What did you do to prep this week?

First of all, I would like to thank Gwyneth P, Laurence H, Glen C, Richard C, Rosalie M and Laurie R for their generous donations via PayPal this week.  You are “cream of the crop” Wolf Pack members. Thank you for your help and support… :yes:

Well so far the response from other bloggers to review this blog or my new book has been pretty much nonexistent with only three reviews being posted. And one of those did not meet the 200+ word count requirement and had to be rejected. If you’re interested in writing a review, you can read the rules and list of books and DVDs that you can win here :highfive: .

Speaking of my new book “31 Days to SurvivalAmazon.com has it listed as being Temporarily out of stock. Apparently Amazon.com can not keep up with demand, but not to worry, you can order directly from my publisher by clicking this link. They have the book in stock and ready to ship to your mailbox…

Let me see, what else do I need to mention this morning… ?:-) Oh ya, looking over my blog traffic stats, I noticed that around 80% of my readers are in Southern U.S. States with many more than I had expected being located in the “redoubt of the East”. I also noticed that overall blog traffic is up 18% over last week… It looks like The Survivalist Blog dot Net could soon be taking over the number one spot in the survival / prepping niche, when it comes to both traffic and ranking… 😎

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

What about you… What did you do to prep this week?

Comments

  1. conmaze says:

    I’ve had a few slow weeks. Bronchitis was dragging me down – tired – sore ribs from coughing so much – meds that made me feel weird. Had to conserve whatever energy I had to spread between work and taking care of grandson. Finally feeling a little better with a little more energy. Being sick really sucks.

    I dragged myself to the gun show to get my safety training, fingerprints and photo for my concealed weapons license. Now I have to get it in the mail. I was so overwhelmed at that show not knowing anything about anything – looked like a deer in the headlights, I’m sure. I did find a few Glock 19s and got to hold one in my hand to “feel” it. It felt good. I held what they called the “baby Glock” with the shorter grip – too small and felt off balance. The best price I found was $499.

    I still haven’t gotten my 20 gauge. I went to Walmart to order what I thought they offered, only to find Walmart only has the Mossberg youth in pink and camo. Sorry, but I would feel embarassed walking onto the range with either one of those. I’ve read (here ?) that the Remington youth is also good. I don’t know enough to know the difference in the two. Is one more expensive than the other? I really should go to a gun shop and just delve in, ask questions and move on. When I get overwhelmed I sometimes freeze – that’s where I am right now when it comes to guns. I really need someone in the know to go gun shopping with!

    I stopped at a yard sale and picked up eight black three-ring binders (to get my printed material organized), a clay garlic roaster that goes in the microwave (love these!) and a folding Sterno brand stove – all for $3. Purchased some wire shelving units two weeks ago to get a little more organized (boxes are still in the back of my car lol)

    From the garden: Picking a quart of strawberries each day and freezing what I don’t eat on the walk home from the garden; snap peas still going, albeit slowly from the heat; yellow wax beans just coming in and green beans will be coming in next week; finally got some squash plants to germinate and are actually growing a little (way behind schedule); volunteer watermelon vine has the first melon about the size of a softball; tomatoes are looking good, just behind the normal schedule; kale left from the fall/winter garden still going strong and looks beautiful and lush; corn is now past the knee-high stage – yay!

    A friend’s 26-year-old son is undergoing cancer treatment and there is going to be a HUGE benefit yard sale at one of the local parks at the end of the month. I will be donating tons of stuff to help them out (and free up some space in the house) I’m hoping to find some prepping bargains too. I feel so far behind in my prepping plans. I will have to play catch-up over the next few weeks.

