enough these days. I dont see where anyone should start or spread falsehoods or fears.

  9. So I have been thinking about preparation since late 2011 and not just because of December 2012, but in case of any kind of disaster. I have been stockpiling the basics like water, canned goods and rice. Also, I recently purchased 2 portable hand crank power supply generators and 3 lifestraws. My stockpiling continues on an almost daily basis. I plan to purchase ammo today or tomorrow along with some other camping equipment and hand tools like an axe.
    However, I do have a problem. I live and work in Riverside, CA. Not certain if this far enough inland, but there are a few mountain ranges a wave would have to go over to get to me. While I have a job I find preparing, at times, difficult because I am still going about my life with a be prepared attitude, but realizing that life and civilization, at this time, still go on. Honestly I would love to get an ETAP boat and head into the sea sometime in December. However, this is not a likely scenario for me because of money.
    In addition to my location my home has no basement or cellar. Where am I supposed to stockpile? At this time I am putting things around the house and I will likely put some things outside, but I worry about the summer heat and its effect on my goods. So I am constantly thinking about my stockpile should my house be compromised.
    Any thoughts?
    I am considering a bug out plan involving my brother who lives just outside Phoenix, AZ. 2 things I think about. Is AZ or parts of AZ safe from flooding? How do I transport my stockpile? Should I use 2 cars?

  10. Greg Garcia says:

    I entered into contest to win a Kel-Tec pistol caliber carbine that could fold up and go inside of my bug out bag and takes what is probably the most popular handgun magazines on the planet, the Glock 17 9mm.

    Here is the link to the contest.
    http://slickguns.com/contest/latest-contest?a=5743&k=other