    Question for the Pack: I want to get rid of Comcast (cable/internet/home phone. ) I have the bundle package right now and w/me, DD and DGS having DVRs in our bedrooms, our bill is out of sight. I plan on getting a digital antenna for local network stations, but I do love the History Channel, Discovery, A&E, etc., and movies. I know about Hulu and Netflix and all of that. Does anyone have a Roku box? What other kinds of setups do y’all have? I can’t be the only one here that’s fed up with the $$$. I’m looking into a Verizon hot spot for internet. Don’t care about not having a landline phone. I hardly use it anyway. Everyone calls me on my cell. I’m looking for any suggestions or help from anyone. Again, I feel like the deer in the headlights. Between the gun issues and electronics issues, I sometimes wish I had man around the house! Let me emphasize the word “sometimes” LOL

    I don’t remember who posted it, but I like the two-month scenario – what would you prioritize for your preps if you knew you only had two months to get ready. Gets you thinking. That’s why I love my pack family!

    Blessings to all.

  2. Pineslayer says:

    Question for the pack.

    I always use protection for my ears when I shoot, duh. Without going thru the permit process for silencers, how many of you have hearing protection at the ready for home invasions? This may seem like a stupid concern, but don’t want to be deafened by my artillery. Been down the road of ear ringing, it sucks. I guess I could have it there if time allows and if it doesn’t, then deal with it. Is there an option I haven’t considered?

    • Bam Bam says:

      Pineslayer,

      If there’s someone in my home I am not going to be looking for my ear protection. If its nighttime you may need to hear where the guy is and ear protection would interfere with this.

    • Papabear says:

      Pineslayer,

      I have in the ear hearing protection on the nightstand, and something in the drawer that will make some noise 😉

      The Russian military does not issue hearing protection to their soldiers. They teach them to shoot with their mouth open.

      The eustachian tube runs from the back of the throat to the middle ear. By opening your mouth it allows the sound to partially neutralize itself. This technique works whether you have hearing protection or not.

      You will have to practice of course. It will help if you don’t have time to put in/ put on protection. You could also have ear plugs or ear muffs stashed where your personal artillery is stored, giving you both a reminder and availability.

  3. charlie (NC) says:

    Papabear, that’s a good tip on the open mouth and a new one on me.
    Thanks, I’ll be trying it out.

  4. MtWoman says:

    Heads up people: X-class solar flares are possible in the next 24-48 hours. If ya gots a faraday, might be time to load it.

    Here’s info: “Scientists classify solar flares using three categories: C, M and X, with C-class solar flares being the weakest and X class solar flares being the strongest. NOAA is forecasting a 65% chance of M-class solar flares and a 10% chance of X-class solar flares over the next 24 to 48 hours.

    The chance for solar flares and Earth-directed coronal mass ejections will be at elevated levels as long as the large sunspot region is on the Earth-facing side of the sun. Since the sun takes 26 days to make one full revolution at the equator, the monster sunspot region will continue to be a threat to Earth for at least the next 13 days.”

    …from here:

    http://lightyears.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/09/monster-sunspot-spitting-out-flares/

    And more info here: http://www.spaceweather.com/

  5. Lee (tx) says:

    Just finished M.D.’s “31 Days to Survival”, it is helping me to catch up and not get shell shocked,,, lots to do.
    Thanks M.D.

    • Lee (tx)

      Thank you – I’m glad that you liked my book. If you have any questions feel free to ask…

      • Lee (tx) says:

        well, I did send you an email a few days ago asking how to get a copy of your earlier CD and your book ” When the World Ends As you know it”, I came across both being talked about as I read the Achives.

  6. This week
    1. purchased a box of 9mm ammo for my g26, for a shoot this weekend
    2. added a bag of nuts and raisins in my BOB, also conditioning my BOB for the coming rainy (=flood and typhoons!) season
    3. made and tried a coke can alcohol stove and it worked, now an drawing to have one made from stainless steel from local craftsman for my BOB
    4. Have my old surefire fixed from a gun shop, actually happy to find one that can do here (am in an Asian country)
    5. Got a book, “Campfire Cuisine” form a second-hand book sale and adding to my library of survival books, now three (ha ha ha) dont worry MD, your books are in my hot list and will save for those!
    6. added more scanned documents (lot titles, etc) and music to my 250 gb external drive…I am scanning docs. loading video and music for my future reference so in a SHTF scenario, I have a back up file of these in a retrievable media. Well there are more expensive 1 or 2 terabytes external HD but they are still far from my budget…and I havent even used half of my memory space..
    sorry to bore you with a poor man’s third world prep, have little left after enrolling my three kids in their schools. Have a happy prep week!

    • Hunker-Down says:

      Doods,

      Please fill us in on EVERYTHING you need to do where you don’t have the everyday items we in the states have easy access to. Knowing how you solve those problems are important to us, because good times, they ain’t on the way.

      How do the locals overcome problems in their daily lives?

      • Bam Bam says:

        I second H-D’s request. I am really interested in what people in other countries are doing, especially in a third-world country. Doods, the U.S. is on a path of economic destruction. We may end up as a third-world country. I am eager to learn all I can from people like you.

    • mountain lady says:

      Doods, you did not bore me with your post. Some of us on here are not in very good financial shape, just like you. In fact, I have to leave for food distribution as soon as I post this. I do this every Thursday, and it really helps a lot. We all do what we can, when we can, so keep up the good work and keep us posted on your progress.

      • Hunker Down, Bam Bam and Mountain Lady, thanks for your comments. Right now our country is in better position to improve because our new leadership is known to be honest and incorruptible. Our biggest concern now are the Chinese who are bullying us and now annexing some islands within our 200 inclusion zone. We have nothing to fight them with, and even claimed our country is theirs! So my prepping now is doubled and am looking at the province as my true back up BOL and have sent guidance on preparations. We have more chickens and goats now, and more part of our land are cleared for planting, lucky we are in the south where we have volcanic soil, fertile and practically, anything will grow…my sister’s familyis triving there.
        Hunker Down, my countrymen have been thru a lot, but its really the past corrupt governance that put us down. Our agriculture based economy has cheaper food and you get them just about anywhere. Its only in the cities that american style malls and fastfood abound, but the provinces are more livable, if your lifestyle is simple. Water can still be had for free, we have vast coastlines and people lived fishing on summer and planting rice on rainy seasons…I shall send out a more detailed post on our survival methods, I shall write it in text and send to MD again…Thanks “Packmates”, you guys push me to do well on this. God Bless!

  7. With all of the great information out there among the Wolf Pack, it would be great to have a once a year get together to exchange ideas among members.

    • cosmolined says:

      Liledoun Prep:
      I think OPSEC concerns would make you the only person at the get together. These are times to keep your mouth shut and stack it deep. (Just sayin’). God Bless, Cos

  8. this is a big deal for me- i canned for the first time ever- i canned 16 pints of green beans- did 8 and they pinged!!!! so i did 8 more and 2 of banana peppers and 2 of jalapenos- i am so excited am going to do pickles and squash this weekend- hubby is out in the garden picking more veggies- our garden is doing really well for our first year. also have not “repackaged” our grains yet but hopefully will this weekend or next week- i am going to buy some more rice and beans- i have been noticing the large bags are disappearing at our grocery store- has anyone else seen this situation?

    • Bam Bam says:

      Mama,

      Congratulations on learning to can. It’s always great to learn a new skill.

      • Congrats, I hope I can learn that too…one survival skill we all need. am starting to learn pickling, well our country’s style. so am saving lots of pre-used bottle and jars for it….bamboo shoots, coconut shoots, vegetables like papaya, chili pepper, fruits are pickled in my country. My sister learned from my mother and promised to teach me too once I go back to our hometown!

        • Bam Bam says:

          Doods,

          Please up a post on how you pickle. I would love to hear about that, especially on pickling fruit.

  9. I put the books up on the blog early this morning but forgot I hadn’t put the link here also. Hopefully those who are really interested are checking there anyway. (MD, I finally sent a reply.)

    http://preputilityvehicle.blogspot.ca/2012/05/books-available-may-10-2012.html

    • Hey it's Dave says:

      NATALIA
      I check your link a couple times a day. Thanks for the effort but I gotta tell ya some of those Fiction books are real downers. -)

      Dave

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